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Lectures, Readings, Discussions, & Forums - Week of December 11, 2017

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


December 2017
 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation. Note: These groups are also offered at the Westgate (Thurs. except Dec. 21 & 28, 6-7:30), Traverwood (Mon. 7-8:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) branches.
6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to read and discuss poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences they have written.
1-3 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon., except Dec. 25. All invited to join conversations on various topics led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. The program begins with a video introduction to the topic. Snacks provided. Dec. 4: "Children with No Place to Call Home: Helping Kids in Crisis." Dec. 11: "Mental Illness: Breaking the Silence, Overcoming the Shame." Dec. 18: "Overcoming Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Somewhere in Time Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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Nonfiction and historical fiction discussion group for adults. Books TBA.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


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Tuesday


December 2017
 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 13-Apr. 25. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"An Update on Health Care Reform: Where Does It Stand?": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Talk by U-M public policy professor Helen Levy. Fourth in a series of 10 monthly lectures.
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $65 (members, $45) for the 10-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Dec. 5 & 12. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Free sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Dec. 5: University of British Columbia theater professor Siyuan Liu on "'Spoken Drama with a Strong Chinese Flavor': The Resurrection and Demise of Popular Spoken Drama in Shanghai in the 1950s & Early 1960s." Dec. 12: Duke University political science professor Melanie Manion on "The Geography of Political Self-Censorship in an Authoritarian State."
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Supper Club: Chelsea Community Hospital LiveWell.

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All age 55 & over invited for a talk followed at 5 p.m. by supper.

Dec.-Feb. talks: TBA.

Mar. 13: Chelsea House Orchestra. This touring ensemble of some 2 dozen Chelsea High School students plays traditional Scottish and Irish jigs and reels, along with other folk-inspired music and even some rock 'n' roll.

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4 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital dining room, 775 S. Main, Chelsea. $6. Preregistration required. 593-5793. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Museums of the Past into the Future: The Oriental Institute and the Kelsey Museum": U-M Museum Studies Program.

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Directors from the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan will discuss the histories of these archaeological museums and the future challenges that each will face.
University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State Street. Free. 734-936-6678. aricken@umich.edu http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/ [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Grief 101: What to Expect When Grieving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Arbor Hospice representatives offer advice for coping with the loss of a loved one.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m. 

"Jolly Cocktails": Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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Zingerman's staffer Beth Vandergrift discusses the history of holiday cocktails in colonial America and offers taste samples as she shows how to prepare 3 of them: one beer-based, one rum-based, and an original made with sparkling wine and whiskey-based Cherry Bounce, one of George Washington's favorite tipples. The evening concludes with eggnog based on Washington's personal recipe. With appetizers. Recipes available.
7-9:30 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $75. Reservations required. 619-8100. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet": Huron Valley Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope's book.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-1157. [map]


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Wednesday


December 2017
 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation. Note: These groups are also offered at the Westgate (Thurs. except Dec. 21 & 28, 6-7:30), Traverwood (Mon. 7-8:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) branches.
6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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Discussions and activities.

Dec. 13 (6:30 p.m.): "Holiday Party." Bring a dish to pass and cookies to share for a potluck. Preregistration required.

Jan. 10: Lecture about landscaping by David Zenisek of Castle Lanscaping Services.

Feb. 14: TBA.

Mar. 14: Slide-illustrated talk about flower gardens in the Netherlands by Ann Arbor Garden Club member Betty Bishop.

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7 p.m. (except as noted), Chelsea Depot (except as noted), 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. 358-3851. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"A Night with Rolando Beramendi & Ari Weinzweig": Zingerman's Deli.

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Zingerman's co-founder Ari Weinzweig interviews Italian fine food importer Rolando Beramendi about his new cookbook, Autentico: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way. Tastings of some of Zingerman's Italian pantry items.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Deli, 422 Detroit St. $55 (includes one autographed copy of the book and a 20% coupon for the deli). Reservations required. 663-3354. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to read and discuss their own or favorite poetry. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cookies Galore!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers presents a hands-on introduction to making and properly storing holiday (or any other) cookies. Recipes. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lights, Camera, Austen: Screen Adaptations of Jane Austen": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M screen arts & cultures grad student Anne Mecklenburg discusses and shows clips of film adaptations of Jane Austen's novels.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Shadow of the Wind": Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss contemporary Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafon's labyrinthine mystery thriller about an obscure, dangerous book found by a teenager in post-WWII Barcelona.
7-8:30 p.m. SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of The Ahrimanic Deception, Rudolf Steiner's 1919 lecture delivered in Zurich.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


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Thursday


December 2017
 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Populism: The Common People in Modern Politics": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 23), Nov. 2-Dec. 14.

A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.

Nov. 2: MSU political science professor Erica Frantz on "Democracy Dismantled: How Populism Is a Pathway to Autocracy."

Nov. 9 (9:30 a.m.): U-M philosophy professor Elizabeth Anderson on "What Populism Is."

Nov. 16: U-M information professor Joyojeet Pal on "Populism and Online Political Campaigns: The Case of Narendra Modi."

Nov. 30: U-M sociology professor Robert Jansen on "Populist Politics in Latin America."

Dec. 7: WSU political science professor Kevin Deegan-Krause on "The Future Lies East: Postcommunist Europe's New Model of Populism."

Dec. 14: U-M political science professor Andrei Markovits on "European Populism: Similarities and Differences with the Past."
10-11:30 a.m. (except Nov. 9), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation. Note: These groups are also offered at the Westgate (Thurs. except Dec. 21 & 28, 6-7:30), Traverwood (Mon. 7-8:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) branches.
6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Poetry readings by Dexter poet (and former Ann Arbor city councilwoman) Kathy Edgren and local poet Jennifer Burd. The program begins with an open mike for poets, who are welcome to read their own work or a favorite poem by another writer.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


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Friday


December 2017
 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation. Note: These groups are also offered at the Westgate (Thurs. except Dec. 21 & 28, 6-7:30), Traverwood (Mon. 7-8:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) branches.
6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Potlucks & Talks: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Club members give talks on various subjects. The program begins with a potluck (bring a dish to pass). Dec. 15: Holiday Party. Jan.-Mar. programs TBA.
:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 769-1052. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room Book Discussion.

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All invited to discuss Boston psychotherapist Amy Morin's book that offers strategies for avoiding destructive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Based on Morin's popular TED talk about overcoming a series of devastating personal tragedies. Hosted by Crazy Wisdom staff member Deb Flint.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


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Saturday


December 2017
 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Mental Health and the Opioid Crisis": Public Citizens of Washtenaw.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by local activists, on how the new mental health millage will be used to combat the opioid crisis. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1628. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Bindis": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Adults and kids in grade 6 & up invited to learn about the history behind bindi, a decorative dot worn on the center of the forehead by some Hindu and Jain women. Participants are then invited to make their own bindi with rhinestones and beads.
3:30-5 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Sunday


December 2017
 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Poetry open mike.
Ann Arbor Poetry. Poetry open mike. 7-9 p.m. (sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry.






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