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Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 2, 2021

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 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Open Figure Skating Competition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Skaters age 17 & up of all skill levels show off freestyle skating, jumps, spins, ice dancing, and more.
Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free admission. [map]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

Cowgirl Blues- an exhibition of prints by Marjorie Gaber: Creal Microgallery.

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Creal Microgallery is pleased to present "Cowgirl Blues," an exhibition of risograph prints by Michigan-based illustrator and comic artist Marjorie Gaber. The works in this exhibition feature a character pulled from the Mythological American West- a contemplative pioneer, a rugged independent, and a fixture in Gaber's psyche-- the cowgirl.
According to Gaber, "Cowgirls have this strange magical air to them; like cowboys they have this association with rugged individualism and a kind of charismatic folksiness to them, but there's something special about the cowgirl. Something untouchable and aspirational, but vulnerable too." These prints, based on Gaber's comic illustrations, explore a range of ideas on the cowgirl identity in ways that are both playful and philosophical-- who is this mythological character and how does she succeed or fail at, well... at being?
Creal Microgallery, Creal Crescent. Free. 7187837837.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]

 9 a.m.-noon or so  Free!  Online 

"Domestic Violence in Washtenaw County: Facts, Trends, Responses, Prevention": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Panel discussion with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Ann Arbor city attorney Arianne Slay, Washtenaw County domestic violence prosecutor Merieh Tanha, U-M School of Social work post-doc Lisa Young Larance, Enough Initiative founder Nicole Beverly, Better Choices Domestic Violence Intervention Program facilitator Mikel Brown, Charron Services director Jeffrie Cape, and Accountable Choices Domestic Violence Intervention Program consultant James Henderson.
Online at

 9 a.m. 

"Over The Edge 2021": Friends In Deed.

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Over The Edge is a fundraiser developed by a company in Canada with expertise in rappelling. To date, they have put on hundreds of these events across the nation. The model gives people a way to contribute to their community by fundraising for a cause, all while having the opportunity to do something unique and thrilling: rappelling down the side of a skyscraper.
As an "Edger," you can reserve a spot to rappel down the Graduate Ann Arbor. In exchange for this unique opportunity, you commit to serving as a fundraiser for Friends In Deed. While there are several levels from which to choose, the basic level that reserves you a rappelling spot requires that you raise a minimum of $1,000.
Anyone can come and watch the event for free from the viewing of the courtyard across the street.
Graduate Ann Arbor, 615 E Huron St. Donation. $1,000. 7344857658. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Family Fitness Festival: Advantage Personal Training.

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The Ann Arbor Family Fitness Festival is bringing AA's best local fitness studios, sports clubs and outfitters together in one place so the whole family can explore fun new ways to get moving.
Think of this free outdoor event as the Art Fair, but for exercise. You'll be able to connect with local professionals, discover great new opportunities for kids and adults, and enter to win prizes with all of our participating experts.
Check out a karate demo with Keith Hafner Karate, find the perfect shoe for you with Ann Arbor Running Co, learn to row with the AA Rowing Club, kids run the obstacle course from Gym America, try pickleball with Wolverine Pickleball, and try a new pose with aUM Yoga, just to name a few.
This is a celebration of Ann Arbor fitness, so come see what we have to be excited about. Register at
Advantage Personal Training, parking area, 2121 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor MI 48103. Free. [map]

 9 a.m-4 p.m. 

Book Sale: Friends of Dexter District Library.

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There's something for everyone here and the prices are so reasonable. Stock up on used books and more now for winter, Christmas gfits or for your reading pleasure. Sale is 9am-4pm.
Dexter Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter, MI 48130, Dexter. Free admission. 7342559392. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Indian Art & Frontier Antique Show: Frontier Antique Collectors.

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Display and sale of 18th- and 19th-century furs, beadwork, frontier weapons, burl bowls, effigy ladles, pipes, and more. Early bird admission Fri. (2:30-7 p.m., $10) & Sat. (7:30-9 a.m., $20) available.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5 (kids, free). (248) 840-7070. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Oct. 2: Dolph Park (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 475 South Wagner, and Fritz Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1407 Russell Rd. Oct. 3: Braun Park (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 1400 Chalmers. Oct. 9: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2800 Verle Rd. Oct. 10: Stapp Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2518 Traverwood Dr. Oct. 16: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3330 N. Dixboro Rd. Oct. 17: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 1866 Newport Rd. Oct. 23: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 650 Beechwood Dr., and Miller Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1518 Arborview Blvd. Oct. 24: Botsford Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3015 Miller. Oct. 30: Gallup Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3225 Gallup Park Rd.
Various times & locations; preregistration required at Free. 794-6627.

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"2021 Michigan Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering": U-M Clements Library.

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All invited to this annual conference featuring talks by University of Detroit Mercy history professor Roy E. Finkenbine on "An Odawa Tale about Michigan's Underground Railroad" (1:15-2 p.m.), Detroit historian Jamon Jordan on "Five Black Detroit Institutions That Come From the Underground Railroad" (2:15-3 p.m.), the Michigan Historical Center's Laurie Perkins on "Living in Plain Sight" (3:15-4 p.m.), and more.
U-M campus. Preregister at Tickets $12 (includes a boxed lunch). (517) 335-2591.

 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Trike-a-Thon 2021 Fall Festival: First Steps Ann Arbor PTO.

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Trike-a-Thon 2021 Fall Festival is a First Steps PTO sponsored event to raise scholarship funds for the First Steps Early Childhood Division of Rec&Ed. We invite you to join us outside at Westerman Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk Dr on Saturday, October 2 from 9:30 to 11:30am. Bring your bike, trike, scooter (and helmet) or stroller and ride around the parking lot. Meet the people with Blossom Dental and Orthodontics and get some goodies. See a fire truck and an ambulance up close and personal. Join a class with Fit4Mom. Plus food, coffee and lots of other fun activities. All is outside with covid-safe protocols in place. This is appropriate for families with kids from birth to about 7. Suggested donation is $5/child.
Westerman Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk Dr. Free. Donation. 734-994-2300 x53186. [map]

 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Trike-a-Thon 2021 Fall Festival": First Steps Ann Arbor PTSO Fundraiser.

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All invited to bike, scooter, or stroll around a short course in a parking lot. Ribbons for all racers. Games and chalk drawing. Also, the chance to see a Huron Valley ambulance and AAFD fire truck up close. Refreshments.
Westerman Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk Dr. $5 suggested donation. 994-2300 ext. 53186. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Harold Neal and Detroit African American Art: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement": University Art Gallery, Eastern Michigan University.

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The University Gallery, School of Art and Design, at Eastern Michigan University is pleased to announce the exhibition Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement. The exhibition will be shown at the EMU Art Gallery from Monday, September 13 through Wednesday, October 20, 2021. A closing reception will take place on Sunday, October 17 from 1:30-4:30 pm. Harold Neal was an aficionado of jazz, especially Detroit jazz, and the Detroit Marion Hayden Trio will play at the opening. Hayden is one of the nation's finest performers of the acoustic bass. In 2016, she received the prestigious Kresge Artist fellowship.
A panel discussion will follow the reception from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Participants on the panel will be Allie McGhee, well-known Detroit artist, and Shirley Woodson, the 2021 Kresge Eminent Artist, both of whom are represented in the exhibition. Additional participants are Dr. Samantha Noel, Associate Professor of Art History at Wayne State
Univeristy Gallery, EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 917-975-0146. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Heroic Futures"

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Young people around the world are using their voices to be champions for social change-and they need our help! On October 2, 10AM-1PM EST, Bold Futures and Hero Nation are joining forces to present a virtual event featuring special presentations by comic book creators, Dorphise Jean and Greg Elysée, and workshops that help students (14-18) identify and address social issues using visioning, entrepreneurship values, comics and superheroes.
Questions? Call: (734) 249-5880 or Email:
Held during SPARK's a2Tech360 event.
10:00am - 11:00am: Opening and Speaker Presentations
11:00am - 12:30pm: Hero concepting, visioning and more
12:30pm - 1:00pm: Wrap Up and speakers Q&A
Register Here:
Zoom, online event. Free. Online.

 10 a.m. 

25th Saline Woodcarving Show: Saline Woodcarvers.

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25th Annual Saline Woodcarving Show. Over 30 exhibitors, Raffle prizes of Christmas scenes, Silent auction of Floyd Rhadigan wood carvings, Peoples Choice Awards, Carving supplies for sale, Pumpkin carving demonstrations and beginner carving instructions, Door prizes every hour and on site food truck. For info. contact Tom Jacobson at 734-476-3441 or
Liberty School, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Salem Twp. $3.00, 12 and under free. 734-262-3655. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Open Studio Exhibition and Sale: Stephenson Ceramic Studio.

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A museum-quality exhibition by two highly skilled Michigan artists installed outdoors on their property, free and open to the public. Stephenson Ceramics is hosting an open studio exhibition and sale of work from John and Susanne Stephenson. Collectors are welcome October 2nd, and 3rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view the studio space and see work installed on the property. All work on display is available for purchase. Guests are welcome by appointment on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a maximum of 50 visitors at a time on the property at once. Please wear a mask at the event. Schedule your visit at
Work available includes free-standing and wall-mounted sculpture, vessels, drawings, functional ware for special occasions, and more. The exhibition will showcase work spanning across John's and Susanne's art careers, evolving through form, texture, and color as they developed independently and influenced one another.
Stephenson Ceramic Studio, 4380 W Waters Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734.395.1540. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Saline Woodcarving Show.

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Show and sale of wood art by more than 40 artists. Also, a sale of carving supplies, a pumpkin carving demo, a raffle of carved pumpkins, carving instruction for beginners, and door prizes. Silent auction of 3 different works by award winning, Saline-based fantasy woodcarver Floyd Rhadigan. Food available.
Liberty School, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. $3 admission (kids age 11 & under, free). 476-3441, [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"27th Annual Apple Daze": Dexter Lions Club.

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A popular classic car show (awards at 3 p.m.), craft booths, kids games (with prizes), pumpkin bowling, a pinewood derby track, 2 bounce houses, hayrides to the Dexter Cider Mill, and more. Also, an apple pie eating contest (3:30 p.m.), and a scarecrow decorating contest (awards at 4 p.m.). Day-long musical entertainment at the gazebo by the vintage rock & Motown band The Extrusions, the Jazz Bums, and others. Pizza, candy apples, cider, and other goodies available. Followed from 6:30-8:30 p.m. by a community open mic.
Monument Park, downtown Dexter. Free admission. 646-8808.

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Make-a-Tile & Art Sale": Motawi Tileworks.

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Outdoor tile-making demonstrations (10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 for the first tile; additional tiles, $10) and indoor studio show and sale.
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Dr. Free admission. Masks required. 213-0017. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 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. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yinyasa Yoga is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. The Vinyasa postures flow from one to the next to create internal heat. The Yin postures are held for longer periods of time to allow the muscles to relax and the connective tissues to be gently stretched. Appropriate for all levels.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. Register on our website (, or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $10-20 Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps ($1) & food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $12 (kids ages 5-12, $9; age 4 & under, free) online only at [map]

 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Splattertown paintball shooting at targets, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $22 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $16 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]


U-M Ice Hockey.

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This month's schedule includes an exhibition against Bowling Green (Oct. 2), and regular season home games against Lake Superior State (Oct. 8 & 9), WMU (Oct. 22), and Wisconsin (Oct. 28 & 29).
Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10 and up. Masks required., 764-0247. [map]

 12:15 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with stretching, moving to a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it. Pre-register on our website ( or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Rugby.

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The U-M city team (which includes townies as well as U-M grad students, faculty, and staff) plays home games against the Traverse Bay Blues (Oct. 2) and the Tri-Cities Barbarians (Oct. 16).
Lillie Park, 4365 Platt. Free. 417-4534, [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Michigan (2 & 4 p.m.), including the cougar, opossum, black rat, and snapping turtle. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). Masks required. 929-9324. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Dracula" & "The Bride of Frankenstein": Fathom Events.

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Double feature of 1930's horror movies. First,"Dracula" (Tod Browning, 1931). Bela Lugosi stars in this iconic adaptation of Bram Stoker's tale of an ancient Transylvanian vampire who arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina, followed by "The Bride of Frankenstein" (James Whale, 1935), a classic blend of Gothic horror and satire that's regarded as the best of the Frankenstein movies.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter, 973-8424 & Emagine, 1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. [map]

 1 p.m.  Online 

"The Book of Form and Emptiness": Literati Bookstore.

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Novelist & filmmaker Ruth Ozeki, a Zen Buddhist priest, joins bestselling writer David Mitchell to discuss (via Zoom) her latest novel, an inventive and surreal story about a teenage boy who starts hearing voices from everyday objects and the strange new world he discovers in the silence of a large public library.
For URL see $33 (includes a copy of the book). 585-5567.

 1:30, 4:30, & 7:30 p.m. 

Cirque Italia.

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Sept. 30-Oct. 3. The action is this traveling "water circus" commences with the discovery of a treasure map by Ringmaster "Clown Rafinha," which ensues in a treasure hunt featuring simulated storms on the high seas, angelic aerialists, pirate fights with swashbucklers balancing upside down on a rum barrel and juggling knives, and more. Social distancing maintained; masks required for age 3 & up.
1:30 p.m. (Sat.& Sun.), 4:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), & 7:30 p.m.(Thurs.-Sat.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $10-$40 in advance at and by phone at 941-704-8572. [map]

 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Fluxus Fest 2021": Fifth Wall Performing Arts.

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Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 (different programs). Artists from around the country premiere their prerecorded performance art videos that riff off of work produced by Fluxus, the 1960s avant-garde art collective that believed anything could be art and anyone could make art. Also, Fifth Wall cofounder Grey Grant premieres her own performance Ropeplay on Oct. 28 (see listing).
Online at and (search "Fifth Wall Performing Arts"). Free.

 2 p.m. 

"Psychic Saturday Party": Enlightened Soul Center.

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Join us for a fun-filled day at the Enlightened Soul Center at our twice-monthly ESC Psychic Parties. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE A VARIETY of readings and healings at one time, under one roof!
Readers ~ Energy Healers ~ Holistic Vendor
$3 admission includes FREE gifts, snacks, & parking!
Sessions $2/minute (15-minute minimum or $30)
Credit/debit cards & cash accepted!
(Individual practitioners may also accept other forms of payment)
See photos and details for this week's participants at the Enlightened Soul Center website!
Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor 48108. $3. 734-358-0218. [map]

 2 p.m. 

Gemini: Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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Family concert by this popular acoustic duo that has built a strong following among kids and adults throughout the Great Lakes area. Twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits offer sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about life's simple pleasures, all performed with a boisterous sense of fun on more than a dozen instruments. Rain date: Oct. 9.
Church grounds, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Donation of a nonperishable food item for Hope Clinic. 761-9320, [map]

 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Smokey Joe's Cafe": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 23-Oct. 10. This local professional company performs this hit 1996 Broadway musical revue that features 39 Lieber & Stoller songs, from "Charlie Brown" and "Poison Ivy" to "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" to "There Goes My Baby" and "Stand by Me."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun. matinee), Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St, Dexter. Tickets (price TBA) in advance at 268-6200. [map]

 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 

Ken Evans: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 1 & 2. Chicago comic with a snappy delivery and a dry, somewhat warped sense of humor who likes to spar with the audience and riff on his own experience as a cancer survivor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced). 996-9080, [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Fri.-Sun. Six different recently refurbished scary attractions-a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more-bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Recommended for age 12 & up.
Wiard's Orchards, Inc., 5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti. $18 for access to one attraction (multi-area passes, $39.99 & $49.99) in advance only. 734-482-7744. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Chamber Choir: U-M School of Music.

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Eugene Rogers conducts this music student ensemble in a performance of Carol Barnett's Walk Through Fine: Cliff Notes from your Mother, Edward Elgar's My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land, Rollo Dilworth's Jeremiah's Fire, and Christopher Theofanidis's Door Out of the Fire.
Hill Auditorium. Free. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Nora: A Doll's House": U-M Theatre Department.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 10. Malcolm Tulip directs Stef Smith's 2019 adaptation of the once controversial Henrik Ibsen play about a middle-aged housewife's struggles for financial and emotional independence. In this retelling, the title character is split into 3 separate iterations living in different time periods. As they embark upon parallel paths, each is confronted by their respective eras' shifting cultural expectations for women.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 on sale starting Sept. 2 (students with ID, $13) in advance at 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Lifespan of a Fact": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 17-Oct. 10. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of NYC playwrights Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell's 2019 briskly entertaining comedy about a fact-checker for a renowned essayist who finds himself in an all-out battle with the writer pitting factual truth vs. creative license. Based on a book by the same name that documents years of dickering over intentional and unintentional inaccuracies in John D'Agata's 2010 essay, "What Happens There," the play is praised by a Variety critic to have "terrifically funny dialogue...The debate at the heart of this play," the critics adds, "transcends comedy and demands serious attention." Cast: Andrew Huff, Justin Montgomery, and Diane Hill. Proof of vaccination required.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $22 in advance at and at the door. 635-8450, [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: The Accidentals and Sawyer Fredericks

Double bill. The Accidentals is the nationally acclaimed Traverse City folk trio of young multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause. Z93 FM (Grand Rapids) DJ Matt Mansfield says they give "an edge to folk with unique instrumentation," adding that they "combine musicality, originality and melodic beauty with a welcome and unexpected bite to clever lyrics." Fredericks is an Americana singer-songwriter with a soulful vocal style from rural New York who won season 8 of The Voice. $25-$45. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Reagan Youth

Revived version, led by original guitarist Paul Bakija, of this early 80s anarcho-punk band from Queens. Openers: Downtown Brown, a popular Detroit postpunk metal-funk trio, and b-knox, a local DJ who spins experimental rock music. $15. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Joey DeFrancesco Trio

Oct. 1 & 2. The son of the great jazz organist Papa John DeFrancesco, this veteran prodigy from Philadelphia is widely recognized as the best of the current generation of jazz organists. By turns soulful, funky, and groove-oriented, his playing displays unbelievable chops, and he approaches all the material in his varied repertoire of standards and originals with superabundant energy. Tonight he showcases material form a new CD, More Music. $100 includes dinner. 6 & 8:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: "Bridging the Gap."

Hip-hop showcase with several local acts TBA. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

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


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