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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 10 a.m. 

"Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot": Wild Swan Theater.

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Strega Nona is a story that will satisfy your appetite for laughter and fun. Strega Nona has a magical pasta pot which only she can control. Come see what silliness ensues when Big Anthony does not listen to her, causing the streets of their small village to fill with pasta. Nationally renowned artist Chris Roberts-Antieau designed the sets, costumes and props for this not-to-be missed production.
Towsley Auditorium - Morris Lawrence Building - Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 - $12. 734-995-0530. [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. 

"Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot": Wild Swan Theater.

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Oct. 24-26. This award-winning local children's theater company presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's adaptation of an Italian folktale. When the village healer's clumsy assistant refuses to follow her instructions, Strega Nona's magical cooking pot goes out of control, inundating their small Italian village with pasta. With set and costumes designed by nationally renowned local artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. Geared toward ages 3-8. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $10; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Women Who Fund Forum"

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Mary Tolan of Chicago Pacific Founders to Headline WWF 2019! As the Founder and Managing Partner of a leading provider of comprehensive healthcare management services, Tolan opens this year's forum with an inside perspective on investing in healthcare and industry opportunities. More than 150 women in alternative investments will gather to share industry experiences, identify leads for sourcing capital and network! The program includes lunch and features panels on "The Rise of Investors Supporting Health Innovators" and "The Spectrum of Deal Sourcing and Post-Deal Governance." Please join us for our 5th annual event!
U-M Golf Course Clubhouse, 500 E Stadium Blvd. $95. 734-615-4424. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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

  Noon-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Pond Music XVII: Brian Eno's Music for Airports": U-M Digital Music Ensemble.

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Oct. 24-27. Stephen Rush oversees his "interactive floating labyrinth," now in its 17th incarnation, that amplifies, combines, and manipulates sounds in and around the pond. This year's installation is a version of Brian Eno's seminal 1978 ambient album re-created with reel-to-reel tape recorders and loops and airplane propellers revolving on the surface of the pond.
U-M Moore Bldg. Pond, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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

 1-4:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Mah-Jongg Tournament: AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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All invited to play this intricate game played with colorful tiles. This tournament uses Stuart Baggaley's simplified and modified rules. Raffles, door prizes, goodie bags, and refreshments. Proceeds benefit EMU Digital Divas, a program to encourage young women in STEM.
1-4:30 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $20 in advance by Sept. 30 at; $25 after Sept. 30. Registration required by Oct. 20. 332-0390. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

English Language Learners: Meet The Shopping Detective: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer A2 Saline.

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Meet Linda from Sound Expressions at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer Ann Arbor Saline Rd and discover what the grocery store holds for you. Learn how to order your favorite cafe drinks, English names for foods, grocery shop in an American market, and build confidence in a safe group environment to do it on your own.
This collaboration between Sweetwaters of Meijer A2 Saline and Sound Expressions is a 6 week grocery and language tour that meets twice a month.
Bring any dictionaries or apps to help look up food names in your native language to translate to English.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer Ann Arbor Saline Rd, 3145 ANN ARBOR SALINE RD. Free. 7343698697. [map]

 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township Farmers Market.

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Support your local farmer, food producer, and maker by shopping at the Pittsfield Township Farmers Market! The Pittsfield Township Farmers Market includes Live music, Kids Activities, Cooking Demonstrations, and more. The full up to date schedule of activities will be posted to our website: and available via social media: Bridge Cards and Double Up Food Bucks accepted. See you at the Market! Market Day mobile: 734.881.7195
Prairie Park, 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Free. 734-822-2121. [map]

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

What a Diary Confers: Children in the Zambezi Valley with Pamela Reynolds: U-M Residential College and U-M African Studies Center.

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Pamela Reynolds will speak about her book The Uncaring, Intricate World: A Field Diary, Zambezi Valley, 1984-85 (Duke 2019). Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University and Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, Reynolds is author of War in Worcester: Youth and the Apartheid State. As U-M Presidential Professor she conducted the 2001-02 Mellon Seminar: Contested Childhood in a Changing Global Order.
Following her talk, she is available for further conversation at a reception and book signing held in her honor. Reception RSVP at
East Quadrangle Classroom 1506, 701 East University Ave. Free. [map]

 3:45 & 7 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.

 4-7 p.m. 

13th Annual Halloween Hootenanny: Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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A variety of activities from pumpkin drawing to kooky cookie decorating for kids ages 4-13 (with caregiver) in a heated tent. Also, live music and free snacks. Hot dogs & cider available. Costumes encouraged.
Zingerman's Deli Patio, 422 Detroit St. $8 per kid. Parents, free. 663-3354. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Politics of History in Today's Poland": U-M Copernicus Center for Polish Studies Lecture.

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Polish Academy of Sciences history professor Dariusz Stola discusses the museum's involvement in 2 hot-button topics: its public program for the 50th anniversary of the 1968 "anti-Zionist campaign" in communist Poland, and its opposition to Poland's proposed law to make it illegal for anyone to accuse the nation of complicity with the Nazis during WWII.
110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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

 5 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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

 5-6 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]

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 5:15-6:15 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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

 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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


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


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


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

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

 6-11 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. 

Michigan Private Equity Conference.

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2019 marks the 14th edition of the Michigan Private Equity Conference. This year's event will cover current and emerging topics in the nation's credit markets that pose challenges and new opportunities for those in private equity and institutional investing. Join the more than 200 alumni and members of the private equity, investment banking and business community from around the United States in attendance. Stay the weekend and see Michigan take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Big House on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Michigan League, U-M Campus, 911 N University Ave. $225. 734-615-4424. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"What's New to Medicare 2020": Dexter District Library.

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Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program representative Kris DeLong gives a talk geared toward new Medicare beneficiaries and pre-enrollees.
6 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Cambrian Assisted Living, 333 N. Occidental Hwy., Tecumseh. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Microprocessor Showdown": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to try their hand at basic coding and physical computing on any of the several platforms available at the library, including the Raspberry Pi 4, Arduino, micro:bit, Flora, Espruino, Makey Makey and Circuit Playground. Beginners welcome.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic Night with Jonas": Unity Vibration.

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

 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Benedek Totth: Literati Bookstore.

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This Hungarian writer reads from and discusses Dead Heat, his debut novel, translated by Ildikó Noémi Nagy, about Hungarian teens on a competitive swim team who occupy their free time with drinking, fast cars, video games, meaningless sex, and increasingly violent behavior. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Soccer vs. Rutgers.

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2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person). 764-0247. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Black Wine Night": Vinology.

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Oct. 23 & 24. Halloween-themed "blind" tastings of various wines. Dinner. Black attire and costumes encouraged; prizes for best costume. This popular event always sells out.
7-9 p.m., Vinology, 110 S. Main. $100 in advance at Reservations required. 222-9841. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing at the End of the World": U-M Dance Department.

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Recent University of Illinois MFAs Mauriah Kraker and Leah Wilks perform their duet Armageddon or Sunrise or Something, a hour-long endurance-driven piece that explores themes of place, boundary, sensuality, care, and exhaustion.
U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 N. University Ct., Free. 763-5460. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The 2019 Canadian Election: Issues and Impact for Michigan": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Panel discussion with University of Windsor political science professor Stephen Brooks and Canadian American Business Council CEO Maryscott Greenwood. U-M public policy professor Barry Rabe moderates. Opening remarks by Canadian consul general Joe Comartin. Reception follows.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Reliant": Fathom Events.

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(Paul Munger, 2019). Economic collapse causes widespread rioting and social unrest.
7 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at & at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).

 7 p.m. 

"The Wizard of Oz": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Oct. 24-27. Erin Palmer directs students in the classic Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg musical adaptation of Frank Baum's ever popular fantasy about a young girl's roundabout journey to her heart's desire. The score features "Over the Rainbow," "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and more.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker at Shield, Dexter. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only., 424-4240. [map]

 7:10 & 9:35 p.m. 

The Lighthouse: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Robert Eggers, 2019). Drama about two lighthouse keeps trying to maintain their sanity on a remote and mysterious New England island.
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. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 7:30 p.m. 

"My Three Angels": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Oct. 24-27. Barbara Mackey King directs local actors in Samuel and Bella Spewack's warmhearted 1953 comedy, set at Christmastime in French Guiana, about 3 convicts, out of prison to do work on the warden's house, who come to the rescue of a shopkeeper. Cast: Paul Bianchi, Ellen Finch, Chelsea Kearns, Dillon Roseen, Molly Wallace, Theo Polley, Jim Sullivan, TJ Johnson, and 2 actors TBA.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $25 (seniors, $22; students, $12) in advance at & by phone; Pay what you can for Thurs. tickets remaining at the box office. 971-2228. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Zauberland (Magic Land): An Encounter with Schumann's Dichterliebe": University Musical Society.

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Oct. 24 & 25. Katie Mitchell directs radiant St. Louis-born soprano Julia Bullock in composer Bernard Foccroulle and lyricist Martin Crimp's 19-song cycle that imagines a young pregnant Syrian fleeing war-torn Aleppo for Germany, where she continues her career as an opera singer. On the eve of her husband's death, she has a strange dream where Schumann's yearning Dichterliebe (a cycle of song settings of Heinrich Heine's poetry) is mixed up with her own traumatic past. The show interweaves all the songs of Dichterliebe with the new compositions and explores the relationship between 19th-century Romantic sensibility and contemporary mass migration and violence. German & English, surtitles. With pianist Cédric Tiberghien and actors Ben Clifford, Natasha Kafka, David Rawlins, and Raphael Zari. Tonight's performance is followed by a Q&A.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 8 p.m. (Fri.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $40 & $50 (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. 

Campus/Downtown Ghost Tour: Ann Arbor Ghost Tours.

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1.5 hour outdoor walking tour starting on UM campus and proceeding through downtown. Learn about the spooky history of the university and the shady early beginnings of Ann Arbor. Numerous dates in October and November.
UM Central Campus, Washington Street. $22.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Lab Ensemble & Jazz Trombone Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Dennis Wilson directs these ensembles of jazz students in works TBA.
Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Cactus Blossoms: The Ark.

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Everly Brothers-style classic country duo of brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey. "No one currently creates charming vocal folk-pop as pleasing and striking as the Cactus Blossoms," says an American Songwriter review of their new album Easy Way. Opener: New Orleans country singer-songwriter Esther Rose.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $22 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. 

The Michigan Playwrights Festival: Theatre NOVA.

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Four new plays by Michigan playwrights will be given readings Oct 24-27, 2019 at Theatre NOVA, 410 W. Huron in Ann Arbor.
Schedule of the FALL 2019 Michigan Playwrights Festival:
Thursday, Oct. 24 at 8pm:THE LION'S SHARE by Catherine Zudak
Friday, Oct. 25 at 8pm: DEAR CAMP by Lisa MacDonald
Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8pm: SILO TREE by Sam Collier
Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2pm: BLIGHT by R.D. Wakeman

Tickets are $10 for each reading, while festival passes, good for all four readings, are $30. Theatre NOVA continues its commitment to making theatre accessible by offering pay-what-you-can tickets for those who need them for all readings, available at the door only. For tickets or more info, visit, or buy them in person at the box office one hour before show time.
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron St. $10. 734-635-8450. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Dr. Seward's Dracula": Penny Seats Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 24-Nov. 3. Popular local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier directs his suspenseful adaptation of the Dracula legend. An asylum administrator, driven mad by the loss of his lover and friends to Dracula, must face demons real and imagined as he investigates a string of murders occurring around him.
Stone Chalet Inn, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. Tickets $15 ($20 on Oct. 31 includes Halloween party with cast & crew), in advance at and (if available) at the door. 926-5346. [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]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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

  7:30 p.m. 

Canceled: Sal Demilio: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 27 & 28. Detroit actor-comic who blends observational humor with self-deprecating commentary about family relationships, cars, technology and more. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $15 reserved seating in advance at, $17 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Marika Hackman

All ages admitted. English alt-pop singer-songwriter known for her dark, melancholic lyrics. Opener: Girl Friday, the L.A. feminist alt-rock quartet. $15. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Lilly MacPhee

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

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

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

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike.

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

Ypsi Alehouse: The Nitpickers

An eclectic mix of classic country and folk music by this ad hoc Ypsilanti ensemble. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]


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