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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 27, 2017






 
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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural": U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural is a symposium and concurrent exhibition that situates contemporary discourses and practices of architecture and landscape within the context of the Postnatural; the era of climate change, the Anthropocene, and altered ecologies. The project asks: In a time when humans have been fundamentally displaced from their presumed place of privilege, philosophically as well as experientially, should the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture consider displacing themselves as well, in order to establish new affiliations and avail new ways to approach contemporary questions of design in relation to the environment?
By bringing designers and scholars from these fields together the symposium and exhibition will highlight projects and ideas that are engaged with these issues from a variety of perspectives, ranging from scale and experience to questions of matter.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu http://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2017/09/27/exhibition-view-ambiguous-territory-architecture-landscape-and-postnatural [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]


 9 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.
Various times, Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.


 10 a.m. 

"Hinduism: History, Philosophy, & Practice": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Over a billion people practice Hinduism and most of them live in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, although modern communications have led to the migration of Hindus throughout the world. Hinduism has remained a puzzle to Westerners because the concepts of divinity and afterlife differ from Abrahamic religions.
This study group will explore these differences in detail, as well as discuss various sects of Hinduism, the core beliefs common to them and the philosophies unique to each. We will also explore the historic evolution of Hinduism, its spread through Southeast Asia, its place in the contemporary political-social-economic environment in India and the global environment and its interaction with other faiths and belief systems.
Instructor Venkat Lakshminarayanan will lead these two hour sessions on Wednesdays from September 27 through November 8.
Brookhaven Manor, 401 W. Oakbrook Drive. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

"In Transit": Ann Arbor Art Center/Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.

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Through Sept. 30. 70 works by current WCC students and alums. In conjunction with a mobile exhibit of artwork by WCC students on the interiors of TheRide's 100 buses and the exterior of 4 buses.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Free. 994-8004. [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. office@betterlivingfitness.com https://betterlivingfitness.com/ [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]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Coffee (and Donuts) with a Cop": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Ann Arbor Police Department community engagement police officers introduce themselves and answer questions.
10:30-11:30 a.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [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. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com [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]


 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Predicting the Future": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch and Learn.

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U-M academic program officer Cameron Gibelyou explains how differences in language, culture, and discipline affect what we think is going to happen next. Lunch.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $30 (members, $25). Reservations required by Sept. 22. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]


 noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 Noon  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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Vestiges of Snake Cults: The Banana Python and His Sons": U-M Confucius Institute.

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SUNY-Albany East Asian studies professor Fan Pen Chen gives a slide-illustrated talk on the remnants of snake god worship in remote regions of the Chinese province of Fujian.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Koessler Room. Free. 764-8888. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Brown Bag Organ Recital: U-M School of Music.

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St. Michael's in the Hills Episcopal Church (Toledo) organist Paul Haebig performs works by Jewish composers. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish; food available at the Crossroads Café.
12:15 p.m., U-M School of Public Health Community Room, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 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]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Intermediate Conversational Spanish": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This class will be conducted primarily in Spanish, so the students must have a solid knowledge of basic Spanish to both comprehend and participate in the interactive class.
Some mini grammar lessons can be provided, as necessary, to improve proficiency in the spoken language. Readings, skits, as well as other interactive exercises will be used to boost students' skills, confidence, and to have some fun!
The class will be taught by Judy (Judit) Williams and Roz (Rosa)
Biederman, retired WCC Spanish teachers for two hours on Wednesdays from September 27 through November 15.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Future Needs...Something Blue": U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Exhibition. Could anyone have foreseen the technical, social, and conceptual issues that have confronted the University of Michigan since its founding 200 years ago, or the challenges it has faced in the last 100, 50, or even five years? In the marshaling of knowledge and expertise, the greatest achievement of the University lies not in its continuity, but in its ability to address the unforeseen. Drawing on the student work from the Taubaum College Architecture Program, "The Future Needs…Something Blue" addresses an idea of the future that lies not in the answers to questions we now know, but in possibilities we are only now beginning to imagine. Sited at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's Liberty Research Annex, the display is simultaneously shop window, gallery, and salon. Organized around a series of emergent themes it is an interactional space in which to view (in perspective, parallax, parallel, and contrast) the multiple points of view that constitute the future.
Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu http://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2017/09/20/exhibition-view-future-needssomething-blue [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Happiness Project": Concordia University Books & Coffee.

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Concordia education professor Sara Rokicki discusses Gretchen Rubin's good-humored jself-help memoir that explores happiness theories and advice by everyone from Epicurus to Oprah. Coffee & cookies.
4 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor Living Room, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]


 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Intrinsic Reward of a Life": U-M Philosophy Department Tanner Lecture on Human Values.

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U-M philosophy professor Allan Gibbard examines the historic role and future of philosophy at the U-M, with a focus on the mid-20th century, when the philosophy department was home to 3 internationally prominent moral philosophers: Charles Stevenson, Richard Brandt, & William Frankena. In conjunction with the U-M Bicentennial Celebration, On Sept. 28 (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Room), philosophy professors Stephen Darwall (Yale), Connie Rosati (University of Arizona), and Sigr˙n Svavarsdóttir (Tufts) join Gibbard for a symposium on his lecture.
4-6 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom. Free. 764-6285. [map]


 4-6 p.m. 

"Youth & Teen 3-D Printing Workshop": Chelsea District Library.

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All youth ages 8-17 with an accessible email account invited to learn how to use TinkerCAD and Thingiverse programs to design a model for a 3-D printer.
4-6 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 4:30-6 p.m. 

Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop.

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Come join us for a 7-week yoga and mindfulness workshop. The group will meet Wednesdays at 4:30-6pm, for 7 Wednesdays from September 27th to November 8th, 2017. If you can, please plan to arrive by 4:15 to gather and get prepared to the session.
In this group, we will engage in the following:
-Learn basic Yogic breathing, stretching, and relaxation techniques.
-Engage in beginner Mindfulness practices.
-Learn the theory behind the technique.
-Practice the technique in session.
-Instructions for practicing at home.
-Participants will practice the application of mindfulness skills for daily life in an emotionally safe, positive group setting.
The group will happen in two parts: Part 1: Yoga and Part 2: Mindfulness Skills
Classes are facilitated by: Mansi Brat, Ph.D., LLPC, RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher)
For more information call (734) 944-3446 or email contact@still-waters-counseling.com
Still Waters Counseling, 137 Keveling Dr., Saline. Cost TBA. contact@still-waters-counseling.com www.still-waters-counseling.com [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]


 5-9 p.m. 

10th Annual Marching Band Exhibition: Chelsea High School.

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The EMU Marching Band and the CHS marching band close a show that includes 13 other area high school marching bands, including Saline, Dexter, Jackson Northwest, Tecumseh, and Williamston high schools. The Beach Middle School band (with new director Katy Steklac) opens the program with the National Anthem.
5-9 p.m., CHS football field, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $5 (students & seniors, $3). 433-2201, ext. 1404. [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 40th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
5:30 p.m. sharp, meet at Paladin parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. 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. office@betterlivingfitness.com https://betterlivingfitness.com/ [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]


 6-9 p.m. 

Crescent Moon & Wine: Wines on Main.

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Join us for a wine tasting & festive crescent moon wreath workshop!
Hosted by Wines on Main in downtown Chelsea, you'll enjoy appetizers and wine tasting (a flight of 6 wines) while using handmade papers supplied by USArtQuest to make a beautiful crescent moon to use for a festive occasion or use in home décor.
Doris Galvin is the instructor. This event makes a perfect evening to enjoy with family and friends.
Appetizers, wine tasting (a flight of 6 wines), handmade paper and supplies to create your own custom moon are all included in the price.
Limited availability (maximum of 12 people)so reserve your spot today by contacting USArtQuest online or by phone.
Wines on Main, 110 Main Street, Chelsea. $75. 734.562.2662. AskAnythng@USArtQuest.com www.usartquest.com [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 p.m. 

Intro to Arduino: Maker Works.

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Learn to use the Arduino, a popular micro-controller used by artists, musicians, gardeners, hobbyists and engineers! In this class we will cover the basics of programming and connecting simple switches, sensors, and outputs.
This is a beginner course, so no electronics or programming experience is necessary. (It may move slow for experienced programmers.)
Arduino supplied for use in class. More details at maker-works.com/classes/introduction-to-arduino-skill-development/
This is a 3 hour class. Please arrive 10 minutes early if visiting Maker Works for the first time. Call 734-222-4911 or visit our website to register! ($90)
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $90. 7342224911. frontdesk@maker-works.com http://www.maker-works.com [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. 

Bonsai Auction: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Silent and live auctions of bonsai equipment and trees by club members.
6:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. AABonsaiSociety@gmail.com. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group to talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia firsthand. The group offers support, education, problem solving, and guest speakers. The group meets every 4th Wednesday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital | Towsley Health Building, Community Services Entrance, 5361 McAuley Dr. Free. 800-272-3900. kmpeil@alz.org http://goo.gl/MuUGDi [map]



 6:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor West Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Wed. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson. Free. 929-9022. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Indian Street Food": Dexter District Library.

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Ann Arbor chef Raunaq Savur demonstrates how to make samosas and helps attendees make their own. Savur also shows how to make bhel puri, a traditional vegan street food. Tastings.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Sept. 17 & 27; Oct. 11, 15, & 25; and Nov. 8. 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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Book study group: Interconnected": Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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This is the first session of a discussion group on the book "Interconnected" by the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The book is not strictly about Buddhism, but incorporates Buddhist principles to explore how we can go beyond a mere intellectual understanding of our connections to one another and to the earth. By first seeing, then feeling, and finally living these connections, we can become more effective agents as social change as well as experiencing greater satisfaction in our everyday lives. This book group will follow a public talk on the book at the Crazy Wisdom Bookstore on Friday, Sept. 22 by Lama Tsultrim Gyaltsen, as well as a seminar at the KTC on Sept. 23-24. (see separate listings)
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St. Free. 734-678-7549. nburks.61053@yahoo.com annarborktc.org [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Reinventing Real Journalism in the Age of Fake News": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M "After 5"

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Newspapers are dying. Television "news" is dominated by partisan opinion, yet Michigan news consumers can still find real news about real issues through Bridge Magazine.

Based right here in Ann Arbor at the Center for Michigan, Bridge publishes in-depth news online at www.bridgemi.com four times each week. Center for Michigan/Bridge Magazine President and CEO John Bebow explains how to get the news you need to stay informed and how Bridge is building a long-term business model for sustainable journalism.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute membership not required to attend "After 5" Events
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $10 (Please see our web site for "After 5" package pricing). 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu http://olli-umich.org/ [map]



 7 & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Rebel in the Rye": Michigan Theater.

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(Danny Strong, 2017). Biopic of reclusive J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Laura Hulthen Thomas: Nicola's Books.

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This U-M Residential College creative writing professor reads from States of Motion, her new collection of emotional short stories set in Southeast Michigan about characters conditioned by their traumatic pasts to be both sympathetic and numb to suffering. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Yin/Restorative Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Wednesdays from 7-8pm
In this slower paced class, postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow the muscles to relax and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched.
Class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $18. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [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.



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


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"French Macarons 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers presents a hands-on introduction to making and properly storing these tasty meringue-based cookies, not to be confused with macaroons. Recipes. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder": Literati Bookstore.

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Chatham (NJ) writer Marta McDowell discusses her new book that follows Wilder's wagon trail adventure from Wisconsin through the Dakotas to Missouri, filling in details about the life and inspirations of the beloved Little House series writer. Illustrated with photos and original artwork from the Little House series, the book also includes information about how to visit the places Wilder lived and how to grow the vegetables and other plants featured in the series. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:15 p.m. 

"Letters from Baghdad": Michigan Theater.

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(Sabine Krayenbühl & Zeva Oelbaum, 2016). Documentary about the famed British explorer/diplomat Gertrude Bell, aka the "female Lawrence of Arabia."
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All invited to discuss J.D. Bernal: The Sage of Science, Andrew Brown's biography of this Marxist polymath who was instrumental in the development of X-ray crystallography.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Rehearsal & Audition: The Arbor Consort.

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Sept. 20 & 27. All singers invited to rehearse with this semi-professional a cappella ensemble that performs Renaissance and Victorian-era music in period costumes. Tonight's rehearsal is particularly geared towards newcomers.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller. Free. president@thearborconsort.org. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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Aug. 19: Wisconsin-Green Bay. Exhibition. 2 p.m.

Aug. 25: William & Mary. 7 p.m.

Aug. 28: Valparaiso. 7 p.m.

Sept. 1: Cleveland State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 4: Dartmouth. 1 p.m.

Sept. 8: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Sept. 17: MSU. 3 p.m.

Sept. 24: Northwestern. 1 p.m.

Sept. 27: Oakland. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Oct. 14: Nebraska-Omaha. 4 p.m.

Oct. 25: Detroit. 7:30 p.m.

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Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Butterflies of Southeast Michigan": Salem Area Historical Society.

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Talk by Nankin Mills Interpretive Center (Westland) naturalist Carol Clements. The program begins with a brief business meeting.
7:30 p.m., Jarvis Stone School, 7991 North Territorial, Salem Twp. $2 (members, free). (248) 437-6651. [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 p.m. 

Arlo Guthrie: The Ark.

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Sept. 27 & 28. The son of American folk music pioneer Woody Guthrie, Arlo first established his own identity--an indelible blend of beguiling humor and acerbic political wit--in the late 60s with his epic talking ballad "Alice's Restaurant." He's a first-class songwriter and a captivating interpreter of contemporary tunes by the likes of Steve Goodman and Bob Dylan, as well as traditional songs, ballads, and stories. Tonight he performs with his children, keyboardist-vocalist Abe Guthrie and singer-songwriter and guitarist Sarah Lee Guthrie.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $50-$80. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Joseph Gascho & Matt Dane: U-M School of Music.

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U-M harpsichord professor Gascho and Boulder violist Dane perform Reena Esmail's 2014 Nishani, Marcus Maroney's 2016 The Seven Selves, selections from Ariosti's Stockholm Sonata, and Michael Theodore's 2015 roll/rush. They also perform Vivaldi's concertos in D Major and D Minor with a small Baroque chamber ensemble.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [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 swingannarbor.com/calendar. $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428.


 9:30 p.m. 

"I am the Blues": Michigan Theater.

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(Daniel Cross, 2015). Documentary tour of juke joints and other Mississippi Delta venues of the legendary "Chitlin' Circuit," with performances by blues musicians now in their 80s.
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). michtheater.org, 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: That 1 Guy

The stage name of Mike Silverman, a Las Vegas-based classically trained bassist who has created his own instrument, the Magic Pipe, which his website describes as a "system of electronically wired steel plumbing, shaped somewhat like a harp, with a thick bass string wired from top to bottom and a hole that billows smoke during the climax of his live shows." Advance tickets, $15. [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: Barelyon

Soulful pop-rock by this Detroit duo. [venue info]

Old Town: Alex Anest Trio

Jazz ensemble led by local guitarist Anest. With bassist Dave Sharp and drummer Jesse Kramer. [venue info]

 
 


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