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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. email@example.com, 647-8528. [map]
Group members discuss how this award-winning astronomy app works on iOS devices, including watches. The program begins with a Q&A, 9-11 a.m., for Mac questions of any kind.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Contact@mactechnics.org. [map]
This 1.5 mile hike traces the path made by meltwater from the retreat of an ancient glacier. An esker is colloquially known as a "hogback," like the road near Arborland. Wear sturdy shoes & bring water.
9 a.m., Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
All invited to join a discussion with candidates, campaign managers, and proposal advocates of election results. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1628. [map]
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]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Game days just got better with a food truck rally & craft drafts at the Charity Beer Garden benefiting the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor!
Held every University of Michigan home football game day at Stadium Club, Ann Arbor (327 East Hoover). The comfortable garden atmosphere just 450 feet from the stadium features local food trucks and craft beers.
CHECK CHARITYBEERGARDEN.COM FOR TIMES AND FEATURED BEERS!
Proceeds from beer sales go to supporting the Cancer Support Community's mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The Cancer Support Community is a resource for education and information, and a place to gain support - all in an environment of acceptance and hope.
Stadium Club, Ann Arbor, 327 East Hoover. Free. 734-975-2500. email@example.com charitybeergarden.com [map]
One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10 a.m.-midnight (registration 8-9:30 a.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $17 to race. (517) 290-7128. [map]
WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike through these rolling hills.
10 a.m.-noon, Sharon Short Hills Preserve, 6700 Hashley Rd., Manchester. Free. 971-6337. [map]
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.
DH&G staff demonstrate cutting techniques for different meats & vegetables. Bring one straight-edge kitchen knife for free on-the-spot sharpening. Additional knives can be dropped off to be sharpened for $3 each.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
All invited to make wildlife feeders and shelters out of plastic containers.
10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch. Free. 761-3186. [map]
Kids ages 6-10, accompanied by a parent, invited to created scented sachets, evergreen swags, and winter decorations.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child. Preregistration recommended. mbgna.umich.edu
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]
Storytelling program followed by discussion for families with kids in grades 1-6.
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.
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]
What's more fun than making things by yourself? Making things with others with whom you can share your skills and learn from. Our collaborative meetup is a six-hour tinkering session, followed by dinner and socializing at one of our fine, downtown Ypsilanti eateries. You can come with a software, hardware, art, or music project in mind and recruit others to work with you, or you can simply show up and contribute to a project you find interesting.
Things to know:
We recommend bringing your own laptop, but if you don't have one, don't worry, we'll have a computer for you.
All inventory and materials are 15% off during this event.
If you haven't had a chance to take our laser or 3D printer checkout classes, you'll have an opportunity to do so the day of the event (normal fees will apply).
This event is free for TinkerTech members and $20 for non-members.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $20. 734-707-8019. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
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]
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]
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.
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 muto.umich.edu & the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]
Local crafter Beth Battey shows all grade 6-adult how to crochet a small octopus as an introduction to this Japanese art of crocheting or knitting small stuffed toys. Supplies provided. Previous crochet experience recommended.
2-5 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Local bromeliad expert Paul Wingert discusses plants that can grow on the bark of trees.
2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. (248) 380-7359. [map]
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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]
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]
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.
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. email@example.com www.awakenedhypnosis.com [map]
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]
Nov. 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 20-Dec. 29. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Jeff Daniels' new comedy about 3 Midwestern stay-at-home moms who plan a trip to NYC to see Celine Dion, but things go awry in hilarious fashion as soon as they get on the plane.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]
All invited for games, crafts, and other activities. Costumes encouraged.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Dec. 8 & 28. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of cheese-friendly wines and artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments.
3-5 p.m. (5-7 p.m. Dec. 28), Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]
(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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
(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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.
(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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.
(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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.
Members lead a tour of the shop and demonstrate tools, from a 3-D printer to a pewter casting machine and a plasma steel cutter. Demo pieces available to take home. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.
4:30 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $5 (family, $8). Preregistration required at maker-works.com
Parents, take an evening for yourself while your kids party the night away at Champion Gymnastics! We'll have relay races, fall-themed activities, and a glow stick party! Pizza and snacks will be provided. Please register in advance for this event by calling (734) 222-1810. All proceeds will benefit the Champion Gymnastics Booster Club whose mission is to defray the costs of competition and ensure that the sport of gymnastics is accessible to everyone.
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Rd. $20 first child, $10 second child. 734-222-1810. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
YPSILANTI, MI- The Eastern Michigan University Bands program will host its annual Bandorama at Pease Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. The performance will include the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and the Marching Band. Bandorama showcases the Eastern Michigan University Bands program, while also acting as a fundraiser. Proceeds will be used to purchase new instruments, equipment and other needs of the band program. Interim Associate Director, Dr. Derek Shapiro, said Bandorama is the perfect opportunity for all music-lovers to enjoy a sonic smorgasbord sure to appeal to an audience of diverse tastes. "Ranging from bombastic to the divine, our students have prepared a program sure to please," said Shapiro.
Admission for Bandorama is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $6 for children 12 years-old and under. Tickets can be purchased at emutix.com or 734.487.2282.
Frederic H Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl, Ypsilanti. $12/$10/$6. 734.487.1430. email@example.com https:
A rousing program by the EMU Wind Symphony, the EMU Symphonic Band, and the EMU Marching Band in full regalia.
7 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $10; kids under 12, $6) in advance at emutix.com and (if available) at the door. 487-1430.
Live music by accordionist Rudy Bernick and the NTG house band and a cabaret show with pianist Charles Worth and singers Kristin Danko, Kylista Geiger, Daniel Ghastin, Eric Hohnke, Alice Kepchar, Maegan Murphy, Greg Pizzino, Angela VanKempen, Craig VanKempen, and Christopher Zavac. Silent auction, raffle.
7 p.m., The Back Office Studio, 13 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 in advance at brownpapertickets.com
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 emutix.com, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221.
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]
Philadelphia caller Mark Hillegonds leads contras to live music by Hotline Strings. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring clean shoes for dancing. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 476-4650. [map]
Come join us for an exciting time of bible discussion. This event is free and open to all.
Note: This is at a coffee house, several tables will be reserved. Beer, coffee and tea are available for purchase.
Cultivate Coffee & Taphouse, 307 N River St., Ypsilanti. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
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]
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]
All age 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $15. Preregistration available at tinylions.org
This breathtakingly glamorous actress, a Juilliard-trained jazz singer, has won a record-breaking 6 Tonys, most recently for her performance as Billie Holliday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. "McDonald can fill the largest of spaces with her vocal and acting talents," writes an Oneida Dispatch reviewer. "But what makes her concerts so engaging is her ability to achieve an intimacy with an audience." Tonight's program features songs from American musical theater.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-$80 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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]
This classy local quintet plays swing- and Gypsy-influenced klezmer music, including rollicking freylakhs, sweet cradle songs, and American vaudeville tunes. With composer-bassist Dave Sharp, accordionist Will Cicola, clarinetist Jennie Lavine, violinist Henrik Karapetyan, and guitarist-banjoist Alex Belhaj.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations required. a2tix.com
This legendary former Fleetwood Mac singer-guitarist performs songs from Solo Anthology, his new compilation of music spanning his solo career that showcases his fingerpicking and arranging skills.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $29-$49.50 in advance at ticketmaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets, & at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]
This Michigan-bred, New Orleans-based Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist specializes in pre-WWII pop music steeped in blues and jazz, along with originals in the same vein. His latest album, Blue Mesa, was recorded in Italy, where Winslow-King decamped to after the deaths of a close friend and his father. A Pop Matters reviewer notes the album "exudes a sense of loss," relying heavily on Delta blues for an album that features "smoky vocals and sharp guitar playing." Opener: Ypsilanti pop-folk singer-songwriter Sam Corbin.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [map]
Nov. 3 & 17. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. The club also hosts practicas ($5) on Mondays (8-11:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.) that include one-on-one work and open dancing.
8 p.m.-midnight, location TBA (Nov. 3) & Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Nov. 17) $10 (members, $5). umich.edu
A former bandmate of John Gorka in the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band, Shindell is a veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter who burst onto the national scene in 1992 with Sparrow's Point, a widely acclaimed LP that included "Kenworth of My Dreams," a song Ramblin' Jack Elliott has called one of the best truck songs he's ever heard. "Like Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams, he dwells on big, often difficult moments in the lives of ordinary people. By staying with them even as he flies into metaphor, he maintains equanimity," says New York Times music critic Ann Powers.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office, the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
For the first time in seven years, Tanager celebrates the release of our new music. Joined by Ypsi favorites Modern Lady Fitness, we're all going to stay warm together as autumn wanes!
We'll have our new album HZ DONUT for sale, perhaps in a surprising format. ;)
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. artist donations encouraged. email@example.com https:
Performances by Ypsilanti drag queen diva Maxi Chanel, local burlesque dancer Luna Legare, and the "Queen Mermaid." Also, dancing to a DJ, a costume contest, themed cocktails, & prizes. Age 21 & over only.
8 p.m.-1 a.m., Bona Sera Underground, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Tickets $33 in advance at a2ix.com
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 ummusket.org, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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]
Nov. 8-11 & 14-17. Joe York directs local actors in Lee Hall's adaptation of the celebrated 1998 romantic comedy that imagines a penniless young Shakespeare tormented by writer's block until he meets his muse, a wannabe actress promised to a stuffy lord. Their passionate love affair becomes the basis for his next play, Romeo and Juliet. The Chicago Tribune calls it "a love letter to the collaborative nature of the theater and how the timeless, panicked condition of the artist … can spawn counterintuitive creative brilliance." Cast: David Liskow, Patricia Sallans, Tim Henning, Linda Lee Austin, Wyatt Woodside, Tyler Bell, Jeff Hackett, Susan Morris, Ethan Kelly, Gwenyth Darling,
Kylie Alred, Skyler Baty, Alice Fell, and Cindy Franklin.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Wed. & Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at a2tix.com
Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]
Nov. 3 & 17. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8). facebook.com
Blind Pig: Temple of the Fuzz Witch
Detroit doom-rock band. Openers: The Ypsilanti psych-stoner metal drum 'n' bass duo Bubak, the Grand Rapids stoner metal trio Rip Van Ripper, and the Detroit-area fuzz-rock quartet Toe Cutter. $7-$10.
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.
Guy Hollerin's: Bruce Katz Band
Funky, greasy, blues-drenched, New Orleans-inspired R&B by a band led by this Hammond B-3 organist from Boston who teaches a course on the blues at the prestigious Berklee School of Music. "No one would mistake Katz's blues for jazz, but there are elements of jazz to be found on [his 2003 CD] Mississippi Moan, in that it occasionally features long solos and sophisticated harmonics not traditionally found on blues albums," says Bluesreviews critic Don Fluckinger.
Habitat Lounge: The Front Men
Detroit vintage-rock band.
Mash: Fangs & Twang
Ypsilanti trio from Black Jake & the Carnies that plays twangy, high- energy country rock, with songs about vampires, mummies, and other fantastical creatures.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Lisa Pappas & Michael Weiss
This local husband-and-wife duo of singer-songwriter, guitarist, and mandolinist Pappas and guitarist, bassist, fiddler, and vocalist Weiss performs a varied program ranging from early Appalachian ballads to contemporary Americana, along with some of Pappas's twangy pop- folk and country originals.
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