Ignite Ann Arbor, Hamlet, Passafire – This Week's Friday5

. November 13, 2015.
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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
7:00PM
Bookbound
Free

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
7:00PM
Robertson Auditorium
Free

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.
eventbrite.com/e/ignite-ann-arbor

 

Saturday, November 14

Youssou N'Dour and Super Étoile de Dakar
8:00PM
​Hill Auditorium 
$10-$60

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
7:00PM
Blind Pig
$12-$14

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

Hamlet
7:00PM
Michigan Theater
$18-$22

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

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Heavy Color’s River Passage

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Green Book is Worth the Trip

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Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

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