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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 8, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 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.


 9:30-11 a.m. 

"The Myth Of The Line": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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U.S. immigration law is hotly debated yet widely misunderstood. Even as intense political battles surround immigration law and policy, such fights are often unencumbered by accurate perceptions of the general nature and details of our nation's immigration system. Immigration is an issue that implicates fundamental national and personal values, but we cannot attempt to find common ground on these without a shared and accurate understanding of how our immigration system actually functions.
Speakr David Thronson is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Michigan State University College of Law. He also teaches immigration law at the University of Michigan as a visiting professor. Thronson's research focuses on the intersection of family law and immigration law, in particular on the impact of immigration law on children.
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E Huron River Drive. $10 for a single lecture, payable at the door. $30 for the entire lecture series.. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 9:30 a.m. 

"Immigration": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except. Nov. 22), through Dec. 6. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. Nov. 1: U-M history professor Rita Chin on "The Effects of Immigration on Europe." Nov. 8 (9:30 a.m.): "The Myth of the Line." MSU law professor David Thronson discusses the idea that immigration reform shouldn't reward undocumented people by permitting them to "cut in line." Nov. 15: Center for Immigration Studies (Washington, D.C.) executive director Mark Krikorian on "The Real Immigration Debate: Whom to Let in and Why." Nov. 29: U-M Ford School public policy professor Ann Chih Lin on "Looking Beyond Comprehensive Immigration Reform: A New Immigration Politics." Dec. 6: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County Resettlement Services director Shrina Eadeh on "Refugee Resettlement in Washtenaw County."
10-11:30 a.m. (except as noted), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10:00 a.m. 

"Geometric Design-It's Truly Black and White! 6 week class': Flipside Art Studio.

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You've all heard or even stated: "It's not black and white " Well , in this case it actually is! Every 2 dimensional piece of art will take form Within the compelling realm of choices that exist in shades of grey. Remember how much fun color forms were? This will be just as much fun without the colors. . Full description: Create provocative B&W art on museum board, paper and canvas.The geometric design and pattern possibilities are endless as we explore the use of various textured and smooth papers, inks and acrylic paint.
Create provocative B&W art on museum board, paper and canvas.The geometric design and pattern possibilities are endless as we explore the use of various textured and smooth papers, inks and acrylic paint.
Flipside Art Studio Dexter Location, 7069 Dexter Ann Arbor Road, Dexter. $150. 734-997-5066. marykay@flipsideartstudio.com www.flipsideartstudio.com [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. 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. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs. except Nov. 22. 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 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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Nov. 8, 15, & 29. 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.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Nov. 22, Dec. 27, Feb. 7, & Mar. 14. 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]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Sculpture & Nature": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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Local sculptor Ann Kirby Rubin discusses the influence of nature on her work. Her Gathered Sounds bronze sculpture is installed in the courtyard of the Kellogg Eye Center. The program begins with lunch ($15; optional) and a general club meeting. Light refreshments.
11:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free; reservations required at https://bit.ly/2C3IvJV by Oct. 31. Annarborfarmandgarden.org. [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. except Nov. 22. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Lunch and Learn: Understand Your Health Insurance: CEW+.

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Confused about co-payments? Dumbfounded by deductibles? CEW+ Scholar and current U-M doctoral candidate Betsy Cliff will explain the nuts and bolts of health insurance plans so that you can pick the best one to cover your health needs at the lowest cost. She'll also talk about medical billing, and why you still pay for some healthcare even with insurance. This talk is best for people who get insurance either through an employer or who purchase it directly, though she will discuss eligibility for government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
Don't forget to bring your lunch!
This workshop is free and open to the public, however, RSVP is requested for planning purposes. Please register by November 1st.
CEW+, 330 E. Liberty St. Free. contactcew@umich.edu http://www.cew.umich.edu/events/lunch-and-learn-understand-your-health-insurance/ [map]



 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Nov. 1, 8, 15, & 29. Talks by visiting scholars.

Nov. 1: "Jesus Loves Japan: Pentecostal Christianity among Nikkei 'Return Migrants' from Brazil." School of the Art Institute of Chicago liberal arts professor Suma Ikeuchi discusses Brazilian nationals living in Japan, the majority of whom are of Japanese descent.

Nov. 8: WMU Japanese literature professor Jeffrey Angles on "Promiscuous Reading: Reading and Writing Poetry Across Languages."

Nov. 15: "From the Fastest Woman in the World to the First Woman on the Board." Talk by Japanese race car driver Keiko Ihara, a Nissan Motor Corporation independent director and Keio University professor.

Nov. 29: Cooper Union (NY) art history professor Yasuko Tsuchikane on "Modern Temple Art as 'Public' Art."

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Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs., except. Nov. 22. Performances by area musicians.

Nov. 1: Old-time jazz, blues, and ragtime by pianist Jerry Perrine.

Nov. 8: Young local cello and violin students from the U-M String Preparatory Academy perform classical and chamber works.

Nov. 15: Ypsilanti Americana singer-songwriter duo of Sam Corbin & Jason Dennie.

Nov. 29: Jazz by the Ingrid Racine Trio..
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Other Times … Other Places": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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University of Nevada organ professor Philip Manwell performs a program of Renaissance and Baroque organ music by German composer Georg Muffat, Spanish composer Antonio de Cabezón, J.S. Bach's cousin Johann Gottfried Walther, and Handel.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1:00 pm  Free! 

"The Past as a Foreign Country: Remembering Spain in Ottoman Lands": University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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In June 2015, the Spanish government approved legislation granting citizenship to the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain in 1492. This political development, described by Spain's Justice Minister as a "historic reparation of … the greatest mistake in Spanish history," has sparked a flurry of interest from Jews of Iberian origin across the globe-from Latin America and the U.S. to Israel and Turkey. Based on the assumption of Sephardi Jews' continued cultural identification with their one-time homeland, the law promises to reward their "fidelity and special ties to Spain." Yet, the precise nature of this historic relationship, explains historian Julia Phillips Cohen, is more complex than such characterizations suggest. Using the present debates as a point of departure, her talk probes the evolution of Sephardi Jews' ties to Spain in the centuries following their expulsion.
Thayer Building, Suite 2111, 202 S Thayer St. Free. 7346158503. js-event-coord@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/judaic/news-events/all-events.detail.html/55294-13713838.html



 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Thanksgiving Celebration": International Neighbors.

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Area women invited to listen to Jackson Symphony Orchestra violist Dilek Engin perform music from around the world. Also, a potluck with food traditionally associated with American Thanksgiving celebrations, as well as dishes from international cultures. International Neighbors is a 60-year-old group of local women who welcome women from other countries during their stays in Ann Arbor. Child care (free) available for kids age 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 662-5723. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Past as a Foreign Country: Remembering Spain in Ottoman Lands": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Vanderbilt University modern Jewish history professor Julia Phillips Cohen discusses the Sephardi Jews' ties to Spain in the centuries following their expulsion in 1492.
1 p.m., 2022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [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. 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.


 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]


 3:30, 6:30, & 9 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:40, 6:20, & 9:20 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:45, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Beautiful Boy": Michigan Theater.

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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.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"Animal Portraits": Flipside Art Studio.

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Learn how to realistically draw your pet or favorite animal.
Master the colored pencil in this drawing class focused on teaching the illustrator process on how to draw a realistic animal portrait. We will tackle fur, scales, eyes, noses, whatever else your favorite animal or pet might have and create one beyond stunning drawing. Each week will be focusing on different elements of an animals face and how to render those defining features. Any experience level of drawing welcomed in this six week course.
Taught by, Art Director, Lia and possibly her dog Millie.
Flipside Art Studio, 7069 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd, Dexter. $150. 734.997.5066. lia@flipsideartstudio.com flipsideartstudio.com [map]



 4, 7:15, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Can You Ever Forgive Me?": Michigan Theater.

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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.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Outdoor Class for 18m-8years: Tinkergarten.

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Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all-the outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun!
Every Thursday this Fall, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In a 5-part class each week, Tinkergarten Leader, Tempest NeuCollins, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we'll share insight into your child's development.
The program progresses to meet each child's needs season after season. This fall, the curriculum for 18 months-8 years will support the development of a range of cognitive, social/emotional and physical skills. Our focus skill area for the season will be focus and self control.
Class size is limited/30% discount for sibl
County Farm Park, Medford Pavillion. $90-$175. Support@tinkergarten.com http://tkgtn.com/27xx6


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Printing Families: Incest and the Rise of the Novel in Spain, 1600-1700": U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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Talk by U-M Spanish professor Enrique García Santo-Tomás.
4-5:30 p.m., Weiser Hall 10th floor, 500 Church. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Shape of Knowledge: Moving Blackness Against the Line in Diaspora Studies": U-M Comparative Literature Department.

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Emory University (Atlanta) English professor Michelle Wright reads from Physics of Blackness, her 2015 book about how different cultures and historical moments define blackness.
4-6 p.m., 2021C Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 763-2351. [map]


 4:10 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30, 7, & 9:30 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 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

"Mixed Aerial Apparatus for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to explore the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Class is divided into two groups (ages 8-12 and 13-17) with an instructor leading each group. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. New students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to class
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 5 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. fplonka@betterlivingfitness.com https://betterlivingfitness.com/ [map]


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thurs beginning Aug. 9. All invited to play popular board games (list available at theloadeddie.com). "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., BlÝm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). facebook.com/drinkblom. [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Nov. 1, 8, & 29. Talks by visiting artists.

Nov. 1: Highly regarded knifesmith Bob Kramer discusses his quest to forge the perfect knife.

Nov. 8: "Don't Look at the Finger." British artist and performer Hetain Patel discusses his 2017 film, shot in a church, that revolves around an African wedding ceremony blended with highly stylized elements of martial arts films.

Nov. 29: British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor discusses her gilded multimedia works that explore the nature of time and being.

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


 6-9 p.m. 

Peer Counselor Training: GrieveWell.

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Join our community of volunteer Peer Counselors who provide one-to-one support to others in grief. Visit www.grievewell.com/get-involved/volunteer for more information. November 8th 6-9pm; November 10th 9am-4pm. Application deadline November 1.
Red Cross Building, 4624 Packard St. $25. 734-975-0238. www.grievewell.com/get-involved/volunteer www.grievewell.com [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Writing Interactive Fiction": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 8-adult invited to learn how to write a digital "Choose Your Own Adventure" story using a simple coding language. You can then play through the stories you and others have written.
6-8 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center. Free. 327-4200. [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! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [map]


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Tom Clynes: On Assignment": Ann Arbor District Library.

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This freelance science journalist discusses how he prepares for different assignments around the world.
6:30-8:45 p.m. AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:45-7:45pm 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6:50 & 9:35 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Form: Sun Shen.

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In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, and Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [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. frontdesk@knoxannarbor.org https://knoxannarbor.org/home/grow-connect/care/grief-support/ [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Susan Orlean: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This award-winning nonfiction writer, a longtime New Yorker writer (and U-M grad), reads from The Library Book, her new book that uses her investigation of the 1986 L.A. Central Library fire--the largest library fire in American history--to launch a freewheeling history of the L.A. library system exploring the social and cultural importance of libraries.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 1st fl. lobby. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"CBD Oil Benefits": People's Food Co-op.

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Naturopath Clinton Zimmerman discusses this cannabis derivative.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 994-4589. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters": 31st Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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U-M Jewish literature professor Maya Barzilai reads from her new book examining the golem legend in 20th- & 21st-century literature and film.
7 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. 971-0990. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"In Their Own Words": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion about the institutional cover-up that enabled former MSU sports physician Larry Nassar to abuse hundreds of women and girls for decades. Panel includes some of the survivors of his assaults, as well as representatives from the campus reform group Renew MSU, Wayne County SAFE, and reporters who covered Nassar's trial. Also, the introduction of a website that presents some 1,400 pages of unabridged victim impact statements presented at Nassar's trials.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 1st fl. lobby. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Seattle writer Sharon H. Chang reads from Hapa Tales and Other Lies, her new memoir that explores her Asian American and mixed race identity through the prism of a Hawaii vacation that turns into something more when she gets involved with the Native Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement. The program begins with an open mike for poets, who are welcome to read their own work or a favorite poem by another writer.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Singing for Comfort": Threshold Choir.

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All invited to join this local choir to sing soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
7-8:30 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport. Free. 646-7405, (313) 204-0060. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Singing for Comfort": Threshold Choir.

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All invited to join this local choir to sing soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
7-8:30 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport. Free. 646-7405, (313) 204-0060. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Night": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members host a storytelling program. Audience members are encouraged to bring a 5-minute story to tell.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7:30 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Kusama: Infinity": Michigan Theater.

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(Heather Lenz, 2018). Documentary about internationally renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. except Nov. 22. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs., except Nov. 22. 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. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Candide": U-M Opera Theatre.

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Nov. 8-11. Matthew Ozawa and Kenneth Kiesler direct U-M students in Leonard Bernstein's 1989 revision of his 1955 operetta, an adaptation of Voltaire's classic 18th-century satire about the cartoonlike misadventures of the hapless Candide as he pursues love and fortune back and forth across Europe. The superb score, which features lyrics by Richard Wilbur and Dorothy Parker, among others, is best known for the aria "Glitter and Be Gay." With English supertitles so the audience can be sure to understand the words being sung.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $24-$30 (students with ID, $12) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"HYMN: Sarah Brightman in Concert": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of a recent concert by this bestselling soprano, accompanied by the Munich Orchestra, a 50-voice choir, and the Ludwig Ensemble of dancers.
7:30 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 7:30 p.m. 

"Love and Information": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Nov. 8-11. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in Caryl Churchill's 2012 play comprised of 57 vignettes featuring more than 100 nameless characters in various scenarios that explore the effects of endless streams of data on personal and romantic relationships. Cast: Sonja Benjamins-Carey, Bree Boehman, Phoebe Bolz, Kaili Brooks, Harrison Brown, Jeff Burris, Allea Burton, Simon Cassell-Kelley, Ben Chambers, Mali Chappell-Lakin, Aris Chalin, Lacey Cooper, Julianne Dial, Nicole Diaz-Pezua, Niko Galifianakis, Noah Greenberg, Jada Green, Isa Grofsorean, Nic Grofsorean, Eva Hannibal, Eliahna Heimann, Anabelle Jones, Loey Jones-Perpich, Max Klarman, Romeo Klobucar, Koro Kouyate, Chloe Kurihara, Ian Loomis, Jasmine Lowenstein, Phoebe MeLampy, Nadia Naines, Tyler Parrish, Isabel Perry, Noah Pike, Bao Polkowski, Brooke Ellen Rafko, Evan Rago, Sam Ramser, Andrea Schnell, Mairead Seyfarth, Lily Sickman-Garner, Erin Simmons, Stephanie Smith, David Thierbach, Rowan Tucker-Meyer, Ella Volk, Noah Webb, Bella Weier, Gabrael Wolmark, Daniel Zeimet, and Emma Zielinski.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $9) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [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. A2TheatreNOVA@gmail.com http://www.theatrenova.org [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

Benjamin Pierce: U-M School of Music.

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This University of Arkansas euphonium professor performs his own arrangement of 3 Samuel Barber works; contemporary works, including Andrea Clearfield's Hvati and Bruce Broughton's Sonata; and his own transcriptions of Henri Casadesus's Adagio, Georges Hüe's Fantaisie, and Louis Cahuzac's Cantilène.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Department of Jazz Showcase Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Jazz students perform works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m. 

Hometown Pre-Release Party wsg Scissor Now & Girl Fight.

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Secret Society was proudly produced in Ypsilanti by the one and only Rishi Daftuar. To celebrate, we're planning a little hometown party with our best band buds!
[The EP will be available for purchase at midnight!] ♥
Music by:
JUNGLEFOWL
wsg.
Scissor Now
GIRL FIGHT (Detroit)
Suggested $5 at the door [A portion of proceeds will benefit SafeHouse Center]
8 pm
all ages
206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5. david@ziggysypsi.com https://www.facebook.com/events/546747399105043/ [map]



 8 p.m. 

Keith Alberstadt: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 8-10. A contributing writer to SNL "Weekend Update," National Lampoon, and several online magazines, Alberstadt is known for his clever, sharply perceptive observational humor and off-handed charm. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The War and Treaty: The Ark.

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Nov. 7 & 8. Soulful Americana band from Albion, anchored by the husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount. Trotter wrote his first song while on tour in Iraq, teaching himself to play on a piano confiscated from one of Saddam Hussein's private palaces. With Blount's influences of Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, and Aretha Franklin, the two create songs that are inspired by darkness and despair but lean toward a higher spiritual purpose. Opener: Courtney Marie Andrews, a young country-folk Americana singer-songwriter from Phoenix whose 2018 Fat Possum CD May Your Kindness Remain was named one of the top 25 country albums of the year by Rolling Stone.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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 purplerosetheatre.org 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. 

"Shakespeare in Love": PTD Productions.

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Nov. 8-11 & 14-17. Joe York directs local actors in Lee Hall's adaptation of the celebrated 1998 romantic comedy that imagines a penniless young Shakespeare tormented by writer's block until he meets his muse, a wannabe actress promised to a stuffy lord. Their passionate love affair becomes the basis for his next play, Romeo and Juliet. The Chicago Tribune calls it "a love letter to the collaborative nature of the theater and how the timeless, panicked condition of the artist … can spawn counterintuitive creative brilliance." Cast: David Liskow, Patricia Sallans, Tim Henning, Linda Lee Austin, Wyatt Woodside, Tyler Bell, Jeff Hackett, Susan Morris, Ethan Kelly, Gwenyth Darling,

Kylie Alred, Skyler Baty, Alice Fell, and Cindy Franklin.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Wed. & Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at a2tix.com/organizations/ptd-productions, by phone, & at the door. 483-7345. [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 theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: El Ten Eleven

Layered, hypnotically pulsing postrock instrumental dance music by the L.A. duo of guitarist-bassist Kristian Dunn and drummer Tim Fogarty. "El Ten Eleven's songs are all lifts and falls, transitioning easily from mellow indie sounds to full-on bounce-worthy rock and back again all within the span of four minutes," says OC Weekly. Opener: RYLR, a Chicago experimental pop-rock metal trio. $14 ($16 at the door). [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: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Old Town: Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet

World music-based jazz by this ensemble led by local bassist Sharp. [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]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. Hosted by Dave Boutette & Kristi Davis. [venue info]

 
 


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