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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 25, 2018

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 6:45 a.m.  Free! 

"Calling Undercover Superheroes: Complimentary Life Coaching Sessions!": Breakthrough Coaching.

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You're on the verge of a breakthrough, but you've been holding back. You know there's more to life than how you're living, but you don't know where to start.
I can help you:
* Clarify your vision
* Identify blind spots
* Troubleshoot challenges as they arise
* Build in the support you need to anchor sustainable change
I work with undercover superheroes who feel they've been holding back and want to unleash their power and creativity. Are you ready?
Sign up for a complimentary 45-minute Breakthrough Coaching session (in person or on the phone) Monday 10/22 through Friday 10/26!
For more information on Breakthrough Coaching, visit
Call (734) 707-7477 or email to schedule your complimentary session.
Sun Shen, 2452 E. Stadium Blvd. Free. (734) 707-7477. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr. 996-8440.

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less-traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Clay Gallery on Exhibit @ Yourist Studio Gallery: Clay Gallery/Yourist Studio Gallery.

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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.
Opening Reception
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. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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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]

 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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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.

 10 a.m. 

"A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories": Wild Swan Theater.

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Oct. 25-27. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of some of A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories about a lovable teddy bear, his endless search for honey, and his stuffed animal pals who live in the Hundred Acre Wood. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language, and audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for kids in grades PreK-2. Note: The Sat. show is preceded and followed by crafts and bee-related activities led by members of the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $10) in advance at & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Addressing Anxiety and Depression in School Age Children": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Talk by U-M psychiatry professor Emily Bilek.
10 a.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-5346. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Guided Fall Color & Sandhill Crane Tour"

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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]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 661-3575. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Oct. 4: Gemily-a trio of Gemini, the nationally known local folk duo of brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits, and San's daughter, violinist Emily Slomovits-performs a wide range of music, from classic songs of the 60s to traditional folk songs and dance tunes, as well as sparkling originals. Oct. 11: Classical violin works by U-M String Students. Oct. 18: Swing jazz by Ray Kamalay & His Red Hot Peppers. Oct. 25: Vintage American song and dance by Etcetera.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Mah-Jongg Tournament: American Association of University Women.

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All invited to play this intricate game played with colorful tiles. This tournament uses Stuart Baggaley's simplified and modified rules (email for info). Proceeds benefit EMU Digital Divas, a program to encourage young women in STEM.
1-5 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $15 in advance by Sept. 30 at; $20 after Sept. 30. Registration required before Oct. 22. 332-0390. [map]

 1 & 4 p.m. CANCELLED 

"Tea with the Fairies": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Event Cancelled. Crazy Wisdom staff dress up as magical fairies to sprinkle fairy dust and serve tea, petits fours, and cookies to kids and their families. Bring your own fairy wings and dolls.
1 & 4 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $11 (babies age 18 months & younger, free). Preregistration required at [map]

 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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.

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Transformation Thursdays: Fitness for Teens": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited for Pilates (Sept. 27, Oct. 4 & 25, Nov. 8) and yoga (Oct. 11 & 18, Nov. 1). Also, a discussion of healthy eating (Nov. 15).
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 3:15 & 6:15 p.m. 

"Fahrenheit 11/9": State Theatre.

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(Michael Moore, 2018). Documentary exploring social unrest since Donald Trump's rise to power.
State Theatre. 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.

 3:15, 6:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"First Man": Michigan Theater.

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(Damien Chazelle, 2018). Biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong. Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy.
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]

 3:30, 6, & 9:30 p.m. 

"A Star is Born": State Theatre.

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(Bradley Cooper, 2018). A remake of the iconic tragic story of a film star who helps a young singer-actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism damage his career. Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper.
State Theatre. 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.

 3:45, 6:45, & 9 p.m. 

"Colette": Michigan Theater.

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(Wash Westmoreland, 2018). Biopic about this French author, who rebelled against gender norms after the novels she was coerced to publish under her husband's name were successful. Keira Knightley, Dominic West.
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]

 3:45, 7:30, & 9:40 p.m. 

"The Old Man & the Gun": Michigan Theater.

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(David Lowery, 2018). Drama based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, who at age 70 escaped from San Quentin prison and committed a series of heists that confounded authorities. Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek.
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]

 4-7 p.m. 

12th Annual Halloween Hootenanny: Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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A variety of activities from pumpkin drawing to kooky cookie decorating for kids ages 4-13 (accompanied by an adult) in a heated Big Top tent. Also, live music and free snacks. Hot dogs & cider available. Costumes encouraged.
4-7 p.m., Zingerman's Deli Patio, 422 Detroit St. $8 per kid. Parents, free. 663-3354. [map]

 4 & 7 p.m. 

Anne Lamott: Literati Bookstore.

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Sold out.
4 & 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 120 S. State. $21.20. 585-5567. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Lecture Series: U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Oct. 11 & 25. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Oct. 11: U-M history professor Katherine French on "Medieval Chests as Ideological Objects." Oct. 25: University of Arizona history professor Fabio Lanza on "Is There a Socialist Everyday? Production and Social Reproduction in Maoist Beijing."
4 p.m., 1014 Tisch, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]

 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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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.

 5 p.m. 

"Mid90s": State Theatre.

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(Jonah Hill, 2018). Dramedy about a 13-year-old boy in 90s-era LA who spends his summer negotiating between a new group of skater friends and his troubled home life.
State Theatre. 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.

 5-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Dog Howl-O-Ween Party: Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation.

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Treats, costume contest, and photo station. Dogs need to be licensed and have a dog park permit to use the dog park.
Olson Park, 1505 Dhu Varren Road. Free. 734.794.6445. [map]

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Oct. 3, 4, 11, 18, & 25. Visiting artists discuss their work.

Oct. 3: L.A. photographer Catherine Opie's work explores the relationship between mainstream and marginalized societies.

Oct. 4: San Francisco graphic artist Emory Douglas, who was the Black Panther Party minister of culture from 1967 into the 1980s, continues to make work on such topics as crime and the prison-industrial complex.

Oct. 11: Documentary producer Tom Hugh-Jones discusses his work on the BBC's popular Planet Earth series and its companion show, Blue Planet.

Oct. 18: Sacramento photographer Nigel Poor works with San Quentin prison inmates on photography projects as well as radio stories about life inside prison for her podcast, Ear Hustle.

Oct. 25: Alice Rawsthorn has been hailed by Museum of Modern Art (NY) curator Paola Antonelli as "the best design critic in the world."

5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dog & Suds Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 25-30 miles, to the west or north.
6 p.m. (Apr.-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 678-8297. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

"Healing Justice: A Restorative Justice Movement": The Dispute Resolution Center.

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Join the Dispute Resolution Center and Friends of Restorative Justice for a film screening, panel discussion and community conversation about the documentary, "Healing Justice."
"Healing Justice," examines the impact of trauma, redefines justice within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, and moves us toward empathy, reconciliation, and healing to bring about social and transformative change.
Reception & Film: $50 (student $25)
Reception at 5:30 pm in the atrium, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Reuben Miller. Reuben is an Assistant Professor in the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. His research examines life at the intersections of race, poverty, crime control, and social welfare policy.
Film only: $25 (student $15)
Film starts at 7:00 pm in the auditorium
Register at:
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4133 Washtenaw Ave, Suite B125. $25-50. 7347942125. [map]

 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Gravel Grinder": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads to various destinations. Bring a cross, mountain, or hybrid bike. Headlights & taillights necessary for early spring rides.
6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Needlepoint Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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All invited to bring needlepoint projects to work on.
6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon.-Wed., except Dec. 24 & 25. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 5700 Jackson (Tues.), and 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues.), 548-6299 (Wed.). [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Free Solo": State Theatre.

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(E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018). Documentary following the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Louder with Crowder LIVE on Campus": Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Michigan.

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Crowder will be filming his "Halloween Spooktacular" episode of his podcast LIVE on campus, guests can participate in a costume contest, and #MugClub members are invited to a private afterparty. Comedian Owen Benjamin will be a guest as well!
Crowder is most known for his weekly YouTube Livestream/Podcast, and daily show on, Louder with Crowder. His daily articles at, videos and a popular podcast/syndicated radio show has generated hundreds of millions of views and downloads. Unrestrained by the shackles of traditional media, Louder with Crowder's unfiltered approach resonates with new audiences not exposed to Conservatism before.
Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs., except Nov. 22. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Proposal A - Library Lot, Urban Park or Development?: League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area will host a panel discussion on Proposal A, the "Library Lot". Representatives from groups that support or oppose Proposal A will present their views and answer audience questions
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 13 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$20 covers the workbook for the entire 13 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, 48103. $20. 734-761-5669. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit": 31st Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival.

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Detroit News writer Michael Hodges reads from his new book about the "architect of Detroit," best known for his auto factory designs, who also designed Hill Auditorium and other U-M landmarks.
7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. 971-0990. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Grown Folks Story Time": Bookbound.

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Local writer (and Observer contributor) Patti Smith hosts a spooky story time for adults, with storyteller Ken MacGregor and others, who tell creepy stories, including twists on childhood favorites. Costumes & pajamas encouraged. Candy. For adults only.
7 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.

 7 p.m. 

"Healing Justice: A Restorative Justice Movement": The Dispute Resolution Center.

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Screening of Healing Justice, Shakti Butler's documentary about the American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. The program is preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a reception and talk by University of Chicago social service administration professor Reuben Miller.
7 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $25 for film only; $50 for film & reception., 794-2125. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"My Latinx Is": U-M Library.

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Open mike for Latinx people to discuss their identity. Followed by discussion.
7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]

 7 & 10 p.m. 

"Night of the Living Dead": Fathom Events.

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Oct. 24 & 25. George Romero's legendary 1968 horror film. Note: The Oct. 24 screening is at Ann Arbor 20 only.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline).Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20) & 316-5500 (Emagine).

 7 p.m. 

"Peter Pan": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Oct. 25-28. Erin Palmer directs students in John Caird and Trevor Nunn's adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic about the boy who wouldn't grow up and his magical adventures in Never Land.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker at Shield, Dexter. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only., 424-4240. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"She Loves Me": EMU Theatre Department.

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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 and by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Where the Brave Dare to Tread: The Bob Arvin Story": Ann Arbor District Library.

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(Brian Kruger, 2018). Documentary about Ypsilanti native C. Robert Arvin, who was awarded 2 Silver Stars and a Purple Heart for his actions in Vietnam, where he was killed in 1967. Followed by discussion with the director.
7-8:30 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-4200.

 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.": Michigan Theater.

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(Steve Loveridge, 2018). Documentary about the Sri Lankan artist and rapper who's been an outspoken advocate for Tamil independence.
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 p.m. 

Peregrine Road: Ann Arbor Community For Traditional Music and Dance.

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House concert by this duo of Massachusetts pianist-accordionist Karen Axelrod and Pennsylvania accordionist Rachel Bell, who play energetic Celtic reels, waltzes, French village dance tunes, elegant English country dance tunes, blues songs, and lively originals, interspersed with travel stories and other tidbits.
7:30-9:30 p.m., call for location. $15. 665-7704.

 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Arsenic and Old Lace": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Oct. 25-28. Alexandra Duncan directs local actors in Joseph Kesselring's enduring screwball comedy. It's the story of a drama critic whose plans to elope (on Halloween) are interrupted when he learns that the sweet maiden aunts who raised him have made a charity project of poisoning lonely old men to put them out of their misery. While he tries to deal with the situation--and with another eccentric relative who believes he's Teddy Roosevelt--matters are further complicated by the arrival of a long-lost brother with a sinister past. Cast: Barbara King, Veronica Long, Jessica Dudek, John Lamb, Rob Roy, Andrew Helman, Makoto Takata, Makayla Rose, Andrew Jentzen, Jessica Olivia, Lee Vahlsing, and TJ Johnson.
7:30 p.m. (Thur.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $12) in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"RWBY Volume 6": Fathom Events.

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Premiere of the latest season of this anime TV series about 4 girls--Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang--who fight legions of evil monsters.
7:30 p.m., Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Stone Witch" by Shem Bitterman Michigan Premiere: Theatre Nova.

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"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. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Don White, Lynn Adler, Lindy Hearne, & Amilia K Spicer: The Ark.

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In-the-round performances by veteran Lynn (MA) pop-folk singer-songwriter and storyteller White, the Texas-based bluegrass-tinged jazz-folk singer-songwriter duo of Adler & Hearne, and pop-folk singer-songwriter Spicer, a recent Austin transplant known for her moody, sensual lyrics and strong, clear, playful vocals.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Jarrod Harris: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 25-27. Fast-rising Atlanta observational humorist (a favorite of Stephen Colbert) best known for his work on Action Figure Therapy, a comedy web series featuring military action figures talking about their problems and sexual exploits. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Julien Labro & the Chanson Experiment: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Respected Marseilles-born accordionist and bandoneon player Labro leads his ensemble in modern jazz-inspired takes on French songs by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and Charles Aznavour, along with original compositions. With pianist Jon Dixon, bassist Jordan Schug, and drummer David Alvarez.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Verve Pipe: The Ark.

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Acoustic performance by this veteran dance-rock band led by West Michigan singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark whose richly textured songs are known for their inventive arrangements, layered vocals, and searching lyrics.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25-$40 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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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 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. 

"The Stone Witch": Theatre Nova.

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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 and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 9:15 p.m. 

"Crazy Rich Asians": State Theatre.

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Rom-com about a native New Yorker who discovers that her longtime boyfriend is actually the scion of a wealthy family and one of Singapore's most eligible bachelors.
State Theatre. 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.

 9:35 p.m. 

"Lizzie": State Theatre.

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(Craig William Macneill, 2018). Psychological thriller about the infamous Borden murders that posits that Lizzie Borden had an affair with the family's Irish maid. Kristen Steward, ChloŽ Sevigny.
State Theatre. 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.


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Fred Thomas

Nationally known veteran local indie rock singer-songwriter whose brand-new CD, Aftering, loosely modeled on Neil Young's On the Beach, is a 9-song collection featuring his signature blend of soaring melodies with experimental pop that moves from jumpy two minute blasts into a suite of 4 protracted moody pieces. Openers: Anna Burch, a Detroit pop-rock singer-songwriter who cites Elliott Smith and the Canadian dream pop band Alvvays as influences, and Common Holly, the stage name of Montreal noir folk-rock singer-songwriter Brigitte Naggar. $15. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass & Beer Thursday."

The local Pontiac Trailblazers, a bluegrass quartet led by bassist Ryan O'Shea, performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. Bring your instrument. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzmeier. [venue info]

Mash: The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers

High-energy Appalachian bluegrass by this Pittsburgh-based quintet of musicians who hail from mountain towns of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland. Their music draws on old-time, jamgrass, rockabilly, and swing. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network."

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: McLaughlin's Alley

Detroit Irish-tinged pop-rock quintet fronted by sibling singer- songwriters Tina and Maureen Paraventi. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]


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