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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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 8 a.m. 

Ann Arbor Scavenger Hunt: Ann Arbor Adventure.

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Explore Michigan's most charming city and learn a thing or two at the state university on this loop around Ann Arbor! Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity that anyone can enjoy. Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to experience the city like you never have before. Snap pics, race against the clock, and put your navigation skills to the test as you wander at your own pace. No reservations, no tour guides, and fun for all ages.
Let's Roam Scavenger Hunts, 313 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA. $11. [map]

 8:30 a.m. 

"Innovation in Aging Symposium": Jewish Family Services.

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This day of learning leverages expertise from industry, academia, healthcare, and the social service sector in thinking outside of the box about serving older adults.
Rackham Graduate Building, 915 East Washington Street. 100.00. [map]

 8:30 a.m. 

"Innovations in Aging Symposium": Jewish Family Services.

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This day of learning leverages expertise from industry, academia, healthcare, and the social service sector in thinking outside of the box about serving older adults.
Rackham Graduate Building, 915 East Washington Street. $100. [map]

 9:15-11:15 a.m. 

MOPS of GBC: Grace Bible Church.

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MOPS(Mother's of Preschoolers) is for any woman who has a child from birth to kindergarten. We meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. Childcare is provided. To assure quality childcare, space is limited. Confidential scholarships are also available.
We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month starting September 19th-May. We meet from 9:15am-11:15am. You must register to attend.
For more information and to register contact Jess Richer at
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $50. [map]

 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 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. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

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.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less-traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
10 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0504.

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Voting in America: Perennial Issues, Current Developments." U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Oct. 31-Dec. 12. Six weekly lectures by various speakers.

Oct. 31: U-M political science professor Jenna Bednar on "From Vote to Government: A Short Guide to the Complexity of the American Electoral System."

Nov. 7: U-M political science and statistics professor Walter R. Mebane, Jr., on "Election and Voting Security in the United States."

Nov. 14: U-M political science professor Ken Kollman on "Why Do We Have the Electoral College? Should We?"

Nov. 21: Bridge Magazine Capitol reporter Riley Beggin moderates a panel discussion with League of Women Voters of Michigan vice president Susan Smith and Washtenaw County clerk Larry Kestenbaum on "Implementing Michigan's Proposal 3 (Promote the Vote)."

Dec. 5: WSU political science professor Kevin Deegan-Krause on "Dragon Slaying Takes Time: The Complex Process of Ending Gerrymandering After the Passage of Proposition 2."

Dec. 12: U-M political science professor Vincent Hutchings on "Race, the Party System, and Elite Incentives in American Elections."
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Individual lectures $35 (members, $10). Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351. [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]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free)., 661-3575. [map]

 11 a.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]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Nov. 7, 14, & 21. Talks by visiting scholars. Nov. 7: "History of Furigana." Seisen University (Tokyo) Japanese professor Shinji Konno discusses the Japanese system of using small symbols next to kanji or other characters to indicate pronunciation. Nov. 14: Texas Christian University political science professor Michael Strausz on "Help (Not) Wanted: Immigration Politics in Japan." Nov. 21: "On Listening: Murakami Haruki and the Prejudices of Global Literature." UCLA Japanese literature professor Michael Emmerich discusses the influential Japanese novelist.
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Nov. 7, 14, & 21. Performances by area musicians. Nov. 7: Jazz and contemporary classical music by the WindSong Woodwind Quintet. Nov. 14: 1930s-style swing jazz by Ray Kamalay & His Red Hot Peppers. Nov. 21: Guitarist Jake Reichbart plays while Gifts of Art representatives Elaine Reed and Jessica Butts lead a "gratitude card" activity.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"The Poetry of the Harpsichord": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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U-M music professor emerita Edward Parmentier presents a program of harpsichord music, featuring William Byrd's The Fifth Galliard, Domenico Scarlatti's Sonata in E Major & A Major, Bach's Fugue in A Minor, and Jakob Froberger's Canzona No. 5 in A. Refreshments.
First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]

 1 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 a 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.
Glacier Hills Retirement Community/The Manor, 1200 Earhart Rd. Free. 7343692716. [map]

 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Aerosol-Climate Effects in Extreme Environments": U-M Climate, Space Sciences, & Engineering Program.

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Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland) atmospheric scientist Julia Schmale draws on fieldwork from Central Asia, the Southern Ocean, and the High Arctic to examine environmental change.
Climate & Space Research Bldg., 2455 Hayward. Free. 615-3583. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Probing Membrane-Assisted Dynamic Protein-Protein Interactions by NMR": U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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Talk by U-M chemistry and biophysics professor Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy.
4-5:30 p.m., Weiser Hall 10th fl., 500 Church. 615-. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Coding for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades 3-8 invited to build apps using BitsBox, or to work on a project in their preferred coding language. No experience required.
AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200.

 4, 7:10, & 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:15, 7, & 9:35 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., 668-TIME.

 4:15, 7:45, & 9:45 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.

 5 p.m. 

Annual Spaghetti Dinner: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Ladies Philoptochos Society.

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Choice of marinara or meat sauce, salad, bread, beverage, and dessert. Proceeds go toward gift cards for those in need.
5-7:30 p.m., St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. $10 (kids age 9 & under, $5). 332-8200. [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 p.m. 

Turkey Dinner: St. Andrew's United Church of Christ.

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Turkey dinner.
5-6:30 p.m., St. Andrew's social hall, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 (kids ages 5-12, $5; age 4 & under, free) in advance only. 426-8610. [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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Nov. 7, 11, 14, & 21. Visiting artists discuss their work.

Nov. 7: Marina Willer, a British graphic designer and filmmaker who's worked on branding for the Tate museum (London), Oxfam, and Amnesty International. Followed by a screening of her 2017 film Red Trees.

Nov. 11 (5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State): Artur Żmijewski, a multimedia Polish artist who uses photography and film to explore displacement, trauma, power structures, and otherness, discusses "Working Around, Against, and Without: An Artist's Excursion on Shifting Political Ground." The annual U-M Copernicus Lecture.

Nov. 14: Suzanne Lacy, an LA-based multimedia artist who uses installations, videos, and performances to address sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, gender identity, and other issues.

Nov. 21: Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban American illustrator who's done covers for Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, and other publications. His bold, figurative works are inspired by religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia.

5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater (except Nov. 11). 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 p.m.  Free! 

Anelise Chen: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this Taiwanese American writer whose 2017 experimental novel, So Many Olympic Exertions, blends sportswriting, memoir, and self-help. Her forthcoming memoir, Clam Down, explores the clam as a metaphor for self-examination. Book sale & signing. Preceded at 3 p.m. by a roundtable Q&A (1176 Angell Hall Hopwood Rm.).
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [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. 

Holiday Auction: Glacier Way West Side Cooperative Preschool Fundraiser.

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Silent auction of gift items, followed at 7 p.m. by a live auction. Buffet dinner.
6 p.m., Glacier Way, 900 S. Seventh St. Free admission. 995-0707. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ignite Ann Arbor 12.

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Sixteen local speakers give entertaining 5-minute slide-illustrated talks on a broad range of topics. Topics include "Living with Tourette Syndrome," "Mashed, Fried, or Baked: Serving up the Spud's Story," "Reinventing the Wheel: The Automotive Industry on the Brink of Disruption," "Hear This Photo: One Year as a Music Photographer," "Not Your Grandfather's Ham Radio," "Exploring Nonconformity through Graphic Novels," "How to Raise a Generation to Love the Outdoors," and more.
6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Every Thurs.. All invited to bring knitting projects to work on.
6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

  6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese & Cider Pairing": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's staffers discuss and offer taste samples of Michigan-made hard apple ciders paired with artisan cheeses. Age 21 and up.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45; reservations required. 929-0500. [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]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Circles Volunteer Orientation!: Friends In Deed.

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At our Volunteer Information Session you will:
•Learn about local poverty and how it affects our community
•Meet Allies and participants to hear how Circles has impacted them personally
•Find out how YOU can best use your time & talents in the Circles program
St. Luke - Ann Arbor, 4205 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 734-340-9042. [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.  Free! 

The Glen Leven Band live at Regents Field Sports Bar.

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Ann Arbor's rocking Irish/roots/rockabilly band The Glen Leven Band is taking the fun indoors this week at the new Regents Field Sports Bar at 204 S. Main in downtown Ann Arbor. Join the band for songs about Michigan, songs about beer, songs about Michigan beer, and tunes of all manner from 18th Century Irish airs to songs written last week about politics and car troubles. Jerry Hancock on bass; Kevin Devine on guitar, accordion and vocals; Brent Oeschger on percussion; and Dave McDaniel on vocals and lead guitar.
Regents Field Sports Bar, 204 S. Main Street. Free. 734-800-4143. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Benefits of Plant Based Diets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by WSU medicine professor Joel Kahn and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital farm manager Amanda Sweetman. Vegan food tasting. In conjunction with a pop-up exhibit VEG Michigan (see Galleries).
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Fantastic Rocks from Around the World": Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Presentation by club members Stan and Priscilla Woollams.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LGBTQ+ Issues in Real Estate": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion with a local Realtor, mortgage lender, attorney, and title insurance representative.
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m. 

"Lynryd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of one of the last shows by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the iconic classic rock band best known for the hits "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird."
7 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). $15 & $17 in advance at 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Secret Show": University Musical Society.

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Surprise artists TBA the week of the event. Cash bar.
Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti. Free; preregister in advance at to receive event clues; seats limited (preregistration does not guarantee admission). 764-2538. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Vote for Us: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting": Literati Bookstore.

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University of Kentucky law professor Joshua A. Douglas discusses his new book about people working on voting rights reforms. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Nate Fridson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 7-9. Smart, sarcastic observational humor by this NYC comic who specializes in probing autobiographical anecdotes. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs., except Nov. 28. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including Finance Camp and others.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"A World Beyond: Re-Imagining Activism Through Performance": U-M Dance Department.

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A concert of original choreography by several U-M dance majors in themes ranging from queer community-building to the visibility of labor.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $5 at the door. 763-5460. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"La Bohème": U-M Opera Theatre.

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Nov. 7-10. Matthew Ozawa directs U-M opera students in a production of Puccini's beloved opera about the love between a fatally ill girl and an impoverished poet in 1830s Paris. Many of grand opera's most famous arias are part of the score, including "Mi chiamano Mimi," "Che gelida manina," and "Quando m'en vo" (also known as Musetta's Waltz). Italian, subtitles.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $13) in advance at the Michigan League &, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Red Trees": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Marina Willer, 2017). Impressionistic visual essay about the experience of the director's father's family as one of 12 Jewish families to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague.
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.

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"Follies in Concert": Theatre NOVA.

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Sondheim's Broadway smash hit musical concerns a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre of the past performers of the "Weismann's Follies" that played in that theatre between the World Wars. A fundraiser for Theatre NOVA and presented in concert, Follies is a glamorous and fascinating peek into a bygone era, and a clear-eyed look at the transformation of relationships over time, with countless songs that have become standards, including "Broadway Baby", "I'm Still Here", "Too Many Mornings", "Could I Leave You?" and "Losing My Mind." Directed by Diane Hill. Music Direction by Brian E. Buckner. LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
November 7 - 17, 2019
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Tickets are $30. (No pay-what-you-can tickets are available for this fundraiser.) For tickets, visit, call 734-635-8450, or buy them in person at the box office one hour before show time.
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron St. $30. 734-635-8450. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The California Honeydrops.

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Oakland (CA) party band, led by singer, guitarist, and trumpeter Lech Wierzynski, whose music is a rambunctious confection of R&B, funk, Memphis soul, country blues, and New Orleans second-line. Opener: Javier Matos, a Minneapolis-based blues singer and slide guitar virtuoso.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and the, and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Follies in Concert": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 7-17. Diane Hill directs a concert-style staging of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Broadway musical about the reunion of follies showgirls in a vintage vaudeville theater, where they are haunted by the ghosts of their former lives. Favorites in the score include "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "Could I Leave You," and "Losing My Mind."
Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $30. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [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]

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"Thollem McDonas Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Acclaimed avant-jazz and post-classical composer-keyboardist McDonas (also lead singer of the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti) is joined by local bass clarinetist and saxophonist (and Observer contributor) Piotr Michalowski and cellist (and Ann Arbor Public Schools orchestra director) Abby Alwin in a program of originals and improvisations.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10-$25 in advance at; reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: London Beck

Young local singer-songwriter whose music interweaves strands of hip-hop, pop, soul, and jazz. Openers: MEBO, an Atlanta electronic hip-hop singer-producer, and Myleage. [venue info]

Blue Llama: U-M Jazz Program Showcase

Performances by ensembles of U-M jazz faculty, students, and alumni. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Gabriel

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Last Word: 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: Fangs & Twang

Ypsilanti trio of Black Jake & the Carnies members that plays twangy, high-energy country rock, with songs about vampires, mummies, and other fantastical creatures. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network."

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.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]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Rollie Tussing & Friends Rollie Tussing

Local blues-oriented vocalist and guitar virtuoso is joined by bassist Todd Perkins and drummer Dave Bendena. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]


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