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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Factory Direct to the Public Sale": Urban Ashes.

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Celebrating 1 year at the UA Production Studio with our first ever factory direct to the public sale.
• Brand new extremely limited UofM Hoop Court Frames, reclaimed from the original court out of Crisler Arena.
• ReWork Photo Frames, Framed Mirrors and Discontinued Mouldings.
• Paul Hickman designed furniture, including the wicked Step Dresser and the beastly Raw Media Cabinet as well as a few of the elegant McNamara Side Tables.
• Fine art including pmh and Collaboration Prints in some of the wildest UA Frames.
• 2015 Detroit De-Nailed, Valet trays created from salvaged antique plaster lath boards and The Suspension Frames created from reclaimed floorboards out of a historic building in Detroit.
Kids Art Project (adults can play to) - participants receive a UA Mini Photo Frame (while they last). Each piece will be featured on our various social media sites where the one garnering the most votes will receive a UA gift.
Urban Ashes Production Studio, 713 West Ellsworth Road, Studio F. Free admission. 734-657-5586. [map]

 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

"The Littlest Scientist": 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.
9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM Green Room (Lower Level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Story Time with Ieva": Nicola's Books.

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Every Tues. Retired youth librarian Ieva Bates reads stories and leads a craft for kids.
10 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 10:15 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.
10:15 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Being in Tune-Mindfulness Meditation at The Ark: Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness, The Ark, Mindful City.

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Please join us for a weekly 30-minute mindfulness meditation in the warm, inviting environs of The Ark. This practice has no religious affiliation. Instruction provided by experienced mindfulness meditation teachers. No experience necessary. Appropriate for beginners or experienced meditators.
The Ark, 316 South Main. Free. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Journaling: Ways of Writing for Yourself"

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Experience getting to know your truth in a small group. Try timed writing, list making, getting guidance, poetry, fiction, and memoir. Bring notebook and pen.
Mary Ledvina, B. A., M. O. T., is a writer, artist and healer who has loved the written word since she was a child. She has over 130 journals and writes daily. She would to love share her writing experience to help you really express yourself and feel safe on the page.
7 Tuesdays, Sept. 29 through Nov. 10
Crazy Wisdom meeting room, 114 South Main Street. $140. 734-646-9161. [map]

 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Program: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, and book study groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]

 4:15 p.m. 

"Jimmy's Hall": State Theater.

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(Ken Loach, 2014). After 10 years of exile in America, an Irish activist returns home during the Depression to reopen the dance hall that led to his deportation.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; Michigan Theater members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]

 4:15, 6:45, & 9 p.m. 

"Phoenix": Michigan Theater.

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(Christian Petzold, 2014). A disfigured concentration camp survivor searches postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis. German, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]

 4:15-5:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Kaleidoscope": Saline District Library.

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Stories and crafts for kids in grades 1-5. This month's theme is "Tater Time!"
4:15-5:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 4:30, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Grandma": Michigan Theater/State Theater.

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(Paul Weitz, 2015). A misanthropic grandmother goes on a daylong journey with her needy 18-year-old granddaughter. Lily Tomlin.
Michigan Theater (through Oct. 22) & State Theater (beginning Oct. 23). Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). [map]

 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Stonewall": State Theater.

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(Roland Emmerich, 2015). Coming-of-age drama set during the days leading up to the Stonewall Riots.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; Michigan Theater members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]

 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Sat. in Sept. (except Sept. 4 & 10). The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1.5-2 hours.
4:45 p.m. (every Mon.-Fri.), 7:30 a.m. (Sept. 12 game day), 7 a.m. (Sept. 19 game day), and 10 a.m. (Sept. 26 game day), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Diabetes Prevention Program Information Session: National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will offer the My Choice…My Health: Diabetes Prevention Programô as part of its overall diabetes prevention efforts to reduce the incidence of diabetes and therefore reduce the number of people dealing with diabetes. My Choice…My Health is offered at no cost in certain communities, and scholarships are offered to all other qualified participants. This 16-week course is designed for those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, with the goal that participants will adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. To register, call 800-482-1455 or visit
U-M North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Free. 800-482-1455. [map]

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Broadcasting Modernity: Cuban Commercial Television, 1950-1960": U-M Institute for the Humanities Authors Forum.

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U-M screen arts & cultures professor Yeidy Rivero and U-M sociology professor Silvia Pedraza discuss Rivero's new book exploring the development of the Cuban TV industry and its role in shaping Cuban culture. Q&A.
5:30-7 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, Room 100 (enter from the Diag). Free. 936-3518.

 6-7:30 p.m. 

Educational Tour: Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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An introduction to the history of the farm that supplies the Roadhouse, its agricultural products, and the humane raising of animals. Also, taste samples of a seasonal vegetable.
Various times, Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $20. Reservations required. 619-8100. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using modern constructed (Mon.), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), standard constructed (Thurs.), and booster draft (Fri. & Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri. & Sun.).
6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun. & Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dancing: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Aug. 4, 11, & 18 and every Tues. in Sept. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m  Free! 

Julia Keller: Ann Arbor District Library/Aunt Agatha's.

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This Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses her series of mystery novels featuring the crusading small-town West Virginia prosecutor Bell Elkins. Keller also talks about mining in Appalachia, including ta disastrous 1972 flood--the subject of her latest Bell Elkins novel, Last Jagged Breath-caused by the failure of a coal slurry impoundment dam in Buffalo Creek (WV).
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-4555, 769-1114. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Linda Gregerson: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This U-M English professor and award-winning poet reads poems inspired by classical themes or in the ekphrastic mode used to describe works of art. In conjunction with Rocks, Paper, Memory, the current U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology exhibit of Wendy Artin's watercolors inspired by Greek and Roman sculptures. Also, readings by Gregerson's poet friends and a Q&A on "Seamus Heaney and the Classical Tradition."
7 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. St. Free. 764-6330, 764-9304.

 7-9 p.m. 

Treetown Community Chorus.

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Every Tues. Sept. 15-Apr. 26. All invited to join this fun-loving independent local mixed chorus to sing mostly familiar tunes, along with some serious music, in various genres. David Perample directs.
7-9 p.m., Gladwin Center barn, 4105 W. Liberty. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). 355-7738. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Between the World and Me": Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Racial Justice Book Group.

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All invited to discuss journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates's book, partly framed as a letter to his son, about U.S. racial history and contemporary racism.
7-9 p.m., Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 1679 Broadway. Free., 663-1870.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"College Night": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talks by the co-authors of Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide for Students and Families about College Selection, Essay Writing and High-Stakes Testing. Essay Coaching founder Debbie Merion and performance coach Geri Markel finding the right college, writing an application essay, and scoring well on ACT and SAT tests.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7:15-9:15 p.m.  Free! 

Open Rehearsal: Ann Arbor Grail Singers.

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Sept. 15, 22, & 29. All women invited to join this women's chamber choir to sing early music. This month's rehearsals include auditions for new members.
7:15-9:15 p.m., location TBA. Free., 662-0631. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Brad Phillips: The Ark.

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This nationally renowned Saline-bred multi-instrumental string virtuoso, a longtime member of the acclaimed local progressive Celtic band Millish who has performed with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Iggy Pop to Jeff Daniels, is joined by a variety of friends to play an eclectic mix of bluegrass, newgrass, Celtic, jazz, pop, and old-time music.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Huun Huur Tu: The Ark.

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This male vocal ensemble from the tiny Central Asian Russian republic of Tuva performs traditional throat singing, also known as overtone singing. Each singer is able to produce 2 or 3 different notes simultaneously, creating an eerie, otherworldly, often startlingly nonhuman sound that is also ravishingly musical. Their repertoire includes traditional songs of nomadic life, usually performed by a solo vocalist and often accompanied on the igil (or horsehead fiddle) and other stringed instruments. Huun Huur Tu has released several recordings on the Shanachie label. A huge favorite with local audiences.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Live Trivia Show: Sporcle Live.

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Join Trivia MC, Courtney, at Dan's Downtown Tavern for FREE Sporcle Live trivia, starting at 8PM. Courtney brings her wit and heavily lauded music choices as well as the variety of trivia questions that make up this live show. Get clues to the games at
More information at
Dan's Downtown Tavern, 105 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. 734-429-3159. http:www/ [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Oriol Sans conducts this ensemble of music majors in Rimsky-Korsakov's joyous and colorful Russian Easter Overture, Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral, and Mendelssohn's celebratory Symphony no. 5 ("Reformation"). Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 9:30 p.m. 

"Meru": State Theater.

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(Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 21015). Documentary about 3 elite climbers attempting to climb Meru Peak, one of the most coveted accomplishments in big-wall climbing. Note: A Sept. 13 screening is scheduled at the Michigan Theater for 4:15 p.m.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; Michigan Theater members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]

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