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Calendar of Events

Sunday, November 17, 2019






 
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 8 a.m. 

"Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Healing": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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As we greet the sunrise together, with still minds and open hearts, our awareness of nature and subtle energies is heightened. Plugging into nature, and the circadian rhythms of the planet through the power of sound is essential to our wellbeing, where in a state of total relaxation, healing and connection to a higher consciousness can take place. We can then approach the day ahead with a more open heart and calm mind, while simultaneously being a bright light to the folks in our life.
The sound healing, is a sound meditation or sound bath, that begins with each person lying down in a comfortable position, often with a blanket and an eye mask. After a few minutes of guided focus on the breath, the remainder of the experience is filled with various sounds, tones, and frequencies being introduced in succession.
Duration 60 minutes.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $25. victoria@veraposeyoga.com www.veraposeyoga.com [map]



 8 a.m.  Free! 

Weekend Walk for Birds at Barton Nature Area: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Please join us for a wonderful water walk around Barton Pond and surrounding woods. Expect a nice variety of birds including waterfowl, passerines and raptors if conditions are right. We will meet in the Barton Nature Area parking lot off of West Huron River Drive just north of Bird Road.
We strongly encourage those that are curious about or new to birding to attend our walks and other events. All that is required is some walking shoes and a desire to see some birds. Binoculars are important, but don't let that stop you as we will have extra if needed.
Leader: Juliet Berger
Barton Nature Area, https://goo.gl/maps/WY9Qk43xdDVcSntY7. Free. fieldtrips@washtenawaudubon.org www.washtenawaudubon.org



 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Weekend Walk for Birds": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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City ornithologist Juliet Berger leads a walk through the popular 102-acre Barton Natural Area to watch for waterfowl, passerines, raptors, and more.
Meet at the Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. washtenawaudubon.org.


 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Christmas Bazaar: First Presbyterian Church.

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Sale of handmade jewelry, ornaments, Fair Trade coffee and chocolate, and more. Proceeds benefit the church's missions.
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1432 Washtenaw. Free admission. 662-4466. . [map]


 9:45 a.m. 

"Donation Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Every Sunday from 9:45-10:45am, this donation yoga class is offered at Mota Thai Yoga. MTY's most recent graduates are the teachers of this class. Each week will be a little different as the teachers have different teaching styles. However, this class tends to be a gentle yoga class, combining flow and holding/stretching postures to get you ready to start your day. The studio is be heated between 80-85 degrees.
We are located on Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.
Suggested donation $5-$20.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. 7347577213. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]


 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Noon & 4 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter and Points West Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun. Moderate/fast-paced round-trip rides to Chelsea, the Waterloo Recreation Area, Mt. Hope Rd., and Munith, with destination determined by riders.
9 a.m. (Oct.) & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at the B2B trail head by the Forest Lawn Cemetery, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 347-1259.


 10 a.m. 

"End-of-the-Year Chili Scramble": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A 2-person golf scramble (both players hit the best ball on every shot). Open to all golfers; no handicaps. Continental breakfast with Washtenaw Dairy donuts, and lunch with chili & chili dogs.
Leslie Park Golf Course, 2120 Traver Rd. $50 per team (includes greens fee, lunch, & prizes); preregistration required by Nov. 14. 794-6245. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., & Sun., Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

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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.

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Molecularium (10:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an animated exploration of the atoms and molecules that comprise the universe.

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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.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.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. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Introductory Dharma Talk: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Oct. 6 & 20. Talks by Jewel Heart's resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche on various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.
Jewel Heart Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free; donations accepted. 994-3387. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Hands-on 20-minute demos. In "Counting Cells" (11 a.m.) participants learn about cell structure and division. In "How to Become a Fossil" (3 p.m.), participants handle real fossils while learning how fossils form and how fossil casts are made. For ages 5+.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts. Artist demos (noon-3 p.m.) include a cedar birdhouse (Nov. 3) and cork bags & accessories (Nov. 10). Also, a raffle (Nov. 10).
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Sunday Talks with Demo Rinpoche: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Come listen to Jewel Heart's Resident Spiritual Advisor, Demo Rinpoche expound upon various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Also broadcast live via webinar - to register visit jewelheart.org
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 7349943387. annarbor@jewelheart.org www.jewelheart.org [map]



 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.


 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals.
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $5 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]


 12:55 p.m. 

"Le Corsaire": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of the Bolshoi Ballet's production of composer Adolphe Adam and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky's ballet inspired by Lord Byron's epic poem about a pirate who falls in love with the ward of a slave merchant. Ratmansky's choreography draws on Marius Petipa's exotic 19th-century choreography, and the lavish production features a magnificent shipwreck, dramatic scenery, and a large cast of dancers.
12:55 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $17 & $18 in advance at fathomevents.com/events. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 12:55 p.m. 

"Princess Mononoke": Fathom Events.

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(Hayao Miyazaki, 1997). Dubbed (Nov. 17 & 20) & subtitled (Nov. 18) screenings of this complex anime fantasy adventure set in Japan's Iron Age that depicts a siege by samurai and forest gods of a remote village populated by outcasts.
12:55 p.m. (Nov. 17) & 7 p.m. (Nov. 18 & 20), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 1-4 p.m. 

"Newborn Know-How Crash Course": Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings. LLC.

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Babies don't come with an instruction manual, but this one time 3 hour class will get you prepared for your first few months with a newborn. Topics include feeding (breastfeeding and bottle), calming, bathing, sleep, the 4th trimester, and general health and safety. This class meets on Sunday afternoon --November 17th --from 1-4 pm at Align Chiropractic (2464 E. Stadium) in Ann Arbor.
The cost of the class covers mom and partner.
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium. $70. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

"SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness Training": Jewish Family Services.

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This half-day alertness training prepares high school students age 15+ to become suicide-alert helpers.
Jewish Community Center of Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. 7347690209. jsinger@jfsannarbor.org https://jfsannarbor.org/jfsu/ [map]



 1 p.m. 

Holiday Gnome Workshop: Maker Works.

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Learn how to make these cute needle felted Gnomes in this two hour class taught by Elizabeth Whitton of Felted Sky Studio. Materials will be provided for participants to make 3 customized gnomes (pick your own beard, nose and clothing colors). This is a great project for those new to 3D needle felting. A fun addition to your holiday decor!
All materials included, beginners welcome. All students must have good hand/eye coordination, manual dexterity, concentration, focus, attention to detail, and be able to work with care, being careful of the sharp felting needle. Children 10-13 who can responsibly handle sharp objects are welcome to attend with a parent present to help. Ages 14 and up are welcome on their own.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Drive. $65. 7342224911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/2019/11/17/holiday-gnome-workshop [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

Pet Loss Support Group: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's never easy to lose a pet, and when you consider them, as we do, a member of the family, the loss can be difficult and extremely sad.
HSHV and Blue Dog Counseling have partnered to provide a support group on preparing for and dealing with the loss of a pet.
Colleen O'Brien, founder of Blue Dog Counseling, is an expert at developing creative therapeutic interventions to support individuals, couples, families, and other groups. Her personal commitment to animal welfare, her own experience as a devoted pet owner, and a passion for supporting people led her to create Blue Dog Counseling. Côlleen is dedicated to providing a safe, open, and creative space for discussion. A place where you can take time for yourself.
$10 donation is suggested.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. Donations accepted. colleen@bluedogcounseling.com www.hshv.org/events [map]



 1 p.m. 

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo: The Ark.

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This Grammy-winning Asheville-based kid-friendly hip-hop ensemble performs songs about love, struggle, dreams, fear, and learning to become oneself--with lyrics that "employ a larger vocabulary than what is currently heard on mainstream radio for grown ups."
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 (age 12 & under, $12) in advance at theark.org, MUTO Underground (at the Michigan League), and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and kids invited to play chess. Sets provided.
AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a cougar (2 p.m.) and a skunk (4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a pancake tortoise, a tenrec, an African bullfrog, a chameleon, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Nov. 16 & 17. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live owls. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" lets the animals take a break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 1-1:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Robinsongs for Kids director Robin Robinson leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5:

Oct. 6: "Inktober Illustrations"

Oct. 13: "Wildly Creative Monsters"

Oct. 20: "Spooky Haunted Houses"
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Silhouette Patronus": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make an artwork featuring a patronus, an animal charm featured in the Harry Potter universe.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 1-2 p.m. 

"Tour of Zingerman's Coffee Company": Zingerman's.

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Zingerman's Creamery staff lead a tour of the facility and show how Zingerman's cheeses and gelato are made. Tastings.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $10. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 2 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 TheatreNOVA.org, 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. a2theatrenova@gmail.com http://www.theatrenova.org [map]



 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Callers lead contras and square dances to live music. For kids, accompanied by an adult. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.

Nov. 17: Caller Drake Meadow with music by Paul Winder and Betsy Beckerman.

Dec. 15: Caller TBA, music by Donna Baird, Fred & Nora Karsch, Jim Horton.

Jan. 19: Caller Drake Meadow, music by Donna Baird & Dawn Swartz.

Feb 16: Caller Drake Meadow, music TBA.

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2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"All About the Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in the 1st in this annual series of programs that covers different aspects of jazz trios. Today: "Back to the Basics." With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Sean Dobbins.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com; reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Campfire Meditation": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Mindful City Ann Arbor cofounder Julie Woodward and WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance lead a short hike to a quiet spot in the park to sit around a campfire, drink a cup of tea, and meditate on the crispness of fall giving way to the stillness of winter.
2-4 p.m., County Farm Park, meet at the Medford Rd. Pavilion. Free. severances@washtenaw.org.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Copies and Invention in East Asia": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit that explores copying as an act of imaginative interpretation. Includes burial goods meant to conjure the afterworld, Buddhist sculptures produced in multiples, contemporary works that address multiplicity and duplication, and more.
2 p.m., meet at the UMMA store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 2 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]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Intro to Improv for Teens": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Members of the local long-form improv group Work Friends show kids in grades 6-12 the basics of improv comedy.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 2 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 a2tix.com/organizations/ptd-productions, by phone, & at the door. 483-7345. [map]
 


 2 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 showtix4u.com and (if available) at the door. 994-2025.


 2 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 https://skytheatre.booktix.com, or at the door. 994-6515. [map]


 2 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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 2 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 muto.umich.edu & the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]


 2 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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Tempest": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Tape delayed live broadcast of the Stratford Festival (Canada) production of Shakespeare's visionary romance. Antoni Cimolino directs this extravagantly opulent adaptation about a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda. Prospero is in fact the exiled duke of Milan, who conjures a storm that shipwrecks his old enemies upon his island. The Tempest is filled with verse and song (including the famous "Full fathom five") and contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $18 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $16), MTF members, $14. michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 2 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]


 2:20, 5:10, & 7:40 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 2:30, 5:30, & 8 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw Climate Reality monthly meeting: Climate Reality.

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Our mission is to support action to combat the climate crisis so we can transition to a clean energy economy and protect the welfare of the planet's citizens. Members can network with other climate activists, recruit additional volunteers, take local action, and become a force for climate solutions in their community. The Climate Reality Project and this local group will offer resources, materials, and training to help you become a better advocate and climate educator.
Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown, 3rd floor meeting space, 343 S 5th Avenue. Free. washtenawclimatereality@gmail.com [map]



 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Detroit Prohibition": Ann Arbor District Library/Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Detroit writer Mickey Lyons reads from her forthcoming City on a Still: Detroit During Prohibition.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun., except Nov. 24. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery": Henry Martin Loud Lecture Series (U-M Wesley Foundation).

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Talk by pastor, Navajo activist, and 2020 independent U.S. Presidential candidate Mark Charles.
First United Methodist Church, 602 E. Huron at State. Free. 662-4536. [map]


 3:10, 5:50, & 8:30 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. statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:20, 6, & 8:40 p.m. 

"Parasite": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2019). Satirical black comedy thriller. Korean, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 3:30-5 p.m. 

"Balancing Work and Motherhood": Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Sometimes called the "fifth trimester" the transition back to work brings many new challenges for mom. Balancing work, family, and relationships can be tricky! Join us for this facilitated workshop where we discuss the challenges of working outside of the home, and provide tips for keeping your sanity. Meet other moms in similar situations and learn their go-to strategies. Snacks provided!
Babies/toddlers welcome!
November Topic: Prioritizing Time for Self. Now that your little ones are getting into more of a routine, what are you doing to take care of yourself and your needs? Have you been able to reclaim any "me" time for interests outside of parenting? How do you balance that with work and parenthood?
A2B2 Headquarters, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $15. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com http://www.annarborbabybeginnings.com/class-schedule-and-registration/balancing-work-and-motherhood-november-meetup [map]


 3:30, 6:15, & 8:50 p.m. 

"Jojo Rabbit": State Theater.

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(Taika Waititi, 2019). Audacious anti-hate satire about a young boy in Hitler's army who finds out his mother's hiding a Jewish girl between the walls of their home. Scarlett Johansson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Mickey Mouse's Birthday Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make a pair of mouse ears in honor of Mickey's 91st birthday.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 3:40, 6:30, & 9 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. statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4-8 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. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [map]



 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m. 

U-M Women's Glee Club.

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This student choir performs works that explore compassion.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10 & $15 (students, $5). 615-3204. [map]


 4 - 5:30 p.m. 

Wu Style Tai Chi.

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Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi with Marilyn Feingold. Learn the ancient art of meditation in motion with this 'soft style' martial art emphasizing relaxation and balance. Suggested donation $5. Drop ins welcome.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Donation. 734-994-3387. annarbor@jewelheart.org www.jewelheart.org [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The War of the Romantics: Brahms & Wagner": Michigan Chamber Players.

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This ad hoc ensemble of U-M music professors and students performs Brahms' soulful Clarinet Quintet and Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, a work written as a birthday present for his wife.
4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 4:30 p.m. 

"The Sweetheart Scam, Starring Mystery Eve": Radio Campfire.

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EMU creative writing grad Brenna York stars in her radio-style drama about an aspiring crime writer, holed up in the proverbial cabin in the woods to write her next true crime novel, who reads her story aloud, plays excerpts of actual true crime podcasts, takes drags off her candy cigarettes, and muses about what pulls people into the con artist's web. For audiences age 13 & up.
4:30 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $8 in advance at eventbrite.com beginning Nov. 1. Radiocampfire.com. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Bach Vespers": Concordia University.

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The Concordia student chamber choir Arborsong and youth choirs from St. Paul Lutheran School perform Bach's cantata "Gottes zeit ist die allerbeste zeit."
5 p.m., Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7537. [map]


 5 & 7:30 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Sun. All invited to play card and board games. Also, Dungeon Master on hand to lead a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
5:30-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]


 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. Game materials provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. dwright8182@hotmail.com. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., outdoors in Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm or check meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Morris-Dancing. 717-1569. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary.
Michigan League Vandenberg Rm., 1236 Washtenaw. $5. 763-6984. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Joan 'Lyric' Leslie: Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Performance by this Harlem-bred poet, a 2-time Queen of the South Poetry Slam Champion and 2019 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Finalist whose poems celebrate black women and communities of color.
Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Nov. 3 & 17. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. Also, different guest musicians each week. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Old Town: Surf & Turf

Duo of veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriters Dave Boutette and Timothy Monger. [venue info]

Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."

A house band--trumpeter Ingrid Racine, keyboardist Michael Malis, bassist Josef Deas, & drummer Jesse Kramer--is joined by saxophonist Andrew Bishop. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Parsnips

Ypsilanti pop-rock quartet. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: "Swing Night."

Hot swing dance ensemble TBA. [venue info]

 
 


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