Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 22, 2022
“Annual Song Fest”: Chelsea District Library.
This daylong festival begins with a concert by local teen bands (1–3 p.m., CDL Reading Garden) and an introduction to songwriting (3:30–4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room; preregistration required) by Tommy Stinson, the bassist in the iconic 1980s punk-rock and postpunk powerpop band The Replacements, a band whose principal fanbase (outside its hometown Minneapolis) was in Ann Arbor. He later fronted his own bands Bash & Pop and Perfect before a stint as the bassist in Guns N’ Roses. The day concludes with a performance by Stinson, 7-9 p.m., at the Robin Hills Farm Prairie House (2390 M-52), which opens with a conversation between Stinson and 107.1-FM morning host Martin Bandyke. For complete schedule, see ChelseaDistrictLibrary.org/songfest. 1–4:30 p.m. CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea, & 7-9 p.m., Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. Free; preregistration required for various workshops. 475–8732.
“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.
26th Annual Edgefest: Kerrytown Concert House.
See 20 Thursday. Today: Edgefest Parade (noon). All invited to bring any sort of instrument (including bells and whistles) and tag along in this quirky annual parade (meet at 11:30 a.m. at KCH to join), this year led by Scarlett Middle School band students and Edgefest artists. Today at Kerrytown Concert House: Solo Piano (2 p.m.), British pianist Alexander Hawkins, known for his extension of the possibilities of free jazz. WeFreeStrings (3 p.m.), a string & rhythm collective led by the acclaimed composer violist Melanie Dyer that plays original and arranged music rooted in free improvisation. With violinists Charles Burnham and Gwen Laster, cellist Alexander Waterman, bassist Ken Filiano, and percussionist Michael Wimberly. At Bethlehem UCC, 423 S. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor: Anthony Braxton & James Fei (time TBA), the longtime collaboration between experimental composer and multi-instrumentalist Braxton, a towering figure in the avant-garde jazz and modern music theory scenes, and saxophonist Fei. The two together are known for their restless exploration and extension of the sound possibilities of their instruments. Bishop/Hannaford Dectet performs works by Anthony Braxton (time TBA), an ensemble led by the U-M jazz faculty duo of the versatile composer-saxophonist Andrew Bishop and pianist & music theorist Marc Hannaford, who “spins lines like unspooled pearls,” according to Bradley Bambarger in Downbeat. Jason Hwang’s Burning Bridge (time TBA), an ensemble led by Hwang, a violinist known for his unconventional improvisational technique. With flutist Haruna Fukazawa, Chinese plucked string instrument pipa player Sun Li, trumpeter Herb Robertson, trombonist Dick Griffin, guitarist Anders Nilsson, tuba player Joe Daley, bassist Ken Filiano, and drummer Andrew Drury. Noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and times TBA.
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. email@example.com, 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.
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.).
“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.
“The Purple 5K Run/Walk”: U-M Police Department/Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.
Family-friendly 5-km run/walk. No dogs, strollers okay. Proceeds benefit SafeHouse, a domestic violence shelter. 9 a.m. (registration, 8–9 a.m.), Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel. $35 (students, $30) in advance; $40 on race day. purplerunannarbor.org.
Huron Gun Collectors.
Oct. 22 & 23. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Admission $5 (kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 546–4710.
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.
“Fall 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 woods to connect with nature. Water recommended. 10–11:30 a.m. DeVine Preserve, 6110 W. Liberty. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #811006), 971–6337.
“Tree Town Stomp”: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.
Oct. 21–23. A weekend of contras and waltzes with callers Adina Gordon and Laurie Pietravalle and live music by The Free Raisins and The Luke Panning Quintet. Bring clean indoor shoes. 8–11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sat.), & 12:30–3:30 p.m. (Sun.), Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Mask, proof of vaccination, and release of liability required. $25–30 per session (age 25 & under, $15-25); weekend pass $80 (members, $75; age 24 & under, $30). firstname.lastname@example.org, (517) 230–7714.
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.
“My Name Is Not Ed Tug”: Schuler Books (formerly Nicola’s) Storytime.
Oct. 22. (11 a.m.). Local children’s writer Amy Nielander reads her new sweet and whimsical story about a boy named Edimorwhitimormiligimmus Tug, who gets frustrated when his teacher insists on calling him by an abbreviated name. Schuler Books, 2513 Jackson Rd., Westgate shopping center. Free. Preregistration required at schulerbooks.com. Free. 662–0600.
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.
Remodelers Home Tour: Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.
Oct. 22 & 23. A chance to tour several newly remodeled local homes. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., various locations. $10 in advance at a2tix.com/events/remodelers-home-tour-10-22-2022 (age 16 & under, free). Tickets (cash or check only) and maps available at any of the tour houses listed at bragannarbor.net/remodelers-home-tour. 996–0100.
Free Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids: Keith Hafner's Karate
Ann Arbor Parents: Join us for an exciting, FREE Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids on Saturday, October 22nd, from 11:30 to 12:00! Open to 4-8 year olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance!
Sign up here (It's FREE!): https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--bJgPXP214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--bJgPXP. Free!. email@example.com. www.karateisgoodforyou.com. 734-994-0333.
“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.
“And the Moral of My Story Is . . .”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Adults and kids ages 6 and up invited to listen to stories by the popular veteran local storyteller La’Ron Williams. 1–2 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200.
“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.
"Madea": Fathom Events.
Special screenings in local theaters. 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). Different times. Oct. 22 & 26: “Madea” Live (Sat.) & prerecorded (Wed.) screenings of this Metropolitan Opera production of Luigi Cherubini’s rarely performed 1797 opera adapted from Euripides classical Greek tragedy based on the myth of the princess Medea, who wreaks a terrible vengeance upon Jason, the unfaithful husband whom she had helped capture the Golden Fleece. Italian, English supertitles. 1 p.m. (Sun., Ann Arbor 20 only).
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.
“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.
Mini Model Totoro Terrariums: Ann Arbor District Library.
The chance for adults and kids ages 6 & up to make a model terrarium inspired by the movie My Neighbor Totoro. 2–3:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327–4200.
Paul Wilhelm: Northside Community Church.
Recital by local piano teacher Wilhelm. Program TBA. 4 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Drive. Free. ncca2.org/events, NorthsideCommunityA2@gmail.com, 649–7948.
U-M Men’s Rugby vs. Northwestern.
5 p.m., Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free. 417–4534.
“Muttster Mash Bash”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Oct. 22 (6–8 p.m.). Family-friendly games, crafts, and activities, including trick-or-treating throughout the shelter and interacting with adoptable pets. This event usually sells out. Tickets $10 per kid (babies under age 1, free) in advance at hshv.org/muttstermash.
From Detroit to LA: Jesse Palter: Blue LLama Jazz Club
A jazz alumna from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Los Angeles based multi-genre artist, Jesse Palter, has been in the entertainment industry the majority of her life. Her original music has been featured on a variety of television shows and commercials including The Real World, 90210 and Keeping Up With The Kardashians.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $75. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
“A Midsummer Night's Dream”: Father Gabriel Richard Drama Club.
Oct. 20-23. Elizabeth Champion directs high school students in Shakespeare’s popular comic romance about the misadventures of a group of mortals who wander unwittingly into the midst of a power struggle between the king and the queen of fairies. 7 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd. Tickets $10 (kids, $5; families, $30). firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Adult Spooky Species”: The Creature Conservancy.
Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29, & 30. All age 21 & older invited to these annual Halloween parties with adult-focused live animal presentations on misunderstood animals, including the Gila monster, raven, tarantula, and more. Costumes are welcome (no flashing lights, frightening masks, or weapons, please). Also, a free flight of Egyptian fruit bats at 9 p.m. Alcoholic beverages (Oct. 21, 22 & 28) or cider & donuts (Oct. 29 & 30). Child-focused events also take place on Oct. 29 & 30 (see Kids section, p. 000). 7-8:30 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. Tickets $35 for nights with alcohol (Oct. 21, 22 &28); $25 for nights without (Oct. 29 & 30). Preregistration required at thecreatureconservancy.org, 929–9324.
“Maya: An Illusion of Reality”: Michigan Sahana.
Indian classical music & dance performances by U-M student ensembles and other area Hindustani and Carnatic groups. 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. Free. MichiganSahana.com.
“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.
Warren & Flick: North Star Lounge
Warren & Flick explore the nuanced textures of a two-person ensemble. Using both original material and arranged standards from many genres, this ensemble finds new depth in the simplicity of a duo. Jacob Warren plays double bass, while Grant Flick plays violin, tenor guitar and nyckelharpa.301 N. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. email@example.com. nstarlounge.com.
Karen Rontowski: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Oct. 21 & 22. Quick and quirky comedy from this seasoned comic known for her fast-paced, affably upbeat sets devoted to such things as dealing with her parents’ antics and working as a paranormal investigator (she hosts the podcast Paranormal Karen). 7:15 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $18 reserved seating in advance at etix.com, $20 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“House of the Mind and the Serenity of Soul”: Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Benjamin Cohen directs this local 24-voice chamber choir in a program highlighted by Poet of the Body and Soul, contemporary American composer Andrea Clearfield’s passionate setting of selections from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” and “The House of the Mind,” 20th-century English composer Herbert Howells’ haunting motet based on a 17th-century poem by Joseph Beaumont. Also, Arvo Pärt’s ethereal “Da Pacem Domine” and Rejoice in the Lamb, Benjamin Britten’s classic cantata setting of 18th-century poet Christopher Smart’s “Jubilate Agno.” 7:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division St. Tickets $25 (seniors age 65 & over, $20; students with ID, $10; K-12 students, free) in advance at a2tix.com/organizations/vocal-arts-ensemble. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.
Charlie King & Annie Patterson: Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Fundraiser.
East Coast singer-songwriter King, who composes in the populist tradition of Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs, is widely regarded as one of the finest contemporary topical songwriters. (Pete Seeger called him “one of the most brilliant and agile singers and songwriters I know of.”) Veteran Massachusetts songwriter Patterson, an accomplished folk performer and jazz vocalist, co-wrote the popular song books Rise Up Singing and Rise Again. Her repertoire ranges from Americana, folk, and gospel to country and jazz. 7:30 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence. Mask required. $20 (students & those with low income, $10; $50 sponsor tickets include a CD or songbook) in advance at bit.ly/icpj-king-patterson. Livestream available; for URL email email@example.com, 476–3399.
Comedy Night: Bløm Meadworks.
Stand-up showcase featuring sets by area comic Andrew Yang & others, with jokes about everything from dating to mortality. 7:30–9 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. $10 includes a reserved seat and a 12 oz. pour. Reservations required at bit.ly/blom-comedy-10-22.
“An Evening of Improv”: Civic Improv.
Performances by this local company’s improv troupes. Preceded at 6 p.m. by short-form improv games (pay what you can) open to audience members. 8 p.m., Ann Arbor Civic Theatre (A2CT) Studio, 322 W. Ann Street. Mask and proof of vaccination required. $15 at the door only. 846–2492, civicimprov.org.
“Black Cat Cabaret”: Neighborhood Theatre Group.
Oct. 21 & 22. Kristin Danko directs local singer-actors in an eclectic mix of Halloween-themed songs, standards, Broadway tunes, and contemporary pop. Costume contest. 8 p.m., Riverside Arts Center Art Gallery, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Proof of vaccination required. Mask requirement based on county case levels. $13, $17 at the door. ntgypsi.org, 657–2337.
“The Rite of Spring”: University Musical Society.
Oct. 21 & 22. The U.S. premiere of choreographers Germaine Acogny & Malou Airaudo’s reimagining of the late Pina Bausch’s 1976 dance theater piece about a woman who is sacrificed so that spring may come. Dancers from more than a dozen African dance companies have been brought together for this presentation. The founder of École des Sables, Acogny is known as the “mother of African dance,” and Airaudo performed many of Bausch’s early works as a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. The program also includes Acogny & Airaudo’s brand-new piece common ground[s], a tenderly poetic antidote to Rite that reflects their shared histories and emotional experiences. 8 p.m. Power Center. Tickets $50–$81 (students $12–20) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764–2538.