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Top five things to do this weekend in Ann Arbor Nov. 3-5

Poetry, Laith Al-Saadi, Professor Ray and more lead this weekend's highlights

Credit: Pixabay
Credit: Pixabay

ANN ARBOR – Halloween has ended and we're now in the month in which giving thanks can be particularly challenging, given how cold it's about to get. Still, a city such as Ann Arbor is never short on activities to take one's mind off of cold weather. When it comes to being grateful, I think we can all agree that living in this city is truly wonderful. If you still need proof, however, these events might just cheer you up. 


Poetry at Literati

If you're in the mood for stimulating readings from three very talented poets, Literati Bookstore is the place to be. The bookstore welcomes Donald Dunbar, Christine Hume and Becky Win, each of whom will read selections from their latest works. Dunbar and Win both live in Portland, Oregon, but Hume lives right here in Michigan and is currently serving as the coordinator of the creative writing program at Eastern Michigan University. All three poets are amazingly gifted writers whose work you won't want to miss. The fun starts at 7 p.m. 

Laith Al-Saadi at the Michigan 

The Ann Arbor-born blues singer takes the stage at the Michigan, bringing his soulful voice and wicked guitar playing to the fore. Al-Saadi's popularity has only grown since his time on NBC's "The Voice," making this performance at the Michigan a must-see. With the imminent threat of colder weather, blues music from this amazing powerhouse might just be the right fit for a Friday evening. The show starts at 8 p.m. 


Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Mighty Motion

You can't go wrong with an event that's fun for the whole family, especially when said event happens to be at Ann Arbor's Hands-On Museum. How do interactive experiments from Professor Ray designed to help children discover gravity, inertia, air resistance and Newton’s laws of motion sound? If that's not enough, we promise that one of those experiments will include launching a tray of eggs with a broom ... safely. Witness science at its best on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 


Fifth Avenue Press Book Release Reception 

The Ann Arbor District Library recently announced nine literary works under its new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press, and to celebrate, it is holding a book release reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on its third floor. Those who attend will have the opportunity to meet the debut group of authors, hear readings from their books and get your copies signed. There are titles for everyone, including two picture books for children and an Ann Arbor-based comic for all ages. Other books include a book of poetry, two memoirs, a murder mystery and a collection of humorous and historical stories about Ann Arbor for the adults. 

"Afternoon at the Opera"

The Ann Arbor Concert Band opens its new season at the Michigan Theater with a theme that may seem a bit surprising for an ensemble consisting almost entirely of wind instruments: a selection of opera works. Sunday's program will include Copland's "The Promise of Living," Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess,” Gretry’s “The Jealous Lover” and Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier,” among others. If you're a fan of the Ann Arbor Concert Band, or simply want to hear them perform these wonderful selections, spend your Sunday afternoon at the Michigan. The concert begins at 2 p.m. 

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