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Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 13, 2021






 
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 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Saline Craft Show: Saline Area Schools.

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Hundreds of vendors from more than 15 states show and sell pottery, jewelry, seasonal items, gifts, and more. No strollers. See facebook.com/saline.craftshow for masking requirements.
Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Rd., Saline. $5 admission. 429-5922, 401-4020. [map]


 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]


 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Fall Birding": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a stroll up & down glacial features in search of birds. Includes a peak at a kettle lake to look for wood ducks and other waterfowl.
Park Lyndon North, 18801 N. Territorial, Chelsea. Free. Space limited; preregistration required by emailing dehringk@washtenaw.org. Masks strongly recommended. [map]


 8:30 a.m. 

"Jet for a Vet": Concordia University.

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5-km on the university grounds, near the Huron River. T-shirts & medals. Proceeds benefit Operation Barnabas, a nonprofit that assists military veterans and first responders.
Concordia, 4090 Geddes. $15, preregistration required at bit.ly/jetforavet. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at parkrun.us/Lillie. lillie@parkrun.com, facebook.com/LillieParkRun. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Nov. 27 & 28. 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. Nov. 6: Lakewood Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 400 Sunnywood Dr. Nov. 7: Foxfire South Park (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 2100 Birchwood Dr, and Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1010 W. Huron River Dr. Nov. 13: Berkshire Creek Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 3070 Warwick Rd., and Furstenberg Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2475 Fuller. Nov. 14: Black Pond Woods (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 2080 Tibbits Ct., and Bluffs Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 236 Sunset Rd. Nov. 20: Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1866 Newport Rd. Nov. 21: Scarlett-Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 3300 Lorraine St.
Various times & locations; preregistration required at vhub.at/NAP. Free. 794-6627.


 9 a.m. 

"The Original A2 Turkey Trot": Epic Races.

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Chip-timed 5-km, 10-km, and "Iron Turkey" (both 5- and 10-km) races. Also, a 1-mile fun run. 5-deep awards in 5-year age divisions. Finisher's medals, awards, T-shirts, race photos. Post-race turkey broth and pumpkin pancakes and pie.
9 a.m. (registration begins at 7:45 a.m.), Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 North Territorial, Dexter. $45 & up (fun run, $30) in advance runsignup.com/Race/MI/Dexter/A2TurkeyTrot; prices increase after Oct. 31. $10 vehicle entry fee. Nonperishable food and fresh produce donations accepted for Food Gatherers. 585-7101. [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. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Ode to the West Wind: Embracing Gray Skies": Tantre Farm Honey Bee U-Pick.

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Nov. 13 & 14. All invited to drop in to help plant such perennial plant-based proteins as chestnut, hazelnut, pecan, and walnut trees. Also, native nut tastings of black walnut, shagbark hickory, and hazelnut. Dress for outdoor work and bring water. Followed at 5 p.m. by a bonfire with a chestnut roast and hot cider. Bring something to sit on, if you'd like.
Tantre Farm Honey Bee U-Pick, 5700 Scio Church Rd. Free. info@tantrefarm.com, 475-4323. [map]


 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]


 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Wine, Women, & Shopping": Chelsea Merchants 16th Annual Ladies Day.

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Nov. 12 & 13. Holiday gift sales at shops identified by strands of multicolor pennants, as well as raffle drawings. Wine tastings and menu specials in participating restaurants. See website for details.
Starting 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (many shops stay open until 8 p.m. or so), downtown Chelsea. Free admission. ShopChelseaMich.com/wine-women-shopping. 475-3539.


 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Surrogate": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Guy Sanville directs actors from this local company in a livestream reading of Purple Rose actor-director Lauren Knox Mounsey's new drama about a young couple who houses a troubled teen. Part of a series of works Purple Rose is considering for their upcoming season.
For URL preregister at chelseadistrictlibrary.libnet.info/event/5520599. Free. info@PurpleRoseTheatre.org.


 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 (www.motathaiyoga.com), 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. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Film Showcase: Rasa Festival.

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Online panel discussion with 3 South Asian filmmakers discussing their work. Three of their films will be available to view online in advance at aadl.org/rasafestival. Featuring: "One Water" (Sanjeev Chatterjee, 2008). Documentary filmed in 15 countries exploring the emerging water crisis. "Ashpordha" (Anirban Roy, 2013). Short film about a 13 year-old Indian girl whose father forbids her to play the western dance music she loves. "Maacher Jhol (Fish Curry)" (Abhishek Verma, 2017). Animated short about a young man who decides to come-out to his own parents and cooks his father's favorite fish curry to win acceptance.
Online at aadl.org/rasafestival, youtube.com/rasafestival, & facebook.com/rasafestival. Free.


 11 a.m. & 12:30,1:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Fri.-Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. Expedition Reef (11 a.m.) explores the life cycle of coral reefs and what scientists are doing to keep coral bleaching events at bay. Sky Tonight (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) shows off of the current night sky. Sea Monsters (1:30 p.m.) follows an animated Late Cretaceous water creature though the great inland sea that divided North America in 2.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Art on the Lake": Local Ann Arbor Artists Open House and Sale.

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Nov. 12 & 13. Show and sale of works by nationally known local artist Carol Furtado, with woven, felted, and dyed hats & scarves and silk wearables.
505 Lakeview Ave. Free admission. Masks and vaccinations required. carolfurtado2@gmail.com, 358-2409. [map]


 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Scientist Spotlight": U-M Natural History Museum.

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U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry and sustainability lead various activities based on their current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about the people who lived there. For kids in upper elementary-adults.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]


 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 AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 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. serrag@med.umich.edu https://ncrc.umich.edu/life-ncrc/occupant-amenities/art-program [map]



 noon - 5 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. serrag@med.umich.edu https://ncrc.umich.edu/life-ncrc/occupant-amenities/art-program [map]



 Noon-2 p.m. 

"Fall Wreath Making": Bløm Meadworks.

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Wildscape Floral Co. owner Chelsea Hohn leads a hands-on demo on how to use dried flowers to make a festive wreath.
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. $75, includes materials and a 12 oz beverage. Proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]


 TBA. 

"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 MichTheater.org. [map]


 TBA. 

"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 MichTheater.org. [map]


 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 (www.motathaiyoga.com) or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, & 7 p.m. 

"A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call": A2SF & UMMA.

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On a simple phone call, you and another audience member - nameless strangers to one another - follow a carefully crafted set of directives. Throughout the journey, a portrait of each other emerges through fleeting moments of exposure and the simple sound of an unseen voice.
This presentation runs each evening from November 9 - 14, 2021, at various times. This experience is conducted entirely over the participant's phone.
Tickets are $10 for general audiences and $5 for students. Each part is a self-contained, complete artistic experience. It is not essential to do both parts or to participate in Part One before Part Two to enjoy the shows.
A Thousand Ways is a three-part performance in which you are the actor and you are the audience. Your words, actions, gestures, silence, thoughts, and willingness are the tools. You need no training. You are the expert. This presentation follows this past summer's successful July run.
Obie Award-winning theatermakers, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, know
Phone. $10 general audience | $5 for students. thousandways@a2sf.org https://tickets.a2sf.org/events



 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw County Investing in Equity Listening Sessions: Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.

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Washtenaw County Government currently has the opportunity to make meaningful change happen in our county.
The County Commissioners are deciding how to spend the American Rescue Plan Act(ARPA) money.
Join us to have face to face conversations with your County Commissioners. Tell them your story and how you think the money should be spent. Especially if you live in zip codes 48197 and 98. Even if you can only stop by for 15 minutes, please stop by!
West Willow Community Resource Center, 2057 Tyler Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. 734 635 8609. thealexthomasshow@gmail.com [map]


 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, & 7 p.m.  Online 

"A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call": 600 Highwaymen (Ann Arbor Summer Festival).

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Nov. 9-14. Reprise of the summer production of this virtual interactive performance art piece curated by NYC theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone-the duo behind the Obie-winning company 600 Highwaymen-in which 2 randomly chosen ticket holders speak on the phone and, guided by an automated voice, follow a scripted set of prompts. The questions start out silly ("Name the yellow-colored items around you") and grow progressively more intimate ("What's a detail you think someone wouldn't notice in a person they admired") with the aim of encouraging storytelling, triggering imagination, and nurturing empathy. After an hour of connecting, or not, the phone call finishes in the same fashion as the beginning: with an instruction to hang up. Suitable for ages 16 & up.
1:30, 3, 5:30, 7, & 8:30 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, & 7 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), for URL preregister at a2sf.org. Tickets $10 (students, $5) online or by calling 764-2538. BoxOffice@a2sf.org. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Biodiversity Lab Chats": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Fri.-Sun. through Nov. 21. Museum educators show how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals.
Natural History Museum Biodiversity Genomics Lab, 1105 North University. Free. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]


 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 TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). Masks required. 929-9324. [map]


 1-2 p.m. 

"Magical Wand Workshop": Unicorn Feed & Supply.

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Bill Pemberton and Amy Balzer-Pemberton, husband-wife owners of Professor Pemberton's Wands, lead a hands-on demo for ages 6 & up.
Stone & Spoon, 110 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $25, includes materials; preregistration available at bit.ly/magicalwands. Masks required. 961-8610. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Stewardship Saturday": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help remove invasive shrubs in less-traveled public areas. Be prepared for working off-trail. No experience necessary; tools and know-how will be provided.
Park Lyndon North, 18801 N. Territorial, Chelsea. Free. Space limited; preregistration required by emailing carlislec@washtenaw.org. [map]


 1-2:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Traditions: Using Writing to Weave Our Past and Future": YpsiWrites/Ypsilanti District Library.

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YpsiWrites rep Jen Burchill shows participants how to write about favorite family and holiday traditions.
For URL preregister at attend.ypsilibrary.org/events. Free. ypsiwrites.com.


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Chapter Meeting: Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (energyinnovationact.org), a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings are currently hosted on Zoom to accomodate COVID restrictions and consist of action team check-ins and local discussion of actions.
Online on Zoom, Email for Zoom Link. Free. Online. annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org http://annarborccl.org/



 2 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 mgoblue.com/tickets. Masks required. 764-0247. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"All the Sparkles: Egyptian Jewelry": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Saturday Sampler.

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Livestream docent-led tour.
For URL see lsa.umich.edu/kelsey. Free. 764-9304, KelseyMuse@umich.edu.


 2 & 7 p.m. 

"All Together Now": Forever After Productions.

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Nov. 12-14. Sarah Chapman directs a 50-member cast in this Plymouth-based company's lively family-friendly musical-theater revue of tunes from Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, Rent, Fiddler on the Roof, Sister Act, Newsies, and more. Part of a program sponsored by Music Theatre International that allows local productions to be staged without licensing or other fees to help with the financial recovery from the pandemic and celebrate the return of live theatre. Skyline High School and Ann Arbor Civic Theatre also perform this revue this weekend (see listings).
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), Risen Christ Church, 46250 Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth. Tickets $15 in advance at iHeartForeverAfter.com and (if available) at the door. 547-5156. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Nature Adventures: Fall Scavenger Hunt": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a wander over glacial hills and eskers in search of some specific natural items. Limited to 12 participants.
Park Lyndon North and South, 18801 N. Territorial, Chelsea. Free. Space limited; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (registration #811002). Masks strongly recommended. [map]


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Know Obstacles: Oz's Music Environment.

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All invited to play instruments, sing songs, and tell jokes with members of this band for kids and adults with special needs. Spectators welcome.
Oz's Music, 1920 Packard. Free. Masks required. 662-8283. [map]


 6:30-9 p.m. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.

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Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect.
Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity; preregistration required at TheDinnerDetective.com/ann-arbor/murder-mystery-tickets-showtimes. (866) 496-0535. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Hybrid 

Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Café 704.

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An ensemble of guitarist Eric Fithian, vocalist Mary Wilson, and other local musicians TBA play an eclectic program of lively folk and pop tunes. Dancing encouraged. Livestream available.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $10; preregistration required in advance only at InterfaithSpirit.org. Masks required. 327-0270. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"All Together Now": Skyline High School.

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Nov. 12 & 13. Anne-Marie Roberts and Brodie H. Brockie codirect Skyline students in this musical-theater revue (see above).
Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets TBA in advance at skylinehstheatre.org, or at the door. Masks required. 994-6515. [map]


 7-10 p.m. 

"Cabaret Fundraiser": Out Loud Chorus.

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Members of this chorus of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and their friends perform a variety show emceed by Go! Ice Cream founder Rob Hess. Also, a silent auction, as well as hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. All proceeds help bankroll Out Loud's upcoming Minneapolis performance.
Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Pl. $75-$150. 256-0740, outloudchorus@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Hand to God": U-M Basement Arts.

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Nov. 12 & 13. Vaughn Melbourne directs this student theater ensemble in a production of Robert Askins' 2011 dark comedy about a small-town Texas teen who finds an outlet for his anxiety at a Christian Puppet Ministry. His life is turned upside down when his puppet takes on a disturbing and irreverent personality of its own.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri. only), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin. Free. Masks required. facebook.com/basementarts. [map]


 7-11 p.m. 

"Outer Space-Themed Maze and Escape Room": Dreamland Theater.

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Nov. 12 & 13. All invited to try an escape room which accommodates 6 people at a time who have less than an hour to work their way through a maze, along the way solving puzzles and riddles to help out a fellow lost space traveler.
Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $5-$10 per person; preregistration required by emailing info@DreamlandTheater.com. Masks required. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Changemakers": U-M School of Social Work/U-M Residential College Drama Program.

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Aria Davis directs a cast of School fo Social Work faculty, students, and alumni in this collaborative drama about the the early history of the school, from its creation in 1921 shortly after the end of a global Spanish Flu pandemic and the 1st World War through the height of the Great Depression, when the social work program moved to Detroit where it Among the major themes is the struggle for racial justice, including challenging segregation on the University of Michigan campus.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), School of Social Work, 1080 South University. Space limited, preregistration required at ssw.umich.edu/assets/rsvp-request/index.php?page=register&id=W325 (Nov. 12), ssw.umich.edu/assets/rsvp-request/index.php?page=register&id=W326 (Nov. 13), & ssw.umich.edu/assets/rsvp-request/index.php?page=register&id=W327 (Nov. 14). Info: email Emma Krzyzaniak at ekrzyzan@umich.edu. [map]


 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Tommy Ryman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 12 & 13. Minneapolis-based comic whom Paste Magazine named one of "12 Great Stand-Up Comedians from the Midwest." He talks with affable whimsy about such things as growing up with hippie parents, dealing with the antics of his rescue dog, and the perils of planning a marriage proposal. 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, aaComedy.com. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m. & 2-4 p.m. 

"Always … Patsy Cline": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 11-28 (except Nov. 25). Local actors perform Ted Swindley's musical based on the relationship between the famous country singer and a Houston housewife who was one of her biggest fans. The story, drawn largely from letters written between the two women, is interspersed with many of Cline's hits, including "Crazy," "Anytime," "Walkin' After Midnight," "She's Got You," and "Sweet Dreams."
7:30-9:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat. & Nov. 28) & 2-4 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St, Dexter. Tickets $40-$48 in advance at TheEncoreTheatre.org. 268-6200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Mam and Me": Michigan Irish Repertory Theatre.

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Nov. 12-14. David Kiley directs this local company in Dolores Mannion's one-act comedy about the ups & downs of a mother-daughter relationship. The play received its world premiere in Cork, Ireland, earlier this year. Preceded by music and Irish storytelling by MIRT artistic director Kiley and Mind the Gap Theatre founder Adrian Diffey. Distanced seating.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $25 in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/5265324 and at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative COVID test) required. 276-7183. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Kat Steih: Argus Farm Stop.

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Performance by this local electro-acoustic experimental rock singer-songwriter, who tonight celebrates the release of her new EP Songs from a Faraway Galaxy...and West Park.
Argus, 325 W. Liberty. $8 suggested donation. katsteih@umich.edu. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Kat Steih EP Release Show, supported by Kid Cooper Levy and the Crowd Goes Wild!.

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Enjoy an intimate acoustic show celebrating the release of the second EP installment of Songs from a Faraway Galaxy ... and West Park, in Argus Farm Stop (Liberty location)'s cozy greenhouse space.
From AllMusic: "Michigan-based songwriter and vocalist Kat Steih branched out from folk roots to create songs that explored elements of jazz, electronic production, and progressive rock, all while delivering hooky, straightforward melodies. After releasing an album of patient, rustic Americana with 2019's Hymns of the Huron, Steih took a sharp left turn ... working with producer Samn Johnson on new songs that stretched beyond folk-rock into more playful and electrified pop territory."
Argus Farm Stop, 325 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $8. 734 255 6346. katsteih@umich.edu www.katsteihmusic.com [map]



 8 p.m. 

"All Together Now": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Nov. 12-14. Brian E. Buckner directs local actors in this cabaret-style show (see the Forever After Production listing above). Stars Anne Bauman, Eli Gray, Lily Getcher, Jessica Terlep, Shannon Clark, Zoe Van Slooten, Kimberly Lock, Vicki Reackhof, Chris Yu, JD Benison, Louie Chen, Scott Johnston, Ryan Cupp, and others.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), A2CT, 322 W. Ann. Pay-what-you-can in advance at a2ct.org or at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. manager@a2ct.org. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Failure: A Love Story": U-M Residential College Players.

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Nov. 12 & 13. U-M junior MeKenna Forster directs RC students in Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins's whimsical, whacky 2016 fable. Set in 1928, it follows the lives of 3 daughters of a clockmaker through the successes and failures of their young adult lives until within a year, each comes to an untimely death.
East Quad Keene Theater, 701 E. University. Pay-as-you-can at the door. Masks required. chrswong@umich.edu. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Funny Girl": U-M Musket.

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Nov. 12-14. Jonas McMullen directs this student ensemble in a production of Jule Styne's 1964 musical based on the life and career of Broadway star Fanny Brice, played by Barbra Streisand in the show's original run.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $15-$20 (students $7-$13) available in advance at ummusket.org and at the door. Masks required. musket.prod@umich.edu.


 8 p.m. 

"Men on Boats": U-M Theatre Department.

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Nov. 11-14. Emily Lyon directs an all-female cast in Jaclyn Backhaus' satirical 2015 drama about John Wesley Powell's 1869 expedition down the Colorado river, a play that one Time Out New York critic calls a "thrilling, gender-flipped slice of manifest destiny."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Arthur Miller Theater, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 (students, $13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu/5216. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ark: Jon McLaughlin

Popular funk-inflected pop-rock singer-songwriter from Anderson, Indiana. $21. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Weak Little Ears

Toledo rock band. Openers: the Detroit alt- shoegazer band No Luck, the Toledo postgrunge band elf Reflect, and the Toledo postpunk rock band No Easy Day. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Soul Cycle

Detroit quartet whose music draws on jazz, funk, and R&B idioms. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

 
 


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