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Friday, December 13, 2013






 
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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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 4:15 p.m. 

"Kill Your Darlings": Michigan Theater.

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(John Krokidas, 2013). Dramatic biography about the Beat poets and a 1944 murder that brought them together. Daniel Radcliffe.
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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 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Nebraska": Michigan Theater.

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(Alexander Payne, 2013). An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.
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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 5-9 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Dec. 13-15. Show and sale of works by local ceramics artists. Dec. 13 includes an artist reception with appetizers and desserts.
5-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 14) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 15), Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free admission. 662-4914. [map]

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 5-9 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Yourist Studio Galler.

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Dec. 13-15. Show and sale of works by local ceramics artists. Tonight includes an artist reception with appetizers and desserts.
5-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 14) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 15), Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free admission. 662-4914. [map]

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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Artistica Art Shows.

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Nov. 22, Dec. 13, Feb. 28. Exhibits by various local and regional artists. Refreshments. Nov. 22: Works by fabric artist Susan Davis. Dec. 13: Pottery and tile by One Acre Ceramics. Feb. 28: TBA.
5-8 p.m., Artistica, 3203 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-1500. [map]

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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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

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 6:30-8 p.m. 

Aerial Sampler: A2 Aviary.

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Are you curious about aerial arts and circus style fitness, but don't know where to start? Try a bit of everything at this all levels 1.5 hour aerial sampler platter! Students will get an overview of the basics of Aerial Silks, Aerial Hammock, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), and Static Trapeze as well as ample time to play on each apparatus. Who wants to try it all?
$25 per student
6 student maximum
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-sampler/ [map]

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 7 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Lightworks Festival": U-M Screen Arts & Cultures.

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Dec. 13 & 14. Screenings of animated, digital, and 16mm movies made by film students. Note: The Saturday show is usually "packed," says an organizer; get there early
7 p.m.-midnight, Natural Science Auditorium. Free. 764-0147.

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 7 p.m. 

Classical Bells Christmas Concert: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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Make your spirits bright with Classical Bells. Enjoy the sights and sounds of familiar favorites as Classical Bells rings in Christmastide.
Since 1984, Classical Bells has brought music to life with their unique interpretive style. Each concert features musical selections in a wide variety of genres - classical, jazz, inspirational, even ragtime and swing! This eclectic programming, combined with sensitive musical interpretation, technical skill, informal choreography, and a dash of humor, insures that our audiences experience handbells in a way they never have before!
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division St. Donation. dhunsche@gmail.com www.classicalbells.com [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. pvc_a2@email.com a2pvc.org [map]

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 7 p.m. 

"A Boychoir Christmas": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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Boychoir founder Tom Strode directs this local ensemble of boys ages 8-18 in its 28th annual Christmas concert. The program opens with the processional "Once in royal David's city," with the 1st verse sung by a solo boy, and concludes with John Gardner's "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day." The featured work is Welsh composer William Mathias's Ave Rex, an exuberant carol sequence that includes settings of four well-known mediaeval texts--"Ave Rex," "Alleluya, a new work is come on hand," "There is no rose of such virtue," and "Sir Christèmas"-and a virtuosic organ part that's performed by First Presbyterian Church (Ypsilanti) organist Aaron Tan. Also, an arrangement of "Deck the Halls" in 7/8 time, Hubert Parry's setting of the 15th-cenntury carol "Welcome, Yule," Kenneth Leighton's sublime setting of the "Coventry Carol" with boy soprano solo, English composer Bob Chilcott's setting for trebles of "In the bleak mid-winter," and Mack Wilberg's lively setting of the Caribbean carol "The Virgin Mary had a baby boy." Also, performance by the Young Men's Ensemble (older boys with changed voices) and the Preparatory choir (boys ages 7-11).

Audience sing-alongs of "Hark! The herald angels sing" and "O come, all ye faithful" are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. This popular annual concert usually sells out.
3 & 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10; youths 17 & under, $5) in advance at aaboychoir.org and at the door. 663-5377. [map]

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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Festive Fridays": Main Street Area Association.

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Dec. 13 & 20. Local entertainers stroll the sidewalks beneath trees twinkling with 100,000 Christmas lights, with many stores open late. Live sidewalk entertainment by the costumed Victorian a cappella ensemble Arbor Consort and other entertainers TBA.
7-9 p.m., downtown area bounded by Main, Liberty, Washington, and Fourth Ave. Free. 668-7112.

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 7-9 p.m. 

"Local Jams & Local Cheese": Zingerman's Creamer.

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Slow Jams (Grosse Pointe) owner Shannon Byrne discusses and offers tastes samples (paired with Michigan-made cheeses) her traditional jams made with Michigan fruit.
7-9 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-0500. [map]

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 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan's Best Beer Guide": Chelsea Alehouse.

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Kevin Revolinski signs copies of his new book.
7-10 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100, Chelsea. Free. 433-5500. [map]

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 7 p.m. 

"Owl Prowl: " Waterloo Recreation Area.

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WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen leads a hike to through the woods to call for owls and learn about their adaptations.
7 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

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 7 & 10 p.m. 

"Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of Jalmari Helander's darkly comic 2010 fantasy, set on Christmas eve in northern Finland, about a group of reindeer herders who discover the disturbing secret behind Santa Claus when archaeologists excavating a mountain uncover a sacred grave. Finnish & English, subtitles.
7 & 10 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]

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 7:30-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Showcase: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Ballroom dance performances by area students and instructors. Followed by open dancing to live music by David Swain & the II-V-I Orchestra. Potluck (bring a dish to pass).
7:30-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $25. Reservations recommended. 478-2233. [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

"Peter Pan": Young Actors Guild.

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Dec. 13-15. Sue Roe directs young local actors in a theatrical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's classic story of a boy who wouldn't grow up.
7:30 p.m. (Dec. 13 & 14) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 15), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $10 (kids, $5) in advance at aayag.org. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

2nd Annual Holiday Pops Concert: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Arie Lipsky directs the orchestra in excerpts from The Nutcracker and other seasonal works. With performances by the local men's chorus Measure for Measure and the Skyline High School Bel Canto and A Cappella choruses.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $12-$60 (discounts for students & seniors; 1st-time season subscribers, buy 1 get 1 free) 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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 8 p.m. 

Christmasville: A Holiday Vaudeville: Emergent Arts at The Mix Studio Theater.

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Christmasville will feature a variety of comics, singers, bad jugglers, acrobats (well sort of) and other holiday eccentrics, as well as the premier of the play-let No Room At The Big Sleep Inn. Khurum Sheikh will MC, and many of the best comics from past shows at The Mix Studio will make one or more appearances, including Marty Smith, Larry Donnelly, Germaine Gebhard, Washboard Floyd, James Boyd, as well as The Flying Zucchini Brothers, Polyethylena from The Ballet Plastique, Pope Tamers Rodrigo and Bert, and Doctor Thuddersplatt the International Orator and Geritologist.
The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington Street, Ypsilanti. $12 and $10. (734) 985-0875. info@emergentarts.com www.emergentarts.com [map]

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 8 p.m. 

Ebird & Friends Holiday Show: The Ark.

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Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local progressive country-rock band The Ragbirds who has also released a solo CD, Scenes from the Fragile, Agile Avian World, is joined by several established and up-and-coming luminaries of the local music scene for her 6th annual program of new and old holiday music. Participants include blues, jazz, and early rock 'n' roll guitar wiz George Bedard, blues & blues-rock guitarist Laith Al-Saadi, Appleseed Collective fiddler Katie Lee, singer-songwriter Jen Sygit, FlashClash frontman Yorg Kerasiotis, members of the local "disco bebop" jam band The Macpodz, the local fiddle & cello duo Moxie Strings, Gaelic Storm fiddler Kiana June Weber, and others TBA.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

George Shirley Scholarship Fundraiser: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Detroit countertenor Darryl Taylor and soprano Louise Toppin, both internationally known operatic singers, are joined by the popular local chorus Our Own Thing Chorale in program of classical music TBA. Proceeds benefit the George Shirley Scholarship for U-M voice students.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20 general admission. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

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 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. 

Jackie Kashian: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec, 11-13. This veteran stand-up comic is a frequent performer on cable TV who has also had her own Comedy Central special. Her act blends storytelling with sharp commentary on a mix of momentous and trivial topics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

The Waymores: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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In-the-round performances by this trio of Nashville-based alt-country singer-songwriters. Sally Barris writes folk- and Celtic-flavored songs that have provided hits for the likes of Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack, and she sings in a high mountain soprano. Tom Kimmel, whose songs have been recorded by everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Johnny Cash to Maura O'Connell, is known for soulful, poetically textured songs and ballads that are both poignant and humorous. Don Henry is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Patti Page, Ray Charles and B. J. Thomas. Kathy Mattea's recording of his "Where You've Been" was named 1990 Song of the Year by the Country Music Association. Tonight's "Rockin' Christmas Show" features original Christmas and holidays songs, along with some covers and traditional holiday music. Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Tim Homayoon: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 12-14. Versatile, energetic comic whose storytelling features clever premises, wild characters, and physical comedy. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

"Friday the 13th": U-M Amazin' Blue.

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The oldest U-M coed a cappella ensemble performs everything from pop to R&B to traditional Irish folk music. Also, a performance TBA by a student a cappella or dance ensemble.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. $10 (students, $8). ab.biz@umich.edu. [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. 

"The Nutcracker": Ann Arbor Ballet Theater.

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Dec. 13-15. Carol Radovic directs this local dance company in its performance of Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Christmas ballet. Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the tale of a little girl whose magical nutcracker doll transports her to a fairyland on Christmas Eve. About 100 dancers perform, ranging from children to adults--some of the adult dancers have danced in the production since they were tots.
8 p.m. (Dec. 13 & 14) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 15), Power Center. Tickets $25 (students & seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under, $15) available in advance at Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

"The Vast Difference": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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

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 8 p.m. 

"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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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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

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