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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 28, 2017

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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thursday, Aug. 31-Oct. 26. All invited to join WAS members for a leaderless hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
8-11 a.m., meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free.

 8:15 a.m. 

CVT: Better Living Fitness Center.

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This 45-minute, total body class will get your heart rate up while strengthening your muscles in an interval timed format. Perfect for all levels! $20 for walk-ins; included with some Better Living Fitness Center memberships.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $20. (734) 442-2419. [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. [map]

 9 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

"15th Anniversary Open House": Curves Ann Arbor.

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All women invited for massages, guided workouts, and food to celebrate the anniversary of this women's gym.
Curves Ann Arbor, 2535 Jackson. Free. 332-8030. [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.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Cuba: Our Neighbor in Transition": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Sept. 21), Sept. 14-Oct. 26. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and guest scholars.

Sept. 14: MSU international relations professor Donna Rich Kaplowitz on her personal and professional Cuban experience in "Past, Present, Future."

Sept. 28: U-M international policy professor and former U.S. Ambassador to Cuba Melvyn Levitsky on "The U.S. and Cuba: A Troubled Relationship."

Oct. 5: U-M anthropology professor Ruth Behar, a 2nd-generation Cuban American, on "The Fascination with the Jews of Cuba."

Oct. 12: U-M music professor Michael Gould on "The Folkloric Music of Cuba: Clave is the Key!"

Oct. 19: MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine assistant dean William Cunningham on "Cuba: Primary Care and Public Health: Lessons Learned."

Oct. 26: U-M sociology professor Sylvia Pedraza on "Religion in the Cuban Revolution."

WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351.

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Sept. 14 & 28. Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals.
10:30 a.m., 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child. Preregistration recommended at 661-3575. [map]

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Early Fall Dishes": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Cooking demo by Atria Senior Living chef Allie Haidar.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration recommended. 998-9353. [map]

 12:10 p.m. 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area and visiting musicians. Sept. 7: Urban folk duo Jan Krist & Jim Bizer. Sept. 14: Jazz, funk, and blues band the Motorcity3. Sept. 21: Acoustic Eidolon, the acclaimed Boulder-based husband-and-wife duo of cellist Hannah Alkire and Joe Scott, who plays a custom-built double-necked guitar-banjo combination he calls a guitjo. Sept. 28: Veteran local guitarist Jake Reichbart. Also, Sept. 28 only, a coloring activity led by Ann Arbor District Library representatives, who discuss the library's unusual items for check out.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Lives in Limbo: Jewish Refugees in Portugal, 1940-1945": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Lecture by New York University modern Jewish history professor Marion Kaplan, 3-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award.
12:15 p.m., Thayer Bldg. (Rm. 2022), 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [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. [map]

 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

RASA Festival Visual Arts Exhibition.

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Rasa is a festival centered on the theme of South Asia to take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Fall of 2017. This exhibit will partner with that event and display works by artists from South Asia, or works that have been inspired by the subcontinent.
First Friday Opening Reception at Riverside Arts Center Gallery
Rasa Exhibition from 5-8PM
This special evening will include a reception for our artists who explore the theme of "Rasa" and there will be a ritual floor painting demonstration by Meena Khasnabis at 7 pm
-Free Henna Painting
-Special India inspired flavor at Go Ice Cream & Ma Lou's Chicken
-For more info on featured artists and other Rasa Festival events in Ann Arbor and Ypsi, visit
Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Free.

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"K-Pop and Kim Chi": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to listen to Korean pop music, eat Korean treats, and learn some Korean language basics.
3-4 p.m., SDL Brecon Rm., 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 3:45, 7, & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Computer Says No: The Bad News About Online Discrimination in Algorithmic Systems": The Center for Political Studies, U-M.

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Automated software-based systems in finance, media, information, transportation, learning, or any application of computing can easily create outcomes that are unforeseeable by their designers, so algorithm auditing has the potential to improve the design of these systems by making their consequences visible. Auditing in this sense takes its name from the social scientific "audit study" where one feature is manipulated in a field experiment, although it is also reminiscent of a financial audit.
These events and the resulting white paper proposes to coalesce this new area of inquiry and to produce a report characterizing the state of the art and potential future directions. This event is a public roundtable discussion with live questions taken from Twitter. More information and live stream links are on the project website:
Solon Barocas, Cornell University
J. Nathan Matias, Princeton University
H.V. Jagadish, University of Michigan
Institute for Social Research, 426 Thompson St Rm 1430. Free. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"WXW - Apps, Hacks and Life Changing Books": Women's Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW).

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Want to improve your productivity, business, marketing, personal development or lifestyle? Have a lifechanger you are itching to tell others about? Join the Women's Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW) for this interactive session and bring your favorite ideas to share. Or just come and learn from others!
Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty, Lower Level. $30. 734-678-7831. [map]

 4 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Kaleidoscope": Saline District Library.

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Stories and crafts for kids in grades 1-5. Themes include "Pirate's Treasure" (Sept. 28) and "Tessellation Transformations" (Nov. 14).
4:15-5:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [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 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]

 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Music, Work, Society: Speculations and Meditations at the Jahrhundertwende": U-M German Department Werner Grilk Lecture.

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Talk by Vanderbilt University history professor Celia Applegate.
5-7 p.m., Rackham East Conference Room. Free. 764-8018.

 5-10 p.m. 

"Relay for Life Tailgate for Hope": American Cancer Society.

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Teams take turns walking or running around a track in this fundraising relay for cancer research. Activities include a luminaria ceremony, a survivors' celebration, games, and more.
5-10 p.m., Huron High School, 2727 Fuller. Cost TBA., (586) 817-0478. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Diabetes Prevention Program: The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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The Diabetes Prevention Program, a program of the Diabetes Prevention Center, is for people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Participants will be a part of a small, supportive group lead by a trained lifestyle coach.
For more information call 800-482-1455 or email
The Diabetes Prevention Center is a division of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.
University of Michigan North Campus Research Center, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Free. 800-482-1455. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Trampoline Fitness Class - Total Body Jump.

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Enjoy a FUN cardio workout without all the harmful impact on your joints and muscles. This high intensity low impact workout delivers all over muscle tone working every cell in your body. Trampoline fitness is unique in the fact that it detoxes the lymph system through the G-forces of jumping. I addition it strengthens the core like no other workout and improves posture and balance. All this while having fun and torching calories. Classes designed for beginners and fitness enthusiast alike.
Balance bars available on select trampolines.
New Students -$5 for 5 classes
Saturday mornings park on the south side of the studio due to tailgating. Arrive 5 minutes early.
The Mix Studio, 2007 S State Street. $5 for 5 classes. 734-786-1260. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

"A2 Art & Brew": Ann Arbor Art Center Fundraiser.

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All age 21 & over invited to visit several downtown breweries to sample beers and hors d'oeuvres. Also, a chance to view artwork, accessible through the A2AC app, that is only visible this evening at participating bars.
5:30-9 p.m., begin at the Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Tickets $45 in advance at 994-8004. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Radical Prevention and Reversal of Our Number One Killer": St. Joseph Mercy Health System VandenBelt Lecture.

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. WSU cardiology professor Joel Kahn discusses how to prevent and reverse heart disease with plant-based nutrition. Followed by a panel discussion with local cardiologists and St. Joe's health care providers. Light dinner & refreshments.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute, St. Joe's, 5325 Elliot, Ypsilanti. Free; preregistration required., 712-3583. [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. 

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]

 6 p.m. 

Youth FLAG Rugby: Legacy Rugby Academy.

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This is an intro FLAG youth rugby league for boys and girls ages 5-12 years old. Athletes will learn the sport of rugby in a fun, safe, and non-contact environment. Temas will be split up into appropriate age ranges after registration closes. The league duration will be 6 weeks (September 19th to October 26th) and be held every Tuesday and Thursday at Freeman Field from 6-7:30 behind Go Like the Wind Montessori. Every kid who signs up will get a rugby ball of their own!
Sign up here:
Freeman Field, 3540 Dixboro Ln. $100. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Cheddar: America's Sweetheart": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss the history and nature of this popular British-born milled curd cheese and offer taste samples of several classic cheddar varieties. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nature Walk": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A city natural area preservation staff naturalist leads a hike through the Argo Nature Area, a 22.5 acre preserve contains an interesting combination of habitats, including emergent wetland, mesic forest, and oak-hickory forest. Harvester butterflies--the only butterflies in North America with carnivorous caterpillars--have been seen here in the summer. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water & bug spray, if you like.
6:30-8 p.m., meet in the parking lot north of Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore. Free. 327-8301.

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Unicorn Cross-Stitch": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to cross-stitch a unicorn figure. All skill levels welcome.
6-8 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 6:30 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.
Participation in a support group can be an empowering experience, helping members feel better prepared to cope with their unique situation. The group meets every 4th Thursday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Cambrian Assisted Living, 33 N. Occidental Hwy, Tecumseh. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Literary Event: Rasa Festival.

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Poetry and nonfiction readings by 3 writers of Indian origin, including local award-winning poet Zilka Joseph, anthologized Chelsea-based poet Saleem Peeradina, and Shri Thanedar, an entrepreneur and author of the rags-to-riches memoir, The Blue Staircase: Tragedy and Triumph in an Immigrant's Life.
6:30 p.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Dr. Free. 223-5615. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

"Fall Harvest Dinner": Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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Cornman Farms chef Kieron Hales introduces his fall seasonal menu with a 5-course dinner complete with wine pairings.
6:30-9 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $95. Reservations required. 619-8100. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Human Era: Living in the Anthropocene": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Talk by U-M Earth and Environmental Sciences professor Ben van der Pluijm.
6:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Climate Change: Issues and Responses": Michigan Friends Center Film Series.

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This six-week film series highlights some of the major contributing factors to global warming and examines actual ways that people may address them as challenges to be overcome. Interspersed with the weekly film selections, we will lead short presentations and/or group discussions about our responses here in the Chelsea area and beyond. Series hosted at Michigan Friends Center and co-sponsored by Transition Town Chelsea. Six Thursdays from September 7 through October 12.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea, MI, 48118, Chelsea. Donation. Donations welcome.. (734)475-1892. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Books at the Bar Book Club.

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Hosted at the Dexter Beer Grotto (8059 Main St., Dexter, MI 48130)on the last Thursday of each month. The Books at the Bar Book Club combines a love for books with a love for beer or wine in a highly social atmosphere.
Books at the Bar will be reading an eclectic mix of books with a broad appeal. Attendees will have the opportunity to offer suggestions on the books that the Club should read in the future.
Book Club members will be able to request copies of each month's book through the Dexter District Library located at 3255 Alpine St.
For questions, please email
Beer Grotto, 8058 MainSt., Dexter, MI 48130, Dexter. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks": Literati Bookstore.

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Detroit librarian Annie Spence discusses her new book, a snarky, funny, and moving collection of letters written to the books in her life, from love letters to books such as Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and Roald Dahl's Matilda to break-up notes for E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey and Nicholas Sparks's Dear John. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Paul Burch Presents Jimmie Rodgers Imagined": Chelsea District Library.

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The influential Nashville-based Americana honky-tonk singer-songwriter Burch, currently a CDL artist-in-residence who is the featured guest at the 1st Annual CDL Song Fest (see Sept. 30 listing), performs and discusses songs from his latest album, Meridian Rising, a collection of songs mapping a fictitious autobiography of country music pioneer Rodgers that NPR calls "as tunefully transporting as it is erudite."
7-9 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Shadow Puppetry: Dialogue Between the Light and the Shadow": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ling Tung University creative product design professor Yi-Feng Chiu discusses the history of the art of shadow puppetry. In anticipation of an Oct. 2 AADL concert by the Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theatre Troupe of Taiwan.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Steve McQueen: American Icon": Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX.

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Documentary that follows Harvest Christian Fellowship (CA) pastor Greg Laurie as he travels the country to learn about the King of Cool and his late-in-life search for faith and meaning.
7 p.m., 4100 Carpenter. Cost TBA. 973-8424. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Sweeney Todd": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 28-Oct. 22. This professional theater company performs Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical dark comedy, a tale of thwarted love, social injustice, and vengeance about a deranged London barber who kills his customers and has them served up in meat pies. The operatic score ranges from a haunting choral narrative to dazzlingly melodic arias and duets. Stars David Moan.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 7:15 p.m. & 9:45 p.m. 

"Battle of the Sexes": Michigan Theater.

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(Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2017). Comedic drama about the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).
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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Manhattan Short Film Festival": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of the 2017 finalists from arguably the largest short film festival in the world. Followed by a chance to vote for your favorite.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. 255-5310. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Faculty Trio Recital: EMU Music Department.

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EMU music professors Kristen Reynolds (oboe), Denise Root-Pierce (horn), and Garik Pedersen (piano) perform Mozart's horn quintet in E-flat arranged for trio, Robert Kahn's Serenade in F minor, Carl Reinecke's trio for oboe, horn, and piano, and the premiere Music 1914 by EMU music professor Willard Zirk.
EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Test Batch": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Performances by new local improv groups.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. $5., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

1st Annual Ypsi THRIVE New Short Play Festival: PencilPoint TheatreWorks.

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Sept. 28-30. A showcase of 7 short plays performed by local actors. Lili Bishop directs Alban's Garden, Rich Espey's drama about 2 neighbors in the aftermath of a murder in a gated community. Megan Wright directs The Creative Process, Dana Clark-Brock's comedy about a writer struggling to find inspiration. David Galido directs Misfortune, Mark Harvey Levine's dark comedy about a man who receives distressing news while at a Chinese restaurant with his wife. Michelle Weiss directs The Law Makers, Danielle Wirsansky's drama that imagines a 1912 meeting of Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Garrett, the leaders of the British suffragette movement. Susan Morris directs Somewhere Between Lost and Found, Colby Halloran's drama about the complex, fragile, and longstanding relationship between a well-intentioned woman and the homeless man she met on the street. Kelly Rose Voigt directs End Scene, Megan Baschak's spirited comedy where the action is controlled by the narrator, until the characters he creates fight back. Peter Knox directs 940 Feathers, Tim Brennan's drama about a memoirist with early onset Alzheimer's and her husband who wants to help but would rather forget parts of their history.
8 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $12 in advance by emailing and at the door., 480-2787. [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]

 8-9 p.m.  Free! 

Traditional Japanese Music: Maple Leaf Group.

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Traditional Japanese music by this 9-piece ensemble from Fukuoka in southern Japan. Instrumentation includes koto (Japanese harp), Shakuhachi flute, 3-stringed Shamisen (Japanese banjo), and Shinobue flute. The program also includes some music from American movie soundtracks. The program is reprised at the Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. (see listing).
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 649-1587. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"From Creation to Migration": U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock conducts this ensemble of music majors in a program highlighted by La Création du Monde, Darius Milhaud's landmark 1923 composition based on an African folk creation myth that was inspired by jazz Milhaud heard on the streets of Harlem. The program also includes Adam Schoenberg's Symphony no. 2 ("Migration"), the premiere of U-M Brehm Prize winner Karl Ronneburg's introspective blue-green, and the premiere of Jim Stephenson's The Storyteller, a tribute to the late trumpeter Bud Herseth that features solos by U-M trumpet professor Bill Campbell and U-M violin professor Matt Albert. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a discussion of the program with Haithcock and some band members.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"God of Carnage": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 28-Dec. 16 (except Nov. 23). Lauren Knox directs Christopher Hampton's 2009 Tony-winning translation of French playwright Yasmina Reza's dark comedy of manners about 2 couples who meet at one of their homes to discuss a playground altercation between their young children. Hostility rumbles just under the surface, as their civilized battle of wits devolves into a hilariously childish chaos. (Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels earned a Tony nomination for his role in the original Broadway production.) Stars Rusty Mewha, Kate Thomsen, Guy Sanville, and Michelle Mountain.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., Nov. 24, & Dec. 14), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Grieves

Seattle-based rapper whose 2014 album, Winter & the Wolves, was called "vibrant, alive, and diversified … with extra helpings of clever and cool," by Allmusic critic David Jeffries. He has a new album, Running Wild. Opening acts are Minnesota rapper Dem Atlas, whom the Village Voice listed as one of their Five Rap Artists to Watch For in 2015, and Lansing rapper James Gardin. Advance tickets, $15. [venue info]

Café Verde: No music

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Conor O'Neill's: Meg & Rich

Singer-songwriter duo of 2 members of the highly regarded local acoustic roots-music band Dragon Wagon. [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: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer- guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Necto: Claptone

Berlin DJ and EDM producer who specializes in techno and house and often performs in a golden beaked mask and white gloves. $15 in advance ($18 at the door). [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer-guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]


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