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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 18, 2019

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 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Community of Food, Society, and Justice Conference": U-M Residential College and other U-M affiliated departments and units.

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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.
Keene Theater, 701 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. (734) 764-0100. [map]

 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Food, Society, and Justice Conference": U-M Residential College.

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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 763-0032. [map]

 9 a.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]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  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.-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 a.m. 

"Fall Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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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]

 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

"Matinee Movies": Saline Area Senior Center.

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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]

 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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


U-M Ice Hockey vs. Lake Superior State.

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Oct. 18 & Oct. 19
Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10-$40 at [map]

 12:30 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]

 1 p.m. 

Crafts: Saline District Library.

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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]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"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.

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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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Screening of The Upside, Neil Burger's 2017 comic drama about the unlikely friendship between an ex con and a paralyzed billionaire. Refreshments.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Copts and Christian-Muslim Mediation: The Social Life of Theology in Egypt": U-M Anthropology Department.

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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]

 3 p.m.  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]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Cultural Connections Through Design in Detroit": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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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.

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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

 4:35, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Stanley Nelson, 2019). Documentary with never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos of the mercurial jazz legend.
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.

 5-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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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). [map]

 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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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. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Aurality of the Long Shot": U-M School of Music Distinguished Lecture Series in Musicology.

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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]

 6 p.m. 

"Boo Bash": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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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., 429-3502. [map]

 6-10 p.m. 

"Comedy for a Cause": Howard Hanna.

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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 415-4374. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

"Hike 'n' Hootenanny": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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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 997-1553. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Magic: The Gathering": Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 6-12 invited for a tournament using Commander decks of this popular card game. Prizes and pizza.
6 p.m. sharp-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Mini Succulent Pumpkins!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make decorations using pumpkins and live succulents. Decorative supplies provided.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Wine & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer tastings of cheese-friendly wines and artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Unraveling Racism: Seeing White": Art Kettle.

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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. [map]

 7, 8, 9, & 10 p.m. 

23rd Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.

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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 and (if available) at the door. Edgepasses $170-$320 in advance by phone; includes admission to all shows. 769-2999. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jac Jemc: Literati Bookstore.

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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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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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]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball vs. Penn State.

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Crisler Center, 333 E Stadium Blvd. $6 & $8. 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Cabaret": EMU Theatre Department.

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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, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1220. [map]

 7:30 & 10 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. (postponed) 

Nessa: Webster United Church of Christ Music Series.

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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]

 7:30 p.m. 

Webster UCC Music Series - NESSA: Webster UCC.

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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]

 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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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 661-3575. [map]

 7:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Fri.-Sat. in Oct & Nov. 1. Four scary attractions-the haunted hayride, the haunted barn, the Asylum, and the MindShaft-featuring costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 10 & under must be with an adult.
5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets $18-$39 in advance at 390-9212. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Big Book of Numerology": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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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]

 8 p.m. 

"A Man of Good Hope": 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. 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, by phone, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m 

"Haunted: The Great Lakes Ghost Project": Roustabout Theatre Troupe.

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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. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Live Music From: Bekah Greenman": Unity Vibration.

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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. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Denis Matsuev: University Musical Society.

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

 8 p.m.  Free! 

EMU Wind Symphony: EMU Music Department.

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Mary Schneider directs this music student ensemble in a program TBA.
EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.

 8 p.m. 

Melanie: Green Wood Coffee House (First United Methodist Church).

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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 and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8-11 p.m. 

Motown at Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi.

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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. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Steel Wheels: The Ark.

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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, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Black Cat Cabaret": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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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., 657-2337. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"DanceChamberDance": U-M School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

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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]

 8 p.m. 

"Haunted House: The Show!": Ring of Steel Action Theatre.

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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 (search for "ring of steel") and (if available) at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Haunted: The Great Lakes Ghost Project": Roustabout Theatre Troupe.

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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 & by phone, and at the door. 681-0112. [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 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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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 & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [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]

 8 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]

 9 p.m.-midnight 

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

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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]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. Rides of 20 miles or more (round trip), to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


Nightspots Listings:


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. [venue info]

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. [venue info]

Club Above: Flatland Harmony Experiment

Indianapolis progressive bluegrass trio that's playing with the Jackson Symphony tomorrow night. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Snack Time

Classic rock covers by this ensemble off local parents with time on their hands. [venue info]

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. [venue info]

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. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Habitat Lounge: SpaceCat

Versatile pop, rock, & soul dance band from Clawson fronted by singer-guitarist Steve Reid and singer-keyboardist Breanna Byrnes. [venue info]

Live: Laura Rain & the Caesars 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. [venue info]

Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose Detroitís 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. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Heart Cruze

Versatile mix of blues, rock, folk, and country. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]


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