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Calendar of Events

Friday, November 16, 2018

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Building Power: Organizing Effectively Against White Supremacy: University of Michigan.

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In early 2018, a group of social work students came together to create an alternative event when a white supremacy extremist was expected on campus -- the result was Building Power! The first Building Power event was in March of 2018 and was widely attended by members of the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti communities. Its initial success motivated students to put together a second event.
Building Power is a black-led conference based around countering white supremacy through community organizing, direct action, and in everyday life. The event brings together members of the University of Michigan and broader Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti communities.
Building Power is taking place on November 16th from 9am-4pm at Angell and Mason Hall on the UM Central Campus. The event will include workshops, key note speakers, and spaces for attendees to share a meal and discuss anti-racism issues. CEUs offered
University of Michigan Central Campus Mason Hall and Angell Hall, Angell Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]

 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

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

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

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Clay Gallery on Exhibit @ Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Remember the Clay Gallery that you knew and loved? Celebrate its return at Yourist Studio Gallery in a special Clay Gallery on Exhibit pop-up show beginning October 16.
Opening Reception, Friday, October 19, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
The exhibit runs from October 16-November 16
Reconnect with your favorite Clay Gallery artists and discover an outstanding selection of their latest works, from beautiful functional ware like plates, bowls, cups, and teapots to stunning decorative works like animal figures, tiles, sculptures, and wall pieces.
"We are excited to share the many pathways each of us has been exploring in clay since the closing of our 30 year cooperative gallery in Downtown Ann Arbor."
Participating Clay Gallery artists include Royce Disbrow, Craig Hinshaw, Shirley Knudsvig, Yiu-Keung Lee, Brigit Macomber, Susanne Stephenson, Kris Stewart, Joe Szutz, Debbie Thompson, Shirley White-Black, and Donna Williams.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 7346624914. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Dollar Movies: Saline Area Senior Center.

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Nov. 16 and Dec. 7 & 21. All invited.

Nov. 16: The Rider, Chloé Zhao's 2017 docudrama about a rising rodeo star who must find a new sense of purpose after a tragic riding accident.

Dec. 7: Molly's Game, Aaron Sorkin's 2017 biopic about an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game.

Dec. 21: Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's 2017 WWII thriller about Allied troops trying to evacuate from the French city of Dunkirk in 1940 before Nazi forces can take hold.

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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

 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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

 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 10:30 a.m.-noon 

"Just for Younger Kids: Storytime Tasting": Zingerman's Deli.

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Kids 2-5 invited to listen to a food-themed story. Snack provided. Caregivers must stay with their child.
10:30-11 a.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $10 per child for storytime, additional $15 for tastings. Reservations required at 663-3354.

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. except Nov. 22.Malletts Creek.

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

 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Break": Ann Arbor District Library.

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


"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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

 Noon  Free! 

"Peace Possible: Building Peace During and After Mass Violence": U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

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Talk by Columbia University political science professor Séverine Autesserre. Discussion follows.
Noon, 5670 Haven Hall (Eldersveld Rm.), 505 S. State. Free. 764-5513. [map]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

CEW+ Inspire Mindful Meditation Sit: Center for the Education of Women.

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As part of the CEW+Inspire initiative, CEW+ will hold regular drop-in mindful meditation sits throughout the academic year. Being present in the moment is a skill that can be learned when practiced on a regular basis. Evidence-based meditation has been shown to reduce implicit age and race bias, reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and pain, improve cognitive functioning, and assist in ending ruminating thought patterns. Come join a drop-in, guided mindful meditation sit and practice being aware and fully present in the moment.
Free and open to all levels of practice. No registration necessary.
CEW+, 330 E. Liberty St. Free. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Every Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., families are invited to learn out loud at the library with stories, music, activities and a craft that promotes early literacy for preschoolers. Parent and/or caregivers are encouraged to participate. No registration necessary!
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Senior Crafternoon": Saline District Library.

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Nov. 16 & Dec. 21. Seniors invited to make a fall wreath (Nov. 16) and an ugly sweater (Dec. 21, bring your own sweatshirt or sweater to decorate).
1-2:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required., 429-5450. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

"Tour of Maker Works: Session B:": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Located in Ann Arbor, MI, Maker Works was established in 2011 to bring a focus back to making things.
In our 14,000 square foot building you'll find: a great selection of tools for wood, metal, textiles, plastic, jewelry, and electronics and instruction on the safe and efficient use of these tools, space to make things, a welcoming community of interesting, creative people making things.
Whether you're an artist, engineer, inventor, student, fabricator, entrepreneur, hobbyist, or all of the above, this is a place to actively make your future.
This Study Group led by Josh Williams will tour Maker Works Friday November 16, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $10. 734-998-9351. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Movies and refreshments for adults.

Sept. 21: All the Money in the World, Ridley Scott's 2017 biopic about the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother's desperate attempt to get his grandfather to pay the ransom.

Oct. 19: Murder on the Orient Express, Kenneth Branagh's 2017 take on the classic Poirot murder mystery.

Nov. 16: TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Nov. 16 & Dec. 21. Movies with refreshments for adults.

Nov. 16: The Finest Hours, Craig Gillespie's 2016 action flick based on the true story of a rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after oil tankers are destroyed during a 1952 blizzard.

Dec. 21: Their Finest, Lone Scherfig's 2016 comic drama about a British film crew attempting to boost morale during WWII by making a propaganda film.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Books Talk": U-M Residential College.

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Two RC professors discuss their recent books. Afroamerican and African Studies professor Naomi André discusses Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement and dance history professor Beth Genné discusses Dance Me a Song: Astaire, Balanchine, Kelly, and the American Film Musical.
3-5 p.m., Rm. 1405 East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 763-0176. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff on hand to help and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]

 4:10, 7, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Wildlife": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul Dano, 2018). Family drama based on the Richard Ford novel about the dissolution of a marriage as seen from the point of view of the teenage son. Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:15, 7:15, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Free Solo": State Theatre.

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

 4:20, 6:45, & 9:25 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, 6:40, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Boy Erased": State Theatre.

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(Joel Edgerton, 2018). Drama about the true story of a gay son of a Southern Baptist preacher who's outed to his parents and is forced to decide between conversion therapy and permanent exile. Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges.
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.

 4:45 & 7:10 p.m. 

"Tea with the Dames": Michigan Theater.

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(Roger Michell, 2018). Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, and Joan Plowright reminisce about their decades-long friendship and their prestigious careers in this candid documentary shot over a weekend at an English country house.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5 p.m. 

SantaCon 5K Walk for Change: Salvation Army of Washtenaw County.

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Dress in your craziest holiday costume and walk 3 laps inside the Briarwood Mall. The race ends as Briarwood has the annual tree lighting ceremony and the "real santa" makes it snow right inside the mall. Enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction, costume contests and more!
Funds raised for the SantaCon 5K Walk for Change event will go directly towards helping ensure every child in Washtenaw County has presents under the Christmas Tree this year.
Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle Ann Arbor. $10. 734-645-4274. [map]

 5-10 p.m. 

"Parents Night Out: Hands-On Museum": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Kids ages 7-12 invited to practice the scientific method while making stuff explode at different stations at the Hands-On Museum. Lab coats provided; bring your own if you have one. Panera PB&J or turkey sandwich and a late-night popcorn snack.
5-10 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $30 (Members, $25) per child. Registration required by noon on Nov. 13. Special drop-off information provided after registration. 997-1553. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Just for Kids: Explore the World of Pie": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Staffers discuss their favorite Thanksgiving pies, including pumpkin, apple, and pecan. Tastings.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid includes tastings; parents welcome to lurk for free. 663-3354.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Alan Mallach: U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Talk by this Washington, D.C.-based city planner who is nationally known for his work on housing, economic development, and urban revitalization.
6 p.m., Art + Architecture Bldg., 2000 Bonisteel. Free. 764-1300. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Holiday Auction: Glacier Way West Side Cooperative Preschool Fundraiser.

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Silent auction of gift items, followed at 7 p.m. by a live auction. Buffet dinner.
6 p.m., Westside United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh St. Free admission. 995-0707. [map]

 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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

 6 p.m.  Free! 

The University of Michigan Presents Lecture: Alan Mallach: Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Alan Mallach is a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress in Washington DC. A city planner, advocate and writer, he is nationally known for his work on housing, economic development, and urban revitalization, and has worked with local governments and community organizations across the country to develop creative policies and strategies to rebuild their cities and neighborhoods. He has spoken on housing and urban issues in the United States, Europe, Israel and Japan, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for the 2010-2011 academic year. His recent books include A Decent Home: Planning, Building and Preserving Affordable Housing and Bringing Buildings Back: From Vacant Properties to Community Assets.He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and holds a B.A. degree from Yale University.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069. Free. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Poland's Centennial: An Evening of Reflection and Celebration": U-M Copernicus Center for Polish Studies.

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Talks and a musical performance in celebration of the restoration of Poland's sovereignty in 1918. Ontario-based historian (and U-M grad) Paul Brykczynski discusses the election of the 1st President of the Polish republic. U-M Slavic languages and literatures professor Benjamin Paloff discusses the Mloda Polska (Young Poland) modernist movement in Polish arts and literature. U-M music professor Matthew Bengtson gives a lecture-recital on piano virtuoso Ignacy Paderewski, who used his musical fame to make Polish independence one of the conditions of peace at the end of WWI.
6-7:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Date Night": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Feb. 14 & 15. Staffers offer taste samples of several domestic wines, with artisan cheeses, bread, and other accompaniments.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly series of fun, informative talks on everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla. Speakers TBA at

7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), LIVE, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]

 7 p.m. 

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

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Through the film showings and group discussions, we explore the ways in which human health factors are intertwined with our environment and may be supported by nature-centered living conditions. We will seek to bring out representative issues that add new dimensions and pose provocative questions in addition to more familiar topics at the environment/health nexus. Co-sponsored by Transition Town Chelsea.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea, Michigan 48118, Chelsea. Donations welcome. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Jamall Bufford and DaG: Ann Arbor District Library.

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These 2 local hip-hop artists perform music from their new albums. Bufford, formerly known as Buff1, is best known for his work with Athletic Mic League and The Black Opera. His latest album, Time in Between Thoughts, is "a juxtaposition of hard truths with bright production," notes HipHopDX reviewer Justin Ivey. DaG, who opened for KRS One at the Blind Pig last spring, incorporates funk, soul, jazz, and 80s & 90s hip-hop into his music. His latest album is Purified/Exotics.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m. 

"Milk Like Sugar": EMU Theatre Department.

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Nov. 16-18. Local actor (and U-M alum) Ariel Pompey directs EMU drama students in Kirsten Greenidge's Obie-winning 2011 play about 3 African American teen girls who vow to get pregnant as a way to improve their lives. The Village Voice praised it as "an urban, African-American subworld that displays, for once, neither the brutalizing clichés of a poverty-stricken ghetto nor the discomfiting artificiality of a talented-tenth safe haven."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 in advance at, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221.

 7-9 p.m. 

"Owl Prowl": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Nov. 16 & 17. LSNC staff lead an evening hike for adults (Fri.) and kids age 5 & older accompanied by an adult (Sat.) to look for and call owls. Followed by a visit with live owls to learn how they are adapted to survive.
7-9 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $9 (members, $8); $34 (members, $30) per family on Sat. Space limited; preregistration required by Nov. 14. 997-1553. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Quilling Craft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows teens & adults how to roll, shape, and glue strips of paper into decorative designs.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m. 

"The Addams Family": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 15-18. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman, and Rick Elice's darkly comic 2010 musical based on the ghoulish characters in Charles Addams' classic cartoon-turned-TV series. The plot concerns the troubles that ensue when daughter Wednesday announces her intention to marry a normal boyfriend.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at & the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to try kirtan, an ancient yogic spiritual practice that involves singing and chanting. Accompanied by live music on tabla, harmonium, cello, violin, and finger cymbals. The program ends with silent meditation and homemade chai.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 665-0849. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Formosa Quartet: EMU Department of Music.

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This string quartet, winner of the 2006 Amadeus Prize, performs Tchaikovsky's Quartet No. 1 in D Major. They are joined by U-M viola professor Yizhak Schotten for Dvorak's String Quintet in E-flat major and Lei Liang's Song Recollections, based on folk music of Taiwanese aboriginal tribes.
7:30-9:30 p.m., EMU Honors College, 511 W. Forest, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-4380. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"1776": Rudolf Steiner High School Drama Club.

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Nov. 15 & 16. Cheryl VanDuzen directs students in Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone's Tony-winning 1969 musical that reveals the distasteful compromises, political maneuvers, and last-minute improvisations leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. When the impatient 2nd Continental Congress dismisses John Adams's rambling plea for independence, Adams stalls for time by proposing that some sort of written declaration be composed. After the document is approved by a single vote, its prospective signers ponder their fate should they lose the war with Britain. Songs include "Sit Down, John," "Piddle, Twiddle, and Resolve," "Momma, Look Sharp," "Cool, Cool, Considerate Men," and more.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. Tickets $5 (students, $3; family, $12) at the door only. 669-9394. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Hello Dolly!": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 22), Nov. 15-Dec. 23. This local professional theater company performs Jerry Herman's long-running musical about a charismatic, opportunistic woman out to make a quick buck. Complications arise when she tries to play matchmaker to the wealthy Horace Vandergelder. The score includes such memorable songs as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "It Only Takes a Moment," and the title tune.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Mother Hicks": Greenhills School.

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Nov. 16-18. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs Upper School students in local playwright Suzan Zeder's powerful drama about 3 social outcasts living in the Midwest during the Great Depression.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 18), Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5). 769-4010. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Matchmaker": Saline High School Drama Club.

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Nov. 16-18. Kristen Glatz directs Saline High students in Thornton Wilder's 1955 comedy about a matchmaker in 1880s New York. The play was the basis for the hit musical Hello Dolly!
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets TBA. 401-4644. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 8 p.m. 

Claudia Schmidt: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A longtime local favorite with both folk and jazz audiences, Schmidt is a Traverse City vocalist known for her strikingly luminous, warmly ingratiating voice.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Derick Lengwenus: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 15-17. Acclaimed French Canadian comic known for his hilarious character performances, including a popular routine about his German father. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served. The Nov. 15 show includes a 50/50 raffle fundraiser for the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Loudon Wainwright III: The Ark.

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This veteran singer-songwriter is known for his mordant, occasionally bitterly self-mocking, often poignant, and usually very funny original songs about himself, other people, and contemporary culture. His recent CDs include Strange Weirdos: Music from and Inspired by the Film "Knocked Up," a collection that provoked New Yorker reviewer Ben Greenman to observe that "[Wainwright] has not only retained his sharpness of wit but has also learned to cut with greater skill," and Haven't Got the Blues (Yet), his 2014 collection of wryly hilarious songs about the way lives fall to pieces.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at & at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Rob Crozier Ensemble: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Sextet led by local jazz bassist Crozier. With reeds player Rafael Statin, pianist Keaton Royer, drummer Rob Avsharian, percussionist Aron Kaufman, and flutist Kelly McDermott.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$20 (students, $10). Reservations required. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Cabaret": U-M MUSKET.

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Nov. 16-18. Isabel Olson directs students in the popular Fred Ebb and John Kander Broadway musical about decadence in Germany during the rise of Nazism, based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Diaries. A dark, unsettling drama whose power is sharpened by its seductive, glittery surface, the story follows the romance between an American writer and a sultry British cabaret performer.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $13 (students, $7) in advance at, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 20-Dec. 29. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Jeff Daniels' new comedy about 3 Midwestern stay-at-home moms who plan a trip to NYC to see Celine Dion, but things go awry in hilarious fashion as soon as they get on the plane.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"hand&hand": U-M Dance Department BFA Thesis Concert.

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Nov. 15-17. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by 4 graduating U-M BFA candidates: Alyssa Gorman, Annelise Senkowski, Kandis Terry, and Amy Wensley.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Dance Studio, 1310 North University Ct. $7 at the door only. 763-5460. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Mixed Emotions": U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock and Elliott Tackitt conduct this ensemble of music majors in William Alwyn's Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion, Bach's Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, U-M composition professor Michael Daugherty's Of War and Peace, and Grainger's Molly on the Shore, Irish Tune, and Handel in the Strand. Michael Colgrass's Urban Requiem for Solo Saxophone Quartet, with saxophone students Chad Lilley, Andrew Hashner, Jonathan Hostottle, and Connor O'Toole. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program with Haithcock, Daugherty, and U-M saxophone professor Tim McAllister.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Passing Strange": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Nov. 15-18. Broadway actor Tiffany Rachelle Stewart directs musical theater students in the 2008 rock musical by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, members of the L.A. psych-pop band The Negro Problem. The semi-autobiographical story focuses on a rebellious young black man who rejects his middle class religious upbringing in mid-70s L.A. to seek what he calls "the real" in Amsterdam and Berlin. The critically acclaimed art-pop/R&B score celebrates youthful idealism about art and love, occasionally tempered with the reflections years later of an older, wiser artist.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 (students, $12) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [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 & 10 p.m. 

"ThanksLiving Room": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Nov. 9, 16, & 23. The League of Pointless Improvisers perform an improvised one-act play that revolves around the aftermath of a family meal. They also do "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. Opener: guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Bugs for Breakfast: Toadface, G-Space & More.

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Mean Mug Music and Magical Mitten Productions Presents:
Bugs for Breakfast
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $20. [map]

 9 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]


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Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Abigail Stauffer Abigail Stauffer

Local singer-songwriter with a rich, resonant alto voice who's known for her piercing, emotionally direct pop-folk and pop-rock songs. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

DJ with an eclectic mix of music. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Live: Flying Latini Brothers

Reunion of this veteran local band fronted by singer-songwriter John Latini that plays country-flavored rock, along with some Tom Waits songs and other offbeat covers. [venue info]

Mash: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by Canas, a blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Deadicated

Detroit psychedelic jam band that specializes in the music of the Grateful Dead and its circle. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Dave Solo & Mallory Wayt

Originals and covers by this local duo of singer-guitarists. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Andy Adamson Quintet Andy Adamson

Jazz originals by keyboardist Adamson in styles ranging from traditional to modern electric jazz, along with some free improvisation. With saxophonist Dan Bennett, acoustic and electric bassist Brennan Andes, trumpeter Ross Huff, and drummer John Taylor. The band has a new CD, First Light. $10. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: The Blue Rays Trio

Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit. [venue info]


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