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Sunday, December 8, 2013






 
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 8 a.m.-4 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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 9 a.m.-3 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.-4 p.m. 

Saline Antiques & Vintage Market.

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This Sunday, Dec. 8 will be the annual Holiday Show and also the last Market of the 2013 season. Don't miss that one of a kind item for that special someone (or yourself) and all the shopping fun....you'll find holiday collectibles, quilts, furniture, traditional, shabby, industrial, art, pottery, mission, mid century modern, jewelry, and so much more. This is a "one day only" event so come early and shop late...9am - 4pm. The SALINE DOWNTOWN DINER will be serving their homemade bar-b-que and soups for a mid-day energy pick up. See you SUNDAY!
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5. 937-875-0808. salinemarket@gmail.com [map]
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 9-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Caring Santa": Briarwood.

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All kids with special needs are invited for a "sensory friendly" visit with Santa. The event is held when the mall is closed to create a calmer environment.
9-10 a.m., Briarwood. Free. 769-9610. [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.-noon 

Winter Wonders & Solstice: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to learn about the change of seasons, make decorations out of native plants and evergreens, and make a holiday card to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child. Metered parking. 647-7600. [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.  Free! 

"History of Unitarianism/Universalism in the USA": Ann Arbor Unitarian Fellowship.

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Talk by AAUF member Dieter Vincent, a U-M nuclear engineering professor emeritus.
10 a.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, suite C, 2401 Plymouth. Free. 669-9187. [map]
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 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Tales": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Stories and various nature activities for kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver).

Feb. 15: Owl Tales.

Mar. 15: Rabbit Tales.

Apr. 5: Butterfly Tales.

May 10: Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are.

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10-11 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $3 per child. 997-1553. [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 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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 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.  Free! 

Living Without Religion: Center for Inquiry -- Michigan.

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Join others who are recovering from or have recovered from religion and want to help others do the same. We are a group of people that know and understand what you are struggling with and can offer friendly social support in a non-threatening, understanding and relaxed atmosphere. We will share experiences and resources to help cope with and deal with problems related to leaving organized religion or living without any religion.
Whether you are thinking of leaving your religion, are already living religion free, or you just wish to support others, please come join us.
Participate in discussions, share your story, ask the questions that are on your mind, meet new people, make new friends and discover you're not alone in your search for secular beliefs.
Cost: Free, beverages and snacks are available for purchase.
Panera Bread, 777 North University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. keribrew@gmail.com http://www.cfimichigan.org/events/calendar/ [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field (Fuller Rd.) or just west of Fuller pool. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.
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 Noon-7 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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 Noon-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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 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Country Christmas": Cobblestone Farm Association.

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Re-creation of mid-19th-century Christmases, with period decorations, cooking on the woodstove, and live holiday music. Also, a chance to make period holiday crafts to take home. Handmade-crafts from local crafters for sale. Costumed interpreters provide tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and its grounds.
Noon-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). $2 (family, $5; children under 3, free). 794-7120. [map]
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 12:30, 1:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 7) and Dec. 27. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. & Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 & 3 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. & Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 & 3 1:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Season of Light (Sat. & Sun. and Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 & 3, 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.

Impact Earth (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth.

Note: Impact Earth is shown several times on Dec. 7 as part of "Comet Discovery Day" (see listing).

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 1-3:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Parent/Child: Biscotti Bake-off!.

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You don't have to be Italian to master the biscotti. Whether you like to dunk your biscotti in coffee, tea, or milk, this twice-baked cookie is popular with kids and adults. In these recipes, we'll stray a little bit from traditional flavors by making Lemon-Ginger Biscotti, Chocolate-Hazelnut Biscotti & Maple-Walnut Biscotti, but it will give you the foundation to create new flavors of your own! We'll roll up our sleeves and roll out the dough and get baking. You'll leave class with an arm full of biscotti to share, and as always, the recipes. Full participation. This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 1-6 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 1-4 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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 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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 1-4 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 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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 1-4 p.m. 

U-M Detroit Observatory.

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Half-hour docent-guided tours of photographs and artifacts in this restored 19th-century observatory museum. Also, a chance to pull the rope and rotate the telescope dome.
1-4 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. $5 suggested donation (U-M students, free). 764-3482. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. except Dec. 29. Docents lead tours of the UMMA collection, with themes based on their interests. Special themes include an "Introduction to the Museum" (Dec. 8) and "A Political Connection" (Dec. 15).
1 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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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 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Miracle on 34th Street": Michigan Theater Foundation Holiday Classic Film Series.

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Screening of George Seaton's heartwarming 1947 comedy about an amiable old man working as a department store Santa who ends up in court on trial for insanity when he tells a skeptical young girl that he's the real thing. Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]
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 2 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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 2-5:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Mady Newfield of St. Charles, IL, calls to live music by fiddler Susie Lorand & friends. For experienced dancers.
2-5:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. (248) 288-4737. [map]
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 2-3 p.m. 

Ann Arbor TubaChristmas.

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All invited to bring an instrument and a music stand (with clothespins) to join around 40 players in this annual outdoor performance of holiday carols on tubas, euphoniums, sousaphones, and baritone horns. One of many outdoor concerts held today across the nation and in Canada in memory of TubaChristmas founder Harvey Phillips. Registration and rehearsal at the U-M School of Music Bldg. (1100 Baits, off Broadway, North Campus) begins at 9:30 a.m. Music books available ($16). Bring a lunch. Hats, gloves, and sunglasses recommended.
2-3 p.m., Farmers Market. $8. Free to spectators. 395-9544.
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Boychoir of Ann Arbor: Cranbrook Whole Foods Market.

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This local ensemble performs holiday works.
2-3 p.m., Whole Foods Café, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. Free. 997-7500. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

Holiday Hometown Concert: Fiddlers ReStrung.

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This local touring teen fiddle ensemble plays traditional American fiddle songs, bluegrass, and high-energy American folk. With performances by the Saline 6th Grade Fiddle Club, the Saline 7th/8th Grade Fiddle Club, the Saline Varsity Blues, and the Saline High School Drumline. Attendees are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for donation to the Toys for Tots program.
2 p.m., Saline High School Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. $10 (students, $5). 663-8923. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
2-5 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 761-1451. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. CMU.

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The U-M women's gymnastics team, the defending NCAA national champions, opens its season with an exhibition game.
2 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Ticket prices TBA. 764-0247.
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 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Understanding Introverts & Extroverts & How They Make the World "Go Round": Carole Kirby, lmsw.

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This workshop will examine the rise of the "extrovert ideal" in the 20th century and its far reaching effects. You will learn the advantages and potential of introversion and of being quiet in a noisy world. Some of the cutting edge research in psychology and neuroscience related to introversion and extroversion will be offered. Carole wil share information from Susan Cain's book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114. South Main. Free. 734-424-2797. carole777@aol.com www.therapy4couples.com [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Youth Tennis Clinic at the University of Michigan: U-Meet the Athlete.

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Meet and play tennis with the University of Michigan Men's & Women's Tennis Team! U-Meet the Athlete gives children grades K-8 the opportunity to participate in sport clinics with University of Michigan varsity student-athletes. The goal is to have fun while stressing the importance of mastering sport-specific fundamentals, doing well in school, and living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form.
Varsity Tennis Center, 2250 South State St. $20. 734-764-1342. kidsport@umich.edu www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Youth Tennis Clinic at the University of Michigan: U-Meet the Athlete.

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Meet and play tennis with the University of Michigan Men's & Women's Tennis Team! U-Meet the Athlete gives children grades K-8 the opportunity to participate in sport clinics with University of Michigan varsity student-athletes. The goal is to have fun while stressing the importance of mastering sport-specific fundamentals, doing well in school, and living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form.
Varsity Tennis Center, 2250 South State St. $20. 734-764-1342. kidsport@umich.edu www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Adolph Gottlieb, Sculptor": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of works by this abstract expressionist best known for his paintings and his relationship to Rothko.
2 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring the Squiers Preserve": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike through open field, mature woods, and the edge of wetlands to identify plants and look for signs of wildlife. Wear shoes or boots that can get muddy.
2-4 p.m., Sylvan Twp., call for directions. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Concert": Dexter Community Band.

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Bill Gourley directs this 85-member volunteer ensemble in a program of holiday music highlighted by performances of "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" and "Grown Up Christmas List" with guest vocalist Chuck Colby of Three Men and a Tenor. Also, Alfred Reed's Russian Christmas Music, the medley An Irving Berlin Christmas, and "Blue Christmas." The program concludes with a visit from Santa, who provides candy canes for kids and joins a sing-along of traditional Christmas songs.
2 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 426-2734. [map]
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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 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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 2 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 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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 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Writing a Short Horror Story": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Members of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers and Three Corpse Circus Film Festival staff help adults and youth in grade 6 & up begin or complete a brief horror story. Also, screening of some film shorts from the festival and discussion of favorite horror film moments.
2-4:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 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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 2:15, 4:30, 7:15, & 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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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Patterson & Sutton Elementary School Bookfair: Barnes & Noble.

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All ages invited for Downton Abbey trivia and costume contests and to join a fox hunt for a plush toy hidden in the store. Tea & cakes (bring your own teacup).
3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

Winter Concert: Chaverim B'Shirim.

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This local Jewish choir celebrates its 20th anniversary with a program of members' favorites from early-17th-century Mantua composer Salamone Rossi's "Anima del Coro Mio" for 5 voices to Rogers and Hart's hilarious "To Keep My Love Alive." Also, a couple songs from Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun and from the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, a few songs from Adler and Ross's Damn Yankees, "Don Jose" from Harold Rome's Far Rockaway, and excerpts from the Jerry Herman musicals Milk and Honey, La Cage aux Folles, and Dear World. Followed by refreshments.
3 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Donation. 663-1978, 971-0990. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"A Sense of Place": Ann Arbor Civic Chorus.

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Linda Jones directs this 70-member local chorus in a family-friendly program that explores our place in the universe and in our own backyards, with styles ranging from romantic to modern and African to Broadway.
3 p.m., Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. Free. 717-7581. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Cooking Up a Comet": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 1 & 7), Nov. 2-Dec. 22. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo that involves making a comet, observing its changes, and exploring the methods scientists use to identify the "ingredients" of objects in space.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 3 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 p.m.  Free! 

Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to discuss 2 Christmas-themed books. Patrick Taylor's An Irish Country Christmas concerns a small-town doc competing against a patient-poaching quack. Rhys Bowen's The Twelve Clues of Christmas is the 6th novel in her Royal Spyness series about an amateur sleuth who's 35th in line for the British throne.
3:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
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 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

Butoh: A2 Aviary.

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Butoh is the collective name for a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or inspired movement. Its preoccupation is with adaptation; each dance grows up out of the fault lines in human cultures that bring our societies again and again into conflict, devastation, and alienation from the natural world. It typically involves organic, playful and dark imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments or situations, with a slow hyper-controlled motion. There is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all. Its origins have been attributed to Japan. No dance, performance, or stage history needed for this art form!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor MI. $15. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/butoh/ [map]
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 3:30 p.m. 

Holiday Concert: Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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This volunteer community orchestra directed by Adam Riccinto performs a program of holiday music from around the world. The orchestra is joined by guest vocalist Aynsley Martindale, a former Ann Arborite who has spent the past 15 years in Nashville, where she was a member of the Nashville Symphony Chorus and recorded 3 solo albums. Martindale sings excerpts from Handel's Messiah, along with holiday jazz favorites like "The Christmas Song" and local bassist Paul Keller's arrangement of "White Christmas." The program also features Alfred Reed's Russian Christmas Music, excerpts from the Polar Express soundtrack, and "Sleigh Ride" and other Leroy Anderson favorites.
3:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors & kids under age 12, $6; family of up to 2 adults & 2 kids under age 12, $30) in advance at ypsilantisymphony.org and at the door. 507-1451. [map]
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 3:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday Sunsets: The Yellow Barn.

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Every Sun., except Dec. 15. All musicians invited to jam. Also, a potluck (bring a dish to share).
3:30-6:30 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Free. ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 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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 4 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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 4 p.m. 

Annual Winter Concert: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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The AAYC descant and concert choirs of talented young local singers perform works TBA.
4 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5) at the door only. 996-4404. [map]
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 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

Christmas Carol Sing: Kempf House.

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All invited to sing carols around the Kempf House's 1877 Steinway grand piano. German holiday treats served.
4-5 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations appreciated. 994-4898. [map]
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 4-8 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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 4:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Batwoman: Hydrology": Rainbow Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of J.H. Williams, W. Hayden Blackman, and Amy Reeder's comic book about a Jewish lesbian superhero.
4:30-7 p.m., member's home TBA. Free. 763-4168.
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]
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 6-7 p.m. 

Bellydance Conditioning: A2 Aviary.

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This class combines bellydance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability and balance. Don't worry, the burning is normal.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hurts-so-good-bellydance-conditioning/ [map]
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 7-8 p.m. 

Bellydance Technique and Choreography: A2 Aviary.

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This class will drill your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography to music from traditional to Macklemore. Coral Rose of Unveiled Bellydance and Lunatic Vagabonds will teach you to bellydance to anything on your playlist!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belly_dance [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Dave Douglas Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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The pioneering NYC-based jazz trumpeter and composer Douglas, nominated for two Grammy Awards, is known for his eclectic, wide-ranging musical projects and compositions, which originated in an adventurous post-bop sound and have gone on to explore several non-jazz musical styles and idioms, including classical, European folk, and klezmer. The quintet's widely acclaimed debut album, Be Still, was a moving and surprising blend of jazz, devotional hymns, and folk ballads. The group's 2013 album, Time Travel, features a more straight-ahead jazz style in songs that "mix the knotty, rambunctious angularity of Thelonious Monk with the expansive impressionist modalism of '60s Miles Davis," writes an Allmusic.com reviewer. With saxophonist Jon Irabagon, pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Rudy Royston.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$35 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Trombone Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Students of U-M trombone professor David Jackson perform works by Casterede, Grondahl, Guilmant, Lebedev, Martin, Simons, Tomasi, and Wagenseil.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Richard II": Royal Shakespeare Company's "Live from Stratford-upon-Avon" (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 8 & 11. Taped broadcast of the RSC's live performance of Shakespeare's historical tragedy about the overthrow and eventual murder of King Richard. Directed by Gregory Doran. Stars acclaimed Scottish actor David Tennant in the title role.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (Michigan Theater & UMS members, $18; students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538, (800) 221-1229. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Tibetan Singing Bowl Session": The Himalayan Bazaar.

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All invited to lie down on mats while Leah Mitchell plays Tibetan singing bowls, instruments whose music is said to restore harmony and balance.
7 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Preregistration required by Dec. 6. ofglobal@aol.com, 997-7229. thehimalayanbazaar.com. [map]
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 7:30 

John McCutcheon's Winter Solstice: The Ark.

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A big favorite with local audiences, McCutcheon is a hammered-dulcimer virtuoso whose repertoire features all forms of Appalachian music, from sacred harp songs and traditional ballads to buoyant hoedowns, contemporary songs, and originals, including a series of labor union songs for kids. Called by Frets magazine "the most versatile and energetic figure in the American traditional revival," McCutcheon also plays guitar, banjo, fiddle, and autoharp, and he's a witty, charming performer. He performs tonight with a band that includes the legendary bluegrass fiddler Laurie Lewis, guitarist John Jennings, and virtuoso progressive bluegrass bassist Mark Schatz.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 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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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun.. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Michigan League Ballroom on Apr. 20, Michigan League Vandenberg Room on Mar. 23, & Michigan Union Pendleton Room on Apr. 6 & May 4). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [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. 

"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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