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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 16, 2017

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 7 a.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. and Sept. 9 & 16. 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 1-2 hours. Also, on Sept. 9 & 16 (game days), a Drumline Step Show on the front steps of Revelli Hall (10:30 a.m., 350 E. Hoover).
10:30 a.m. (Sept. 4), 4:45 (all other Mon.-Thurs. dates), 7 a.m. (Sept. 9 & 16 game days), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]

 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Every Sat., Apr. 30-Oct. 29 Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on 4th Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June 4-Sept. 24. Also, every Wed., May 4-Oct. 26, The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2-6 p.m.,), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.

June 3: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

June 10: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

June 17: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

June 24: TBA.

July 1: TBA.

July 8: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

July 15: "A Taste of Music." Musical performance by an ensemble from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Also, an instrument petting zoo for kids and adults, with a chance to try out your favorite instrument.

July 22: Annie & Rod Capps. Local husband-and-wife folk-rock singer-songwriter duo.

July 29: Mixed Nuts. Acoustic Americana covers and originals by this Chelsea trio.

Aug. 5: McDonald Brothers. Local Americana country quartet.

Aug. 12: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

Aug. 19: McDonald Brothers. Local Americana country quartet.

Aug. 26: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

Sept. 2 Loyse Huffman. Folksinger.

Sept. 9: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

Sept. 16: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

Sept. 23: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.

Sept. 30: Mixed Nuts. Acoustic Americana covers and originals by this Chelsea trio.

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), S. Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.

 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: A Place in the Shade: Selected Projects by Charles Correa": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Charles Correa (1930-2015) is arguably the most influential architect to have worked in modern India. Born in India and educated in the U.S., Correa earned a B. Arch. at the University of Michigan in 1953 and went on to receive his M.Arch. at MIT.
Over a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Correa's architecture, urban design, planning, and writings inspired generations, adapting the international language of modernism to the Indian context.. This exhibition, organized by Nondita Correa Mehrotra, the director of the Charles Correa Foundation, explores the breadth of his built work, through highlighting thirteen selected projects. Professor Craig Borum designed the exhibition. The exhibition accompanies the inaugural Charles Correa International Lecture, an annual lecture by an emerging architect engaged with global architecture and activism. The lecture will promote cultural understanding through design practice and discourse.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon 

Creation Lab 101: Pure Existence.

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​This three hour lab takes students through a series of basic compositional exercises based in time, space, and energy. Artists will work with improvisation as a mode for movement development. Theme and variation are discussed as well as other useful tools for the emerging choreographer. This workshop is open for aspiring choreographers ages 13+.
P and P Dance Centre, 329 Industrial Park Dr. Belleville, MI 48111, Belleville. $40. 517-902-3806. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Sept. 9 & 16. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Sept. 9), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Sept. 16), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Just Between Friends Sale.

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Sept. 16 & 17. Sale of maternity items, baby and children's clothes, toys, and baby gear.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $3 admission on Sat.; free admission on Sun. (with many items half price). (423) 304-1037, 649-5353. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Aug. 5: Olson Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail) to remove invasive weeds overrunning it open meadows, and Black Pond Woods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.) to remove Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 19: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Bird Rd. entrance west off Huron River Dr.) Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 20: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help remove bittercress, Canada thistle, and other invasives.

Aug. 26: Bandemer Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking area off Barton Dr.) to help remove exotic weeds from the patch of dry prairie that lines the Border-to-Border Trail in this park along the Huron River.

Sept. 10: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to help remove invasive plants during this national day of service to commemorate 9-11.

Sept. 16: Onder Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn to restore the small oak savanna.

Sept. 17: Redbud Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Parkwood & Jeanne) to remove honeysuckle and other invasive plants.

Sept. 23: Furstenberg (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to remove invasive plants to improve the ecosystem of this 38-acre park.

Sept. 23: Ruthven Nature Area 1-4 p.m., meet at the Gallup Park boat dock parking lot at the corner of Parkway and Geddes) to remove invasive plants threatening the native wildflowers.

Sept. 30: Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to learn how to identify and cut buckthorn and honeysuckle from this 22-acre riverside park.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 9:15 a.m. 

"Scrap Quilts: The Secret to Success": Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Award-winning Connecticut quilter Barb Vedder gives a talk illustrated by photos of antique quilts as well as her own work. The program begins with a brief business meeting and ends with a member show-and-tell and sale of quilting supplies.
9:15 a.m. (doors open at 8:15 a.m.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). [map]

 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Charity Beer Garden: Cancer Support Community.

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Game days just got better with food truck rallies & craft drafts at the Charity Beer Garden benefiting the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor
Held every University of Michigan home football game day at Stadium Club, Ann Arbor (327 East Hoover). The comfortable garden atmosphere just 450 feet from the University of Michigan Stadium features local food trucks (including Slows To Go), craft beers, and lawn games.
All craft drafts will be $6/pint, with 100% of beer sales and tips supporting Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor's free services for people affected by cancer in our community.
- Free Admission
- Credit Cards Accepted
- $6 Beers
- Sheltered Seating
- Bathrooms
- TVs broadcasting UofM game and pre game coverage
- WiFi
- Family-Friendly
- Yard Games
We are currently looking for volunteers!
Email Erin at
Stadium Club, Ann Arbor, 327 E. Hoover. Free. 734-975-2500. [map]

 10-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Community Forum": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to join a monthly public discussion of a variety of topics and share ideas and information about issues affecting Chelsea. Topics chosen by those in attendance.
10-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Crafter's Paradise-Garage Sale: SCRAP Box.

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Join us for our last garage sale of the year!! We will have super discounts on our already inexpensive creative reuse materials!! Come see our huge selection of fabric, notions, scrap-booking supplies, arts & crafts items, greeting cards, seasonal items, and much more!! You don't want to miss the last big sale of the year on creative reuse materials!!
Friday-September 15th (10am-5pm)
Saturday-September 16th (10am-5pm)
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. Free. 734-994-0012. [map]

 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Exotic Plant Sale: Michigan Cactus & Succulent Society/Southeast Michigan Bromeliad Society.

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Sept. 16 & 17. Show and sale of bromeliads, cacti, succulents, and air plants. Also, a sale of growing supplies and books, as well as a talk at 1 p.m. on growing bromeliads.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. (248) 380-7359. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Seminar: Seasonal Container Garden Ideas: English Gardens.

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Freshen up your containers with new varieties of cold-tolerant annuals and perennials. We'll give you information on designing, planting and maintaining flowers and plants in outdoor containers.
English Gardens, 155 N Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Full-Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Energetic strength-training session including cardio subsets and work on balance and posture. $15 walk-in; included with most Better Living memberships. For all ages, and customized to suit your abilities.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Radio Control Air Show: Flying PIlgrims.

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This is a show put on to demonstrate the Radio Controlled Airplane hobby to the general public.
The airplanes to be displayed and flown are what referred to as "Giant Scale". This means the model must be at least ¼ the size of the real aircraft and include both turbine jet and propeller driven models. Wingspans over 100 inches are common. Most of the models weigh between 15 and 50 lbs. Engine power ranges from 3 to 12 Hp. These are large models!
The models will fly all day during the show, and perform many aerobatic maneuvers during their flights. At noon flying is suspended for a time so spectators can inspect the airplanes up close and ask questions of the pilots. The models feature all the aspects of the full size aircraft as well, like retractable landing gear, flaps, and "smoke" systems, are common features.
Pilgrim Trail, 1/4mile North of Geddeson Ridge, Canton. $5/Carload. 248-348-1156. jrlane@! [map]

 10 a.m. 

Trampoline Fitness Class - Total Body Jump.

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Enjoy a FUN cardio workout without all the harmful impact on your joints and muscles. This high intensity low impact workout delivers all over muscle tone working every cell in your body. Trampoline fitness is unique in the fact that it detoxes the lymph system through the G-forces of jumping. I addition it strengthens the core like no other workout and improves posture and balance. All this while having fun and torching calories. Classes designed for beginners and fitness enthusiast alike.
Balance bars available on select trampolines.
New Students -$5 for 5 classes
Saturday mornings park on the south side of the studio due to tailgating. Arrive 5 minutes early.
The Mix Studio, 2007 S State Street. $5 for 5 classes. 734-786-1260. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Bugs and Their Buddies": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a nature program for families with kids age 5 & up.
10 a.m.-noon, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Webster Twp. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at (registration #811005). 971-6337. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 16 & 17. All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: towers.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [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. Cancelled July 21 due to Art Fair.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

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

 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

5th Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Sept. 16 & 17. Russian food and drinks, including borscht, blini, shashlik (kebab), pirozhki, Russian beer, and more. Live entertainment by the St. Petersburg folk band Moscow Nights, Russian folk singer Anastasia Klimzo, balalaika player Michael Pastukhov, the St. Vladimir Dance Group, and others. Also, a tearoom with Russian sweets, an infused vodka tasting (Sun. 2:30 p.m.), church tours, a sale of Russian souvenirs, and a kids corner with a bounce house, playground, coloring, games, and ice cream.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-7 p.m. (Sun.), St. Vladimir Church, 9900 Jackson, Dexter. Free admission. 475-4590, [map]

 11 a.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. This class combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs! $15 walk-in; included with some Better Living memberships.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 11 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.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 9-Oct. 29, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 29. 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 much 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. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Admission: $13.75 (Wed.-Fri.); $17.75 (Sat. & Sun.); babies age 23 months & under, free. 390-9211. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball.

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Sept. 1: Butler. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2: New Hampshire. 1 p.m.

Sept. 2: Wisconsin-Green Bay. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15: North Carolina State. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17: Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 11 a.m.

Sept. 17: Cincinnati. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 29: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 30: Maryland. 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Oct. 27: Iowa. 7 p.m.

Oct. 19: Nebraska. 7 p.m.

Nov 1: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Nov 10: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Nov 11: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Nov 15: MSU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: Purdue 7 p.m.

Various times., Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). Tickets for MSU, Penn State, & Nebraska matches are all $8. 764-0247.

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"10 Blocks on the Camino Real": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Sept. 13, 15, & 16 (different locations). The National Theatre of Ghana presents open-air performances of its adaptation of Tennessee Williams' one-act play Camino Real that infuses it with Ghanaian culture. In the original, an American ex-prizefighter named Kilroy arrives in an unnamed South or Central American town and meets a variety of surreal characters from history, myth, and literature over the course of 10 hallucinatory scenes. This production largely retains Williams' text, but refigures the last scene, transforming Don Quixote and Sancho Panza into Okomfo Okokye and Osei-tutu, the founding Ashanti kings of Ghana. In becoming Osei-tutu (the Sancho character), Kilroy accepts the golden stool that denotes kingship and puts on African robes.
Noon (Wed.), Ann Arbor Farmer's Market; noon (Fri.), U-M Diag;, & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Ypsilanti Farmers Market, Depot Town. Free. 936-2777.

 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

"6th Annual Taste of Health": Grass Lake Sanctuary Fundraiser.

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Talks and demonstrations on food-related issues, healthy food samples, raffles, and more.
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Grass Lake Sanctuary, 18580 Grass Lake Rd., Manchester. $35 in advance & at the door., [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Colors of Cancer 5K": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Runners are showered with colored powder along the route of this 5-km run. White attire encouraged.
11 a.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $30 (kids age 10 & under, free) in advance at & 484-9676, ext. 203. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Rocks!": Dexter District Library.

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Kids of all ages invited to paint rocks and place them around town for others to find.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Fantastic Fluids": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 9. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring the basics of fluid dynamics. Participants learn how wind creates waves and test the surface tension of different liquids.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

Make It & Take It Workshop: Fall Container Garden: English Gardens.

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FEE: $49.99; Value: $89.99
Plants and container may vary.
Plant up a fall container to refresh your garden!
English Gardens, 155 N Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $49.99. [map]

 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Sunstruck (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show exploring the sun's composition and comparing its life-cycle with that of other stars.

8 Scoops of Milky Way (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) shows never before seen footage of the solar system.

Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


U-M Football.

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Sept. 9: Cincinnati. Noon.

Sept. 16: Air Force. Noon.

Oct. 7: MSU. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 28: Rutgers. Noon.

Nov. 4: Minnesota. Time TBA.

Nov. 25: Ohio State. Noon.

Various times, Michigan Stadium. Ticket price TBA at (866) 296-MTIX and 764-0247. [map]

 1-3:30 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Sept. 16: "Hike Around Mill Lake." A 3-mile hike through oak-hickory forest, wetlands, and the historic Mill Lake camp. 1-3:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 & 30 and Oct. 7, 14, & 28: "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery. 3-4:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 & 28: "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided. Noon-2 p.m.

Oct. 21: "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 and bring water. 9-11 a.m.

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

Nov. 11: "Camouflage Games." All invited to bring their favorite camo gear prepared to compete for prizes. 1-2 p.m.
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.

 1 p.m. 

U-M Men's Rugby.

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Sept. 2: WMU. 7 p.m.

Sept. 16: Air Force. 1 p.m.

Oct. 6: MSU. 1 p.m.

Oct. 28: Ohio State. 1 p.m.

Nov. 4: Indiana. 1 p.m.

Various times, Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free. 417-4534.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Rugby.

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The U-M city team (which includes townies as well as U-M grad students, faculty, and staff) plays Midwest Rugby Union rivals.

Sept. 9: Traverse City.

Sept. 16: Tri City.

Sept. 23 (U-M Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd.): Old Boys Weekend. The current team plays a team of U-M rugby alumni in the annual Olde Blue Alumni Match.

Oct. 21: Anchormen.

1 p.m., Lillie Park (except as noted), 4365 Platt. Free. 417-4534. [map]

 1 & 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Day with Animals": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Representatives from the local Creature Conservancy display and discuss some of its collection of wild animals. For kids in grades K-5.
1-2 & 2:30-3:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Warthog!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view the African warthogs Sophia and Piki Piki on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjac, macaws, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

Newborn Care Class: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Enhance your natural parenting instincts and learn the basics of caring for a newborn in this fun, hands-on class. Class topics include: diapering, techniques to calm a newborn, bath time, baby wearing, and car seat safety.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $60.00. 734-663-1523. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Build a Lego Spinner": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Representatives of the local educational company Brain Monkeys show kids in grades K-8 how to build a spinner using Lego.
2-3 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum that revolve around themes TBA..
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Play for Peace": Apple Playschools.

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Families with kids invited for arts & crafts, sing-alongs, and more.
3-5 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free. (248) 214-1531.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3-8 pm  Free! 

RASA Festival Visual Arts Exhibition.

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Rasa is a festival centered on the theme of South Asia to take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Fall of 2017. This exhibit will partner with that event and display works by artists from South Asia, or works that have been inspired by the subcontinent.
First Friday Opening Reception at Riverside Arts Center Gallery
Rasa Exhibition from 5-8PM
This special evening will include a reception for our artists who explore the theme of "Rasa" and there will be a ritual floor painting demonstration by Meena Khasnabis at 7 pm
-Free Henna Painting
-Special India inspired flavor at Go Ice Cream & Ma Lou's Chicken
-For more info on featured artists and other Rasa Festival events in Ann Arbor and Ypsi, visit
Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Free.

 4 p.m. 

"The Fencer": Michigan Theater.

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Drama about a young Estonian fencer who flees the Russian secret police to become a P.E. teacher in small-town Estonia. Estonian & Russian, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:15, 7:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Lady Macbeth": Michigan Theater.

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(William Oldroyd, 2016). Sold into marriage, a young 19th-century English woman starts a risky affair with a worker on her husband's estate.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30, 7:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Menashe": Michigan Theater.

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(Joshua Z. Weinstein, 2017). Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. Yiddish, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5 & 8 p.m. 

"Every Brilliant Thing": University Musical Society.

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Sept. 12-17. George Perrin directs this 2013 one-man show about depression, which has garnered praise for its deft blend of serious subject matter with a comic voice. British comedian Jonny Donahoe (who co-authored the play with playwright Duncan Macmillan) plays a nameless narrator who, after his mother's first suicide attempt when he was 7, begins compiling a list of life's greatest pleasures that, as he matures, he realizes is useful for him as well. Before the show, Donahoe distributes to various audience members pieces of paper containing entries from the list that they are later prompted to announce.
7:30 p.m. (Tues.-Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 5 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $45-$56 in advance at, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

"Dinner and a Movie at Robin Hills Farm": Chelsea Community Kitchen.

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Dinner of South American-inspired cuisine, including empanadas, grilled corn and sweet potato salad, steak tacos (or chiles rellenos for vegetarians) with black beans and rice, and tres leches cake with cherry compote. Followed at 7:30 p.m. by an outdoor screening of Just Eat It, Grant Baldwin's 2014 documentary about a Vancouver couple that takes a 6-month challenge to eat only discarded food. Q&A.
6-9 p.m., Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $45 (movie only, free)., (616) 734-9123. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Interpretive Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Sept. 16 (6:30 p.m.): "Calling All Owls." A hike through the woods to call owls, preceded by a slide-illustrated talk. $5 (kids, $3).

Oct. 8 (1-3 p.m..): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, along with how to avoid the dead, undead, and annoying neighbors. $8 (kids, $6).

Oct. 16 (10 a.m. & 1 p.m.): "Halloween Fun." A family-oriented program with cider-making, craft activities, hayrides, and more. $6 per child, $3 per adult, in advance only at the park office beginning Oct 1.
Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various prices. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 7 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Whose Streets?": Michigan Theater.

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(Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis, 2017). Documentary about how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked a global movement.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to recorded music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 709-8748. [map]

 7:30 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Various evening times, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.

On August 4, 2013, Christie wrote:
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!

 7:30 p.m. 

"Trivia with Cats": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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All age 18 & older invited to play trivia. Also, drinks, popcorn, and a chance to cuddle with adoptable cats. Admission includes 2 tickets for beer and wine (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30-9:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.), Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. $15. Preregistration available at 661-3575. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Andy Beningo: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 15 & 16. Michigan stand-up comic is known for his observational humor about such matters as Chinese restaurants, life as a college student, and middle school teachers Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Frontier Ruckus: The Ark.

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Popular experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble from Lake Orion. "Frontman Matthew Milia's vocals convey a dreamy, twangy quality, like someone who's wandering aimlessly through the woods at night," says a Cleveland Scene review. "He recalls Michael Stipe in his vivid wordplay and oblique imagery." Their new album, Enter the Kingdom, draws on indie pop influences and has been praised for its imaginative songwriting and warmth. Opening act is Libby DeCamp, a Romeo (MI) Americana roots music singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $15. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Sept. 2 & 16. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Sept. 2) & Michigan Union Anderson Rm. (Sept. 16). $10 (members, $5). [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Potter's Field: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Americana roots duo of singer-songwriters Rochelle Clark of Chelsea and John Natiw of Canton.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door. 316-7919. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Ein Fest Burg Ist Unser Gott: Music of the German Reformation": Academy of Early Music.

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Indiana-based Baroque sextet Echoing Air performs German Reformation motets and sonatas by Schütz, Buxtehude, Rosenmüller, Becker, and Schein. With countertenors Steven Rickards and Nathan Medley, recorder player and Baroque flutist Jeffrey Collier, harpsichordist Thomas Gerber, viola da gambist and Baroque cellist Christine Kyprianides, and Keith Collins, who plays recorder, Baroque bassoon, and early harp. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $30 (seniors, $25; students, $10) in advance at Bookbound (1729 Plymouth Rd.),, & by phone. $35 (seniors, $30; students, $15) at the door. 228-4338. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Opening Night Gala: Broadway, Bernstein, Bravissimo!": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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The orchestra is joined by Detroit soprano Jacqueline Echols and NYC-based baritone Lucas Meachem in Bernstein's Candide Overture and West Side Story Overture, "Largo al Factotum" from Rossini's Barber of Seville, "O Mio Babbino Caro" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, "La ci Darem la Mano" from Mozart's Don Giovanni, "Di Provenza" and "Addio del Passato" from Verdi's La Traviata, "Wunderbar" from Porter's Kiss Me Kate, and several Gershwin selections, including "Embraceable You" from East is West, "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, and "Lady Be Good." The program also includes Ravel's arrangement of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, with video projection by Seattle artist Adrian Wyard. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $20-$75 in advance at & the AASO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994-4801. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats," is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Revolutionists": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 25-Sept. 17. David Wolber directs the award-winning and popular young Atlanta-bred playwright Lauren Gunderson's irreverent comedy, a political fantasia set during the French Revolution. At the height of the Reign of Terror, 4 women--feminist playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Caribbean freedom fighter Marianne Angelle and deposed queen Marie Antoinette--hang out, plot murder and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. Stars Diane Hill, Melissa Beckwith, Sara Rose, and K Edmonds.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can afford, in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: RJ Spangler

Band led by veteran drummer Spangler. [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA. [venue info]

Club Above: Hip-Hop Dance Party

With DJs spinning Top 40 tunes. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Joshua & Jeremy Sprague

An eclectic mix of rock covers by these local brothers. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: Downriver Dan

Fiery blues-rock by this trio led by by Allen Park singer- songwriter and guitarist Dan Kalicki. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Atomic Radio

Detroit quartet that plays 70s-90s rock and pop favorites. [venue info]

Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose

An eclectic mix of genres from funk and blues-rock to hard country by this Westland quintet fronted by vocalist Carol Holmes. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer- guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]


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