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Calendar of Events

Monday, December 4, 2017






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 10 a.m.-8 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]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 22-Apr. 30. All women who can carry a tune, read music, and harmonize with a group are invited to join this independent local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com. 665-9271. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Watercolor: White Flowers": USArtQuest.

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The challenge for this class will be seeing all the subtle coloration in white flowers & creating a beautiful background to make them pop.
Materials list provided upon registration - ask when you sign up.
Teacher: Rose Bradley
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562-2662. AskAnything@USArtQuest www.usartquest.com [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation. Note: These groups are also offered at the Westgate (Thurs. except Dec. 21 & 28, 6-7:30), Traverwood (Mon. 7-8:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) branches.
6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to read and discuss poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences they have written.
1-3 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Federal Tax Reform: Proposals and Prospects": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Discussion with Republican Dave Camp, a former chair of the House Ways and Means committee, and U-M law professor Michael Barr, a key architect of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform act. Moderated by U-M president Mark Schlissel.
2:30-4 p.m., U-M Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490. [map]


 4, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": State Theatre.

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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.
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.


 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Bingo for Books": Saline District Library.

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All kids in grades 2-6 invited to play bingo to win books.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:15, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": 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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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.


 4:30 & 6:30 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]


 5:30 p.m. 

Grieving Through the Holidays: THRIVE Counseling.

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Thrive Counseling is now offering targeted and concentrated help for those experiencing losses, new and old, this holiday season.
If you, or someone you care about, needs support to cope with grief-related triggers common to this time of year, please consider joining this powerful group on Mondays nights.
4-week Group meets Mondays, 5:00-6:30pm
Dec. 4, 11, 18, and Jan. 8
Facilitated by Sue Sefansky, LMSW and Caroline Kennedy, LMSW
Contact Thrive Counseling to sign up:
734-436-4249
hello@ThriveCounselingA2.com

THRIVE is the clinical counseling practice of a venerable 501(c) nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals and families of Washtenaw county cope, survive and thrive in an ever-changing world. We are committed to providing affordable, accessible, and culturally sensitive care to all our clients, whatever their identification, affiliation, background, orientation or gender expression.
THRIVE COUNSELING, South State Street. Fee: $50/session Most insurance plans cover all or most of the cost A sliding scale fee is available. 734-436-4249. hello@ThriveCounselingA2.com http://thrivecounselinga2.com/event/grieving-through-holidays/



 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Book of Wonders": U-M Institute for the Humanities Authors Forum.

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U-M Zell Writers' Program director Douglas Trevor reads from his new collection of witty and satirical short stories about characters, often academics, facing big changes in their lives. "Trevor manages again and again to steer the stories into deeper, weirder, more fascinating waters," says a Kirkus review. He also discusses the book with U-M English professor and award-winning fiction writer Peter Ho Davies.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]


 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Downtown Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty. Free. 769-5016. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Iwo Jima Diary": Chelsea District Library.

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Screening of this documentary about the combat experiences of the late Michigan native Edward "Mort" Denell. 50 years after WWII, his family encouraged him to record his memories, and over 7 years, he created over 300 cartoon illustrations, including a harrowing picture of a direct mortar hit that killed 5 other Marines in his foxhole. Enhanced with combat footage from the Marine Corps archives and contemporary newsreel footage. Followed by panel discussion with director Michael Pfaendtner and representatives from the Michigan Military Heritage Museum.
6:30-8:30 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon., except Dec. 25. All invited to join conversations on various topics led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. The program begins with a video introduction to the topic. Snacks provided. Dec. 4: "Children with No Place to Call Home: Helping Kids in Crisis." Dec. 11: "Mental Illness: Breaking the Silence, Overcoming the Shame." Dec. 18: "Overcoming Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Adult Craft Night": Saline District Library.

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All adults invited.

Dec. 4: "Stovetop Potpourri," a chance to learn how to turn cranberries, orange slices, spice, and cinnamon sticks into a potpourri.

Jan. 8: "Off the Chain," a chance to make pendant necklaces with pictures. Bring a personal picture to use, if you like, or use one provided.

Feb. 5: A chance to make a "Giant Scrabble Tile" wall hanging.

Mar. 5: "Lady Luck," a chance to decorate small horseshoes using flowers, buttons, and twine.

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7-8:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Books We Love and Love to Share": Literati Bookstore.

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A panel of Literati booksellers, local writers, editors, critics, and a publisher rep discuss their favorite books to give as gifts. Q&A.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 4 & 18. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine. Also, on Dec. 4, Detroit fashion designer Nettie Tiso demonstrates how to make a simple tote bag and shares tips on how to make alterations, and on Dec. 18, Made by Rae owner Rae Hoekstra shows how to gather fabric, a technique useful for making sleeves, ruffles, and waistbands.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Large Ensemble Meeting: Ann Arbor Recorder Society.

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All beginning and advanced players of the recorder and other early instruments invited. Directed by viol teacher and early music specialist Janet Cannon. Music provided; bring your own music stand.
7:30-9 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free to visitors ($35 annual dues). (914) 236-6123. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome. The 6 weekly dances beginning Sept. 12 are particularly beginner-friendly.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Adam Unsworth and Eric Huebner: U-M School of Music.

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U-M horn professor Unsworth is joined by New York Philharmonic pianist Huebner in a program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Choir: U-M School of Music.

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Eugene Rogers directs this music student ensemble in a program highlighted by the premiere of a work by local composer Braxton Blake that's accompanied by U-M cello students. Also, Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna," Finzi's "God is gone up," Britten's "A boy was born," Sweelinck's "Hodie Christus natus est," and choral arrangement of 3 spirituals, "All My Trials," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," and "This Little Light of Mine."
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9 p.m. 

"The Florida Project": Michigan Theater.

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(Sean Baker, 2017). Drama about precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.
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]


 9 p.m. 

West Coast Swing Party: Footnotes Ballroom Company.

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Dec. 4 & 18. Dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
9-10:30 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5 (free with lesson). 926-0107. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery: Dave Menzo

This pop-rock local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: The Groovematist

Stage name of Mechial White, a Dexter ambient smooth jazz musician and DJ. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Bickley/Kramer/Roe

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]

 
 


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