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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 28, 2021






 
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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs. WAS president Juliet Berger leads a hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
Meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free. WashtenawAudubon.org.


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Chinese Mah Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thursday.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, info.tswp@umich.edu. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Canada and the United States: Unidentical Twins": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 23-Oct. 28. Series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) contrasting the United States and Canada. Oct. 7: Johns Hopkins University Canadian studies professor Christopher Sands on "Trading Up? U.S. Trade with Canada 32 Years After the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement." Oct. 14: U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki on "Religion, Secularism, and Nationalism in Québec." Oct. 21: ​​​​Dalhousie University (Halifax) aboriginal law and policy professor Naiomi Metallic on "Canada and Indigenous Peoples: Where Are We?" Oct. 28: University of Toronto health policy professor Gregory P. Marchildon on "Beyond Fear and Loathing: Comparing the U.S. and Canadian Health Systems."
For URL preregister at olli-umich.org. $60 for the 6-lecture series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.


 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": HSHV.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Events also hosted at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1). Tickets $5 (babies under age 1, free).

Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, 661-3575.
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 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.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.org


 Noon.  Online 

"Lunch Bunch.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Informal virtual meeting following the Thursday Morning Lecture (see Sept.23 & Sept. 30) to share impressions and ask questions.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see olli-umich.org or call 998-9351.


 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]


 5:30-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. Game materials provided.
5:30-9 p.m. (Sun.) & 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Bill's Beer Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. dwright8182@hotmail.com. [map]


 6-7 p.m.  Online 

50th Annual Fall Fundraiser: Ecology Center.

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Livestream program, in lieu of the annual in-person dinner, with entertainment by Detroit poet and activist Jessica Care MooreSabrina Nelson, as well as music by the popular veteran local folk-country singer-songwriter Chris Buhalis. Also, the premiere of a video commemorating 50 years of Ecology Center work. WEMU "All Things Considered" host Lisa Barry emcees.
For URL preregister by Oct. 13 at tinyurl.com/EC21VirtualEvent. $50 suggested donation. laurak@ecocenter.org.


 6-8 p.m.  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events.
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.


 7-10 p.m. 

25th Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Oct. 28-30. DownBeat lists this annual festival as one of the world's 50 top jazz/avant music festivals. This year's theme, "25 Years at The Edge" celebrates Edgefest as a defining element of the local jazz community. The 3 day festival includes 13 different shows and a parade on Oct. 30 (see listings). Tonight's lineup: Detroit pianist Michael Malis (7 p.m.). Acclaimed German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock (8 p.m.) leads a trio with bassist Stephan Crump and classical pianist Cory Smythe in avant-jazz improvisations. SoundNoiseFUNK (9 p.m.), a spry NYC quartet led by the powerful vocals of acclaimed Fay Victor, with saxophonist Sam Newsome, guitarist Joe Morris, and drummer Reggie Nicholson.
Various times, Kerrytown Concert House (except as noted on Oct. 30), 415 N. Fourth Ave. Individual show tickets $15 & $25 (students, $10 & $15); day passes $40-$60; Edgepasses ($170-$320) include admission to all shows. Tickets available in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com/edgefest, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. Masks and vaccinations required. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. [map]


 7 p.m. or so 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular outdoor weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Sporcle Live Trivia: Bløm Meadworks.

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Sept. 16, 23, & 30. Prizes. Proof of vaccination to sit indoors; outdoor seating available.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 548-9729. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Thursday Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 9-Dec. 9 (except Nov. 25). Zoom talks by national and global scholars. Oct. 7 (noon-1:30 p.m.): Uppsala University (Sweden) economics professor Yoko Okuyama on "Empowering Women Through Radio: Evidence from Occupied Japan." Oct. 14 (7-8:30 p.m.): Doshisha University (Japan) political science professor Gill Steel on "Gender and Voting Preferences in Japan, Britain, and the United States." Oct. 21 (7-8:30 p.m.): University of Tokyo political science professor Rieko Kage on "Administrative Litigation Reform in Japan." Oct. 28 (7-8:30 p.m.): Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (Japan) professor Yeonju Lee on "Judging Inequality: Japan in Comparative Perspective."
Various times, for URL preregister at events.umich.edu/group/1003. Free. umcjs@umich.edu, 764-6307.


 7 p.m. 

"Howl's Moving Castle": Fathom Events.

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(Hayao Miyazaki, 2004) Dubbed (Oct. 24 & 28) and subtitled (Oct. 25) screenings of this kooky anime love story about an 18-year-old girl cursed into an old woman's body and a wizard able to see through the curse.
3 p.m. (Sun.) and 7 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.). Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic": Concordia University Theatre Department.

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Oct. 28-31. Amanda Williams directs students in Matt Cox's 2015 affectionate parody of the Harry Potter world that revolves around the daily happenings of a nerdy Hogwarts student navigating the schoolyard.
Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at cuaa.edu/kreftarts-tickets, by phone, & (if available) at the door. Masks required. 995-7537. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ropeplay": Fifth Wall Performing Arts.

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Michigan-based composer & librettist Grey Grant performs her own drama, a nonlinear personal narrative that incorporates themes of impermanence, injustice, and sex. It's composition is inspired by the Fluxus community of artists from the 1960s & 70s, which emphasized the artistic process over the finished product.
Online at youtube.com and facebook.com (search "Fifth Wall Performing Arts"). Free. FifthWallPerformingArts@gmail.com.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Understanding Grief": GrieveWell.

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GrieveWell. GrieveWell programs director Christy Miller leads a livestream discussion on grief and the effects it has on physical and emotional health. Also on Oct. 28, a program for young adults in grief to connect with each other (via Zoom) over group activities led by licensed professionals.
For URL preregister at GrieveWell.com/calendar. Free. 975-0238.


 7:30 p.m. 

"Nosferatu": Michigan Theater.

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F.W. Murnau's 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula - a silent horror classic with live organ accompaniment on the Barton Theater organ by Steven Warner.
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. Michtheater.org. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Candle Making": Booksweet Bookshop/Coven Mavens.

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Local artists Juliana Lew and Sara Burke lead a hands-on demo. Also, Cat Tarot readings offered using a charming 78-card deck based on observations of feline behaviors familiar to most cat owners. Costumes encouraged.
Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. $25; preregistration required at bit.ly/booksweetcoven. Masks required. 929-4112. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Aries Moross: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Livestream conversation with the founder and artistic director of the London-based design collective Studio Moross best known for its catchy typographic illustrations for such clients as MTV, Spo tify, VH1, Warner, and Nike.
For URL see bit.ly/stampsfall2021. Free.


 8-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Maker Show and Tell": All Hands Active.

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All invited to discuss via Zoom, in 5 minutes or so, an electronic or other hands-on project that you've made, modified, or hacked in some way, or what you'd like to be working on or what you want help with. Listeners welcome.
For URL see MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.


 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 PennySeats.org 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. 

"Sing Happy!": Theatre Nova Fundraiser.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 28-Nov. 7. Diane Hill directs area singer-actors in local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis's cabaret-style revue showcasing the songs of the Broadway team of Kander and Ebb. The show is a sequence of songs and medleys from Chicago, Cabaret, and many other Kander and Ebb musicals, both famous and obscure, arranged to throw into relief their exploration of the mysteries of life and love. Performers are Jason Briggs, Kristin Clark, John DeMerell, K. Edmonds, Diane Hill, Elizabeth Jaffe, Sarah Stevens, Connor Thomas Rhoades, and Roy Sexton.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $30 in advance at TheatreNova.org and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 635-8450, a2theatreNova@gmail.com. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Bride Elect": Comic Opera Guild.

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Oct. 28-31; postponed from May 2020. St. Clare of Montefalco Parish (Grosse Pointe Park) music director David Troiano directs this local company in John Philip Sousa's 1897 comic operetta, a satire of politics set in a fictitious country. Although it was last performed in 1923, Sousa pieced together an enduringly popular march-he reportedly considered it the best march he's ever written-from various sections of it. Stars Angela Hench, Zoe Zdrojewsky, Dorothy Duensing, Thomas Petiet, Matthew Cook, Chris Grapentine, and Robert Douglas.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $15; students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com and at the door. 973-3264. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ark: Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

Widely acclaimed traditional bluegrass band led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Jones. The band has a new CD, The Choosing Road. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Permanently Pissed

Novi rock band. Openers: the Detroit rock band Tears of a Martian, the Detroit psychedelic rock band Ounce of Love, and the Chicago-based indie rock band Sick Day. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Mercer Patterson Quintet

Local jazz ensemble led by composer-pianist Patterson, a U-M music student. [venue info]

Mash: Broken Fuzz

Detroit-area rock quartet. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: McLaughlin's Alley

Detroit Irish-tinged pop-rock quintet fronted by sibling singer- songwriters Tina and Maureen Paraventi. [venue info]

 
 


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