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Calendar of Events

Sunday, November 21, 2021

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 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Online 

33rd Annual Virtual Gaming Convention: U•Con.

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Nov. 19-21. Hundreds of competitors are expected to tune in online to play a wide spectrum of virtual tabletop games, including board games of all kinds and role-playing games. Complete schedule of events available at
6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), for URL see Pay what you can. [map]

  9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Jewelry Sale: Washtenaw Alano Club Fundraiser.

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Nov. 20 & 21. Show and sale of jewelry donated by club members, featuring everything from plastic pendants to signed costume pieces.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Alano Club, 995 N. Maple. Free admission. 276-6034. [map]

 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.

 9 a.m.-noon.  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 Free. 794-6627.

 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 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"End-of-the-Year Chili Scramble": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A 2-person golf scramble (both players hit the best ball on every shot). Open to all golfers; no handicaps. Continental breakfast, lunch with chili & chili dogs.
Leslie Park Golf Course, 2120 Traver Rd. $60 per team (includes greens fee, lunch, & prizes); preregistration required by Nov. 19., 794-6245. [map]

 10:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom or in Person. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 7343270270. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 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.  Free!  Online 

"Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,

 Noon-2 p.m. 

2022 Wedding Expo at The Valley: Frutig Farms.

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We extend a warm welcome to join us at our annual wedding expo at The Valley!
The expo is a carefully curated event hosted in our historic restored barns and featuring favorite local vendors including: Zingermans, Angel Foods, Frita Batidos, The Moveable Feast, Slow's BBQ, Wesley's Catering, Gwen's Cake Decorating, Wild Arbor Flowers, Sunburst Blooms, Vicki's Vintage Table, Louis & Co. Bars, photographers Evan Davies and Tracy & RIva, Tippins Market and many more.
Advanced tickets are required to attend. Admission is $12 and includes taste testing from all of our caterers. Tickets available through Eventbrite:
The Valley, 7650 Scio Church Road. $12. 313-657-6882. [map]

 Noon.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Kyle Mikolajczyk: Music at Sequoia Place.

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Performance by this Detroit acoustic guitarist and vocalist whose repertoire includes classic & alternative rock covers, along with some originals.
Sequoia Place, 1131 N. Maple. Free, but donations encouraged. Proof of vaccination and mask required. 373-3560. [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 (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Detroit Lions Watch Party": Michigan Ability Partners Fundraiser.

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All invited to watch the Lions vs. Browns game. Door prizes. Also, a 50/50 raffle and other football-themed activities. Proceeds benefit Michigan Ability Partners, a local agency that provides housing and support services for the homeless mentally ill and disabled.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Rd. $50 in advance 975-6880. [map]

 noon-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]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Youthful Spirits Class for Young People": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

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

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Heckuva Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a roughly 3- mile hike across eskers in Lyndon North and up mighty hills in Lyndon South, with periodic breathers to take in the lovely views.
Park Lyndon North and South, 18801 N. Territorial, Chelsea. Free. Space limited; preregistration required by emailing Masks strongly recommended. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

27th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service: Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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Music, readings, and meditations by local representatives of many faith traditions on the theme "Joyful Perseverance." All encouraged to donate nonperishable food or money for those in need. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at 7 p.m. via Zoom.
Gallup Park Fast Shelter, 3000 Fuller. Free. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Cohousing Tours: Touchstone Cohousing.

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Sunday Tours of Ann Arbor's 3 cohousing communities have begun again! Cohousing creates a community of friends who work, share, learn, grow and play together. Our neighborhood feels like home to all who want to live and visit here. It is a comfortable space that supports both individual expression and shared experiences. The Ann Arbor area is unique in the US for having 3 cohousing communities. Tour all three condominium communities, Sunward, Great Oak, and Touchstone, and you'll get an idea of what it's all about.
Touchstone Common House, 560 Little Lake Drive. Free. 734-274-9110. [map]

 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Hanukkah Bazaar: Women of Temple Beth Emeth.

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Nov. 12, 14, 19, & 21. Sale of gelt, candles, dreidels, menorahs, gift wrap, toys, cards, kitchen items, jewelry, and more.
3-7:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 2-5 p.m. (Sun.), WTBE gift shop, 2309 Packard. Free admission. Masks required. (216) 288-7841. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"365 Days/365 Plays": EMU Theatre Department.

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Nov. 19-21. A group of 8 EMU alumni, faculty, and grad students direct students in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks's collection of vignettes written over the course of a year-a play each day. By turns hysterical and provocative, confrontational and fanciful, they depict an artist responding in different ways to her world. Post-performance talkback. Suggested for mature audiences.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 in advance at, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. Masks required. 487-1220,

 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 268-6200. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Choir Boy": U-M Rude Mechanicals.

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Nov. 19-21. Chloe Cuff directs this U-M student ensemble in Oscar-winning screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney's 2012 coming-of-age Broadway musical about a gospel choir at an elite all-boys prep school and its outspokenly gay star tenor.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $7) in advance at beginning Oct. 29 & at the door. Masks required. 763-1107, [map]

 2 p.m. 

"She Kills Monsters": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Nov. 19-21. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs Community High students in Qui Nguyen's 2011 comedy about a still grieving high school teacher who, after finding her dead sister's Dungeons and Dragons playbook years after her death, belatedly enters her sister's fantasy world filled with 90s pop culture. "The whole enterprise is kind of dopey and kind of invigorating and kind of remarkable," says a New York Times review. "It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart." Cast: Ava Tiedemann, Brook Fagan, Ebie Lamb, Fia Kacvinsky, Gabriel Semrau, Ionie Steudle, Jasmine Lowenstein, John Reed, Laurel Peterson, Leila Durrie, Lila Fetter, Maia Genisio, Malia Weber, Mathias Takacs, Matthew Gallego-Strasma, Nadya Matish, Nic Idzikowski, Poppy Magee, Sadie Todd, Selene Koremenos-Tsebelis, and Violet Knyal.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.). Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at and (if available) at the door. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"The Antigone of Sophocles": Greenhills School.

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Nov. 19-21. Upper school students perform in Robert Bethune's 2011 modern adaptation of Sophocles' classical Greek tragedy about a young noblewoman whose brothers have killed one another in a bloody battle for control of Thebes. When her uncle assumes the throne, he decrees that one brother be buried with full honors and the other's body be left to the elements. Believing that family honor is more important than the law, Antigone defies the king.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Greenhills, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5) at the door only. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 935-5876. [map]

  2:30 p.m. 

NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.

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Nov. 19 & 21. Playoff games featuring the 4 national semifinalists.
Noon & 3 p.m. (Fri. semifinals) & 2:30 p.m. (Sun. final), Ocker Field, 1202 S. State. $15 per game (students, $12); $25 for championship pass (students, $20)., 764-0247. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Gintama: The Final": Fathom Events.

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(Chizuru Miyawaki, 2021). Dubbed (Nov. 21) & subtitled (Nov. 22) screenings of the conclusion of this long-running Japanese anime franchise about a band of quirky samurai-battling aliens. 3 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Sun. at Emagine only & Mon. at both theaters).
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.

 4-5:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Prohibition and Repeal": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Tammy's Tastings owner Tammy Coxen discusses the cultural and political forces that led America to enact Prohibition and the alcoholic drinks that were created and consumed during that time, both in America and globally as a consequence of American bartenders leaving to work elsewhere. She also touches on how Prohibition ended.
For URL preregister at starting Nov. 1. Free.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Meads + Movies": Bløm Meadworks.

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Every Sun. Today: "Knives Out" (Rian Johnson, 2019). Quirky drama about the investigation of the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative big family. All ages welcome, but minors encouraged to be accompanied by adult.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. Proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Voices Heard: Music Written By and For Female Religious": Ann Arbor Grail Singers.

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Deborah Friauff directs this women's early-music choir in a program of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque works by the German Benedictine abbess & polymath Hildegard of Bingen, the Ferrarese noblewomen Eleonora d'Este, Italian singer Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana, and composer & Benedictine nun Chiara Margarita Cozzolani. With viola da gambist & Baroque cellist Debra Lonergan and organist Minji Kim.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $15 (seniors, $12; students, $5) at the door only; cash or check only. Masks & proof of vaccination required. 662-0631. [map]

 5 p.m. 

Annual Celebration: Sky Foundation.

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The November celebration is Sky Foundation's premier annual event celebrating pancreatic cancer survivors and the progress made in the research of this disease. At this event, we inspire people and educate them on the symptoms of pancreatic cancer. Cash raffle, speakers and silent auction.
Virtual. Donation. $50. 248.385.5143.

 5:30-9 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]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

34th Annual Jewish Book Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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Nov. 21-Dec. 16. This annual festival kicks off today with a talk by California writer Corey Rosen on his recent Your Story, Well Told: Creative Strategies to Develop and Perform Stories that Wow an Audience (7 p.m.). For the duration of the festival, 23 other Jewish authors give livestream talks on their books, ranging from cookbooks, expensive gift books, children's books, and reference books to books by local authors and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.)
Various times, online at Free. 971-0990.

 7:30 p.m. 

Marion Hayden & Kaleigh Wilder: Kerrytown Concert House "Passing the Torch" Series.

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The renowned Detroit jazz bassist Hayden and saxophonist Wilder perform original compositions and improvisations and talk about their respective careers and the significance of intergenerational relationships in music.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $13-$50 in advance at and at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Orpheus Singers: U-M School of Music.

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This music student choral ensemble performs Jan Dismas Zelenka's Magnificat in C major, Trevor Weston's Mary's Verses, Vivaldi's Magnificat, and Stravinsky's Mass.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Peter Bradley Adams

Birmingham (AL) Americana folk-rock singer-songwriter whose music is known for its blend of introspective melancholy and quietly searching emotional intensity. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Spill Canvas

All ages admitted. Alt-emo band from South Dakota with an aggressive yet deeply melodic sound fronted by singer-songwriter Nick Thomas. Opener: Kulick, the stage name of Pennsylvania alternative pop-rock singer-songwriter Jacob Kulick. $18-$20. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Morgan's Organ

Local jazz organ trio led by organist Dale Grisa. With guitarist Ralph Tope and drummer Jesse Kramer. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: "Celtic Jam."

Traditional Irish tunes on traditional instruments. [venue info]


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