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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


September 2013
 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Sept. 3 & 17. Club members show slides (Sept. 3) and prints (Sept. 27) on various topics, including this month's assignment of "Impressionistic."
7:30 p.m., Wines Elementary School auditorium (Sept. 3), 1701 Newport, & Forsythe Middle School cafeteria (Sept. 17), 1655 Newport. Free ($30 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 El Tango de la Guardia Vieja, Spanish novelist Arturo Perez-Reverte's tale of a love affair that spans four decades in mid-20th century Europe.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.
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Wednesday


September 2013
 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All invited to discuss The Friar and the Cipher: Roger Bacon and the Unsolved Mystery of the Most Unusual Manuscript in the World, Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone's book about the Voynich manuscript, discovered in 1912, that is written in an indecipherable language.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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Thursday


September 2013
 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Members Show and Tell: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Club members show and discuss choice specimens from summer collecting. Nonmembers welcome.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nutritional Healing Center.

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Sept. 5: NHC health practitioner Connie Kelly-Saur discusses "Dining Out." Sept. 11: Screening of a film TBA.
7 p.m., NHC, 3610 W. Liberty. Free. 302-7575. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sailing Talks: U-M Sailing Club.

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Every Thurs. Club members give talks on various sailing topics, including "Sailing 101: Introduction to Sailing" (Sept. 12), "Tacking and Jibing" (Sept. 19), "Object Overboard and Docking" (Sept. 26). The Sept. 5 event is a mass meeting.
7 p.m., 335 or 340 U-M West Hall, 550 East University. Free. 426-0920. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Conservation District Budget Public Comment: Washtenaw County Conservation District.

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The proposed budget of the Washtenaw County Conservation District for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013 will be finalized and approved by the District Board of Directors at their regular monthly meeting on September 5, 2013, 8:00 p.m., at the District office. The public is invited to comment on the proposed budget at this time. Copies of the proposed budget are available at the District office located at 7203 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor MI. Phone: (734)761-6721 ext. 5.
District office, 7203 Jackson Road. Free. 761-6721 ext. 5. [map]
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Friday


September 2013
 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Sept. 6: Universiti Sains Malaysia humanities professor Ooi Keat Gin on "War and 'Peace': Borneo, 1941-1950." Sept. 27: Cornell University government professor Andrew Mertha on "Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979."
Noon, 1636 International Institute (Sept. 6), SSWB, 1080 South University and Michigan League Room D (Sept. 27). Free. 764-0352. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Great Books at the Senior Center": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL and Chelsea Senior Center staff lead a book discussion for all adults.

Sept. 6: A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson's hilarious best-seller about his 5-month-long adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Oct. 4: The Good Father, Noah Hawley's suspenseful psychological novel about a physician's quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin--his own 20-year-old son.

Nov. 1: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's account of the harrowing experiences of a group of mountain climbers who attempted Mt. Everest.

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1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lectures.

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Sept. 6: U-M art history professor Nachiket Chanchani on "Figures of Speech: Picturing Poetry in Fifteenth-Century Gujarat." Sept. 17: Institute of Economic Growth (India) sociology professor Amita Baviskar on "Good to Eat, Good to Think: India's Changing Food Cultures." Sept. 20: Amherst College anthropology professor Nusrat Chowdhury on "Revealing Powers: Money, Morality, and Politics in Bangladesh."
4 p.m., 1636 International Institute (except Sept. 17, room 1644), SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Musicology Lectures: U-M School of Music.

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Sept. 6, 20, & 27. Lectures by U-M and visiting scholars. Sept. 6: U-M musicology professor Stefano Mengozzi on "Sacred Words in Ordinary Sounds: Revisiting Musical Humanism." Sept. 20: University of California-Berkeley ethnomusicology professor Jocelyne Guilbault on "Performing Selective Cosmopolitanism." Sept. 27: Tufts University music professor David Locke on "Listening to African Traditional Music."
5 p.m., 506 Burton Tower. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football": Nicola's Books.

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Best-selling sports writer John U. Bacon discusses his new book about the state of the football programs at Penn State, Ohio State, U-M, and Northwestern. Signing.
6 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown BookFest Reception: Ann Arbor District Library.

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West Side Book Shop owner Jay Platt discusses his 33 years as a local bookseller to introduce Ann Arbor Bookstores Past and Present, a new AADL exhibit organized in conjunction with the Kerrytown BookFest (see 8 Sunday listing). Also, live music by harpist Deborah Gabrion and refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown BookFest Reception: Ann Arbor District Library.

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West Side Book Shop owner Jay Platt discusses his 33 years as a local bookseller to introduce Ann Arbor Bookstores Past and Present, a new AADL exhibit organized in conjunction with the Kerrytown BookFest (see 8 Sunday listing). Also, live music and refreshments.
7-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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Aug. 9 & 23, Sept. 6 & 20. All invited to join an ongoing discussion of the late U-M physics professor emeritus Ernst Katz's Core Anthroposophy. Familiarity with Rudolf 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


September 2013
 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"The Crimes of 9/11: Seeking the Truth for All Americans": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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Talk by professional engineer Stanley A. Beattie, a signer of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, location TBA, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 973-5593. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: How Do We Find It?": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists search for life on other planets.
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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Sunday


September 2013
 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Current Issues in City Government": Ann Arbor Unitarian Fellowship.

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Talk by Third Ward city councilman Stephen Kunselman.
10 a.m., Burns Park Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 971-8638. [map]
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 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

11th Annual Kerrytown BookFest.

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This bustling, lively festival--the largest 1-day book festival in Michigan--celebrates books and bookmaking with a huge variety of demonstrations, talks, panel discussions, signings, displays, and sale tables by local bookstores, booksellers, and publishers. Also, a "Book-a-palooza" used book sale in Braun Ct. (11 a.m.-6 p.m.).

In the main tent: Presentation of the Community Book Award to West Side Book Shop owner Jay Platt (11 a.m.). Journalist and writer Brett Callwood moderates "Michigan Narratives: From Motown to Iggy Pop" (noon), a panel discussion with Mary Wells biographer Peter Benjaminson and Detroit Rock City author Steve Miller. Road & Track magazine editor Larry Webster moderates "Michigan Narratives: Automobiles and the Industry" (1 p.m.), a panel discussion with former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz, Chrysler's Turbine Car author Steve Lehto, and American Icon author Bryce Hoffman. Michigan Radio reporter Jennifer Guerra moderates "Michigan Narratives: Vanishing Cities" (2 p.m.), a panel discussion on the changing urban cityscape in Michigan, with urban history writers Gordon Young, John Gallagher, June Thomas, and Edward McClelland. Local poet V.V. Ganeshananthan moderates "Michigan Narratives: Cherchez la Femme" (3 p.m.), a panel discussion on a woman's point of view in fiction with area writers Bonnie Jo Campbell, Natalie Bakopoulos, and Susan Ramsey. Signal-Return (Detroit) letterpress studio project manager Ryan Schirmang discusses "The Detroit Printing Scene" (4 p.m.).

In Kerrytown Concert House: Announcement of 2013 Book Cover Contest winners (11 a.m.). Children's writer and illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw leads a panel discussion on "Picture Books from Inception to Publication" (noon), with children's writers Shutta Crum and Nancy Shaw and illustrator David Catrow. Detroit Noir editor E.J. Olsen facilitates "Family Ties" (1:15 p.m.), a conversation about the importance of family connections in writing, with mystery writers Julia Keller and William Kent Krueger. Keller's books are set in Applachia; Krueger's in Minnesota. Mystery writer Alyse Carlson facilitates "A Mysterious Sense of Place" (2:30 p.m.), a conversation among Cara Black, who writes mysteries set in Paris; Erin Hart (Ireland), and Libby Fisher Hellmann (Chicago). Local fiction writer Jeremiah Chamberlin facilitates "The Literary, the Supernatural, and the Strange" (3:45 p.m.), a conversation between novelists Benjamin Percy and Matt Bell, whose newest books-Red Moon and In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, respectively-were two of the most anticipated novels of 2013.

Upstairs at Hollander's: Florence G. Wallace Conservation Laboratory (Lansing) collections conservator Eric Alstrom discusses "Michigan Book Artists" (noon). Local bookmaker Vicki Hayes Engling gives a slide-illustrated talk on "Book Structures for Elementary School Teachers" (1 p.m.), with a hands-on activity. Local artist Ruth Bardenstein gives an illustrated talk on "Experimental Typography in Book Arts" (2 p.m.). Calligrapher Scott Wettlaufer discusses "Image & Letter: The Changing Face of Book Content" (3 p.m.).

In the Children's Storybook Corner: Heather O'Neal, co-owner of the Himalayan Bazaar on Main, tells true and fictional tales from Nepal (noon-12:30 p.m.). Local writer Shanda Trent reads her new children's book, Farmer's Market Day (12:30 p.m.). Award-winning children's writer Deborah Diesen, author of The Pout Pout Fish, reads and leads a sing-along (1 p.m.). "ABCs with Mother Goose" (2 p.m.) is a 30-minute program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose. Ann Arbor District Library storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor tells "Animal Tales" (3 p.m.) and leads a stick puppet craft activity.

Outdoors in the Farmers Market: Book-related craft activities for kids (noon-2 p.m.), a kids drawing workshop (2 p.m.) with Ellie McDoodle books author and illustrator Ruth McNally, and book-making workshops (1, 2, & 3 p.m.).

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11 a.m.-5 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown Concert House, and Hollander's in Kerrytown. Free admission. 669-0451. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Tour: Kempf House Museum.

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Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it at the turn of the 19th century.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Comic Artists Forum": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local comics artist and graphic novelist Jay P. Fosgitt discusses his forthcoming all-ages comic book Bodie Troll, with an emphasis on its inspirations, its plot and characters, and its connection to common folktale and mythological themes. 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. 327-4555. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: How Do We Find It?": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists search for life on other planets.
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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 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

Rainbow Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Patience and Sarah, Isabel Miller's novel about 2 early 19th-century women who fall in love, buy a farm together, and manage to skirt the prejudices of the time.
4:30-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
Motawi Tileworks
Esquire Interiors Ann Arbor MI
Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.