Come join Washtenaw Audubon's volunteer stewardship crew as we care for our Searles Nature Preserve. This natural gem in Augusta Township gives nature lovers a quiet place to visit and enjoy a secluded hike. We'll be focusing on maintaining trails and clearing invasive shrubs at this event, so please bring saws, loppers, pruning shears, and any other tools that may be helpful for clearing brush. If you don't have any of these tools, don't worry, we'll have extra. Dress for the weather. Park along Bolla Rd., approximately 1/4 mile west of Stony Creek Rd. in Augusta Twp. Hope to see you there!
Searles Nature Preserve, 585V+4J York Charter Township, Michigan. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org washtenawaudubon.org [map]
All kids invited to race their old jack-o-lanterns for a mystery prize. Cider & donuts and a pumpkin launcher.
9 a.m., Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., west of Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-3502.
Aug. 1, 2, 8, 15, & 22. All invited to help remove invasive plants in various city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes and remain 6-ft distance from others at all time; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.
Aug. 1: Furstenberg Nature Area.
Aug. 2: Barton Nature Area.
Aug. 8: Kuebler Langford Nature Area and Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).
Aug. 15: Ruthven Nature Area.
Aug. 22: Olson Park.
9 a.m.-noon (except as noted), various locations. Free, preregistration required at Secure.Rec1.com
This an all-levels instructor-guided conditioning circuit class is perfect for new aerialists, experienced flyers as a supplement to their current training, or for any folx who are interested in a new and exciting way to exercise. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. email@example.com http:
Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept. & Oct.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]
Sale of handmade decorations and other items and baked goods.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., New Apostolic Church, 4844 Jackson, ste. 200. Free admission. 369-6146. [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Area vendors, all from within 90 miles of Chelsea. Each month, kids activities TBA, market basket giveaway on the last Sat. & Wed., along with live entertainment every Sat. (10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. or so) & last Wed. only (3-5 p.m. or so), June-Oct.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [map]
Show and sale of works by more than 80 local crafters, artists, and vendors.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Creekside Intermediate School, 2615 Baker Rd., Dexter. $2 admission (kids & students, free). 424-4180, email@example.com, facebook.com
Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. firstname.lastname@example.org betterlivingfitness.com [map]
Nov. 2 & 3. This large annual stamp show, now in its 45th year, features 28 dealers from 9 states selling U.S. and foreign stamps, covers, postcards, and collector supplies. Also, displays of stamps and postal history, a youth area with info and free stamps for beginning stamp collectors, a public Peninsular State Philatelic Society meeting (Sat., 2 p.m.), cachet makers, and more. Lunch & snacks available.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free admission. annarborstampclub.org, email@example.com, 761-5859. [map]
Hands-on cooking demo by Project Grow members Marcella Trautmann and Calin Sferdean. Lunch included.
Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park. $20. Space limited; preregistration requested at a2tix.com. 996-3169. [map]
Nov. 2 & 3. Tile-making demonstrations (1 & 2 p.m. both days & 4 p.m Sat.), factory tours (noon both days & 3 p.m. Sat.), tile signing by founder Nawal Motawi (11 a.m.-noon), a tile sale with discontinued and prototype tiles, and a chance to make a tile ($5 for the 1st tile; $10 for additional tiles). Raffle.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Motawi, 170 Enterprise Dr. Free admission. 213-0017. [map]
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]
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]
Kids ages 7-12 invited to collect natural materials and make an object similar to those made by native people to tell the stories of their travels.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]
Nature programs for kids ages 7-12. Oct. 6 (1:30-4 p.m.): "Fire & Shelter," a chance to learn how to build a debris hut and a campfire using only materials found in nature. Nov. 2 (10:30 a.m.-noon): "Create a Journey Stick," a chance to collect natural materials and make an object similar to those made by native people to tell the stories of their travels.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]
Nov. 2, 16, & 23. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M and visiting scholars. Nov. 2: "Who Ordered That? The Marvelous Mysterious Muon." U-M physics professor Tim Chupp discusses this particle that's a heavier version of an electron. Nov. 16: MSU physics professor Megan Donahue on "Supermassive Black Holes and You." Nov. 23: "Scientific Publishing: How Wrong Is It to Publish in the Right Journals?" University of North Carolina librarian Elaine Westbrooks discusses strategies for making scientific publishing more equitable.
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]
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]
Support Whitmore Lake youth by joining us at the Whitmore Lake Kiwanis Chili Cook Off and Craft Show on November 2 (11am-2pm). The event will feature live music, activities for the kids, and a raffle of local products (including al Dente). Entrance fee includes chili tastings and all other activities. Additional food will be available for sale: Hot Dogs, homemade desserts, chips, and soft drinks.
The focus of the Whitmore Lake Kiwanis club is benefiting our kids. All funds are used toward that goal, including college scholarships and support for the Key Club, Swim Team and Robotics Club at WL high school, swimming lessons for kids in grades 1-4, and many community events throughout the year. Come join us!
Living Water Church, 200 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. $5 adults, children 10 and under free. 734-4494960 or firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com [map]
We love Rebel Nell jewelry at 16 Hands! From any angle you look at it, they are doing beautiful things for women and the city of Detroit. Their mission is to employ, educate and empower women by teaching job skills and keeping their workforce local. The result is a line of completely unique jewelry that shows layers of colors created from fallen graffiti in and around Detroit.
Since each piece is unique, it's a perfect line for us to host a trunk show. You'll see many pieces - color and form combinations that will never exist again. Our customers love that the piece they choose won't be seen on anyone but them! Stop by to see the largest selection of new necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, or as they say it, "One of No Other Kind"
Kerrytown Market & Shops, 407 S. Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
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]
Nov. 2 & 3. Show and sale of works by nationally known local artists, including woven, felted, and dyed hats & scarves and silk wearables by Carol Furtado and colorful and functional stoneware by Margo West.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., 505 Lakeview Ave. Free admission. email@example.com, 663-7114. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallery 22 North, 22 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. email@example.com [map]
Professional videogamer and youTube star DanTDM hosts a livestreamed gaming competition featuring Nintendo Switch games. With audience participation. Attendees encouraged to learn ahead of time about 3 tribes from another dimension that are featured in the games at dantdmtour.com
12:55 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). $12.50 & $14 in advance at fathomevents.com
Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a cougar (2 p.m.) and a skunk (4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a pancake tortoise, a tenrec, an African bullfrog, a chameleon, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]
Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum, including "Newberry Hall and the Tiffany Window" (Nov. 2, space limited, preregistration recommended by emailing email@example.com), a kid-friendly tour (Nov. 9), a tour of the current exhibit Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile (Nov. 16), an "Around the Table" tour of food-related artifacts (Nov. 23), and "Highlights of the Kelsey Museum" (Nov. 30).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.
Nov. 2 & 16. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them. The band hosts a similar jam Nov. 13, 7-9 p.m., at the Ypsi Alehouse (124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti).
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]
Panel discussion with U-M art & design professors Irina Aristarkhova, Carol Jacobsen and Joanne Leonard. Moderated by U-M Press senior executive editor LeAnn Fields, with a response by U-M art professor. Omar Sosa-Tzec1.
Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division. Free; preregistration requested at stamps.umich.edu
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]
(Quentin Tarantino, 2019). A faded television star and his stunt double strive to achieve fame in 1969 Hollywood. Brad Pitt & Leonardo DiCaprio.
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.
(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.
All invited to join a discussion of former First Lady Michelle Obama's 2018 memoir.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.
This improv actor/comedian Debra Wilson, a former MADtv cast member, discusses how she got into voice-over work, with roles in everything from the sci-fi film Avatar to more than 50 video games.
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.
(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]
(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.
Canceled: Performance by the popular local honky-tonk band George Bedard & the Kingpins. Also, local food and drinks, a photo booth, a silent auction, and more. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.
Canceled: 6-9 p.m., Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti. Tickets $50 in advance at a2tix.com
This annual fall festival features a German dinner followed by dancing to German polkas and other European dance music by Fort Wayne (IN)-based Jay Fox and the Jammin' Germans.
6-10:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), Plumbers & Pipefitters Hall (UA Local 790), 7920 Jackson Rd., Dexter. Tickets $30 (includes dinner & beverages) in advance and (if available) at the door. Reservations recommended; call John Jarvis (734-954-0281), Richard Ebenhoeh (734-612-2583) or Mark MacArthur (734-474-7017). [map]
We're always happy to welcome Hines Drive to Lone Oak! Hines Drive consists of 3 members of the legendary band, Salem Witchcraft: Mark Derrick, Jim Duffey and Moe O'Shaughnessy. One of Michigan's most successful rock bands of the 70's & 80's, Salem Witchcraft was considered by many to be Michigan's top bar band at that time. They were also playing many concert dates with bands like Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Aerosmith, and many others. They went their separate ways to raise families and get "real" jobs but always remained close friends. Re-united to form an acoustic rock band called "Hines Drive", they are currently performing at some of Southeast Michigan's finest establishments. They hold huge appeal to the "baby boomers" who appreciate and relate to the classic music they play. Their musicianship and vocal harmonies have stood the test of time and are as tight as ever. Dinner menu tba. $35 pp includes dinner and show. Just 42 seats, reservations are a must.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35. 5175228167. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Come and enjoy performances from The University of Michigan A Cappella Community! All the a cappella students groups at the University of Michigan will perform at this kickoff concert of the 2019-2020 year. We hope you will join us for a showcases of the diverse and wonderful talents and voices here in Ann Arbor. We are selling tickets in advance at https:
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $8 for students and $10 for adults. email@example.com https:
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
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]
Nov. 2, 3, & 8-10. Pioneer High School students perform Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1988 children's novel about a supersmart girl with the gift of telekinesis who is woefully misunderstood. New York Times critic Ben Brantley praises the clever, expressive score and calls the show "an exhilarating tale of empowerment."
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 610 W. Stadium. Tickets $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, & PHS staff, $10) in advance a2tix.com
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]
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. AnnArborGhostTours@gmail.com https:
Traditional American music by an ensemble led by the duo of fiddler Ungar and guitarist Mason, best known from their frequent guest appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. Their repertoire includes a wide range of traditional and vintage American songs, along with many striking originals cut from traditional cloth. Ungar is best known for his "Ashokan Farewell," the haunting theme from the Grammy-winning soundtrack to Ken Burns's The Civil War. Other members of the band are Jay's daughter, fiddler Ruth Ungar, and Ruth's husband, banjoist Mike Merenda. Ungar and Mason have a new album, a soundtrack for the Western film The Divide..
8 p.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]
"The man who keeps the beat for local heroes Impulse presents his new project: Jazzify. Two Sets. Great Vibes." Personnel: Jamal (bass), Seth (guitar), Daniel (keyboards), Jibreel Johnson (trumpet), Shelby (saxophone), Caleb (drums). "The Caleb Roberts Band is a group of passionate musicians who display their passion through playing smooth and R&B-influenced jazz. Caleb has performed all over Ypsilanti, MI including Cultivate, The Tap House, The Ypsilanti Farmers Market, Ziggy's, and more. Caleb has played with multiple groups like The Washtenaw Community College Jazz Combo, John E. Lawrence & The Power Band, and Impulse. Currently Caleb is on a mission to continue to grow his art while inspiring other young musicians to chase their dreams." https:
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $3. (734) 221-3961. [map]
This sassy and magnetic Tony Award-winning writer-director-singer performs songs from and stories about his Broadway musical Hedwig & the Angry Inch, a brassy, joyous rock opera about a transexual from divided Berlin who survives a truncated sex change operation and several wounding betrayals to continue touring with her obscure band while searching for her "other half." Program: Hedwig favorites, including "The Origin of Love," and "Sugar Daddy," as well as songs from Mitchell's upcoming musical Anthem. Featuring powerhouse singer Amber Martin.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-$72 (students, $12-$20) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Nov. 2 & 16. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. The club also hosts practicas ($5) on Mondays (8-11:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.) that include one-on-one work and open dancing.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $10 (students, $5). firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
This nationally renowned ensemble of Saline high school students performs an energetic, polished stage show whose repertoire includes music, song, and dance from the traditions of American folk, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, Western, swing, and Celtic music.
Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [map]
The Brass Tacks Ensemble 20th Anniversary Celebration and Festival of Staged Readings: The Brass Tacks Ensemble.more >
The Brass Tacks Ensemble 20th Anniversary Celebration and Festival of Staged Readings: The Brass Tacks Ensemble.< less
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. email@example.com www.btensemble.org [map]
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]
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]
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
A trio of accomplished area musicians performs a program of Armenian music, highlighted by works by the pioneering composer-ethnomusicologist Komitas Vardapet. Also, works by Armenian composers influenced by Vardapet-Aram Khachaturian, Alan Hovhaness, and Edvard Baghdasaryan--along with some medieval Armenian liturgical music. With violinist Henrik Karapetyan, pianist Xavier Suarez, and vocalist Svetlana Sahakyan, a former member of the Armenian State Academic Choir.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com; reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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]
The Pointless musical improv team performs an improvised one-act musical inspired by a conversation with the audience.
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]
Guest conductor Morihiko Nakahara leads the orchestra in a program highlighted by contemporary composer Wang Jie's majestic Symphonic Overture on "America the Beautiful," inspired by Pikes Peak. Also, Liszt's cascading Piano Concerto no. 2, with South Africa-born piano virtuoso Anton Nel, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 5, an exploration of fate and death appreciated for its vivid colors.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $20-$75 in advance at a2so.com & the AASO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994-4801. [map]
Nationally renowned Saline-bred multi-instrumentalist Brad Phillips performs his one-man show that includes originals and songs by Jeff Daniels, Stevie Wonder, The Verve Pipe, all performed on violin, mandolin, guitar, piano, and dobro.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]
This show is all about the roots of rock: prog/art band Cat Lung will appear with Detroit power trio Mighty Ded Woods.
King Crimson released their genre-defining album, "In the Court of the Crimson King," 50 years ago. In tribute, Cat Lung will open our set with "21st Century Schizoid Man" and close it with "The Court of the Crimson King" -- the first and last tracks from the album. Join us for this special performance.
The Tap Room, 201 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-945-8570. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Nov. 2 & 16. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8) includes lesson; $5 for dance only. facebook.com
An evening of performance art by the Dreamland Puppet Troupe, Dreamland owner Naia Venturi, Ypsilanti punk singer-songwriter Patrick Elkins, Ypsilanti singer-songwriter Aimee Adams, and many other local performers.
9 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Donation ($5 suggested). email@example.com. [map]
Canceled and Postponed Events:
Every Sat. & Sun., except Mar. 22 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-12:30 a.m. or as long as the sky remains clear, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.
Blind Pig: "Autumn Uproar."
With the Detroit post-hardcore metal band YaYo, the Macomb County hard-rock band City 10, progressive rock singer-songwriter Jay Cotter, the Ypsilanti neo-soul/blues fusion quintet Kristianna & the DayNites, the suburban Detroit hard-rock quartet Katharsis, the Detroit singer-songwriter Kayla Drange, and the Wyandotte New Wave-style rock trio Abstract Habitat.
Blue Llama: LowDown Brass Band
8-piece horn band from Chicago whose music layers dancehall and street rhythms with elements drawn from hip-hop, jazz, reggae, and soul. $25-$45. 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Mike Ward
Veteran Detroit folk-rock singer-songwriter whose influences range from the Clancy Brothers to Dylan, Prine, and Springsteen.
Detroit St. Filling Station: Gayelynn McKinney & McKinney Zone 3
Veteran Detroit jazz drummer who's joined tonight by guitarist Alex Anest and bassist Jonathan Muir Cotton.
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.
Habitat Lounge: L'USA
Veteran Royal Oak dance band.
Mash: Matt Boylan
Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m.
Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds
Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May.
Tap Room: Cat Lung
Local experimental art-rock band Opener: Mighty Ded Woods, a Detroit power trio.. 9 p.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Blue Rays Trio
Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Shannon Lee & Friends
Local ensemble fronted by Lee, a versatile Ypsilanti Americana country-folk singer-songwriter best known as a vocalist with Hullabaloo.
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