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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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 8-9 a.m.  Free! 

Inforum A2Affinity -"Positioning Yourself for Your Next Role"- Wed. Sept. 6, 2017 8AM-9AM.

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Join us for our next meeting
Kristi MacKenzie is a Director with the Michigan Practice of Patina Solutions. Patina Solutions is a leading national professional services firm that partners with companies to accelerate their success by delivering executive experience on demand. In the area of talent acquisitions, she is focused on the sourcing, assessment and selection of Patina Professionals to support client initiatives through consulting, projects, leadership, executive search, board roles and mentoring. Kristi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB)
Join the A2Affinity Group to make strategic and intentional connections, build professional relationships and get inspired.
Inforum is Michigan's largest professional organization for women, to meet and network.
Go Where Meetings Matter, 4735 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. [map]

 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, 10101 Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Challenging Yoga workout that links breath with movement to create a dynamic flow of postures. This class is best suited for those with a strong yoga practice. $20 walk-in; included with some Better Living memberships.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $20. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 3-5 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Please join us for this free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between.
We are currently discussing readings from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness for Beginners: reclaiming the present moment--and your life. No need to buy the book.
Center for Innovation (formerly St. Joe's Urgent Care), 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. 734-276-7707. [map]

 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues., 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. EXCEPT OCT. 9, Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10.-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ayurveda Workshop: Rasa Festival/Akshara.

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"Every living being is an unique blend of mind, body and energy. As a human being, this blend is your personal imprint upon the world. This living, breathing organism called "you," can thrive and live with passion, intensity and full engagement with life when you care deeply about your physical, mental and energetic well-being. The ancient yogis of India have spent thousands of years mastering the art and technologies of inner wellness, which directly benefits your physical and mental well-being. Mantras, yoga, asana, Ayurvedic food and other spiritual processes are tools that can support you in embodying your highest ideals both on the spiritual and physical realm.
I welcome you to the world of timeless wisdom and practices from India. I support you in integrating practices that create a healthier body, mind and energy system.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Ann Arbor, 114 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-223-5615. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

"The Big Sick": Michigan Theater.

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Michael Showalter's 2017 rom-com about a young couple dealing with their cultural differences.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. and Sept. 9 & 16. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours. Also, on Sept. 9 & 16 (game days), a Drumline Step Show on the front steps of Revelli Hall (10:30 a.m., 350 E. Hoover).
10:30 a.m. (Sept. 4), 4:45 (all other Mon.-Thurs. dates), 7 a.m. (Sept. 9 & 16 game days), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]

 4:45, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Patti Cake$": Michigan Theater.

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Drama about an aspiring hip-hop MC who's desperate to escape her downtrodden New Jersey home town.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game, using an updated word list. Bring your own set, if you like.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  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 41st year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
5:30 p.m. sharp,meet at B2B Trailhead at Mill Creek Park on Jeffords St. between Alpine & Forrest, Dexter. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Full-Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Energetic strength-training session including cardio subsets and work on balance and posture. $15 walk-in; included with most Better Living memberships. For all ages, and customized to suit your abilities.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Wed. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., Saline municipal parking lot, 104 S. Ann Arbor, Saline. Free. 747-1862. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"What Should Be the Future Direction of United States Trade Policy?": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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President Trump and the Democratic leadership in Congress are competing to push for increasingly protectionist trade policies. Professor Alan Deardorff's talk will look at the arguments and evidence for and against such policies and address whether an alternative approach would be more beneficial for the American and world economies.
Deardorff is the John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics and a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and an expert on trade policy.
The talk will take place during the Washtenaw County Democratic Party's General Membership Meeting, which is from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave.
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave. Free. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon. except Oct. 9), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"What Should Be the Future Direction of U.S. Trade Policy?": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Talk by U-M economics professor Alan Deardorff.
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw. 879-0556. [map]

 6:45 & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Trip to Spain": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Winterbottom, 2017). The latest in a series of improvised travelogues starring British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon meditating on the perils of middle age, domesticity, and career as they eat their way through the Spanish countryside.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Tending the Wild Heart: Free Intro Session!: Sun Shen.

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You've tasted delicious moments of feeling fulfilled, relaxed and happy. You yearn to live from that place of abundance all the time...but how? In this weekly mini-retreat, you'll immerse in creative arts, journaling, play and community! With the support of the group and a skilled facilitator, you'll learn how to move through challenges from a place of abundance and power, find out what's holding you back and unleash your full potential. Intro session September 6th 6:45 pm-8:45 pm; ongoing group Sundays 3:30-5:30 pm (3 weeks on, 1 week off).
Sun Shen, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. Free. (734) 707-7477. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"I Do ... Until I Don't": Michigan Theater.

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(Lake Bell, 2017). An ensemble comedy following three couples trapped in the machinations of a jaded filmmaker looking to prove that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Obstacles to Meditation Practice and How to Transform Them": Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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We'll start out with 20 minutes of silent sitting meditation, then have an informal group discussion of obstacles we've encountered in developing a regular meditation practice. Lama Nancy will guide the discussion and provide input on strategies to deal with a variety of problems.
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St. Free. 734-678-7549. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Calvary Community Game Night: Calvary United Methodist Church.

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All invited to play board games. Bring your own game if you wish, or use one provided. Snacks.
7 p.m., Calvary UMC, 1415 Miller at Newport. Free., 769-0869. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Sept. 6: The Schrock Bros and San, Emily, & Jacob. Double bill. The Schrock Bros is the West Michigan trio of brothers Andrew and Jasen Schrock and their father Mark that specializes in Americana-oriented roots-rock originals. San, Emily, & Jacob is a local acoustic trio-father and daughter singer-instrumentalists San & Emily Slomovits with bassist Jacob Warren-that performs a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, and classical music, including material from their CD, Innocent When You Dream.

Oct. 4: Christopher Mark Jones and Escaping Pavement. Double bill. Christopher Mark Jones is veteran Pittsburgh-based Americana singer-songwriter known for his soulful country and blues-inflected songs about the strivings of common people. He has a new CD, Incantations. Escaping Pavement is a Ferndale Americana rock duo of singer-guitarists Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz whose influences range from The Band and to the Civil Wars.

Nov. 1: Danny Schmidt. Austin-based singer-songwriter who writes piercing, imaginatively complex songs about love, loss, and longing that have provoked comparisons to Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen. His music ranges from Appalachian mountain gospel and haunted English balladry to syncopated Piedmont country blues and 60s protest. Opening act is Heather Styka, a highly-regarded young pop-folk singer-songwriter from Chicago whose engagingly melodic, stylishly literate songs have provoked comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega.

7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Toastmaster's at Sweetwaters: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea and Toastmaster's.

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Sweetwaters and Toastmaster community members are creating a new Toastmasters Club at Sweetwaters! We will have 1 or 2 prepared speeches, showcase some of our (kind, encouraging and gentle) evaluations of the speeches, and some opportunities for people to have impromptu speaking fun. There will also be a chance for Q & A during the meeting too.
Come a little early and pick-up a beverage or snack from the cafe and have fun making new friendships with encouraging and supportive people!
Sweetwaters Washington St., 123 W. Washington St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Composting with a Twist": Ann Arbor Garden Club.

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Talk by master gardener Mary Fowler.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 761-8281.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor": Chelsea District Library.

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Local historians Jon Milan and Gail Offen discuss their new book. Signing.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"South Asian Women Read Poetry": Rasa Festival (Akshara).

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Readings by Ashwini Bhasi and Tarfia Faizullah. Bhasi, an Ann Arbor-based poet from Kerala (India), writes poems about the mind-body connection between trauma and chronic pain and about her experiences as a genomic data analyst and poet. Her poem about the 2016 presidential election was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Detroit poet Faizullah's 2014 collection, Seam, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. It revolves around the experience of birangona (Bangladeshi women raped by Pakistani soldiers during the Liberation War of 1971).
7-8 p.m., Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"From Passengers to Cargo: The Economic Transformation of Willow Run Airport": Yankee Air Museum.

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From the first post-airline years of the 1960s, and through boom times and turmoil to follow, air cargo operations at Willow Run have been the airport's major economic engine for more than five decades. Join Tom Livesey, Boeing 767 captain and freight carrier historian for a unique look back at the stories, people, airplanes, and airlines large and small, which had a hand in building Willow Run into a surprisingly significant international air cargo airport.
Yankee Air Museum, 47884 D Street, Belleville. Free. 734-483-4030. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Rare People and Rare Books, E. Millicent Sowerby's 1967 book about American antiquarian booksellers.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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All interested singers in all voice parts are invited to attend our open rehearsal from 7:30-9:30 pm. Nonmembers may attend up to two rehearsals before they are required to audition to continue as a member. It is not necessary to prepare a piece. The Arbor Consort is a semi-professional, nonprofit organization that performs a cappella Renaissance and Victorian era vocal music in period costumes. We are the official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. For more information contact, visit our website, or see our Facebook page:
Cavalry United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Ave. Free. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Rudolf Steiner's The Spiritual Hierarchies, a cycle of ten 1909 lectures given in Düsseldorf.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Nov. 19 & Dec. 3 & 17), and Pendleton Ballroom (Dec. 10). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]

 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 (members & students, $2). 761-1451. [map]

 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.
9-11 p.m., location TBA at $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428.

 9:30 p.m. 

"Ingrid Goes West": Michigan Theater.

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(Matt Spicer, 2017). Dark comedy of an unhinged social media stalker who moves to L.A. to insinuate herself into the life of an Instagram star. Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo photo by Myra Klarman

This local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

High-energy psychedelic funk quintet from Baltimore. Opening act is New Jersey hip-hop MC Flamingosis. $14 in advance ($16 at the door). [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and George Merkel and multi- instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul- infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter, a former Ragbirds guitarist. He recently released the CD Itch. [venue info]

Old Town: Tim Haldeman Trio

Blues- and bebop-based jazz in a variety of styles and forms by this local ensemble led by saxophonist Haldeman. [venue info]


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