Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 8, 2022
“Pickleball”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Sept. 30–Dec. 17. Rhiannon Ragland directs the world premiere of actor-playwright (and Purple Rose founder) Jeff Daniels’ comedy about America’s fastest growing sport. Four below-average players try to overcome their own limitations to achieve greatness in a game that has nothing to do with pickles. Daniels’ wife became addicted to the game, which Daniels described in a 2021 interview as “half-court basketball for elderly people.” Cast: Ryan Carlson, Kate Thomsen, Lynch Travis, Jonathan West, and Caitlin Cavannaugh. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.). Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $34–$52 in advance at PurpleRoseTheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433–7673.
“Science Forum Demos”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Oct. 9 & 23). Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo for age 5+. “Shedding Light on Magnets” (11 a.m.) explores magnetism, magnetic fields, and what magnets have to do with cell phones. “Out of the Water and Back Again: A Whale’s Tale” (3 p.m.) explores the amazing evolutionary history of whales and other creatures. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Oct. 7–14. Week-long tech festival. Highlights: “Green Fair” (Oct. 7, 6–9 p.m., Downtown Main St. and Library Lot) showcasing eco-conscious local businesses and nonprofits. “Tech Talk” (Oct. 14, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Michigan Theater), a series of TED Talk-style presentations. “A2 Tech Trek and Mobility Row” (Oct. 14, 1–5 p.m., Washington between Fifth Ave. & S. Division, preregistration required at a2tech360.com/events/a2-tech-trek-2022), a showcase of mobility innovations ranging from self-driving shuttles to robotics. Various times & locations. Free. a2tech360.com.
ArtcareShop Fashion Show: ArtcareShop/Necto
We are so happy to announce that ArtcareShop is having its first fashion show in Ann Arbor! The event is happening in collaboration with the nightclub Necto. We are celebrating our brand and inviting our friends to enjoy the show and party.
Y2k themed party and streetwear fashion show will be on October 8, 5pm-9pm. The fashion show starts at 7pm.
*Y2K themed party. Enjoy nostalgia hits by our DJ, themed cocktails and Y2K entertainment stations. Dress up in early 2000s, in your ACS pieces or just make your own fashion statement - we LOVE f-a-s-h-I-o-n and everything about it.
*Art exhibit by local artists Asha Jordan, Shona Terpay and Victoria Carrio
*Enjoy our fall runway show and explore ArtcareShop’s pop up store. We are running low on our famous tracksuits at the mall, so it will be a great chance to stock up for the fall/winter at the show. Free shipping from the event, so you don’t have to carry it around.
*Complimentary champagne glass comes with every ticket
*360 photo studio and Y2K photo stations to have a slay memory of the night
*Complimentary food by the local legend Ricewood
*Event bracelet allows entrance to Necto nightclub 9pm-10pm for an after party.
*All ticket profits will go to charity.
The event is 21+ with proper government ID.
Let’s party, enjoy the show, celebrate ArtcareShop and all the creatives from the area!
500 E Liberty st, Ann Arbor, 48104.500 E Liberty st, Ann Arbor. https://checkout.square.site/buy/CU57GQG5VCR5VXFK2UV72QBI. $20. firstname.lastname@example.org. artcareshop.com. 7344502917.
Magic: The Gathering Game Play: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sat., Mon., Wed., & Fri. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Intro to Magic: The Gathering (Sat. noon–3 p.m.), free. Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players (Sat. 6–10 p.m.), free. Just Another Modern Monday power cards (Mon. 6–9 p.m.), $10. Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game (Wed. 5–8 p.m.), free. Friday Night Magic rotating draft (Fri. 6–10 p.m.), cost varies. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Oct. 9 & 23). 30–minute tour of the museum’s exhibits and galleries, as well as an introduction to some current U-M Biological Sciences research projects. Noon & 2 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Expedition Reef (11:30 a.m.) reveals the secrets of coral reefs, the “rainforests of the sea” that are the Earth’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems. The Sky Tonight (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky, with tips on how to find the cardinal directions, constellations, and planets on your own. Tales of the Maya Skies (1:30 p.m.) immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan science, examining how Mayan scholars developed a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture, and mathematics that enabled them to predict solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns, and planetary movements. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 30. All invited to help maintain natural areas and remove invasive plants in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring heavy gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Oct. 1 (9 a.m.–noon): Buttonbush Nature Area, park entrance at the end of Hickory Point Dr. Oct. 1 (1–4 p.m.): Dhu Varren Nature Area, intersection of Birchwood Dr. and Dhu Varren Rd. Oct. 2 (9 a.m.–noon): Berkshire Creek Nature Area, end of Warwick Rd. off Glenwood, north of Washtenaw Ave. Oct. 2 (1–4 p.m.): Huron Parkway Nature Area, park steward’s house at 3470 Woodland Rd., off East Huron River Dr. Oct. 8 (9 a.m.–noon): Barton Nature Area, Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr. Oct. 9 (9 a.m.–noon): Bandemer Nature Area, parking lot at the end of Lake Shore Dr., off Main St. Oct. 15 (9 a.m.–noon): Redbud Nature Area, park entrance at the intersection of Parkwood Ave. and Jeanne St. Oct. 16 (9 a.m.–noon): Folkstone Park, park entrance at the north end of Folkstone Ct. Oct. 22 (9 a.m.–noon): Stapp Nature Area, meet at the park sign at the corner of Huron Parkway and Tuebingen Parkway. Oct. 23 (1–4 p.m.): Bird Hills Nature Area, Newport Rd. Parking lot entrance, just north of M-14. Oct. 30 (1–4 p.m.): Kuebler Langford Nature Area, meet at the park entrance on Beechwood Dr., north of Sunset Rd. Various times and locations. Free. Preregistration highly recommended. bit.ly/a2stewardworkday, 794–6627.
“The Big Sit”: Washtenaw Audubon Society.
All invited to join WAS veteran Don Chalfant in this international competition to see as many bird species as possible while remaining in a circle 17 feet in diameter. Also, a chance for novices to learn how to identify birds by eye and ear. If you plan to stay any length of time, bring food, a beverage, and a folding chair, along with your binoculars. 6 a.m.–2 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, the grassy knoll just past the boat launch, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee required. WashtenawAudubon.org.
Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet.
Every Sat. & Tues. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3–5 miles along varying routes from different Fleet Feet (formerly Running Fit) locations. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. & 6 p.m. (Tues.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929–9022 (Sat.) & 769–5016 (Tues.).
Annual Gaming Convention: U•Con.
Oct. 7–9. Hundreds of competitors of all ages are expected to turn out to play a wide spectrum of tabletop games, from board games of all kinds, to role-playing games, collectible card games and miniaturized simulations of historical and fictional battlefields. Participants also are invited to bring in games to play in an open gaming area. Also, a dealers’ room with sales and demos of games. In-person registration begins today at 8 a.m. For a complete schedule of events, see ucon-gaming.org. 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (Fri.), 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (Sat.), & 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. (Sun.), Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Weekend pass: $60 in advance, $70 (students and active & retired military, $60) at the door; kids ages 7-12 (accompanied by an adult), $20; kids 6 & under, free. Daily passes: Fri. $45, Sat. $45 in advance & $55 at the door, Sun. $35. Most games are free with pass. Advance registration available online at ucon-gaming.org. 930–6363.
“Run Scream Run”: Running Fit.
“Freaky 5-km” and “Terrorizing 10-km” runs through Wiard’s Orchards and the paved trails in Rolling Hills Park. Also, a “Cider Mill Mile” (10:15 a.m.). Awards for top finishers and best costumes. Entry fee includes discounts to Wiard’s attractions. A fundraiser for March of Dimes. 8:30 a.m. (registration begins at 6:30 a.m.), Wiard’s, 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. $29 (5-km & 10-km) or $14 (Cider Mill Mile) in advance at runscreamrun.com by noon on Oct. 6. 929–9027.
“Saturday Morning Ride to Dexter/Chelsea”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Sat. Moderate-paced ride, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Pack a lunch or stop for coffee or breakfast. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks. 9 a.m. sharp, meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 649–9762.
“The Ways of Water”: U-M School of Art & Design Stamps Gallery.
Oct. 7–8. A symposium of artists, designers, scientists, activists, and more on the subject of clean water and environmental justice, building on themes explored in current UMMA Exhibition Watershed and Stamps Gallery’s LaToya Ruby Frazier: Flint Is Family in Three Acts. With keynote speech, via Zoom, by environmental activist Winona LaDuke, 2-3 p.m., Oct. 7. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division. 936–0671.
14th Annual Glass Pumpkin Fest: The Glass Academy.
Oct. 8 & 9. Show and sale of glass pumpkins, and live glass-blowing demos. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sat.), noon–4 p.m. (Sun.), Farmers Market. Free admission. (313) 220–6035, glassacademy.com.
Oct. 8 & 9. Show and sale of a variety of yarns and fiber art supplies, products, and crafting items. Demonstration classes. Also, breeders on hand with alpacas, sheep, and other animals. Concessions. No pets. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Tickets $4 ($6 for both days); kids age 12 & under, free. email@example.com, (419) 825–1609.
Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk. 9 a.m., Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at parkrun.US/lillie. firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Willow Neighborhood Beautification Day: Habitat for Humanity
All ages 14 and up invited to help with various neighborhood beautification projects including sealing and staining a wheelchair ramp, prepping the community garden for fall, yardwork, building 2 Little Free Libraries, power washing, and more. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Community Resource Center, 2057 Tyler, Ypsilanti. Preregistration required at bit.ly/h4hwwbeautificationday. Free. 677–1558.
“A2 Artoberfest”: Guild of Artists & Artisans.
Oct. 8 & 9. Juried art fair displaying the works of about 100 regional artists, ranging from jewelry and glass to ceramics and fiber. Also, live musical entertainment and family-friendly art activities. Food & drink available. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sun.), Downtown Ann Arbor on N. Fourth (between Huron & Kingsley). Free admission. A2Artoberfest.org.
“Apple Day”: Pittsfield Union Grange.
A chance to press apple cider. Also, an apple baked goods sale, and apple tastings. Apples available for purchase or bring your own (1 bushel or less) to make cider. Bring your own jugs, if you have them. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. email@example.com, 274–0773.
African Violet Show and Sale: Michigan State African Violet Society.
Show and sale of African violets, other gesneriads, terrariums, and fairy garden plants. Also, a presentation on leaf propagation at 11 a.m. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. LynnAllen0413@comcast.net, 647–7600.
Community Shred Event to fundraise for Polio by Rotary: Rotary Club of Ann Arbor West
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor West is holding a Community Shred Polio event on, Oct. 8th, in an effort to help SHRED Polio
• Securely dispose of unwanted personal documents & electronic media for a $ 10 minimum donation per vehicle for only a $10 min donation per vehicle (bring multiple bags and cartons!)
• Join Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the fight to eradicate polio!
• Recycle and save the earth
• Prevent Identity theft.
Sensory-Friendly Storytime: Ann Arbor District Library.
Oct. 8 (10–11 a.m.).Ages 3–7 invited to a 20-minute program of interactive stories, rhymes, & movement, followed by free play. Designed for young listeners who find regular AADL storytimes overwhelming. AADL Westgate. Free. 327–4200.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Sat., Wed., & Fri. 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. 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.) & Noon–12:30 p.m. (Fri. & Wed.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
Blast Corn Maze: Nixon Farms.
Every Fri.–Sun., Sept. 18–Nov. 6. 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, hayrides, petting zoo, pedal cars, straw maze, yard games. Family Fun Day (Oct. 8) includes live music from the Saline Fiddlers. On Halloween Spooktacular Day (Oct. 30) costumes are encouraged. 5 p.m.–10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.–8 p.m. (Sun.), Nixon Farms, 6175 Daly Rd., Dexter. $12 (ages 5–12, $9; age 4 & under, free). BlastCornMaze.com.
Country Fair: Wiard’s Orchards.
Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 10–Oct. 30 and Wed.–Fri., Sept. 23–Oct. 28. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and more. On Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge, an apple cannon, paintball, apple or pumpkin picking, and other activities available. Cider and donuts available. No pets. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Wed.–Fri.), Wiard’s Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $23.50 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $17.50 (babies, free) online only at wiards.com. 390–9211.
Free Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids: Keith Hafner's Karate
Ann Arbor Parents: Join us for an exciting, FREE Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids on Saturday, October 8th, from 11:30 to 12:00! Open to 4-8 year olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance!
Sign up here (It's FREE!): https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--wgXJw214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--wgXJw. Free!. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.karateisgoodforyou.com. 734-994-0333.
“Pokémon Hangout”: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sat. All invited to play the cell phone game Pokémon Go. Noon–3 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. Free. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Build A Synth: Square Wave Oscillator: Ann Arbor District Library.
The chance to learn soldering basics to build a basic musical synthesizer. Noon, AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327–4200.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to South America (2 & 4 p.m.), including a two-toed sloth, a three-banded armadillo, a black & white tegu (a large lizard). Also, a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals and, weather permitting, a boa constrictor presentation and feeding (3 p.m.). 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $13 (kids ages 2–12, $11; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
“Dancing Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Oct. 8 (1:45 p.m.) & 23 (11:15 a.m.). Local music teachers Momo Kajiwara (Oct. 8) & Robin Robinson (Oct. 23) lead infants through 5 year olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement. AADL Pittsfield (Oct. 8) & AADL Westgate (Oct. 23). Free. 327–4200.
“Saturday Sampler”: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
Every Sat. (except Oct. 1). Docent-led tours; the Oct. 15 tour is virtual. Oct. 8: “Ancient Medicine.” Oct. 15: “Religious Practices in the Ancient Middle East.” Oct. 22: “Food and Dining in the Ancient Mediterranean World.” Oct. 29: “Spooky, Weird, and Magical: Halloween with the Kelsey.” 2–3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. For Oct. 15 URL see bit.ly/octvirtualsampler. Free. 764–9304.
Spider Web Watercolor Art: Ann Arbor District Library.
Oct. 8 (2 p.m.). Kids ages 5–12 invited to use paint, crayons, and pastels to make cool spider web watercolor resist art. AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327–4200.
“Autumn Saturday Slam!”: Northside Community Church.
Open mic for casual performances by local comics, magicians, storytellers, and musicians. 3 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. 649–7948, NorthsideCommunityA2@gmail.com.
“Collaboration Concert”: Dexter Community Orchestra.
This volunteer ensemble joins forces with the Skyline and Saline high school orchestras for performances of the Overture to Mozart’s Magic Flute, 20th-century American composer Florence Price’s “Adoration,” and one of Grieg’s suites from his incidental music for Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. Livingston Symphony Orchestra director David Schultz conducts. 4–6 p.m., Saline High School, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline. Free. 355–0725.
SuperBlue - Kurt Elling with Special Guests Huntertones Horns: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, two-time GRAMMY winner KURT ELLING has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Kurt Elling’s voice is instantly recognizable, embracing listeners with his warm, rich baritone and navigating the full span of his four-octave range as a virtuoso improvisor and a compelling storyteller.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $125. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
“Full Moon Hike: Hunter’s Moon”: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.
All invited to take a full moon hike with a township naturalist at the Lillie Park trail loop and listen for the sounds of owls, foxes, and other animals. A roaring fire and hot cocoa follow. 7–8:30 p.m., Pavilion 3, Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. $15 (Pittsfield residents, $10). Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov or 822–2120.
“StoryFest”: Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.
This storytelling program, formerly known as “Tellabration,” features area storytellers performing for adults & youth age 14 & older. Emcee is veteran Dexter storyteller Jane Fink. Also, local storytellers Jennifer Otto, Beverly Black, David Keren, and Lorelle Otis. One of more than 300 Tellabration programs being held around the country. Proceeds help fund free area storytelling events. Also, a kids StoryFest at the AADL Pittsfield Branch on Oct. 9 (see Kids Calendar, p. 000). 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium. Free, but donation encouraged. At the door only. 662–4419.
Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke: Lighthouse Center.
Veteran Detroit acoustic Americana roots music singer-songwriter duo that writes socially conscious songs of struggle, liberation, thanksgiving, and celebration. 7 p.m., 740 E. Shore Dr., Whitmore Lake. $25 in advance at lighthousecenterinc.org. $30 at the door. 808–1335.
Katie Geddes: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704.
This popular local folk singer performs folk, country-folk, and gospel tunes, along with songs by such contemporary songwriters as John Prine, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Michael Nesmith, and Lennon & McCartney. 7–9 p.m. Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Mask required; livestream available. $10. Preregistration required at bit.ly/caffe704. 327–0270.
Royal Garden Trio: North Star Lounge
Tony Deyo: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Oct. 7 & 8. Sharp, dry observational humor from this acclaimed NYC comedian, whose previous work as a middle school teacher, symphony musician, and band director occasionally gets mined for laughs. 7:15 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $16 reserved seating in advance at etix.com, $18 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“After Dark Series: Campfire Stories”: Hudson Mills Metropark.
All age 10 and up invited to hear Hudson Mills park interpreters tell old campfire tales around a roaring fire. Treats. 7:30–8:30 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required at bit.ly/hudson-mills-after-dark-2022 by 4 p.m. the day before the program. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426–8211.
“Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow”: U-M Theater Department.
Thurs.–Sun., Sept. 29–Oct. 9. Ryan Dobrin directs U-M theater majors in Halley Feiffer’s 2019 Off-Broadway sendup of Anton Chekhov’s beloved psychological drama Three Sisters. While not deviating from the original story about 3 high-minded young women trapped in a turn-of-the-century Russian provincial village, Feiffer superimposes a modern, Western sensibility and vernacular, transforming the play, with hilariously devastating consequences, into a deftly comedic (and raunchy) exploration of unchecked privilege. Ages 17 and up; contains vulgar language and sexual situations. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $30 (students, $13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu and at the door. 764–2538.
“Night Terrors”: Wiard’s Orchards.
Sept. 17, 23, & 24; every Fri.–Sun. in Oct. (except Oct. 2), & Oct. 31. Four different scary attractions—a haunted hayride and more—bristling with scores of costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 14 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30–11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:30–10:30 p.m. (Sun.), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Ticket prices TBA. hauntedhousemichigan.com, 390–9212.
“Sophisticated Ladies”: U-M Musical Theater Department.
Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 6–16. Torya Beard directs music students in Donald McKayle’s 1981 Broadway musical revue celebrating the music of the legendary jazz bandleader, Duke Ellington. With elaborate costumes and electric, swinging choreography to such tunes as “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “Perdido,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” and more. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat except Oct. 7), 8 p.m. (Oct 7.), & 2 p.m. (Sun), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $29–$35 (students, $13) in advance at smtd.umich.edu and at the door. 764-0583.
“The Carpenters Tribute”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company.
Oct. 6–9. An ensemble of musicians performs hits by brother-sister duo Karen and Richard Carpenter, the #1 American recording artists of the 1970s, featuring “(They Long to Be) Close to You” “Top of the World” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and more. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $48.50 in advance at theEncoreTheatre.org & at the door. 268–6200.
Chamber Soloists of Detroit: Kerrytown Concert House.
Clarinetist Chad Burrow and violinist Kristina Zlatareva join violist Paul Laraia, cellist Karlos Rodriguez, and pianist Pauline Martin to perform Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio, Piazzolla’s Duo for Viola and Cello, Schubert’s String Trio (K. 471), and Brahms’ Trio for Clarinet, Cello, & Piano, op. 114. Also, the premiere of young Michigan composer Ryn Jorgensen’s HBO film score, “Black Boy Joy:” Suite for Piano Quartet. The evening includes a Q&A with the performers. 7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Mask encouraged. $29–$50 (students, $19) in advance online and at the door. Livestream available at kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769–2999.
Michigan Playwrights Festival: Theatre Nova.
Sept. 29–Oct. 9. Readings of new full-length plays by Michigan playwrights. Tonight: A reading of Michael Alan Herman & Josie Lapczynski’s Spaceling, a farce about a struggling Midwestern painter hoarding a valuable alien life form. Note: The Festival begins on Sept. 30 with Quan Chambers’ Our Place. 8 p.m., Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Mask & proof of vaccination required. Tickets $10 (Festival pass, $30) in advance at.theatrenova.org/michigan-playwrights-festival-2022 & at the door. 635–8450.