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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 23, 2019






 
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 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]


 10-11 a.m 

"Nature Storytimes": Leslie Science & Nature Center,.

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Every Wed. & Sun., except Dec. 15, 25, & 29. All kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different snow-related themes.

Dec. 4: "Brr! It's Cold!"

Dec. 8 & 11: "Animal Prints."

Dec. 18: "Snow Day!" This theme may happen earlier if there is snowfall.

Dec. 22: "Winter Nap Time."
Programs temporarily offsite at Gallup Park (3000 Fuller Rd). $5 per kid (members, $4), adults & kids under 12 months, free. 997-1553.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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A slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more, along gravel country roads.
Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Plymouth-Ann Arbor Rd., 663-5060. [map]


 10:45-11:45 a.m. 

"General Therapeutic Yoga Course": Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation School.

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Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation School, 1904 Federal Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $96. EmaStefanova@cs.com [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Story Time": Nicola's Books.

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Stories, songs, and crafts for preschoolers. Themes: "On the Farm" (Oct. 2), "Apple Picking" (Oct. 9), "Fall Leaves" (Oct. 16), "Eric Carle" (Oct. 23), and "Halloween" (Oct. 30).
11 a.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 11:30 a.m. 

"Civil Rights Conservatism": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch and Learn.

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Talk by U-M Afroamerican and African studies professor Angela Dillard. Lunch.
11:30 a.m., City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $30 (members, $25); includes lunch. Reservations required by Oct. 18. Annarborcityclub.org; 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: Kempf House Museum.

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Retired U-M Knight-Wallace journalism fellows director Charles Eisendrath discusses his new collection of essays, Downstream from Here: A Big Life in a Small Place.
Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]


 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Fun": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. All invited to play board games from the Senior Center's collection.
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. 794-6250. [map]


 12:05 p.m.  Free! 

"Brown Bag Recital Series": U-M School of Music.

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Joseph Gascho directs the U-M Baroque Chamber Ensemble in works TBA.
U-M School of Public Health Community Room, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [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.


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Flashlight Building": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All youth in grades 3-12 invited to build a flashlight using simple circuitry and household items.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Monster Crafts!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades preK-5 invited to make a paper plate monster, monster headband, or pencil topper.
AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3 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]


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Friends of CDL Tea Party": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited for tea and desserts in celebration of National Friends of Libraries week. Silent auction of unusual teapots.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. garyfzenz@yahoo.com. [map]


 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Rock Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-12 invited to draw petroglyphs with crayons on sandpaper, the granular surface of which approximates the texture of rock.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Due Process of Cruelty: Trump's Immigration Policy and the Rule of Law": U-M Donia Human Rights Center.

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Talk by University of Nevada law professor Michael Kagan.
4 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-8482. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"'In the Future, Robots will Speak Chickasaw': Indigenous Language Futurism and the Temporalities of Language Reclamation": U-M Institute for the Humanities Marc and Constance Jacobson Lecture.

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Talk by University of Illinois Native American and Indigenous Languages Lab director Jenny Davis, a Chickasaw Nation member.
4-5:30 p.m., Michigan League Michigan Rm., 1236 Washtenaw. Free. 936-3518. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Andean Space and City Modified by New Social and Economic Bolivian Actors": U-M Romance Languages & Literatures Department.

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Well-known Bolivian architect and urban planner Gastón Gallardo discusses the ways the emergence of a Quechua/Aymara black market in La Paz in the 2nd half of the 20th century disrupted traditional symbolic and physical spaces.
MLB 4th-fl. Commons Rm., 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-5344.


 5:10 & 8 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate-paced 25-mile ride and a slow-paced ride, 13-16 miles, both on the B2B Trail. Now in its 42nd year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
5:30 p.m. sharp, meet in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Broad and Grand, Dexter. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Vanden Belt Educational Lecture: Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

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St. Joe's would like to invite you to join us on Wednesday, October 23 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for our annual Vanden Belt educational lecture. We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wendy Ellis, from George Washington University for a free community talk entitled: Building Community Resilience: Addressing Adversity, Fostering Equity. Light refreshments will be served. Join us for this provocative conversation and learn what you can do as we work to build a more Resilient and Equitable community for our children.
St. Joe's Ann Arbor - Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Free. 844-237-3627. stjoeshealth.org/vandenbelt [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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A 40-mile ride, at various paces, though Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
Saline municipal parking lot, 104 S. Ann Arbor, Saline, 747-1862. [map]


 6 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]


 6 p.m. 

Needle Felting Workshop: Maker Works.

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Learn how to make a needle felted landscape in this 2 1/2 hour class taught by Elizabeth Whitton of Felted Sky Studio. This class is great for complete beginners or those who have tried other types of needle felting but want to learn how to make felted pictures and flat motifs. Go home with a finished "Fall Foliage" picture and the confidence to try out other needle felting projects.
All materials included, beginners welcome. All students must have good hand/eye coordination, manual dexterity, concentration, focus, attention to detail, and be able to work with care, being careful of the sharp felting needle. Children 10-13 who can responsibly handle sharp objects are welcome to attend with a parent present to help. Ages 14 and up are welcome on their own.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Drive. $65. 7342224911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/2019/10/23/fall-foliage-workshop [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Torn Asunder: Faith, Higher Education, Politics and the Davidson Family During the Civil War": U-M Clements Library.

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Butler University history instructor Jason Lantzer discusses this Indianapolis family as a microcosm of Civil War America.
6 p.m., 1580 U-M Ross School of Business Blau Hall, 700 East University. Free; preregistration requested at myumi.ch/65kRE. 764-2347. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Want to Visit Africa?": Dexter District Library.

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Veteran traveler and travel video expert Bud Graske discusses how to prepare for a safari experience. Q&A. Handouts.
6 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration requested. 426-4477. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m. 

"Restorative Sound Bath": Sky Green Yoga & 22Lunar.

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Join John and Kip on a 90 minute relaxation journey. The journey will include 60 minutes of easy restorative yoga and an extended 30 minute Svasana led by Kip. During the entire journey John will be playing crystal bowls and an eclectic mix of music. The combination of yoga and crystal bowls will lead you into a deep state of peaceful relaxation.
Bring a yoga mat, comfortable clothing and maybe your favorite blanket and pillow.
This amazing journey is only $25. Spaces are limited - reserve your space by emailing Kip at skygreenyoga@gmail.com.
Yoga Jule, 10123 Willis Road, Willis, MI 48191. $25. skygreenyoga@gmail.com. skygreenyoga@gmail.com www.facebook.com/skygreenyoga [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Chinese Art of Penjing": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Chicago bonsai artist Jennifer Price discusses the ancient Chinese practice of creating miniature landscapes that often display a more natural or wild aesthetic than bonsai.
6:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. aabonsaisociety@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Channeling: Evenings with Aaron": Deep Spring Center.

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EVENINGS WITH AARON - LOCAL AND LIVE STREAMING
An open session with Aaron and Barbara Brodsky. Aaron gives a talk, followed by Q&A.
Aaron's talk will cover a variety of spiritual practices including Vipassana and Pure Awareness Meditation, working with inner guidance, and supporting changes in our physical/spiritual bodies through work with body energy, the elements, sound and Open Heart.
2019 Fall Schedule - Wednesday
9/11, 10/23, 11/20, 12/18
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Eastern)
Held locally at - no registration required - donation:
Meditation Hall at 3455 Charing Cross Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Live streaming: Registration below
Join seasonally or one-time?
Live Streaming plus on-demand edited Video:
All 4 sessions:
Suggested donation: $35 - $85
Single session:
Suggested donation: $10 - $30
More information: https://www.deepspring.org/evenings-with-aaron-fall-2019/
DSC Meditation Hall, 3455 Charing Cross Rd. Donation. 7344775848. om@deepspring.org deepspring.org [map]



 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Gateway to the Spiritual Path"

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An introduction to basic Buddhist and spiritual principles,
exploring aspects of the spiritual path embodied by Buddhism.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. $80. 7349943387. annarbor@jewelheart.org https://www.jewelheart.org/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

An Evening of Poetry and the Written Word: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series.

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Featured Reader: Dennis Hinrichsen served as the first Poet Laureate of the Greater Lansing area from May 2017 to April 2019. His poetry collection, Skin Music, won the 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press. His most recent work is [q / lear], a chapbook from Green Linden Press.
All writers welcome to read their own or other favorite poetry or short fiction afterward at open mic.
Hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, and Dave Jibson
see our blog at https://cwcircle.poetry.blog/
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Free. 7346652757. info@crazywisdom.net www.crazywisdom.net [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ben Lerner: Literati Bookstore.

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This Topeka-born, Brooklyn-based writer reads from and discusses The Topeka School, his new novel, set largely in 1997, about a high school golden boy who brings a loner into his social scene to disastrous effect. Complicating matters is his parents' work at a psychiatric clinic where the loner is a patient. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Channeled Spiritual Discussion Group: Deep Spring Center.

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All invited to share their spiritual and metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a "being of light" channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices. Q&A. Also, socializing.
Meditation Hall, 3455 Charing Cross Rd. Free, but donations are accepted. 477-5848. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

K Michael Joseph offers beats and banter at Ypsi's best alehouse.

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Singer ~ Entertainer K Michael Joseph adds fun to the lively environment at Ypsi Alehouse with his beats and banter. Come enjoy a beer and Michael's music at Ypsi's BEST alehouse!
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An appearance by K Michael Joseph, Ann Arbor award-winning musician, featuring his Innovative and Original song list, will enliven the Octoberfest season at Ypsi Alehouse.
Michael is celebrating the release of his Autumn single, "Bloodmoon Night" a sultry song about his favorite topic -- a call to Love -- perfect, with Autumn's chill closing in!
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Michael is a solo artist who specializes in unique, lyrical soundscapes on the subjects of seduction, love's passions; and social justice.
Included in his set are songs from his newly released CD 'Siren' as well as his first CD 'Compel Me' including acclaimed single releases The Spell and Compel Me; which each rose to Top 10 status among the global member indie radio stations, Radio Indie Alliance.
Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St. #100, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 218-3313. michaelJ@kmichaeljoseph.com www.kmichaeljoseph.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kelly Fordon & Zilka Joseph: Bookbound.

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Poetry readings by College for Creative Studies instructor Fordon and local writer Joseph. Fordon's Goodbye Toothless House, her debut full-length collection, features poems that critique the idealizations of marriage and motherhood. Joseph's Sharp Blue Search of Flame is a collection of dark, brooding poems that reflect her Jewish Indian roots and her experiences in Eastern and Western cultures. Signing.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Markus Zusak: Nicola's Books.

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This Australian writer, author of the bestselling novel The Book Thief, reads from and discusses Bridge of Clay, his new novel about 5 brothers who, after their father's diappearance, bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles.

Oct. 17: Fall Festival of Choirs. With choirs of kids in grades 5-12.

Oct. 19: Orchestra & Fiddle Club 23rd Annual Hometown Show.

Oct. 23: Echoes Concert with performances by the 6th-8th grade bands and the CHS Marching Band and color guard flag corps.

Oct. 29: Orchestra Halloween Concert.

Dec. 11 & Feb. 19: Music Program. The Feb. program features music they performed at a district-wide festival.

Feb. 29: Co.C Showcase. Performance by the CHS Co.C show choir, along with choirs from several other Michigan high schools ($15; students, $10).

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7 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. Free. 475-4524. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

String Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Top string students perform solo and ensemble chamber works.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Former Lansing poet laureate Dennis Hinrichsen reads from q/lear, his new chapbook of poems about the 60s cultural revolution from a housewife's viewpoint. Poet Gerry LaFemina calls it "part Mad Men, part King Lear, part Whitman, all fractal." Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Black Wine Night": Vinology.

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Oct. 23 & 24. Halloween-themed "blind" tastings of various wines. Dinner. Black attire and costumes encouraged; prizes for best costume. This popular event always sells out.
7-9 p.m., Vinology, 110 S. Main. $100 in advance at vinologya2.com/events. Reservations required. 222-9841. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Color Away": Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Wed. All adults invited to color. Supplies provided.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Writing Tool Box": Serendipity Books.

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Local writer Michelle Tuplin leads this series of 8 monthly workshops (Sept.-Apr.) for creative writers. Topics: "What Is Show Don't Tell, Anyway?" (Sept. 25) and "Why Does Point of View Rule All?" (Oct. 23).
7-8:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 Middle, Chelsea. $20; $140 for the series. Preregistration required by emailing serendipity.bkstore@gmail.com. 475-7148. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Investing 101": Saline District Library.

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Edward Jones financial advisor Mark Mazur gives investment advice. Themes: "Rules of the Road" (Sept. 25), "Fixed Income Investing" (Oct. 9), "The Nuts and Bolts of Stocks" (Oct. 23), & "Mutual Funds" (Nov. 6).
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Perfect Charcuterie Board": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers.
AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Patrice Debré's 1988 biography Louis Pasteur.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Svetozar Ivanov: U-M School of Music.

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This University of South Florida piano professor performs an eclectic mix of music by Rameau, George Crumb, Mozart, Berio, and Beethoven.
U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"A Murder in Mansfield": State Theatre.

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(Barbara Kopple, 2017). Documentary about the posthumous family investigation of a 1989 murder involving a father, mother, and a 12-year-old son.
State 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.


 7:30 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Wed. except Oct. 30 Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:45 p.m. 

"Full Metal Events": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Hamtramck comic Lauren Uchalik hosts an evening of stand-up and music. Headliner is Cam Rowe, a Detroit comic who tells relatable stories and was a regular on TRU TV's Storage Hunters and won the L.A. HaHa Comedy Club's Next Comic Standing Contest. Also, Waterford singer-guitarist Frank Grimaldi and Detroit comic Robert Schneider, who tells jokes about relationships and religion.
7:45 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8 in advance at pointlessbrew.com; $10 at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Arlo Guthrie: The Ark.

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Oct. 22 & 23. The son of American folk music pioneer Woody Guthrie, Arlo first established his own identity--an indelible blend of beguiling humor and acerbic political wit--in the late 60s with his epic talking ballad "Alice's Restaurant." He's a first-class songwriter and a captivating interpreter of contemporary tunes by the likes of Steve Goodman and Bob Dylan, as well as traditional songs, ballads, and stories. With drummer Terry Hall, guitarist-vocalist Steve Ide, and vocalist-percussionist Carol Ide.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $50-$85 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]


 8-10 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems on various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Nonmembers also invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. Onepausepoetry.org, 707-1284. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Reliable Sources": U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock and grad student conductor Giovani Griguente direct this ensemble of music majors in works that draw inspiration from be-bop, flamenco dancing, the streets of Nicaragua and London, and other sources. Program: Gilda Lyons' la flor mas linda, Holst's Hammersmith, Donald Grantham's Fayetteville Bop, Luis Serrano Alarcón's Duende, and U-M composer-in-residence Nico Muhly's new work Reliable Sources, with U-M bassoon professor Jeffrey Lyman. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program with Lyman, Muhly, and Haithcock.
Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

Canceled: Music Trivia: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Oct. 30 is a Halloween dance (costumes encouraged).
9-11 p.m., location TBA (Oct. 2, 9, & 16) & Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Oct. 23 & 30). $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). swingannarbor.com/calendar, 945-8428. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: That 1 Guy

The stage name of Mike Silverman, a Las Vegas-based classically trained bassist who has created his own instrument, the Magic Pipe, which his website describes as a "system of electronically wired steel plumbing, shaped somewhat like a harp, with a thick bass string wired from top to bottom and a hole that billows smoke during the climax of his live shows." $15. [venue info]

CoOp: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by a local quartet led by guitarist Andrew Brown. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: David Roof

Local blues-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Old Town: William Wood Quartet

Local jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Wood. With pianist Jordan Anderson, bassist Aidan Cafferty, and drummer David Alvarez. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: K Michael Joseph

Local singer-songwriter whose music is an acoustic blend of electropop, nu jazz, and ambient music. Also, an eclectic mix of covers. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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