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Calendar of Events

Friday, November 15, 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.  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.

 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. 

Dollar Movies: Saline Area Senior Center.

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All seniors invited.

Nov. 15: Boy Erased. Joel Edgerton's 2018 drama based on Richard Conley's memoir about his experience as the son of a Baptist preacher forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Nov. 22: Going in Style. Zach Braff's 2017 crime comedy starring Michael Caine & Alan Arkin.

Dec. 6: Yesterday. Danny Boyle's 2019 comedy about a struggling musician who wakes up in an alternate timeline where he is the only person with any memory of the Beatles.

Dec. 20: The Nutcracker & the Four Realms. Lasse Hallström & Joe Johnston's 2018 adventure fantasy adapted from the E.T.A. Hoffmann story and subsequent ballet about a young girl transported into a magical world.

Dec. 27: Tolkien. Dome Karukoski's 2019 biopic about the formative years of the iconic fantasy writer.

10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Drop-in Preschool Makerspace": Dexter District Library.

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Kids age 5 and under (with caregiver) invited to do crafts and building challenges. Materials provided.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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! 

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]

 Noon  Free! 

"Crafting Theravada Buddhism: Touch and Material in the Lives of Thai Buddhists": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Talk by U-M Southeast Asian studies lecturer Anthony Lovenheim Irwin.
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0352. [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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Nov. 15 & Dec. 20. Movies with refreshments for adults.

Nov. 15: The Hero. rett Haley's 2017 comedy that stars Sam Elliott as an aging Western star and Nick Offerman as his drug dealer buddy.

Dec. 20: A Street Cat Named Bob. Roger Spottiswoode's 2016 biopic about a homeless street musician whose fortunes improve after he's befriended by a stray cat he calls Bob.

2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Patagonian Prehistory: Human Ecology and Cultural Evolution in the Land of Giants": U-M Anthropology Department Rappaport Lecture Series.

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U-M anthropology professor Raven Garvey discusses why Patagonians remained foragers despite favorable farming conditions. 3rd of 4 talks on the human colonization of Patagonia.
Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 764-7274. [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]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff on hand to help and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]

 4:15 & 8 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, 7:05, & 9:35 p.m. 

"The Report": Michigan Theater.

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(Scott Burns, 2019). Drama about an FBI agent who investigates the CIA's use of torture on suspected terrorists in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Adam Driver.
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]

 4:30, 7, & 9:30 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.

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Art"

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Local artists have gathered for a two day sale at Pearl Street Studios, located at 108 Pearl Street, Ypsilanti Michigan. The event opens Friday, November 15th from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. (Lite refreshments will be served) and Saturday, November 16th from
10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Enjoy finding new items for decorating , gift giving or indulging yourself in new imagery.
Artist participating are:
Carolyn McCarthy - Photography
Michele Shannon - Fiber Art
Eugenia Ramon - Functional Pottery
Carol MacFarland - Jewelry, Ornaments, pottery
Cindy Lyons - Painted items
Laura Morris - pottery, ornaments, holiday mugs, functional pottery
Pearl Street Studios, 108 Pearl Street, Ypsilanti. 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, 7:15, & 10 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.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Magic: The Gathering: Dexter District Library.

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Grades 6-12 invited to play this popular collectible card game. Basic knowledge of the rules required. Pizza & prizes.
6-8:30pm (prompt arrival requested), DDL. Free. 426-4477. [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]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Agriculture and Climate Change: Can Regenerative and Biodynamic Agriculture Save the Planet?": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by local sustainability experts Hajnal Minger and Aquillon Hetrick.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen After Hours: 90s Night": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to play 90s board games, eat 90's snacks, and sing 90s music at karaoke.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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 & Beer": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of beers paired with artisan cheeses. Bread & other accompaniments.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45; reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Cabaret Fundraiser: Out Loud Chorus.

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A night of singing, music and entertainment. Mayor Beth Bashert is the Master of Ceremonies. 21+ over only. Open bar, hors d'oeuvre and silent auction. This event raises much needed funds to support Out Loud's performance at GALA LGBTQ+ chorus festival in Minneapolis. $125 VIP tickets include meet-and-greet with the Mayor and performers.
Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market PL, Ypsilanti. $75. 7342560740. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including fiction by Charlotte Rutty and poetry by Jennifer Huang.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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

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

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

Nov. 15: Elon. 7 p.m.

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

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

Dec. 14: Oregon. Noon.

Dec. 21: Presbyterian College. Noon.

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

Jan. 9: Purdue. 7 p.m.

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

Jan. 25: Illinois. Noon.

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

Feb. 8: MSU. Noon.

Feb. 16: Indiana. 1 p.m.

Feb. 27: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

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

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A Forest of Symbols: Art, Science, and Truth in the Long Nineteenth Century": Literati Bookstore.

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University of Chicago art history professor Andrei Pop discusses his new book about Symbolist artists and writers and their interest in subjectivity. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Brandenburg in Cycles": Community Music School of Ann Arbor.

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First in a series of 3 concerts by The Brandenburg Project, an ensemble of CMS students that plays Bach's Brandenburg Concertos on period instruments using historic techniques. Program: Concertos nos. 1 & 2.
7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Tickets $15 in advance at 213-2000. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

"Cabaret Fundraiser": Out Loud Chorus.

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Members of this chorus of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and their friends perform a variety show emceed by Ypsilanti mayor Beth Bashert. Also, a silent auction, as well as hors d'oeuvres & an open bar. All proceeds benefit Out Loud's upcoming Minneapolis performance.
Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Pl. $75- $125. 2560740. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cork Trivet Making Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry demonstrates how to repurpose used wine corks into trivets, key holders, and jewelry holders. Corks provided, or bring your own.
AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Discovery of a New Nation: Native Americans and the Beginning of the United States": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians (Wisconsin) cultural affairs director Heather Bruegl.
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Stories": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL storytellers present an all ages program of songs and stories.
AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200.

 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 Snowy Day and Other Stories": EMU Theater Department Theatre of the Young.

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Nov. 15 & 16. EMU drama professor Emily Levickas directs EMU students in Jerome Hariston's stage adaptation of Ezra Jack Keats's popular picture books about the simple pleasures in a young boy's life, like playing in the fresh fallen snow and whistling for the first time. For ages 4 and up.
EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emutix and at the door. 487-1221.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to try kirtan, an ancient yogic spiritual practice that involves singing and chanting. Accompanied by live music on tabla, harmonium, cello, violin, and finger cymbals. The program ends with silent meditation and homemade chai.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Stone Chalet, 1917 Washtenaw. Free, but donations accepted. 476-2621. [map]

 7:30 & 10 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. 

"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. 

"Shakespeare in Love": Skyline High School.

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Nov. 15-17. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in Lee Hall's adaptation of the celebrated 1998 romantic comedy that imagines a penniless young Shakespeare tormented by writer's block until he meets his muse, a wannabe actress promised to a stuffy lord. Their passionate love affair becomes the basis for his next play, Romeo and Juliet. Stars Jalen Stuedle, Andre Jenkins, Claire de Vries, Savanna Cowley, Matt Ruup, Maggie Lareau, and Anshi Pacha.
Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $10 (students, $8) in advance at, or at the door. 994-6515. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Awakened Dreamer: How to Remember and Interpret Your Dreams": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Crazy Wisdom owner Bill Zirinsky, of Kayla Ambrose's book.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 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]

 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! 

Fabiola Kim: U-M School of Music.

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This violinist, acclaimed by the New York Times for his "extraordinary precision and luminosity," is joined by several U-M music professors in Mozart's Duo no. 2 in B-flat Major, Hindemith's Violin Sonata in C Major, and Enesco's Octet. With pianist Zixiang Wang, violists Yizhak Schotten and Samuel Koeppe, cellists Nathaniel Pierce and Deborah Pae, and violinists Andrew Jennings, Sunmi Chang, and Cristine Harada Li.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

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

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Contemporary Christian pop-rock singer-songwriter from Memphis, a fixture on Michigan's Smile-FM radio network with hits like "I Will See Angels 'Round Your Throne."
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 662-4536. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Motown at Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi.

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Ann Arbor's Motown and Memphis Soul Tribute Band Salmagundi performs classic Motown and Soul dance music from 8-11. $5 cover. Club is open to the public.
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $5. 734-663-1202. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Fats Waller's Review": Kerrytown Concert House.

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A Detroit jazz quartet led by stride pianist and vocalist Alvin Waddles plays "Honeysuckle Rose," "Ain't Misbehavin,'" "Feets Too Big," and other classic tunes by the great early jazz composer-pianist. With bassist Marion Hayden, reeds player Gene Parker, and drummer Djallo Djakate.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at; reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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. 

"Loch na hEala (Swan Lake)": University Musical Society.

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Nov. 15 & 16. Choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan directs the 12-member Dublin-based troupe Teaċ Daṁsa in his adaptation of the folktale best known from the Tchaikovsky ballet. In this version, comic vignettes are woven together with song and dance to tell the tragic tale of a suicidal prince in an industrial wasteland who falls in love with a swan-maiden, creating what The Guardian calls a work of "bleak, funny, and astoundingly poetic beauty." The Dublin contemporary folk trio Slow Moving Clouds performs its Nordic- and Celtic-based score live. Also, on Nov. 15 only, a post-performance artist Q&A.
Power Center. Tickets $41-$68 (students, $12-$20) in advance at, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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.
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. 

"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]

 8 p.m. 

"The Dybbuk on Orchard": U-M Residential College Players.

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Nov. 15 & 16. U-M senior Marilyn Schotland directs RC students in her evocative drama exploring themes of queer Jewish identity, deception, and free will. The story, set in 1936 NYC, is about an eclectic Yiddish theater troupe in financial decline that pulls together a last-ditch production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
RC Auditorium, East Quad, 701 East University. Pay-as-you-can ($5 suggested fee). 763-0176. [map]

 8 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]

 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]

 11 p.m. 

"Clueless": State Theater.

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(Amy Heckerling, 1995). Goofily endearing tale of high schoolers in Beverly Hills, loosely inspired by Jane Austen's "Emma." Alicia Silverstone.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Jen Sygit

Lansing singer-songwriter and guitarist known for her bluesy lyrics, down-home music, and sultry vocals. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Liquid Thickness

Local funk-rock sextet that tonight celebrates the release of its debut CD. Opener: Pajamas, a local pop-rock jam trio, and Violet Sol, a local self-styled "soulful music collective." $10. [venue info]

Blue Llama: NOJO 7

Septet from the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra big band. $45-$65. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

DJ with an eclectic mix of music. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Hosted by singer-songwriter Phil McMillion. Signup begins at 7:30 p.m. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Killer Flamingos

Rock 'n' roll covers and originals by this popular veteran band from Dearborn. [venue info]

Live: Jive Colossus Jive Colossus

Local 9-piece ensemble with a killer horn section fronted by vocalist Shelly Catlan that plays Afro-Caribbean, funk, rock, and blues dance music. [venue info]

Lo-Fi: Jack & the Bear

Monroe folk-rock septet. Openers: Bronte Fall and Brooke & Mardot. [venue info]

Mash: Dan Orcutt

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Urban Legend Trio.

Soul-based music by this Toledo ensemble whose music also draws on elements of blues, funk, R&B, and jazz. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Redfern

Local pop-rock band. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: M-22

Chelsea classic rock band. [venue info]


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