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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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Tuesday


May 2013
 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"From Fear to Faith": Dawn Farm 40th Anniversary Celebration.

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Dawn Farm president James Balmer and Dawn Farm clinical director Jason Schwartz discuss the history of Dawn Farm and the evolution of drug-treatment programs over the last 40 years. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a reception.
7:30-9 p.m., St. Jospeh Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 485-8725. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic Poetry Night": Literati Bookstore/Neutral Zone.

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Local teen poets read from their work. Also, an open mike open to all poets.
8 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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Wednesday


May 2013
 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Websites": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture-demo by Boxcar Studio web design firm technical director T.J. Smith on setting up do-it-yourself websites using third-party commercial and open source solutions, including WordPress and Squarespace.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"An Armchair Traveler's History of Istanbul": Nicola's Books.

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U-M English professor emeritus Richard Tillinghast discusses his new book about Istanbul and its many distinct neighborhoods. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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Thursday


May 2013
 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Original 1939 Notebook of A Return to the Native Land": Nicola's Books.

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EMU English professor emeritus Clayton Eshleman discusses the release of the first bilingual edition of Martinican poet Aime Cesaire's masterpiece, which Eshleman co-translated. The poem marks the beginning of Cesaire's involvement in the Negritude movement of black francophone intellectuals who sought a common identity opposed to French colonial racism.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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Friday


May 2013
 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 the intersection between religion and science. Bring a lunch, if you wish.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Larry O. Dean: Nicola's Books.

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This Flint-born Chicago-based poet reads from Brief Nudity, his new collection of poems that are concerned with the juxtaposition of elegy and irreverence. The collection is highlighted by poems told from the perspectives of victims of the 1989 Bay Area Loma Prieta earthquake. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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Saturday


June 2013
 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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Updates on the Ann Arbor Library Commons, Fermi III, and dark money in politics. Also, annual election of officers. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 973-5593. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Getting into Bonsai": Downtown Home & Garden Spring Lecture Series.

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Talk by local bonsai expert Margaret Parker.
10 a.m.-noon, DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Evolution of Whales": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how whales have adapted to thrive underwater by comparing archaic to modern whales. 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. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more. Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of the universe of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Wife of the Gods": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Kwei Quartey's police procedural set in Ghana about a gifted detective who reluctantly leaves the capital city to investigate a murder in a small town where traditional beliefs about the spirit world still reign.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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Sunday


June 2013
 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Comic Artists Forum": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Royal Oak comic artist Joe Foo, creator of the online Desmond's Comic, discusses the process of building characters out of abstract forms. Participants also work on their own comics; materials provided. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more. Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of the universe of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Evolution of Whales": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how whales have adapted to thrive underwater by comparing archaic to modern whales. 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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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Handbuilding with Mitch Lyons: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Screening of this video that shows award-winning ceramic artist Lyons demonstrating various hand-building techniques.
4 p.m., Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 662-4914. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Everest Base Camp Trek": The Himalayan Bazaar.

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Screening of a travel video about Kathmandu and the Mt. Everest base camp. Also, information about upcoming trips to Nepal.
5:30 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. Free. 997-7229. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Poetry Jam: Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center.

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Every Sun. All poets invited for an informal discussion of their work. Bring poetry to discuss and, if you wish, to read at the mike.
7-8 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 769-2787. [map]
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