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Calendar of Events

Monday, October 23, 2017

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.

Call if temperatures are below 50 degrees.
9 a.m., meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 717-7567 , 663-5060.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"A Matter of Balance Workshop": The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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A Matter of Balance is the newest evidence-based program offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan that is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. Learn more at
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-222-9800. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Trike-a-Thon": First Steps Fundraiser.

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Kids ages 1-8 invited to bring bikes, trikes, or scooters to ride around in a huge parking lot that's been cleared of cars for safety. Activities. T-shirts and bananas and bagels for participants. Coffee for adults. Proceeds benefit the First Steps scholarship fund.
10 a.m.-noon, W. Scott Westerman Preschool & Family Center parking lot, 2775 Boardwalk. $5 minimum donation. 994-4949. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool ArtStart": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Siblings welcome.
10:30-11 a.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Colloquium Series: U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

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Oct. 2, 9, & 23. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Oct. 2: U-M International Institute Conflict and Peace Initiative coordinator Ashley Bates on "Non-Violent Activism in Gaza." Oct. 9: Muslim Peace Fellowship (Stony Point, NY) founder Rabia Terri Harris on "The Pharaoh, the Devil, and the Two Khalifas." Oct. 23: Tzedek Chicago rabbi Brant Rosen on "The Many Faces of Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance."
Noon, 555 Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Bldg.), 500 Church. Free. 647-4143. [map]

 1-2:30 & 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon. except Oct. 9), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 1-3:30 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Brewing Methods": Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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Zingerman's Coffee Co. staff demonstrate and discuss 6-8 different ways to brew coffee, from filter drip to syphon pot.
Noon-2 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-6060. [map]

 4, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Battle of the Sexes": Michigan Theater.

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(Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2017). Comedic drama about the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).
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 p.m.  Free! 

Film Series: U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

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Oct. 2: "5 Broken Cameras" (Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi, 2011). Award-winning documentary about a Palestinian farmer who, after getting a camera to record his baby, starts filming Palestinian struggles against Israeli settlements. Hebrew & Arabic, subtitles.

Oct. 9: "Arna's Children" (Juliano Mer-Khamis, 2004). Documentary about the filmmaker's mother, an activist against the Israeli occupation who founded an alternative education system for Palestinian children.

Oct. 23: "Disturbing the Peace" (Stephen Apkon & Andrew Young, 2016). Documentary about former enemy combatants-Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters-who have joined together to challenge the status quo.

Oct. 30: "To Die in Jerusalem" (Hilla Medalia, 2007). Documentary about the effects of a 2002 suicide bombing on the families of the 17-year-old Israeli victim and the 18-year-old Palestinian suicide bomber, both of whom were young women.
4 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Bldg.), 500 Church. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"U-M 2117: What Future for the Public University?": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Lecture by University of California American studies professor Christopher Newfield. Followed by a response by U-M history professor Terrence McDonald.
4 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 615-7400. [map]

 4:15, 7:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Victoria and Abdul": Michigan Theater.

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(Stephen Frears, 2017). Drama based on a true story of Queen Victoria's (Judi Dench) unlikely friendship with Abdul Karim, a young Indian clerk.
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 & 9:45 p.m. 

"So B. It": Michigan Theater.

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(Stephen Gyllenhaal, 2016). Drama, based on the award-winning YA novel, about a young girl living who travels alone across the country to find out about her and her mentally disabled mother's past.

Also, on Oct. 22, Ann Arbor native Sarah Weeks, author of So B. It, gives a brief talk to introduce the 2:30 p.m. screening.
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]

 4:45 p.m. 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. (except Oct. 11, 16, 17, & 26) and Oct. 6, 7, & 28. 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 Oct. 7 & 28 (game days), a Drumline Step Show on the front steps of Revelli Hall (10:30 a.m., 350 E. Hoover).
4:45 (Mon.-Thurs. & Oct. 6), 7 a.m. (Oct. 7 game day), & 7:30 a.m. (Oct. 28 game day), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Sheri Fink: U-M Donia Human Rights Center.

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This New York Times correspondent, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, discusses "Human Rigths and Medical Care in Times of Emergency," with a particular focus on the Ebola outbreak, hurricane Katrina, and the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. Sale of Fink's books Five Days at Memorial and War Hospital. Signing.
5 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 763-5408. [map]

 5-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Human Rights in Complex Emergencies at Home and Abroad": U-M International Institute Donia Human Rights Center Distinguished Lecture.

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Talk by New York Times Pulitzer-winning correspondent Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, an examination of decisions made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
5-6:30 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 615-8482. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Aikido Beginner's Classes Special: Huron Valley Aikikai.

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Interested in martial arts? Why wait to the New Year to start a resolution to a healthier you? In Japanese, Aikido means "the way of harmony with the force and principle of nature." Aikido is derived from Japan's traditional budo ("martial way"), but is more than just a set of techniques for fighting or self-defense. It is a path where the keen edge of martial art is used as a "Way" to personal growth. There are no competitions in Aikido, which follows its philosophy of harmony, and also preserves the original martial effectiveness of its techniques. Because winning and losing are never a concern, trainees are free to dedicate their efforts to the mutual goal of self-development, training and progressing at their own pace. Regular practice produes not only improved fitness, but a sense of well-being and self-confidence that extends to daily life.
Huron Valley Aikikai, 1904 Federal Blvd. Ann Arbor 48103. $10/per class. 734-761-6012. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Halloween Party: Saline American Legion.

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All kids invited for a costume party.
6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. 429-7310. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Destination: A Celebration of Teen Creativity, Leadership, & Innovation": The Neutral Zone Fundraiser.

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Strolling dinner followed by performances by area teens.
6 p.m., Michigan League. Cost TBA. Reservations required at 214-9995. [map]

 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Downtown Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty. Free. 769-5016. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Knits & Crochets.

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All invited for informal socializing and to share tips while working on their projects.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room (if available), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. To confirm location, contact Mary Budzinski at or 846-3826. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Chinese Cooking with Chef Ming": Dexter District Library.

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Chef Ming Louie demonstrates how to make crab Rangoon. Recipes to take home.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"MakerChelsea: Fall Wreath Making": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL librarian Laura Brown shows participants how to make an autumn grapevine wreath. Materials provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free; preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Classic Monster Series": Michigan Theater.

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Oct 2: "Dracula" (Tod Browning, 1931). Bela Lugosi stars in this iconic adaptation of Bram Stoker's tale of an ancient Transylvanian vampire who arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. 7 p.m.

Oct 9: "Frankenstein" (James Whale, 1931). Adaptation of Mary Shelley's 19th century novel about an obsessed scientist who assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff. 7 p.m.

Oct 9: "Bride of Frankenstein" (James Whale, 1935). Dr. Frankenstein and his creation have escaped alive, but when his wife is kidnapped, he agrees to build a female companion for the monster. Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester. 8:45 p.m.

Oct 16: "The Mummy"(Karl Freund, 1932). A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes to be the reincarnation of his lover. Boris Karloff, Zita Johann. 7 p.m.

Oct 23: "The Wolf Man"(George Waggner, 1941). After his brother's death, a man returns home to reconcile with his father. After he kills a wolf who becomes a man after death, a gypsy explains that because he killed her son, a werewolf, he has become one as well. Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Bela Lugosi. 7 p.m.

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.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Folk Song Sing-Along."

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All invited to join a family-oriented recreational sing-along of folk songs. Bring your guitars, ukuleles, and other instruments if you'd like to jam along as well. Lyrics and chords are projected on a screen for singers and strummers. Led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski.
7 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 426-7818. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Grief 101: What to Expect When Grieving": Ann Arbor District Library/Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services.

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Talk by an Arbor Hospice representative.
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! 

"How to Break the Stress Cycle for Children and Youth": Ann Arbor District Library/U-M Psychology Community Talk.

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Talk by U-M pediatric psychology professor Dan Keating.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Oct. 10 & 23. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine. On Oct. 10 Made by Rae owner Rae Hoekstra shows how to hem.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Dodge Brothers": Saline District Library.

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Area auto historian Russell Doré discusses the history of Detroit brothers who created the Dodge car company in 1900.
7-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Welcome to Night Vale": Literati Bookstore.

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Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the wildly popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, discuss It Devours!, their new mystery novel that explores the intersections of faith and science and a growing relationship between two young people who want to trust each other. Signing.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $23.31 in advance at (includes a copy of the book). 585-5567. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: Fall Cocktails: Tammy's Tastings.

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When I think about fall, I think about apples, pears, and pies with warm spices and molasses, and we'll be mixing up cocktails inspired by those ingredients. This will include some great farm-to-glass drinks inspired by the Farmer's Market. We'll also talk about how to make and use different kinds of sweeteners in cocktails. Classes are hands-on with lots of tasting opportunities.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $45. 734-276-3215. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome. The 6 weekly dances beginning Sept. 12 are particularly beginner-friendly.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"A Circuit Bent Organ Duo": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Grammy-nominated NYC organist Brian Charette is joined by acclaimed NYC drummer Jordan Young in a program showcasing their latest release, Kürrent, described by DownBeat reviewer Sean O'Connell as "if Kraftwerk and Jimmy Smith were hired to score a video game in the early '80s."
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30. Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery: Joel Rydecki

Flint neo-soul funk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Brewed Awakenings Cafe: Open Mike

The weekly lineup features mostly acoustic musicians, but performers of all sorts are invited. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Bickley/Kramer/Roe

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]


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