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Friday, November 22, 2013






 
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"Dallas Buyers Club": Michigan Theater.

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(Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013). Drama about a Texas electrician who battles Big Pharma after being diagnosed with HIV in 1986. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto.
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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 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! 

"Ann Arbor Painted": Ann Arbor Art Center.

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Exhibit of 45 paintings of iconic Ann Arbor scenes by Michigan artist. The exhibit runs Nov. 22-Dec. 22.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), AAAC, 117 W. Liberty. Free. 994-8004. [map]
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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. & 12:30 p.m. 

"The Firebird": Wild Swan Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. This award-winning local children's theater presents Russia's most famous folktale, with dancing and music. In the course of a perilous journey to recover the elusive Firebird and save his family's kingdom, young Prince Ivan must overcome the horrible witch Baba Yaga, Nurl the Gnome, Sistchik the Snake King, and the ogre Koschey the Deathless. Live balalaika music by local musicians David Mosher and Nan Nelson. Suitable for kids ages 4 & over. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), 12:30 p.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 23 & 24), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (youth and seniors, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Nov. 15: Academia Sinica post-doc researcher En-Chieh Chao on "The Dialogism of Religious Renewals: The Co-Constitution of Christian and Islamic Movements in Java Since the Late 19th Century." Nov. 22: WMU music history professor Alexander Cannon on "Battleground of Creativities: Vietnamese Tai Tu Music in the 20th & 21st Centuries."
Noon, 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0352. [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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 Noon 

"Thanksgiving Feast Community Celebration": Chelsea Senior Center.

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All seniors invited for a Thanksgiving feast followed at 1 p.m. by performances by the Huron Valley Harmonizers barbershop chorus.
Noon, Chelsea Senior Center, 512 E. Washington, Chelsea. $5 suggested donation. Reservations required. 475-9242. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

Andrew Callahan and Ahyoung Cho: Jewish Community Center.

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Performances by these 2 U-M music school piano majors. Program TBA.
1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5. 971-0990. [map]
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 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Books and Banter": Chelsea District Library.

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Librarian Michaelina Brown leads a discussion of a different book each month.

Feb. 20: The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides' coming-of-age novel about 3 friends beginning their senior year at Brown University.

Mar. 20: Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok's 2010 best-selling novel about an exceptionally bright young girl who leads a double life in an exclusive private school and a Chinatown sweatshop.

Apr. 17: Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks' neurologist Oliver Sacks' memoir that uses his and his patients' mind-altering episodes to elucidate how the brain works.

May 15: Cutting for Stone, India-born physician and celebrated memoirist Abraham Verghese's gripping 2010 debut novel, set against the backdrop of Ethiopian political turmoil, about adult twins born to a British surgeon, who abandoned them, and an Indian Catholic nun, who died in giving birth to them.

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1:30-2:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"White Christmas: The Musical": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 21-Dec. 22. Barbara Cullen directs this 2004 musical, adapted from the 1954 film, about 2 nightclub performers who help an old army pal try to make his winter resort popular. The Irving Berlin score features "Blue Skies," "Count Your Blessings," "How Deep Is the Ocean," ad the iconic title song. Cast: Jess Alexander, Darcy Link, Jennifer Bachman, and Tim Brayman.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Dec. 5), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Thurs. eve.: $26 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $24; groups of 10 or more, $22; Nov. 21 preview only, $18); 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. $15 student rush tickets available at the door only 1 hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Urdu Cinema During the 1940s and 50s": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Lecture by Cornell University art history professor Iftikhar Dadi.
4 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Artistica Art Shows.

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Nov. 22, Dec. 13, Feb. 28. Exhibits by various local and regional artists. Refreshments. Nov. 22: Works by fabric artist Susan Davis. Dec. 13: Pottery and tile by One Acre Ceramics. Feb. 28: TBA.
5-8 p.m., Artistica, 3203 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-1500. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Band Ensembles: Barnes & Noble Bookfair.

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Come enjoy the sweet sounds of some of our small brass and
woodwind ensembles between
5 - 7 pm as you browse through the books!
Friday, November 22nd: Online or at any store, we earn a percentage of purchases. Anyone near or far can help us fundraise at http://BN.com/bookfairs from 11/22/13 to 11/27/13. For local patrons come join us in the evening from 5 to 7 PM to hear members of the band play. Use Bookfair ID 11196656 with your purchase.
Learn more at our website! http://huronbandfrancetrip2014.org and be sure to like Huron Band Fundraising for France on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/HuronBandFundraisingForFrance.
Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 997-1900 ext. 37534. huronbandfrancetrip2014@gmail.com http://huronbandfrancetrip2014.org [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 (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, 709 Packard. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [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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 6:30 p.m. 

"Save a Heart Celebration of Food and Wine": C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Center Fundraiser.

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Strolling tastings of 100 wines from around the world, as well as microbrews and food from local restaurants and caterers.
6:30 p.m., Michigan League. Tickets $60 in advance; $75 at the door. umsaveaheart.org, 763-9370. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Pantaloons and Tunics: A Masked Comedy Affair": The Vagari Project.

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Nov. 22 & 23 The Vagari Project, a traveling street theater troupe, has been on the road for two months, traversing the East coast, performing in town squares, parks, farmers markets, street corners, schools, living rooms, pig roasts, and more. Our work is primarily based in commedia dell'arte traditions, but has evolved as we respond to our audiences and explore other styles. We're on our way home now, and we want to share our work with our hometown! Each show will be comprised of five short plays, ranging from traditional commedia dell'arte to African folk tale to comedic adaptation of a modern blockbuster. All are kid-friendly, so bring the whole family!
Reservations recommended, email vagariproject@gmail.com to reserve your seats!
$10 suggested donation (A third of your donation supports Ben Sayer's cancer treatment. Read more here: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-ben-regain-health-and-be-cancer-free/93345)
Carrie Jay Studio, 7570 2nd Street, Dexter. $10 suggested donation. vagariproject@gmail.com vagariproject.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

A Night of Poetry and Stories: Center for Creative Pursuits.

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A night of poetry and stories. All the great themes: love, loss, motherhood, family dysfunction, aging, and the natural world. Stories and poems told with humor and heart. You're guaranteed a night of heart and laughter.
Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill Street. Free. 313-793-0700. catherinecpowers@gmail.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poet Derrick Austin and fiction writer Meron Hadero.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. Niagara.

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7 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Ticket price TBA at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball vs. Minnesota.

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

"Annie": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan's upbeat, Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in Depression-era New York, the plot follows the adventures of the plucky Annie and her faithful sidekick pup Sandy as they escape an orphanage run by the despicable Miss Hannigan and eventually find a home with the millionaire Daddy Warbucks, rubbing elbows with FDR along the way. Songs include "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," "Hard-Knock Life," and "Easy Street."
7 p.m. (Nov. 21-23), 1 p.m. (Nov. 23), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (students age 18 & under & seniors age 65 & older, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, muto.umich.edu, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Pantaloons and Tunics: A Masked Comedy Affair": Carriage House Theatre.

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Nov. 22 & 23. Carriage House traveling street theater troupe The Vagari Project performs a kid-friendly program of five short plays ranging from traditional commedia dell'arte to African folk tale to comedic adaptation of a modern blockbuster. Partial proceeds benefit Dexter resident Ben Sayer's cancer treatment.
7 p.m. (Nov. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 23), Carrie Jay Studio, 7570 2nd St., Dexter. $10 suggested donation. vagariproject@gmail.com. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever": EMU Theatre Department.

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Nov. 22-24 and Dec. 5-8. EMU drama professor Christine Tanner directs EMU drama students in Barbara Robinson's comedy about a family of hooligans who take over the Sunday school Christmas pageant. Joseph and the Wise Men get in a fight, Mary runs away with the baby, and as the miscreants lie, steal, and smoke cigars, the pageant descends into a state of raucous hilarity that harbors a heart-warming denouement. A family-oriented production for theatergoers age 6 & up.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-1221.
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 7 & 11 p.m.  Free! 

"Thin Air": U-M Basement Arts.

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Nov. 21-23. Matthew Flickinger directs U-M students in an improvised one-act play based on audience suggestions.
7 p.m. (Nov. 21-23) & 11 p.m. (Nov. 22), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Wizard of Oz presented by Tecumseh Youth Theatre: Tecumseh Youth Theatre.

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Wizard of Oz
Presented by Tecumseh Youth Theatre
November 22-24, 2013
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 3 pm
The Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion help Dorothy find her way home in this beloved musical presented by Tecumseh Youth Theatre. Enjoy the cast of TYT as they follow the yellow brick road to Oz.
Tickets $8 Adult, $6 Senior & Youth
Purchase tickets at Tecumseh Center for the Arts in person, by phone 517.423.6617, or online at www.thetca.org
Learn more about the Tecumseh Youth Theatre (TYT) visit their web site at www.tecumsehyouththeatre.com
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh. $6 adult, $8 senior & youth. 517.423.6617. jgall@tecumseh.mi.us http://www.thetca.org [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Bob: A Life in Five Acts": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Nov. 21-24. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in award-winning young San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's exuberantly comic exploration of the mythology of the American Dream that chronicles the highly unusual life of a man's lifelong quest to become a "Great Man." Playwright Nachtrieb is on hand after the Nov. 23 performance for a Q&A with the audience. Stars Milo Tucker-Meyer and an ensemble of more than 40 performers who enliven the evocation of a wild contemporary American landscape with original music, interpretive dance, and absurdist comedy.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $12 (students, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Goethe's Diner": Rudolf Steiner High School Drama Club.

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Nov. 21-23. Rudolf Steiner students perform Steiner School English and drama teacher Mary Emery and her son Jules Holbrook's comedy about a young man who sells his soul to the Devil for the waitress in a diner.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. $5 (students, $3; family, $12) at the door only. 669-9394. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Music of the Hour": Ann Arbor Cantata Singers Fall Concert.

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Nov. 22 & 24 (different locations). Ann Marie Koukios conducts this polished semiprofessional local ensemble in sacred choral music composed for different hours of the day. The program includes works by Schubert and Mendelssohn as well as contemporary composers Frank Desby and Bonia Shur. The Nov. 24 concert includes live accompaniment by the Michigan Sinfonietta Ensemble.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 22) & 4 p.m. (Nov. 24), First United Methodist Church (Nov. 22), 1200 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline and St. Paul Lutheran Church (Nov 24), 420 W. Liberty. $15 (students & seniors, $12; kids age 18 & under, free) in advance at a2cantatasingers.org, and at the door. 996-8867. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Caucasian Chalk Circle": Greenhills School.

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Nov. 22-24. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs Upper School students in Bertolt Brecht's parable based on an ancient Chinese fable. A peasant girl rescues her kingdom's abandoned infant heir during a revolution in a mythical country in the Caucasus mountains. When the child's birth mother reasserts her claim to the boy in order to regain her lands and power, a judge applies a Solomon-like test to determine the true mother.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Greenhills School, 850 Greenhills Dr. $12 (students & seniors, $10). 205-4098. [map]
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 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Nov. 8 & 22. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Diego Rivera Sextet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Led by jazz saxophonist-composer Rivera, also an MSU music professor, this group celebrates the release of its album The Contender, featuring Rivera's original compositions and three arrangements of standards by Jerome Kern, Horace Silver, and Stevie Wonder. With trumpeter Dwight Adams, trombonist Michael Dease, pianist Rick Roe, bassist David Rosin, and drummer Nate Winn.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Tim Walkoe: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 21-23. A grand prize winner on ABC's America's Funniest People, this popular Chicago comic mixes song parodies with a rapid-fire series of one-liners, jokes, and topical observations. 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. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Willy Porter: The Ark.

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Pop-folk singer-songwriter from Milwaukee whose music blends roots-pop with elements of funk and country, and whose songs span a wide range of moods, from the trucker-inspired "Jesus on the Grille" and the girl-in-the-diner ode "Glow" to the erotic mysticism of "Watercolor," all accompanied by his intricately virtuosic acoustic guitar playing. Opening act is Anne Heaton, a NYC-based pop-folk singer-songwriter and pianist who cites Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, and the Indigo Girls as her main influences.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $17.50 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.  Free! 

"Dedications and Anniversaries": U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock conducts this music student ensemble in a program to mark the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination and the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Program: Puts' Elegy, Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Lang's Lying, Cheating, Stealing, Grainger's Bell Piece, Mailman's For Precious Friends Hid in Death's Dateless Night, and Copland's Lincoln Portrait. With narration by U-M voice professor Stephen West. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture about the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Hollywood and Hyde": Emergent Arts.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 7-22. This local theater company presents Tim Henning's new dark comedy, a modern retelling of Jekyll and Hyde in which Jekyll is a bitter out-of-work Hollywood actor whose closest confidante has begun to notice strange and violent happenings surrounding him. Cast: Larry Rusinsky, Cyd Heed, Tony Putman, Randolph Fitzpatrick, Eric Bloch, Paul Bianchi, David Kleitch, and Ari Litman-Weinberg. Note: The Nov. 23 performance has been cancelled.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Sun.), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $15 (students with ID and seniors, $12). 985-0875. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Jerry's Girls": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Jan. 5, and Nov. 27. Carla Milarch directs Jerry Herman and Larry Alford's Tony-winning 1985 musical, a cabaret-style revue with large-scale production numbers, tap dancing, and a bit of drag showcasing songs from Herman's musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, and others. Stars Naz Edwards.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Nov. 27), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 14), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Nov. 14), $24 & $26 (Nov. 15 & 17), $30 & $32 (Nov. 16), and $22 & $24 (Nov. 21). Nov. 22 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Nov. 22: $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]
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 8 p.m. 

"Rent": U-M MUSKET.

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Nov. 22-24. Students present Jonathan Larson's Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1996 musical, based on Puccini's La Boheme,e about an impoverished community of artists in the East Village living under the shadow of AIDS. It features an inventive rock score with intricate choral work and dexterous lyrics.
8 p.m. (Nov. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Power Center. Tickets $13 (students with ID, $7) in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Scopes (of)": U-M Dance Department B.F.A. Concert.

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Nov. 21-23. An evening of original choreography by U-M dance majors Alison Coleman, Kristen Donovan, Christina Papetti, Maddy Rager, and Nola Smith.
8 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). $7 at the door only, beginning at 7 p.m. 763-5460, 763-5461. [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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 8 p.m. 

"Three Sisters": U-M Theatre Department.

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Nov. 21-24. U-M theater professor Priscilla Lindsay directs U-M drama students in Allison Horsley's translation of Chekhov's intricate, incisive psychological close-up of the lives and loves of three high-minded young women trapped in a turn-of-the-century Russian provincial village. The play is an exquisite blend of comic and dark elements--Chekhov claimed he had written a "vaudeville." Without a single star or heroic figure, it is one of the first ensemble pieces written for the stage. This production uses an adaptation of the standard text, by former Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director (and U-M grad) Libby Appel, that includes elements of Chekhov's original writing that had been either changed or excised by others.
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]
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 8 p.m. 

"White Christmas: The Musical": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 21-Dec. 22. Barbara Cullen directs this 2004 musical, adapted from the 1954 film, about 2 nightclub performers who help an old army pal try to make his winter resort popular. The Irving Berlin score features "Blue Skies," "Count Your Blessings," "How Deep Is the Ocean," ad the iconic title song. Cast: Jess Alexander, Darcy Link, Jennifer Bachman, and Tim Brayman.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Dec. 5), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Thurs. eve.: $26 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $24; groups of 10 or more, $22; Nov. 21 preview only, $18); 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. $15 student rush tickets available at the door only 1 hour before showtime. 268-6200. [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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"2001: A Space Odyssey": State Theater Midnight Movies.

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Stanley Kubrick's mesmerizing 1968 sci-fi epic, based on an Arthur C. Clarke story, about an interplanetary search for a strange monolith possibly linked to human origins.
Midnight, State Theater. Tickets $7. For complete, updated schedule, see michtheater.org/state.php or call 761-8667.
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