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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 27, 2014






 
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"Violette": Michigan Theater.

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(Martin Provost, 2013). Biopic about the French novelist Violette Leduc who forms a relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $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, michtheater.org. [map]
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 8 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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 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 a.m.-11 p.m. 

79th Annual Saline Community Fair.

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Aug. 27-31. This old-fashioned community fair features agricultural and craft exhibits, rides, and a variety of special events, including a parade (Aug. 27), a rodeo (Aug. 29), and more. Rides usually run Wed.-Sat. Updated schedule available at salinefair.org.
9 a.m.-11 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Cost TBA. 668-0776. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Drop in Play: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Drop in and enjoy playing with your little one(s) (ages 6 months - 4 years welcome) in our cheerful safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. There's a slide, kitchen, ride-on toys and tons of other options. We'll even be bringing in the swings and Jump-a-roo for the little ones.
This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. Bring a friend, bring the kids and let them play while you get a chance to chat or meet new friends while you are here. Coffee and snacks available for $1.You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your family (no peanuts/ peanut products please).
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Dance-Along, Sing-Along": Chelsea District Library.

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Local music teacher "Mrs. Beth" Battey, co-organizer of the Cumberland Dance Week family dance camp, leads a program of songs, dances, and musical games for kids age 2 & up. Followed by open playtime.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 11:30 a.m., and 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium.

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Daily (except July 4), June 30-Aug. 31. Various different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in July) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.

The Little Star That Could (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in Aug.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system. Stars to Starfish ((12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.

Light Years from Andromeda (2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda.

Hubble Vision (2:30 p.m. Sat.) is an audiovisual show about the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 1:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Camp Nicola's Books for Kids!": Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. Nicola's staffers lead craft activities for kids ages 7-12. This year's theme is "Fun with Science." Crafts come from books which must be purchased in advance (20% discount). Aug. 6: Pop Bottle Science. Aug. 13: The Klutz Guide to the Galaxy. Aug. 20: The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science. Aug. 27: Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing.
1:30-3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. $5 materials fee. Preregistration required. 662-0600. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Last Romance": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun. (except June 26), June 12-Aug. 30. Michelle Mountain directs professional actors in Tony-winning playwright Joe DiPietro's heartwarming 2008 comedy about an opera-loving widower named Ralph who falls for a woman at a dog park and pursues her in spite of her reluctance to start a relationship. As Ralph's romance blossoms, his acerbic sister (and roommate) gets in the way. Cast: Andrew Buckshaw, Ryan Dooley, Franette Liebow, Priscilla Lindsay, and Will Young. Note: The July 11 & Aug. 8 performances include a talkback.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 12-19 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & 28 (Sat. eve.). After June 19: Tickets $18.50 (July 11 & Aug. 8 only), $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & $42 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 5:30 p.m. sharp  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 37th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
6 p.m. (May-July) & 5:30 p.m. (Apr. & Aug.-Oct.) sharp, meet at at Paladin (formerly Sweepster) parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
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 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Ballet 1: A2 Aviary.

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Are you an adult looking for a ballet class for beginners? Or a budding aerialist who needs little help with your form? Perhaps you have heard phrases bandied about such as, "Point your feet.", "Put energy in your arms.", or "Straighten those legs for a long line." If so then Ballet Conditioning is for you! Strengthening feet, cultivating grace, and improving balance are just some of the aspects that will be explored in this class. There will be a ballet barre followed by easy center work. All levels are welcome!
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12-$75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/ballet/ [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., meet at Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline. Free. 747-1862.
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Ballet 2: A2 Aviary.

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Look no further for that chill adult ballet class you've been seeking! Ballet 2 is a great class for bringing ballet back into your life in a relaxed fashion. This class is aimed at those who have some previous ballet experience and would like to continue their technique. There is a full barre followed by center work and choreography such as classical ballet variations adjusted to be in slippers. Please join us for a fun dance experience!
$15 for a single class
$90 for a seven week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15-$90. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/ballet-2/ [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Memory Book": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services staff help participants organize photos of a recently lost loved one in a memory book. Bring photos; other materials provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Bonsai Garden Tour: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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A U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens staffer leads a tour of the new bonsai garden at Matthaei.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

MiRobotClub.

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All robotics hobbyists invited to work on and discuss robots.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd north of Ellsworth). Free. mirobotclub.com. [map]
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 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Chanel No. 5: The Art & Science Behind a Timeless Perfume": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk (with fragrance samples) by local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

Ecstatic Dance A2: Caryn Simon.

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Gretchens House Traver-Wednesdays / Oak valley- Thursdays, 2625 Traver Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105 - 2340 Oak Valley Drive Ann Arbor MI 48103. $10. 734-646-1351. artemisia418@gmail.com carynascreatrix.com [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss The Man Who Changed Everything, Basil Mahon's biography of James Clerk Maxwell, the 19th-century scientist who discovered the nature of electromagnetic waves and took the first color photograph.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Modern Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Modern dance can be anything from bouncing across floor emulating frying bacon to executing the perfect triple pirouette. This class will draw from both ends of the spectrum to meet in the middle by exploring such concepts in modern dance techniques as breath, fall and recover, and spirals. So come roll on the floor, jump like a stag, or simply find beauty in stillness! This class will focus on fun as we learn technique and small phrases over the seven week session. All ability levels are welcome as the class will be structured to accommodate those new to dance as well as the more experienced.
$15 for a single class
$90 for a seven week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15-$90. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/modern-dance/ [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stark Raving MADrigal Singers.

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Every Wed., June-Aug. Singers of all abilities invited to join in singing madrigals and other Elizabethan part songs in a casual, sociable setting in a private home.
7:30 p.m., location TBA. Free. 973-3264, 994-3438.
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 8 p.m. 

Liz Story and Lisa Downing: The Ark.

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Story is a stunningly virtuosic pianist who released her debut recording for Windham Hill in 1983. Her music blends elements of mainstream jazz, folk, and rock to create vibrantly colorful, emotionally stirring new music. "She strings long melodies through shifting harmonies like rivers streaming down rock paths," says a Keyboard magazine reviewer. She is joined tonight by Downing, a Denver pianist who recently released her 3rd CD, A Delicate Balance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8:30-9:30 p.m. 

Burlesque 1: 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 in this intro to burlesque technique and group choreography class! Dance for fun, dance for exercise. This class will include a jazz-based warmup to get your body ready to move and exercises to teach you the theory and technique of burlesque. We will then work on choreographed routines to build confidence and style for stage and for life! All students enrolled in the full seven week session will have the opportunity to perform their group routine at LIFT OFF, our student showcase.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a 7 week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12-$75. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/burlesque-1/ [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. 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 Apr. 9 & 23 at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Vandenburg Room (July) & Pendleton Room (all Aug. dates except Aug. 27, Anderson Room). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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