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Calendar of Events

Monday, November 18, 2013

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.
8 a.m. (June-Aug.) & 9 a.m. (Apr., May, & Sept.-Nov.), meet at 960 Forest Rd. off Country Club Dr., Barton Hills. Free. 761-2885, 663-5060.
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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 6-Apr. 21. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh. Free to visitors ($115 per semester dues for those who join). 665-9271. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

Yoga for Mamas with Joy Van Bael

Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Gentle yoga poses combined with breath are taught to support the changes that occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Prenatal mamas and mamas and babies 12 months and younger are welcome.Instructor: Joy Van Bael
Yoga for Mamas meets Monday mornings 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Single Class (space permitting)- $18, 10-class pass - $145, 5-class pass - $80.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $145 - 10 class pass. 734-769-6100. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Bone Marrow Registry Drive: Camp Kesem at the University of Michigan.

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WHO: Camp Kesem at the University of Michigan. We are an organization that serves the often overlooked population of children with parents affected by cancer by providing them with a free week of summer camp to just be kids. We are partnering with Delete Blood Cancer an organization that is working to fight blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma.
WHAT: A Bone Marrow Registry Drive. To join the registry, all you have to do is fill out the information/consent form and swab the inside of your cheek for 15 seconds to collect cells for tissue typing. There is no cost to join the registry, and the entire process will likely take no more than 10 minutes.
WHY: Registering to be a potential bone marrow donor means you are giving yourself the opportunity to SAVE A LIFE, single-handedly. Even with a registry of millions, 6 out of 10 patients NEVER receive the lifesaving transplant they need. Donors of all ethnicities are needed if we are going to change this.
The Pond Room of the Michigan Union or the Center Room of Pierpont Commons on North Campus, Michigan Union: 530 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Pierpont Commons: 2101 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]
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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity: Artrain and Arts at Michigan.

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Ann Arbor-based Artrain and Arts at Michigan present Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, a rich, reflective exhibition of works by 39 artists representing the vast cultural blend of modern American society at The Gallery at the Duderstadt Center on the University of Michigan's North Campus from November 7 - November 26. Gallery hours are 12:00 to 6:00 pm Sunday through Friday.
Special Infinite Mirror events are planned for Tuesday, November 12, 2013:
5:00 pm - Public Reception for Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity with special guest Indira Frietas Johnson, exhibition artist, sculptor, cultural worker, peace activist and educator.
7:00 pm - Penny W. Stamps Special Lecture featuring Indira Frietas Johnson.
Penny W. Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Presented in association with the Stamps School of Art & Design and the River Gallery
The Gallery at the Duderstadt Center, North Campus, University of Michigan, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. Free. 734.747.8300. [map]
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 3:30 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Blue Is the Warmest Color": Michigan Theater.

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(Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013). Drama about the intense, complicated, decade-long romance between two young women. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). See for full schedule. 668-TIME. [map]
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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Play Chess": Chelsea District Library.

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Chess Club volunteer Cindy Blum and veteran chess teacher John Smalec help kids ages 5-12 learn to play chess or improve their current chess skills.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Bingo for Books": Saline District Library.

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Nov. 18 & 19. All kids grades 2-6 invited to play bingo to win books.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 5:30 - 6:30pm &7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Aerial Silks: Intro To Routine: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class will be an introduction to using the skills learned in Aerial Silks: Basics, along with more advanced poses, to work towards a complete aerial routine. Newer students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air at a time, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. All students will have the option to perform at our monthly showcase event, LIFT OFF. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m. 

Partner Acrobatics: Ringstar Studio.

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Partner Acrobatics (often referred to as AcroYoga, or Acro) offers an exploration into partner dynamics, through balance postures and movement. We will be working on supporting (basing) and flying in a variety of postures, learning how to use (as well as develop) strength, stability and balance. Each class will offer a focus on different moves, allowing you to slowly build up your repertoire.
If you have never tried anything like this, don't worry, this class is meant to be for everyone. We will gladly walk you through the basics. Now remember, this class is all about having fun and possibly learning something about yourself in the process. It will be available on a drop-in basis, until there is enough interest to develop into a progressive series. The cost will be $15/class, or $50/month. You can come solo, or with a partner. For more information, please check out the listed website.
Ann Arbor Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr, Ann Arbor MI 48108. $15. [map]
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Aerial Silks: Basics: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions.Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Wine Tasting: The Tintos from Chile and Argentina.

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I remember not 15 years ago there were only a handful of Argentinian wines available in Michigan; Chile on the other hand was a bit more available but the wines tended to be on the greener side, rustic, and lacking charm. Today Argentina has become a bigger exporter of wine than Chile, and the wines from both countries have gotten more modern, elegant, and lush. Winemakers from all over the world have settled in these beautiful South American lands, where land is cheaper, water plentiful, and labor always available (there's even a Michigan vintner making wines in Argentina). I will show you some of these old world varietals choosing from Merlot, Carmenere, Malbec, Bonarda, Syrah, and the above-mentioned. Join in for a sampling of these wonderful American wines and be prepared to be impressed. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $45/person. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chinese Documentary Film Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Nov. 2: Warm Winter (Zheng Kuo, 2011). Documentary about a group of artists living in a number of Beijing's arts districts and their struggle to save their studios from demolition by land developers during one of Beijing's coldest winters. Chinese, subtitles.

Nov. 16: My Mother's Rhapsody (Qiu Jiongjiong, 2011). Documentary in which the director's 86-year-old grandmother and the 60-year-old son who lives with her offer a salty, savory account of their life journeys. Mandarin, subtitles.

Nov. 18: Stratum 1: The Visitors (Cong Feng, 2012). Award-winning experimental documentary about childhood memory, urban renewal, and the bulldozing of whole communities of contemporary Beijing. Chinese & English, subtitles. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a reception. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 23: I Have What? Chinese Peasants War: The Rhetoric to Justice (Mao Chenyu, 2013). Documentary about the struggles of Chinese peasants for survival over the past 60 years. Chinese, subtitles.

Dec. 7: Moose (Gu Tao, 2013). Documentary about the effects on the lives of Inner Mongolian hunters of the disappearance of the moose to ecological destruction and illegal hunting. Ewenki & Mandarin, subtitles.

7 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium A (except as noted), entrance at the Fishbowl on the east side of the bldg. Free. 764-6308. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Christopher Bakken: Literati Bookstore.

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This T.S. Elliot Prize-winning poet, an Allegheny College English professor, reads from Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table, his new book that is a combination of memoir, travel writing, and essay. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Monday Funnies Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Sept. 30: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (John Hughes, 1986). Comedy about a mischievous teen's adventures when he skips school. Matthew Broderick.

Oct. 7: Dr. Strangelove; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964). Painfully hilarious Cold War satire. Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens.

Oct. 14: Monty Python & the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam, 1975). Outrageously irreverent, hilarious parody of Arthurian tales. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones.

Oct. 21: Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974). Hilarious burlesque of old Frankenstein movies. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman.

Oct. 28: Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004). Comedy about a zombie invasion.

Nov. 4: The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980). Popular John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd comedy that features musical performances by Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, and other blues and R&B luminaries.

Nov. 11: Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011). Romantic comedy about a woman who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph.

Nov. 18: The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967). Landmark seriocomedy about a naive young man at loose ends after graduating from college. Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross.

Nov. 25: This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984). Pitch-perfect mockumentary about a fictional English hard-rock band. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer.

Dec. 2: Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003). A warm, big-hearted romantic comedy about half a dozen couples in love, highlighted by a wizened, boorish rock star. Alan Rickman, Bill Nightly, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson.

7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Science Fair Expo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Clague Middle School science teacher Soon Morningstar discusses what you need to plan and assemble a successful science fair project. For teens in grade 6 & up and their parents.
7-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Using Yoga to Fall Asleep": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture-demo by local yoga teacher Victoria Duranona. For adults & teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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On-going self defense classes using Commando Krav Maga (CKM) tactical techniques. CKM is a reality-based self-defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
The techniques are simple to learn and easy to remember during times of stress:
- Gun disarming
- Knife attacks
- Knife hold-ups
- Chokes & Grabs
- Ground survival
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Attack Psychology
Multiple classes are offered each week and private lessons are available.
Every Mon 730-9pm, Tue 7-8:30pm and Thur 7-830pm. Check our website calendar for class updates!
The instructor, Mike Trester, is a level 6 certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with 23-plus years of law enforcement experience, including over 18 years on the Special Weapons And Tactical team. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
Commando Krav Maga Chelsea, 14495 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea. Monthly fee $60. 734-904-5003. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Three Months in the Forest": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Local field botanist Amanda Klain discusses the flora and character of the Manistee National Forest, where she worked this past summer.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"CollegeHumor Live": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by 3 starts of this comedy website, Jake Hurwitz, Amir Blumenfeld, and Streeter Seidell .
8 p.m., Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 314 E. Liberty. $15 in advance at and at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Bernhoft: The Ark.

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Norwegian retro-soul singer-songwriter who accompanies himself on a mix of conventional and electronic instruments. Opening act is Miracles of Modern Science, a Brooklyn strings-and-drum ensemble whose self-styled "orchestral space-pop" fuses classical textures with disco kinetics and explosive dynamics.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $21 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and the, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Combos: U-M School of Music.

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Robert Hurst directs jazz and contemporary improvisation students and well-known Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave in jazz standards and originals.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 9:30 p.m. 

"Muscle Shoals": Michigan Theater.

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(Greg "Freddy" Camalier, 2013). Documentary about the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, where songs such as "Brown Sugar" and "When a Man Loves a Woman" were recorded.
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). See for full schedule. 668-TIME. [map]
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