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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 6, 2019






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health Leadership Training: National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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Help people with diabetes live healthier lives! The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) seeks leaders for their Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health (DPATH) workshops. The multi-day DPATH Leadership Training will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28; Wednesday, October 30; Monday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 6 at the NKFM main office, 1169 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. PATH is an interactive 6-week workshop where two leaders facilitate a group of people learning to manage their diabetes. Coaches support participants by providing information, encouraging progress, and working interactively with the group. Teaching experience is not needed, but participants must attend all four days of training. There is no charge for the training but leaders must commit to facilitating one workshop in the next year. Please pre-register by calling Caitlin Loughery at 800-482-1455, x240 or emailing pathprograms@nkfm.org.
National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Rd. Free. 800-482-1455. pathprograms@nkfm.org http://www.nkfm.org/path [map]



 9-10 a.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]


 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 a.m.-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]



 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 & 11 a.m. and 1 & 6 p.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). Siblings welcome.

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

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

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


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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


 10:30 a.m. 

Joan Holland: Society for Musical Arts.

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This U-M harp professor, resident harpist at Interlochen Center for the Arts, performs works by Debussy, Scarlatti, Fauré, and Handel. Followed by a meet-the-artist lunch ($15).
10:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; groups of 5 or more, $10 each; students with ID, $5) in advance at annarborsma.org & at the door. Lunch reservations required by calling 662-3279. Info: annarborsma.org, 930-0353. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

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

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

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


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Farm to Table Wednesdays": Gratzi Restaurant.

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All invited to accompany Gratzi chef John Somerville to the Farmers Market to get ingredients for the restaurant's special that night. Followed at 6 p.m. at the restaurant by a chance to see Somerville prepare the dish. Small appetizers.
11 a.m., meet at the Sweetwaters entrance to Kerrytown. Free. 663-6387. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Story Time": Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. Stories, songs, and crafts for preschoolers. Themes: "Pets"(Nov. 6), "Friendship" (Nov. 13), "Llama Llama" (Nov. 20), and "Thanksgiving" (Nov. 27).
Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs. Closed Jan. 1. 794-6250. [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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Former (Barbara Wilson Foster) and current (Dolly Collins) St. Mark's Lutheran Church organists perform a historical program of piano music by Bach, Beethoven, and other tunes that may plausibly have been taught by Reuben Kempf, a music teacher who lived in the Kempf House, 1890-1953.
Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [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]


 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]


 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

Chanukah Sale: Women of Temple Beth Emeth Gift Shop.

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The Women of Temple Beth Emeth invite you to the Chanakah Sale at our newly renovated Gift Shop.
We are the only Judaica shop in the Ann Arbor area!
During the entire month of November we are offering a 15% discount on all Chanukiahs.
Hours: Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 pm, Sundays 2:30-5:30 pm, Fridays 6:30-7:30 pm (except 4th Friday Guitar Shabbat, 5:30-6:30pm), or by appointment (call 734-665-4744). We accept cash, checks, or credit/debit cards.
Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard. Free. 734-665-4744. https://wtbe.org/ [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News": Concordia University Books & Coffee.

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Concordia political science professor Michael Kalmes leads a discussion of Kevin Young's 2017 book. Refreshments.
4 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor Living Room, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Global Challenges to Human Rights Today": U-M Donia Human Rights Center.

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Talk by former UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.
1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-8482. [map]


 4:15, 6:45, & 9:35 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Kaleidoscope": Saline District Library.

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Stories and crafts for kids in grades 1-5. Themes: "Johnny Appleseed Day" (Sept. 26, includes apple tastings) & "Bountiful Harvest" (Nov. 6).
4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 4:30 & 8 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.


 4:30 & 8:15 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]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Swedish Food Cultures": U-M Germanic Languages & Literatures.

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University of Stockholm history professor Richard Tellström discusses Swedish culinary heritage with a focus on 20th-century to contemporary food.
Rackham East Conference Rm., 915 E. Washington. Free. 764-8018. [map]


 6 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.
Gilbert Residence, 203 South Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [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]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Open Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp, AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Every Wed. Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out & rough-cut patterns for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m. 

"Traveling the Silk Road Through the Heart of Central Asia": Evenings with Olli (U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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Photo-illustrated travelogue by Olli members Van Harrison and Bill Roberts of their recent trip to 6 UNESCO world heritage sites.
Kellogg Eye Center, 1000 Wall St. $5. 998-9351. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

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.
UUAA Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [map]


 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed., except Dec. 25 All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or so, Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [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! 

"Michigan Haunts: Public Places, Eerie Spaces": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Take a road trip with authors Jon Milan and Gail Offen to "the other side" and enjoy stories from their recent book filled with hauntings, ghost towns, and bizarre tales of murder and mayhem, drawn from more than 300 years of Michigan history. Book signing to follow.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 7344824110. skonen@ypsilibrary.org www.ypsilibrary.org/events [map]



 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed., except Dec. 25 All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Dennis Ross: University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Speaker Series.

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Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny
Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Prior to returning to the Institute in 2011, he served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. A highly skilled diplomat, Ambassador Ross was U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.
Rackham Amphitheater, 915 E. Washington St. Free. 7347639047. judaicstudies@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/judaic/news-events/all-events.detail.html/64971-16499244.html [map]



 7-9 p.m. 

Katie Dahl and Mark Dvorak.

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Double bill. Dahl is a highly regarded Wisconsin singer-songwriter with a powerful alto voice. Dvorak is a Chicago folk singer, a former member of Weavermania with a warm, engaging stage manner who accompanies himself on guitar and banjo.
7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Danielewski: Literati Bookstore.

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This acclaimed California writer discusses The Little Blue Kite, his brand-new all-ages picture book about overcoming fears and going on great adventures. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 - 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Meditation Sessions: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Jewel Heart Facilitators will provide basic guidance for using the breath as a point of focus in these concentrated meditation sessions.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734-994-3387. annarbor@jewelheart.org www.jewelheart.org [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

S.E. Michigan CNC Enthusiast Group: Maker Works.

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For folks who want to get started with CNC as well as veterans to share information. Focus of the group is anything CNC-related: projects, additive machines like the Makerbot or subtractive mills, CAD, CAM, and the holy war of issues like Servos vs. Steppers, NURBS vs. Meshes, and EMC2 vs. Mach3.
Meetings are normally on the first Wednesday of the month (except when they land on a holiday and Maker Works is closed), free and open to everyone and you don't have to be a member of Maker Works to attend.
With the approach of winter, if the weather is too inclement for safe travel, the meeting may be cancelled if conditions warrant it.
Any CNC-related topic is game and if you have something to show off, please bring it.
For more info, visit: SEMICNC Yahoo! Group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/semicnc/info
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/se-michigan-cnc-enthusiast-group [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Southeastern Michigan CNC Makers Club.

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Local hobbyists discuss how to make devices such as 3-D printers and laser cutters. Visitors welcome.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]


 7 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball.

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Nov. 6: MSU.7 p.m.

Nov. 9: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Nov. 13: Iowa. 2 p.m.

Nov. 27: Perdue. 7 p.m.

Nov. 29: Indiana. 1 p.m.

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Various times., Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247.


 7 p.m. 

"AAFF Presents: El Mar La Mar": Ann Arbor Film Festival/State Theatre.

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Screening of Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki's 2017 experimental documentary about the Sonoran Desert. It combines oral histories with images of natural elements and belongings left behind by travelers.
State Theatre. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF & AAFF members, free).


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Alzheimer's Series": Dexter District Library.

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Talks by local resident Jim Mangi, a longtime caregiver for a spouse with early-onset Alzheimer's. Q&A. Sept. 25: "Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia." Oct. 9: "Effective Communication Strategies." Oct. 30: "Conversations About Dementia." Nov. 6: "Envisioning a Dementia Friendly Community."
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration requested. 426-4477. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Ambassador Dennis Ross, a key diplomat in Middle East peace discussions during both the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations,discusses his new book.
7 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre (4th fl.). Free. 585-5567, 763-9047. [map]


 7 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. 

"HERsay 6: Women Gathering": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Storytelling, singing, comedy, and improvisation by several area women. Partial proceeds benefit the local nonprofit Dress for Success.
7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 in advance and (if available) at the door. Pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [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! 

"Perfect Pies and Tarts": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers discusses the difference between pies and tarts, their different fillings and crusts, and how to make pie dough. Recipes.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Pizza & Poetry Night with Jeff Kass": Nicola's Books.

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Pioneer High English teacher Kass reads from Teacher/Pizza Guy, his new collection of poems exploring the emotional and physical labor of working nights as a pizza delivery driver and days as a high school English teacher. Also, readings by local high school poets. Pizza & signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Primulas": Ann Arbor Garden Club.

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Local garden enthusiast Susan Haddock discusses cultivating the many varieties of primrose.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 761-8281. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Washington Post associate editor Steve Luxenberg reads from his award-winning new history of the legal case that established the infamous "separate but equal" doctrine.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m. 

"Stories of Service: An Evening with Veterans": Fisher House Michigan.

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Storytelling by 5 Michigan veterans. Also, performances by the Concordia University Choir and the Detroit Renaissance High School junior ROTC rifle demonstration team. Note: This event usually sells out.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $15 (veterans, first responders, & students, free) in advance at fisherhousemichigan.org/StoriesOfService. (518) 481-0552. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Divine Plan: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Dramatic End of the Cold War": Fathom Events.

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(Robert Orlando, 2019). Documentary. With broadcast interview with director Orlando.
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Walls That Fall and the Walls That Remain": WCC.

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Talk by WCC art history professor Elisabeth Thoburn, who grew up in Dresden before the Berlin Wall fell. Q&A, an exhibit of Berlin Wall photos, and refreshments.
7 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 973-3371. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"What's New On The Border To Border Trail": Friends of the Border To Border Trail.

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The Friends of the Border To Border Trail will be providing an update session on the cross-county Border To Border bicycling and walking trail at its annual meeting, Wednesday, November 6th, 7pm, at the Ann Arbor REI store Community Room, 970 West Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor.
The featured speaker will be by Peter Sanderson of the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission who will give updates on the progress of the Trail such as steps being taken to take the Trail off-road from Dexter to Ann Arbor and north to meet up with the Lakeland Trail. The evening will conclude with a short business meeting for Friends Of The Border To Border Trail members.
The meeting is free and open to the public (you do not have to be a Friends Of The Border To Border Trail to attend). For more information on the Friends of the Border To Border Trail visit www.bordertoborder.org.
Ann Arbor REI Community Room, 970 West Eisenhower Parkway. Free. 734-487-9058. wolverbob@gmail.com www.bordertoborder.org [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss The Seven Lives of John Murray, Humphrey Carpenter's 2009 book about the world's longest-surviving publishing house, which published works by Byron and many other literary giants.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Reading Glasses Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by contemporary writers, including quirky fiction and strange but true nonfiction. Copies of the books available at the CDL. Oct 2: How to Walk Away, Katherine Center's 2018 novel about a woman who has to begin her life anew after being severely injured in a plane crash. Nov. 6: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra's acclaimed 2013 novel, set in Chechnya during the Chechen Wars, about an 8-year-old small-town girl, hunted by the government, who travels with her neighbor to an abandoned hospital in the city where a sole surviving doctor treats the wounded.
7:30-9 p.m., Ugly Dog Distillery, 218 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Bob Dylan & His Band: Live Nation.

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Enough said.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $59.50-$125. In advance & at the door). events.umich.edu/event/66624. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Ida Mae.

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The British acoustic duo of Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean adds contemporary atmospherics and a bit of grunge to a sound rooted in Americana and Delta blues. Opener is Bay Area songwriter Logan Ledger.
8 p.m., 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 the ark.org, and at the door. [map]


 8 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. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Wed., except Dec. 18 & 25, and Jan. 1 Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 9 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Nov. 6, 13, & 20. 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.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom (Nov. 6), location TBA (Nov. 13), & Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Nov. 20). $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). swingannarbor.com/calendar, 945-8428. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Mad Pursuit

Local classic blues-rock quartet. $5. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Tomeka Reid Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by Reid, a Chicago-based cellist known for her distinctive melodic sensibility, usually braided to a strong sense of groove. $15-$35. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

CoOp: Open Mike

All musicians invited. First come, first served. 8 p.m. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

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

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Mash: Twenty TwentyFour

Toledo ensemble whose music is an eclectic, danceable mix of jazz, funk, R&B, soul, and rock. [venue info]

Old Town: Mohan Ritsema Trio

Local jazz ensemble with bassist Ritsema, tenor saxophonist Will Wood, and drummer David Alvarez. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. Hosted by Dave Boutette. [venue info]

 
 


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