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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 5, 2018

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads. Call if it's raining or the temperatures are below 50.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, 10101 Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 663-5060. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Health Fair: Saline Area Senior Center.

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Vendors and info from health-care organizations, senior living facilities, and athletic and fitness companies. Also, flu shots and blood pressure checks. Light refreshments.
9 a.m.-noon, SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]

 9 a.m. 

"Peonies and Pumpkins": Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc. District IIA Fall Conference (Meeting).

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$20 Registration includes the Peony program, Flower Show and lunch
Bring a cut annual, perennial, shrub/tree branch and/or herb
In a clear glass bottle to enter in the Flower Show.
Register with your club treasurer at your September Meeting
Questions: Contact District IIA Director Chris Kosal at 734-693-9104
First United Methodist Church of Saline, 1200 N Ann Arbor Saline Rd, Saline, Saline. $20.. Chris Kosal at 734-693-9104. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Fall Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Oct. 5-7: "The Greatest Showman" (Michael Gracy, 2017). Lavish musical inspired by the colorful life of P.T. Barnum. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron.

Oct. 12-14: "Wonder" (Stephen Chbosky, 2017). Inspirational drama about a 5th grader with deformed features facing ostracism when he enrolls in school for the first time. Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson.

Oct. 19-21: "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" (Aaron Horvath & Peter Rida Michail, 2018). Animation about a band of teen superheroes.

Oct. 26-28: "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" (Genndy Tartakovsky, 2018). Animation about Count Dracula's family cruise vacation.

Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]

 10 a.m. -12 p.m. 

"Forms of Verse in British and American Poetry: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This course offers a brief introduction to the way poets have used rhythm and meter to express thought and feeling over the centuries. We'll explore the connection between form and expression through the whole history of poetry in English, from Langland and Chaucer to Bishop and Heaney.
Readings will be drawn from a short anthology of favorite passages and poems the instructor will make available, rather than a textbook. Participants will read and hear examples of different verse forms: songs. sonnets, couplets, alliterative verse, blank verse, free verse, really free verse, and poems in unusual meters and stanzas. We will study how poetry works as narrative, as a vehicle for experience, and as self-expression.
This study group will meet Fridays, 10-12, from October 5 - November 16. Instructor James H. McIntosh is Professor Emeritus of English and American Culture at U-M.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard Street. $40. 734-998-9351. [map]

 10 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]

 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except Oct. 8. 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 (except Oct. 8), see listing. Free. 327-4200.

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"West Side Neighborhood Art Hop."

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The homes and studios of several west-side artists are open for a show and sale of their art and craft items. Featuring over 50 exhibiting artists. Live music at some venues.
Start at 700 Mt. Pleasant. Free. Venues & map available at, 757-3717.

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Oct. 8. 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. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 8), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.

 11 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Investing in Ability 2018.

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Oct. 4 & other dates. This month-long series of events includes a Disability Awareness Symposium (Oct. 4, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Frankel Cardiovascular Center Auditorium, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr.), a panel discussion on "Chronic Fatigue and Related Syndromes" (Oct. 5, 11 a.m., Frankel Auditorium), screening (see listings) of the documentaries Unrest (Oct. 8) and Deej (Oct. 16), a "Dogs on the Diag" service and therapy dog demo (Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Diag), and more. For full schedule, see
Various times & locations. Free. 936-1402.

 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"X: A Novel": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Oct. 2 & 9. All invited to discuss this YA novel, a fictionalized account of Malcolm X's early life, co-written by his daughter. Register at the Senior Center for a free copy of the book. Also, potluck discussions (bring a dish to pass) of the book on Oct. 5 & 12, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
7-8:30 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Family Hike: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to hike the nearly mile-long new walking path.
11:30 a.m.-noon, meet at the Chelsea Professional Office Building parking lot, 14650 E. Old US 12, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Break": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Fri. All invited to bring a lunch and participate in a directed craft activity. Oct. 5: "Lovely Little Scenes on Leaves." Oct. 12: "Relaxing Doodling." Oct. 19: "Wonderous Windows." Oct. 26: "Whimsical Word Doodle."
Noon-1 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"From the Dragon's Mouth: A Life in Translation": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Scotland-based translator Brian Holton, the world's only professional Chinese-Scots translator, discusses the joys and frustrations of translating poetry.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Henderson Rm. Free. 764-8888. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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

 1-3 p.m. 

"The Quest for Statehood (or the Beginning of the UM-OSU Rivalry)": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Michigan was born of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, written at the culmination of the American Revolution. The document carved out the land that was to be divided into no more than 5 and no fewer than 3 territories.
Of equal importance were the terms, two of which were firsts in legal history: no slavery was allowed and there was a provision for free public education. Michigan became a separate territory in 1805.
The War of 1812 began to mold the character of Michigan. The "Toledo War" brought the struggle to an end, with Michigan giving up claims in Ohio and gaining most of the Upper Peninsula. The "Boy Governor", Stevens Mason, fought for statehood which was achieved in 1837, after the "Frostbitten Convention" held in Ann Arbor.
This Study Group will be led by Rochelle Balkam on Friday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. October 5.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Garden Club Flower Show: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club and the Sunshine Flower Arrangers Guild.

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Friday October 5, 2018
Time: 1- 3 pm
There will be competitive displays of cut Horticultural Flowers as well as completed Floral Designs. Approximately 100 competitors are expected to compete. Free admission. Vendors will be available for visitors to purchase garden related items.
First United Methodist Church of Saline, 1200 North Ann Arbor Road, Saline, Michigan, Saline. Free. 734-652-6465. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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San Francisco-based writer Lisa McCubbin reads from her new biography of Ford. Also, an appearance by Gerald and Betty Ford's son, Mike Ford. Reception follows.
2-4 p.m., Weill Hall Betty Ford Classroom, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490. [map]

 3-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Manufacturing Day"

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Hines Industries designs and builds precision balancing machines and quality enhancement solutions using innovative technology. To inspire the next generation to purse manufacturing jobs, Hines will be participating in Manufacturing Day.
A plant tour will be given showing the many departments that work hard to produce a Hines balancing machine. Visitors will sit down for a 20 minute presentation on balancing theory and the importance of balancing. An interactive machine demo will take place after the presentation. Safety glasses will be provided by Hines.
Hines Industries, 240 Metty Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 7347692300. [map]

 3 - 5 p.m. 

"Principles and Practices of Mindfulness Part II": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This course is meant to: Deepen your experience of mindfulness meditation and enhance the qualities of a mindful life; To expand your understanding and practice the nine attitudes of mindfulness; and Expand your capacity to meditate daily.
This will be done by enhancing a personal meditation practice and cultivating mindful awareness in everyday life.
This Study Group led by Bernadette Beach will meet Fridays 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. October 5 - November 9
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $35. 734-998-9351. [map]

 3, 6:15, 9, & 9:30 p.m. 

"A Star is Born": State Theatre.

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(Bradley Cooper, 2018). A remake of the iconic tragic story of a film star who helps a young singer-actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism damage his career. Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 3:15 & 6 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.

 3:30 p.m. 

"Blaze": State Theatre.

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(Ethan Hawke, 2018). Biopic about Texas country songwriting legend Blaze Foley.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 3:45, 6:30, & 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.

 4 p.m. 

"The Big House": Michigan Theater.

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(multiple directors, 2017). Documentary about Michigan Stadium.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $7., 668-TIME. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 4-7 p.m. 

"Sundae Social": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Family-friendly games & craft activities. Gelato sundaes and hot dogs available.
4-7 p.m., Zingerman's Deli, 422 Detroit St. Free admission. 663-3400. [map]

 4:15 & 9:45 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]

 5 p.m. 

"Creative Reuse Costume Workshop": SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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Join us Oct. 5 as we welcome SCRAP Box for a creative reuse costuming-making workshop during October's First Fridays Ypsilanti!
All ages and crafting talents are welcome as we make upcycled masks, capes, wands, totems, hats and more using sustainable creative reuse practices from our friends at SCRAP. Satisfy all of your fall costuming needs, whether you're prepping for Halloween, ypsiGLOW, Youmacon or just love costuming! All materials used during the workshop are part of SCRAP's mission to inspire folks to create something new from would-be trash.
This event is FREE for all ages, and refreshments will be available for purchase. All proceeds and donations will help fund both non-profit organizations.
About SCRAP Box:
SCRAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
About the Ypsilanti Freighthouse:
The Ypsilanti Fr
Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti. Donation. 7342185620. [map]

 5-10 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]

 5 p.m. 

"17th Annual Runathon": Lawton Elementary School PTO.

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Noncompetitive run/walk around the school grounds. Runners may choose to be showered with colored powder at the end of the run. Proceeds benefit the John R. Crosby Foundation patient support program at Mott Children's Hospital and Lawton PTO programs. Food and drinks available.
5-8 p.m., Lawton, 2250 S. Seventh, 994-1946. Donation. 994-1946. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate-paced 25-mile ride and a slow-paced ride, 13-16 miles, both on the B2B Trail. Now in its 42nd year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
5:30 p.m. sharp, meet in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Broad and Grand, Dexter. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]

 5:45 p.m. 

Happy Hour Jump: The Mix Studios.

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Join us for this fun Happy Hour workout on trampolines and disco lights to kick off your weekend! Free green juice shot for all participants! Class is 1/2 off for only $7.
The Mix Studios, 2007 S. State St. $7. 803-719-2732. [map]

 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive; Fri., 6:30 p.m., casual), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), and Booster Draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive & booster draft), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Oktoberfest Dinner: Bethlehem United Church of Christ.

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German sausage (or hot dog), German potato salad, spatzen, sauerkraut, chips, and homemade pie. Coffee, tea, & lemonade. Wine, German beer, and pretzels available.
6-8:30 p.m., Bethlehem UCC, 423 S. Fourth Ave. $12 (kids age 10 & under, $5). Reservations required. 664-6149. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Oktoberfest": Howard Hanna.

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Craft beer & food, music spun by a DJ, a silent auction, games, and more. Age 21 & over only. Proceeds benefit the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
6 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $25 in advance at Howard Hanna (1898 W. Stadium, Ann Arbor). 761-6600. [map]

 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Wife": Michigan Theater.

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(Björn Runge, 2018). Drama about the self-effacing wife of the Great American Novelist who reaches her breaking point when he's awarded the Nobel Prize. Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, challah and wine rituals, and a Yahrtzeit observance to remember loved ones. Children welcome.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Dinner tickets $10 (family, $25), and members, free. Reservations required at 975-9872. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese Style Series: Beginner Blues": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's staffers discuss and offer taste samples of blue cheeses from around the globe, with tasty pairings.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:45 & 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)., 668-TIME.

 7 p.m. 

"Web of Health: Connections with Environment and Well-Being": Michigan Friends Center Friday night film series.

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Through the film showings and group discussions, we explore the ways in which human health factors are intertwined with our environment and may be supported by nature-centered living conditions. We will seek to bring out representative issues that add new dimensions and pose provocative questions in addition to more familiar topics at the environment/health nexus. Co-sponsored by Transition Town Chelsea.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea, Michigan 48118, Chelsea. Donations welcome. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including prose by Samantha Bares and poetry by Daniel Neff.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 7 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]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Doin' Time: Through the Visiting Glass": U-M Residential College.

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Performance artist Ashley Lucas presents her one-woman show, a compilation of monologues, voiceovers, and video clips presenting perspectives of the families of prisoners. Q&A follows.
7-8:30 p.m., East Quad Keene Theater, 701 East University. Free. 763-0176. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Football's Valhalla: The Bob Ufer Story": Michigan Theater.

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(Dan Chace, 2018). Documentary about this colorful and beloved U-M radio announcer, the "voice of Michigan football" from 1945 until his death in October 1981.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets: $15 (students with ID and groups of 20 or more, $12)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween String Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for grade 8-adult.
7-8 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Rasa Performance: Dance, Music and Theater": Rasa Festival.

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Oct. 5 & 6 (different programs). Two evenings of Indian classical dance, music, and theater. Tonight: Kolkata (India) dancer Anurekha Ghosh performs dances in the Kathak style that emphasizes rhythmic foot movements and ankles adorned with small bells. The Ann Arbor-based Michigan Literary and Theatrical Society performs A Taste of Tagore, a short play based on the work of famed Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Washington, D.C., dancer Kritika Rajan performs Invoking Devi, a work in the Odissi style that blends an intricate, fluidly sculpted gestural language with stories from India's rich mythology. A trio of sarangi player Pankaj Mishra, vocalist Pooja Goswami Pavan, and tabla player Abhishek Basu performs Hindustani classical music.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 6 p.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $25 (2-day pass, $40; seniors age 60 & over and students, $15; senior & student 2-day pass, $25) in advance at and at the door. 223-5615. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Michigan Ethnic Dance Festival: PURe Dance Ensemble.

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Oct. 5 & 6. Rescheduled from Sept. 28 & 29. Dance companies from around the state perform various folk dances from Mexico, India, Africa, Germany, Ireland, the Caribbean, and elsewhere.
7:30 p.m. (Oct. 5) & 2:30 p.m. (Oct. 6), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 at 476-5616. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

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

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

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"From Gottschalk to Gershwin: The Missing Link": Concordia University.

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Performance by Montreal-based composer-pianist Matt Herskowitz, whose most recent album, Matt Herskowitz Upstairs, includes works by Gershwin, Dave Brubeck, and "Bach la Jazz," his jazz arrangement of Bach's Prelude in C Minor (which was featured in the soundtrack to the film The Triplets of Belleville).
7:30 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center Recital Hall, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Ben Jansson Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This local jazz ensemble, led by composer-saxophonist Jansson, plays a mix of fiery bebop and hard-driving swing. With pianist Rick Roe, bassist David Rosin, and drummer Sean Dobbins.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) at Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dana Cooper: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Veteran Missouri-bred folk-rock singer-songwriter from Nashville whose songs are known for their melodic inventiveness and poetically evocative lyrical sophistication. "With a rhythmic acoustic guitar style and a chameleon voice, Cooper reminds me of both Glenn Frey and John David Souther in their prime," observes a Seven Days (VT) critic. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Maura O'Connell to Trout Fishing in America. His latest album is Incendiary Kid.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

David Dyer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 4-6. Polished Grand Rapids comic, a contributing writer to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, whose sets feature unexpected takes on everything from marriage and raising kids to current events and ear hair. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Trace Bundy and Sungha Jung: The Ark.

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Double bill. Bundy is an internationally acclaimed Boulder guitar virtuoso, aka the Acoustic Ninja, known for his intricate arrangements of pop songs and crowd-pleasing techniques, such as playing with multiple capos and moving his strumming hand to the fretboard. Jung is a South Korean fingerstyle guitar virtuoso and composer whose YouTube channel boasts more than 5 million subscribers.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25-$40 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Antigone": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 5-7. Michelle Weiss directs local actors in Barbara Bray's translation of Jean Anouilh's modern adaptation of Sophocles' tragedy about a young noblewoman whose brothers have killed one another in a bloody battle for control of ancient Thebes. When her uncle assumes the throne, he decrees that one brother be buried with full honors and the other's body be left to the elements. Believing that family honor is more important than the law, Antigone defies the king. Anouilh's play explores the conflicts between moral absolutism and political compromise with such evenhandedness that when the play was first performed, during the Nazi occupation of France, both collaborators and resistance fighters saw it as affirming their positions. Cast: Aliahna Porter, Tom Underwood, Laura Lilly Cotten, Nathan Corliss, Cristina Pellerano, Matt Miller, Leigh Rojeski, Luke Veninga, Megan Shiplett, and Katherine Wiykovics.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $15 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Bach & Goldberg: Beyond the Variations": REBEL (Academy of Early Music).

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This acclaimed Baroque ensemble, hailed by the New York Times as "sophisticated and beguiling," performs works by Bach and Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, the keyboard virtuoso for whom Bach performed his famous Variations. With violinists Jörg-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marie Marmer, cellist and viola da gambist John Moran, and harpsichordist Dongsok Shin. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by the ensemble.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $30 (seniors, $25; students, $10) in advance at and Bookbound (1729 Plymouth) by Sept. 28; $35 (seniors, $30; students, $15) after Sept. 28. 478-6521. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

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

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Oct. 5 & 12. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs sketches based on audience members' best and worst memories of school (gathered at the beginning of the show). They also do "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. The program begins with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Wed., except Dec. 18 & 25, and Jan. 1 Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Homecoming Celebration": U-M Symphony Band Chamber Winds.

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Richard Frey and several grad students conduct this ensemble of music majors in a program highlighted by works by U-M alumni composers, including Matthew Tommasini's Torn Canvases and Frank Ticheli's Songs of Love and Life, with soprano Kelly Ann Bixby.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [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 p.m. 

"Night and Day": U-M Theatre Department.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 4-14. U-M theater professor Malcolm Tulip and Polish National Academy of Theatre Arts director Dominika Knapik direct U-M dance and theater students in Charles Mee's two 2015 dance theater adaptations of Greek legends. Day reimagines the pastoral romance of Daphnis and Chloe, 2 children each abandoned at birth who fall in love after much trial and tribulation, including attempted rape and abduction by pirates. Night reimagines the story of Thyestes, who sleeps with his brother's wife after he fails to win the Mycenaean throne. In revenge, the brother invites him to a feast and serves Thyestes his sons baked in a pie.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 (students, $12) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Oct. 5 & 19. All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]

 9 p.m. 

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

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

 9:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Brown Harrington Brown

Local gypsy swing guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. Photo: Adrian Wylie. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Anders Orange

Local progressive rock duo of twin brothers Chris and Nick Brandon. Openers: Michigan Left, an alternative rock band, and Goldblum, an indie rock quartet. $10 ($13 at the door). 9 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Café Verde: Laz & Friends

Local folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laz Slomovits, half of the nationally known local folk duo Gemini, is joined by some of his musical friends. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Christopher Mark Jones

Veteran Pittsburgh-based Americana singer-songwriter known for his soulful country and blues-inflected songs about the strivings of common people. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]


6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup" and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Rick Straub

Acoustic covers of singer-songwriter pop-folk and folk-rock by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Rock Jones

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

Rumpus Room: Sarah Swanson Band

Local ensemble led by singer-songwriter Swanson that plays soulful, anthemic indie rock. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Bob Skon

Folk-rock covers and originals by this local singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday." Cat Lung

With the Dearborn postpunk quartet Ghost City Searchlight, the local experimental prog-rock quartet Cat Lung, and The Gruesome Twosome, a misnamed Ypsilanti garage trio that describes its brand of rock 'n' roll psychobilly tantalizingly as "Link Wray meets The Sonics with vocals by Lux Interior." 9 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Band of Rasmus

Ypsilanti keyboard-driven classic rock and blues quartet. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Pearl Street String Band

Versatile acoustic quartet whose repertoire includes traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and airs from Irish, French-Canadian, New England and Southern/old-time sources, and more. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Pearl Street String Band

Versatile acoustic quartet whose repertoire includes traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and airs from Irish, French-Canadian, New England and Southern/Old-Time sources, and more. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Timothy Monger

Engaging veteran local pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Great Lakes Myth Society whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life [venue info]


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