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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 7, 2017

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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]

 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 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]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. 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).
1-3:30 p.m. (Mon.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Senior Center (Sept.), 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Little Women": Wild Swan Theater.

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Dec. 7-10. This award-winning local children's theater company performs its stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic about 4 Civil War-era sisters growing up in Civil War-era New England. When their beloved mother must leave them to visit their ailing father at the front, the sisters, including a tomboyish aspiring writer, must face life together. Appropriate for kids age 8 & up.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $8; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Populism: The Common People in Modern Politics": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 23), Nov. 2-Dec. 14.

A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.

Nov. 2: MSU political science professor Erica Frantz on "Democracy Dismantled: How Populism Is a Pathway to Autocracy."

Nov. 9 (9:30 a.m.): U-M philosophy professor Elizabeth Anderson on "What Populism Is."

Nov. 16: U-M information professor Joyojeet Pal on "Populism and Online Political Campaigns: The Case of Narendra Modi."

Nov. 30: U-M sociology professor Robert Jansen on "Populist Politics in Latin America."

Dec. 7: WSU political science professor Kevin Deegan-Krause on "The Future Lies East: Postcommunist Europe's New Model of Populism."

Dec. 14: U-M political science professor Andrei Markovits on "European Populism: Similarities and Differences with the Past."
10-11:30 a.m. (except Nov. 9), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Dec. 7 & 21. Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals.
10:30 a.m., 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. (south off Plymouth east of Dixboro). $5 per child. Space limited; preregistration recommended at 661-3575. [map]

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Eating Contests in Early Modern Japanese Entertainment Media": U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Lecture by University of Kansas history professor Eric Rath.
11:30 a.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]

 noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]

 Noon-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]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs., except Dec. 28. Performances by area musicians. Dec. 7: "Holiday Harmonies" by the local band Counterpoint. Dec. 14: Holiday violin music by Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute students. Dec. 21: 19th-century holiday music by the Dodworth Duo of soprano Carol Ambrogio-Wood and tenor Ted Badgerow.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Rita Wang and Shin-Ae Chun: First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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Wang is an award-winning local violinist and U-M music school grad student who made her solo debut in Lincoln Center at age 11. She is joined by First Baptist organist Chun in a program of organ, piano, and violin music by Josef Rheinberger, a 19th-century German composer best known today for his challenging organ compositions, and Alexander Ritter, the 19th-century Estonian-German composer who was one of Richard Strauss's main influences.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]

 1 p.m  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join our caregiver support group to learn, talk, and meet with others who are experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia firsthand. The group meets every 1st Thursday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Glacier Hills Retirement Community, The Manor, Conference Room A, 1200 Earhart Rd. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. A current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey. Vegetarian lunch ($3/person, $5 for nonseniors) available at noon.
1-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cookie Exchange": International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to bring 20 or more homemade cookies or treats. Socializing, refreshments. Child care available for kids 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. (313) 815-0413. [map]

 3:30 & 8:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 3:45 & 8:15 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.

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)., 668-TIME.

 4 p.m. 

WXW - Merry Mingling: Women's Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW).

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Ring in the season with other women business leaders at WXW's annual mixer. Relax and enjoy an informal evening to connect with local women business leaders and reconnect with women in the WXW community!
Melange, 312 S. Main St. $25. 734-355-9185. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cultural Voyeurism: A New Framework for Understanding Race, Ethnicity, and Mediated Intergroup Interaction": U-M Communication & Media Speaker Series.

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Talk by Ohio State University School of Communication associate director Osei Appiah.
4-5:30 p.m., Rackham West Conference Room. Free. 764-0420.

 4:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Traveling Heavy: Anthropology and the Search for Home": U-M College of Literature, Science, & the Arts.

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Lecture by U-M anthropology professor Ruth Behar. Reception follows.
4:10 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater (4th floor). Free. 998-6251. [map]

 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Pageturners: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grade 4 & up. Books TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"On My Own Storytime": Saline District Library.

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Storytelling program for kids age 3 & up, with or without a caregiver. No younger siblings.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., & 7:30 p.m. 

"PJs & Stories with Santa": Saline Parks and Recreation.

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A Saline District Library storyteller reads holiday stories for kids accompanied by a parent. Also, a chance to meet Santa, a sing-along, crafts, and treats. Wear pajamas. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera.
4:30, 6, & 7:30 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $8 in advance by Nov. 24; $10 in advance, $12 (if available) at the door. 429-3502. [map]

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Art Antioxidant": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Talk by Buster Simpson, a Saginaw-born artist (and U-M grad) who is known for his site-specific sculptures and installations. His work has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, and others.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Gregory Pardlo: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Talk (Dec. 5) and poetry reading (Dec. 7) by this Brooklyn-based Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose 2014 collection, Digest, was praised by the Pulitzer judges for "clear-voiced poems that bring readers the news from 21st Century America, rich with thought, ideas and histories public and private." Poet Cyrus Cassells calls him "a Prospero of unforced allusion" whose poems "can deftly evoke sociology, jazz, lofty philosophy, African-American lit, Russian cinema, Greek mythology, European travel, film noir, hip hop, and a host of other topics." He has a forthcoming essay collection and memoir, Air Traffic. Signing.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Apse (Dec. 5) & Auditorium (Dec. 7), 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Just for Kids: Explore the World of Baked Goods": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Sold out, but waitlist available. Zingerman's Bakehouse staff discuss how some of their favorite cakes, pies, and breakfast pastries are made. Tastings for kids. Parents welcome to lurk in the background for free.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Next Door (upstairs), 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid. 663-3354. [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]

 6:15 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor East Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw. Free. 548-6299. [map]

 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Chain Mail Bracelets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows adults and teens in grades 6 & up how to make a simple chain mail twist bracelet using links & pliers. Supplies provided.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 6:45-8 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 7 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. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Show-and-Tell & Holiday Party: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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All invited to bring rocks, minerals, or jewelry to show off or ask advice about. Refreshments.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Book Conversation: "Drawdown" edited by Paul Hawken: Michigan Friends Center.

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What do we do about climate change besides worry or argue about it? Michigan Friends Center is sponsoring a discussion of a timely new book which describes dozens of proposed ways to reduce, halt, or reverse the effects of human activities that contribute to the warming of our planet. Each proposal is given a two- or three-page chapter of the book and rated according to its expected effectiveness. Join us, gain insights, and contribute your thoughts and opinions. A limited number of copies of "Drawdown" will be available through the Chelsea District Library in advance for participants. Co-sponsored with Transition Town Chelsea.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donation. Donations welcome.. (734)475-1892. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Book Discussion: Michigan Friends Center/Transition Town Chelsea.

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All invited to discuss Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by legendary environmental activist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken. Copies available at the Chelsea District Library.
7-9 p.m., 7748 Clark Lake Rd. (off Oakridge from Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-1892. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Dec. 10: Kent State. 2 p.m..

Dec. 12: North Florida. 7 p.m.

Dec. 16: Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. 2 p.m.

Dec. 21: Delaware State. 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 28: Penn State. 6 p.m.

Jan. 10: Indiana. 7 p.m.

Jan. 20: Illinois. 6 p.m.

Jan. 23: MSU. 7 p.m.

Feb. 1: Purdue. 8 p.m.

Feb. 8: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Feb. 22: Maryland. 6 p.m.
7 p.m., Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 7 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 and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [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 and by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Man: Jim Harbaugh and the Rebirth of Wolverine Football": Literati Bookstore.

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Detroit News sportswriter Angelique Chengelis, who has covered U-M football since 1992, discusses her new book.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. Reservations requested at 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs for Optimists": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Performance of amusing and optimistic folk songs by Ray Hough, brother of Michael Hough of the longtime local favorite singer-songwriter duo Mustard's Retreat. Hough accompanies himself on guitar, ukulele, and a few percussion instruments.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing: Paracord Survival Bracelets": Chelsea District Library.

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Teens in grades 6-12 invited to make woven bracelets that can be unraveled and used in emergencies.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7:30-8:30 p.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
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. MSU.

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7:30 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Ticket price $30 & up at 764-0247. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"George Takei's Allegiance": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of Star Trek star Takei's Broadway musical, inspired by his life story, about the Kimuras, a Japanese American family forced to leave their home following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting in the war, but his sister fiercely protests the government's treatment of her people. Stars Takei and Tony winner Lea Salonga.
7:30 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $17 (Quality 16) & $19 (Rave) in advance at and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Music for a Midwinter's Eve": Ypsilanti Community Choir.

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Ariel Toews-Ricotta directs the choir, accompanied by the Depot Town Big Band, in an eclectic program of seasonal choral music and big-band favorites. Preconcert and intermission music by the local jazz quartet BDQ.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 481-9285. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Merry Wives of Windsor": U-M Theatre Department.

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Dec. 7-10. U-M theatre professor John Neville-Andrews directs U-M theatre students in Shakespeare's high-spirited farce, which features Shakespeare's best-loved comic character, the charming yet roguish knight Falstaff, who schemes to charm his way into the hearts and purses of 2 ladies who decide to beat the portly braggart at his own game.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $12) in advance at, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Tonight We Swing V": Pioneer High School.

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Jazz bands from Pioneer, Community, and Huron high schools and the MSU Bebop Spartans ensemble are joined tonight by well-known jazz drummer Harvey Mason, who has recorded with Herbie Hancock, George Benson, and many others.
7:30 p.m., PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 994-2120. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Violet": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Dec. 7-10. U-M musical theatre professor Mark Madama directs musical theatre students in Brian Cawley & Jeanine Tesori's 2014 Tony-nominated musical, adapted from Doris Betts' short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim," about a young disfigured woman who travels from North Carolina to Oklahoma in hopes of being healed. Tesori's score, "with its tangy flavors of country, gospel, blues, and honky-tonk rock, is also perhaps her warmest and most accessible," according to a New York Times review. She recently won a Tony for her adaptation of Fun Home, Alison Bechtel's graphic memoir.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $20 (students, $12) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Lou Harrison at 100: American Musical Maverick": U-M School of Music Percussion Ensemble.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Joseph Gramley directs percussion students in a selection of music by the influential 20th-century American composer who was known for incorporating elements of non-Western music, especially Javanese gamelan, in his work. The program also includes music by other similarly adventurous composers. The U-M ensemble is joined in some pieces by the Bowling Green State University Percussion Ensemble.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Canceled--"Birth of a Ho' Ass Nation": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Dec. 7, 14, & 21. This event has been canceled.
8 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $10 in advance at & at the door., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Early Music Choir and Chamber Music Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Students perform Baroque and Renaissance choral and chamber works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Ebird & Friends Holiday Show: The Ark.

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Dec. 7-9. Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local progressive country-rock band the Ragbirds who has also released a solo CD, Scenes from the Fragile, Agile Avian World, is joined by several established and up-and-coming luminaries of the Michigan music scene for her very popular annual program of new and old holiday music. This year's cast includes Joe Hertler, May Erlewine, Rachael Davis, Mark Lavengood, Abigail Stauffer, Brad Philips, Jen Sygit, and Jessica McCumons, as well as members of the Ragbirds, the Appleseed Collective, the Macpodz, and more.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat.), the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25-$50 (kids age 10 & under, $15 for Sat. matinee only) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Lab and Jazz Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Ellen Rowe directs the Jazz Ensemble and Dennis Wilson directs the Jazz Lab Ensemble in compositions and arrangements by Remy LeBouef, Dominic Bierenga, Ellen Rowe and Jim McNeely.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Matthew Broussard: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 7-9. Young Atlanta-bred comic who was named Houston's Funniest Person in 2012 for his playful humor directed at unlikely topics like physics and grammar, along with offbeat matters like the hardships entailed in looking like a villain from an 80s movie. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant: University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society (UMGASS).

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UMGASS presents Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera Princess Ida, in which the title character escapes an arranged marriage to found a women's university at Castle Adamant, where men are barred under penalty of death. Her fiancé, Prince Hilarion, decides to infiltrate the college from within, as his father, King Hildebrand, prepares to attack the castle from without. Romance, drama, and hilarity ensue as both ingrained conflicts and hidden identities are sorted out. Sullivan's contribution is particularly well regarded in this piece, with a sequence of musical gems in Act II known as 'the string of pearls.' U-M students Alexandra Kzeski and Christopher Kendall star as Ida and Hilarion, with support from UMGASS veterans Don Regan and Phillip Rhodes, and UMGASS newcomers Amanda Williams, Elizabeth Mitchell, Sounak Das, and Benjamin Powell, among others. David Andrews directs, with music direction by Daniel Bachelis.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 N. University Avenue. $10-$25. 800-838-3006. [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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"halfway between": U-M Dance Department B.F.A. Dance Concert.

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Dec. 7, 8, & 9. Senior U-M dance majors Danielle Fattore, Yoshiko Iwai, and Callie Munn present a concert of their choreography. Each performs a solo and presents a group work.
8 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. $7 at the door only. 763-5460. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Mad about Chamber Music": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M piano students perform classical chamber works TBA.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free; donations accepted., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Princess Ida": U-M Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

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Dec. 7-10. David Andrews directs this accomplished local town-and-gown company in Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operetta about a feminist princess who rebels against her arranged marriage and retreats to Castle Adamant, where she runs a college for women. The intended bridegroom, Prince Hilarion, and his two best friends disguise themselves as women in order to infiltrate Ida's fortress--meanwhile, Hilarion's father takes Ida's father, an inveterate grumbler, prisoner and proceeds to make the captive king miserable by treating him with the utmost kindness. Cast includes Alexandra Kzesi, Elizabeth Mitchell, Amanda Williams, Jaime Sharp, Christina Cueto, Beth Ballbach, Grace Davis, Benjamin Powell, Don Regan, Phillip Rhodes, Christopher Kendall, Patrick Takata, Sounak Das, Natan Zamansky, Stephan Lemmer, Jeff Spindler. Musical direction by Daniel Bachelis.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 North University. Tickets $22 & $25 (seniors, $20 & $22; students, $10 & $12) in advance at and at the door., (800) 838-3006. [map]

 8:45 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)., 668-TIME. [map]


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Blind Pig: Greg Blucher

Detroit acoustic pop-punk trio. Opening acts are the Cleveland punk- rock quartet Who Hit Me, the Detroit rock 'n' roll quartet Notes & Leaves, and Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Zander Michigan. [venue info]

Café Verde: Nixon "Dread" Omollo

This Addis Ababa-based singer-songwriter and guitarist plays African roots and reggae-inspired music. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Last Word: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazz-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzmeier. [venue info]

Mash: Rock Jones

Detroit roots rock, classic country, and blues quintet. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]


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