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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 10, 2017






 
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 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

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

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



 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Dec. 9 & 16. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Dec. 9), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Dec. 16), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Dec. 9 & 10, Jan. 13 & 14, Feb. 10 & 11, Mar. 10 & 11. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (members, $3; kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 605-0624. [map]


 10 a.m. 

A2QUA Sunday Morning Swim: Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics.

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


 10 a.m.-5 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]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

Meeting for Worship in the manner of Friends: Michigan Friends Center.

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Under the auspices of Ann Arbor Friends meeting, a Quaker worship group has been meeting in one form or another since the early days of the Friends Lake Community and Michigan Friends Center. John Deikis currently carries on the tradition as coordinator. To join this group, email director@mfcenter.org
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea, MI, 48118, Chelsea. Free. (734)475-1892. manager@mfcenter.org www.mfcenter.org [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

My Turn: A Sensory Friendly Sunday at Leslie Science & Nature Center: My Turn.

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Hike, explore, and play at this nature-based My Turn event designed for individuals with sensory sensitivities! Walk our one-mile trail loop to explore the winter woods and look for winter animal homes. Do experiments about how animals stay warm in winter, or walk a shorter trail to look for clues that animals leave behind. You can also see live animals and explore our site using our app for iPads designed specifically with your family in mind.
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road. Free. 734-997-1553. Myturn@aahom.org myturncommunity.org [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.-4 p.m. 

"Homegrown at the Cobblestone": CS2 Productions.

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Show and sale of handmade arts and crafts by local artists.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. (248) 875-7226. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Homegrown at the Cobblestone": CS2 Productions.

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Show and sale of handmade arts and crafts by local artists.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. (248) 875-7226. [map]


 10 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

"Santa Central": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Kids invited to visit with Santa, make seasonal crafts, and enjoy a hayride. Snack. Photos with Santa available for $2, or bring your own camera.
10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m., Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 10:15-11:15 a.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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



 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Art on Adare"

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Dec. 9 & 10. A holiday show and sale of fine art jewelry by Idelle Hammond-Sass, fiber art by Carol Furtado, Majolica ceramics by Anne Tubbs, watercolors and photos by Angelis Jackowski, and mosaics by Wasentha Young.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., 1510 Kearney at Adare (off Melrose via Tuomy from Washtenaw). Free admission. 741-4441. [map]


 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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


 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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


 11 a.m.-6 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/



 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"7th Annual Friends at the Front Porch Holiday Sale"

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Dec. 9 & 10. Michigan artists and crafters show and sell handwoven textiles, paintings, small artworks, jewelry, ceramic tiles, and woodworking.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Front Porch Textile Studio, 1219 Traver. Free admission. 662-7134. [map]


 11 a.m.-5 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]


 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Physics": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion led by U-M physics professor Robert Savit of chapter 4 of Claremont School of Theology professor Philip Clayton's Religion and Science: The Basics.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.


 Noon-5 p.m. 

11th Annual Holiday Studio Sale.

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Dec. 9 & 10. Show and sale of works by local artists, including book arts by Jean Buescher Bartlett, ceramics by John Leyland, silk and wool by Michelle Montour, porcelain works by Kate Tremel, and hand-crafted chocolates by Sweet Gem Confections candy maker Nancy Biehn.
Noon-5 p.m., Tremel residence, 627 Gott St. (off Miller). Free admission. 327-3727. [map]



 Noon-7 p.m. 

3rd Annual Holiday Market: Ypsi Alloy Studios.

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Dec. 9 & 10. Show and sale of fine art and handmade gifts made by studio members, including sculpture, woodworking, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, jewelry, housewares, and more. Treats. Cash bar.
Noon-7 p.m., Ypsi Alloy Studios, 564 S. Mansfield (south off W. Michigan Ave. just east of Ellsworth), Ypsilanti. Free admission. ypsi.alloy@gmail.com, ypsialloy.com. [map]


 Noon-5 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]


 Noon-6 p.m. 

DIYpsi Holiday Market.

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Dec. 9 & 10. More than 80 area artists and crafters show and sell their paintings, jewelry, clothing, glass, soaps, baked goods, and more.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 9) & noon-6 p.m. (Dec. 10), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free admission. diypsi.com, diypsifair@gmail.com. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Holiday Open House: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Drop by this weekend for our Holiday Open House! Enjoy free wine tasting and some yummy complimentary treats. Think about the perfect gifts for your wine loving friends and family, or stock your wine rack for your own holiday gatherings.
Saturday, 11 to 5:30 and Sunday, 12 to 5:30
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. Free. 5175228167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]



 Noon 

The Nutcracker Ballet: Dancer's Edge.

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Dexter's Dancer's Edge Studio performs the Holiday Favorite The Nutcracker! Stay to meet and take photos with the dancers afterward! Email for ticket information.
Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theater, 2100 W Michigan 36 Pinckney, MI 48169, Pinckney. $17 in advance, $20 on performance day. (734) 424-2626. dextersdancersedge@yahoo.com www.dextersdancersedge.com [map]


 Noon-3 p.m. 

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

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


 1, 4:10, 6:50, & 9:25 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.


 1-4 & 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

German Family Open House: Kempf House Museum.

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


 1 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
1-4 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. cawolfe@umich.edu. 678-7549, 663-0262. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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


 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 9 & 10. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are hawks & falcons. Note: Saturday's program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired of human interaction.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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



 1 7 3:30 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]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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


 1:10, 4, & 9:35 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.


 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, & 9:45 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.


 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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


 1:30 p.m. 

"Kitchen Traditions": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Cooking workshops. Bring containers for samples to take home.

Nov. 12: Grange president Ruth Scodel shows how to make sweet and savory pies.

Dec. 10: Winter Staples: Unstuffed Cabbage, Winter Squash Casserole.

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1:30-4:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 suggested donation. Preregistration requested at kitchentradreg@umich.edu. 761-6172. [map]


 1:30, 4:30, 6:45, & 9:15 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]


 1:45, 4:15, & 7 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]


 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner": Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX.

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Dec. 10 & 13. (Stanley Kramer, 1967). A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiancé. Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn.
2 & 7 p.m., Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $8.25-$10.50 in advance at fathomevents.com, and at the door. 973-8424. [map]


 2 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]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

Congolese Class Showing: U-M Dance Department.

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An informal showcase of dancing and drumming led by Congolese dance master teacher Biza Sompa.
2 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). Free. 763-5460. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Hudson Education Center Holiday Concert: Dexter District Library.

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Performances by instrumental and vocal soloists attending Dexter public schools. Refreshments.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Joe's Memory Arts Cafe: Alzheimer's Association.

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This collaborative program welcomes individuals with memory loss living in their homes, their care partners, family, and friends. It is a supportive and engaging environment where everyone can interact, have fun, find support, and enjoy a positive experience. This group meets every 2nd Sunday each month and if you have any questions or would like to register, please call Sandy Schmunk at 734-649-6806.
Towsley Health Building, 5361 McAuley Drive. Free. 734-649-6806. alz.org/mglc/in_my_community_education.asp [map]



 2 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]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

Ready2Market.Plan4Sale HOME SELLER Seminar: Ann Arbor Real Estate Associates @ Howard Hanna.

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Time to put your house on the market?
Don't know where to begin?
JOIN HOWARD HANNA FOR A SEMINAR!
READY2MARKET.PLAN4SALE is hosting a home-seller-how-to!
We will be offering valuable tools to assist you with
preparing the perfect buyer experience.
Vendor Connections, Lending and Finance Planning Tools, Pricing Advise, Market stats and more!
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS SERVED
SUNDAY DECEMBER 10, 2017
2 TO 4 PM
Howard Hanna Real Estate Campus, 1898 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. Caitlin A. Phillips -734.796.7000. a2realestatelady@gmail.com AnnArborRealEstateAssociates.com [map]



 2 p.m. 

The Year Without A Panto Claus: Theatre NOVA.

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



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Hikes: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Dec. 10 (2-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial): "Wild Nuts." A nature hike to learn some of the edible wild nut trees of the Eastern hardwood forest and how to make hickory nut milk, staple winter food of the Anishinaabe people, over the fire.

Jan. 20: (10 a.m.-noon, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial): "Winter Marsh Walk." WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a trek to the park's cordgrass marsh to explore how the wetland changes in winter and look for signs of mink and coyote.

Jan. 21 (1-3 p.m.) & Feb. 24 (10 a.m.-noon)., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial: "Snowshoe Clinic." REI snowshoe specialists are on hand to educate those interested about snowshoes. Followed by a snowshoe hike led by WCPARC naturalists. A limited number of showshoe pairs available to borrow; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.

Feb. 3: (7-9 p.m., Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester). 'Superb Owl Hike." WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a night time stroll through the woods to look for owls and other nocturnal creatures and to observe winter constellations.

Feb. 25 (2-4 p.m., Baker Woods Preserve, Trinkle Rd. east off Dancer north from Jackson Rd.): "Late Winter Hike." WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike through woods and meadows to look for any common flora and fauna enjoying the last bit of winter before spring's arrival.

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Different times & locations. Free. $6 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337.


 2 p.m. 

"All About the Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in one of her popular lecture-concerts. Today's program is TBA. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"God of Carnage": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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


 2 p.m. 

"Harvey": EMU Theatre Department.

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


 2 p.m. 

"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]



 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Power Contained: The Art of Authority in Central and West Africa": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of minkisi (Central African "power figure" sculptures) and adornments worn by past kings of Nigeria, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]



 2 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]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


 2 p.m. 

"The 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]


 2 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Ballet Chelsea.

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Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based troupe of young dancers ages 8-18 in a production of her choreography of Tchaikovsky's ballet, with narration based on E.T.A. Hoffman's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." The Jackson Symphony Orchestra provides live accompaniment. The Sun. matinee is preceded at 12:30 p.m. by a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea ($10 in advance only) featuring cast visits and photos, and refreshments.
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $15-25 (students, $10-20) in advance at balletchelsea.org and at the door. 475-3070. [map]


 2 p.m. 

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

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


 2, 4:30, & 7:15 p.m. 

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": Michigan Theater.

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 2 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]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

A Christmas Concert: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

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Lucia Campbell conducts the church's adult and children's choirs in seasonal classics by Rutter, Ravel, and others. With the Herald Trumpet Quartet and pianist Charles Berofsky.
3 p.m., St. Thomas, 530 Elizabeth St. Free. 761-8606. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Dexter Community Band.

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Bill Gourley directs this 85-member volunteer ensemble in a program of holiday music including a spirited Jingle Bells Fantasy, "Ave Maria," "White Christmas," the suite from the Polar Express, and other festive selections. The program concludes with a visit from Santa, who provides candy canes for kids and joins a sing-along of traditional Christmas songs. Followed by a cookies & punch reception.
3 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 426-2734. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Anything Goes": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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


 3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"In Conversation: The Lure of the Line": UMMA.

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UMMA assistant curator Lehti Mairike Keelmann explores the drawing practices of Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015). In conjunction with the current exhibit Matisse Drawings: Curated by Ellsworth Kelly from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Collection.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Taubman Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. Preregistration required at umma-program-registration@umich.edu (include date and program title in subject line).

764-0395.
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 3 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Dance Alliance.

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Dec. 9 & 10. Lisa Darby Clark directs local dancers and members of Jazz Dance Theater in Dance Alliance's 20th annual production of Tchaikovsky's ballet. Also, at 1 p.m. on Dec. 10, tea with the cast (tickets process TBA) in the Saline High School commons area.
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $13 in advance at Dance Alliance & The Dancer's Boutique, and at the door. 429-9599. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Unity": Ann Arbor Civic Chorus.

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Karen TenBrink directs this community choir of all ages in works that celebrate building human relationships and supporting one another. The program includes settings of Psalm 133 ("How good it is when people live in unity"), spirituals, American folksongs, popular songs such as "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and classical works by Ola Gjeilo, Hassler, and nationally known local composer Theo Morrison.
3 p.m., Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 994-2300. [map]


 3:30 p.m. 

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

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



 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Classical Bells Holiday Concert: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Darlene Ebersole directs this acclaimed Detroit-area handbell ensemble whose performances are known for their interpretive flair, technical skill, and informal choreography, along with a dash of humor. This popular annual concert showcases the group's varied repertoire of classical, inspirational, seasonal, popular, and even ragtime and swing tunes.
3:30-5:30 p.m., AADL lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 4 p.m. 

"A Boychoir Christmas": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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Dec. 9 & 10. New music director John Boonenberg leads this local ensemble of boys ages 8-18 in its 31st annual Christmas concert. The program opens with the processional "Once in royal David's city," with the 1st verse sung by a solo boy, and concludes with John Gardner's "Tomorrow shall be my dancing day." The featured works range from John Rutter's setting of Robert Herrick's "What Sweeter Music" to the contemporary "Carol of the Stranger" by Abbie Betinis, the grand-niece of famed Christmas carol composer Alfred Burt, who has revived Burt's tradition of writing an annual carol. Also, British composer Bob Chilcott's "The Sparrows' Carol," a new arrangement of "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" with flute and guitar accompaniment, 19th-century German organist-composer Wilhelm Greef's motet "Das Volk so im Finstern wandelt," and Kyle Haugen's raucous setting of "I Wonder as I Wander." Audience sing-alongs of "Hark! The herald angels sing" and "O come, all ye faithful" are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. This popular annual concert usually sells out.
3 p.m. (Sat.), First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw, & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15; youths 17 & under, free) in advance at aaboychoir.org/reserve.html and BoychoirA2+Tickets@gmail.com, and at the door. 663-5377. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Performance Improvisation Showing": U-M Dance Department.

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Performances by students in U-M dance professor Amy Chavasse's improvisation class.
4 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). Free. 763-5460. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"Retrospective of Music Performed Since 1995": Ann Arbor Grail Singers.

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Carmen Cavallaro directs this 14-voice women's early-music choir in a retrospective program featuring a selection of the most exciting songs it has performed since its founding in 1995, including music by lesser known women composers such as Isabella Leonarda, Vittoria Aleotti, and Sulpita Cesis, along with works by its founder director Lynn O'Malley and current director Cavallaro. Accompanists are viola da gambist James Perretta and chamber organist Anne Crawford. Preceded at 3:30 p.m. by a talk by Cavallaro on the program.
4 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. $15 (seniors, $12; students, $5). Cash or check only. AnnArborGrailSingers.org, 662-0631. [map]


 4pm  Free! 

dialogue on the Future of Liberal Democracy--.

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greetings!
join us over food and fellowship as we foray into "The Future of Liberal Democracy in America":
RSVP and see address here: https://www.meetup.com/Democratic-Clubs-of-Ann-Arbor/events/244763754/
What is liberal democracy? What is the history behind our current understanding of it? What are the benefits, as well as present and future dangers to its survival? Most importantly, what can we do to promote the tenets it promises for our nation?
GUEST SPEAKER: ricky herbert . . . a writer, entrepreneur, teacher, and student of life who describes himself as a "recovering travels & politics junkie". His motto "Explore. Express. Then Survive". Imminent plans include publication of a book in the coming weeks and a future run for public office. The book, like the good life, is a sojourn through ideas and original art.
ann arbor location -- see meetup for address. Free. rise@purplerepublic.us www.purplerepublic.us


 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: SUN SHEN.

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



 5 & 7 p.m.  Free! 

11th Annual Christmas Concert: New Life Church.

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The church's eclectic band performs arrangements of Christmas songs interspersed with audience carol singing.
5 & 7 p.m., New Life Church, 1541 Washtenaw. Free. 623-6313. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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


 5-8 p.m. 

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

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


 5:30 p.m. 

"Coloring with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 12 & up invited to color while interacting with adoptable cats. Snacks, soda, and coloring supplies provided.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at tinylions.org/coloringwithcats. 661-3575. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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


 6-8 p.m. 

The Christmas Village Collection - Open House at Gordon Hall: Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Gordon Hall will host an open house from 6pm to 8pm on Saturday December 9, Sunday December 10, Wednesday December 27, and Thursday December 28. Visitors will tour the Christmas Village Collection, a magical display of Milt Campbell's huge collection of Department 56 villages. This collection was traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season, and is a favorite destination for families. Presented by the Dexter Area Historical Society. Suggested donation: $5/adult. Location: Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, MI. Free onsite parking. For more information call 734-426-2519, or visit our website at www.dexterhistory.org/upcoming-events or Facebook page: www.facebook.com/dexterhistory
Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Road, Dexter. Donation. $5/adult. 734-426-2519. dexmuseum@aol.com www.dexterhistory.org [map]



 6-7 p.m. 

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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With live holiday music, a hot toddy, and snacks. Cash bar.
6-7 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $12. Reservations required. 619-8100. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

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

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


 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.  Free! 

U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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U-M drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in scenes from Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Tony Kushner's celebrated 2-play series exploring the apocalyptic fears at the heart of contemporary culture, and 'night, Mother, Marsha Norman's controversial 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a deeply unhappy woman justifying her planned suicide to her mother.
7 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Oriol Sans conducts this music student ensemble in a performance of John Williams' Tuba Concerto with U-M tuba & euphonium professor Fritz Kaenzig as guest soloist. Composed in 1985, it quickly became a staple in the tuba repertoire for its lyricism, wit, and acrobatic twists. Also, Beethoven's lavish and dramatic Leonore Overture No. 2 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9. Preceded at 6:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"8 Pointless Minutes: A Long Form Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to form groups to perform an 8-minute improv sketch. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Brennan Andes Trio

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

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Brennan Andes Trio

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

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience

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

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: "Songwriters Circle."

All invited to drop in to play their work or just listen. Hosted by veteran singer-songwriter Annie Capps. 2-5 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

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

Habitat Lounge: EventJazz

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

Old Town: John Latini

Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter. His new CD, The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good, is a collection of soul-infused R&B songs. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

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

 
 


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