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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 7, 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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 8 a.m. 

Interpretive Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Jan. 25 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $3 ($7.50 includes lunch).

Feb. 1 (noon): "Kids Craft Day." All kids invited to bring a T-shirt or canvas shopping bag to stamp or paint with nature-themed designs. $3 per item.

Feb. 8 (1 p.m.): "Winter Ecology Walk." A hike to see how animal life is weathering the winter.

Feb. 15 & Apr. 5 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures.

Apr. 19 (noon): "West River Trail Bike Hike." All invited to join a leisurely ride from Hudson Mills to the Dexter Library, examining various habitats along the way, on this new trail. Helmets required.

Apr. 26 (10 a.m.): "Vernal Pond Day." All invited to explore life teeming in one of the short-lived vernal ponds that dries up in the summer heat.

May 10: "Explore Dexter-Huron." All invited to hike around this little known gem of a park, a favorite among wildflower enthusiasts. Meet at the East Shelter parking lot, 6535 Huron River Dr.

May 11 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Mother's Day Wildflower Walk." A hike to look for spring wildflowers. Also, brunch ($8; kids under 2, free) available at 10 a.m.

May 17 (noon): "Bike Hike." All invited to join a leisurely bike hike to explore different parts of the park. Helmets required.

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Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) except as noted. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 8 a.m. 

Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Presented by park naturalists Jennifer Hollenbeck or Raejean Uehline.

Dec. 7: (8 a.m.): "Winter Hike." A hike for the woods to what animal life is sticking around for the winter.

Dec. 15 (10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.): "Santa Central." Kids invited to visit with Santa, play reindeer games, and enjoy a hayride. Snack. $6 per child (adults, $3; kids under age 1, free) in advance only.

Dec. 26: (8 a.m.): "Day after Christmas Hike." A hike to explore winter animal life in the park.

Jan. 25 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $2 ($6 includes lunch).

Feb. 1: (noon): "Kids Craft Day." All kids invited to bring a T-shirt or canvas shopping bag to stamp or paint with a nature-themed designs. $3 per item.

Feb. 8: (1 p.m.): "Day after Christmas Hike." A hike to see how animal life is weathering the winter.

Feb. 15 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) unless otherwise noted. Preregistration required. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 

"Dr. Porter Synchronized Skating Classic": Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Dec. 7 & 8. 150 teams from across the U.S. and Canada compete in the largest synchronized team skating competition in the world.
8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 7) & 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 8), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. Cost TBA. 213-6768. [map]
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 8:15 a.m. 

Kick It Up A Notch II: Gifted Eduation Conference: Michigan Association for Gifted Children.

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Parents and Educators Welcome!!!
Topics: Approaches to Teaching Gifted Students, Perfectionism, Gifted Boys, Meeting Gifted Needs in the Classroom, Advocacy, Parent and Educators Q&A Session, and more.
SCECHS available
Vendors and School Representatives with Gifted Programming:
For more up-to-date details visit: http://www.migiftedchild.org/
$45 members, $55 non-members, $65 conference/membership
pre-registration required by December 3rd
Emerson School, 5425 Scio Church Road. $45 members, $55 non-members, $65 conference/membership. 734-926-4617. martha@clonlara.org www.migiftedchild.org [map]
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 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

"Gifted Education: Kick It Up a Notch 2": Michigan Association for Gifted Children.

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Daylong conference with talks by various speakers on topics ranging from perfectionism to gifted boys to meeting the needs of gifted students in the classroom.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Emerson School, 5425 Scio Church Rd. Cost TBA. Preregistration required at migiftedchild.org. 926-4617. [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. 

30th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Show and sale of photography, jewelry, nature crafts, woodworking, watercolors, soaps, ceramics, textiles, chocolate, and much more by more than 60 vendors. Also, a sale of holiday greens, including wreaths, roping, and poinsettias.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $3 admission. 662-3279. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Bazaar and Children's Faire: Rudolf Steiner School.

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An artisan market, a toy room, storytelling and puppet theater, and activities, including jump rope winding and candle dipping. Musical performances, raffle, and refreshments. Preceded on Dec. 6 by an adults-only preview night (5-8 p.m.).
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rudolf Steiner School, 2775 Newport Rd. Free admission. 995-4141. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Bodhi Flow Yoga: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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The Bodhi-Flow is a slow, strong, and smooth vinyasa class that will allow you to flow between four-tiers of poses. Beginning with centering activites and moving into a warm up, you will be gently guided through a four-tier practice that moves through poses with a deep and steady intention, ending with a traditional shavasana. The BodhiFlow Vinyasa series was created by Syl Carson of the Bodhi Yoga Studio.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fifth Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Area Museum Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Heritage Guild.

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The Dexter Heritage Guild will present its annual Holiday Bazaar from 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7th at the Dexter Area Museum, location 3443 Inverness St. Visitors will find tables full of delicious baked goods and a large variety of items handcrafted by Guild members - everything from holiday ornaments and décor, hats & scarves, toys, fresh evergreen wreaths, to the Guild's signature scrubbies and decorative fire-starters and more! The Museum's Corner Gift Shop will be open. Please visit our website: www.dextermuseum.org for more information and about upcoming events.
Dexter Area Museum, 3443 Inverness Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-2519. www.dextermuseum.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Senior Center.

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Show and sale of handmade crafts and items from "Grandma's Attic." Also, a bake sale.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-7737. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
9 am to 3 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
734-426-4477
www.dexter.lib.mi.us
Prices range from 25 cents to $2.00 with a special selection of various priced gift books. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds directly benefit the library.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter Library.

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Used Book Sale
Hosted by the Friends of the Dexter Library
Saturday, Dec. 7
9 am to 3 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
www.dexter.lib.mi.us
734-426-4477
There will also be a special section of various priced gift books for your holiday shopping. Most other prices range from 25 cents to $2.00.
Upcoming sales for 2014:
• January 4
• February 1
• March 1
• April 5
• May 3
• June 7
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 9-10 a.m. 

"Breakfast with Santa": Briarwood.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited for hot breakfast, cookie decorating, and storytelling by Santa. Proceeds benefit the Family Hope Fund at Mott Children's Hospital.
9-10 a.m., California Pizza Kitchen at Briarwood. $10 in advance at the guest services booth in the Von Maur wing. 769-9610. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Comet Discovery Day": U-M Natural History Museum.

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This family-oriented program features a chance to make comets and craters, and learn about telescopes, light, and waves. Comet talks at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and screenings of Impact Earth, an audiovisual planetarium show about objects that can and do hit the Earth, on the half hour. Held in conjunction with the anticipated celestial spectacle as the new discovered comet ISON moves away from the sun in early December.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Home for the Holidays": ShopDexter.com.

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Caroling and music TBA throughout the downtown all day. The Dexter Area Museum, Dexter Senior Center, and St. Andrew's United Church of Christ host holiday craft bazaars (9 a.m.-3 p.m.). At 4 p.m. are the 5K Holiday Hustle ($29 before Nov. 29 & $35 race weekend for adults, $24 before Nov. 29 and $30 race weekend for age 17 & under), a competitive 5-km run/walk with awards for the top 3 finishers in various age categories, and Foresters Frozen 1-Mile Fun Run ($24 before Nov. 29 & $30 race weekend for adults, $15 before Nov. 29 and $20 race weekend for age 17 & under), with registration available at runholiday5k.com.
8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., downtown and other locations, Dexter. Free admission. 502-4257.
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 9:15 & 11 a.m. 

Milk and Cookies with Santa: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Calling all little ones to celebrate a baby/toddler-friendly Santa party here at Lamaze Family Center. Your child will have the opportunity play, make a craft, play games, share a treat and meet Santa. You can also get your child's picture taken, either with Santa or just with happy smilies, and experience a taste of the amazing work of Cheryl Hall for a small donation to LFCAA of $30/ 1 child or $40/ 2 or more siblings. Come join us and get your Holidays started out right!
Fee is $10 per child
If you are bringing more than one child to play, please call our office at (734)973-1014 to pre-register or plan to pay at the door. Credit, checks and cash accepted.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $10 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"The Pension Mess for Public Employees": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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Talk by Washtenaw County treasurer Catherine McClary, a member of the county employees pension board. Discussion follows. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 995-8962. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

4th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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AAWA members sell their work, including paintings, photographs, sculpture, glass art, jewelry, fiber art, scarves, gloves, ornaments, greeting cards, and more.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ann Arbor Women Artists Space, Suite 100, Jackson Square Plaza, 4844 Jackson Rd. Free admission. 975-2937. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

All the Trimmings Holiday Art Show.

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An array of works by local artisans, including woodcarvings, counted cross-stitch embroidery, folk paintings, pastels, textiles, jewelry, bears, rug hooking, chair caning, and more. Also, antiques & collectibles, locally roasted coffee, and fresh Christmas greens. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, W. Old US-12 at Manchester Rd., Chelsea. Free admission. allthetrimmingsshow.blogspot.com. 475-2159.
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Book Shop: Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 7 & 8. With used puzzles and games, along with gift-quality books and books on CD.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 7) & 1-4 p.m. (Dec. 8), AADL lower level, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 302-7774. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Christmas Party: Downtown Home & Garden.

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Santa is on hand to talk to kids, give them a Christmas orange, and take their Christmas lists. Free roasted chestnuts, eggnog, cider, and, while they last, mouth-watering morsels of smoked Christmas turkey.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Introductory Class: Fun and Learning Music Studio.

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Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call sandrat@childrensmusicacademy.org or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. sandratracey@funandlearningmusicstudio.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Gift-Fest 2013: Ann Arbor Artists' Collective.

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15th annual holiday show and sale of original works in jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber, paper, basketry, painting, and more by more than 25 local artists. Refreshments & a raffle of artist-made ornaments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free admission. 272-2901. [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Dec. 7 & 8. A popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Some 40 local artists offer a large selection of functional and decorative ceramics and Christmas ornaments. Also, a kids' area with gifts priced for their budgets.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]
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 10 a. m.  Free! 

Saturday Morning Border to Border Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. 22-mile ride, at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail, from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti to decide where to eat lunch.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [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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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Displays of model train layouts from the Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club, along with an antique sleigh. Also, Santa is on hand to talk with kids. Carolers. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd. (off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. just west of downtown Dexter). $5 (kids ages 1-7, $1). 426-4961. [map]
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm and at Dewey School": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Dec. 7 & 8. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas. Also, the log house features 1840s décor. Singers perform traditional holiday songs, and a blacksmith works at the forge. Docent-guided tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse and of the school, bake sale, and greens sale. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 7) & noon-4 p.m. (Dec. 8), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. from I-94 exit 153), Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Holiday Nature Crafts": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike to gather berries, seedpods, pinecones, and other materials to make holiday ornaments and decorations. Other materials provided. Holiday treats.
10 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park Field Operations Bldg., next to the playground at the Platt Rd. entrance. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Mega Sale & Extravaganza": Motawi Tileworks.

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Tile-making demonstrations, a tile sale, "Tile Tales" by Nawal Motawi, and more. Also, make-a-tile workshop (materials provided). Demos include hand-pressed tile and bulb glazing. Door prize, snacks, and discounts.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Motawi, 170 Enterprise Dr. (north of Jackson Rd. between Staebler & Baker). Free admission. 213-0017. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Visit Santa!": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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Every Sat. except Dec. 29. Humans of Ann Arbor photographer Susan K. Campbell is on hand to take photos, which will be posted on one of the Kerrytown Market and Shops trees the following week.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Kerrytown. Free. 662-5008. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Winter-Green": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to learn about winter greens and create an evergreen or star- and snowflake-themed decoration to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8 per child; metered parking. Preregistration requested. 647-7600. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-midnight 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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Dec. 7 & 21. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Awards for the top three finishers in each class. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race. (517) 960-5252. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Spanish Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Spanish stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months to 5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. Free. (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings from new scripts being considered for production. Followed by a discussion with the audience.

Nov. 16: James McLindon's's Comes a Faery.

Dec. 7: Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Feb. 8: "The Purple Rose Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars and Lunatics," a collection of new short new plays explores the romance, the rancor, and the ridiculous in modern relationships.

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10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Wonderful and Unusual Gifts": Nature's Expressions.

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Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, & 8. Show and sale of crystalline mineral specimens, fossils, shells, mounted butterflies and insects, and more.
3443 Daleview Dr. (off N. Maple Rd. north of Huron River Dr.). Free. 994-3048.
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

"Annual Croissant Concert": Kerrytown Concert House.

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A popular holiday tradition featuring Today's Brass Quintet, an ensemble of area professional musicians that performs pop, classic, and holiday tunes. Today's theme is "The Kid in All of Us." Members are trumpeters Mitchell Wechsler and Jean Moorehead Libs, tuba player Joseph DeMarsh, trombonist Brian Robson, and French horn player Alan Taplin. Croissants, coffee, & juice.
11 a.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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U-M student docents and UMMA staffers read stories related to the art on display. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet at the information desk), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

3D Printer Class!: All Hands Active.

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Bring a lunch and learn how to use Sketch-up, OpenSCAD and Meshlab to create/edit models. Take your result and learn how you can print it on our printers. This class repeats every other month.
Cost: We ask for $10 if you are a current paying member of AHA. $15 if you are not. What does all this wonderful time and money get you? Why, it gets you:
- Basic instruction on how to use the 3D Printers at AHA.
- Use of 3D Printer beyond class! (Quantity of plastic TBD)
- Satisfaction in helping create a fund to maintain, repair, and upgrade the machines!
Basic class plans:
- Access common resources for the Maker Bot
- Create a simple 3D Model in Blender that's printer friendly
- How to print this model on the maker bot
- Common issues / baby sitting techniques to get it through the printing process
If you can come with this software pre-installed, great! If not, we have limited computer stations for public use.
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty. Donation. $10-$15. allhandsactive@gmail.com. allhandsactive@gmail.com AllHandsActive.com [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m. 

Hand Balance (Hand & Headstands): A2 Aviary.

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This class will work on the basic steps to this popular inversion. Never before balanced on your hands? Got some handstand know-how but want some tips and tricks? This class works with beginner-level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands. Focuses on alignment, flexibility, and strength. Will also cover spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters.
$15 per student
Drop in students welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hand-balance/ [map]
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 1-7 p.m. 

Artist's Open Studio and Sale.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Award-winning Chelsea artist Candace Compton Pappas shows and sells her paintings, sculpture, and cement and steel wares that range from small cups to altars.
1-7 p.m., 409 Madison, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6059. [map]
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 1-2 p.m. 

Flexibility (Intro to Contortion): A2 Aviary.

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This class can take your flexibility from basic warm up stretching to beginning contortion poses, all levels are welcome to train at your own pace. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warm up and mat exercises to take home. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/flexibility/ [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

German Family Christmas: Kempf House Center for Local History.

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Dec. 7, 8, 14, & 15. Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, which is decked out with a traditional tree and decorations and exhibits reflecting a typical early-20th-century German American celebration of Christmas. Christmas cookies.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations welcome. 994-4898. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Omni-Fi": U-M School of Music/UMMA.

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Stephen Rush directs the U-M Digital Music Ensemble in an interactive concert spread throughout the museum's galleries. The ensemble uses the Internet to connect performers who are in different spaces.
1-4 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 7, 8, 21, & 22. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Dec. 7 & 8: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Dec. 21 & 22: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1 & 3:30 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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 2 p.m. 

Gingerbread House Decorating: Cranbrook Whole Foods Market.

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Dec. 7 & 14. Demo by a Whole Foods staffer. Followed by a chance to make your own gingerbread house. Particularly geared toward kids, accompanied by a parent or grandparent.
2 p.m., Whole Foods, Eisenhower & Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Cranbrook Village shopping center. $19.99 gingerbread house kit fee. Preregistration required. 997-7500.
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 2 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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 2 & 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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 2 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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 2 & 7 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Ballet Chelsea.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based troupe of young dancers ages 8-18 in a production of her choreography of Tchaikovsky's ballet, with narration based on E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." The Dec. 8 matinee is preceded at 12:30 p.m. by a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea ($12 in advance only) featuring cast visits and photos, and refreshments.
2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $18 (seniors age 60 & over, $15; students, $12) in advance at youthdancetheatre.org and at the door. 475-3070. [map]
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 2 & 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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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"You Wrote a Novel, Now What? Revising and Submitting Your Work": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kalamazoo-area writer D. E. Johnson, author of the acclaimed historical mysteries The Detroit Electric Scheme and Motor City Shakedown, offers tips on revising your work and how to get it published. Q&A. In conjunction with the end of National Novel Writing Month, a nonprofit promotion challenging teens and adults to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of November.
2-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

Advent Concert at St. Thomas Catholic Church.

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Lucia Campbell directs the church's adult and children's choirs in a program of favorite traditional Advent hymns and other holiday songs. Accompanist is Jihye Kim.
3 p.m., St. Thomas Catholic Church, Elizabeth at Kingsley. Freewill donation to support the choir pilgrimage to Italy. 761-8606.
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Saline New Horizons Band.

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This local senior band performs works TBA.
3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1200 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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May 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
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 3-5 p.m. 

"Microscopic Mysteries & Histories": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Benz Microscopes owner Mike Benz displays his collection of antique and contemporary microscopes and discusses the history of optics.
3-5 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver. $8 (family, $30). 997-1553. [map]
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 3 & 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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 3 & 8 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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 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Aerial Conditioning: A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! This one hour conditioning class focuses on building strength, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own. Please bring a water bottle!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor MI. $12. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-conditioning/ [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

David Zinn: Common Language Bookstore.

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This local street artist, best known for his green chalk-drawn creature Sluggo, discusses a new book of photos of his work. Also, an indoor "sidewalk" for kids to draw on. Signing.
4-6 p.m., Sh/aut/, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 663-0036. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Early Music Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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This music student ensemble performs works by Byrd, Praetorius, Willaert, Telemann, J.S. Bach, Hotteterre, and C.P.E. Bach.
4 p.m., U-M Music School Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Treetown Community Chorus.

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David Perample directs this independent local mixed chorus in a varied program of seasonal music, along with a doo-wop medley. Piano accompanist is Corky Landes. Followed by a potluck.
4 p.m., Gladwin barn, 4105 W. Liberty. Free; donations accepted. 355-7738. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"Sing Along with Santa": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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This popular annual family concert features a carol sing-along led by former orchestra staff member Charley Sullivan as Santa. Musicians include bassist Erin Zurbuchen and pianist Lori Zupan. Santa also reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Followed by cookies, apple cider, and photos with Santa.
4 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $12 (kids, $8; family of 6 or fewer, $35) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470) & at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [map]
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 4:15 p.m. 

Holiday Hustle 5K/1M: Running Fit.

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Naughty or nice, walker or runner, come breathe in the December night air, BURN A FEW HOLIDAY CALORIES and give back to others. A silly, hilly out and back course that will take in the neighborhood light displays and give you a chance to see the flashing gang ahead or behind you!
Flashing gang? Yes! Register early and the first 500 get a choice of some flashing or jingling flare (to be picked up at packet pick up).
This charity event donates $5 of your entry fee to local Dexter charities. Bring canned or non perishable food items for the needy and get a raffle ticket for each item! Raffle items from Running Fit to include 2 $50 gift cards, 4 $25 gift cards, gloves, hats, bags and more!
Monument Park, Baker Road at Main Street, Dexter. Early registration begins at $24/$15 through 11/29/13 relative to event entered. 734-929-9027. events@runningfit.com http://www.runholiday5k.com/
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 4:30 p.m. 

"Miss Sunburst Beauty Pageant": Briarwood/Sunburst Beauty Pageants.

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Girls and women from infants to age 27 and boys from infants to age 3 are judged on beauty, overall appearance, and personality.
4:30 p.m., Briarwood Macy's court. Free to spectators. $45-$110 to participate (preregistration required at pageantinfo.com or the mall office). 769-9610. [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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 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Aerial Silks: Basics: A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Silks, also known as Tissu or Ribbons, are a fabric apparatus hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Aerial Silks. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions.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.
$25 per single one hour class
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantees you a spot in class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-silks-basics-conditioning/ [map]
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Holiday Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The 38th annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, unicyclists, dancers, Mrs. Claus, horses, goats, dogs, Santa in his sleigh with his chief elf, a train boxcar, a hot air balloon, and more. Followed by a chance for kids to visit "Santa's Village" at Stone Arch Arts & Events.
5:30-7 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4494.
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Holiday Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The 38th annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, unicyclists, dancers, Mrs. Claus, horses, goats, dogs, Santa in his sleigh with his chief elf, a train boxcar, a hot air balloon, and more. Followed by a chance for kids to visit "Santa's Village."
5:30-7 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4494.
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Annual Holiday Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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This year's Parade theme is "A Charlie Brown Christmas" with Floats, Bands, Baton Twirlers, Unicyclists, Hot Air Balloon, Train Boxcar, Dance Alliance, Mrs. Claus, Horses, Donkeys, Goats, Dogs, and Santa arriving in his Sleigh with his chief Elf.
Downtown Saline, Michigan Ave, Saline. Free. 734-429-4494. office@salinechamber.org www.salinechamber.org
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 6 p.m. 

"Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of Warren Miller's 2013 ski adventure film. Recognized as the world's premier ski filmmaker, Miller has been making family-oriented ski adventure films for 64 years. He's a major star on the West Coast, where his films draw packed houses for weeklong runs, and the annual Michigan Theater showing usually draws 800 to 1,000 viewers.
6 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (kids age 12 & under, $12) in advance at Sun & Snow & all Ticketmaster outlets (ticketmaster.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chinese Documentary Film Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Nov. 2: Warm Winter (Zheng Kuo, 2011). Documentary about a group of artists living in a number of Beijing's arts districts and their struggle to save their studios from demolition by land developers during one of Beijing's coldest winters. Chinese, subtitles.

Nov. 16: My Mother's Rhapsody (Qiu Jiongjiong, 2011). Documentary in which the director's 86-year-old grandmother and the 60-year-old son who lives with her offer a salty, savory account of their life journeys. Mandarin, subtitles.

Nov. 18: Stratum 1: The Visitors (Cong Feng, 2012). Award-winning experimental documentary about childhood memory, urban renewal, and the bulldozing of whole communities of contemporary Beijing. Chinese & English, subtitles. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a reception. Michigan Theater.

Nov. 23: I Have What? Chinese Peasants War: The Rhetoric to Justice (Mao Chenyu, 2013). Documentary about the struggles of Chinese peasants for survival over the past 60 years. Chinese, subtitles.

Dec. 7: Moose (Gu Tao, 2013). Documentary about the effects on the lives of Inner Mongolian hunters of the disappearance of the moose to ecological destruction and illegal hunting. Ewenki & Mandarin, subtitles.

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7 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium A (except as noted), entrance at the Fishbowl on the east side of the bldg. Free. 764-6308. [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to live music by Veselba. No partner needed; beginners welcome.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Maize 'n' Blue Intrasquad: U-M Men's Gymnastics.

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The U-M men's gymnastics team, the defending NCAA national champion, prepares for the 2013-2014 season with an intrasquad meet.
7 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. $3 (youths age 12 & under, $1; U-M students, free). 764-0247.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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U-M drama lecturer Martin Walsh directs RC students in scenes from contemporary plays about 9/11 and from The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece, a deliciously irreverent comedy of manners whose strongest attraction is Wilde's wonderfully etched epigrammatic dialogue.
7 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [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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 7:30 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. 

A Cappella Concert: U-M Compulsive Lyres.

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Performance by this coed a cappella ensemble.
7:30 p.m., 1324 East Hall, 530 Church St. $8 (students, $5). lyres-exec@umich.edu. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Tribute to Jack O'Brien": U-M School of Music.

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Brent Wagner and guest NYC music director Aaron Gandy direct U-M musical theater majors in a concert tribute to Tony Award-winning Broadway director (and U-M alum) O'Brien. The show is inspired by O'Brien's new autobiography, Jack Be Nimble, which includes many chapters on his life as a U-M student.
7:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Despicable (g): Operation Parentheses": U-M Gimble.

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This coed a cappella ensemble performs Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind," Snow Patrol's "Run," Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style," the Gabe Dixon Band's "Find My Way," and the Scottish folk song "The Parting Glass."
7:30 p.m., MLB Auditorium 4. $8. gimble@umich.edu.
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 7:30-11 p.m. 

"Poetry and Popcorn": Ann Arbor Poetry Slam/The Yellow Barn.

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Performances by several poets TBA. Followed by a screening of SlamNation, a documentary about a novice NYC slam poetry team competing at the National Poetry Slam competition.
7:30-11 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Nonperishable food donation for Food Gatherers. ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"135th Annual Handel's Messiah": University Choral Union (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 7 & 8. Jerry Blackstone directs the 175-voice Choral Union, harpsichordist Edward Parmentier, organist Scott Van Ornum, and members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Handel's beloved oratorio. The soloists, all established professionals with national or international reputations, are soprano Brenda Rae, countertenor David Trudgen, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, and baritone Timothy Mix. The Choral Union Messiah, featuring a thunderous sing-along of the "Hallelujah" Chorus, has been an Ann Arbor tradition ever since organist (and U-M president) Henry Frieze led an impromptu community chorus in the spring of 1879, a performance that led to the formation of both the Choral Union and the UMS.
8 p.m. (Dec. 7) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 8), Hill Auditorium. $10-$36, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. December, February, and March callers TBA. Jan. 4: Drake Meadow calls to music by 'Twas Brillig and the Mazel Toves. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass), silent auction, and an hour of international dancing.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Dec. & Feb.: $10 (members, $9; students, $5). Jan. & Mar.: $11 (members, $10; students, $5). 662-9290, 769-1052. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Mark Hillegonds calls to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 662-9290, 769-1052. [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. 

Nick Gerard: Canterbury House.

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This NYC singer-songwriter and U-M student performs his songs that are influenced by Paul Simon, Ben Harper, John Mayer, and Iron & Wine. Gerard is joined by several other U-M students, including jazz bassist John Bochnowski, jazz saxophonist Rachel Mazer, performing arts technology major Patrick Connolly, and musical theater major Reilly Richardson.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 712 E. Huron. $10 (seniors, $5). 665-0606. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Opera Scenes: U-M School of Music.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Kay Castaldo directs U-M opera undergrads in scenes from operas by Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Monteverdi, Delibus, and Stravinsky.
8 p.m., U-M School of Music McIntosh Theater, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Paul Thorn: The Ark.

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Dark, bluesy, sharp-witted, pungently idiomatic original songs by this veteran Mississippi singer-songwriter, the son of a tent revival minister and former professional boxer. His music often provokes comparisons to Lyle Lovett, and his recent CD CD Pimps and Preachers is an engagingly ambitious collection of often trenchantly funny story songs. Allmusic writer Thom Jurek calls Thorn a "soul singer who can slip down into the murk and mess of human emotions with style and aplomb." He performs tonight with his band.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Dreamland Theater.

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Oct. 19 & 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 30. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents Dreamland owner Naia Venturi's adaptation, with both Venturi's marionettes and Patrick Elkins' shadow puppets, of Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief. With a score by Andrew Bruce Mitchell II. This project was initiated when the Dreamland puppets were used in Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P.: The Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, a nominee for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St. Ypsilanti. $10 at the door only. 657-2337. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Dance and Related Arts Concert": U-M Dance Department.

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Dec. 7 & 8. U-M dance majors present an evening of multimedia collaborations with student and faculty composers, musicians, theatrical designers, sculptors, photographers, vocalists, and creative writers.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. $7 at the door only. 763-5460. [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.-midnight 

"Milonga Picante": U-M Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango. [map]
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 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Uncle Vanya": U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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U-M drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in scenes from this Chekhovian masterpiece, a richly varied ensemble piece about the search for happiness--from love, achievement, or nature--at various stages of life.
8:30 p.m., RC Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]
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