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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 29, 2021

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 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.

 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-5 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]

 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.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Trans Medicine: The Emergence and Practice of Treating Gender": U-M Institute for Research on Women & Gender.

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Zoom talk by MSU sociology professor stef m. shuster.
For URL preregister at Free., 764-9537.


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]

 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]

 5-6:30 p.m. & 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Spooky Species": The Creature Conservancy.

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Oct. 22, 23, & 29-31. Annual Halloween-themed live animal presentations. Also, a "bat flight" at 9 p.m., where bats fly around indoors, freely overhead. Cider & donuts.
5-6:30 p.m. (Fri. only all ages show) and 7-8:30 p.m. (18 & up only), Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $20 (kids ages 6-13, $15) in advance only at Masks required. 929-9324. [map]

 5-10 p.m.  Free! 

"YpsiGLOW Stroll + Roll": WonderFool Productions.

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This outdoor festival features a vast array of handmade illuminated sculptures. Kids activities. Virtual entertainment available starting at 7 p.m. on (search "YpsiGLOW"). For an updated schedule, see
Downtown Ypsilanti. Free.

 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.

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"State of Children Town Hall."

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Parent advocate are joined by elected officials TBA to discuss issues related to childcare in Washtenaw County.
6-8 p.m., Michigan Union Wolverine Room. Seating limited; livestream available at Free, but preregistration required at Info: Catherine Hadley (, 734-717-6785) or Liz Lin (, 248-842-3178). [map]

 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]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Owl Night Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike for all age 16 & up through hills and wetlands to call for owls.
Burns-Stokes Preserve, Zeeb Rd. at the Huron River just south of Huron River Dr. Free. Space limited; preregistration required by emailing Masks strongly recommended.

 7-11 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: New York-based pianist Angelica Sanchez (7 p.m.). ElectroSphere (8 p.m.), led by local heavyweight multi-instrumentalist Ken Kozora, with drummer Djallo Djakate and reed & synth player Rafeal Leafar. The Andrew Bishop Quintet (9 p.m.), led by veteran local reeds player Bishop, with saxophonist Peter Formanek, pianist Angelica Sanchez, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Jon Taylor. Reedman Michael Marcus leads the easygoing Blue Reality Quartet! (10 p.m.), with saxophonist & brass player Joe McPhee, and percussionists Jay Rosen & Warren Smith.
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, 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 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Halloween Concert: Greenhills School.

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Greenhills students in grades 8-12 host a lively family-oriented variety show featuring theater, music, and more.
Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 395-5876. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Rugby.

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The U-M also has home matches this month vs. Purdue (7 p.m.), and MSU (Oct. 29, 7 p.m.).
Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free. 417-4534.

 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]

 7-11 p.m. 

"Halloween Trail: Monster Petting Farm": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Oct. 22, 23, 29, & 30. Attendees walk along a marked path around the Domino's Petting Farm, stopping at designated areas to watch original Halloween-themed theatrical scenes, with some surprises in between. Candy ($5 per bag).
Domino's Farms Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd. Tickets $20 (age 3 & under, free). in advance only at [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, by phone, & (if available) at the door. Masks required. 995-7537. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Geoff Tate: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 29 & 30. Cincinnati based stand-up comic known for his irreverent takes, lazy vocal delivery, and laid-back stage presence. 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]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Tim Huth, Graeme Shields, and Timothy Tikker: American Center of Church Music.

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First Congregational Church organist Huth, Chicago-based organist-composer Shields, and Michigan organist Tikker perform a program of works by composers who taught or attended U-M, including Gerald Near, William James Ross, William Bolcolm, and others.
First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. Masks required. 358-4189. [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. 

Chuck Brodsky: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This North Carolina singer-songwriter's charming, humorous, incisively observed songs about the follies of ordinary people have provoked comparisons to John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III. A No Depression critic calls him a "folkie with rockist irreverence and bluesy swagger: an American stranger in a familiar land." His latest album is Them and Us.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance at or 665-8558 (leave a message with your name, performance date, & # of tickets), and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Music from Harry Potter": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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The orchestra performs a program of music from the world of Harry Potter.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University. Tickets $22-$80 in advance at Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. [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. 

"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 and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 635-8450, [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 and at the door. 973-3264. [map]

 10 p.m. 

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"" Michigan Theater.

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Dick Sharman's 1975 cult classic musical about a fresh-scrubbed pair who find themselves the guests of a transsexual transvestite Transylvanian. Also, on Oct. 29 only, the U-M student pantomime troupe Leather Medusas provides live accompaniment.
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: Carolyn Wonderland

Austin band led by this roots-oriented singer-songwriter whose songs mix blues, country, swing, zydeco, surf, gospel, and soul. A virtuoso guitarist, Wonderland also accompanies herself on piano, trumpet, and a number of other instruments, including her own whistling. "One of the most impressively powerful voices recently heard anywhere, regardless of sex," says Dallas Observer critic Matt Weiss. "Able to boom, cajole, promise and growl with equal power, she plays guitar with much the same forcefulness." Tonight she showcases material from her new CD, Tempting Fate. $20. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Brendon Davis Trio

Local ensemble led by U-M jazz piano student Davis. [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]

Tap Room: "Boylesque"

Drag show and DJ dance party. Hosted by Jadein Black, with Maxi Chanel, Anibriated, and Hershae Chocolatae. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. A benefit for SafeHouse. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Turner Luce

Local Americana singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Rock Jones

Local band led by the father-son rhythm section of singers Larry and Brian Genoa that plays vintage electric blues and rock 'n' roll dance jams. [venue info]


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