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Calendar of Events

Saturday, October 30, 2021

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 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]

 9:40 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. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m. 

"Pumpkin Play": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Ages 2 & 3 (accompanied by an adult) invited to use acrylic paint to decorate a pumpkin. Dress to get messy.
Park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (adults, free); preregistration required by Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. $17 vehicle entry fee. 426-8211. [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]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Polish Heritage & Harvest Festival: Quintessential Event Company.

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Oct. 30 & 31. Polish food from area restaurants, caterers, and food trucks as well as Polish and American beer. Also, an "Autumn Crafter & Artisan Market" with some 50 vendors, dancing to live polkas, activities-including trick-or-treating on Sunday-for kids 12 & under, and more. Masks strongly encouraged.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $11 (seniors age 65 & over & active military personnel and veterans, $10) in advance at; $12 (seniors & military personnel, $10) at the gate. Kids 12 & under free. (888) 504-8103. [map]

 Noon-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). Today: Edgefest Parade (noon). All invited to bring any sort of instrument (including bells and whistles) and tag along in this quirky annual parade (meet at 11:30 a.m. at KCH to join), this year led by Scarlett Middle School band students and Edgefest artists. Today's lineup: Local pianist Matthew Shipp (2 p.m.). AGAPE (3 p.m.), a Detroit-based trio featuring saxophonist Alex Harding, bassist Joel Peterson, and drummer Dave Hurley. The ad-hoc quartet (4 p.m.) of New York vocalist Andrea Wolper, bassist Ken Filiano, guitarist David Ross, and drummer Michael TA Thompson. The "Grand Finale Evening" (7-10 p.m. or so, Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave.) includes "Improvisation and Encounter," a collective improvisation using instruments from the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, performed by drummer Michael Gould, pianist Steve Rush, trumpeter Mark Kirschenmann, trombonist Steve Swell, composer-violinist Jason Hwang, bassist William Park, percussionists Hamid Drake and Michael TA Thomas, and bass clarinet & soprano saxophone (and Observer contributor) Piotr Michalowski. Also, the ensemble Three Rivers, with tenor saxophonist & flutist Mixashawn, bassist & doson ngoni player William Parker, and percussionist Drake, and a performance of "If Trains Could Speak," a piece by trombonist Steve Swell inspired by a 90-minute train ride from Krakow to the Auschwitz concentration camp, featuring vocalist Deanna Relyea, along with Rush, Hwang, Michalowski, Filiano, and Thompson.
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]

 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! 

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.

 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]

 1-4 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.

 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. 

"The Invisible Man" & "The Wolf Man": Fathom Events.

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This double feature of classic horror films. "The Invisible Man" (James Whale, 1933). Claude Rains stars as a scientist who discovers a way to make himself invisible but finds himself committing random acts of violence as a side effect. "The Wolf Man" (George Waggner, 1941). Lon Chaney Jr. stars in this classic werewolf movie.
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]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Halloween Geocaching 101": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free; $17 vehicle entry fee required. 475-3170.

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Nature Adventures: Creatures of the Night": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Shawn Severance guides a walk through forest and prairie for family members age 5 & up, looking for animal signs along the way.
Burns-Stokes Preserve, Zeeb Rd. at the Huron River just south of Huron River Dr. Free. Space limited; preregistration required at (search Activity #811002). Masks strongly recommended.

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Dwelling Places- Online Reflection and Design"

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Join us online as we plan and design small display boxes to honor, celebrate, and remember important people and events in our lives.
The past 20 months of the pandemic have resulted in tremendous social and personal changes combined for many of us with complicated and storied feelings of loss, grief, and solitude. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to attend an online reflection session to plan and design a "dwelling place" or memory niche to honor, celebrate, and remember important people and events in our lives. This online workshop can be a full experience on its own or, for those who are local to Chelsea, MI can be followed by an in-person workshop at Agricole in Chelsea, MI.
Online, Chelsea. Online. $25. 734-272-8615.

 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]

 7-10 p.m. 

"Haunted Halloween Drive Thru": Ring of Steel Action Theatre.

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This local theater company of fire spinners, circus artists, stunt performers, and other cast members dress up in an array of gorey costumes to entertain cars that drive through their parking lot. Wear a costume yourself and bring buckets for candy. Note: Some acts may not be suitable for children.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. Tickets $10 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]

 7-8:30 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]

 7:30 p.m.

& 9:30 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 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. 

"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]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express

Ensemble led by this former Green on Red guitarist, a veteran San Francisco-based Americana singer-songwriter who has cowritten a number of hit songs with Dan Penn and has worked with everyone from Bebe Neuwirth and Kelly Willis to the late Warren Zevon. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Funkwagon

Gospel-infused funk-rock by this Burlington (VT) band now based in Detroit. Openers: Midnight Mercedes, a local funk quartet fronted by vocalist Dominique Byrd, and Shake Steady, a Detroit sextet featuring former members of the Third Coast Kings that plays deep funk and psychedelic soul. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Wavves

Veteran indie pop-punk quartetand from san Diego that recently released the CD Hideaway on the Fat Possum label. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Marion Hayden Quintet

Straight-ahead jazz standards & originals by this Detroit ensemble led by veteran bassist Hayden, a member of the Detroit International Jazz Festival All-Star Ambassadors touring ensemble. [venue info]

Club Above: "Halloween Party."

Hosted by the local hip-hop duo Polo Frost & David Blue. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [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: Cliff & the Bass Player

Classic rock 'n' roll and country covers, along with some originals, by this local duo led by singer-songwriter and 6-string guitarist Cliff Mulvihill. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Bodacious Bellydancers

Local bellydance troupe. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]


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