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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 1, 2017






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 7:30 a.m.-midnight 

"Midnight Madness": Downtown Home & Garden.

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All invited for chestnuts roasted on an open fire, a petting zoo with livestock from the local Animal Oasis. Also, a performance by Ann Arbor's world-renowned boogie-woogie and blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun at his Joybox Express (8-11 pm.), the bicycle with a custom-built frame designed to carry a 352-pound Baldwin Acrosonic upright piano which Mr. B famously traveled the entire length of the Mississippi river in 2014.
7:30 a.m.-midnight, Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]


 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Sales of toys, Christmas trees, seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, books, dishes, furniture, and more. The downtown sale is especially geared toward toys, decorations, and gifts.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Kiwanis Center West) & 9 a.m.-noon (Kiwanis Center Downtown), Kiwanis Center West (102 N. Staebler, off Jackson just east of Baker) and Kiwanis Center Downtown (Dec. 1, 2, & 9 only; Washington & First St.). Free admission. 604-4977.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Winter Democratic Rides": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri.-Thurs., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m. (Mon.-Fri.), meet at Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport Rd., 10 a.m. (Sun.) & 1 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

MOMMY and ME: Flipside Art Studio.

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Does your little one love to draw, paint, glue, cut or build? If you answered yes to any of these activities, then join us at Flipside for Mommy and Me art and craft classes.
Designed for 2to 4-year olds, our classes will have your child exploring their creativity through planned arts and crafts activities using a variety of mixed media.
Flipside Art Studio, 255 East Liberty Street, Suite B213 (lower level). $15. 734-997-5066. marykay@flipsideartstudio.com http://www.flipsideartstudio.com [map]



 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues. 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed. 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 25, Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Dec. 3, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9:30-11 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 10 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-7:30 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase). 769-9610. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 3-9 p.m.  Free! 

A Manor Christmas: Concordia University Ann Arbor.

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Gather with Concordia University for A Manor Christmas. This free event includes tours of the historic Earhart mansion decorated for Christmas by professional designers, a unique Festival of Trees display, and a European-style Christmas market. Guests of all ages will enjoy the festivities, including children's activities and entertainment in the libations tent. Extend the celebration by purchasing tickets for the 40th annual Boar's Head Festival pageant. Starting November 1, you may order your tickets by phone: 734-995-7537. Don't miss the 2017 inaugural weekend of A Manor Christmas!
Concordia University Ann Arbor, 4090 Geddes Rd. Free. Rachel.Ferry@cuaa.edu. Rachel.Ferry@cuaa.edu www.CUAA.edu [map]



 3-9 p.m.

3:00 p.m. 
Free! 

Concordia University presents "A Manor Christmas": Concordia University.

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The Concordia Guild is pleased to present "A Manor Christmas." This event includes tours of the historic Earhart Manor decorated for Christmas by professional designers. An outdoor, European-style Kris Kringle Marketplace, featuring shopping, music, food, children's activities and merriment. The 40th annual Boar's Head festival, a Christmas themed pageant that has become a beloved tradition on the Concordia campus. The event is free except for the Boar's Head Festival. Those tickets are $8-$15 dollars. We invite you to start your Holiday Season off with this wonderful event.
Concordia University, 4090 Geddes Road. Free. none. 734-645-0973. calypka@yahoo.com www.cuaa.edu/ManorChristmas [map]


 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri., except Dec. 29. All invited to draw or write. Supplies provided, along with writing & drawing prompts for those who could use them.
3-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 & 7 p.m. 

"Loving Vincent": Michigan Theater.

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(Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, 2017). Visually stunning feature-length painted animation exploring the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his works.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Dec. 1 & 8. Talks by visiting scholars. Dec. 1: "Self and the World in a Life Narrative: Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah's Aatish-i-Chinar." College of William and Mary history professor Chitralekha Zutshi discusses the public life of this Kashmiri political leader and how he is remembered. Dec. 8: "'Minimum Government: Maximum Governance': Modi's Statue of Unity and the Sense of Scale." University of Toronto visual studies professor Kajri Jain discusses this Gujarat monument to Indian independence, currently under construction, and chief minister Modi who laid the foundation stone in 2013.
4 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]


 4:15, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": Michigan Theater/ State Theatre.

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(Greta Gerwig, 2017). Critically-acclaimed drama exploring the bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf.

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Film begins playing at the State Theatre Dec. 8. All Dec. 8 shows are for members only. Film plays at both Michigan Theater & State Theatre. See individual showtimes for venue information.
Michigan Theater/State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": Michigan Theater.

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Homeward Bound, Duwayne Dunham's 1993 live-action comic adventure about 3 pets who escape from a California ranch to try to find their owners. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill (south off Plymouth east of Dixboro). $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Films at the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 1: "Death is NOT the Answer" (Keith Famie, 2016). Documentary exploring the causes of depression and suicidal tendencies. Q & A with the director after the film. 6-8:30 p.m.

Dec. 5: "Armor of Light" (Abigail Disney, 2015). Documentary about an evangelical Christian minister struggling to reconcile his pro-life and pro-gun beliefs. 7-8:30 p.m.
Various times, AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri., except Sept. 4. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., competitive) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards. Also, all invited to play the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), 6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"22nd Annual Dr. Porter Synchronized Skating Classic": Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Dec. 1-3. 150 teams from across the U.S. and Canada compete in the largest synchronized team skating competition in the world.
6-8 p.m. (Fri.), 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sun.), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. 1-day pass: $10 (students & seniors, $8). Weekend pass: $25 (students & seniors, $20). 213-6768. [map]


 6-10 p.m. 

"9th Annual KindleFest: A Christkindlmarket": Kerrytown District Association.

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A holiday sale featuring local artisans and farmers, live music, a lantern parade (6:30 p.m., $10 per lantern or bring your own, lantern purchases available beginning at 5 p.m.) with caroling, fire pits, and a heated tent. German food, sweets, and beverages. Tonight is also "Midnight Madness" (6 p.m.-midnight) in the Kerrytown Market & Shops, with special holiday sales and treats, live music, an appearance by Santa, and more.
6-10 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 662-5008. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Creamery retail manager Tessie Ives-Wilson discusses and offers taste samples of the 7 major varieties of cheese. Bread & other accompaniments provided.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Day With(out) Art: Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings": UMMA.

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A program of videos by 7 different artists focusing on the experiences within Black communities of the ongoing AIDS epidemic. In conjunction with World AIDS day, "Day With(out) Art" acknowledges the impact of AIDS on the international arts community.
6-7:45 p.m., UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

31st Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminarias along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores. The celebration also includes shows by the Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater and Ballet Chelsea. Friday: Tree lighting ceremony and Santa's arrival (6-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), Santa's workshop with storytelling and children's crafts (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot), cookie decorating (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea ATA Martial Arts), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room), holiday décor at the new Chelsea Area Historical Museum (6:30-8:30 p.m., 128 Jackson), a Live Nativity Scene (time & location TBA), and more. Saturday: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), "Material Girls Christmas Bazaar" for kids age 4 through 6th grade and a parents corner & bake sale (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church; preregistration required at chelseafestivals.com), cookie decorating and live music for families at the Winter Farmers Market (9 a.m.-1 p.m., 500 E. Washington), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m., First Congregational Church; space limited; preregistration required by calling 475-1145), Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (1:30-3 p.m., Chelsea District Library), docent-led Holiday Home Tour (1-4 p.m., starts at Chelsea Area Historical Museum, 128 Jackson; $20 in advance at the Garden Mill & Chelsea Pharmacy and on the tour day at the museum; 476-2010), holiday parade (6 p.m., along Main St.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, and Santa, and more. Sun.: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Mosaic Choir and church organist Kyle Webber, and 18-20 Chelsea High School string and vocal students. The program includes up-and-coming Norwegian composer Kim Andre Arnesen's Magnificat, Danish composer Carl Nielsen's Little Suite for Strings, and a Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Chelsea Creche Celebration (1-7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1330 N. Freer) features a display of creches (Nativity scenes) from around the world, along with brief musical programs at 2 & 5 p.m. featuring traditional Christmas hymns and performances by tenor Stanford Olsen, a U-M voice professor who has been a frequent guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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6:30-8:30 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-7 p.m. (Sun.), downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145. [map]


 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for a dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine rituals, and a Yahrtzeit observance to remember loved ones. After the Shabbat observance, there's a Hanukkah celebration with latkes and activities TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Winter Showcase: Salto Dance Company.

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This U-M student dance troupe performs classical and contemporary ballet pieces. Also, performances by U-M student groups, including hip-hop group Funktion and a cappella ensemble 58 Greene.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. $10 (students, $8; kids age 11 & under, free). (517) 993-7025. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Organist's Christmas": American Guild of Organists.

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A festive program of Christmas music, including a performance by the Boychoir of Ann Arbor, a sing-along of favorite carols, and solo performances on the church's impressive pipe organ by local organists Tom Granum, Dean Robinson, and Marijim Thoene. Reception follows.
7-9 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free, but donations accepted. 662-4466. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Empathitrax": Kickshaw Theatre.

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This local professional theater company performs a staged reading of Ana Nogueira's 2016 darkly funny drama about a couple whose relationship is on the rocks when they decide to try a new drug that promises instant empathy.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-8301, 203-0556. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Harvey": EMU Theatre Department.

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Dec. 1-3 & 7-10. EMU drama professor John Seibert directs EMU drama students in Mary Chase's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play, best known from the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, about a gentle tippler and his imaginary friend Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emutix.com and by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Midnight Madness": Main Street Area Association.

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Many merchants are open late tonight with special sales. Appearances by Santa and Miss Washtenaw County. Sidewalk entertainment by the U-M Women's Glee Club, the vocal jazz octet Midnight Blue, the Sweet Adelines quartet Anything Goes, the Ann Arbor Morris Dancers, and ensembles of Pioneer High School Choir members. Also, Santa's Mailbox is accepting letters (postage to North Pole courtesy of the MSAA) through Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. in front of Conor O'Neill's (318 S. Main); include a return address to receive a response from Santa.
7-9 p.m. (many stores stay open till midnight), Main Street shopping areas. Free admission. 668-7112.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Polar Express Pajama Storytime": Barnes & Noble.

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Barnes & Noble staff present an interactive reading of Chris Van Allsburg's Caldecott Medal-winning tale of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. Also, craft activities For kids age 3 & up, who are invited to come in bedtime attire (complete with pillows and stuffed animals).
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. Reservations required. 973-0846. [map]


 7:15-8:45 p.m. 

"Punk Music Night": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Funky Frosty Friday.

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All invited to skate to vintage punk records. Prizes for best costume.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 794-6234. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

40th Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Dec. 1-3. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Gerald Dzuiblinski and Brian Altevogt direct a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Dec. 1 & 2) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 3), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $8-$15 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office. 995-7537. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

The Year Without A Panto Claus: Theatre NOVA.

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2017 was a bummer of a year. When Santa gets depressed, he decides to pack it in and disappear. Two of his elves search far and near looking for some genuine Christmas cheer. Arriving at a few decidedly un-Christmas-y locations, they face the wrath of the Heat and Snow Miser twins, the tropical town's grumpy citizens, and a mysterious Russian bombshell named Vixen.
From the team that brought you An Almost British Christmas and Sugar Plum Panto, this hilarious romp is just what the therapist ordered to add a little levity to your holiday season. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing your way through another fun-filled night of heroes and villains, updated pop songs, holiday favorites, and merriment.
Theatre NOVA, 410 w Huron. $20, Pay-What-You-Can available. 734-635-8450. a2theatrenova@gmail.com http://www.artful.ly/theatre-nova/store/events [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"Silent Night: The Real(ish) Story": Saline Area Players.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Kara Fay Cardella directs local actors in her drama about the creation of the beloved Christmas carol by a young Austrian village priest with a damaged organ, a story the play embellishes with some memorable characters and favorite holiday tunes.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 1 p.m. (Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), Fifth Corner, 211 Willis Rd. at S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $5. Reservations available by phone or email to silentnighte@salineareaplayers.org. salineareaplayers.org, 957-6585. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Year Without a Panto Claus": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Dec. 1-31. Melissa Freilich directs the world premiere of Theatre Nova artistic director Carla Milarch and local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis's musical panto. When Santa disappears after calling off Christmas, 2 of his elves try to find him in some unlikely locations. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. This production features appearances by local celebrities, and all the candy you can eat. Stars Ramona Burns, Lisa Michaels, and Scott Screws.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.- Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $20 (kids, $10) or pay what you can in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Dec. 1 & 8. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Contemporary Directions Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Oriol Sans conducts this adventurous ensemble of music majors in 3 works by composers who shaped contemporary music--Charles Ives's Central Park in the Dark, Pierre Boulez's Derive 1, and Elliott Carter's Asko Concerto--and 3 contemporary works that betray their influence--Guillaume Connesson's Double Quartet, Alexandra Gardner's Vixen, and Augusta Read Thomas's Selene Mon Chariot Rituals.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Don White: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This veteran singer-songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts, a Green Wood favorite, writes sharp-witted songs about everyday life that blend pathos, humor, and biting satire, and his live shows feature a lot of impromptu storytelling and comedy. His fans include Christine Lavin and Livingston Taylor, and he's released 4 acclaimed CDs, including the recent Winning Streak.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 662-4536, 665-8558. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Jef Brannan: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 2. This Detroit comic is known for a fast-paced, good-natured show that mixes song parodies with lots of raunchy one-liners, jokes, and jabs at his audience. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault: The Ark.

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Double bill featuring a husband and wife who are celebrating the release of Delmhost's new CD Wild, recorded with Foucault and members of his band. Tonight they each perform a set backed by Foucault's band and join in on each other's sets. Delmhorst, who accompanies herself on guitar, cello, and piano, is a Boston-bred pop-folk singer-songwriter known for her warm and inviting vocals and her complex, emotionally edgy lyrics. "Kris Delmhorst's voice is just country enough for traditional country fans, pop enough for the current state of country music, folksy, poignant, and just about anything else you'd associate with a top-notch vocalist, which she absolutely is," says Carey Driscoll in her Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange review of Delmhorst's 2003 CD Songs for a Hurricane. Foucault is a Wisconsin-based American roots-music singer-songwriter known for wry, deftly poetic lyrics and rich-toned fingerstyle guitar accompaniment. His work has won praise from the likes of Greg Brown and Chris Smither, and No Depression calls him "the bard of small-town anywhere."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

U-M Harmonettes.

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This all-female a cappella ensemble performs pop songs and more.
8 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium B. Tickets $10 (students, $7). harmonettes@umich.edu. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Anything Goes": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 24-Dec. 23. This professional theater company performs Cole Porter's delightful Depression-era musical set aboard a sumptuous Art Deco luxury liner en route from New York to London. The story pokes merry fun at the moral hypocrisy of 1930s high society as it follows the escapades of a gangster (Public Enemy No. 13) escaping to England disguised as a minister, a young ingenue pursuing an energetic young stockbroker, and an upper-class Englishman (betrothed to the ingenue) with eyes for a nightclub singer who happens to be looking for a husband. Despite its satirical edge, the heart of the play is its musical score, which features some of Porter's brightest music and most impishly sophisticated lyrics. It abounds in songs that have become popular standards, including the title song, "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "It's Delovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," and many more.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Dance and Related Arts Concert": U-M Dance Department.

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Dec. 1 & 2. U-M dance majors present an evening of multimedia collaborations with student and faculty composers, musicians, theatrical designers, sculptors, photographers, vocalists, and creative writers.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. $7 at the door only. 763-5460. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"God of Carnage": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 28-Dec. 16 (except Nov. 23). Lauren Knox directs Christopher Hampton's 2009 Tony-winning translation of French playwright Yasmina Reza's dark comedy of manners about 2 couples who meet at one of their homes to discuss a playground altercation between their young children. Hostility rumbles just under the surface, as their civilized battle of wits devolves into a hilariously childish chaos. (Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels earned a Tony nomination for his role in the original Broadway production.) Stars Rusty Mewha, Kate Thomsen, Guy Sanville, and Michelle Mountain.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., Nov. 24, & Dec. 14), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. (except Dec. 29 & 30). Comedic improv by experienced local performers. On Dec. 1, 8, & 15 at 10 p.m., the actors perform "Holiday Stories," one-act improvised plays that kick off each time with a holiday memory to guide the actors. On Dec. 22 & 23 at 10 p.m., "Shakespearean Improv" is devoted to one-act improvised plays inspired by Shakespeare.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com/improv-shows and at the door. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sounds of the Season": Measure for Measure.

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This local men's chorus, directed by Pioneer High School choir director Steven Lorenz, and the U-M Men's Glee Club perform separate programs and come together to sing Glee Club alum Ron Jeffers' "I Have Had Singing" and J. David Moore's "The Map," a new work co-commissioned by both ensembles.
8 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium. $18 (kids age 11 & under and seniors, $12) in advance at measure-for-measure.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 649-7664. [map]


 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Campus Chapel, 1236 Washtenaw Ct. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Kate Hinote & the Disasters

Acoustic trio led by singer-songwriter Hinote, the frontwoman of the Detroit folk-noir Americana band the Blueflowers. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Kate Hinote & the Disasters

Acoustic trio led by singer-songwriter Hinote, the frontwoman of the Detroit folk-noir Americana band the Blueflowers. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Neal Anderson

Local jazz trumpeter. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Outer Vibe

Grand Rapids pop-rock quintet whose influences range from Led Zeppelin and Queen to Muse and Maroon 5. Opening act is ,The Kelseys, a local rock quartet. Advance tickets: $8 (age 20 & under, $11). [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA. [venue info]

Bona Sera: Stormy Chromer

Local progressive jam-rock quartet. [venue info]

Club Above: Dirty Deville

Local reggae-flavored blues-rock quartet. Opening act is Dead Hit, a local psychedelic jam-rock band. [venue info]

Common Cup: Ryan Lynch

Classic rock, folk music, pop, and more by this musician from Tasmania who accompanies himself on pedal loop and guitar. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Dan Hazlett

Detroit-area singer-songwriter and guitarist who plays blues-, R&B-, folk-, and jazz-influenced originals on topics that range from the outlandish to the sublime. [venue info]

Dreamland Theater: Lame Duck Sessions

Lansing experimental electronica band. Opening acts are the local lo- fi electronica musician Dayygs, local hip-hip MC Jay Tubbs, the Detroit experimental rockband Cousin Mouth, and Ann Arbor-bred singer-songwriter (and Appleseed Collective founding member) Cy Tulip. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: SpaceCat

Detroit-area pop dance band. [venue info]

Live: FUBAR FUBAR

6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Everly Brothers, the Yardbirds, and Dylan to priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or" and The Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup." 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Syd Burnham

Bluesy, funky folk-rock by an ensemble led by this the young Brighton singer-songwriter and guitarist Burnham. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Tim Prosser

A mix of folk and pop covers and originals by this local singer- mandolinist, who is joined by guest musicians TBA. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea: MCAT & Friends

An eclectic mix of progressive jazz, soulful folk-rock and hip-hop by the local acoustic duo of Anthony Thomas and Mark Clevey. [venue info]

Tap Room: FeRn Whale

Meditative, soulful folk-rock by the Ypsilanti duo of Tom and Angela Sheppard. Opening acts are the local 70s-influenced pop-rock dance band Spiraling Shapes, the local experimental art rock sextet Cat Lung, and the Ypsilanti acoustic rock trio Jeremiah Mack & the Shark Attack. [venue info]

 
 


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