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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 21, 2013






 
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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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 9:30-11:30 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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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Laugh or Cry, It's Politics: Politics in the Arts": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Oct. 24-Dec. 5. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and visiting speakers.

Oct. 24: Former U-M Institute of Gerontology director Richard Adelman discusses "Opera and Politics as Bedfellows."

Oct. 31: UMMA director Joseph Rosa on "The Art of Collecting: A Political Investment."

Nov. 7: U-M Dearborn English professor emeritus Lawrence Berkove on "The Two Faces of Mark Twain: Humor and Tragedy."

Nov. 14: U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society members present a lecture-demo on "Political Humor in Gilbert and Sullivan."

Nov. 21: U-M English and film professor emeritus Ira Konigsberg on "Making Fun of the Tragic: The Satire of Politics in Film."

Dec. 5: Cartoonist Jef Mallett, creator of the widely syndicated comic strip "Frazz, on "Laughing and Thinking."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]
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 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"The Firebird": Wild Swan Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. This award-winning local children's theater presents Russia's most famous folktale, with dancing and music. In the course of a perilous journey to recover the elusive Firebird and save his family's kingdom, young Prince Ivan must overcome the horrible witch Baba Yaga, Nurl the Gnome, Sistchik the Snake King, and the ogre Koschey the Deathless. Live balalaika music by local musicians David Mosher and Nan Nelson. Suitable for kids ages 4 & over. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), 12:30 p.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 23 & 24), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (youth and seniors, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Fall Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Sept. 5-Dec. 12. CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Nov. 28. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under. Themes include monkeys (Nov. 5 & 7), owls (Nov. 12 & 14), "Llama Llama" (Nov. 19 & 21), and "Harvest Time" (Nov. 26).
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [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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 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Nov. 7: University of California-Santa Cruz Japanese professor emeritus Earl Jackson Jr. on "Cogito Ergo Proxy: Radical Doubt in Japanese Anime." Nov. 14: University of Chicago art history professor Chelsea Foxwell on "The Painting of Sadness?: The

Beginnings and Ends of Nihonga."
Nov. 21: Dartmouth College government professor Yusaku Horiuchi on "America's Role in Making Japan's Economic Miracle."
Noon, 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-6307. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Nov. 19 & 21 (choose one). All invited to discuss two books by Leonard Felder: Here I Am: Using Jewish Spiritual Wisdom to Become More Present, Centered, and Available for Life and Seven Prayers that Can Change Your Life.
7-8 p.m. (Nov. 19) & noon-1 p.m. (Nov. 21), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [map]
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 Noon-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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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Nov. 7: Children's classical violin recital. Nov. 14: Classical soprano art songs and arias by vocalists Sheena Law and Leslie Mason. Accompanist is Lydia Qiu. Nov. 21: Chamber music by the U-M Campus Symphony Woodwind Quintet.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

International Neighbors.

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All area women invited for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, with a variety of dishes, including vegetarian and nonvegetarian, traditional and international. All encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to donate to Food Gatherers. Nursery care provided for preschoolers. Refreshments.
1-2:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. 995-1645. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Horizons Band: Saline Senior Center.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Dec. 19-Jan. 6. Bring a band instrument. Beginners are asked to call ahead to set up lessons.
7-8:30 p.m. (Tues.) and 1-2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]
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 2-10 p.m.  Free! 

Build Day!: All Hands Active.

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Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
* You must demonstrate knowledge / safety precautions before using
** Require you to take a class. Though there's a good chance you can find someone down there on a build night that can do the job for you. Offer to buy them a beer (AFTER), or c
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty. Free. Donation. (734) 707-8242. AllHandsActive@gmail.com AllHandsActive.com [map]
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 2:30 & 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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 3 & 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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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: WomanSafeHealth.

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Thursday, October 24, 4:00-5:00 PM
You are invited to meet Dr. Elizabeth and other staff, tour the WomanSafeHealth office and have your questions answered. This monthly opportunity also includes complimentary refreshments and a chance to privately meet any of the practitioners present. There will also be a free acupuncture demo with Stephanie Macey, RN, MSOM.
Please call 734-477-5100 or email us at info@womansafehealth.com with any questions.
WomanSafeHealth, 2340 E. Stadium Blvd. Suite #8. Free. 734-477-5115. info@womansafehealth.com www.womansafehealth.com [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Lecture Series.

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Nov. 7: "The Rose Petals of Lipa." U-M history professor Deirdre de la Cruz discusses the 1948-1949 phenomenon in which rose petals fell from the sky on 15 separate occasions outside a Carmelite convent in the Philippines. Nov. 21: Williams College American culture professor Karen Merrill on "Real and Ineffable Properties: Resource Politics and the Modern American West."
4 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Mapping Fear: Stoking the Fires of the French and Indian War": U-M Clements Library.

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Talk by Clements Library map curator Mary Sponberg Pedley.
4 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-2347. [map]
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 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite. Snacks.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Karen Russell: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Fiction reading by this 2013 MacArthur "genius" Award-winner whose highly acclaimed novel Swamplandia!, about an alligator-wrestling family beset by tragedy and failure, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her latest book, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, is a collection of surreal, magical short stories praised by an NPR critic as "one of the most innovative, inspired short-story collections in the past decade." Russell uses fantastic events and characters to explore existential horrors, such as a group of Japanese women held captive in a factory and transformed into human silkworms, a massage therapist who heals by manipulating tattoos on a war vet's torso, and two lonely vampires trying to slake their blood thirst in a sunny lemon grove.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Nov. 7, 14, & 21. Talks by visiting artists. Nov. 7: "Visualizing Data." Talk by award-winning designer Lisa Strausfeld who designs interactive data projects. Nov. 14: "Alternative Futures with Design." Talk by Sputniko!, an MIT Media Lab professor whose work explores technology, feminism, and pop culture. Nov. 21: Talk by Antony Gormley, a sculptor whose work investigates the relationship of the human body to space, nature, and the cosmos.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Annual Alzheimer's Association Research Event.

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The Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter is pleased to present its annual education event - Alzheimer's Research: The Global Search for Hope, A Local Call to Action - presented by Dr. Bruno Giordani, Associate Director and Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Psychology at Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center. Giordani will be sharing information attained from attending the 2013 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Massachusetts - the world's largest forum revealing the latest dementia research:
* Setting the framework: Alzheimer's disease scope and background
* What's going on in the brain with Alzheimer's, and what does that tell us about treatment and diagnosis?
* How is this new information incorporated into new diagnostic criteria and research?
* AAIC highlights: New therapeutics and approaches to clinical trials; Early detection approaches; New information on risk factors; New political strategies in the coming year
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free, but donations accepted.. 800.272.3900. mglcregistration@alz.org http://www.alz.org/mglc [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Institute of Management Accountants - Monthly Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Ann Arbor Chapter Dinner Meetings are usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month, and feature networking, a before-dinner speaker and an after-dinner speaker, with each session valued at 1 hour of CPE (2 CPE for the entire meeting). However, the first meeting of the year is Wednesday Sept. 18. Meetings begin with a Networking period at 5:30pm. The before-dinner speaker is at 5:45pm, Dinner at 6:50pm, and the post-dinner speaker begins at 7:30pm. Adjournment at about 8:30pm.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Ave. $25-35. bcable.rsvp@gmail.com http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/index.html [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Bourbon Barrel Beer Dinner: MSV.

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Join us as Chef Josh Dievendorf brings a new creative style to the menu at Carson's. Our Bourbon Barrel Beer Dinner is specially paired with Arcadia Jaw-Jacker Pumpkin Spiced Ale and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Enjoy this combination of autumn flavors with a mix of bourbon.
The Beer
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker Pumpkin Spiced Ale
This spiced amber-wheat ale is our celebration of the arrival of Autumn. The addition of cinnamon, all-spice and nutmeg (in the exact proportions of a family pumpkin pie recipe) creates a refreshingly spicy, season brew. www.arcadiaales.com
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale
Award winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel AleŽ is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon. Our Kentucky Ale is aged for up to 6 weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentucky's finest distilleries. Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrels. www.kentuckyale.com
Carson's American Bistro, 2000 Commonwealth Blvd. $39.95 per person, all inclusive.. (888) 456-3463 Credit card is required for the reservation. info@msventures.net [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

Intro to Soft Circuits: All Hands Active.

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Come learn about basic circuits using these fun and engaging tool! Great class for kids as well!
$15 for non-members
$10 for members
+$5 if you want to take your kit home or give as a present!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty. Donation. $15 non-members, $10 members, +$5 to take your kit home. (734) 707-8242. AllHandsActive@gmail.com AllHandsActive.com [map]
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Thanksgiving Pie Workshop.

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Forget the bird, Thanksgiving is all about the PIE! We'll start by getting to know all of the tips and tricks to making the perfect flaky pie pastry. You will make a double batch so that you can take some dough with you and create your own masterpiece at home. Next we will take the 3 classic Thanksgiving pies and give them a modern upgrade. You will work singularly to make your pie dough and in groups to make the actual pies. You will be able to taste the delicious fruits of your labor and again take some dough with you. Full Participation. Menu: Traditional Pumpkin Pie made from Real Pie Pumpkins; Salted Caramel Apple Lattice Top Pie; Maple Pecan Pie with Maple Leaf Cut-outs; Fool-Proof Flaky Pie Crust; Simple Cinnamon Chantilly Cream. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more.
Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hula-hoop/ [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Life After High School College Fair for Students With Learning Disabilities: Ann Arbor Public Schools & Ann Arbor Academy.

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The Ann Arbor Public Schools and Ann Arbor Academy invite you to participate in our 4th annual "Life After High School" - Learning Differently College Access event on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The school is located at 2727 Fuller Road.
This evening differs from other college and career nights because it brings students from throughout southeastern Michigan together with colleges and organizations that provide special resources for students with learning challenges. Colleges, universities and transition programs will be on hand to share information about their programs with special focus on resources available for students with ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, non-verbal learning disabilities and processing challenges. Students and family members will have ample time to talk about these programs and opportunities.
This is a free event, made possible with help from the Parent, Teacher and Student organizations of the
Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Road. Free. 734-994-2027. boshoven@aaps.k12.mi.us [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Live from Tanglewood: The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma": University Musical Society "UMS on Film" Series.

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Screening of award-winning director Morgan Neville's film that features a recorded performance at the Tanglewood Music Center, along with musician interviews. Following the screening, a Q&A with members of the Silk Road Ensemble.
7 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs., except Thanksgiving. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 7-8 p.m. 

Gale Benson and Jessica Ryder: The Mix.

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Thursday 7-8 PM - An acoustic performance (without amplification) of jazz inspired song renderings and improvisation by guitarist Benson and vocalist Ryder.
The Mix, 128 W Michigan, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5. 734-961-8704. bennygale@comcast.net http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7diqUHuC4I [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Health Talks: Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor.

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Nov. 4, 7, 13, & 21. Talks by NHCAA staffers. Nov. 4: Nutritionist Kerry Cradit on "Our Favorite Supplements." Nov. 7: Health practitioner Connie Kelly-Saur on "Detoxify." Nov. 13: Chiropractor Darren Schmidt on "How to Burn Fat." Nov. 21: Chiropractor Denise Acton on "Lick the Sugar Habit."
7 p.m., NHCAA, 3610 W. Liberty. Free. 302-7575. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

  community member   < less Knife Defense at the Level 6 Instructor's Bootcamp, Toronto 2013

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. ckmchelsea@gmail.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Annie": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan's upbeat, Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in Depression-era New York, the plot follows the adventures of the plucky Annie and her faithful sidekick pup Sandy as they escape an orphanage run by the despicable Miss Hannigan and eventually find a home with the millionaire Daddy Warbucks, rubbing elbows with FDR along the way. Songs include "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," "Hard-Knock Life," and "Easy Street."
7 p.m. (Nov. 21-23), 1 p.m. (Nov. 23), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (students age 18 & under & seniors age 65 & older, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, muto.umich.edu, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"I Can Hear the Sun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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The local children's theater troupe Wild Swan Theater presents readings of excerpts from its new play-in-progress, an adaptation of Patricia Polacco's story about a young homeless boy who begins to find a place in the world as he tends a group of wild geese in a city park.
7-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Parking Stress Outside the Bedroom Door": Bookbound.

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Local writer Lois Maharg reads from her new book, The Savvy Insomniac: A Personal Journey Through Science to Better Sleep, and discusses strategies for reducing the effects of stress on sleep. Signing.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Thin Air": U-M Basement Arts.

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Nov. 21-23. Matthew Flickinger directs U-M students in an improvised one-act play based on audience suggestions.
7 p.m. (Nov. 21-23) & 11 p.m. (Nov. 22), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 7 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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 7:15 & 9:45 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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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism": Center of Light.

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Join us for this 6-week introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Classes include teachings on the inner spiritual path, meditation, soul, light, prayer and blessing. Classes offered on an ongoing rolling basis, join us when you can.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (N. Main just before Hwy, on left). Free. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org http://www.centersoflight.org/annarbor.html [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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Nov. 7 & 21. All invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Must be 21 or older. The Nov. 7 meeting is followed by a dance with music spun by a DJ.
7:30-10 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5 (members, free). 786-2237. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Archaeological Society.

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Independent filmmaker Aaron Martin shows and discusses his new film about the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. (248) 437-4183. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

U of M Grad Student Trivia.

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A trivia event hosted by U of M Graduate Students. Everyone welcome! Prizes!
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, 420 N. Main St. Ste. 100, Chelsea. Free. (734) 475-2337. info@chelseaalehouse.com www.chelseaalehouse.com [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Bob: A Life in Five Acts": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in award-winning young San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's exuberantly comic exploration of the mythology of the American Dream that chronicles the highly unusual life of a man's lifelong quest to become a "Great Man." Playwright Nachtrieb is on hand after the Nov. 23 performance for a Q&A with the audience. Stars Milo Tucker-Meyer and an ensemble of more than 40 performers who enliven the evocation of a wild contemporary American landscape with original music, interpretive dance, and absurdist comedy.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $12 (students, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Goethe's Diner": Rudolf Steiner High School Drama Club.

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Nov. 21-23. Rudolf Steiner students perform Steiner School English and drama teacher Mary Emery and her son Jules Holbrook's comedy about a young man who sells his soul to the Devil for the waitress in a diner.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. $5 (students, $3; family, $12) at the door only. 669-9394. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Jerry's Girls": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Jan. 5, and Nov. 27. Carla Milarch directs Jerry Herman and Larry Alford's Tony-winning 1985 musical, a cabaret-style revue with large-scale production numbers, tap dancing, and a bit of drag showcasing songs from Herman's musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, and others. Stars Naz Edwards.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Nov. 27), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 14), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Nov. 14), $24 & $26 (Nov. 15 & 17), $30 & $32 (Nov. 16), and $22 & $24 (Nov. 21). Nov. 22 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Nov. 22: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $34 & $36 (Fri. & Sun.), $27 & $29 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Three Sisters": U-M Theatre Department.

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Nov. 21-24. U-M theater professor Priscilla Lindsay directs U-M drama students in Allison Horsley's translation of Chekhov's intricate, incisive psychological close-up of the lives and loves of three high-minded young women trapped in a turn-of-the-century Russian provincial village. The play is an exquisite blend of comic and dark elements--Chekhov claimed he had written a "vaudeville." Without a single star or heroic figure, it is one of the first ensemble pieces written for the stage. This production uses an adaptation of the standard text, by former Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director (and U-M grad) Libby Appel, that includes elements of Chekhov's original writing that had been either changed or excised by others.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
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 7:45- 8:45 p.m. 

Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus 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 student
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in the class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra/ [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Birds of Chicago: The Ark.

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Americana ensemble led by singer-songwriters JT Nero of the Chicago rock 'n' soul band JT Nero & the Clouds and Allison Russell of the Canadian urban folk band Po' Girl. No Depression describes their eponymous debut CD as "songs like poetry set to some of the finest roots melodies that you'll ever hear."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Creative Arts Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Mark Kirschenmann conducts this adventurous jazz student ensemble in a program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Tim Walkoe: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 21-23. A grand prize winner on ABC's America's Funniest People, this popular Chicago comic mixes song parodies with a rapid-fire series of one-liners, jokes, and topical observations. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Hollywood and Hyde": Emergent Arts.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 7-22. This local theater company presents Tim Henning's new dark comedy, a modern retelling of Jekyll and Hyde in which Jekyll is a bitter out-of-work Hollywood actor whose closest confidante has begun to notice strange and violent happenings surrounding him. Cast: Larry Rusinsky, Cyd Heed, Tony Putman, Randolph Fitzpatrick, Eric Bloch, Paul Bianchi, David Kleitch, and Ari Litman-Weinberg. Note: The Nov. 23 performance has been cancelled.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Sun.), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $15 (students with ID and seniors, $12). 985-0875. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Scopes (of)": U-M Dance Department B.F.A. Concert.

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Nov. 21-23. An evening of original choreography by U-M dance majors Alison Coleman, Kristen Donovan, Christina Papetti, Maddy Rager, and Nola Smith.
8 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). $7 at the door only, beginning at 7 p.m. 763-5460, 763-5461. [map]
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 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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 9 p.m. 

James Tristan Redding & Troy Petty, double CD release show: The Yellow Barn.

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Join these two captivating singer-songwriters for an electrifying acoustic concert on their double album release tour. For one night, these two old friends will leave their hearts on the stage for your eyes and ears to behold. James Tristan Redding spent last winter in Mexico busking, writing, and recording his debut solo album. "Walking Into Brooklyn" chronicles his personal struggles and the triumph of relocating to New York City, a lifelong dream. Troy Petty is to Chicago what Chris Isaak is to San Francisco. Troy's brand new album, Fairy Tale Pen, is as inventive as it is reliable. His band, The Last Dark Show, captures the quiet beauty and stark contrast of the mid-west, while his rhythmic vision and harmonic exploration evoke the tapestries of both our former and future lives.
The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St. Donation. $10. (734) 358-3832. info@jamestristanredding.com www.jamestristanredding.com [map]
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