Join us for an hour of stories and music celebrating the holidays. Geared for children ages 6 and under but everyone is welcome. A simple craft and refreshments will be offered following the program. Registration is not required.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter, Michigan 48130, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. firstname.lastname@example.org www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
All seniors invited for a Christmas feast followed at 1 p.m. by a sing-along of favorite Christmas carols.
Noon, Chelsea Senior Center, 512 E. Washington, Chelsea. $5 suggested donation. Reservations required. 475-9242. [map]
(John Lee Hancock, 2013). Dramatic biopic about Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers' difficult childhood and relationship with Walt Disney. Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks.
Times TBA at michtheater.org (unless otherwise noted), 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]
This class combines bellydance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability and balance. Don't worry, the burning is normal.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. email@example.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hurts-so-good-bellydance-conditioning/ [map]
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]
A holiday event that will enchant audiences of all ages.
The second annual production of a musical adaptation of the timeless Dickens classic performed by a multi generational cast from 6 to 74.
The Power Center for Performing Arts. $22 (group rates available). 734-547-5156. firstname.lastname@example.org www.foreverafterproductions.com
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. email@example.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belly_dance [map]
Film screenings followed by discussion.
Mar 28: Brilliant Moon (Neten Chokling, 2010). Intimate documentary about the life of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the late head of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Narrated by Richard Gere and Lou Reed. Followed by discussion.
Apr. 25:My Reincarnation (Jennifer Fox, 2011). Documentary about the well know Tiibetan lama Chögyal Namkhoi Norbu, and his son's decision not to take up a role in the continuation of their spiritual tradition.
May 30: Zen (Banmei Takahashi, 2011). Absorbing portrait of Eihei Dogen, the 13th-century Japanese priest regarded as the founder of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism.
7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.
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.
(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]
Begin your holiday season with the world premiere of a delightful holiday classic, Clara and the Nut, performed by the Randazzo Dance Company. With new choreography performed by talented local dancers, this show is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The tickets are $20, $15 Seniors/Students. Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Tickets available online through randazzodancecompany.com. 734-528-0273.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 N University Ave. $20/$15. 734-528-0273. firstname.lastname@example.org randazzodancecompany.com [map]
Dec. 20-22. This local company, formerly the Ypsilanti Area Dancers, performs the premiere of Sara Randazzo's new show inspired by The Nutcracker. In Randazzo's version, a little girl named Clara is presented with gifts at her family's annual holiday party. The gifts each take a turn to dance, delighting Clara and the party guests, but a gift from Clara's mother-"the Canned Nut"-gets everyone to dance and takes Clara on a nighttime adventure to the Land of Snow. The show incorporates many dance styles, from ballet and jazz to Spanish, Russian, Dragon dance, and others. The Dec. 21 performance is preceded at 6 p.m. by "Dancing with the Stars of Clara & the Nut!" ($10 per child, includes a gift), a chance for kids (accompanied by an adult) to learn about choreography and have their picture taken with the performers.
7:30 p.m. (Dec. 20 & 21) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 22), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $20 (seniors age 60 & over and students, $15) in advance at randazzodancecompany.com. 477-9350. [map]
Screening of Christian Carion's 2005 film, a moving portrait of the celebrated 1914 WW I Christmas Eve truce when French, German, and English soldiers put aside their missions to play soccer. French and German, subtitles.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 734-330-5048. email@example.com annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.emergentarts.com [map]
This highly regarded acoustic quartet from Arlington, Virginia, is known for its resonant vocal harmonies, ace musicianship, and upbeat, well-crafted original songs. "Imagine Crosby, Stills, and Nash in their heyday, backed by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones," says Dirty Linen magazine, and Austin, Texas, radio DJ David Obermann says the band evokes "shades of Washington Squares, Uncle Bonsai, and 10,000 Maniacs--but [is] still unique."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Detroit jazz composer Doug Halladay, a promiment trumpeter in the late '60s and '70s, is joined by local pianist Gary Schunk in a program of Halladay's original compositions. With trumpeter/flugelhorn player Dwight Adams, tenor saxophonist Andrew Bishop, guitarist Ron English, bassist Kurt Krahnke, drummer Bill Higgins, and percussionist Jose "Pepe" Espinosa.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Dec. 19-21. Smart, edgy observational humor by this young Detroit comic who specializes in probing autobiographical anecdotes. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.< less
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]