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Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 3, 2018

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
9 a.m., Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Rd. Free., 800-6001. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"The Great Pumpkin Roll": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All kids invited to race their old jack-o-lanterns for a mystery prize. Cider and doughnuts.
9 a.m., Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., west of Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-3502.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]

 10 a.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]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Game Day Charity Beer Garden": Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Game days just got better with a food truck rally & craft drafts at the Charity Beer Garden benefiting the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor!
Held every University of Michigan home football game day at Stadium Club, Ann Arbor (327 East Hoover). The comfortable garden atmosphere just 450 feet from the stadium features local food trucks and craft beers.
Proceeds from beer sales go to supporting the Cancer Support Community's mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The Cancer Support Community is a resource for education and information, and a place to gain support - all in an environment of acceptance and hope.
Stadium Club, Ann Arbor, 327 East Hoover. Free. 734-975-2500. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Workshop: Raspberry Pi Sensors and Displays': TinkerTech.

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You can use a Raspberry Pi just like a regular computer, but you can also use it to read information from sensors and control hardware. In this workshop, you'll build a Pi-powered compass, learning how to read data from an electronic compass and how to display information on an OLED screen. Although you'll be working with a specific sensor and display, you'll be equipped to figure out how to connect to whatever devices you need for your next project.
If you're interested in learning how to get this data from here to there, you may want to take a look at our Raspberry Pi- IoT Networking workshop.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $70. 7347078019. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Fall Craft and Vendor Show: Dexter Community Education.

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Over 80 crafters and vendors will be on hand with something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. $2 admission, kids and students free, ample parking, handicap accessible and food available for purchase.
Creekside Intermediate School, 2615 Baker Rd Dexter MI, Dexter. $2. 734-424-4180. [map]

 10 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10 a.m.-midnight (registration 8-9:30 a.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $17 to race. (517) 290-7128. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Stamp Show": Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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Nov. 3 & 4. This large annual stamp show, now in its 44th year, features 28 dealers from 9 states selling U.S. and foreign stamps, covers, and collector supplies. Also, displays of stamps and postal history, a youth area with info and free stamps for beginning stamp collectors, cachet makers, and more. Lunch & snacks available.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free admission.,, 761-5859. [map]

 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All parents invited to bring their kids, from infants to 5-year-olds, for a program of music and dancing presented by Kindermusik teacher Denise Owens.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 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.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Mega Sale & Extravaganza": Motawi Tileworks.

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Tile-making demonstrations, a tile sale, and a chance to make a tile. Door prize, snacks, and discounts. Also, a show and sale of artwork by Motawi staffers.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Motawi, 170 Enterprise Dr. Free admission. 213-0017. [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]

 10:15 a.m.-midnight 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:15 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $17 to race. (517) 290-7128. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  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]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Nov. 3, 10, & 17. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Nov. 3: "Particle Physics Buffet." Physics professor Dante Amidei discusses recent news and conundrums in particle physics. Nov. 10: Physics professor Wolfgang Lorenzon on "The Proton Radius Puzzle." Nov. 17: Math professor Ian Tobasco on "Wrinkles, Crumples, and Origami: The Physics and Geometry of Thin Elastic Sheets."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Ninja Obstacle Course. Big fun, FREE, open to 3,4, & 5 yr. olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance. 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Saturday, Nov 3, 11:00 - 11:45. Register in advance at
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor, 48104. Free. 734-994-0333. [map]

 11 a.m.-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]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 Noon-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]

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

Cozy Coloring: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Everyone of all ages is welcome to come de-stress and relax while coloring. We will provide an assortment of coloring books for children and adults to enjoy. Register for this FREE event today!
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road,, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


West Cross Hard Cider Fest: The Wurst Bar.

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Family-friendly outdoor festival featuring hard cider makers from around the state, live music, games, a fire truck, and food trucks.
Noon-sunset, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free admission; $20 wristband for cider samples.


U-M Football vs. Penn State.

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Time TBA, Michigan Stadium. Tickets $124-$150 at (866) 296-MTIX and 764-0247. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Dragon Ball Z Double Feature": Fathom Events.

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Screening of 2 films in this popular anime series: Bardock the Father of Goku and Fusion Reborn.
12:55 p.m. (Nov. 3) & 7 p.m. (Nov. 5), Ann Arbor 20 (1400 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).

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Michigan Mammals!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a possum, skunk, cougar, and other mammals (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, activities every half hour and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, giant tortoises, kangaroos, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Succulents": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to make succulent figures out of paper.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Mighty Motion": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Nov. 3 & 4. Science demos and experiments involving gravity, inertia, air resistance, and Newton's laws of motion.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Shadow Puppet Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 3-adult invited to learn about the history of shadow puppetry and make some shadow puppets. In anticipation of a concert by the Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theatre Troupe of Taiwan (see 12 Monday listing).
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. & Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Gabriel Brass Band: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This high-energy Detroit-based marching band performs New Orleans-style jazz & funk and leads the audience in a "second line" parade where participants walk to the music, sometimes twirling a parasol or waving a hanky.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown 1st floor lobby. Free. 327-4200.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read and Look: The Museum": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Docents read Susan Verde's children's book The Museum to kids ages 4-8. Followed by a tour of the galleries. Activity books to take home.
434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Nov. 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3 & 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]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Make Your Own Kaleidoscope": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades 1-5 invited to make a kaleidoscope out of a paper tube, tape, paper, and markers.
3-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Mickey Mouse's Birthday, Part 1: Create a Necklace": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade K-adult invited to celebrate Mickey's 90th birthday by making a pendant reminiscent of the iconic Mickey silhouette.
3-4 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 3-4 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Wine & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Dec. 8 & 28. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of cheese-friendly wines and artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments.
3-5 p.m. (5-7 p.m. Dec. 28), Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [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. 

"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 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Book of Harlan": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Bernice McFadden's 2016 historical novel about 2 African American musicians who are captured by the Nazis in Paris and imprisoned at Buchenwald.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 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, 7, & 9:20 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.

 4:15, 6:50, & 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, & 9:25 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.

 6-7:50 p.m. 

"DJ Skate": Arctic Coliseum.

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]

 6-10 p.m. 

"Mad Hatter Masquerade Dinner Party": Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Fundraiser.

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A buffet dinner, dancing to live music by the local band Jeff & the Deck Chairs, and comedy and other entertainment by the local ensembles Mad Hatter Mad Men and Whimsy & Tea. Also, a silent auction, raffles, a Cheshire Hat scavenger hunt, a costume contest, and games. Wacky costumes of any kind encouraged.
6-10 p.m., Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Rd. $60 in advance at & at the door. 224-4130. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Candlelight Dinner Concert with Hines Drive: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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We're so happy to welcome Hines Drive back to Lone Oak!
Hines Drive consists of 3 members of the legendary band, Salem Witchcraft: Mark Derrick, Jim Duffey and Moe O'Shaughnessy. One of Michigan's most successful rock bands of the 70's & 80's, Salem Witchcraft was considered by many to be Michigan's top bar band at that time. They were also playing many concert dates with bands like Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Aerosmith, and many others. They went their separate ways to raise families and get "real" jobs but always remained close friends. Re-united to form an acoustic rock band called "Hines Drive", they are currently performing at some of Southeast Michigan's finest establishments. They hold huge appeal to the "baby boomers" who appreciate and relate to the classic music they play. Their musicianship and vocal harmonies have stood the test of time and are as tight as ever. Dinner menu tba. $35 pp includes dinner and show.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd, Grass Lake. $35 for dinner and show. 5175228167. [map]

 6:45 & 9:30 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.

 7-9 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. 

"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]

 7:15 & 9:15 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. 

1st Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Peter Baker calls to live music by Big Fun. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 646-4835, 274-0773. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Arlo Guthrie: The Ark.

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The son of American folk music pioneer Woody Guthrie, Arlo first established his own identity--an indelible blend of beguiling humor and acerbic political wit--in the late 60s with his epic talking ballad, "Alice's Restaurant." He's a first-class songwriter and a captivating interpreter of contemporary tunes by the likes of Steve Goodman and Bob Dylan, as well as traditional songs, ballads, and stories. He performs tonight with a band that includes his son, Abe. Opener: Arlo's daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie, a singer-songwriter whose music mixes elements of folk, country, blues, and rock.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $39.50-$75 in advance at & all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Drowsy Chaperone": Skyline High School.

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Nov. 3-4 & 9-11. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison's 2006 Tony-winning musical about an agoraphobic Broadway fanatic who tries to cheer himself up by listening to an LP of a fictional 1928 musical that comes to life in his living room. This hilarious play within the play, about a showgirl who's giving up her career to marry an oil tycoon, is crammed with every cliché, gag, and gimmick of Jazz Age musicals. Cast TBA.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 3, 9, & 10) & 2:30 p.m. (Nov. 4 & 11), Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10, VIP with themed refreshments and photo booth, $20) in advance at & at the door. 994-6515. [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 & 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. 

Claremont Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This NYC-based chamber trio of twin sisters Emily (violin) and Julia (cello) Bruskin and Australian pianist Andrea Lam performs piano trio standards and commissioned works. Tonight: Bernstein's Piano Trio, Beethoven's Archduke Trio, and Kati Agócs' 2017 Queen of Hearts, which an Oregon Artswatch critic praises for its "neo-Baroque simplicity and spaced-out piano flourishes."
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$35 (students, $10) at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

David Cook: The Ark.

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Alternative rock singer-songwriter who won the 7th season of American Idol in 2008.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $30-$60 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8-11 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Jam at the Elks.

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Open jam session for jazz musicians from serious amateurs to pros. The house trio will hold things down for a short set then open it up, come on out! House band: Jim Zamberlam (drums), Peter Throm (electric bass), Glenn Dong (guitar).
No Cover.
Note: Bar is cash only.
Elks Pratt Lodge, 220 Sunset Road. Free. (734) 761-7172. [map]

 8 p.m.-midnight 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Nov. 3 & 17. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. The club also hosts practicas ($5) on Mondays (8-11:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.) that include one-on-one work and open dancing.
8 p.m.-midnight, location TBA (Nov. 3) & Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Nov. 17) $10 (members, $5). [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 Nol 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 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. 

"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 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
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]

 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

Comedy Night: Om of Medicine.

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Stand-up by Diego Attanasio, a witty Detroit-based comic whose sets feature rapid-fire delivery of sarcastic observations. 2nd performer TBA.
9-11 p.m., Om of Medicine, 111 S. Main. Free. 369-8255. [map]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Comedy Show: Om of Medicine.

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Monthly stand-up comedy show. Snacks & beverages.
Om of Medicine, 111 S. Main. Free. 369-8255. Free. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Nov. 3 & 17. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8). [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Acoustic Ash

Stage name of Utica-based folk singer-songwriter Ash Harris, who cites Tracy Chapman, k.d. lang, and Sarah McLachlan as influences. [venue info]

Blind Pig: James McMurtry

First local appearance in 20 years by this country-rock singer- songwriter from Texas who specializes in laconic, fully realized tales about the cracks in the surface of the American Dream and the ordinary people who fall through them. His deadpan delivery and minimalist melodicism often provoke comparisons to Lou Reed. Opener: Bonnie Whitmore, an acclaimed young Texas singer-songwriter whose influences range from Steve Earle and Kim Richey to Tom Petty. $20. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. [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]

Elks Lodge: Jazz Jam

All jazz musicians invited. Hosted by a trio led by drummer Jim Zamberlan, with guitarist Glenn Dong and electric bassist Peter throm. No cover. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: "Booker Plays Hooker."

A tribute to boogie-blues icon John Lee Hooker by Muruga & the Blues All-Stars, an ensemble led by Muruga Booker, a renowned percussionist who has played with the likes of George Clinton, Jerry Garcia, and Weather Report. With R&B guitar legend Billy Davis, P-Funk guitarist Tony Thomas, bassist John Sauter, local harmonica wiz Peter Madcat Ruth, and vocalist Misty Love. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Tracy Kash & Pat Shanley

Jazz standards by the Detroit duo of vocalist Kash and guitarist Shanley. [venue info]


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