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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 20, 2017

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 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Rummage Sale: St. Andrew's United Church of Christ.

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Oct. 20 & 21. Sale of used items.
8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.) & 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sat.), St. Andrew's, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8610. [map]

 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. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot": Wild Swan Theater.

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Strega Nona is a story that will satisfy your appetite for laughter and fun. Strega Nona has a magical pasta pot which only she can control. Come see what silliness ensues when Big Anthony does not listen to her, causing the streets of their small village to fill with pasta. Nationally renowned artist Chris Roberts-Antieau designed the sets, costumes and props for this not-to-be missed production.
Towsley Auditorium - Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr. $10 - $12. (734) 995-0530. [map]

 10 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

50th Anniversary Celebration: U-M Residential College.

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Oct. 19-22. A 4-day program of lectures, performances, and exhibitions in honor of RC's 50th anniversary.

Today: Career celebration for U-M philosophy professor Carl Cohen, who reflects on his career (10 a.m.-noon, Keene Theater) and hosts an open house (2:30-4:30 p.m., 16 Ridgeway). RC creative writing program head Laura Thomas hosts a Creative Writing Alumni Reading (1-2 p.m., Keene Theater) and a pay-your-way dinner to celebrate recent faculty retirements (6:30 p.m., Dominick's Restaurant, 812 Monroe). An Alumni Art Show Reception (RC art gallery, 4-6 p.m.) opens a weekend-long installation.

Talks include: RC humanities lecturer Cynthia Sowers on "Divine Power and Human Subjection in the Iliad of Homer" (3-4 p.m., 1423 East Quad), RC social theory lecturer Virginia Murphy with the "History & Tour of the East Quad Garden," and an open discussion hosted by RC alumnus Stephen Hynson on "Crossing into Liminal Space-Encounters With Your Muse" (6 p.m., 1807 East Quad). Also, live entertainment at the "Half-Ass Redux: A Musical Homage to the Half-Way Inn" (see listing below).

Various times, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 763-0176. [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]

 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues., 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. EXCEPT OCT. 9, Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10.-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Secrets for Maintaining a Clean & Organized Home: Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (Rec & Ed).

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Are you tired of the vicious cycle of marathon cleaning for guests and stashing piles of clutter? Do you want your home to feel peaceful and welcoming? Maintaining a tidy home does not need to take a lot of time or effort. Learn how to set your household up for positive daily routines to keep clutter and dirt at a minimum, while still having time to enjoy life. Instructor: Carolyn Anderson-Fermann, Simply Organized Life.
Community Education & Recreation, 1515 S. 7th St. $25. 734-994-2300 ext. 53234. [map]

 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot": Wild Swan Theater.

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Oct. 19-21. This award-winning local children's theater company presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's adaptation of an Italian folktale. When the village healer's clumsy assistant refuses to follow her instructions, Strega Nona's magical cooking pot goes out of control, inundating their small Italian village with pasta. Geared toward kids ages 3-9. 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. The Oct. 21 performance is followed by activities.
10 a.m. (Oct. 19 & 20), 12:30 p.m. (Oct. 20), & 11 a.m. (Oct. 21), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $8; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 13 & 20. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 13: "Networks of Colonial (Super)nature: Between Rocks and Hard Places in and Beyond the Dutch East Indies." University of North Carolina anthropology professor Margaret Wiener discusses an 1831 incident in colonial Java in which a man reported rock materializing in mid-air and falling in his home. Oct. 20: Harvard University history professor Genevieve Clutario on "The Cost of Uplift: Filipino Labor and Exploitation in American Colonial Schools and Prisons."
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Bldg.), 500 Church. Free. 764-0352. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Community Cats Training Class: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Be an advocate for feral cats!
In this FREE class, you will learn why HSHV believes that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) helps reduce the number of free roaming cats, lowers stray intake and euthanasia and creates better, less hostile environments for our community cats. You'll also learn how you can help -- and we need you! RSVP requested.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. [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! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies provided, along with writing & drawing prompts for those who could use them.
3-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Pisanello, Adrian Stokes, and the Image of the Threshold": U-M Medieval and Early Modern Studies Department.

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Talk by Emory University art history professor Jean Campbell.
3-5 p.m., 180 Tappan Hall, 855 South University. Free. 763-2066. [map]

 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
2-3:30 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 4 & 9 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]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

Fix-It Friday: Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members and staff will be on hand to help fix things and offer advice. (Note: Repairs are not guaranteed.)
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth).
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 13 & 20. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct 13: Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) sociology professor Farhana Ibrahim on "'Marriage,' 'Trafficking' and the Transnational Family: Moral and Legal Regulation of Nineteenth Century Women's Mobility in the Western Indian Ocean." Oct. 20: Johns Hopkins University anthropology professor Veena Das on "Inordinate Knowledge: Intimacy and Publicity in a Slum in Delhi."
4 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Bldg.), 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]

 4 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]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff are on hand to help fix things and offer advice. (Note: Repairs are not guaranteed.)
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [map]

 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Victoria and Abdul": Michigan Theater.

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(Stephen Frears, 2017). Drama based on a true story of Queen Victoria's (Judi Dench) unlikely friendship with Abdul Karim, a young Indian clerk.
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.  Free! 

University of Wisconsin Brass Quintet: U-M School of Music.

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This widely acclaimed quintet has been praised by the International Trumpet Guild Journal for its "remarkable musicianship and versatility." Program TBA.
4:30 p.m., U-M Stearns Bldg. Cady Rm., 2005 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [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]

 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Open Season, the 2006 animated comedy about a domesticated grizzly bear who gets stranded in the woods just before hunting season. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill (south off Plymouth east of Dixboro). $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required., 661-3575. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Charles M. Blow: U-M Institute for the Humanities/Ann Arbor District Library.

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This award-winning New York Times columnist gives a talk on the topics of President Trump, arrogance, pride, and American democracy. Blow's memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, won the Lambda Literary Award and was named to numerous Top 10 lists in 2014.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 936-3518. [map]

 6, 7, 8, & 9 p.m. 

21st Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Oct. 18-21. DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's theme is "Drums Along the Edge," celebrating new music created by drummers and percussionists. The festival includes 18 different shows over 5 days, beginning with a free "Fringe at the Edge" show on Oct. 17 (see listing). The lineup is subject to change; see for updates. Today: Ben Goldberg's Invisible Guy (6 p.m.), a trio led by Denver clarinetist Goldberg. Their 2016 album, Knuckle Sandwich, was praised by The Free Jazz Collective as "joyous music that seems joyously made." Tom Rainey Trio (7 p.m.), led by Rainey, one of the most original and in demand jazz drummers in New York City. Observer critic Piotr Michalowski says, "He has developed a distinctive drumming style, with a personal sound and an almost ragged way with rhythm that constantly plays with the beat and yet complements the music in unique ways." Content Provider (8 p.m.), a quartet led by Andrew Drury, a Seattle drummer who uses unorthodox objects for percussion, including bows, bells, and found objects, in addition to a drum set. With saxophonists Ingrid Laubrock and Briggan Krauss and guitarist Brandon Seabrook. Larry Ochs Fictive Five (9 p.m.). A member of the world-renowned Rova Saxophone Quartet, Ochs is a master of the tenor and soprano saxophones. Tonight he plays with trumpeter Nate Wooley, bassists Ken Filiano and Pascal Niggenkemper, and drummer Harris Eisenstadt. Also, at 9:30 p.m., a free "Fringe at the Edge" concert at Sweetwater's in Kerrytown by the Tristan Cappel Trio.
6, 7, 8, & 9 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House (except as noted), 415 N. Fourth Ave. Individual show tickets $15 (students, $5; $160-$310 Edgepasses include admission to all shows and a dinner reception tonight; single-day pass for Thurs. or Fri., $45; Sat. pass, $60). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 6-10 p.m. 

Barn Party: Ann Arbor Active Against ALS (A2A3).

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Square dancing with a live caller. Also, a DJ with dance music. Food & beverage for sale. Silent auction, kids raffle. Proceeds benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research.
6-10 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $30 (kids, $15) in advance, $35 (kids, $20) at the door. 657-7121. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m. 

Cheers for Children Oktoberfest: Washtenaw Area Council for Children.

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Join us for an unforgettable evening filled to the brim with mouthwatering food, delectable beer, and a raffle! The majority of your ticket price is tax deductible and all of the proceeds from the event go towards funding our child abuse and neglect prevention programs.
Lake Forest Golf Club, 3110 West Ellsworth Road Ann Arbor, MI, 48103. $65. 7344344125. [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]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Animal Haunts Halloween Walk": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Oct. 20 & 21. Guided hikes through the Black Pond woods to meet a variety of costumed animals who perform entertaining, educational skits and songs. Followed by a hay jump, pumpkin carving, face painting, cider, and more. All encouraged to come in costume. Note: The Oct. 20 walk is for adults age 21 & up, and includes beer, hard cider, live music, and more. The Oct. 21 walk is geared toward kids.
6-8 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Oct. 20: $25 (members, $20). Oct. 21: $10 (families, $35) in advance at and at the door. 997-1553. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Boo Bash": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Trick-or-treating, crafts, music, games, a balloon drop, and more. Costumes encouraged. This event usually sells out.
6-8 p.m., Saline Rec Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E. (south of Textile, east of N. Maple), Saline. $9 in advance by Oct. 6; $11 after Oct. 6; $15 (if available) on the day of the event (no walk-ins). 429-3502. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

"Cheers for Children Oktoberfest": Washtenaw Area Council for Children Fundraiser.

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German appetizers, beer, and a raffle.
6-9 p.m., Lake Forest Golf Club, 3110 W. Ellsworth. Tickets $65 & $100 in advance at 434-4215. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Creamery retail manager Tessie Ives-Wilson discusses and offers taste samples of the 7 major varieties of cheese. Bread & other accompaniments provided.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Compassionate Feast: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Join the Humane Society of Huron Valley for our 12th annual Compassionate Feast fundraiser! You'll meet other animal-lovers like you; enjoy music, cocktails, food and entertainment; and celebrate all you've helped HSHV do and continue to do for animals in our community.
All but $30 of the ticket price is tax-deductible and goes to help care for the injured, abused and homeless animals in our community!
6:30 pm: Cocktail Reception (Pendleton Room) 6:30-8 pm: Silent Auction (Pendleton Room)
8 pm: Dinner & Celebration (Rogel Ballroom)
Michigan Student Union, 530 S. State St. Donation. $150. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Compassionate Feast": Huron Valley Humane Society Fundraiser.

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Dinner, cocktails, and live entertainment by the local jazz band the Ingrid Racine Quartet and nationally syndicated cartoonist Dave Coverly, creator of Speed Bump and author of Dogs Are People, Too. Also, a silent auction. Emcee is 107.1 DJ Matthew Altruda.
6:30 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom. $150. Reservations required by email or phone., 662-5585. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Little Stones": iZosh (Women Investing in Women).

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(Sophia Kruz, 2017). Documentary about 4 women from around the world who use art to empower women and girls.
7 p.m., Huron Hills, 3150 Glazier Way. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"So B. It": Michigan Theater.

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(Stephen Gyllenhaal, 2016). Drama, based on the award-winning YA novel, about a young girl living who travels alone across the country to find out about her and her mentally disabled mother's past.

Also, on Oct. 22, Ann Arbor native Sarah Weeks, author of So B. It, gives a brief talk to introduce the 2:30 p.m. screening.
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 p.m. 

40th Anniversary Celebration: Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.

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Celebrating 40 years as a non-profit artist representative agency, Great Lakes PAA develops artists and audiences for the live performing arts in Great Lakes communities. Join us to kickoff our anniversary with Music, Food and Good Cheer. Find out about our organization and how you can help us achieve our goals for the next 40 years. Master of Ceremonies U of M's Mark Clague assisted by Pulitzer Prize winning American composer and pianist William Bolcolm. By Invitation, Call or Email Us! Photo credit Rustic Rose Floral Design.
Stone Chalet B & B and Event Center, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. Donation. 734-665-4029. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bruce Winslow: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by this former director of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, who discusses his work painting large, improvisational abstract oils. He also announces the winners of the 2017 Ann Arbor Area Women Artists Exhibition, currently at AADL (see Galleries), for which he was the juror. Preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 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 fiction writers Kristin Nelson and Jeffrey Henebury and poet Jonathan Holland.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

The Doug Horn Trio: Zal Gaz Grotto.

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Multi-saxist and jazz master Doug Horn leads his trio with pianist Rick Roe and bassist Paul Keller through two sets of straight-ahead jazz, familiar standards and a few Doug Horn bebop tunes. It's gonna be a swinging, energetic, virtuosic, and delightfully entertaining affair!
Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto - all reasonably priced. Lots of safe, free parking. No steps. $10 cover charge. Under 18 enter FREE.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 at the door (under 18 enter FREE). 734-663-1202. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Confucius Institute/Center for Chinese Studies Electric Shadows Film Series.

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Oct. 6: "Duckweed" (Han Han, 2017). An accident sends a sports car driver back in time to a small Chinese town in 1998 to meet his severe father and the mother he's never seen. Mandarin, subtitles.

Oct. 13: "The Summer Is Gone" (Dalei Zhang, 2006). B&W drama, seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy, about the economic and personal consequences of downsizing companies in a small western Chinese town. Mandarin, subtitles.

Oct. 20: "Trivisa" (Jevons Au, Frank Hui, & Vicky Wong, 2016). Award-winning thriller set in 1990s Hong Kong about the crisscrossing destinies of 3 notorious criminals before fate catches up with them on the eve of the 1997 handover of sovereignty to China. Cantonese, subtitles.

Oct. 27: "SoulMate" (Derek Tsang, 2016). Romantic drama about 2 women, best friends since adolescence, coping with the changes that maturity brings. Mandarin, subtitles.
7 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium TBA. Free. 764-8888, 764-6308. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Disney's Lion King Jr.": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Oct. 20-22. Erin Palmer directs students in a junior version of this musical based on the classic 1994 Disney film. The score includes favorites from the movie, such as "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "Hakuna Matata."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker at Shield, Dexter. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only., 424-4240. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Half-Ass Redux: A Musical Homage to the Half-Way Inn": U-M Residential College 50th Anniversary.

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Performances by current RC students, Rhyta Musik-a local 7-piece Balkan brass band whose music is sprinkled with New Orleans funk flavors-and Drew De Four & the RC All-Stars, a sextet led by local singer-songwriter De Four that features 4 decades of RC alumni. Refreshments.
7 p.m., Keene Theater, 701 East University. Free. 763-0176. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck": Literati Bookstore.

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University of San Diego philosophy professor and former pro skater Nick Riggle discusses his new book, a fun, philosophical exploration of friendship, success, happiness, and the ethics of everyday life. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Threepenny Opera": EMU Theatre Department.

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Oct. 20-22 & 26-29. EMU drama professor Lee Stille directs EMU drama students in Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's popular masterpiece chronicling the misadventures of a charismatic highwayman in Victorian London. An adaptation of John Gay's 18th-century Beggar's Opera, Brecht's 1928 musical uses wicked wit and extravagant theatricality to expose the low-minded rapacity and hypocrisy of respectable society. Weill's haunting score includes such masterful numbers as "Mack the Knife," "Pirate Jenny," and "The Ballad of Sexual Addictiveness."
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 at and by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221. [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]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Madness: A Bipolar Life": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to discuss Marya Hornbacher's book about her lifelong battle with mental illnesses and the relationship between medical treatments and the creative process. Hosted by Crazy Wisdom owner Bill Zirinsky.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [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. 

"Oliver!": Saline Area Players.

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Oct. 20-22. Rebecca Groeb directs local actors in Lionel Bart's popular musical adaptation of Dickens's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphaned boy who falls in with a band of pickpockets in Victorian London. The score includes many popular hits, including "Where Is Love?," "Food, Glorious Food," "As Long As He Needs Me," and the title tune. Stars Michael Dineen, Lucia Patti, and Alan Day.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Saline High School Ewing Performing Arts Center, 1300 Campus, Saline. Tickets $12 & $15 in advance at [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Written in Water": Ragamala Dance Company (University Musical Society).

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Acclaimed as one of the Indian diaspora's leading dance ensembles in the U.S., this Minneapolis-based company seamlessly interweaves modern dance with the South Indian classical Bharatanatyam style, which involves a fixed upper torso, bent legs or knees flexed out, spectacular footwork, and a sign language based on hand and facial gestures. Written in Water explores the cultural complexities of the modern world through the metaphor of the ancient Indian board game Paramapadam (which inspired Chutes & Ladders), with a live music score performed by a quartet that includes Amir ElSaffar, a jazz trumpeter known for his distinctive fusion of contemporary jazz and Iraqi maqam.
7:30 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $26-$52 in advance at the Michigan League and, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538, (800) 221-1229. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Chuck Brodsky: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This North Carolina singer-songwriter's charming, humorous, incisively observed songs about the follies of ordinary people have provoked comparisons to John Prine and Loudon Wainwright. His albums about the heroes (and zeroes) of baseball drew wide acclaim. His latest album is Tell Tale Heart.
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. 

John Roy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 12-14. This L.A.-based comic, 2003 winner of CBS Star Search, is a frequent performer on network and cable TV. A self-described "fully-grown man who looks like a 12-year-old dressed for recess," his laid-back but incisive observations on contemporary culture, childhood, racial tolerance, and the media are punctuated by energetic character voices, clever dialogue, and the occasional bit of singing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

PigPen Theatre Co.: The Ark.

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NYC-based ensemble of musicians, actors, and storytellers that has released a widely acclaimed old-timey pop-folk CD, Bremen. The group has also created several acclaimed off-Broadway plays, including the NYC Fringe Festival's top play 2 years in a row. Opening act is young Americana country-folk singer-songwriter David Luning, who also plays at Stony Lake Brewing in Saline on Oct. 28 (see listing).
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $20. 761-1451. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Tracy Smith: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 19-21. Up-and-coming Canadian stand-up comic, a frequently featured performer on cable TV, who's known for her sharply written, bittersweet observations about the travails and absurdities of the relations between the sexes on the "mean streets of Singletown." Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Black Cat Cabaret": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Oct. 20 & 21. Kristin Danko directs an ensemble of local singer-actors in a varied program of Halloween-themed songs, an eclectic mix of standards, Broadway tunes, and contemporary pop. Performers are Audrey Becker, Alice Duhon, Lynne Frederickson, Kylista Geiger, Mimi Keebler, Maegan Murphy, Brittney Nobles, Greg Pizzino, Angela VanKempen, and Craig VanKempen.
8 p.m., Bona Sera, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $10 online at & $12 at the door. 657-2337. [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 p.m. 

"One Hit Wonder": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Oct. 12-15 & 19-22. U-M theater alum Hunter Foster directs musical theater students in Jeremy Desmon's new musical about a has-been musician whose attempts to reunite his band and win back his girlfriend make him a viral sensation, tempting him with the possibilities of lasting fame and happiness. The score includes such famous one-hit wonders as a-ha's "Take On Me," Katrina & the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine," Semisonic's "Closing Time," Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing," and Soft Cell's "Tainted Love."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [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. In November, this show features "Thanksliving Room," a different improvised one-act play each week.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.) in advance at and at the door., (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]

 8 p.m. 

"The Ogreling": Spinning Dot Theatre.

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Oct. 20-22. Tyler Calhoun and Jenny Anne Koppera direct this local theater company in Suzanne Lebeau's dark and wondrous play about the son of an ogre who must overcome 3 trials to escape his monstrous destiny. With shadow puppets, movement, and music. Recommended for age 13 & up.
8 p.m., Neutral Zone (Fri.), 310 E. Washington & Riverside Arts Center (Sat. & Sun.), 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $10 suggested donation. 585-5134. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Turn of the Screw": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 5-21. Julia Glander directs Minneapolis-based playwright Jeffrey Hatcher's 1996 2-person adaptation of the famous Henry James novella. A young governess caring for 2 orphaned children becomes convinced that they are being targeted by the spirits of the previous governess and her working-class lover. Stars Mary Dilworth and Will Myers.
8 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Tickets $12 (groups of 10+, $10) in advance at, $15 at the door. 926-5346. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Traditions and Innovations": U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock and Thomas Gamboa conduct this ensemble of music majors in innovative contemporary works and classical works that were innovative in their time and spawned new musical traditions. Program: Haydn's Octet in F Major, Wagner's Trauermusik, emerging composer Zhou Tian's Petals of Fire, David Lang's Cheating-Lying-Stealing, Schoenberg's Theme and Variations, and U-M composition professor Michael Daugherty's Niagara Falls. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a discussion of the program with Daugherty, Tian, and Haithcock.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Olivia Millerschin: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea and The Neutral Zone.

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Welcome to Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Washington St. and The Neutral Zone's Talent Night! These will occur on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 8:30-11 pm.
Featured Artist of the Night:
Olivia Millerschin will perform from 8:30-9:15pm
Open Mic spots available afterwards from 9:30-11pm
We love our community. The people are passionate, the culture is rich and the spirit of Ann Arbor runs deep. That's why we want to give another voice to our local artists!
If you want to share your art... let it be music, poetry or comedy, we want to hear it! Simply bring your original material, any equipment you need and show up early to sign up for a performance spot!
*All submissions must be originals and family friendly*
***Become a Featured Artist of the Night or reserve your Open Mic spot, fill out this form:
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 West Washington. Free. (734) 769-2331. [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 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": 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. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Campus Chapel, 1236 Washtenaw Ct. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Dede Alder

Self-styled "ethereal gypsy music" by this Traverse City singer- songwriter and vibes players who fronts Dede & the Dreamers. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Jacob Sigman

Toledo folk-rock singer-songwriter. Opening acts are the high-energy Michigan progressive soul-pop duo Paddlebots and local rock quartet The Kelseys. $7 (age 20 & under, $10). [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]

Conor O'Neill's: "Heartbroken: A Birthday Salute to Tom Petty"

Local singer-songwriter Adam Labeaux hosts this tribute to Tom Petty. Donations benefit the Las Vegas victims. Performers include the bluegrass-oriented folk-rock ensemble The Crossed Lines, the high-energy country-rock trio Fangs and Twang, saxophonist Daryl Bean, singer-guitarists Milan Seth, Shaun Garth Walker, and John Heath, singer-songwriters Billy Kirst, Shannon Lee, and James Henes, and others. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Mike Gentry

Local pop-folk singer-songwriter whom longtime Guitar Player editor Jas Obrecht praises as "brilliant at coffeehouse-approved acoustic music, blistering hard rock, and most styles in between." [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: 50 Amp Fuse

Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band. [venue info]

Live: The Terraplanes The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Mash: David Roof

Local blues-rock singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Steve Nardella Rock 'n' Roll Trio

Ann Arbor's most passionate and compelling roots-rocker performs fiercely cathartic, blues-drenched reworkings of rock 'n' roll and rockabilly classics and obscure gems, along with some authentic Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker blues. [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]


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