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November 4, 2022
“Armageddon Time”: Michigan Theater.
Opens Nov. 4: (James Gray, 2022). Biographical drama based on the filmmaker’s childhood in Queens (NYC), in the 1980s. Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Anthony Hopkins. Michigan Theater. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory.
“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. 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.
29th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival: State Theatre.
Three days of Polish films with subtitles. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $8; U-M students with ID, free) except as noted. Note that free screenings also require a ticket. Mask required. AnnArborPolishFilmFestival.com. State Theater, various times.
Nov. 4: “F*cking Bornholm/F*cking Bornholm” (Anna Kazejak, 2022). Dramedy in which a family vacation on the Danish island of Bornholm goes wildly wrong. 7:10 p.m.
Nov. 4: “Illuzja/Illusion” (Marta Minorowicz, 2022). A mother who begins her own increasingly irrational investigation into the disappearance of her daughter in this thriller. 9 p.m.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
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.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
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.
“Joe’s Breakfast Club”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Ann Arbor Stamp Show: Ann Arbor Stamp Club.
Nov. 4 & 5. This venerable large annual stamp show features 25 dealers from 9 states selling U.S. and foreign stamps, covers, postcards, and collector supplies. Also, a youth area with free stamps and supplies for beginning stamp collectors, a public Peninsular State Philatelic Society meeting (Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m.), and more. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. Food available. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free admission. Sign in and name tags required. annarborstampclub.org, email@example.com, 761–5859.
Crafting Crew: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
"The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust": OLLI READS Book Panel Presentation
Selected as the Fall 2022 OLLI READS, The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust. ia panel of authors, Rita Benn, Joy Wolfe Ensor, Sassa Akervall and Simone Yehuda, joins us to reflect and discuss the writing and experiences of growing up with Survivor parents.WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Ponds Room, 4800 E. Huron River Drive ,Ypsilanti. https://www.olli-umich.org/ 10.00 plus OLLI MEMEBRSHIP. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.olli-umich.org/ (734) 998-9351.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
“Beyond Center and Periphery: Locating Southeast Asia in the Muslim World”: U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies Lecture Series.
“Real World Perspectives”: U-M Poverty Solutions Fall Speaker Series.
Every Fri., except Nov. 25. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars, followed by Q&A. Nov. 4: Temple University political science professor Nyron Crawford on “Lost Boys, Invisible Men: Policy Feedback After Marijuana Legalization.” Nov. 11: Poverty Solutions associate director Mara Cecilia Ostfeld on “The Color of Power: The Evolving Relationship Between Race, Skin Color, and American Politics.” Nov. 18: NextGen Talent co-founder Norma Rey-Alicea on “Ensuring that Postsecondary Credentials Pay Off for Low-Income Students.” Noon–1 p.m., 1840 School of Social Work Bldg., 1080 South University. For livestream see poverty.umich.edu. Free. 764–3309.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Decluttering: Transform Your Space, Transform Your Life: Foundations of Wellness for Women
Do you feel like you have an out-of-control Clutter Monster at your home? Have you reached the tipping point?
Does cleaning up stress you out, because there's just so much stuff?
Is your living space a chaotic environment that makes you feel overwhelmed and anxious?
Do you wish that you knew how to get started on clearing up and cleaning out, to transform your space into a peaceful, healing haven?
Join us for a conversation with Charlotte Kaye, a decluttering expert, for practical tips and strategies about how to get started (and how to keep going!) Bring your questions for our expert!https://bit.ly/FWWDecluttering $18. DrTewari@a2hg.net https://foundations-of-wellness-for-women.mailchimpsites.com/ 734-418-2188.
U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.) or a 499er game (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:45 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
“The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Chola Bronzes”: U-M Center for South Asian Studies.
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.
“Pets and Pajamas Movie Night”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Is/Land Open Studio Rehearsal: Ann Arbor District Library.
“17th Annual Compassionate Feast”: Huron Valley Humane Society Fundraiser.
Multiple-course vegetarian (or vegan) dinner, cocktails, and a presentation by Brian Hare, author of New York Times bestseller The Genius of Dogs and host of the National Geographic Wild show Is Your Dog a Genius? Live music by the singer-songwriter duo Chris DuPont & Kylee Phillips. DuPont is a local acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his distinctive tenor, unconventional guitar work, and clever lyrics, and Phillips is a pop-folk singer-songwriter and pianist from Plymouth known for her intimate performing style and probingly personal lyrics. Also, a silent auction. 6:30 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom. $200. Reservations required at hshv.org/feast. 662–5585.
“Life Is Everywhere”: Literati Bookstore.
New York-based novelist Lucy Ives joins U-M German professor Megan Ewing to discuss her new novel, a surreal story about a lonely grad student who, locked out of her apartment, holes up in the university library, where she reflects on her manuscript and the work of her recently disgraced academic advisor. 6:30 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585–5567.
First Friday Shabbat: Jewish Cultural Society.
All invited for a dinner from a local restaurant, preceded by a brief secular Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, challah and wine rituals. Children welcome. 6:30–8 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow. $10 (family, $25; members, free). Preregistration required at JewishCulturalSociety.org. 975–9872.
“Almost Full Moon Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a nature walk to look and listen for animals and learn about some of the senses they use at night. A bonfire with hot cocoa and s’mores follows. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight if you like. Two sessions: 7–8 p.m. & 8–9 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center Pavilion, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $5 per household (up to 4 people). Preregistration required (registration #IL461100) at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. $6 (nonresidents, $10) vehicle entry fee. 971–6337.
“An Evening with the Bard”: EMU Theatre Department.
EMU theater program alumnus Dennis Cockrum, best known for his work as an actor Showtime’s Shameless, directs TV & stage actor Tim Monsion in performing his selections from the works of Shakespeare. Dessert reception follows the performance. For ages 14 and up. 7 p.m., EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti. Tickets $20 in advance at bit.ly/emu-theatre and at the door. 487–2282.
“Clue: On Stage”: Dexter Community Players.
Nov. 4–6. Jimmy Dee Arnold directs local actors in this wacky adaptation of the cult favorite 1985 whodunit film, itself an adaptation of the classic board game. A murder takes place at a dinner party at Boddy Manor, leaving oddball attendees like Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard to solve the mystery before they meet their own untimely end. 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Columbus Hall, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Tickets $20 (seniors & students, $15) in advance at dextercommunityplayers.org & at the door. 726–0355.
“First Fridays: Open Hours for Adults”: The Creature Conservancy.
All age 18 & up invited to see a display of animals native to Michigan, including a cougar, an opossum, a wood turtle, and a coyote. Also, the chance to see the conservancy’s other animals, including macaws, muntjacs, and more. 7–9 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $12 in advance at the creature conservancy.org, $13 at the door. 929–9324.
"Let’s Get Lost: The Music of Chet Baker with Don Hicks & Friends": Blue LLama Jazz Club
The Blue LLama Jazz Club and the Michigan Theater are joining forces to bring a unique multimedia musical journey to Ann Arbor. Join Blue LLama Proprietor DON HICKS, Artistic Director DAVE SHARP, and some of Michigan’s top regional musical stars to follow the music trajectory and tragedy of Chet Baker.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover or Dinner+Show at opentable.com $15–75. email@example.com bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
Bluegrass Friday: Pontiac Trail Blazers Featuring Leif Gearhart-Hall: North Star Lounge
Hailing from the Ann Arbor area, the Pontiac Trail Blazers have been the house bluegrass band for Detroit Street Filling Station since 2017. They are often joined by a bevy of special guests and focus on the beautiful harmonies and acoustic prowess that are unique to their Bluegrass roots.301 N. Fifth Ave ,Ann Arbor. firstname.lastname@example.org nstarlounge.com
Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.
U-M Men’s Basketball vs. Ferris State.
Keith Alberstadt: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase 38th Anniversary Weekend.
Nov. 4 & 5. A sometime contributing writer to SNL’s “Weekend Update,” The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and The Late Show with David Letterman, Alberstadt is known for his clever, sharply perceptive observational humor and off-handed charm. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $16 reserved seating in advance at etix.com and $18 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“Into the Woods”: Pioneer High School Theatre Guild.
Nov. 4–6, 11, & 13. Nile Andah & Oluchi Nwaokorie direct high school students in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's 1987 musical, a “fractured fairy tale” with a witch who raps, a bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood, an indecisive Cinderella, and a Prince Charming with a roving eye. This collage of fairy tales that begins as a lively fantasy ends as a moving lesson about community responsibility. Featuring one of Sondheim’s most eclectic scores, that ranges in style from jazz to vaudeville to rhapsodic ballads and operatic duets and trios. Tonight’s performance is preceded at 6 p.m. by an Opening Night Gala ($75 includes dinner and premium seating) to celebrate the Guild’s return to the recently remodeled Schreiber Auditorium. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Schreiber Auditorium. Tickets $20 (students and seniors, $15) in advance at showtix4u.com/events/ptg and at the door. email@example.com.
“Journeys Poetry Night”: Booksweet Bookshop.
Four Michigan poets, with many awards and books among them, read work inspired by the theme of journeys. Detroit native Diane DeCillis’s warm, philosophical poems explore loss, survival, and love. Cal Freeman, also a Detroit native, shows a delight in unusual words and constructions in his poems about family life and nature. Ann Arbor poet Zilka Joseph uses fresh eyes and fresh language to describe life after immigrating to the U.S. from India. Oakland University English professor Peter Markus uses a unique lexicon and ritualistic repetition to commune with his dead father in his latest collection. 7:30–9 p.m., Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration requested at ShopBooksweet.com. 929–4112.
“Astronomy Night Open House”: U-M Detroit Observatory.
Nov. 4 & 11. The chance to learn about the Observatory’s antique telescopes, hear presentations on astronomical phenomena, and (weather permitting) observe the night sky through telescopes. 8–10:30 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Preregistration required at detroitobservatory.umich.edu. Free. 764–3482.
“Much Ado About Nothing”: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.
Nov. 4–6 & 11–13. David Widmayer directs local actors in Shakespeare’s high-spirited, sharp-tongued comedy about 2 sets of young lovers. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple’s love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. For this production, AACT incorporates contemporary music and themes and turns the play’s central characters into musicians and poets. 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Civic Theatre, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $15 (students, $10) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone and at the door. firstname.lastname@example.org, 971-2228.
“Sanctuary City”: Theatre Nova.
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.
“The Cunning Little Vixen”: U-M Music School Voice Department.
Nov. 3-6. Tara Faircloth directs U-M voice students in Janacek’s masterful 1924 opera about a female fox’s journey through childhood, captivity, escape, childbearing, and old age. The action, which includes both human and animal characters, achieves a fine balance between the cute and funny with a hard-edged realism. Sung in Czech, with English supertitles, the music is distinguished by its folk-inspired rhythms and motifs. 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $33 in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu & the Michigan League Box Office, and at the door. 764–0583.
Aida Cuevas: University Musical Society.
Often called the queen of ranchera music, this master of the mariachi art song is known for her stunning vocals and a commitment to traditional mariachi music that has sustained a career of over 40 years with nearly as many albums. Cuevas is joined by Mariachi Aztlán, a University of Texas–Rio Grande Valley student ensemble that’s one of the top collegiate mariachi bands in the country. Also, earlier today (11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.), at Hill Auditorium as well, Cuevas and Mariachi Aztlán present a performance tailored to children in grades K-12 and their teachers ($7, pre-registration required at ums.org/performance/you-can-dance-ballet-folklorico). 8 p.m, Hill Auditorium. Mask required if Washtenaw County is in the CDC’s high-risk category. Tickets $25–$59 (students, $12-$20) at tickets.UMS.org. 764–2538.
Concert Band Chamber Winds: U-M Music School.
Courtney Snyder conducts this music student wind ensemble in contemporary American composer Stacey Berk’s “Summer Scenes,” contemporary Japanese composer Dai Fujikura’s harmonically intricate “Frozen Heat,” and an instrumental suite from Weill’s Threepenny Opera. Also, English composer Gordon Jacob’s 1959 adaptation of 4 early English folk songs, Old Wine in New Bottles, and contemporary American composer David Biedenbender’s “Schism,” a 2010 piece commissioned by the award-winning NYC chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound. It incorporates messy grooves and melodic jumps to evoke America’s fractured political landscape. 8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615–3204.
CANCELLED: Social Dance: The Dance Pavilion.
Riverside Swings: Swing Ann Arbor.
“The Mummy”: State Theatre.
(Stephen Sommers, 1999). Remake of the 1932 action-adventure fantasy about an expedition of treasure hunters in the Sahara Desert who unwittingly unleash an ancient curse. Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz. 9:30 p.m. State Theatre. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
Latin Late Night: DJ Medusa: Blue LLama Jazz Club
DJ MEDUSA is making waves from Ann Arbor to Detroit, with a weekly residency at Alley Bar and every other week at LIVE. Medusa curates an environment that gets people movin’ and groovin’ with a variety of favorites from reggaeton, bachata, salsa, and more. Put on your dancing shoes and catch Medusa‘s latin grooves!314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. FREE. email@example.com bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.