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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Parks, Rivers, & Trail Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 13-25 miles, from Dexter to Hudson Mills on the B2B trail.
9 a.m., meet at the B2B entrance behind the Marathon gas station, 8135 Main, Dexter. Free. 996-0089. [map]

 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

Rosh Hashanah.

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Jewish Renewal Meditation and Chant Service.
St. Aidan's, 1679 Broadway. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Interactive Exhibition - Public Works: Toby Millman, multidisciplinary artist": U-M Residential College.

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Toby Millman is a multidisciplinary artist living in Hamtramck, working with printmaking, photography, collage, narrative and book arts. She earned her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from Stamps School of Art and Design and is currently teaching printmaking and drawing at the Residential College. The prints works in this exhibition are based on extracted imagery from photographs taken around various locales within the past few years, using inanimate forms to allude to issues of safety, comfort and population control. These images include objects designed to modify the ways we navigate or control our environment and include barriers, traffic cones, highway signage all in states of disrepair, disuse, or dysfunction.
You can access the gallery from the door located near the northwest corner of East Quadrangle on East University. That door is open to patrons, students and faculty during the gallery open hours.
RC Art Gallery in East Quadrangle, 701 E. University Ave. Free. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Sept. 3 Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Sept. 3), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

20th Anniversary Celebration: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Sept. 11-14. All invited. Complete details available at


Sept. 11: "Arts & Eats." Cooking demos include "Risotto & Veggie Carving" (10 a.m.), "Philly Cheese Steak" (noon), and "Taste of Mexico" (3 p.m.).


Sept. 12: Lectures on "Lessons Learned about Dementia Risk" (10 a.m.), "Taking Care of Our Skin as We Age" (1 p.m.), and "Aging Well with the Cards You've Been Dealt" (3 p.m.).


Sept. 13: "Rec & Tech." Free 1-on-1 drop-in assistance with computers, email, cell phones, and other tech questions (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Also, a Mah-Jongg Tournament (10 a.m.-noon), Chess Tournament (1-4 p.m.), and Bridge Tournament (noon-4 p.m.). Spectators welcome; preregistration required for participants.


Sept. 14: "Move Your Body and Celebrate." Open house & live music TBA. Activities include exercise classes (10 a.m., 12:30 & 1:10 p.m.) and cake cutting and remarks (2:30 p.m.).

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free, preregistration required. 998-9353. [map]

 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except. Sept. 3. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except July 30. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Adults Tuesday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Tues. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($3), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar, followed at 1 p.m. by mah-jongg, quilting, and other games & activities. Homemade buffet luncheon ($3) available at noon. All invited.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]

 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, and book 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]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"U-M DeRoy Visiting Professor Lecture Series-Carmen Bugan": LSA Honors Program.

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At 2 am on 10 March 1983, Carmen Bugan's father left the family home, alone.That afternoon, Carmen returned from school to find secret police in her living room. Her father's protest against the Ceausescu regime in Romania had changed her life forever. Bugan was born in 1970 in Romania and has since lived in the US, Ireland, England, and France. She is the author of three collections of poems: Crossing the Carpathians,The House of Straw, and Releasing the Porcelain Birds; as well as the memoir Burying the Typewriter. Sept.11: Lyric Language & the Language of Oppression. Interface between poetry and politics in language. Sept.14: Private and Public Narratives.(1339 Mason Hall) What happens when private and public identities become conflated because of politics? Sept.25: Writing in-between Languages: Poetry in a Second Language. Poet's relationship with an adopted language. Oct.2: Artistic Distance & the Language of Oppression. Emotional distance in poetry when one has been the victim
U-M Chemistry Building, Rm.1300, 930 N. University. Free. [map]

 3, 6:30 & 9 p.m. 

"BlacKkKlansman": State Theatre.

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(Spike Lee, 2018). An African American cop manages to successfully infiltrate the local KKK chapter so well he becomes its leader.
State Theatre. 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.

 3:15, 6, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Crazy Rich Asians": State Theatre.

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Rom-com about a native New Yorker who discovers that her longtime boyfriend is actually the scion of a wealthy family and one of Singapore's most eligible bachelors.
State Theatre. 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.

 3:30 p.m. 

"Three Identical Strangers": State Theatre.

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(Tim Wardle, 2018). Documentary about three identical twins who rediscover each other after being separated at birth.
State Theatre. 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.

 3:45, 6:45 & 8:45 p.m. 

"Juliet, Naked": State Theatre.

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(Jesse Peretz, 2018). Comedy about how a woman's life changes when she meets the obscure musician her boyfriend is obsessed with. Based on the Nick Hornby novel.
State Theatre. 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.

 4, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Bookshop": Michigan Theater.

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(Isabel Coixet, 2018). Adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald's novel about a widow whose bookshop opening sparks controversy in a sleepy English village. Emily Mortimer & Bill Nighy.
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]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Poland, the EU, and Illiberal Democracy": U-M Weiser Center for Europe & Eurasia Lecture.

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Talk by Polish human rights lawyer Krzysztof Śmiszek.
4-5:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Special Collections After Hours: The Renaissance at War": U-M Library.

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Display of early printed books on the science and art of war that include striking illustrations of ancient weapons, war machines, military fortifications, and maps of famous battles.
4-7 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library 6th Floor, enter from the Diag. Free. 936-2311.

 4:15, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Wife": Michigan Theater.

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(Björn Runge, 2018). Drama about the self-effacing wife of the Great American Novelist who reaches her breaking point when he's awarded the Nobel Prize. Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce.
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.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. (except Sept. 26) and Sept. 8, 15, 21, & 22. 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.
10:30 a.m. (Sept. 3), 4:45 p.m. (all other Mon.-Thurs. Dates & Sept. 21), 7 a.m. (Sat. game days), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Voter Registration Opportunity: League of Women Voters.

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Register to vote at the Saline District Library. Volunteers, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, will be available on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:00 PM on August 14 & 28 and September 11 & 25. The deadline to register for the November election is October 9. You don't need to be a resident of Washtenaw County to register at this event, but you do need to be a Michigan resident, a US citizen, and 18 years of age by election day. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Nov 3.
At this event, you will be able to:
* Register to Vote
* Complete an application for an absentee ballot for the November 6 general election.
* Pick up written information about voting and the ballot
* Ask questions of knowledgeable League of Women Voters volunteers.
Please bring your driver's license, Michigan State ID card, or the last 4 digits of your social security number.
This is a drop-in event. You may come to any of the four Tuesday sessions at the Saline District Library, 55
Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Rd, Saline. Free. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Cleo Wade's Courageous Love Tour: Creating a Braver Connection with Yourself and Your Community": Graduate Hotel.

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Talk by Cleo Wade, a popular NYC-based poet and activist who's known for her roster of famous friends, including Katy Perry and Senator Cory Booker.
6-8 p.m., Graduate Hotel, 615 E. Huron. Free; preregistration required at 769-2200. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Historical Perspectives on Jit & Jiti Dance": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Panel discussion on Detroit jit (a street-dance style) and Zimbabwean jiti (a dance and music style) with Detroit-based dancer/choreographer Haleem Rasul, Zimbabwean dancer Franco Dhaka, filmmaker Kumbulani Zamuchiya, and cultural historian Plot Mhako. Preceded on Sept. 10 by a jit workshop with Rasul and Dhaka (7:30 p.m., meet at the Haven Hall posting wall, entryway near the Fishbowl, 505 S. State). Also, a panel discussion on "Arts and Cultural Organizing for Social Change," with Rasul, Mhako, Zamuchiya, and Detroit hip-hop artist and music producer Bryce Detroit (Sept. 12, 4:30 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington) and a "JIT Exchange" performance on Sept. 13 (see listing).
6 p.m., East Quad room 1405, 701 East University. Free. 763-0032. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Nor Any Drop to Drink": U-M School for the Environment and Sustainability.

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(Cedric Taylor, 2018). Documentary about the ongoing Flint water crisis. Followed by Q&A.
6 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-6453. [map]

 6:15 p.m. 

"Madeline's Madeline": State Theatre.

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(Josephine Decker, 2018). The boundaries between performance and reality collapse when a theater director pushes her teenage star to mine her troubled home life for inspiration.
State Theatre. 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.

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap tips.
Call for location. $2 monthly dues., 945-3035.

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Are My Bees Tripping? Oxalic Acid Update": Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.

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Local beekeeping expert Richard Mendel discusses the use of oxalic acid to manage varroa mite infestations.
6:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bioethics Discussion: Neuroethics": The Bioethics Discussion Group.

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A roundtable discussion on the origins of our moral situation.
Readings to consider:
"Neuroethics: an agenda for neuroscience and society"
"Neuroethics: the practical and the philosophical"
"Neuroethics for the new millennium"
For more information and/or to receive a copy of the readings contact Barry Belmont at or visit
Please also swing by the blog:
2185 Lurie Biomedical Engineering Building, 1101 Beal Avenue. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Auditions for 'The Grand Duke, or the Statutory Duel': University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society (UMGASS).

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UMGASS is auditioning for "The Grand Duke, or the Statutory Duel" September 10/11/12 at the Student Theater Arts Complex, 1202 Kipke Drive, Ann Arbor from 7-10 pm. Affiliation with U-M *not* required. To sign up attend the Mass Meeting at 7 pm on 9/9/18 in the Boulevard Room, Pierpont Commons (North Campus), or e-mail Walk-ins welcome. Please prepare ~32-64 bars of a selection from musical theater or opera in English; provide two copies. Cold readings from the libretto if you are interested in a speaking role. Show performed with full orchestra. Production directed by David Andrews, Music Director Suzanna Mathews, Choreographer Beth Ballbach. UMGASS is the oldest continuously-operating student-run G&S Society in the country, founded 1947. For additional information on The Grand Duke, including MIDI files of all the music, please see
Student Theater Arts Complex (STAC), 1202 Kipke Drive. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. Open to all age 18 & over. No partner needed. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd places.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. [map]

 7 p.m. 

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

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Every Tues. 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 6:45 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]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss The Ship Who Sang, Anne McCaffrey's 1969 novel about a human brain implanted in a spaceship whose sublime immortality is interrupted when she falls in love.
7-9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Art from India: Printmaking": Rasa Festival.

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New Delhi- and Ann Arbor-based artist Sajeev Visweswaran leads a relief printing workshop for beginners.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 223-5615, 327-4200.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Permaculture Futures": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Sept. 11 & 25. Local certified permaculture instructors Bridget O'Brien and Charlie Brennan discuss the basics of this approach to ecological sustainability (Sept. 11) and how to address future challenges to permaculture practices (Sept. 25).
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate (Sept. 11) & AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. (Sept. 25). Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7:15 p.m. 

Open Rehearsal: Ann Arbor Grail Singers.

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Sept. 11, 18, & 25. 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., call for location. Free., 662-0631. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Our Only World": Huron Valley Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Wendell Berry's 2015 collection of nature essays.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-1157.

 8-11 p.m. 


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Beartrap is a "leaderless" quintet based in Southeastern Michigan. The group features Jason Didia & Tristan Cappel on woodwinds, David Dunham on guitar/electronics, Jeff Cuny on bass, and Stuart Lyons on drums. The band's focus is on original composition and improvisation. Beartrap is heavily influenced by Ornette Coleman, The Bad Plus, Tim Berne, and a host of other contemporary artists from all walks of music.
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5 (suggested). (734) 221-3961. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

Opera on Tap.

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Local singers perform arias and art songs that address the theme of "Forbidden Fruit."
8:30-10 p.m. (seating begins at 6:30 p.m.), Sidetrack Bar & Grill, 56 E. Cross, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted (buy your own food). Reservations required (call between 10 a.m. & 8 p.m.). 483-5230. [map]

 9:15 p.m. 

"Eighth Grade": State Theatre.

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(Bo Burnham, 2018). An unflinchingly honest portrait of a teenage girl trying to get through the last week of middle school.
State Theatre. 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.


Nightspots Listings:


Club Above: Open Mike

Hosted by Reigna Rein. Sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m. No cover. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dave Menzo Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. Photo: Myra Klarman, [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh-minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. He recently released his first CD in 18 years, Big Car Town, a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working- class heritage. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: McLaughlin's Alley

Detroit Irish-tinged pop-rock quintet fronted by sibling singer- songwriters Tina and Maureen Paraventi. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band Paul Klingerís Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble led by saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]


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