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.
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 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]
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4. Using a simple formula your child will learn the basics of baking a cake while customizing their own creation. The ingredients in this cake are kitchen staples and can be made into a bundt, 9x13, layer, or cupcakes. In this class we'll focus on baking a layered cake to help ring in the new year. They'll frost, decorate, and box up their own cake to take home. Give in to the sweet tooth, you can always give up sweets next year. Full participation. Menu: Classic Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
*This class is for children ages 8 and up. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $45/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [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]
Come practice your precision bow shooting at Open Archery, courtesy of Ring of Steel. Beginners and experienced archers alike are invited to take advantage of a short indoor range compete with catch nets and foam targets. Recurve bows are available for rent. $5 includes 6 arrows for use, or bring your own. Recurve bows only, with a draw weight of 45 lbs or less.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $5. email@example.com http://a2ringstar.com [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]
WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike through woods and wetlands to identify several common shrubs, including gray and silky dogwood, witch hazel and hazelnut, nannyberry and gooseberry, and several others.
2-4 p.m., Goodrich Preserve, meet on Dixboro Rd. 1/2 mile north of Plymouth Rd. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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]
This polished local opera company presents a 1940s-style radio show, with singing and comedy. Cabaret seating includes food and drink.
4 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 Scio Church Rd. $10 (cabaret seating, $25) in advance at arboropera.com. 332-9063. [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]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hurts-so-good-bellydance-conditioning/ [map]
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]
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]