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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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 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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 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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 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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 6:30-8:30 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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 7:30-9 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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 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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 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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