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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 3, 2017






 
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 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 8:30 a.m.-1 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]


 9a.m. - 4 p.m. 

A Day of Solitude and Meditation Practice led by Carol Blotter: Michigan Friends Center.

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Each retreat is an opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the country while practicing sitting and walking meditation. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners will have break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in-between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center.
Contact Carol at 734-475-0942 or cb.meditate@gmail.com to register.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donation. $30 or as able. (734)475-1892. manager@mfcenter.org www.mfcenter.org [map]



 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Saline Antiques & Vintage Market.

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Show and sale of antiques and vintage items in various styles, including Americana, art deco, mission, mid-century modern, industrial, shabby chic, continental, and more. Deliveries available. Concessions. Leashed pets welcome.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6 (children age 15 & under accompanied by an adult, free). salinemarket@gmail.com, (937) 875-0808. [map]


 10 a.m. 

A2QUA Sunday Morning Swim: Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics.

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A2QUA, Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics, is MI's first gay & lesbian swim team. For over 20 years, we've been swimming in MI and providing a safe, friendly place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, & questioning swimmers (and their friends!) to meet, socialize, & exercise.
The team is made up of gay, lesbian, & straight competitive and recreational swimmers at all levels, from state champions to dog paddlers, from their 20s to their 70s. We welcome gays, lesbians, bisexuals, & their friends of all ages & abilities. Our team includes all levels of swimmers, from beginning fitness swimmers to very competitive. Swimmers from all over Michigan, not just Ann Arbor, swim with us.
Our practices are organized so that everyone can find a comfortable or challenging place to
swim. If you can swim a single length without calling 911, there's a place for you in practice.
Our practices are written to accommodate all levels of swimmers - very fast to just beginning.
1st Swim Free, $8 t
Winter - Mack Indoor Pool, Summer - Fuller Pool, 715 Brooks St. or 1519 Fuller Rd. Donation. $8. 7346579960. emailme0617@Yahoo.com www.a2qua.com or www.facebook.com/groups/A2QUA/ [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Gift-Fest: Ann Arbor Artists' Collective.

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18th annual holiday show and sale of original works in ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, paper, basketry, and more. Refreshments & a raffle of artist-made ornaments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free admission. 272-2901. [map]



 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Winter Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Dec. 2 & 3. A popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Some 40 local artists offer a large selection of functional and decorative ceramics. Also, a kids' area with gifts priced for their budgets.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Dec. 3 & 6. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities exploring the world of "Stories in the Snow: Animal Prints."
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per child (members' children, $4). 997-1553. [map]


 10:15-11:15 a.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Demo Rinpoche-Talk on Life of Je Tsongkhapa: Jewel Heart.

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Demo Rinpoche will present the life story of Je Tsongkhapa, a 14th century lama whose life efforts led to the formation of the Tibetan Buddhist Gelupa tradition. Je Tsongkhapa was an author, scholar, meditator, and teacher who presented the journey to enlightenment in gradual stages.
Jewel Heart, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734-994-3387. jewelheart.org [map]



 11 a.m.-6 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]


 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Dec. 3, 10, & 17. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. The Dec. 10 market features holiday music and decorations.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]


 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Wonderful and Unusual Gifts": Nature's Expressions.

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Nov. 25 & 26 and Dec. 2 & 3. Show and sale of crystalline mineral specimens, fossils, shells, mounted butterflies and insects, and more.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., 3443 Daleview Dr. (off N. Maple Rd. north of Huron River Dr.). Free admission. 994-3048. [map]


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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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 (or occasionally across the street). Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.


 noon-7 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]


 Noon-4 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]



 Noon  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]


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Manchester Christmas Home Tour.

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Tours of 5 interesting Manchester homes, each decorated for Christmas. Proceeds go to Christmas decorations for Main Street in Manchester.
Noon-8 p.m., downtown Manchester. $15 in advance at Flower Garden, Manchester Pharmacy, Kellie's, Andrews Family Chiropractic, & Linda's Diner, $18 at the door (610 City Rd.). 255-1498.


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 2 & 3. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Singers & musicians TBA perform traditional holiday music. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254.


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Country Christmas": Cobblestone Farm Association.

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Re-creation of mid-19th-century Christmases, with period decorations, cooking on the woodstove, and live holiday music. Also, a chance to make period holiday crafts to take home. Costumed interpreters provide tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and its grounds.
Noon-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). $2 (family, $5; seniors & kids, $1.50; children under 3, free). 794-7120. [map]


 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $4.50 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

"Newborn Know-How Crash Course": Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Babies don't come with instructions, so we designed a crash course full of information and demonstrations to prepare for newborn care. This is your opportunity to spend time together focusing on your baby. Not the birth, or what to register for, but what life will really be like with your new bundle. Topics covered include: feeding (including how to get breastfeeding off to a good start), swaddling, diapering, holding, bathing, cord care, safe sleep, and general health and safety. You will have the opportunity to meet other parents and to learn more about local parenting resources.
Cost includes mom and partner
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium Blvd. $65. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

German Family Open House: Kempf House Museum.

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Dec. 2, 3 & 10. Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, which is decked out with a traditional tree and decorations and exhibits reflecting a typical early-20th-century German American celebration of Christmas. Christmas cookies. Also, on Dec. 10 only, caroling (4-5 p.m.) around Kempf House's 1877 Steinway grand piano.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations welcome. 994-4898. [map]


 1 & 4 p.m. 

If Teapots Could Talk - a Christmas Tea: Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Bring your mom or your best friends, or plan to pass the afternoon with a new acquaintance while you sip tea served with a light lunch and dessert. The event will feature a self-guided tour of historic Gordon Hall and of the magical Christmas Village Collection, traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season, and on display at Gordon Hall this year. Presented by the Dexter Area Historical Society. Sunday December 3. Seatings at 1pm and at 4pm. $25 per person (limit 50 per seating). Reservations are required. Call Ina Germain at 734-395-4106. Location: Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, MI. Free onsite parking. For more information visit our website at www.dexterhistory.org/upcoming-events or Facebook page: www.facebook.com/dexterhistory
Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Road, Dexter. $25/person. 734-395-4106. dexmuseum@aol.com www.dexterhistory.org [map]



 1 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]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Dec. 2, 3, & 9. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Dec. 2: The Ponds Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance at the corner of Emerald and Candlewick) to help extend the new trail.

Dec. 3: Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd.) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle from this 102-acre park, which has over 240 native plant species.

Dec. 9: Stapp Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the corner of Huron Pkwy. & Tuebingen, just west of the Ann Arbor District Library Traverwood branch) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle from this mostly pristine mature oak-hickory forest, which boasts nearly 80% native flora.
Various times, various locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1-4 p.m. 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Two days of seasonal events at Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter whose many rooms have all been lavishly decorated for the holidays. Display of the museum's Christmas Vintage Collection, Milt Campbell's huge collection of Department 56 collectible holiday houses, buildings, and figures that was once traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season. On Sat., Santa is on hand to talk with kids, who also can make their own gingerbread house to take home. Also, the museum hosts an open house ($5 per adult) to view the Christmas Vintage Collection, 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 9, 10, 27, & 28. Dec. 3: "If Teapots Could Talk: A Christmas Tea." Light lunch with tea sandwiches and desserts and tour of Gordon Hall.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 4 p.m. seatings (Sun.), Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd. (off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. just west of downtown Dexter). $5 on Sat., $25 on Sun. Reservations required for Sun. by calling 395-4106. 426-4767. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 24. All invited to view Sven the reindeer on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a cougar, prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 3, 10 & 17. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room (Dec. 3), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson; AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Dec. 10), 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard); AADL 4th-floor meeting room (Dec. 17), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Where the Deer Trail Goes": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a nature program for kids ages 7-12. It includes a hike to look for deer, follow a deer trail, and learn about the life history of deer and how to identify tracks, scat, and more.
1-3 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #811004, section A). $6 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Where the Deer Trail Goes": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike for youth ages 7-12.
1-3 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #821004, section A). 971-6337. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Ornament Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Family-friendly activity making ornaments using a variety of provided craft products.
1-3 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Air Apparent": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 2 & 3. Demonstration of science experiments that use air pressure to crush a can, levitate objects, and more.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Saturdays only, Humans of Ann Arbor photographer Susan K. Campbell is on hand to take photos, which will be posted on one of the Kerrytown Market and Shops trees the following week.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-3 p.m. (Sun.), Kerrytown Market & Shops upstairs. Free; nonperishable food donations for Food Gatherers are welcome. 662-5008. [map]


 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 31) and Dec. 27-29. Various audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 27-29) is an exploration of the current night sky. Seasons of Light (12:30 p.m. Sat. & Dec. 27-29, & 2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show about various ancient and modern solstice celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Irish Genealogy 101": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by My AncesStory (Chelsea) co-owners Bill O'Reilly & Becky Layne O'Reilly, both on the boards of the Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan and the Chelsea Area Historical Society. Followed by a talk by club member Omer Jean Winborn on "African-Canadian Research."
1:30 & 3:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off E. Huron River Dr. at Clark Rd.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]


 2 p.m. 

Ann Arbor TubaChristmas.

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All invited to bring an instrument and a music stand (with clothespins) to join around 40 players in this annual outdoor performance, now in its 20th year, of holiday carols on tubas, euphoniums, sousaphones, and baritone horns. One of many outdoor concerts held today across the nation and in Canada in memory of TubaChristmas founder Harvey Phillips. Registration (9:30 a.m.) and rehearsal (10 a.m.) at the U-M Music School Bldg. Hankinson Room (1100 Baits, North Campus). Music books ($16) & TubaChristmas hats ($15) available. Gloves and sunglasses recommended.
2-3 p.m., Farmers Market. $10. Free to spectators. 395-9544.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Dreamcatchers Craft Workshop: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry helps adults and kids in grade 6 & up make a dreamcatcher. Bring a small object to weave into yours, if you'd like.
2-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2 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]



 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. EMU.

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The U-M women's gymnastics team, the defending Big Ten champion and a perennial national power, opens its season with an exhibition match.
2 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA. 764-0247. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"139th Annual Handel's Messiah": University Choral Union (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 2 & 3. Scott Hanoian directs the 175-voice Choral Union, harpsichordist Joseph Gascho, and members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Handel's beloved oratorio. The soloists, all established professionals with national or international reputations, are soprano Brenda Rae, contralto Avery Amereau, tenor Sean Panikkar, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn. The Choral Union Messiah, featuring a thunderous sing-along of the "Hallelujah" Chorus, has been an Ann Arbor tradition ever since organist (and U-M president) Henry Frieze led an impromptu community chorus in the spring of 1879, a performance that led to the formation of both the Choral Union and the UMS.
8 p.m. (Dec. 2) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 3), Hill Auditorium. $12-$36 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Cosmogonic Tattoos": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the new exhibit of window installations by U-M art & design professor Jim Cogswell, who drew inspiration from works in the UMMA and U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology permanent collections. Both museums house part of the exhibit.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]



 2 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]


 2 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]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Kerry Tales: Candle Light with Mother Goose": Kerrytown Shops.

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30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 3, 10, & 17. All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Drop-In Tour": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Dec. 3, 10, & 17. Docent-led tour of highlights of the museum's collection.
2 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


 2 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Randazzo Dance Company.

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Dec. 2 & 3. Sara Randazzo directs this local company and guest Boston Ballet dancers Hannah Bettes and Lawrence Rines in new choreography of Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Christmas ballet.
2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), SkylineHigh School Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $10-$25 in advance at randazzodancecompany.com and at the door. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. kathywaugh@gmail.com. [map]


 2 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]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Sculptures": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-2 invited to use wire, foam, and their own imagination to make a 3-D sculpture.
3-4 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3 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]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Counting Cells": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 2, 23, 24, 30 & 31. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo examining how different types of cells in the human body replicate themselves.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 3, 10 & 17. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room (Dec. 3), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson; AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Dec. 10), 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard); AADL 4th-floor meeting room (Dec. 17), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3 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]


 3:30 p.m. 

"Tending the Wild Heart: A Weekly Mini-Retreat": Sun Shen.

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You've tasted delicious moments of feeling fulfilled, relaxed and happy. You yearn to live from that place of abundance all the time...but how? In this weekly mini-retreat, you'll immerse in creative arts, journaling, play and community! With the support of the group and a skilled facilitator, you'll learn how to move through challenges from a place of abundance and power, find out what's holding you back and unleash your full potential. Sundays 3:30-5:30 pm (3 weeks on, 1 week off). Try one week free!
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. (734) 707-7477. evaneuhaus18@gmail.com evaneuhaus.com [map]



 3:30 p.m. 

Holiday Concert: Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in a holiday-themed program. With Lincoln High School's Split Dimensions Choir. Program: Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, modern composer Randol Bass's Gloria, "White Christmas," "March of the Toys," and other works by J.S. Bach, John Rutter, and 20th century conductor/composer Leopold Stokowski, who's most famous for his appearance as the conductor in Disney's Fantasia.
3:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors age 65 & older, students with ID, & kids under age 12, $6; family, $30) in advance at ypsilantisymphony.org and at the door. 507-1451. [map]


 3:30, 6:45, & 8:45 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]


 3:45, 6:30, & 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]


 4 p.m. 

31st Annual Winter Concert: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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The AAYC descant and concert choirs of talented young local singers ages 9-16 perform a program of seasonal music TBA. Followed by refreshments & socializing.
4 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5) at the door only. 996-4404. [map]



 4 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]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Dec. 3, 10, & 17. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Candlelight Meditation Concert of Sacred Chant: Norma Gentile.

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Norma Gentile brings her voice, Tibetan bowls, and a few musical friends together during the pre-solstice Full Moon on Sunday afternoon, December 3 at 4pm. Candlelight creates an intimacy befitting the musical offerings, which include medieval chants of St. Hildegard and songs drawn through Norma in the moment. Guest musicians include Nathan Correll (singing bowls) and Atmaram Chaitanya (tambura and harmonium) Please feel free to bring your own meditation pillows and blankets if you wish to lie down or meditate. Plenty of regular chairs are provided as well!
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor. Donation. $20. office@healingchants.com http://www.healingchants.com [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Reflecting on Politics, History, and Half a Century at Michigan": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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University of Toronto Yiddish studies professor Anna Shternshis, Jewish Theological Seminary Jewish history professor David Fishman, and U-M Jewish history professor Todd Endelman present a panel discussion on "A Century of Ambivalence: Politics and the Jews." In celebration of the career of U-M Judaic studies professor Zvi Gitelman, who speaks following the panel discussion.
3 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall (4th floor). Free. 763-9047.


 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: SUN SHEN.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Evening Rhythm Club: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K.).

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During the 1920s and early 1930s, early jazz veteran Jelly Roll Morton and younger modernist Duke Ellington both used this band's 10-piece instrumentation, keeping the free-wheeling rhythm of New Orleans jazz and mixing it with smooth, pre-Swing big-band arranging. PORK offers this early big-band music and many period pop standards by songwriters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin and others, evoking a particularly rich musical era. Pianist James Dapogny and tubaist/trombonist Chris Smith lead this dance-friendly jazz band.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10 ($7 for seniors 65+ and students). 734/663-1202. cdsmith68@gmail.com or jdapogny@umich.edu [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Dec. 10 & 17. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. Note: The Dec. 3 event has been canceled.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Book Smugglers": Beth Israel Congregation.

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Jewish Theological Seminary modern Jewish history professor David Fishman discusses his recent book about ghetto residents who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts from the Nazis and the Soviets.
6:30 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw. Free. 665-9897. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Big Season Finale": Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Performances by Detroit slam poet/high school English teacher Brittany Rogers and U-M Zell Writers Program MFA candidate Franny Choi, whose new chapbook, Death by Sex Machine, imagines the inner monologues of different femme cyborgs featured in movies and manga. Preceded by a poetry open mike.
7 p.m. Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Holiday Sing & Caroling Party": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to sing traditional holiday songs from around the world. A brief sing at the community center is then followed by caroling around the neighborhood. Hot cider, cookies, & treats.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $7. 794-6250. [map]


 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Music for Meditation": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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Victor Minke Hils directs chamber musicians from the Ann Arbor Camerata in a program including Brahms' Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor and Mozart's Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat major.
7:15 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Howie Day: The Ark.

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30-year-old folk-rock singer-songwriter from Bangor, Maine, known for his emotionally direct lyrics, melodic inventiveness, and lively, passionate vocals.
7:30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Dec. 3 & 17. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Nov. 19 & Dec. 3 & 17), and Pendleton Ballroom (Dec. 10). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]


 9 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Brennan Andes Trio

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Brennan Andes Trio

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Canterbury House: Jazz Jam Session Jazz Jam Session

Performances by a house band led by multi-instrumentalist Tristan Cappel . All jazz musicians invited, followed at 8 p.m. by an open jam. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Celtic Jam Session

All musicians invited to join a biweekly jam session. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: "Red Cross Benefit."

With multiple bands TBA. Time TBA. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: EventJazz

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Midwest Territory Band

Local acoustic trio led by blues-oriented vocalist and guitar virtuoso Rollie Tussing. With bassist Serge van der Voo and percussionist Jim Carey. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]

 
 


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