Guide to the Arts 2016

. November 3, 2016.
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Current Magazine covers the best art and entertainment from now until the end of the year. Here is what’s happening on the stage, screen and so much more!

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Stage

  • Mary Poppins
    Encore Musical Theatre concludes their year with a performance of the Broadway music based on the books and classic movie.
    11/25 – 12/23 | theencoretheatre.org
  • Morning After Grace
    Purple Rose Theatre presents the story of a wine-soaked one night stand that just might end up in love.
    Through 12/17 | purplerosetheatre.org
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
    Tony Award winner John Cameron Mitchell, in an effort to get out the vote this election, presents live commentary on his punk musical.
    11/4 | michtheater.org

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Sound

  • Delbert McClinton
    A blues legend that has worked with Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf and many more performs.
    12/16 | theark.org
  • PhoenixPhest Marathon Concert
    The Phoenix Ensemble’s annual fundraiser, sign up for a performance spot or cheer on musicians on 11/26 and 11/27 at the Kerrytown Concert House. 
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  • Jake Shimabukuro
    One of the first viral video stars, Shimabukuro’s guitar playing is taking Hawaiian music in a new, exciting direction.
    11/16 | ums.org

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Laughs

  • Heywood Banks
    An annual Thanksgiving tradition, the wacky storyteller, poet, musician and comic returns to Ann Arbor.
    11/25 and 11/16 | aacomedy.com
  • HERsay: An Evening of Performance Art
    Some of Washtenaw County’s most talented women come together for an evening of comedy, improvisation and much more.
    11/10 | pointlessbrew.com
  • Al Jackson
    A rising name on the stand-up scene and a Comedy Central star, Alan Jackson is as raw as he is hilarious.
    11/10 to 11/12 | aacomedy.com

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Screen

  • Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival
    Polish actors, filmmakers and their work will be on hand to entertain
    and celebrate Ann Arbor’s deep Polish roots 11/13-11/15.
  • Warren Miller’s Here, There and Everywhere
    The latest from the pioneering ski-filmmaker.
    12/9 | michtheater.org
  • WarGamesTake a trip back to the 90’s, when the only hacking that happened because Matthew Broderick can’t stop playing video games.
    11/28 | michtheater.org

Bookworms

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Chris Dombrowski
Literati welcomes in Michigan native Chris Dombrowski for his memoir Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish. 
11/14 | literatibookstore.com

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Jessica Lipowski
A graduate of Michigan State University and foodie, Jessica reads from her travel and food book, Flavors of Life.
11/3 | nicolasbooks.com

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Scott Savitt
The youngest American foreign correspondent in China reads from his memoir about a life as an outsider, including his stint in jail.
11/29 | literatibookstore.com

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Holidays

  • Handel’s Messiah
    A U-M tradition dating back over 130 years, the UMS Choral Union and the Ann Arbor
    Symphony Orchestra will kick off the holiday season at Hill Auditiorium on 12/3 and 12/4.  ums.org
  • Sugar Plum Panto
    Theatre Nova’s holiday tradition continues with a holiday-themed and family friendly performance that comes with plenty of candy.
    11/25-12/23 | theatrenova.org
  • The Ragbirds Present: The Ebird and Friends Holiday Show
    Hosted by The Ragbirds, this holiday show at The Ark features a host of local artists performing music inspired by the season.
    12/8-12/11 | theark.org

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Magic at U-M

  • G-Fest 2016
    Wolverines student groups show off their singing and dancing talent on 11/5 at Rackham Auditorium.
    events.umich.edu
  • Colm Tóibín Reading The Irish writer, whose novel Brooklyn was just made into a major motion picture, visits the UMMA 11/17 for a reading. 
    lsa.umich.edu
  • Portrait of Myself as my Father
    Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire explores African masculinity in a fierce combination of dance and combat on 11/17 at the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit.  ums.org

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