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Calendar of Events

Monday, October 21, 2019

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 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Glass Pumpkin Fest: The Glass Academy.

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Oct. 20 & 21. Show and sale of glass pumpkins and live glass-blowing demos.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market. Free admission. (313) 220-6035.

 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.

 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]

 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! 

"Dinosaur Petting Zoo": Chelsea District Library.

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Interactive dinosaur exhibit from the U-M Natural History museum includes touchable dinosaur specimens and dino-themed activities. For kids in grades K-2.
3:30-5:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Organizing for Algorithmic Accountability: Lessons from Data for Black Lives": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Talk by Data for Black Lives (Cambridge, MA) founder Max Clermont discusses his use of data tools, such as statistical modeling and crowdsourcing, to improve the lives of black people.
4 p.m., Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490. [map]

 4:45, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Stanley Nelson, 2019). Documentary with never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos of the mercurial jazz legend.
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.

 5:30 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 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.
Northfield Township Senior Center, 9101 N. Main St., Whitmore Lake. Free. 800-272-3900. [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]

 6-7:30 p.m. 

"Balancing Work and Motherhood": Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Sometimes called the "fifth trimester" the transition back to work brings many new challenges for mom. Balancing work, family, and relationships can be tricky! Join us for this facilitated workshop where we discuss the challenges of working outside of the home, and provide tips for keeping your sanity. Meet other moms in similar situations and learn their go-to strategies. Snacks provided!
Great for those who have attended and aged out of our weekday moms group, or for any mom coping with the transition back to work. Babies/toddlers welcome!
October Topic: Managing relationships. It can be hard enough to manage work and parenting. How do you keep up with the other relationships in your life (partner, family, friends)? Have things changed since becoming a parent?
A2B2 Headquarters, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $15. 734-221-0158. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Stitches & Knots: Drop-In Knitting and Crochet": Saline District Library.

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All invited to bring a fiber art project to work on.
6:30-8:30 p.m., SDL Brecon Rm., 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Durwood Coffey: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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This area illustrator discusses his career working with automakers, Marvel Comics, Sesame Street, and other organizations.
7 p.m., AAWA Headquarters, 4844 Jackson, ste. 100. Free. [map]

 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]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Audience of One": Ann Arbor District Library.

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New York Times TV critic James Poniewozik discusses his new book on the role of TV in creating Trump.
AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Social Marketing For Writers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and teen novelist Bethany Neal discuss how to make connections online and interact with readers in low-stress ways. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Tai Chi": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Spiral Chi Center owner Sifu Greg Knollmeyer offers a hands-on introduction to this popular Chinese art of movement and meditation.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 7-8:30 p.m. p.m.  Free! 

"Jackpot": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Best-selling YA writer Nic Stone discusses her new novel about a teen girl whose life-a daily grind of taking care of her little brother, working to help her mother pay the bills, and trying to keep up with her schoolwork-is transformed when she wins the lottery. Signing.
AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting room. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m. 

"QT8: The First Eight": Fathom Events.

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(Tara Wood, 2019). Documentary about the first 21 years of iconic filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's career.
7 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Deborah Blum discusses her book about the titanic battle, led by US agriculture department chemist Harvey Washington Wiley, to make food safe in early 20th-century America.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Eyes on the Forest: What You Can Do to Help Prevent New Forest Pest Invasions": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Talk by MSU social forestry adjunct professor Georgia Peterson.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Octubafest: Student Recitals": U-M School of Music.

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Oct. 21 & 22. Euphonium and tuba students of Fritz Kaenzig perform a wide variety of solo and ensemble works.
U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Songhoy Blues

All ages admitted. Desert blues music quartet from Timbuktu, formed in Bamako after they were forced to leave their homes during the civil conflict and the imposition of Sharia law. The group is one of the principal subjects of the documentary film They Will Have To Kill Us First. With local DJ Brian Tomsic. $10. 8 p.m.- midnight. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Omar Aragones

Detroit electronic R&B and soul singer-songwriter. [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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