The Great Lakes Zoological Society is offering a wild experience for kids this winter! When school is out of session for the holidays, learning and exploration continues at Winter Break Camp! Beginning on December 27th and going through January 3rd kids can stay active and entertained during these day-long sessions. A new adventure waits each day, as campers learn about a range of topics including survival techniques, myths and legends and wild diets! Campers will have opportunities to shadow zoo keepers for unique hands-on experiences in addition to participating in games, crafts and friendship building activities. All camps are from 9am-4pm; session one takes place on Mon. December 23- Friday December 17 and session two takes place on Mon. December 30- Friday January 3, 2014. There will be no camp on Tuesdays or Wednesdays due to the holidays. Campers may attend any or all of the days! Winter Break Camp will take place at the World of Discovery. Registration open now!
Great Lakes Zoological Society- World of Discovery, 6885 Jackson Rd. $160 ($140 for members) or $55 per day ($49 for members). (734)332-1628. firstname.lastname@example.org glzszoo.org [map]
Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Family-friendly hands-on activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Fri., except Jan. 1) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun. & Jan. 1), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]
For two fun-filled days, kids will experience a world of hands-on culinary exploration with their peers and an experienced Sur La Table chef instructor. We'll cover fundamentals such as basic knife skills, how to read and follow a recipe, measuring and mixing, and the importance of kitchen safety. Best of all, we'll have a blast creating savory and sweet comfort food favorites. Whether your little chef is a beginner or an old pro, they will love learning how to make flavorful international favorites, all from scratch to impress their family and friends.
Kids ages 8-12 are welcome to join our popular hands-on camp. Classes run about two hours each and last for two consecutive days. Share your love of cooking by giving them a foundation that will benefit them for a lifetime with an experience they'll never forget.
Day 1: Europe
Pasta Dough from Scratch - Linguine Pasta with Marinara Sauce - Homemade Meatballs - Chocolate-Banana Filled Crepes
Day 2: Asia
Fresh Spring Rolls -
Sur la Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave. $100. 734-531-0304. www.surlatable.com [map]
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 Fri. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.
Dec. 6: The Proposal (Anne Fletcher, 2009). A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her to avoid deportation to Canada. Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds.
Dec. 13: Red (Robert Schwentke, 2010). A former black ops agent reassembles his old team when he is threatened by a high-tech assassin. Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman.
Dec. 20: Call Me Mrs. Miracle (Michael Scott, 2010). A department store clerk works to assure a memorable Christmas for a family in need. Doris Roberts.
Dec. 27: Seven Pounds (Gabriellle Muccino, 2008). A man with a secret embarks on a journey of redemption by changing the lives of 7 strangers. Will Smith.
Jan. 3: My Fellow Americans (Peter Segal, 1996). Comedy about 2 former presidents which risk their lives to join forces to expose the corruption of the current president. Jck Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd.
Jan. 10: Hairspray (John Waters, 1988). Gleefully trashy portrait, set in 1962 Baltimore, of a pleasantly plump teen girl who confronts racism when she lands a spot on a TV dance show. Ricki Lake, Debbie Harry, Divine, Ruth Brown.
Jan. 17: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer, 1967). A couple's liberal self-image is challenged when their daughter brings home a fiance who is black. Sidney Potier, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn.
Jan. 24: Vietnam Veterans of Chelsea (Chelsea District Library, 2013). Oral history documentary.
Jan. 31: The Game (David Fincher, 1997). Thriller about a wealthy financier gets a strange birthday present from his wayward brother--a live-action game that consumes his life. Michael Douglas.
Feb. & Mar. schedules TBA.
12:30 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]
A free one hour yoga class for anyone who is interested. No pre-registration is necessary and all equipment is provided. The class will introduce basic standing and sitting poses and include a guided relaxation. It will be taught by a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr, #1 48103. Free. 734-622-9600. email@example.com www.yogaspaceannarbor.com [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]
Two evenings of Celtic music, song, and dance featuring Mick Gavin & Family, a veteran Detroit Irish music ensemble led by fiddler (and County Clare native) Gavin, along with traditional Irish dancer Nick Gareiss, U-M music professor Evan Chambers & Family, Bowling Green (OH) siblings Colleen & Sean Bixler, the Dolowy siblings from Plymouth, and others TBA.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Local playwright and poet Madeline Diehl, a longtime Observer contributor, reads from her new collection of poems and affirmations.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 3257 Lohr. Free. 769-7900. [map]
Dec. 26-28. Local debut of this Canadian comic, a winner of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-Up and Best Actor, Wilmot is known for his fast-paced, often drakly funny, observational humor directed at everything from diets, kids, and sex to American-Canadian backbiting and his fondness for beer. Preceded by 2 opening acts.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Dec. 26-29 & 31. Movie and TV star, playwright, and Purple Rose founder Daniels is also a singer-songwriter whose folk-flavored originals include such favorites as "If William Shatner Can, I Can, Too," "The Lifelong Tiger Fan Blues," "State Trooper," and "Recreational Vehicle." His shows are interspersed with chats about how each song came to be. Tonight's show features a mix of old favorites and newer songs. A benefit for Purple Rose.
8 p.m. (Dec. 26-29 & 31), 3 p.m. (Dec. 28 & 31), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $75 in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [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]