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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, November 5, 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]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

Open House: Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

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Grades 1-8 Open House. All invited to explore our beautiful, art-filled campus and experience this unique education that interweaves academics, art, music and practical skills for all students.
Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, 2775 Newport Road. Free. 7349954141. admissions@steinerschool.org www.steinerschool.org [map]



 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. 

"Day Off at the Museum: Build It!": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All kids grades K-5 invited to play games, make art, and experience science hands-on with LSNC and AAHOM staffers. Drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. $75. 997-1553. [map]


 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 10-May 13. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Art Exhibition: Blood Underwater: U-M Residential College and Arts at Michigan.

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Blood Underwater is a collaborative work, which encourages deep thinking and creative expression. It provides a voice for community members and activists, especially from political, national, racial, religious and other minorities, to express their concerns about global suffering through art. Participants gather around a large canvas with paints and music and are guided through a series of artistic expressions by "artivist" Elshafei Dafalla. The purpose is to use art to protest against violence, torture, enforced disappearances and other forms of brutality.
Eishafei Dafalla received a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture from the College of Fine and Applied Art at the University for Science and Technology in Khartoum, Sudan as well as a Diploma in Folklore from the Afro-Asian Institute at the University of Khartoum. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Stamps School of Art and Design at University of Michigan.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/68772-17147161.html [map]



 10 a.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]


 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Malletts Creek & Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Downtown.

Fri. 10 a.m. Westgate.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.-noon 

Social Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservation required.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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A moderate-paced ride with destination determined by the riders.
Meet at Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport. 996-8440. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Late Fall Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, LLC.

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Our award winning Mothers Group is a great opportunity to meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. The group is facilitated by two experienced moms, a Social Worker and an MPH and Certified Lactation Consultant. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
The Fall Moms Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from November 5th through December 17th. (The group skips the week of Thanksgiving)
Save $5 by registering before November 3rd and using the promo code SUPPORT
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/six weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Please join us for this free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between.
Center for Innovation (formerly St. Joe's Urgent Care) Community Room 2, 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. 734-276-7707. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

%stNoon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Every Tuesday Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Nov. 5: University of Wisconsin business professor Yongheng Deng on "Estimating the Unofficial Income of Officials from Large Asset Purchases." Nov. 12: Ryerson University (Toronto) history professor Yunxiang Gao on "Liu Liangmo (1909-1988): Transpacific Mass Singing, Journalism, and Christian Activism." Nov. 19: University of Tennessee-Knoxville history professor Charles Sanft on "The Emperor has No Voice: Imperial Utterance in Excavated Han Documents." Nov. 26: U-M Center for Chinese Studies postdoc Eloise Wright on "Periphery, Locality, and Status in Writings from 16th-Century Dali, Yunnan."
110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 12-6 p.m.  Free! 

Alex Pratt Ceramics Exhibition: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Yourist Studio Gallery is delighted to feature the works of master potter and Yourist instructor Alex Pratt throughout November. Alex's sumptuous pots are beautifully thrown and always inspiring. Alex uses sgraffito, carving, and slip inlay on porcelain vessels, placing stylized natural forms in a geometric framework. Alex is inspired by the freely-applied linear decoration of Oribe pottery and the tightly interlocking compositional style of Cubist painting and sculpture. Alex is a ceramic artist from Dearborn, Michigan, who received his BFA from the University of Michigan, has taught throughout southeastern Michigan, and exhibits his work widely.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [map]



 Noon  Free! 

"Stretch Yoga Series 1": Saline District Library.

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Yoga instructor Jo Ann Yates shows how to use stretch yoga to increase flexibility and improve memory. Bring a mat, if you have one; some available to borrow.
Noon-1:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Anyone who Thinks He Understands Quantum Mechanics Has to have Rocks in His Head": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Quantum physics - the physics of ultra-tiny objects like atoms, molecules, and subatomic particles - is arguably the most successful theory in all of science. It predicts a stunning variety of phenomena to an extraordinary degree of accuracy.
Yet at its foundation quantum physics is seriously flawed, the orthodox "Copenhagen interpretation" replacing locality with "spooky action at a distance".
We will discuss this and several other interpretations using physicist/philosopher Adam Becker's fascinating book, "What is Real?". Please read Part 1 (of 3) for the first session. The fourth session will be a discussion with an expert in the field, TBD (possibly Adam Becker).
Craig Stephan, instructor, is a retired physicist who has led several study groups at OLLI, including ones on cosmology, the Higgs boson and astrophysics. He is quite sure he does not have rocks in his head. This Study Group meets select Mondays and Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm on Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19. and Nov. 25.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $30. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

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High School Open House. All invited to explore our beautiful, art-filled campus and experience this unique education that interweaves academics, art, music and practical skills for all students.
Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, 2230 Pontiac Trail. Free. 7346699394. admissions@steinerschool.org www.steinerschool.org [map]



 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Program: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor/Washtenaw Literacy.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation/culture, pronunciation/presentation, and writing practice for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available. NOTE: Church remains locked at all times. Follow instructions for entry at the side doors.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]


 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to join a group walk. Canceled for inclement weather.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Toys: Flextangles and Spinning Tops": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-8 invited to make polygonal origami sculptures and tops using paper, beads, and skewers.
AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Dan Schwartz: University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Ghetto: The History of a Word
Few words are as ideologically charged as "ghetto." Its early uses centered on two cities: Venice, the site of the first ghetto in Europe, established in 1516; and Rome, where the ghetto endured until 1870, decades after it had been dismantled elsewhere. Over the nineteenth century, as Jews were emancipated and ghettos were dissolved, the word "ghetto" transcended its Italian roots and became a more general term for pre-modern Jewish life. It also came to designate new Jewish spaces-from voluntary immigrant neighborhoods like New York's Lower East Side to the holding pens of Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe-as dissimilar from the pre-emancipation European ghettos as they were from each other. After World War Two, ghetto broke free of its Jewish origins and became more typically associated with African Americans than with Jews. This talk reveals how the history of ghettos is tied up with the struggle and argument over the meaning of a word.
Thayer Building, Room 2022, 202 S Thayer St. Free. 7347639047. judaicstudies@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/judaic/news-events/all-events.detail.html/64968-16499242.html [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

Lecture Series: U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Nov. 5: "Ghetto: The History of a Word." Talk by George Washington University modern Jewish intellectual and cultural history professor Dan Schwartz.

Nov. 12: "Jews, Genetics and the Search for Lost Ancestors." Talk by University of Pennsylvania Hebrew and Semitic languages and literatures professor Steve Weitzman.

Nov. 19: "Yiddish in Poland: Past, Present, and Future." Panel with U-M Frankel Institute fellows Karolina Szymaniakl Genevievè Zubrzycki, and Benjamin Paloff.

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4-5:30 p.m., 202 S. Thayer, rm. 2022. Free. 763-9047. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"First Tuesday Lego Club": Dexter District Library.

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All kids in grades K-8 invited to make Lego creations.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 4, 4:45, 7:10, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Jojo Rabbit": State Theater.

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(Taika Waititi, 2019). Audacious anti-hate satire about a young boy in Hitler's army who finds out his mother's hiding a Jewish girl between the walls of their home. Scarlett Johansson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 4:15, 6:45, & 9:50 p.m. 

"Joker": State Theatre.

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(Todd Phillips, 2019). Drama from the perspective of Batman's nemesis, caught between apathy and cruelty. Joaquin Phoenix.
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.


 4:15, 7:10, & 9:35 p.m. 

The Lighthouse: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Robert Eggers, 2019). Drama about two lighthouse keeps trying to maintain their sanity on a remote and mysterious New England island.
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.


 4:25, 7, 9:20, & 9:40 p.m. 

"Parasite": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2019). Satirical black comedy thriller. Korean, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Brexit Roundtable" U-M Center for European Studies.

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Panel discussion with U-M faculty: history professor Kali Israel, political science professor Scott Greer, and economics professor Kyle Handley.
1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-3501. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pop City: Korean Population Culture and the Selling of Place": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Lecture Series.

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University of Texas Asian studies professor Youjeong Oh discusses the use of Korean television dramas and K-pop music to promote urban and rural places in South Korea.
4:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-1825. [map]


 4:30, 7:05, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Where's My Roy Cohn?": Michigan Theater.

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(Matt Tyrnauer, 2019). Documentary about the unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker.
Michigan Theater (unless noted otherwise). $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]


 4:45, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Give Me Liberty": Michigan Theater.

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(Kirill Mikhanovsky, 2019). Freewheeling comedy about a medical transport driver during a riot in Milwaukee.
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! 

"Business Won't Save the World": U-M Erb Institute/Literati Bookstore.

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Bestselling former New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas, author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, discusses the role of business in society, social inequality, and the ways wealthy individuals' efforts to better the world can end up preserving the status quo. Signing.
5:30 p.m., U-M Business School Robertson Auditorium, 701 Tappan. Free; preregistration available at eventbrite.com. 647-9799, 585-5567. [map]


 5:30-7 p.m. 

"Going into Business with Emma Goldman: 18 Anarchist Lessons for Business and Life": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig discusses his latest pamphlet, inspired by the renowned freethinking anarchist. Q & A. Signing.
Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $50 (includes a copy of the pamphlet); reservations required. 663-3663. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

"KnITTY Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Every Tues. All invited to work on knitting projects and hang with adoptable cats. A knitting expert is on hand. Coffee.
5:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. $7 ($24 per month). 661-3575. [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Football 101 with Devin Gardner": Wolverine State Brewing Co.

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Tuesdays during football season, join former Michigan starting quarterback Devin Gardner and WTKA Inside the Huddle host Michael Spath as they recap the Wolverines' most recent game, with film study insights, and a Q&A while enjoying the food and drink at Wolverine State Brewing Co.
Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. 734-369-2990. michaelspath1980@gmail.com WolverineBeer.com [map]



 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do": Dawn Farm.

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"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a FREE, ongoing, two-part series. Part 1 provides information about teen substance use, including signs and patterns of a substance use problem. Part 2 has break-out sessions for adults to learn strategies to effectively help when teen substane use is suspected or identified, and for teens to explore the personal effects of substance use. Part 2 ends with adults and young people together hearing a talk by a young person in recovery from a substance use disorder. The series is presented by Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services therapists, and co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, the Ann Arbor Public Schools, the WISD/LESA Health Educators' Learning Network and Saint Joe's Greenbrook Recovery Center. The series is inclusive of parents/guardians, teens, other family members, professionals and students - all are welcome. Free, open to all, registration is not required.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://dawnfarm.org/programs/teens-using-drugs [map]



 6-9 p.m. 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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All knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips.
Call for location. $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues., 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson.).
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues. & Jackson Sat. run). [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Town Hall on Predatory Lending": Friends In Deed.

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This community forum will explore how a lack of access to reputable financial institutions can keep low-income people in a cycle of endless debt. Panelists include policy makers, financial experts, and community leaders, as well as low-income residents who have been the victim of predatory loans.
Join us as we seek to understand--and then ensure--fair lending policies for ALL Michiganders!
Doors open at 6:30, panel starts at 7.
St. Luke - Ann Arbor, 4205 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 734-340-9042. https://www.facebook.com/events/347312796195096/ [map]



 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. Open to all age 18 & over. No partner needed. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd places.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. Pay what you can; $8 suggested donation (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Men invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). Newcomers should call in advance: 796-7467. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Tim Johnston: Literati Bookstore.

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This bestselling novelist, an Iowa City native, reads from his new thriller, The Current. Set in a small Minnesota town, it begins with the police pulling 2 young women--one drowned, one alive--from a car in an icy river. What happened wasn't an accident, and the surviving woman is determined to find answers. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 1: Saginaw Valley State. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 5: Appalachian State. 7 p.m.

Nov. 12: Creighton. 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 15: Elon. 7 p.m.

Nov. 22: Houston Baptist. 7 p.m.

Dec. 6: Iowa. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 14: Oregon. Noon.

Dec. 21: Presbyterian College. Noon.

Dec. 29: UMass Lowell. 2 p.m.

Jan. 9: Purdue. 7 p.m.

Jan. 22: Penn State. 7 p.m.

Jan. 25: Illinois. Noon.

Feb. 4: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Feb. 8: MSU. Noon.

Feb. 16: Indiana. 1 p.m.

Feb. 27: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Mar. 5: Nebraska. 6:30 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Community Sing": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to join this monthly gathering to sing songs from the various branches of American folk music.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. 794-6250. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Readers Group: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of Una Fea Encantadora, by Argentine novelist Eva Benavidez, about a wealthy British libertine who seeks a marriage of convenience with an aspiring writer.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate Shopping Center. Free. 662-0600.


 7:30-9 p.m. 

The Moth StorySLAM: Michigan Radio.

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Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Ten storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on an assigned topic-judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Seating limited; arrive early.

2019 topics:

Oct. 1: Fraud.

Oct. 15: Ink.

Nov. 5: Gumption.

Nov. 19: Landmarks.

Dec. 3: Traditions.

Dec. 17: Names.
(Doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. General admission tickets $15 in advance only at themoth.org beginning a week before each event. 764-5118. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Wilco: The Ark.

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Founded in 1995 by singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy after the demise of his seminal roots-rock/alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Wilco has released 10 CDs--including the brand-new Ode to Joy--that have steadily absorbed an invigorating range of rock, pop, folk, and even R&B stylings without compromising the underlying country-rock pulse, alternately rousing and haunting, of its music. Opener: Deep Sea Diver, a Seattle indie rock quartet led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jessica Dobson.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $35-$55 in advance at theark.org, MUTO Underground (at the Michigan League), and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Hiroshima Mon Amour": State Theater.

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(Alain Resnais, 1959). A French actress and a Japanese architect have a brief affair in postwar Hiroshima. French, subtitles.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8. statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Mercury": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Interlochen Public Radio Storyteller's Night Sky host Mary Stewart Adams discusses Mercury's 2019 transit of the sun and how the planet relates to both the foundation stone at the Goetheanum (the Anthroposophical Society headquarters in Switzerland) and the 1616 German allegorical romance The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz.
Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes. Free. (517) 927-3696. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8:30 p.m. 

Opera on Tap.

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Local singers perform arias and art songs that address the theme of "Thanks for the Melodies."
8:30-10 p.m. (seating begins at 6:30 p.m.), Sidetrack Bar & Grill, 56 E. Cross, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted (buy your own food). Reservations required (call between 10 a.m. & 8 p.m.). 483-5230. [map]


 10:30 p.m. 

Tango Tuesdays: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Tues. Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 9:30 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
10:30-11:30 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (free with lesson). sophiatango.com, 634-9629. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Chris Webby

All ages admitted. Connecticut rapper whose 2014 album Chemically Imbalanced peaked at #2 on the Billboard R&B chart. Openers: the Atlanta hip-hop MC Jaren Benton, the North Carolina hip-hop MC Locksmith, the Las Vegas underground hip-hop MC Ekoh, area hip-hop MC Redd, and local hip-hop MC Tru Klassik. $28. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Oz's Music Environment: "Songwriters Open Mike"

All songwriters invited. Hosted by Jim Novak. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh-minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. His latest CD, Big Car Town, is a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble founded by the late saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: "Groovy Tuesday."

Folk & blues Americana by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Mike Steele & Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzmeier. [venue info]

 
 


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