The following is a sampling of the many cultural and social activities taking place in the Ann Arbor area during the month of November. For more information and additional activities, visit the Ann Arbor Convention & Visitor’s Bureau web site at http://annarbor.org/.
Comic art symposium: Comics: Then and Now
7-9 p.m.; free
A panel of comic professionals will talk about creating comic art. Speakers will include Dave Coverly, creator of Speed Bump, Al Feldstein, editor of Mad Magazine, Jane Irwin, creator of Vogelein, Marie Severin, artist for EC and Marvel Comics and Len Wein, co-creator of Wolverine. Auditorium, Bruce T. Halle Library, Eastern Michigan University Campus, Ypsilanti. For more information call 734-487-0465 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Arts Orchestra
The concert features the University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Kirshenmann, performing an evening of improvised music. Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. Call 734-764-0594
Fax: (734) 763-5097
Jonah and McArthur from Free Range Graphics
5 p.m.; free
Engaged in design that highlights social issues, Free Range studio’s motto is “Creativity With a Conscience.” Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. For more information call 734-763-1265 or email email@example.com
November beer tasting – Belgian beers
7 – 9 p.m.; $25
This is the proverbial beer taster’s beer tasting. Belgian beers are undoubtedly the most interesting and varied styles found among the developed nations. With over 20 to choose from, there’s sure to be a beer to please every palate – plus an appetizer buffet. Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor. For more information call 734-213-1393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
8 p.m.; $15-$20/EMU students, $5-$10
Bill Maher, the comedian who helped take the correctness out of “politically correct.” Maher is the host of the HBO television show “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The show, which airs Fridays at 11pm, features politicians, journalists, pundits, and entertainers discussing political and social issues. Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Rd., Ypsilanti. Call 734-487-2282.
Blues Brothers Night
Phone for time; free
Join the Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce and the patrons of Pub 13 for a special Friday theme night. Music, food, and decor will be in classic “Blues” style. Pub 13, 13 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Call 734-482-4920.
Fax: (734) 482-2021
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7 p.m.; $8 – advanced tickets recommended
An Eastern Michigan University Bands spectacular with all the color, pageantry and excitement of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and Marching Band. Pease Auditorium, College Place at W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. Call 734-487-2255 or email email@example.com.
Orchids of the Great Lakes Region
2 p.m.; free
Fred Case, author of Orchids of the Western Great Lakes Region, will speak about Orchids of the Great Lakes Region. Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Orchid Society. University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. Call 734-998-7061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOS Stone Soup Community Cook-off
2-4 p.m.; donations appreciated
Celebrate the power of community and observe Homeless Awareness Week at the 2nd Annual Stone Soup Community Cook Off. In addition to tasty soups and stews, there will be story-telling and arts and crafts activities for children, interactive discussions for teens, and a special screening of Listen, a locally produced documentary about homelessness in the Ann Arbor area. Student Center Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor. Call 734-961-1207 or email email@example.com.
$25; reservations requested
Do your seasonal wine shopping at our Holiday Walk-Around Tasting. We’ll have over 50 wines available to taste, covering the length and breadth of Italy, and an appetizer buffet to help you get through all the wine. Paesano’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, 3411 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. Call 734-971-0484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.