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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 13, 2019

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

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. [map]

 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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June 16-18, July 14-16, and Aug. 4-6 & 17-20. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Bring your own lawn chairs; no pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2111. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Re: Housing: Detroit": Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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As North American cities work through the long-term implications of globalization, disinvestment, and post-recession revitalization, affordable housing and community resilience are essential, but often elusive elements of urban life. In its inclusive vision of "A City for All," Detroit's unprecedented multi-pronged approach to housing and neighborhood preservation and development offers lessons relevant to both rapidly growing and Rust Belt cities looking to preserve existing housing stock and spark new development.
Re: Housing: Detroit, a symposium held in Detroit and Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan, will convene innovators and researchers across the academy, real estate, architecture, planning, housing advocacy, and the city of Detroit in pursuit of real solutions to Detroit's "Missing Middle" density housing.
Taubman College, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd. Free. 7347636518. [map]

 9 a.m. 

"Toddler Time": Champion Gymnastics.

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Join us for Toddler Time
Monday: 9:00-10:00am
Tuesday: 9:00-10:00am & 1:00-2:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-12:00pm * your ONE hour begins when you arrive*
Thursday: 9:00-10:00am & 1:00-2:00pm
Friday: 9:00-10:00am
Have fun exploring and playing in our fun pits, bouncing on our 50' trampoline, play games and learn hand eye coordination, balance and more! There's always something to do at CGAA! Children 18 months or younger are FREE! All ages are welcome!
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Rd. $7/ child. 7342221810. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Welcoming Week 2019: Jewish Family Services.

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During this annual series of events, Washtenaw County as a Welcoming Community become part of a global movement to recognize the economic, social and cultural advantage of welcoming all people, regardless of origin of birth.
By participating in Welcoming Week, the following businesses recognize that being a welcoming community for all makes everyone stronger economically, socially, and culturally.
Please patronize these Welcoming Week businesses by downloading your own "I'm A Welcomer" packet and showing it to the staff!
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, 2245 South State Street, Ste 200. Free. 9895339357. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
9 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.

 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Scavenger Hunt with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Drop-in scavenger hunt that includes interactions with adoptable cats. Popcorn.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $7/hour ($4/half hour)., 661-3575. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Austerity and Anti-Austerity Beyond Capitalism": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Sept. 13 & 14. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars on the history of opposition to austerity economics in capitalist and socialist economies.
9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.) & 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.), Michigan League Hussey Rm. Free. 615-7400. [map]

 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 

"Home & Lifestyle Show": Briarwood Mall.

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Sept. 13-15. Info on products and services for interior and exterior home improvements, new home construction, landscaping, and more.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood. Free admission. 769-9610. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Saline Area Senior Center Bookworm Club.

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All seniors invited to discuss Kate Alcott's 2015 historical novel A Touch of Stardust (Sept. 13), set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, and Michelle Obama's 2018 memoir Becoming (Oct. 11).
10-11:15 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). 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. Malletts Creek.

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

 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  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri., except Sept. 2. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Office Hours with Director Christina Olsen": UMMA.

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Every Thurs. & Fri. beginning Sept. 12. All invited to chat with the UMMA director about recent exhibits and ideas for the museum.
Noon-1 p.m. (Thurs.) & 3-4 p.m. (Fri.), UMMA Living Room, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Patagonian Prehistory: Human Ecology and Cultural Evolution in the Land of Giants": U-M Anthropology Department Rappaport Lecture Series.

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U-M anthropology professor Raven Garvey discusses the human colonization of Patagonia, and why Patagonians remained foragers despite farming-favorable conditions.
3-5 p.m., Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 764-7274. [map]

 3:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Helmut Stern Exhibit": Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

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Visit the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation on September 13 from 3:30-6:30pm to learn of and celebrate the lasting legacy of Helmut Stern. Where was an 18-inch diameter ball, used to acquaint astronauts with spacecraft control, produced? The gold standard for the tiny spherical ball used by Papermate was created and produced where? What corporation was ahead of the curve in reclaimation and associated environmental concerns? All answers lead to Helmut Stern! Come see and learn more from an exhibit about Stern's life and his impact.
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, 301 N. Main Street, Suite 300, Ann Arbor MI 48104. Free. 734-663-0401. [map]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Helmut Stern Exhibit: Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

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Exhibit that explores the life of the late local industrialist, art collector, and philanthropist, who founded Industrial Tectonics, Inc., a company that manufactured precision ball bearings, such as an 18-inch diameter ball used to acquaint astronauts with spacecraft control.
3:30-6:30 p.m., Community Foundation, 301 N. Main, Ste. 300. Free. 663-0401. [map]

 3:40, 6:30 & 9:50 p.m. 

"IT Chapter Two": State Theatre.

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(Andy Muschetti, 2019). Horror sequel set 27 years after the original, where a group of misfit kids battle a killer supernatural clown.
Various times, Michigan Theater. 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. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Cars on the Green": Dixboro Farmers Market.

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A farmers market and show of restored cars and other vehicles. Rain date: Sept. 20.
4-7 p.m., Dixboro Village Green, 4221 Church. Free, but donations accepted. 707-1607. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Goldfinch": State Theatre.

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(John Crowley, 2019). Adaptation of the Donna Tarot novel about a boy is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Various times, Michigan Theater. 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. [map]

 4:25, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Official Secrets": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Gavin Hood, 2019). Thriller, based on the true story of a British whistleblower who exposed an illegal US wiretapping operation designed to force the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 Iraq invasion. Keira Knightley,
Various times, Michigan Theater. 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. [map]

 4:30 & 9:40 p.m. 

"David Crosby: Remember My Name": State Theatre.

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A.J. Eaton's 2019 documentary about the late career renaissance of the iconic folk-rock singer-songwriter.
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.

 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. beginning Sept. 4. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours.
4:45 p.m., Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582.

 4:45, 7:20, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, 2019). Documentary about the iconic pop-rock singer.
Various times, Michigan Theater. 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. [map]

 5 p.m. 

"After the Wedding": Michigan Theater.

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(Bart Freundlich, 2019). Drama about an American woman who meets the generous benefactor of the financially struggling Calcutta orphanage she works at.
Michigan Theater. 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. [map]

 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Nick Park and Peter Lord's 2000 claymation comedy Chicken Run. Also, crafts and a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Candlelight Labyrinth Walk and Meditation": Ringstar Studio.

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The labyrinth began as an intricate maze meant to trap the monstrous Minotaur on the island of Crete. After many centuries of evolution, it has become a spiritual and meditative tool, with a single path in and out of the center. The journey to the center represents going deep within the self on the way to revelation or enlightenment. Join us for a self-guided walk through a labyrinth formed out of candles, complete with quiet music and incense. Cushions will be available outside the labyrinth for seated meditation. This is a donation-based event, with no one turned away for lack of funds.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. Free. Donation. [map]

 6-7 p.m. 

Intro Aerial Silks and Lyra: A2 Aviary.

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Designed for absolute beginners, each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary! We'll introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the aerial apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body! Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Field Hockey.

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Sept. 1: Wake Forest. 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 13: Connecticut. 6 p.m.

Sept. 22: Kent State. 1 p.m.

Various times, Ocker Field, 1202 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]

 6-9:30 p.m. 

"Close Encounters": The Creature Conservancy Fundraiser.

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Catered dinner and a presentation of exotic animals from the Creature Conservancy and from the Columbus Zoo. Also, a silent auction, wine & beer, and a chance to explore the conservancy. Age 21 & over only.
6-9:30 p.m., The Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $150 in advance by Sept. 1; $175 after Sept. 1., 929-9324. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

German Dinner: Saline Lindenberg Friendship Committee.

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German dinner including sausages, Black Forest ham, spaetzle, red cabbage, hot German potato salad, fresh veggies, and dessert. To celebrate Saline's German sister city Lindenberg.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Saline American Legion, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. $20. Reservations required. 429-4063. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cider & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly hard ciders with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Movie for Adults": Dexter District Library.

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Sept. 13: The Mule, Clint Eastwood's 2018 thriller about a 90-year-old veteran who becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel.

Oct. 11: Ithaca, Meg Ryan's 2015 drama about a 14-year-old telegram messenger coming of age in the summer of 1942.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Christina Milletti: Literati Bookstore.

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This University at Buffalo English professor reads from Choke Box: A Fem-Noir, her Juniper Prize-winning new novel about a woman in a psychiatric institute who, when her husband disappears while writing his memoir, writes her own "counter-memoir" that reveals intimate, irreverent details of their family and marriage while rejecting, and occasionally celebrating, her suspected role in his disappearance. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music From: James Henes: Unity Vibration.

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James Henes is an emotive singer/ songwriter armed with vast influences from hard rock to folk. An open book policy on lyrics combined with riff driven chord structure help create the soundscape to the songs of his life...always approaching a song with conviction and sincerity...
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball.

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Aug. 30: Oakland.11 a.m.

Aug. 30: Northern Arizona. 7 p.m.

Aug. 31: Tennessee Tech. 2 p.m.

Sept. 13: Navy. 7 p.m.

Sept. 15: EMU. 1 p.m.

Sept. 22: Notre Dame. 3 p.m.

Sept. 29: Ohio State. 1 p.m.

Various times., Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw for Warren Planning Meeting: Washtenaw for Warren.

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Volunteers for Warren meet on the second Friday of each month at rotating locations to discuss campaign issues, plan activities, and celebrate Elizabeth Warren's flourishing campaign. Please park on the street near Sunward Co-housing as residents need parking spaces. Please join us!
Sunward Co-Housing Meeting Room, 424 Little Lake Drive, 48103. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Hard Mouth": Nicola's Books.

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Chicago writer Amanda Goldblatt is joined by local writer Elizabeth Ellen in a discussion of Goldblatt's debut novel, a morbidly funny story of an antisocial lab tech who isolates herself in the mountains after her father's cancer diagnosis, abandoning her suburban life and, occasionally, reality itself. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 7:10 & 10 p.m. 

"Brittany Runs a Marathon": State Theatre.

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(Paul Downs Colaizzo, 2019). Comedy about a woman who takes control of her life by training for a marathon.
Various times, Michigan Theater. 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. [map]

 7:20 p.m. 

"The Farewell": State Theatre.

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(Lulu Wang, 2019). Awkwafina stars in this dramatic comedy about a woman who returns to China after her grandmother's terminal cancer diagnosis.
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.

 7:30 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Max Lewkowicz's 2019 documentary about the originating context and legacy of the beloved Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof.
Michigan Theater. 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. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Several callers lead dances to music by Debbie Jackson, Susie Lorand, and Josh Burdick. For experienced dancers.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Grant Lyon: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 13 & 14. Local debut of this Santa Cruz-based observational comic who peppers his act with facts and highbrow concepts. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Fun Home": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 12-Oct. 13. This local professional theater company performs Jeanine Tesori and (Ann Arbor native) Lisa Kron's 2013 Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel's poignant graphic memoir about growing up in a funeral home, the discovery of her sexuality, and her relationship with her closeted gay father. The music "has the interrogative restlessness of thought in pursuit of certainty, and the ambivalent mix of anger and affection that pervades our relationships with our nearest and dearest," says New York Times critic Ben Brantley. "There's a delicate dissonance in the multiple-part songs, which are all the more affecting for their implicit yearning for harmony."
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]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The History of Physics in 13 Songs, From Galileo to Dark Matter": U-M Residential College.

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Join us for a 45-minute interdisciplinary musical performance that highlights the turning points in the history of physics.
The show combines writings by some of the most prominent physicists in history with original songs composed by Alberto Rojo, and performed by Alberto Rojo (guitar and voice), Michael Gould (RC faculty member, percussion), and Dave Haughey (cello). The project explores the intersection between the arts and the sciences, and postulates that art and science are not antagonistic alternatives in the search for truth; rather, there is a broad territory of coexistence.
Featured physicists include Galileo, Isaac Newton, Pierre Maupertuis, Rudolf Clausius, Ludwig Boltzmann, James Clerk Maxwell, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, J. S. Bell, Richard Feynman and Vera Rubin.
East Quadrangle Keene Theater, 701 East University Ave. Free. 7346479960. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Briggs Chamber Music Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by the Heriya Trio and Cerulean Quartet, winners of the 2019 Briggs Competition for music student chamber ensembles.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8.30-11.59 p.m. 

Harmonica Shah, Howard Glazer & Friends ~ A Night of Blues from the Heart of Deep Detroit.

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"Harmonica Shah & Howard Glazer first began performing together in the late 1990's, Harmonica Shah had already earned himself recognition as a Detroit Blues Legend with his Hasting Street Grease/ Blues Suit record releases. Howard Glazer had just returned from a 4 year stint in Chicago where he honed his blues skills. Meeting at The Soup Kitchen Saloon, Detroit's home of the blues, they immediately recognized their common interest in raw, unadulterated blues, Detroit style. In 2000 they released their first CD together "Deep Detroit", on Bluetrack Records in The UK. The CD quickly drew international acclaim, garnering "Best Blues Album of the Year" from Blues Alive..."
Read more here:
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. No Cover (donations for the musicians are highly encouraged). 734-221-3961. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Way Down Wanderers: The Ark.

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Youthful Chicago-based Americana alt-folk electro-acoustic quintet whose music is known for its vividly heartfelt lyrics, foot-stomping rhythms, and flashy instrumentals. "Luxuriant bluegrass picking and steady percussion are met by tinges of fiddle and cello-based classical influence, making for an exquisite overall package," says Their new album, Illusions, features roots-influenced songs with contemporary rhythms exploring love, loss, and personal evolution. Opener: Edmonton, Alberta, singer-songwriter Joe Nolan.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) &, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Tracy Grammer: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Acclaimed folksinger with a dark, ethereal, expressive voice who accompanies herself on violin, mandolin, and guitar. Her latest album, Low Tide, is the first to showcase her originals. After years of working with her late partner, the renowned folksinger Dave Carter, Grammer adds not only "some very Dave Carterish touches" to Low Tide, says a Media Matters critic, "but also a bold new sound, attitude, and personal viewpoint."
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including Pointless's resident company the League of Pointless Improvisers. The Sept. 13, 20, & 27 shows feature sets by This Is a Quiz.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Reflecting on the Past … Reaching Toward the Future, II": U-M School of Music African American Music Conference.

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Sept. 12-14 (different locations). This conference, which runs Sept. 12-15, features 3 performances that highlight music of the African diaspora. To register for the conference, see Tonight: A concert by U-M music alumni and pianists Kathryn Goodson and John Marzan. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a talk by U-M voice professor emeritus Willis Patterson.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Gala": Kickshaw Theatre Fundraiser.

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Tammy's Tastings owner Tammy Coxen hosts an interactive cocktail-mixing station. Also, light appetizers, non-alcoholic cocktails, and a silent auction. Age 21 & over only.
8 p.m., Saganworks, 303 Detroit St. Tickets $50 in advance at [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The History of Physics in 13 Songs, from Galileo to Dark Matter": U-M Residential College.

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U-M music faculty members Alberto Rojo (guitar and voice), Michael Gould (percussion), and Dave Haughey (cello) perform Rojo's songs that explore the intersection of art and science and are inspired by the writings of about a dozen famous physicists, from Galileo and Newton to Marie Curie and Vera Rubin. Oakland University voice and movement professor Lynnae Lehfeldt recites each text before its corresponding song.
8 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 763-0032. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Urinetown": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Sept. 12-15. Rob Roy directs local actors in Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis's Tony-winning musical comedy about a city in the midst of a drought so devastating that a malevolent corporation has been able to take control of all the toilet facilities. Romance and chaos intertwine in this sharp satire that takes aim not only at environmental degradation, the sophistries of the legal system, and corporate piracy but at the form of the Broadway musical. Newsday critic Linda Winer calls it "elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd." Cast: Kathleen Beardmore, Sophia Cannella, Neil Clennan, Trisha Fountain, Rachel Francisco, Lily Gechter, Rebecca Pratt Glover, Chris Grimm, Hannah Knowlton, Alexander Maranville, Matt Praschan, Joseph Pryor, Keith Rikli, Sarah Johnson Risch, Kennedy Shuck, Jeff Steinhauer, Sarah Sweeter, John Tramp, Zoe Van Slooten, and Tim Ziegler.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $28 (seniors, $25; students, 15) in advance at Thurs. tickets purchased at the box office are pay what you can. 971-2228. [map]

 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Acoustic Ash

Stage name of Utica-based folk singer-songwriter Ash Harris, who cites Tracy Chapman, k.d. lang, and Sarah McLachlan as influences. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Eagle Crest: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by Canas, a young blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Car Crash Jake

Ypsilanti indie rock band led by singer-songwriter Jacob Assell. Openers: local rock bands Escape Route, The Nine, No- Nonsense, Turnt, Belt, Sapona, and Ryan Werner. $10 ($12 at the door). [venue info]

Blue Llama: Allan Harris Band

Ensemble led by the acclaimed NYC jazz singer, guitarist, and composer. The Miami Herald described his singing as a blend of "the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat 'King' Cole." $15-$25. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "Friends with Benefits Love Thrust Dance Party."

Dance party with DJs TBA. Proceeds benefit a charity TBA. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Hosted by singer-songwriter Rod Johnson. Sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "New Orleans Swing Party."

With Djangophoique, a local ensemble led by guitarist Andrew Brown that plays music inspired by the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. With trumpeter Ben Green, clarinetist Tyler Rindo, washboard player Vince Russo, and tubaist Joe Fee. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Live: Laurence Miller's Love Maniacs Laurence Miller's Love Maniacs

New local old-school R&B-based ensemble led by veteran avant- rocker Miller. Tonight the band showcases the music of New Orleans rock 'n' roll pioneer Fats Domino. The band includes keyboardist William Bennett, saxophonist-flutist Nathan Addison, bassist Randy Baker, and drummer Adam Berg. Opening act is She-Bop, the local girl-group-style trio of lead vocalist Elizabeth Royce, singer- guitarist Laurie Lounsbury, and singer-French hornist Morgan Lamonica. With With guitarist Johnny Rasmussen, bassist Al Kalaf, and drummer Kinks Heiss. 6:30-9:30 p.m. p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Dan Orcutt

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Bluescasters The Bluescasters

Veteran local quartet that plays intense, low-down blues and blues- rock. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 7-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Joel Palmer & Friends

Ensemble led by Palmer, a veteran Detroit singer-guitarist whose repertoire includes vintage and original blues, swing, and folk-style tunes. [venue info]


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