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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 21, 2017






 
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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


 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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


 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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


 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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


 10:30 a.m. 

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

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


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Holiday Storytime: Dexter District Library.

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All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited for a 30-minute program of stories, rhymes, finger plays, and music celebrating winter and the holidays. Followed by a craft and refreshments. Geared toward kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Keeping a Healthy Brain": Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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EMU psychology professor Claudia Drossel discusses how to maintain brain health and provides updates from current research in aging and disorders like Alzheimer's.
Noon-1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Better Off Read Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for adults. Book TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group to talk and meet with others who are experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia firsthand. The group offers support, education, problem solving, and guest speakers. The group meets every 3rd Thursday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Chelsea Retirement Community | Crippen Building, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 800-272-3900. kmpeil@alz.org http://goo.gl/MuUGDi [map]



 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 10: Indiana. 7 p.m.

Jan. 20: Illinois. 6 p.m.

Jan. 23: MSU. 7 p.m.

Feb. 1: Purdue. 8 p.m.

Feb. 8: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

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


 3:45 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, 7, 7:15, & 10 p.m. 

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi": State Theatre.

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(Rian Johnson, 2017). The latest installment in George Lucas's iconic space opera. No complimentary passes, vouchers, or coupons will be allowed for the first 3 weeks. Member discounts apply.
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 & 8:15 p.m. 

"Wonder Wheel": Michigan Theater.

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(Woody Allen, 2017). Drama exploring the intertwining lives of 4 people in a Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s--a carousel operator, his estranged daughter, his emotionally volatile wife, and a lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright. Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Justin Timberlake, & Juno Temple.
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]


 4:15, 7:30, & 10:15 p.m. 

"The Disaster Artist": State Theatre.

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

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:15 p.m. 

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

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


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

All Star Readers: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 3-5 invited to discuss favorite books. Snacks & activities.

Nov. 30: The Lemonade War, Jacqueline Davies' novel about 2 warring siblings.

Dec. 21: Spirit Animals: Wild Born, the first in Brandon Mull's series of novels about a world where children undergo a coming-of-age ritual do discover whether or not they have a spirit animal that gives them special powers.

Jan. 18: The Mysterious Moonstone, the first in Eric Luper's Key Hunters novel series about 2 kids who discover a secret library where they can enter books to help finish the stories. This time their friend gets stuck in a mystery novel, and they must solve a crime to save her.

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4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 4:30, 7:45, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

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(Greta Gerwig, 2017). Critically acclaimed drama exploring the bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf.

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State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 5:30 p.m. 

Pints and Poses: Winter Solstice Edition.

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Relax from the holiday stress with this is an 1hr +, all-levels vinyasa class. Tickets are $20 apiece and include the yoga session and a pint of your choice at the end of class.
Class will be led by Robin Schultz-Purves, a local yoga instructor who has led several Pints and Poses classes at Wolverine! These classes do sell out pretty quickly, so make sure to grab your tickets while they're available.
Wolverine State Brewing Company, 2019 West Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $20. 734 369-2990. aj@wolverinebeer.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pints-and-poses-winter-solstice-edition-tickets-40158250408?aff=erelexpmlt [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor East Group Run": Running Fit.

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


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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


 7:00 p.m.  Free! 

Fifth Annual Solstice SING: 1st Unitarian Universalist Church.

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SING for your SOLSTICE! What should we do on the longest night of the year? Get together and sing, of course! Join local musicians Laz, San and Emily Slomovits, Lori & Eric Fithian, Jean Chorazyczewski, Linda Teaman and Tom Voiles for an evening of community singing: Songs of Peace, Hope and Joy to lift your spirits, make you smile and celebrate the longest night and the coming of the SUN! We hope to see you in our candle-lit sanctuary for a seasonal holiday that EVERYONE can celebrate! ALL are welcome - bring your whole family and invite your friends and neighbors and come SING with us!
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 734-426-7818. lorifithian@mac.com [map]


 7 p.m. 

Floral Design Workshop: Holiday Centerpieces.

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Spruce up your holiday table with a fresh take on a traditional "long and low" centerpiece. Design like a pro under the guidance of University Flower Shop owner, Dani Vignos. Using wintergreens as a base, you'll have your pick of fresh florals in creams, pops of deep blue, an assortment of berries, and decorative branches. Bring your own vessel for a reduced ticket. We recommend vessels 10-12" long and 3" deep.
The Maryn is located at 1928 Packard St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 behind Morgan and York Fine Wines and Specialty Foods. Free parking is available in the front and rear of the building and both entrances are wheelchair accessible. A gender neutral restroom is available. Please contact us via mailing@uniflowershop.com or (734) 665-6037 with any questions or if we can make your experience more comfortable. We will do our best to accommodate you!
The Maryn (Behind Morgan & York), 1928 Packard St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $85-$95. (734) 665-6037. mailing@uniflowershop.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-centerpieces-2017-holiday-workshop-series-tickets-39955182025 [map]



 7-9 p.m. 

Winter Solstice Sing: Michigan Friends Center.

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All adults and older children invited to join an outdoor circle to learn and sing seasonal songs, rounds, and chants.
7-9 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd. (off Oakridge from Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-1892. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Anything Goes": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing: Cookie Decorating": Chelsea District Library.

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Teens in grades 6-12 invited to decorate and eat holiday cookies.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 8 p.m. 

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

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


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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


 8 p.m. 

Jon McLaughlin: The Ark.

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Popular funk-inflected pop-rock singer-songwriter from Anderson, Indiana. He has a brand-new holiday-themed EP. Opening act is My Silent Bravery, the stage name of Boston acoustic alternative rock singer-songwriter Matthew Wade.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $21 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Norm Stulz: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 21-23. Veteran Detroit stand-up comic who specializes in funny tales about raising 3 kids and other aspects of family life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [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]


 9 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Dec. 9: UCLA. Noon.

Dec. 21: Alabama A&M. 9 p.m.

Dec. 30: Jacksonville. 6 p.m.

Jan. 6: Illinois. Noon.

Jan. 9: Purdue. Noon.

Jan. 15: Maryland. 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 21: Rutgers. Noon.

Feb. 3: Minnesota. 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 14: Iowa. 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: Ohio State. 1 p.m.
12:30 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Café Verde: Billy Kirst & Friends

Local singer-songwriter who fronts the classy alt-folk string quartet Wire in the Wood. With other musicians TBA. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Elks Lodge: "Hip-Hop Open Mike."

All hip-hop artists invited. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones

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

Mash: The Shelter Dogs

Local self-styled "lounge-a-billy" trio that plays vintage swing, rockabilly, and blues. With upright bassist Todd Perkins, guitarist Pete Bullard, and drummer Tom Twiss. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

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

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

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

 
 


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