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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 3, 2019






 
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 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 info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 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.


 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m  Free! 

"Central Bank of the Future": U-M Center on Finance, Law & Policy.

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Oct. 2 & 3. Two-day conference of talks by financial experts on how banks could use monetary policy, financial sector supervision, and payment systems to increase access to financial products for low-income people, immigrants, women, and other vulnerable groups around the world. Keynote talks by Women's World Banking CEO Mary Ellen Iskenderian (Wed., 4:10 p.m.) and Financial Health Network CEO Jennifer Tescher (Thurs., 9:10 a.m.).
Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw. Free; preregistration required at financelawpolicy.umich.edu/central-bank-of-the-future-conference. 763-4687. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Central Bank of the Future Conference": University of Michigan Center on Finance, Law & Policy.

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Central Banks play an increasingly important role in what is called "financial inclusion," which is providing useful & affordable financial services to people around the world in a sustainable way. As technology continues to change the financial sector, however, there may be new ways in which these institutions undertake this work. Jennifer Tescher of Financial Health Network & Mary Ellen Iskenderian of Women's World Banking keynote this conference, co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Governors & Deputy Governors from around the world, along with standard-setters, regulators, and other stakeholders will cover technology and financial inclusion, digital currency (fiat and non-fiat), and Anti-Money Laundering.
University of Michigan Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-763-4687. centralbankconference@umich.edu http://financelawpolicy.umich.edu/central-bank-of-the-future-conference [map]



 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! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
9 a.m.(Oct.) & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr. 996-8440.


 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.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 7-Oct. 28, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a Corn Queen Combine playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, paintball, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $18.75 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $14.49 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]


 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Debbie Dingell": Ann Arbor District Library. Downtown Youth Story Corner.

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This local congresswoman reads Mister G's Señorita Mariposa, about the extraordinary monarch butterfly migration from Canada to Mexico that usually starts in October each year. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
Downtown Youth Story Corner. Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs. 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]


 10-11:30 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]


 10:30 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 a.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Works!": Saline District Library.

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Michigan Works! Southeast representative Jasmine Pearson discusses "Online Job Searching" (Oct. 3 & 14) & "Resume Strategies" (Oct. 10).
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs. Closed Dec. 24-27, & 31. 794-6250. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 3, 17, 24, & 31. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 3: University of Toronto law and politics professor Keisuke Iida on "Is Japanese Trade Policy Finally Proactive? Japan's Multilateral Leadership in TPP." Oct. 17: Bard College (NY) human rights and journalism professor Ian Buruma on "Reeking of Mud: Japanese Counter-Culture in the 1960s and 70s." Oct. 24: University of Tokyo Institute of Social Science professor Yukio Maeda on "The Prime Minister and Public Opinion in Japan." Oct. 31: Yale University East Asian languages and literatures professor emeritus John Treat on "Put to the Test: HIV/AIDS, Japan, and Sexual Citizenship."
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 3, 16, & 17. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 3: Johns Hopkins University history professor Casey Lurtz on "19th-Century Negotiations Over the Mexico-Guatemala Frontier." Oct. 16: DePauw University postdoc Paige Andersson on "Crises of Care: Narrating Central American and Mexican Migration Through Children and Families." Oct. 17: DePauw University history professor Tony Andersson on "Climate, Caravans, and Historical Violence in Central America."
Noon, 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Fee. 763-0553. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs. & Fri. through Oct. 18. 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]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Oct. 3 & 10: Cancelled. Oct. 17: Folk-rock trio Souls Alike. Oct. 24: Popular local folk duo Gemini. Oct. 31: U-M violin and piano students of music professor Danielle Belen.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1-3 p.m. 

"The History of Antisemitism": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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The story of antisemitism is a story of hatred and horror, a story of lies and cruelty, a story of good people doing worse things. It is a story central to western culture and its main religion, Christianity. This course will look at this story of antisemitism and how and why it came to be and persists to this day.
Ken is a Unitarian Universalist minister of 46 years standing, 25 with the Ann Arbor congregation. Ken has twice served 3 years in the Army and has for 53 years been involved in the peace movement. Kenneth Phifer leads this Study Group and meets Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 pm on October 3 - October 31.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Lounge, 1400 W. Stadium Ave. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm a meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Glacier Hills Retirement Community/The Manor, 1200 Earhart Rd. Free. 7343692716. aelliston@alz.org alz.org/mglc [map]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Nov. 2-3, 9-10, 17, & 23All invited to help remove non-native shrub in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Nov. 2: Kuebler Langford (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance, 1500 Beechwood Dr..Nov. 3: Berkshire Creek Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the end of Warwick Rd. off Glenwood). Nov. 9: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance, 650 Beechwood Dr.). Nov. 10: Foxfire West Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance, 3120 Birchwood Dr.). Nov. 17: Sunset Brooks (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance, 800 Sunset Rd.). Nov. 23: Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Barton Dam parking lot, 1010 W. Huron River Dr.).
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3:30, 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]


 3:45 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.


 3:45 & 9:45 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, 7:05, & 9:45 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 & 7 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Finding One's Racial Self: It's Always Personal": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Talk by U-M history professor Earl Lewis.
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. 615-7400. [map]


 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]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Oct. 3, 8, 10, 17, 24, & 31. Visiting artists discuss their work.

Oct. 3: English milliner and fashion icon Stephen Jones, whose avant-garde hats have attracted celebrity clients from Princess Diana to Lady Gaga.

Oct. 8: Well-known feminist art critic and activist Lucy Lippard is joined by multidisciplinary artist and feminist art theory expert Faith Wilding in a discussion of Lippard's work and the current creative-political climate in the U.S. 5:30 p.m., UMMA (525 S. State).

Oct. 10: Japanese artist Mari Katayama, a double amputee who features her own body in provocative works that combine photography, sculpture, and textiles.

Oct. 17: Lauren Bon, an L.A.-based artist whose public art projects include a 32-acre field of corn she grew in a downtown L.A. brownfield and a project in which 100 mules walked along the L.A. aqueduct to illustrate the city's dependence on rural water sources.

Oct. 24: Marilyn Minter, a New York-based painter whose photorealistic works critique contemporary beauty and sensuality ideals and the hyper-feminization of pop culture and marketing.

Oct. 31: Joe Caslin, an Irish illustrator and street artist whose massive murals address suicide, drug addition, economic marginalization, sexual consent, and other contemporary issues.

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5:10 p.m. (except Oct. 8), Michigan Theater (except Oct. 8). 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]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Under Pressure: Confronting stress and anxiety in children and teenagers": The Independent Schools of Ann Arbor.

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Psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Lisa Damour will discuss the anxiety and stress experienced by children and teens, and how parents can best support them. You'll hear fresh insights from her years as the Adolescence columnist for the New York Times, and her two best selling books, Untangled and Under Pressure.
Come to connect and learn about:
- the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress and anxiety
- research-based practical fixes to help young people manage naturally occurring tension, toxic stress, and anxiety
- how to help our sons and daughters build strength and confidence from pre-school through high school
The Campbell Center for the Performing Arts at Greenhills School, 850 Greenhills Drive. Free. 734-769-4010. info@greenhillsschool.org www.greenhillsschool.org [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. Game materials provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. dwright8182@hotmail.com. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Under Pressure: Confronting Stress and Anxiety in Children and Teens": The Independent Schools of Ann Arbor.

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Talk by psychologist Lisa Damour, former "Adolescence" columnist for the New York Times.
6 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. 769-4010. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Walking with Our Ancestors: Cape Coast Castle": U-M Library/U-M School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

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Illinois State University ethnomusicology professor Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum performs her award-winning, nationally recognized performance art piece that mimics a ritual journey with live drumming, storytelling, song, dance, and drama. The narrative is inspired by recent ethnographic field research in former dungeons for enslaved Africans at Cape Coast, Ghana.
Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"What Lies Upstream": Ann Arbor District Library.

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(Cullen Hoback, 2017). Documentary about drinking water safety. Followed by a panel discussion with Michigan Environmental Council legislative affairs director Charlotte Jameson, Ecology Center senior scientist Gillian Zaharias Miller, & Kettering University (Flint) social science professor Benjamin Pauli, author of Flint Fights Back: Environmental Justice and Democracy in the Flint Crisis.
AADL Downtown Branch. Free. 327-4200.


 6:15-7:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to decorate picture frames and make papel picado (tissue paper cutouts).
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Scratch 3.0": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of this kid-friendly computer programming platform.
AADL Downtown Training Center. Free. 327-4200.


 6:45 p.m. 

"Floating Pumpkin Patch": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Kids ages 3-13 invited to search for pumpkins in the pool. Lifejackets available. Cider & donuts and a pumpkin craft.
6:45-8:15 p.m., Saline Rec Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $8 in advance by Sept. 22; $10 after Sept. 22; $12 on the day of the event. Preregistration required (no walk-ins). salinerec.com, 429-3502. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"An Introduction to Meditation": Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Our minds are constantly busy, swirling from thought to thought in a process referred to as "monkey mind" by Buddhist teachers. Meditation helps us make friends with and tame our "monkey," increasing our mindfulness, stability and awareness and relieving the pressures of our goal-oriented lives.
Led by Lama Nancy Burks, this session will include instruction, practice, and discussion, and give you the tools you need to develop a regular sitting meditation practice of your own.
Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Choling, 614 Miner St. Free. Donation. 734-678-7549. nburks.61053@yahoo.com annarborktc.org [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Mean Girls": State Theatre.

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(Mark Waters, 2004) Popular comedy about a transfer student confronting the tacit laws of a public high school in the suburbs of Illinois.
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.


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic Night 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, 93 ecorse rd, Ypsilanti. Free. tommy@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/455139995089271/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Aaron Hamburger: Literati Bookstore.

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This Rome Prize-winning Washington, D.C.-based writer reads from and discusses Nirvana Is Here, his new novel about a history professor who must confront long-buried trauma when his ex-husband is accused of sexual harassment. "Hamburger is tender and provocative in his examinations of sexual abuse, racial strife in 90s Detroit, and the way that discovering Nirvana changes everything for [his protagonist]," says an Electric Literature review. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [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]



 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Circles Volunteer Orientation!: Friends In Deed.

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At our Volunteer Information Session you will:
•Learn about local poverty and how it affects our community
•Meet Allies and participants to hear how Circles has impacted them personally
•Find out how YOU can best use your time & talents in the Circles program
St. Luke - Ann Arbor, 4205 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 734-340-9042. suzanne@friendsindeedmi.org https://www.facebook.com/events/947399142258779/ [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! 

"Desserts by Decade: The 1950s": Chelsea District Library.

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Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers shares some popular dessert recipes from the 1950s and local writer/historian Patti Smith serves up some 1950s history.
7-8:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


  7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fierce Reads Author Panel": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Four national teen fantasy writers discuss their new books. Sara Faring's The Tenth Girl is about a bold Argentinean fleeing the military regime that took her mother, only to find refuge in a haunted house. L.L. McKinney's A Dream So Dark is an Alice in Wonderland spinoff about a brave girl attempting to rescue her friend from the Black Knight in Wonderland. Margaret Owen's The Merciful Crow is about a mercy killer who must use her wits and some magic to smuggle a crown prince to safety. Kathy Rose Pool's There Will Come A Darkness is about 5 people on a collision course that will determine their fate. Signing.
Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introductory Woodcarving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of the art of woodcarving and carve a small object to take home.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Opals!": Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Presentation by club member Benny Gray.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Haunted: The Great Lakes Ghost Project": Roustabout Theatre Troupe.

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Join the Roustabout Theatre Troupe as we end the 2019 season with a world premiere by Joseph Zettelmaier.
In 2017, Joe began a journey across his home state. He set about to collect a wide variety of ghost stories and true otherworldly encounters by Michiganders from Milan to Marquette. From these stories came a theatrical piece, weaving tales of the supernatural with our narrator's attempt to answer the question that has haunted so many of us: Do you believe in ghosts?
Directed by Anna Simmons.
Starring Julia Garlotte, Dan Johnson, Alysia Kolascz, and Allison Megroet.
Set Design by Jen Maiseloff. Lighting Design by Dustin Miller. Sound and Projections by Will Myers. Costume Design by Josie Lapczynski.
Performances:
Preview Thursday at 7:30pm - October 3rd
Fridays at 8pm - October 4th, 11th, and 18th
Saturdays at 8pm - October 5th, 12th, and 19th
Sundays at 2pm - October 6th, 13th, and 20th
Tickets: $24 for adults, $15 for students, $22 for seniors over 60
YES- Ypsi Experimental Space, 8 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $24 for adults, $15 for students, $22 for seniors over 60.. 7346810112. info@roustabouttheatre.com https://roustabout.brownpapertickets.com [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

Adam Degi: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 3-5. This Grand Rapids comedian is known for riffs, rants, and unfiltered observational humor that make it difficult to tell whether he's telling a well-written joke or just getting something off his chest. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri.-Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri.-Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Peter Ho Davies: Concordia University.

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This U-M creative writing professor, an award-winning fiction writer of mixed Welsh-Chinese heritage, reads from and discusses his work. His 2016 novel, The Fortunes, is a sly, funny, and intelligent retelling of American history through the lives of Chinese Americans, including a railroad baron's valet, Hollywood's first Chinese movie star, a hate crime victim whose death mobilizes Asian Americans, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption. Writer Celeste Ng says, "The Fortunes might be the most honest, unflinching, cathartically biting novel I've read about the Chinese American experience."
Concordia University Kreft Center Recital Hall, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [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. The Oct. 24 & 31 shows feature "Spooky Campfire Stories."
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Haunted: The Great Lakes Ghost Project": Roustabout Theatre Troupe.

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Oct. 3-6, 11-13, & 18-20. Anna Simmons directs local actors in the world premiere of local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier's new play based on ghost stories he collected from around the state. The vignettes are connected by a narrator attempting to answer the question, "Do you believe in ghosts?" Cast: Julia Garlotte, Dan Johnson, Alysia Kolasczk, and Allison Megroet.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Ypsilanti Experimental Space (YES), 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $24 (seniors, $22; students, $15) in advance at roustabout.brownpapertickets.com & by phone, and at the door. 681-0112. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"Manhattan Short Film Festival": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(various directors, 2019). Screening of the 2019 finalists from arguably the largest short film festival in the world. Followed by a chance to vote for your favorite.
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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Sense & Sensibility": U-M Theatre Department.

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Every Thurs-Sun., Oct. 3-Oct. 13. Professor Priscilla Lindsay directs Kate Hamill's 2014 feminist adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel that New York Times drama critic Ben Brantley calls an "enchanting romp of a play" that "expands and magnifies Austen's delicate comic worldview without cracking a single teacup." When their family estate is inherited by a half-brother, 3 adolescent sisters must suddenly navigate adulthood and care for their newly widowed mother on their own.
Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave. Tickets $30, (students, $13) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Jazz students and faculty perform originals and jazz standards in small and large groups. Note: Limited seating; early arrival recommended.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Jim Gaffigan: Live Nation.

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This Indiana native is a veteran actor, stand-up comic, and father of 5 known for his mordant observational humor, misdirectional jokes built on absurdist logical leaps, and his "Hot Pockets" routine.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $77-$205 in advance at Ticketmaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Radney Foster and Kim Richey: The Ark.

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Double bill. A major influence on the alt-country and Americana genres, veteran Texas singer-songwriter Foster is known for his soulful, sharply etched evocations of the hidden emotional and spiritual realities of American life. Sweet-voiced southwestern Ohio singer-songwriter Richey wrote Foster's hit "Nobody Wins." Her music blends country themes with the irony and attitude of modern rock and the strong melodic hooks of classic pop.
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) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Admissions": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 20-Oct. 13. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere of NYC playwright Joshua Harmon's 2018 satire about a progressive white couple whose proud legacy of diversifying the mostly white boarding school at which they work is challenged when their high-achieving son doesn't get in to Yale, while his quarter-black best friend, with worse grades, does. An exploration of the hypocrisy of liberals who want to promote diversity without giving up any power or privilege, the play is praised by a New York Times critic as "an extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire-of the left, by the left, for the left-for today." Cast: Joe Bailey, Sarah Burcon, Diane Hill, Jeremy Kucharek, and Cynthia Szczesny.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $22 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 21. Michelle Mountain directs the world premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's 2nd Sherlock Holmes play, which features the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the playboy Prince of Wales on the eve of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Coincidentally, the master chef Auguste Escoffier needs the detective's help as well. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Tom Whalen, and David Bendena.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Randy's Cheeseburger Picnic

A mix of stand-up and silly contests by this character from the popular Canadian mock-reality TV show Trailer Park Boys. $20 ($25 at the door). [venue info]

Club Above: "The Usual Suspects."

Hip-hop showcase with DJs MegaBlown, DJ Hunt, & Skeezus and MCs Ever Evolved, Tru Klassick, Yung Tact, K3nsway, Sigidy, Black Alfalfa, Mid Coast Connection, & Larcin. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Mia Green Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [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]

Mash: The Urban Legend Trio

Soul-based music by this Toledo ensemble whose music also draws on elements of blues, funk, R&B, and jazz. [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]

Ypsi Alehouse: Blockhouse Valley

Pop covers by the Detroit-area duo of vocalist Ashleigh Glass and guitarist Coody Cooper. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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