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Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 8 a.m. 

"Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Healing": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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As we greet the sunrise together, with still minds and open hearts, our awareness of nature and subtle energies is heightened. Plugging into nature, and the circadian rhythms of the planet through the power of sound is essential to our wellbeing, where in a state of total relaxation, healing and connection to a higher consciousness can take place. We can then approach the day ahead with a more open heart and calm mind, while simultaneously being a bright light to the folks in our life.
The sound healing, is a sound meditation or sound bath, that begins with each person lying down in a comfortable position, often with a blanket and an eye mask. After a few minutes of guided focus on the breath, the remainder of the experience is filled with various sounds, tones, and frequencies being introduced in succession.
Duration 60 minutes.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $25. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Glass Pumpkin Fest: The Glass Academy.

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Oct. 20 & 21. Show and sale of glass pumpkins and live glass-blowing demos.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market. Free admission. (313) 220-6035.

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter and Points West Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun. Moderate/fast-paced round-trip rides to Chelsea, the Waterloo Recreation Area, Mt. Hope Rd., and Munith, with destination determined by riders.
9 a.m. (Oct.) & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at the B2B trail head by the Forest Lawn Cemetery, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 347-1259.

 10 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]

 10 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. 

"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.-4 p.m. 

"Monster Ann Arbor Record & CD Collector's Show": Rerun Records.

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Popular fair with more than 50 dealers from a half-dozen states selling rare and collectible used records and CDs, as well as hard-to-find new releases. Includes every popular music genre, along with rock music books, rock videos, posters, and assorted pop culture memorabilia. Food and beverages for sale. Patrons may bring in a small number of records to sell.
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $3 regular admission (children age 10 & under, free); $15 early bird admission. For information or to reserve a dealer table, contact Rod Branham at 604-2540. [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. 

"18th Annual Bone Chiller Regatta": U-M Sailing Club.

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All invited to watch club members race each other. No alcohol or pets.
10:30 a.m., Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd., Dexter. Free. 426-4299. [map]


"Holiday Observances": Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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Oct. 8, 9 & 20. All invited to this Kol Nidre service, which features haunting melodies sung by the JCS High Holiday Harmony Choir in preparation for the Day of Atonement. A Yom Kippur observance (Oct. 9, 2 p.m.) features readings by JCS members and friends, followed by a Break-the-Fast Potluck (6 p.m.; bring a vegetarian and nut-free dish to pass). Also, a Sukkot observance (Oct. 20, 10:30-noon) with recipe sharing, storytelling, and a chance to decorate the sukkah, a temporary shelter built for the weeklong festival.
Jewish Cultural Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $25 (students, $10; family, $50) per observance. No one is turned away because of inability to pay. Registration required at 975-9872. [map]

 11 a.m.-8 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.-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. 

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. [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.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, with artist demos noon-3 p.m. on Halloween wreaths (Oct. 6) and relief/block carving & watercolor prints (Oct. 13).
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free., 846-9418.

 Noon -4 p.m.  Free! 

Insect ID Day: Huron River Watershed Council.

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Identifying insects from the water ways can help us figure out what the water quality is within different sections of the Huron River Watershed.
Find out what kinds of bugs are in the Huron River. At ID day we separate bugs into groups that look-alike and then an expert will help you identify them. Once bugs are identified you can record the data and compare the results to last years and others. This identification process takes about two hours. (Each child must be accompanied by an adult.)
HRWC Office, New Center Second Floor, 1100 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Field Hockey vs. Penn State.

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Ocker Field, 1202 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]

 noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Day: Graffiti and Ancient Kush": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Family-friendly tours and activities related to the museum's temporary and permanent exhibitions, including a chance to create graffiti like those from ancient Kush, hear African folktales told by Ann Arbor Storytellers guild members Genot Picor and Steve Daut, and learn about how modern technology helps archaeologists study ancient graffiti.
Kelsey, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]

 Noon & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Insect ID Day": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to help identify the macroinvertebrates gleaned during the Oct. 12 "River Roundup" (see listing). Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Noon-2 p.m. & 2-4 p.m. (choose one session), NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Preregistration required by Oct. 17 at; 769-5123. [map]

 Noon-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]

 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $5 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off & Tailgate Party: Michigan Ability Partners Fundraiser.

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A chance to sample several chilis and watch the Detroit Lions game vs. the Minnesota Vikings. Cash bar, silent auction, and football-themed activities. Kids welcome.
12:30 p.m., BRAG Ann Arbor Event Center, 179 Little Lake. Tickets $20 in advance at 975-6880. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off and Tailgate Party: Michigan Ability Partners.

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Michigan Ability Partners presents our Third Annual Chili Cook-Off and Tailgate Party! Eat great chili, watch the Lions beat the Vikings, and support our mission serving Veterans and people with disabilities. $20 ticket includes chili samplings and extras plus one drink ticket. Cash bar, silent auction, and lots of football-related fun. Kids welcome and kickoff is at 1 PM.
To enter a chili team, sponsor, or buy tickets, go to
BRAG (Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor) Event Center, 179 Little Lake Road. $20. 7349756880. [map]

 1-5 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]

 1-3 p.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Parker Mill Tours: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Oct. 6 & 20. WCPARC naturalists lead tours of this working 1870s grist mill.
Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. 971-6337.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Tour: Kempf House Museum.

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Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it circa 1900.
Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5:

Oct. 6: "Inktober Illustrations"

Oct. 13: "Wildly Creative Monsters"

Oct. 20: "Spooky Haunted Houses"
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm.

 1, 3:30, 6, & 8:30 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.

 1-3 p.m. 

"Zombie Apocalypse Survival": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.
1-3 p.m., park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

"Matilda": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Charming and funny film adaptation of Roald Dahl's story of a super-smart girl who is woefully misunderstood.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 2 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]

 2 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Callers lead contras and square dances to live music. For kids, accompanied by an adult. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.

Nov. 17: Caller Drake Meadow with music by Paul Winder and Betsy Beckerman.

Dec. 15: Caller TBA, music by Donna Baird, Fred & Nora Karsch, Jim Horton.

Jan. 19: Caller Drake Meadow, music by Donna Baird & Dawn Swartz.

Feb 16: Caller Drake Meadow, music by Donna Baird & Cindy Feigel.

2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Autumn Spectacular Hike": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited to hike about 1.5 miles through wetlands, prairie, and woodland. Preceded at 1:30 p.m. by socialization. Refreshments. No pets. Be prepared for muddy trails.
Jack R. Smiley Nature Preserve, meet at the preserve parking lot on the corner of Cherry Hill Rd. and Prospect Rd., Superior Township. Free. 484-6565.

 2 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Collection Ensemble": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the new reinstallation of art in the Apse, which includes works that reflect the breadth and variety of the permanent collection.
2 p.m., meet at the UMMA store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Fall Pie Magnets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 1-adult invited to make a refrigerator magnet that looks like a little pie. Materials provided.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween Extravaganza": Nicola's Books.

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Local writer Emily Siwek is joined by the Violin Monster for a reading of A Monster on Main Street, her 2018 picture book encouraging kids to give scary things a second look. Also, trick-or-treating in Westgate and chalk art by local artist David Zinn. Costumes encouraged.
2 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 2 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]

 2-3 p.m. 

"Michigan's Exotic Zoo": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Exotic Zoo (Belleville) owner Javon Stacks presents an interactive program with live animals, including a kangaroo, monkey, and eagle owl.
2-3 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 recreation passport required ($16 if purchased at the gate). 475-3170. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 2 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]

 2 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]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Tree Mythology": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Elle Bogle leads a peaceful hike to learn about ancient indigenous people and the tree symbolism and spirituality they practiced.
Baker Woods Preserve, 11914 Trinkle, Dexter. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Kristian Nyquist: U-M School of Music.

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This L.A.-born, German-bred harpsichordist performs a solo recital highlighted by a new work by local composer Braxton Blake. He's also joined by U-M music students in Manuel de Falla's Concerto for Harpsichord.
U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 3-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun., except Feb. 23 Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Henry Ford's Lamy's Diner": Ann Arbor District Library/Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Curator Donna Braden discusses the museum's 1940s period diner.
AADL Malletts Creek Branch. Free. 327-4200.

 3 & 7 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]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Octubafest": U-M Euphonium & Tuba Ensemble.

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Fritz Kaenzig conducts this ensemble of music majors in seasonal music, along with a 50th-anniversary tribute to Woodstock.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 4 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]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Symphonic Band Concert: EMU Music Department.

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Chandler Wilson directs this music student ensemble in a program TBA.
4 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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CUNY Baruch College journalism professor Bridgett Davis discusses her new memoir about her Detroit family's secret dependency on her mother's livelihood in the illegal numbers game. Signing.
AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200.

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caroline Helton: U-M School of Music.

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This soprano, a U-M music professor, is joined by pianist Kathryn Goodson in a program drawn from the 3rd in their recording series Songs from a Lost World of Italian Jewish Composers, which focuses on repertoire suppressed during the Holocaust and neglected in subsequent years.
U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Sun. All invited to play card and board games. Also, a Dungeon Master on hand to lead a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
5:30-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [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]

 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., outdoors in Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. Free. Email to confirm or check 717-1569. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Quartermania: Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

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A cross between a live auction and a raffle in which participants bid 1-4 quarters on items in order to be eligible to win them in a raffle. Proceeds benefit the St. Louis Center (Chelsea) for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The first hour is a sale with 20 vendors. Auction begins at 7 p.m. This month's themes are gardening and local farmers markets.
Columbus Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 426-5558. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Hillary Kobernick: Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Performance by this Chicago-based veteran slam poet who is also a Mennonite pastor. Her pieces focus on nature or women's absurd everyday experiences. Proceeded by a poetry open mike.
Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. [map]

 7:30-10:30 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. 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Oct. 6 & 20. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can., (989) 455-4484. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7-9 p.m. 

Canceled: Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary.
Michigan League Vandenberg Rm., 1236 Washtenaw. $5. 763-6984. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Adam Hambrick

All ages admitted. Nashville-based, Arkansas-bred country- pop singer-songwriter. $10. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Rob Crozier Trio

Jazz originals and standards by this local ensemble led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Charlie Weaver

Acoustic folk music "with a touch of bluegrass and trout stream rhythms" by this northern Michigan singer-guitarist (and fishing guru), a former Ann Arborite who was a regular at the Old Town Sunday night folk jams in the early 80s. For his 2nd set tonight, he is joined by assorted guest musicians to perform songs from the brand- new songbook collecting the work of veteran local country-folk singer-songwriter Jay Stielstra. [venue info]

Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."

A house band--trumpeter Ingrid Racine, keyboardist Michael Malis, bassist Josef Deas, & drummer Jesse Kramer--is joined by different guests each week. Tonight: Paul Keller Orchestra vocalist Sarah D'Angelo. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Parsnips

Ypsilanti pop-rock quartet. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: "Swing Night."

Hot swing dance ensemble TBA. [venue info]


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