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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 22, 2017






 
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 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.


 10-10:30 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]


 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]


 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]


 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]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Teen Holiday Party: Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 6-12 invited for food, crafts, a gift exchange, and a chance to win prizes.
7-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Family Mew-vie Night": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Ron Howard's 2000 adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss tale that stars Jim Carrey. 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, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Space limited; preregistration recommended at tinylions.org/mewvienights. 661-3575. [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. 

"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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Twelfth Nights (of Christmas), or What You Drink": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Dec. 22 & 23. Local actors play a drinking game while performing a 90-minute version of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identities and misplaced affections. Also, carol singing.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Justin Walter and the Ben Jansson Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local saxophonist Jansson's straight-ahead jazz ensemble is joined by Walter, a Chicago-based Ann Arbor native whose electronic valve instrument is a hybrid trumpet and analog synthesizer. With pianist Rick Roe, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummer David Brophy.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 & 10:30 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 & 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]


 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Billy Davis

Legendary R&B singer-songwriter and guitarist, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who cowrote and played lead guitar on Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' original 1959 recording of "The Twist." Jackie Wilson's original lead guitarist, Davis was also Jimi Hendrix's first guitar tutor. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Billy Davis

Legendary R&B singer-songwriter and guitarist, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who cowrote and played lead guitar on Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' original 1959 recording of "The Twist." Jackie Wilson's original lead guitarist, Davis was also Jimi Hendrix's first guitar tutor. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Jacob & Grant

Local duo of double bassist Jacob V. Warren and multi- instrumentalist Grant Flick. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Betz & Klav

South Lyon hip-hop MC. Opening acts are Lansing rapper James Gardin, Shelby Twp. Hip-hop MC Bubba Klutch, and Detroit space-bass & trap electronic musician Hanz Play. Advance tickets: $10 ($12 at the door). [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]

Club Above: Dreamers Delight

Denver-based electronic dance music (EDM) producer. Opening acts are EDM producers Eroy (from Grand Rapids), Norty (also from Denver), and locals Gyp$y and Seabass. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Billy King

Pop-folk with roots-rock and country swing flavors by this talented veteran local singer-songwriter and guitarist. [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: Atomic Radio

Detroit quartet that plays 70s-90s rock and pop favorites. [venue info]

Live: Bugs Beddow Band

Versatile horn-driven R&B, boogie-rock, blues, and jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit trombonist Beddow. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

Local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Steve Nardella Rock 'n' Roll Trio

Ann Arbor's most passionate and compelling roots-rocker performs fiercely cathartic, blues-drenched reworkings of rock 'n' roll and rockabilly classics and obscure gems, along with some authentic Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker blues. [venue info]

 
 


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