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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 9-11 a.m.  Free! 

Daycroft School Open House Elementary Campus: Daycroft Office of Admissions.

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Come and explore what's happening at Daycroft School's elementary campus. Group tours start at 9 or 10am. Schedule a tour today by registering at Check out our website at
Daycroft School Elementary Campus, 1095 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 734-930-0333. [map]

 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.

 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Memory Matters Symposium: Learning, Loving, and Living with Memory Loss": Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center.

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Daylong series of talks on dementia, highlighted by a keynote address by leading dementia education advocate Teepa Snow, a well-known speaker who developed the Positive Approach to Care training strategy for caretakers.
9 a.m.-3 p.m. (registration begins at 8:15 a.m.), Kensington Hotel, 3500 S. State. Free; reservations requested by Nov. 9. 944-6600. [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. 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.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs., except May 2. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [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 a.m. 

"Immigration": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except. Nov. 22), through Dec. 6. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. Nov. 1: U-M history professor Rita Chin on "The Effects of Immigration on Europe." Nov. 8 (9:30 a.m.): "The Myth of the Line." MSU law professor David Thronson discusses the idea that immigration reform shouldn't reward undocumented people by permitting them to "cut in line." Nov. 15: Center for Immigration Studies (Washington, D.C.) executive director Mark Krikorian on "The Real Immigration Debate: Whom to Let in and Why." Nov. 29: U-M Ford School public policy professor Ann Chih Lin on "Looking Beyond Comprehensive Immigration Reform: A New Immigration Politics." Dec. 6: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County Resettlement Services director Shrina Eadeh on "Refugee Resettlement in Washtenaw County."
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 a.m.  Free! 

"Music and War: How Steinway Played into World War II": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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EMU piano professor Garik Pedersen gives a lecture-recital on the Victory Vertical pianos built for the military during WWII.
10 a.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-5346. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Campfire Celebration": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kids ages 2-4, accompanied by a caregiver, invited for a short hike and craft. Also, wildflower tea and a campfire.
10 a.m., County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free; preregistration required. 971-6337. [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 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.
10:30 a.m., 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]

 11:30 a.m. 

Women's Exchange of Washtenaw Health Panel.

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In a world where "I'm so busy" is a badge of honor and many of us are already perpetually running on fumes, how do we make sure to fill our tanks with premium fuel? Come learn how to nourish yourself on every level even (especially!) when your working woman and/or mother schedule is packed.
Join us on November 15 and expect to leave knowing how to fuel and nourish yourself while balancing your busy life!
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Check in, casual mingling, lunch
12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Panel Discussion
1:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wrap-up and close
Mediterrano, 2900 S. State St. $25 if registered by 11/11; $30 if registered after 11/11; $35 if register at the door. 734.678.7831. [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-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]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Hadas Fuchs: Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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This Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel (Jerusalem) economics researcher discusses various socioeconomic challenges facing Israelis.
Noon-1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Nov. 1, 8, 15, & 29. Talks by visiting scholars.

Nov. 1: "Jesus Loves Japan: Pentecostal Christianity among Nikkei 'Return Migrants' from Brazil." School of the Art Institute of Chicago liberal arts professor Suma Ikeuchi discusses Brazilian nationals living in Japan, the majority of whom are of Japanese descent.

Nov. 8: WMU Japanese literature professor Jeffrey Angles on "Promiscuous Reading: Reading and Writing Poetry Across Languages."

Nov. 15: "From the Fastest Woman in the World to the First Woman on the Board." Talk by Japanese race car driver Keiko Ihara, a Nissan Motor Corporation independent director and Keio University professor.

Nov. 29: Cooper Union (NY) art history professor Yasuko Tsuchikane on "Modern Temple Art as 'Public' Art."

Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 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., except. Nov. 22. Performances by area musicians.

Nov. 1: Old-time jazz, blues, and ragtime by pianist Jerry Perrine.

Nov. 8: Young local cello and violin students from the U-M String Preparatory Academy perform classical and chamber works.

Nov. 15: Ypsilanti Americana singer-songwriter duo of Sam Corbin & Jason Dennie.

Nov. 29: Jazz by the Ingrid Racine Trio..
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Gender Revolution in the Trump Era: Transformations in Consciousness and Gender Relations": CEW+Inspire Workshop Series.

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Presenter: Pamela Aronson, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Department of Behavioral Sciences, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Explore the rapid transformation in gender consciousness and gender relations during this workshop with Dr. Pamela Aronson. Attendees will discuss changes stemming from three primary sources: the rise of women running for political office in 2018, the emergence of new social movement activism, and the creation of the "#MeToo" movement, which has sparked a new public discourse on sexual assault and harassment. While exploring the ways that this new consciousness has also faced backlash and opposition, this workshop will shed light on the emerging gender revolution by examining how rapid transformations are influencing everyday relationships between men and women. A hands-on wellness activity will be presented by the CEW+ Inspire team to complement this workshop.
The discussion will be followed by a networking reception.
Location TBA. Free. 7347646360.

 1 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor TBA shows participants how to make a seasonal arrangement using this Japanese art of flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20 materials fee; metered parking. Preregistration required by Nov. 1.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Fashion Notes of the 19th Century": Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Talk by Dexter vintage ball gown designer Helen Welford.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Gender Revolution in the Trump Era: Transformations in Consciousness and Gender Relations": CEW+.

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Talk by U-M sociology professor Pamela Aronson. Also, a hands-on wellness activity. Discussion & networking follow.
1 p.m., location TBA. Free; preregistration requested at 764-6360.

 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. 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.

 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]

 3:40, 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, 6:30, & 9:20 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.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Lest We Forget: A Cartographic Remembrance of World War I": U-M Clark Library.

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Display of WWI-era maps, including German aerial views of France and Allied and German weekly maps of the progress of the war.
4-7 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library 2nd floor, enter from the Diag. Free. 647-0646.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Media Studies at the Intersection of Theory and Practice": U-M Library.

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Emerson College film professor Miranda Banks and Gloria Calderón Kellett, executive producer of the Netflix sitcom One Day at a Time, discuss the role of ethnic, gender, and sexual diversity in filmmaking.
4 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]

 4:10, 6:45, & 9:10 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]

 4:15, 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.

 4:20, 7, & 9:30 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]

 4:30 & 9:30 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.

 5 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]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

New Enterprise Forum Showcase Presentation and Panel: 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.
Panel Topic: With over 30 years providing value to entrepreneurs, the NEF continues to bring to its Forum meetings the most relevant topics that are important to entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Join us to keep current on critical start-up issues, and meet our panel presenters.
Network: Meet other like-minded professionals who support entrepreneurialism, promoting innovation as a catalyst for a healthy Michigan economy.
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SPARK Innovation Center, 330 E. Liberty, Lower Level. Free. [map]

 5:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"University of Michigan On-Campus Career Chat, Ann Arbor': Office of University Development.

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This on-campus event provides a unique opportunity to speak with advancement/development professionals from throughout our 600-plus community. They represent a wide range of development specific areas, such as fundraising, communications, events, research, stewardship, administrative support and more.
Date: November 15, 2018
Location: The University of Michigan League, 2nd Floor
911 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m. EST
Please register at:
The agenda for the On-Campus Career Chat includes:
-Informal networking with UM development professionals eager to speak with you about their own careers and hear about your career aspirations;
-One-on-one resume review tables;
-"Quick Connections" - our own version of speed interviewing.
Please email us at if you have any questions!
The University of Michigan League, 2nd Floor 911 N. University Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-647-6000. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Aimee Bender & Philip Metres: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Readings by these 2 writers. Bender is a multi-award-winning L.A. writer whose most recent book, Color Master, is a collection of dreamy, strange, and magical stories. Metres is a John Carroll University (Cleveland) English professor whose poems have been anthologized in the Best American Poetry. His 2016 collection, Pictures at an Exhibition: A Petersburg Album, has been praised as "stylistically poised and nimble, full of rupture and impressionistic repair" by poet Simeon Berry. Signing.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium. Free. 764-6330.

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

ICR Open House: Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

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Join us for the Livingston Intensive Cardiac Rehab (ICR) Open House! Tour the newly renovated space and enjoy cooking demos, refreshments and giveaways. Learn how the ICR program takes a holistic approach to recovery through patient education, supervised physical activity, and nutritional workshops. This free event is open to the public.
St. Joe's Livingston, 620 Byron Rd., Howell, 48843. Free. 734-712-2835. [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]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Between Two Worlds: Identity and Acculturation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Screening of segments from the PBS series on 21st-century immigration, The New Americans (2004). Followed by discussion led by U-M American culture professor Silvia Pedraza.
6-8:30 p.m. AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Discover Series: Manuscripts": U-M Clements Library.

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A Clements representative discusses the library's more than 2,500 manuscripts.
6 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free. 764-5864. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Traveler's Notebook": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to make a soft, durable notebook cover that can contain small notebooks or passports with elastic.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [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.  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 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]

 7 p.m. 

"Boy Erased": State Theatre.

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(Joel Edgerton, 2018). Drama about the true story of a gay son of a Southern Baptist preacher who's outed to his parents and is forced to decide between conversion therapy and permanent exile. Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 7-9 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]

  7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Surviving the Holidays: GriefShare Can Help": Knox Presbyterian Church.

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For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, GriefShare is offering a one evening special workshop entitled "Surviving the Holidays" to help you pray, plan and thrive this holiday season.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, 48103. Free. 734-761-5669. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Schools 6th grade Choir Concert: Saline Schools Music Department.

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11/15, 7pm, 6th grade Choir, SMS Auditorium (Free)
This concert will feature the 6th grade girls choir, 6th grade boys choir, and the combined 6th grade choirs. There will also be a special appearance from the Saline High School 10 Tones! We will be showcasing all of the great learning that has been going on since the beginning of the school year. Hope to see you there!
Saline Middle School Auditorium, 7190 N. Maple Rd., Saline. Free. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"T-Shirts": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to use fabric paint and beads to decorate a T-shirt, or use a T-shirt to make a bag or pillow. Bring a T-shirt, if you can.
7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Telex from Cuba": Nicola's Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Rachel Kushner's 2008 novel that details the sheltered lives of American expats in Cuba on the cusp of Castro's revolution.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 7 p.m. 

"The Addams Family": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 15-18. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman, and Rick Elice's darkly comic 2010 musical based on the ghoulish characters in Charles Addams' classic cartoon-turned-TV series. The plot concerns the troubles that ensue when daughter Wednesday announces her intention to marry a normal boyfriend.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at & the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Danish String Quartet: University Musical Society.

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Winner of the prestigious Carl Nielsen Prize, this quartet is known for its high technical and musical quality as well as its powerful, joyful performances. Program: Haydn's String Quartet in C Major, Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major, and Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen's String Quartet No. 1.
7:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $24-$56 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs., except Nov. 22. 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. 

"1776": Rudolf Steiner High School Drama Club.

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Nov. 15 & 16. Cheryl VanDuzen directs students in Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone's Tony-winning 1969 musical that reveals the distasteful compromises, political maneuvers, and last-minute improvisations leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. When the impatient 2nd Continental Congress dismisses John Adams's rambling plea for independence, Adams stalls for time by proposing that some sort of written declaration be composed. After the document is approved by a single vote, its prospective signers ponder their fate should they lose the war with Britain. Songs include "Sit Down, John," "Piddle, Twiddle, and Resolve," "Momma, Look Sharp," "Cool, Cool, Considerate Men," and more.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. Tickets $5 (students, $3; family, $12) at the door only. 669-9394. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"From Baghdad to Brooklyn": Women of Temple Beth Emeth.

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Chicago-bred, Beverly Hills-based actor Michelle Azar performs her one-woman musical storytelling show that revolves around the convergence of her Middle Eastern and East European ancestors' experiences, from mid-20th century Iraq to present-day New York and L.A. With occasional Hebrew, Arabic, and Yiddish lyrics. With pianist Dave Gitterman. Dessert reception follows.
7:30 p.m., Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard. Tickets $20 (students, $15) in advance at 665-4744. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Hello Dolly!": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 22), Nov. 15-Dec. 23. This local professional theater company performs Jerry Herman's long-running musical about a charismatic, opportunistic woman out to make a quick buck. Complications arise when she tries to play matchmaker to the wealthy Horace Vandergelder. The score includes such memorable songs as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "It Only Takes a Moment," and the title tune.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Passing Strange": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Nov. 15-18. Broadway actor Tiffany Rachelle Stewart directs musical theater students in the 2008 rock musical by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, members of the L.A. psych-pop band The Negro Problem. The semi-autobiographical story focuses on a rebellious young black man who rejects his middle class religious upbringing in mid-70s L.A. to seek what he calls "the real" in Amsterdam and Berlin. The critically acclaimed art-pop/R&B score celebrates youthful idealism about art and love, occasionally tempered with the reflections years later of an older, wiser artist.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 (students, $12) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Creative Arts Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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This adventurous ensemble of performing arts technology students performs works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Derick Lengwenus: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 15-17. Acclaimed French Canadian comic known for his hilarious character performances, including a popular routine about his German father. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served. The Nov. 15 show includes a 50/50 raffle fundraiser for the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Front Country: The Ark.

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Progressive roots-pop quintet from San Francisco. A Poptunes review praises their blend of "everything from high-lonesome mountain music to new-wave power pop, newgrass picking, oldgrass harmonies, and just plain glorious musicality."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]

 8 p.m. 

Juanito Pascual's New Flamenco Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This acclaimed Boston-based flamenco-jazz guitarist is the "Ry Cooder of flamenco guitar," enthuses Boston Globe critic Steve Morse. "He combines vivid colors, a rich imagination, and a yearning, never-satisfied mastery of his art." He performs music from the traditional flamenco repertoire as well as originals incorporating influences as disparate as J.S. Bach and Jimi Hendrix. With bassist Brad Barrett and percussionist Tupac Mantilla.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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

 8 p.m. 

"hand&hand": U-M Dance Department BFA Thesis Concert.

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Nov. 15-17. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by 4 graduating U-M BFA candidates: Alyssa Gorman, Annelise Senkowski, Kandis Terry, and Amy Wensley.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Dance Studio, 1310 North University Ct. $7 at the door only. 763-5460. [map]

 8 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]


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Blind Pig: Black Dahlia Murder

Detroit death metal quintet. Openers: the Cleveland metal-thrash band Midnight, the Detroit doom metal quintet Temple of Void, and the Toledo death metal quartet Mutilatred. $18 ($20 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]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. Hosted by Dave Boutette & Kristi Davis. [venue info]


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