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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 22, 2018

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 7 a.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]

 8 a.m. 

"Tie 2 International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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Sept. 22 & 23. Tournaments with 7 squads of 10 shooters competing against each other in this simulated self-defense scenario that involves shooting around barricades at targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition. Note: The Sept. 23 event is sold out.
8 a.m, TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $75 in advance at 429-9561. [map]

 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Senior Living Week Expo": Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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The 19th annual Senior Living & Housing Awareness Week concludes with a day of talks exploring a variety of housing issues for seniors. Also, more than 60 exhibits by senior housing and care providers. For a complete schedule of workshops (preregistration required) and open houses Sept. 23-29 at senior housing communities around the county, see
8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 998-9339. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Free Shredding Event: Pittsfield Charter Township.

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Stop by the Pittsfield Township Administration Building parking lot on Saturday, September 22nd to shred up to 5 banker boxes full of paper! No hanging folders, 3-ring binders, or PLASTIC BAGS, please. This event is free for residents only, and proof of residencey (drivers license, utility bill, etc.) is required.
Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. 734-822-3135. [map]

 9, 10, & 11 a.m. 

Music Classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Eastern Michigan University Community Music Academy.

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These weekly classes will immerse young children (ages birth through 5 years) in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. Children attend with a parent/caregiver, who participates alongside the child.
Fall session begins September 22.
Classes for infants/toddlers are held on Mondays at 5:15pm (birth-3 yr.), Saturdays at 9am (birth-18 mo.), and Saturdays at 10am (18 mo.-3 yr.).
Classes for preschool/kindergarten (3-5 yr.) are held on Mondays at 6:15pm and Saturdays at 11am.
Cost is $115 for 8 classes. Register by September 14 for an Early Bird Discount of $10 off!
See our website for more info and registration:
Eastern Michigan University, 213 Alexander Music Building, Ypsilanti. $115 for eight 45-minute classes. 734-487-6935. [map]

 9-10:30 a.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Sept. 15, 22, & 29 and Oct. 6 & 27 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.


Sept. 22 (9-10:30 a.m.): "Hike Around Mill Lake." A 3-mile guided hike through oak-hickory forest, wetlands, and the historic Mill Lake camp.


Oct. 6 & 13 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.


Oct. 20 (9-11 a.m.): "Hike to Hickory Hills." A 5-mile hike over rugged terrain that follows glacial topography through an old golf course, beside Crooked Lake, and along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.


Nov. 10 (11 a.m.-noon): "Call of the Wild." Talk on how animals communicate. Also, participants practice talking to Michigan wildlife with yelps, grunts, rattles, and squeals.


Nov. 10 (1-2 p.m.): "Camouflage Games." All invited to bring their favorite camo gear prepared to compete for prizes.

Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 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.

 9 a.m.-noon 

"Mom 2 Mom Sale": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Huge sale of used kids clothing, gear, toys, books, and more. Early bird admission available at 8:30 a.m. ($2).
9 a.m.-noon, Saline Rec Center gym, 1866 Woodland Dr. E. (south of Textile, east of N. Maple), Saline. $1 admission. 429-3502. [map]

 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Miller Ave Rain Garden Workday: Water Resources Commissioner's Office & the City of Ann Arbor.

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Saturday, September 22 from 9:30-11:30 | 1916 Miller, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (across from Bruce)
Rain Gardens grace the sides of the road along Miller Avenue from Newport to Maple. Check them out!
Join us for a neighborhood stewardship work day. We will be pulling some weeds - grabbing any little weeds before they get big. Local Master Rain Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and lend a hand.
Afterwards, please join us at 1916 Miller for cookies.
Want to see a map of the rain gardens along Miller?
What is a Master Rain Gardener?
Volunteers are keeping these gardens beautiful! Thanks to everyone who helps!
Miller Ave and Bruce Street, 1916 Miller, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Fabric Craft-a-Thon": SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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Join us ALL DAY LONG for our first ever SCRAP Fabric Craft - A - Thon! Drop in anytime and get your creative reuse crafting on.
$5 Gets you all the supplies to make fabric garlands, cat toys, or anything else your heart desires!
Fill a bag of fabric to take home for another $5 and continue your creative reuse fabric crafting!
Partnered with our monthly BY THE POUND Fabric Sale.
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. $5. 7349940012. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Follow Your Feel Good On the Hero's Journey": Acoustic Forest Productions.

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Hello, Dear Creators of WONDER and MAGIC! I am so excited to have the opportunity to spend a bit of time with you in Michigan!
Have you been longing to take action on your dream but you haven't been?
Or maybe it's just felt so damn hard that you have been taking a breather from all of it?
Or maybe it's been feeling like something is missing...and if you had that something...things might go a bit easier?
We are going to gather, as like-minded heros and connect heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul. This is one of the most powerful things we can do when we are heroes--isolation is dangerous. We need solitude- YES but isolation- Hell NO!
In our time together, I have planned an experience that will give you an opportunity to:
1. Share your dreams out loud (this is necessary and awesome!)
2. Unlock a powerful personal story and then...
3. Discover something that's been holding you back, so that you can continue ONWARD in your own Hero's Journey...
4. Step into a ceremony to br
Sokol Camp, Sokol Camp Drive, South Lyon, MI, South Lyon. $69. 248.486.3424.

 10 a.m. 

"Forest Therapy and the Art of Nature Journaling": A2 Shinrin yoku.

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This one is for art and nature lovers! Inspired by the journaling work of John Law Muir, this workshop combines forest therapy practices with art to deepen our nature connection through focused nature journaling techniques. Bring your favorite notebook, paper, and art supplies!
As always, consider bringing plenty of water for yourself, a snack if you need one, and DRESS FOR THE WEATHER. Long pants are suggested for gentle off trail exploration.
Pickerel Lake, Hankerd Rd. 1/2 mile north of Territorial rd., west of US-23., Dexter. $45. 810-358-4046. Pay Online at

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Game Day Charity Beer Garden": Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Game days just got better with a food truck rally & 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 stadium features local food trucks and craft beers.
Proceeds from beer sales go to supporting the Cancer Support Community's mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The Cancer Support Community is a resource for education and information, and a place to gain support - all in an environment of acceptance and hope.
Stadium Club, Ann Arbor, 327 East Hoover. Free. 734-975-2500. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Workshop: Arduino Sensor Lab": TinkerTech.

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If you've already taken our Intro to Arduino workshop or have experience programming elsewhere, you can sign up for this workshop to learn more about using Arduino boards to communicate with various types of sensors and how to log data to a storage device.Whether you want to make your own self-watering plant system, monitor weather conditions, detect intruders, or any other activity that requires data from the physical world, this is a great place to start.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $45. 7347078019. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

37th Annual Webster Fall Festival: Webster Township Historical Society/Webster United Church of Christ.

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Popular country fair with hayrides, iron barrel train rides, a children's petting zoo, K9 police dog demos, kids crafts & games, exhibits of antique cars & farm equipment, a flea market/rummage sale, wool spinning & blacksmithing demos, a one-room schoolhouse (complete with marm and dunce cap), a baked and canned goods sale, a country craft fair, and a baseball game using 1860s-era rules between Dexter Union and Chelsea Monitors (1:30 p.m.). Lunch available, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and a hot dog stand, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Also, a pulled pork sandwich dinner this year (1-5 p.m.), a quilt and art exhibit in the church (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), a Rosie the Riveter and live music by Irish ensemble Fiddler Pie (1:30 p.m.), local folk singer-songwriter Kelly Schmidt (2:30-4 p.m.), and the veteran Ann Arbor bluegrass band The RFD Boys (4 p.m.).
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Webster Community Hall, 5484 Webster Church Rd., Webster Twp. Free admission. Pulled pork sandwich dinner: $10 (sandwich, $5). 426-5115. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

6th Annual Fall Enlightened Soul Expo: Enlightened Soul Center.

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Sept. 22 & 23. Practitioners from around the Midwest offer psychic, channeled, tarot, and angel card readings, intuitive drawings, astrological charts, and more at this event formerly known as the Holistic Psychic Expo. Free talks on "21st Century Shamanic Healing" (Sat., 12:30 p.m.), "Ascension: The Physics/Metaphysics of Where We Are and Are Going" (Sat., 5 p.m.), "Love Fix: The Angels' Way," (Sun. 1 p.m.), & "Channeling AllThatIs" (Sun. 4 p.m.). Also, gallery readings (11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Sat.; 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Sun.) by various mediums. Vendors with holistic and metaphysical products. Light snacks for sale.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-5 pm. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $11 daily admission, (college students, $8, teens, $5, kids under 12, free), $16 weekend pass. Additional cost for practitioner sessions. [map]

 10 am 

Fairies & Friends Tea Party: Michigan Fairies & Friends.

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Join us for a day of fun and enchantment with the fairies, as we say good-bye to summer and celebrate the first day of fall. This special day is family friendly, and sure to create magical memories that will last a lifetime. ALL are welcome and encouraged to attend in costume. Please save the date, and visit the web site for more information. Thank you! Hope to see you there.
Monaghan Knights of Columbus, 19801 Farmington Road, Plymouth. $8-$17. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

[6th Annual Fall] Enlightened Soul Expo: Intuitives Interactive.

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Over 150 vendors of holistic & metaphysical products and services, card readers, mediums, medical intuitives, aura photography, energy work, crystals, jewelry, essential oils and all kinds of holistic health and spiritual offerings. FREE presentations with Expo admission! Gallery readings with messages from loved ones in spirit for many audience members. Quiet, private Reader Room with concierge service! FREE parking. Sponsored by Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, Body Mind Spirit Guide, Enlightened Soul Center and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. More details and buy discounted advance tickets at
Skyline High School, 2552 N Maple Rd. $0 - $16. [map]

 10 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. Proceeds benefit North Star Reach camp for kids with serious health challenges.
10 a.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $30 in advance at 484-9676. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"National Public Lands Day": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC stewardship coordinator Katie Carlisle leads a hike along the banks of the Saline River and through diverse fields to look for pawpaws, butterflies, and other floodplain treasures.
10 a.m.-noon, Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve, 569 Mooreville Rd., Milan. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Sept. 22 & 29. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Sept. 22: Nuclear engineering professor John Foster on "Opening Up the Solar System and Beyond: The Promise of Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion." Sept. 29: Physics professor Aaron Pierce on "Dark Matters."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 22-Nov. 10. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Hayrides ($3) available. Flashlights required at dusk (bring your own, or purchase one on-site).
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $8 (kids ages 5-12, $5; age 4 & under, free). [map]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 8-Oct. 28, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 28. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and much more. New this year: a Corn Queen Combine playground. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, paintball, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. 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. Weekend admission: $17.99 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $13.99 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Wiard's Orchards & Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Fun for the entire family! Wiard's Country Fair offers: U Pick Apples and Pumpkins, Fresh Cider and Donuts , Corn Maze, Mini Golf, Pony Rides, Wagon Rides through Valley View Western Town, Fire Engine Rides, Valley View Mountain Slides, Animal Petting Farm, Paintball, Inflatables, Country Store and More!
Wiard's Orchards, Inc., 5565 Merritt Rd. Varies check website. 734-482-7744. [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 vs. Nebraska.

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Noon, Michigan Stadium. Tickets $80-$110 at (866) 296-MTIX and 764-0247. [map]

 1-6 p.m. 

"Ayuryoga Wellness Festival": Rasa Festival.

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This daylong festival features classical Indian music, info on Ayurvedic self-care by Milford (MI) Ayurvedic practitioner Meena Puri, meditation and breathing exercises, a "Sun Salutations Deconstructed" yoga session led by local yoga instructor Wendy Dolen, and a session of "Yin Yoga" led by A≤ Yoga owner Dina Sheldon.
1-6 p.m., A≤ Yoga Studio, 2030 Commerce Blvd. $49 til Sept. 1; $56 Sept. 2-21; $65 at the door. Preregistration recomended. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

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

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the African warthogs Sophia and Piki Piki (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, activities every half hour, cougar feeding (1:30 & 4:30 p.m.), and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, giant tortoises, kangaroos, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Klub Kito's Minecraft Masters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All experienced players in grades 2-10 invited to play this popular computer game. Also, a PvP (player vs. player) minigame.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Women's Rugby.

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The U-M plays matches against U-M alumnae (Sept. 16) & Penn State (Sept. 22).
Noon (Sept. 16) & 2 p.m. (Sept. 22), Mitchell Field, south side of Fuller. Free.

 2 & 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 and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [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, including "Highlights of the Kelsey Museum" (Sept. 1), "Egypt and the Egyptians" (Sept. 8), "Pompeii and the Bay of Naples" (Sept. 15), "Archaeology" (Sept. 22), and "Newberry Hall and the Tiffany Window" (Sept. 29).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 3, 6, 9:15, & 11:45 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)., 668-TIME.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"A History of American Tap Dance: Origins and Artistry of a True American Art Form": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture-demo by veteran local tap dance teacher and dance historian Susan Filipiak, owner of Swing City Dance.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 3 & 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 3 p.m. (canceled) 

"Star Trek Mad-Lib Puppet Show": Dreamland Theater.

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Note: This production has been postponed to an October date TBA. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe performs a show based on the original Star Trek series. The mad-lib script is filled in just before showtime with words gathered from audience suggestions.
3 p.m., Dreamland, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $10 or pay what you can. 657-2337. [map]

 3:15 & 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.

 3:30, 6:45, & 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)., 668-TIME.

 3:30 p.m. 

"Pick of the Litter": Michigan Theater.

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(Dana Nachman, 2018). Documentary following a litter of puppies as they are trained to become guide dogs for the blind.
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]

 3:45, 6:15, & 9 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]

 3:45, 6:15, & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Crossroads: New Directions in Indian Classical Dance": Rasa Festival.

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A panel discussion and Q&A with several Michigan-based Indian dance instructors and performers. Also, informal performances.
4-6 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free. 223-5615. [map]

 4, 6:30, & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

Autumnal Equinox Celebration: Michigan Friends Center.

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Potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass; table setting & beverage provided), followed by a bonfire with singing, storytelling, and discussion. Bring a favorite verse, story, song, or bit of seasonal lore to share. Bring a flashlight, wear long sleeves, and dress for the weather.
6-9 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 1000 Long Lake Rd., Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-0942. [map]

 6-7:50 p.m. 

"DJ Skate": Arctic Coliseum.

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]

 6:30 & 11:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 6:30 p.m. 

Candlelight Dinner Concert with the Jill Jack Acoustic Trio: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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The ever-so-talented, multi-award winning Jill Jack is back! Come out and have a listen to your favorite Jill Jack tunes and the stories behind them with the Jill Jack Acoustic Trio.
Jill Jack's magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She's been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she's won over 40 Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. In this candlelit, intimate venue of just 42 seats, you'll experience Jill's show like never before.
On this night you will be treated to the Jill Jack Acoustic Trio for a very special evening.
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Reservations are a must. Call to reserve your seats. Just $40 includes dinner and show.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd, Grass Lake. $40 for dinner and show. 517-522-8167. [map]

 7 & 9:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Andrew Anderson.

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An accomplished accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist, this veteran local pianist performs a program highlighted by Beethoven's Piano Sonata no. 28 in A Major, a work that encompasses a wide range of keyboard and compositional techniques. From a brief lyrical opening it moves to a march, followed by a deeply felt adagio leading to an exuberant and brilliant finale. The program also includes Godowsky's arrangement of Saint-SaŽns' beloved The Swan, Bach's subtle and charming French Suite no. 3, and short works by Chopin, Liszt, and others.
7 p.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Dr. Donation. 665-7346. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Amy Fedel Memorial Benefit Concert: Amy and Lisa Fund.

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This 20th Anniversary show is a musical benefit for MADD, BIAMI, and Epilepsy Foundation. The performers include Bonfire Poets, Five Miles More, Katie Geddes, David Vaughn, Patti Jarosz and Jeff and the Deck Chairs. There is also a singalong, with songs chosen by the audience.
Green Wood UMC, 1001 Green Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Donation. 734 478 7207. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Amy Fedel Memorial Concert: Amy and Lisa Fund.

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Performances by local musicians, including folk-rock quartet The Bonfire Poets, jazz ensemble Five Miles More, jazz vocalist Patti Jarosz, folk singer Katie Geddes, gospel singer/First United Methodist Church music director David Vaughan, and eclectic ensemble Jeff & the Deck Chairs. Also, a Singalong Jukebox, in which the audience performs songs they select from a list. Held in memory of Amy Fedel, an 8-year-old who was killed in 1998 when the family's van was hit by a drunk driver. Proceeds benefit MADD, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan.
7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids, $3) suggested donation., 998-0360. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. 255-5310. [map]

 7:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Sept. 22, 28, & 29; every Fri.-Sun. in Oct.; & Oct. 31. Six different scary attractions--a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Also, Splattertown paintball shooting at costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
7:30-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Sun.), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets: $18 for access to one area (multi-area passes, $39.99 & $49.99)., 390-9212. [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 ŗ 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 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this ensemble of music majors in Beethoven's dramatic and triumphant Egmont Overture, Elgar's Enigma Variations, and Britten's masterful Violin Concerto, with U-M Concerto Competition winner Christine Harada Li. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

"Full Moon Walk: Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Harvest Moon.
8-10 p.m., Hudson Mills park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [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, by phone, & at the door., (888) 718-4253. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Program in India Showcase": U-M School of Music.

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U-M music students perform Indian music they learned over the summer.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 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 and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Darrin James

Blues-inflected folk-rock by this local singer-songwriter. [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: Phil McMillion

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. Opener: Chris McGorey, a Canton singer-songwriter. [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: The Front Men

Detroit vintage-rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Rock Jones

Detroit roots rock, Motown, and blues quintet. [venue info]

Session Room: Bashville

Self-styled "dirty country-folk swing" by the Nashville-based singer- songwriter duo of Rachel Coats and Ann Arbor native Lucciana Costa. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Chuck Swanagan

Local Americana folk-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: 18 Strings

Local ensemble plays a mix of alt-country, country-rock, and straight country. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Ruth & Max Bloomquist

Acoustic Americana by this Muskegon husband-and-wife singer- songwriter duo whose 2011 CD, Turn Back a Page, reached #5 on the Folk Radio Airplay chart. [venue info]


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