Every Fri. beginning Nov. 9. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers invited to spend time with their infants through preschoolers making seasonal crafts, playing games, and sharing snacks.
9-11 a.m., Westminster Presbyterian, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. email@example.com. 668-0549. [map]
Bake sale, artisan crafts, Christmas stuff, a "re-gift" area, and more. Lunch available (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $10).
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bethlehem UCC, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Free admission. 665-6149. [map]
WCC's Gallery One is hosting an exhibit by local artists now through December 14. "Emerging Artists: Ann Arbor, Part II" features Ruth Bardenstein, Jeremy Brooks, and Katie Rubin. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Tuesday, 10:00am-6:00pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 10:00am-8:00pm; and Friday, 10:00am-noon. For more information, call 734-477-8512.
Gallery One, 4800 East Huron River Drive. Free. 734-477-8512. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19, 24, or 40+ miles, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a late breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m., Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 996-9461, 476-4944.
Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19, 24, or 40+ miles, with a stop at the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
9 a.m. (May-Sept.) & 10 a.m. (Apr., Oct. & Nov.), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
Every Fri., Sept. 28-Nov. 16. All invited to make drawings inspired by works in the museum. Art Center instructor Heather Accurso is on hand to offer guidance.
11:10 a.m.-1 p.m., check-in at the UMMA information desk, 525 S. State. $10 (includes materials). 763-UMMA. [map]
All seniors invited to join music and health consultant Dianne Baker for drumming to relieve stress, improve your mood, and meet new people. Drums provided.
1-2 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
November 6, 7, 9, & 10. The National Under-18 Team of this Ann Arbor-based program hosts a tournament that also features junior teams from Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland.
Nov. 6: Switzerland vs. Sweden (3:30 p.m.) & Team USA 18 vs. Finland (7 p.m.).
Nov. 7: Finland vs. Sweden (3:30 p.m.) & Team USA vs. Switzerland.
Nov. 9: Switzerland vs. Finland (3:30 p.m.) & Team USA vs. Sweden (7 p.m.).
Nov. 10: The 3-day round-robin concludes with bronze (3:30 p.m.) and gold (7 p.m.) medal games.
3:30 & 7 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $10 (students & children, $5). 327-9251. [map]
Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 30. Lectures by visiting scholars. Topics include "Probing Mid-Ocean Ridge Processes Through Deep Crustal Drilling" (Nov. 2), "Modeling the Effect of Thermodynamic Properties on Slab Evolution" (Nov. 9), "How Much Water Erupts from Arc Volcanoes?" (Nov. 16), and a topic TBA (Nov. 30).
4-5 p.m., 1528 Little Bldg., 425 East University. Free. 763-4690. [map]
(Ben Lewin, 2012). A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. Helen Hunt & William H. Macy.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; Wed., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Nov. 21 & 22) through Nov. 23. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows.
4:45-6:15 p.m. (Mon.-Fri. except Nov. 23, 5-9 p.m.), 8 a.m.-noon (Nov. 10 game day), & 7:30-9 a.m. (Nov. 17 game day), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]
Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this Fall Harvest Dinner menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal.
Menu: Turnip, Apple & Potato Bisque; Bitter Greens Salad with Almonds, Goat Cheese, and Fig Vinaigrette; Seared Sea Scallops with Lemon Brown Butter Pan Sauce; Sage-Celeriac Puree; Pear Crisp with Cranberry Streusel
Register online at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
An appearance by Santa, who parades with Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines women's chorus. Also, "Pet Photo Nights" (Nov. 11 & 18, 6:30 p.m.) with Santa. For 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weight less that 60 lbs. Use the entrance near pole 28 on the west side of Von Maur.
6:30-7:30 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur corridor. Free. 769-9610. [map]
Nov. 9 & 10. Two days of Polish documentaries and feature films show in Polish, with subtitles.
Nov. 9: "80 Million" (Waldemar Krzystek, 2011). Communist-era drama about young activists in the pro-democracy Solidarity movement who withdraw 80 million in funds from the organization's bank account, despite the strict supervision of the security police, before the onset of martial law. 7 p.m. Elles (Malgorzata Szumowska, 2012). Drama about a Paris-based mother and journalist whose investigation into prostitution unsettles her convictions about family and sex. 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 10: Today's program begins at 1 p.m. with a FREE screening of documentaries TBA. Today's features: Rose (Wojtek Smarzowski, 2011). Drama set in 1945 following WWII that depicts the growing love between a Masurian widow and a Polish soldier. 4:30 p.m. Courage (Greg Zglinski, 2011). Drama about two antagonist brothers who witness an assault on a train, and the brother who must live with his cowardice after the other suffers for stepping in to help. 7 p.m. Supermarket (Maciej Zak, 2012). Thriller that depicts the disturbing impacts of consumerism. 9:30 p.m.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty. $12 (students with ID & seniors, $8) per film. 913-1013. [map]
Show of Americana-themed art work by young local artists. Also, food, music, and more.
7-9 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free. 214-9995. [map]
The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. email@example.com a2pvc.org [map]
This year's film series features silent films by Yasujiro Ozu, aka Silent Ozu. With narration by benshi (Japanese silent film narrator) Ichiro Kataoka.
Sept. 14: The Cook (Fatty Arbuckle, 1918). Slapstick silent comedy that stars Arbuckel and Buster Keaton as the cook and waiter at a high-end restaurant. Preceded by Ozu's 1932 short film I Was Born, But…, a bittersweet story about 2 young brothers whose faith in their father is shaken by what they perceive as his kowtowing to his boss. Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (Michigan Theater members, sutdents, seniors, & vets, $7).
Sept. 21: Passing Fancy (Yasujiro Ozu, 1933). Silent drama about a widower who meets a destitute young woman and takes her under his wing. He falls in love with her, but she is in love with a younger man.
Sept. 28: An Inn at Tokyo (Yasujiro Ozu, 1935). An unemployed homeless man and his two sons encounter a woman and her daughter while wandering around Tokyo. As the kids play together, the parents feel a happiness they haven't felt since childhood.
Oct. 5: Lady and the Beard (Yasujiro Ozu, 1931). Silent comedy about a young man who has difficulty making it in modern society until he does away with some of his old-fashioned ways, such as wearing an unfashionable beard. With music spun by DJ arwulf arwulf.
Oct. 12: I Flunked, But… (Yasujiro Ozu, 1930). Comedy about college students who cheat by writing notes on the back of their friend's shirt. When the shirt is dry-cleaned, they flunk. With live music by keyboardist Stephen Warner.
Oct. 19: A Straightforward Boy (Yasujiro Ozu, 1929). Rarely seen fragment of this short silent comedy about a kidnapping. Much of the film is missing, including the middle scene where the kidnappers unsuccessfully attempt to return the boy they snatched. With live music by DJ Chris McNamara. Also, screening of The Kid (Charlie Chaplin, 1921), a silent comedy that stars Charlie Chaplin in his first feature as The Tramp and Jackie Coogan as a streetwise orphan he takes under his wing.
Oct. 26: Tokyo Chorus (Yasujiro Ozu, 1931). Silent comedy about a married man who faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague.
Nov. 2: "Dragnet Girl" (Yasujiro Ozu, 1933). Silent drama regarded as Ozu's version of an American gangster movie, about a gang leader who falls in love with the sister of a new recruit. With music spun by DJ arwulf arwulf.
Nov. 9: "Story of Floating Weeds" (Yasujiro Ozu, 1934). Drama about an aged kabuki actor who returns to a small town and reunites with a former lover and illegitimate son, enraging his current mistress. With live music by Frank Pahl.
Nov. 10: "Left Handed" (Laurence Thrush, 2001). Drama based on the Japanese concept of hikikomori (social withdrawal) about a teenage boy who refuses to come out of his bedroom or let anyone inside for two years. The film's director and executive producer Takao Saiki will attend the screening.
7 p.m., U-M Natural Science Auditorium (except Sept. 14, Michigan Theater), 830 North University, use the entrance nearest the Diag. Free (except Sept. 14). 764-6307. [map]
"Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, & the '34 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game": Dexter District Library.more >
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Filmmaker Brian Kruger presents his 2011 documentary about the football game in which the U-M agreed to appease Georgia Tech by benching its best player because he was African American. Followed by Q&A with Kruger.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
Every Fri. With different local musicians each week. Weather permitting.
7-9 p.m., Mark's Carts, 211 W. Washington. Free. 224-8859. [map]
Nov. 9-11. EMU theater professors R. MacKenzie Lewis and Ken Stevens direct a staged reading of Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin, and Valerie Vigoda's pop musical, a modernization of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl." It's the story of a weary, lonely urbanite who finds a quirky, young woman at his door on New Year's Eve selling lights designed to assuage the seasonal affective disorder common this time of year.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $7 in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
The museum is open late tonight, with curators discussing the current temporary exhibits. Also, live music by The Appleseed Collective, the popular local acoustic quartet that plays an enchanting blend of lyric-based folk rock with Dixieland and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies. Light refreshments.
7-10 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
Area storytellers present a storytelling program for adults & youth age 14 & older. Emcee is Laura Pershin-Raynor. a nationally renowned veteran local storyteller whose performances draw on a vast repertoire of hilarious and touching stories centered around her colorful family. Also, local storytellers Star Burton-West, Lyn Davidge, Jill Halpern, Laura Lee Hayes, Yvonne Healy, Linda Luke, and Glen Modell. One of more than 300 "Tellabration" programs being held around the country. Proceeds help fund free area storytelling events. There is a children's Tellabration at the Ann Arbor District Library on November 11 (see listing).
7:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church. 1400 W. Stadium. $10 at the door only. 662-3770.
Nov. 9-11. Nancy Heusel directs Upper School students in Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 9 & 10) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 11), Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. $12 (students & seniors, $10). 769-4010. [map]
Nov. 2, 3, 9, & 10. Huron students present William J. Norris and John Ostrander's swashbuckling pirate tale featuring swordfights and a kidnapped English gentlewoman who turns out to be a spitfire.
7:30 p.m., Huron High School New Theater, 2727 Fuller Rd. Tickets $8 (students & seniors, $6) in advance and at the door. 994-2095. [map]
Nov. 3, 4, & 9-11. Neal Kelley, Henry Nettleton, and Tim VanRiper direct PHS students in composer Stephen Flaherty and playwright Terrence McNally's 1998 Tony Award-winning musical about three American families experiencing the social upheavals of the early 20th century. The score draws upon styles ranging from ragtime rhythms and klezmer to brass band marches and waltzes, as well as period parlor songs and anthems.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 3, 9, & 10) and 2 p.m. (Nov. 4 & 11), PHS auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. $15 (students & seniors, $10) available at the door. 994-2120. [map]
Nov. 8-11. Ariel Jones directs young local actors in a theatrical adaptation of E.B. White's tender, lyrical tale of a shy mouse born to human parents in New York City.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 8-10) & 1 p.m. (Nov. 10 & 11), WCC Liberal Arts & Sciences Bldg. College Theater, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $8 (kids, $5) in advance at the A2CT office (322 W. Ann), and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
Nov. 9 & 10. Young local actors present an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's beloved fantasy about children who escape through a wardrobe into a fabulous world that's in the grip of an evil ruler.
7:30 p.m., Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. $5 429-8000, ext. 2338. [map]
For beginners (Fri.) and intermediate and advanced (Sat.) dancers. With recorded music. The beginner program begins with informal 30-minute lessons on samba (Sept. 21), American waltz (Oct. 5), cha-cha (Oct. 19), and American tango (Nov. 9). Refreshments.
8-10 p.m., Come Dancing, 7025 E. Michigan (Country Creek Plaza), Saline. $15. 944-1888. [map]
Bluegrass-based quartet led by Bynum, a Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. His band includes fiddler Mary Seelhorst, pedal steel player John Lang, and bassist Chuck Anderson.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $12 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 662-4536, 665-8558. [map]
Nov. 7-9. Ann Arbor debut if this energetic young Pittsburgh-bred comic recently featured in his own Comedy Central special. He's known for his irreverently caustic, quick-witted observational humor, usually aimed at contemporary mores and popular culture. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
With Dayton (OH) caller Kathy Anderson and live music by Steve Schneider, Martha Stokely, and Earl Gaddis. For experienced dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. (248) 288-4737. [map]
Nov. 8-10. Affable Chicago-based comic, a regular on MADtv during its final season who blends often dark oddball tales with goofy one-liners. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $11 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $17 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
The younger brother of the late Harry Chapin, Tom Chapin is a veteran folk-style songwriter known for his observant, playful story-songs and emotionally direct ballads.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $22.50 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Nov. 8-11. See review. U-M opera professor Robert Swedberg directs U-M opera students in Mozart's operatic version of the Don Juan story. The action is an absorbing blend of stark tragedy and high comedy, and the music deftly fuses melodies of exquisite beauty with dark rumblings of damnation. Italian, supertitles. Christopher Lees conducts the University Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. $20 & $26 (students, $10) in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
This event has been canceled.
8 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 20-Dec. 15, except Nov. 22. See review. Guy Sanville directs Tracy Letts' 2008 comedic drama, set in a diverse Chicago neighborhood, about the unlikely friendship between a burned-out doughnut shop owner and his young, idealistic new employee. New York Times critic Charles Isherwood calls it "a gentle comedy that unfolds like an extended episode of a 1970s sitcom…a warm bath of a play that will leave…audiences with satisfied smiles rather than rattled nerves." Cast: California longtime TV and film actor Randolph Mantooth, as well as area actors Ryan Carlson, David Daoust, Alex Leydenfrost, Brian Marable, Michelle Mountain, Michael Brian Ogden, Sandy Ryder, and Lynch Travis.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat., except Oct. 31), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat., and Nov. 23), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 20-27 previews: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 27: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
Oct. 18-21, 25-28, & 31 and Nov. 1-4, 9, & 10. Brian Carbine directs local playwright Audra Lord's interactive haunted house, an adaptation of early-19th-century German playwright Georg Büchner's unfinished episodic tragedy about a poverty-stricken barber driven insane by the apparently irremediable injustice of the world. Cast: Steve Carson, Colleen Cartwright, Alastar Demetrie, Marisa Dluge, Mark Drum, Karilu Forshee, Linda Rabin Hammell, and Emily Roll. A collaboration with Threefold Productions and the Brendalinda Performance Collaborative.
8 & 9:30 p.m., Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Regular admission is $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at thenewtheatreproject.org and at the door. 645-9776. [map]
Swing Dance Party: Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-midnight, Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]