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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 19, 2019






 
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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Aug. 29-Oct. 31. WAS members lead a hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
8-11 a.m., meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free. Washtenawaudubon.org.


 9 a.m. & 1 p.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. coachalexys@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [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!
https://files.constantcontact.com/a8dc887f001/5d479f59-13f7-4c40-b018-30e03a7fb7ab.pdf
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, 2245 South State Street, Ste 200. Free. 9895339357. jbjarvi@jfsannarbor.org [map]



 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). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 9:15-11:15 a.m. 

MOPS of GBC: Grace Bible Church.

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MOPS(Mother's of Preschoolers) is for any woman who has a child from birth to kindergarten. We meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. Childcare is provided. To assure quality childcare, space is limited. Confidential scholarships are also available.
We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month starting September 19th-May. We meet from 9:15am-11:15am. You must register to attend.
For more information and to register contact Jess Richer at J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $50. ehumphrey1836@gmail.com. J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com http://gracea2.org/mops/ [map]



 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Daughters of Memory: Paintings and Poems on the Nine Muses": U-M Residential College.

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Daughters of Memory: Paintings and Poems on the Nine Muses is an interdisciplinary show of works by Cindy Sowers exploring the elusive sources for the ancient figures of the Muses, as well as the appropriation of these figures by different artists through the ages.
RC Art Gallery East Quadrangle, 701 East University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. (734) 763-0032. https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/65767-16654022.html [map]



 10 a.m. & 7 p.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.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Earthfest": U-M School for the Environment and Sustainability.

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Food, live entertainment, and dozens of information booths on sustainability. Sustainability-related games and prizes.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. earthfest@umich.edu, 764-6453.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: The Busy Tree": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads kids ages 2-4 (with caregiver) on a hike to learn about trees.
Baker Woods Preserve, 11914 Trinkle Rd., Dexter. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"South Africa: Past, Present, and a Look Forward": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 12-Oct. 17. Six weekly lectures by various speakers.

Sept. 12 (9:30 a.m.): U-M ancient African history postdoc Raevin Jimenez on "Early History of South Africa, c. 900-1930." Followed by light South African fare.

Sept. 19: U-M political science professor Anne Pitcher on "Is Democracy Alive and Well in South Africa? Evaluating the Results of the 2019 National Elections."

Sept. 26: U-M Ford School lecturer Yazier Henry on "De Facto and De Jure Apartheid: On the Moral, Political, and Policy Failures of the Post-Apartheid State: A Call for an Official State Apology."

Oct. 3: U-M economics professor David Lam on "Education Inequality and Income Inequality in South Africa Since the End of Apartheid."

Oct. 10: U-M theater professor Anita Gonzalez on "South African Performing Arts in the New Democracy."

Oct. 17: MSU African history grad student Gigi Ngcobo on "Innovative Disruption: A Youth Dialogue on Reforming Exclusionary Systems in South Africa."
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $55 (members, $35) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $25 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Why and What Do We Teach?": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Lecture-demo by popular local pianist Louis Nagel.
10 a.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-5346. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Apr. 30, May 21, & June 11. 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]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"KinderConcert": Saline District Library.

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Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra flutist Alaina Bercilla, and pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids age 5 & under (accompanied by an adult) in a 30-minute program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
10:30 a.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required for each child and adult. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 11:30 a.m.-1:30 .pm

"Activate Your Elevator Pitch!": WXW - Women's Exchange of Washtenaw.

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Learn how to hone your personal brand statement to create a strong introduction that can be used in a variety of professional situations in this interactive workshop. A clear introduction is an excellent tool for job seekers, career changers, and professionals to use to create a memorable brand!
Takeaways:
Develop a personal brand statement that can be refined for use on resumes, LinkedIn headlines, networking emails.
Review how the words they use to introduce themselves shape their networking opportunities.
Create new connections to 3 people and add these individuals as ambassadors for their personal brand.
Mediterrano Restaurant, 2900 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $25. info@wxwbusiness.com https://wxwbusiness.com/events/09_2019-activate/ [map]



 Noon  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Sept. 5: Jazz and Broadway tunes by pianist Orville Grant. Sept. 12: Jazz and classical music by pianist Barton Polot. Sept. 19: Classical and ragtime music by the Wyman Duo of siblings Laura (flutist) and Ted (pianist) Wyman. Sept. 26: Celtic fusion by Derzier, the duo of flutist Kelly McDermott and multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier.
Noon-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 Noon  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]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Open House: International Neighbors.

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Area women invited to join women from more than 60 countries to learn about and to sign up for various activities throughout the year, including beginning and intermediate English conversation, foreign language discussion groups, tea groups, and special interest groups such as hiking, quilting, and cooking. International Neighbors is a 61-year-old group of local women who welcome women from other countries during their stays in Ann Arbor. Child care (free) available for kids 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. vp@international-neighbors.org. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor leads a session of this Japanese style of flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20; metered parking. Preregistration required by Sept. 5 at a2ikebana@gmail.com. 647-7600. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. All invited to join a current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey.
1-2 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township Farmers Market.

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Support your local farmer, food producer, and maker by shopping at the Pittsfield Township Farmers Market! The Pittsfield Township Farmers Market includes Live music, Kids Activities, Cooking Demonstrations, and more. The full up to date schedule of activities will be posted to our website: www.pittsfield-mi.gov/farmersmarket and available via social media: https://www.facebook.com/pittsfieldtwpfarmersmarket. Bridge Cards and Double Up Food Bucks accepted. See you at the Market! Market Day mobile: 734.881.7195
Prairie Park, 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Free. 734-822-2121. farmersmarket@pittsfield-mi.gov http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/farmersmarket [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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4, 7:30, & 9:50 p.m. 

"Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice": State Theater.

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(Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, 2019). Documentary about the iconic pop-rock singer.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 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. 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15, 7, & 9:35 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). michtheater.org, 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). statetheatrea2.org, 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.


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play popular board games (list available at theloadeddie.com). "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). facebook.com/drinkblom. [map]


 5 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. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"The Cities That Will Walk Away": U-M Stamps School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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London-based, Scottish-born engineer and digital visionary Vinay Gupta discusses his influential online security and environmental sustainability work. In 2002, he created Hexayurt, a public domain disaster relief shelter intended for use by climate refugees, and he coordinated the launch of an internet currency system in 2015.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:15-6:15 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Wayétu Moore: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This Brooklyn-based writer reads from She Would Be King, her critically acclaimed 2018 debut novel that mixes magical realism and historical fiction to reimagine the story of Liberia's early years through the perspectives of 3 characters: a woman exiled from a West African village, a man raised on a plantation in Virginia, and a Jamaican who's the son of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave. "Moore is a brisk and skilled storyteller who … is also able to render her sprawling cast of characters in ways that feel psychologically compelling," says Kirkus Reviews. Signing. Preceded at 3 p.m. by a roundtable Q&A (Angell Hall Hopwood Rm.).
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]


 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Game materials provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. dwright8182@hotmail.com. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"A2DX Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A moderately-paced ride down Huron River Dr. to Dexter and possibly beyond, 16-25 miles.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, 1010 W. Huron River Dr., (313) 401-8875. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Cut the Cord: Cable TV Alternatives": Dexter District Library.

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Librarians discuss streaming services (such as Netflix and Hulu) and live cable alternatives (such as PlayStation Vue and SlingTV). Also, an introduction to Kanopy, the library's new streaming video service.
6 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Eco Printing with Solstice Handmade": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Solstice Handmade owner Dayna Walton shows all grade 6-adult how to make a series of postcards printed with plant-based inks.
6-8 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Music in the Park": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Lawn games and live music by the area jazz-tinged classic rock cover band Eastside Drive. Bring a picnic, if you wish. Concessions.
6-7:30 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. 484-9676. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Debbie Gonzales: Saline District Library.

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This local children's writer discusses Girls with Guts: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records, her new picture book of mini-biographies of women athletes throughout history.
6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sat., except Sept. 2. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m. (8 a.m. Sat.), 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), the Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs.), & 5700 Jackson (Sat.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), & 929-9022 (Thurs. & Sat.). [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Jazz from Detroit": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Former Detroit Free Press music critic Mark Stryker reads from his new book examining the city's role in shaping modern and contemporary jazz. Signing.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [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 annarbor.nerdnite.com.

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


 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this 90 minute class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. You will also learn how to set up and break down the X-Poles, so that you will be able to use them when you are cleared for open gym.
Please wear shorts (feel free to bring layers to stay warm) and avoid wearing lotion or jewelry to this class.
All genders are welcome in every class at the Aviary. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Civil Air Patrol Open House: Maj Kevin A Adams Memorial Composite Squadron.

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The Major Kevin A Adams Memorial Composite Squadron is inviting you to learn more about the Civil Air Patrol. If you're 12 to 80+ and looking for a challenge, this event is for you. Come meet our cadets and leaders to hear first-hand what it's like to be a cadet or adult member. Learn about incredible opportunities including leadership development, flying, STEM, summer activities, and academic scholarships.
Parents, please join us for this event as well. Adult leaders will be on hand to answer your questions and also tell you about opportunities for adults.
Army Reserve Center, 1980 S Industrial Hwy. Free. bvandermolen@a2cap.org http://www.mi655.miwg.cap.gov/ [map]



 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 12 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$25 covers the workbook for the entire 12 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd. Donation. $25. 734-761-5669. frontdesk@knoxannarbor.org https://knoxannarbor.org/home/grow-connect/care/grief-support/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jonathan Safran Foer: Literati Bookstore/U-M School for Environment and Sustainability.

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This bestselling novelist, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, discusses We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast, his new book calling for behavioral changes to combat climate change. Though best known for his fiction, Foer is no newcomer to nonfiction food writing; his 2009 book, Eating Animals, explores the origins of various eating traditions.
7 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free; preregistration required at literatibookstore.com/event. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Lil Baby: NVRCH Music Festival.

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This Atlanta-based rapper, who won a 2019 BET "Best New Artist" award, headlines this inaugural EMU hip-hop music festival (pronounced "never rich"). A Pitchfork review of his 2018 album, Harder Than Ever, praises his low-key style and technical chops. "His words are vivid, his emotions pronounced, and his flow is frictionless; he hovers just over every beat like a puck on an air hockey table." Openers: Detroit self-styled "queen of R&B trap" Neisha Neshae and Ypsilanti rapper Polo Frost.
7 p.m., EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. Tickets $49-$85 at emutix.com and at the door. 487-2282. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Open Mic with Jake Maltby: Unity Vibration.

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Come one, come all and share your gifts with us. Sing, strum, dance, tell a joke or juggle, we will cheer and you will shine at the Triple Goddess Tasting Room! Your MC for the evening will be Mr. Jake Maltby.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/2083098031986018/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Blues Night": Nicola's Books.

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Retired U-M American culture professor Bruce Conforth reads from Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson, his new biography, co-written with blues historian Gayle Dean Wardlow, of Delta blues legend. Based on 50 years of research beginning with Wardlow's discovery of Johnson's death certificate in 1967, the book reveals many never-before-seen documents. Followed by a performance by local blues musicians.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7 p.m. 

"Promare": Fathom Events.

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(Hiroyuki Imaishi, 2019). Dubbed (Sept. 17) & subtitled (Sept. 19) screenings of this anime adventure about an epic battle between humans and flame-wielding mutants.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 973-8424. [map]


 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.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8. statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 7:30 p.m. 

Nicolas Carter: Ann Arbor Celtic Harpers.

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This Minnesota-born, Paraguay-raised harpist performs stories, songs, and harp works from several South American countries on the Paraguayan harp, a large instrument that produces the most voluminous sound of any harp.
7 p.m., TeaHaus, 204 N. Fourth Ave. $15 donation. 355-0578. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including Finance Camp and others.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Wed. except Oct. 30 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]


 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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [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. 

Reckless Kelly: The Ark.

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A self-described "hick rock" alt-country quintet from Bend, Oregon, that relocated in Austin, Texas, in the mid-90s, where it has since won 7 Austin Chronicle Best Band awards.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 9:25 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Lily Talmers

Michigan indie pop-folk singer-songwriter. Openers: 2 other area pop-folk-singer-songwriters, Frankie and Kamryn Thomas. $7-$10. [venue info]

Blue Llama: "Ann Arbor Jazz Festival."

A 3-day showcase with a focus on Michigan-based jazz. Tonight: Headliner (10 p.m.): Justin Walter's Woodland Creatures, an ensemble, led by local trumpeter Walter, that debuts his collection of 2010 compositions inspired by the animals that dwell in the woods. Openers: Marion Hayden Quartet (8:30 p.m., solo guitarist Miles Okasaki (7 p.m.), and Eliza Salem Quartet (5:30 p.m.). [venue info]

Circ Bar: "Dance Marathon."

With U-M student performers. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

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

The local Pontiac Trailblazers, a bluegrass quartet led by bassist Ryan 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]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones 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 Fritzemeier. [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. [venue info]

 
 


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