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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 6, 2013






 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 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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 7:30 a.m.-midnight 

"Midnight Madness": Downtown Home & Garden.

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All invited for cestnuts roasted on an open fire, a surprise TBA from DH&G owner Mark Hodesh (sometime before 5 p.m.), and performances at 8 & 9 p.m. by Our Own Thing Chorale, a the popular local chorus directed by U-M music professor emeritus Willis Patterson.
7:30 a.m.-midnight, Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
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 9 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

25th Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 6-8. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminaria along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores.

Dec. 6: tree lighting ceremony and Santa's arrival (6-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), Santa's Workshop with storytelling and children's crafts (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot), cookie decorating (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Company), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room ), a Living Nativity with live animals and a Christmas choir (7:30-8:30 p.m., First Methodist Church), and more.

Dec. 7: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m., First Methodist Church; space limited; preregistration required), Holiday Parade (6 p.m., Main St.), After-Parade Party & Community Sing led by the all-female vocal ensemble Counterpoint (7-9 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory), the "Great Bear Cub Run" for kids (7 p.m., Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory), and more.

Dec. 8: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Mosaic Choir and church organist Kyle Webber, and 18-20 Chelsea High musicians. The program features Vivaldi's Magnificat, Arthur Foote's Suite for Strings, and a Christmas carol sing-along. Also, the Holiday Festival of Lessons and Carols (6:30 p.m., Chelsea Retirement Community Chapel) and more.

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9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1) & noon-7 p.m. (Dec. 2), downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145.
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Community of Scholars Symposium: U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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U-M grad students present their research on a variety of topics relating to women and/or gender.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Community of Scholars Symposium: U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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U-M grad students present their research on a variety of topics relating to women and/or gender.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Community of Scholars Symposium: U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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U-M grad students present their research on a variety of topics relating to women and/or gender.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 10 a.m.-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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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Dec. 6 & 20. Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 12:15-12:45 p.m.  Free! 

Lunchtime Tour: UMMA.

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UMMA staff and student docents give a 30-minute tour based on a theme in the museum's collection.
12:15-12:45 p.m., meet at the UMMA information desk, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer in South Asia Symposium: U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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2013 fellows give presentations on their experiences in India. Q&A.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Current Situation of Chinese Archaeology": U-M Confucius Institute.

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UCLA art history professor Lothar Von Falkenhausen discusses how far archaeology has progressed in China during the past half-century, in light of some of the many important archaeological discoveries that have been made in all parts of the country.
4-5:30 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Room. Free. 764-8888. [map]
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 4:30, 6:45, & 9 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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 5-11 p.m. 

Saline Moonlight Madness Craft Show: Saline Community Education/Hoeft Promotions/Saline Area Schools.

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ThisOver 150 creative craft persons, showcasing their most recent and exceptional work, from throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio will travel to this show starting at 5 p.m.- 11 p.m. on Friday, December 6 at the Saline Middle, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline, MI 48176. Other crafters include decorative painting, stoneware, rugs, birdhouses, holiday decorating ideas, ceramics, calligraphy and clothing. All of these products are designed, made and displayed by the individual crafters and available at affordable prices. Artists will be present and available to customize and personalize their works. Chri
Peggy Ernst of Saline visits the December show with great anticipation of the holidays. Having attended this show since it originated in 2004, Peggy says, "I love it. I wouldn't miss it. I find the best gifts plus it puts me in the mood for the Holiday spirit especially when you share it with friends. And I can leave work, begin shopping and have a
Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline, MI, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline. $3. 734-429-5922; 734-429-8020. cheryl.hoeft@gmail.com www.salineshows.com [map]
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 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Fun Friday": U-M Natural History Museum.

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With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium show Star Talk (5:30, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.) about what you can see in the current night sky, a reading astronaut Mark Kelly's Mousetronaut (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, planetarium dome, the interactive demo "Cooking Up a Comet" (6 p.m.), and 30-minute dinosaur tours (7 & 8 p.m.).
5-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [map]
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 5-11 p.m. 

"Moonlight Madness Craft Show": Saline Community Education.

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Juried show and sale of works by more than 150 crafters. Also, concessions, bake sale, a holiday tea (6 p.m., cost TBA, reservations required), a cookie walk, screenings of the family-friendly Christmas comedy Elf (5:30 & 7:30 p.m.), cookie decorating (5-9 p.m.), a gingerbread house display & contest (5-10 p.m.), a kids' quilting corner (5-9 p.m.), and caricatures by Debra Adamcik (6-9 p.m.).
5-11 p.m., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $3 admission. 429-5922, 429-8020. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Opera Scenes: U-M School of Music.

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Robert Swedberg directs U-M opera undergrads (5:30 p.m.) and grad students (8 p.m.) in scenes operas by Bellini, Berlioz, Britten, Mozart, Poulenc, and Verdi.
5:30 p.m., U-M School of Music McIntosh Theater, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-2538. [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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 6-10 p.m. 

"5th Annual KindleFest": Kerrytown District Association.

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A holiday sale featuring local artisans and farmers, live music, a lantern parade, and fire pits to roast s'mores and chestnuts. Beer, mulled wine, and food available. Tonight is also "Midnight Madness" (6 p.m.-midnight) in the Kerrytown Market & Shops, with special holiday sales, live music, and more.
6-10 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 662-5008. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Local poet Nina Simmone Cofield reads from her work. Her most recent collection, Echoes Resound Forever, explores themes such as love, life, faith, and dedication. Signing. The program begins with an open mike for poets.
6 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre Night: St. Thomas Lutheran Church.

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All invited to play.
7 p.m., Freedom Child Care Center, 8753 Pleasant Lake Rd. just west of Parker Rd. Free. 663-7511. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poet Rob Bruno and fiction writer Matt Robison.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Mountain Cheese Without the Mountains": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery staff discuss and offer samples of 7 American cheeses from western states that use terroir and milk to mimic the flavors of European mountain cheeses.
7-9 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-0500. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Tree lighting ceremony: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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A chance to view the Christmas tree. Also, a carol sing-along and hot chocolate & cookies.
7 p.m., downtown Saline in front of Key Bank. Free. 429-4494.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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U-M drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in scenes from Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Tony Kushner's celebrated 2-play series exploring the apocalyptic fears at the heart of contemporary culture, and 'Night Mother, Marsha Norman's controversial 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a divorced woman, living with her mother, who chooses suicide in an effort to take control of her own life.
7 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University, Free. 647-4354. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Midnight Madness": Main Street Area Association.

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Many merchants are open late tonight with special sales. Appearances by Santa and Miss Washtenaw County. Sidewalk entertainment TBA. Also, Santa's Mailbox is accepting letters (postage to North Pole courtesy of the MSAA) Nov. 29-Dec. 17 in front of Literati Bookstore (124 E. Washington; include a return address to receive a response from Santa).
7-9 p.m. (some stores open later), Main Street shopping areas. Free admission. 668-7112.
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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.  Free! 

"Polar Express Pajama Party": Barnes & Noble.

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Barnes & Noble staff (in costume) present an interactive reading of Chris Van Allsburg's Caldecott Medal-winning tale of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. The reading includes the ringing of silver bells and other fun activities. For kids age 3 & up, who are invited to come in bedtime attire (complete with pillows and stuffed animals).
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. Reservations required. 973-0846. [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 & 11 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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 7:15-8:45 p.m. 

"Disco Skate": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to skate to 70s Disco music. Prizes for best costume.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 794-6235. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

36th Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Dec. 6-8. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Brian Altevogt directs a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Dec. 6 & 7) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 8), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $8-$15 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office. 995-4612. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Fall Concert: Kopitonez.

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This U-M coed Asian a cappella group performs both Asian and Western songs.
7:30 p.m., 1324 East Hall, 530 Church St. $7. kopiboard@umich.edu. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"#TrashTag": U-M Groove.

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This U-M student percussion-and-dance ensemble performs high-energy percussion using traditional and nontraditional instruments (trash cans, propane tanks, toothbrushes, and more).
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 in advance ticketmaster.com, and (if available) at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Don Quixote": EMU Dance Program.

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Wendy Dubois directs EMU dance students in her choreography of Leon Minkus's brilliantly orchestrated 1869 ballet based on an episode in Cervantes' iconic novel. The score is performed live by the EMU Symphony Orchestra. An abridged version of this program is presented earlier today at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. in 2 free 50-minute children's concerts (reservations required at 487-2448).
7:30 p.m., Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, EMU campus, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (seniors & students, $8; children under 12, $6) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pipe Organ Showcase Concert": First United Methodist Church.

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Local church organists TBA present a festive program of holiday music on the FUMC Reuter pipe organ. Reception follows.
7:30 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [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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 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Black Jake & the Carnies: The Ark.

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Popular Ypsilanti octet that calls its energetic, foot-stomping blend of punk, old-time music, and bluegrass "crabgrass." According to Deep Cutz writer Jeff Milo, the band's latest full-length CD, Sundry Mayhems, features "blurring see-saw strings, a mean washboard, a wheezy accordion, angular, tinny banjos and mandolins and zingy, mercurial (yet melodious) lead vocals girded by poignant, rousing choruses (even some opera mixed in), at 0-60-and-back-again tempos." Opening act is The Crane Wives, a Grand Rapids Americana pop-folk quintet.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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. 

Dave Bixby: Canterbury House.

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This Arizona-based musician performs classic rock covers. Ode to Quetzalcoatl, an album he recorded in the 1960s when he was part of the Christian cult The Group, now sells for thousands of dollars on eBay. Tonight's performance is part of the Detroit-based web series Far Off Sounds and includes info about Bixby's involvement with The Group, music video, and travelogue.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 665-0606. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Don White: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This veteran singer-songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts, a Green Wood favorite, writes sharp-witted songs about everyday life that blend pathos, humor, and biting satire, and his live shows feature a lot of impromptu storytelling and comedy. His fans include Christine Lavin and Livingston Taylor, and he's released 4 acclaimed CDs, including the recent Winning Streak. A big hit in earlier Green Wood appearances.
8 p.m., FUMC, Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $17 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 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.  Free! 

Woodwind Chamber Music Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Wind instrument majors perform in small ensembles. Program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"58th Annual Study Break Concert": U-M Friars.

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This self-styled "crack squad of 'supercrooners,'" an a cappella octet drawn from the Men's Glee Club, performs an eclectic mix of everything from slow ballads to upbeat dance tunes to original parodies that give a college-themed twist to classic songs.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. $10 (students, $5). um.friars@umich.edu. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"A Holiday Concert": Measure for Measure.

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This local men's chorus, directed by Pioneer High School choir director Steven Lorenz, and The Singing Men of Ohio University perform separate programs of holiday music. The 2 groups also come together to sing Wendell Whalum's arrangement of "Betelehemu" and Peter Sozio's arrangement of "El Yivneh Hagalil."
8 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium. $15 (kids age 12 & under, seniors, & students with ID, $10) in advance and at the door. 649-7664. [map]
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 8 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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 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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"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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"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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"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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"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Dec. 6, 13, & 20. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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