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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 21, 2019

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 9:15-11:15 a.m. 

MOPS of GBC: Grace Bible Church.

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

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Canceled: Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Alex Pratt Ceramics Exhibition: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Yourist Studio Gallery is delighted to feature the works of master potter and Yourist instructor Alex Pratt throughout November. Alex's sumptuous pots are beautifully thrown and always inspiring. Alex uses sgraffito, carving, and slip inlay on porcelain vessels, placing stylized natural forms in a geometric framework. Alex is inspired by the freely-applied linear decoration of Oribe pottery and the tightly interlocking compositional style of Cubist painting and sculpture. Alex is a ceramic artist from Dearborn, Michigan, who received his BFA from the University of Michigan, has taught throughout southeastern Michigan, and exhibits his work widely.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Art Exhibition: Blood Underwater: U-M Residential College and Arts at Michigan.

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Blood Underwater is a collaborative work, which encourages deep thinking and creative expression. It provides a voice for community members and activists, especially from political, national, racial, religious and other minorities, to express their concerns about global suffering through art. Participants gather around a large canvas with paints and music and are guided through a series of artistic expressions by "artivist" Elshafei Dafalla. The purpose is to use art to protest against violence, torture, enforced disappearances and other forms of brutality.
Eishafei Dafalla received a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture from the College of Fine and Applied Art at the University for Science and Technology in Khartoum, Sudan as well as a Diploma in Folklore from the Afro-Asian Institute at the University of Khartoum. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Stamps School of Art and Design at University of Michigan.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 10-11:30 a.m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 10:30-11 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]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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

 12-1 p.m.  Free! 

"African Chemistry: Science with an African Totem": U-M Science, Technology, & Society Program.

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Talk by MIT STS professor Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga.
1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. 763-2066. [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]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Better Off Read" Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss fiction and nonfiction books TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"The History of the American Quilt": Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Talk by local quilter Barb Kilbourne.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

English Language Learners: Meet The Shopping Detective: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer A2 Saline.

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Meet Linda from Sound Expressions at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer Ann Arbor Saline Rd and discover what the grocery store holds for you. Learn how to order your favorite cafe drinks, English names for foods, grocery shop in an American market, and build confidence in a safe group environment to do it on your own.
This collaboration between Sweetwaters of Meijer A2 Saline and Sound Expressions is a 6 week grocery and language tour that meets twice a month.
Bring any dictionaries or apps to help look up food names in your native language to translate to English.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer Ann Arbor Saline Rd, 3145 ANN ARBOR SALINE RD. Free. 7343698697. [map]

 3:45, 7, & 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 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.

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Between Life and Death: The Cultural Politics of Modern Spanish Medicine, 1700-1808": U-M Romance Languages & Literatures.

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Talk by Penn State University Spanish & philosophy professor Nicolás Fernández-Medina.
MLB RLL Commons (4th floor), 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-5344. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Makerspace": Dexter District Library.

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Drop-in hands-on activity for kids in grades K-8.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Fall of the Berlin Wall & the Iron Curtain: Mapping the Cold War": U-M Clark Library.

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Display of Cold War maps, maps of occupied zones in Germany, plans with locations of U.S. nuclear missiles, and more.
4-7 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library 2nd fl., enter from the Diag. Free. 647-0646.

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"The U.S., Iran, and Security in the Persian Gulf": U-M Ford School Weiser Diplomacy Center.

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Panel discussion with former deputy assistant Secretary of State for Iran John Limbert, Middle East Institute think tank senior vice president Jerry Feierstein, and American Academy of Diplomacy president Ronald Neumann. Moderator: Transnational Strategy Group consultant Deborah McCarthy.
Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 615-9691. [map]

 4:10, 6:50, & 9:50 p.m. 

"Joker": State Theatre.

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(Todd Phillips, 2019). Drama from the perspective of Batman's nemesis, caught between apathy and cruelty. Joaquin Phoenix.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8., 668-TIME.

 4:40, 7:20, & 9:25 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.

 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 & 8 p.m.  Free! 

Development Career Chat: University of Michigan, Talent Management.

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Are you interested in a career in philanthropy?
This on-campus event provides a unique opportunity to speak with development professionals from throughout our 600 person development community. They represent a wide range of specific areas, such as fundraising, communications, events, research, stewardship, administrative support and more.
Register here:
The agenda for the Ann Arbor Career Chat includes:
-Informal networking with UM development professionals eager to speak with you about their own careers and hear about your career aspirations
-One-on-one resume review tables
-"Quick Connections" - our own version of speed interviewing
The University of Michigan League, 2nd Floor, 911 N.University Ave. Free. 734-647-6000. [map]

 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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


The Sky Tonight (5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Thurs., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.


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


Black Holes (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) details new developments in the study of supermassive black holes, including the one at the center of our galaxy.

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

 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Lab: Raspberry Pi, 3-D Printing, and Sewing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Two hours of open access to the AADL sewing machines, 3-D printing software, and Raspberry Pis (small, single-board computers).
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 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.  Free! 

"Continual Raving: A History of Meningitis and the People Who Conquered It": Bookbound.

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U-M epidemiology professor emerita Janet Gilsdorf discusses her new book about the serendipitous events, misplaced assumptions, and flawed conclusions that led to a cure for meningitis. The program begins with a reception. Signing.
6:30 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 7:00 p.m.  Free! 

"Climate Change: The facts. The fiction. The solutions": The Climate Reality Project & Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Do you feel unclear about what's really happening with climate change? With the competing points of views being presented on climate change from different types of media, it's time to cut through the clutter and discuss the facts on climate change in a non-partisan way.

Come spend 90 minutes, and we'll share the basic science of how and why the climate is changing, how it's affecting the world, the US and Michigan, and what we can do, both personally and collectively, to limit the effects of climate change.
Ann Arbor District Library- Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood Drive. Free. 7342779669. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly series of fun, informative talks on everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla. Speakers TBA at

7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), LIVE, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [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. 

Dexter High School Drama Club 3D Series.

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. Nov. 21-24. DHS students direct and perform 2 programs of 3 one-acts they've either selected or written themselves.

Nov. 21 & 23: DHS student Natalie Haney's adaptation of the horror comedy film Re-Animator, DHS students Paige Chrisner and Annabelle Gauthier's adaptation of S.L. Gilbow's dystopian short story Red Card, and popular Arkansas playwright Werner Trieschmann's 2008 comedy The Absolute Most Cliched Elevator Play in the History of the Entire Universe .

Nov. 22 & 24: DHS student Lindsay Price's Lewis Carroll adaptation Alice, DHS student Victoria Ward's drama about communal grief Mara, and Sunflowers , DHS students Adam Hershner & Kelsey Walter's high school musical about accepting one's own identity.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker at Shield, Dexter. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only. 424-4240. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 12 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$25 covers the workbook for the entire 12 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd. Donation. $25. 734-761-5669. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"A History of Jewish Name Changing in America": Jewish Community Center Book Fair.

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MSU history professor Kirsten Fermaglich discusses her latest book, a recipient of American Jewish Historical Society 2019 Saul Viener Book Prize. Signing.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $8; preregistration recommended at 971-0990. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Books @ the Bar" Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All young adults with a love of books and beer or wine invited to discuss The People We Hate at the Wedding, Grant Ginder's 2017 novel about a dysfunctional blended family and a series of over-the-top disasters they weather while attending a destination wedding in England.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Feisty Women Book Club": Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by or about feisty women.

Nov. 21: Bad Feminist. Roxane Gay's essay collection exploring being a feminist while enjoying pop culture products at odds with feminism.

Dec. 19: Little Women. Louisa May Alcott's beloved 1869 novel about 4 sisters growing up in Concord (MA) during the Civil War.

7 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Olive, Again": Literati Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Elizabeth Strout's new novel reprising the protagonist from her Pulitzer-winning short story collection Olive Kitteridge. Prickly, wry, odd, and resistant to change, Olive continues to struggle to understand herself and those around her in small-town Maine.
7-8:30 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Protecting the Great Lakes."

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National Wildlife Federation One Federation vice president Andy Buchsbaum discusses such current concerns as water diversions, drinking water, climate change, and the major oil pipeline passing under the Straits of Mackinac, Line 5.
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 717-7476. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Hero of Helpmart": Rudolf Steiner High School Drama Club.

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Nov. 21-23. Faculty members Andrea Paz, Nathan Corliss, and Noah Burns direct Rudolf Steiner high school students in SHS English & drama teacher Mary Emery and her son Jules Holbrook's comedy about an aspiring young writer named Hero, seeking to establish her own identity and develop a sense of community at a washed out and uninspiring box store.
Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. Tickets $5 (family, $20) at the door only. 669-9394. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Love Prison Made and Unmade": Ann Arbor District Library.

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#BeyondPrisons program director Ebony Roberts reads from her new memoir about falling in love with a man while he was serving time for second-degree murder.
AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200.

 7:30 p.m. 

Kira Soltanovich: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 21-23. This hyper-animated Ukraine-born, San Francisco-bred comic, a former regular on Oxygen's comedy reality show Girls Behaving Badly, specializes in loopy, absurdist autobiographical fictions that deliver lots of social and cultural satire. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $13 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $15 (Thurs.) & $17 (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. 

"Laughter is the Best Medicine": EMU Convocation Center.

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Stand-up comedy by Detroit-born actor-comedian Ken Jeong, best known as a star of The Hangover and Crazy Rich Asians. His raunchy sets are devoted to such things as marrying a woman with the last name Ho and working as a former physician. Opener: Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef, who provoked comparisons to Jon Stewart during his stint as host of the defunct satirical news program El-Bernameg.
EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. $35-$75 in advance at and at the door. 478-2822. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Great Dictator": Michigan Theater.

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(Charlie Chaplin, 1940). Chaplin portrays both tyrant "Adenoid Hynkel" and a Jewish ghetto barber in this barbed slapstick comedy.
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. 

"The Irishman": Michigan Theatre.

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(Martin Scorsese, 2019). Biopic about American gangster Frank Sheeran as he recalls his past involvement in crime. Robert De Niro & Al Pacino.
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. 

"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. 

"Mad about Chamber Music": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M piano students perform classical chamber works TBA.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free; donations accepted. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"re-collect us": U-M Dance Department BFA Senior Concert.

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Nov. 21-23. New solo and group works choreographed by U-M BFA candidates Victoria Briones, Sally Butin, & Alyssa Winnie.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg, Betty Pease Studio, 1310 N. University Ct. Tickets $7 at the door only. 763-5460. [map]

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"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]

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"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: Marty Gray

Local electronic musician and singer-songwriter. Openers: Billy Shakes, and Lotus Hotel. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Gayelynn McKinney & McKinfolk

Quintet led by veteran Detroit jazz drummer McKinney. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Blockhouse Valley

Pop covers by the Detroit-area duo of vocalist Ashleigh Glass and guitarist Cody Cooper. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike

All hip-hop artists invited. [venue info]

Elks Lodge: "Hip-Hop Open Mike."

All hip-hop artists invited. [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]

Ypsi Alehouse: Hayden Carruth

Ypsilanti singer-guitarist who plays old-time country, blues, and Appalachian music. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: The Blue Rays Trio

Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit. [venue info]


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