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Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 19, 2019

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 8: a.m.  Free! 

Birding - October Big Day 2019: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Global Big Day has become a May tradition for tens of thousands of eBirders: 24 hours to put your favorite park/county/state/province country/continent on the global birding stage. Last year eBird couldn't wait a full year between Global Big Days, and October Big Day was born. On 19 October, October Big Day is back! Can we beat last year's total species count of 6,331 globally, 634 USA, 187 Michigan and 76 in Washtenaw county on a single October day? We will kick things off with a nice walk at Nichols Arboretum at 8:00 a.m. until around 11:00 a.m. Afterwards, for those that would like to continue the Big Day, we will decide where to go from there.
Navigate to Nichols Arboretum, east end via the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview Drive (off Geddes Ave near the east end of Dow Field).
We strongly encourage those that are curious about or new to birding to attend our walks and other events.
Leaders: Juliet Berger & Matthew Spoor
Nichols Arboretum (east end via the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview Drive, off Geddes Ave near the east end of Dow Field., 173 Riverview Court, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. [map]

 7:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Cars & Coffee": Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Every Sat. All invited to drive their classic or interesting car to the cafe and discuss it with other car enthusiasts.
7:30-9:30 a.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market.

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Oct. 19 & 20. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from mid-century to industrial design to folk art and more. Delivery available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free)., 678-0173. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept. & Oct.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Michigan Beekeepers Association Fall Conference.

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Daylong series of talks on this year's theme, "Urban Beekeeping & More." Keynote speaker is University of Minnesota Bee Squad director Rebecca Masterman, who discusses "Mighty Mites vs. Mightier Beekeepers" (9 a.m.) and "Engaging Beekeepers and the Public to Support Bee Health" (1:15 p.m.). Also, sales of beekeeping supplies.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $45 (MBA members, $30; families, $50) in advance by Oct. 14 at; prices increase after Oct. 14. [map]

 9-11 a.m.  Free! 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Oct. 5 & 12 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided. Oct. 5 & 26 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery. Oct. 19 (9-11 a.m.): "Hike to Hickory Hills." A 5-mile hike over rugged terrain that follows glacial topography through an old golf course, beside Crooked Lake, and along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Oct. 26 (10 & 11 a.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 recreation passport required for vehicle entry ($16 at the gate). 475-3170.

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Rummage Sale: St. Andrew's United Church of Christ.

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Sale of various items.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Andrew's, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8610. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Apple Showcase": MacTechnics.

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Club education VP Fred Seitz discusses WiFi connectivity and mesh networks (9-11 a.m.). Briarwood Apple store staffer Chris Anderson discusses the latest Apple products, repairs, and more (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). Mac questions of any kind welcome.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. [map]

 9:30 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]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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This an all-levels instructor-guided conditioning circuit class is perfect for new aerialists, experienced flyers as a supplement to their current training, or for any folx who are interested in a new and exciting way to exercise. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Crafting with Grace": New Grace Apostolic Temple.

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Annual juried arts & crafts show featuring 60 artisans from around the country. Also, kids craft activities and face painting. Bake sale. Food available. Door prizes.
New Grace, 2898 Packard. $2 admission (kids under 12, free). No strollers. 368-8897. [map]

 10 a.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. 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw County Medication Take Back Events: University of Michigan - OPEN.

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When your medicines are no longer needed, they should be disposed of promptly. Consumers and caregivers should remove expired, unwanted, or unused medications from their home to help reduce the chance that others accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unused medicine. Proper disposal also helps to keep medications out of our water supply. Clean out your medicine cabinet and bring your old medications to this free event!
St Francis School plus other locations listed in flyer, 2270 E Stadium. Free. 734-998-0455. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"11th Annual Crafting with Grace": New Grace Apostolic Temple.

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Juried arts & crafts show featuring 60 artisans from around the country. Also, kids craft activities and face painting. Bake sale. Food available. Door prizes.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., New Grace, 2898 Packard. $2 admission (kids under 12, free). No strollers., 368-8897. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Cuba: Our Neighbor in Transition": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Sept. 21), Sept. 14-Oct. 26. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and guest scholars.

Sept. 14: MSU international relations professor Donna Rich Kaplowitz on her personal and professional Cuban experience in "Past, Present, Future."

Sept. 28: U-M international policy professor and former U.S. Ambassador to Cuba Melvyn Levitsky on "The U.S. and Cuba: A Troubled Relationship."

Oct. 5: U-M anthropology professor Ruth Behar, a 2nd-generation Cuban American, on "The Fascination with the Jews of Cuba."

Oct. 12: U-M music professor Michael Gould on "The Folkloric Music of Cuba: Clave is the Key!"

Oct. 19: MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine assistant dean William Cunningham on "Cuba: Primary Care and Public Health: Lessons Learned."

Oct. 26: U-M sociology professor Sylvia Pedraza on "Religion in the Cuban Revolution."
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [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.-noon 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to participate in this marksmanship competition using any military-style rifle. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 9 a.m.), TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $15 (members, $10)., 276-2514. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Oct. 19 & 20. Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Paper Engineering."
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular museum admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Scientist Spotlight": U-M Natural History Museum.

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U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry and sustainability lead various activities based on their current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about the people who lived there. For kids in upper elementary-adults.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"The Astronet: A Human-Centric Network of Free-Flying Space Co-Robots": U-M Department of Physics Saturday Morning Physics.

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Dimitra Panagou - Assistant Professor (U-M Aerospace Engineering)
In this talk, Professor Panagou will describe her work for the NASA Early Career Faculty Award on the "Astronet": a human-centric robotic network of future space free-fliers (Astrobees) that will assist the astronauts in EVAs and IVAs on the ISS, and for space exploration. She will describe her team's algorithmic developments on the intelligence and autonomy of the Astronet, and on how it can interact and assist astronauts in multi-tasking procedures in unstructured environments. She will show simulations results on an ISS simulator, as well as preliminary experimental results with small quadrotors.
170 & 182 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  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]

 10:30 a.m.-3:30 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]

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- YDL Superior": Black Men Read.

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Join us on the third Saturday of each month at YDL Superior for storytelling and crafts!
Black Men Read is an homage to the history of storytelling among African people. All families are invited and encouraged to attend. Stories and activities will be geared for children K-5
Ypsilanti District Library- Superior Branch, 8795 Macarthur Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids!": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Ninja Obstacle Course. Big fun, FREE, open to 3, 4, & 5 yr. olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance. 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Saturday, October 19, 11:00 - 11:45. Register in advance at
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 7349940333. [map]

 11 a.m.-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]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 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]

 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Gordon Hall Archaeology Day: Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Please join us on October 19 at Gordon Hall in Dexter, MI to celebrate International Archaeology Day. Observe excavations on the grounds of this historic house and learn how archaeologists study the past. Students from the University of Michigan Archaeological Field Methods class will be present to discuss their findings with visitors, and members of the Dexter Area Historical Society will give a tour of the house. Excavations will be open to visitors from 11am to 1pm. Presentations and tours will be from 1pm to 2pm. Children are welcome and must be supervised. Call 734-426-2519 to hear status in case of bad weather.
Gordon Hall, 8311 Island Lake Road, at the corner of Dexter-Pinckney Rd, Dexter. Free. 7344262519. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Saline Area Block Party: Evangelical Homes of MI Foundation and the Saline Area Chamber.

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On October 19th the Evangelical Homes of Michigan Foundation, in partnership with the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, will be holding the Saline Area Block Party at our facility in Saline, 400 W. Russell Street. Over 20 restaurants will be providing samples of their specialties for those that come hungry. There will be tons of food and fun for the whole family with a kiddie train, petting zoo, face painting, bouncy house and slide for the young ones, and a rock wall, scavenger hunt, and doughnut-eating contest for those a little older. Adult beverages can be purchased. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for those age 10-16, seniors (65+) are $5 and kids 10 and under are free. There is no need to register early just pay at the door and enjoy yourself. For more information, you can call 248-871-5035. Many thanks to UBS-Birmingham Wealth Management for being the top sponsor for this event.
Find out more at:
EHM Senior Solutions (The Old Saline Hospital), 400 W Russell St., Saline MI 48176, Saline. 248-871-5035. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Hands-on 20-minute demos. In "Counting Cells" (11 a.m.) participants learn about cell structure and division. In "How to Become a Fossil" (3 p.m.), participants handle real fossils while learning how fossils form and how fossil casts are made. For ages 5+.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Awarded Phalaenopsis Orchids": Great Lakes Judging (Orchids).

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A club member discusses what judges across the country have selected as the finest phalaenopsis orchids (aka moth orchids) of 2019.
11 a.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio: One and Many": UMMA.

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Local artist Susan Clinthorne leads a tour of the current exhibit Copies and Invention in East Asia and helps participants make art inspired by the collection. For families with kids age 6 & up.
UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. Preregistration required at (click on "Family" in the lefthand column). 764-0395. [map]

 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Pumpkin Day": The Garden Mill.

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All invited to make a charming, spooky, or hilarious jack-o-lantern to take home. Pumpkins (limited to 1 per person) and decorating supplies provided. Kids age 3 & up welcome, if accompanied by an adult.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. (or until supplies run out), Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-3539. [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Salute to the Mitten!": Downtown Home & Garden.

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Representatives from MI-based companies, including Carhartt, Stormy Kromer, Michigan Maple Block, Dixboro Syrup, and others show and discuss their products. Also, local designer-seamstress Sheri Dufek demonstrates how she creates coats and jackets from Pendleton wool blankets. Samples & door prizes.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]

 Noon and 2, 3, 4, & 8 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.

Today: Edgefest Parade (noon). All invited to bring any sort of instrument (including bells and whistles) and tag along in this quirky annual parade (meet at 11:30 a.m. at KCH to join), this year led by Scarlett Middle School band students and Edgefest artists. Tad Weed Tribute (2 p.m.), a quintet honoring the late local jazz pianist Weed. With bassist Ken Filiano, drummer Pete Siers, winds player Vinny Golia, saxophonist Andrew Bishop, and pianist Gary Schunk. Lisa Mezzacappa Six: Cosmicomics (3 p.m.), led by San Francisco-based composer-bassist Mezzacappa, whose music ranges from ethereal chamber works to electro-acoustic music to avant-garde jazz. With tenor saxophonist Aaron Bennett, electric guitarist John Finkbeiner, vibes player Mark Clifford, electronic musician Tim Perkis, and drummer Sam Ospovat. Thompson/Filiano/Cooper-Moore Trio (4 p.m.), an NYC-based trio of drummer Michael T.A. Thompson, bassist Ken Filiano, and composer-pianist Cooper-Moore. The "Grand Finale Evening" (8 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave.) includes a performance by the ROVA Saxophone Quartet of Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs, and Jon Raskin. Also, L.A. winds player Vinny Golia leads a large ensemble of U-M Creative Arts Orchestra students, many Edgefest musicians, and other local jazz musicians.

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]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Women's Rugby.

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Oct. 5: Ohio State. 11 a.m. Oct. 19: Notre Dame. Noon. Nov. 2: Davenport. 11 a.m.
Mitchell Field, south side of Fuller. Free.

 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Hallow-Harvest Festival": Cobblestone Farm Association.

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A living history festival with a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt at the farmhouse, animal barn, and log cabin. With cooking and craft demos, traditional and vintage lawn & house games, and a chance to visit the barnyard animals. Halloween costume contest with prizes; tours led by costumed interpreters of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse.
Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). $2 (family, $5; seniors, $1.50; kids 4 & up, $1; kids age 3 & under, free). 794-7120. [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]

 1-2 p.m. 

"General Therapeutic Yoga Course": Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation School.

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Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation School, 1904 Federal Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $96. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Rugby vs. Wisconsin.

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Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free. 417-4534.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Foraged Food & Fibers": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Forager Rachel Mifsud leads a 1-hour hike to look for wild edibles and plants that can be used to weave baskets. Followed 2-4 p.m. by a Cattail Basket Weaving workshop ($20 materials fee; preregistration for the workshop required via email to
Park Lyndon, meet in the south parking lot, 18801 N. Territorial, Chelsea. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"How to Disagree Respectfully": St. Clare's Episcopal Church.

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All invited to learn strategies for having difficult conversations with people who have opposing political viewpoints. An organizer promises "fun role play." Light refreshments.
1-5 p.m., St. Clare's, 2309 Packard. $10 donation. Preregistration required at 239-1442. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Nature Explorers: Signs of Fall": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads kids ages 5 & 6 on a hike to explore fall changes.
1-2 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. Free; preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The Tinkered Toy Box": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn how to modify a toy to make it more accessible for a child with a disability. Modified toys donated to area children.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 2 p.m. 

"Black Cat Cabaret - Family Friendly Matinee": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Neighborhood Theatre Group is presenting a condensed, family friendly version of Black Cat Cabaret! Put on those costumes and come on down! With a Trick-or-Treat bag make it/take it, cast meet and greet, and a costume parade, this afternoon of theatre is sure to get the whole family in the Halloween spirit!
Bobcat Bonnie's, 200 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $7 Adults (Ages 18+), $5 Youth (ages 3-17), Free (ages 2 and under). [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"I Love Yarn Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 3-adult invited to bring their yarn-based projects and interact with fellow crafters.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"No One's Home": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mystery writer D.M. Pulley, author of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel The Dead Key, discusses her new book, a dark tale of a mansion haunted by a legacy of tragedy and a family trapped by lies.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum, including "Mythology" (Oct. 5), a kid-friendly tour (Oct. 12), a tour of the current exhibit Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile (Oct. 19), and "Archaeology" (Oct. 26).
Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2:15-3:15 p.m. 

Yoga Nidra and Meditation Course: Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation School.

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Learn potent Yoga Nidra and Meditation for your health, well-being and personal growth. Total beginners are most welcome.
40 years experience in the field.
Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation School, 1904 Federal Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $98. [map]

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Irish Traditional Jam Session: Seitz's Tavern.

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All acoustic musicians invited to play traditional Irish music. Spectators welcome.
3-5 p.m., 110 W. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 475-7475. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Oct. 5 & 19. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them. The band hosts a similar jam Oct. 15, 7-9 p.m., at the Ypsi Alehouse (124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti).
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Date Night": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers lead tastings of several domestic wines, with artisan cheeses, bread, and other accompaniments.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45/person. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 3 & 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]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"How Home Happens": Ann Arbor Real Estate Associates.

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ANN ARBOR SENIOR CENTER, 1320 Baldwin Ann Arbor MI 48104. Free. 7343954990. [map]

 Evening time TBA 

"Alice in Wonderland": Huron High School Players.

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Oct. 19 & 20 (tentative). Students perform Brainerd Duffield's theatrical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic.
Times TBA, HHS Ingram Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $10 (students, $8). 994-2040. [map]

 6-10 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]

 6 p.m. 

"Cruisin' the 50s": Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Fundraiser.

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Swing dance lessons and dancing to live music by the local band Jeff & the Deck Chairs. Also, a hula hooping contest, a Twist competition, a DJ spinning 50s tunes, a photo booth, a silent auction, and more. Prize for best 50s attire. Hamburgers, milkshakes, French fries, and other 50s drive-in staples.
6 p.m., Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth. Tickets $60., 358-5581. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Candlelight Dinner Concert with Julianne Ankley": Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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We are so happy to welcome Julianne back to Lone Oak! Julianne's 2019 single release "Why" and video are out now in digital formats like Apple Music and more. She was nominated for three Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Country Songwriter, Vocalist and Artist and she and her band too home the
2019 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Artist/Group.
With seven Detroit Music Awards, including the one mentioned above, Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her band The Rogues, for years.
She has been the celebrity host and performer for the Hard Rock Café stages in Nashville during the CMA Fest for several years, and continues to perform at Nashville's top songwriting venues such as the world-famous Bluebird Café, the Listening Room, Douglas Corner Café, Tootsie's, and more. Just 42 seats, so reservations are a must.
$30 pp for includes dinner and show. Menu tba
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $30. 5175228167. [map]

 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"90's Night!": Unity Vibration.

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Pogs, grunge, skateboards, neon hats, and Jelly Bracelets! Who doesn't love the 90's? Join us to celebrate everything that makes the decade great!
Unity Vibration, 93 Ecorse rd, Ypsilanti. Free. [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. 

U-M Volleyball vs. Rutgers.

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Cliff Keen Arena, $6 & $8. 764-0247.

 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]

 7:15 & 9:40 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.

 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Peter Baker and Martha Vander Kolk call to music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Bring clean shoes for dancing. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Pay what you can; $10 suggested. 476-4650. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Carbon Leaf: The Ark.

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High-energy acoustic Celtic-rock quintet from Richmond (VA) that's been playing together for more than 25 years. A Performing Songwriter critic calls the band's 2007 CD Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat, "four easy steps to rock 'n' roll bliss."
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 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]

 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]

 7:30-11:30 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. 

"Trivia with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $15. Preregistration available at 661-3575. [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 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]

 8 p.m. 

Chick Corea Trio: University Musical Society.

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Legendary jazz pianist Corea leads bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade, both virtuosos, in works from their acclaimed Grammy-winning 2014 CD, Trilogy, a collection of jazz standards and originals that includes a reimagined Scriabin prelude and a half-hour Corea sonata that a Guardian critic says is "full of darting, effervescent melodies imaginatively greeted and rerouted by McBride and Blade."
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-$81 (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. 

Luke Winslow-King: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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This Michigan-bred, New Orleans-based Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist specializes in pre-WWII pop music steeped in blues and jazz, along with originals in the same vein. His latest album, Blue Mesa, was recorded in Italy, where Winslow-King decamped to after the deaths of a close friend and his father. A Pop Matters reviewer notes the album "exudes a sense of loss," relying heavily on Delta blues for an album that features "smoky vocals and sharp guitar playing."
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [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. 

"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.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Oct. 5 & 19. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8) includes lesson; $5 for dance only. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Canceled: "Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 8, 22, & 30. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Lilly MacPhee Lilly MacPhee

Yearning, ethereal folk-rock by this Detroit indie singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Club Above: Halloween Drag Show

Performers TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues band. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Jay Frydenlund

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

Mash: Mike Vial

Local pop-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Isosceles

Versatile local acoustic trio that plays a mix of jazz, swing, country, pop, and folk. With vocalist Shekinah Errington, bassist Tim Berla, and guitarist Jim Cooney. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Horseshoe Ricochet

Versatile Detroit rock band. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]


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