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Calendar of Events

Monday, September 30, 2019






 
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 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. coachalexys@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 9 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

59th U-M Organ Conference.

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Sept. 28-Oct. 1 (various locations). Annual festival. Today: Several Bach-themed lectures and recitals (9, 10, & 11 a.m. and 1:30, 3, & 4 p.m.), a world premiere recital by U-M carillonneur Tiffany Ng (noon, Lurie Tower, 1230 Murfin) of Trevor Watson's Baroque Today, a performance of Bach choral music by the U-M Orpheus Singers (5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, 1100 Baits), a recital by Centralia (IL) carillonneur Roy Kroezen (7 p.m., Burton Tower), and "Organ Music of Gerald Near (b. 1942): Futurist Building Upon the Foundations of Bach" (8 p.m., Hill Auditorium), with CMU organist Steven Egler.
9 a.m.-8 p.m.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"A2 Early Morning Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Pace & destination TBA.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), meet at Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport Rd Free. 996-8440. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

Call if temperatures are below 45 degrees.
9 a.m. (except in Oct., 10 a.m.), meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 663-5060.


 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]


 11 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.


 3:40, 6:30, & 9:15 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, 6:45, & 9:20 p.m. 

"Downton Abbey": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Michael Engler's 2019 film adaptation of the hugely popular PBS series about the the Crawley family and the servants who work for them in the English countryside in the early 20th century.
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 & 7:10 p.m. 

"Honeyland": State Theatre.

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(Tamara Kotevska & Ljubo Stefanov, 2019). Documentary about beekeeping in the mountains of Macedonia.
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]


 4-6 p.m.  Online 

Holiday Observances: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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Sept. 18, 19, 28, & 29. All invited to a religiously secular celebration of the 10 days of the Jewish New Year.

Sept. 18 (7 p.m.): Online Rosh Hashanah observance with readings, meditation, and music.

Sept. 19 (10 a.m.): In-person Tashlich observance, with participants encouraged to "let go of shortcomings" by tossing flower petals into the river. Meet at Island Park, off Maiden Ln. between Broadway and Fuller; preregistration required.

Sept. 28 (7 p.m.): Online Kol Nidre service in preparation for the Day of Atonement.

Sept. 29 (2 p.m.): Online Yom Kippur observance, with participants encouraged to consider how their actions affect the greater community. Followed at 6 p.m. by a Break-the-Fast Virtual "Potluck."
Various times, for online meeting URL preregister at JewishCulturalSociety.org (unless otherwise noted). Free, but donations appreciated online or by sending a check to Tamara Lewis, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr., 48108. 975-9872.



 4:10 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.


 4:15, 7, & 9:40 p.m. 

"Ad Astra": State Theatre.

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(James Gray, 2019). Adventure film about a space explorer on a mission to recover his missing father's prior expedition. Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler.
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.


 4:20, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Judy": Michigan Theater.

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(Rupert Goold, 2019). Biopic starring Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland 30 years after The Wizard of Oz.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, free; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Aquarela": State Theatre.

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(Victor Kossakovsky, 2019). Documentary exploring the beautiful and destructive aspects of water.
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.


 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.


 5:30 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, 2960 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $20. (734) 747-0123. betterlivingfitness.com [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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Brittney Morris: Nicola's Books.

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This Seattle-based writer reads from SLAY, her new YA novel about a teen game developer battling a racist troll intent on ruining her Black Panther-inspired game and the safety of its online community for black gamers.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Khaled Mattawa: Literati Bookstore.

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This renowned Arab American poet and U-M creative writing professor reads from Mare Nostrum, his new collection of pointed, incantatory poems about the fate of Africans and Middle Eastern refugees following the Italian government's 2013 moves to limit immigration. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. beginning Sept. 9. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each session begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Sept. 9: "10 Minutes to Live--Now What?" Sept. 16: "Dreams & Nightmares: The Science Behind the Stories of Your Mind." Sept. 23: "Stem Cells: The Miracle Cure You May Be Missing Out On." Sept. 30: "A Story of Hope from Rwanda."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Secret World of Arrietty": Fathom Events.

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(Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2012). Studio Ghibli anime based on Mary Norton's classic 1952 children's novel The Borrowers, about a family of tiny people living in the recesses of a human home. Dubbed (Sept. 29) & subtitled (Sept. 30). 12:55 p.m. (Sept. 29) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 30).
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 7:30 p.m. 

"How to Survive a Plague": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(David France, 2012) Documentary about 2 grassroots AIDS activism organizations in the late 80s. Followed by Q&A.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, free; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. beginning Sept. 9. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 274-0773. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Groundhog Day": State Theatre.

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(Harold Ramis, 1993). Clever, charming comedy about a burned-out weatherman condemned to relive the same day for an apparent eternity. Bill Murray.
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.


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Meanwhile in Tübingen" Podcast Release & LIVE Episode Recording: German-American Institute, Tübingen, Germany.

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Did you know that Ann Arbor has a sister city in Germany named "Tübingen"? Did you know that these transatlantic sisters actually have a lot in common?
Come check out the release of "Meanwhile in Tübingen," a podcast in which two American expats are tasked with telling American audiences (especially Ann Arborites) what Tübingen is all about. They reflect, often humorously, on life in Germany, cultural differences and similarities, and realize there's so much more they have to learn about a city they've called home for the past several years.
As part of that journey, the podcast team will be visiting Ann Arbor in Sept-Oct, interviewing members of the community and culminating in a live recording of a special "Sister City" episode. During the live recording, they will share what they learned about Ann Arbor during their visit, and give audience members the opportunity to reflect with them and answer and ask questions.
This podcast is sponsored by The Year of German-American Friend
TeaHaus, 204-206 N 4th Ave. Free. kim.schafhauser@dai-tuebingen.de https://www.dai-tuebingen.de/ [map]



 9:50 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Habitat Lounge: Cat Canyon

Veteran Detroit roots-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Roe Bickley Kramer Trio

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Josef Deas, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]

 
 


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