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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 29, 2017

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 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Semiannual Rummage Sale: Dexter United Methodist Church.

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Household items, furniture, clothing, and more.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.) & 8:30 a.m.-noon (Sat.), Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8480. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural": U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural is a symposium and concurrent exhibition that situates contemporary discourses and practices of architecture and landscape within the context of the Postnatural; the era of climate change, the Anthropocene, and altered ecologies. The project asks: In a time when humans have been fundamentally displaced from their presumed place of privilege, philosophically as well as experientially, should the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture consider displacing themselves as well, in order to establish new affiliations and avail new ways to approach contemporary questions of design in relation to the environment?
By bringing designers and scholars from these fields together the symposium and exhibition will highlight projects and ideas that are engaged with these issues from a variety of perspectives, ranging from scale and experience to questions of matter.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.

 10 a.m. 

"Fall Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Sept. 29-Oct. 1: "The Boss Baby" (Tom McGrath, 2017). Animated comedy about a spy disguised as a baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) who pairs up with a 7-year-old to stop a dastardly plot.

Oct. 6-8: "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (Kelly Asbury, 2017). Animation about Smurfette, the only female Smurf, and her quest to find her special talent.

Oct. 13-15: "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" (David Soren, 2017). Animation about gradeschool 2 pranksters who hypnotize their mean principal into thinking he's a superhero who walks around wearing just underpants and a cape.

Oct. 20-22: "Despicable Me 3" (Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin, 2017). Animation about a former villain whose long-lost twin inspires him to complete one last heist.

Oct. 27-29: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about an unusual emoji with various expressions who sets out to become normal.

10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"How To Watch Them Watching You: Researching Social Media, Online Platforms, and Algorithmic Systems From the Outside": The Center for Political Studies, U-M.

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Automated software-based systems in finance, media, information, transportation, learning, or any application of computing can easily create outcomes that are unforeseeable by their designers, so algorithm auditing has the potential to improve the design of these systems by making their consequences visible. Auditing in this sense takes its name from the social scientific "audit study" where one feature is manipulated in a field experiment, although it is also reminiscent of a financial audit.
These events and the resulting white paper proposes to coalesce this new area of inquiry and to produce a report characterizing the state of the art and potential future directions. This event is a public roundtable discussion with live questions taken from Twitter. More information and live stream links are on the project website:
Institute for Social Research, 426 Thompson St. Rm 6050. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

"In Transit": Ann Arbor Art Center/Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.

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Through Sept. 30. 70 works by current WCC students and alums. In conjunction with a mobile exhibit of artwork by WCC students on the interiors of TheRide's 100 buses and the exterior of 4 buses.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Free. 994-8004. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 9-Oct. 29, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 29. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, paintball, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Admission: $13.75 (Wed.-Fri.); $17.75 (Sat. & Sun.); babies age 23 months & under, free. 390-9211. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Kinder Concert": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra harpist Maurice Draughn, and pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult) in a program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

Full-Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Energetic strength-training session including cardio subsets and work on balance and posture. $15 walk-in; included with most Better Living memberships. For all ages, and customized to suit your abilities.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon. except Oct. 9), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Future Needs...Something Blue": U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Exhibition. Could anyone have foreseen the technical, social, and conceptual issues that have confronted the University of Michigan since its founding 200 years ago, or the challenges it has faced in the last 100, 50, or even five years? In the marshaling of knowledge and expertise, the greatest achievement of the University lies not in its continuity, but in its ability to address the unforeseen. Drawing on the student work from the Taubaum College Architecture Program, "The Future Needs…Something Blue" addresses an idea of the future that lies not in the answers to questions we now know, but in possibilities we are only now beginning to imagine. Sited at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's Liberty Research Annex, the display is simultaneously shop window, gallery, and salon. Organized around a series of emergent themes it is an interactional space in which to view (in perspective, parallax, parallel, and contrast) the multiple points of view that constitute the future.
Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

RASA Festival Visual Arts Exhibition.

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Rasa is a festival centered on the theme of South Asia to take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Fall of 2017. This exhibit will partner with that event and display works by artists from South Asia, or works that have been inspired by the subcontinent.
First Friday Opening Reception at Riverside Arts Center Gallery
Rasa Exhibition from 5-8PM
This special evening will include a reception for our artists who explore the theme of "Rasa" and there will be a ritual floor painting demonstration by Meena Khasnabis at 7 pm
-Free Henna Painting
-Special India inspired flavor at Go Ice Cream & Ma Lou's Chicken
-For more info on featured artists and other Rasa Festival events in Ann Arbor and Ypsi, visit
Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Free.

 4, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Battle of the Sexes": Michigan Theater.

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(Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2017). Comedic drama about the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Sarandib, Lanka, Ceylon: Banishment and Belonging": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Hebrew University (Jerusalem) Asian studies professor Roni Ricci discusses the history of Sri Lanka, which has alternately been called Sarandib, Lanka, and Ceylon by different groups.
4-6 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]

 4:15 & 7 p.m. 

"Viceroy's House": Michigan Theater.

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(Gurinder Chadha, 2017). Drama about the 1947 transition of India from British colonial rule to political independence. Stars Gillian Anderson, Hugh Bonneville, and Michael Gambon.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

"Dawson City: Frozen in Time": Michigan Theater.

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(Bill Morrison, 2016). Documentary pieced together from some 500 early 20th-century films discovered in a landfill in the Yukon.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 23-Nov. 4. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Hayrides ($3) available. Flashlights required at dusk (bring your own, or purchase one at the maze).
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $8 (kids ages 5-12, $5; age 4 & under, free). [map]

 5 p.m.-midnight 

Oktoberfest Block Party: Arbor Brewing Company.

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Sept. 29 & 30. Under 3 big street tents, an old-fashioned Oktoberfest with Arbor Brewing's own beers, along with bratwurst and other food, wine, and soft drinks. Entertainment includes the Rhinelanders (Fri, 5:30-10:00 p.m.) playing traditional German dance music, and the Reefermen (Sat. 7:30-11:30 p.m.), a Detroit-area band who covers rock, blues, and soul music from the late '60s & early '70s.
5 p.m.-midnight, Washington between S. Ashley & S. Fourth Ave. (Access to the Fourth & Washington parking structure available off Main.) Free admission. 213-1393.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"After Hours Magic: The Gathering": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular collectible card game. Refreshments.
5-6 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 6-9:30 p.m. 

Corn Maze: Talladay Farms.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 29-Oct. 29. Possibly Washtenaw County's most baffling corn maze, this vegetable labyrinth features over 8 miles of paths that form 2 intricate mazes precision-cut with a GPS unit. This year's theme is "World Continents." Also, a "Kidz CORNer," with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. Also, beginning Oct. 6, 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.
6-9:30 p.m. (Fri.), 1-9:30 p.m. (Sat.), & 1-5 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; $13 (kids, $11) for both., 429-2313. [map]

 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

Free Yoga Class: The Yoga Space.

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A free one hour yoga class for anyone who is interested. No pre-registration is necessary and all equipment is provided. The class will introduce basic standing and sitting poses and include a guided relaxation. It will be taught by a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr, #1 48103. Free. 734-622-9600. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Field Hockey.

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Sept. 1: Liberty. 7 p.m.

Sept. 3: Connecticut. 1 p.m.

Sept. 8: William & Mary. 6 p.m.

Sept. 10: University of California-Davis. 2 p.m.

Sept. 15: MSU. 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: Maryland. 6 p.m.

Oct. 1: Ball State. 1 p.m.

Oct. 6: Rutgers. 6 p.m.

Oct. 8: Stanford. 2 p.m.

Oct. 20: Northwestern. 4 p.m.

Various times, Ocker Field, 1202 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Data Visualization with Processing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arborite Christopher Becker shows adults and teens in grade 6 & up how to use the Processing programming language to graph data.
6:30-8 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Film and Discussion: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Film screenings followed by discussion.

Mar. 31: The Visit (Bernhard Wicki, 1964). Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn star in this adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's satirical tragicomedy. A wealthy older woman who had left home as a girl in disgrace returns to her impoverished hometown and offers to make a sizable donation--for a forbidding price. Discussion follows. [aw]

Apr. 28: The Human Experience (Charles Kinnane, 2008). A band of brothers travels the world in search of the meaning of human life in a journey that brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa.

May 12: Yangsi: Reincarnation Is Just the Beginning (Mark Elliott, 2012). Documentary biography, filmed largely in Bhutan over a period of 14 years, about a boy, recognized as the reincarnation of a revered Tibetan Buddhist master, whose training starts with an enthronement before thousands at age 4.

June 30: Paths of the Soul (Zhang Yang, 2015). Docudrama about the 10-month journey of a group of Tibetans to Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet, a 1,200-km pilgrimage on foot while continuously prostrating themselves on the ground.n Followed by discussion.

July 28: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Stanley Kramer, 1963). A thief's dying words spark a madcap cross-country treasure hunt. Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters.

Aug. 25: Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (Taggart Siegel, 2010). Award-winning documentary about the colony collapse disorder devastating global bee populations and what it means.

Sept. 29: Kindness Is Contagious (David Gaz, 2014). Feel-good documentary exploring the viral effect of kind acts. Followed by discussion.

7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.

 7 p.m. 

Holiday Observances: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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A secular Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m.) observance celebrating the Jewish New Year, with readings, meditation, and music. Also, apples & honey, challah & honey cake, coffee & wine. Child care provided. All invited. Also, a free (reservations required) Tashlich Observance (Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-noon, Island Park, off Maiden Ln. between Broadway and Fuller) features a secular ceremony celebrating the Jewish New Year with readings, meditation, and music. Followed by coffee, cider, & pastries. Also, Kol Nidre (Sept. 29, 7 p.m.) and Yom Kippur (Sept. 30, 2 p.m.) observances and a free Break the Fast potluck (Sept. 30, 6 p.m.; bring a non-meat dish to share; you need not have fasted to come), all held at the JCC.
Various times, Jewish Community Center (except as noted), 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $25 (students, $10; family, $50) per observance, $50 (students, $25; family, $100) for all 3 observances. No one is turned away because of inability to pay. 975-9872. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Rick Bailey & Sharon Harrigan: Literati Bookstore.

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These 2 memoirists read and discuss their new books. Bailey is a Henry Ford College English professor emeritus whose American English, Italian Chocolate is a collection of vignettes rooted in places from the American Midwest to north central Italy. The essays reflect on everything from donuts and ducks to outhouses and EKGs. Harrigan is a WriterHouse (Charlottesville) memoir writing instructor. Playing with Dynamite tells the story of her 2-year odyssey to uncover the mystery behind her father's death, a larger-than-life man who blew off his hand with dynamite before she was born and died when she was 7 in a bizarre accident. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

The Maple Leaf Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Traditional Japanese music by this 9-piece ensemble from Fukuoka in southern Japan. Instrumentation includes koto (Japanese harp), Shakuhachi flute, 3-stringed Shamisen (Japanese banjo), and Shinobue flute. The program also includes some music from American movie soundtracks.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball.

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Sept. 1: Butler. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2: New Hampshire. 1 p.m.

Sept. 2: Wisconsin-Green Bay. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15: North Carolina State. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17: Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 11 a.m.

Sept. 17: Cincinnati. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 29: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 30: Maryland. 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Oct. 27: Iowa. 7 p.m.

Oct. 19: Nebraska. 7 p.m.

Nov 1: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Nov 10: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Nov 11: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Nov 15: MSU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: Purdue 7 p.m.

Various times., Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). Tickets for MSU, Penn State, & Nebraska matches are all $8. 764-0247.

 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Columbus": Michigan Theater.

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(Kogonada, 2017). Rom-com about a Korean-born man and a young woman stuck in a small Indiana town caring for aging parents.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. 255-5310. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Lisa Mills: Black Crystal Café.

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This singer-songwriter and guitarist from Mississippi sings soulful blues and gospel originals with a voice that's been compared to Janis Joplin. Hors d'oeuvres & beverages. Age 18 & over only.
7:30 p.m., location TBA. $25 in advance only at 773-3932.

 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Women's Soccer.

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Aug. 7: West Virginia. Exhibition. 1 p.m.

Aug. 11: WMU. Exhibition. 8 p.m.

Aug. 18: Washington. 8 p.m.

Aug. 20: Idaho State. 2 p.m.

Aug. 27: Toledo. 8 p.m.

Sept. 10: Wake Forest. 2 p.m.

Sept. 14: Purdue. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17: Indiana. 2 p.m.

Sept. 29: Iowa. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 1: Nebraska. 2 p.m.

Oct. 21: Illinois. 7:30 p.m.

Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8. 764-0247. [map]

 7:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Sept. 23, 29, & 30; every Fri.-Sun. in Oct.; & Oct. 30 & 31. Six different scary attractions--a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
7:30-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Sun.), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets: $18 for access to one area (multi-area passes $34-$54)., 390-9212. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Using Life's Manure for Spiritual Growth": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Hay River Meditation Center (Ridgeland, WI) resident lama Tsultrim Yeshe discusses how to use unwanted experiences to deepen self-understanding.
7:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 8 p.m. 

1st Annual Ypsi THRIVE New Short Play Festival: PencilPoint TheatreWorks.

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Sept. 28-30. A showcase of 7 short plays performed by local actors. Lili Bishop directs Alban's Garden, Rich Espey's drama about 2 neighbors in the aftermath of a murder in a gated community. Megan Wright directs The Creative Process, Dana Clark-Brock's comedy about a writer struggling to find inspiration. David Galido directs Misfortune, Mark Harvey Levine's dark comedy about a man who receives distressing news while at a Chinese restaurant with his wife. Michelle Weiss directs The Law Makers, Danielle Wirsansky's drama that imagines a 1912 meeting of Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Garrett, the leaders of the British suffragette movement. Susan Morris directs Somewhere Between Lost and Found, Colby Halloran's drama about the complex, fragile, and longstanding relationship between a well-intentioned woman and the homeless man she met on the street. Kelly Rose Voigt directs End Scene, Megan Baschak's spirited comedy where the action is controlled by the narrator, until the characters he creates fight back. Peter Knox directs 940 Feathers, Tim Brennan's drama about a memoirist with early onset Alzheimer's and her husband who wants to help but would rather forget parts of their history.
8 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $12 in advance by emailing and at the door., 480-2787. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Andy Adamson Quintet: Rush Street.

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Hear songs from the newly released album "First Light" and other favorites from "A Cry For Peace" released in 2015. Dan Bennett on sax, Jon Taylor on drums, Brennan Andes on bass, Ross Huff on trumpet and Andy Adamson (keyboard).
Rush Street, 314 S. Main. Free admission. 734) 531-6187. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Carbon Leaf: The Ark.

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Acoustic Celtic-rock quintet from Richmond, Virginia. A Performing Songwriter critic calls the band's 2007 CD, Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat, "four easy steps to rock 'n' roll bliss." Their latest CD, Nothing Rhymes with Woman, is a rerecording of the songs on their 2009 album of the same name. Opening act is Liz Longley, a Nashville-based pop-folk singer-songwriter whose intimately personal, emotionally engaging, well-crafted songs reflect the influences of Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $25. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

David Roth and Reggie Harris: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Double bill. Roth is a highly regarded young singer-songwriter from Chicago who writes humorous, refreshingly down-to-earth songs that have been described as a blend of James Taylor and Dan Fogelberg, injected with the humor of Tom Paxton and David Letterman. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Christine Lavin to Tom Chapin. Harris is a veteran Philadelphia singer-guitarist who specializes in African American folk and gospel music. He is best known locally as a member of the husband-and-wife duo Kim & Reggie Harris.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance at and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Ken Evans: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 4 & 5. Chicago comic with a snappy delivery and a dry, somewhat warped sense of humor who likes to spar with the audience. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"God of Carnage": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 28-Dec. 16 (except Nov. 23). Lauren Knox directs Christopher Hampton's 2009 Tony-winning translation of French playwright Yasmina Reza's dark comedy of manners about 2 couples who meet at one of their homes to discuss a playground altercation between their young children. Hostility rumbles just under the surface, as their civilized battle of wits devolves into a hilariously childish chaos. (Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels earned a Tony nomination for his role in the original Broadway production.) Stars Rusty Mewha, Kate Thomsen, Guy Sanville, and Michelle Mountain.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., Nov. 24, & Dec. 14), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats," is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Sweeney Todd": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 28-Oct. 22. This professional theater company performs Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical dark comedy, a tale of thwarted love, social injustice, and vengeance about a deranged London barber who kills his customers and has them served up in meat pies. The operatic score ranges from a haunting choral narrative to dazzlingly melodic arias and duets. Stars David Moan.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Every Friday and Saturday night at Bel-Mark Lanes!
Bel-Mark Lanes, 3535 Jackson Road. Free. 734-994-8433. [map]

 9:45 p.m. 

"Baby Driver": Michigan Theater.

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(Edgar Wright, 2017). After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Kaye Hoff & Friends

Ensemble led by Huron High pop-folk singer-songwriter Hoff. [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA. [venue info]

Brewed Awakenings Cafe: Alvorada & Friends

Local Brazilian, Latin, and jazz duo Alvorada is joined by musical friends. Every 2nd Friday is "Buenos Duos" night with a guest duo, and every 4th Friday is "World Music Cafe" with other world music performers. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Creole du Nord

Manchester-based Cajun & Creole quintet. [venue info]

Club Above: Indie rock

Bands TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Latini

Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter. His new CD, The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good, is a collection of soul-infused R&B songs. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Ani Band

Detroit septet fronted by vocalist Ani Patterson that plays a varied mix of Top 40, Motown, R&B, funk, and rock dance music. [venue info]

Live: Drivin' Sideways

Veteran local band fueled by Pontiac Pete Ferguson's alternately soulful and ornery vocals. Their country-based repertoire still features lots of classic honky-tonk, but they also cover everyone from Chuck Berry and Johnny Burnette to the Beatles and James Brown. With guitarist Tyler Stipe, bassist Pat Prouty, drummer Mark Newbound, and keyboardist Jim King. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Jibs Brown & the Jambros

Ypsilanti acoustic blues, rock, folk, and soul band led by singer-guitarist Brown. Happy hour music TBA. [venue info]

Rush Street: Dan Bennett Quintet

Local jazz quintet led by saxophonist Bennett. With saxophonist Tim Haldeman, trumpeter Justin Walter, and others TBA. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Durable

Local quintet that plays 60s-80s rock classics, along with some originals. [venue info]


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