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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 15, 2013






 
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 10 a.m.-4 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.-4 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.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Homegrown at the Cobblestone: CS2 Productions.

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One of A2 newest and great fine art fine craft shows for holiday gifts. Cobblestone farm in the Barn. Free admission and parking Pilar's Tamales will be catering
Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard Ann Arbor 48104. Free. 248 875 7226. scottysellys@yahoo.com hgcsartshow.com [map]
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 10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Presented by park naturalists Jennifer Hollenbeck or Raejean Uehline.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Market: The Yellow Barn.

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Show and sale of art and gifts. Music and food.
11 a.m.-7 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Free admission. Prospective vendors email theyellowbarn@gmail.com. ouryellowbarn.com. [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., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.
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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-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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 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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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [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.  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. 

"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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 1-4 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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 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 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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 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Frosty on Ice": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to skate with Frosty the Snowman to recorded holiday music. Free candy canes.
1-2:30 p.m., Veterans Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Rd. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 794-6235. [map]
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 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Randazzo Dance of Ann Arbor: Barnes & Noble.

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This Ypsilanti-based dance company presents excerpts from its current production Clara & the Nut, Dec. 20-22 (see listing).
1:30-2:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Elf": Michigan Theater Foundation Holiday Classic Film Series.

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Jon Favreau's goofy 2003 comedy starring Will Ferrell as a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who goes to NYC to reunite with his biological father. James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]
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 1:45, 4:15, 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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 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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 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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All kids, accompanied by an adult, invited for contra and square dancing with live music by David West and Donna Baird.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $12 per family. 769-1052. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

New Design Gallery Tour: UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of a new permanent installation that showcases the museum's 20th- and 21st-century holdings.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Yule Ritual: Druids of Shining Lakes Grove.

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All invited to celebrate the primal mother and father deities, Danu and Bel. The ritual includes singing, making an offering, and honoring ancestors and nature spirits. Also, potluck (bring a dish to pass) and raffle.
2-5 p.m., ICC Education Center, 1522 Hill St. Free. 277-1897. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"All about the Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio and guest vibraphone player Cary Kocher in a lecture-concert about the influential all-star group Modern Jazz Quartet. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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. 

"Light of the World": First United Methodist Church.

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Carole DeHart directs the church's children's vocal choirs--Epworth Choir, Carol Choir, and Cherub Choir--and Children's Handchime Choir in Mark Patterson's children's musical that blends original songs and familiar carols with narration and drama to tell the Christmas story.
2 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. Donation. 662-4536. [map]
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 2 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 & 7 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Dance Alliance.

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Lisa Darby Clark directs local dancers and members of Jazz Dance Theater in Dance Alliance's 16th annual production of Tchaikovsky's ballet.
2 & 7 p.m., Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $13. 429-9599. [map]
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 2 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 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Ann Arbor Dance Classics.

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Young local dancers perform Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Christmas ballet.
2 p.m., Milan Performing Arts Center, 200 Big Red Dr., Milan. Tickets $12. 302-4248. [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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 3:30-5:30 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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 3:30-5pm 

Weekend Drop in Play at Lamaze!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Drop in and enjoy playing with your little one(s) (ages 6 months - 3 years welcome) in our cheerful safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. There's a slide, kitchen, ride-on toys and tons of other options. We'll even be bringing in the swings and Jump-a-roo for the little ones.
This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. Bring a friend, bring the kids and let them play while you get a chance to chat or meet new friends while you are here. We will have free coffee for the grown-ups, and there are healthy snacks available for a small suggested donation. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your family (no peanuts/ peanut products please).
If you are bringing more than one child to play, please call our office at (734)973-1014 to pre-register or plan to pay at the door. Credit, checks and cash accepted.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 4 p.m. 

Dexter Community Orchestra.

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This volunteer ensemble is joined by the Dexter High School Orchestra Strings and the Washtenaw Community Orchestra Chorus and the Dexter High School Chamber Orchestra for performances of Bach's Magnificat, Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden, John Rutter's Gloria, and a Leroy Anderson Christmas medley. Also, the Dexter High School Concert Orchestra performs a work TBA. Anthony Elliott conducts.
4 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south off Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. Free. 355-0725. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"Seasonal Jubilation: Charpentier Messe de Minuit": Vocal Arts Ensemble.

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Benjamin Cohen directs this local chamber choir in a program highlighted by Charpentier's glorious Baroque Christmas Mass that incorporates popular carols. The program also includes carols and works by Poulenc, Villette, and Corelli. With accompaniment by a string ensemble. Reception follows.
4 p.m., Genesis, 2309 Packard. Tickets $20 (students age 13 & older and seniors age 65 & older, $15; kids age 12 & under, free; group rates available) in advance at vocalartsannarbor.org, and at the door. 998-0115. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Traditional King's College Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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St. Andrew's music director Deborah Friauff directs the church adult choir and 2 children's choirs, and handbell choir in this traditional English service, in which 9 scripture readings alternate with seasonal anthems and carols, some sung by the congregation. The music begins with a haunting solo treble performance of "Once in Royal David's City."
4 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518.
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Y Is for Yoga": Bookbound.

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Local writer (and Nepal native) Anita Adhikary reads her 2012 children's book about yoga and leads a yoga session for kids. Bring a yoga mat if you wish.
4 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [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! 

"Trekking in the Annapurna Region of Nepal and Western Bhutan": The Himalayan Bazaar.

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Mike Adler gives a photo-illustrated talk on his recent 11-day journey to the Annapurna Base Camp in the high Himalayas. He also discusses his travels in Bhutan, including hiking, photographing the Bhutanese Himalayas, and visiting Buddhist temples and monasteries.
5 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. Free. 997-7229, thehimalayanbazaar.com. [map]
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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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 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Where Is Your Mind?": The Neutral Zone.

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Show of art by local teens. Also, an open mike and readings by teen performance poets and short story writers.
6-9 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free. 214-9995. [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. 

Fireside Festival of New Works: Performance Network.

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Dec. 15-18. A different new play by a local playwright each night.

Dec. 15: Broken Fences, Steven Simoncic's drama about a couple's struggle to keep their home and their identity as their westside Chicago neighborhood gentrifies.

Dec. 16: River City, Diana Grisanti's drama about a Louisville woman, shaken by her father's death, who sets off to uncover three generations' worth of family secrets.

Dec. 17: The Claire Play, Reina Hardy's romance about a poet haunted by the death of her childhood crush who essays to reveal the secrets of the universe using a bicycle light and puppets.

Dec. 18: Old Bones, Linda Ramsay's drama about 2 sisters, come home after their famed anthropologist father's death to make peace with his memory and with each other, who uncover secrets that may put his discoveries to shame.

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8 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets: whatever you can afford to pay. 663-0681. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Downton Abbey": Michigan Theater Foundation/Detroit Public TV.

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Preview showing of the 1st hour of season 4 of this hugely popular British period drama that returns to Detroit Public Television in January.
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), Michigan Theater. Free (4-ticket limit) but reservations required at downtonabbeypreview.eventbrite.com. 668-TIME. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Singing Season of Peace and Joy": Northside Community Church.

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Paul Clark directs the church's chancel choir and Sheree Clark directs the bell choir, along with church pianists Nate Salazar and Kathryn Goodson, and guest organists, vocalists, and instrumentalists in a program of both contemplative and exultant seasonal music, including some audience participation. The music is interspersed with readings by Cathi Feldpausch. Followed by cookies and fellowship.
7 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. 662-6351. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Orpheum Bell: the Ark.

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Local self-styled acoustic "country and eastern" quintet that features a richly musical, often ravishing blend of country-folk rhythms with Gypsy and other Eastern European melodies, drawing on a diverse range of influences from the Carter Family and Gillian Welch to Kurt Weill, Tom Waits, and the Pogues. Its core sound blends vocals, accordion, guitar, and double bass, with additional texture and luster from violins, clarinet, percussion, and autoharp. The band has a new CD, The Old Sisters' Home. Opening act is Jonas Friddle & the Majority, a Chicago-based self-styled orchestral folk septet whose music. draws on old-time blues and string band music.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, 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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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Mixed-Up Love: Relationships, Family, and Religious Identity in the 21st Century": Temple Beth Emeth Evening in the Library.

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Reconstructionist rabbi Michal Woll and Catholic writer Jon Sweeney discuss their book about the challenges of their interfaith relationship. Q&A.
7:30-9 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free, but reservations required via email to tbe¬¬_library@templebethemeth.org. 665-4744. [map]
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 9:30 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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