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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 8 a.m. 

Annual Forum: Women's Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW): Women's Exchange of Washtenaw.

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Join us for the 11th annual WXW Forum. This year's workshop titles include
-Total Website Makeover: The 10 Essentials for Any Business Website;
-Living and Writing the Chapters of Our Career Journeys;
-Getting Results through Distributed Leadership and Shared Ownership;
-Unleashing the Power of Gratitude;
-Finding Your Way Through Email Marketing;
-Building a Business From the Foundation;
-Building Community: Social Entrepreneurship in 2018;
-Your Secret Weapon -Truth Seeking in Relationships;
-Creating a Social Media Content Strategy for Your Brand;
-Anonymous to A-list: How to be Your OWN PR Agent;
-Confront Your Money Fears & Design Your Personal Blueprint to Improve Your Financial Future;
-The Gift: A New Way to Think about Feedback
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. $99 If you register by Tuesday October 9th $109 If you register after Tuesday October 9th $119 If you do not register in advance and Pay at the Door. 7346787831. marketing@wxwbusiness,com [map]

 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]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"HR102 - Small Business Guide to Managing Employees": SCORE.

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You've hired a team of people! Now what? This workshop cover rules, regulations, and best practices on a range of topics you may encounter once you have employees. Be informed about:
Health Care Reform
Safety and loss prevention
Employee motivation and development
Employee separation policies
Bonus Presentation - Part one of Simple Steps to a Well-Run Business workshop
Washtenaw Community College Room LA 258, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"My Lai Memorial Exhibit": Veterans For Peace Chapter 93.

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Traveling exhibit on the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam war The 40-panel exhibition includes photos, printed memories of survivors and interactive stations. Held at the University of Michigan Wesley Foundation (First United Methodist Church building). More information at
Wesley Foundation, 602 East Huron Street. Free. 734-487-9058. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Clay Gallery on Exhibit @ Yourist Studio Gallery: Clay Gallery/Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Remember the Clay Gallery that you knew and loved? Celebrate its return at Yourist Studio Gallery in a special Clay Gallery on Exhibit pop-up show beginning October 16.
Opening Reception
Friday, October 19
5:00 to 8:00 pm
The exhibit runs from
October 16-November 16
Reconnect with your favorite Clay Gallery artists and discover an outstanding selection of their latest works, from beautiful functional ware like plates, bowls, cups, and teapots to stunning decorative works like animal figures, tiles, sculptures, and wall pieces.
"We are excited to share the many pathways each of us has been exploring in clay since the closing
of our 30 year cooperative gallery in Downtown Ann Arbor."
Participating Clay Gallery artists include Royce Disbrow, Craig Hinshaw, Shirley Knudsvig, Yiu-Keung Lee, Brigit Macomber, Susanne Stephenson, Kris Stewart, Joe Szutz, Debbie Thompson, Shirley White-Black, and Donna Williams.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. [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 & 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 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.

 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. and Sun. except Oct. 3, 14, & 28. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Oct. 7 & 10: "Magnificent Mammals." Oct. 17: "Feathered Friends." Oct. 21 & 24: "Rockin' Reptiles." Oct. 31: "Awesome Amphibians."
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Guided Fall Color & Sandhill Crane Tour"

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Maps for the best fall color routes and crane viewing areas are available at the Discovery Center desk. Also, on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.) & Noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Free. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]

 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.-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 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! 

Next Chapter Book Club at Chelsea Senior Center: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss a different book each month. Copies available at the Senior Center. Nov. 21: Peony in Love, Lisa See's 2007 historical novel set in 17th-century China about a woman in an arranged marriage who becomes obsessed with a scandalous opera and discovers too late that her husband is its author. Copies available at the Senior Center.
11 a.m.-noon, CSC, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-9242, 475-8732. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Farm to Table Wednesdays": Gratzi Restaurant.

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Oct. 3, 17, & 24. 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 p.m.  Free! 

Kempf House Museum Noon Lecture.

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Oct. 3: Local genealogist Laura Hedgecock, author of Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life, discusses "How to Start Sharing the Stories of Your Life." Oct. 10: Cobblestone Farm board president George Taylor discusses "The History of Cobblestone Farm." Oct. 17: Ann Arbor-based freelance historian Stewart Gordon discusses his new book, There and Back: Twelve of the Great Routes of Human History. Oct. 24: Music buff Stuart Johnson, a member of the Michigan Jazz Record Collectors, talks about "Girl Singers of the Big Band Era." Oct. 31: Local food advocate Tina Stephens discusses "Slow Food Huron Valley and Ark of Taste," 2 local organizations preserving food heritage.
Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Film Theater and History": AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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Talk by Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins. Preceded at 11:30 a.m. by lunch ($15, reservations required).
12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. (844) 973-6287. [map]

 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

"Theater Circles for Seniors: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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With the success of last year's Intro. to Readers Theater, we've added a new course. In Theater Circles for Seniors, the eight members of the class will be divided into three groups. Each small group will both rehearse within their circle, and then, reading from a script, will present their ten-minute play to the rest of the class. Following each of three play readings there will be a discussion.
In a positive environment, Theater Circles for Seniors provides an opportunity for each participant to engage with meaningful literary works while developing positive relationships; and it's fun!
This study group will meet on Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30, from October 17 through November 14. Instructor: Terrence Madden
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 West Stadium Boulevard. $35. 734-998-9351. [map]

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington": Fathom Events.

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Oct. 14 & 17. Frank Capra's classic 1939 drama starring Jimmy Stewart as a young idealist who battles corruption in the U.S. Senate.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (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).

 3-5 p.m. 

The Poetry of Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry: OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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We will compare the poetry of two of the most important and influential nature poets of our time, both still publishing in their mid-eighties. Our texts will be recent editions of their collected poems (Oliver's Devotions and Berry's New Collected Poems) and selected essays (handouts). We will look at the development of their careers and at the different perspectives they offer on the importance of place and on how to be attentive to and live with the natural world.
This study group will meet Wednesdays, 3-5, from October 17 - November 21. Instructor: John Knott
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $35. 734-998-9351. [map]

 3, 6:30, & 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 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Hate U Give": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to discuss Angie Thomas's novel about a teen dealing with the aftermath of her best friend being fatally shot by a police officer.
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Books available for those who preregister. 426-4477. [map]

 3:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3:30, 6, & 9 p.m. 

"Colette": Michigan Theater.

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(Wash Westmoreland, 2018). Biopic about this French author, who rebelled against gender norms after the novels she was coerced to publish under her husband's name were successful. Keira Knightley, Dominic West.
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. 

"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]

 3:45, 5:45, & 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.

 3:45, 6, & 9 p.m. 

"First Man": Michigan Theater.

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(Damien Chazelle, 2018). Biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong. Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy.
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]

 4, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Old Man & the Gun": Michigan Theater.

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(David Lowery, 2018). Drama based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, who at age 70 escaped from San Quentin prison and committed a series of heists that confounded authorities. Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek.
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]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Lecture Series: U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Oct. 17 & 26. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 17: "Lucknow in Letters: Endeavors, Achievements, and Tragedies." Delhi University journalism professor Sanjay Muttoo gives an illustrated reading of letters in English, Urdu, and Hindi written to and from the northern Indian city of Lucknow that chronicle its inhabitants' lived experience from the revolt of 1857 to the present. Oct. 26: "A Vigil Wasted? Notes on the Ruin-Sublime in Afghanistan." University of Virginia English professor Mrinalini Chakravorty discusses the appearance of ruins in fiction and art set in Afghanistan.
4 p.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Natural World: Pagans and Christians": U-M Classical Studies Thomas Spencer Jerome Lecture Series.

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4-part lecture series by Oxford University classics professor emeritus Robin Lane Fox. Oct. 17: "Cosmos and Landscape in Pagan and Christian Views of Creation." Oct. 19: "Flowers and the Vegetal World." Oct. 22: "The Hierarchy of Animals." Oct. 24: "Signs and Catastrophes."
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre (Oct. 17), U-M Palmer Commons Forum Hall (Oct. 19), U-M Palmer Commons Great Lakes Rm. North (Oct. 22), & U-M Classical Library, 2175 Angell Hall. 764-0360. [map]

 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 5, 15, 16, & 24) and Oct. 6 & 13. 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.
4:45 p.m. (except Sat. game days, 7 a.m.), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Snapshots: Stories of Life": Saline Area Senior Center.

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Local seniors tell the stories behind photos that are special to them.
5-6 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

"Signature Chefs Auction": March of Dimes.

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Ann Arbor's oldest and largest chefs event features enticing menus from the area's culinary masters as well as wines, beers, and spirits, along with dazzling entertainment. There will also be a live auction of packages donated by the participating chefs. You can also "raise your paddle" during the Fund The Mission fundraiser, because every baby deserves the best possible start.
March of Dimes fights for the health of all moms and babies. We're advocating for policies to protect them. We're working to radically improve the health care they receive. We're pioneering research to find solutions. We're empowering families with programs, knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies. By uniting communities, we're building a brighter future for us all. Healthy Moms. Strong Babies.
Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. Donation. $225/Individual. $2000/Table of 10.. 248-359-1561. [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, 7, & 9 p.m. 

22nd Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Oct. 17-20. DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's focus is on Chicago musicians. The festival includes 16 different shows over 4 days, free "Fringe at the Edge" shows (see 16 Tuesday listing), and a parade Oct. 20 (see listing). The lineup is subject to change; see for updates. Tonight: Piotr Michalowski Ensemble (6 p.m.), a septet led by this local saxophonist and bass clarinetist. Guillermo Gregorio Trio (7 p.m.), led by Argentine clarinetist Guillermo, who attained cult status in the 90s with milestone recordings of avant-garde classical music played in a jazz context. With cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and vibes player and percussionist Carrie Biolo. Roscoe Mitchell & Detroit Friends (9 p.m.), a sextet led by Chicago saxophonist Mitchell, the Art Ensemble of Chicago leader who first made his mark in the 1960s with nimble, witty experiments in pure sound that opened an alternative avant-garde to John Coltrane's ferocious, mystical blaring. With saxophonists Tony Holland and Skeeter Shelton, pianist Kenny Green, bassist Jaribu Shahid, and drummer Djallo Djakate.
6, 7, & 9 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House (except as noted on Oct. 20), 415 N. Fourth Ave. Individual show tickets $10-$30 (students, $5; $160-$310 Edgepasses include admission to all shows) in advance at and (if available) at the door. 769-2999. [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.  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]

 6-9 p.m. 

Two Week Condensed Childbirth Class: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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If our four week childbirth class doesn't work for your schedule, our condensed childbirth class might be a good option. This class meets on 2 Wednesday evenings for 3 hours each in the Family Center at UM Von Voigtlander. The class is taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and covers the most important information your need to know for late pregnancy, labor, and the early postpartum period. Each family will have a chance to practice labor positions and comfort measures, and to begin to create their own birth plan. This class will provide you with the information you need to approach childbirth with knowledge and confidence.
Class includes mom and partner.
UM Von Voigtlander-Family Center, 1540 East Medical Center Dr. $210. 734-221-0158. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

Workshop: Intro to Digital Circuits: TinkerTech.

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Build your own action-movie countdown timer, complete with a mechanism for "defusing" the system. In this introductory workshop, you'll learn the basics of digital signals, logic gates, and electronic prototyping equipment. No prior experience with circuits is necessary.
Ages 14 to adult.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $45. 7347078019. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Ypsilanti School Board Candidate Forum: LWV-AAA, Ypsilanti District Library, Riverside Arts Center.

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Hear from the six candidates for three seats on the Board of Education for the Ypsilanti Community Schools: Ellen Champagne, DaQuann Harrison, Dr. Celeste Hawkins, Gillian Ream Gainsley, Robert E. Oliver, and Tyler Weston.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Publication Journey: From Idea to Book": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by local novelist Lillian Li.
6-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"You're the Scientist Now! Citizen and Community Science in a Connected World": U-M Natural History Museum Science Café.

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Talks on the roles of public participation in scientific research and public policy by U-M Applied Wildlife Ecology Lab director Nyeema Harris, U-M Shapiro Library Design Lab specialist Justin Schell, and others TBA. Followed by discussion. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by hors d'oeuvres.
6-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 6:15 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.

 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: The Plague Doctor's Cabinet of Olfactory Curiosities": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses the history of aromatic plague treatments and offers smell samples of substances used by plague doctors, including rose, carnation, mint, and camphor.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Toni Erdmann": U-M German Department.

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(Maren Ade, 2016). Comic drama about a father who, in order to reconnect with his daughter, poses as her boss's life coach. German, English, Romanian; subtitles.
6:30 p.m., Room 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 764-8018. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Getting Municipalities to Pass Bee Ordinances with Lynn Fox": Michigan Friends Center.

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Pollinators are vital to our food system - 85% of flowering plants depend on pollinators for reproduction. There are many factors that contribute to bee population decline - the varroa mite, pesticides, stress due to transporting bees across the country for pollination. Learn how to approach local governments to encourage passage of an ordinance that allows beekeeping.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea, Michigan 48118, Chelsea. Donations welcome. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 7 p.m. 

2018 Women in Leadership Conference.

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An evening of talks, including Duo Security diversity and inclusion manager Trey Boynton on "Know Your Audience," U-M business professor Cindy Schipani on "Making Money Moves," and San Francisco-area public speaker Engelina Jaspers on "How You Show Up." Followed by a Q&A.
7-9 p.m., Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. Tickets $17 in advance at, (248) 491-0185. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Crafts: Saline District Library.

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Adults invited to make a felt sticky-note holder (Sept. 19), a pumpkin decoration out of canning jar rings (Oct. 1), a mixed media paper doll (Oct. 17), and a fall wreath (Nov. 5).
7-8:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required., 429-5450. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Epstein: Nicola's Books.

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This award-winning local writer reads from and discusses Tazia and Gemma, her new novel that spans 1911-1961, moving forward in time with the story of an unwed pregnant Italian immigrant and then backward with the story of her daughter's search for her father. Writer Deepak Singh calls it a "moving story of racial and religious conflicts." Light refreshments. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 7 p.m. 

John Kerry: Literati Bookstore.

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This former Secretary of State and 5-term U.S. Senator is joined by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell to discuss Every Day Is Extra, his new memoir about his career in government and what it means to witness up close some of the most important events in recent history. Q&A and signing follow.
7 p.m., Rackham. Tickets $16.74 (students, $6.24; $40 includes a copy of the book and priority in the signing line) in advance at 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Pianist": Michigan Theater.

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(Roman Polanski, 2002). Biopic about Polish-Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's struggle to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto during WWII. Adrien Brody.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free., 668-TIME. [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. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Stéphane Henaut and Jeni Mitchell's A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Choir Concert: Pioneer High School.

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Steven Lorenz directs 13 student choirs in a program highlighted by the premiere of a new work by Andrea Ramsey. Also, folksongs and works by Charles Gounod, Hildegard von Bingen, and Eric Whitacre.
7:30 p.m., PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 994-2189, ext. 2. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Birding Borneo": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Livonia high school teacher Bryn Martin, an avid world-traveling birder, gives an illustrated talk about his recent trip.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Women's Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All women, trans, and nonbinary people invited to play improv games or just watch others.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Scythian: The Ark.

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Young Washington, D.C., quartet that plays Celtic-inspired original music in infectiously high-energy arrangements that incorporate a rock 'n' roll spirit and an array of stylistic influences from classical to East European and Middle Eastern music. "With only a thirty-to-forty-minute framework, Scythian took the sedate Monday night crowd aback from the start with a fierce twin fiddle instrumental and rarely let up on the intensity after that with polka and gypsy songs thrown in among the more obviously Irish-inspired tunes," says Music That Matters critic Kevin Oliver in a review of one of the band's live shows. "By set's end the crowd was on their feet, clapping in rhythm and even stomping their feet, chairs forgotten for the moment."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & at and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8:45 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.

 9 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. Note: Oct. 31 is a Halloween dance.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Oct. 3, 10, & 17), location TBA (Oct. 24), & Michigan League Ballroom (Oct. 31). $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Day Sleeper

East Lansing psychedelic rock quartet. Openers: the Flint-area indie rock band Sweet Pea Band, the Michigan rock band Social Queues, and the Detroit rock quartet Samaritan. $5-$8. . [venue info]

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]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Detroit Street Hot Club

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 Tyler Rindo. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Slice

East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Mash: David Roof

Local blues-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Old Town: Ben Jansson Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Jansson. With bassist Kurt Krahnke and drummer Pete Siers. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Kevin Devine

An eclectic mix Irish songs, rockabilly, bluegrass, novelty songs, and originals by this local singer-guitarist. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]


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