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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 26, 2018






 
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 6-9 p..m. 

"Intro to Python Programming: Choose Your Own Adventure": Michael Ploof.

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Take your first dive into the world of programming by creating your own role-playing game in Python. Plunder hidden treasures and battle mythical beasts as you learn the basics one of the most in-demand programming languages. No prior programming experience is necessary.
Ages: 14 to adult
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $45. 734-707-8019. kristy@tinkertech.io http://tinkertech.io/event/workshop-intro-to-python-choose-your-own-adventure-2/ [map]



 9:30-11 a.m. 

"Confronting Life's Greatest Mystery": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Mystery is one we rarely speak of and one that everyone faces: our death. Using Sarah Davidson's book, The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life's Greatest Mystery and classroom discussion we will explore the ideas that Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi shares with Sara in two years of visits. "When you can feel in your cells that you're coming to the end of your tour of duty, what is the spiritual work of this time, and how do we prepare for the mystery?"
For the first class, read chapters 1 - 4 with a focus on chapter 2: "What if it ends in Nothing?" and Exercises 1 & 2, (p. 168 - 171).
This study group will meet on Wednesdays, 9:30-11, from September 26 through October 31. Instructor: Abby Wilson
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 West Stadium Boulevard. $35. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 10-May 13. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Toby Millman is a multidisciplinary artist living in Hamtramck, working with printmaking, photography, collage, narrative and book arts. She earned her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from Stamps School of Art and Design and is currently teaching printmaking and drawing at the Residential College. The prints works in this exhibition are based on extracted imagery from photographs taken around various locales within the past few years, using inanimate forms to allude to issues of safety, comfort and population control. These images include objects designed to modify the ways we navigate or control our environment and include barriers, traffic cones, highway signage all in states of disrepair, disuse, or dysfunction.
You can access the gallery from the door located near the northwest corner of East Quadrangle on East University. That door is open to patrons, students and faculty during the gallery open hours.
RC Art Gallery in East Quadrangle, 701 E. University Ave. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/54265-13563471.html [map]



 10 a.m.-noon 

"Where Two Worlds Meet -The Great Lakes Fur Trade": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Nearly 400 years have passed since the first encounter between Native Americans and the French in the Great Lakes region. Neither culture was ever the same again.
The early "exchange" was mutually beneficial and cordial. The Native people did not feel threatened by the Europeans nor did the Europeans fear the indigenous people. Each had a commodity the other needed: trade goods for the Native Americans, furs and fish for the Europeans.
The two cultures often blended with intermarriage, for the French population was made up primarily of trappers, missionaries and soldiers. It was not until a third ingredient was added, the British, that conflict occurred in the French and Indian War.
This Study Group is led by Rochelle Balkam on September 26 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Bookworms": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Every Wednesday from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m., families with babies are invited to sing songs, listen to stories and participate in age appropriate activities that promotes early literacy. Parents and/or caregivers are encouraged to participate. No registration necessary!
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 11 a.m.-noon  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! 

"Farm to Table Wednesdays": Gratzi Restaurant.

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Sept. 12 & 26. All invited to accompany Gratzi head chef Dan Gawura to the Farmers Market to get ingredients for the restaurant's special that night. Followed at 6 p.m. at the restaurant by a chance to see Gawura prepare the dish. Small appetizers.
11 a.m., meet at the Sweetwaters entrance to Kerrytown. Free. 663-6387. [map]


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Living the End of the Habsburg Empire": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Noon Lecture.

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Talk by Lewis & Clark College (Oregon) history professor Maureen Healy. Bring a bag lunch, if you like.
Noon-1:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Brown Bag Organ Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by U-M organ grad student Stephanie Yu. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish; food available at the Crossroads Café.
12:15 p.m., U-M School of Public Health Community Room, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Animal Presentation: Domino's Petting Farm.

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Farm staffers show and discuss their animals.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm Pole Barn, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 12:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Those on the Front Lines of Alzheimer's and Dementia": Chelsea Senior Center.

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Screening of this 2018 PBS documentary about the history and research of these cognitive diseases of aging. Q&A follows with Towsley Village memory care specialist Kathleen Garvey and Chelsea Retirement Community president Sharon Lilly.
12:30-4 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-9242. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"TED Talks": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Talks have become very popular. They are short presentations by notable people at TED conferences around the world.
Over 2000 TED talks are available on the internet! In each of our sessions we will view two TED Talks as a group, and then engage in discussion about what we saw. The facilitator will pick the first two, then you may suggest future selections. Google Ted Talks to find favorites.
This Study Group led by Stu Simon will meet Wednesdays September 26, October 10, October 24 and November 7 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
University Commons, Houghton Room, 817 Asa Gray Drive. $25. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Kinetic Sandbox!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-5 invited for free play with the modeling toy Kinetic Sand. Molds provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood. 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 fathomevents.com and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 3, 6, & 9 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Charting the Wolverine": Dexter District Library.

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Washington, D.C., artist Elaine Wilson is in attendance at this reception for the current exhibit of her illustrations and paintings that were inspired by the train route from Ann Arbor to Chicago.
3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 3 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]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fall Leaves Watercolor Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Art project for kids in grades preK-5.
3-4 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 3:15, 6:45, & 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.


 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.


 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

"Understanding Stage Fright": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This program will explore stage fright (aka performance anxiety). We will discuss why you may doubt yourself, despite doing all you could do to prepare.
You will learn about the complexities of stage fright and some practical strategies to optimize your outcome and enjoyment when speaking or performing. Anyone performing or speaking in front of groups (or wishing they could) will want to attend.
Julie Jaffee Nagel has many years of experience dealing with her own stage fright as a pianist, then later treating performance anxious individuals as a psychologist, and writing about the topic. Julie earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Work from the U.of M., a graduate of Juilliard and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.
Her book publications include "Managing Stage Fright; A Guide for Musicians and Music Teachers" (2017), and "Melodies of the Mind" (2013). She is in private practice in Ann Arbor.
This Study Group will meet Wednesday September 26 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 3:45 & 9:45 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.


 3:45, 6:45, & 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, 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]


 4:15 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). 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]


 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Zhou Family Band: U-M Confucius Institute/U-M School of Music.

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This 7th-generation band from Lingbi, China, performs Chinese wind and percussion music traditionally accompanying birth and death celebrations. Preceded at noon by "Listening to the Grassroots: Zhou Family Band and China Chuida Music Tradition in the 21st Century" (U-M Palmer Commons Forum Hall 4th floor, 100 Washtenaw), a discussion with the band and University of London ethnomusicology grad student Qian Mu. The band also performs Sept. 28 (see listing).
4:45 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 764-8888, 615-3204. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

11th Annual Marching Band Exhibition: Chelsea High School.

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The EMU Marching Band and the CHS marching band close a show that includes 13 other area high school marching bands. The Beach Middle School band (with director Katy Steklac) opens the program with the National Anthem.
5-9 p.m., CHS football field, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $5 (students & seniors, $3). 433-2201, ext. 1404. [map]


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game, using an updated word list. Bring your own set, if you like.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bikes & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. 30-40-mile ride to the southwest of Saline, with pace and post-ride restaurant determined by riders.
5:30 p.m., Saline municipal parking lot, 104 S. Ann Arbor, Saline. Free. 747-1862. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Dog & Suds Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 25-30 miles, to the west or north.
6 p.m. (Apr.-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 678-8297. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Past LIfe Exploration': Dr. Natalie Candela, Awakened Hypnosis.

  community member   < less Dr. Natalie Candela, Certified Hypnotherapist

If you believe that you have had other physical lives or wondering if you have, this workshop is for you. All of our lives are recorded in a "memory bank" called Akash, and all of them affect who we are today - our likes and dislikes, our beliefs, doubts, and fears, our interests and talents. Whether you are simply curious about the idea of other lives or you are looking to clear away what is holding you back and want to tap into your undiscovered strengths, exploration of other lives is always an exciting journey that will lead you closer to the real you. Join the exploration!
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. $20. 734.665.2757. natalie@awakenedhypnosis.com www.awakenedhypnosis.com [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

Crucial Conversations: Experts Discuss How to Talk to Our Kids About the Tough Stuff of Today: THRIVE Counseling.

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Free to the public speaker series for parents and community members trying to find perspective, field questions and search for answers together with their families
Panelists:
Cynthia Ewell Foster Ph.D., Director of University of MIchigan Center for the Child and Family, Professor focused on depression and suicide in youth & children
Kristen Harrison, Ph.D., University of Michigan professor and media psychologist who studies mass media effects on children and adolescents
Sonya Lewis, MD, Physicians for Prevention of Gun Violence
Amy Stern, LMSW, Unviersity of Michigan professor focused on child development and trauma
Brianne Twombly, LMSW, Manager of Trauma Informed Care at Starfish Family Services
Free childcare
Liberty School, 7256 N. Ann Arbor Street, Saline, MI 48176, Saline. Free. 7347690209. jbjarvi@jfsannarbor.org https://form.jotform.com/82204982012146 [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

Rain Garden Nature Walk: Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office.

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Guided tour of rain gardens, with info on how they work. Bring water.
6-7:30 p.m., meet at 2000 Champagne Dr. Free. 222-6813.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out & rough-cut patterns for sale. Members show their work Oct. 6 at the Saline Woodcarvers Show (time TBA, Liberty School, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline).
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Pizza in the Hut": Beth Israel Congregation.

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All invited for dinner in the sukkah, a temporary hut constructed for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
6 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw. $8 (kids age 3 & under, free). Reservations required by Sept. 21 at bethisrael-aa.org or via email to office@bethisrael-aa.org. 665-9897. [map]


 6:15 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.


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6-9 p.m., call for location. Free, $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon.-Wed., except Dec. 24 & 25. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 5700 Jackson (Tues.), and 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues.), 548-6299 (Wed.). [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Bad Reputation": Michigan Theater.

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(Kevin Kerslake, 2018). Documentary about rock star Joan Jett.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Bonsai Auction: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Silent and live auctions of bonsai equipment and trees by club members.
7-9 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. AABonsaiSociety@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]


 7-8 p.m. 

Intro to Japanese Taiko Drumming Class 9/26-11/14: Great Lakes Taiko Center w/Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

  community member   < less Taiko Drumming Classes begin 9/26!

Ages: 16 - Adult. Anyone can join this fun course which introduces new players to the basic form, movement, and rhythms of Japanese taiko drumming. You learn proper stance at the drum, move and drum with your whole body, use your voice, play together as a group with classmates, and explore basic rhythms that we can use to compose any taiko song. No experience with drumming or music training required. We provide drums for class; you must purchase a pair of sticks called bachi. Instructors: Eileen Ho and Larry An, teachers and performing group members from the Great Lakes Taiko Center (www.michigantaiko.net). 8 classes 7-8PM Wednesdays 9/26-11/14 for Fall 2018, an Adult Music offering through Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.
Eberbach Cultural Arts Bldg. (CAB), 1220 S. FOREST ANN ARBOR, MI, 48104. $159 for Fall 2018 classes. AARec&Ed/Jolly Seema (734) 994-2300 ext. 53203. jollys@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/japanese-taiko-drumming-intro-class/49170 [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

ToastMasters: Public Speaking Wed 7PM: ToastMasters at Sweetwaters.

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ToastMasters at SweetWaters is an opportunity to practice your personal and/or professional speaking as well as Leadership in a fun friendly atmosphere.
The club is open to everyone. Attendees have the opportunity to speak, give and receive feedback about speaking, presentations and current events.
We typically have 2-4 prepared speeches followed by (Kind and constructive evaluations) to provide feedback and growth. Attendees will have an opportunity for impromptu speaking as well.
Sweetwaters Cafe, 123 W Washington. Free. chrisjriley@hotmail.com [map]


 7 p.m. 

ToastMasters: Public Speaking Wed 7PM: ToastMasters at Sweetwaters.

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ToastMasters at SweetWaters is an opportunity to practice your personal and/or professional speaking as well as Leadership in a fun friendly atmosphere.
The club is open to everyone. Attendees have the opportunity to speak, give and receive feedback about speaking, presentations and current events.
We typically have 2-4 prepared speeches followed by (Kind and constructive evaluations) to provide feedback and growth. Attendees will have an opportunity for impromptu speaking as well.
Sweetwaters Cafe, 123 W Washington. johnsonest121314@gmail.com. johnsonest121314@gmail.com [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

What's On Your Ballot?: LWV-Ann Arbor Area, Michigan LWV, area libraries.

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2018 State ballot proposals: Pro and Con
This educational public forum will present information on all of the statewide November ballot proposals. This is a public event and all are welcome.
Wed, 9/26 (7pm) at Chelsea Library (221 S Main St., Chelsea)
Mon, 10/1 (7 pm) at AADL Downtown (343 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor)
Wed, 10/3 (7 pm) at AADL Westgate (2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor)
Tues,10/9(6 pm) at Howell Carnegie Library(314 W Grand River, Howell)
Thur 10/11 (7 pm) at Ypsi Dist Library (5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsi)
Mon 10/15 (6 pm) at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsi (76 N Huron, Ypsi)
Area libraries, 343 S 5th Ave. Free. publicity@lwvannarbor.org LWVannarbor.org [map]



 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Reading by former Wisconsin poet laureate Marilyn L. Taylor, whose most recent book, Step on a Crack, is a collection of wry and poignant observations about youth, motherhood, and old age. Though she's one of the country's premier formalist poets, Taylor explores free verse in this collection. "The freedom she grants herself is intriguing," says a Light Poetry Magazine review. "The discipline of meter is clearly so ingrained in the nonmetrical poems." Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Local Writers Live": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Readings by local writers. Books and authors include Meg Gowers' Michigan Moon (picture book), Judy Patterson Wenzel's Light from the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom (memoir), Lexi Mohney's Carnal Knowledge: The Adoration of a Dangerous Woman and the Death of a Dream (erotica), and Lori Wojtowicz's Crossing the Hall: Exposing an American Divide (memoir). Signings. Refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"What's Happening with AAUW?": American Association of University Women.

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Members discuss the club's various interest groups. Also, a chance for new and returning members to sign up for groups and projects. Refreshments.
7-9 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. (844) 973-6287. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Wine Gala Wednesday": Pure Existence Dance Company Fundraiser.

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Hors d'oeuvres, wine & beer, silent auction, and raffles. Entertainment by Pure Existence dancers.
7 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Tickets $50 ($90 for 2; $175 for 4) in advance at pureexistencedance.com/annual-gala. [map]


 7:15 p.m. 

"Mr. Smooth's Basic Ballroom": Ypsilanti Township Recreation Department.

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"Mr. Smooth's Detroit Style Ballroom" classes offer students the opportunity to improve their health and socialize while learning ballroom style dancing.
"Mr. Smooth Certified" Instructors Orlando Arnold and Annie Gill will be teaching you this style of dance that combines the benefits of exercise with fun and grace.
SESSION I November 12- October 24, 2018 7:15 pm -8:15 pm
SESSION II November 7 - December 12, 2018 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Community Center room 204
Activity fee: $49.00
Registration due one week prior to event
18 +
Dress comfortably; leather bottom shoes preferred (no gym shoes or flip flops).
If you have health concerns, please check with your doctor first.
Ypsilanti Community Center, 2025 E Clark Rd., Ypsilanti. $49/ session. 734-544-3800. ytrd@ytown.org www.ytown.org/registration [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Jeffrey Chapman: Concordia University.

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This Oakland University creative writing professor reads from and discusses his recent work. His short stories and comics blend the mundane with the fantastical, creating largely plausible narratives with small doses of the impossible.
7:30 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center Recital Hall, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Steiner's 1904 introduction to anthroposophy, How to Know Higher Worlds.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Oriol Sans conducts this ensemble of music majors in Bernstein's Divertimento for Orchestra, which employs eclectic musical allusions and wit to evoke tenderness and longing. The program also includes 20th-century American composer Howard Hanson's Symphony no. 2 ("Romantic") and contemporary American composer Nico Muhly's So Far So Good. 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 p.m. 

"Whose Vote Is It Anyway?": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All-ages show of improvisational sketches, music, and games centered around gerrymandering and how to fix it. Followed by an afterglow. Proceeds benefit Voters Not Politicians.
8 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. $15 (kids age 12 & under, $8). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Sept. 5 & 19), location TBA (Sept. 12), & Michigan League Ballroom (Sept. 26). $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]


 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and George Merkel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Jazz Manouche.

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by the local quartet of guitarists Andrew Brown and Michael Harrington, bassist Ryan Shea, and violinist Jordan Adema. [venue info]

Old Town: Andrew Bishop Trio

Jazz compositions and improvisations by an ensemble led by veteran local reeds player Bishop, a U-M music professor. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Blue Rays Trio

Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit. [venue info]

 
 


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