Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at email@example.com or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. firstname.lastname@example.org sunshen.org [map]
Oct. 19 & 20. Sale of various gently 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]
Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
9 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.
Oct. 5-7: "The Greatest Showman" (Michael Gracy, 2017). Lavish musical inspired by the colorful life of P.T. Barnum. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron.
Oct. 12-14: "Wonder" (Stephen Chbosky, 2017). Inspirational drama about a 5th grader with deformed features facing ostracism when he enrolls in school for the first time. Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson.
Oct. 19-21: "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" (Aaron Horvath & Peter Rida Michail, 2018). Animation about a band of teen superheroes.
Oct. 26-28: "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" (Genndy Tartakovsky, 2018). Animation about Count Dracula's family cruise vacation.
Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]
Remember the Clay Gallery that you knew and loved? Celebrate its return at Yourist Studio Gallery in a special Clay Gallery on Exhibit pop-up show beginning October 16.
Friday, October 19
5:00 to 8:00 pm
The exhibit runs from
October 16-November 16
Reconnect with your favorite Clay Gallery artists and discover an outstanding selection of their latest works, from beautiful functional ware like plates, bowls, cups, and teapots to stunning decorative works like animal figures, tiles, sculptures, and wall pieces.
"We are excited to share the many pathways each of us has been exploring in clay since the closing
of our 30 year cooperative gallery in Downtown Ann Arbor."
Participating Clay Gallery artists include Royce Disbrow, Craig Hinshaw, Shirley Knudsvig, Yiu-Keung Lee, Brigit Macomber, Susanne Stephenson, Kris Stewart, Joe Szutz, Debbie Thompson, Shirley White-Black, and Donna Williams.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. email@example.com http:
Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 8-Oct. 28, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 28. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and much more. New this year: a Corn Queen Combine playground. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, paintball, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. 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. Weekend admission: $17.99 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $13.99 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]
Sept. 21: Every Day, Michael Sucsy's 2018 romantic fantasy about a shy teen who falls for someone who wakes up in a different body every day.
Sept. 28: Book Club, Bill Holderman's 2018 comic drama about lifelong friends whose lives are changed when they read the novel 50 Shades of Grey.
Oct. 19: Life of the Party, Ben Falcone's 2018 comedy about a middle-age mom who goes back to college.
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]
Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).
Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except Oct. 8. Westgate.
Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.
Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.
Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations (except Oct. 8), see listing. Free. 327-4200.
Maps for the best fall color routes and crane viewing areas are available at the Discovery Center desk. Also, on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.) & Noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Free. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]
Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.
Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Oct. 8. Downtown.
Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.
Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.
Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.
Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 8), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.
Lecture by University of Pennsylvania global communication fellow Giang Nguyen-Thu.
11:30 a.m., 120 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-0352. [map]
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Every Fri. All invited to bring a lunch and participate in a directed craft activity. Oct. 5: "Lovely Little Scenes on Leaves." Oct. 12: "Relaxing Doodling." Oct. 19: "Wonderous Windows." Oct. 26: "Whimsical Word Doodle."
Noon-1 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.
Talk by Stanford University international studies professor Anna Grzymala-Busse.
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]
As part of the CEW+Inspire initiative, CEW+ will hold regular drop-in mindful meditation sits throughout the academic year. Being present in the moment is a skill that can be learned when practiced on a regular basis. Evidence-based meditation has been shown to reduce implicit age and race bias, reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and pain, improve cognitive functioning, and assist in ending ruminating thought patterns. Come join a drop-in, guided mindful meditation sit and practice being aware and fully present in the moment.
Free and open to all levels of practice. No registration necessary.
CEW+, 330 E. Liberty St. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org cew.umich.edu [map]
Every Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., families are invited to learn out loud at the library with stories, music, activities and a craft that promotes early literacy for preschoolers. Parent and/or caregivers are encouraged to participate. No registration necessary!
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. email@example.com http:
Movies and refreshments for adults.
Sept. 21: All the Money in the World, Ridley Scott's 2017 biopic about the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother's desperate attempt to get his grandfather to pay the ransom.
Oct. 19: Murder on the Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh's 2017 take on the classic Poirot murder mystery.
Nov. 16: TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
"Living in the Shadow of Big Data: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).more >
"Living in the Shadow of Big Data: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).< less
The group will view TED Talk videos describing the many things made possible by Big Data including finding new treatments for diseases without costly research and field trials, as well as dealing with personal privacy issues. These include what steps, personal and legal, might be taken when our own data is no longer secure. A group discussion will follow.
This study group will meet on Friday, 3-5, October 19. Instructors: Sydney Kaufman and Laurel Park
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $10. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [map]
"Conflict, Violence and Resistance in Ancient India": U-M Center for South Asian Studies Thomas Trautmann Lecture.more >
"Conflict, Violence and Resistance in Ancient India": U-M Center for South Asian Studies Thomas Trautmann Lecture.< less
Lecture by Ashoka University (India) history professor Upinder Singh.
4 p.m., 1010 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]
Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). email@example.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]
"The Natural World: Pagans and Christians": U-M Classical Studies Thomas Spencer Jerome Lecture Series.more >
"The Natural World: Pagans and Christians": U-M Classical Studies Thomas Spencer Jerome Lecture Series.< less
4-part lecture series by Oxford University classics professor emeritus Robin Lane Fox. Oct. 17: "Cosmos and Landscape in Pagan and Christian Views of Creation." Oct. 19: "Flowers and the Vegetal World." Oct. 22: "The Hierarchy of Animals." Oct. 24: "Signs and Catastrophes."
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre (Oct. 17), U-M Palmer Commons Forum Hall (Oct. 19), U-M Palmer Commons Great Lakes Rm. North (Oct. 22), & U-M Classical Library, 2175 Angell Hall. 764-0360. [map]
Nancy Blum, a Brooklyn-based artist who is known for her public art commissions and works on paper and U-M alum, will deliver the RC Robertson Lecture. Her current work is installed primarily out of the gallery, not separated from the street but integrated into it, with a particular interest in sites of transit in cities and within hospital settings. Her recent commissions include medicinal wildflower windows at the San Francisco General Hospital acute care unit; large, graceful birds in flights of migration/immigration integrated into three light-rail stations in Minneapolis/St. Paul; and over-sized yellow flower sculptures sprouting from a rainwater filtration green space at a bus loop outside Philadelphia. Following the Lecture, please join us for a reception for the artist at the RC Art Gallery, located on the first floor of East Quadrangle. Refreshments will be served. An exhibit of Nancy's drawings will be on display at the same gallery through November 9th, (M-F 10am-5pm).
East Quadrangle, Keene Theater, 701 E. University Ave. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
"Not Separate from the Street: Nancy Blum and Public Art Installation": U-M Residential College Robertson Lecture.more >
"Not Separate from the Street: Nancy Blum and Public Art Installation": U-M Residential College Robertson Lecture.< less
Brooklyn-based artist (and RC alum) Blum discusses her large-scale drawings and sculptures for public spaces. Reception follows at the RC art gallery, where Blum's drawings are on display through Nov. 9.
4:30 p.m., East Quad Keene Theater, 701 East University. Free. 763-0032. [map]
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Oct. 5, 15, 16, & 24) and Oct. 6 & 13. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours.
4:45 p.m. (except Sat. game days, 7 a.m.), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582.
Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 22-Nov. 10. 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 on-site).
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). Blastcornmaze.com. [map]
Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Trolls, the charming 2016 animated musical about the trolls' fight for survival against creatures who like to eat them. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]
Fundraiser for Megan Kathleen Cavanagh, MI Supreme Court Candidate: Host Committee with State Representative Adam Zemke, County Commissioner Michelle Deatrick, Barb Fuller, and Nora Wright.more >
Fundraiser for Megan Kathleen Cavanagh, MI Supreme Court Candidate: Host Committee with State Representative Adam Zemke, County Commissioner Michelle Deatrick, Barb Fuller, and Nora Wright.< less
Fundraiser for the Michigan Supreme Court campaign of Megan Cavanagh, at the home of Nora Wright. Please rsvp at (248) 804-0571.
Megan Kathleen Cavanagh is a fair-minded, progressive candidate for Michigan Supreme Court with a proven track record and impressive credentials. She has handled over 150 appeals in state and federal appellate courts, and practiced in every level of state court - district, circuit, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court.
Champion: $6800 Partner: $3400 Host: $1,000 Sponsor: $500 Friend: $250 Supporter: $100
Home of Nora Wright, 2008 Morton Dr. (248) 804-0571. email@example.com https:
German food and beer.
6-9 p.m., Lake Forest Golf Club, 3110 W. Ellsworth. Tickets $65 & $100 in advance at washtenawchildren.org
"Spare Some Love - Bowling Fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor": Red Shoe Society of Ann Arbor.more >
"Spare Some Love - Bowling Fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor": Red Shoe Society of Ann Arbor.< less
On Friday, October 19, from 6 - 8 p.m., you can "Spare Some Love" for RMHCAA families! The Red Shoe Society invites you for a night of bowling at Bel-Mark Lanes in Ann Arbor to support the House. Registration costs $30 and includes two games, shoe rental, two slices of pizza and pop. Bowlers must register individually, but can request to be on a team with up to three other attendees.
Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $30. RedShoeSocietyAA@gmail.com https:
Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive; Fri., 6:30 p.m., casual), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), and Booster Draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive & booster draft), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]
Join us for a beer as we celebrate Oktoberfest. Try delicious, authentic German food and drink specially selected beer from Wolverine State Brewing Co., Jolly Pumpkin, and Arbor Brewing Co., all while helping to end child abuse and neglect in Washtenaw County.
Lake Forest Golf Club, 3110 W. Ellsworth Road. Donation. $65. (734) 434-4215. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
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., Saline. $11 in advance; $15 (if available) on the day of the event (no walk-ins). 429-3502. [map]
Five-game euchre tournament. Prizes. Food & drink available; bring a snack to share, if you wish. Quarters are collected each time a team gets euchred. Proceeds benefit Haitian children.
6 p.m. sharp (check-in 5:15-5:45 p.m.), 242 Community Center, 648 S. Wagner. $10 donation in advance at facebook.com
Oct. 19 & 20. Family-friendly Halloween celebration with pumpkin painting, a jack-o'-lantern walk, lantern building, and a lantern parade. Cider & donuts.
Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $14.50; metered parking. Reservations required at mbgna.umich.edu or 647-7600. [map]
With the continued rise of income and wealth inequality and the high cost of health care, there has never been a more important time to elect strong progressive leaders at every level in every state.
That's why Bernie is joining Gretchen Whitmer for a rally at Rackham Auditorium on the University of Michigan's campus on Friday to support her campaign for governor.
The political revolution was never simply about electing a president. It was about electing people at all levels who are willing to fight for all of us, not just the 1 percent. Gretchen is a great progressive who will fight for working people and stand against authoritarianism and oligarchy.
Doors open at 6 pm, event begins at 7 pm.
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E Washington St. Free. 734-277-4169. [map]
"Web of Health: Connections with Environment and Well-Being": Michigan Friends Center Friday night film series.more >
"Web of Health: Connections with Environment and Well-Being": Michigan Friends Center Friday night film series.< less
Through the film showings and group discussions, we explore the ways in which human health factors are intertwined with our environment and may be supported by nature-centered living conditions. We will seek to bring out representative issues that add new dimensions and pose provocative questions in addition to more familiar topics at the environment/health nexus. Co-sponsored by Transition Town Chelsea.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea, Michigan 48118, Chelsea. Donations welcome. 734.475.1892. email@example.com http
Oct. 17-20. DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's focus is on Chicago musicians. The festival includes 16 different shows over 4 days, free "Fringe at the Edge" shows (see 16 Tuesday listing), and a parade Oct. 20 (see listing). The lineup is subject to change; see kerrytownconcerthouse.com for updates. Tonight: Kirsten Carey's Uruboros Sextet (7 p.m.), led by local composer-guitarist Carey. With saxophonists Andrew Bishop and Molly Jones, bassist Ben Willis, and percussionist Jonathan Taylor. Artifacts Trio (8 p.m.), a Chicago-based collective of musicians involved with the influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), including cellist Tomeka Reid, electronic flutist Nicole Mitchell, and drummer Mike Reed. Their 2015 self-titled album was critically acclaimed. Jason Stein's Hearts and Minds (9 p.m.), a Chicago-based quartet led by bass clarinetist Stein. "Stein is exhilarating," says All About Jazz critic Chris May, "a young master of his fiendishly difficult horn." With piano and electronics player Paul Giallorenzo, pianist Jim Baker, and drummer Chad Taylor. Jaimie Branch Quartet (10 p.m.), led by New York-based trumpeter Branch, whose 2017 album, Fly or Die, has been called "stunning" by a Chicago Reader critic, who notes its "laser-sharp improvisatory exploration, ebullient melodies, and a deep feeling for groove." With cellist Lester St. Louis, bassist Anton Hatwich, and drummer Chad Taylor.
7, 8, & 9 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House (except as noted on Oct. 20), 415 N. Fourth Ave. Individual show tickets $10-$30 (students, $5; $160-$310 Edgepasses include admission to all shows) in advance at a2tix.com
Fundraiser benefitting Heelers4Heros, a nonprofit organization providing service, psychiatric and support dogs to veterans, first responders and children at no cost to the recipient.
We have grown to 12 teams with more joining monthly. Each team has multiple needs to include vests, collars, veterinary care and hundreds of hours of basic and specialized training.
Evening of music provided by The Ann Arbor Blues Society and The Soul What Band, 50/50 drawing,silent auction, pub food and full bar.
Pups will be joining us.
Help us support our veterans.
Corporate sponsorship available with reserved tables. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Zal Gaz Grotto, 1207 W. Stadium. Donation. $10. 419-381-2757. email@example.com www.Heelers4Heros.com [map]
La Casa Ann Arbor presents Live Music featuring different music performers. Come enjoy a cigar, drink, and some music Tuesday & Fridays from 7p-10p.
Visit our webpage for a complete list of events.
La Casa Ann Arbor, 3780 Jackson Rd. Suite A. Free. 734-929-4382. http:
Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including prose by Coleen Herbert and poetry by Daniella Toosie-Watson.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
(F.W. Murnau, 1922). Silent horror classic, with live organ accompaniment on the Barton Theater organ by Steven Warner.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $16 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $13). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
Oct. 19-21 & 25-28. EMU drama professor Phil Simmons directs EMU drama students in Joe Masteroff's charming 1963 musical set in a perfume shop in pre-WWII Budapest. The action centers on 2 employees, Georg and Amalia, bitter foes in the workplace who are unwitting pen pals in a romantic correspondence. Adapted from Miklos Laszlo's Parfumerie, best known through Ernst Lubitsch's 1940 film classic The Shop Around the Corner. With music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun. & Oct. 27), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emutix.com and by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221. [map]
All invited to try kirtan, an ancient yogic spiritual practice that involves singing and chanting. Accompanied by live music on tabla, harmonium, cello, violin, and finger cymbals. The program ends with silent meditation and homemade chai.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 665-0849. [map]
You are invited to join us at the Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center for the loving, healing, and luscious sounds of our Sacred Sound Bath. • The Sacred Sound Bath is part meditation, part immersive listening experience, and part sublime relaxation therapy. We use Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, and gongs to create a deeply healing energy field that surrounds you and fills you with a positive and loving vibration. • The Sacred Sound Bath begins at 7:30pm and lasts for about 90 minutes. We invite you to bring a pillow or mat to sit or lie down on. • No reservation is necessary. We do ask a $20 love donation at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 50% of all funds collected will go to the Food Gatherers Charity. • We love you, and we look forward to seeing you at the Sacred Sound Bath!
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner Street. Donation. $20. 800-599-9820. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Sept. 22, 28, & 29; every Fri.-Sun. in Oct.; & Oct. 31. Six different scary attractions--a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Also, Splattertown paintball shooting at 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, $39.99 & $49.99). hauntedhousemichigan.com, 390-9212. [map]
"The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.more >
"The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.< less
All invited to join a discussion, led by Crazy Wisdom staffer Deb Flint, of Marie Kondo's wildly popular 2014 book.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
"Extraordinary art must be tamed," says reclusive genius Simon Grindberg, the world's most illustrious children's book writer. But, holed up in a remote cabin with his next masterpiece a decade overdue, it's not clear who is the master and who is the servant. When Peter Chandler, a starving artist with his own literary aspirations, is hired to help "The Great Man" finish his overdue book, an unlikely friendship ensues, secrets are revealed, and the lines of reality begin to blur. Ultimately, both men must face the terrifying beast dwelling in the dark forest, in a struggle for their artistry, their sanity, and their souls. Directed by Nancy Kammer, The Stone Witch features Dennis Kleinsmith, Ethan Kankula, and Diane Hill.
Theatre NOVA, 410 w Huron. $22, Pay-What-You-Can available. 7346358450. A2TheatreNOVA@gmail.com http:
Oriol Sans conducts this adventurous ensemble of music majors in works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]
Toronto alt-country quintet led by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker whose music channels an array of influences from Hank Williams to Gram Parsons. Opener: Joshua Hyslop, a young pop-folk Americana singer-songwriter from Vancouver.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Amazing feats of fire manipulation! Twisted, tragic, terrible tales! Spooky, scary skeletons!
Ring of Steel Action Theatre presents their fourth annual Haunted House- the Show! It's got all the appeal of a haunted house without any of the walking. Enjoy the trials and tribulations of skeletons, demon hunters, zombies, millenials, and more from the comfort of your chair. Cider, donuts, and candy will be available for your refreshment and your dentist's job security.
This show is "rated" PG-13 for some loud noises, flashing lights, the occasional expletive, a bit of gore, terrible dancing, some intense scenes, and nerdy humor.
Tickets are $5 on pre-sale. There's only 50 seats available each night (unassigned seating), and all remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 7:30pm.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $5. email@example.com https:
Oct. 19 & 20 (different programs). This widely respected Chicago-based modern dance troupe performs two separate programs featuring top contemporary choreographers. Oct. 19: Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin's Decadence/Chicago, a career-spanning retrospective showcasing Gaga, a movement style he developed emphasizing delicate gestures and clarity of form that continues to characterize Israeli contemporary dance. Oct. 20: There Was Nothing, a new work by the West Coast-based art and activism organization Movement Art Is, and For All Its Fury, a new piece by Emma Portner, a Canadian choreographer whose "intricate, gestural work requires the coiled energy of a large predator," says a Dance Spirit magazine reviewer. With live accompaniment by Grammy-winning Chicago-based quartet Third Coast Percussion.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $40-$66 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
A veteran blues-based singer-songwriter best known for his early-70s hits "Sunshine" and "Don't Cry Blue," Edwards sings his easy-feeling songs and delicately poetic love lyrics in a throaty, mellifluous tenor. A superb acoustic and electric guitar stylist and a riveting blues harmonica player, he's also known for his hilarious between-songs commentary. His latest CD, Tomorrow's Child, is an eclectic mix of originals and covers (including Stephen Foster's "Hard Times" and Marcus Hummon's "Tomorrow's Child") that Pop Matters critic Lee Zimmerman characterizes as "rugged, rustic folk musings."
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
Oct. 18-20. This Texas comic, who first gained national attention as a contestant on Last Comic Standing, is known for blending improvisation and physical comedy with winningly self-deprecating observational humor. Her act also features comic songs accompanied by guitar. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 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]
Oct. 19 & 20. 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. Costume contest.
8 p.m., Bona Sera, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $12 (students, $7), $15 at the door. ntgypsi.org, 657-2337. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 20-Dec. 29. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Jeff Daniels' new comedy about 3 Midwestern stay-at-home moms who plan a trip to NYC to see Celine Dion, but things go awry in hilarious fashion as soon as they get on the plane.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]
Every Fri.-Sun., Oct. 12-28. Joseph Zettelmaier directs Minneapolis-based playwright Jeffrey Hatcher's 2008 comic-horror adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic about a doctor whose experiments on his personality create a murderous double. Told in flashback and using 4 actors (1 of whom is female) to play Mr. Hyde, this version "honors the original, but gives a more complex interpretation of the dual nature of man," notes an Arizona Daily Star reviewer. Cast: David Galido, Julia Garlotte, Michael Herman, Dan Johnson, Alysia Kolascz, and Josie Lapczynski. Not recommended for kids under age 13.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), WCC College Theater, Crane Liberal Arts Building, 4800 E. Huron River. Tickets $12 in advance at pennyseats.org, $15 at the door. 926-5346. [map]
Oct. 19 & 20. This local theater company performs its annual show of fire dancing, stunts, and nerdy humor with a bit of gore. Cider, donuts, & candy. Note: The show uses loud noises and flashing lights and is "rated" PG-13.
8 p.m., Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity (just north of Ellsworth west of Stone School Rd.). $5 in advance at eventbrite.com and (if available) at the door. firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
Eugene Rogers directs this music student ensemble in an eclectic program of contemporary works by Michigan composers, arrangers, and poets. Program: Roshanne Etezady's "Lifesmithing," William Albright's Chichester Mass, the world premiere of Chester Alwes' "Do not go gentle into that good night," the world premiere of Detroit composer Stacey Gibbs' "Close to Thee," U-M composition professor Kristin Kuster's "White Hurricane," and Brandon Waddles' "Sweet Jesus." With pianist Scott VanOrnum.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]
Oct. 19 & 26 and Nov. 2. The League of Pointless Improvisers tells a spooky tale around a pretend campfire then spins it into a series of funny and scary improv scenes. They also do "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. The program begins with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). email@example.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 11-21. U-M musical theater professor Mark Madama directs musical theater students in Neil Simon's frothy, poignant 1966 musical about a dance hall hostess who dreams about love and marriage but can't seem to find the right gentleman. The many famous songs include "Big Spender" and "If They Could See Me Now."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $12) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 19-Nov. 11. Nancy Kammer directs the Michigan premiere of NYC-based playwright Shem Bitterman's 2016 drama about a starry-eyed young writer commissioned to coax a new book out of his hero, an aged children's book illustrator who has toiled so long on a deeply personal tale called "The Stone Witch" that he has trouble distinguishing between reality and fantasy. Cast: Dennis Kleinsmith, Ethan Kankula, & Diane Hill.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $22 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]
Oct. 5 & 19. All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]
Pulse Party Ann Arbor is a special event immediately following the Ann Arbor - Jackson Heart Ball, with drinks, dancing and access to the University of Michigan football field and locker room. Guests include Heart Ball attendees as well as Ann Arbor's influential young professionals and local leaders in the healthcare community. Cocktail Attire. Tickets are $50. Min Age 21+
Jack Roth Stadium Club, 1201 S Main St. $50. firstname.lastname@example.org www.heart.org
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Kyle Rhodes, Micah Spence, & Hannah Lewis
Old-time music by the ensemble of guitarist Rhodes, Atlanta-based fiddler Spence, and local fiddler Lewis.
Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles
DJ with an eclectic mix of music.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Davey O.
Veteran Americana singer-songwriter from Buffalo who sings poetically charged, introspective songs.
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.
Habitat Lounge: Persuasion
Versatile Detroit R&B dance band.
Live: The Invasion
British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer- guitarist David Roof. 6:30-9 p.m.
Mash: Fangs & Twang
Ypsilanti trio from Black Jake & the Carnies that plays twangy, high- energy country rock, with songs about vampires, mummies, and other fantastical creatures.
Mash: Reeds 'n' Steel
Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and guitarist David Roof. 6-9 p.m.
Rumpus Room: Nessa
Jazz-Celtic fusion with elements of pop, folk, and chamber music by this local led by singer-flutist Kelly McDermott and bassist and didgeridoo player Rob Crozier.
Silvio's Organic Pizza: Tim Prosser
A mix of folk and pop covers and originals by this local singer- mandolinist.
Ypsi Alehouse: Devyn Mitchell
Plymouth pop-folk singer-songwriter. 5-7 p.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: The Springtails
Lansing acoustic quartet led by the husband-and-wife duo of Andy & Julianna Wilson that plays a tasty variety of songs from vaudeville and swing-era standards to more recent pop, including some originals. Instrumentation includes ukuleles, harmonicas, cornet, double bass, and percussion.
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