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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 21, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
9 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 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. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/54265-13563471.html [map]



 10 a.m.-noon 

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

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Participants will learn how to tell the stories of their lives and those of their ancestors. We will meet weekly and each participant should be prepared to read a story they have written (including the first class).
Jan Price calls herself a "very amateur memoirist" who has written her story after being motivated by an OLLI class.
This Study Group will begin Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. September 21 - December 14. No class on November 23.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Library, 2145 Independence Blvd. $45. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Magic Laws of Music": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Have you ever wondered what makes different styles of music unique? We will explore distinctive musical genres to understand the essence of their style and appeal.
The first meeting will describe what makes music "western", describing the sonic power of chords. They create anticipation and prediction in any type of western music and you will hear examples drawn from classic folk and popular music. The second session will explore Indonesian golden gong sounds, in which time cycles guide the audience through many layers of sound. The third class will cover Japanese noh drama music, which is characterized by the horizontal drive of drum patterns that equal vertical western chords.
Instructor Mr. Malm is a Professor Emeritus of Music from the University of Michigan. He is the founder of the World Music Program and Director of the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments. This study group will meet on Fridays, 10-11:30, from September 21 through October 5.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. $25. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10 a.m.-noon 

"Writers Unlimited": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Participants present their creative essays, short stories, poetry, and novels for constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement.
Please bring copies of your work to distribute. Discussion leader, Jerry Janusz has been a participant in this group for ten years.
This Study Group will meet Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. September 21 - August 30, 2019. No class on November 23 & December 28.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $90. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10 a.m. 

Dollar Movies: Saline Area Senior Center.

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Sept. 21: Every Day, Michael Sucsy's 2018 romantic fantasy about a shy teen who falls for someone who wakes up in a different body every day.

Sept. 28: Book Club, Bill Holderman's 2018 comic drama about lifelong friends whose lives are changed when they read the novel 50 Shades of Grey.

Oct. 19: Life of the Party, Ben Falcone's 2018 comedy about a middle-age mom who goes back to college.
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]


 10-10:30 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 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.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Fall Craft: Dexter District Library.

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For preschoolers age 6 & under.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Break": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Fri. All invited to bring a lunch and participate in a directed craft activity. Sept. 7:Keeping Your Goals Handy. Sept. 14 & 28: Watercolor & Ink Beautiful Blobs. Sept. 21: Abstract Acrylics.
Noon-1 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Life Stories with Irene Butter": Chelsea Senior Center.

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Talk by this Holocaust survivor and U-M economics professor emeritus, whose new memoir, Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, details her girlhood in prewar Germany and Amsterdam, her family's deportation to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and their time as stateless refugees.
12:30 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-9242. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

"An Afternoon with Medea: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Euripides' Medea: Witch? Femme fatale? Cold-blooded killer? Or wronged woman, driven over the edge? Our afternoon of study will consider why we remain so fascinated by her. After a short introduction, we will read the play aloud. Participants may choose to be readers or audience, as they prefer. At the end we'll discuss our interpretations of her and our ideas about how the play might be staged today.
We will be using the James Morwood translation, Euripides, Medea and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics) Reissue Edition.
This study group will meet Fridays1-4, September 21. Instructor Marilyn Scott taught both at the University of Michigan and at Community H.S. She has led numerous OLLI study groups in the past.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $10. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Every Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., families are invited to learn out loud at the library with stories, music, activities and a craft that promotes early literacy for preschoolers. Parent and/or caregivers are encouraged to participate. No registration necessary!
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Senior Crafternoon": Saline District Library.

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Seniors invited to make ceramic coasters (Sept. 21) and a pumpkin decoration out of canning jar rings (Oct. 19).
1-2:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Movies and refreshments for adults.

Sept. 21: All the Money in the World, Ridley Scott's 2017 biopic about the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother's desperate attempt to get his grandfather to pay the ransom.

Oct. 19: Murder on the Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh's 2017 take on the classic Poirot murder mystery.

Nov. 16: TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 3, 6, & 9:45 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3-5 p.m. 

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

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Do you have an idea for a book, but don't know where to start? Do you have a draft of a novel in a drawer that you haven't touched in years? This workshop group provides support and encouragement to writers in every stage of the novel writing process.
Allie Hirsch is a recent graduate of the UM MFA program and currently teaches writing at the Stamps School of Art and Design. This is her fourth semester leading this course.
This Study Group will meet Fridays 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. September 21 - December 14. No class on November 23.
Bank of Ann Arbor, 2601 Plymouth Rd. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 3:15 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:30, 6:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Fahrenheit 11/9": State Theatre.

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(Michael Moore, 2018). Documentary exploring social unrest since Donald Trump's rise to power.
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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:45, 6:30, & 9:15 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:45, 6:15, & 9:15 p.m. 

"White Boy Rick": State Theatre.

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(Yann Demange, 2018). Biopic about Richard Wershe Jr., who at age 14 became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison at age 17.
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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff on hand to help and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]


 4 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Life Itself": Michigan Theater.

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(Dan Fogelman, 2018). Multigenerational family drama about the dangers and joys of everyday life. Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Love, Gilda": Michigan Theater.

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(Lisa D'Apolito, 2018). Documentary about the late comedy legend Gilda Radner.
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). michtheater.org, 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]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Coco, the 2017 Disney film about a boy accidentally transported to the land of the dead. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]


 6-9 p.m. 

"23rd Annual Gimme Shelter": Interfaith Hospitality Network of Washtenaw County.

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Strolling dinner with beer & wine and a dessert buffet, along with a wine pull drawing and a silent auction. Entertainment TBA. A benefit for the local family-oriented homeless shelter, Alpha House.
6-9 p.m., EMU Student Center Grand Ballroom, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. $65. 822-0220. [map]


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to compete in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m.), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., competitive) decks. Also, a competitive draft game on Sundays. Prizes. Bring your own cards.
1 p.m. (Sun.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese Style Series: Bettah with Cheddah": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's staffers discuss the how to make cheddar. Tastings, with bread & other accompaniments.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Copper Wire Jewelry": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows all grade 6-adults how to make simple wire-wrapped jewelry using copper wire. Supplies provided.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:45 & 9 p.m. 

"Mandy": State Theatre.

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(Panos Cosmatos, 2018). Nicholas Cage stars as a broken man hunting down a cult leader who kidnapped and murdered his girlfriend.
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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 7 p.m. 

"Fatally Yours Noir Film Series": Michigan Theater.

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Sept. 21: "The Lady from Shanghai" (Orson Welles, 1947). Perverse murder mystery tangled with a love triangle, culminating in the famous "hall of mirrors" scene. Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloan, Orson Welles. TCM Noir Alley host Eddie Muller hosts a post-film Q&A. 7 p.m.

Sept. 24: "Double Indemnity" (Billy Wilder, 1944). Classic thriller about a brassy lady and an insurance salesman who try to pull off the perfect murder. Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson. 7 p.m.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Samiah Haque, Ashwini Bhasi, Zilka Joseph, Inam Kang: Rasa Festival.

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Readings by these poets. Madrid-based Haque's poems meditate on profound metaphors in everyday moments. Local writer Bhasi explores the mind-body connection of trauma and chronic pain, life in India, and the duality of her experiences as a data analyst and poet. Local writer Joseph's 2016 collection, Sharp Blue Search of Flame, includes dark and brooding poems that reflect her Jewish Indian roots and her personal experiences living in Eastern and Western cultures. Pakistani-born, Cleveland-based Muslim writer Kang is a former Ann Arbor Poetry Slam finalist.
7 p.m., Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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Aug. 18: Loyola-Chicago. Exhibition. 7 p.m.

Aug. 24: Tulsa. 7 p.m.

Aug. 27: South Florida. 7 p.m.

Aug. 31: University of California-Riverside. 7 p.m.

Sept. 3: Canisius. 1 p.m.

Sept. 7: WMU. 7 p.m.

Sept. 10: Marquette. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 21: Penn State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 25: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: Indiana. 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: Detroit. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16: Notre Dame. 6 p.m.

Oct. 28: Maryland. 4 p.m.

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Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Entomology, Nature, and Beauty: " Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local entomologist Zohair Mohsen, an avid photographer, shows images of insects and plants photographed in and around town.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"A Little Night Music": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 20-Oct. 14. This local professional theater company performs this sophisticated Tony Award-winning 1973 musical comedy, adapted from Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night. The story concerns 3 mismatched couples, each of whom finally ends up with the right partner as they discover their true desires during a weekend together in the country. Stephen Sondheim's memorable and enchanting waltz-filled score includes "Send In the Clowns," "A Weekend in the Country," "Later," and other favorites.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Unquiet Mind": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Crazy Wisdom owner Bill Zirinsky, of Johns Hopkins psychiatry professor Kay Jamison's classic 1995 memoir about her struggles with bipolar disorder.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

2001: A Space Odyssey": University Musical Society.

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Screening of Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi classic. The memorable score--with works by the Viennese Romantics Johann Strauss Jr. and Richard Strauss, Soviet Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian, and avant-garde Hungarian composer György Ligeti--is performed live by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the NYC-based chorus Musica Sacra. "If there is any difficulty in tackling this movie for newcomers, it's a certain chilliness they imagine present in 2001. That's ameliorated greatly by the living, breathing mass of people on stage" notes a Huffington Post review.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free, but tickets required at tickets.ums.org. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Cortex: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This energetic Norwegian jazz quartet draws its inspiration from free jazz greats like Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, and Ornette Coleman. A Dagbladet (Sweden) review calls its music "noisy, high-energy jazz with sporadic '60s avant-garde, but still so deeply rooted in melody and pulse that it quickly reaches feet, hips, and head and has you in a firm grip until the last note." With trumpeter Thomas Johansson, saxophonist Kristoffer Alberts, double bassist Ola Høyer, and drummer Gard Nilssen.
Tickets $15-$25 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com/events/cortex. Reservations recommended. 769-2999.
 


 8 p.m. 

Diamonds in the Rust: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Performance by this new blues-folk band made up of two veteran local duos-Annie & Rod Capps and Jan Krist & Jim Bizer-plus percussionist Alan Finkbeiner, who's married to Krist. They play both older material in new arrangements and new songs they've written for the quartet.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

The Sklar Brothers: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 21 & 22. Fast-paced tag-team stand-up comedy by twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar, U-M grads now based in L.A. who rose to fame with their ESPN show Cheap Seats, heckling old sports footage à la Mystery Science Theater 3000. Their material ranges from topical humor to parodies of commercials and other contemporary cultural phenomena. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $20 reserved seating in advance & at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Back to School Special": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs sketches based on audience members' best and worst memories of school (gathered at the beginning of the show). They also do "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. The program begins with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 20-Dec. 29. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Jeff Daniels' new comedy about 3 Midwestern stay-at-home moms who plan a trip to NYC to see Celine Dion, but things go awry in hilarious fashion as soon as they get on the plane.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Milvotchkee, Visconsin": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 13-Oct. 7.Lynn Lammers directs this local professional theater company in highly regarded Cleveland-bred playwright Laura Jacqmin's surreal 2013 drama that unfolds from the perspective of a woman with Alzheimer's. Praised for her humor and deft handling of complex themes, Jacqmin "has a gift for barbed, realistic, character-defining and plot-enhancing dialogue," says a Chicago Theater Beat review.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport. Tickets $25 (students, $10) in advance at kickshawtheatre.org, by phone, & at the door. kickshawtheatre@gmail.com, (888) 718-4253. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Night Sky Stories": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Sarah Felder tells stories about the night sky from Ojibwe, Greek, Roman, and Arabic traditions. All ages welcome. Bring a flashlight.
8-10 p.m., Watkins Lake State Park, Arnold Rd. (north off Horning, off Herman Rd., 2 miles west of Manchester). Free; $10 State recreation passport required. 971-6337.


 8 p.m. 

"The Totalitarians": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 7-30. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's 2014 political satire about a high-strung campaign manager trying to make her client-a character based on Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann-a viable candidate for lieutenant governor of Nebraska. "Nachtrieb's script elevates the cliché of bloviating politicians by peppering in actual jokes," says a Springs on Stage (Colorado Springs) review. "It's The West Wing meets The Devil's Advocate, in the weirdest way possible." Cast: Diane Hill, Connor Forrest Hutchings, Tory Matsos, and Joe Zarrow.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $22 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]


 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Galen Bundy Trio

Jazz organ ensemble led by Toledo keyboardist Bundy. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Michigander

All ages admitted. The stage name of Kalamazoo-bred indie rock singer-songwriter Jason Singer. Openers: the Detroit folk-rock quartet Brother Elsey, the Detroit indie rock singer- songwriter Jake LeMond, and the Midland alt-rock quartet Leland Blue. $12 ($14 at the door). 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Club Above: Kanem X & the May Moons

Local hard-rock & blues-rock quartet. Openers TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

DJ with an eclectic mix of music. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: James Henes

Local alternative rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: The Front Men

Detroit vintage-rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Black Jake & the Carnies Black Jake & the Carnies

Popular Ypsilanti octet that calls its energetic, foot-stomping blend of punk, old-time music, and bluegrass "crabgrass." [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Unkle Lay Lee's Moonshine All-Stars

An eclectic mix of music in various genres by this Milan strings & more quintet. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Jen Cass & the The Lucky Nows

Bluesy Americana roots-rock by an ensemble led by veteran Detroit singer-songwriter Jen Cass. [venue info]

 
 


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