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Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 23, 2018

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 7:45, 9 & 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Syrian Refugee Family Tells Their Story": St. Clare's Church, Ann Arbor.

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A family of Syrian refugees will be telling their story on Sunday, September 23, at St. Clare's Church in Ann Arbor at 7:45, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.
St. Clare's Church, 2309 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 419-283-6660. [map]

 9 a.m. 

11th Annual Turner's Trot: U-M American Student Dental Association Chapter.

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5-km run/walk. Raffle. T-shirts for pre-registered participants. Prizes for 1st male & female finishers. Breakfast served after race. Proceeds benefit the Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship Fund. Turner was a U-M dental student.
9 a.m., Gallup Park, $25. Registration at

 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Guts to Glory: A Pre Drywall Tour on Independence Lake: Forward Design Build Remodel.

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Please join us for this FREE educational event at the Long-Loved Lakehouse! You'll get all your remodeling questions answered in this eye-opening event designed to inform and inspire. Tours last around 30 minutes with extra time for questions.
When | Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 10AM-3PM
Where | 8276 Woods Trail in Whitmore Lake, MI
At the Pre-Drywall Tour, members of the Forward team will give you a tour of the house at a milestone in the remodeling process. Learn about the design-build process, what to expect during a remodel, what your home might look like behind the walls... and more!
Bring your curiosity and questions and enjoy a fun, free, and relaxed environment as you tour this home. Please register on our website at or call us for more information at 734.761.8403. Thank you!
The Long-Loved Lakehouse, 8276 Woods Trail, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7347618403. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Moraine and Fen Discovery": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Guided hike on one of the park's lesser-used trails to learn about moraines (rock debris left after the glaciers receded) and fens (wetlands).
10 a.m.-noon, Hudson Mills Metropark (meet at the Cedar Ridge Picnic Shelter), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Sukkot: Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for a potluck (bring a vegetarian & nut-free dish to pass). Also, recipe sharing, storytelling, and a chance to decorate the sukkah, a temporary shelter built for the weeklong Jewish festival of Sukkot. Also, interactive presentations and craft activities for kids.
10:30 a.m.-noon, JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd., south of Packard). Free. Preregistration required at 975-9872. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 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]

 11 a.m.-8 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.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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

 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 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.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Open Community Bicycle Repair: Common Cycle.

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Common Cycle's volunteer-run, co-operative workspace is open to the public weekly on Sundays from 11AM-3PM. Visitors are welcome to seek help from volunteers and/or make use of community tools to resolve maintenance issues or work on personal projects.
CC volunteers range from experienced mechanics to interested newbies, and we help all kinds of cyclists fix all kinds of bikes. The only requirement for getting help is that visitors be willing to get their hands dirty. Assistance from Common Cycle is free, and donations are welcome.
Common Cycle Workspace, 416 W Huron, Suite #11. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun., except Sept. 9. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. Artist demos, noon-3 p.m., include a hand-carved eagle (Sept. 2), a paper and ribbon bouquet (Sept. 16), and a Pandora-style bracelet (Sept. 30). Also, the Humane Society brings adoptable pets to the market on Sept. 30.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [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]

 11 a.m.-5 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]

 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"33rd Annual Fiesta de España: Paella Throwdown": Zingerman's Deli.

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Sept. 16, 23, & 30. Zingerman's Deli chef Rodger Bowser demonstrates how to prepare 3 versions of this popular Valencian dish: chicken/chorizo, seafood, and vegetarian. Also, a dessert table with torta de Santiago (Galician almond cake), chocolate miguelitos (cream-filled pastry), and tiger nut horchata.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Zingerman's patio, 422 Detroit St. Free. 663-3400. [map]

 Noon-5 p.m. 

45th Old West Side Homes Tour: Old West Side Association.

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A popular annual tour of buildings in Ann Arbor's historic Old West Side, an area originally settled by German immigrants and rich in circa-1900 Midwestern architecture. The neighborhood was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. This year's tour features 6 homes and 1 business that showcase creative updates of older homes, newer structures designed to be compatible with historic surroundings, and effective use of small spaces. Food available. Visitors are asked to remove shoes before entering homes. No cameras, backpacks, or children age 11 & under.
Noon-5 p.m. Tickets & maps $10 (seniors age 65 & older, $8) in advance at Washtenaw Dairy, Argus Farm Stop, Downtown Home & Garden, Jefferson Market, and Nicola's Books; $12 (seniors, $8) on the day of the tour at St. Paul Lutheran Church (420 W. Liberty). 945-0229. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Annual Ypsilanti Fall River Day: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hikes, kids crafts and fishing, and a "Raptors of the River" program. Kayak rentals available.
Noon-3 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free. 971-6337.

 Noon.  Free! 

Ypsi Fall River Day: City of Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Enjoy fall on the Huron River at Ypsi Fall River Day at Riverside Park, Sunday, September 23rd, Noon-3pm. There will be kayak trips and free family-friendly activities including kids' crafts and games, live birds of prey, a nature walk, cider and donuts and more hosted by the City of Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation Commission.
Riverside Park (north end), 5 E Cross Street, Ypsilanti. Free. (313) 910-3890. [map]

 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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Every Sun. All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $4.50 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]

 1, 3:45, 7, & 9:45 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.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Parker Mill Tours: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Sept. 9, 16, 23, & 30. WCPARC naturalists lead tours of an 1870s grist mill, still fully operational.
1-4 p.m., Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. 971-6337.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Sharon Mills Open House: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Sept. 23 & 30. Docent-led tours of this park on the River Raisin with an operational hydroelectric generator, a multicolored stone house, a wooden mill, and a disused winery.
1-4 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Sept. 9, 16, 23, 29 & 30. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.


Sept. 9: Oakwoods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance off Dunwoodie off Kilburn Park Cir. from Green Rd. east of Nixon Rd.) to help remove invasives in honor of the 9/11 Day of Service.


Sept. 9: Arbor Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Ashburnam off Kilburn Park Circle from Green Rd.) to pull invasives in honor of the 9/11 Day of Service.


Sept. 16: Stapp Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the corner of Huron Pkwy. & Tuebingen, just west of the Ann Arbor District Library Traverwood branch) to lop & saw non-native shrubs from this mature oak-hickory forest.


Sept. 16: Foxfire West Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Birchwood Dr. between Hickory Point Dr. & Timbercrest Ct.) to remove invasive buckthorn & honeysuckle.


Sept. 23: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Beechwood, north of Sunset) to use handsaws and loppers to remove invasive shrubs in honor of Public Lands Day.


Sept. 29: Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to remove invasive shrubs from the forest that runs along the river.


Sept. 29: Onder Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove invasive shrubs harming the oak savanna.


Sept. 30: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Nature Area parking lot off Dixboro Rd. north of Plymouth Rd.) to remove invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn.

Various times & locations (see listing). Free. 794-6627.

 1-4 p.m. 

"Chelsea Family Wellness Festival": Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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An inflatable obstacle course, kids activities, crafts, games, food trucks, community partner booths, and yoga on the CHS football field (2-3 p.m.). Proceeds benefit Sprout Love, which provides financial assistance to families struggling to pay for cancer treatments.
1-4 p.m., Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Rd., Chelsea. Tickets $20 in advance at 975-2500. [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 p.m. 

"Veneering Without Vaccuum": Maker Works.

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"Sawdust Steve" Stram demonstrates veneering methods for small projects and curved surfaces. Note: Rescheduled from Sept. 22.
1 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $5 (members, free). Preregistration required at maker-works/com/events. 222-4911. [map]

 1:15, 4, 6:30, & 9:15 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.

 1:30, 3:30, & 6 p.m. 

"Art House Theater Day": State Theatre.

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"The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales" (Patrick Imbert & Benjamin Renner, 2017). 3 animated stories of agitated animals: a fox that thinks it's a chicken, a rabbit that acts like a stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. French and Mandarin, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. Free for kids 12 and under.


"The Guilty" (Gustav Moller, 2018). Thriller about a police officer working dispatch who answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. Danish, subtitles. 3:30 p.m.


"Schlock" (John Landis, 1973). A small town is terrorized by the "Banana Killer," which turns out to be the missing link between humans and primates. 6 p.m.

State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Researching Polish Family History": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by retired U-M librarian and Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan member Patricia Yocum. Followed by "Organizing Your Genealogical Research," a talk by club members Barbara Snow and Omer Jean Winborn.
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]

 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, & 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.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell. Venue change for September: Sweetwaters Cafe, 123 Washington, 2-4 p.m.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 3rd-floor freespace rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free., 997-5388. [map]

 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Soccer.

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Aug. 16: Iowa. Exhibition. 7 p.m.

Aug. 22: Marshall. 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 25: Utah Valley. 2 p.m.

Aug. 23: Marquette. 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 30: Florida Gulf Coast. 5 p.m.

Sept. 6: Notre Dame. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8: Bowling Green. 2 p.m.

Sept. 27: Purdue. 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: Indiana. 5 p.m.

Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8. 764-0247. [map]

 2 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. 

"Bolcom Horn Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Michigan premiere of this trio by Pulitzer Prize-winning local composer William Bolcom. Performed by Massachusetts-based ensemble American Double, a duo of pianist Constantine Finehouse and violinist Philip Ficsor, and University of California horn professor Steven Gross. American Double recorded The Bolcom Project, featuring all 9 of William Bolcom's works for violin and piano, in 2009.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$25 (students, $10) at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 2 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]

 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Fall Mushroom Hunt": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.
2-3:30 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required; space limited to 30. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Ball Fun!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows how to make a felt ball using cotton roving, soap, and water. Supplies provided. For all ages.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Rebel Without a Cause": Fathom Events.

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(Nicholas Ray, 1955). Classic drama of teen alienation. James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine Saline (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"See Through: Windows and Mirrors in 20th-Century Photography": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit exploring how over the course of a century photographers employed windows and mirrors in everything from street photography to self-portraiture.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 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]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Yes!": Nicola's Books.

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Readings by Michigan contributors to this collection of inspiring true stories. Writers include Kaye Curren, Nancy Beaufait, and Tammy Nicole Glover.
3 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 3, 5:45, & 9 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]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Paper Plate Dinosaurs": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft projects for kids ages 2-5.
3-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.

 3:15, 5:30, & 8:30 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]

 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]

 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preserve Challenge: Superior Greenway Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission / Wandering Washtenaw.

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Just north of Ypsilanti along Prospect Road, exists the Superior Nature Greenway and Trail system. Over 2400 acres have been protected through a partnership of enthusiastic local community members and conservation organizations. The Superior Nature Greenway Trail traverses the landscape and includes nearly 6 miles of trails. Join on a hike to explore this wonderful resource. Wandering Washtenaw's Executive Director, Elizabeth Keller, will talk about the diverse habitats found along the Superior Greenway, while Washtenaw County Parks & Rec's Stewardship Manager & Botanist, Allison Krueger, takes the lead!
Be prepared for a longer hike by wearing suitable shoes and bringing drinking water. We will start at Jack R Smiley Preserve located at 8080 Cherry Hill Rd. Parking will be available at the Superior Township Hall.
All are welcome and no registration is needed.
Jack R. Smiley Preserve / Superior Greenway, 8080 Cherry Hill Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, Ypsilanti. Free. Donation. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Dady Mehta: EMU Music Department.

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EMU piano professor emeritus performs J.S. Bach's French Overture in B minor and Schubert's Sonata in G Major. He's joined by his son, violinist Nuvi Mehta, in Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major.
4 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Jennifer Pascual: Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival/American Guild of Organists.

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Organ performance by this St. Patrick's Cathedral (New York City) music director. Pascual is the first woman to hold this prestigious position.
4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Free. 482-1525. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Cooking for a Cause": Catholic Social Services Fundraiser.

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Local chefs lead teams of community leaders in a cooking competition. Attendees get to taste their fare and choose a winner.
4-7 p.m., Frutig Farms, 7650 Scio Church Rd. $150. Reservations required at or by phone. 971-9781, ext. 313. [map]

 4 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]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Scholarship Showcase": U-M School of Music.

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Music, theater, and dance performances by U-M scholarship recipients.
4 p.m., Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Free, but tickets required in advance at or by phone. 764-2538. [map]

 5 p.m. 

"Cocktail Class: Mezcal Mania": Tammy's Tastings.

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Mezcal has a bad-boy reputation, in no small part thanks to the trend started in the 1940's of putting a worm in the bottom of the bottle. But today's mezcals are sophisticated, well-crafted and varied spirits. Its smoky agave character is definitely divisive, and mezcal haters abound, but people who love mezcal really love mezcal, and this class is for you! We'll explore Tammy's favorite spirit on its own and mix it into a variety of cocktails. Classes are hands-on with lots of tasting opportunities.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $45. 734-276-3215. [map]

 6 & 8:45 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]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Full Moon Ceremony: Crazy Wisdom.

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It's Harvest Time! Time to gather the intentions you set at the New Moon. Even if you didn't set any intentions, get in flow with the Universe and join us in observation of the Harvest Moon in a non-denominational ceremony.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S Main. Free. 734-531-7166. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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July & Aug. campfires canceled. All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Concert: Chelsea Chamber Players.

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This local ensemble performs Paganini's Quartet no. 15 and Boccherini's Guitar Quartet in G with guest guitarist MaryLou Roberts. Members are violinists Paula Elliott and Nathan Peters, violist Ian Cumming, and cellist Sara Cumming.
7 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. Free. 433-1622. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Stage: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All performers invited to showcase their talents.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. Email to sign up for an 8-minute spot. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Celtibilly Sunday with the Steel City Rovers": Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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The Rovers are a Hamilton, Ontario, quintet whose Celtic-based original music also includes elements of French Canadian and Cape Breton fiddle styles, bluegrass, Appalachian, and country blues. In addition to the usual guitar, fiddle, accordion, and percussion, the band's equipment also features Scottish small pipes, tenor mandola, horse jaw, and other unusual instruments.
7:30 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun., except July 7. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary.
8-10 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm., 1236 Washtenaw. $5. 763-6984. [map]

 8:30 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.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Blind Pig: We Were Promised Jetpacks

Scottish quartet whose oversized guitar-propelled pop-rock has provoked comparisons to U2 and Big Country. $15 ($18 at the door). [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: EventJazz

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Sam Corbin

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan to John Prine and Tom Petty. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: "Celtic Jam."

Traditional Irish tunes on traditional instruments. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]


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