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November 5, 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. 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 Nov. 20, 26, & 27). Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demos 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 histories of whales and other creatures. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
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.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
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.
Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
Nov. 5–6, 12–13, 19–20. All invited to help maintain natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. The primary goal for each of these days is to remove invasive shrubs, unless otherwise noted. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Various times & locations: Check online at bit.ly/A2NAPworkday. Free. 794–6627.
Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet.
“Hike to Hickory Hills”: Waterloo Natural History Association.
“Junior Naturalist: Autumn Leaves”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Nov. 5 (9–10:30 a.m.). WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads kids ages 7–11 on a morning hike to learn how to identify trees by the shape, color, and placement of leaves as well as the science behind those brilliant crimsons, oranges and yellows. Whitmore Lake Preserve, 2000 Maple Hill Park Dr. Free. Space limited. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (activity #811004).
“Saturday Morning Ride to Dexter/Chelsea”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
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. email@example.com, 649–9762.
“Weekend Waterfowl Walk at Barton Pond”: Washtenaw Audubon Society.
Club member Matthew Spoor leads a walk to look for migrating waterfowl along Barton Pond, one of the top birding locations for November in Washtenaw County. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. 9–11:30 a.m., meet at the main parking lot along Huron River Drive north of Bird Road, Barton Nature Area, 1010 W. Huron River Dr. Free. Washtenawaudubon.org.
Adult Open Figure Skating Competition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.
Nov. 5 & 6. Skaters age 17 & up of all skill levels show off freestyle skating, jumps, spins, ice dancing, and more. Also, a “send-off exhibition” on Nov. 3 (3:15–4:05 p.m.) in anticipation of the 2023 Midwestern Sectional Singles and U.S. Pair Finals. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. Free admission. firstname.lastname@example.org, 213–6768.
Foot Fitness Workshop: Fit To Go With Molly
Join me online for this free foot fitness workshop and learn how to keep your feet strong, flexible and mobile. Bring a massage ball or tennis ball but not mandatory.on zoom register at - https://www.fittogowithmolly.com/about-4 FREE. email@example.com https://www.fittogowithmolly.com/about-4 803-719-2732.
Send Hunger Packing: The three Rotary Clubs in Ann Arbor
This area-wide, hands-on service project is being hosted by the three Rotary Clubs in Ann Arbor. It will use an assembly-line process to produce packages of “one-pot” meals that will be distributed both locally and internationally with some stored for emergencies.
Our goals are to pack 30,000 meals in fewer than two hours using 150 volunteers supported by $10, 500 in donations.
The event will be held in the cafeteria at Ann Arbor Pioneer High on the morning of Saturday, November 5. The U-M football team will be playing at Rutgers later that day.
The packing is done by multiple lines with volunteers stationed at long tables. Empty bags start at one end and are passed along where they are filled with the rice, soy, dried vegetables, spices, vitamins, and flavoring. The packets are then weighed, sealed, and boxed for distribution.
Participants in this project can be as young as elementary school age so it can be an event for the entire family. Organizations may wish to participate with representatives wearing their "team colors."601 E. Stadium Blvd. ,Ann Arbor. www.a2rotary.org/sendhungerpacking firstname.lastname@example.org www.a2rotary.org/sendhungerpacking 734-662-1734.
"Youth Education Program: Roots, Shoots, and Fruits": Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
Roots, Shoots, and Fruits
All summer long plants are working hard, making sugars for growth and storing those sugars in roots, stems, and fruits. Discover how plants make sugars and taste a variety of fall fruits and even some pretty tasty roots & shoots. Then make a beautiful design with vegetable stamps on a cloth to take home! Children are accompanied by an adult throughout the program, adults do not need to purchase admission if accompanying paid children.
The cost is $8.00 per child1800 N. Dixboro Rd ,Ann Arbor, MI 48105. https://mbgna.umich.edu/event/youth-education-program-rsf/ $8.00. email@example.com mbgna.umich.edu 734-763-6667.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 761–5859.
“Saturday Morning Physics”: U-M Physics Department.
Nov. 5 & 12. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Nov. 5: “The Heart of Darkness.” U-M Astronomy researcher Mark Reynolds discusses the worldwide collaboration to image a black hole for the first time. Nov. 12: U-M mechanical engineering professor Anna Stefanopoulou on “Battery Management System: Engineering a Guardian Angel for Lithium-Ion Batteries.” 10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Also via livestream at bit.ly/sat-am-physics. Free. 764–4437.
Ann Arbor Rhododendron Society.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
“Art on the Lake”: Local Ann Arbor Artists Open House and Sale.
Nov. 5 & 6. Show and sale of works by 2 longtime Ann Arbor artists, including hats, scarves, berets, nuno felted art scarves, fabric neckpieces, and silk wearables by Carol Furtado and beaded neckpieces, earrings, and brooches in jewel tones by Linda Girard. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., 505 Lakeview Ave. Mask and vaccination appreciated. Free admission. email@example.com, 358–2409.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
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.
“Autumn Color Mindfulness Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
All invited to join WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle and mindfulness instructor Julie Woodward for a quiet meditative walk through the quiet, colorful autumn woods to connect with nature. Water recommended. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Whitmore Lake Preserve, 2000 Maple Hill Park Dr. Free. Limited to 15 people. Preregistration required (activity #811006) at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.
“La Traviata”: Fathom Events.
Fathom Events. Special screenings in local theaters with reduced capacity. For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events. $12.50 (unless otherwise noted) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500).
Nov. 5 & 9: Live (Sat.) & pre-recorded (Wed.) broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless, tragic romance. 12:55 (Sat.) and 1 p.m. (Wed.: Ann Arbor 20 only).
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
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.
“Mo Willems Celebration”: Ann Arbor District Library.
“Oral History Is for Everyone: An Ethical and Experiential Guide”: Ann Arbor District Library/U-M Spectrum Center.
“Why Scientists Must Be Artists”: WCC Super STEAM Saturday.
WCC performing arts instructor Michael Naylor, a multi-instrumental jazz musician, leads a “virtually hands-on” program (via Zoom) exploring the qualities and mindsets of the artist, and why they are necessary for STEM innovation. Geared towards middle school students, but everyone’s welcome. 1–2 p.m, for Zoom info, preregister at bit.ly/wccsteam. Free.
U-M Women’s Basketball vs. Daemen.
“FrankenSTEM”: The Michigan Theater Not Just for Kids Series.
Nov. 5 (2 p.m.): The Bright Star Theater (Arden, NC) touring company presents Dr. Frank N. Stein and his trusty assistant, Igor, who explore various inventions with the help of the audience. It takes science, technology, engineering and math to make the doctor’s latest masterpiece come to life. Designed to open up the exciting world of STEM discovery to young people. 2 p.m., Michigan Theater. $15 (kids age 12 and under, $5) in advance at michtheater.org/events.
“Read and Look”: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.
Nov. 5 & 19. Jam sessions open to all interested musicians to work on jigs, reels, and waltzes to have fun, learn tunes, and develop contra dance musician skills. Bring the Ruffwater Fakebook, the Portland Collection, and waltz books if you have them. 3–5:30 p.m., Pittsfield Union Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask, proof of vaccination, and liability release required. Free. 709–8748, aactmad.org.
From A2 to Chi Town: Jason Stein Trio: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Chicago-based JASON STEIN is among the mere handful of improvisers who play the bass clarinet exclusively (rather than doubling on it as a change of pace). Contributing to several of the leading bands on Chicago’s new music scene, Stein has brought a vital voice to the freest of free-jazz jams while also having a fondness for playing tunes.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com $75. firstname.lastname@example.org bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
Kirchweihfest: Ann Arbor Schwaben Verein.
This annual fall festival features a German dinner followed by dancing to German polkas and other European dance music by Fort Wayne–based Jay Fox & the Jammin' Germans. 6–10:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), Plumbers & Pipefitters Hall (UA Local 190), 7920 Jackson Rd., Dexter. Tickets $40 (includes dinner & beverages) in advance and (if available) at the door. Reservations recommended; call Mark MacArthur at 474–7017.
“The Angels’ Songs and The Devil’s Trills: A Violin Concert-Exhibition”: Kerrytown Concert House.
Nov. 5–6. An exhibition of notable antique and modern violins and violas by instrument dealer Ara Simonyan, followed by performances on each instrument by versatile local violinist Henrik Karapetyan and Bowling Green State University music professor Caroline Chin, with local piano accompanist Xavier Suarez. 6:15 p.m. (Sat.) & 12:30 p.m. (Sun.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $19–$50 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com; reservations recommended. 769–2999.
“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.
“Woodblock Printmaking Art”: Booksweet.
Kerrytown Stompers: North Star Lounge
Holding traditional jazz deep in their hearts, these musicians have a deep passion for the early formation of jazz in all of its aspects: culture, structure, improvisation, and virtuosity.301 N. Fifth Ave ,Ann Arbor. email@example.com nstarlounge.com 7346604893.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Urinetown: The Musical”: Skyline High School.
Nov. 5, 6 & 11–13. Brodie H. Brockie directs Skyline students in Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’s 1999 musical comedy satire about corporate control, political greed, and the call of nature. Set in the near-future, when a water shortage has led to a government control of toilets, the poor revolt for the freedom to pee. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, the Tony-award winning musical satires capitalism and social irresponsibility. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $12 (students, $10) in advance at skylinehstheatre.org. 994–6515.
1st Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.
Marlin Whitaker calls to music by guitar and uke player John Hatton, fiddler Bob Borcherding, and banjo, fiddle, & harmonica player Mike Ross. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson. 7:30–10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask, proof of vaccination and booster, and release of liability required. Pay what you can ($10 suggested). 274–0773.
“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. email@example.com, 971-2228.
“Paris at Dawn: Revolutionary Quartets”: The Cramer Quartet (Academy of Early Music).
This New York-based string quartet, dedicated to playing a Classical and early Romantic repertoire using period instruments, has been praised for its stylish, nuanced interpretations and visionary approach. Tonight’s program includes string quartets by 3 little-known 18th-century French composers. First, a rarely heard piece by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, in which melodies colored with early romanticism pass between two violins. Bologna was a Paris-based Creole violin virtuoso and prolific composer who is the first known classical composer of African ancestry. Next, works from the Jadin brothers—Hyacinthe and Louis-Emmanuel—who were born in Versailles and led active musical lives in Paris. Hyacinthe’s Op. 1 works anticipate the musical style and harmonic evolution of Schubert, and Louis-Emmanuel’s piece mixes 18th-century form with a pre-Romantic sensibility. The Cramer Quartet is made up of violinists Jessica Park and Chiara Fasani Stauffer, violist Keats Dieffenbach, and cellist Shirley Hunt. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by the musicians. 8 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty St. Tickets $30 (seniors age 65 & over, $25; students, $10) in advance by Oct. 28 at academyofearlymusic.org or by phone; $5 more after Oct. 28. 228–4338.
“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.
“We Sing As One”: U-M Men’s Glee Club.
This student a cappella ensemble performs songs inspired by unity, peace, and justice, including works by Ysaÿe M. Barnwell, Rosephanye Powell, Amy Beach, Kathleen Allen, Benjamin Britten, and others. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $5–$20 in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu and at the door. 615–3204.
Book Party: David Meltzer’s “Rock Tao” || Live! with Editor, Patrick Dunagan: Third Mind Books
Legendary American guitarist of Sonic Youth fame, Thurston Moore, wrote of David Meltzer’s recently-unearthed (and postumously published) minor classic, “Rock Tao,” “ David Meltzer's ROCK TAO may very well be the best book I've ever read on rock-n-roll music, and it was written in 1965 when David was 28 years young. Super deep and swingin poetics."
Here at Third Mind Books, we’re lucky to be hosting the editor of this “new” and important addition to the Beat literary canon, Patrick Dunagan.
Dunagan will read from Meltzer’s “Rock Tao,” and establish a key biographical (as well as historical) framework by which we might better contextualize and appreciate Meltzer's contributions to "The New American Poetry" (writ large), and the Psychedelic counterculture of the 1960s.
Dunagan will also regale us with an appetizing assortment of his own inspired verse, perhaps weaving in stories of studying with Tom Clark and Meltzer, himself at The New College of California (perhaps America's last great experiment in education).
A great evening is in the making. We hope to see you there!
Bowdish Brothers: Robin Hills Farm.
Vintage country and old-time music by this local trio led by singer-guitarist Mike Smith and featuring 2 other members of the Cadillac Cowboys, bassist Gary Munce and pianist & mandolinist Kelly Schmidt. Alcohol is served. 8–10 p.m., RHF Nest bar, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. Free admission, drink purchase encouraged. robinhillsfarm.com, 536–6576.