Oct. 4-10. (Peter Landesman, 2013). Drama recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.
Show and sale of antique glass, everything from lightning rod balls and canning jars to knoblike glass-and-porcelain telephone and telegraph insulators, one of which sold at this show for $2,500. Free appraisals. Free bottles and insulators for kids.
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Chelsea Village Conference Center, 1645 Commerce Park Dr. (off M-52 just north of I-94 exit 159), Chelsea. $2. (248) 425-3223, (248) 627-6351. [map]
During fall there's nothing so mouthwatering, comforting and warming as a hot bowl of soup. Join us and learn the techniques for developing rich, warm and flavorful soups from seasonal produce. You'll be amazed at how easy they are to make and how delicious they taste! A Sur La Table chef instructor will conduct this tempting demo, which runs for one hour and features a great taste of each soup for everyone! Sign up now for this fun $5 demo! Register at www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $5 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
All invited to help city staff maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.
Sept. 8: Marshall Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot on Dixboro just north of Plymouth) and Sugarbush Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance near the tennis courts on Rumsey St. at the north end of Georgetown Blvd. off Plymouth) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle. Also a walk through Sugarbush to look for its special features, including blue ash and pawpaw trees.
Sept. 15: Hannah Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Sept. 21 : Sunset-Brooks Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Sunset Rd. at the end of Brooks St.) to clear trails and spread woodchips in this oak-hickory woodland, and Hollywood Park (9 a.m.-noon, Sequoia Pkwy. near the intersection of Archwood Dr.) and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Westwood north of Arborview) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Sept. 28: Greenview Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, across from Barnard Rd. on Greenview Rd. off Scio Church Rd. west of S. Seventh St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails and Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Oct. 6: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle west off Platt south of Packard) to remove invasive shrubs and help improve the trails, and Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Bird Rd. entrance) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Oct. 12: Wurster Park (9 a.m.-noon, entrance at the cul-de-sac on Edgewood Pl. off W. Davis between Third St. & Fifth St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails, and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Arborview entrance, just east of Wildwood) to help clear trails and spread woodchips.
Oct. 13: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Beechwood entrance off Sunset just north of M-14) to collect seeds and learn how to identify native plants in the seed-bearing stage of their growth cycle.
Oct. 26: Dicken Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Dicken Dr. off S. Maple) to help remove invasive buckthorn, plant perennials, and work on trail maintenance, and Molin Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Powell Rd. from Columbia Ave. east of Kimberly from Packard just west of Eisenhower) to remove invasive shrubs.
Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
Every Sun. Talk by Gelek Rimpoche, an incarnate lama from Tibet who lives in Ann Arbor.
10-11 a.m., Jewel Heart Center, 1129 Oak Valley Dr. (between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387. [map]
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Oct. 20: Ann Arborite Sally Clisham on "My Experience with Civil Disobedience."
Nov. 3: Retired Montessori teacher Winifred Wylie discusses Richard Dowden's book Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles.
Nov. 17: Washtenaw Housing Alliance director Julie Steiner discusses "Homelessness & the Risk of Homelessness in Washtenaw County."
10 a.m., Burns Park Shelter, Wells at Baldwin. Free. 669-9187.
New class at Yourist Studio Gallery!
Adding your own handmade beads and buttons to your jewelry, knitting, or sewing projects is a great way to make your work truly special and unique. Handmade beads and buttons are also valued gifts for the jewelry and fiber artists in your life. In this class you''ll learn how to design and create pendants, beads, and buttons from ceramic clay and how to make jewelry from them. When you leave this class, you will have created a necklace or a complete set of buttons to take home with you, as well as a supply of beads and buttons for your future projects. This class is designed for beginners, aged 12 and over. No experience with clay or with jewelry making is necessary.
Six week class meets October 6-November 10, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Instructor: Jeanine Center. Most of your materials will be provided [8 pounds of clay, glaze and findings]
Visit http://www.youristpottery.com/art-classes/index.html to register and see our regular class schedule.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. $179. 734-662-4914. firstname.lastname@example.org youristpottery.com [map]
Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 14-Oct. 27 and Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, the Hippity Hop Holler, a petting farm, a Noah's Ark inflatable, the Spine Chilling MindShaft, a corn maze, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. $14.25 admission (babies 23 months & under, free; group rates available). 390-9211. [map]
Every Sun. A weekly program open to all single adults interested in contemporary Christian topics, new ideas, personal growth, and social and physical activities.
Feb. 9: First Singles member reviews Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys' best-selling 2011 debut novel, based on survivor stories of Stalin's genocidal reign of terror in the Baltics, that is the 2014 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads selection.
Feb. 16 & 23: U-M American culture and sociology professor Silvia Padraza screens (Feb. 16) and discusses (Feb. 23) Fremont, USA, a documentary about religious diversity in small-town America.
Mar 2, 9, 16, & 30: First Presbyterian Church parish nurse Sandy Talbott presents a series of 4 talks on "Challenges for Aging Parents and Their Adult Children." Topics include "Aging: The Basics" (Mar. 2), "Resources for the Elderly" (Mar. 9), "End of Life Options and Decisions" (Mar. 16), and a Q&A with a panel of expert professionals who deal with the elderly.
Mar. 23: Singing Tree Garden (Detroit) organic farm co-owner Emily Brent discusses "Urban Gardening."
11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church Monteith Hall (Curtis Room on Feb. 2 & 9), 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466, ext. 43. [map]
Start your Sunday morning with gentle yoga & meditation. Sura will guide you through stretches to warm up the body for sitting meditation. Meditation is 20 minutes with some guidance.
Ann Arbor College of Martial Arts, 1952 S. Industrial. $64 for 8 weeks. 310.663.1662. email@example.com a2cma.com [map]
Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, with emphasis on a particular medium or theme each week, including "Beads and Metal and Color, Oh My!" (Oct. 6), "Fiber Takes a Dozen Faces" (Oct. 13), "Photography: The Mind's Eye Made Visible" (Oct. 20), and "Halloween at the Market" (Oct. 27). The Halloween event also includes a chance to craft a Halloween grab bag (noon-2 p.m.).
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
A family-oriented program inside a bid tent, with a bounce house, face painting, games for all ages, and more. The Moanin' Frogs saxophone sextet present a musical tour from ragtime to hard bop to classical masterpieces. Rain or shine.
11:15 a.m.-2 p.m., Northside Church, 929 Barton. 663-6091. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field (Fuller Rd.) or just west of Fuller pool. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 846-9418.
All invited to bring anything you'd like the museum's paleontologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, botanists, zoologists, or geologists to identify--anything from rocks and minerals, bones, and fossils to insects and leaves. No appraisals.
Noon-5 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Participants Raise Critically Needed Funds for Alzheimer's Care, Support and Research | The Walk to End Alzheimer's is personal. We all have a reason to walk - whether you're walking for your friends or family, a caregiver or person living with Alzheimer's disease, or to stop rising health care costs and fight the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. Step up and walk with us toward a world without Alzheimer's disease. Register for the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sunday, October 6 at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor. Registration opens at 11:00 AM and the 2 mile Walk starts at 12:00 PM with a shorter route also available.
But, Walk to End Alzheimer's is more than a walk. It is an experience for participants to learn more about Alzheimer's, how to get involved with this critical cause, advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer's research and clinical trial enrollment to to support programs and services.
alz.org/walk | 800.272.3900
Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road. Free. Free, but donations are appreciated. 800.272.3900. email@example.com http://act.alz.org/annarbor [map]
Guided tours of this century-old family sheep farm, now a museum, which today features demonstrations of period activities. Crafts, kids activities, live animals, a musical revue by the Saline Area Players, and "Classroom Critters," a display and discussion of live animals by area naturalist Paul McCormack. Food available. Wagon rides to the farm provided from the Commons at Sauk Trail shopping center (off Michigan Ave. just west of Industrial).
Noon-5 p.m., Rentschler Farm, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $1 admission (kids, free). 944-0442. [map]
Sept. 29, Oct. 6 & 20, Nov. All invited to compete in a shotgun blast or a running deer pistol shoot. Winners get a turkey or a pound of bacon. The Oct. 6 & Nov. 3 shoots are preceded from 8 a.m. to noon by breakfast ($6.50).
Noon, TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan & Willis Rd.), Saline. $5 per round. 429-9561. [map]
Join us for this 6-week introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Classes include teachings on the inner spiritual path, meditation, soul, light, prayer and blessing. Classes offered on an ongoing rolling basis, join us when you can.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (N. Main just before Hwy, on left). Free. 734-330-5048. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.centersoflight.org/annarbor.html [map]
Spend an afternoon with us exploring some foods from Greece. Our favorites can become yours. Olive oil, garlic, lemon, tomato, feta, spinach and lamb are some of the flavors found in Greek cuisine. Mini Spinach and Cheese Bites will set the tone for the rest of our menu. A classic Greek Salad is not only a must, but a crowd pleaser. The main course is Orzo with Lamb Meatballs & Feta. "YUM" is all we need to say about that! We'll complete our meal with an Orange Ice Cream Smoothie. OPA! Full participation. This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Every Sun. & Thurs. except Nov. 28. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. 417-5547. [map]
Commando Krav Maga (CKM) is a reality-based self-defense system, developed by former Israeli Commando Moni Aizik, and is utilized by the Israeli Special Forces.
Learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters: KNIFE DEFENSE, GUN DISARMING, getting out of STRANGULATIONS and GRABS to the BODY, ARMS & LEGS, HAND-TO-HAND defenses, GROUND SURVIVAL, and proper PSYCHOLOGY to be used during an aggressive encounter.
The primary goal of the class is SURVIVAL.
Instructor Mike Trester is a high level certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with over 23 years of law enforcement experience, including 18 years as a Special Weapons And Tactical team member. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
DATES: Oct 6, 13, 20, & 27 1PM - 2:15PM
COST: $40 (for all 4 classes) for Ann Arbor Jewish Community Center members, $50 non-members. Space is limited. Advance registration required.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $50 (members, $40). (734)971-0990. email@example.com http://www.jccannarbor.org/cultural-arts-and-education/commando-krav-maga/ [map]
Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 20-Nov. 3. Possibly Washtenaw County's most baffling corn maze, this vegetable labyrinth features over 8 miles of paths that form 2 intricate designs precision-cut with Farm Works software and a GPS unit. This year's "farmyard" theme features a maze shaped like a tractor and one shaped like a barn. New this year, a "Kidz CORNer," with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. Also, beginning Oct. 4, an all-ages haunted corn maze every Fri. & Sat. (dark-10 p.m.). Take a flashlight if coming after dark. Adjacent to Wasem's Orchards.
6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 1-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 1-6 p.m. (Sun.), 6270 Judd Rd. (left off McCrone/Stoney Creek east off the US-23 Willis Rd. exit). $7 (kids ages 5-11, $6) per maze; $12 (kids, $10) for both. talladayfarms.com 645-1791. [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri., except Jan. 1 All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Sun. & Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.) and booster draft (Fri.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
Sept. 8 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Dragonflies: Acrobats of the Sky." Jackson naturalist Don Henise presents a short indoor program about dragonflies, followed by a hike to Mill Lake to view them in their natural habitat. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Eddy Discovery Center.
Sept. 15 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles Walk." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.
Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Sensing Animals." Science Alive representatives bring a variety of live animals for a hands-on presentation on some amazing ways they use their senses to learn about and survive in their environments.
Sept. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.
Oct. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.): "Survival Skills You Can Use." Artemis Eyster shows adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and avoid getting lost.
Oct. 20 (2-3 p.m.): "Animal Interactions." Interactive Animal Education owner Chris Oesterling displays a variety of live animals and discusses their habits and adaptations.
Oct. 27 (2 p.m.): "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Maps for self-guided tours and on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 5.
Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.): "Rapteriffic." Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show off some of the center's raptors and display the amazing eyesight of hawks and remarkable hearing of owls.
Various times, meet in the Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $. $2 (families, $5); additional materials fee for "Sketching Nature" programs. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
Chicago writer and illustrator Justin Castenada, creator of the When I Was Little children's book series, talks about visual storytelling and writing from life. Participants also work on their own comics; materials provided. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Oct. 5, 6, 19, & 20. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Oct. 5 & 6: "Air Apparent" includes experiments with air pressure, from crushing a can to levitating objects. Oct. 19 & 20: "ChemMystery" includes experiments using everyday items to create chemical reactions.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Local Quakers discuss the history of Quakerism, varieties of Quakerism, and how they practice Quaker values. On Oct. 13, they discuss "What Is Quaker Worship" (1-2 p.m.).
1-2 p.m., Quaker House, 1416 Hill St. Free. 709-8748. [map]
A docent demonstrates the operational hydroelectric generator and offers information about the park that includes a beautiful multicolored stone house, a wooden mill, and a former winery, plus spots for fishing, canoeing, and picnicking.
1-4 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. (between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds.), Manchester. Free. 971-6337. [map]
90-minute Docent-led walk of a nature preserve. The program begins with conversation and refreshments.
1:15-3:30 p.m., Springhill Nature Preserve, 3260 Berry Rd. Superior Twp. Free. 484-0074, 484-6565. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.
Impact Earth (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Moderate-paced ride, 25-40 miles over quiet roads in and around the Waterloo Recreation Area to watch sandhill cranes gather for the evening at the Haehnle Nature Sanctuary. Bring a picnic supper.
1:30 p.m., meet at Haehnle Sanctuary, north side of Seymour Rd. (1 mile west of Race Rd. north from I-94 exit 147), Chelsea. Free. 424-2802.
1- and 5-mile pledge walks to raise money for local and international hunger relief. Rest stops with water and snacks.
1:50 p.m. (registration at 1:30 p.m.), St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 14600 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. Pledges or donation. 475-9643. [map]
2-km and 10-km pledge walks to raise money for hunger relief.
2 p.m. (registration begins at 1 p.m.), St. Clare's Episcopal Church and Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard. Pledges or donation. Preregistration available at icpj.net. 663-1870. [map]
Marlin Whitaker and others call to music by the Root Cellar String Band. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Wear clean, nonmarking shoes.
2-5 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $8 (students, $5). 994-6494. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 26-Oct. 27. Tim Rhoze directs John Manfredi in Dennis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson's one-man drama, an adaptation of the Robert Fagles translation of Homer. The play spins the familiar tale of divine interventions, endless battles, and undying love through the eyes of an anonymous narrator whose enigmatic experiences of humanity's deep-seated attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos reverberate with contemporary wars and civil conflicts. Edge Boston calls it "Haunting, poetic, mesmerizing, and ultimately, astonishing."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Oct. 12 & 26), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Sept. 26), $24 & $26 (Sept. 27 & 29), $30 & $32 (Sept. 28), and $22 & $24 (Oct. 3). Oct. 4 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Oct. 4: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $34 & $36 (Fri. & Sun.), $27 & $29 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
Family-oriented all ages program featuring music and other entertainment, games, crafts, face painting, and food exploring exploring Latino culture. Also, health screenings and information about community resources that address the mental, physical, and social health issues in the Latino community.
2-5 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [map]
Oct. 3-6 & 10-13. U-M theater professor Malcolm Tulip directs U-M drama students in British playwright Peter Barnes' Olivier-winning 1985 dark comedy, set in 14th-century France in the midst of the Black Death, that draws on Barnes' trademark blend of slapstick, surprise, and hectic comedy to celebrate the subversive power of laughter. When a sprightly monk thinks he has found his calling after he inadvertently causes laughter, founds a company of misfits who go about wearing red clown noses and offering bawdy, satirical entertainments for the amusement of the populace and the comic glory of God. But when the health crisis passes, the church hierarchy grows hostile toward the monk's disorderly new order.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
Tom Trenney conducts this southeastern Michigan ensemble of 32 singers in a colorful program of American music, ranging from arrangements of folk chestnuts like "O Shenandoah" and "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain" to music by Copland and Stephen Paulus. Also, the audience is invited to join in some community singing on some pieces.
3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466. [map]
The best part of fall is the baking, so join us for a fabulous, fun time. We'll indulge in several delicious treats to celebrate the season, including cupcakes and cookies. Join us to learn basic baking techniques and scrumptious fall flavors, including chocolate, pumpkin and marshmallow. We'll have a great time and transform your autumn baking into amazing success! To put frosting on the cake, so to speak, all attendees will go home with a jelly roll pan from our new top-of-the-line bakeware, Tri-Glide. We love this new line because it's the most durable non-stick bakeware on the market, the coating is PFOA free, pans have wire re-enforced edges and it's dishwasher safe. MENU: Chocolate and Guinness Cupcakes - Pumpkin Cookies with Pistachios - Spooktacular Chocolate and Marshmallow Whoopie Pies - Coconut Macaroons
To register visit www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave, Suite 109. $69 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
Every Thurs.-Sat, Sept. 26-Oct. 20. Thalia Schramm directs this local professional company in George Furth and Stephen Sondheim's brassy, earthy 1970 musical comedy about an exorbitantly uncommitted Manhattan bachelor and his mostly married friends. The Tony-winning score includes such hit songs as "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Being Alive," "The Little Things You Do Together," and "Side by Side by Side." Cast: Steve DeBruyne, Wendy Katz Hiller, Katie Lietz, Sonja Marquis, Greg Bailey Pete Podolski, Tara Tomcsik-Husak, and other local actors.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Oct. 17), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Thurs. eve.: $26 (seniors age 545 & older and youth age 17 & under, $24; groups of 10 or more, $22); Fri. & Sat. eve.: $32 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $29; groups of 10 or more, $26); Thurs., Sat., & Sun. matinee: $28 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $25; groups of 10 or more, $24). Tickets available in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
Presentation by historian Mike Skinner. In honor of Ford's 150th birthday.
3 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. (between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds.), Manchester. Free; preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 321. [map]
UMMA Western art curator Carole McNamara discusses the artistic and philosophical significance of landscapes throughout the museum's Western collections. In conjunction with the current photography exhibit, Brett Weston Landscapes.
3 p.m., UMMA Galleries, 525 S. State. Free, but preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 764-0395. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
An evening of jazz music celebrating the 85th birthday of Seeley, a veteran Detroit blues pianist known for his electrifying, passionate renditions of boogie classics. The concert opens with the Canadian combo The Speakeasy Quartet, whose music blends hot jazz, swing, and pop from the 1920s and 1930s. Seeley follows on solo piano, and is then joined by local musicians TBA. With master of ceremonies and world-renowned blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun.
4 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Brats, beer, and a performance by the veteran local bluegrass band The RFD Boys.
4-7 p.m., RAC Gallery, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $60 in advance at riversidearts.org/oktoberfest and at the door. 480-2787. [map]
Joseph Gramley and Jonathan Ovalle direct this music student ensemble in a program highlighted by Lou Harrison's seminal Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra. The program also includes works by John Cage, Carlos Chavez, Peter Garland, and Steven Stucky.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Screening of a video about a potter's travels to the pottery villages in Thailand.
4 p.m., Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 662-4914. [map]
(Woody Allen, 2013). A life crisis leads a woman to reconnect with her sister in San Francisco. Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
Himalayan Bazaar co-owner Sherpa discusses growing up in the shadows of the world's tallest mountains and becoming a two-time Mount Everest summiter.
5:30 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. Free. 997-7229. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email email@example.com to confirm. 717-1569. [map]
This class combines bellydance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability and balance. Don't worry, the burning is normal.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hurts-so-good-bellydance-conditioning/ [map]
This class will drill your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography to music from traditional to Macklemore. Coral Rose of Unveiled Bellydance and Lunatic Vagabonds will teach you to bellydance to anything on your playlist!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. email@example.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belly_dance [map]
Every Fri. & Sat. Sept. 28-Oct. 26, every Sun. in Oct., and Oct. 24, 30, & 31. Six different scary attractions--including a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available.
7:15-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:15-10:30 p.m. (Sun. & Oct. 30 & 31), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. $18 (except Sun. & Oct. 24, 30, & 31, $17) for access to one area; $36 (except Sun. & Oct. 24, 30, & 31, $40) for all areas. 390-9208. [map]
Ohio-bred, Brooklyn-based honey-voiced singer-songwriter whose blues-steeped songs also assimilate a range of Americana idioms from Dixieland, jug band, gospel, and country to ragtime, jazz, and Latin music. His brand-new CD, Dreaming from the Heart of New York, is a collection of stripped down songs about life, love, family, and relationships.
7:30 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $15 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]
A fundraiser for the Community Farm of Ann Arbor with Seth Bernard & May Erlewine, the mid-Michigan singer-songwriter duo of Bernard, a Lake City native who writes clever, funny, and candidly insightful folk-, rock-, and jazz-based songs about his life, and Erlewine, a big-voiced singer-songwriter from Big Rapids who writes thoughtful, richly emotional country-flavored songs, and Breathe Owl Breathe, the local trio of guitarist and banjoist Micah Middaugh, cellist Andrea Moreno-Beals, and percussionist Trevor Hobbs, whose songs are atmospheric, intricately textured instrumental and vocal landscapes.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
4 days of Korean films, sponsored by the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies and the Global Film Initiative. Korean, subtitles.
Oct. 3: Jiseul (Meul O., 2012). Historical drama about a small 1950s South Korean village that rebels against police brutality and is subsequently labeled communist and attacked by the army.
Oct. 4: Breathless (Yang Ik-june, 2008). Drama about a loan shark who strikes up a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he's facing his own troubled past.
Oct. 5: Dooman River (Lu Zhang, 2010). See review. Drama about a 12-year-old boy who befriends a young North Korean immigrant who has just crossed the Dooman River border between North Korea and China.
Oct. 6: Planet of Snail (Yi Seung-Jun, 2012). Documentary about a young deaf and blind writer who depends on his wife, a cheerful woman with a spinal deformity.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]
Every Sun.. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Michigan League Ballroom on Feb. 2 & Mar. 2, Michigan League Vandenberg Room on Mar. 23). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]