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Friday, November 1, 2013






 
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 8 a.m. 

Educator Preparation: A Call to Action in Michigan: College of Education.

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Calling all Michigan Educators and Administrators:
Keynote Speaker Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools, Lynch School of Education, Boston College University, will be presenting on, "The New Landscape of Teacher Education: Trends and Challenges".
Conference discussions aim to support the mentoring of teachers in schools, inform curriculum in teacher preparation, consider the impact of decisions made at state level, and provide input for future planning.
For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1hQMAwu
Eastern Michigan University Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. $10-$25. 734.487.1060. rgeorge@emich.edu http://bit.ly/1hQMAwu [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m. (Apr.) & 9 a.m.(May-July), meet in the back parking lot across the wooden bridge, Bandemer Park, Barton Dr. at Whitmore Lake Dr. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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 10 a.m.-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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 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Robert Hayden: A Centennial Conference": U-M English Department.

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Panel discussions and readings in tribute to this prominent African American poet, a contemporary of Auden who won the 1938 Hopwood Prize.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-6330. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Joel Tacey's Comedy Variety Show": Dexter District Library.

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Family-friendly mix of juggling, magic, goofy stunts, wacky music, and more by Bay City entertainer Tacey.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 1, 4, 6:45, & 9:35 p.m. 

"12 Years a Slave": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Steve McQueen, 2013). Drama, based on Solomon Northrup's 1853 autobiography, about a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch. A selection of classic Looney Tunes with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig et al.
Various times, Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50) in advance at ticket web.com and at the door. michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Great Books at the Senior Center": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL and Chelsea Senior Center staff lead a book discussion for all adults.

Sept. 6: A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson's hilarious best-seller about his 5-month-long adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Oct. 4: The Good Father, Noah Hawley's suspenseful psychological novel about a physician's quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin--his own 20-year-old son.

Nov. 1: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's account of the harrowing experiences of a group of mountain climbers who attempted Mt. Everest.

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1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 1:15, 4:15, 7, & 9:20 p.m. 

"A.C.O.D.": Michigan Theater.

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(Stu Zicherman, 2013). Comedy about a man who finds out he was unknowingly part of a study on divorced children.
Michigan Theater. $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). See michtheater.org for full schedule. 668-TIME. [map]
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 1:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Jewish Community Center Afternoon Delights.

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An AASO woodwind quintet performs a program TBA. With flutist Penny Fischer, oboist Lynne Marie Mangan, clarinetist Jay deVries, bassoonist Nora Schankin, and hornist Melanie Hellick. The program begins at 1 p.m. with dessert and socializing.
1:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10. 971-0990. [map]
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 3:15-3:40 p.m. 

Figure Skating Exhibition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Performances by area ice dance and pairs figure skating teams.
3:15-3:40 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley. Free. 213-6768. [map]
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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to Your Library Buddy": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 6-11 invited to read for 15-minutes or more to an adult or teen volunteer trained to encourage young readers.
2-3:30 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

Amanda Barber: Barnes & Noble.

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This young Kalamazoo-area fiction writer discusses The Pursuit of Elizabeth Millhouse, her debut novel, set in a small Pennsylvania college town amidst the turmoil of WW I and the 1918 influenza epidemic, about a young woman's struggle with the travails of modern loss and faithlessness. Signing.
4-6 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Fun Friday": U-M Natural History Museum.

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With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium show Star Talk (5:30, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.) about what you can see in the current night sky, a reading of Carol & Donald Carrick's Big Old Bones (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, the interactive demo "Cooking Up a Comet" (6 p.m.), and 30-minute dinosaur tours (7 & 8 p.m.). Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Space limited for each event.
5-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [map]
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 6-10 p.m. 

Corn Maze: Talladay Farms.

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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]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 6-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween Party & Open House": The Yellow Barn.

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A costume parade, photo booth, pumpkin painting, treats, and a chance to learn about upcoming Yellow Barn classes and events. Followed at 8 p.m. by dancing to music spun by a DJ. The early portion of the evening is more suitable for kids.
6-10 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Free. ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 6-9 p.m. 

"Home for Good": Avalon Housing.

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Avalon celebrates its 21st anniversary providing housing for local low-income residents with a strolling buffet from Bona Sera, cocktails, live jazz by EMU student guitarist Deondre Charelle Richmond, an interactive art project, and exhibit of photographs of Avalon tenants by local photographers Jude Walton and Leisa Thompson. Avalon serves almost 400 tenants in 283 apartments at 25 locations scattered around the city.
6-9 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $100 in advance only. 663-5858, ext. 212. [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m. 

Aerial Sampler: A2 Aviary.

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Are you curious about aerial arts and circus style fitness, but don't know where to start? Try a bit of everything at this all levels 1.5 hour aerial sampler platter! Students will get an overview of the basics of Aerial Silks, Aerial Hammock, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), and Static Trapeze as well as ample time to play on each apparatus. Who wants to try it all?
$25 per student
6 student maximum
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-sampler/ [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Date Night: Cozy Fall Dinner: Sur La Table.

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Invite a companion and join us for an evening of cozy courtship in the autumn kitchen. Working alongside your date and others you'll discover together how fun and romantic it is to prepare a meal together. We'll create a menu of authentic and approachable modern fall favorites so that you may experience the passion that comes from sharing great cuisine. MENU: Warm Bibb and Bacon Salad with Malty-Beer Vinaigrette - Tarragon Salmon with Brown Butter Béarnaise - Roasted Fall Vegetable Hash - Maple Crème Brūlée with Hazelnuts. To register visit, www.surlatable.com
Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw, Suite 109. $79 per person. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]
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 7 & 11 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.  Free! 

Euchre Night: St. Thomas Lutheran Church.

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All invited to play.
7 p.m., Freedom Child Care Center, 8753 Pleasant Lake Rd. just west of Parker Rd. Free. 663-7511. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Introduction to the Diamond Approach: Great Lakes Diamond Approach Group.

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Join us for an evening introductory talk on the Diamond Approach spiritual path by ordained teacher, Gregory Beck. The talk will cover the basic elements of the path with a group exercise followed by questions and comments. All are welcome to attend.
The Diamond Approach is a contemporary spiritual teaching that reveals the truth, beauty and mystery of our essential nature. Its unique perspective, developed and written about by A.H.Almaas, is a spiritual path that combines elements of depth psychology with knowledge of traditional practices, creating a new and accessible method for engaging in spiritual work while living fully in the modern world.
Ann Arbor Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Donation. $10. 734-213-0579. michiganglda@gmail.com ridhwan.org [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Son of Rambow": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Screening of Garth Jennings' 2008 coming-of-age comedy set in England in the 1980s about a sheltered boy, his friendship with a troublemaker, and their attempts to make a film inspired by Rambo. Some French, subtitles. The program begins with a short set by the local ipop-folk singer-songwriter duo The Low Voltage.
7-9 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. Michigan Tech.

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Nov, 1 & 2.
7:30 p.m. (Nov 1) & 7 p.m. (Nov. 2), Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Ticket price TBA at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Ballet Preljocaj: University Musical Society.

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Nov. 1 & 2. One of Europe's most prominent dance companies performs avant-garde French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj's And Then, One Thousand Years of Peace, a provocative ballet inspired by visions of the Biblical apocalypse. The work portrays an expressionist history of the world-from the intensity of creation, to the tranquility of Eden, to the subsequent dances of war between nations and people-through precise, geometric choreography that combines pulverizing physicality with impressive technical skills. The resulting images are both hypnotic and startling, as dancers, cloaked in national flags, engage in violent and sexual movements set to a pulsating electro-percussive score. "A huge, ambitious monolith of a work," writes a Guardian (UK) reviewer. "Preljocaj is a clever choreographer, superb at eliciting a raw, uninhibited physicality from his dancers, yet equally skilled at distancing the images of lust and anger he creates, and making them compellingly strange."
8 p.m., Power Center. $18-$44, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Waltz, cha cha, rumba, swing, tango, and other ballroom dancing to recorded music. Halloween costumes encouraged. Bring food or drinks to share, if you wish. Prizes for the best costume and most creative food or drink. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a cha cha lesson.
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson; those with October birthdays, free). 644-1485. [map]
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 8 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 & 10:30 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. 

Laurie Rubin: Kerrytown Concert House.

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International operatic performer Rubin, co-founder of the Hawaiian performing arts school and festival Ohana Arts, is "a young mezzo-soprano whose voice is darkly complex and mysteriously soulful," writes a Los Angeles Times critic. Rubin, who was born blind, is also the author of the memoir Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight, chronicling her rise as an opera singer and triumph over adversity and others' doubts.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Matt Wertz: The Ark.

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Acoustic singer-songwriter from Kansas City who writes infectious pop-rock songs, mostly about relationships, romantic and otherwise. Opening act is Elenowen, , the Nashville husband-and-wife pop-folk duo of singer-songwriters Nicole and Josh Johnson.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball vs. Penn State.

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8 p.m., Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8 (seniors & youth, $5). 764-0247.
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Circles and Sensibilities: Music by and for Virgil Thomson": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender/U-M School of Music.

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U-M music students perform a tribute to Virgil Thomson, with works by Thomson, Aaron Copland, and the composers' friends, colleagues, loves, and muses.
8 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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: Fritz Kaenzig directs the U-M Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble in a program of seasonal music, jazz, and music from the movies.
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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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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