Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at email@example.com or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. firstname.lastname@example.org sunshen.org [map]
"The Community of Food, Society, and Justice Conference": U-M Residential College and other U-M affiliated departments and units.more >
"The Community of Food, Society, and Justice Conference": U-M Residential College and other U-M affiliated departments and units.< less
The ways that we meet the nutritional needs of our communities, while also protecting the planet, promoting healthy lives, and ensuring food justice are among the greatest challenges facing our Nation and the world today. Centuries of unsustainable agricultural practices and inequitable food distribution place our food systems in peril. How to address these challenges and feed a hungry population raise transformative issues for our communities and academics committed to sustainability and food justice throughout the world.
The Community of Food, Society & Justice Conference will engage students, faculty, staff, farmers, and the community in rigorous dialogue around these challenges. The conference will be structured around a foundation of interdisciplinary scholarship that agrees that recognizing structural relations of power are necessary in order to confront race, class, and gender privileges on issues such as food justice.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED at the link below.
Keene Theater, 701 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. (734) 764-0100. https:
Daylong series of panel discussions and talks by U-M scholars, area farmers, non-profit leaders, and policy makers. Highlighted by a keynote address by investigative reporter (and Michigan native) Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.
RC Keene Theater, East Quad, 701 East University. Free; preregistration required at bit.ly/2lETjbb. 763-0032. [map]
Argus Museum/Argus Collectors Group Annual Conference: Argus Museum/Washtenaw County Historical Society.more >
Argus Museum/Argus Collectors Group Annual Conference: Argus Museum/Washtenaw County Historical Society.< less
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. email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
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. email@example.com https:
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]
Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
Mon. 11 a.m. Malletts Creek & Westgate.
Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.
Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.
Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Downtown.
Fri. 10 a.m. Westgate.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.
Oct. 4-6: "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse" (Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey, 2018). Animation about spidermen from various dimensions.
Oct. 10-13: "A Dog's Journey" (Gail Mancuso, 2019). A dog finds the meaning of his own existence in the lives of the humans he meets.
Oct. 18-20: "The Grinch" (Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosier, 2018). Animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's Christmas classic.
Oct. 25-27: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (Ari Sandel, 2018). Adventure-comedy about a ventriloquist's dummy come to life.
10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (GQT Rewards members, free). 623-7469. [map]
Every Fri. A slow-paced ride, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.
Sept. 20: On the Basis of Sex, Mimi Leder's 2018 biopic about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Sept. 27: Vice, Adam McKay's comic 2018 Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale.
Oct. 18: Isn't It Romantic, Todd Strauss-Schulson's 2019 rom-com fantasy starring Rebel Wilson as a jaded woman trapped in a romantic comedy.
Oct. 25: The Mule, Clint Eastwood's 2018 thriller about a 90-year-old veteran who becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel.
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]
Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.
Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.
Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.
Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)
Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.
Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.
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]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org betterlivingfitness.com [map]
All adults invited. Supplies provided. Crafts include "Hello Gourd-geous" wooden pumpkins (Sept. 20) & "Looking Glass" Halloween crystal balls (Oct. 7 & 18). The Oct. 18 craft is geared toward seniors.
7-8:30 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
"Can Marriage Save the Race? Ideas about African-American Marriage from W.E.B. Du Bois to Our Own Times": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.more >
"Can Marriage Save the Race? Ideas about African-American Marriage from W.E.B. Du Bois to Our Own Times": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.< less
Princeton University African American studies professor Tara Hunter discusses the ways marriage can and cannot redress ills of racial oppression.
1-3 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]
"Copts and Christian-Muslim Mediation: The Social Life of Theology in Egypt": U-M Anthropology Department.more >
"Copts and Christian-Muslim Mediation: The Social Life of Theology in Egypt": U-M Anthropology Department.< less
University of Chicago anthropology professor Angie Heo discusses the ways Christians and Muslims in Egypt use visual images differently and how that affects national and sectarian issues.
411 West Hall, 1085 South University. Free. 764-7274. [map]
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]
All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
U-M architecture professor Anya Sirota discusses "Detroit Square," the winning design she worked on for the DIA Plaza design competition.
4-6 p.m., Htcher Grad Library Gallery (Rm. 100), enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994.
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). pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]
A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps available ($1). Food available.
6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $10 (kids ages 5-12, $7; age 4 & under, free). Blastcornmaze.com. [map]
U-M Swimming & Diving vs. Virginia.: This month's schedule also includes a meet vs. Tennessee (Oct. 18 & 19).more >
U-M Swimming & Diving vs. Virginia.: This month's schedule also includes a meet vs. Tennessee (Oct. 18 & 19).< less
Canham Natatorium, 500 E. Hoover. Free. 764-0247. [map]
This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. email@example.com http:
Tufts University music professor Alessandra Campana discusses the sounds associated with long takes, uncommonly protracted stretches of uncut film.
U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]
Designed for absolute beginners, each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary! We'll introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the aerial apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body! Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. firstname.lastname@example.org a2aviary.com [map]
Trick-or-treating, crafts, music, dancing, games, a balloon drop, pizza, and more. Costumes encouraged. This event usually sells out.
6-8 p.m., Saline Rec Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $13 in advance by Oct. 6; $15 (if available) after Oct. 6. Preregistration required. salinerec.com, 429-3502. [map]
Stand-up comedy by Dwayne Gill, an observational humorist from Lansing who was named "funniest cop in America." Dinner and dancing to DJ Matt Wade. Silent auction, 50/50 raffle. Proceeds benefit the Howard Hanna Children's Free Care Fund.
6-10 p.m., Barton Hills Country Club, 730 Country Club Rd. $100 in advance at annarborchowchow.com. 415-4374. [map]
Five-game euchre tournament. Prizes. Food & drink available; bring a snack to share, if you wish. Each time a team gets euchred, quarters are collected to benefit Haitian children.
6 p.m. sharp (check-in 5:15-5:45 p.m.), 2|42 Community Center, 648 S. Wagner. $10 donation in advance at facebook.com
All adults age 21 & up are invited for a night of mostly nature-related activities, beginning with a beer garden and catered dinner by Ray's Red Hots. Followed by guided hikes through the woodlands and along the Huron River, square dancing, a birds of prey show-and-tell, and more.
Furstenberg Nature Area, 2626 Fuller Rd. $21 (members, $20) includes 1 drink ticket, preregistration in advance at lesliesnc.org. 997-1553. [map]
This series of lectures will offer information and helpful approaches to some of today's most pressing parenting questions. Series topics: Oct 18 Tools for your Toolkit, Jan 14 Approaches to Drugs and Alcohol, Feb 4 Your Developing Child Grades 1-8, Feb 11 The Teenage Brain, April 14 Understanding Cyber Safety. Talks held at both the Rudolf Steiner Lower School and High School. Please view our flyer for speakers and LOCATION OF EACH TALK. https:
Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. Free. 7349954141. email@example.com https:
All invited to make decorations using pumpkins and live succulents. Decorative supplies provided.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.
20 Michigan artists tug at the hidden strands of systemic racism woven into the fabric of American society - focusing on whiteness.
Performance by Melanie Manos 6pm Saturday Oct 19
Performance by Detroit Hip Hop Artist Will See and DJ TJ 7pm Saturday Oct 19
Artist Talks by Justin Cox, Mia Risberg + Laura Earle 1pm Sunday Oct 20
Performance by lisa eddy "Seeing White in School" 2pm Sunday Oct 20
22 North Gallery, 22 North Huron Street, Ypsilanti. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com artkettle.com 22north.org [map]
Oct. 16-19. 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: Andrew Bishop's New and Used (7 p.m.), a quartet led by local saxophonist Bishop, with winds player Peter Formanek, trumpeter Derek Worthington, and pianist Karalyn Schubring. Cycle of Restoration (8 p.m.), a trio of trumpeter Mark Kirschenmann, drummer William Hooker, and bassist Joel Peterson. Wayne Horvitz's Snowghost Trio with Sara Schoenbeck (9 p.m.), led by Seattle-based composer-pianist Horvitz, with contrabassist Geoff Harper, drummer Eric Eagle, and guest bassoonist Schoenbeck. Bobby Bradford & Vinny Golia Quartet (10 p.m.), led by L.A. cornetist and trumpeter Bradford and L.A. winds player Golia--both well-known veteran jazz musicians--with bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Michael T.A. Thompson.
Various times, Kerrytown Concert House (except as noted on Oct. 17 & 19), 415 N. Fourth Ave. Individual show tickets $15 & $20 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com
This Northeastern Illinois University creative writing instructor reads from and discusses False Bingo, her new collection of disquieting stories in which the mundane becomes sinister, sometimes with supernatural overtones. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poetry by Mariya Zilberman and fiction by Karolina Letunova.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
Oct. 18-20 & 24-27. EMU drama professor Phil Simmons directs EMU students in the popular Fred Ebb & John Kander Broadway musical, based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Diaries, about encroaching repression in prewar Nazi Germany. Beneath its glittery, entertaining surface, the story of the romance between an American writer and a British cabaret performer is a darkly unsettling drama.
EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off of Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12) in advance at emutix.com, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1220. [map]
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 etix.com, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri.-Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
This show has been postponed until a date TBA. Singer-flutist Kelly McDermott leads this local band in jazz-Celtic fusion with elements of pop, folk, and chamber music and African, Caribbean, and Eastern flavors.
7:30 p.m., Webster UCC, 5484 Webster Church Rd. Tickets $15. 426-5115. [map]
Combining whimsy with serious musicianship, Nessa can put audiences into a trance or up on their feet dancing. The music is Celtic inspired, but presented in a new and unique way. Spicing things up with African, Caribbean, Eastern flavors with classical and jazz influences Kelly McDermott and her band bring charm and delight to listeners of all ages. Concert is on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Webster UCC, 5484 Webster Church Road, Dexter MI. Tickets are $15 at the door, cash or check only. Concert starts at 7:30 PM; doors open at 7:00 PM.
Webster UCC, 5484 Webster Church Road, Dexter. $15. 734-426-5115. [map]
Screening of Coco, the 2017 Disney animation about a boy accidentally transported to the land of the dead. Also, snuggles with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10 in advance at tinylions.org
Sept. 22, 28, & 29; every Fri.-Sun. in Oct.; & Oct. 31. Six different scary attractions--a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Also, Splattertown paintball shooting at costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
7:30-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Sun.), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets: $18 for access to one area (multi-area passes, $39.99 & $49.99). hauntedhousemichigan.com, 390-9212. [map]
All invited to join a discussion, led by Crazy Wisdom staffer Deb Flint, of Shirley Blackwell Lawrence's new metaphysical compendium.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
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. 18 & 20: A Man of Good Hope, Isango's musical adaptation of South African writer Jonny Steinberg's book about the harrowing life of a Somali boy fleeing from terror. The New York Times calls it "spirited, wrenching, and often sublime … a reminder of what a mighty force empathy in the theater can be."
Power Center. Tickets $35-$61 (discounts available for students & seniors) in advance at ums.org, by phone, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Join the Roustabout Theatre Troupe as we end the 2019 season with a world premiere by Joseph Zettelmaier.
In 2017, Joe began a journey across his home state. He set about to collect a wide variety of ghost stories and true otherworldly encounters by Michiganders from Milan to Marquette. From these stories came a theatrical piece, weaving tales of the supernatural with our narrator's attempt to answer the question that has haunted so many of us: Do you believe in ghosts?
Directed by Anna Simmons.
Starring Julia Garlotte, Dan Johnson, Alysia Kolascz, and Allison Megroet.
Set Design by Jen Maiseloff. Lighting Design by Dustin Miller. Sound and Projections by Will Myers. Costume Design by Josie Lapczynski.
Preview Thursday at 7:30pm - October 3rd
Fridays at 8pm - October 4th, 11th, and 18th
Saturdays at 8pm - October 5th, 12th, and 19th
Sundays at 2pm - October 6th, 13th, and 20th
Tickets: $24 for adults, $15 for students, $22 for seniors over 60
YES- Ypsi Experimental Space, 8 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $24 for adults, $15 for students, $22 for seniors over 60.. 7346810112. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Bekah Greenman is a singer/songwriter from Detroit, MI who has fallen in love with combining the sophistication and complexity of jazz with the simplicity of modern indie-pop music. Since graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in classical guitar performance from Eastern Michigan University, Bekah has performed at countless venues in Detroit and around Southeastern Michigan. Her songwriting and crystal clear vocals give audiences a performance that is both energetic and intimate. Bekah performs private events, teaches private voice and guitar, and is the much loved Musical Director at the greenroom in Ann Arbor. Bekah is currently working to finalize her debut indie-jazz album after completing a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign.
Unity Vibration, 93 Ecorse rd, Ypsilanti. Free. email@example.com https:
This fiery Russian pianist, "perhaps the new Horowitz" according to a London Times review, is noted for his bravura blend of strength and ease. "He possesses an epic technique, playing with seemingly superhuman speed, power, and agility," says a Boston Globe review. Program: Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor and Mephisto Waltz and Tchaikovsky's Dumka in C minor ("Scenes from a Russian Village") and Grand Piano Sonata in G Major.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15-$81 (discounts available for students & seniors) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
This folk-rock songstress, who sings in a voice at once raspy and chirpy, is best known for her 1971 novelty hit "Brand New Key." Her repertoire includes covers of the likes of the Beatles, the Stones, and Dylan, along with a large number of upbeat, hook-happy originals. Note: This show is likely to sell out.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance at greenwoodcoffeehouse.org and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
Local Motown & Soul Tribute Band Salmagundi, celebrating their 50th anniversary, performs Motown and Memphis Soul Classics at Zal Gaz Grotto on Friday, October 18 from 8pm until 11pm. There is a $5 cover. Great place to dance. Food and drinks available.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd,. $5. (734) 663-1202. firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com
Americana quartet, fronted by singer-songwriters Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp, whose 2010 CD Red Wing was a big hit on the Americana Music Association charts. Opener: Nashville-based vintage blues, country, and jazz singer-guitarist Miss Tess.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]
Oct. 18 & 19. Kristin Danko directs local singer-actors in an eclectic mix of Halloween-themed songs, standards, Broadway tunes, and contemporary pop. Costume contest.
8 p.m., Bobcat Bonnie's, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $13 (students, $8), $17 at the door. ntgypsi.org, 657-2337. [map]
Oct. 18 & 19. Showcase of collaborations between U-M chamber music and dance students created during a 5-week course.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]
Oct. 18 & 19. This local theater company performs its annual show of fire dancing, stunts, and nerdy humor with a bit of gore. Cider, donuts, & candy. Note: The show uses loud noises and flashing lights and is "rated" PG-13.
8 p.m., Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity. $5 in advance at eventbrite.com (search for "ring of steel") and (if available) at the door. email@example.com. [map]
Oct. 3-6, 11-13, & 18-20. Anna Simmons directs local actors in the world premiere of local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier's new play based on ghost stories he collected from around the state. The vignettes are connected by a narrator attempting to answer the question, "Do you believe in ghosts?" Cast: Julia Garlotte, Dan Johnson, Alysia Kolasczk, and Allison Megroet.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Ypsilanti Experimental Space (YES), 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $24 (seniors, $22; students, $15) in advance at roustabout.brownpapertickets.com & by phone, and at the door. 681-0112. [map]
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 theatrenova.org and at the door. 780-7224. [map]
Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including Pointless's resident company the League of Pointless Improvisers. The Oct. 11 & 18 shows feature sets by This Is a Quiz; the Oct. 25 show features "Spooky Campfire Stories."
Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]
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 $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]
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]
"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.more >
"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.< less
Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Hoodang
Local ensemble led by singer-songwriter and guitarist David Rossiter that plays wry, pungent alt-country whose musical roots range from English murder ballads and roadhouse blues to various modes of hardcore country and on its new CD Blue Yodel, a generous helping of insinuating country-rock.
Blind Pig: "Break the Cycle: A Benefit to End Domestic Violence."
With the Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quartet Zzvava, the northwest Ohio funk band The Funk Factory, the local funk-rock jam quartet Ma Baker, and Tetra Music Project, an electronic dance music ensemble. Proceeds benefit the Wayne County domestic violence and sexual assault agency First Step. $10.
Club Above: Flatland Harmony Experiment
Indianapolis progressive bluegrass trio that's playing with the Jackson Symphony tomorrow night.
Conor O'Neill's: Snack Time
Classic rock covers by this ensemble off local parents with time on their hands.
CoOp: Jordan Hamilton
Experimental sonic landscapes by this singer- songwriter whose music is an eclectic mix of hip-hop, folk, soul, and classical music. Opener: Ana Gomulka & Andrea Holther-Cruz, a duo of singer-keyboardists from the local acid jazz quintet Honey Monsoon.
Dreamland Theater: Empool
Debut of the revival of this early 70s art-noise project by the veteran local duo of twin brother guitarists Larry and Ben Miller. They describe the music they plan to make as "art-psych improvisation bordering pure chaos as it builds and fades in and out of itself with little regard for common tonality and rhythm." Opener: Frank Pahl & Terri Sarris. 7-8 p.m.
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.
Habitat Lounge: SpaceCat
Versatile pop, rock, & soul dance band from Clawson fronted by singer-guitarist Steve Reid and singer-keyboardist Breanna Byrnes.
Live: Laura Rain & the Caesars
An intense fusion of funk, soul, and blues by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Rain. 6:30-9 p.m.
Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose
An eclectic mix of genres from funk and blues-rock to hard country by this Westland quintet fronted by vocalist Carol Holmes.
Mash: Robert Johnson
Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m.
Silvio's Organic Pizza: Mary Ann Kirt
Pop-folk and indie rock originals by this local singer-guitarist.
Ypsi Alehouse: Heart Cruze
Versatile mix of blues, rock, folk, and country. 5-7 p.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi
Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band. 8-11 p.m.
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