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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 30, 2017

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 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween.

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Formerly known as Ghoultide Gathering, this juried show of Halloween art features works of nearly 50 artists, including whimsical painted collages and wood carvings, papier-mché sculptures, pumpkin dolls, gothic jewelry, 17th century gravestone castings, and more.
8 a.m.-3 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, 20501 W. Old US-12 (west off Main St.), Chelsea. $20 (admission after 10 a.m., $5). Tickets at the door; no early sales.

 8 a.m. 

"Big Foot, Small Print Trail Run": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A 4-mile trail run (or walk) along a scenic course. Also, a 1-mile kids fun run.
8 a.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. $35 (kids, $10) in advance by Sept. 16 at; $40 (kids, $15) after Sept. 16. 449-4437. [map]

 8:30 a.m.-noon 

Semiannual Rummage Sale: Dexter United Methodist Church.

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Household items, furniture, clothing, and more.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.) & 8:30 a.m.-noon (Sat.), Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8480. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Oct.) & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 649-9762 (Oct.), 996-9461 (Nov. 4), 645-8084 (Nov. 11), 274-6350 (Nov. 18), 604-0696 (Nov. 25). [map]

 9 a.m.-noon 

Fall Mom-2-Mom Sale: Huron Valley Parents of Multiples (HVPOM).

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Department store-style sale of used kids clothing and shoes, toys, books, videos, strollers, high chairs, baby gear, winter gear, boots, Halloween costumes, and more. Also, a bake sale.
9 a.m.-noon, Woodland Meadows Elementary School, 350 Woodland Dr., Saline. $2 admission (kids, free). [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Indian Art & Frontier Antique Show: Frontier Antique Collectors.

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Display and sale of a wide array of early American cultural and commercial artifacts by more than 60 dealers. Also, a gun show and sale. 7:30 a.m. admission available ($20).
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5 (kids, free). (248) 840-7070. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Youth Aikido Open House: Huron Valley Aikikai.

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Looking for a fun activity for your child that can also improve their coordination, concentration, and confidence. How about aikido? Aikido is not like other martial arts because it is not taught as a sport, there are no competitions. Children work together with their instructors in order to achieve their goals. Our open house is on Saturday, September 30th from 9-10 am and is free to all children ages 5-12.
Check out our website to reserve your spot.
Huron Valley Aikikai, 1904 Federal Blvd. Free. 734-761-6012. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

Breastfeeding Basics: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Breastfeeding is the very best thing you can do nurture your baby. Learn all the basics to get off to a great start with breastfeeding. Partners are encouraged to attend with the mother. Topics include: reading your baby's hunger cues, how often and how long to nurse, latch and positioning, how to know baby is getting enough, and when (and where) to seek help for breastfeeding challenges.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $60. 734-663-1523. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

Ready for Baby Class: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This is a full-day workshop with our Breastfeeding Basics Class in the morning, and our Newborn Care Class in the afternoon. Please note, these two classes may also be taken individually.
In the morning we will cover all the basics of getting off to a good start with breastfeeding, including: reading baby's hunger cues, latch and positioning, and how to know if baby is getting enough. We will also discuss when to seek help for breastfeeding challenges. The afternoon is a fun, hands-on class, focusing on enhancing your natural parenting instincts and learning the basics of caring for a newborn. Topics include: diapering, calming techniques for newborns, baths, baby wearing and car seat safety. Partners are encouraged to join!
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $100. 734-663-1523. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Fall Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Sept. 29-Oct. 1: "The Boss Baby" (Tom McGrath, 2017). Animated comedy about a spy disguised as a baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) who pairs up with a 7-year-old to stop a dastardly plot.

Oct. 6-8: "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (Kelly Asbury, 2017). Animation about Smurfette, the only female Smurf, and her quest to find her special talent.

Oct. 13-15: "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" (David Soren, 2017). Animation about gradeschool 2 pranksters who hypnotize their mean principal into thinking he's a superhero who walks around wearing just underpants and a cape.

Oct. 20-22: "Despicable Me 3" (Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin, 2017). Animation about a former villain whose long-lost twin inspires him to complete one last heist.

Oct. 27-29: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about an unusual emoji with various expressions who sets out to become normal.

10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 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.  Free! 

Free Seminar: Indoor Herb Gardening: English Gardens.

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Herbs are great for cooking. We'll give you tips on growing and using herbs throughout the winter.
English Gardens, 155 N Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 10 a.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]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Medication take-back event: U-M Anesthesiology and Ann Arbor Police Dept.

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They're hiding in the backs of medicine cabinets throughout our community: drugs that no one needs, and that could pose a risk to children, teens, adults and the environment.
Residents of Washtenaw County can bring old, expired or just unneeded medicines to the Pioneer High School parking lot event and drive away knowing they will be properly and safely destroyed.
U-M Division of Pain Research, Anesthesiology and the Ann Arbor Police Department is hosting our 6th medication take-back event on Saturday, September 30 between 10-2PM in the Pioneer High School parking lot. The event aims to reduce the number of homes that have opioid painkillers on hand, as well as other medicines that shouldn't be kept around because of the risk of abuse - and shouldn't be dumped in the trash or down the toilet either.
We will accept prescription and over the counter pills, capsules and patches for humans and pets.
Pioneer High School parking lot, 601 W Stadium Blvd. Free. 734-998-0455. [map]

 10 a.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]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Activity Remix": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 30 & Oct. 1. All invited to test new hands-on activities the museum is considering adding to its collection.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sept. 30) & noon-4 p.m. (Oct. 1), AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"KinderConcert": Dexter District Library.

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Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein, members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids age 5 & under (accompanied by an adult) in a 30-minute program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments. Today's program, "Harmonious Harp," features WSU harp professor Maurice Draughn.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Playground Pop-Up Play": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC outdoor educators lead activities for kids ages 2-5, accompanied by a caregiver.
10-11 a.m., County Farm Park Playground. Free. 971-6337.

 10 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Song Fest Featuring Paul Burch": Chelsea District Library.

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The 1st Annual CDL Song Fest concludes with Paul Burch Live (7:30-10 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, Chelsea), a performance by the acclaimed Nashville-based Americana honky-tonk singer-songwriter (see Sept. 28 listing) following a conversation with 107.1-FM morning host Martin Bandyke. The main body of the festival is a series of family-friendly activities at the CDL, including a family concert by Ann Arbor singer-songwriter Kevin Devine (10-11 a.m., Reading Garden), Make and Take Instruments (11 a.m.-noon, KidSpot), Exotic Instrument Zoo (11 a.m.-noon, Reading Garden), Songwriting Mentor Sessions (11 a.m.-1 p.m., Study Rooms), Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra KinderConcert (noon-12:30 p.m., McKune Room), Gear Talk (1-2 p.m., McKune Room A), So You Want to Start a Band? (1-2 p.m., McKune Room B), Beat the Clock Songwriting Challenge (2-3 p.m., McKune Room), Teen Songwriting Workshop (2-3 p.m., Staff Work Area), and a Variety Showcase (3-5 p.m., Reading Garden) with local amateur musical performers TBA.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required for workshops. 475-8732. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-noon & 2-4 p.m. 

Loving Kindness and Compassion--Start with Yourself! Weekend seminar by Lama Tsultrim Yeshe: Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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We often find it easier to be loving and compassionate toward others than to extend the same consideration to ourselves. The seminar will include a combination of explanation, practice and individual interviews to help participants learn and practice new ways of transforming our own negative feelings about ourselves into compassion for ourselves, and others as well.
Lama Yeshe has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche since 1989, and in 1996 he completed a traditional Tibetan 3-year retreat led by Khenpo Karthar. He is especially known for workshops in which participants use Tibetan Buddhist practices to explore the nature of forgiveness and healing.
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St. Donation. $40/day suggested. 734-678-7549. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 11 a.m. 

1st Annual Dr. Smiles Charity Car Show & Mini-Jazz Festival.

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This charity benefit event is in support of the Zal Gaz Grotto's humanitarian foundation Dr. Smiles which helps bring "Special Smiles" to children with special needs by providing much need dental care for them.
This program helps cover the cost of dental treatment for children with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy (and related neuromuscular disorders), Organ Transplant recipients or those with special Mental and/or Financial need.
This is a family-oriented event with a many activities and amusements including an outdoor classic car show, LIVE jazz music performed under a big tent, assorted food trucks, a cash bar, 50/50 raffles, a corn hole tournament, a caricature artist, face painting.
Live Jazz will be provided by:
11:30 AM The Community High School Jazz Band
1 PM Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band with Sarah D'Angelo
2:30 PM The Janelle Reichman Quartet
4 PM The Washtenaw Community College Jazz Band
Admission is Free - donations appreciated
Car Show Admission - $
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 plus donation. 734-663-1202. [map]

 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 23-Nov. 4. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Hayrides ($3) available. Flashlights required at dusk (bring your own, or purchase one at the maze).
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $8 (kids ages 5-12, $5; age 4 & under, free). [map]

 11 a.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. This class combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs! $15 walk-in; included with some Better Living memberships.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Story Time: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. A Literati staffer reads stories for kids of all ages.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 9-Oct. 29, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 29. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, paintball, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Admission: $13.75 (Wed.-Fri.); $17.75 (Sat. & Sun.); babies age 23 months & under, free. 390-9211. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Dexter District Library KinderConcert: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Music comes alive in KinderConcerts - free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert - they'll dance and move while listening to the music. Then they'll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment. Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care leaders can introduce classical music to even the youngest listeners at your local libraries.
Sponsored by The Ray & Eleanor Cross Foundation, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Chelsea Community Foundation, Stephanie & David Pyne.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St, Dexter. Free. 734-994-8801. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 11 a.m. 

U-M Women's Rugby.

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Sept. 30: Oakland University & Traverse City. 11 a.m. (B Side)

Oct. 8: Ohio State University. 11 a.m.

Oct. 14: Clemson University. 11 a.m. (A & B Sides)

Oct. 22: Penn State. 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 28: Rutgers. 9 a.m.

Various times, Mitchell Field, south side of Fuller. Free.

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Back to School Washi Tape Crafts": Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 3-12 invited to use colorful tape and other supplies to create decorations for their lockers and desks.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio: LED/3D": UMMA.

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Families with kids age 6 & up invited to make art inspired by Random International's LED light- and motion-sensing dynamic sculpture, Swarm Study/II, featured in the current UMMA exhibit Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors-Part II: Abstraction. Local artist Adrian Deva is on hand to offer guidance. The program begins with a tour of the installation.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-4 p.m., UMMA Multipurpose Rm., 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required by emailing (include date & title of program in subject line and indicate morning or afternoon session and how many adults & children are in your group). 764-0395. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Fantastic Fluids": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 9. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring the basics of fluid dynamics. Participants learn how wind creates waves and test the surface tension of different liquids.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

Make It & Take It Workshop: Fall Herb Garden: English Gardens.

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FEE: $24.99; Value: $44.99
Plants and container may vary.
Fall is a great time to plant herbs!
English Gardens, 155 N Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $24.99. [map]

 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Sunstruck (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show exploring the sun's composition and comparing its life-cycle with that of other stars.

8 Scoops of Milky Way (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) shows never before seen footage of the solar system.

Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Kinderconcert": Chelsea District Library.

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Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra percussionist John Dorsey, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult) in a program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
Noon-12:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Ecology Series": Robin Hills Farm.

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Two-hour educational hikes.

Sept. 15 (6 p.m.): "Birding 101, Session 1." Local birder Jessica Adamczyk leads a hike to look for birds. Bring water and binoculars (if you have them).

Sept. 30 (1 p.m.): "Fall Flora." Botanist Mike Penskar leads a hike to identify various plants and discuss their traditional uses.

Oct. 14 (10 a.m.): "Birding 101: Session 2." See above.

Oct. 21 (1 p.m.): "Animal Skulls!" Wildlife biologist Sean Zera shows how to identify animal skulls and leads a hike to look for animal tracks.

Nov. 11 (10 a.m.): "Birding 101: Session 3." See above.

Dec. 9 (10 a.m.): "Birding 101: Session 4." See above.

Various times, Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $15 (family, $25) in advance at 834-8496. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Living a Fulfilling and Positive Life In Spite of Alzheimer's Disease.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Talk by U-M geriatrics physician Alan Dengiz.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1-9:30 p.m. 

Corn Maze: Talladay Farms.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 29-Oct. 29. Possibly Washtenaw County's most baffling corn maze, this vegetable labyrinth features over 8 miles of paths that form 2 intricate mazes precision-cut with a GPS unit. This year's theme is "World Continents." Also, a "Kidz CORNer," with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. Also, beginning Oct. 6, an all-ages haunted corn maze every Fri. & Sat. (dark-10 p.m.). Take a flashlight if coming after dark. Adjacent to Wasem's Orchards.
6-9:30 p.m. (Fri.), 1-9:30 p.m. (Sat.), & 1-5 p.m. (Sun.), 6270 Judd Rd. (left off McCrone/Stoney Creek east off the US-23 Willis Rd. exit). $7 (kids ages 5-11, $6) per maze; $13 (kids, $11) for both., 429-2313. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Aug. 5: Olson Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail) to remove invasive weeds overrunning it open meadows, and Black Pond Woods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.) to remove Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 19: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Bird Rd. entrance west off Huron River Dr.) Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 20: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help remove bittercress, Canada thistle, and other invasives.

Aug. 26: Bandemer Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking area off Barton Dr.) to help remove exotic weeds from the patch of dry prairie that lines the Border-to-Border Trail in this park along the Huron River.

Sept. 10: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to help remove invasive plants during this national day of service to commemorate 9-11.

Sept. 16: Onder Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn to restore the small oak savanna.

Sept. 17: Redbud Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Parkwood & Jeanne) to remove honeysuckle and other invasive plants.

Sept. 23: Furstenberg (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to remove invasive plants to improve the ecosystem of this 38-acre park.

Sept. 23: Ruthven Nature Area 1-4 p.m., meet at the Gallup Park boat dock parking lot at the corner of Parkway and Geddes) to remove invasive plants threatening the native wildflowers.

Sept. 30: Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to learn how to identify and cut buckthorn and honeysuckle from this 22-acre riverside park.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Warthog!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view the African warthogs Sophia and Piki Piki on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjac, macaws, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1:45 & 4:15 p.m. 

"Viceroy's House": Michigan Theater.

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(Gurinder Chadha, 2017). Drama about the 1947 transition of India from British colonial rule to political independence. Stars Gillian Anderson, Hugh Bonneville, and Michael Gambon.
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]

 2 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]

 2 & 6 p.m. 

Holiday Observances: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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A secular Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m.) observance celebrating the Jewish New Year, with readings, meditation, and music. Also, apples & honey, challah & honey cake, coffee & wine. Child care provided. All invited. Also, a free (reservations required) Tashlich Observance (Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-noon, Island Park, off Maiden Ln. between Broadway and Fuller) features a secular ceremony celebrating the Jewish New Year with readings, meditation, and music. Followed by coffee, cider, & pastries. Also, Kol Nidre (Sept. 29, 7 p.m.) and Yom Kippur (Sept. 30, 2 p.m.) observances and a free Break the Fast potluck (Sept. 30, 6 p.m.; bring a non-meat dish to share; you need not have fasted to come), all held at the JCC.
Various times, Jewish Community Center (except as noted), 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $25 (students, $10; family, $50) per observance, $50 (students, $25; family, $100) for all 3 observances. No one is turned away because of inability to pay. 975-9872. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Batteries": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to learn how to make a working battery from pocket change.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum that revolve around themes TBA..
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 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]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-4:30 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Sept. 16: "Hike Around Mill Lake." A 3-mile hike through oak-hickory forest, wetlands, and the historic Mill Lake camp. 1-3:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 & 30 and Oct. 7, 14, & 28: "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery. 3-4:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 & 28: "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided. Noon-2 p.m.

Oct. 21: "Hike to Hickory Hills." A 5-mile hike over rugged terrain that follows glacial topography through an old golf course, beside Crooked Lake, and along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 9-11 a.m.

Nov. 11: "Call of the Wild." Talk on how animals communicate. Also, participants practice talking to Michigan wildlife with yelps, grunts, rattles, and squeals. 11 a.m.-noon.

Nov. 11: "Camouflage Games." All invited to bring their favorite camo gear prepared to compete for prizes. 1-2 p.m.
Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 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 & 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]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Stenciled Watercolors": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activities for adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
3-4 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 3 & 8 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]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

"Lady Macbeth": Michigan Theater.

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(William Oldroyd, 2016). Sold into marriage, a young 19th-century English woman starts a risky affair with a worker on her husband's estate.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5 p.m.-midnight 

Oktoberfest Block Party: Arbor Brewing Company.

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Sept. 29 & 30. Under 3 big street tents, an old-fashioned Oktoberfest with Arbor Brewing's own beers, along with bratwurst and other food, wine, and soft drinks. Entertainment includes the Rhinelanders (Fri, 5:30-10:00 p.m.) playing traditional German dance music, and the Reefermen (Sat. 7:30-11:30 p.m.), a Detroit-area band who covers rock, blues, and soul music from the late '60s & early '70s.
5 p.m.-midnight, Washington between S. Ashley & S. Fourth Ave. (Access to the Fourth & Washington parking structure available off Main.) Free admission. 213-1393.

 5-7 p.m. 

Spaghetti Dinner: Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser.

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All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with meat and vegetarian sauces, salad, garlic bread, beverages, and desserts.
5-7 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller at Newport. Tickets $8 (seniors, $7, kids ages 5-12, $5, kids age 4 & under, free)., 769-0869. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Light the Night": Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Light The Night is an inspirational community event, raising awareness about blood cancer and raising funds for groundbreaking research and treatment options. The light and warmth generated by participants delivers hope in time of despair, community in place of loneliness and life-saving research & support for cancer patients and their families.
On Saturday, September 30, participants will walk along a one-mile route around Riverside Park and carry illuminated lanterns-white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost. A dedicated Remembrance Pavilion provides an opportunity to display a name or message, honoring or commemorating a family member or friend with cancer. The opening ceremony will honor survivors, and will feature a presentation by Honored Hero Kimberly Budd, herself a survivor of blood cancer, as well as University of Michigan's Dr. Pavan Reddy. All are welcome to join teams, walk individually, or volunteer during the event.
Riverside Park, Riverside Park, 1000 Canal St, Ann Arbor, MI. Donation. 248-581-3884. [map]

 6:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited to enjoy a family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments and lawn chairs; locally cut firewood appreciated. No pets. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Various evening times, LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. ( 1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free; donations accepted. 484-6565. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Candlelight Dinner Concert with Doug Decker & Tony Fields: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Doug and Tony are favorites at Lone Oak and they bring down the house every time they play here. This will be a fantastic night of jazz, blues, Motown, funk, and some "old school" R & B. Battle Creek native Tony Fields possesses smooth, soulful vocals and a commanding physical presence that draws the audience to him. Combine this with Doug Decker's outstanding mastery of the keyboards, and great vocal skills as well...and you will soon see why they are an "audience favorite". When Doug & Tony are here, it's a party!
There are only 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats.
Just $35 per person for dinner and show. Our fine, estate grown wines are available by the glass or bottle. Menu: BBQ Ribs or Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta. **Special dietary needs can be accommodated-call for info/requests.**
Have a listen to Doug and Tony at this youtube link:
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35 pp for dinner and show. 5175228167. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Dawson City: Frozen in Time": Michigan Theater.

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(Bill Morrison, 2016). Documentary pieced together from some 500 early 20th-century films discovered in a landfill in the Yukon.
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! 

6th Annual Organ Improvisation Competition: 57th Annual U-M Organ Conference.

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Organists compete for cash prizes.
7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball.

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Sept. 1: Butler. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2: New Hampshire. 1 p.m.

Sept. 2: Wisconsin-Green Bay. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15: North Carolina State. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17: Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 11 a.m.

Sept. 17: Cincinnati. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 29: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 30: Maryland. 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Oct. 27: Iowa. 7 p.m.

Oct. 19: Nebraska. 7 p.m.

Nov 1: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Nov 10: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Nov 11: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Nov 15: MSU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: Purdue 7 p.m.

Various times., Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). Tickets for MSU, Penn State, & Nebraska matches are all $8. 764-0247.

 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Columbus": Michigan Theater.

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(Kogonada, 2017). Rom-com about a Korean-born man and a young woman stuck in a small Indiana town caring for aging parents.
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. 

Trout Steak Revival: The Ark.

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This Denver-based bluegrass band won the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition. Blending folk, roots, indie rock, and bluegrass, the band's music is defined by expressive songwriting and heartfelt harmonies. They have a brand-new album, Brighter Every Day. Opening act is the Jack Klatt Trio, a Minneapolis band led by bluesman, songwriter, and fingerstyle guitarist Klatt.
7:30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $15. 761-1451. [map]

 7:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Sept. 23, 29, & 30; every Fri.-Sun. in Oct.; & Oct. 30 & 31. Six different scary attractions--a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
7:30-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Sun.), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets: $18 for access to one area (multi-area passes $34-$54)., 390-9212. [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.  Free! 

Briggs Chamber Music Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by the winners of the 2017 Briggs Chamber Music Competition.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dave Rempis's Ballister: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Named after an ancient artillery weapon (the "ballista," the root of the English word "ballistic"), this Chicago-Norwegian jazz power trio unleashes a barrage of sound with ever-shifting rhythms that references jazz, punk rock, and folk. Saxophonist Rempis (on alto, tenor, and baritone sax) is joined by Norwegian avant-garde jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love (leader of Large Unit, a dynamic 11-member ensemble of jazz, improv, and electronic musicians) and cellist/electronics manipulator Fred Lonberg-Holm, who's currently the leader of the Valentine Trio and the Lightbox Orchestra.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended at or 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dave Rempis's Ballister: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Named after an ancient artillery weapon (the "ballista," the root of the English word "ballistic"), this Chicago-Norwegian jazz power trio unleashes a barrage of sound with ever-shifting rhythms that references jazz, punk rock, and folk. Saxophonist Rempis (on alto, tenor, and baritone sax) is joined by Norwegian avant-garde jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love (leader of Large Unit, a dynamic 11-member ensemble of jazz, improv, and electronic musicians) and cellist/electronics manipulator Fred Lonberg-Holm, who's currently the leader of the Valentine Trio and the Lightbox Orchestra.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended at or 769-2999. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Ken Evans: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 4 & 5. Chicago comic with a snappy delivery and a dry, somewhat warped sense of humor who likes to spar with the audience. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

North Sea Gas: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Traditional Scottish music by this popular Edinburgh trio whose instrumentation includes guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, whistles, bodhran, and banjo. Its latest CD, The Fire and the Passion of Scotland, was named Album of the Year on Celtic Radio in Boston.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Pittsfield Open Band 25th Anniversary Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Glen Morningstar calls to live music by the band. Preceded at 7:30 by a lesson for beginners.
8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse (off S. State across from the airport). 25 cents (larger donations welcome). [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Switchbacks: Zal Gaz Grotto.

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Live music with The Switchbacks, a local band playing honky-tonk and blues, fronted by singer Janet Benson. Dance floor, cash bar.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $5 cover. 734-663-1202. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats," is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Every Friday and Saturday night at Bel-Mark Lanes!
Bel-Mark Lanes, 3535 Jackson Road. Free. 734-994-8433. [map]

 9:45 p.m. 

"Baby Driver": Michigan Theater.

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(Edgar Wright, 2017). After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA. [venue info]

Club Above: Techno

DJs TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: City of Lakes

Local roots and indie folk quartet that plays a variety of covers and originals. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Judy Insley

Veteran Oakland County pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: Jimmy McCarty & Mystery Train

Popular rockabilly and roots-rock band led by veteran Detroit guitarist McCarty. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: 50 Amp Fuse

Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Laura Rain Duo

Duo led by this Detroit blues and soul singer. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]


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