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Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 9, 2021






 
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 Sunrise-4 p.m. or so 

"The Big Sit": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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All invited to join WAS veteran Don Chalfant in this international competition to see as many bird species as possible while remaining in a circle 17 feet in diameter. Also, a chance for novices to learn how to identify birds by eye and ear. If you plan to stay any length of time, bring food and a folding chair, along with your binoculars.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee required. See WashtenawAudubon.org/events for updates on preregistration requirements. [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. levickas@hotmail.com https://www.instagram.com/creal_microgallery/



 8 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at parkrun.us/Lillie. lillie@parkrun.com, facebook.com/LillieParkRun. [map]


 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]


 8:30 a.m. 

"Run Scream Run": Running Fit.

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"Freaky 5-km" and "Terrorizing 10-km" runs through Wiard's Orchards and the paved trails in Rolling Hills Park. Also, a "Cider Mill Mile" (10:15 a.m.). Awards for top finishers and best costumes. Entry fee includes a T-shirt and discounts to Wiard's attractions. A fundraiser for March of Dimes.
8:30 a.m. (registration begins at 6:30 a.m.), Wiard's Orchard, 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. $39 (5-km & 10-km) in advance at RunScreamRun.com by noon on Oct. 7, $45 on race weekend; $19 (Cider Mill Mile) in advance by noon on Oct. 7, $25 on race weekend. 929-9027. [map]


 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Fiber Expo.

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Oct. 9 & 10. Show and sale of a variety of yarns and fiber art supplies, products, and crafting items. Demonstration classes. Also, breeders on hand with alpacas, sheep, and other animals. Concessions. No pets.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $4 ($6 for both days); kids age 12 & under, free. Cash only. info@FiberExpo.com, (419) 825-1609. [map]


 9 a.m. 

"The Purple 5K Run/Walk": U-M Police Department/Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office.

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Family-friendly 5-km run/walk. Also, a T-shirt design competition for kids 14-18, a chance to meet canine units from local law enforcement departments, and live music by the Soul Practitioners, an ensemble of local attorneys that play Motown and R&B classics. No dogs, but strollers okay. Proceeds benefit SafeHouse.
Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel. $35 (students, $20) in advance; $40 on race day. 973-0242, ext. 273. [map]


 9:30 a.m.-noon 

"Homecoming Color Run": Concordia University Cross Country.

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Noncompetitive 5-km around the university grounds and St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Periodically throughout the course, runners may choose to be showered with colored powder. Preceded at 9 a.m. by a 1-mile fun run for kids age 10 & under. A portion of proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of Southeast Michigan.
9:30 a.m.-noon (registration from 8-8:40 a.m.), Concordia, 4090 Geddes. $25 (kids, $15), preregistration required at bit.ly/homecomingrun. (774) 292-9296. danielle.mcguiness@cuaa.edu. [map]


 9:40 a.m. 

Donation Morning Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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This class is a great way to begin your day. Wake up your body and mind with slow flow and gentle stretches.
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 Eventbrite. 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 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. $10-20 Donation. 7347577213. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [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. gtom@emich.edu https://www.emugalleries.org [map]



 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

"A2 Artoberfest": Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Oct. 9 & 10. Juried art fair displaying the works of about 100 regional artists, ranging from jewelry and glass to ceramics and fiber. Related events include live musical entertainment and family-friendly art activities. Food & drink available.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Downtown Ann Arbor on N. Fourth (between Huron & Kingsley) and Ann St. (between Main & Fifth). Free admission. Masks encouraged. A2Artoberfest.org. [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. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Adult Self-Defense Workshop: The 3 Self-Defense Techniques Everybody Should Know": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Easy to learn self-defense techniques for beginners. Finally - the peace of mind you deserve! Saturday, October 9th, 11:00 to 11:30 at 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Ages 14+. Admission: FREE! Register at: https://member-site.net/?FE--wJMgh
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main Street. Free. 734-994-0333. khafner@provide.net www.karateisgoodforyou.com [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 (www.motathaiyoga.com), 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. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [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 BlastCornMaze.com/hours-pricing. [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]


 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Location Services": MacTechnics.

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Apple systems trainer Chris Anderson provides an overview (via Zoom) of location tracking services available on a number of different common devices. Mac questions of any kind welcome.
For URL email Contact@MacTechnics.org. Free. MacTechnics.org.


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Saturday Show": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers host a variety show for kids grades preK-5. This week's theme is "All Things Games"
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

U-M Women's Rugby.

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U-M plays home matches this month vs. Ohio State (Oct. 9), and Indiana (Oct. 30).
Mitchell Field, south side of Fuller. Free. umwrfc.com.


 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Apple Cider Pressing": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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All invited to make cider. Apples provided.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free; $17 vehicle entry fee required. 475-3170.


 TBA. 

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. mtickets@umich.edu, 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 (www.motathaiyoga.com) or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 12:55 p.m. 

"Boris Godunov.": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast (Oct. 9) and rebroadcast (Oct. 13) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Pushkin's sprawling epic verse drama about power and corruption, based on the early-17th-century czar's career and instantly banned by censors upon its publication in 1825. Russian, subtitles.
12:55 p.m. (Sat. at both theaters), 1 p.m. (Wed., Ann Arbor 20 only), & 6:30 p.m. (Wed. at both). 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]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Stewardship Saturday: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help plant trees. Also, you can tour the historic mill before or after planting. Tools and know-how provided.
Sharon Mills County Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester. Free, but preregistration required by emailing carlislec@washtenaw.org. Masks strongly recommended. [map]


 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 vhub.at/NAP. Free. 794-6627.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to South America (2 & 4 p.m.), including the sloth, boa constrictor, cane toad, and the 3-banded armadillo. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and 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 TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). Masks required. 929-9324. [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 youtube.com and facebook.com (search "Fifth Wall Performing Arts"). Free. FifthWallPerformingArts@gmail.com.


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Chapter Meeting: Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (energyinnovationact.org), a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings are currently hosted on Zoom to accomodate COVID restrictions and consist of action team check-ins and local discussion of actions.
Online on Zoom, Email for Zoom Link. Free. Online. annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org http://annarborccl.org/



 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 TheEncoreTheatre.org. 268-6200. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

Rocktober Music Fest at Green Things Farm: Ain't Dead Yet Band.

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Big October farm show - Free and open to the public! Grab your friends and come out.
Featuring the new Ann Arbor band Ain't Dead Yet with special guests Last Band and Heart Cruise
Green Things Farm
3825 Nixon Road Ann Arbor
Saturday October 9, 2021
5 PM to 9 PM
Bring blankets, chairs and whatever you want to eat and drink.
Green Things Farm, 3825 Nixon Road Ann Arbor. Donation. contact@aintdeadyet.band https://www.facebook.com/aintdeadyetannarbor [map]



 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Drag Bingo: Alzheimer's Association.

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Drag show interspersed with games of Bingo. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
6:30-9:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $25 in advance at eventbrite.com/e/drag-bingo-for-the-alzheimers-association-tickets-165250521759. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Sacred Sound Journey: Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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Join Victoria for this 75-minute sound journey of crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, drumming and other sacred sound instruments at Verapose Yoga & Meditation House in Dexter, Michigan. She begins with guided meditation and relaxation techniques to expand your ability to find equilibrium and harmony, thus opening a portal of creativity and connection during her sound journey.
Sacred sound vibration therapy is a powerful non-invasive healing modality and beneficial to restoring our total wellbeing at the cellular level--heart, mind and body. Some may even experience spontaneous physical healing. The effects can be a more harmonious sense of wellbeing in resonance with higher vibratory frequencies that can last for a few hours, days or longer.
Space is limited. Bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow, bolsters and optional eye mask.
Sign up at https://veraposeyoga.com/events/
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $40. victoria@victoriaschon.com www.veraposeyoga.com/events [map]



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

30th Annual StoryFest: Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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This livestream storytelling program, formerly known as "Tellabration," features area storytellers performing for adults & youth age 14 & older. Featuring Glen Model, Beverly Black, Jennifer Otto, Patti Smith, Mike Cox, Lorelle Otis, Judy Sima, and Jeff Gaynor, who is also the emcee this year. One of more than 300 Tellabration programs being held around the country. Proceeds help fund free area storytelling events. The StoryFest Family Fun concert will take place in January 2022 this year.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/yr30storyfest. Free, but donations welcome. 662-4419.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Oct. 9 & 23. Readings (via Zoom) by U-M creative writing grad students. Tonight: poetry by Julia McDaniel and fiction by Drew Nelles.
For URL see bit.ly/umwebsterreadings. Free. lmmorrow@umich.edu, 764-6330.


 7-9 p.m.  Hybrid 

Nutshell: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Café 704.

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Acoustic Celtic-grounded original songs, harmony vocals, and textured instrumentals by this local ensemble of vocalist and bodhrán player Linda Teaman, fiddler Susan Lorand, guitarist-drummer John Lloyd, and backup vocalist, flutist, and sitarist Tom Voiles. Livestream available.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $10; preregistration required in advance only at InterfaithSpirit.org. Masks required. 327-0270. [map]


 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Sal Demilio: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 8 & 9. Detroit actor-comic who blends observational humor with self-deprecating commentary about his Italian-American family, relationships, cars, technology and more. 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, aaComedy.com. [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. HauntedHouseMichigan.com. 734-482-7744. thill@wiards.com hauntedhousemichigan.com [map]


 8 p.m. 

Chelsea Packard: Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M musical theatre professor Packard, a Broadway performer who was cast in the premiere of Wicked, pays tribute to the iconic songstress Barbra Streisand by performing a program of songs she has recorded. With local pianist Tyler Driskill.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets TBA in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com and at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [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 tickets.smtd.umich.edu/5213. 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 TheatreNova.org and at the door. 635-8450, a2theatreNova@gmail.com. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Wild Party": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Oct. 7-10 & 14-17. New York-based director/choreographer MiMi Scardulla and musical director Jason DeBord helm Andrew Lippa's Obie-winning off-Broadway musical about a young couple who decide to throw the party-to-end-all-parties in their Manhattan apartment. Originally set in the 1920s as a steamy prohibition tale, this production takes place in the contemporary world of gossipy socialites.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $33-$39 in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu/5207. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ark: The Verve Pipe

Acoustic performance by this veteran dance-rock band led by West Michigan singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark whose richly textured songs are known for their inventive arrangements, layered vocals, and searching lyrics. $30-$45. [venue info]

Bel-Mark Lanes: Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band featuring vocalist Sheila Rhodes. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Occidental Gypsy

Boston-based quintet whose foot-stomping, rhythmically complex vocal and instrumental originals and covers blend vibrant gypsy swing with elements of world music and contemporary jazz. [venue info]

Club Above: "Local Artist Showcase."

Performers TBA. Hosted by Tenae Griffin. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Mash: Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Dead Lennies

Lansing semi-acoustic trio that says their music sounds like "G. Love & the Special Sauce knocked boots with The Misfits after a Beatles concert. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Medicine Men

This local quartet plays danceable 60s-80s rock, R&B, and soul. They are fronted by the local Westside Girls vocal group. [venue info]

 
 


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