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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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 3:40 & 7:25 

"Judy": Michigan Theater.

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(Rupert Goold, 2019). Biopic starring Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland 30 years after The Wizard of Oz.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, free; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Aug. 29-Oct. 31. WAS members lead a hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
8-11 a.m., meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free.

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Nov. 2-3, 9-10, 17, & 23All invited to help remove non-native shrub in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Nov. 2: Kuebler Langford (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance, 1500 Beechwood Dr..Nov. 3: Berkshire Creek Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the end of Warwick Rd. off Glenwood). Nov. 9: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance, 650 Beechwood Dr.). Nov. 10: Foxfire West Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance, 3120 Birchwood Dr.). Nov. 17: Sunset Brooks (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance, 800 Sunset Rd.). Nov. 23: Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Barton Dam parking lot, 1010 W. Huron River Dr.).
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
9 a.m.(Oct.) & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr. 996-8440.

 9:15-11:15 a.m. 

MOPS of GBC: Grace Bible Church.

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MOPS(Mother's of Preschoolers) is for any woman who has a child from birth to kindergarten. We meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. Childcare is provided. To assure quality childcare, space is limited. Confidential scholarships are also available.
We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month starting September 19th-May. We meet from 9:15am-11:15am. You must register to attend.
For more information and to register contact Jess Richer at
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $50. [map]

 10am-5pm  Free! 

"Día de los Muertos Tapete and Ofrendas Display": U-M Residential College.

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Oaxaca- and Seattle-based visiting Artist Fulgencio Lazo will work with U-M students and community members to design and create a tapete, or carpet of colored sand for Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. It will be created on the floor of the RC Art Gallery within East Quadrangle.
The tapete and Día de los Muertos ofrendas will be on display to the public through October 18.
RC Art Gallery East Quadrangle, 701 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 7-Oct. 28, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 27. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a Corn Queen Combine playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, paintball, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $18.75 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $14.49 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Nutty for Squirrels": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads kids ages 2-4 (with caregiver) on a hike to search for squirrels and learn how they get ready for winter.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"South Africa: Past, Present, and a Look Forward": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 12-Oct. 17. Six weekly lectures by various speakers.

Sept. 12 (9:30 a.m.): U-M ancient African history postdoc Raevin Jimenez on "Early History of South Africa, c. 900-1930." Followed by light South African fare.

Sept. 19: U-M political science professor Anne Pitcher on "Is Democracy Alive and Well in South Africa? Evaluating the Results of the 2019 National Elections."

Sept. 26: U-M Ford School lecturer Yazier Henry on "De Facto and De Jure Apartheid: On the Moral, Political, and Policy Failures of the Post-Apartheid State: A Call for an Official State Apology."

Oct. 3: U-M economics professor David Lam on "Education Inequality and Income Inequality in South Africa Since the End of Apartheid."

Oct. 10: U-M theater professor Anita Gonzalez on "South African Performing Arts in the New Democracy."

Oct. 17: MSU African history grad student Gigi Ngcobo on "Innovative Disruption: A Youth Dialogue on Reforming Exclusionary Systems in South Africa."
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $55 (members, $35) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $25 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Apr. 30, May 21, & June 11. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 3, 17, 24, & 31. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 3: University of Toronto law and politics professor Keisuke Iida on "Is Japanese Trade Policy Finally Proactive? Japan's Multilateral Leadership in TPP." Oct. 17: Bard College (NY) human rights and journalism professor Ian Buruma on "Reeking of Mud: Japanese Counter-Culture in the 1960s and 70s." Oct. 24: University of Tokyo Institute of Social Science professor Yukio Maeda on "The Prime Minister and Public Opinion in Japan." Oct. 31: Yale University East Asian languages and literatures professor emeritus John Treat on "Put to the Test: HIV/AIDS, Japan, and Sexual Citizenship."
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Lecture Series.

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Oct. 3, 16, & 17. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 3: Johns Hopkins University history professor Casey Lurtz on "19th-Century Negotiations Over the Mexico-Guatemala Frontier." Oct. 16: DePauw University postdoc Paige Andersson on "Crises of Care: Narrating Central American and Mexican Migration Through Children and Families." Oct. 17: DePauw University history professor Tony Andersson on "Climate, Caravans, and Historical Violence in Central America."
Noon, 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Fee. 763-0553. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Open Office Hours with Director Christina Olsen": UMMA.

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Every Thurs. & Fri. through Oct. 18. All invited to chat with the UMMA director about recent exhibits and ideas for the museum.
Noon-1 p.m. (Thurs.) & 3-4 p.m. (Fri.), UMMA Living Room, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Oct. 3 & 10: Cancelled. Oct. 17: Folk-rock trio Souls Alike. Oct. 24: Popular local folk duo Gemini. Oct. 31: U-M violin and piano students of music professor Danielle Belen.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween Dance & Yoga Party": International Neighbors.

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Local yoga instructor Pen Pen leads a yoga session for area women. Also, dancing and games. Costumes encouraged. International Neighbors is a 60-year-old group of local women who welcome women from other countries during their stays in Ann Arbor. Child care (free) available for kids 5 & under.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. [map]

 3:45, 6:30, & 9 p.m. 

"IT Chapter Two": State Theatre.

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(Andy Muschetti, 2019). Horror sequel set 27 years after the original, where a group of misfit kids battle a killer supernatural clown.
Various times, Michigan Theater. 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. [map]

 4, 7:10, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Ad Astra": State Theatre.

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(James Gray, 2019). Adventure film about a space explorer on a mission to recover his missing father's prior expedition. Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8., 668-TIME.

 4, 7, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Downton Abbey": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Michael Engler's 2019 film adaptation of the hugely popular PBS series about the the Crawley family and the servants who work for them in the English countryside in the early 20th century.
Michigan Theater. 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. [map]

 4:10, 6:50, & 9:55 p.m. 

"Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice": State Theater.

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(Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, 2019). Documentary about the iconic pop-rock singer.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 4:20, 7, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Joker": State Theatre.

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(Todd Phillips, 2019). Drama from the perspective of Batman's nemesis, caught between apathy and cruelty. Joaquin Phoenix.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8., 668-TIME.

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tween Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 5 & 6 invited to discuss a book. Snacks, trivia, and occasional crafts.

Sept. 19: The Doughnut Fix, Jessie Janowitz's 2018 novel about a city kid and avid baker who moves to a rural town with no restaurants.

Oct. 17: Stormbreaker, the 1st in Anthony Horowitz's series about Alex Rider, a teen recruited as a spy for MI6.

Nov. 14: The Matchstick Castle, Keir Graff's 2017 novel about a boy whose boring summer is turned upside down when he finds a fantastical castle in the woods.

4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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

 5 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. [map]

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Oct. 3, 8, 10, 17, 24, & 31. Visiting artists discuss their work.

Oct. 3: English milliner and fashion icon Stephen Jones, whose avant-garde hats have attracted celebrity clients from Princess Diana to Lady Gaga.

Oct. 8: Well-known feminist art critic and activist Lucy Lippard is joined by multidisciplinary artist and feminist art theory expert Faith Wilding in a discussion of Lippard's work and the current creative-political climate in the U.S. 5:30 p.m., UMMA (525 S. State).

Oct. 10: Japanese artist Mari Katayama, a double amputee who features her own body in provocative works that combine photography, sculpture, and textiles.

Oct. 17: Lauren Bon, an L.A.-based artist whose public art projects include a 32-acre field of corn she grew in a downtown L.A. brownfield and a project in which 100 mules walked along the L.A. aqueduct to illustrate the city's dependence on rural water sources.

Oct. 24: Marilyn Minter, a New York-based painter whose photorealistic works critique contemporary beauty and sensuality ideals and the hyper-feminization of pop culture and marketing.

Oct. 31: Joe Caslin, an Irish illustrator and street artist whose massive murals address suicide, drug addition, economic marginalization, sexual consent, and other contemporary issues.

5:10 p.m. (except Oct. 8), Michigan Theater (except Oct. 8). Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:15-6:15 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

CM Burroughs: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this Columbia College Chicago poetry professor. "Burroughs delves into the ultra-sensitive roots of being; where sufferings and desires take shape, she gathers each breath as yet unheard and leads it to speech," says renowned French feminist scholar Hélène Cixous in a review of her 2012 collection, The Vital System. Book sale & signing. Preceded at 4 p.m. by a roundtable Q&A (1176 Angell Hall Hopwood Rm.).
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]

 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., & Sun., Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.


The Sky Tonight (5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Thurs., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.


Molecularium (10:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an animated exploration of the atoms and molecules that comprise the universe.


Black Holes (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) details new developments in the study of supermassive black holes, including the one at the center of our galaxy.

Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. 764-0478. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

23rd Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.

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DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's theme, "OUT West," pays tribute to West Coast artists. The festival includes 14 different shows over 4 days and a parade on Oct. 19. Tonight's shows are at Blue LLama Jazz Club (314 S. Main).


Filiano/Ilgenfritz/Michalowski/Schoebek (6 p.m.), with bassists Ken Filiano and James Ilgenfritz, local saxophonist-clarinetist Piotr Michalowski, and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck. .

William Hooker: Remembrance (7 p.m.), a trio led by prominent New York-based drummer Hooker, with pianist Mara Rosenbloom and bassist Adam Lane. .

Melford/Golia/Bruckmann Trio (8 p.m.), led by Berkeley improvisational pianist Myra Melford, winds player Vinny Golia, and oboist Kyle Bruckmann. Also, Melford performs one of her compositions with the U-M Creative Arts Orchestra. 6, 7, & 8 p.m.

Various times, Blue LLama Jazz Club (314 S. Main). Individual show tickets $15 & $20 (students, $10) in advance at and (if available) at the door. Edgepasses $170-$320 in advance by phone; includes admission to all shows. 769-2999.

 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. Game materials provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Argus Museum/Argus Collectors Group Annual Conference: Argus Museum/Washtenaw County Historical Society.

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The conference kicks off Thursday evening, October 17, with the opening reception of the photography exhibit of work by Tamar Charney "Through a Russian Lens". Conference highlights include discussions, demonstrations and temporary exhibits and Friday's dinner sponsored by the ACG. The traditional Saturday luncheon which honors former Argus employees and their families is also held at the Museum. Three tours scheduled and an off-site banquet - all offering unique experiences! Friday morning, October 18, we will visit Ann Arbor's Museum on Main Street and get a behind the scenes look at a major collections inventory project. Friday's afternoon tour of the University of Michigan's Museum of Art will be given by the curator of photography. Saturday evening includes private tour of Northville's historic Mill Race Village before heading to Genitti's for our banquet seven-course Italian dinner. An Awards ceremony is followed by a presentation and our auction.
Argus Museum, Argus I Building, 525 West William Street. Donation. field trips: $3.00, Banquet 429.95+, all others: donations requested. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Learn to Read Russian": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the letters and pronunciation of the Russian alphabet in a single sitting and practice with a native Russian speaker.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic Night with Jake Maltby": Unity Vibration.

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Come one, come all and share your gifts with us. Sing, strum, dance, tell a joke or juggle, we will cheer and you will shine at the Triple Goddess Tasting Room! Your MC for the evening will be Mr. Jake Maltby.
Unity Vibration, 93 ecorse rd, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this 90 minute class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. You will also learn how to set up and break down the X-Poles, so that you will be able to use them when you are cleared for open gym.
Please wear shorts (feel free to bring layers to stay warm) and avoid wearing lotion or jewelry to this class.
All genders are welcome in every class at the Aviary. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Contra Dance: International House Ann Arbor.

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Dancing to live music by the Corn Potato String Band. No partner or experience necessary.
7 p.m., IHAA, 921 Church. Free. 662-5529. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Erica Chapman & Patrick Flores-Scott: Nicola's Books.

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These 2 local writers discuss their new young adult novels. Teach Me to Forget is Chapman's novel about a teen planning a suicide and the boy determined to stop her. American Road Trip is Flores-Scott's novel about a high schooler confronted with some hard truths when he and his sister take a road trip with an older brother just returned from a tour in Iraq with a devastating case of PTSD. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 12 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$25 covers the workbook for the entire 12 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd. Donation. $25. 734-761-5669. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles.

Oct. 17: Fall Festival of Choirs. With choirs of kids in grades 5-12.

Oct. 19: Orchestra & Fiddle Club 23rd Annual Hometown Show.

Oct. 23: Echoes Concert with performances by the 6th-8th grade bands and the CHS Marching Band and color guard flag corps.

Oct. 29: Orchestra Halloween Concert.

Dec. 11 & Feb. 19: Music Program. The Feb. program features music they performed at a district-wide festival.

Feb. 29: Co.C Showcase. Performance by the CHS Co.C show choir, along with choirs from several other Michigan high schools ($15; students, $10).

7 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. Free. 475-4524. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Oliver Baez Bendorf, Suzi F. Garcia, & David Hornibrook: Literati Bookstore.

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Readings by these 3 poets. Baez Bendorf is a Kalamazoo College creative writing professor whose new collection, Advantages of Being Evergreen, is "gentle and ferocious at the same time," says poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi. Garcia is an Arkansas-bred daughter of a Peruvian immigrant whose forthcoming chapbook is Dear Dorothy: A Home Grown Fairytale. Hornibrook is a Pushcart-winning U-M MFA grad from Detroit.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"All Hallows Concert": Pioneer High School Band.

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PHS bands perform seasonal favorites. Also, a kids costume parade across the stage and games at intermission. Trick-or-treating. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by games. Pizza available.
7-8:30 p.m., PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. $5. 994-2120. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"An Array of Appetizers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers discusses how to entertain with a variety of appetizers.
AADL Downtown multipurpose room. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Everything Is Made Out of Light": U-M Chamber Choir.

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Eugene Rogers leads this student ensemble in sacred and spiritual songs inspired by the museum's Collection Ensemble installation. Rogers and UMMA curator Vera Grant discuss the connection between the music and art. With accompanist Scott Van Ornum.
7-9 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Humility That 'Overcomes the World'": First Church of Christ, Scientist.

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Talk by Christian Science practitioner, Mark McCurties.
First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1833 Washtenaw. Free. 662-1694. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Loteria": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play this traditional Mexican game, similar to bingo. Miss Michigan Latina 2019, Fernanda González, calls the cards.
AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan's Most Haunted Places and Darkest Legends": Dexter District Library.

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Local historians Jon Milan and Gail Offen discuss a haunted stream in Elmwood Cemetery (Detroit), poisonings at the Alhambra Theatre in Cass Corridor, and other macabre and paranormal stories.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration requested. 426-4477, ext. 120. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at who give fun yet informative 20-minute talks about things that interest them, everything from the science of solar cells to the genealogy of Godzilla.
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Live, 102 S. First. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.,  Free! 

"The 2020 Presidential Election": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200.

 7:10 & 9:55 p.m. 

"Tel Aviv on Fire": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Sameh Zoabi, 2019). Dramedy about a Palestinian living in Jerusalem working on a popular soap opera. Arabic & Hebrew, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, free; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Magic Flute": Isango Ensemble: University Musical Society.

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This South African theater company is known for reimagining Western classics in a South African context, with music performed by an orchestra of marimbas. Oct. 16, 17, & 19: The Magic Flute, Mozart's beloved "opera fantaisie." At once a love story, a whimsical comedy, and an adventure filled with sinister deceptions, The Magic Flute is an unsurpassed celebration, by turns jubilant and unsettlingly haunting, of the power of music. An L.A. Times review calls this production "a Magic Flute of defiance, of raised fists, of the celebration of freedom and equality." Followed by Q&A (Oct. 16 only).
Power Center. Tickets $35-$61 (discounts available for students & seniors) in advance at, by phone, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Concordia University Choir.

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Student ensembles, including the Concordia Men's Chorus, Women's Chorale, Arborsong chamber choir, and Concordia Choir perform hymns, spirituals, sacred anthems, and new works.
Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7483. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Choir Concert: Pioneer High School.

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Steven Lorenz directs PHS students in songs by Brahms, Elder, Hagenberg, Handel, Martini, Purcell, and Ramsey.
7:30 p.m., PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 994-2189, ext. 2. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Karen Rontowski: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 17-19. This frank, funny Californian comic, a frequent performer on TV and radio shows, featured on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman is known for fast-paced, affably upbeat sets devoted to such things as working as a paranormal investigator and dealing with her parents' antics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri.-Sat.) reserved seating in advance at, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri.-Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Orchestra Concert: Huron High School.

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Program TBA.
7:30 p.m., HHS, 2727 Fuller. Free. 994-2040. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including Finance Camp and others. The Oct. 24 & 31 shows feature "Spooky Campfire Stories."
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer vs. WMU.

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U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. Tickets $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Pirates of Penzance": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 10-Oct. 20. U-M drama professor Vincent Cardinal directs the 1980 Broadway version of this classic Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta about the romance between a young lady and a young man mistakenly apprenticed to an inept band of pirates when he was a boy. The ensuing madcap chaos is peppered with songs like "Poor Wand'ring Ones," "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General," and the pirates' theme song, "With Cat-Like Tread," better known as "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here."
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Michigan League. Tickets $26 & $32 (students, $13) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Trace Bundy: The Ark.

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Internationally acclaimed Boulder guitar virtuoso, aka the Acoustic Ninja, known for his intricate arrangements of pop songs and crowd-pleasing techniques, such as playing with multiple capos and moving his strumming hand to the fretboard.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 & $40 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Adrian Slywotzky conducts this ensemble of music majors in Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Brahms' exuberant Serenade no. 1 in D Major, and Prokofiev's youthful Piano Concerto no. 1, with U-M Concerto Competition winner Krit Kosoltrakul. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Andares": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Oct. 17 & 18. Mexico- and U.S.-based theater artist Héctor Flores Komatsu, a U-M alum, directs his theater company, Makuyeika: Colectivo Teatral, in their drama that chronicles the lives of indigenous youth in Mexico, blending personal anecdotes with ancestral myths and traditional music and art.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Newman Studio, 1226 Murfin. Free. 936-2777. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Mea's Unique Garage Sale": Four Wise Monkeys Productions.

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Oct. 17-20. Local playwright JoŽl Doty directs her tragicomedy about an anxious woman who holds a sale to make travel money to accompany a PTSD-suffering friend to Texas. The audience serves as her customers (participation encouraged).
Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $22, in advance at and at the door. 780-7224. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 21. Michelle Mountain directs the world premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's 2nd Sherlock Holmes play, which features the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the playboy Prince of Wales on the eve of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Coincidentally, the master chef Auguste Escoffier needs the detective's help as well. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Tom Whalen, and David Bendena.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (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]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Moon Hooch

This Brooklyn trio plays a saxophone-based brand of nu jazz it dubs "cave music," explaining "it's like house but more wild, more jagged, more free, more natural to live in." Opener: Jaw Gems, a self-styled "ratchet jazz" ensemble from Portland (ME) whose music blends elements of indie rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, and ambient dreaminess. $15 ($17 at the door). [venue info]

Club Above: "Indie Rock Night."

With the rock & punk bands Handguns, Second Suitor, In Winds, Common Nonsense, Car Crash Rhetoric, & Conway. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Jay Frydenlund

Chirp singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike

All hip-hop artists invited. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Dave Menzo

This local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. Photo: Myra Klarman. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike.

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer-guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]


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