Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 15, 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.
Ann Arbor for Public Power: Meet & Greet: Ann Arbor for Public Power
Meet & Greet coalition members of Ann Arbor for Public Power. Informal discussion of how and why a municipal electric utility will help Ann Arbor to transition to a fossil fuel free future.York Food & Drink, 1928 Packard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free and open to all. . email@example.com. annarborpublicpower.com. 734-272-5194.
Drag Shows: Boylesque.
Oct. 15 & 28. Oct. 15 (6 & 9 p.m.): Performances by Laganja Estranja, a contestant on the TV show Rupaul’s Drag Race. Oct. 28, (6:30, 8:30, 10, & 11 p.m.): 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Drag shows. Hamburger Mary’s, 701 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. Tickets $25 & up (Oct. 15) at bit.ly/boylesque-10-15-22, & TBA (Oct. 28). Facebook.com/boylesque.michigan.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Spanish Language U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2 of the current audiovisual planetarium shows (see 1 Saturday) are shown in Spanish narration, Tales of the Maya Skies (10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.), and The Sky Tonight (2:30 p.m.).
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.
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.).
Fall Birding: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
With fall migration in full swing, WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a morning bird walk to discover how enjoyable birdwatching can be. All levels of birders welcome. Bring binoculars. 8–10 a.m., Whitmore Lake Preserve, 2000 Maple Hill Park Dr. Free. Space limited. Preregistration required by emailing email@example.com, 971–6337.
“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.
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. email@example.com.
“BIPOC Bird Walk at North Bay Park/Ford Lake”: Washtenaw Audubon Society.
Club member Victor Chen leads a walk for people from BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) communities—and allies—to look for late fall avian migrants and waterfowl. Binoculars available to use. 9:30–11 a.m., meet at the Grove Street parking lot, 526 S. Grove St. Free. Washtenawaudubon.org.
“Fall Campfire Cooking”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle shows how to build and use a cooking fire. Matches, grates, pans, and tongs provided. Bring your own food to prepare (registrants will receive sample menus). 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center Pavilion, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $5 per household (up to 5 people). Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. Registration #IL461100. $6 (nonresidents, $10) vehicle entry fee. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 971–6337.
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.
Enlightened Soul 2-Day Psychic Fair: Enlightened Soul Center & Shop
Join us for TWO DAYS of high vibrations at the Enlightened Soul Center & Shop at our twice-monthly ESC Psychic Fairs. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE A VARIETY of readings, energy healing, & metaphysical shopping at one time, under one roof!
Sat. Oct. 15, drop in 11am-6pm
Sun. Oct. 16, drop in 12-5pm
Admission: $5 Sat./$3 Sun. = FREE gift, FREE snacks, FREE parking
Readings & Energy Work: $2/minute (minimums vary)
Cash & credit/debit accepted
COME SEE OUR NEW LOCATION! 2711 Carpenter Road, Ann Arbor
PLUS crystals & stones, gemstone jewelry, malas & spiritual items, tools for energy grounding & protection
Find more details at: https://www.enlightenedsoulcenter.com/enlightened-soul-psychic-fair
READERS for Saturday, Oct. 15:
1. Barbara Pott - Clairvoyant & Spiritual Counselor
2. Melody Simmons - Human Design Readings
3. Monique Peralta - Mambo & Psychic Medium
4. Nancy Lane - Intuitive Channel & Medical Intuitive
5. NEW to the FAIR! Christine Fodor - Psychic Card Readings & Clearings
6. BACK at the FAIR! Michelle Michael - Psychic Medium & Channel
7. BACK at the FAIR! Raelyn Williams - Tarot Reader & Reiki Master
ENERGY HEALERS for Saturday, Oct. 15:
1. Mary - White Light Healing, Celtic Reiki + More
2. Amy Feger - Visionary Energy Healing & Soul Retrieval
3. Jessica Guibord - EnergyTouch® Practitioner
VENDORS for Saturday, Oct. 15:
1. NEW to the FAIR! RA Moonhawk Wands & Magickal Wares - SPECIAL VENDOR from Illinois!
2. Avatar® - A self-development program that empowers your consciousness for clarity, focus, and rising above conflicts and limitations - with techniques that have helped tens of thousands.
3. Raelyn Williams - Beautiful artistic products from jewelry and divination devices to decor and more.
4. NEW to the FAIR! Jaycee Wellness - Holistic health products such as products like skin care, CBD edibles, vitamins, and tea
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
READERS for Sunday, Oct. 16:
1. Melody Simmons - Human Design Readings
2. Monique Peralta - Mambo & Psychic Medium
3. Nancy Lane - Intuitive Channel & Medical Intuitive
4. DaVida Ross - Card Reader, Medium, Spiritual Counselor
5. BACK at the FAIR! Michelle Michael - Psychic Medium & Channel
6. BACK at the FAIR! Raelyn Williams - Tarot Reader & Reiki Master
ENERGY HEALERS for Sunday, Oct. 16: TBD
VENDORS for Sunday, Oct. 16:
1. Scentsy (SUNDAY ONLY) - Wax wickless candles & essential oils with diffusers
2. NEW to the FAIR! RA Moonhawk Wands & Magickal Wares - SPECIAL VENDOR from Illinois!
3. Avatar® - A self-development program that empowers your consciousness for clarity, focus, and rising above conflicts and limitations - with techniques that have helped tens of thousands.
4. Raelyn Williams - Beautiful artistic products from jewelry and divination devices to decor and more.
5. NEW to the FAIR! Jaycee Wellness - Holistic health products such as products like skin care, CBD edibles, vitamins, and tea
Open Studios / Sale: John and Candace Compton Pappas
Artists Candace Compton Pappas and John Pappas are hosting an open studio(s)/sale at their home in Chelsea. Experience an outdoor installation along a wooded path as well as paintings, drawings, objets d’art, and letterpress notecards available in the studios.19600 Island Lake Rd., Chelsea. NA. Free. email@example.com. http://comptonpappas.com. 7343304532.
“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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
Argus Collectors Group Conference: Argus Museum.
All invited to this annual (virtual) gathering of enthusiasts of the original Argus camera company, which operated in Ann Arbor, 1936-1969. Noon–6 p.m., for URL, preregister at ArgusCG.org. Free. 769-0770.
Parenting Through Puberty: Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor
Heidi Sproull, LMSW and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, will talk with parents about the wide range of body development and maturation; boundary setting; the balance of mind, body and emotions; and more. She will offer insights on guiding children through these changes with compassion and respect.2775 Newport Road, Ann Arbor. email email@example.com. $30 person/$50 couple. firstname.lastname@example.org. SteinerSchool.org. 7349954141.
“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.
“Ghostbusters Party”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Adults and kids ages 5 & up invited to celebrate all things spooky at this Ghostbusters movie-themed party. Features games, coloring, and Ghostbusters gear. 1–2 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200.
“Healing with Poetry and Journaling”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Local poet Leslie McGraw discusses various journaling techniques, and how to mine journals for patterns, poems, and stories. Materials provided. Participants may bring their own notebook or journal. 1–2:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.
“Junior Naturalist: Birding Buddies”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Oct. 15 (1–3 p.m.). WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring helps kids ages 7–11 get started birding, with practice using binoculars, field guides, and bird identification tools. Binoculars provided. Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. $6 (nonresidents, $10) vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (activity #811004), email@example.com.
Grist Mill Tours: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Oct. 15 & 22. WCPARC naturalists lead tours of an 1870s grist mill, still fully operational. 1–4 p.m., Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. 971–6337.
Paper Pumpkin Making: Ann Arbor District Library.
Oct. 15 (1–2 p.m.). The chance for kids ages 2 and up to make fall paper decorations. AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327–4200.
U-M Football vs. Penn State.
This game features a special halftime performance by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as part of their residency at UMS (see separate listings, Oct. 13–16). 1 p.m., Michigan Stadium. Tickets $126 and up at (866) 296-MTIX and stubhub.com/Michigan-football-tickets. 764–0247.
“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.
Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.
Oct. 1 & 15. 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.
“Slime Time Spooky Edition”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Oct. 15 (4–5 p.m.). Kids ages 5-12 invited to play with Halloween-inspired slime. AADL Westgate. Free. 327–4200.
Joel Schoenhals: Northside Community Church.
Recital by EMU piano professor Schoenhals. Program TBA. 4:30 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Drive. Free. ncca2.org/events, NorthsideCommunityA2@gmail.com, 649–7948.
“Pumpkins, Lanterns, & Leaves”: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Oct. 14 & 15 (5:30–7:30 p.m.). Family fun days in the Gaffield Children’s Garden, with games, crafts, cider and donuts, a jack-o-lantern trail, parade of lights, and more. Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Tickets $15 (Matthaei members, $12), metered parking. mbgna.umich.edu/events, 647–7600.
“Wave of Light & Community Game Night”: GrieveWell.
GrieveWell program director Christy Miller leads a candle lighting ceremony to honor pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day. Also, storytelling and a dance performance by Body Rhythm Dance Theater. Followed by board game play and refreshments. Children welcome. 6-8 p.m., Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Rd., GrieveWell.com/calendar. Free. 975–4107. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makers’ Salon: All Hands Active.
All invited to speak for 5 minutes about what you are making or on any DIY, maker, or hacker-space topic. 6–8 p.m., All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty, ste. 225. Free; donations welcome. Pregistration required at bit.ly/makers10-15-22. info@AllHandsActive.org.
Michael Dease Quintet: Blue LLama Jazz Club
MICHAEL DEASE is one of the world’s eminent trombonists, lending his versatile sound and signature improvisations to over 200 recordings. He has worked with numerous groups, such as Grammy-winning artists Alicia Keys, David Sanborn, Christian Mcbride, and Michel Camilo.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $75. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.
Oct. 1, 15, 29. 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.
“Art and Animals”: The Creature Conservancy.
All ages 21 & up invited to meet and learn about Georgiou Armani, a baby skunk, then paint a portrait of him with the guidance of local artist Mary Lewison. Supplies and instructions provided; bring your own drinks and snacks. 7–10 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $35 in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org. Mask encouraged. 929–9324.
“Euchre Night!”: Ann Arbor Ski Club.
All age 21 & up invited to play low-stakes games of euchre. 7 p.m. (play begins at 7:30 p.m.), Moose Lodge, 5506 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $3 entry fee (bring quarters for euchre pots). firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Crucible”: EMU Theatre Department.
“The Crucible”: EMU Theatre Department. Oct. 14–16 & 21–23. Lee Stille directs EMU students in a performance of the Arthur Miller classic 1953 drama, set during the Salem Witch Trials, that’s widely seen as an allegory for McCarthyism. When a minister’s flirtatious daughter exacts a stinging revenge after a run-in with her employer's jealous wife, an entire community is engulfed by paranoia and mutual recrimination. 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Legacy Theater, 124 Judy Sturgis Hill Bldg., Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $12–18 in advance at EMUtix.com & at the door. 487–2282.
Alex Belhaj's Crescent City Quartet: North Star Lounge
Alex Belhaj is a guitarist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he leads his own Crescent City Quartet and Quintet in addition to playing folk music and original music. He also worked with the James Dapogny Quartet, Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band, the Cakewalkin' Jass Band and guitarist Joe Summers before moving to New Orleans in 2015.301 N. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. email@example.com. nstarlounge.com.
“Teen Mewvie Night”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
People ages 12-17 invited to watch a movie TBA and interact with adoptable pets. Pop and popcorn included. Bring other snacks, a sleeping bag, and pillow if you like. 7:15–9:30 p.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $20. Preregistration required at hshv.org. Call for movie selection or details 661–3575.
Brent Terhune: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Oct. 14 & 15. Though known on social media for his satirical “truck rants”, this clever Indianapolis comic’s live act leans more towards self-effacing observational humor. 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.
“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.
3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.
Maeve Devlin and another caller TBA call to music by Stouthearted String Band. No experience or partner needed. Wear loose-fitting clothing and clean, flat non-slip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson. 7:30–10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask and proof of vaccination required. Pay what you can; $10 suggested. 274–0773.
“The Mummy Queen”: Penny Seats Theatre Company.
October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28, & 29. Josie Eli Herman directs this popular local company in L.A.-based Michigan native Michael Alan Herman’s new play, adapted from Bram Stoker’s The Jewel of the Seven Stars, about 5 toney Victorians in an opulent hall who find themselves battling an ancient evil. Stars Allison Megroet, Julia Garlotte, Brittany Batell, Jeffrey Miller, Tim Pollack, and Matthew Cameron. Ages 15+. 8 p.m. Stone Chalet Inn, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. $15 (seniors 60+ $12). pennyseats.org, 926–5346.