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The Great Lakes Comic Expo Fall Show

Don’t miss the next Great Lakes Comic Expo at United Food and Commercial Workers Hall on September 19, 2015. Comics, toys, and door prizes! General Admission is $3 (11AM to 4PM) and Early Bird Admission is $5 (enter at 10AM – with an Early Bird Only Door Prize Raffle at 10:45AM). The Early Bird Prize will be announced soon!

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For more info, check out:
http://greatlakescomicexpo.com/fall.php
https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesComicCon.org

CARPS September Event 2015

Central Action Role-Playing Society
We are a high-fantasy LARP (Live Action Role-Playing) group that is currently based in Southeast Michigan. You may already be familiar with tabletop role-playing games (RPGs) such as Dungeons and Dragons or White Wolf products. If you are, the difference between an RPG and a LARP is that RPGs consist of half a dozen or so players sitting around a kitchen table with dice and a single Game Master, whereas a LARP is a cross between an elaborate theatre production, live combat, and a hike in the woods. LARPs such as ours have costuming, boffer weapons, and dozens of players whose actions influence not only what you can accomplish but the course of an entire fantasy world. If you aren’t, well, them’s the basics

We currently hold weekend-long events (Friday night through Sunday afternoon) 6-8 times per year at campgrounds such as Brighton State Recreation Area, Bald Mountain Recreation Area, Camp Talahi and Camp Kiwanis.

Greetings to all new and prospective players! As always, your first event is free, with a free rewrite should you decide you would rather play a different sort of character or have a different set of skills. (You must be 18 to play.)

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For more info, check out:
http://www.carpsgame.com/

Sound, Symbiosis, & Active Art Nerd Nite Ann Arbor September

This month our topics go from down in the dirt (plant and fungi symbiosis!) to long-distance sounds to local examples of art in action. What our three featured nerds have in common, however, is that they each have a passion for their topic and want you to understand it too! So, whether you consider yourself an art aficionado, a sound geek, a plant-lover or beyond, we’ve got plenty of new stuff for you to pick up while you’re tipping back a beer. Grab a drink, grab a friend, and we’ll see you at LIVE on September 17th!

Brian Worthmann — The Sound Heard ‘Round the World’

In our daily lives, we’re used to sound traveling as short as a fraction of an inch (like music from headphones) to as far as several hundred yards (like a football game heard several blocks away). But, over even larger distances, like tens, hundreds, or even thousands of miles, sound can do some very weird and unexpected things. We’ll talk about what sound does, why it does it, and how those surprising behaviors may have influenced the course of history.

About Brian:  Worthmann is a PhD student at U of M in Applied Physics studying underwater acoustics and signal processing and was a participant in the RELATE2015 workshop. When not doing underwater acoustics research, he can be found learning, teaching, or binge-watching Netflix.

Alex Taylor — Underground Alliances

 Nearly all plants form intimate symbiotic partnerships with fungi called Mychorrhizae. These fungi grow in elaborate webs through the soil, and then into the plan roots, growing even inside the plant cells, where the plant and fungus have struck a fabulously successful deal. The terms of this deal are straightforward: a trade of sugar for mineral nutrients that plays to the strengths and weaknesses of each partner. Mycorrhizae helped early plants get a toehold on land, and to this day, the vast majority of plants across the globe thrive thanks to their fungal partners. The world would be a barren place without this ancient and strange symbiosis.

About Alex: Alex is a Ph.D student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, studying how plants evolved the ability to recognize and partner with bacteria and fungi in the soil. Most days, this involves sitting at a computer and running algorithms on the genome sequences of different plants. He also loves talking and writing about the spine-tingling majesty of science, and co-founded the blog “Thought and Awe” to do just that. In his spare time, Alex is into camping, gardening, and talking about the big stuff over a beer. Find him on Twitter at @ATayters.


Brenda Oelbaum – Stitch and Bitch: Hopefully a Comedy

Oelbaum, current President of the National Women’s Caucus for Art, will share some of the ins and outs of her work in organizing a national arts non-profit and what that has to do with embroidering little black velveteen bags with gold numbers while she juggles those challenges and troubles. She invites members of the audience to fill the bags she provides with a problem to add to the mound of problems in her upcoming social practice performance and installation at POP-X Ann Arbor.
Pens and paper will be provided for attendees to write down their most troubling problem to contribute to her already heavy load. Contributors can then come by the installation running October 15-25, read some problems of others, and decide if they want to take their own bag back, or buy someone else’s problem as a souvenir.

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For more info, check out:
https://www.facebook.com/events/435862026620555/
http://annarbor.nerdnite.com/

Motor City Nightmares Haunted Halloween Horror Show 2015

Motor City Nightmares presents Michigan’s premiere Horror Convention based out of Novi, Michigan! Fans will be able to meet some of the biggest icons in horror history, while shopping around for some of the newest or rarest classic horror toys, t-shirts, posters, displays, dvds, masks and other assorted goodies. Film festival Movie premieres and screenings will be included with every show, as well as special celebrity panels, and so much more.

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For more info, check out:
www.motorcitynightmares.com
https://www.facebook.com/MotorCityNightmares

Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire

Maker Faire Grand Rapids is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity & resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

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For more info, check out:
http://www.makerfairegr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/makerfairegr