Display and sale of vintage and modern model trains and equipment. Also, a realistic giant layout, a kids track, and a Lego train display.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4 (children age 11 & under, free with an adult). 994-9872. [map]
Show and sale of blown glass, paintings, crafts, jewelry, body care products, homemade herbal teas, and more. Also, craft demos and snacks. Gift wrapping available. Partial proceeds benefit Grass Lake Sanctuary.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Aprill Wellness Center, 107 Aprill Dr. Free admission. (810) 208-1417. [map]
Every Sat. 22-mile ride, at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail, from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti to decide where to eat lunch.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [map]
Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, & 8. Show and sale of crystalline mineral specimens, fossils, shells, mounted butterflies and insects, and more.
3443 Daleview Dr. (off N. Maple Rd. north of Huron River Dr.). Free. 994-3048.
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., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. email@example.com, 846-9418.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 7) and Dec. 27. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (Sat. & Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 & 3 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. & Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 & 3 1:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Season of Light (Sat. & Sun. and Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 & 3, 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.
Note: Impact Earth is shown several times on Dec. 7 as part of "Comet Discovery Day" (see listing).
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
It's time to give into your sweet tooth! Come make and bake some indulgent cakes in our kitchen. If you've been putting off baking with your child, then this is the class. Full participation. We'll teach you and your child how to make a Layered Double Chocolate Cake, which is great for birthdays. Next on the menu, Petite Almond Pound Cakes with Citrus Compote. These are perfect hostess gifts - that is, if you're willing to share! 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. 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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
With chamber music, a talk by a club historian on the history of Gordon Hall, and a tour of the hall.
1 & 4 p.m., Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd. (off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. just west of downtown Dexter). $25. Reservations required. 426-4767, 424-0369. [map]
Family concert by this popular acoustic duo that has built a strong following among kids and adults throughout the Great Lakes area. Twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits offer sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about life's simple pleasures, all performed with a boisterous sense of fun on more than a dozen instruments. The twins are joined by their Good Mischief Band--pianist Brian Brill, percussionist Aron Kauffman, and San's 19-year-old daughter, fiddler Emily Rose Slomovits. A portion of the proceeds goes to the neonatal intensive care unit at the U-M Mott Children's Hospital, where Emily was born.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri., except Dec. 24, 25, & 31. 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.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 (different programs). Nineteen hours of performances by local student and professional musicians. Nov. 30: headliners include the acclaimed local boogie-woogie pianist Matthew Ball (5 p.m.); violinist Jin Hee Kim and pianist Hyo Jung Song (6 p.m.), both internationally known South Korean musicians, performing Beethoven's Sonatas #3, #7, & #8; and another musician TBA. Door prizes. Proceeds benefit The Phoenix Ensemble Scholarship. Dec. 1: violinist Gabe Bolkosky and pianist Joel Hastings (4 p.m.) performing Mozart's Mannheim Sonatas; and another headliner musician TBA.
9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Nov. 30) & 1-8 p.m. (Dec. 1), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $50 full marathon (all headliners included), $30 single headliner concert, $10 general admission (no headliners). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Ypsilanti comics artist Ted Woods, creator of comic The Book of Love, discusses the artists who have influenced him and the dfferent ways he's meded their styles into his own. Participants also work on their own comics; materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own artwork. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Screening of Bob Clark's delightful 1983 comedy, an affectionate memoir of a 1940s childhood and the quest for a BB gun. Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]
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]
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]
Marlin Whitaker and others call to music by the Stout Hearted 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. (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]
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]
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]
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]
Butoh is the collective name for a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or inspired movement. Its preoccupation is with adaptation; each dance grows up out of the fault lines in human cultures that bring our societies again and again into conflict, devastation, and alienation from the natural world. It typically involves organic, playful and dark imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments or situations, with a slow hyper-controlled motion. There is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all. Its origins have been attributed to Japan. No dance, performance, or stage history needed for this art form!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor MI. $15. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/butoh/ [map]
The older of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national team development teams plays an exhibition game against this NCAA Division III squad.
3:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]
Drop in and enjoy playing with your little one(s) (ages 6 months - 3 years welcome) in our cheerful safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. There's a slide, kitchen, ride-on toys and tons of other options. We'll even be bringing in the swings and Jump-a-roo for the little ones.
This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. Bring a friend, bring the kids and let them play while you get a chance to chat or meet new friends while you are here. We will have free coffee for the grown-ups, and there are healthy snacks available for a small suggested donation. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your family (no peanuts/ peanut products please).
If you are bringing more than one child to play, please call our office at (734)973-1014 to pre-register or plan to pay at the door. Credit, checks and cash accepted.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. email@example.com www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org youristpottery.com [map]
(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]
Buffet dinner with live jazz by Ron Brooks & Friends, an ensemble led by veteran local bassist (and former Bird of Paradise owner) Brooks and featuring Betty Joplin, a silky-voiced jazz singer from Lansing with a vocal style somewhere between Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole and a repertoire that blends Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson. Cash bar.
5-8 p.m., Polo Fields Golf and Country Club, 2955 Packard, Ypsilanti. Tickets $50 in advance by phone or email. email@example.com, 971-7819. [map]
Santa lights the tree.
5 p.m., Kerrytown Market & Shops courtyard. Free. 662-5008. [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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belly_dance [map]
Deborah Friauff directs the church's adult choir in a program of readings, carols, and anthems framed by contemporary American liturgical composer Peter Hallock's stark setting of the Advent chants known as the "O" Antiphons because each these 7 meditations on the attributes of Christ features a traditional text beginning with the word "O," the best known of which is "O Come, O Come Emmanuel."
7:15-8 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518.
One of the first singer-songwriters to emerge from the 60s folk revival, Paxton is still as prolific and popular, as pertinent and impertinent, as ever. A very versatile songwriter, he has written hauntingly beautiful ballads like "Rambling Boy" and "The Last Thing on My Mind," rousing sing-alongs like "Wasn't That a Party," and scores of splendid social satires. He's also an excellent performer who's always been a favorite with local audiences.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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]