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Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 23, 2019

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 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 

30th Annual Gaming Convention: U•Con.

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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
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 930-6363. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Gerome Kamrowski Art Show & Sale: Schmidt's Antiques Inc. Since 1911.

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Schmidt's Antiques is pleased to announce a public presentation & sale of works by Gerome Kamrowski (1914-2004), an artist world-renowned as a pioneer of the American Abstract Surrealism Movement.
Entitled "Kamrowski: Ann Arbor's Own Surrealist", the public sale and exhibition will continue each Saturday through January 4th.
To learn more about this exhibition of Gerome Kamrowski, please contact:
Schmidt's Antiques Inc. 5138 W. Michigan Avenue Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (T) 734-434-2660 (E)
Schmidt's Antiques Inc., 5138 West Michigan Ave. Free. 7344342660. [map]

 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

"Sacred Space and Art: Encountering the Divine in Orthodox Iconography": St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

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Talks by Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church priest Teodor Petrutiu, retired U-M art professor Michael Kapetan, and Troy-based artist Dianbe Plaskon Koory, an expert on the history of Christian icons.
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. $10 (includes lunch). Preregistration required 332-8200. [map]

 10-11 a.m 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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This an all-levels instructor-guided conditioning circuit class is perfect for new aerialists, experienced flyers as a supplement to their current training, or for any folx who are interested in a new and exciting way to exercise. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Chill Chair Makeathon and Assistive Technology Brainstorm": Maker Works.

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Come participate in our first Makeathon event, from 10am - 4pm!
We'll assemble Chill Chairs for local children with sensory overload issues. We'll also brainstorm designs for assistive technology requests that would help people with special needs to become more independent and/or pursue their passions.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Drive. Free. 7342224911. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept. & Oct.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [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.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Area vendors, all from within 90 miles of Chelsea. Each month, kids activities TBA, market basket giveaway on the last Sat. & Wed., along with live entertainment every Sat. (10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. or so) & last Wed. only (3-5 p.m. or so), June-Oct.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [map]

 10 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. 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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Nov. 9 & 23. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10 a.m. (registration 8-9:30 a.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission. $15 to race ($25 with a rental car). (517) 290-7128. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 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.


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]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Nov. 2, 16, & 23. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M and visiting scholars. Nov. 2: "Who Ordered That? The Marvelous Mysterious Muon." U-M physics professor Tim Chupp discusses this particle that's a heavier version of an electron. Nov. 16: MSU physics professor Megan Donahue on "Supermassive Black Holes and You." Nov. 23: "Scientific Publishing: How Wrong Is It to Publish in the Right Journals?" University of North Carolina librarian Elaine Westbrooks discusses strategies for making scientific publishing more equitable.
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- Blackstone Bookstore": Black Men Read.

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The BMR Kids Club is back at Black Stone Bookstore!! We are hosting our children's story hour on the fourth Saturday, every other month, at 11am, stop by Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center in Ypsilanti, MI with your K-5 grade youth for our Kids Club!
BMR (Black Men Read) is an homage to the history of the storytelling among African people. We have gathered a group of committed men who are available to read to children in school and at area bookstores. Black Men Read is a bridge- a tool for community connection between our beloved children and the pillars of our communites. All families are invited and encouraged to attend
Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center, 214 Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids!": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Ninja Obstacle Course. Big fun, FREE, open to 3, 4, & 5 yr. olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance.
'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Saturday, November 23, 11:00 - 11:45. Register in advance at:
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [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. 

"Get Out": State Theater.

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(Jordan Peele, 2017). Horror film about a young black man's visit to his white girlfriend's mysterious family estate.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8., 668-TIME.

 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. This month's theme: Netherlands. For kids ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
UMMA, meet at the store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 Noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

Peter Sparling: Paintings & Videos 2019: Gallery 22 North & Equality Michigan.

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Renowned Michigan dancer/choreographer and visual artist Peter Sparling partners with Gallery 22 North and Equality Michigan for a show of Sparling's new paintings and videos at Ypsilanti's Gallery 22 North, 22 N. Huron in November, 2019. Half of all proceeds from the month-long show will go to Equality Michigan. An Opening Reception will be held Friday, November 1, 7-10 p.m., to celebrate the show with members of Equality Michigan and the Southwest Michigan community. There will be a private showing for Equality Michigan guests only with artist's talk from 5-7 pm. To sign up for reception, contact Erin Knott at Equality Michigan:
Gallery 22 North, 22 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 Time TBA. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Oct. 30: Northwood. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 8: WMU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 10: Bradley. 2 p.m.

Nov. 23: Notre Dame. Time TBA.

Dec. 1: Morgan State. Time TBA

Dec. 5: Syracuse. 9 p.m.

Dec. 8 Oakland. 2 p.m.

Dec. 14: Appalachian State. Time TBA.

Dec. 31: Penn State. 2 p.m.

Jan. 5: Michigan State. Noon.

Jan. 12: Maryland. Noon.

Jan. 26: Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Feb. 2: Iowa. Noon.

Feb. 6: Purdue. 6 p.m.

Feb. 13: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Mar. 1: Indiana. Time TBA.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Akhnaten": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Live broadcast (Nov. 23) and rebroadcast (Dec. 4) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Philip Glass's 1983 opera about the life of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV), with the libretto drawn partly from ancient Egyptian sources and sung in the original language. Phelim McDermott directs this impressive and dreamlike production that includes acrobats and jugglers inspired by hieroglyphics. With countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges. Egyptian & other languages, subtitles. Note: The Dec. 4 show is at Quality 16 and Ann Arbor 20 only.
12:55 p.m. (Nov. 23), Michigan Theater, Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $20-$27 in advance at (except Michigan Theater, at 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 668-8397 (Michigan). [map]

 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. [map]

 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]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Frozen Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to celebrate the release of Disney's Frozen 2 with themed crafts and activities.
AADL Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 23 & 24. Video game tournaments. Nov. 23: "Splatoon 2: Hyper Local Splatfest." For grade 6-adult. Nov. 24: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe."
AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.

 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dungeons and Dragons for Teens": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this classic tabletop role-playing game.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Harold Haugh Award Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Lecture-demo by U-M horn professor Adam Unsworth, recipient of the Haugh Award for excellence in private studio teaching. With pianists Amy I-Lin Cheng and Ellen Rowe.
2 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Decoupage Boxes, Vases, and Tiles": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to use old wrapping paper, maps, or magazine pictures to decorate a keepsake box, vase, tile, or other container. Bring paper items like cards, pictures, or newspapers, if you like.
AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Bag Stars": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited for this craft activity using paper bags and hot glue to make folded stars.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum, including "Newberry Hall and the Tiffany Window" (Nov. 2, space limited, preregistration recommended by emailing, a kid-friendly tour (Nov. 9), a tour of the current exhibit Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile (Nov. 16), an "Around the Table" tour of food-related artifacts (Nov. 23), and "Highlights of the Kelsey Museum" (Nov. 30).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2 & 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]

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 21. Michelle Mountain directs the world premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's 2nd Sherlock Holmes play, which features the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the playboy Prince of Wales on the eve of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Coincidentally, the master chef Auguste Escoffier needs the detective's help as well. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Tom Whalen, and David Bendena.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:15 p.m. 

Andrew Anderson.

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This veteran local pianist, an accomplished accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist, performs a program highlighted by Schubert's Sonata in A Minor, a work whose concise beginning builds to great drama, with what Anderson calls "stretches of tender, heart-stopping lyricism." Also, 4 Romantic works by English composer Alan Rawsthorne and works by Scarlatti, Milhaud, Prokofiev, and Liszt.
4:15 p.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Dr. Donation. 665-7346. [map]

 4:15, 6:30, & 8:45 p.m. 

"Frankie": State Theater.

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(Ira Sachs, 2019). Drama about a large family's vacation to a European resort town.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 4:15 & 7:15 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.

 5-7 p.m. 

"Date Night": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers lead tastings of several domestic wines, with artisan cheeses, bread, and other accompaniments. Recommended for couples or other pairs. On Nov. 18, "Beer & Cheese Edition."
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45/person. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 1:!5, 5:30, & 8 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]

 5:20 & 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]

 6-9 p.m.  Free! 


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Funky jams will be delivered by Jesse Kramer (drums), Max Bowen (guitar) and Brian Juarez (bass).
Circus Bar, 210 S. 1st Street. Free. (734) 913-8890. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Up Close and Personal with Jill Jack!": Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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This will be an up close and personal evening with Detroit's own Jill Jack! Jill Jack's magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She's been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she's won over 40 Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this provincial success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. It's simply called connecting, and it's the bounty of a true songwriter
open to all of life. Just 42 seats, reservations are a must. $35 pp for dinner and show. Menu tba.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35. 517-522-8167. [map]

  6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Owl Prowl": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Nov. 16 & 23. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff members present this popular annual program, for adults (Nov. 16) & all ages (Nov. 23), that includes hikes through Gallup and Furstenberg Parks and presentations with live owls to learn how ears, eyes, and feathers help owls survive in the night.
Furstenberg Nature Area, 2626 Fuller Rd. $9 (family, $34), members, $8 (family, $30). 997-1075. [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 p.m. 

Michigan Pops Orchestra.

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Rotem Weinberg and Tal Benatar direct this playful 100-member ensemble, the only student-run orchestra on campus, in music from Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, John Williams' Star Wars, and more. With vocal performers, stage antics, and special effects.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (public school students, daycare students, and seniors age 65 & over, free). [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Carol Concert: Calvary United Church and The Arbor Consort.

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Join members of the Calvary United Methodist Church as they light their very impressive tree and are then treated to a concert of Christmas carols by The Arbor Consort. The Arbor Consort is a non-profit musical organization dedicated to the performance of early music in period costumes. Tree lighting is at 7 pm, followed immediately by a one hour concert.
Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Ave, Ann Arbor. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bandorama": EMU Music Department.

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A rousing program of music for bands featuring the Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, and the EMU Marching Band in full regalia.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl. Free. 487-1430.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Incognito": U-M Basement Arts.

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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. [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 p.m. 

"Yellowman": EMU Theater Department.

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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.

 7:30 & 10 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. 

"12 Angry Jurors": Saline High School Drama Club.

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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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Screening of Ferdinand, the 2017 animation based on the classic children's book about a lovable bull. Also, snuggles with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10 in advance at, 661-3575. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Matchmaker": Greenhills School.

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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]

 8 p.m. 

Birds of Chicago: The Ark.

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Chicago Americana folk-rock duo of singer-songwriters JT Nero and Allison Russell whose richly poetic songs blend elements of stark folk balladry and gospel fervor. They have a new album, Love in Wartime.
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, and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Philippe Lemm Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This NYC-based group, led by Dutch drummer Philippe Lemm, brings an eclectic classical/rock/funk sensibility to jazz standards. Northwest Jazz Festival (NY) music coordinator Tony Zambito calls them "consummate musicians with intricate and exciting arrangements." With pianist Angelo Di Loreto and bassist Jeff Koch.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at; reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Stew & The Negro Problem: University Musical Society.

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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, by phone, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"64th Annual Study Break Concert": U-M Friars.

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This self-styled "crack squad of 'supercrooners,'" an a cappella octet drawn from the Men's Glee Club, performs pop songs, oldies, and more.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $12 (students, $7. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Bare": U-M MUSKET.

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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, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Play On!": U-M Residential College Players.

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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]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including Pointless's resident League of Pointless Improvisers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"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]

 8 p.m. 

"Ripcord": PTD Productions.

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

 10 p.m. 

"Joker": State Theatre.

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

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

Canceled: U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Mar. 22 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 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]

 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: 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.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m.) 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]

 6-7:50 p.m. 

Canceled: "DJ Skate": Arctic Coliseum.

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $8 (includes skate & rental). 433-4444. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Neal Anderson

Rhyta Musik trumpeter whose compositions pay melodic homage to Lee Morgan and Roy Hargrove while establishing a wistful, sometimes playful, but distinctive voice of his own. He is joined tonight by pianist Nathan Flanders. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Earthgang

Veteran Atlanta duo of soul-funk hip-hop rappers Olu and WowGr8. Openers: Benji, a Pittsburgh hip-hop rapper and singer, and Guapdad4000, the stage name of hip-hop rapper James Delgado. [venue info]

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. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Beverly Meyer

Local singer-songwriter with a rich, soulful voice whose emotionally engaging songs draw on blues, jazz, folk, and pop idioms. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Mash: Jason Dean

Local postmodern pop singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer- songwriter Martin. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Justin Walter's Poe Boys

Traditional jazz stomps, shuffles, and 1920s-1930s show tunes by this local ensemble led by trumpeter & cornetist Justin Walter. With saxophonist- clarinetist Chris Tabaczynski, guitarist-banjoist Erik McIntyre, and sousaphonist Chris Smith. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Soundogs

A danceable, improvisational mix of blues, jazz, and rock by this local ensemble whose repertoire ranges from Billie Holiday, Dave Brubeck, and Miles Davis to Elvis Costello and Wilco. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Spark Spark

Local pop-rock quartet fronted by vocalist Robin Grant. With guitarist John Rasmussen, bassist Cy Clone, and drummer Jim Weyman. [venue info]

Ziggy's: "734 Saturdays."

Open mike, along with a featured performer TBA. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Lilly MacPhee Lilly MacPhee

Yearning, ethereal folk-rock by this Detroit indie singer-songwriter. [venue info]


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