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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 846-9418.
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).
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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]
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]
Dec. 7, 8, 21, & 22. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Dec. 7 & 8: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Dec. 21 & 22: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
(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]
Screening of Frank Capra's sentimental 1946 classic about a man who gets a second chance at his own life on Christmas Eve. James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [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. email@example.com www.foreverafterproductions.com
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]
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. email@example.com 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]
Docent-led tour of the 2nd in a series of exhibits curated by U-M faculty members who have been asked to consider artwork outside their specialization. This exhibit of photography is curated by U-M art professor Larry Cressman.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 763-UMMA. [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]
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]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/butoh/ [map]
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 email@example.com to confirm. 717-1569. [map]
(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]
Up-and-coming Detroit pianist Glenn Tucker performs a program of experimental jazz holiday music including French composer Olivier Messiaen's two Christmas cycles: La Nativite du Seigneur, his 1935 work for pipe organ, and Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jesus for piano. With trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, saxophonist/flautist Rafael Statin, bassist Damon Warmack, and drummer Jesse Kramer.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]