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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 14, 2013






 
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 9 a.m. 

"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Fee: $175.00.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m. 

20th Annual Cookie Walk: First United Methodist Church.

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Sale of homemade cookies, including decorated sugar cookies, Russian tea cakes, chocolate crinkles, peanut blossoms, and more. Proceeds benefit church missions.
9 a.m. until sold out (often before 11 a.m.), FUMC, 120 S. State at Huron. Free admission. 662-2745. [map]
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

5th Annual Lucy Ann Lance Hometown Christmas Radio Show.

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Popular local radio personality Lucy Ann Lance hosts a live broadcast of her old-fashioned radio variety show with musical performances, stories, local celebrities, and more. Refreshments. The show is broadcast on 1290 WLBY and 1290WLBY.com.
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 662-3279. [map]
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 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Annual Christmas Bake Sale: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Christmas cookies, holiday breads, spinach pie, baklava, Russian pastries and gifts, religious items, and more.
9 a.m.-2 p.m., 9900 Jackson (2 miles west of Baker), Dexter. Free admission. 717-6814, 272-3826. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Goddess Flow: Yoga in Honor of the Divine Feminine: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Hygeia Center for Healing Arts invites you to honor your divine female energy in this vinyasa style yoga class that celebrates the Goddess within and around us. Each week, we will move through six posture flows accompanied by music dedicated to the Goddess. Posture flows will be repeated throughout the session so that each yogini can increase her awareness of breath, movement, and body thus moving deeper into her core essence which is divine in nature. Class is held in a warm, supportive environment with inspirational readings, meditation, relaxation and time for reflection incorporated. Some previous yoga experience is recommended. Come celebrate, share and delight in yourself and the Goddess through yoga!
Goddess Flow Yoga class meets on the second Saturday of the month from 9:00-10:15 am.
Class is limited to 10 participants. Please register to reserve your space.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Annual Greens Workshop: Ann Arbor Garden Club.

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Club member Denise Looker helps participants make a take-home wreath. Bring a vase if you wish to create an arrangement instead. Followed by a potluck.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. $15 materials fee. Reservations required. 788-3298. [map]
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 10 a.m.-6 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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 10 a.m.-6 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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 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.-7 p.m. 

The Tiny Expo.

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Show and sale of holiday gifts by local artists and crafters.
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Kerrytown Market & Shops, above Hollanders. 5¢ minimum donation. info@tinyexpo.com. [map]
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 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

Treasure Trail to Santa: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Fun Family Holiday Event, go on a treasure hunt to see Santa, also includes Carriage Ride, petting animals, Photo Tent, refreshments!
Busch's Shopping Center, 565 E. Michigan Ave, Saline. Free. 734-429-4494. office@salinechamber.org www.salinechamber.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Bag of Books Sale": Friends of Saline District Library.

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Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8. Fill a bag for $5. Second bag is free.
10 a.m.-noon, Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 944-0625. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Baking Pizzelle": Downtown Home & Garden.

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SH&G Staffer Barb Kraft shares her family recipe and demonstrates techniques for making these traditional Italian holiday waffle cookies.
10 a.m.-noon, Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Friends at Front Porch Holiday Sale": Front Porch Textiles.

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Michigan artists and crafters show and sell hand-woven textiles, handspun yarns, cards, metal and glass jewelry, pottery, ceramic art tiles, and found art.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Front Porch Textile Studio, 1219 Traver. Free admission. underwoodfrontporch.com, 662-7134. [map]
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 10 & 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Recycled Gift Wraps": Ann Arbor Solid Waste Department.

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All invited to make recycled wrapping, gift boxes, and bows take home. Followed by guided tours of the city's recycling and trash processing center.
10 & 11:30 a.m., Materials Recovery Facility, 4150 Platt Rd. Free. 994-2807. [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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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Smarter Home Seminar (in a smarter home!): Meadowlark Energy.

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For the first time, we're combining our Smarter Home Seminar with our signature Behind The Drywall® Tour to present a unique event: learning about your home by peeking at another as it undergoes a gut remodel to see what it takes to make a house energy- and resource-efficient. Most people don't get a chance to see these features because the majority of the green technology is put in place before the drywall is placed on the walls and ceiling.
You'll learn:
• Common home performance deficiencies and how they can contribute to your discomfort, high energy bills, and poor health
• Smart home upgrades - what people are doing right here in Southeast Michigan to make their homes smarter, safer, and more comfortable
• Taking the first step to living in a smarter home
Understanding how green building and design can be utilized to make a home energy-efficient, and earth-friendly, and comfortable to live in for a long time is an important goal of the Behind The Drywall tour series.
Home under construction, 1512 Montclair Pl. Free. (registration required). 734-332-1500. info@meadowlarkenergy.com behindthedrywall.com/pushing-the-envelope [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Come and Play the Acorn Way!": Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Indoor and outdoor activities and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. Limited off-street parking available. 585-5555. [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.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"A Visit from Santa": Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Kids invited to talk to and have their photo taken with Santa. Cookies & milk.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., suite M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 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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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"The Twelve Days of Christmas in Michigan": Heavenly Metal.

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Illustrator Deb Pilutti discusses this children's book, written by Susan Collins Thoms and illustrated by Pilutti, about a girl who travels with her cousin around Michigan, taking horse-drawn sleigh rides, visiting the Motor City, playing hockey, and touring lighthouses. Signing.
11 a.m., Heavenly Metal, 207 E. Ann. Free. 663-4247. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 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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 Noon-5 p.m. 

7th Annual Holiday Artists' Studio Sale.

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Dec. 14 & 15. Show and sale of works by 6 local artists, including art books by Jean Buescher Bartlett, jewelry by Brittany Campbell, ceramics by John Leyland, silk and wool wearables and fiber art by Michele Montour, porcelain pottery and lamps by Kate Tremel, and ceramics and sculpture by Monica Wilson. Refreshments and music.
Noon-5 p.m., Tremel residence, 627 Gott St. (off Miller). Free admission. 327-3727. [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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 Noon-3 p.m. 

National Federation of the Blind of Michigan Washtenaw County Chapter support group Meeting: National Federation of the Blind of Michigan.

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The local Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind promotes the security, equality and opportunity of all blind persons. With the right training and opportunity blind people can compete on equal terms with their sighted peers. It is respectable to be blind. Blindness is just another physical characteristic or nuisance. Blind people speak for themselves and serve as mentors for each other. Blind people of any age are welcome from children through seniors. The primary focus of the National Federation of the Blind, both on the national and local level is to change what it means to be blind through advocacy. We are not primarily a social organization, although social events occur in the context of our advocacy work. Examples of our advocacy might include assisting a blind student to receive Braille instruction or assisting a blind person who is experiencing discrimination in regards to employment due to blindness. Lunch is from 12:00 to 1:00 with the Business Meeting at 1:00.
Pizza Pinos Restaurant, 221 W. Liberty 48104. Donation. Terri Wilcox (734) 663-4050. trising@sbcglobal.net [map]
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 Noon 

U-M Men's Basketball vs. Arizona.

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Noon, Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at mgoblue.com/tickets. 764-0247.
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 Noon-5 p.m. 

"1930s Christmas on the Farm": Saline Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 14 & 15 A re-creation of a Depression-era Christmas, with natural decorations. Also, docent-guided tours of the house and demos of a sock-knitting machine, quilting, and spinning. Gifts shop & light refreshments.
Noon-5 p.m. (Dec. 14) & 1-4 p.m. (Dec. 15), Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan, Saline. Donation (kids, free). 944-0442, 769-2219. [map]
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 Noon-5 p.m. 

"1930s Christmas on the Farm": Saline Area Historical Society.

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A re-creation of a Depression-era Christmas, with natural decorations. Also, docent-guided tours of the house and demos of a sock-knitting machine, quilting, and spinning. Gifts shop & light refreshments.
Noon-5 p.m. (Dec. 14) & 1-4 p.m. (Dec. 15), Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan, Saline. Donation (kids, free). 944-0442, 769-2219. [map]
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 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Art on Adare".

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Dec. 14 & 15. A holiday show and sale of jewelry, fiber, and glass art by Idelle Hammond-Sass, Annette Baron, and Carol Furtado. Refreshments.
Noon-5 p.m., 1510 Kearney at Adare (off Melrose via Tuomy from Washtenaw). Free admission. 741-4441. [map]
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 Noon-5 p.m. 

"West Side Neighborhood Art Hop".

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The homes and studios of several westside artists are open for a show and sale of their art and craft items. Live music at some venues.
Noon-5 p.m., venues and map available at facebook.com/WestsideNeighborhoodArtHop and westsidearthop.wordpress.com. Free admission. 996-0702.
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 12:55-4:15 p.m. 

"Falstaff": Metropolitan Opera (Quality 16).

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's comic masterpiece, a brilliantly balanced blend of bawdy humor and lyric beauty. Adapted from Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor, with a few additions from Henry IV, the story finds Shakespeare's larger-than-life rogue wooing 2 married women for money while his own daughters steal kisses behind his back. The music, one of Verdi's most bewitching scores, is sung in Italian, with English supertitles. Stars Ambrogio Maestri. The broadcast is reprised on tape Dec. 18.
12:55-4:15 p.m. (dec. 14) & 6:30-9:45 p.m. (Dec. 18), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Classical Bells: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Darlene Ebersole directs this acclaimed Detroit-area handbell ensemble whose performances are known for their interpretive flair, technical skill, and informal choreography, along with a dash of humor. This popular annual concert showcases the group's varied repertoire of classical, inspirational, seasonal, popular, and even ragtime and swing tunes.
1-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 14 & 15. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities.
1-4 p.m., AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1:30 p.m. 

Family-Friendly Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Sept. 21: The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987). Sweet, witty, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale about a farm girl kidnapped by a villainous ruler who intends to make her his princess. Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn.

Nov. 8: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Ken Hughes, 1968). Classic children's music spectacular about a car with the power of flight. Dick Van Dyke. Kids under 12, free. 1:30 p.m.

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1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 (kids under 12, free; students, seniors, & veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]
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 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Empowerment Drumming": U-M Turner Geriatrics Center.

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All seniors invited to join music and health consultant Dianne Baker for drumming to relieve stress, improve your mood, and meet new people. Drums provided.
1-2 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 2 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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 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. 

Intro to Arduino Microcontroller!: All Hands Active.

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The Arduino Microcontroller allows one to easily create devices that interact with the world. From something as simple as a door alarm, to complex line following robots and hovering quad-copters.
We'll be covering the basics in this class, from installing the software and connecting the hardware, to putting together a simple circuit and playing with different electrical components. For the most part, we will be following tutorials on arduino.cc & ladyada.net.
What you absolutely have to bring:
- A laptop
Optional, but helpful:
- Install the software: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
- Bring some supplies (not necessary, but helpful if you have it already)
- - Arduino
- - Breadboard + Wire
- - Resistors, photocells, Switches, etc.
This class assumes you know absolutely nothing about electronics, microcontrollers, etc.
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non Members. If you can't swing that, but think you can help out with setup / takedown / promotions, let us know and we'll wo
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $10 to $15. 734-252-9595. joshdont@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
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 2 & 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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 2 & 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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 2:45, 5:30, & 8 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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 3 p.m. 

Fall Youth Orchestra Concert: Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.

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Program includes music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Dvořák's Fifth Symphony, and fiddle and jazz tunes. Reception follows.
3 p.m., Clague Middle School, 2616 Nixon. $5. 213-2000. [map]
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 3 & 7 p.m. 

"A Boychoir Christmas": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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Dec. 13 & 14 (different locations). Boychoir founder Tom Strode directs this local ensemble of boys ages 9-17 in its 27th 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 John Rutter's Dancing Day, a carol sequence inspired by Britten's A Ceremony of Carols that includes elaborate accompaniments and solos for harp. Also, Britten's setting of the medieval "Hymn to the Virgin," Bob Chilcott's recent setting of George Herbert's "The shepherd's sing" for solo boy soprano and harp, Jonathan Willcocks' lightning-fast 21-carol setting Christmas Pudding, and Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory's popular "Hope for Resolution," a tribute to Nellson Mandela composed in Anglican and Zulu styles Audience sing-alongs of "Hark! The herald angels sing" and "O come, all ye faithful" are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. Accompanists are First Presbyterian Church (Ypsilanti) organist Aaron Tan and harpist Brittany DeYoung. This popular annual concert usually draws a full house, so get your tickets in advance.
7 p.m. (Dec. 13), First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti, & 3 & 7 p.m. (Dec. 14), 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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 3 & 8 p.m. 

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

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

Children's Story Time: Common Language Bookstore.

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A Common Language staffer reads Dr. Seuss's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Hot chocolate & cookies. Kids activities, including coloring.
4 p.m., Common Language, 317 Braun Ct. Free. 663-0036. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Woodland Meadows School Bookfair: Barnes & Noble.

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All kids invited for a scavenger hunt and other fun activities.
4 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. Seating reservations available. 973-1618. [map]
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 4:30 - 5:30pm 

Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses.
Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per student
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in the class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra/ [map]
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 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Carriage House Holiday": Carriage House Theatre.

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Dec. 14 & 15. An hour of holiday craft activities, cocoa & cider, and a chance to meet Santa. Followed by carol singing through the Old West Side, with entertainment by characters from Christmases past, played by Carriage House actors. Kids welcome. Dress warmly.
4:30-6:30 p.m., Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. Free, but donations accepted. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

Bonnie Jo Campbell: Literati Bookstore.

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This Kalamazoo fiction writer, author of the 2009 National Book Award finalist American Salvage and the Pushcart Prize-winning short story "The Smallest Man in the World," reads from her work. According to Observer reviewer Keith Taylor, Campbell writes "brilliantly against the grain." Signing.
5 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [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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 6-9 p.m. 

Wassail: Chelsea High School Choirs.

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CHS Choirs present a concert of seasonal music TBA.
6-9 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $5. 475-4524. [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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 7-9 p.m. 

Salto Dance Company Presents... "Tinsel, Tchaikovsky and Tendues": Salto Dance Company - University of Michigan student organization.

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Salto Dance Company presents their annual winter show ... Tinsel, Tchaikovsky and Tendues!
Join the Salto Dance Company for a mix of classical ballet pieces from the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty as well as original choreography to lyrical music. There will be a guest appearance by Sahana an Indian classical dance group. Doors open at 6:30pm at the Arthur Miller Theatre and the tickets can be bought at the door for $6.00. 50% of the proceeds will be going to the Rebecca Davis Dance Company, a non-profit organization that uses dance to engage and advance the lives of underserved children in post-conflict and developing countries.
Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI. Donation. $6. 781-622-8145. Saltodance@umich.edu http://www.umich.edu/~salto/index/Welcome.html [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

Seth Bernard & May Erlewine: The Yellow Barn.

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Performance by this mid-Michigan singer-songwriter duo of Bernard, a Lake City native who writes clever, funny, and candidly insightful folk-, rock-, and jazz-based songs about his life, and Erlewine, a big-voiced singer-songwriter from Big Rapids who writes thoughtful, richly emotional country-flavored songs.
7-10 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10 (Yellow Card & Pink Punch Card holders, free). ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball vs. Notre Dame.

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7 p.m., Crisler Center, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8. 764-0247.
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 7 p.m. 

"17th Annual Evening of Sacred Song: A Seasonal Celebration of Peace, Community, and Spirit": Sacred Song.

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This ad hoc local vocal ensemble presents an evening of songs from numerous spiritual traditions worldwide. The concert features works performed with and without instrumental accompaniment. Also, sing-alongs. Performers include LaRon Williams, D. Yarrow Halstead, Edie Lewis, Laura Machida, Gae Winn, Mary Wilson, Faye Askew-King, Robin Wilson, Cassandra Compton-Montgomery, Barbara Stahler-Sholk, Deborah Greene, Jeff Pickell, Zakiyya Ali, Sam Deschamps, Everett Armstrong, Sam Clark & Band, and guest artists Me, Her and Her. Reception follows. Proceeds benefit the Jim Toy Community Center.
7 p.m., Vineyard Church, 2275 Platt. $15 in advance, $20 (or what you can afford to pay) at the door. Kids under age 12, free. 761-7962, 369-4977. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"One Sleepy Night": Hart Entertainment.

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Dec. 5-7 & 14. Local actors premiere Don Hart and Jay Sappington's new family-friendly musical about a reclusive grandfather who avoids a family shopping expedition to stay at home with his granddaughter and decorate the Christmas tree. As he tells her the Christmas story, a play within the play unfolds, with members of the modern family becoming wise men and shepherds in ancient Bethlehem. The Dec. 14 show at the Michigan Theater is preceded by Christmas carols on the organ, treats in the lobby, and (possibly) a reindeer outside the theater.
7 p.m. (Dec. 5-7 & 14) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 7), Ann Street Music Room (except Dec. 14, Michigan Theater), 812 Ann St., Ypsilanti. Dec. 5-7 tickets, $15 (kids, $8) in advance at onesleepynight.com; Dec. 14 tickets, $20 in advance at ticketmaster.com. 973-6010. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Christmas Carol": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society of America Christmas Festival.

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London-based actor and speech therapist Matthew Dexter presents a dramatic reading of Dickens' beloved Christmas classic. Followed by holiday refreshments.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. Free; donations welcome 485-3764. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Beati, Omnes": Women's Chamber Chorus.

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David Perample directs this independent 30-member local women's chorus in a variety of familiar seasonal holiday songs, along with contemporary pieces such as Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" "and Allen Koepke's light-hearted contemporary-styled madrigal "Dance on My Heart." Also, a performance by the group's Joyous Ringers handbell choir. Piano accompanist is Andrew Anderson.
7:30 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh at Davis. Donations accepted. 665-9271. [map]
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 7:45-11 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes Ball": Grand Traditions Vintage Dance Academy Victorian Ball.

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Various 19th-century dances in an atmosphere that evokes Victorian Londonkdf. With live music by the Mysterious Speckled Band. Victorian attire encouraged-or come as a Sherlock Holmes character. Preceded at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by dance lessons.
7:45-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $30 (includes lessons). Preregistration requested at vintagedance.com. 769-0041. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Khalid Hanifi: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This classy local pop-rock singer-songwriter performs originals as well as holiday music. With drummer Chuck Mauk, bassist Don Beyer, and guitarist Alex Anest. Popular local boogie-woogie and blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun joins the band for a few songs.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Team Isoscelove: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Two local trios-Team Love and Isosceles-join forces to perform an eclectic mix of jazz, pop, and Latin music.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [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. 

"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. 

"Holiday Classical Expression": Music Under the Arch.

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Violinists Joseph Deller and Dan Stachyra, violists John Madison and James Greer, and cellist Brandon Cota perform classical works TBA. Dessert & beverages.
8 p.m., Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $20 in advance only at musicunderthearch.com. 787-1428. [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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