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Calendar of Events

Friday, November 29, 2013






 
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 9 a.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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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Turkey Burnoff Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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The assembled riders determine their own pace, distance, and destination.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [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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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Hanukkah Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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All kids invited to learn about Hanukkah, listen to a Hanukkah story, and color a picture of a dreidel.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. 

Warner Bros. Cartoons: Michigan Theater.

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A selection of classic Looney Tunes with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig et al.
11:30 a.m. 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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 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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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Craft Stick Catapults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make a small catapult.
2-3 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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 3 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Basketball vs. Coppin State.

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3 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA. 764-0247.
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 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Philomena": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of Stephen Frears' 2013 drama about a world-weary journalist who investigates the story of a woman's search for her son who was taken from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Judi Dench.
Times TBA at michtheater.org, 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). 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:30, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"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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 6 p.m. 

Annual Latke Dinner and Hanukkah Family Service: Temple Beth Emeth.

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Dinner and crafts. Followed at 7:30 p.m. by a family-oriented service that ends with the lighting of many menorahs (bring one of your own, if you wish).
6 p.m., Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard. $11 (kids age 12 & under, $5). Reservations required for dinner. 665-4744. [map]
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 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

Heywood Banks: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec 1. Heywood Banks is the stage name of Howell native Stuart Mitchell, a very animated comedian known for his silly musical spoofs, goofy prop humor, and sight gags. Since adopting the nerdy, quietly psychotic Banks persona in the mid-80s, he has risen from a regional favorite to a national star. A longtime local favorite--he even played a few shows at Rick's American Cafe in the pre-Comedy Showcase days--he is making his 13th annual Thanksgiving weekend appearance. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served. Note: The 7 p.m. show on Nov. 29 and the Dec. 1 matinee are all-ages shows (youths 10 & under must be accompanied by a parent). Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7 & 9:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), 314 E. Liberty. $20 in advance & at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. Ohio State.

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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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 8 p.m. 

Leo Kottke: The Ark.

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A perennial winner of the Best Folk Guitarist award in Guitar Player magazine's annual readers' poll, Kottke is known for the elegantly understated grittiness of his approach to a richly varied acoustic repertoire. Critic David McGee calls him a "staunch traditionalist" whose music embodies "a profound commitment to the simple virtues of harmony, melody, and if you will, plain talk found in country, folk, and blues songs." Kottke is also a compelling singer with a deep, resonant voice and an expert entertainer whose concerts are by turns humorous and spellbinding.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $40 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. 

Matt Watroba: The Ark.

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Folkalley.com host Watroba presents his annual post-Thanksgiving concert, a program of lyrical songs and poignant ballads, including several originals. Watroba sings in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. This show usually features several guest musicians.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance atthe 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. 

"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. 

"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. 

"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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