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Calendar of Events

Monday, October 7, 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. [map]

 10am-5pm  Free! 

"Día de los Muertos Tapete and Ofrendas Display": U-M Residential College.

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Oaxaca- and Seattle-based visiting Artist Fulgencio Lazo will work with U-M students and community members to design and create a tapete, or carpet of colored sand for Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. It will be created on the floor of the RC Art Gallery within East Quadrangle.
The tapete and Día de los Muertos ofrendas will be on display to the public through October 18.
RC Art Gallery East Quadrangle, 701 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]

 10 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.

 11:45 a.m.  Free! 

"Social, Behavioral and Experimental Economics Seminar Series": U-M School of Information.

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Oct. 7, 21, & 28. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 7: UC-San Diego economics professor Joel Sobel on "Lying and Deception in Games." Oct. 21: "Exploration in Teams and the Encouragement Effect." Hanken School of Economics (Helsinki) professor Topi Miettinen discusses his research on how to motivate and manage groups working for the private and the public good. Oct. 28: "Equity Concerns Are Narrowly Framed." University of Pennsylvania business economics professor Judd Kessler discusses his research that explains some irrational behavioral phenomena.
Ehrlicher Rm., 3100 North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 764-7717. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Paved Roads Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. A fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced training ride, 18-24 miles, along country roads west of town.
Meet in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Broad and Grand, Dexter. 426-5116.

 Noon  Free! 

"Environmental History and Military Metabolism in the War of Independence": U-M Clements Library.

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Juniata College (PA) history professor David Hsiung discusses his current research at the Clements Library.
Noon-1 p.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at 764-2347. [map]


U-M Ice Hockey.

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Nov. 8 & 9: Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Nov. 14: MSU. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 6 & 7: Penn State. 8:30 p.m. (Dec. 6) & 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 7).

Jan. 25: U. S National Development Team. Exhibition game against a team of players age 17 & under in the Plymouthr-based U.S. National Development Team. 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1: OSU. 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7 & 8: Wisconsin. 6:30 p.m. (Feb. 7) & 7:30 (Feb. 8)

Feb. 21 & 22: Notre Dame 6 p.m. (Feb. 21) & 4 p.m. (Feb. 22)
Various times (see listing), Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10-$65 at 764-0247. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 7 & 21. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 7: "Libraries and Mobilities." University of Cape Town history professor Shamil Jeppie discusses the history of book buying, selling, and lending in northwest Africa. Oct. 21: Yale University Near Eastern languages and civilization professor Kevin van Bladel on "The Reshaping of Persian after the 7th-Century Arabian Conquest and Colonization."
2 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 647-4143. [map]

 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"LGBTQ Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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All invited to help edit LGBTQ entries on Wikipedia.
2-5 p.m., Hatcher Grad Library ScholarSpace (2nd fl.), enter from the Diag. Free., 647-7406.

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Monstrous Movie Mayhem!": Saline District Library.

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Every Mon. All teens invited to watch spooky movies in anticipation of Halloween. Oct. 7: Beetlejuice, Tim Burton's 1988 horror-comedy about a young couple who become ghosts haunting their former home and hire an obnoxious exorcist to scare off the house's new inhabitants. Oct. 14: Poltergeist, Tobe Hooper's classic 1982 horror flick about a family haunted by demonic ghosts. Oct. 21: The Addams Family, Barry Sonnenfeld's 1991 comic fantasy about an eccentric, macabre family. Oct. 28: Corpse Bride, Tim Burton's 2005 animated fantasy about a shy groom practicing his wedding vows and a young ghost who believes he's speaking to her.
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"1st Monday Lego Club": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 3-11 invited to participate in a collaborative building activity, followed by free play.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 3:30, 6:30, & 9 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]

 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., 668-TIME.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Held Hostage: Ensuring the Safe Return of Americans Held Captive Abroad": Wallace House.

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Each year, it's estimated that hundreds of American journalists, humanitarian aid workers, business people and tourists are taken captive by foreign governments, terrorist groups and criminal organizations. How can we better understand U.S. hostage policy and the risks and challenges of bringing our fellow Americans home? Join us for a discussion on negotiating with hostile actors, growing threats to journalists and aid workers both at home and abroad, and the safety measures they should undertake. Join Diane Foley of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and moderator Margaux Ewen, executive director of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, for this important conversation.
Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. (734) 998-7666. [map]

 4, 7, & 9:20 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Held Hostage: Ensuring the Safe Return of Americans Held Captive Abroad": U-M Wallace House.

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Panel discussion with Panel discussion on U.S. hostage policy, how to negotiate with hostile actors, and growing foreign and domestic threats to journalists and aid workers. With James W. Foley Legacy Foundation founder Diane Foley and Committee to Protect Journalists executive director Joel Simon. Foley Foundation executive director Margaux Ewen moderates. Q&A.
4 p.m., Ford School Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 998-7666. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Space and Flows in Roman Literature: Towards a Heuristics of Living Under Empire": U-M Classical Studies Department.

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University of New Mexico classics professor Osman Umurhan discusses the ways globalization in the Roman Empire affected literary representations of territorial and cultural spaces and of the flow of ideas and people.
4 p.m., 2175 Angell Hall. Free. 764-0360. [map]

 4:15, 6:45, & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:25, 7:10, & 9:50 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., 668-TIME.

 4:45 & 9 p.m. 

"Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Janice Engel, 2019). Documentary about the celebrated Texan political columnist who took on good-ol'-boy southern politics.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 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. [map]

 5:45 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with some stretching, and once the body warms up, begins to pick up the pace. You will work on a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 6:50 & 9:55 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)., 668-TIME.

 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

Art Opening: Jesse Rubenfeld: Unity Vibration.

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I am a painter and Illustrator based in Ypsilanti Michigan. I have worked on my creator owned series Into The Dust, as well as 6 comic books teaching people magic tricks written by mentalist Patrick Redford. I curated and published 3 collections of short comic stories of Michigan cartoonists in conjunction with traveling exhibits. I received my BFA from Eastern Michigan University in 2006, and have had my art in a half dozen gallery exhibits on comic and pop art. In 2016 I had my first solo exhibition titled "Pop! Cultured?" which featured over 50 of my paintings. I enjoy putting puzzles in my paintings, drawing with both of my hands, and painting cartoon characters in a realistic way. I am currently producing a new painting every week for my Patreon followers, as well as a freelance illustrator for some publications like Current Affairs.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Crafts: Saline District Library.

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All adults invited. Supplies provided. Crafts include "Hello Gourd-geous" wooden pumpkins (Sept. 20) & "Looking Glass" Halloween crystal balls (Oct. 7 & 18). The Oct. 18 craft is geared toward seniors.
7-8:30 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

David Hornibrook: Nicola's Books.

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This Pushcart-winning Detroit-bred poet (and U-M MFA grad) reads from Night Manual, his new collection of lush poems that function as a survival guide for the ups and downs of everyday life. In sections loosely inspired by the seasons, the book progresses from grief to gratitude and touches on everything from starlings and deer to robots and Miley Cyrus. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Garth Nix: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This bestselling Australia-based teen novelist, best known for his Old Kingdom series, discusses Angel Mage, his new feminist fantasy about a young, powerful magician joined by 4 unlikely peers in a quest to evade their enemies.
AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each session begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Oct. 7: "I Lived in a Dumpster: How a Homeless Teen Rose to the Top of Her Class." Oct. 14: "Surviving the Death of a Loved One." Oct. 21: "Loving Those with Cancer." Oct. 28: "Zombies! What's the Fascination?"
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Elvis Unleashed": Fathom Events.

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Oct. 7 & 10. Documentary that includes footage and outtakes from Elvis's "'68 Comeback Special" as well as performances by actor-musician Dennis Quaid and singer-songwriter Jade Jackson. Note: The Oct. 10 show is at Ann Arbor 20 & Emagine only.
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50 & $12.50 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"House Cleaning with Herbs, Essential Oils, & Eco-Friendly Formulas": Herb Study Group.

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Talk by club president Madolyn Kaminski.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Sharenthood: Why We Should Think Before We Talk about Our Kids Online": Literati Bookstore.

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University of New Hampshire law professor Leah Plunkett discusses her new book about the ways adults unwittingly compromise children's privacy. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The 2020 Census: Count Every Person. Once. In the Right Place": League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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EVENT CANCELLED: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and state representative Yousef Rabhi talk with a retired Census Bureau staffer about the census.
EVENT CANCELLED: Ann Arbor District Library Downtown. Free. 327-4200.

 7:05 p.m.  Free! 

Free Community Yoga: Ringstar Studio.

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Come to Ringstar for a free mixed level yoga class. No previous yoga experience necessary.
Mats, blocks, and straps are available for borrowing. Please register online if you need to borrow one of our mats, otherwise online registration is not required.
Free community yoga is offered the first Monday evening of each month at Ringstar (unless there's a holiday, in which case free yoga takes place the following week).
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. Free. 734-335-1625. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"National Theater Live: Fleabag": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Vicky Jones directs the National Theatre (London) live broadcast of Phoebe Waller-Bridge's vicious, clever one-woman show that inspired the hugely popular BBC comedy of the same name, about a complicated nameless woman who attempts to navigate London life in the aftermath of a recent tragedy. The New Yorker calls the show a "precision black-humor mechanism, a warped and affecting tale about one single woman's existence."
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $18 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $16; MTF members, $14;, 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. 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]

 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Griffin House: The Ark.

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Ohio-bred Americana-inflected pop-rock singer-songwriter known for his intelligent, heartfelt lyrics and engaging melodies. "There are shadows of Bruce Springsteen, hues of '70s rock and roll, and traces of something sounding palatably mainstream," says a No Depression review of his new album, Rising Star.
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, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan: Michigan Taiwanese American Organization/U-M School of Music.

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A chamber ensemble drawn from the orchestra is joined by U-M music faculty in a program that ranges from traditional Chinese folk music to new works for both traditional Chinese and Western instruments. With piccolo player Amy Porter, violinist Matt Albert, pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng, and percussionist Michael Gould.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Habitat Lounge: Bekah Greenman

Livonia singer-songwriter whose repertoire also includes jazz standards and pop covers. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Justin Walter's Poe Boys

Traditional jazz stomps, shuffles, and 1920s-1930s show tunes by this local ensemble led by trumpeter & cornetist Justin Walter. With saxophonist-clarinetist Chris Tabaczynski, guitarist-banjoist Erik McIntye, and Sousaphonist Chris Smith. [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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