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Events in November 2022
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Every Thurs.–Sun., Nov. 25–Dec. 18. Dan Cooney directs this local professional theater company in the 2007 musical version of the 1983 movie comedy about a boy living in 1940s Indiana who longs for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Music and lyrics by U-M alumni songwriting team Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land). Book by Joseph Robinette. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore Maas Mainstage, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $54 (seniors & youth under 18, $52) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $20 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268–6200.
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. 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.
Every Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., & Mon. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels (Tues. 6–9 p.m.), $5. 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. 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. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
Daily. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Sea Monsters (11:30 a.m.) follows a curious dolichorhynchops (an extinct species of marine reptile) as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history, meeting long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles and fish, sharks, and the most dangerous sea monster of all, the mosasaur. 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. Mars: One Thousand One (1:30 p.m.) tells the story of what humans might face with the first manned journey to Mars. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Nov. 26 & 27, Dec. 4, 11, 17, & 18. Sale of works in various media and styles by over 40 Ypsilanti-based artisans. Featuring jewelry, ceramics, prints, fiber art, wood crafts, and more. Food from Casablanca Moroccan Restaurant available for purchase. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Pl., Ypsilanti. Free admission & parking.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Michigan, including a cougar, an opossum, a wood turtle (2 & 4 p.m.) and a coyote (3 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals. 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $13 (kids ages 2–12, $11; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 18. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Eurasia, including a reindeer, a wolf hybrid, and a shire horse (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a zookeeper talk with a Burmese python (3 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals. 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $13 (kids ages 2–12, $11; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
Nov. 12, 19, & 26. Docent-led tours highlighting "Ancient Scripts of Egypt and Mesopotamia" (Nov. 12) and "The Artistic and Social development and influences on Style and Form of Ancient Greek" (Nov. 26). Also, at 2 p.m. on Nov. 19, a virtual tour of “Representations of Women in the Ancient World” (for URL see bit.ly/novvirtualsampler). 2–3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764–9304.
GENE DUNLAP is a diverse “Grammy Award Nominated” musician. Gene Dunlap has been involved in a variety of projects, including touring and recording with Ronnie Laws, Hubert Laws, George Benson, Roy Ayers, Grant Green, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Noel Pointer, Bob James, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Miller, Mary Wilson, Tina Marie, George Duke and Patrice Rushen.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com $75. email@example.com bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
Nov. 12 & 26. Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect. 6:30–9 p.m., Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity; preregistration required at TheDinnerDetective.com. (866) 496–0535.
Nov. 25 & 26. A Detroit native, this upbeat comic was tagged the “Happiest Comedian in America” by Last Comic Standing. His observational comedy covers things like the worst aspects of cats, various types of parties, and why playgrounds need danger. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $18 reserved seating in advance at etix.com and $20 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
Every Thurs.–Sun., Nov. 4–Nov. 27. Carla Milarch directs Pulitzer-winning Polish American playwright Martyna Majok’s fast-paced, unsparing, and unsentimental drama about a pair of teenage lovers, undocumented immigrants who must navigate the broken promise of “sanctuary” when one of them learns that his mother will return to her country of origin. A New York Times reviewer called the play “masterly,” saying it “snaps with surprises” and “effectively embodies the way external forces—in this case, immigration policies in the United States—distort the inner lives of actual humans.” 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Mask & proof of vaccination required. Tickets $22 in advance at theatre-nova.ticketleap.com & at the door. 635–8450.