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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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 6::30-8::45 p.m.  Free! 

"Enflowering the Carnal: The Scent of Fracas": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk (with fragrance samples) about Germaine Cellier's voluptuous 1948 perfume by local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Wed.-Sun. (except Sept. 16-18), Sept. 12-Oct. 30. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, paintball, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (weekends) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (weekdays), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. $15.50 weekend admission; $9.99 weekday admission (babies 23 months & under, free; group rates available). 390-9211. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Yoga - Its 5000 Year History and Metaphysics: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Yoga is one of the most popular cultural exports to the world from Indian traditions. Its origins date back five thousand years and it has evolved over the period, both philosophically and through religious practices. The metaphysics of Yoga is rooted in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain religious traditions. The lectures and discussions will include the history, metaphysics, and Yoga's modern day evolution. (There will be no demonstrations or instructions of Yoga practice). Instructor: Lakshminarayanan Venkat. This class meets September 30 - November 4.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard Street. $35. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

French Film Series.

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Sept. 23: La Cle des Champs (Claude Nuridsany & Marie Pérennou, 2011) Two lonely children fall under the spell of a deserted pond, which their imaginations transform into a secret kingdom, both marvellous and frightening, thronging with creatures born from dreams or nightmares. French subtitles.

Sept. 23: Soeur Sourire (Stijn Coninx, 2009). Biopic about Jeannine Beckers, the Belgian Dominican nun who refused to include music among the worldly goods she was required to renounce and with the support of her mother superior, composed a hit song and became famous as the Singing Nun. French subtitles.

1:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2. 794-6520. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor's Historic Movie Theaters": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Lecture by EMU film studies professor emeritus Henry Aldridge.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $30 (members, $25). Reservations required by Sept. 25.; 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Are We Losing Our Democracy? The Politics of Economic Inequality": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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The rise of the middle class in the U.S. led to the expansion of democratic participation and growing prosperity. Investment in public resources and the expansion of civic institutions followed, further promoting democratic participation. A recent rise of great fortunes accompanied by greater poverty and inequality has brought about a decline in the middle class. Falling participation in voting, civic engagement and governance further threatens middle class institutions. We will discuss how economic equality promotes prosperity and fosters democratic institutions, and explore ways of changing the dynamic of today's increasing inequality. Instructors: Larry Berlin and John Rowntree. This class meets on Wednesdays from September 30- November 18.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $40. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Writing Your Life": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This class will be in workshop format, whereby students will create stories, essays and reflections on assigned topics arising out of their personal events and experiences. The group and the instructor will critique the writings in class. Saleem Peeradina is Professor Emeritus of English at Sienna Heights University and author of four books of poetry, a memoir and an anthology. This class meets September 30 - November 4.
Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. $35. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Sept. 5 (10 a.m.): "Labor Day Fitness Walk." All invited to join one of several walks through the park, from long, hilly hikes to a less rugged 1.5-mile scavenger hunt. Snacks & drinks available. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by warm-up games for kids. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Sept. 10 and Oct. 1, 15, & 22 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.

Sept. 24 (1 p.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small trinkets to trade, if you can.

Oct. 8 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.

Oct. 22 (9-11 a.m.): "Hike to Hickory Hills." A 5-mile hike over rugged terrain that follows glacial topography through an old golf course, beside Crooked Lake and along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water

Oct. 24 & 31 (11 a.m. & noon): "Geocache Trick or Treating." Hikers of any age able to follow rugged hilly terrain invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails in search of hidden treats.

Nov. 5 (11 a.m.-noon): "Call of the Wild." Talk on how animals communicate. Also, participants practice talking to Michigan wildlife with yelps, grunts, rattles, and squeals.

Nov. 5 (1-2 p.m.): "Camouflage Games." Bring your favorite camo gear prepared to compete for prizes.

Nov. 19 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home.

Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 3 p.m. 

"Casting Session": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 17-Dec. 19. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Jeff Daniels' comedy about 2 middle-aged NYC actors who have been competing for the same roles for 30 years and will go to great lengths to get a part. Cast: Tom Whalen, Erika Matchie Thiede, and David Daoust.
8 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $28 (Wed.), $25 (Thurs.), $38 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $43 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for Sept. 17-24 preview shows. 433-7673. [map]

 3:15-5 p.m. 

"Some Perspectives on Shakespeare's Hamlet": Osher Lifelong Institute at U-M (50+).

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Participants will first read and discuss the play. Then we will watch and critique several interpretations of aspects of the play. Finally, we'll consider what insights Tom Stoppard's "Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" can offer a modern audience. The texts include any edition of "Hamlet", Stoppard's "Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead". We will discuss "Hamlet" Act One at our first session. Marilyn Scott was a lecturer in classics and great books at U of M and taught English literature at Community High School. This class for those over 50 meets September 30 - November 18
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $40. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"From South Africa to Rwanda and Syria: Journey of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights": U-M Law School Bishop Lecture Series.

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Lecture by judge Navi Pillay, a former UN human rights commissioner.
4 p.m., U-M South Hall Room 1225, 701 S. State. Free. 764-4705. [map]

 4:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Imagining Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution": U-M Physics Department Annual Ta-You Wu Lecture.

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2014 chemistry Nobel laureate Eric Betzig discusses his work developing optical tools that allow scientists to better observe biological systems.
4:10 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 4:15 & 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]

 4:15 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]

 4:30, 6:45, & 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]

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fabulous Fours and Fives": Dexter District Library.

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Hour-long story time with activities for kids age 4 & 5, accompanied by a caregiver.
4:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"The Three Musketeers" open auditions for youth: The Ann Arbor Young Actors Guild.

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Auditions for:
The Three Musketeers (after Dumas)
A robust script with great roles for all actors. Exciting action, intriguing plots and excellent scenework for aspiring theatre students. Sword play and historic movement will be included in the rehearsal process.
Our policy: all who audition will be cast and will appear on stage in every performance.
High School to Grade 6
Mondays and Wednesdays
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at STAC (below)
December 18/19/20, 2015 - Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
STAC (U of M Student Theatre Arts Complex) 1201 Kipke Drive, Ann
Arbor, MI
STAC U of M Student Theatre Arts Complex, 1201 Kipke Drive, near Michigan Stadium. Free. 734-926-5629. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m. 

"An Adventure in Fermentation: Making Homemade Sauerkraut and Pickles": Robin Hills Farm.

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In the good old days every general store had a "penny" candy section, homemade fudge, and a large pickle barrel in the corner. Kids used to love to go to the store with mom and were allowed to fish a giant, crunchy pickle out of the barrel to munch on. The pickles were naturally fermented using lactic acid fermentation rather than vinegar. This technique can also be used to make incredibly crunchy, delicious sauerkraut that tastes nothing like the ordinary canned varieties in the supermarket. These fermented vegetables are great for intestinal health as they are full of "good" bacteria. In this demonstration class you will learn how to make your own delicious and healthy sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables at home.
Led by Kenine Comstock
Robin Hills Farm, Vegetable Barn, 20390 Stockbridge Chelsea Road, Chelsea. $20-$30. 734-834-8496. [map]

 6-7 p.m. 

Diabolo (Chinese Yo-yo) Class: Ringstar Studio.

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You might have fooled around with it as a child or seen it in a Cirque du Soleil show. It is an awe-inspiring toy in circus and juggling shows and some countries even hold national competitions. The diabolo, also known as the Chinese yo-yo, is a beautiful, challenging, yet fun circus art that can add a whole new level to your performances. Come learn kinetic manipulation and energy flow and control while emphasizing extension of the body via object, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness. Individuals of all ages (8 and up) and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to play with us!
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. [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]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help available from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns available for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Paddling & Pastimes: 6 Midwest Cities-The Rivers that Made Them and the Baseball Teams that Entertained Them": Dexter District Library.

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Michigan writer Doc Fletcher discusses his book about urban paddling adventures in cities such as Detroit, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Book sale & signing. Attendees entered to win a canoe or kayak day trip.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 7 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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Claire Vaye Watkins: U-M Zell Visiting Writers Series/Literati Bookstore.

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This Bucknell University (Pennsylvania) English professor, author of the highly acclaimed 2012 short story collection Battleborn, reads from her debut novel, Gold Fame Citrus. Set in a dystopian near future where severe drought has led to brutal survival tactics and internment camps for less fortunate members of society, the novel concerns one couple's attempt to buck the system. Watkins "spikes her novel with a ticking, musical intelligence," says a Kirkus review. "Magnificently original." Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington . Free. 764-6330, 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

Film Discussion Group with Russ Collins: Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Russ Collins, Michigan Theater Director and Brian Hunter Program Director for the Michigan Theater will lead a monthly film discussion group. Participants decide on 3 films per month to view then gather with Russ to engage in enlightening discussions.
Register online at or directly to Karen at 734-971-0990 or
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. $100 JCC/$110 non-member. 734-971-0990. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Julie Babcock & Scott Beal: Nicola's Books.

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Readings by these two local poets. Babcock's Autoplay depicts Ohio as an astronaut, a cowgirl, and a waitress at Big Boy and blends cultural and personal histories to explore the paradoxes of home. Beal's Wait Til You Have Real Problems deploys familiar characters from Rapunzel to Perseus and whimsically surreal tall tales to explore the varied and violent forces that shape human identities. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Electronic Music Production": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed., Sept. 9--30. Veteran Detroit sound designer and dance music DJ Mike Huckaby introduces adults and teens in grade 6 & up to making electronic music.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. Arrive early; space limited. 327-8301. [map]

 7-8:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Positive Being: Yoga for Everyday": Chelsea District Library.

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Breathe Yoga instructors lead a yoga practice. Bring a mat.
7-8:15 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs & Stories from an Elder-in-Training": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A program of songs, stories, and reflections on the aging process by Jeanne Mackey, a local musician and workshop leader who on turning 60 in 2010 created Drop the Knife: A Memoir-in-Song.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Iron Giant: Signature Edition": Fathom Events.

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Remastered, with 2 new scenes added, of Brad Bird's 1999 animated action-adventure film about a young boy who befriends a childlike robot from outer space.
7 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets (price TBA) in advance at and at the door. 623-7469. [map]

 7:15-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Sept. 30-Oct. 30 and every Sun. beginning Oct. 9, and Oct. 31. Six different scary attractions--a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
7:15-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:15-10:30 p.m. (Sun. & Oct. 31), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets: $18 for access to one area (multi-area passes, $34-$59)., 390-9212. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jennifer Monson: U-M Institute for the Humanities Living Room Series.

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This University of Illinois dance professor, a prominent experimental choreographer whose work is known for its explorations of the body as a vehicle of conceptualization, performs excerpts from her Live Dancing Archive, an ongoing project exploring how a dancing body can archive and revisit ecological experience. The performance is followed by a discussion by Monson and her collaborator, landscape architect Elliott Maltby.
8 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio Theater, 1310 North University Ct. Free. 936-3518. [map]

 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Anderson Room (Sept. 2), Michigan League Vandenberg Room (Sept. 9 & 23), and room TBA (Sept. 16 & 30). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the free lesson at 8 p.m.)., 945-8428. [map]

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