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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: A Place in the Shade: Selected Projects by Charles Correa": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Charles Correa (1930-2015) is arguably the most influential architect to have worked in modern India. Born in India and educated in the U.S., Correa earned a B. Arch. at the University of Michigan in 1953 and went on to receive his M.Arch. at MIT.
Over a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Correa's architecture, urban design, planning, and writings inspired generations, adapting the international language of modernism to the Indian context.. This exhibition, organized by Nondita Correa Mehrotra, the director of the Charles Correa Foundation, explores the breadth of his built work, through highlighting thirteen selected projects. Professor Craig Borum designed the exhibition. The exhibition accompanies the inaugural Charles Correa International Lecture, an annual lecture by an emerging architect engaged with global architecture and activism. The lecture will promote cultural understanding through design practice and discourse.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [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.  Free! 

Early Stage/Mild Memory Loss Social Meet-Up: Alzheimer's Association.

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The Alzheimer's Association Early-Stage Social Engagement Programs offers a fun and comfortable way for people in the early stage of the Alzheimer's or a related dementia to get out, get active, and get connected with like individuals through a variety of community-based activities and social events. On every 2nd Wednesday of each month, we meet-up for coffee and/or lunch. From 11am-12pm, there's a discussion group topic and activities for early stage participants and from 12pm-1pm, we have lunch together (care partners are invited to join). Advance registration is required.
Silver Maples, 100 Silver Maples Dr, Chelsea. Free. 800-272-3900. [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]

 Noon  Free! 

"10 Blocks on the Camino Real": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Sept. 13, 15, & 16 (different locations). The National Theatre of Ghana presents open-air performances of its adaptation of Tennessee Williams' one-act play Camino Real that infuses it with Ghanaian culture. In the original, an American ex-prizefighter named Kilroy arrives in an unnamed South or Central American town and meets a variety of surreal characters from history, myth, and literature over the course of 10 hallucinatory scenes. This production largely retains Williams' text, but refigures the last scene, transforming Don Quixote and Sancho Panza into Okomfo Okokye and Osei-tutu, the founding Ashanti kings of Ghana. In becoming Osei-tutu (the Sancho character), Kilroy accepts the golden stool that denotes kingship and puts on African robes.
Noon (Wed.), Ann Arbor Farmer's Market; noon (Fri.), U-M Diag;, & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Ypsilanti Farmers Market, Depot Town. Free. 936-2777.

 12:30 p.m. 

Animal Presentation: Domino's Petting Farm.

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Sept. 13 & 27. Farm staffers show and discuss animals and their contributions to the farm.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm Pole Barn, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]

 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to join CDL librarian Emily Meloche to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan": Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX.

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(Nicholas Meyer, 1982). Director's cut of this sci-fi classic. William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban. This 35th anniversary screening includes an introduction by Shatner.
2 & 7 p.m., 4100 Carpenter. Cost TBA. 973-8424. [map]

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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An Alzheimer's Association caregiver support group is a safe place to learn, to talk, and to meet with others coping with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. Support group members are typically the spouse, adult child, other family member or friend of someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. This group meets every 2nd Wednesday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
StoryPoint | Senior Living Communities Independent Living, 6230 S State Rd., Saline. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 4 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]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Tours of the club's historic home, hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to learn about club programs, groups, classes, and more.
4-6 p.m., City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]

 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

Positive Links Speaker Series: Center for Positive Organizations.

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How can positive workplaces solve global challenges?
A Q&A with Scott DeRue

Positive Links
Gain inspiring and practical research-based strategies for building organizations that are high performing and bring out the best in people. Learn from leading positive organizational scholars and connect with our community of academics, students, staff, and leaders.
Positive Links sessions take place at Michigan Ross, and are free and open to the public.

About the talk
To set the tone for an inspiring 2017-18 Positive Links Speaker Series, Michigan Ross Dean Scott DeRue will answer questions about why and how positive workplaces are essential in solving the global challenges of our generation. DeRue will sit down with Ariana Almas, a +LAB Fellow and second-year MBA student, and answer your questions.

To allow time for a generative discussion, please share your questions when you register.

Michigan Ross Campus Blau Hall Colloquium, 5th Floor, 700 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234. Free. 734-647-8154. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves: From the Big Bang to Black Holes": U-M Physics Department Ta-You Wu Lecture.

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Caltech theoretical physics professor emeritus Kip Thorne discusses the recent discovery of gravitational waves and the 50-year effort that led to it.
4 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Political 'Shari'a,' Women's Bodies and the Politics of Love in Razinat T. Mohamed's Novel Habiba [Beloved]": U-M Islamic Studies Program.

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Talk by Rutgers University African studies professor Ousseina Alidou.
4-5:30 p.m., 4701 Haven Hall, 506 S. State. Free. 936-2777. [map]

 4:15 & 7 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]

 4:30, 7:15, & 9:15 p.m. 

"The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography": Michigan Theater.

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Documentary on this prolific longtime portrait photographer from Cambridge, MA.
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). [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]

 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! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help available from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns available for sale. Members show their work Oct. 7 at the Saline Woodcarvers Show (9 a.m.-4 p.m., Liberty School, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline)
5:30-7 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [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]

 6-7:30 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]

 6-7 p.m. 

"Just for Kids: Bake to School": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's Next Door staff discuss and offer taste samples of sandwich spreads, dips, and sweet treats to perk up brown bag lunches. Geared toward ages 4-14. Parents welcome to lurk in the background for free.
6-7 p.m., Zingerman's Next Door upstairs (next door to the Deli), 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid. 663-3354. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Letterpress Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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July 12 (7 p.m.): "Garden Tour." Tour of the garden of club member Patty Swartz.

Aug. 9 (7 p.m.): "Garden Tour." Tour of Brodie's cutting farm in Stockbridge.

Sept.13 (6:30 p.m.): Potluck & Planning Meeting at the Chelsea Depot. Guests welcome.

Various times & locations, Chelsea. Free. For information on carpooling or to register for any of the tours, call Carol at 475-1803.

 6:30 p.m. 

Ready for Birth ~ Childbirth Preparation 6 Week Series: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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How do our childbirth preparation classes compare to other "method" approaches? The Center has chosen not to affiliate with any brand name methods of childbirth education. Rather, we have developed our own unique approach, drawing the best from what various methods (from Lamaze to HypnoBirthing) have to offer and blending it with our extensive experience attending laboring mothers as doulas and midwives. We share what works. We will help you to: understand the process, anticipate your needs and plan to get them met, learn pain coping techniques, make choices that are informed and right for you, support your partner and troubleshoot challenges.
Great blend of hands-on, multi-media and online learning. Extensive lending library. Comfortable, charming, learning environment. Make up missed material online. Our #1 mission is to inform and inspire you to realize your own best vision for a healthy and joyful passage into parenthood.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $275 per couple. 734-663-1523. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Diana and the Nature of Deity at Rome": U-M Classics Department.

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Talk by Cardiff University classics professor Fay Glinister.
6:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. 764-0360.

 6:30 p.m. 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Nov. 8, 19, & 29, Dec. 13 & 17. Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 6:45 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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Auditions for Princess Ida: University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society (UMGASS).

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UMGASS is holding auditions for "Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant" on September 11, 12 & 13, 7-10 pm at the Student Theater Arts Complex, 1202 Kipke Dr. (near the U-M stadium). All roles available. Prepare ~32 bars from musical theater or opera (in English). Be prepared to read from the text. Bring 2 copies of your music (pianist provided). Dance auditions at callbacks only on 9/14.
To sign up for an audition time, attend the UMGASS Mass Meeting on September 10 @ 7 pm at the Michigan League. Audition times are also available by e-mailing, and walk-ins are welcome. No affiliation with U-M is necessary.
Rehearsals begin 9/17; 2 days per week until mid-November, 4 days after; Sundays 2 pm, and Mo, Tu, We 7 pm. Show dates are December 7-10 at Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. Performances include full set, costumes, and 23-piece orchestra. Directed by David Andrews; Music Direction by Daniel Bachelis. Text and mp3s available at
Student Theater Arts Complex (STAC), 1202 Kipke Drive. Free. 734-754-4983. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

I'm a potato but I want to be a carrot: We're all in the soup together--Meditation and Dharma discussion with Lama Nancy: Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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After a brief meditation session, Lama Nancy Burks will give a short talk about acceptance as one of the keys to happiness. So often, our thought patterns lead us to view ourselves as separate from others and to compare ourselves to them. Whether favorable or unfavorable, these comparisons contribute to our tendency to feel we are different from others, an outlook that leads to stress and depression. Meditation practice can help us experience our commonality with others and reduce our anxiety about being "good enough."
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St. Free. 734-678-7549. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Oct. 11: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

Oct. 25: Readings by Diane DeCillis, Detroit native whose award-winning 1st book of poems, Strings Attached, was described by Gargoyle Magazine (Washington, D.C.) editor Richard Peabody as a collection of "warm, philosophical poems [which] explore a cultural and emotional terrain similar to the work of Naomi Shihab Nye." Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

Nov. 8: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

Nov. 29: Reading by Zilka Joseph, a local poet whose work is notable for its vividly figured explorations of the natural world. Her latest book, Sharp Blue Search of Flame, is a collection of dark, brooding poems that reflect her Jewish Indian roots and her personal experiences living in Eastern and Western cultures. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Big Love": Nicola's Books.

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Huffington Post contributor Scott Stabile, an inspirational writer whose social media posts have attracted a large following, discusses his memoir about overcoming hardships, including the murder of his parents when he was a teen and his 13-year stint in a cult. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Blues Jam": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to play, learn, and/or listen to blues and roots music.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. 794-6250. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Fortune Cookie Garland": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults & teens in grade 6 & up invited to make felt garland inspired by Fortune Cookie Day.
7-8 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Restorative Justice": Chelsea District Library Readers Theater.

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Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency President Mary King discusses the benefits of rehabilitation as an alternative to reincarceration for repeat criminal offenders.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Belle of Two Arbors: Researching the Historical Novel in Three Ann Arbor Libraries": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arborite Paul Dimond discusses his experiences doing research for his historical novel set in Ann Arbor and northern Michigan in the 1st half of the 20th century. He is joined by his wife, Marty, who wrote the poems by the titular character that appear in the novel. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Poetry of Aimé Césaire and the Art of Translation": Literati Bookstore.

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Local poet and translator (and former EMU creative writing director) Clayton Eshleman is joined by local poet (and U-M undergrad creative writing director) Keith Taylor in a discussion of The Complete Poetry of Aimé Césaire, Eshleman's translation that reveals a new understanding of the aesthetic and political trajectory of the late Martinique poet and politician. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Lee Featheringham, of Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World, Robin Wright's 2011 book about the youthful counter-jihad movement in the Middle East and its manifestations in music, plays, protests, and other outlets.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 484-3613. [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 p.m. 

"Every Brilliant Thing": University Musical Society.

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Sept. 12-17. George Perrin directs this 2013 one-man show about depression, which has garnered praise for its deft blend of serious subject matter with a comic voice. British comedian Jonny Donahoe (who co-authored the play with playwright Duncan Macmillan) plays a nameless narrator who, after his mother's first suicide attempt when he was 7, begins compiling a list of life's greatest pleasures that, as he matures, he realizes is useful for him as well. Before the show, Donahoe distributes to various audience members pieces of paper containing entries from the list that they are later prompted to announce.
7:30 p.m. (Tues.-Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 5 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $45-$56 in advance at, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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.  Free! 

Matthew Bengtson: EMU Music Department.

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This U-M piano professor performs works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and CPE Bach.
8 p.m., EMU Honors College Auditorium, 511 W. Forest, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Tom Russell: The Ark.

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Veteran Texas-based L.A.-bred singer-songwriter whose folk-based songs, often set in a noir version of the American West, explore and celebrate the spiritual struggles of ordinary people with a revelatory acuity and warmth. He is best known for his acclaimed song cycle CDs, including The Man from God Knows Where, an exploration of the experiences of his ancestors' move to America that deftly incorporates Irish and Norwegian musical elements, and Hotwalker: Charles Bukowski and a Ballad for Gone America, a portrait of the outsider cultural voices of the 1960s. He has a brand-new album, Folk Hotel, a collection of both new and old originals that also features a duet with Joe Ely on Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues."
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $25. 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]

 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]


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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: Overcoats

Young New York-based duo of singers Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell that's been featured on NPR's World Café. They write heartfelt, minimalist pop songs marked by captivating harmonies. Opening act is Yoke Lore, stage name of Adrian Gavin, a Brooklyn-based singer- songwriter who sings a rousing style of indie pop reminiscent of Vampire Weekend. $10 in advance ($12 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: Slice

Veteran East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Mash: Jennifer Westwood Duo photo by Mark Bialek

This versatile Detroit Music Award-winning singer- songwriter is joined by a member of her band TBA. [venue info]

Old Town: Treetown Swingtette

Local ensemble that plays a wide range of swing music, from Cole Porter to Django Reinhardt. Members are fiddler Paul Winder, vibes player Cary Kocher, bassist Paul Keller, and singer-guitarist Myron Grant, who also plays harmonica. [venue info]


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