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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 5, 2013






 
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 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Rockin' for the Hungry": Food Gatherers.

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Dec. 4-8. Live broadcasts by Ann Arbor's 107one DJs. Nonperishable food donations requested.
7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 4-7) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Dec. 8), Kroger, 400 S. Maple. Free admission. 761-2796. [map]
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 9:15 a.m.  Free! 

Coffee Talk Series: Sensory Issues in Children at Clonlara School: Clonlara School and Leaps & Bounds Therapy Services.

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Sensory Processing: More than just 5 senses.
Did you know that there are actually more than just 5 senses? Our sensory system consist of 7 categories, including proprioception, tactile, vestibular, visual, auditory, gustatory, and olfactory senses. This discussion will look at the way our bodies take in sensory information from the environment, organize it, and then use it within our everyday life.
Sensory Processing: Visual, Auditory, Gustatory, & Olfactory Systems
These next 4 senses are perhaps the most commonly known ones; however, it's important to know how the information obtained from these senses integrates into our everyday lives. This discussion will focus on how these 4 senses give our bodies sensory information and how to identify when there are disruptions in the processing of this information.
Sponsored by Clonlara School and Leaps & Bounds Therapy Services
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett Ave, Ann Arbor. Free. 7349264617. martha@clonlara.org www.clonlara.org/campus/event [map]
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 9:15-10:45 a.m. 

Parent-Toddler Play Group: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Our intimate parent toddler play groups meet once/week for six weeks this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity for children (12 to 36 months) and their special adult to spend quality time together playing, (including free play stations, a slide, rotating media table, gross motor movement activities, such as bubbles, parachute play, and musical instruments), working on simple art projects (including painting, stickers, stamps) and having a snack and drink. Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood development and experience teaching in preschools, and plan their age- appropriate lessons and themes to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/ 6 weeks. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

French Classes - Ann Arbor Senior Center - All Ages - Bilingual Instructor: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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The Ann Arbor Senior Center offers French classes, the next 8-week series starts Wednesday November 20th for the Advanced and Intermediate Classes, and Thursday November 21st for a newly added beginners class. Cost is $50 for Senior Center members and $60 for non-members. Classes run for 8 weeks. Please register in advance to 734 794-6250.
Advanced French Class
Wednesdays from 9:45am to 11:15am (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "L'edtudiant etranger" by Philippe Labro
Intermediate French Class
Wednesdays from 12:15pm to 1:45pm (next series starts November 20th, runs for 8 weeks)
Books used: "Great French Short Stories of the Twentiesh Century" translated by Jennifer Wagner; "The Ultimate French Review and Practice", 2nd edition by David Stillman & Ronni Gordon
Beginning French Class - **New Class
Starts Thursday November 21st 9:30am to 11:00am (runs for 8 weeks)
Text used: "French Made Simple" by Pamela Rose Haze
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $50. 734 694-6250. jhm420@juno.com [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Laugh or Cry, It's Politics: Politics in the Arts": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Oct. 24-Dec. 5. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and visiting speakers.

Oct. 24: Former U-M Institute of Gerontology director Richard Adelman discusses "Opera and Politics as Bedfellows."

Oct. 31: UMMA director Joseph Rosa on "The Art of Collecting: A Political Investment."

Nov. 7: U-M Dearborn English professor emeritus Lawrence Berkove on "The Two Faces of Mark Twain: Humor and Tragedy."

Nov. 14: U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society members present a lecture-demo on "Political Humor in Gilbert and Sullivan."

Nov. 21: U-M English and film professor emeritus Ira Konigsberg on "Making Fun of the Tragic: The Satire of Politics in Film."

Dec. 5: Cartoonist Jef Mallett, creator of the widely syndicated comic strip "Frazz, on "Laughing and Thinking."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Dec. 24 & 31. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

The Sumptuous Table: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Great meals deserve a great presentation. Our Sumptuous Table exhibit, which runs from October 18 to December 8, 2013, is a display of stylish handmade ceramic dinnerware by Yourist Studio Gallery Resident Artists and will include place settings and serving pieces designed to complement your good cooking and grace your table. So come feast your eyes on our dinnerware exhibit, with pieces perfect for our own home, for wedding presents, and as holiday gifts for family and friends. Artists' Reception will take place on Friday, October 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com youristpottery.com [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Dec. 5: Traditional klezmer music by the Ann Arbor Klezmer Trio. Dec. 12: Seasonal tunes by the Dodworth Saxhorn Band. Dec. 19: Holiday harmonies by the local band Counterpoint.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"A Voice from the Black Maria": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Artist Suzi Dessel discusses the early-20th-century Jewish civil rights advocate Martha Gruening and Dessel's own art inspired by her research on Gruening.
12:15 p.m., 2022 Thayer Bldg. 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [map]
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 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Tea with the Fairies": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Crazy Wisdom staff dress up as fairies to sprinkle fairy dust and serve tea, petits fours, and cookies to kids and their families. Also, fairy stories and readings. Bring your own fairy wings and dolls.
1 & 4 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $11 (babies age 18 months & younger, free). Preregistration required. 665-2757. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Horizons Band: Saline Senior Center.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Dec. 19-Jan. 6. Bring a band instrument. Beginners are asked to call ahead to set up lessons.
7-8:30 p.m. (Tues.) and 1-2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]
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 2-10 p.m.  Free! 

Build Day!: All Hands Active.

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Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
* You must demonstrate knowledge / safety precautions before using
** Require you to take a class. Though there's a good chance you can find someone down there on a build night that can do the job for you. Offer to buy them a beer (AFTER), or c
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty. Free. Donation. (734) 707-8242. AllHandsActive@gmail.com AllHandsActive.com [map]
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 2-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Teen Crafts: Saline District Library.

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For kids in grades 6-12. Oct. 15: "Teen Read Week: Altered Books." A chance to make purses and other objects out of recycled books. An artist is on hand to offer guidance. Nov. 13: "T-Shirt Accessories." A chance to make accessories out of old T-shirts. Bring a T-shirt or use one provided. Dec. 5: "Gingerbread Crafts." A chance to make paper gingerbread people and 3-D ornaments. Gingerbread treats.
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]
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 3 & 7:30 p.m. 

"White Christmas: The Musical": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 21-Dec. 22. Barbara Cullen directs this 2004 musical, adapted from the 1954 film, about 2 nightclub performers who help an old army pal try to make his winter resort popular. The Irving Berlin score features "Blue Skies," "Count Your Blessings," "How Deep Is the Ocean," ad the iconic title song. Cast: Jess Alexander, Darcy Link, Jennifer Bachman, and Tim Brayman.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Dec. 5), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Thurs. eve.: $26 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $24; groups of 10 or more, $22; Nov. 21 preview only, $18); Fri. & Sat. eve.: $32 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $29; groups of 10 or more, $26); Thurs., Sat. & Sun. matinee: $28 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $25; groups of 10 or more, $24). Tickets available in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets available at the door only 1 hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]
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 3:30 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Dallas Buyers Club": Michigan Theater.

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(Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013). Drama about a Texas electrician who battles Big Pharma after being diagnosed with HIV in 1986. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto.
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). See michtheater.org for full schedule. 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Pageturners: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grade 4 & up. Book TBA. Snacks.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Marilyn Nelson: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Poetry reading by this award-winning poet and translator who served as Connecticut's poet laureate from 2001-2006. Three of her books were finalists for the National Book Award: The Homeplace (1990), The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems (1997), and Carver: A Life in Poems (2001), which lyrically renders the life of the revered African American botanist and inventor George Washington Carver. Fellow poet Suzanne Gardinier wrote that Nelson's poetry "reaches back through generations hemmed in on all sides by slavery and its antecedents; all along the way she finds sweetness, and humor, and more complicated truth than its disguises have revealed."
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Yes. The Space-Time Continuum": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Designer John Marshall discusses his work as principal at rootoftwo, an art and design studio that creates experimental objects that attempt to disrupt and expose existing systems through humor, play, and interaction.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri., except Dec. 24, 25, & 31. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more.
Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hula-hoop/ [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor East & West Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Thurs. through Dec. 19. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (548-6299) or 5700 Jackson (929-9022). Free. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Recycled Crafts To Keep Kids Warm": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All invited to learn how to make scarves, mittens, an slippers from discarded jeans and sweaters. Admission is free if you bring outgrown kids winter outerwear to donate for use by kids who arrive at LSNC programs not quite prepared for the weather.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver. $5. 997-1553. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. except Dec. 26. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

All Choir Concert: Greenhills School.

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Middle and Upper school students perform songs TBA.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. 205-4004. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Show-and-Tell & Holiday Party: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Club members show their mineral specimens.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Gregory Loselle: Bookbound.

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Award-winning Michigan poet reads from About the House, his haunting new collection of poems that "continue to reverberate long after the last light's been switched off," says poet Janée Baugher. Signing.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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On-going self defense classes using Commando Krav Maga (CKM) tactical techniques. CKM is a reality-based self-defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
The techniques are simple to learn and easy to remember during times of stress:
- Gun disarming
- Knife attacks
- Knife hold-ups
- Chokes & Grabs
- Ground survival
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Attack Psychology
Multiple classes are offered each week and private lessons are available.
Every Mon 730-9pm, Tue 7-8:30pm and Thur 7-830pm. Check our website calendar for class updates!
The instructor, Mike Trester, is a level 6 certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with 23-plus years of law enforcement experience, including over 18 years on the Special Weapons And Tactical team. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
Commando Krav Maga Chelsea, 14495 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea. Monthly fee $60. 734-904-5003. ckmchelsea@gmail.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. Team USA Over-18.

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The U-M plays an exhibition game against the older of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national team development teams.
7 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Ticket price TBA at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fancy Boxes: Crafting with Gold, Copper, and Silver Leaf": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and tees in grade 6 & up invited to make a decorated gift-giving box that's nice enough for the recipient to save as a keepsake.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Old Barns and Country Skills of Southeast Michigan": Barnes & Noble.

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Retired Adrian College anthropology professor Derek Brereton discusses his new lavishly illustrated book exploring old post-and-beam barns are still the visual anchors of our countryside landscape. Signing.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"One Sleepy Night": Hart Entertainment.

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Dec. 5-7 & 14. Local actors premiere Don Hart and Jay Sappington's new family-friendly musical about a reclusive grandfather who avoids a family shopping expedition to stay at home with his granddaughter and decorate the Christmas tree. As he tells her the Christmas story, a play within the play unfolds, with members of the modern family becoming wise men and shepherds in ancient Bethlehem. The Dec. 14 show at the Michigan Theater is preceded by Christmas carols on the organ, treats in the lobby, and (possibly) a reindeer outside the theater.
7 p.m. (Dec. 5-7 & 14) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 7), Ann Street Music Room (except Dec. 14, Michigan Theater), 812 Ann St., Ypsilanti. Dec. 5-7 tickets, $15 (kids, $8) in advance at onesleepynight.com; Dec. 14 tickets, $20 in advance at ticketmaster.com. 973-6010. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever": EMU Theatre Department.

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Nov. 22-24 and Dec. 5-8. EMU drama professor Christine Tanner directs EMU drama students in Barbara Robinson's comedy about a family of hooligans who take over the Sunday school Christmas pageant. Joseph and the Wise Men get in a fight, Mary runs away with the baby, and as the miscreants lie, steal, and smoke cigars, the pageant descends into a state of raucous hilarity that harbors a heart-warming denouement. A family-oriented production for theatergoers age 6 & up.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-1221.
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 7 p.m. 

"The Teen Experience: Stories of Strength": The Neutral Zone.

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Local teens present local high school student Yael Silver's play about teens who have been affected by relationship violence. Note: not appropriate for children. Q&A follows.
7 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. $5. 214-9995. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Treasure Island": U-M Basement Arts.

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Dec. 5-7. Scott Crandall directs students in an evening of improvised storytelling around the themes of escapism, violence, social order, sexuality, and gender roles.
7 p.m. (Dec. 5-7) & 11 p.m. (Dec. 6), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio One, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Philomena": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of Stephen Frears' 2013 drama about a world-weary journalist who investigates the story of a woman's search for her son who was taken from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Judi Dench.
Times TBA at michtheater.org, Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism": Center of Light.

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Join us for this 6-week introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Classes include teachings on the inner spiritual path, meditation, soul, light, prayer and blessing. Classes offered on an ongoing rolling basis, join us when you can.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (N. Main just before Hwy, on left). Free. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org http://www.centersoflight.org/annarbor.html [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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Dec. 5 & 19. All invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Must be 21 or older. The Dec. 19 meeting is followed by a holiday dance with a DJ. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate.
7:30-10 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5 (members, free). 786-2237. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Lusophone Film Festival: U-M Romance Languages & Literatures.

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Semester-long showcase of contemporary Portuguese language films shown with subtitles. The screenings are preceded by an introduction by a U-M faculty or grad student expert in the country of the film.

Sept. 12: Girimunho (Swirl) (Clarissa Campolina & Helvécio Marins, 2011). Brazilian film about an 81-year-old village woman who tries to create a new life after the death of her husband. Michigan Theater.

Sept. 26: O soma ao redor (Neighboring Sounds) (Kleber Mendonça Fihlo, 2012). When a private security firm is enlisted to protect the residents of an affluent Brazilian seaside community from petty crime, it unleashes the anxieties, resentments, and fears of a society built on violence and repression. UMMA Stern Auditorium.

Oct. 10: Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012). Critically acclaimed, formally daring, drama about an illicit love affair set in the context of Portuguese colonial history. UMMA Auditorium.

Oct. 24: Transeunte (Passerby) (Eryk Rocha, 2010). Entranciinng cinematic poem about a retired, brooding sixty-something man who has lost all ties to life and aimlessly walks the streets of downtown Rio de Janeiro unnoticed. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 7: Virgin Margarida (Licinio Azevedo, 2012). Drama, set during the Mozabican Civil War, about a group of urban women taken to a re-education camp, where they are indoctrinated in a self-righteousness creed that scorns individuality and subjectivity and makes male domination an ideological prerogative. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 14: Children's Republic (Flora Gomes, 2011). Bitingly satiric comic allegory about a prosperous and stable small West African country that, following many years of conflict, is populated and governed only by children. Michigan Theater.

Dec. 5: The Great Kilapy (Zeze Gamboa, 2012). Witty, compelling portrait of the last decade of Portuguese rule in Angola centered on the story of a crooked but irresistible bon vivant who, on the eve of Angolan independence in 1975, pulls off a massive swindle at the expense of the Portuguese colonial administration. Michigan Theater.

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7:30 p.m., various locations. Free. 764-8164.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Jerry's Girls": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Jan. 5, and Nov. 27. Carla Milarch directs Jerry Herman and Larry Alford's Tony-winning 1985 musical, a cabaret-style revue with large-scale production numbers, tap dancing, and a bit of drag showcasing songs from Herman's musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, and others. Stars Naz Edwards.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Nov. 27), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 14), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Nov. 14), $24 & $26 (Nov. 15 & 17), $30 & $32 (Nov. 16), and $22 & $24 (Nov. 21). Nov. 22 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Nov. 22: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $34 & $36 (Fri. & Sun.), $27 & $29 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Silent Night: the Real(ish) Story": Saline Area Players.

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Dec. 5-8. Kara Cardella directs local actors in her play that draws on historical information to reimagine how the beloved Christmas carol may have come about. The action revolves around a young priest in an Austrian village and an accidentally damaged organ. With favorite holiday tunes.
7:30 p.m. (Dec. 5 & 6), 1 p.m. (Dec. 7), & 3:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 8), Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $5 (families, $25) in advance by phone or email. silentnight@salineareaplayers.com, 546-9612. [map]
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 7:45- 8:45 p.m. 

Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses.
Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per student
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in the class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra/ [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

Chicago Afrobeat Project: The Yellow Barn.

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This acclaimed Chicago-based world music ensemble blends afrobeat, Afro-Cuban music, funk, jazz, juju music, and rock. The band's album Nyash UP! "is thick with politics and passion, and nearly boiling over with simmering funk," says a Rhapsody.com review. "But while fat, familiar low brass darts in and out, that's filtered through jazz, avant-R&B, lounge and hip-hop."
8-11 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $15 (students, $10; $10 discount for Yellow Card members). ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Concert: U-M Headnotes.

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This a cappella ensemble of law students performs pop songs such as The Darkness's "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble," Guns N' Roses's "Sweet Child o' Mine," and Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah."
8 p.m., U-M Law Quad Lawyer's Club Lounge. Free. umlsheadnotesboard@umich.edu.
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Harp Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Students of U-M harp professor Joan Raeburn Holland perform works for solo harp.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Lab Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Dennis Wilson directs the JLE in works TBA. Ellen Rowe directs the JE in works by Lee Konitz, Gordon Goodwin, Bob Brookmeyer, Quincy Jones, and U-M student Andrew Hintzen.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Joe Henry: The Ark.

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Country-rooted folk-rock by this critically acclaimed singer-songwriter. Henry, who grew up in Michigan, is often compared to Van Morrison for his passionate emotional directness and to Dylan for his restless musical inventiveness and poetic lyrical touch, and even 2 decades into his career his music continues to evolve in unexpected and revelatory ways. "He has moved into a space that only he and Tom Waits inhabit in that they are songwriters who have created deep archetypal characters [and] new sonic universes to explore and express themselves in," says All Music Guide writer Thom Jurek. His show tonight blends material from throughout his 27-year career as well as new songs from a forthcoming album.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Keith Alberstadt: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 5-7. A contributing writer to SNL "Weekend Update," National Lampoon, and several online magazines, Alberstadt is known for his clever, sharply perceptive observational humor and off-handed charm. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Jig Saw": PTD Productions.

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Dec. 5-8 & 12-14. Nan Bauer directs local actors in the Midwest premiere of Dawn Powell's Depression-era comedy about a Manhattan socialite who competes with her daughter for the affections of a man. The Dec. 8 matinee begins with a brief introduction to Powell's work by Powell biographer Tim Page. Powell's niece, Carol Warstler, is also in attendance for that show, which is followed by a talk-back. Cast: Mark Batell, Morgan Brown, Mouse Courtois, Cyndy Franklin, Rachel Robbins Toon, Robin Kallelis, Elisha Krantz, Carla Margolis, Libby Masaracchia, Alonso Vascos, and Adam Weakley.
8 p.m. (except Dec. 8, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at showtix4u.com and by phone. 483-7345. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"RiffTrax Live! Santa Claus Conquers the Martians": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of a "riffing" performance by former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, who aim their comic heckling at a screening of Nicholas Webster's 1964 sci-fi film that a fixture on lists of the worst movies of all time. Martians kidnap Santa because there is nobody on Mars to give presents to their children--one of whom is played by the eminently forgettable Pia Zadora in her film debut.
8 p.m. Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $14.50 in advance at gqti.com and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Yeomen of the Guard": U-M Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

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Dec. 5-8. Mitch Gillet and Laura Swierzbin direct this accomplished local town-and-gown company in Gilbert and Sullivan's only tragicomedy. Tudor-era war hero Colonel Fairfax is accused of sorcery by a greedy relative who stands to inherit a fortune if the colonel dies a bachelor. But on execution day, Fairfax asks a friend to find him a wife--any wife--so that he can foil the plot. The friend finds the humble Elsie, a traveling minstrel who is promised 100 crowns for agreeing to a temporary marriage. But at the last minute, Fairfax is smuggled out of town, and Elsie finds herself married to a man she's never met. Despite its comic plot twists, Yeomen is the only G&S operetta with an unhappy ending, which nudges its tone closer to the realm of opera. Most think that Yeomen was librettist Gilbert's attempt to soothe composer Sullivan, who had tired of their collaboration and yearned to write grand opera.
8 p.m. (Dec. 5-7) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 8), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Michigan League. Tickets $18 & $20 (seniors, $18; students, $10) in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/459457. umgass.org. [map]
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