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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 31, 2013






 
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 9:15-10:45 a.m. 

Parent-Toddler Play Group: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our intimate parent toddler play groups meet once/week for six weeks this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity for children (12 to 36 months) and their special adult to spend quality time together playing, (including free play stations, a slide, rotating media table, gross motor movement activities, such as bubbles, parachute play, and musical instruments), working on simple art projects (including painting, stickers, stamps) and having a snack and drink. Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood development and experience teaching in preschools, and plan their age- appropriate lessons and themes to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/ 6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9:30-11 a.m. 

Little Hands Explorer Play Day: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Is your little one curious about the world around them? Then bring your budding explorer to our Little Hands Explorers Play Day! This one-day session gives you an opportunity to try out our new class! Every week your child age 18 to 36 months and a parent (or caregiver) will have a hands on play date with science. Potential experiments include Exploding Color Bubbles, Fun with Light, Sink and Float, Textures, and much more! Come dressed in clothes that can get a bit messy or bring a smock. Children will have open time to play with their fellow scientist, read a book, and eat a snack too.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $15 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Laugh or Cry, It's Politics: Politics in the Arts": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Oct. 24-Dec. 5. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and visiting speakers.

Oct. 24: Former U-M Institute of Gerontology director Richard Adelman discusses "Opera and Politics as Bedfellows."

Oct. 31: UMMA director Joseph Rosa on "The Art of Collecting: A Political Investment."

Nov. 7: U-M Dearborn English professor emeritus Lawrence Berkove on "The Two Faces of Mark Twain: Humor and Tragedy."

Nov. 14: U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society members present a lecture-demo on "Political Humor in Gilbert and Sullivan."

Nov. 21: U-M English and film professor emeritus Ira Konigsberg on "Making Fun of the Tragic: The Satire of Politics in Film."

Dec. 5: Cartoonist Jef Mallett, creator of the widely syndicated comic strip "Frazz, on "Laughing and Thinking."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Fall Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Oct. 16, 23, & 30 and Nov, 27), Sept. 4-Dec. 11. CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Linda Zimmer reads stories to kids age 6 & under. Themes include Dora the Explorer (Oct. 15), Love (Oct. 17), Bats (Oct. 22 & 24), and Halloween (Oct. 29 & 31).
10:30 a.m. (Thurs.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween Treat Parade": Main Street Area Association.

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All costumed kids and their parents invited to stroll through downtown and pick up treats from businesses displaying black and orange balloons.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Main, Liberty, Fourth, and Washington area. Free. 668-7112.
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: Kempf House Museum.

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Oct. 1: U-M piano technology director Robert Grijlva discusses "U-M Historic Steinway Piano Restorations."

Oct. 8: Foodgatherers chief development officer Mary Schlitt discusses "Food Gatherers: A Special Community Service."

Oct. 15: U-M Clements Library development director Ann Rock discusses "The Wm. L. Clements Library: Its Collections and Current Renovation."

Oct. 22: Kempf Hose gardens director Deborah Burling discusses "The Historic Kempf House Gardens."

Oct. 29: Local historian (and Observer "Then and Now" columnist) Grace Shackman discusses "The German Influence in Early Ann Arbor."

Nov. 5: Treemore Ecology & Landservices president Barry Lonik discusses "Washtenaw County's Unique Land Preservation Programs."

Nov. 12: Arab American National Museum researcher Matthew Stiffler discusses "The History of Arab Americans in Michigan."

Nov. 19: Local historic preservationists Patrick McCauley and Susan Wineberg discusses their new book Historic Ann Arbor: An Architectural Guide.

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Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Admission $2 (Kempf House members, $1). 994-4898. [map]
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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

The Sumptuous Table: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Great meals deserve a great presentation. Our Sumptuous Table exhibit, which runs from October 18 to December 8, 2013, is a display of stylish handmade ceramic dinnerware by Yourist Studio Gallery Resident Artists and will include place settings and serving pieces designed to complement your good cooking and grace your table. So come feast your eyes on our dinnerware exhibit, with pieces perfect for our own home, for wedding presents, and as holiday gifts for family and friends. Artists' Reception will take place on Friday, October 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com youristpottery.com [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Entertainment by local and visiting performers. Oct. 3: Traditional, original, and Latin jazz by the Edie Herrold Trio. Oct. 10: Folk music of the 60s by the Folk Revival Band, the duo of twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits (who are best known as the children's duo Gemini). Oct. 17: U-M music majors. Oct. 24: Classical piano by Paul Skripnik. Oct. 31: Indian classical music by Rajeeb Chakraborty.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Every Thurs. Lectures by visiting scholars. Oct. 3: Northwestern University history professor Amy Stanley on "A Maidservant's Tale: Japanese History and the Early Modern World." Oct. 10: Global Water Japan president Kazunari Yoshimura on "A General Overview of Global Water Issues: Current Water Concerns and the U.S.-Japan Relationship." Oct. 17: Boston University Japanese and comparative literature professor J. Keith Vincent on "'Out Gays' or 'Shameless Gays'? What Gets Lost and What Is Gained When U.S. Queer Theory is Translated into Japanese?" Oct. 24: Toshio Iizuka, a former member of the 1960s radical documentary film collective Ogawa Pro, discusses his experiences with the collective with U-M film professor Markus Nornes. Oct. 31: U-M art & design professor Robert Platt on "The Phantom Hut: Landsape Appreciation and Hermetic Tendencies in Japan and the West."
12:10-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 936-7621. [map]
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 2-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
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 4, 7:30, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Summit": Michigan Theater.

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Nick Ryan's 2012 documentary about 11 climbers who mysteriously perished on K2, the world's most dangerous mountain.
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). 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:45-6:15 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 14 & 15) & Oct. 5 & 19. 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. (except Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-noon and Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-noon), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582.
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs. Talks by visiting artists. Oct. 3: Industrial designer Mark Dziersk on "Design Thinking, Creativity, and Risk." Oct. 10: Tribute to U-M art & design grad Mike Kelley, a Detroit-born California-based artist who, before his death, had begun work on a life-size replica of his childhood suburban Detroit home, which now resides at MOCAD. Mike Kelley Foundation executive director Mary Clare Stevens gives a talk and shows videos that document Kelley's last project. Oct. 17: Engineer, designer, and hacker Salvatore Iaconesi, principal of Art is Open Source, gives a talk on "The Mirror and the Source." Oct. 24: New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly on "What's So Funny about Humor?" Oct. 31: Singer and performer Joseph Keckler on "I, as an Opera."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:45 p.m. (May), 6:30 p.m., (Apr. & June-Aug.), 6:15 p.m. (Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 Evening time TBA  Free! 

Suzuki Halloween Party: Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.

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Tentative. A brief violin performance, followed by trick-or-treating throughout the school. For kids ages 3-12, accompanied by a parent, and particularly geared toward Suzuki violin students.
Time TBA, AASPA, 637 S. Main. Free. 213-2000. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.) and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"No Exit": U-M Basement Arts.

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Oct. 31-Nov. 2.AJ Klopach directs U-M students in Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist masterpiece exploring the grim thought that "Hell is other people" through a dramatic fantasy about three people--a homicidal socialite, a lesbian, and a cowardly adulterer--trapped in a room together for eternity.
7 p.m. (Oct. 31-Nov. 2) & 11 p.m. (Nov. 1), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs., except Thanksgiving. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. 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.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Pumpkin Ale Release, Poe Readings, and Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners Announcement.

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Get in the Halloween spirit with pumpkin ale and Edgar Allan Poe! Readings will begin at 7pm, and pumpkin carving contest winners will be announced at 8pm. If you'd like to submit at pumpkin for the contest, please do so during our hours of operation on Sunday, October 27th.
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, 420 N. Main St. Ste. 100, Chelsea. Free. (734) 475-2337. info@chelseaalehouse.com www.chelseaalehouse.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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On-going self defense classes using Commando Krav Maga (CKM) tactical techniques. CKM is a reality-based self-defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
The techniques are simple to learn and easy to remember during times of stress:
- Gun disarming
- Knife attacks
- Knife hold-ups
- Chokes & Grabs
- Ground survival
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Attack Psychology
Multiple classes are offered each week and private lessons are available.
Every Mon 730-9pm, Tue 7-8:30pm and Thur 7-830pm. Check our website calendar for class updates!
The instructor, Mike Trester, is a level 6 certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with 23-plus years of law enforcement experience, including over 18 years on the Special Weapons And Tactical team. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
Commando Krav Maga Chelsea, 14495 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea. Monthly fee $60. 734-904-5003. ckmchelsea@gmail.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult) invited for Halloween stories and a Halloween craft activity. Cider.
7-7:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"In a World…": Michigan Theater.

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(Lake Bell, 2013). Comedy about an underachieving vocal coach who's motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voiceovers, to become a voiceover star.
Time TBA, 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). 668-TIME. [map]
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 7:15-10:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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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]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Blind Summit: University Musical Society.

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Oct. 29-31 & Nov. 1-3. Founded in 1997, this innovative London puppet theatre company is known for its contemporary reworking of the traditional Japanese art of Bunraku, a complex, dramatic form of puppetry in puppeteers perform in full view of the audience. Tonight's critically acclaimed program, The Table, is a triptych of humorously absurd, technically accomplished pieces inspired by Beckett, the Bible, and Ikea. The first takes place on a simple table and features a cantankerous 2-foot-tall puppet experiencing an existential crisis. The second piece is a short interlude of striking visual illusions, followed by a delirious crime thriller told entirely through pieces of A4 paper covered in text and images. Reviewers have praised The Table for combining a strikingly minimal aesthetic with deadpan humor and warmth. Ages 14+.
7:30 p.m. (Oct. 29-31), 8 p.m. (Nov. 1 & 2), and 2 p.m. (Nov. 3), Performance Network. General admission $35 (Oct. 29-31) & $40 (Nov. 1-3), in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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 8 p.m. 

Chris Smither: The Ark.

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This veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter, best known for 2 songs Bonnie Raitt has made her own, "I Feel the Same" and "Love You like a Man," is also a wonderfully lyrical and expressive guitarist (Raitt calls him "my Eric Clapton") and an intense, enrapturing singer whose voice ranges from growling undertones to a keening falsetto. He recently released the career-spanning retrospective CD Still on the Levee.
8 p.m. p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $26 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Kevin Downey Jr.: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 & 2. A Detroit native who made his TV debut at age 6 on CKLW's The Bozo Show, this popular New York City-based comic is known for his bizarre stage personality, odd delivery, and twisted but clever sense of humor. "Kevin is sort of a loser teetering on the brink of a mental breakdown," says one reviewer, "kinda like Bobcat Goldthwait with the point of view of Steven Wright." Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Evil Dead: The Musical": Dexter Community Players.

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See review. Local actors present their annual production of this musical gore-fest, an amalgam of Sam Raimi's cult-classic 1980s low-budget film trilogy about 5 MSU students camping in the Tennessee woods who set free an evil spirit that possesses them. Songs include the doo-wop ballad "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons" and "Do the Necronomicon," which The New York Times says "cheerfully evokes the 'The Time Warp' from 'Rocky Horror.'"
8 p.m., Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $15 ("splatter zone," $20). 726-0355, dextercommunityplayers.org. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Octubafest": U-M School of Music.

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Oct. 29 & 31 and Nov. 1-3. Tuba concerts by U-M students and visiting musicians. Tonight: Students of U-M tuba professor Fritz Kaenzig.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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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]
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