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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, December 4, 2013






 
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 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Rockin' for the Hungry": Food Gatherers.

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Dec. 4-8. Live broadcasts by Ann Arbor's 107one DJs. Nonperishable food donations requested.
7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 4-7) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Dec. 8), Kroger, 400 S. Maple. Free admission. 761-2796. [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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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Using Information Disclosure to Achieve Policy Goals: How Experience with the Toxics Release Inventory Can Inform Action on Natural Gas Fracking": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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U-M Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy director Barry Rabe moderates a panel discussion with University of Wisconsin-Green Bay political science and public affairs professor emeritus Michael Kreft and Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) Institute of Public Opinion director Christopher Borick.
10-11:30 a.m., 1120 Weill, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 615-5312. [map]

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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime with the Zoo": Nicola's Books/Great Lakes Zoological Society.

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Dec. 4, 11, & 18. A storyteller reads animal-themed children's books. Also, animal crafts and a critter corner with live animals.
10:30 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime with the Zoo": Nicola's Books/Great Lakes Zoological Society.

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Dec. 4, 11, & 18. A storyteller reads animal-themed children's books. Also, animal crafts and a critter corner with live animals.
10:30 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"The Implications of Climate Change, Both Globally and Locally": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Lecture by Rosina Bierbaum, a U-M environmental science professor and a member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The program begins with lunch.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $30. Reservations required by Nov. 29. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]

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 11:45 a.m.  Free! 

Transformational Branding: LA2M-Marketing Education.

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Messaging, mediums, conversations, customer experience, customer support, the people you hire… all are components of brand. The greatest brands in the world have a brand presence, an internal culture, and a customer experience that are indistinguishable from one another. There is no confusion in message, because everyone lives and breathes the message every day.
This presentation will discuss the steps, some real life case studies, and a look into what's holding most organizations back from becoming the brand they were meant to be.
Conor O'Neills, 318 South Main Street. Free. Donation. la2madmin@gmail.com. la2madmin@gmail.com [map]

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 Noon  Free! 

"Bach's Orgelbüchlein: An Advent Meditation": Bethlehem United Church of Christ.

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Local organists Shin-Ae Chun, Gail Jennings, Naki Kripfgans, and Alice Van Wambeke perform Christmas choral preludes. With readings by John Samford. Refreshments.
Noon, Bethlehem UCC, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-6149. [map]

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 Noon  Free! 

"Darkness Visible: Gender, Genre, and Cinematic Madness": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Lecture by IRWG visiting scholar Colleen Tremonte.
Noon-1 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [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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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cuba in the New Millennium: Reforming Orthodoxy and Generational Change": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Talk by ICAE Business School (Alajuela, Costa Rica) economics professor Alberto Trejos, a former Costa Rica minister of foreign trade.
4-5:30 p.m., 1120 Weill, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 615-5312. [map]

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 4 & 6:15 p.m. 

"Philomena": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of Stephen Frears' 2013 drama about a world-weary journalist who investigates the story of a woman's search for her son who was taken from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Judi Dench.
Times TBA at michtheater.org, 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). 668-TIME. [map]

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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Reading Volcano Island: Reflections on Jeju 4.3 on its 65th Year": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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University of Iowa Korean studies chair Sonia Ryang discusses Kim Seok-beom's book about the April 3, 1948 uprisings on the South Korean island of Jeju that led to violent suppression and thousands of casualties.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 764-1825. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Anselm Kiefer": U-M Author's Forum.

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U-M modern and contemporary art professor Matthew Biro and U-M German studies professor Silke-Maria Weineck discuss Biro's new book about the prolific contemporary German artist renowned for his diverse body of work in painting, sculpture and installation.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]

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 6 p.m. 

Flute Ensembles: EMU Music Department.

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Julie Stone directs the music student flute choir and small ensembles in a program TBA.
6 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.

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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri., except Dec. 24, 25, & 31. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [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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 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"All About the Affordable Care Act": Chelsea District Library.

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Talk by a Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services representative TBA.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Block Printing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Adults and youth in grade 9 & up invited to learn to make linocut prints using linoleum blocks. Supplies provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-8301. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star: Barnes & Noble".

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Retired Detroit Wed Wings right wing Darren McCarty, a fan favorite who is also the lead singer in the rock band Grinder, discusses his recently published memoir. Signing.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry": Literati Bookstore.

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Several area poets-including Linda Gregerson, David Cope, Lizzie Hutton, Laura Kasischke, Josie Kearns, Thomas Lynch, Alison Swan, and Keith Taylor-read from this new anthology of works by more than 90 poets and 30 artists.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

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 7 p.m. 

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever": EMU Theatre Department.

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Nov. 22-24 and Dec. 5-8. EMU drama professor Christine Tanner directs EMU drama students in Barbara Robinson's comedy about a family of hooligans who take over the Sunday school Christmas pageant. Joseph and the Wise Men get in a fight, Mary runs away with the baby, and as the miscreants lie, steal, and smoke cigars, the pageant descends into a state of raucous hilarity that harbors a heart-warming denouement. A family-oriented production for theatergoers age 6 & up.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-1221. [map]

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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Watch Me Move: The Animation Show": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Detroit Institute of Arts docent Ken Szmigiel introduces the current DIA exhibit showcasing animation's great inventors, innovators, and artists over the past 150 years.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

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 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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Dec. 4, Feb. 5, Mar. 5. All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [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. 

Hot Tuna Acoustic: The Ark.

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Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady, two original members of Jefferson Airplane, formed Hot Tuna in 1970 as a progressive blues-rock outfit, and the band had several hit records. Kaukonen and Casady toured as a duo in the 80s, and their current lineup includes drummer Scoota Warner and mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $40 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! 

"Mad about Chamber Music": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M music professor Christopher Harding directs U-M music students in an informal concert of classical music TBA. Proceeds benefit KCH.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free; donations accepted at the door. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

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 8:30 p.m. 

"Dallas Buyers Club": Michigan Theater.

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(Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013). Drama about a Texas electrician who battles Big Pharma after being diagnosed with HIV in 1986. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto.
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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