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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Symposium on Complexity in Transportation Science: Connectivity, Data & Automation": The Center for the Study of Complex Systems (University of Michigan).

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This one day symposium is free and open to the public. Do you wonder about the science behind autonomous vehicles and other transportation trends and challenges? This may be the event for you.
Tierra S Bills, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Charles Doering, Complex Systems, Mathematics, Physics
Gabor Orosz, Mechanical Engineering
Soyoung Ahn, University of Wisconsin
Xuegang (Jeff) Ban, University of Washington
Marta González, UC Berkeley
Robert Hampshire, University of Michigan
Rainald Löhner, George Mason University
Benjamin Seibold, Temple University
Register at the link.
Weiser Hall - 10th Floor, 500 Church Street. Free. 734-763-3301. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr. 996-8440.

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less-traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.

 10 a.m.-5 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 a.m. & 7-7:30 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 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]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Koreas: More Than You Know": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 13-Oct. 18. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. Sept. 13: U-M modern Korean history professor Se-Mi Oh on "Modern Korea: History and Events." Sept. 20: U-M business professor Jordan Siegel on "Business and Economy of the Koreas." Sept. 27: Korean American Cultural Center of Michigan executive director Mi Dong on "Personal Stories of North Korean Escapees." Followed by light Korean fare. Oct. 4 (9:30 a.m.): U-M sociology professor Jaeeun Kim on "Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea." Oct. 11 (10:30 a.m.): U-M public policy professor John Ciorciari on "Diplomacy and Discord: International Politics around the Korean Peninsula." Oct. 18: U-M nuclear and radiological sciences professor Sara Pozzi on "Nuclear Treaty Verification."
10-11:30 a.m. (except as noted), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 661-3575. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Oct. 4, 11, & 18. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 4: University of Wisconsin anthropology professor Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney on "Social and Political Lives of Japanese Cherry Blossoms." Oct. 11: "Tradition and Innovation in English-Language Noh, 'Blue Moon Over Memphis.'" Tokyo Institute of Technology ethnomusicology professor Mariko Anno discusses the Japanese Noh theater tradition and how it has been adapted for English-language audiences. In preparation for an Oct. 12 performance of Blue Moon Over Memphis (see listing). Oct. 18: Columbia University Shinto studies professor Michael Como on "Angry Spirits and Urban Soundscapes in Ancient Japan."
Noon, 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Oct. 4: Gemily-a trio of Gemini, the nationally known local folk duo of brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits, and San's daughter, violinist Emily Slomovits-performs a wide range of music, from classic songs of the 60s to traditional folk songs and dance tunes, as well as sparkling originals. Oct. 11: Classical violin works by U-M String Students. Oct. 18: Swing jazz by Ray Kamalay & His Red Hot Peppers. Oct. 25: Vintage American song and dance by Etcetera.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Finding Your Center: Staying Grounded While Navigating Decisions": CEW+.

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Every day, whether big or small, hard or easy, you make decisions; from the kind of breakfast you will eat to changing jobs or returning to school. These choices, although a part of life, can be stressful. This interactive workshop is created to dedicate a space for you to hit 'pause' and find your center. You will leave equipped with tools and resources to help reduce stress by staying grounded while navigating the many decisions of life.
This workshop is free and open to the public.
CEW+, 330 E. Liberty St. Free. 7347646360. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween Dance Party": International Neighbors.

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Area women invited to come in costume and dance to Halloween-themed music led by local Zumba instructor Pen Pen. International Neighbors is a 60-year-old group of local women who welcome women from other countries during their stays in Ann Arbor. Child care (free) available for kids 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 662-5723. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Madame Bovary in the Jewish Provinces: Fradel Shtok's Modernist Yiddish Prose": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Vanderbilt University Jewish studies program director Allison Schachter discusses Shtok, an early 20th-century writer celebrated as the first poet to write a Yiddish sonnet.
1 p.m., 2022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [map]

 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.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.

 3, 5:45, & 9:30 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]

 3, 6:30, & 8:45 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.  Free! 

"Transformation Thursdays: Fitness for Teens": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited for Pilates (Sept. 27, Oct. 4 & 25, Nov. 8) and yoga (Oct. 11 & 18, Nov. 1). Also, a discussion of healthy eating (Nov. 15).
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 3:15, 6:15, & 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.

 3:15, 7:30, & 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]

 3:30, 6, & 9:30 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]

 3:45 p.m. 

"Fahrenheit 11/9": State Theatre.

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(Michael Moore, 2018). Documentary exploring social unrest since Donald Trump's rise to power.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Mapping Frankenstein's World: 200 Years of Mary Shelley's Monster": U-M Clark Library.

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Display of 19th-century maps of locations that inspired Shelley's classic novel.
4-7 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library 2nd floor, enter from the Diag. Free. 647-0646.

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tween Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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For kids in grades 5 & 6. Snacks and trivia. Prizes. Sept. 20: Amulet, the first in Kazu Kibuishi's Stonekeeper graphic novel series about two kids who follow their mother into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Oct. 18: The Shadows, the first in Jacqueline West's Books of Elsewhere series about a girl who moves to a creepy house where she can travel inside its spooky paintings.
4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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! 

"New Enterprise Forum Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit": New Enterprise Forum.

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Showcase Presenter: A presentation by a start-up that has been through New Enterprise Forum coaching. This gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. Come to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with resources who support the local start-up community.
Pitch Pit: Three entrepreneurs each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a kinder version of television's "Shark Tank." Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged while Power Point slides are not permitted. The judges determine the cash prize winner. Join in the fun, and support innovations for change.
Network: Meet other like-minded professionals who support entrepreneurialism, promoting innovation as a catalyst for a healthy Michigan economy.
SPARK Innovation Center, 330 E. Liberty, Lower Level. Free. [map]

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Oct. 3, 4, 11, 18, & 25. Visiting artists discuss their work.

Oct. 3: L.A. photographer Catherine Opie's work explores the relationship between mainstream and marginalized societies.

Oct. 4: San Francisco graphic artist Emory Douglas, who was the Black Panther Party minister of culture from 1967 into the 1980s, continues to make work on such topics as crime and the prison-industrial complex.

Oct. 11: Documentary producer Tom Hugh-Jones discusses his work on the BBC's popular Planet Earth series and its companion show, Blue Planet.

Oct. 18: Sacramento photographer Nigel Poor works with San Quentin prison inmates on photography projects as well as radio stories about life inside prison for her podcast, Ear Hustle.

Oct. 25: Alice Rawsthorn has been hailed by Museum of Modern Art (NY) curator Paola Antonelli as "the best design critic in the world."

5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:30 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]

 5:30 p.m. 

IMA Monthly Chapter Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Regional management accountants as well as C-level types meet for food, fellowship, and career enhancement. We are an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is, and the global IMA website is
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3150 Boardwalk. $25. 734-222-6681. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Karan Mahajan & Gabrielle Calvocoressi: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Readings by these 2 writers. Calvocoressi is a University of North Carolina creative writing professor whose 2017 poetry collection Rocket Fantastic revolves around a collection of personalities, such as "The Dowager" and "The Bandleader." "These poems balance wildness and control in a fearless treatment of eros, identity, trauma, and all that resists easy categorization," says a Publishers Weekly review. New Delhi-born novelist Mahajan's second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2016 by the New York Times. It tells the story of a boy who's with his 2 friends in a Delhi marketplace when they're killed by a terrorist bombing. Signing.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium. Free. 764-6330.

 6 p.m. 

"Why You MUST Use Social Media for Your Business": SCORE.

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This seminar gives you an introduction to the ways you can use social media to enhance your business.
Topics covered include:
Reasons to use social media
Choosing the right platforms
Developing your social media marketing strategy
Social media best practices
Using social media to brand your business
NEW Center Office Building, 1100 North Main Street. $10. [map]

 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Gravel Grinder": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads to various destinations. Bring a cross, mountain, or hybrid bike. Headlights & taillights necessary for early spring rides.
6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Workshop: Learn to Solder": TinkerTech.

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This is a 2-hour introduction to through-hole soldering. You will learn to identify what a good solder joint looks like, how to properly select an iron temperature, understand the difference in quality between irons, and practice your technique with a small take-home project.
This workshop is open to anyone 10 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a separately registered adult.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $30. 7347078019. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Needlepoint Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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All invited to bring needlepoint projects to work on.
6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Intro to Web Page Coding": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to learn basic HTML coding and web page layout.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6:45 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]

 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]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly series of fun, informative talks on everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla. Speakers TBA at

7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), LIVE, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]

 7, 8, & 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: Adam Shead's Tradition Talks (7 p.m.), the Chicago improv trio of drummer Shead, pianist Matt Piet, and bassist Tony Piazza. Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tomeka Reid & Katherine Young (8 p.m.), a Chicago trio of acclaimed musicians--cellists Lonberg-Holm and Reid and bassoonist Young (who was born in Ypsilanti). Harrison Bankhead Quartet (9 p.m.), led by iconic Chicago bassist-composer Bankhead. With tenor saxophonist Ed Wilkerson, pianist Jim Baker, and drummer Avreeayl Ra.
7, 8, & 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]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

Alan Dershowitz: 31st Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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This legal scholar and Fox News contributor discusses Magen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross. Also, display and sale in the JCC lobby (Oct. 18-Dec. 1) of some 170 new books by Jewish authors, ranging from cookbooks, expensive gift books, children's books, and reference books to books by local authors and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.)
7-8:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free admission to the sale; $18 for the talk. 971-0990. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs., except Nov. 22. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 13 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$20 covers the workbook for the entire 13 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, 48103. $20. 734-761-5669. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Heirloom Apple & Cheese Tasting: Tammy's Tastings.

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When it comes to apples, most of us think of Granny Smith, Gala, or (blech) Red Delicious. However, farmers once grew thousands of varieties of apples - a reference book published in 1905 lists 17,000 different known varieties! In this tasting event you'll explore some of these heirloom varieties which a few orchards are still growing today. They have not only delicious and unusual tastes and textures, but great stories too. You'll also sample some different cheddar cheeses to complement the apples.
Great Oak Cohousing, 500 Little Lake Dr. $25. 734-276-3215. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles. Oct. 6: Orchestra & Fiddle Club 22nd Annual Hometown Show. Oct. 18: Fall Festival of Choirs. With choirs of kids in grades 5-12. Oct. 24: Echoes Concert Band. Oct. 30: Orchestra Halloween Concert.
7 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free. 475-4524. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Tumbao Bravo: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This award-winning local Cuban jazz sextet, led by saxophonist and flutist Paul VornHagen, performs originals that blend authentic Cuban poly-rhythms such as mambo, cha-cha, rhumba, bolero, and danzón, with jazz harmonies. Other band members include conga player Gregory "Greco" Freeman, pianist Brian Di Blassio, bassist Pat Prouty, trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, and Michael Gutierrez on timbales.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"All Hallows Concert": Pioneer High School.

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The PHS Band performs a Halloween concert for all ages. Trick-or-treating; costumes encouraged. Preceded at 6:15 p.m. by pizza & games. Bake sale.
7 p.m., PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. $10 (kids, $5) at the door only; small charge for pizza. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Crux": Nicola's Book Club.

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All invited to discuss journalist Jean Guerrero's new memoir. Refusing to accept her father's alleged schizophrenia diagnosis, she takes his paranoia seriously and uses her investigative skills to unearth her family's shadowy past.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Magnetic Mandala": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to draw a mandala on a magnetic bookmark.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Mini Pumpkin Painting": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to paint a mini pumpkin. Materials provided.
7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"More Than Funny": Fathom Events.

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Stand-up comedy by Michael Jr., a Dallas comic who's appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His set revolves around 3 true stories meant to motivate and inspire.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $11.50 (seniors, $10.50; kids, $9.50) in advance at 973-8424. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Nixon's Back Channel to Moscow: Confidential Diplomacy and Détente": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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U.S. Naval War College Center for Naval Warfare Studies research professor Richard Moss discusses his new book based on the Nixon tapes as well as newly declassified documents. Book sale, signing, and reception follow.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Resin Art Jewelry": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to pour tinted resin into molds to make pendants and other types of jewelry. Items cure overnight and can be picked up at AADL anytime during the following week.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.": Michigan Theater.

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(Steve Loveridge, 2018). Documentary about the Sri Lankan artist and rapper who's been an outspoken advocate for Tamil independence.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Archaeological Society.

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EMU archaeology professor Bradley Ensor discusses the annual summer EMU Archaeology Field School.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free.

 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Sweet Charity": U-M Theatre Department.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 11-21. U-M musical theater professor Mark Madama directs musical theater students in Neil Simon's frothy, poignant 1966 musical about a dance hall hostess who dreams about love and marriage but can't seem to find the right gentleman. The many famous songs include "Big Spender" and "If They Could See Me Now."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $12) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Kristin Key: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 18-20. This Texas comic, who first gained national attention as a contestant on Last Comic Standing, is known for blending improvisation and physical comedy with winningly self-deprecating observational humor. Her act also features comic songs accompanied by guitar. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Weight Band: The Ark.

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This supergroup of former members of the post-Last Waltz lineup of The Band, the Levon Helm Band, and the Rick Danko Group plays classics by The Band, including "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek," "Ophelia," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," and others. With vocalist-guitarist Jim Weider, multi-instrumentalists Brian Mitchell and Marty Grebb, vocalist-bassist Albert Rogers, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Bram.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $35. 761-1451. [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 Mendelssohn's haunting Hebrides Overture, Webern's beautiful Im Sommerwind, and Dvorak's tone poem The Golden Spinning Wheel, one of his last and most mature orchestral compositions. 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. 

"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]

 9 p.m. 

"Mandy": State Theatre.

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(Panos Cosmatos, 2018). Nicholas Cage stars as a broken man hunting down a cult leader who kidnapped and murdered his girlfriend.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Joey Dosik

L.A.-based pop-soul singer-songwriter whose music blends elements of soul, afrobeat, and jazz. He got his start as a keyboardist in the popular local nu-jazz jam band My Dear Disco $20 ($22 at the door). [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass & Beer Thursday."

The local Pontiac Trailblazers, a bluegrass quartet led by bassist Ryan O'Shea, performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. Bring your instrument. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike

All hip-hop artists invited. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzmeier. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Y-Town Hoolies

Local band that plays traditional and contemporary Irish songs. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]


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