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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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 6:45 a.m.  Free! 

"Calling Undercover Superheroes: Complimentary Life Coaching Sessions!": Breakthrough Coaching.

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You're on the verge of a breakthrough, but you've been holding back. You know there's more to life than how you're living, but you don't know where to start.
I can help you:
* Clarify your vision
* Identify blind spots
* Troubleshoot challenges as they arise
* Build in the support you need to anchor sustainable change
I work with undercover superheroes who feel they've been holding back and want to unleash their power and creativity. Are you ready?
Sign up for a complimentary 45-minute Breakthrough Coaching session (in person or on the phone) Monday 10/22 through Friday 10/26!
For more information on Breakthrough Coaching, visit
Call (734) 707-7477 or email to schedule your complimentary session.
Sun Shen, 2452 E. Stadium Blvd. Free. (734) 707-7477. [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.-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! 

"GrieveWell During the Holidays": GrieveWell.

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Join us for this special, one-hour workshop to learn about grief and helpful tips for managing grief during the holidays. RSVP: or 734-975-0238.
Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington St., Chelsea. Free. 734-975-0238. [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! 

"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]

 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace, and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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University of Toronto political science professor emeritus Carolyn Hughes Tuohy reads from her new book. Pizza lunch.
11:30 a.m., Weill Hall Betty Ford Classroom, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490. [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]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 1 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Samson et Dalila": Fathom Events.

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Oct. 20 & 24. Live broadcast (Oct. 20) and rebroadcast (Oct. 24) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Saint-SaŽns' opera based on the biblical story of Samson and Delilah. Notable for Delilah's arias "Printemps qui commence" ("Spring begins") and "Mon coeur s'ouvre ŗ ta voix" ("My heart opens itself to your voice"). French, subtitles. Note: The Oct. 24 show is at Ann Arbor 20 only.
12:55 p.m. (Oct. 20) & 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Oct. 24), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $18-$25 in advance at 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Kinetic Sandbox!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-5 invited for free play with the modeling toy Kinetic Sand. Molds provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Literature vs. Traffic": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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All invited to take a book from Liberty St., which has been "paved" with 10,000 LED-lit books by members of the Spanish-based art collective Luzinterruptus, who discuss the installation from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Hatcher Graduate Library.
5-11 p.m., Liberty between State & Maynard. Free. 936-3518.

 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]

 3:15, 6:15, & 9:30 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.

 3:30 p.m. 

"Fahrenheit 11/9": State Theatre.

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

 3:30 & 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]

 3:45, 6, & 9:15 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, 6:45, & 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, 6:30, & 9:35 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.

 4 p.m. 

"The Cask of Amontillado": Pittsfield Opera Theater.

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This local opera company performs a concert version of Julia Perry's 1954 chamber opera based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story about a nobleman who takes revenge on his friend by luring him to a wine tasting in a private cellar, where the nobleman buries him alive. Q&A with the cast. Refreshments.
4-5 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $5 suggested donation. 429-9274. [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]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Classics": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Researchers Christopher Ratté, Lisa Nevett, and Nicola Terrenato give presentations on the discoveries made by the recent archaeological projects they've directed, which are showcased in the museum's current exhibit, Urban Biographies. Preceded at 5 p.m. by a reception.
5:30 p.m., U-M Classics Library, 2175 Angell Hall. Free. 764-9304. [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]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Human Flow": U-M Center for European Studies.

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(Ai Weiwei, 2017). Documentary chronicling a year of the global refugee crisis through a series of deeply felt personal stories.
5:30 p.m., U-M Center for European Studies, 1010 Weiser Hall (500 Church). Free. 764-0351. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Intersexion": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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(Grant Lahood, 2012). Documentary about the experiences of intersex people.
100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [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]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"High School 9-1-1": Ann Arbor District Library.

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(Tim Warren, 2016). Documentary featuring the only ambulance service in Darien, CT, which is staffed by high schoolers. Followed by discussion with former Community High college prep counselor John Boshoven.
6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-4200.

 6:30-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Not Too Scary Halloween Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Youth librarians present a storytelling program for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by a parent).
6:30-7:15 p.m., Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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

 6:30 p.m. 

"Sustainable Entertaining: The Fall Harvest Dinner": Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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Cornman Farms chef Kieron Hales and local cookbook writer (and Observer contributor) Lindsay-Jean Hard serve dishes from Cooking with Scraps, Hard's new book featuring recipes incorporating peels, cores, rinds, and stems.
6:30 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $125. Reservations required. 619-8100. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Understanding Data and Cloud Backup": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Mateen Jaffer from Jafferson Computers will explain cloud computing and backing up files to the cloud.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Workshop: Laser Cut Jewelry": TinkerTech.

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Make either a wooden pendant (for a necklace or other use) or pair of earrings using laser cut geometric shapes or letters. Learn the basics of how to cut and engrave on a laser cutter and go home with a pendant or pair of earrings that you designed.
Students will learn the processes for preparing artwork for cutting and etching on the laser cutter and see their jewelry design cut from maple, cherry, or walnut. Students will then learn how to sand and oil their work and how to attach jewelry hardware for a finished product.
This workshop is open to anyone 10 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a separately registered adult. Even if you have not yet taken the laser safety checkout class, you may still take this workshop.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $30. 7347078019. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Black Wine Night.

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A festive celebration of wines and spooky-themed food, this event is a night were everything is black-your clothes, the wine bottles, the venue, and the Riedel wine glasses.
Chef Adam pulls out all of the creative stops for Black Wine Night, as does our wine expert, Kristin Jonna, in choosing the wine pairings. It's a sell-out every year and continues to grow through the buzz it generates as a unique, fun night.
Black Wine Night is a blind tasting event, and includes a 4-course dinner noir. Vinology's Chef Adam is preparing a special menu for the event that features a range of inspired, seasonal dishes and locally-sourced food.
Black Wine Night wines will include five different wines; attendees will enjoy guessing the brand and type.
Reservations for Black Wine Night are $70 per person + tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling Vinology at 734-222-9841.
Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant, 110 South Main Street. $70. 734-222-9841. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Folk Song Sing-Along.

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All invited to join a family-oriented recreational sing-along of folk songs. Bring your guitars, ukuleles, and other instruments if you'd like to jam along as well. Lyrics and chords are projected on a screen for singers and strummers. Led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski.
7 p.m., Sunward Cohousing, 424 Little Lake Dr. Free. 426-7818. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Full Moon Ceremony: Crazy Wisdom.

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Stay in flow with the Universe. Join us to observe the Full Moon in a non-denominational ceremony.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S Main. Free. 734-531-7166. [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]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 7 p.m. 

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

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

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"An Absolutely Remarkable Thing": Barnes & Noble Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Hank Green's debut novel about a young artist who posts an alien video to social media, sparking worldwide hysteria. Free food & beverage samples.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-0846. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

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

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WMU English professor Richard Katrovas reads from The Great Czech Navy, his new collection of stories about Americans unprepared for the complexities of life in Prague after the 1989 Velvet Revolution. Acclaimed Czech writer Arnost Lustig compares it to Hemingway's writing on 1920s Paris. Katrovas "captures the unrenderable, sees the invisible, and makes the truth into poetry." Also, a reading by WMU creative writing professor Jaimy Gordon, whose novel Lord of Misrule won the 2010 National Book Award. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Fruit of the Drunken Tree": Literati Bookstore Feminist Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Ingrid Rojas Contreras's new novel, set in Colombia at the height of Escobar's violent reign, narrated in alternating chapters by a sheltered young girl and her family's teenage maid.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 & 10 p.m. 

"Night of the Living Dead": Fathom Events.

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Oct. 24 & 25. George Romero's legendary 1968 horror film. Note: The Oct. 24 screening is at Ann Arbor 20 only.
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).

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Observations on Bonsai Design and Aesthetics": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Talk by nationally recognized bonsai artist Jack Wikle.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Popiól i Diament (Ashes and Diamonds)": Michigan Theater.

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(Andrzej Wajda, 1958). Drama about a young Resistance fighter ordered to kill a Communist district leader on the final day of WWII. Polish, subtitles.
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 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss The Ruling Passion of John Gould, Isabela Tree's biography of the 19th-century British ornithologist.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Yuja Wang: University Musical Society.

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This world-renowned Beijing-born pianist performs with an astonishing dynamic range, an uncanny sensitivity to the music's communicative power, and a technical prowess that evokes images of both steel and silver. "Wang has both the energetic, fearless imagination of youth and the probing sensitivity that in most artists comes only with maturity," says a San Francisco Chronicle critic. She's joined by Austrian percussion prodigy Martin Grubinger & his Percussive Planet Ensemble for a program that includes arrangements by Martin Grubinger Sr. (Grubinger's father) of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, as well as Arturo Márquez's Danzón No. 2 and New Zealand composer John Psathas' 2008 work One Study One, performed with "junk percussion" instruments such as frying pans, salad bowls, and other objects.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $12-$70 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Brother Brothers: The Ark.

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Brooklyn-based pop-folk duo of twin brothers Adam and Davis Moss. "They approach their poignant and often charming songs with an almost startling sense of ease," says Sarah Jarosz, "and the tight harmonies are enough to send shivers down anyone's spine."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

They Might Be Giants: WQKL (107.1-FM).

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Musically inventive, literate, humorous rock 'n' roll by the widely acclaimed NYC-based duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, who accompany themselves on guitar, accordion, and keyboards. Their most recent album, I Like Fun (their 20th in 30 years), remains true to their oddball postpunk power-pop roots. The result, notes an NPR reviewer, is "a series of lugubrious songs about death, dismemberment, and other unfortunate events dressed up for a Friday night joy ride." For ages 14+.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $40 at & all Ticketmaster outlets, & at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]

 9 p.m. 

"Lizzie": State Theatre.

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(Craig William Macneill, 2018). Psychological thriller about the infamous Borden murders that posits that Lizzie Borden had an affair with the family's Irish maid. Kristen Steward, ChloŽ Sevigny.
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: Max Frost

All ages admitted. Austin alternative pop-rock singer- songwriter. Opener: Mikey Mike, an eccentric alt-pop singer- songwriter whose influences range from Stevie Nicks to Kurt Cobain to Kanye West. $15 ($17 at the door). 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde ThunderwŁde

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: Wych Elm

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

Mash: Reeds & Steel Reeds & Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of duo of singer and harmomica player Michael May and guitarist Jimmy Alter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Old Town: Tristan Cappel Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Cappel. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Katie Pederson

Local singer-songwriter and pianist whose influences include Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, John Mayer and Jon McLaughlin. Her repertoire also includes pop covers from the past 50 years. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Mark Vashon

Local rock singer-songwriter. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]


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