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Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 10, 2018

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 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 

29th Annual Gaming Convention: U•Con.

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Nov. 9-11. 400-600 competitors are expected to turn out to play a wide spectrum of tabletop games, from board games of all kinds (including European family-oriented board games) and role-playing games (including some RPGA-sanctioned events) to collectible card games and miniaturized simulations of historical and fictional battlefields. A "Kid U•Con" area features a variety of games and activities for kids. Participants also are invited to bring in games to play in an open gaming area. Representatives of game design companies are on hand to discuss and demonstrate their games. Also, a dealers' room with sales and demos of games. Registration begins today at 9 a.m. Complete schedule of events available at
8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Fri.), 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Sun.) Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Weekend pass $25 in advance, $35 (students and active & retired military, $25) at the door. Fri. & Sun., $15 in advance and at the door; Sat. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; kids ages 7-12 (accompanied by an adult), $10; kids 6 & under, free. Also, $2-$4 to play most games. Advance registration available online at 930-6363. [map]

 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Saline Craft Show: Saline Area Schools.

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Hundreds of vendors from more than 15 states show and sell pottery, jewelry, seasonal items, gifts, and more. No strollers.
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Rd., Saline. $5 admission. 429-5922, 401-8020. [map]

 8:30 a.m. 

"Coming Back to Ourselves: A half day Mindfulness Retreat": Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education.

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This half-day guided mindfulness retreat on November 10, 2018 offers the opportunity to let go of all the busyness of our lives in order to deepen our connection to ourselves, our practice and and our work. As caring parents, teachers and professionals, we become involved in nurturing and advocating for others without creating ways to nourish ourselves. When we give ourselves time to slow down and breathe, we create space to experience deeper knowing and expanded presence.
Join us to engage in stillness in community, to re-calibrate and reinvigorate. To learn more and register, visit
The Michigan League (Universiy of Michigan campus), 900 N. University. $35 (early bird). [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"You Are Awake - one-day meditation retreat": with Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien.

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"You are not the voice in your head, or the emotions, or the stress... You are what can recognize the voice, the emotions, and the stress. You are Awake."

-Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien

What is AWAKE? …. open, unlimited, bright, pure, fresh, full of clarity, wisdom, and compassion. In Awake, there is no fear, no stress, no judging, no blaming, no confusion, no ego, right/wrong, good/bad, nor even birth/death.

Zen Master Thich Dieu Thien is an Awake teacher, known internationally as very inspiring and dynamic, she easily engages her listeners and opens their minds through interactive questions, live demos, and stories. Seeing that all people already have Awake within, but habits, perceptions, and illusion have covered it, Zen Master made "the great vow" to step into this world to help people of all ages, cultures, and religions to discover and return to Awake and break the system of ego that comes from ignorance and causes all suffering.
Arrive: 8:30am, bring lunch
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $40 ($50 after Nov.1). 832-403-9248. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Nov. 10 & 17. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Nov. 10), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Nov. 17), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 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 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. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Ypsilanti Ladies' Literary Club Holiday Bazaar: Ladies' Literary Club of Ypsilanti.

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Ypsilanti Ladies' Literary Club Holiday Bazaar will feature, for sale, handmade arts, crafts and stitchery items, homemade baked goods, and themed baskets. A raffle of gourmet baskets will benefit the four scholarships we award to local young women. This annual holiday themed event will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch may be purchased for $15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take out orders are available.
Ladies' Literary Club of Ypsilanti, 218 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-7615. [map]

 9 a.m. 

"Original A2 Turkey Trot": Epic Races.

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Chip-timed 5-km, 10-km, and "Iron Turkey" (both 5- and 10-km) races. Also, a 1-mile fun run. 5-deep awards in 5-year age divisions. Finisher's medals, awards, T-shirts, race photos. Post-race turkey dogs and pumpkin pie.
9 a.m. (registration begins at 7:45 a.m.), Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 North Territorial, Dexter. $31-$81 in advance by Nov. 8 at; cost TBA after Nov. 8. $10 vehicle entry fee. 585-7101. [map]

 9-10:30 a.m. 

"Yoga Out Yonder": Breathe Yoga.

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A 45-minute guided trail hike through the Waterloo Recreation Area interspersed with breaks for yoga postures. Yoga mats, water, and snack provided. Beginners welcome. Children ages 10+ welcome with a caregiver.
9-10:30 a.m., meet at the Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $20 cash only payable at the event. Preregistration required.; 627-7558. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

56th Annual Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon: Ladies' Literary Club of Ypsilanti.

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Held in the club's 1840s Greek Revival house, the area's oldest Christmas bazaar features handmade arts and crafts, stitchery items, baked goods, and more. Raffles. Lunch available ($15), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Raffle proceeds benefit scholarships for 4 local women.
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Ladies' Literary Club, 218 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Wheelchair accessible. Free admission. 482-7615. [map]

 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness Meditation": Dexter District Library.

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Guided meditation followed by discussion.
9:30 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Talking About a Revolution: Art, Design, and the Institution": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Nov. 9 & 10. Two days of talks by artists, designers, educators, and others, including Harvard University Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts director Daniel Byers, internationally acclaimed performance artist (and U-M art professor) Holly Hughes, Detroit-based Afrofuturist artist Ingrid LaFleur, and others.
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Fri.) & 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), U-M Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division. Free; reservations requested at (search for "talking about a revolution"). 764-0397. [map]

 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. 

"Reincarnate: Gallery + Market": Morgan & York.

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Celebrate the season of enchanting decay with art, music, and libations at Morgan & York (1928 Packard). Floral designers from the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas will breathe a second life into the bounty of the fields to create floral installations around the word Reincarnate.
Take home treasures from local artists and foragers to kick off holiday shopping in truly unique form. Mingle in a community hub. Ogle the creative magic.
The event kicks off Friday 11/9 at 6pm, continues Saturday 11/10 from 10am-4pm, and wraps up with morning yoga on Sunday 11/11 at 10am. Admission of $5 supports the artists.
See you there!
Morgan & York, 1928 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $5. (734) 662-0798. [map]

 10 a.m. 

25th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival.

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Nov. 9-11. 3 days of Polish films. Polish, subtitles.

Nov. 9: "Cicha noc (Silent Night)" (Piotr Domalewski, 2017). Comic drama about a man who visits his family at Christmas after working abroad for a few years. 7 p.m. Kler (Clergy), Wojciech Smarzowski's 2018 drama about 3 Catholic priests who meet to celebrate the anniversary of an event that could have killed them. 9 p.m.

Nov. 10: "Children's Program." Includes Wieslaw Zieba's animated short Zubr Pompik (Pompik the Bison) (10 a.m.) and Basia (11 a.m.), Lukasz Kacprowicz & Marcin Wasilewski's animated short about a playful little girl. Also, a Children's Book Fair after each short. "Documentaries and Short Films." 12:30 p.m. Kamerdyner (The Butler), Filip Bajon's 2018 drama that follows a Prussian family through 4 decades covering both world wars. Followed by Q&A with Bajon. 6 p.m. 7 uczuc (7 Feelings), Marek Koterski's 2018 comedy about a man who takes a journey into his past to figure out why he can't understand emotions. 9 p.m.

Nov. 11: "Children's Program." Screening of Tarapaty (Double Trouble), Marta Karwowska's 2017 family-friendly adventure about 2 kids trying to retrieve a long-lost Picasso from a derelict house. 10 a.m. A Children's Book Fair follows at 11:30 a.m. "Documentaries and Short Films." 12:30 p.m. Miasto 44 (Warsaw '44), Jan Komasa's 2014 romantic drama set against the bloody 1944 Warsaw Uprising. 2:35 p.m.

Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $6; U-M students with ID, FREE; children's program, $5; family ticket for children's program, $15). [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Artisan Market: Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center.

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Sale of art, sculpture, jewelry, homemade products, stationery, and other gift items made by local crafters who have overcome an illness or injury. Also, a make-and-take gift station. Coffee, hot chocolate, donuts, cookies & soft pretzels available.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Galaxy, 5840 Interface Dr., ste. 400. Free admission. 627-8001. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Holiday Fleece Fair: Spinners Flock.

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Handmade and one-of-a-kind woven goods and fiber art items, including knitted, woven, and felted garments, accessories, dolls, ornaments, and seasonal decorations. Also, fleeces, roving, handspun yarns, quilt batts, spinning wheels, and other equipment and materials for handspinners, knitters, weavers, felters, and fiber artists.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer, Chelsea. Free admission. 769-1657. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Chelsea District Library.

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Sale of gently used paperback and hard-cover books. Also, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and more. Fill a bag for $5.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., CDL basement, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-8732. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Nov. 10 & 11. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live owls. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [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.-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 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Wine, Women, and Shopping": Chelsea Merchants 13th Annual Ladies Day.

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Holiday gift sales at shops identified by red & white balloons, as well as demos and other events. Wine tastings and menu specials in participating restaurants. Live entertainment TBA. See website for details.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (many shops stay open until 8 p.m.), downtown Chelsea. Free admission., 433-0595. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Motawi Tile Frame Workshop": Maker Works & Motawi Tileworks.

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Assemble a custom frame for your choice of a 4" x 4" Motawi tile using the woodshop at Maker Works. In this experience, you will:
1. Choose from a selection of Michigan hardwoods
2. Assemble the frame
3. Use the ShopBot CNC router to add hardwood dovetailed keys in the back
4. Sand, and apply a walnut oil finish
5. Optionally laser engrave a Celtic, Art Deco, Prairie, or Shaker Motif.
Maker Works staff will guide you each step of the way. It will take 20-30 minutes. Slots available from 10:30AM to 12:30PM. Call or visit to register.
$122 includes frame, your choice of a selection of Motawi tiles, laser engraving, and walnut oil finish
Note: If you already have a 4"x4" Motawi tile you'd like to use, please bring it with you to class and use the coupon code "haveatile" when you register, which will give you a discount of $40.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $122. 734-222-4911. [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]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Spanish Story Time": Nicola's Books.

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A Nicola's staffer reads from Spanish children's books.
10:30 a.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 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.-4 p.m.  Free! 

David Zinn Book Signing Party: 16 Hands Ann Arbor.

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16 Hands is proud to host a book signing with one of our most popular local artists. David Zinn's "Underfoot Menagerie" is a brand new assortment of the latest, greatest creatures from the not-quite-underground world of David Zinn! This full-color collection includes not only 134 photos of pareidolic & anamorphic sidewalk drawings, but also useful explanations of what those words mean. It's a great gift for your inner child - or your outer ones, or just anyone who needs a little cheerful whimsy in their lives.
Join us for the Book Signing
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
from 11am - 4pm at 16 Hands
Located on the 2nd Floor of the Kerrytown Shops
16 Hands, 407 N. 5th Ave, 2nd Floor. Free. 7. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon & 1-2 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Sept. 15, 22, & 29 and Oct. 6 & 27 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.


Sept. 22 (9-10:30 a.m.): "Hike Around Mill Lake." A 3-mile guided hike through oak-hickory forest, wetlands, and the historic Mill Lake camp.


Oct. 6 & 13 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.


Oct. 20 (9-11 a.m.): "Hike to Hickory Hills." A 5-mile hike over rugged terrain that follows glacial topography through an old golf course, beside Crooked Lake, and along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.


Nov. 10 (11 a.m.-noon): "Call of the Wild." Talk on how animals communicate. Also, participants practice talking to Michigan wildlife with yelps, grunts, rattles, and squeals.


Nov. 10 (1-2 p.m.): "Camouflage Games." All invited to bring their favorite camo gear prepared to compete for prizes.

Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 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]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Art on the Lake": Local Ann Arbor Artists Open House and Sale.

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Nov. 10 & 11. Show and sale of works by nationally known local artists, including woven, felted, and dyed hats and scarves and silk wearables by Carol Furtado and colorful and functional stoneware by Margo West.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., 505 Lakeview Ave. Free admission., 663-7114. [map]

 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio: Global Africa": UMMA.

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Zimbabwean artist Masimba Hwati leads a tour of the current exhibit of African art and helps participants make art inspired by the collection. For families with kids age 6 & up.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free; Preregistration required at 764-0395. [map]

 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial president Debi Hollis and VP Russell Levine discuss the memorial commemorating Michigan's WWII history, which they hope to have completed and installed in Memorial Park in Royal Oak by 2020. Also, project sculptor Larry Halbert discusses his 9 life-sized bronzes that will be part of the memorial, and AADL staffers unveil a new online collection of 400+ photos of WWII military personnel from the library's Ann Arbor News archive.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Community Potluck: Appetizers and Desserts": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Bring an appetizer or dessert to share and enjoy an afternoon with your neighbors. The Library will provide lemonade and ice tea. Registration is required for this FREE event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. [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]


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]

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Synth Expo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Synthesizer performances, hands-on activities, and a chance to try one of the synths from the AADL's Music Tools collection. Also, synth makers and sellers on hand for consultations.
Noon-4 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

 12:45-2:45pm  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Citizens' Climate Lobby - Ann Arbor chapter.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions.
Ann Arbor District Library - 3rd floor Freespace room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Marnie": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Nico Muhly's 2017 opera, adapted from the same Winston Graham novel as the 1964 Hitchcock thriller. Set in the 1950s, it's about a mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. The show is rebroadcast Nov. 14 (1 & 6:30 p.m.) at Ann Arbor 20.
12:55 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $18-$27 in advance at 623-7469 (Quality 16), 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Get Real!": Saline District Library.

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All age 8 to adult invited to make nonfiction mini-comics.
1-2 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Klub Kito's Minecraft Masters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All experienced players in grades 2-10 invited to play this popular computer game. Also, a PvP (player vs. player) minigame.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1 & 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 and at the door. 994-2025. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"NaNoWriMo Free Write Session": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 10 & 17. All adults and teens in grade 9 & up invited to work on their novel for this nonprofit promotion (also known as National Novel Writing Month) challenging teens and adults to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of November.
1-3 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 1 & 7 p.m. 

"Xanadu": Chelsea High School Theatre Guild.

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CHS theater director Paige Conway directs students in this 2007 musical (loosely based on the 1980 film of the same name) about a down-on-his-luck Venice Beach chalk artist inspired by the Greek muses (in human disguise) to combine arts and athletics into one perfect entertainment: roller disco.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sat.), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $12 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at the Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door. 475-4524. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Walking Through Grief": Arbor Hospice.

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Contact Cathy Hing for more information at 734-794-5127.
The death of a loved one can bring on many reactions, including a desire to isolate yourself, or a lack of motivation to take part in physical activity. This is a monthly social group which will take place in various parks in the Ann Arbor area. This is an opportunity for grievers to socialize while getting fresh air and exercise. All activity levels are welcome and individuals can walk at their own pace.
Various Ann Arbor PArks. Free. 734-794-5127.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led themed tours of the museum, including a kid-friendly tour (Nov. 3), "Our Favorite Things" (Nov. 10), "Animals in the Kelsey Museum" (Nov. 17), and "Highlights of the Kelsey Museum" (Nov. 24).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 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 p.m. 

"Past LIfe Exploration": Natalie Candela, Ph.D.

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Have you ever wondered if you lived before and if your past may have an impact on you present life? Past or parallel lives can leave lasting imprints on our present psyche. They affect our likes and dislikes, our beliefs, doubts, and fears, and highlight our interests and talents. Whether you are simply curious about the other lives you might have experienced or you want to clear away what's holding you back and tap into your undiscovered strengths, go on a profound journey of soul discovery and return with answers and a greater connection to the real You.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. $20. 810-701-5208. [map]

 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 & 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 p.m.  Free! 

"What My Left Hand Was Doing: Lessons from a Grassroots Activist": Nicola's Books.

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Detroit writer Joann Castle discusses her memoir about her involvement in the radical Catholic movement for racial equality in the 60s and 70s. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 3:40, 6:15, & 9:40 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, 7, & 9:45 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.

 4:00 p.m.  Free! 

Howard Rice: Fjällräven Ann Arbor.

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​Join us November 10th for a presentation with Great Lakes sailor Howard Rice as he presents the story of his amazing 2017 voyage down the Strait of Magellan from Patagonia into Tierra del Fuego aboard a 12 foot wooden sailboat. This incredible voyage is the first leg of a global adventure that will bring his little ship the Southern Cross live streaming into classrooms and the homes of friends as he sails and explores the world.
Saturday, November 10th
4pm-6pm Story Telling @ The Phoenix Center 220 South Main Street - Ann Arbor
6pm-8pm Reception ​@ Fjallraven Ann Arbor 213 South Main Street
This is a free event that begins with story telling and Q&A from 4pm-6pm followed by a boat viewing and reception, including a gear raffle, at Fjallraven from 6pm-8pm​!
The Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main St. Free. (734) 585-5628. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Philip Manwell: St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

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This University of Nevada organ professor performs works by J.S. Bach, Handel, Walther, Muffat, and C.P.E. Bach.
4 p.m., St. Luke's, 120 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free. 483-4253.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Euphonium & Tuba Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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This music student ensemble is joined by the Youth Euphonium & Tuba Ensemble in a program TBA.
4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [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]

 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Mickey Mouse's Birthday, Part 2: Party Ears": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade K-adult invited to make a pair of mouse ears in honor of Mickey's 90th birthday.
4-5 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 4:15, 6:50, & 9:30 p.m. 

"A Star is Born": State Theatre.

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(Bradley Cooper, 2018). A remake of the iconic tragic story of a film star who helps a young singer-actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism damage his career. Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 4:15, 7, & 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.

 4:30, 7:10, & 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.

 5:30 p.m. 

Filipino Pig Roast: First Presbyterian Church.

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Authentic Philippine dinner with roast pig, adobo (a dish simmered in marinade), pancit (noodles) with chicken & shrimp, and eggplant casserole, with mango cake, coconut cookies, and other desserts. Performances of traditional Philippine songs and dances by the Philippine Arts & Culture Ensemble of Michigan.
5:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. $15 (kids under 12, $7) in advance. 730-1796. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

3rd Annual Celebration: Sprout Love.

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Performance by the popular local honky-tonk band George Bedard & the Kingpins. Also, local food and drinks, a photo booth, a silent auction, and more. Proceeds benefit Sprout Love, a fundraising initiative of the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.
6-9 p.m., Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti. Tickets $50 in advance at 975-2500. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]

 6-10:30 p.m. 

Kirchweihfest: Ann Arbor Schwaben Verein.

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This annual fall festival features a German dinner followed by dancing to German polkas and other European dance music by popular Enzian aus Detroit.
6-10:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), Plumbers & Pipefitters Hall (UA Local 790), 7920 Jackson Rd., Dexter. Tickets $30 (includes dinner & beverages) in advance and (if available) at the door. Reservations recommended; call John Jarvis (954-0281), Art French (662-4964), or Walt Hahn (353-9229). [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Candlelight Dinner Concert with Thornetta Davis!: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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We are beyond excited to welcome Thornetta Davis back to Lone Oak! Crowned "Detroit's Queen of the Blues" in 2015, Thornetta is a multi-talented International Singer and Songwriter from Detroit, is the winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards. Thornetta has been exciting and wowing audiences all over the world. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more. In 2018 Thornetta was in Paris to accept the 2017 award from L'Academie Du Jazz for "Prix Blues Album" for her album titled "Honest Woman". This is a do not miss show. Just 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. $50 pp for dinner and show. Menu: TBA
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd, Grass Lake. $50 for dinner and show. 5175228167. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

10-Year Anniversary Gala: Ann Arbor Active Against ALS (A2A3).

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A chicken or vegetarian dinner catered by the Travis Pointe Country Club, live music by the Pioneer Jazz Band, and remarks by Zingerman's co-founder Ari Weinzweig in celebration of A2A3's ten years of fundraising for ALS research. Raffle.
7-10 p.m., Travis Pointe Country Club, 2829 Travis Pointe Rd. Tickets $150 at [map]

 7 p.m. 

734 Saturdays - November Edition.

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Our Monthly Showcase of the 734's finest talent!
With the help of the community, this event has become a thriving multi-genre social gathering with its finger on the pulse of the immense talent lurking in the Ypsilanti/ Ann Arbor Underground.
Come out and join the movement! Every evening begins with an open mic from 7:30-8:30, all genres and walks of life are welcomed!! (Just please be respectful!!!) 10 open slots first come first serve.
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. donations encouraged. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball.

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Aug. 31: Cleveland State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 1: EMU. Noon.

Sept. 1: Harvard. 7 p.m.

Sept. 4: Valparaiso. 7 p.m.

Sept. 7: Oakland. 1 p.m.

Sept. 7: Louisiana State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 8: Colorado State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 14: Notre Dame. 7 p.m.

Sept. 28: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Sept. 30: Penn State. 1 p.m.

Oct. 5: Purdue. 9 p.m.

Oct. 6: Indiana. 7 p.m.

Oct. 26: Wisconsin. 8 p.m.

Nov 7: Maryland. 7 p.m.

Nov 10: Nebraska. 7 p.m.

Nov. 21: Northwestern 7 p.m.

Nov 24: MSU. 7 p.m.

Various times., Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). Tickets for MSU, Penn State, & Nebraska matches are all $8. 764-0247.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Kathy Anderson calls to live music by the Liberty String Band. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat non-slip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. $11 (members, $10; age 29 & under, $5). 945-1343. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Oct. 6: Vermont. Time TBA.

Oct. 7: Waterloo. Exhibition game. Time TBA.

Oct. 12: Team USA under 18. Exhibition game. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26 & 27: St. Lawrence. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 9 & 10: Notre Dame. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 23 & 24: Wisconsin. 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 1: MSU. 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7 & 8: Minnesota. 8 p.m.

Jan. 8: Merrimack. 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 24: Penn State. 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8: MSU. 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 & 23: Ohio State. 6:30 p.m. (Feb. 22) & 6 p.m. (Feb. 23).
Various times (see listing), Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10-$40 at 764-0247. [map]

 7:30 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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Coloring with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 12 & up invited to color while interacting with adoptable cats. Snacks, soda, and coloring supplies provided.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at 661-3575. [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 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]

 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]

 8-11 p.m.  Free! 

Alex Anest Trio Live in Chelsea.

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Alex Anest Trio features Eric Nachtrab on bass, Eliza Salem on drums and Alex Anest on guitar. The trio will be "exploring the possibilities of improvisation in the Jazz tradition."
No Cover
Ugly Dog Distillery, 218 S. Main St, Chelsea. Free. (734) 433-0433. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

David Vaughan: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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This multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, the Ann Arbor First United Methodist Church music director, presents an eclectic program of gospel, early 20th-century pop music, and jazz.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Four Seasons with Rachel Barton Pine: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Saturday, November 10, 8:00 p.m.
Michigan Theater
Pre-concert lecture 7:00 p.m.
World-famous violinist Rachel Barton Pine shows us that 2 Vivaldi Four Seasons + 2 Piazzolla Four Seasons = 1 concert brimming with fun, quality, and razzle-dazzle. Vivaldi's musical description brings the autumn leaves and icy winter walks to life, and Piazzolla's
music brings on the sexy promise of spring and the hot tango of summer. Enjoy a piece newly minted for the evening by Jessica Hunt, a promising new composer, alongside with Papa Haydn's polished 90th Symphony for the A2SO's 90th!
Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty St. $20-$72 for Single Tickets. 7349944801. [map]

 8 & 10:30 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.  Free! 

Suzi Analogue: U-M Performing Arts Technology.

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Performance by this NYC-based electronic dance music singer-songwriter whose music blends hip-hop, neo-soul, and electronic experimentation.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Keller Williams Duo: The Ark.

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Williams is a singer-songwriter best known for his virtuosic 12-string guitar playing, which has provoked comparisons to Michael Hedges and Leo Kottke. His songs set clever, colorful lyrics to music that blends the approach of the Grateful Dead with doses of jazz, groove, and reggae. He's accompanied tonight by double bassist Danton Boller.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $35 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. (postponed until March) 

Willie Nile: The Ark.

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Veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter whom Uncut dubbed "a one-man Clash" and whose fans include Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Bono, and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. The music on his new CD, Children of Paradise, is a highly acclaimed collection of politically charged originals ranging from gritty rock and garage-punk to electric folk-rock.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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 Noël 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. 

"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, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Four Seasons": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in "Autumn" and "Winter" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons and "Spring" and "Summer" from Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. With renowned violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine. The robust program also includes a new work by U-M composition grad student Jessica Hunt, Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances, and Haydn's polished Symphony no. 90 in C Major.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $20-$72 in advance at & the AASO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994-4801. [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. 

"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, by phone, & at the door. 483-7345. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Baltimore Waltz": U-M Basement Arts.

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Nov. 9 & 10. Liam Loomer directs students in Paula Vogel's Obie-winning tragicomedy, an AIDS allegory about an uptight schoolteacher who thinks she's contracted a fatal disease from an elementary-school toilet seat. Accompanied by her equally repressed librarian brother, she crisscrosses Europe in search of a cure. Along the way, she meets a variety of characters who teach her to let loose and enjoy life.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Newman Studio, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. [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]

 8 p.m. 

"The Stone Witch": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 19-Nov. 11. Nancy Kammer directs the Michigan premiere of NYC-based playwright Shem Bitterman's 2016 drama about a starry-eyed young writer commissioned to coax a new book out of his hero, an aged children's book illustrator who has toiled so long on a deeply personal tale called "The Stone Witch" that he has trouble distinguishing between reality and fantasy. Cast: Dennis Kleinsmith, Ethan Kankula, & Diane Hill.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $22 or pay what you can afford, in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"This Is Our Song": U-M Men's Glee Club.

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This student a cappella ensemble performs works inspired by themes of peace, justice, and hope by Mendelssohn, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Persichetti, Kim André Arnesen, Eriks Esenvalds, and others. Also, performances by the MGC octet The Friars and the MGC Alumni Chorus.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $5-$20 in advance at and at the door. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Weaving": U-M Residential College Players.

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Nov. 9 & 10. RC students perform U-M creative writing student Hodges Adams' new play about 2 teenage best friends--one lesbian, one gay--who each struggle to maintain their friendship while coming to terms with their identities and desires.
8 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free; donations welcome. 763-0176. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Wine, Women, and Song XVI Reprise": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Nov. 10 & 11. Monica Swartout-Bebow directs an elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers, including Laurie Atwood, Linda Beaupre, Sue Booth, Roxy Diederich, Shelley MacMillan, Deanna Relyea, Swartout-Bebow, Lisa Tucker-Gray, and Kathy Waugh. With pianist Tyler Driskill. Wine is served. This popular event usually sells out.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Sun.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$50 (students, $10) at Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Swinging Doors

Kingston (ON) outlaw country quintet. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: Bobby Murray Band

R&B band led by singer-guitarist Murray, who was the regular guitarist in Etta James' band. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Persuasion

Versatile Detroit R&B dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Andrew Catillo

Springsteen songs and other pop and rock covers by this singer- guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: John Heath

Georgia-bred local blues-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Mike Ball & Madcat

Folk and blues by the duo of world-class local harmonica wizard Peter Madcat Ruth and pop-folk singer-songwriter Mike Ball, who is also an Erma Bombeck Award-winning humorist. [venue info]


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