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Calendar of Events

Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums

Ann Arbor is an educated and educational community, providing an ample selection of brown bag lectures, seminars, and other colloquia. The Calendar covers events from authors on book signing tours to politicians on the stump.





 
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Monday


March 2013
 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adam Mansbach: Nicola's Books.

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This best-selling writer, author of Go the Fuck to Sleep, discusses his new novel, an intricately plotted high-stakes caper about a notorious graffiti artist with a grudge against a New York City mayoral candidate. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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Tuesday


March 2013
 11:30 a.m. 

Newcomers Coterie Club of Ann Arbor.

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Plymouth Historical Museum and Henry Ford Museum curator Pam Yockey discusses "Victorian Dresses and Victorian Garments." All women who have recently moved or returned to the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area invited. The program begins with lunch.
11:30 a.m., Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson. $16. Preregistration required via email to dududmom@aol.com. 369-4499. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Biodynamic Farming": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Community Farm of Ann Arbor managers Paul Bantle and Anne Elder discuss this form of sustainable farming based on Rudolf Steiner's teachings.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 276-5294. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Anne Carson: Nicola's Books.

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See review. This internationally renowned poet, essayist, and translator, a U-M classics professor, reads from Red Doc>, her new novel in verse, a follow-up to her 1998 novel in verse Autobiography of Red, a contemporary retelling of the myth of Hercules and the monster Geryon. Red Doc> follows Geryon into manhood and through the complex labyrinths of the modern age. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Childhood Obesity": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talks by U-M Health System Cardiovascular Center director Kim Eagle and Mott Children's Hospital Pediatric Comprehensive Weight Center medical director Susan Woolford.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Mar 5 & 19. Award-winning local photographer Howard Bond critiques club members portfolios of projected digital images (Mar. 5) and prints made from digital files or film (Mar. 19).
7:30 p.m., Forsythe Middle School media center (Mar. 5), 1655 Newport, & Wines School auditorium Mar. 19), 1701 Newport. Free ($25 annual dues for those who join). 327-4781. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Readers Group: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of Doña Bárbara, Rómulo Gallegos' tale of a university graduate who confronts a despotic woman in rural Venezuela.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist": Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Mar. 5 & 7. All invited to discuss Sylvia Boorstein's book about how she resolved her own commitments to both Buddhism and Judaism.
7:30-9 p.m. (Mar. 5) & noon-1:30 p.m. (Mar. 7), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [map]
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Wednesday


March 2013
 7 p.m.  Free! 

Health Lectures: Nutritional Healing Center.

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Mar. 6: Chiropractor Darren Schmidt on "Allergies & Asthma Arrested." Mar. 18: Chiropractor Amanda Childress on "Depression Resolution."
7 p.m., NHC, 3610 W. Liberty. Free. 302-7575. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All invited to discuss D.C. Parker's Codex Sinaiticus: The Story of the World's Oldest Bible.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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Thursday


March 2013
 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist": Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Mar. 5 & 7. All invited to discuss Sylvia Boorstein's book about how she resolved her own commitments to both Buddhism and Judaism.
7:30-9 p.m. (Mar. 5) & noon-1:30 p.m. (Mar. 7), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement": Nicola's Books.

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Writer and activist Sarah Erdreich, an Ann Arbor native, discusses her new book about the abortion debate. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Mont Saint-Hilaire & Montreal Area Quarries": Huron Hills Lapidary and Mineral Society.

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Screening of a video.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]
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Friday


March 2013
 8:30-10 a.m.  Free! 

Donna Brazile: U-M Center for the Education of Women.

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Talk by this well-known political strategist who was Al Gore's campaign manager in 2000. Part of the Women of Color Task Force Conference.
8:30-10 a.m., Hill Auditorium. Free; preregistration recommended at cew.umich.edu. 764-6005. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Lunch and Learn.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion of slavery and freedom in Judaism and the Haggadah, a text for the Passover Seder that recounts the emancipation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Bring a lunch, if you wish.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Advanced Study Group: Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to join an ongoing biweekly discussion of Rudolf Steiner's An Outline of Occult Science. Familiarity with Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes). Free. 944-4903. [map]
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Saturday


March 2013
 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Terrific Tile Making": Ann Arbor Solid Waste Department.

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All invited to make a mosaic tile with found art, recycled glass pieces, and other durable items. Guided tours of the city's recycling and trash disposal center.
10 a.m.-noon, Materials Recovery Facility, 4150 Platt Rd. Free. 994-2807. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Mar. 9, 16, & 23. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Mar. 9: Nuclear engineering professor John E. Foster on "Into the Future with Plasma Rocketry: The Intriguing World of Electric Propulsion." Mar. 16: Atmospheric sciences professor Nilton Renno on "Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover." Mar. 23: Physics professor Christine Aidala on "Peering into the Proton."
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

"DNA and Race": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the relationship between DNA and the concept of race. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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

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

Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m. 

Noon Lecture Series: Kempf House Center for Local History.

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Mar. 19: Retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal on "Adventures and Misadventures of a G-Man in Ann Arbor."

Mar. 26: Local historian Susan Nenadic presents "Seeing the Elephants," a talk on the surprising roles of women in the Civil War-as soldiers and as spies.

Apr. 2: "The Melodies of the Mind," a talk by Local psychoanalyst and classical pianist Julie Jaffee on the similarities between music and psychoanalysis.

Apr. 9: Retired Ann Arbor Public Schools music teacher Dan Long discusses "Conductor Elizabeth A.H. Green: A Woman in a Man's World."

Apr. 16: Nawal Motawi presents an autobiographical talk on "The Story Behind Motawi Tileworks."

Apr. 23: "Motown on the Menominee," a talk by Ford Presidential Library audiovisual archivist Kenneth Hafeli on how Ford Motor Co. became an important presence in the UP.

Apr. 30: "Living the American Dream," a talk by linguist and Vietnam vet Paulo Juarez Pereira about his decision to leave his native Brazil and his circuitous journey to become an American citizen.

May 7 (postponed from March 12): U-M Stearns Collection acting curator Chris Dempsey and educational outreach coordinator Carol Stepanchuk discuss "The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments: A U-M Treasure."

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Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Admission $2 (Kempf House members, $1). 994-4898. [map]
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Sunday


March 2013
 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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

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

Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Jenny Milchman: Aunt Agatha's.

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This New Jersey suspense writer discusses her debut novel, Cover of Snow, a psychological thriller set in the Adirondacks. Bestselling mystery novelist Laura Lippman calls it "darkly atmospheric first novel that challenges all sorts of romantic notions we might harbor about small towns and the people we think we can trust." Signing.
2 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Area Historical Society.

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Mar. 10: "A Farm Girl's Farm Living." Ruth Sissom Green discusses her life growing up in the thumb of Michigan. Apr. 14: Local resident Dorothy Kapp Shear discusses "Rural Barns."
2-3:30 p.m., Liberty School, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 944-0442. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Roses for the Garden & the Smaller Garden": Huron Valley Rose Society.

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Talk by a club member TBA. Q&A and refreshments.
2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Tilian Farm Development Program": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Representatives from the local business incubator Tilian Farm, a 44-acre campus on Pontiac Trail north of town, discuss their mission to assist new farmers in starting and establishing a farm business and their farmer residency training programs.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step": Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

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Playwright, novelist, and peace activist Cecile Pineda discusses her book about the nuclear industry seen through the lens of the disaster still unfolding at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan., Signing.
2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 761-7967. [map]
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 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step": Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

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Playwright, novelist, and peace activist Cecile Pineda discusses her book about the nuclear industry seen through the lens of the disaster still unfolding at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan.
2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 761-7967. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"DNA and Race": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the relationship between DNA and the concept of race. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to discuss 2 mysteries set in Norway. Jo Nesbo's Redbreast is about a detective who gets drawn into a mystery concerning Norway's past while monitoring neo-Nazi activities in Oslo. Anne Holt's 1222 is set in a centuries-old hotel, where railway passengers have taken shelter after their train derails during a massive blizzard.
3:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Religion and Politics in the Middle East: What in the World Is Going On…and Why": First Baptist Church.

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Talk by University of Oklahoma religious studies professor Charles Kimball.
4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]
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 4:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Other Side of Paradise": Rainbow Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of poet, performing artist, and LGBT activist Staceyann Chin's memoir about her dysfunctional childhood in Paradise, Jamaica.
4:30-7 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
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