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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, December 6, 2017






 
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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. except July 4. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 9:30-10 a.m.  Free! 

"2s & 3s Storytime": Saline District Library.

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Storytelling programs for kids age 2 & 3 (accompanied by a caregiver). No older or younger siblings.
9:30-10 a.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 10-10:30 a.m., 1-1:30 & 6-6:30 p.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 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 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]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Please join us for this free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between.
We are currently discussing readings from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness for Beginners: reclaiming the present moment--and your life. No need to buy the book.
Center for Innovation (formerly St. Joe's Urgent Care), 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. 734-276-7707. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com [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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Animal Presentation: Domino's Petting Farm.

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Dec. 6 & 20. Farm staffers show and discuss animals and their contributions to the farm.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm Pole Barn, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

Angel on High pendant necklace: USArtQuest.

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Celebrate the holidays with a sparkling angel!
Victoria Newton leads you in the process of creating a mixed-media angel pendant using gilding, mica, & beautiful papers. You'll also learn finishing techniques to elevate your work to a new high.
Angel & materials supplied in this class.
Add your own chain.
Skill level: novice to experienced.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562.2662. AskAnything@USArtQuest www.usartquest.com [map]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. except July 4. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Dollar Drop-In Movies": Saline Area Senior Center.

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All seniors invited to watch Christmas classics, including Miracle on 34th Street (Nov. 29), White Christmas (Dec. 6), It's a Wonderful Life (Dec. 13), and Home Alone (Dec. 20). Popcorn.

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1-3:30 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]


 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Crisis Democracy: Conversations on Politics in America": U-M LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester Symposium.

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Dec. 6 & 7. This 2-day conference is highlighted by a keynote speech on "Fugitive Democracy Revisited" (Dec. 7, 4 p.m.) by Princeton University African American studies department chair Eddie Glaude Jr., author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. Also, panel discussions with U-M and visiting scholars and others on "Futures of Law and Political Inclusion" (Dec. 6, 2 p.m.), "Futures of Free Speech, Safe Space, and Political Expression" (Dec. 6, 4 p.m.), "Futures of Democratic Social Movements" (Dec. 7, noon), and "Democratic Futures at Michigan: A Discussion with Local Organizers" (Dec. 7, 2 p.m.).
2-6 p.m. (Dec. 6) & noon-6 p.m. (Dec. 7), 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 615-7400. [map]


 2:30 & 9 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.


 2:45 & 8:45 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.


 3 & 8:30 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]


 3 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]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Homelands of the Imaginary": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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U-M art and design professor David Chung gives an illustrated talk on his career as a visual artist and filmmaker, with emphasis on his projects that explore Korean diasporic populations in the U.S. and the former Soviet Union, as well as his current project about North Korean refugees living in Seoul.
4 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-1825. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Open Mic Night: Songbird Café.

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Musicians, poets, and other artists invited to perform.
5 p.m., Songbird Café, 2707 Plymouth Rd. Free; email thesongbirdcafemusic@gmail.com to sign up for a 10-minute time slot. 761-1555. [map]


 5-8 p.m. 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help available from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns available for sale.
5:30-7 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]


 6-7:30 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]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Socrates Café.

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Dec. 6 & 27. All invited to join a philosophical discussion that draws on the Socratic method of questioning underlying assumptions. Note: Café stops serving at 6 p.m.; arrive early to purchase food & beverages.
6-7:30 p.m., Plum Market coffee shop, 3601 Plymouth Rd. Free. 761-9007, 255-7571. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor West Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Wed. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson. Free. 929-9022. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Ari's Top Picks of 2017": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Dec. 6 & 20. Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig discusses and offers taste samples of some of his favorite Zingerman's products. An extremely popular annual event, which usually sells out.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Events on 4th, Fourth Ave. just south of Kingsley. $50 in advance and (if available) at the door. 663-3400.


 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Lyra (Aerial Hoop)": A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring, or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. Students will build the strength to mount and dismount the lyra unassisted, and gain mastery of fundamental lyra vocabulary, technique, and sequences. Each class also includes dynamic warm ups, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to target specific strength and mobility for aerial arts. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Calvary Community Game Night: Calvary United Methodist Church.

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All invited to play board games. Bring your own game if you wish, or use one provided. Snacks.
7 p.m., Calvary UMC, 1415 Miller at Newport. Free. a2calvary.org, 769-0869. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Floyd King & the Bushwackers and Jan Krist & Jim Bizer: On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Double bill. The Bushwhackers is a trio that plays a mix of original songs, covers, & old-time spirituals that the Oxford (MI) Leader calls "high-voltage acoustic 'party gospel' music." Led by Floyd King, the stage persona of Dennis Kingsbury, the group also includes Jim Bizer and Maggie Ferguson. Detroit singer-songwriter Jan Krist is joined by Bizer, a fellow member of the Yellow Room Gang singer-songwriter collective, for a set of urban folk music.
7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Dec. 6: Floyd King & the Bushwackers and Jan Krist & Jim Bizer. Double bill. The Bushwhackers is a trio that plays a mix of original songs, covers, & old-time spirituals that the Oxford (MI) Leader calls "high-voltage acoustic 'party gospel' music." Led by Floyd King, the stage persona of Dennis Kingsbury, the group also includes Jim Bizer and Maggie Ferguson. Detroit singer-songwriter Jan Krist is joined by Bizer, a fellow member of the Yellow Room Gang singer-songwriter collective for a set of urban folk music.

Jan. 3: Drew Nelson. This Grand Rapids-based Americana roots-rock singer-songwriter recently released Tilt-a-Whirl, a CD that drew praise from AllMusic reviewer James Allen for its thoughtful lyrics. Opening act is Mike Vial, the Ann Arbor pop-rock singer-songwriter.

Feb. 7: Taller Than They Appear and the Hackwells. Double bill. Taller than They Appear is a quartet of veteran area singer-songwriters--Jere Stormer, Bobby Pennock, Sigrid Christiansen, and Lauren Crane--who accompany each other with soulful vocal harmonies and on an eclectic array of instruments, from bells, bongos, woodblocks, washboards and whistles to guitars, violins, and ukuleles. The Hackwells are a local acoustic trio, formerly known as Gather Round, whose original ballads draw on pop-rock, retro-country, and Americana influences.

Mar. 7: Timothy Monger and Julianne Ankley. Double bill. Monger is the engaging local pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Great Lakes Myth Society whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life. Allmusic.com calls his 2004 debut CD, Summer Cherry Ghosts, "a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures--in short, the ghosts of summers past." He has just released his 3rd CD, Amber Lantern. Ankley is the sultry-voiced country-rock singer-songwriter whose CD Vivid won a 2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording.
7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Book of Ann Arbor: An Extremely Serious History Book": Literati Bookstore.

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Ann Arbor District Library communications & marketing manager Richard Retyi discusses and reads from his book, a collection of 41 stories highlighting colorful moments in local history that's one of the inaugural releases of the AADL Fifth Avenue Press.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. Reservations requested at literatibookstore.com. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Short Films of Larissa Sansour": U-M Islamic Studies.

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Collection of 3 short films by this experimental Palestinian filmmaker who uses sci-fi tropes to examine Palestinian identity and Middle Eastern politics. Program: In the Future They ate From the Finest Porcelain (2015), A Space Exodus (2008), and Nation Estate (2012).
7-8:30 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Advent Concert with Cheri Keaggy: St. Luke Lutheran Church.

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On Weds, Dec 6 @ 7:30p.m., Cheri Keaggy will share her songs and her story about finding joy in the journey through every season of life. 

Her joy and privilege is to know Christ and make Him known, ministering His message of Hope and Healing through song, speech, and the written word; to tell of His goodness and compel others to do the same for the glory of God.
Join us for this special Advent event.
Tickets can be purchased online starting November 1

https://squareup.com/store/CheriKeaggy
Call: (734) 971-0550
Email: worship@stlukeaa.org
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4205 Washtenaw Ave. $10. 734-971-0550. jgreunke@stlukeaa.org 
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores, a new collection of stories by top mystery writers commissioned and edited by The Mysterious Bookshop (NYC) owner Otto Penzler.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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All interested singers in all voice parts are invited to attend our open rehearsal from 7:30-9:30 pm. Nonmembers may attend up to two rehearsals before they are required to audition to continue as a member. It is not necessary to prepare a piece. The Arbor Consort is a semi-professional, nonprofit organization that performs a cappella Renaissance and Victorian era vocal music in period costumes. We are the official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. For more information contact president@thearborconsort.org, visit our website www.thearborconsort.org, or see our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheArborConsort/
Cavalry United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Ave. Free. president@thearborconsort.org www.arborconsort.org [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of The Ahrimanic Deception, Rudolf Steiner's 1919 lecture delivered in Zurich.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"World Traveler": U-M Concert Band.

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Courtney Snyder and grad student conductor Elliott Tackitt direct this music student band in a program highlighted by Schachter's Karnatakamalika, a work inspired by the Katnatic music of India. Also, New England Conservatory of Music composition professor Michael Gandolfi's Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme, Holst's Hammersmith, Chinese composer Chen Quian's Come Drink One More Cup, and "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral" from Wagner's Lohengrin.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Dec. 6 & 13. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo photo by Myra Klarman

This 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]

Blind Pig: Cross Street Renegades

Versatile Ypsilanti rock quintet led by singer-songwriter Ted Thrasher. Opening acts are Naked Shark, a local psychedelic funk blues rock jam band, and Lily Livers, a Detroit pop-punk trio. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and George Merkel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: Barelyon

Soulful pop-rock by this Detroit duo. [venue info]

Old Town: Janelle Reichman Quartet

NYC-based jazz clarinetist-saxophonist Reichman is an Ann Arbor native whose music reflects a range of influences from traditional and modern jazz to funk and avant-garde. According to a Jazz Improv review, she "seems to defy logic and possibility in her speed, dexterity, and musicianship." [venue info]

Session Room: Chirp

Local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet. [venue info]

 
 


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