Things to do around Ann Arbor this week: see Ellie Goulding, Cyndi Lauper, ‘Station Eleven’ author and more


Cyndi Lauper will play a concert at the Michigan Theater on Saturday night!

Ellie Goulding at EMU. Enjoy catchy electronic pop (with elements of dance music and ambient synth-pop) by this young British singer-songwriter who first gained attention with her 2010 hit singles “Starry Eyed” and “Guns & Horses.” She has a new best-selling CD, “Delirium.” Opening acts are Bebe Rexha, an Albanian American electropop singer-songwriter who co-wrote Eminem’s 2013 hit “Monster,” and Years & Years, a London (UK) synthpop trio. Monday at 7 p.m. at EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt (north off Washtenaw) in Ypsilanti. Tickets $35-$59.50, available in advance at and (800) 745-3000.

For Pete’s Sake: A Pete Seeger Birthday Tribute and Memorial at The Ark. This celebration of the late folk legend features in-the-round performances, with lots of sing-alongs and between-song stories. The all-star lineup of area singer-songwriters includes Chris Buhalis, Judy Banker, Billy King, Paul Tinkerhess, Matt Watroba, Annie & Rod Capps, and Gemini, an acoustic quartet now that twin brothers Laszlo and Sandor Slomovits have been joined by San’s daughter Emily and bassist Jacob Warren. A benefit for the Ark. Wednesday at 8 p.m. at 316 S. Main in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $15, available in advance at,, and 734-763-TKTS.

See “Station Eleven” author Emily St. John Mandel at WCC. Check out this reading by bestselling NYC-based writer whose 2014 novel, “Station Eleven,” was chosen as the 2015-16 Great Michigan Read (and it’s one of my favorite novels of recent years). Set in the aftermath of a future flu epidemic, the novel tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region. Wednesday at 7 p.m. at WCC’s Morris Lawrence Bldg., in Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. in Ann Arbor. Free.

Much aDrink About Nothing at Pointless Brewery & Theatre. This sounds pretty fun. Local actors will perform a 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s sharp-tongued comedy while playing a drinking game. Also, they’ve only rehearsed once. The high-spirited plot involves 2 pairs of young lovers. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple’s love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. Cast: Kelly Rose Voigt, Eric Eilerson, David Galido, Earl Kim, Adam Miller-Batteau, Meredith Deighton, and Jason Tomalia. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $10.

Main Street Area Association’s Ladies Night 2016. Downtown businesses offer discounts, snacks, photos, goody bags, raffles, and other deals for women. Updated list of participating businesses available at Friday at 5-9 p.m., downtown. Free.

Local theater productions for, and starring, kids. This weekend, Young Actors Guild presents Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” – a pastoral comedy, and a high-spirited exploration of the requirements of justice between lovers, brothers, friends, and rivals. Set in the Forest of Arden, where a duke and his court are living in exile, the main plot concerns Rosalind, a young noblewoman who must disguise herself as a man to win the respect of her lover, Orlando, and of the world at large. Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $12 & $15 (students through college, $7).

Meanwhile, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre will present “Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids.” Caitlin Rowe directs young local actors in a stage version of the 1967 Disney musical based on Kipling’s classic tale about the adventures of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. The score includes favorites such as “Trust in Me,” “The Bare Necessities,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.” Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., at U-M’s Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $10 (kids, $8), available in advance at or 734-971-2228.

Dan Savage’s Hump! Film Festival at the Michigan Theater. An (adults only) evening of DIY amateur porn shorts featuring a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes, curated by bawdy writer and advice columnist Savage and his team. Age 18 & older admitted. Friday and Saturday at 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. at the State Theater, 233 S. State in Ann Arbor. Admission costs $20, with tickets available in advance at

Cyndi Lauper at the Michigan Theater. A Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winning artist with 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million, Cyndi Lauper (“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Time After Time,”) has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. Lauper recently became a New York Times Best Selling author with her autobiography (“Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir”), and she wrote the original score for the Tony Award-winning best musical, “Kinky Boots.” Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $39-$99.50, available at

“Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen” author at AADL. New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris will discuss her down-to-earth, often hilarious manual for untangling the most vexing spelling, punctuation, and usage quandaries in English. Sunday at 2-3:30 p.m. at AADL’s multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. in Ann Arbor. Free.

Community band concerts. On Sunday, Ann Arbor Concert Band presents Pure-ly Michigan. James Nissen directs this local volunteer ensemble in a program that features Michigan composers and Michigan themes, highlighted by the world premiere of U-M alum Evan Hause’s The Four Winds, Paul Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band, with AACB Young Artist Scholarship winner Mitchell Luttermoser. Also, guest conductors Jerry Bilik, Scott Boerma, and John Stout lead the band in their own works. Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $10 (seniors & students, $5; kids age 11 & under, free).

Dexter Community Orchestra also has a concert scheduled on Sunday. Anthony Elliott directs this volunteer ensemble in Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Dvorak’s Symphony no. 8. Also, a concerto featuring the winner of the orchestra’s annual youth concerto competition. Sunday at 4 p.m., at Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker in Dexter. Free.

History Mystery Sunday at Aunt Agatha’s. Four writers of historical mysteries are on hand too talk with their fans about their work, including Chicago-based Susanna Calkins (“A Death along the River Fleet”), California writer Sharan Newman (“Defending the City of God: A Medieval Queen, the First Crusades, and the Quest for Peace in Jerusalem”), Seattle writer Candace Robb (“The Service of the Dead”), and Cleveland history teacher Sam Thomas (“The Midwife & the Assassin”). Signings. Sunday 1 p.m., Aunt Agatha’s, 213 S. Fourth Ave. in Ann Arbor. Free.

Randy Napoleon Trio at Kerrytown Concert House. Enjoy both jazz standards and originals by this trio, led by Ann Arbor native Napoleon, an MSU jazz guitar professor who’s toured with Benny Green and Michael Bublé and been praised as spectacular by guitarist George Benson. Tonight the trio celebrates the release of “Soon,” their new album that focuses on less frequently played compositions from the Great American Songbook. With bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Keith Hall. Sunday at 4 p.m. at KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations are recommended. Visit or call 734-769-2999.


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