Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. email@example.com sunshen.org [map]
Nov. 22-24. 400-600 competitors are expected to turn out to play a wide spectrum of tabletop games, from board games of all kinds (including European family-oriented board games) and role-playing games (including some RPGA-sanctioned events) to collectible card games and miniaturized simulations of historical and fictional battlefields. A "Kid U•Con" area features a variety of games and activities for kids. Participants also are invited to bring in games to play in an open gaming area. Representatives of game design companies are on hand to discuss and demonstrate their games. Also, a dealers' room with sales and demos of games. Registration begins today at 9 a.m. Complete schedule of events available at ucon-gaming.org.
8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Fri.), 8 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Sun.), Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Weekend pass $25 in advance, $35 (students and active & retired military, $25) at the door. Fri. & Sun., $15 in advance, Sat. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; kids ages 7-12 (accompanied by an adult), $10; kids 6 & under, free. Also, $2-$4 to play most games. Advance registration available online at ucon-gaming.org. 930-6363. [map]
A chance for high school students to experience a day at the Rudolf Steiner High School and see all that our education - which consciously balances academics, arts, music and practical skills - has to offer. Registration is required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, 2230 Pontiac Trail. Free. 7346699394. email@example.com www.steinerschool.org [map]
"Three || Eight: Korean Literature and the Division System": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Lecture Series.more >
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Nov. 22 & 23. Two-day conference exploring the effects of the 2-Korea system and the prospects of its demise on Korean language and literature.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-1825. [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
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. email@example.com https:
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]
Every Fri. A slow-paced ride, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.
Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.
Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.
Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.
Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)
Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.
Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.
Thanksgiving-themed story and craft for kids age 6 and under.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org betterlivingfitness.com [map]
"Do Philosophical Arguments Influence Moral Behavior? Data on Meat Ethics and Charitable Giving": U-M Philosophy Department.more >
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Talk by UC-Riverside philosophy professor Eric Schwitzgebel.
1171 Angell Hall. Free. 764-6285. [map]
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). pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]
Nov. 1: "World Literature, the Global South and Indian Oceans Worlds." Talk by University of Virginia English professor Debjani Ganguly.
Nov. 22: "The Indian State that Fails and Delivers." Talk by Johns Hopkins South Asian Studies professor Devesh Kapur.
4:30-6 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]
All invited to join a discussion with Slate staff writer and Man Up podcast host Aymann Ismail.
Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 615-9558. [map]
All invited to compete in teams of 4 (and a car) in this road rally and scavenger hunt around town. Those registering as a team of 2 are paired with another 2-person team. All encouraged to wear colorful clothing for a silly-photo opportunity.
5 p.m., start at West Park, 215 Chapin. $25 per person. Annarborshelter.org, 662-2829. [map]
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. email@example.com http:
"The B-Boys and Voguers of Bandung: Hip-Hop, Conflict, Queerness, and International Diplomacy": U-M School of Music Musicology Lecture Series.more >
"The B-Boys and Voguers of Bandung: Hip-Hop, Conflict, Queerness, and International Diplomacy": U-M School of Music Musicology Lecture Series.< less
University of North Carolina music professor Mark Katz discusses a 2016 U.S. State Department-funded hip-hop workshop in Indonesia that inadvertently generated conflict between 2 artistic groups.
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]
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. https:
Designed for absolute beginners, each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary! We'll introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the aerial apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body! Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. firstname.lastname@example.org a2aviary.com [map]
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: email@example.com.
Gallery 22 North, 22 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads to various destinations. Bring a cross, mountain, or hybrid bike. Headlights & taillights necessary for early spring rides.
6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
(Penny Price, 2016). Documentary about breakthroughs in energy medicine, quantum physics, DNA & genetics, and the biochemistry of emotions that are useful for various non-invasive mind-body and energy-based healing techniques.
Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. FREE. 994-3387. Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth).
Beautiful, hand-crafted and timeless, gongs for generations have offered a unique sound journey through their powerful yet subtle tones. The power of the gong in sound therapy is associated with many healing modalities. As we listen, it helps calm the mind and body, assists in the management of pain, and healing is promoted as we enter a more relaxed state of being.
Equally, a gong sound bath helps to cut through mental chatter. Through sympathetic resonance, the sound frequencies quickly bring the brain waves into alpha and theta states where meditation and deep relaxation are experienced. In this state of awareness, with intervals of silence, one is able to enjoy a more relaxed perspective, gain deep insights and healing, and increased creativity.
Gong bath is 75 minutes.
3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $28. email@example.com www.veraposeyoga.com [map]
. 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]
Bring your friends & enjoy a free film & group discussion. Concessions available.
Sept 27 - INNER WORLD, OUTER WORLDS
One vibratory field connects all thing - Akasha, Logos, primordial OM, music of the spheres, Higgs field, dark energy, a 1000 names throughout history. A link between all religions, inner worlds and outer worlds.
Oct 25 - SAMADHI - Maya, The Illusion of the Self, It's Not What You Think
Samadhi is an ancient Sanskrit word that points to the transcendent union that is at the root of all spirituality and self-inquiry.
Nov 22 - HEALING FIELD: Exploring Energy & Consciousness
Explores breakthroughs in the fields of energy medicine, quantum physics, DNA & genetics, & biochemistry of emotions.
Dec27 - LIVING MATRIX: The New Science of Healing
The documentary brings together academic & independent researchers, practitioners, & science journalists whose work reveals scientific evidence that energy & information fields, not genetics, control health and wellbeing.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734-994-3387. firstname.lastname@example.org www.jewelheart.org [map]
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]
Nov. 22 & 23. Maggie O'Shea directs students in English playwright Nick Payne's cerebral 2014 drama in which 4 actors play 21 characters in 3 stories: a pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist starts a romance with another woman; and a seizure patient forgets everything but his love for his girlfriend.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Newman Studio, 1226 Murfin. Free. facebook.com
U-M computer science & electrical engineering professors John Laird and Joyce Chai discuss how their labs are building AI systems that can learn new tasks.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.
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]
Nov. 22-24. Casaundra Freeman directs EMU students in Dael Orlandersmith's 2002 Pulitzer finalist, a two-actor multi-character love story exploring internal racism within the black community. Set in a Gullah community in 1960s South Carolina, it's the story of a large, dark-skinned African American woman who dreams of life beyond the confines of her small-town southern upbringing, and the light-skinned muscular man whose fate is tragically intertwined with hers from youth through adulthood.
EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St., Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emutix, and at the door. 487-2282.
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]
Nov.22-24.Kristen Glatz directs Saline High students in an adaptation of 12 Angry Men, Reginald Rose's engrossing 1954 drama about a diverse group of jurors deliberating a seemingly open-and-shut murder case.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets TBA. 401-4644. [map]
Nov. 22-24. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs upper school students in Thornton Wilder's 1954 comedy--the inspiration for Hello, Dolly!--about a bossy matchmaker from Yonkers, NY.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Greenhills, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5). 205-4098. [map]
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]
Nov. 8 & 22. All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
Popular Toronto quintet whose music is a rousing, raucous blend of Scottish and Canadian Celtic music (and Scottish and Canadian musicians) with rock, bluegrass, Caribbean, and world music. Instrumentation includes fiddle, bagpipes, tin whistle, guitars, keyboards, and drums.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and the ark.org, and at the door. [map]
Earthy, intimate, and seemingly effortless originals by this Minnesota singer-songwriter known for his warm, resonant baritone and fluid, rhythmically supple guitar playing. Mayer's songs also display a down-home wisdom on a range of topics from Buddha & Jesus to Isaac Newton and Harley Davidsons.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 662-4536. [map]
Nov. 22-23. This L.A. rock band is led by Stew, a Tony-winning playwright and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter whose incisive, witty music draws on a rapturous mix of rock, jazz, and soul. Known for his humor and theatricality, he's been compared to everyone from Kurt Weill to Burt Bacharach to Jackie Gleason. He's backed by a band that includes his longtime collaborator, songwriter Heidi Rodewald, for a performance of "Notes of a Native Song," their irreverent and spirited rock 'n' roll song cycle, a mix of music and spoken word that's inspired by Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin's seminal 1955 collection of essays on the black experience in America addressing race, love, class division, and politics.
Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University. Tickets (students, $12-$20) in advance at tickets.ums.org, by phone, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Nov. 22-24. James Harbaugh directs fellow students in Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo's rock opera about teens trying to make it through their senior year at a coed Catholic boarding school.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $11 (students, $7) in advance at ummusket.org, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
This folk quintet of local veteran musicians (Jeanne Mackey, Tom Voiles, Linda Teaman, John Lloyd, Laz Slomovits, and Eric Fithian) performs songs and rounds with rich harmonies and an array of instruments, including guitar, sitar, banjo, accordion, bass, flute, percussion, and penny whistle. Tonight they showcase material from their debut EP, A Breath Wide, which features both originals and settings of poems by the late local poet Hosain Mosavat. Also, his widow, Judy Mosavat, performs her poems.
1514 Hillridge. $10 in advance only at http:
Michael Haithcock and H. Robert Reynolds conduct this ensemble of music majors in a program highlighted by the premiere of U-M composition professor Kristin Kuster's Pinery Park, with a solo by U-M jazz trumpet professor Bill Lucas. The program also includes Frank Ticheli's Blue Shades, Strauss's Serenade no. 7 in E-flat Major, John Corigliano's Gazebo Dances, and Keith Wilson's arrangement of the March from Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program with Kuster, Reynolds, and Haithcock.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]
Nov. 22 & 23. Dakota Sevcik directs fellow RC students in Rick Abbot's 1980 comedy about a theater group's scramble to put on a play in spite of the haughty playwright's maddening last-minute script revisions. In each of the 3 acts--the rehearsal, dress rehearsal, and live performance--anything that can go wrong, does.
RC Auditorium, East Quad, 701 East University. Pay-as-you-can ($5 suggested fee). 763-0176. [map]
Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including Pointless's resident League of Pointless Improvisers. The Nov. 8 & 22 shows feature sets by This Is a Quiz.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]
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]
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
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]
"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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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]
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Aaron Jonah Lewis
Acclaimed Detroit-based multi-instrumentalist and Corn Potato String Band fiddler. He's appeared on recordings of everything from bluegrass and old-time to jazz and Turkish classical music.
Blind Pig: Mike Mains & the Branches
Texas-bred, Detroit-based indie rock band. Openers: The Timbre of Cedar, a versatile suburban Detroit indie rock quintet led by the soulful vocals of singer-songwriter Marrissa Parham, and Kimball, a Royal Oak indie rock quartet. $15.
Blue Llama: James Blood Ulmer Odyssey Trio
Ulmer is a celebrated avant-garde guitarist, a disciple of Ornette Coleman and an heir of Jimi Hendrix best known for his hard-driving, funk- oriented, blues-based fusion of traditional and free jazz. He is currently showcasing material from his recent CD Odyssey. $35-$55. 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux
An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter.
Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux
An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Barker & Broski
The local proto-punk rock 'n' roll singer- songwriter duo of Michael Snyder-Barker and Chris Broski.
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.
Live: Lady Sunshine & the X Band
Popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. The band's latest CD is Big Sexee. 6:30-9 p.m.
Mash: Broken Fuzz
Detroit-area rock quartet.
Mash: Dave Menzo
This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with.
Silvio's Organic Pizza: Mary Ann Kirt
Pop-folk and indie rock originals by this local singer-guitarist.
Ypsi Alehouse: The Newport Blues
Local electric blues and blues-rock quintet. 8-10 p.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto: She-Bop
She-Bop is a local girl-group-style trio of lead vocalist Elizabeth Royce, singer-guitarist Laurie Lounsbury, and singer-French hornist Morgan Lamonica. With With guitarist Johnny Rasmussen, bassist Al Kalaf, and drummer Kinks Heiss. 8-11 p.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Timothy Monger
Engaging veteran local pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Great Lakes Myth Society whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life. Monger has a CD, Summer Cherry Ghosts that Allmusic.com calls "a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures--in short, the ghosts of summers past."
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