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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 14, 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 a.m.  Free! 

Open House: Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor.

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Early Childhood Open House. All invited to explore our beautiful, art-filled campus and experience this unique education that interweaves academics, art, music and practical skills for all students.
Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, 2775 Newport Road. Free. 7349954141. [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 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Who Lives in a Tree": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance teaches kids ages 2-4 (with caregiver) about forest animals and how they survive the winter.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 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]

 10:30-11 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]

 11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"1/2 Day Pizza Cafe": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited for pizza and games.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [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]

 Noon  Free! 

"New Insights on Henry Clinton and British Strategy in the American Revolutionary War": U-M Clements Library.

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U-M Howard H. Peckham fellow Huw Davies discusses his current research at the Clements Library. Bring lunch, if you wish.
Noon, Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at 764-2347. [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]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Managing Macrofauna in Your Garden": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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Local gardening educator Royer Held offers pest management tips.
12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 662-3279. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Thanksgiving Celebration": International Neighbors.

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Area women invited to a potluck with food traditionally associated with American Thanksgiving celebrations, as well as dishes from international cultures. International Neighbors is a 60-year-old group of local women who welcome women from other countries during their stays in Ann Arbor. Child care (free) available for kids age 5 & under.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 662-5723. [map]

 4, 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Critical Conversations: Media Studies at the Intersection of Theory and Practice": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Documentary filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi and Hendrix College (Conway, AR) film and media studies professor Joshua Glick discuss documentary practices in domestic and international settings and the association of documentaries with political and social causes.
4-5:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-4087. [map]

 4-5:20 p.m.  Free! 

"Human Rights on the Brink": U-M Ford School Weiser Diplomacy Center.

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Talk by Human Rights First president Michael Breen. Reception follows.
Weill Hall, 735 S. State. Free. 998-9351. [map]

 4, 7:30, & 9:45 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]

 4:10 & 10 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.

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

All Star Readers: Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades 3 & 4. Snacks & activities.

Nov. 14: Lights, Camera, Cook!, Charise Mericle Harper's novel about 4 tweens who enter a televised cooking contest.

Dec. 19: Stick Dog, Tom Watson's book about a group of stray dogs (illustrated as stick figures) perpetually in search of hamburgers.

4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tween Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 5 & 6 invited to discuss a book. Snacks, trivia, and occasional crafts.

Sept. 19: The Doughnut Fix, Jessie Janowitz's 2018 novel about a city kid and avid baker who moves to a rural town with no restaurants.

Oct. 17: Stormbreaker, the 1st in Anthony Horowitz's series about Alex Rider, a teen recruited as a spy for MI6.

Nov. 14: The Matchstick Castle, Keir Graff's 2017 novel about a boy whose boring summer is turned upside down when he finds a fantastical castle in the woods.

4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 5 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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

 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. [map]

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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. 

Sauerkraut Supper: Saline American Legion.

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Spaetzle, mashed potatoes and gravy, pork, knockwurst, and dessert. Served family-style. The Legion also hosts a pan-fried walleye dinner the last Wed. of every month ($15).
5:30-7 p.m., Saline American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. $12. 429-7310. [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]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Silence of Others": U-M Romance Languages & Literatures Dept.

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(Almudena Carracedo & Robert Bahar, 2019). Documentary about the ongoing struggles for justice by victims of Franco's 40-year Spanish dictatorship
Palmer Commons Forum Hall. FREE. 764-5344.

 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.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Cambrian Senior Living, 52365 10 Mile Road, South Lyon. Free. 800-272-3900. [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 p.m. 

Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement Workshop: YORK Food + Drink & University Flower Shop.

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Under the guidance of UFS designers, you'll work with fresh, autumnal ingredients as you learn the basic principles for designing a lush table centerpiece, how to prolong the vase life of cut flowers, and the tools necessary to create a floral arrangement. Participants will leave with their arrangement and the knowledge to replicate the experience at home. Your choice of a glass of wine, beer, or cocktail from YORK's collection plus cheese and meat platters are included. $100/person.
Participants may also choose to add a bottle of wine and a loose bundle to create their own Thanksgiving centerpiece or host/ess gift. This additional package is $65 per person and will be available for you to collect from YORK on November 27th.
Information on the bottle we've selected: 2017 Pierre-Marie Chermette Origine Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes. This wine is truly emblematic of the Chermette estates and the region of Beaujolais. Always bright, punchy, and satisfy
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104. $100. 734-662-0798. [map]

 6:30 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]

 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: The Smell of Mummies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning flavor and fragrance blog Glass Petal Smoke, offers samples of some natural extracts used in ancient Egyptian mummification rituals and discusses her recent experience sniffing mummies at the U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, which inspired her new scent, "Simulacra of Mummy."
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Writing Interactive Fiction with Code": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn how to write a digital "Choose Your Own Adventure" story using a simple coding language. You can then play through the stories you and others have written.
AADL Downtown Training Center. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Lilly Stalks, Pounded Murphies, and Caramel Ice Cream: Investigating the Food System that Fed U-M Students a Century Ago": Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

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Join U-M anthropologist Lisa Young as she discusses how and what U-M students ate a hundred years ago, and the system that supplied the food. The lecture is aided by work that Young's students did at the Bentley Historical Library exploring menus for student banquets.
This lecture is part of a new series on the history of the University of Michigan sponsored by the Bentley Historical Library. Lectures are free and open to the public.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue. Free. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Braylon Edwards: Literati Bookstore.

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This former U-M football star is joined by ESPN college football correspondent Tom VanHaaren in a discussion of Doing It My Way: My Outspoken Life as a Michigan Wolverine, NFL Receiver, and Beyond, Edwards' new frank memoir about his time in Ann Arbor and in the NFL.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Doug Smith and Jane Bridges: Nicola's Books.

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Readings by these 2 local poets. Smith's Social Work and Other Myths draws on his experience as a social worker and community organizer. This Iris and Ransom Note is Bridges' collection of 8 poems, inspired by haiku, about life with her husband of 40 years, his sudden death, and her response to it. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 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! 

"As the Page Turns Book Club": Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss recent so-called "page turners."

Nov. 14: The Immortalists. Chloe Benjamin's 2018 novel about the lives of 4 siblings who as children visited a psychic who claimed to know the day they would die. The story that ensues is an ambitious exploration of the shaping powers of beliefs and stories.

Dec. 12: The Believers. Rebecca Makkai's 2018 novel about a mother's search for her estranged daughter against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis, and the ripples of grief affecting generations of survivors.

7-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introductory Joinery": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All interested in woodworking invited to learn about different wood joints, basic joinery techniques, and how to do joinery in small shops with limited tools.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Reading by Thailand-based queer poet (and Midwest native) Jasmine An, whose 2016 book, Naming the No-Name Woman, mythologizes her experiences as a Chinese-American woman with various overlapping identities. She has a forthcoming collection, Monkey Was Here. The program begins with an open mike for poets, who are welcome to read their own work or a favorite poem by another writer.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame": Young People's Theater.

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Nov. 14-17. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in the Disney musical by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz based on Victor Hugo's novel about the deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo who's held prisoner in Notre Dame cathedral. When he escapes for a day, he's treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. The score includes songs from the 1996 animated film, including "Out There."
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University, Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at & the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration": Fathom Events.

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Screening of 6 episodes of this classic sci-fi TV series and a short documentary about its creator, Rod Serling.
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).

 7:30 p.m. 

"Anthropocene: The Human Epoch": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Jennifer Baichwal & Edward Burtynsky, 2019). Documentary comprised of striking footage that shows the impact humans have made on the planet. Post-film Q&A with U-M School of Environment and Sustainability faculty.
Michigan Theater. 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. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Jef Brannan: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 14-16. This Detroit comic is known for a fast-paced, good-natured show that mixes song parodies with lots of raunchy one-liners, jokes, and jabs at his audience. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
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. 

"School of Rock": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Nov. 14-17. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage adaptation of the 2003 film about a wild-eyed heavy-metal guitarist, kicked out of his band for boorishness, who fakes his way into a substitute teaching job and proceeds to mobilize the staid yuppie kids with rock 'n' roll. Cast: John Reed, Loey Jones-Perpich, Jeremy Klooster, Sophie Hammond, Ana Morgan, Avani Carter, Bao Polkowski, Brooke Linton-Rafko, Chloe Kurihara, David Hogan, Eliahna Heimann, Greta Chappell-Lakin, Lacey Cooper, Noah Hogan, Rowan Tucker-Meyer, Sophia Svinicki, Venkata Nikhil, and more.
Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $9) in advance at and (if available) at the door. 994-2025.

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Up There": State Theater.

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(Michael Blaustein & Daniel Weingarten, 2019). Comic drama about a journalist on a lame assignment in the U.P. who gets a lead from a local on a story that could make his name. Post-film Q&A with the filmmakers.
$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).

 7:30 p.m. 

"Water by the Spoonful": U-M Theatre Department.

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Nov. 14-17. Geoff Packard directs U-M theater students in Quiara Alegria Hudes's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2012 drama, a compassionate tale about an Iraq War vet and 4 ex-drug addicts searching for meaning and connection. Variety calls it "a combination poem, prayer, and app on how to cope in an age of uncertainty, speed, and chaos."
Arthur Miller Theater, 1226 Murfin. $30 (students, $13). 764-2538. [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! 

Creative Arts Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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This adventurous ensemble of performing arts technology students performs improvisations. Note: limited seating.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Saxophone Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Students of U-M saxophone professor Timothy McAllister perform originals and arrangements, including Steve Reich's iconic New York Counterpoint and works by Roshanne Etezady, Lisa Nehar, Iman Habibi, Jeremy Howell, and Chen Yi. With noted soprano Kelly Ann Bixby and pianist Liz Ames.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [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. 

"Ripcord": PTD Productions.

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Nov. 14-17 & 20-23. Dennis Platte directs local actors in David Lindsay-Abaire's biting 2016 comedy about a reserved resident of an assisted living facility whose limits are tested when she's assigned a perky, gregarious roommate who claims she's never angry. The 2 make a bet to see who will be the first to break the other's composure. Cast: Marie Jones, Erica Dutton, Deena Baty, Wyatt Woodside, Josiah Pankiewicz, and Josh Warn.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Wed. & Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at, by phone, & at the door. 483-7345. [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]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Ossi Music

Local electronic art-rock collective. Openers: electro-pop singer-songwriter Olivia for Now, Tonie Acron, and hip-hop musician Stymie. $10. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Wendell Harrison Quintet

Ensemble led by Detroit jazz saxophonist and clarinetist Harrison. $15-$35. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. [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]

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: Pete Bullard & the Zou Animals

Blues, swing, and rockabilly by an ensemble led by veteran local guitarist Bullard. [venue info]


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