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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 8, 2017






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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



 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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


 10 a.m. 

Bookworm Club: Saline Area Senior Center.

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All seniors invited to discuss The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows' epistolary novel set in 1946 about the inhabitants of a small Guernsey town who start a club as an alibi for breaking curfew under Nazi occupation.
10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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


 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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


 10 a.m. 

Winter Art Tour.

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Dec. 8-10. All invited to visit at least 4 of 10 local art shows for a chance to win a piece of local art in a raffle. Shows include the Ann Arbor Art Center's "Holiday Art Shop" show (Dec. 8 & 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.), as well as "Art on Adare," DIYpsi, the Tiny Expo, the 11th Annual Holiday Studio Sale, and shows at Clay Works Studio, Front Porch Textiles, Yourist Studio and Gallery, and Ypsi Alloy Studios (see individual listings for show times).
Various times & locations. Free admission. winterarttour.org.


 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Art Tour 2017: 10 Art Shows in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

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From pottery to prints to pashminas, you'll find much to choose from on the 2nd Annual Winter Art Tour (WAT), December 8-10. Shop handmade goods from 300+ artists and craftspeople at 10 diverse venues around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. You'll also have a chance to win one of 10 prizes made by local artists. Just pick up or print the WAT Passport, visit 4 or more WAT shows, stamp your Passport at each show, then enter to win. Enjoy music, refreshments, creative activities, and demonstrations along the tour, at your own pace. Participating shows include The Ann Arbor Art Center, Art on Adare!, Baron Glassworks, Clay Work Studio, DIYpsi, Front Porch Textiles, Kate Tremel and Friends Art Studios Sale, Tiny Expo, Yourist Studio Gallery, and Ypsi Alloy Studios. Visit winterarttour.org for a printable WAT Passport with a map of locations and a full show schedule, plus photos and details about the art prizes. For holiday fun, join with family and friends to take the Winter Art Tour together!
Winter Art Tour 2017 - 10 Locations - Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 662-4914. winter.art.tour@gmail.com http://winterarttour.com/



 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.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 wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 Noon 

CE and CEU Lunch N' Learn with Tina Gutman on Grief & Loss: THRIVE Counseling.

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Tina Gutman introduce the topic of bereavement and define the terms grief, loss, and mourning. Participants will discuss factors that influence an individual's grief experience, common symptoms of grief, and how to identify and treat different types of grief. we will conclude with how to best provide support to a grieving client and family member or refer to other professional.
StoryPoint Saline, 6320 S. State Road, Saline. $20. 734-436-4249. hello@ThriveCounselingA2.com http://thrivecounselinga2.com/thrive-events/ [map]



 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29. 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 & Tues. except Dec. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25) 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]


 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:15, & 10 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]


 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


 3:45 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Novitiate": Michigan Theater.

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(Margaret Betts, 2017). Drama set in the late 50s & early 60s about a young novice nun caught between different factions that arise with the introduction of Vatican II.
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 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Destined": State Theatre.

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(Quasim Basir, 2016). Drama about the parallel lives of 2 men-one an architect, the other a drug dealer-and how the smallest incident can be life changing. Showtimes on Dec. 8 are for members only.
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 p.m.  Free! 

Problem Solving Initiative Capstone Presentation: Connected and Automated Vehicle Technology: Business and Regulatory Issues: University of Michigan Law School Problem Solving Initiative.

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You are cordially invited to attend a Michigan Law School Problem Solving Initiative capstone presentation by graduate and professional students from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (Applied Physics), the Ford School of Public Policy, Michigan Engineering, the Law School, the Ross School of Business, and the School of Information. with guest panelists: - Jeffrey Michael: Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - April Miller Boise: Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary; Meritor, Inc. - Carrie Morton: Deputy Director, Mcity - Randy Visintainer: Director, Autonomous Vehicles; Ford Motor Company.
South Hall room 1225, 701 S. State Street. Free. rickardj@umich.edu http://www.law.umich.edu/events/Pages/EventDetails.aspx?EventKey=36081:0:20171208T160000&StartDateTime=12/08/2017 [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The History of Violence, the Violence of History: Dilemmas and Challenges in Writing the History of Native American Genocide": U-M Native American and Indigenous Student Interest Group/U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Talk by Columbia University history professor Karl Jacoby.
4 p.m., 3512 Haven Hall, 505 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]


 4, 6:45, & 9:45 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]


 4:10 & 6:50 p.m. 

"The Square": State Theatre.

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(Ruben Ostlund, 2017). Satirical drama about a curator at a contemporary art museum who experiences an existential crisis.

Dec. 8 showtimes are for members only.
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 p.m.  Free! 

"Examining the Experiences of the Unfree in the Frontier Outpost of Detroit": U-M Clements Library.

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Talk by U-M American culture & history professor Tiya Miles, author of The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits. Book sale & signing.
4:15-6 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater (4th floor). Free; preregistration requested at http://conta.cc/2gSlePf. abhelber@umich.edu, 764-5864. [map]


 4:20, 7:10, & 9:35 p.m. 

"The Disaster Artist": State Theatre.

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(James Franco, 2017). Biopic about writer/director Tommy Wiseau, the man behind The Room, the film often called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." James Franco, Seth Rogan, Alison Brie.

Dec. 8 showtimes are for members only.
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.


 5-8 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Show & Sale: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Dec. 8-10. Show and sale of works by local ceramics artists. Tonight is an opening gala with refreshments.
5-8 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 9) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Dec. 10), Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free admission. 662-4914. [map]



 5-10 p.m. 

Kids Night Out: Saline Parks and Recreation.

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Kids ages 5-12 invited for crafts, movies, games in the gym, and swimming. Pizza dinner. Wear athletic shoes and bring a bathing suit and towel.
5-10 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $30 (members, $20) in advance by Nov. 25; $35 (members, $25). after Nov. 25. Preregistration required. 429-3502. [map]


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fridays After 5": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight, with curators discussing the current temporary exhibits.
5-8 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]



 5-8 p.m. 

"Holiday Glass Party": Baron Glassworks.

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Dec. 8-10. Glass blowing demonstrations and sales of Christmas ornaments, vases, yard art, and other works by local glass artists.
5-8 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 9), & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Dec. 10), 838 Railroad, Ypsilanti. Free admission. 482-8829. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

4th Annual Holiday Pottery Sale: Clay Works Studio.

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Dec. 8-10. Show and sale of handcrafted works by studio members. Tonight is a reception with food, wine, and live classical music.
6-8 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 9), & noon-5 p.m. (Dec. 10), 2763 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 604-7596. [map]


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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


 6 p.m. 

"Festive Friday": The Creature Conservancy.

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Dec. 8 & 15. All invited to view Sven the reindeer and the indoor holiday lights at the conservancy. Cookies, milk, and hot chocolate. Bring a donation for the animals (wish list available at thecreatureconservancy.org/get-involved-wish-list.html).
6 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets TBA in advance only at thecreatureconservancy.org/upcoming-events.html. 929-9324. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Winter Wonderland Daddy Daughter Dance": Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Girls ages 5-12, accompanied by a dad, grandfather, uncle, or other man, invited for dancing to recorded music. Light refreshments and a souvenir.
6-8 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth. $40 (Pittsfield Twp. residents, $35). Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov or at 822-2117. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Movie for Adults": Dexter District Library.

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Screening of Norman, Joseph Cedar's 2016 drama starring Richard Gere as a small-time operator who befriends an aspiring young politician temporarily down on his luck.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 6:40 p.m. 

"Human Flow": State Theatre.

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(Ai Weiwei, 2017). Documentary chronicling a year of the global refugee crisis through a series of personal, deeply-felt stories.

Dec. 8 showtimes are for members only.
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.


 7 p.m. 

1942 Films: State Theatre.

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Movies that played at the State the year it opened.

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Dec. 8: "Anchors Aweigh," George Sidney's 1945 musical starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra as two sailors on leave. 7 p.m. "The Fleet's In" screening has been canceled due to a distribution issue. Tickets already purchased will be accepted for "Anchors Aweigh." For a refund, call 668-8397.

Dec. 9: "Saboteur" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1942). Thriller about a factory worker accused of sabotage and murder but who is actually the fall guy for a Nazi spy ring. Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane. 7 p.m.

Dec. 10 & 13: "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Upbeat, toe-tapping biopic about Broadway showman George M. Cohan, highlighted by the songs "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Over There." James Cagney. 7 p.m. (Dec. 10) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 13).

Dec. 11 & 12: "Woman of the Year" (George Stevens, 1942). The first rom-com starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn features a modern-day "taming of the shrew" plot where a sophisticated and independent foreign correspondent feuds with and eventually marries a crusty New York sportswriter. 7 p.m. (Dec. 11) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 12).

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Various times, 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.


 7 p.m. 

Ballet Chelsea and the Jackson Symphony Present The Nutcracker: Ballet Chelsea.

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Join the excitement! This special collaboration between Ballet Chelsea and The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is an event not to be missed! Ballet Chelsea commemorates its 20th Anniversary presentation of The Nutcracker by joining forces with the JSO for what will be an unforgettable, enchanting experience. Join us on December 8 at the Potter Center in Jackson, or, December 9 and 10 at Chelsea High School. Tickets go on sale November 1, 2017.
Potter Center, Jackson, MI and Chelsea High School, Chelsea, MI, 2111 Emmons Rd., Jackson or 740 N. Freer Rd., Chelsea, Chelsea. $20 - $25. 734-475-3070. info@balletchelsea.org balletchelsea.org [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including fiction writer Sylvan Thomson and poet Kaylie Johnson.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Steven Mead: U-M School of Music.

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This renowned English euphonium virtuoso has performed solo concertos with symphony orchestras around the world. Tonight he performs with his wife, euphonium player Misa Mead. Tonight's program includes Program: Luc Vertommen and Misa Mead's arrangement of Bizet's Carmen Fantasy, Hidenori Arai's In a Twinkle Memory, Steven Verhelst's Devil's Waltz, Franz Cibulka's A New Day Suite, and Xavier Denis's Batipopo Duo.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"American Studies: A User's Guide": Literati Bookstore.

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U-M American culture & history professor Philip Deloria and Western Kentucky University American studies professor Alexander Olson discuss their new book.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. Reservations requested at literatibookstore.com. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Candy Making 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers presents a hands-on introduction to making and properly storing chocolate truffles, rock candy, and different types of brittle. Recipes. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Family Mew-vie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Screening of Over the Hedge, Tim Johnson & Karey Kirkpatrick's 2006 animation about a raccoon who leads a group of animals in raiding a suburban community for food. Also, a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. Note: This event usually sells out.
7-9 p.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Space limited; preregistration recommended at tinylions.org/mewvienights. 661-3575. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Harvey": EMU Theatre Department.

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


 7:30 p.m. 

"Warren Miller's Line of Descent": Michigan Theater.

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(2017). Recognized as the world's premier ski filmmaker, Miller began making family-oriented ski adventure films in 1950. Though no longer directed by Miller, the films are still a major draw on the West Coast, where they pack houses for weeklong runs, and at the Michigan Theater, whose annual showing usually draws 800 to 1,000 viewers.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $15 (children under 12, $12). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Fall Concert: Kopitonez.

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This U-M student a cappella ensemble performs songs by everyone from Christina Perri and Beyonce to the South Korean boy band BTS.
7:30-9 p.m., 140 Lorch Hall, 611 Tappan. Tickets $7. kopiboard@umich.edu. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

The Year Without A Panto Claus: Theatre NOVA.

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



 7:30 p.m. 

"Coppélia": EMU Dance Program.

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EMU dance students perform Léo Delibes' comic ballet, based on E.T.A. Hoffman's stories "The Sandman" and "The Doll." When a village youth falls in love with a life-sized dancing doll made by an eccentric inventor, his girlfriend must save him from the inventor's murderous wrath. Live score by the EMU Symphony Orchestra.
7:30 p.m., Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, EMU campus, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (seniors & students, $8; children under 12, $6) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Concert": Women's Chamber Chorus.

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David Perample directs this independent 30-member local women's chorus in an eclectic program that includes holiday favorites, some with jazzy adaptations, and upbeat contemporary tunes. Piano accompanist is Andrew Anderson.
7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free; donations accepted. 665-9271. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Peter Pan Jr.": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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Dec. 8-10. Laurie Atwood and Chris Joseph direct young local actors in a junior version of Carolyn Leigh and Moose Charlap's Broadway musical, based on J.M. Barrie's popular children's novel about a magical boy who transports 3 English children to Never Never Land. The show's most memorable tunes include the exuberant "I'm Flying" and "I've Gotta Crow."
7:30 p.m. (Fri.) and 1 & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Tickets $10 (kids, $8) in advance & at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

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

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


 8 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


 8 p.m. 

Caleb Curtis & Marta Sánchez: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Saxophonist Curtis, an Ann Arbor native who's become a fixture on the NYC jazz scene, performs originals and jazz standards in a duo with Madrid-born jazz pianist Sánchez, whose latest album, Partenika, was one of the New York Times top 10 albums of 2015.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [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 theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio: Bach Collegium Japan (University Musical Society).

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Masaaki Suzuki directs Japan's premier period-instrument ensemble and chamber choir in Bach's unusual 6-part, 3-hour oratorio, originally intended to be performed over 6 days during the Christmas season, commemorating the major events from the birth of Jesus through the visit by the 3 Wise Men. A Gramophone review notes Suzuki's "beautifully judged" rendition has "meticulous attention to detail, superlative balance and speeds which allow the music to proceed with dignity." Guest soloists: soprano Sherezade Panthaki, countertenor Jay Carter, tenor Zachary Wilder, and bass Dominik Wörner.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$80 in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Katie Geddes & Friends: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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An evening of acoustic music hosted by Geddes, a local folksinger who sings in a clear, strong voice. Her repertoire includes songs by everyone from Buffy Sainte-Marie and John Prine to Michael Nesmith and Lennon & McCartney, and her recent CD We Are Each Other's Angels has gotten airplay around the world. The lineup also includes All about Eve, the vocal trio of Geddes, Deb Wood, and David Vaughn. They specialize in close-harmony pop, folk, and gospel tunes, some performed a cappella and some accompanied by guitarist Dan Reynolds. Also, area singer-songwriter Matt Watroba and veteran guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle virtuoso Joel Mabus, who is also an excellent songwriter known for his trenchant humor and eclectic "folkabilly" style.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 662-4536, 665-8558. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Luke Winslow King: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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This Michigan-bred Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist, who currently lives in New Orleans, specializes prewar pop music steeped in blues and jazz, along with originals in the same vein. His Old/New Baby was named a Top 10 Album of 2009 in the American Songwriter magazine editors poll, and Pop Matters critic Ed Whitelock says his latest Bloodshot CD, I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always, "hits all the musical touchstones between his adopted New Orleans home and his place of origin, referencing the electrified blues of Chicago, the soulful sound of Memphis, the harrowing gospel of the Delta, and, of course, the party blues of the French Quarter."
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door. 316-7919. [map]


 8 & 10:30 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. umgassexec@umich.edu http://www.umgass.org [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Anything Goes": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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


 8 p.m. 

"God of Carnage": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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


 8 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! 

"Middlebrow Modernism: Aaron Copland, Music Appreciation, and the Styling of New Music": U-M School of Music Musicology Distinguished Lecture.

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Talk by University of Notre Dame musicology professor Christopher Chowrimootoo.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 8 p.m. 

"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 umgass.brownpapertickets.com and at the door. umgassexec@umich.edu, (800) 838-3006. [map]


 8 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 tickets.smtd.umich.edu, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 8 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]


 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

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

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


 10 p.m. 

Late Night Films at the State Theatre.

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Dec. 8: "Harold and Maude"(Hal Ashby, 1972). Dark comedy about the love affair between a death-obsessed young man and a spry octogenarian, with music by Cat Stevens. Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon. For members only. 10 p.m.

Dec. 8: "The Big Lebowski"(Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998). Beloved comedy starring Jeff Bridges as an L.A. slacker who's commissioned by a namesake to ransom the latter's kidnapped trophy wife. John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore. 10 p.m.

Dec. 9: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"(Dick Sharman, 1975). Cult classic musical about a fresh-scrubbed pair who find themselves the guests of a Transylvanian transsexual transvestite. Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf. 10 & 10:10 p.m.
Most shows 10 p.m., State Theatre. Tickets: $8. michtheater.org, 668-TIME.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Dave Sharp

Jazz ensemble led by this local bassist. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Dave Sharp

Jazz ensemble led by this local bassist. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Aim High Flyers

Aim High School (Farmington Hills) students perform pop songs, led by their teacher, local guitarist Matthew Landrum. [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

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

Bona Sera: "Friends with Benefits Dance Party"

Dance party with DJ Forrest. With burlesque performances by Gala Delicious and Sailors & Mermaids, and a salute to veterans. A benefit for Protect Our Defenders and American Veterans for Equal Rights. 10 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: "Techno & Darkwave"

With Local Media Group DJs. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: The Blue Water Ramblers

This Grand Rapids quintet fronted by banjoist Jim Foerch and guitarist Bear Berends performs a wide range of traditional Great Lakes music, including lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmer's paeans, gospel music, and children's ditties. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Habitat Lounge: FreeLance

Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. [venue info]

Live: George Bedard & the Kingpins George Bedard

Superfine honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard. With drummer Rich Dishman and bassist Randy Tessier. Bedard's tasty 2011 all- instrumental CD, Pickin' Apart the Past, includes "Minor Swing '65," Bedard's surf-music adaptation of a Django Reinhardt tune, and his 2015 live CD, Further On, a collection of vintage and original blues that's highlighted by a show-stopping rendition of "Hawaiian Boogie." [venue info]

Mash: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter, a former Ragbirds guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: SonicRain Jazz Trio

Versatile local jazz ensemble. [venue info]

 
 


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