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Calendar of Events

Friday, November 8, 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]

 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [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.-2 p.m. 

Fall Luncheon & Bazaar: Bethlehem United Church of Christ.

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Craft sale, bake sale, a quilt raffle, and a "Christmas Recycled" area with used decorations and other Christmas stuff. Beef or turkey lunch available 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (salads and pies included).
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bethlehem UCC, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Free admission; lunch tickets $12 (kids, $5; salad only, $8) in advance at the church office and, if available, at the door. 665-6149. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Saline Area Senior Center Bookworm Club.

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All seniors invited to discuss Kate Alcott's 2015 historical novel A Touch of Stardust (Sept. 13), set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, and Michelle Obama's 2018 memoir Becoming (Oct. 11), Markus Zusak's The Book Thief (Nov. 8), Kevin Powers's A Shout in the Ruins (Dec. 13), and Heather Morris's The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Jan. 10). Feb & Mar. topics TBA.
10-11:15 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [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 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]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Create a Journal": Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-5 invited to learn about different journaling techniques, and then decorate a journal to take home.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Grasp": U-M Philosophy Department.

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NYU philosophy professor Michael Strevens discusses how it is you may be said to "know" a fact without understanding it.
1171 Angell Hall. Free. 764-6285. [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)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:10 & 6:50 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, & 9:25 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.

 4:30 p.m. 

"Give Me Liberty": Michigan Theater.

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(Kirill Mikhanovsky, 2019). Freewheeling comedy about a medical transport driver during a riot in Milwaukee.
Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 4:40, 7:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Pain and Glory": State Theater.

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(Pedro Almodóvar, 2019). A film director in physical decline who reflects on his career. Spanish, subtitles.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8., 668-TIME.

 4:45, 7:15, & 9:40 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]

 5-11 p.m. 

"Reincarnate - Cocktails and Wine, Floral Art, Botanical Market": York Food + Drink (formerly Morgan & York).

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Celebrate the end of the growing season and all of its bounty with a beautiful evening of live music, floral art, libations, and a botanical market on Nov. 8 & 9 at York Food + Drink! Party kicks off at 5pm! $10 suggested donation (online or at the door) to the artists.
Link for tickets:
Featured Floral Artists:
Bhakti Flowers
Graham Stanton Co.
Gnome Grown Flowers
Fresh Cut Flower Farm
University Flower Shop
More to come!
Musical Performances:
Dani Darling (Fri. 6-8pm)
Colin Murphy & Anna Lee's Co. (Fri. 9-10:30pm)
Sterling G (Sat. 6-8pm)
More to come!
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104. Donation. $10. (734) 662-0798. [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). [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]

 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night"

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the 2003 Disney animated film Brother Bear. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Gerome Kamrowski - "Ann Arbor's Own Surrealist": Schmidt's Antiques Inc. Since 1911.

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Gerome Kamrowski Exhibition: Ann Arbor's Own Surrealist
The free show & sale will begin on Friday, November 8th, at Schmidt's Antiques Inc's Michigan Art Gallery, and will include over 20 never before seen works by Gerome Kamrowski (1914-2004) - A founder of what became American Abstract Expressionism.
Please join us in an Opening Reception: Friday, November 8th 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
Opening Weekend continues through Saturday, November 9th 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & Sunday, November 10th 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
The exhibition will continue each Saturday through January 4, 2020. Please call (734.434.2660) or email ( with any questions.
Schmidt's Antiques Inc., 5138 West Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Free. 7344342660. [map]

 6 p.m.-9 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:
Gallery 22 North, 22 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fall Harvest DIY Crafts": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to try something from a selection of easy fall crafts that use autumn leaves and other outdoor items. Also, cider and doughnuts.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.

 6-9 p.m. 

"TechTwilight": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Displays by local innovators, hands-on activities, and a chance to meet techies, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Drinks & hors d'oeuvres. Age 21 & over only.
6-9 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Tickets $35 (members, $30) in advance at; $40 at the door. 995-5439. [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. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Discussion & tasting of the 7 major varieties of cheese, with bread and other accompaniments.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40, reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Movie for Adults": Dexter District Library.

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All adults invited.

Nov. 8: Tolkien. Dome Karukoski's 2019 J.R.R. Tolkien biopic.

Dec. 13:The Bookshop. Isabel Coixet's 2018 adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald's novel about a widow whose bookshop opening sparks controversy in a sleepy English village. Emily Mortimer & Bill Nighy.

6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 7 p.m. 

26th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival.

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Nov. 8-10. 3 days of Polish films. Polish, subtitles.

Nov. 8: "Obywatel Jones/Mister Jones" (Agnieszka Holland, 2019). Thrilling biopic about a Welsh journalist who broke the news in Western media about the early 1930s famine in the Soviet Union. 7 p.m. "Zabawa, Zabawa/Playing Hard" (Kinga Debska, 2018). Drama about 3 alcoholic women: a 40-year-old prosecutor, a young student, and a distinguished surgeon. 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 9: "Children's Program" (for age 3 & up) includes Magiczna Zima Muminków/Moomins and the Winter Wonderland, Ira Carpelan and Jakub Wójcik's 2017 animation about a mythical critter who decides to forgo hibernation to explore winter. Shown in 2 parts, with intermission. 10 a.m. Children's Book Fair (10:40 & 11:40 a.m.). Documentary films (FREE), including Eric Bednarski's Warsaw Ghetto documentary Warszawa: Miasto Podzielone/Warsaw: A City Divided (12:30 p.m.); Natalia Koryncka-Gruz's animated WWII documentary Mala Zaglada/A Minor Genocide (1:50 p.m.); Miroslaw Dembinski's documentary about a 91-year-old paraglider, Jeszcze Lecimy/Still Flying (3:10 p.m.); and Arabski Sekret/The Arabic Secret (3:45 p.m.), Julia Groszek's documentary about a man tracking his origins to the Middle East. Followed at 4:40 p.m. by a Q&A with Groszek. "Boze Cialo/Corpus Christi" (6 p.m.), Jan Komasa's 2019 drama about a 20-year-old who has a spiritual transformation at a Youth Detention Center and decides, upon release, to dress as a priest and minister a small-town parish. Feature film TBA (8:30 p.m.).

Nov. 10: "Cudzoziemcy w Powstaniu Warszawskim/Foreigners in the Warsaw Uprising" (Malgorzata Brama, 2017). Docudrama about outside support for Polish insurgents in 1944. "Short Films Program" (FREE), includes Badylok, Karolina Klapkowska's drama about a 16-year-old whose fantasies help him escape his dreary reality; Maria Ornaf's haunting drama Piolun/Wormwood; Ostatni Dzien Lata/The Last Day of Summer, Aleksandra Czenczek's English-language drama about the connection between a young boy and an elderly woman with dementia; Daria Kopiec's Miasteczko/Small Town; and Na Strajk!/On Strike!, Stanislaw Horodecki's drama about a boy who, while caring for his grandfather with Alzheimer's, discovers a family secret. 11:50 a.m. Followed at 1:25 p.m. by a Q&A with Horodecki. "Pilsudski" (Michal Rosa, 2019) Biopic about Polish statesman Józef Pilsudski's role in the early 20th-century independence movement. 3 p.m.

Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $6; U-M students with ID, FREE; children's program, $5; family ticket for children's program, $15; documentaries & short films, FREE). [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Nov. 8 & 9: Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Nov. 14: MSU. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 6 & 7: Penn State. 8:30 p.m. (Dec. 6) & 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 7).

Jan. 25: U. S National Development Team. Exhibition game against a team of players age 17 & under in the Plymouthr-based U.S. National Development Team. 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1: OSU. 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7 & 8: Wisconsin. 6:30 p.m. (Feb. 7) & 7:30 (Feb. 8)

Feb. 21 & 22: Notre Dame 6 p.m. (Feb. 21) & 4 p.m. (Feb. 22)
Various times (see listing), Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10-$65 at 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Oct. 30: Northwood. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 8: WMU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 10: Bradley. 2 p.m.

Nov. 23: Notre Dame. Time TBA.

Dec. 1: Morgan State. Time TBA

Dec. 5: Syracuse. 9 p.m.

Dec. 8 Oakland. 2 p.m.

Dec. 14: Appalachian State. Time TBA.

Dec. 31: Penn State. 2 p.m.

Jan. 5: Michigan State. Noon.

Jan. 12: Maryland. Noon.

Jan. 26: Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Feb. 2: Iowa. Noon.

Feb. 6: Purdue. 6 p.m.

Feb. 13: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Mar. 1: Indiana. Time TBA.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Wrestling.

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Jan. 5: Oregon State. 4 p.m.

Jan. 10: MSU. 7 p.m.

Jan. 17: Maryland. 7 p.m.,

Jan. 19: Minnesota. 2 p.m., Crisler Center
Cliff Keen Arena (unless noted), Hoover at S. Street. $6 at 764-0247.

 7 p.m. 

"Mamma Mia": Chelsea High School Theater Guild Fall Musical.

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Nov. 8 & 9. CHS theater director Paige Conway directs students in Catherine Johnson's 1999 jukebox musical with an all-ABBA score about a bride-to-be trying to find her real father.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sat.), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $10 (students & seniors, $7) in advance at the Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door. 475-4524. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Ramona Quimby": Saline Community Education Youth Theater Guild.

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Nov. 8 & 9. Rebecca Groeb and Alyssa Dawson direct Saline students in grades 1-8 in Len Jenkin's high-spirited comedy adapted from Beverly Cleary's stories about an exasperating but lovable 3rd-grader.
7 p.m. Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $6 at the door only. 401-4214. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid": Nicola's Books.

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U-M public health professor Bill Lopez discusses his new book about the ripple effect of a daylong act of immigration enforcement in Washtenaw County. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Story Night": Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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Guild members host a lively program of stories for grownups. Tellers include Jane Fink, Beverly Black, Mike Cox, and Laura Hayes. Story Nights are now quarterly; the next one is Jan. 28.
For online meeting URL preregister at Free. 665-2757.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Queen Next Door: Aretha Franklin, an Intimate Portrait": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Former Detroit News photojournalist (and U-M alum) Linda Solomon reads from her new book about the late "Queen of Soul," with whom she had a decades-long friendship. Introduction by 107.1 FM morning host Martin Bandyke. Signing.
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.

 7:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Wisconsin caller Carol Ormand leads dances to music by Debbie Jackson, Earl Gaddis, and Matt McCoy. For experienced dancers.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]

 7:30 & 10 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. 

"Matilda the Musical": Pioneer Theatre Guild.

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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 and at the door. 994-2191. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"To Find a Wonder": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Jr. Theatre.

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Nov. 8-10. Jennifer Carson directs local actors in her, Dave Holtz, and Brandon Michael Lowden's family-friendly musical comedy about a squire who desperately wants to become a knight. To prove his worthiness, he goes on a quest with his faithful mare, a scatterbrained wizard, a frog prince, and a special vegetable. Stars Tessa Hanrath, Lily Stewart, Ian Weintraub, Ainsley Maddock, Emily Haselschwerdt, & Jacob Wing.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.) and 1 & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Scarlett Middle School, 3300 Lorraine. Tickets $10 (youth, $8) in advance at, by phone, and at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"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.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Nov. 8 & 22. All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dick Siegel: The Ark.

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This veteran local singer-songwriter is an immensely gifted and versatile composer whose songs offer all sorts of immediate musical and lyrical pleasures, both serious and comic, as well as a resonant staying power. His live repertoire features material from his nationally acclaimed 2002 CD A Little Pain Never Hurts, early hits like "Angelo's" and "When the Sumac Is on Fire"-one of the best songs about Michigan ever written-and new songs.
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, and at the door. [map]

 8-11 p.m. 

Michael & Peter Formanek Duo.

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Sets at 8pm and 9:30pm
Michael Formanek (Double Bass) and Peter Formanek (Saxophones, Clarinets, and Flute) have been making music and improvising together for more than 20 years. In 2019 they will bring the duo on tour for the first time, starting this Fall in the eastern and mid-western United States. Michael Formanek plays the double bass and has been part of the New York jazz and improvised music scene for many years. Peter Formanek is a multi instrumentalist playing all of the saxophones, clarinets, and flute, and has lived in the Detroit Area since graduating from the University of Michigan in 2017. The duo will perform music composed by each member, as well as improvised pieces and the occasional standard tune.
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $10 to $15 (suggested). 734-221-3961. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Passion & Perseverance - A Naughty & Nice Cabaret: Kickshaw Theatre.

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The one-night-only event will feature favorite musical theater show tunes and standards that revel in the "nice" and the "naughty"! Performed by local vocalists, under the musical direction of Leah Fox (Ypsilanti).
Admission includes complimentary wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as light refreshments before and during the performance.
All proceeds will benefit Kickshaw Theatre's 2019/2020 professional season.
The Gladwin Barn, 4105 W. Liberty Street. $50. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Spontaneous Jammers @ The Zal Gaz Grotto Club: The Spontaneous Jammers.

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Come on out to the Zal Gaz Grotto Club on Nov 8 from 8-11pm and dance to Rock n' Roll music by the Spontaneous Jammers! Cover $5; food and drink available for purchase.
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $5. 7344173057. [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. 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. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Flatlanders: The Ark.

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Acoustic performance by the celebrated trio of Texas singer-songwriters Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock, who broke up in the mid-70s before reuniting at the beginning of the 90s. Their sole early recording, More a Legend than a Band, unreleased until 1990, featured a blend of tough-minded, wild-mannered lyricism and country-folk elegance that established the standard and opened a future for the motley splendor known as alt-country. Each member is an exceptional songwriter in his own right, but the secret of the band's appeal is in the serendipitous chemistry that unites 3 very different voices and sensibilities-Gilmore's folk-country Zen, Ely's punk honky-tonk, and Hancock's Dylanesque balladry.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 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. 

Willy Porter.

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Pop-folk singer-songwriter from Milwaukee whose music blends roots-pop with elements of funk and country, and whose songs span a wide range of moods, from the trucker-inspired "Jesus on the Grille" and the girl-in-the-diner ode "Glow" to the erotic mysticism of "Watercolor," all accompanied by his intricately virtuosic acoustic guitar playing. Porter's latest CD, Bonfire to Ash, is a collection of songs exploring themes of human connection.
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. 

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

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This New England-based quartet sings 4-part vocal harmonies, with occasional banjo and mouth harp accompaniment. They specialize in world folk music, and its latest album, Song of the Times, is a collection of 400 years of music from working class and labor rights movements in the U.S. & U.K. Folk musicologist Mary DesRosiers acclaims Windborne for "the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements."
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 662-4536. [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. 

"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. 

"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]

 8 p.m. 

"Passion & Perseverance: Naughty & Nice Cabaret": Kickshaw Theatre Fundraiser.

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Leah Fox directs local vocalists in favorite show tunes and standards. Light refreshments, wine, beer, & non-alcoholic beverages.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Gladwin Barn, 4105 W. Liberty. Tickets $50 in advance at and (if available) at the door. 203-0556. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including Pointless's resident League of Pointless Improvisers. The Nov. 8 & 22 shows feature sets by This Is a Quiz.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Lads in Their Hundreds: Songs of World War I": Kerrytown Concert House.

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EMU voice professor Robert Peavler, a baritone, performs works by WWI-era composers, including Cohan, Berlin, Butterworth, Gurney, Ireland, Boulanger, and Poulenc. Accompanist is BGSU piano faculty member Kevin Bylsma.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at; reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Parliament of Poets": Apollo's Troupe.

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Nov. 8-10. One-hour reading by veteran poet Frederick Glaysher of his 2012 epic poem, which is set partially on the moon at the Apollo 11 landing site, the Sea of Tranquility, where Apollo, the Greek god of poetry, summons ancient and modern poets of all nations to fashion a new vision of life. A combination poetry reading, protest play, and performance art piece.
Hathaway's Hideaway, 310 Ashley. Tickets $15 (students, $12) at the door only. 248-453-4220. [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. 

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch": State Theater.

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(John Cameron Mitchell, 2000). Brassy, joyous rock opera about a transsexual from divided Berlin who survives a truncated sex change operation and several wounding betrayals to continue touring with her obscure band and searching for her "other half." Based on the hit Off-Broadway play.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8., 668-TIME.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. Rides of 20 miles or more (round trip), to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Chamber Music: Serendipity Books.

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Select students of the Cumming String Studio perform works TBA.
5:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 W. Middle, Chelsea. Free. 475-7148. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Alison Albrecht

Detroit singer-songwriter whose music blends folk, pop, and country. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Disaster Relief

Local all-star ensemble led by guitarist- keyboardist Darrin James whose music mixes elements of funk, jazz, Afrobeat, rock, and blues. With trumpeter Ross Huff and saxophonists Dan Bennett, Tim Haldeman, and Molly Jones fronting a rhythm section of bassist Brennan Andes and drummer Rob Avsharian. With guest guitarist Dr. Pete Larson. $10. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Shahida Nurullah & Good Company

Quartet led by Nurullah, a big-voiced Detroit jazz singer who specializes in blues, ballads, and pop standards [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: PB&J

Singer-songwriter trio of Bobby Pennock, Beverly Meyer, and Judy Insley. [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]

Live: The Cellar Cats

An eclectic mix of rock 'n' roll, Motown, blues, soul, R&B, progressive rock, and swing by this ensemble of veteran local musicians fronted by singer-flutist Patty O'Connor. With guitarist and harmonica player Myron Grant, guitarist Kip Godwin, keyboardist Mark Wight, bassist Terry Gordinier, drummer John Marion, and Charles Dayringer on congas, clarinet, and sax. [venue info]

Lo-Fi: Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor

Local psychedelic-blues garage quartet. Opener: ZZava, an Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quartet. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Gabriel.

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Slowfoot

Old-school Detroit rock 'n' roll and blues-rock by this Waterford quintet. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Tim Prosser

A mix of folk and pop covers and originals by this local singer- mandolinist, who is joined by guest musicians TBA. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Folk Laureates

Local acoustic ensemble that plays folk, vintage pop, parodies, and some originals. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: McLaughlin's Alley

Detroit Irish-tinged pop-rock quintet fronted by sibling singer- songwriters Tina and Maureen Paraventi. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Spontaneous Jammers

New local rock 'n' roll band. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Bag of Brains

Detroit psychedelic pop-folk duo. [venue info]


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