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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 30, 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.


 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Last Day at the Museum": U-M Natural History Museum.

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A last chance to enjoy some of the museum's most popular exhibits and offerings at its present location. Activities include science-themed crafts, a commemorative photo booth and selfie station, and the Scientist Spotlight, where several U-M research scientists are stationed throughout the museum with hands-on activities focusing on their current work. The museum is scheduled to reopen in the new Biological Science Building in 2019.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

5th Annual Alzheimers's Race: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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5th Annual Alzheimer's benefit Remote Controlled car race.
Washtenaw RC Raceway invites you to our 5th annual RC car race benefiting Alzheimer's. Grandstand seating is free; the cost of entry to race is whatever you wish to donate to Alzheimer's. The event is at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd Building "F" Ann Arbor, MI. 48103 on 12/30/17 From Noon till 5Pm. All profits are donated The Alzheimer's Association.
The doors open at 10Am.
Rental RC Cars are available with a minimum $25 donation.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds Building, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd Ann Arbor, Mi. 48103. Donation. 517-290-7128. info@wrcr.biz www.wrcr.biz [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

Aerial Boot Camp: A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! Come for a great workout or supplement your aerial training with this all levels conditioning class, which focuses on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for. Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via the included link before arriving for class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 26-Jan. 7. Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations. With live entertainment at 1 p.m. each day, including Yo-Yo Master Zeemo (Dec. 26 & 27), Drummunity! drum circles (Dec. 28 & 29), "Ron Loyd, the Bubble Man" (Dec. 30 & 31), and more.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Sat., except Jan. 1), noon-4 p.m. (Sun., except Dec. 31), & noon-5 p.m. (Dec. 31 & Jan. 1), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]


 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Marathon Skate": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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Dec. 23 & 30. Skating to music by a DJ.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Veterans Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Rd. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 794-6235. [map]


 10:15 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:15 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $17 to race. (517) 290-7128. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  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]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 11am-12pm 

Acro Balance: Essentials of Acro: A2 Aviary.

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This is an all-level class for everyone interested in learning more about Partner Acrobatics and Partner Balancing. In Acro, we play with good alignment and momentum to let the "base" balance and move a partner (flyer). There will be material appropriate to all comfort levels, with new students learning basic poses and flows while experienced students build to more challenging poses and transitions. You do not need to bring a partner or any previous experience to enjoy it!

We will begin with warm-up exercises and progress through fundamental poses that are just begging to be linked together in interesting ways! It's a fun, low-stress, and safe environment to improve fitness, balance, and communication. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
The Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


 1-2:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [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]


 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]


 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees asked to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 761-1115.


 3 & 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]



 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Jeff Daniels: Onstage & Unplugged": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Dec. 27-31. Movie and TV star, playwright, and Purple Rose founder Daniels is also a singer-songwriter whose folk-flavored originals include such favorites as "If William Shatner Can, I Can, Too," "The Lifelong Tiger Fan Blues," "State Trooper," and "Recreational Vehicle." His shows are interspersed with chats about how each song came to be. Opening act is the Ben Daniels Band, the Chelsea Americana folk-rock quintet led by Jeff Daniels' son.
7 p.m. (Dec. 27-29 & 31), 2 p.m. (Dec. 27), and 3 & 8 p.m. (Dec. 30), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $78 (except Dec. 31, $88). purplerosetheatre.org, 433-7673. [map]


 3 & 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]


 4:30 & 5:30 p.m. 

"Tool Zoo": Maker Works.

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Dec. 30 and Jan. 13 & 27. Shop members lead a tour of the shop and demonstrate tools, including a 3-D printer, a pewter casting machine, a laser cutter, a wood engraver, and a plasma steel cutter. Examples to take home. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.
4:30 & 5:30 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $5 (family, $8). 222-4911. [map]


 6 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball vs. Indiana.

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Big Ten opener. The U-M also has games this month against UCLA (Dec. 9, noon), Alabama A&M (Dec. 21, 9 p.m.), and Jacksonville (Dec. 30, 6 p.m.).
12:30 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Christmas & Holy Nights Festival: Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society of America.

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Detroit Waldorf teacher Beatrice Voigt performs (with live musical accompaniment) the Norwegian Holy Nights folktale The Dream Song of Olaf Åteson. Participants asked to bring their favorite holiday cookies and sweets for sharing. Beverages provided.
7 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. (Parking permitted on the west side of Oswego and the east side of Ridgeway.) Free. 678-5497, (517) 927-3696. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Songs My Exes Taught Me": Arbor Opera Theater.

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Members of this polished local opera company perform songs that explore seduction, joy, loss, self-reflection, avoidance, and resilience.
7 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 Scio Church Rd. $10 ($25 with refreshments) in advance at arboropera.com. 332-9063. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Crossroads Ceili": The Ark.

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Dec. 29 & 30. Two evenings of Celtic music, song, and dance featuring Mick Gavin & Family, a veteran Detroit Irish music ensemble led by fiddler (and County Clare native) Gavin, along with the renowned American Irish harp virtuoso Marta Cook, the champion Chicago fiddler Devin Shepherd, and step-dancers from the Erin Quinn School of Irish Dance (Kalamazoo).
7:30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 ($30 by reservation only includes dinner entrée at Conor O'Neill's before the show). 761-1451. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Al Jackson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 28-30. This 7th-grade teacher-turned-comic is a ubiquitous presence on both MTV and Comedy Central who's known for edgy, hard-nosed observational humor delivered with a laid-back swagger and a beaming smile. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Sam Corbin

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Sam Corbin

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Charlie Reischl & Friends

Ensemble led by Wych Elm bassist (and Neutral Zone music coordinator) Reischl. [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

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

Bona Sera: "Mittenfest XII"

Dec. 29-31. Three-night showcase of local and Michigan bands in a wide spectrum of genres. 6 different bands each night. A benefit for the nonprofit youth tutoring and writing center 826michigan. $10 per night. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). [venue info]

Club Above: Electric Blanket

Ypsilanti art-rock garage sextet. Opening acts TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Banana Migration

Local reggae & blues band. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Davis Gloff

Pop standards and originals by this veteran Detroit singer-pianist whose songs often feature a good deal of political humor. [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: The Front Men

Detroit vintage rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Colin Dexter & the Memphis Thrillbillies

Classic rockabilly, including lots of early Elvis pop ballads, by this southeast Michigan quintet fronted by young Elvis tribute artist Dexter. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

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

Session Room: Chirp

Local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: K Michael Joseph

This local singer-guitarist performs an eclectic array of covers from Badfinger to Cowboy Junkies and Smashing Pumpkins, along with a few originals. [venue info]

 
 


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