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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 15, 2021

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 All Day  Free!  Online 

2021 Taiwan Bunun Indigenous Music & Film Festival: Ann Arbor District Library/Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Oct. 13-27. Fifteen days of entertainment, available online, showcasing the Bunun, the indigenous people of Taiwan. "Listen to Bunun" (Oct. 13-27, available all day) is a musical performed by Bunun tribal members on their history as a people. "Bunun Music and Culture" (Oct. 14, 7:30-8:30 p.m.) is a livestream panel discussion with U-M Flint anthropology professor Daniel Birchok and 3 Taiwanese professionals involved with arts and culture, Chin-Lin Yang, Guo-Ching Wang, and Shiu-Lan Chuan. Q&A. "Chance and Intent: Bunun's Pasibutbut" (Oct. 19-27, all day) is a prerecorded talk by Taipei National University of Arts music professor Rung-Shun Wu. "Music and Instruments of the Bunun People of Taiwan" (Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.) is a livestream talk by U-M music professor Joseph Gascho. For film screening, see Films.
Various times, online at Free.

 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.

 9 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

American Liszt Society Festival: U-M Music School.

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Oct. 15-18. Series of films, lectures, and performances focusing on the romantic composer and piano virtuoso's Hungarian roots and Gypsy influences. Today: World premiere of the film Piano Lessons: The Art and Life of German Diez Nieto (4 p.m.), about the Cuban-born pianist, a student of Claudio Arrau. Also, European folk music by the string ensemble George Batyi & the Gypsy Stringz (8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium; free.).
Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus, unless otherwise noted. Tickets $40 for day pass, $150 for conference pass, & $40 for students, in advance at Masks required. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joes Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. A moderate-paced ride, 25 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at the Riverview Cafe in Dexter. Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves; carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks. For other AABTS rides, see
Meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-2096.

 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]

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Book Fairs 101: The Hunt and the Hype": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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Livestream discussion with Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair organizers Jay Platt and Garrett Scott on the history of their fair, as well as general tips on how to get the most out of book fairs. The 41st Annual Antiquarian Book Fair is on October 17th (see listing).
For URL preregister at Free. 649-3370.

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"The Ethics and Aesthetics of Writing Violence": U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Lecture by award-winning novelist Mark Powell. Presented via Zoom but (public health considerations permitting) possibly also in Angell Hall #3222.
For more information and URL see Free.

 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]

 Noon-12:30 p.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]

 Noon-6 p.m.  Hybrid 

Showcase of New and Remodeled Homes: Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Oct. 15-17. A chance to tour 10 newly remodeled local homes, with the option to virtually tour 6 more.
Various locations. Tickets $10 (age 16 & under, free) in advance at or at any of the tour houses listed at 635-4017.

 Noon-midnight  Online 

Silent Auction: Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America Fundraiser.

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Oct. 12-22. Online auction of various goods and services, and arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit local cultural institutions.
Online at

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Jazz & Culture on Vibes & Piano": U-M Gifts of Art.

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Livestream concert from Brooklyn by the duo of vibraphonist Cecilia Smith and pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr. Dedicated to Michigan Medicine staff and their families for their work during the ongoing pandemic.
Online at Free. 936-ARTS.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions (via Zoom) on religion. Eat lunch during the meeting, if you wish.
Noon, for online URL see Free.

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Real World Perspectives": U-M Poverty Solutions Fall Speaker Series.

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Every Fri., Sept. 17-Nov. 5. Weekly online lecture series featuring scholars, reporters, and government officials, followed by Q&A. Oct. 1: U-M Organizational Studies professor Jeremy Levine on "Urban Governance, Development and Inequality in Boston." Oct. 8: Duke University Public Policy and Political Science professor Carolyn Barnes on "Low-income Families and the New Welfare State." Oct. 15: U-M Social Work professor Terri Friedline on "Why Financial Technology Won't Save a Broken System." Oct. 22: HuffPost senior national correspondent Jonathan Cohn on "Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage." Oct. 29: University of New Hampshire physics professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein on "A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred," a discussion of racism and sexism in the sciences.
For more information and to preregister see Free.


"Bergman Island": State Theater.

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(Mia Hansen-Løve, 2021). Lyrical drama about the love between two filmmakers. Opens Oct. 15.
State Theatre. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater.


"The Rescue": State Theater.

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(Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, 2021). Documentary on the 2018 rescue mission of a junior football team from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand. Opens Oct. 15.
State Theatre. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater.

 4:30-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"India's Newest Poses: The Imaginative Life of Yoga": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Shameem Black, a literary, gender, and cultural studies scholar of modern India at Australian National University.
For URL preregister at Free., 615-4059.

 5-10 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]

 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

Sandra Osip Exhibition "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in": U of M North Campus Research Complex Galleries.

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This one person exhibition features new work by the artist.Sandra Osip was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned Bachelor of
Science from Wayne State University, and Master of Fine Arts
from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has received two Michigan
Council of Arts awards and a public art commission titled
"Progression" for the Detroit People Mover "Art in the Stations"
project, in the Fort/Cass Station.

Osip's artwork has been included in exhibitions at the Hill Galleryin Birmingham, Michigan, Wasserman Project, Detroit, Michigan and Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; and it can be found in many permanent art collections including the Detroit Institute of Art, Robert and Karen Duncan, Ray-O-Vac, Cranbrook Art Museum, and 1st National Bank of Chicago.
Sandra moved to New York 1990. She received a McDonald
residency in Peterboro, New Hampshire in 1992, and was the
recipient of the prestigious New York Foundation of Arts award.
U of M North Campus Research Complex Gallery, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 18. Free. 734 936 3326. [map]

 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

Stephanie Sarris Exhibition "Rhythmic Patterns": U of M North Campus Research Complex Galleries.

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Sarris' paintings are acrylic and mixed media on paper and canvas. The theme of her work is genre based environments/objects that she has experienced. The spaces and objects reflect images that have affected her emotionally. They constantly incorporate the balance of structure vs. gesture. The selection of the grid structure is used as a digest to view ideas drawn from a spectrum of personal/cultural sources. The compositions reflect interior spaces that contain various objects and/or spatial viewpoints. The placement of images, colors and brushstrokes connection to rhythm/movement is essential. The element of rhythm is passionate and spiritual through every mark and stroke. Intense hues of color are used to create an all over pattern that is both gesture and calligraphic. The touch is expressive through its vigorous application.
U of M North Campus Research Complex Galleries, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 18. Free. 734 963 3326. [map]

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Capture The Flag Fridays": All Hands Active.

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Every Fri. All invited to try to capture a virtual flag by solving a computer security problem (or series of problems), ranging from basic computer usage to some programing. Led by AHA members; beginners welcome.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations required.

 6-7 p.m. 

Intro to Aerial Fabrics Workshop: A2 Aviary.

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Curious about the aerial arts, but don't know where to start? Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics in this 60-minute workshop for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart-pumping warm-up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
18+ only. No drop-ins, please enroll to reserve your spot here: and click on "Purchase"
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 6:15 p.m. 

Slow Flow Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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This yoga class will help you find the space between poses while still retaining the gentle rhythm of a flow yoga class. Slow Flow classes are a combination of Vinyasa Flow and Hatha yoga, with fewer transitions than a typical Vinyasa yoga class. 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. Your first class is free!
Pre-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. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 6:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea.

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Oct. 1, 15, & 17. All invited to play any type of tabletop game, including board games, role playing, and card games. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
Sweetwaters Downtown, 123 W. Washington. Free. 417-4266. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Matilda Jr.": Professional Youth Theatre of Michigan.

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An opportunity for LIVE THEATER!!! Masks required, small theater, show is about an hour with no intermission. Professional Youth Theater of Michigan (PYTMI) is a new group formed during the pandemic that produced several online performances since March 2020 and is now excited to share their first live show. Matilda JR is the story of an extraordinary little girl with extraordinary powers. The daughter of abusive parents, Matilda finds refuge in library books, which she reads quickly and in creating her own stories. At school, Matilda faces a cruel headmistress who believes "Children are Maggots." She finds companionship in her teacher, Miss Honey, who, though well-intentioned, is shy and fragile. Brave Matilda discovers her own remarkable powers and teaches Miss Honey and her classmates that even though life can be hard, "nobody but me is gonna change my story" so "sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty." Tickets $15/adults & $10/ages 3-12 for tickets and info.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $15 Adults/$10 Ages 3-12. 7346602966. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Movie Trivia Night": Michigan Theater.

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Oct. 15 & 22. Popular family-friendly contest with questions on movie quotes, posters, soundtracks, and more. 1st and 2nd place prizes. Have a pen and paper handy.
For URL see 5 per team (MTF members, free).

 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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This month's schedule includes home games against MSU (Oct. 5, 8 p.m.), Wisconsin (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.), and Rutgers (Oct. 22, 7 p.m.).
U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person). For mask requirements, see, 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball.

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This month's schedule includes home games against Minnesota (Oct. 8, 9 p.m.), Maryland (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.), Wisconsin (Oct. 16, 7 p.m.), Ohio State (Oct. 29, 7 p.m.), and Iowa (Oct. 30, 7 p.m.).
Crisler Center (Oct. 8 & 16) and Cliff Keen Varsity Arena (Oct. 15, 29 & 30), S. State at Hoover. Tickets $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). Masks required., 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Comedy of Errors": EMU Theatre Department.

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Oct. 15-17 & 22-24. EMU theater lecturer John Seibert directs students in Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identity and fortuitous coincidence. Suggested for ages 14 & up.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; kids ages 6-12, $7). in advance at, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. Masks required. 487-1220,

 7:30 p.m. 

"Psycho": Michigan Theater.

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Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic suspense thriller set in a motel run by a peculiar mama's boy.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

EMU Wind Symphony: EMU Music Department.

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Mary Schneider directs this music student ensemble in a program highlighted by a solo by EMU trumpet professor Anderson Romero.
EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required.

 7:30 p.m 

Mary Santora: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 15 & 16. Cleveland based stand-up comic with a conversational, easily relatable style who delivers jokes about dating, junk food habits, and Midwest working class life. 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]

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Queen Tribute": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Oct. 13-17. Encore cofounder Dan Cooney directs favorite local actor-singers Jason Briggs, Chris Joseph, Tyler Messinger, and Arielle Crosby in hits by the British rock band Queen, featuring "We Will Rock You," the spine-tingling "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are The Champions," and more.
7:30-9 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 4-5:30 p.m. (Sun.), & 7-8:30 p.m. (Oct. 17 only), Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St, Dexter. Tickets $35 in advance at 268-6200. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Sophie B. Hawkins: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This veteran NYC-bred jazz-tinged pop-rock singer-songwriter has a repertoire that blends intimate romantic ballads with activist anthems, usually on feminist and environmental themes.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance at or 665-8558 (leave a message with your name, performance date, & # of tickets), and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Ripper": The Penny Seats Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 14-30. Josie Eli Herman directs Queens-based playwright Jacob Marx Rice's playful 2015 thriller, set in 1888 London, about a daring young reporter desperate to make a name for herself who gets tangled up in a string of gruesome murders. When she accidentally finds herself face to face with the killer, a game of cat and mouse ensues. Starring Jasmine Ermete, Will Myers, Dan Johnson, Julia Garlotte, Brittany Batell, and Tim Pollack.
Stone Chalet Inn, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. Tickets $15 (seniors, $12), in advance at and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 926-5346. [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 Masks required. 764-2538. [map]

 10 p.m. 

"Alien": Michigan Theater.

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(Ridley Scott, 1979) First in the trilogy of sci-fi thrillers in which Sigourney Weaver battles an extraterrestial killer.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Trace Bundy

Internationally acclaimed Boulder guitar virtuoso, aka the Acoustic Ninja, known for his intricate arrangements of pop songs and crowd- pleasing techniques, such as playing with multiple capos and moving his strumming hand to the fretboard. $22. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Stormy Chromer and Mungion

Double bill. Stormy Chromer is a popular local progressive jam-rock quartet, and Mungion is a progressive jam rock quartet from Chicago. $15. . [venue info]

Blue LLama: Allan Harris Band

Oct. 15 & 16. Ensemble led by the acclaimed NYC jazz singer, guitarist, and composer Harris. The Miami Herald described his singing as a blend of "the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat 'King' Cole." [venue info]

Club Above: Latin Night

DJ dance party. [venue info]

Club Above: Latin Night

DJ dance party. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Martin. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Double Take

Hartland rock 'n' roll trio. [venue info]


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