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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
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Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán: University Musical Society Digital School Day Presentation.

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Nov. 1-12. Renowned modern mariachi band with a history that dates back to the 1890s. Its repertoire blends traditional mariachi music with new, innovative pieces that engage audiences, often eliciting spontaneous gritos (sing-alongs). Prerecorded live from Tequila in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Recommended for kids in grades K-12 and their families.
For URL preregister at Free. 764-2538.

 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Free! 

Reinhart Charitable Foundation Shoe Drive: Reinhart Charitable Foundation (RCF).

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The Reinhart Charitable Foundation is honoring life through shoe at a time!
The Reinhart Charitable Foundation is having a Shoe Drive. Do you have too many shoes (you know who you are)?
Throughout the month of November, we are accepting new or gently used sneakers and shoes. We will take men, women and children's shoes, all sizes. Unfortunately, we cannot accept shoes with holes, broken heels, athletic cleats, or single shoes.
Drop boxes for shoe collection will be located at all Reinhart Offices & the Gift of Life Office located at 3861 Research Park Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
Any Charles Reinhart Co. Realtor Office. Free. Donation. Maria (734) 845-6122 or Laurie (734) 658-7158.

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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Every Thursday if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Our Changing Economics Landscape: Wealth Redistribution, Innovations, and Sustainability": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 25), Nov. 4-Dec. 16. Series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) on a variety of economic topics. Nov. 4: U-M economics professor Jim Adams on "Whither Capitalism?" Nov. 11 (11 a.m.): NYU business professor Robert Seamans on "The Economic Impact of Harnessing Artificial Intelligence." Nov. 18: Corporate tax consultant Reuven Avi-Yonah on "Tax Policy and Wealth Inequality in the US: Trends and Remedies." Dec. 2: U-M economics professor Dean Yang on "The Economics of Migration." Dec. 9: U-M finance professor Bob Dittmar on "Cryptocurrency: Economic and Environmental Impacts and U.S. Policy." Dec. 16: University of Chicago history professor Gabriel Winant on "How American Health Care Became So Chaotic."
10-11:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted), for URL preregister at $60 for the 6-lecture series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Guided Fall Color & Sandhill Crane Tour": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Oct. 10-Nov. 24. Maps for fall color routes and crane viewing areas are available at the Discovery Center desk. Also, on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. Free; Michigan recreation passport ($17 at the gate) required. 475-3170. [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 (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.

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Native American Heritage Month: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 1-30. AADL staffers read quotes, recommend books, highlight local artists, and more to celebrate the lives of Native Americans.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 25), Sept. 9-Dec. 9. Talks (via zoom) by national and global scholars. Nov. 4: American University anthropology professor C. Anne Claus on "Drawing the Sea Near: Satoumi and Coral Reef Conservation in Okinawa." Nov. 11: Paris University East Asian languages & civilizations professor Cécile Sakai on "Japanese Contemporary Literature: Perspectives and Aporia in the Global 21st Century." Nov. 18: University of Texas history professor Adam Clulow on "The Massacre and the Conspiracy: Locating the Japanese Diaspora in Seventeenth Century Southeast Asia."
For URL preregister at Free., 764-6307.

 Noon.  Online 

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

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Informal virtual meeting following the Thursday Morning Lecture (see Nov. 4, 11 & 18) to share impressions and ask questions.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see or call 998-9351.


"Dune": Michigan Theater.

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Denis Villeneuve's latest sci-fi epic about a young man destined to ensure the future of his people.
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. For updated schedule, see [map]


"Last Night in Soho": State Theater.

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Edgar Wright directs this 2021 dark drama about an aspiring young fashion designer who's life turns upside down when she starts to have compelling dreams at night about a dazzling singer from the 60s.
State 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. For updated schedule, see


"The French Dispatch": Michigan Theater.

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Nov. 1-16 Wes Anderson directs this anthology film depicting the goings on at a fictional weekly magazine.
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. For updated schedule, see [map]

 1-2:30 p.m  Free!  Online 

"Wise Guys: Conversations for Men.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Quests and Discoveries at the Energy Frontier": U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Dennison Collegiate Professorship in Physics Inaugural Lecture.

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Talk by U-M physics professor Jianming Qian on his work with particle accelerators. Livestream available at
Weiser Hall 10th fl., 500 Church. Free. Masks required. 764-4437. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Women in Post-311 Disaster Japan and the Politics of Recovery": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Sophia University (Tokyo) cultural anthropology professor David Slater featuring a collection of video narratives from the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident in northern Japan.
For URL preregister at Free. 615-7400.

 5-7:30 p.m.  Hybrid 

Annual Spaghetti Dinner: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Ladies Philoptochos Society.

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Choice of marinara or meat sauce, salad, bread, beverage, and dessert. Pick-up only. Proceeds go toward gift cards for those in need.
St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. $15 (kids, $7). Mask required. 332-8200. [map]

 5-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 4 & 11. Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What book didn't live up to the hype?" or "What's your favorite classic?"
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 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. [map]

 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
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free, but donations welcome.

 7 p.m.  Free! 


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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. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Presentation by club members TBA.
West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. Masks required 665-5574. [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 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball vs. Grand Valley State.

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The U-M has an exhibition game against Grand Valley State (Nov. 4, 7 p.m.), and regular season home games this month vs. IUPUI (Nov. 9, 7 p.m.), St. Francis (Brooklyn) (Nov. 13, 2 p.m.), UMass-Lowell (Nov. 16, 6 p.m.), and Oakland (Nov. 22, 7 p.m.).
Crisler Center. Tickets $6 & $8 at Masks required. 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

"On Animals": Literati Bookstore.

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New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean joins Michigan Radio's Stateside host April Baer to discuss (via Zoom) her latest book, a stylish and well-researched examination of our relationships with animals from the tamest pets to the fiercest creatures.
For URL preregister at $33 (includes a copy of the book). 585-5567.

 7 p.m. 

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]": Horizon Performing Arts.

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Nov. 4-7. Connor Rhoades directs area performers in the Reduced Shakespeare Company's acclaimed 90-minute transformation of Shakespeare's 37 plays into a fast-paced, hilarious, and outrageously irreverent blend of Marx Brothers-style absurdity and Three Stooges slapstick. Stars Maria Hollobaugh, John Lamb, and Vaughn Louks.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $13) in advance (recommended) at and at the door. Masks required. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Understanding Grief": GrieveWell.

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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 Free. 975-0238.

 7:30 p.m. 

Daniel Sloss: Live Nation.

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Stand-up comedy by this popular young Scottish comic, actor, and writer who jokes about a variety of topics, from mental health to imagining Prince Andrew's sex life, with a commanding presence and playful wit. Sloss had a career breakthrough in his teens when he became the youngest comedian to perform a solo show in London's Soho Theatre. Opener is Kai Humphries, a Scotland-based Geordie comic known for his high-energy delivery of delightfully optimistic yet hilarious material.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $49.50-$90 in advance at & all Ticketmaster outlets, and (if available) at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. (800) 745-3000. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Cinderella (Cendrillon)": U-M School of Music.

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Nov. 4-7. Abbigail Coté directs U-M voice students accompanied by the U-M Symphony Orchestra in this production of Jules Massenet's 1899 comic opera adapted from the classic fairy tale. Sung in French, English supertitles.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $24-$30 (students $13) in advance at Masks required. 764-2538.

 8-10 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Thurs. Members, and interested nonmembers, read and discuss poems on various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Snacks & socializing.
Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. 213-2200. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Tereza Ruller: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Livestream conversation with one of the founders of The Rodina, an Amsterdam-based design studio best known for integrating performance into its graphic designs and marketing for clients.
For URL see Free.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Meet and Greet with Marissa Meyer": Nicolas Books.

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This Washington-based writer reads from and discusses her new fantasy novel Gilded, a haunting retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. Q&A.
For URL preregistration required at Free. 662-0600.

 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]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Los Lobos

Sold out. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Passafire

Savannah reggae-rock and progressive dub quartet. Opener: Indubious, a Bend (OR) roots-reggae trio. $18-$20. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Emmet Cohen Trio

Updated standards by this jazz trio led by Cohen, an up-and-coming young NYC-based pianist praised by Downbeat for his "nimble touch, measured stride, and warm harmonic vocabulary." $85. 6 & 8:30 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Devyn Mitchell

Plymouth pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]


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