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Calendar of Events

Friday, November 2, 2018

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 10-10:30 a.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. 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. except Nov. 22. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. except Nov. 22.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations (except Nov. 22), see listing. Free. 327-4200.

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Clay Gallery on Exhibit @ 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. 7346624914. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs., except May 2. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., except May 27. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
9 a.m., Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 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]

 10:30-11:30 a.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. 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. except Nov. 22.Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Nov. 22), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.

 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Family Doctor Open House: Beyond Primary Care.

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Beyond Primary Care, is a family medicine clinic which is accepting new patients in Ann Arbor Michigan. It is hosting multiple open houses for both November and December. You can personally meet the doctor, view the clinic, ask questions, and learn more about direct primary care. Beyond Primary Care is located in Suite 105.
Beyond Primary Care, 2500 Packard St, Ann Arbor MI. Free. 7343952850. [map]

 noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Break": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Fri. except Nov. 23. All invited to bring a lunch and participate in a directed craft activity. Nov. 2: "Dot Art." Nov. 9: "Found Poetry." Nov. 16: "Painted Postcards." Nov. 30: "Watercolor & Soft Pastel Workshop."
Noon-1 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 Noon  Free! 

"Have We Met? Dialogues on Memory and Desire": U-M Stamps Gallery.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit inspired by social movements and experimental art practices from the late 1950s to the 1970s.
Noon, Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division. Free; reservations requested at (search for "have we met"). 764-0397. [map]


"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full Body Fit: A small-group workout customizable to all fitness levels focusing on all the basics of fitness: strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance. Free with most Better Living Fitness Center memberships or $15 for drop-in. All ages and abilities welcome!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834-B Phoenix Dr. $15. (734)747-0123. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri., except May 27. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners": Northfield Township Area Library.

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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. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"My Butch Career: A Memoir": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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U-M women's studies professors Esther Newton and Holly Hughes and U-M dance professor Clare Croft discuss Newton's forthcoming memoir about her struggle to write, teach, and find love while coming to terms with her identity.
2-4 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]

 3:40, 6:30, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Suspiria": State Theatre.

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(Luca Guadagnino, 2018). Remake of the 1977 cult classic about a newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy who discovers that the school is a front for something supernatural after a series of grisly murders. Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton.
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.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:05 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]

 4:15 p.m. 

"The Other Side of the Wind": Michigan Theater.

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Orson Welles' final film, completed more than 30 years after his death, is a faux-documentary of the last day in the life of a Hollywood film director. John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg.
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]

 4:15, 6:45, & 9:35 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.

 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. 

"Can You Ever Forgive Me?": State Theatre.

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(Marielle Heller, 2018). Biopic of Lee Israel, the formerly successful celebrity biographer who turned to literary forgeries to make a living. Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant.
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.

 4:30, 7, & 9:20 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.

 5-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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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). [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

First Fridays Jazz - Racine & Pappas Duet.

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Ziggy's is proud to continue our First Fridays Jazz series which will continue till the end of the year.
November 2
First Fridays Duet
Ingrid Racine, voice & trumpet
Mark Pappas, keyboard
Ziggy's, 206. W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. [map]

 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Mon.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to compete in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m.), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., competitive) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards.
6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 6:30 p.m. (all dates), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

Mother-Son Dance: Ypsilanti Township Recreation/Community Center.

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"Hey Moms, come out for a fun night with your favorite fella!"

Sons and their mothers (or the special woman in their lives) are invited to celebrate with an evening of music, dancing and food.

Fee: $30/couple, #$10 each additional son
Register by Monday, October 29, 2018 at
Ypsilanti Township Recreation Community Center
2025 E. Clark Rd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Ypsilanti Twp. Community Center, 2025 E. Clark Road, Ypsilanti. $30. 734-544-3800. [map]

 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Super Library Lock-In!": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 6-11 invited for Lego free play, games, and movies. Pizza dinner provided.
6-9 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Evening of Hope": The Hope Clinic.

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The Evening of Hope is the largest annual fundraiser to benefit Hope Clinic and features a live and silent auction, dinner and entertainment. The event raises funds to support the free medical, dental, food and social services provided to community members in need at Hope Clinic locations in Ypsilanti and Westland.
University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Donation. $125. 734-484-2989 x208. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine, and challah. Following a dinner catered by a local restaurant, former JCS leader Rabbi Judith Seid leads a show-and-tell in which participants are encouraged to bring "the oldest Jewish thing" in their home, and Seid discusses its cultural and historical significance. Kids welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at 975-9872. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Web of Health: Connections with Environment and Well-Being": Michigan Friends Center Friday night film series.

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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. http// [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ignite Ann Arbor 11.

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Sixteen local speakers give entertaining 5-minute slide-illustrated talks on a topic of their choice. Tonight's topics include "The Uncanny Valley Is a Bad Place to Be," "LEGO, Piled Higher & Deeper," "Asking Better Questions," "Bipolar Me," "Reclaiming the Night Sky," "Why Universities Are Killing (and Saving) Us," "All You Need to Know About Shakespeare Plays in Five Minutes," and more.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 2: Northwood University. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 6: Norfolk State. 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 10: Holy Cross. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 23: Chattanooga. 4 p.m.

Nov. 28: North Carolina. 9 p.m.

Dec. 1: Purdue. 3:30 p.m. Sold out.

Dec. 8: South Carolina. Noon.

Dec. 15: WMU. 2 p.m.

Dec. 22: Air Force. 4 p.m.

Dec. 30: Binghamton. Noon.

Jan. 3: Penn State. 7 p.m.

Jan. 6: Indiana. 1:30 or 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 13: Northwestern. 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 22: Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Jan. 29: OSU. 9 p.m.

Feb. 9: Wisconsin. Noon.

Feb. 16: Maryland. Noon.

Feb. 24: MSU. 3:45 p.m.

Feb. 28: Nebraska. 7 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Perfect Wedding": Chelsea Area Players.

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Nov. 2-4. This local theater company performs a dinner theater production of Robin Hawdon's 2001 comedy about a groom who wakes up on the morning of his wedding to find a strange woman in bed beside him. Various antics ensue to ensure the bride doesn't find out. The program begins with dinner.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 East Old US-12, Chelsea. Tickets $35 ($30 each for a table of 8) in advance only at Chelsea Pharmacy or by phone., 475-8713. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Road to Ann Arbor": Literati Bookstore.

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ESPN football reporter Tom VanHaaren discusses his new book about how the U-M recruited star players such as Desmond Howard and Tom Brady. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"UMMA After Hours": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight, with curators discussing the current temporary exhibits. Also, live music, activities, and refreshments.
7-10 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 7:15 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.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Beautiful Boy": State Theatre.

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(Felix Van Groeningen, 2018). Drama about a family's struggles with addiction and recovery based on the memoirs of father and son David and Nic Sheff. Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamat.
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.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Piano Music of Claude Debussy": U-M School of Music.

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Nov. 1 & 2 (different programs). Recital by students of U-M piano professor Matthew Bengtson (Nov. 1) and Bengtson himself (Nov. 2). Tonight's program features Debussy's complete Preludes Book 1 and En blanc et noir for 2 pianos. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Piano Music of Claude Debussy": U-M School of Music.

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Nov. 1 & 2 (different programs). Recital by students of U-M piano professor Matthew Bengtson (Nov. 1) and Bengtson himself (Nov. 2). Tonight: U-M piano professor Matthew Bengtson performs Debussy's complete Images Book I and Preludes Book II.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka": Pioneer High School Theatre Guild.

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Nov. 2, 4, & 9-11. Megumi Nakamura directs PHS students in Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's 2004 musical that combines elements of both Dahl's classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the iconic 1971 film adaptation. The score includes such favorites as "The Candy Man," "Cheer Up Charlie," and "I've Got a Golden Ticket." Cast: Mia Galbraith, Bridget Roberts, Francisco Fiori, Allison Gaines, Monty Granderson, Ariel Halpern, Ella Maki, Mary Ziegler, Lucas Connor, Connor Lignell, Etai Smotrich-Barr, Ethan Steiner, Ayla Hoermann, Luke Rademacher, Vilma Grins, Ella Kocher, David Crankshaw, Luke Andoni-Savas, and Aliya Szutz.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 610 W. Stadium. Tickets $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, & PHS staff, $10) in advance at and at the door. 994-2191. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Two Gentlemen of Verona": Huron High School Players.

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Oct. 26 & 27 and Nov. 2 & 3. Students perform Shakespeare's early comedy about friendship betrayed and recovered between 2 friends who become rivals for a woman whose father, the duke of Milan, scorns them both. One of the men is forced into exile, where he becomes the leader of a band of outlaws, while the other is secretly pursued by the girl he left back in Verona. There's also a delightful subplot about a servant, his dog, and his own romantic misadventures. Cast: Arun Bhattacharya, Lizzie Stein, Samuel Klinich, Aidan Davis, Brendan Howard, Denae Kilgore, Marissa Redding, Taylor Fisher, Mary Claire Logue, Zoe Burton, Alex Miteza, Kosuke Nakamura, Ashley Figueroa, Adele Middaugh, Margaret Thomas, Ben Schaedig, and Lamoni Carter.
7:30 p.m., Huron High Ingram Theater, 2727 Fuller. $10 (students, staff, & seniors, $8)., 994-2040. [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. 

Aida Cuevas: University Musical Society.

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This 2018 Grammy-winning Mexican vocalist, known as "the queen of Ranchera music," is a master of the mariachi art song who has released 39 albums during a 4-decade career. "Cuevas is to Mexico what Aretha Franklin is to the United States: a powerful voice that encapsulates the essence of her nation's spirit," writes a Kansas City Star reviewer. Tonight she pays tribute to Juan Gabriel, the late songwriter who wrote some of her most iconic hits, including "Te Doy Las Gracias," "Te Vas a Quedar Con Las Ganas," and "Quizás Mañana." She appears with her band, Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$50 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Andy Pitz: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 1-3. New York comic who blends fresh observational humor with self-deprecating commentary about the absurdities of his own life. 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.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Nov. 2, 16, & 30. All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Ara Topouzian: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This highly accomplished Detroit-based Armenian American kanun (76-string lap harp) player leads his ensemble in a program of Armenian and Middle Eastern folk music. With oud player Mark Gavoor, dumbek (hand drum) player Jerry Gerjekian, and guitarist Tom Zakarian.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Doogatron Album Drop :brownstudy, Sleezy Hamilton, Sean Brocash.

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We're finally putting out our debut album and we're having a dance party with a fresh new line up to celebrate.
Our special guests:
Jason Hogans AKA :brownstudy (Planet E, Really Nice Recordings)
Sleezy Hamlton (Spin Inc, Freaks Inc)
Our trusted residents:
Sean Brocash
No cover charge but donations for the artists are always appreciated.
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Jeremy Kittel's Kittel & Co: The Ark.

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Contemporary string quintet led by nationally known local fiddle virtuoso (and former Philharmonic member) Jeremy Kittel, a U-M music school jazz grad who played for 5 years with the Turtle Island String Quartet. His extremely eclectic repertoire ranges from Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton fiddle tunes to jazz, bluegrass, traditional Appalachian tunes, and originals that draw on all these genres. Folk World writer Alex Monaghan described his 2010 CD Chasing Sparks as "over an hour of fiddle music, from the devilish to the divine, played by a consummate musician whose style and repertoire sit somewhere between Nashville and Nairn." His all-star band includes hammered dulcimer player Simon Chrisman, guitarist Quinn Bachand, mandolinist Joshua Pinkham, and cellist Nathaniel Smith.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Honey Dewdrops: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Virginia-bred, Baltimore-based husband-and-wife Americana roots music duo. NPR says its 2015 album, Tangled Country, "mines some of the territory of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, with lilting banjo, gorgeous harmonies, and tasteful pedal steel."
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Blithe Spirit": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 2-4 & 9-11. Aaron Wade directs this local troupe in NoŽl Coward's delightfully spooky farce about a middle-aged writer who hosts a seance in order to research the topic for a novel. When the wacky medium accidentally summons the ghost of his brilliant, gorgeous first wife, she refuses to go back to the hereafter alone, and sets out to plague her husband's second wife. Cast: Eric Bloch, Chloe Grisa, Dorianne Jentzen, Maegan Murphy, Lori O'Dell, Russ Schwartz, and Emily Sparrow-Watts.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Tickets $15 (students with ID, $5) in advance at, by phone, and at the door. 926-5376. [map]

 8 & 11 p.m.  Free! 

"Daughters": U-M Basement Arts.

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Nov. 2 & 3. Magda Miller directs students in U-M student Kellie Beck's new drama, set in 1943, about 3 sisters struggling to break into the workforce.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio One, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. [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. 

"Let the Right One in": U-M Rude Mechanicals.

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Nov. 2-4. James Harbaugh directs students in Jack Thorne's theatrical adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's 2004 novel about a bullied boy and his one friend, a peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $7) in advance at, [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Painting with People": Common Cup.

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All invited to make a painting to take home. Local artist April Embury offers guidance. Supplies provided.
8-10 p.m., Common Cup, 1511 Washtenaw. Free admission. 327-6914. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Sing Joyfully": VOCES8 (Academy of Early Music).

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This acclaimed British vocal ensemble performs an a cappella program of Renaissance and Baroque polyphony, including works by Byrd, Purcell, Tallis, Schütz, Praetorius, Palestrina, and Monteverdi. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by the singers.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $35 (seniors, $30; students, $15; kids in grades 1-12, free with a paying adult) in advance at, at Bookbound (1729 Plymouth Rd.), and at the door. 228-4338. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Spooky Campfire Stories": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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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.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Rocky Horror Show": Dexter Community Players.

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Nov. 2, 3, 9, & 10. Barbara Danner directs local actors in Richard O'Brien's long-running rock musical, a delightful send-up of campy horror films, about a fresh-scrubbed young couple, Brad & Janet, who find themselves unexpected guests at Frankenstein Mansion, whose residents include a transsexual transvestite alien in the midst of a diabolical experiment. The score includes such favorites as "Dammit, Janet!," "The Time Warp," and "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me." Audience participation prop bags available ($5).
8 p.m., Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15). 726-0355, [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. 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]

 9:30 p.m. 

"Mad Max: Fury Road": State Theatre.

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(George Miller, 2015). Post-apocalyptic action flick about a woman who rebels against her warlord to search for her homeland with the warlord's renegade wives and a drifter named Max. Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Brown Harrington Brown

Local guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. Photo: Adrian Wylie. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers

Nov. 1 & 2. Lansing pop-funk and soul quartet led by singer- songwriter Hertler. Opener: Paddlebots (Nov. 1), a high- energy Michigan progressive soul-pop duo, and The Stellars, a local indie rock duo. $15 ($20 week of show, $25 at the door). [venue info]

Café Verde: Kevin Brown

Veteran local singer-songwriter, one of the frontmen of the alt-country band Corndaddy. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

DJ with an eclectic mix of music. [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]


6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup" and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Elizabeth Royce

Rock, folk, blues, and country classics by this local torch singer and pianist who's currently the lead singer of the local neo-girl-group She-Bop. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday."

With Steve Somers & Friends, jazz & blues standards by an ensemble led by WCC jazz guitar instructor Somers and featuring members of the WCC Jazz Band. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Annie & Rod Capps

Annie Capps is a local singer-songwriter and electric guitarist who writes thoughtful, distinctively personal, warmly exuberant folk-rock songs and ballads that are both musically sophisticated and down- home. She's accompanied by her husband, singer-guitarist Rod Capps. [venue info]


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