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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.

Call if temperatures are below 45 degrees.
9 a.m., meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 663-5060.

 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

"Decisions at End of Life: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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The course will discuss facts and issues concerning end-of-life decisions. Topics include: Michigan and federal laws on funerals, the discourse between family and doctors when a terminal illness is present, cross-cultural rituals about funerals, and local options and costs for cremation, green burial, etc. The difference between powers of attorney and advance directives will be explained. Handouts will include this information plus a list of facts for your survivors.
Instructor Marion Holt has extensive knowledge of end of life topics and has developed two courses on aging. This study group will meet on Wednesday, 9:30-11:30, November 14.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $10. 734-998-9351. [map]

 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 11-May 14. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]

 10-10:30 & 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. 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. except Nov. 22. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. except Nov. 22.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations (except Nov. 22), see listing. Free. 327-4200.

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Clay Gallery on Exhibit @ 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. 7346624914. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
9 a.m., Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.

 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. and Sun. except Nov. 11 & 25. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Nov. 4 & 7: "Super Senses: Sight!" Nov. 14: "Super Senses: Smell!" Nov. 18 & 21: "Super Senses: Touch!" Nov. 28: "Super Senses: Sound!"
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]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Bookworms": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Every Wednesday from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m., families with babies are invited to sing songs, listen to stories and participate in age appropriate activities that promotes early literacy. Parents and/or caregivers are encouraged to participate. No registration necessary!
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. [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. 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. except Nov. 22.Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Nov. 22), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.

 11:30 a.m. 

"Marketing Education": LA2M.

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LA2M is a marketing education non-profit that meets during lunch on the second Wednesday of every month to discuss the latest digital and marketing trends, strategies, and techniques. This event is a dynamic and fun place to learn from engaging speakers on hot topics every month, stay involved with current and upcoming events, and meet and network with other professionals!
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3150 Boardwalk Drive Ann Arbor 48108. $5.. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

"Christmas Tree Ship: The Most Storied Shipwreck of the Great Lakes": U-M Margaret Waterman Alumnae Town Hall Celebrity Lecture Series.

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Wisconsin writer Rochelle Pennington discusses the 1912 shipwreck she's written 2 books about.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $45 (members, free)., 417-0816. [map]

 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs., except May 27. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"A Mysterious Tomb Painting Uncloaks an Ancient Practice": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Santa Clara University (CA) art history professor Heather Clydesdale discusses the historical and cultural contexts of a recently discovered tomb painting in western China, dated between 220-589 C.E., depicting a nude woman bending before a tree that contains a monster in its branches.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Henderson Rm. Free. 764-8888. [map]

 12:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Fun": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. All invited to play board games from the Senior Center's collection.
12:30-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. 794-6250. [map]

 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Marnie": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Nico Muhly's 2017 opera, adapted from the same Winston Graham novel as the 1964 Hitchcock thriller. Set in the 1950s, it's about a mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities.
12:55 p.m., Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $18-$27 in advance at 973-8424. [map]

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Die Hard": Fathom Events.

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Nov. 11 & 14. (John McTiernan, 1988). Action thriller about an off-duty cop who takes on a gang of thieves using hostages to keep the police at bay. Bruce Willis.
2 & 7 p.m., Ann Arbor 20 (1400 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20) & 316-5500 (Emagine).

 2 p.m. 

"Shakespeare in Love": PTD Productions.

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Nov. 8-11 & 14-17. Joe York directs local actors in Lee Hall's adaptation of the celebrated 1998 romantic comedy that imagines a penniless young Shakespeare tormented by writer's block until he meets his muse, a wannabe actress promised to a stuffy lord. Their passionate love affair becomes the basis for his next play, Romeo and Juliet. The Chicago Tribune calls it "a love letter to the collaborative nature of the theater and how the timeless, panicked condition of the artist … can spawn counterintuitive creative brilliance." Cast: David Liskow, Patricia Sallans, Tim Henning, Linda Lee Austin, Wyatt Woodside, Tyler Bell, Jeff Hackett, Susan Morris, Ethan Kelly, Gwenyth Darling,

Kylie Alred, Skyler Baty, Alice Fell, and Cindy Franklin.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Wed. & Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at, by phone, & at the door. 483-7345. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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

 3:40, 6:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Suspiria": State Theatre.

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(Luca Guadagnino, 2018). Remake of the 1977 cult classic about a newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy who discovers that the school is a front for something supernatural after a series of grisly murders. Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton.
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, 7, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Free Solo": State Theatre.

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(E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018). Documentary following the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sports in America": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Former LA Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti reads from The Big Chair, his 2017 memoir which offers insights on being accountable to wealthy team owners, managing players' illegal steroid use, negotiating for players, and second-guessing field managers without seeming to interfere. Refreshments.
4-5:30 p.m., Weill Hall Betty Ford Classroom, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490. [map]

 4:15, 6:50, & 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.

 4:30, 7:10, & 9:20 p.m. 

"Can You Ever Forgive Me?": State Theatre.

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(Marielle Heller, 2018). Biopic of Lee Israel, the formerly successful celebrity biographer who turned to literary forgeries to make a living. Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant.
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.

 4:30 & 7:45 p.m. 

"Museo": Michigan Theater.

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(Alonso Ruizpalacios, 2018). Heist film about the 1985 theft of several pre-Hispanic artifacts from the Mexican National Museum of Anthropology by 2 young men from the suburbs. Spanish, subtitles.
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]

 4:45 & 7:15 p.m. 

"Beautiful Boy": State Theatre.

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(Felix Van Groeningen, 2018). Drama about a family's struggles with addiction and recovery based on the memoirs of father and son David and Nic Sheff. Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamat.
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.

 5 p.m. 

"Tea with the Dames": Michigan Theater.

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(Roger Michell, 2018). Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright reminisce about their decades-long friendship and their prestigious careers in this candid documentary shot over a weekend at an English country house.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

Light, Color, & Design in Spain: Washtenaw Community College Photography Dept.

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Opening reception of the WCC's summer 2018 Spain Study Abroad students. This exhibit features the students' best work produced in Spain, that interpret a wide range of subject matter with well orchestrated ideas and metaphors.
The exhibit runs from November 7-December 2.
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N 4th Ave. Free. (734) 769-2999. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full Body Fit: A small-group workout customizable to all fitness levels focusing on all the basics of fitness: strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance. Free with most Better Living Fitness Center memberships or $15 for drop-in. All ages and abilities welcome!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834-B Phoenix Dr. $15. (734)747-0123. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. and May 25. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp (except May 25, 1-5 p.m.), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Mon.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to compete in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m.), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., competitive) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards.
6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 6:30 p.m. (all dates), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Martial Arts Open House: Huron Valley Aikikai.

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Ever think about taking a martial arts class, but thought," nah flying kicks and breaking boards is not for me." How about aikido? Aikido is derived from Japan's traditional budo ("martial way"), but is more than just a set of techniques for fighting. It is a path where the keen edge of martial art is used as a "Way" to personal growth. There are no competitions in aikido because winning and losing are never a concern, trainees are free to dedicate their efforts to the mutual goal of self-development, training and progressing at their own pace. Regular practice produces not only improved fitness, but a sense of well-being and self-confidence that extends to daily life. Come try a class for free, what are you waiting for?
Huron Valley Aikikai, 1904 Federal Blvd. Ann Arbor 48103. Free. 734-761-6012. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cyanobacteria: Toxic Tide or Treasure?": U-M Natural History Museum Science Café.

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U-M microbial ecology professor Vincent Denef and U-M molecular geneticist Anthony Vecchiarelli discuss potential uses of the organisms formerly known as blue-green algae, which absorb carbon dioxide and may help mitigate climate change. 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]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Testament of Dr. Mabuse": U-M German Department.

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(Fritz Lang, 1933). Proto-noir film about an insane criminal mastermind seeking to establish an empire from the insane asylum. The Joker in the 2008 film The Dark Knight was inspired by Mabuse. German, English, & Romanian; subtitles.
6:30 p.m., Room 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 764-8018. [map]

 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. 926-8863. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor and Slavery": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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2nd in a 4-part series of discussions exploring the history of race relations in Ann Arbor. Potluck supper (bring a dish to pass). Tonight: U-M history professor Derek Peterson discusses the Underground Railroad and slave-trade profiteers in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan.
6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 417-1613, 996-0129. [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]

 6:45-8:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Detaining Refugee Children: What's at Stake?": U-M Donia Human Rights Center.

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Panel discussion with U-M professors, including James Hathaway (law), Sherrie Kossoudji (social work), Ann Chih Lin (public policy), and Kiyoteru Tsutsui (sociology).
6:45-8:15 p.m., 1110 Weill Hall, 735 S. State. Free. 615-8482. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. (postponed) 

"Teaching in Michigan: It's Complicated": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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PLEASE NOTE: This presentation was originally scheduled for November 14, 2018 has been rescheduled for December 6, 2018 at the same time and place. We apologize for any inconvenience
This presentation will discuss issues related to teacher recruitment, retention, and development. Additional topics will include teacher preparation, recruiting teachers of color, and equitable access to excellent educators.
Presenter Daniel J. Quinn, Ph.D. is a project manager with Public Policy Associates, Inc. PPA is a Lansing-based public policy, research, and consulting firm. Previously, he served as executive director of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice and as an adjunct professor of education at the University of Louisville and Oakland University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Mid-Western Educational Research Association.
Kellogg Eye Center, 1000 Wall St. $10 OLLI membership not required for this event. Open to the public. 734-998-9351. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

An Evening of Poetry and the Written Word: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series.

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Poetry workshop. All writers welcome to share
and discuss their poetry or short fiction.
Hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, and Dave Jibson
see our blog at Facebook/Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series
Crazy Wisdomn Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Free. 7346652757. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

jessica Care moore: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This native Detroiter, an acclaimed poet, playwright, performance artist, and producer, discusses her visual art and poetry. Her most recent poetry collection, Sunlight Through Bullet Holes, "mixes observation with passion and brevity," says an Ebony review. "It's black intelligence filtered through rhythm and blues."
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

R.J. Fox: Literati Bookstore.

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This award-winning local writer reads from Awaiting Identification, his new novel, set against the backdrop of a Devil's Night party in Detroit, about 5 disparate characters whose paths cross en route to their respective demises. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Serendipity Books AfterHours Book Club.

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All invited to discuss a book. Wine and chocolate provided. Apr. 11: a book TBA by one of the Midwest Literary Walk authors.

Apr. 10: Pachinko, Min Jin Lee's 2017 novel about 4 generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fighting to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan. Lee reads at the Chelsea Literary Walk Apr. 27 (see Festivals listing). May & June books TBA.
7-8:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 W. Middle, Chelsea. 475-7148. [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]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Black Opera": AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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U-M AfroAmerican and African studies professor Naomi André discusses her new book about how race has shaped opera in the U.S. and South Africa.
7-9 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. (844) 973-6287. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Soups, Chilis, and Chowders": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers discusses types of soups, proper storage, and the difference between chilis and chowders. Recipes. For grade 6-adult.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Teaching in Michigan: It's Complicated": OLLI after 5 (U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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Lansing-based Public Policy Associates project manager Daniel Quinn discusses issues related to teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention.
7-8:30 p.m., Kellogg Eye Center, 1000 Wall St. $10. 998-9351. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The World Peace Diet": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local raw foods enthusiast Ellen Livingston.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 994-4589. [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]

 7:15 p.m. 

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

  community member   < less Mr. Smooth style dance classes

"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]

 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"National Homeschool Music": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Short performances by string and wind ensembles from this music program for homeschooled students. Also, information on the program. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
7:15 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 769-1052, 274-0773. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

2018 Wallenberg Lecture: March For Our Lives & B.R.A.V.E.: Wallenberg Medal and Lecture.

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U-M awards the Wallenberg Medal annually to those who, through actions and personal commitment, perpetuate Wallenberg's own extraordinary accomplishments and human values, and demonstrate the capacity of the human spirit to stand up for the helpless, to defend the integrity of the powerless, and to speak out on behalf of the voiceless.
B.R.A.V.E. is an organization of youth activists sponsored by the faith community of Saint Sabina Church on Chicago's South Side. The group's mission is to prevent violence and to cultivate leadership for social justice. March For Our Lives was formed after the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as a movement dedicated to student-led activism around ending gun violence and the epidemic of mass shootings in schools.
Tickets are general admission and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Once the Rackham Auditorium is at capacity, guests will be directed to the overflow seating.
Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington Street. Free. 734-764-5536. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by local retired social worker Myrna Lueck, of John Hudak's Marijuana: A Short History.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 484-3613. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Wallenberg Lecture and Medal Presentation.

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Awarding of the Wallenberg Medal to the youth activist organizations B.R.A.V.E. and March For Our Lives. Student representatives from each organization speak. The Wallenberg Lecture honors the memory of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, a U-M alum who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis, only to be arrested by the Soviets and vanish into the Gulag.
7:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free., 764-5536. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ZION: U-M Saxophone Ensemble.

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This ensemble of students of U-M saxophone professor Timothy McAllister performs originals and transcriptions of works by Revueltas and Gregory Wanamaker, as well as Matt Browne's arrangement of local Pulitzer-winning composer William Bolcom's Gospel Preludes and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, transcribed for 17 saxophones.
7:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"South Africa: Birds and Game": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Club member Rodolfo Palma discusses his recent trip to South Africa, which included trips to the tropical coast of Zululand and to the fynbos, the incredibly biodiverse belt of shrubland along the coast of the Cape.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Amy Ray & Her Band: The Ark.

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Passionate, explosive guitar-based rock 'n' roll by this band led by singer-songwriter Ray, best known as one-half of the popular Indigo Girls pop-folk duo. "What's most astonishing about Amy Ray's torrid, ferocious solo [work] is just how convincingly she wears the colors of the riot grrrl," says critic Roy Kasten. "The [music] rages like a showdown at the barricades." Her new solo CD is the country-oriented Holler. Opener: Amythyst Kiah, a blues-based Southern Gothic singer-songwriter from Tennessee whose influences range from Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone to the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Duhks.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra & University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts these ensembles of music majors in the world premiere of 2 lost scores--Irish Fantasy and Hungarian Fantasy--by the 19th-century violinist Joseph Joachim, with Valparaiso University violin professor Katharina Uhde, who found the Irish Fantasy in a Polish archive. The program also includes Maxwell Davies' Orkney Wedding with Sunrise, and Kodály's Háry János Suite.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Wed. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]

 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

Electric Blanket // Wood Chickens (WI) // Modern Lady Fitness // Towner: Crush Grove Productions.

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Crush Grove Presents:
*Electric Blanket*
bedspread burning surf-psych
*Wood Chickens* (Madison, WI)
Twisted freakout cow-punk
*Modern Lady Fitness*
face melting psych pop
Anxiety-filled sleep-deprived music
Doors @ 9
The Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St. $6. 269-744-0864. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed., except Nov. 21. 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 at the Michigan League ballroom.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Nov. 7 & 14) & Michigan League Ballroom (Nov. 28). $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Aut Bar: Marsha Gayle & Debbie Fogel

Duo of veteran Detroit jazz & blues vocalists. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Wood Chickens

Madison psychedelic cowpunk trio. Openers: the Ypsilanti surf-psych garage sextet Electric Blanket, the local alt-rock quartet Towner, and the Ypsilanti psych-rock quartet Modern Lady Fitness $6. [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]

Old Town: Janelle Reichman Quartet

Ensemble led by NYC-based jazz clarinetist-saxophonist Reichman, an Ann Arbor native who, according to a Jazz Improv review, "seems to defy logic and possibility in her speed, dexterity, and musicianship." With bassist Jeff Pedraz and drummer Nick Collins. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: The Rollie Tussing Project

Ensemble led by Tussing, a nationally known local guitar virtuoso who specializes in prewar blues and jazz. [venue info]


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