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November 6, 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.
“Planes, Trains & Automobiles": 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. 6 & 7: “Planes, Trains & Automobiles" (John Hughes, 1987). 35th anniversary screening of the beloved tale of holiday travel gone awry. Steve Martin, John Candy. Emagine only. 3 (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Sun. & Mon.)
“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.
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. 6: Narrative Shorts. includes four dramatic shorts, 23 to 30 min.: Ceremonia/The Ceremony (10 a.m.) (Tadeusz Kabicz, 2021). Drama about a woman who returns to her home village for her father’s funeral and learns some shocking facts. Droga/The Road (Edyta Wróblewska, 2021). Drama about a wedding guest who reassesses her life. Niewolnik/Slave (Grzegorz Piekarski, 2021). Fantasy about a prisoner whose unusual sentence as a housekeeper comes to an end. Stancja/The Last Room on the Left (Adrian Apanel, 2021). Surreal drama about a boarding house that is very hard to leave. FREE. 10 a.m.
Nov. 6: Not Yet Titled Ukraine Documentary (Simon Target, 2022). 45-min. documentary about Ukraine. FREE. 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 6: “Julia Blue” (Roxy Toporowych, 2018). Ukraine/U.S.-produced romantic drama about a Ukrainian photographer who volunteers at a military hospital and meets an Englishman with deep emotional scars. Followed by Q&A with the director. Fundraiser for Ukrainian filmmakers. 2:30 p.m.
35th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival: Jewish Community Center.
Nov. 6–18. This annual festival features select in-person appearances by Jewish writers, as well as livestream talks by over 20 other Jewish authors of books ranging from cookbooks, children’s books, and reference books to memoirs, self-help books, and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.) For a complete schedule see book.jccannarbor.org. Today:
Cuban American fiction & nonfiction writer Ruth Behar (11 a.m.–1 p.m., AADL Downtown), a U-M anthropology professor, discusses her first book for young readers, Tía Fortuna's New Home, a picture book about a young girl and her aunt exploring their Cuban and Sephardic Jewish heritage. Also, former ABC News correspondent Heather Cabot (7 p.m.) discusses Level Up: Rise Above the Hidden Forces Holding Your Business Back, her guide to starting a small business co-written with Atlanta businesswoman Lara Hodgson and Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Various times, JCC (except as noted), 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Preregistration required at book.jccannarbor.org. Free. 971–0990.
Guided Walks: Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Nov. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, & 30. Walks organized around a theme. People of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) invited to explore the natural wonder of the grounds as the seasons change. Closed-toed shoes required. Severe weather cancels. Arrival 15 minutes before start time is recommended. Nov. 2 (5:30–6 p.m.): Animals and the Earth prepare for winter. Nov. 6 (1–2 p.m.): Plants and animals prepare for winter. Nov. 9 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Aquatic organisms prepare for winter. Nov. 13 (1–2 p.m.): Where do aquatic animals go in winter? Nov. 16 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Sounds of twilight. Nov. 30 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Flashlight scavenger hunt. Free; metered parking. Front steps, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 647–7600.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Requiem by John Rutter: West Side United Methodist Church
West Side and First United Methodist Church choirs along with orchestra present the Rutter Requiem.900 S. Seventh St. ,Ann Arbor. free. email@example.com www.gowestsidechurch.org 734-663-4164.
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.
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.
“Rescue Reading”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Every Sun. (10–11:30 a.m.). Kids read to adoptable animals to work on reading skills, using their own or provided books. Also, a group read-aloud and a dog meet-and-greet. For kids ages 6–11. No adults. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $15. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com, 661–3575.
“STEEP: Highlights of the 2022 Harvest”: Zingerman’s Delicatessen.
Zingerman’s Deli tea specialist Jackson Konwinski discusses the history, cultivation, and intricate craft of tea making. Also, the chance to taste 3 distinctive teas from the 2022 harvest along with tea cake and bread. 10–11 a.m., Zingerman’s Deli, 422 Detroit St. $15. Preregistration required at zingermansdeli.com/events. firstname.lastname@example.org, 663–3354.
“Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times”: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.
“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.
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: 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. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846–9418.
“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.
“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.
“Critter House Open Hours”: Leslie Science & Nature Center.
“Drawing for Kids | 3-D Paint Splatters”: Ann Arbor District Library.
“Historic Earhart Manor Tour”: Concordia University Ann Arbor Guild.
Docent-led tour of this 1935 French-style country manor, currently home to Concordia administration, built by former local gasoline baron Harry Earhart. It features secret panels and hidden passageways linking rooms and floors, a room once used solely for arranging flowers, and rooms so spacious that a former closet is now a top Concordia administrator’s office. 1 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes Rd. Mask optional unless currently recommended by the health department. $10, preregistration required. ConcordiaGuild@cuaa.edu, 995–7509.
FREE Cardio Drumming: The Mix Fitness Studios
This is a new class offering free demo. If people like it, we will add Cardio drumming to The Mix schedule. This is an aerobic exercise that uses drumsticks, a stability ball and various types of music that will get your heart rate up while drumming to the beat of the music. Plan to raise your hands high overhead, squat and dance while drumming on a ball. You get to burn a lot of calories and experience other benefits too, like improving coordination, enhancing core strength and promoting focus. It is an easy, fun and effective way to exercise, and everyone can do it! We provide the ball and the drum sticks. So just show up and have fun!306 N River ,Ypsilanti. https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=672433&stype=-7&sView=week&sLoc=0&sTrn=100000026&date=11/06/22 FREE. firstname.lastname@example.org https://the-mix-studios.com/ 7348459105.
“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.
“Critter House Open Hours”: Leslie Science & Nature Center.
“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.
“Kerry Tales: Watch Clocks with Mother Goose”: Kerrytown Shops.
“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.
“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.
U-M Volleyball vs. Purdue.
“Drawing for Adults | Autumn Still Life: Watercolor Washes”: Ann Arbor District Library.
“Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem”: First Presybterian Church.
Music director David VanderMeer directs the church’s Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra in French composer Duruflé’s 1947 Requiem, along with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants on “Dives and Lazarus.” 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free, donations welcome. firstpresbyterian.org.
"Sip & Script": Bløm Meadworks
Join us at Bløm Meadworks for meads and ciders + modern calligraphy for beginners. Whether you’re a stationery nerd, DIY Bride-to-be, or just a crafty individual, in this workshop you’ll be learning an introduction to modern calligraphy with a pointed dip pen and ink. We will cover all the basics and get you ready to add those special lettered details to your snail mail, wedding paper goods, home decor and more! The perfect crafty day out!
Class includes 1.5 hours of instruction and demonstration from Suki Liu of Signed By Suki, our beginner’s calligraphy kit (two nibs, black ink pot, 2 letter guides, tracing paper and straight pen holder), and all materials to write on. Everything is yours to keep at the end of the class!100 S 4th Ave Suite 110 ,Ann Arbor. https://www.drinkblom.com/events/2022/sip-and-script $65. email@example.com https://www.drinkblom.com/ 7345489729.
Freedom Fund Dinner: Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP.
Featured speaker TBA. The program also honors African American high school students in the Ann Arbor Public Schools who have maintained a grade-point average of 3.2 or better over the past academic year. 3:30 p.m., Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 3200 Boardwalk St. $50 in advance only (sponsor a scholar, $35). Checks payable to Ann Arbor NAACP may be mailed to P.O. Box 3399, Ann Arbor 48106. firstname.lastname@example.org or 761–9084.
“The Complete Organ Works of J.S. Bach”: U-M Music School.
Nov. 6, 13, & 20. Part of a series of 18 concerts in which U-M organ professor James Kibbie performs all of Bach’s 281 surviving organ works. Program: Chorales from the Neumeister collection and Clavier-Übung Vol. III, Trio Sonata III in D Minor, Trio Sonata III in D Minor, and the Fugue in B Minor on a Theme of Corelli. Preceded at 3:40 p.m. by a brief introduction to the program. 4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, 1100 Baits. For livestream see smtd.umich.edu. Free. 615–3204.
"Cocktail Class: Along the Bourbon Trail": Tammy's Tastings
From its roots in Kentucky, bourbon is the quintessential American spirit, and one with a fascinating history. Its smooth flavor makes it great for sipping on its own, but it also makes for some really tasty cocktails, as you’ll discover in this class filled with drinks designed for fall and winter sipping.
Your booking includes light snacks (pretzels, nuts). The Last Word is closed during the class, so no food service is available. The class includes a combination of history and stories, technique instruction, and hands-on making of cocktails. Plus sampling, of course! Total consumption is equivalent to around cocktails per person over the 2 hour class.301 W Huron St ,Ann Arbor. https://www.tammystastings.com/events/along-the-bourbon-trail/ $59. email@example.com tammystastings.com 7342763215.
Ann Arbor Go Club.
P.O.R.K. - Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings: Zal Gaz Grotto
10-piece early big band led by Chris Smith, specializing in music of the 1920s and 30s. Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Duke Ellington and other jazz legends are prominent in their repertoire. For listening or dancing. 5-8pm. $10 cover (cash).2070 W. Stadium Blvd ,Ann Arbor. cash at the door $10. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/porkjazz 248-446-0403.
Ann Arbor Morris.
“An Evening of Duruflé”: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
Performing on the church’s new Opus 25 organ, St. Andrew’s music director Deborah Friauff plays Prelude et Fugue sur le nom d’Alain, French composer Maurice Duruflé’s 1942 solo organ work which includes a stunning example of contrapuntal composition. Also, the St. Andrew’s Adult Choir, members of the Vocal Arts Ensemble, organist Naki Sung Kripfgans, and the U-M Student Chamber Orchestra perform Duruflé’s glorious 1947 Requiem. 7 p.m., St. Andrew’s, 306 N. Division. Free. standrewsaa.org, 663–0518.