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Calendar of Events

Friday, November 1, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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


 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"African American Literature and Culture Now": U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

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A day-long series of panels and other activities with scholars from around the country exploring the central questions that animate 21st-century Black Studies.
9 a.m.-6 p.m., 3222 Angell Hall. Free. 764-5513. [map]


 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Alex Pratt Ceramics Exhibition: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Yourist Studio Gallery is delighted to feature the works of master potter and Yourist instructor Alex Pratt throughout November. Alex's sumptuous pots are beautifully thrown and always inspiring. Alex uses sgraffito, carving, and slip inlay on porcelain vessels, placing stylized natural forms in a geometric framework. Alex is inspired by the freely-applied linear decoration of Oribe pottery and the tightly interlocking compositional style of Cubist painting and sculpture. Alex is a ceramic artist from Dearborn, Michigan, who received his BFA from the University of Michigan, has taught throughout southeastern Michigan, and exhibits his work widely.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. A slow-paced ride, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Nov. 1 & 15. Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and its collections.
11 a.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at myumi.ch/650X8. 764-2347. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Once Upon a Time": Wild Swan Theater.

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This award-winning local children's theater presents a collection of children's classics that includes "Three Billy Goats Gruff," "Reynard the Fox," and "The Three Little Pigs." All ages welcome.
11 a.m.-noon, Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. Seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Midday Morsel Drop-In Tour": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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30-minute docent-led tour of Kelsey highlights.
12:30 p.m., meet at the Maynard St. entrance. Free. 764-9304.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series.

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Nov. 1, 4, & 11. Talks by visiting scholars.

Nov. 1: "Rights of Neighbourliness: Decolonising Responses to Mass Displacement." Talk by University of Sussex human geography lecturer Tahir Zaman.

Nov. 4: "South-South Relations in the Era of Far-Right Populism: The Syrian Refugee Crisis on Brazilian Television." Talk by University of Illinois comparative literature professor Wail S. Hassan.

Nov. 14: "Trafficking Cuneiform: Valuing the Past over the Present?" Talk by Oxford University endangered archaeology research felllow Neil Brodie.

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2-3:30 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 647-4143. [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. Recommended for couples or other pairs. On Nov. 18, "Beer & Cheese Edition."
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45/person. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Dating Iroquoia: Refined Time Frames for Coalescence, Conflict, and Early European Influences in Northeastern North America": U-M Anthropology Colloquia Series.

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Talk by University of Georgia anthropology professor Jennifer Birch.
411 West Hall, 1085 South University. Free. 764-7274. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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U-M history professor Alexandra Minna Stern is joined by U-M Digital Studies Institute director Lisa Nakamura and U-M anthropology professor Gayle Rubin in a discussion of Stern's new book that explores concepts such as "red-pilling," strategic trolling, gender essentialism, and other white nationalist tropes.
3-4:30 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


 4, 4:45, 7:20, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Jojo Rabbit": State Theater.

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(Taika Waititi, 2019). Audacious anti-hate satire about a young boy in Hitler's army who finds out his mother's hiding a Jewish girl between the walls of their home. Scarlett Johansson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 4:15, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Joker": State Theatre.

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(Todd Phillips, 2019). Drama from the perspective of Batman's nemesis, caught between apathy and cruelty. Joaquin Phoenix.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8. statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Nov. 1: "World Literature, the Global South and Indian Oceans Worlds." Talk by University of Virginia English professor Debjani Ganguly.

Nov. 22: "The Indian State that Fails and Delivers." Talk by Johns Hopkins South Asian Studies professor Devesh Kapur.

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4:30-6 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]


 4:30, 6:45, 7:10, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Parasite": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2019). Satirical black comedy thriller. Korean, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 4:45, 7, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Where's My Roy Cohn?": Michigan Theater.

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(Matt Tyrnauer, 2019). Documentary about the unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker.
Michigan Theater (unless noted otherwise). $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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps available ($1). Food available.
6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $10 (kids ages 5-12, $7; age 4 & under, free). Blastcornmaze.com. [map]


 5 p.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

Peter Sparling: Paintings & Videos 2019: Gallery 22 North & Equality Michigan.

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Renowned Michigan dancer/choreographer and visual artist Peter Sparling partners with Gallery 22 North and Equality Michigan for a show of Sparling's new paintings and videos at Ypsilanti's Gallery 22 North, 22 N. Huron in November, 2019. Half of all proceeds from the month-long show will go to Equality Michigan. An Opening Reception will be held Friday, November 1, 7-10 p.m., to celebrate the show with members of Equality Michigan and the Southwest Michigan community. There will be a private showing for Equality Michigan guests only with artist's talk from 5-7 pm. To sign up for reception, contact Erin Knott at Equality Michigan: eknott@equalitymi.org.
Gallery 22 North, 22 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. petespar@umich.edu [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Opening Reception of Art Exhibition: Blood Underwater": U-M Residential College and Arts at Michigan.

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Blood Underwater is a collaborative work, which encourages deep thinking and creative expression. It provides a voice for community members and activists, especially from political, national, racial, religious and other minorities, to express their concerns about global suffering through art. Participants gather around a large canvas with paints and music and are guided through a series of artistic expressions by "artivist" Elshafei Dafalla. The purpose is to use art to protest against violence, torture, enforced disappearances and other forms of brutality.
Eishafei Dafalla received a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture from the College of Fine and Applied Art at the University for Science and Technology in Khartoum, Sudan as well as a Diploma in Folklore from the Afro-Asian Institute at the University of Khartoum. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Stamps School of Art and Design at University of Michigan.
Refreshments will be provided.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/68775-17147181.html [map]



 6-7 p.m. 

Intro Aerial Silks and Lyra: A2 Aviary.

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Designed for absolute beginners, each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary! We'll introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the aerial apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body! Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]



 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chanukah Sale: Women of Temple Beth Emeth Gift Shop.

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The Women of Temple Beth Emeth invite you to the Chanakah Sale at our newly renovated Gift Shop.
We are the only Judaica shop in the Ann Arbor area!
During the entire month of November we are offering a 15% discount on all Chanukiahs.
Hours: Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 pm, Sundays 2:30-5:30 pm, Fridays 6:30-7:30 pm (except 4th Friday Guitar Shabbat, 5:30-6:30pm), or by appointment (call 734-665-4744). We accept cash, checks, or credit/debit cards.
Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard. Free. 734-665-4744. https://wtbe.org/ [map]


 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, challah and wine rituals, and a Yahrtzeit observance to remember loved ones. Children welcome.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"14th Annual Compassionate Feast": Huron Valley Humane Society Fundraiser.

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Multiple-course vegetarian (or vegan) dinner, cocktails, and a presentation by Jackson Galaxy, host of the Animal Planet hit show My Cat From Hell. Also, a silent auction.
6:30 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom. $175. Reservations required at hshv.org/feast. 662-5585. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Mexican Sugar Skulls History and Soldering": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Soldering": Ann Arbor District Library. All invited to learn about the cultural significance of the sugar skulls featured in Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. Also, a chance to solder an LED light-up kit patterned like a sugar skull. No soldering experience necessary.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"World Famous Trivia Night": Ann Arbor District Library.

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For adults. Prizes.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

John Cameron Mitchell: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series/University Musical Society.

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This actor and playwright, creator of the Tony-winning rock opera and 2001 film Hedwig and the Angry Inch, discusses his work. In conjunction with his performance Nov. 2 (see listing).
7 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including fiction by Annesha Sengupta and poetry by Bryan Byrdlong.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Molly Spencer: Literati Bookstore.

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This local poet reads from If the house, her 2019 Brittingham Prize-winning debut collection of poems that revolve around everyday things, like spilled milk and, per the title of one poem, "Conversation with Lace Thong and Car Keys." Also, readings by local writer Donovan Hohn, author of the 2012 nonfiction book Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea, and Redmond (WA) poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, author of Water & Salt, winner of the 2018 Washington State Book Award for Poetry. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 1: Saginaw Valley State. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 5: Appalachian State. 7 p.m.

Nov. 12: Creighton. 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 15: Elon. 7 p.m.

Nov. 22: Houston Baptist. 7 p.m.

Dec. 6: Iowa. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 14: Oregon. Noon.

Dec. 21: Presbyterian College. Noon.

Dec. 29: UMass Lowell. 2 p.m.

Jan. 9: Purdue. 7 p.m.

Jan. 22: Penn State. 7 p.m.

Jan. 25: Illinois. Noon.

Feb. 4: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Feb. 8: MSU. Noon.

Feb. 16: Indiana. 1 p.m.

Feb. 27: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Mar. 5: Nebraska. 6:30 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"COG's Follies": Comic Opera Guild.

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An ensemble of area singers and instrumentalists presents a light-hearted comic Ziegfeld Follies-style revue featuring a mix of vaudeville tunes and songs by an array of 20th-century songwriters from Tom Lehrer to Eric Idle. Stars: Chris Grapentine, Glenn Perry, Holly Perry, Thomas Petiet, Patricia Petiet, Carla Margolis, Tiffany Thorpe and Zoe Zdrojewski. Instrumentalists: Margaret Counihan, Erik Hildinger, Elizabeth Hildinger and Lisa Lava-Kellar. Tom Skylis emcees.
Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown multipurpose rm. Free.


 7-8:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Japanese Paper Making Demonstrations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture-demo by the Japanese husband-and-wife duo Masters Kano of the history and techniques of colorful handmade Japanese paper.
AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Paint on Canvas": Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grade 6 & up and adults invited to follow step-by-step instructions to create a fall scene. No experience necessary. Light refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. dalson@dexter.lib.mi.us, 426-4477. [map]


 7 & 11 p.m.  Free! 

"This Is Our Youth": U-M Basement Arts.

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Nov. 1 & 2. Skylar Siben directs students in Kenneth Lonergan's award-winning 1996 tragicomic portrait of rich teens in 1980s Manhattan who, dizzied by yuppie-era materialism, steal $15,000 and drift aimlessly into a druggy squalor.
7 & 11 p.m. (Fri.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Newman Studio, 1226 Murfin. Free. facebook.com/basementarts. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Hari Kondabolu: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Brooklyn-based comedian, a former immigrants' rights activist and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! regular whom the New York Times dubbed "one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today." Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $20 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Sept. 22, 28, & 29; every Fri.-Sun. in Oct.; & Oct. 31. Six different scary attractions--a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Also, Splattertown paintball shooting at costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
7:30-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Sun.), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets: $18 for access to one area (multi-area passes, $39.99 & $49.99). hauntedhousemichigan.com, 390-9212. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Concert Band Chamber Winds: U-M School of Music.

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This ensemble of music majors performs Giovanni Gabrieli's Canzon Duodecimi Toni, Cassie Wieland's Inside, John Mackey's The End of the World, Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite, Hiroaki Kataoka's Gryphon's Prayer, "Scherzo alla marcia" from Vaughan Williams' Symphony no. 8, and Kazuhiro Morita's Terpsichore II. Note: limited seating.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

John Gorka: The Ark.

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Acclaimed by Rolling Stone as the "preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk movement," Gorka pens intimate, conversational songs and ballads that overflow with vividly imagined details and a sly, probing sense of humor. His 2016 CD, Bright Side of Down is a collection of what the Associated Press calls "wry, slice-of-life observations reminiscent of Lyle Lovett and John Prine."
8p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and the ark.org, and at the door. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Jonathan Edwards: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A veteran blues-based singer-songwriter best known for his early-70s hits "Sunshine" and "Don't Cry Blue," Edwards sings his easy-feeling songs and delicately poetic love lyrics in a throaty, mellifluous tenor. A superb acoustic and electric guitar stylist and a riveting blues harmonica player, he's also known for his hilarious between-songs commentary.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8-9.30 p.m. 

Technocats Perform the Music of Gregg Hill.

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Technocats will be performing the music of jazz composer Gregg Hill. The group consists of Nathan Borton (guitar), Seth Ebersole (saxophones), Javier Arguello (bass) and Michael Reed (drums). "Composer Gregg Hill grew up in central Michigan in a household where the music was always playing. As a small child, he remembers conga lines snaking through the house on Saturday nights to the sound of jazz. His parents, Norma and Ken, were part of the swing craze in the big band era. His sister Susan, also plays piano and is a life-long music lover. In high school, Gregg played sax in a stage band and headed up a quintet. He loved the saxophone, but the piano had a stronger allure as far as creative possibilities. The piano took over completely when he was bitten by the jazz writing bug. Gregg's parents love of music and piano jazz (in particular) was a great source of his inspiration." (see https://www.gregghilljazz.com/).
Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. Donation. $5 (students)-$10 (general). 734-665-0606. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Brass Tacks Ensemble 20th Anniversary Celebration and Festival of Staged Readings: The Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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The Festival will be presented on November 1, 2, and 8, plus a celebration on the 9th, at the Children's Creative Center in Ann Arbor. An ensemble of 11 actors and 5 directors will present a quasi-radio-play/staged reading of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe, as well as a series of short original plays written over the past year in the Brass Tacks Ensemble's playwriting group. Each night of the festival will be unique. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Want Donations at the door. Www.btensemble.org for more information.
November 1 will consist of staged readings of original radio-style plays.
November 2 will be a quasi-radio-play/staged reading of The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.
November 8 will consist of staged readings of original short plays based around the theme of "balance."
November 9 will be a party celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Brass Tacks Ensemble, open to the public.
The Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline Blvd. Donation. thebrasstacksensemble@gmail.com www.btensemble.org [map]


 8 p.m. 

yMusic: University Musical Society.

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This young NYC-based experimental chamber sextet combines visceral timbres and an adventurous spirit with technical virtuosity to "playfully overstep the boundaries of musical genres," as the New Yorker puts it. The program features original compositions as well as works by such other young luminaries as Caroline Shaw, Andrew Norman, and baroque chamber pop band My Brightest Diamond founder Shara Nova.
Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $27-$47 (students, $12-$20) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 734-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"20th Anniversary Festival": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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This local company presents a 3-night series of different programs, followed at 8 p.m. on Nov. 9 by a party with past & present Brass Tacks members.

Nov. 1: Staged readings of radio plays written over the past year by members of the Brass Tacks playwriting group, featuring Mary Conley's fantastical adventure Under the Mountain, Dorianne Jentzen's dark drama Never Again, Isaac Ellis's anthropomorphic dramedy Couch, Sanders Hamson's futuristic thriller A New Broom Sweeps Clean, and Brian Trippel's disturbing fantasy The Siren of Tinenford.

Nov. 2: A cast of 11 presents a staged reading, in the style of a radio play, of Christopher Marlowe's seminal Elizabethan tragedy, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.

Nov. 8: Staged readings of new plays based on the theme "balance" by Brass Tacks members, featuring Mary Conley's compassionate drama Gestate, Brian Trippel's contemporary romance Out of Balance, Isaac Ellis's frenzied luncheon skit Balancing Act, and Dorianne Jentzen's untitled brooding Christmas romance.
Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Free; donations welcome. 926-5376. [map]


 8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

"After Unica: A New Chimeric Autobiographical Performance": U-M School of Music, Theater, & Dance.

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Canceled: U-M theater professor Malcolm Tulip stars in his non-narrative surrealist autobiographical drama, a hybrid of real and imagined memories inspired by the work of the German Surrealist poet Unica Zürn. Tulip performs while enclosed in a 9-foot cube, surrounded by Jeromy Hopgood's video collage, and augmented by a Cy Tulip electronic soundscape.
U-M Duderstadt Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel, North Campus. Free. 764-5350. [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 pennyseats.org and (if available) at the door. 926-5346. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Eurydice": U-M Rude Mechanicals.

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Nov. 1-3. U-M students perform Sarah Ruhl's 2003 tender-hearted comedy, a heavily revised version of the Orpheus myth told from Eurydice's perspective. New York Times critic Charles Isherwood praises its "insistent heartbeat, the rhythmic threnody woven by its language, its subterranean feeling and its strangely potent imagery."
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $7) in advance at muto.umich.edu. facebook.com/umrudes, rudes.production@umich.edu. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Evil Dead: The Musical": Dexter Community Players.

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Oct. 25 & 26 and Nov. 1 & 2. Jason Smith directs local actors in this musical gore-fest, an amalgam of elements from Sam Raimi's cult classic 1980s low-budget film trilogy about 5 MSU students camping in the Tennessee woods who set free an evil spirit that possesses them. Songs include the doo-wop ballad "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons" and "Do the Necronomicon," which the New York Times says "cheerfully evokes 'The Time Warp' from 'Rocky Horror.'"
8 p.m., Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $20 (seniors & students, $15; splatter zone, $25) in advance at dextercommunityplayers.org & at the door. 726-0355. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv: Spooky Campfire Stories": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including Pointless's resident League of Pointless Improvisers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 21. Michelle Mountain directs the world premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's 2nd Sherlock Holmes play, which features the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the playboy Prince of Wales on the eve of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Coincidentally, the master chef Auguste Escoffier needs the detective's help as well. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Tom Whalen, and David Bendena.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 9 p.m.-midnight 

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

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]


 10 p.m. 

"Enter the Dragon": State Theater.

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(Robert Clouse, 1973). Lee's most popular martial arts film.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8. statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Babs' Underground: WEMU 5:01 Jazz Series

With the Estar Cohen Quintet, a local modern jazz ensemble led by vocalist Cohen. With guitarist Dan Palmer, pianist Michael Malis, bassist Aidan Cafferty, and drummer David Alvarez III. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers

Lansing pop-funk and soul quartet led by singer- songwriter Hertler. $17.50-$25. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Diego Figueiredo Duo

Figueiredo is a world-renowned Brazilian guitarist whose music fuses jazz, classical, and bossa nova traditions. George Benson calls him "one of the greatest guitarists I've seen in my whole life." He performs tonight in a duo with clarinetist Ken Peplowski. $20-$40. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Bird into Bear

Highly regarded local acoustic roots-music folk- rock sextet, formerly known as Dragon Wagon, that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey." [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Joel Palmer

Veteran Detroit singer-guitarist whose repertoire includes vintage and original blues, swing, and folk-style tunes. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Rochelle Clark Rochelle Clark

Chelsea singer-songwriter who's half of the Americana duo The Potter's Field. [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: FreeLance

Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. [venue info]

Live: FUBAR

6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Its repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to Barbara Lewis' "Hello Stranger," the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup," The Kinks' "Dead End Street," and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." [venue info]

Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose

An eclectic mix of genres from funk and blues-rock to hard country by this Westland quintet fronted by vocalist Carol Holmes. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Jeremy Skidmore

Area singer-songwriter who also covers songs by everyone from the Stones and John Mellencamp to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday."

With Steve Somers & Friends, jazz & blues standards by an ensemble led by WCC jazz guitar instructor Somers and featuring members of the WCC Jazz Band. [venue info]

Ziggy's: "Hullaween Day of the Dead Party."

With Hullabaloo, a veteran local 9-piece collective whose upbeat, energetic music draws on ska, jazz, funk, punk, and Latin influences. Costume party with prizes. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Georgia Rae

Award-winning Americana fiddler from Richmond (IL). [venue info]

 
 


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