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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 20, 2013






 
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 8 a.m.  Free! 

PR Power Hour: MPRG.

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MPRG, a Michigan-based public relations firm, has announced details about the upcoming PR Power Hour meet up. The event is intended to be an educational networking meeting for business professionals interested in learning about public relations strategy and tactics, and how specific opportunities or problems may be addressed through public relations. The presentation topic for the November meet up is 'Fine-Tuning Your Public Relations Positioning Message."
The meeting will begin with 20 minutes of introductions and networking, followed by a 20-minute presentation. The last 20 minutes of the meeting will be reserved for a group-based learning session during which attendees can ask questions and have them answered by the collective wisdom.
Note: Regular and decaf drip coffee are included; Specialty drinks, pastries, etc. will be available for individual purchase.
Espresso Royale, 214 S. Main St. Free. 734.677.9770. Tausha@mprg.com http://prpowerhournov.eventbrite.com/ [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980.
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 9:15-10:45 a.m. 

Parent-Toddler Play Group: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our intimate parent toddler play groups meet once/week for six weeks this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity for children (12 to 36 months) and their special adult to spend quality time together playing, (including free play stations, a slide, rotating media table, gross motor movement activities, such as bubbles, parachute play, and musical instruments), working on simple art projects (including painting, stickers, stamps) and having a snack and drink. Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood development and experience teaching in preschools, and plan their age- appropriate lessons and themes to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/ 6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9:45-11:15 a.m. 

French Classes - Ann Arbor Senior Center - All Ages - Bilingual Instructor: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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The Ann Arbor Senior Center offers French classes, the next 8-week series starts Wednesday November 20th for the Advanced and Intermediate Classes, and Thursday November 21st for a newly added beginners class. Cost is $50 for Senior Center members and $60 for non-members. Classes run for 8 weeks. Please register in advance to 734 794-6250.
Advanced French Class
Wednesdays from 9:45am to 11:15am (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "L'edtudiant etranger" by Philippe Labro
Intermediate French Class
Wednesdays from 12:15pm to 1:45pm (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Books used: "Great French Short Stories of the Twentiesh Century" translated by Jennifer Wagner; "The Ultimate French Review and Practice", 2nd edition by David Stillman & Ronni Gordon
Beginning French Class - **New Class
Starts Thursday November 21st 9:30am to 11:00am (runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "French Made Simple" by Pamela Rose Haze
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $50. 734 694-6250. jhm420@juno.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

The Sumptuous Table: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Great meals deserve a great presentation. Our Sumptuous Table exhibit, which runs from October 18 to December 8, 2013, is a display of stylish handmade ceramic dinnerware by Yourist Studio Gallery Resident Artists and will include place settings and serving pieces designed to complement your good cooking and grace your table. So come feast your eyes on our dinnerware exhibit, with pieces perfect for our own home, for wedding presents, and as holiday gifts for family and friends. Artists' Reception will take place on Friday, October 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com youristpottery.com [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
10 a.m. (Apr., Oct., & Nov.), 9 a.m. (May, June & Sept.), & 8 a.m. (July & Aug.) Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Open Play": Chelsea District Library.

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Supervised play for kids age 4 & under accompanied by a caregiver. Coffee for the adults.
10:30-11:30 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Parent-Toddler Play Group: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our intimate parent toddler play groups meet once/week for six weeks this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity for children (12 to 36 months) and their special adult to spend quality time together playing, (including free play stations, a slide, rotating media table, gross motor movement activities, such as bubbles, parachute play, and musical instruments), working on simple art projects (including painting, stickers, stamps) and having a snack and drink. Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood development and experience teaching in preschools, and plan their age- appropriate lessons and themes to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/ 6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Coping with the Holidays: Hospice of Michigan.

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A gathering for people who are struggling with the approaching Holidays following the loss of a loved one. The program offers suggestions on how to coper with this difficult time of year. There will be a seminar presentation, opportunitites to share thoughts, and a moment of remembrance. A luncheon will be served.
The author of "Through Death to Life," Ron Gries will be present. Free copies of his book will be handed out compliments of Hospice of Michigan.
Please register to come to this event.
Hospice of Michigan Office, 555 Briarwood Circle, Suite 140, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. (734)769-5721. mmartin@hom.org [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor's Economic Status and Future": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Lecture by Mayor Hieftje. The program begins with lunch.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $30. Reservations required by Nov. 15. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.  Free! 

Amazon-ing Your Digital Marketing: LA2M-Marketing Education.

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Marketing optimization expert, Hubert Sawyers III is going to share his passion for building real-time communication systems. He will provide the critical components to making any system run smoothly. In addition, he is going to show how to start a basic framework, which anyone can build. Hubert intends to entertain as much as he educates. Join us on November 20th to hear more!
Conor O'Neills, 318 South Main Street. Free. Donation. info@la2m.org la2m.org [map]
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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

  community member   < less Sungho Choi - My America.  Mixed media on wood

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. deb.polich@artrainusa.org www.artrainusa.org [map]
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 12:15-1:45 p.m. 

French Classes - Ann Arbor Senior Center - All Ages - Bilingual Instructor: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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The Ann Arbor Senior Center offers French classes, the next 8-week series starts Wednesday November 20th for the Advanced and Intermediate Classes, and Thursday November 21st for a newly added beginners class. Cost is $50 for Senior Center members and $60 for non-members. Classes run for 8 weeks. Please register in advance to 734 794-6250.
Advanced French Class
Wednesdays from 9:45am to 11:15am (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "L'edtudiant etranger" by Philippe Labro
Intermediate French Class
Wednesdays from 12:15pm to 1:45pm (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Books used: "Great French Short Stories of the Twentiesh Century" translated by Jennifer Wagner; "The Ultimate French Review and Practice", 2nd edition by David Stillman & Ronni Gordon
Beginning French Class - **New Class
Starts Thursday November 21st 9:30am to 11:00am (runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "French Made Simple" by Pamela Rose Haze
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $50. 734 694-6250. jhm420@juno.com [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 4 & 7:30 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 michtheater.org for full schedule. 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Short Term 12": Michigan Theater.

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(Destin Cretton, 2013). Drama about a 20-something and her boyfriend who help run a foster care facility.
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 michtheater.org for full schedule. 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Dreams": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra conductor Arie Lipsky and AAS) concertmaster and U-M violin professor Aaron Berofsky discuss this Tchaikovsky symphony, a rarely heard masterpiece the AASO performs on Nov. 23 (see listing).
4:30-5:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Burlesque Conditioning: A2 Aviary.

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Have you ever wanted to be a mermaid? How about a unicorn? Luna will teach you how, and so much more! Dance for fun, dance for exercise. This class will include a jazz-based warmup designed to get your body ready to move. We will then work on simple choreographed routines to build confidence and style, for stage and for life!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor MI. $12. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/burlesque-conditioning/ [map]
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 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Future of Fracking in Michigan": U-M Natural History Museum Science Cafe.

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Talks by the 3 U-M faculty authors-civil engineering professor Brian Ellis, ecology professor Knute Nadelhoffer, and Business School research fellow Kim Wolske-of a new set of technical reports on fracking. Followed by discussion.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Women's Only Night @ Running Fit Ann Arbor West: Running Fit.

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Wine, cheese, chocolate, massage, raffles, sales and more! Come enjoy great company and great deals at Running Fit!
Running Fit, 5700 Jackson Road. Free. 734-929-9022. annarbor2@runningfit.com www.runningfit.com [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Hunger Games Party": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens ages 13-17 invited for games, a craft, and a trivia contest in preparation for the Nov. 22 release of the new Hunger Games movie Catching Fire. Pizza dinner.
6-8:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Huron River Data Presentation: Huron River Watershed Council.

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HRWC staffers discuss the results of data collected over the past year to monitor the health of the river.
6:30-8 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Reservations required via email to jfrenzel@hrwc.org. 769-5123. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Static Trapeze - Basics and Conditioning: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses.
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.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single class
Six student limit
Drop students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-basics-conditioning/ [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

The Healthier Way to Indulge During the Holidays: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Learn tips to boost metabolism, increase calorie burning, decrease cravings, and detox better from alcohol. Healthier alternatives for cooking and baking will also be shared and discussed. Presented by Najette Jasey, C.N.P. - Certified Holistic Nutritionist.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fifth Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Museum Studies Lectures.

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Nov. 6 & 20. Lectures by visiting speakers. Nov. 6: Detroit Zoological Society executive director Ron Kagen on "Ethics and Living Collections: A View from the Zoo." Nov. 20: Mutter Museum (Philadelphia) director Robert Hicks on "Exquisite Corpses: Our Dialogue with the Dead in Museums."
6:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 936-6678. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Regular meeting for November: Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club.

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The regular monthly meeting of the Washtenaw Wanderers Walking
Club will by on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. at the R E I Store
meeting room, 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor.
Join us for fun, fitness and friendship.
facebook.com/Washtenaw-Wanderers , ava.org
REI Store, 970 West Eisenhower Parkway. Free. vyodhes@yahoo.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball vs. Pittsburgh.

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7 p.m., Crisler Arena, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8. 764-0247. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Digital Photo Management & Sharing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff offer demos of options for managing digital photos, including Flickr, Picasa, Dropbox, Shutterfly, and Snapfish.
7-9 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch training center, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. Space limited; first come, first served. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Have You Heard?": Hearing Voices Network of Ann Arbor.

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Local HVN members and guest speakers discuss their personal experiences with hearing voices and their interpretation of that experience, which runs counter to the mainstream view of it as psychosis. Also, screening of some documentary film clips and Q&A. Refreshments. HVN strives to create a nonjudgmental space for people who have had extraordinary mental experiences sometimes called psychosis.
7-9 p.m., Ann Arbor Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill. Free. 709-2183. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introducing Southeast Asia Lecture Series": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Nov. 13: Universiti Malaya politics professor Terence Gomes on "Political Financing in Southeast Asia." Nov. 20: U-M business professor Linda Lim on "Economic Development in Southeast Asia."
7-8:30 p.m., 173 Lorch Hall, 611 Tappan. Free. 764-0352. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Art of Youth: Crane, Carrington, Gershwin, and the Nature of First Acts": Nicola's Books.

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U-M English professor Nicholas Delbanco reads and discusses his new book about 3 artistic prodigies who died young: writer Stephen Crane, painter Dora Carrington, and composer George Gershwin. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Where Harry Met Sally: The Jewish Deli in America": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Dickinson College religion and Judaic studies professor Ted Merwin discusses the American Jewish deli as a neighborhood institution.
7-9 p.m., 100 Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Yes, Chef, Marcus Samuelsson's award-winning memoir about growing up as an Ethiopian adopted by Swedish parents, learning cooking from his Swedish grandmother, and eventually becoming an acclaimed chef in New York City.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Delaware: Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Haehnle Audubon Society Stewardship Committee members Gary Siegrist and Lathe Claflin present a slide-illustrated talk on this spot in Delaware Bay where the dwindling population of Red Knot sandpipers stops every spring to refuel on horseshoe crab eggs before continuing to their Arctic breeding grounds.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]
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 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Static Trapeze - Intro to Routine: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class will be an introduction to basic assents, poses, and other foundational skills needed for this very athletic art form. Each class will build skills to culminate in a routine.
Beginner students will work to develop skills, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography and refinement over the basics. While it is recommended that students be comfortable with getting on and off the trapeze unassisted, this course is suitable for both beginners and established aerialists.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per single class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-intro-to-routine/ [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Big Sean: EMU Convocation Center.

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Widely acclaimed young Detroit hip-hop MC whose debut album Finally Famous earned the 2012 BET Best New Artist award and 2 Grammy nominations. He recently released his 2nd album, Hall of Fame.
8 p.m., EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt (north off Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. Tickets $27-$52 in advance at the EMU Convocation Center and at emutix.com, and at the door. 487-2282. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Campus Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Mélisse Brunet conducts this ensemble of nonmusic majors in Beethoven's Prometheus Overture, Bartok's Rumanian Folk Dances, and Bizet's Carmen Suite.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (students & members, $2). 761-1451. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Trombone Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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David Jackson directs this music student ensemble in works by Bach, Barber, Debussy, Dukas, Ewazen, Fox, Hartley, and Premru.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"White Christmas: The Musical": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 21-Dec. 22. Barbara Cullen directs this 2004 musical, adapted from the 1954 film, about 2 nightclub performers who help an old army pal try to make his winter resort popular. The Irving Berlin score features "Blue Skies," "Count Your Blessings," "How Deep Is the Ocean," ad the iconic title song. Cast: Jess Alexander, Darcy Link, Jennifer Bachman, and Tim Brayman.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Dec. 5), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Thurs. eve.: $26 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $24; groups of 10 or more, $22; Nov. 21 preview only, $18); Fri. & Sat. eve.: $32 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $29; groups of 10 or more, $26); Thurs., Sat. & Sun. matinee: $28 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $25; groups of 10 or more, $24). Tickets available in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets available at the door only 1 hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. except Nov. 27. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenburg Room, $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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