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]
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]
Veteran standup comic from Washington, D.C., a regular guest on late-night TV known for his fresh, trenchant observational humor about the trials of daily life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $25 (8 p.m.) & $30 (10:30 p.m.) in advance & 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]