The Friday 5 is back, and this weekend is all about shows – there are concerts, author readings, Shakespeare, and a special event featuring rapid-fire presentations from nerds on all sorts of subjects. Enjoy!
Friday, November 13
Author reading: The Year the Trees Didn't Die with Mary Koral
The Year The Trees Didn’t Die is the story of how Mary Koral and her husband managed to cope with the challenges of making an interracial adoptive family. Her writing has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly and other journals.
Bookbound Bookstore, 1729 Plymouth Rd.
734-369-4345 | bookboundbookstore.com
Ignite Ann Arbor 10
If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to show their answers. We consider geekery to equal passion, so come see food geeks, tech geeks, business geeks, music geeks, art geeks, history geeks, share their stories.
Robertson Auditorium, Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Ave.
Saturday, November 14
Youssou N'Dour and Super Étoile de Dakar
Throughout a thirty-year recording career, Youssou N’Dour’s roots in Senegalese traditional music and griot storytelling have remained the hallmark of his artistic personality.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue Ann Arbor
734-764-2538 | tickets.ums.org
Passafire w/ Lionize
Vines, the latest album from Passafire, is a record that finds its makers at a creative peak, thanks in large part to the comfort of the current line-up, which has been solidified for a few years. They have grown up together, and over the years, as their individual stylistic preferences have changed, they’ve intertwined until the music becomes stronger like vines growing around each other
Blind Pig, 208 S. First St.
734-996-8555 | blindpigmusic.com
Sunday, November 15
Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare's great tragedy.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.
734-668-8397 | tickets.ums.org