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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 2, 2017

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 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"22nd Annual Dr. Porter Synchronized Skating Classic": Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Dec. 1-3. 150 teams from across the U.S. and Canada compete in the largest synchronized team skating competition in the world.
6-8 p.m. (Fri.), 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sun.), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. 1-day pass: $10 (students & seniors, $8). Weekend pass: $25 (students & seniors, $20). 213-6768. [map]

 9 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

31st Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminarias along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores. The celebration also includes shows by the Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater and Ballet Chelsea. Friday: Tree lighting ceremony and Santa's arrival (6-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), Santa's workshop with storytelling and children's crafts (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot), cookie decorating (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea ATA Martial Arts), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room), holiday décor at the new Chelsea Area Historical Museum (6:30-8:30 p.m., 128 Jackson), a Live Nativity Scene (time & location TBA), and more. Saturday: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), "Material Girls Christmas Bazaar" for kids age 4 through 6th grade and a parents corner & bake sale (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church; preregistration required at, cookie decorating and live music for families at the Winter Farmers Market (9 a.m.-1 p.m., 500 E. Washington), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m., First Congregational Church; space limited; preregistration required by calling 475-1145), Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (1:30-3 p.m., Chelsea District Library), docent-led Holiday Home Tour (1-4 p.m., starts at Chelsea Area Historical Museum, 128 Jackson; $20 in advance at the Garden Mill & Chelsea Pharmacy and on the tour day at the museum; 476-2010), holiday parade (6 p.m., along Main St.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, and Santa, and more. Sun.: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Mosaic Choir and church organist Kyle Webber, and 18-20 Chelsea High School string and vocal students. The program includes up-and-coming Norwegian composer Kim Andre Arnesen's Magnificat, Danish composer Carl Nielsen's Little Suite for Strings, and a Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Chelsea Creche Celebration (1-7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1330 N. Freer) features a display of creches (Nativity scenes) from around the world, along with brief musical programs at 2 & 5 p.m. featuring traditional Christmas hymns and performances by tenor Stanford Olsen, a U-M voice professor who has been a frequent guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

6:30-8:30 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-7 p.m. (Sun.), downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

34th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Juried show and sale of photography, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, watercolors, dolls, Helen Springer baskets, and much more by 50 vendors. Also, a sale of holiday greens, including wreaths, roping, poinsettias, and ribbon bows. Lunch available (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.).
9 a.m.-4 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $3 admission. 662-3279. [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Sale of used books, CDs, DVDs, and more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free admission. 426-4477. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Christmas at the Mansion - a Family Tradition at Gordon Hall: Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Christmas at the Mansion - a Family Tradition at Gordon Hall. Saturday December 2, 9am to 5pm. Visit this wonderful historic home, beautifully decorated for the holidays. This year featuring 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 was a favorite destination for families. After a visit with Santa, children can make a gingerbread house to take home. Presented by the Dexter Area Historical Society. Suggested donation $5/person. Location: Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, MI. Free onsite parking. For more information call 734-426-2519, or visit our website at or Facebook page:
Gordon Hall in Dexter, 8341 Island Lake Road, Dexter. Donation. $5/person. 734-426-2519. [map]

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Senior Center.

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Sale of handmade gifts and baked goods. Also, a Grandma's Attic rummage sale.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DSC, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-7737. [map]

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Heritage Guild.

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A sale of handcrafted gifts, decorations, wreaths, knitted hats and scarves, toys, and scrubbies. Also, a sale of baked treats and canned goods. Raffles of a quilt, a Christmas goose pillow, and a torte made by former Dexter restaurateur Paul Cousins. Also, the museum gift shop is open. Proceeds benefit the museum.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dexter Area Historical Museum, 3443 Inverness, Dexter. Free admission. 426-2519. [map]

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Winterberry Holiday Fair: Dexter United Methodist Church.

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Sale of crafts and goods by local artists, including spiced nuts, locally made maple syrup and granola, paper goods and cards, hand-painted ornaments, jewelry, recycled dolls, handmade scarves and hats, bowl cozies, and more. Also, rummage sale items, gift baskets, a book sale, and a bake sale.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DUMC, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8480. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 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]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas in the Village": Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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Downtown Manchester bustles with holiday activities, including several craft and artisan shows, greens sales, bake sales, and more. Festivities kick off on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. with a parade that brings Santa down Main Street to the mill where he lights the Christmas tree and greets children.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Manchester. Free admission. 476-4565.

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dinosaur Discovery Day": U-M Natural History Museum.

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This family-oriented dinosaur program is highlighted by the planetarium show Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.). Also, a fossil dig and a chance to make your own cast of a dinosaur tooth or claw, a dinosaur craft and dinosaur games, a chance to meet and talk with some U-M paleontologists, and other family-oriented demonstrations and activities.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. The planetarium show is $5. 764-0478. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

"Ready for Birth: Condensed Childbirth Class": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This interactive, hands-on class is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy first-time parents who simply can't make it to the full six-week series. Perfect for couples seeking a Refresher Class for a second (or more!) baby as well. We'll review the process of labor and birth from start to finish. Emphasis is placed on natural approaches to pain management, support techniques and comfort measures (how partners can help), and tips for smoothing your recovery in the early weeks postpartum.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $175 per couple. 734-663-1523. [map]

 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

4th Annual Quilt Show & Sale: St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

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Quilt display, craft and bake sale, silent auction, and free quilt giveaway. Proceeds to go to St Barnabas quilt guild for material to make charity quilts.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Barnabas, 20500 W. Old US-12, Chelsea. Free admission. 634-8735. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

All the Trimmings Holiday Art Show.

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An array of works by local artisans, including bears, antiques, collectibles, rug hooking, jewelry, pastels, signs, folk paintings,textiles, honey, cast iron, woodcarvings, felting, Christmas ornaments, furniture restyled and fresh greens. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, W. Old US-12 at Manchester Rd., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-2159.

 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Christmas Party: Downtown Home & Garden.

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Santa is on hand to talk to kids, give them Christmas oranges, and take their Christmas lists. Free eggnog, hot cider, chestnuts roasted on an open fire, cranberry salad and other side dishes, and, while they last, mouth-watering morsels of smoked Christmas turkey. Also, a performance by the Community High School Jazz Band.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Holiday Makers' Market: The Common Cup.

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Show and sale of handmade goods by local artists.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Common Cup, 1511 Washtenaw. Free admission. 327-6914. [map]

 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Winter Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Dec. 2 & 3. A popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Some 40 local artists offer a large selection of functional and decorative ceramics. Also, a kids' area with gifts priced for their budgets.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Advent Happening Arts & Crafts": First Presbyterian Church.

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All invited to decorate cookies and make gifts, cards, and ornaments. There are 15 different craft & activity stations for all ages from preK to adult. Childcare provided by reservation only for kids from infant to age 2.
10 a.m.-noon, First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466 ext. 342. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 2 & 3. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Singers & musicians TBA perform traditional holiday music. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254.

 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Music Together creative music teacher Dianne Dudley leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and dancing.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 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]

 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. - 1:30 p.m. 

Advanced Calligraphy: USArtQuest.

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Calligrapher Gail Geer takes you beyond in her continuing calligraphy series.
All materials included.
Bring your sack lunch.
Skill level: intermediate to advanced.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea. $45. 734.562.2662. AskAnythng@USArtQuest. [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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Spanish Immersion PlayClass: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool.

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Come learn and practice Spanish through play! Sing songs, play with toys, create process-based art, and more with Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool! For children ages 6 mo. to 5 years old. Children must be accompanied by adults.
Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool, 2626 Packard. Donation. $5 suggested donation. 734-975-9104. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Atomic Sensors: An Emerging Quantum Technology": U-M Physics Department.

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Rydberg Technologies CEO David Anderson discusses the new atomic sensor technologies his company is developing. Part of the popular Saturday Morning Physics series of lectures aimed at general audiences.
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading Series": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings, usually from new scripts being considered for production. Followed by a discussion with the audience. Dec. 2: Match, Stephen Belber's 2004 dramatic comedy about an aging Juilliard professor who discovers that the couple he invites into his home for an interview have ulterior motives for their visit. Feb. 10: TBA.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Ornament Make & Take Projects": Maker Works.

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Dec. 2, 9, & 16. All invited to use a Maker Works kit to create a unique Baltic birch ornament to take home.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). $20 per kit (each kit includes enough supplies for 3-4 ornaments)., 222-4911. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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A Literati staffer reads stories for kids of all ages.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Craft Show: Maker Works.

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Show and sale of works that have been made at least partly at Maker Works.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free admission. 222-4911. [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]

 11 a.m. 

"Annual Croissant Concert": Kerrytown Concert House.

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A popular holiday tradition featuring Today's Brass Quintet, an ensemble of area professional musicians that performs pop, classical, and holiday tunes. Members are trumpeters Mitchell Wechsler and Jean Moorehead Libs, tuba player Joseph DeMarsh, trombonist Brian Robson, and French horn player Alan Taplin. Croissants, coffee, & juice.
11 a.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Wonderful and Unusual Gifts": Nature's Expressions.

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Nov. 25 & 26 and Dec. 2 & 3. Show and sale of crystalline mineral specimens, fossils, shells, mounted butterflies and insects, and more.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., 3443 Daleview Dr. (off N. Maple Rd. north of Huron River Dr.). Free admission. 994-3048. [map]

 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 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]

 Noon-9 p.m.  Free! 

A Manor Christmas: Concordia University Ann Arbor.

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Gather with Concordia University for A Manor Christmas. This free event includes tours of the historic Earhart mansion decorated for Christmas by professional designers, a unique Festival of Trees display, and a European-style Christmas market. Guests of all ages will enjoy the festivities, including children's activities and entertainment in the libations tent. Extend the celebration by purchasing tickets for the 40th annual Boar's Head Festival pageant. Starting November 1, you may order your tickets by phone: 734-995-7537. Don't miss the 2017 inaugural weekend of A Manor Christmas!
Concordia University Ann Arbor, 4090 Geddes Rd. Free. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Concordia University presents "A Manor Christmas": Concordia University.

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The Concordia Guild is pleased to present "A Manor Christmas." This event includes tours of the historic Earhart Manor decorated for Christmas by professional designers. An outdoor, European-style Kris Kringle Marketplace, featuring shopping, music, food, children's activities and merriment. The 40th annual Boar's Head festival, a Christmas themed pageant that has become a beloved tradition on the Concordia campus. The event is free except for the Boar's Head Festival. Those tickets are $8-$15 dollars. We invite you to start your Holiday Season off with this wonderful event.
Concordia University, 4090 Geddes Road. Free. none. 734-645-0973. [map]

 Noon-5 p.m. 

Open Studio & Art Sale.

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Show and sale of drawings, paintings, and prints by local artists Helen Gotlib and Dylan Strzynski. Also, a chance to look at their works in progress.
Noon-5 p.m., 7281 Toma Rd., Dexter. Free admission. [map]

 12:30 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]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Pompom Bookmark": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and kids in grade K & up invited to make a yarn pompom and attach it to a bookmark. Parents may need to help their children with scissors in trimming the pompom.
1-2 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1-4 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]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Dec. 2, 3, & 9. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Dec. 2: The Ponds Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance at the corner of Emerald and Candlewick) to help extend the new trail.

Dec. 3: Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd.) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle from this 102-acre park, which has over 240 native plant species.

Dec. 9: Stapp Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the corner of Huron Pkwy. & Tuebingen, just west of the Ann Arbor District Library Traverwood branch) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle from this mostly pristine mature oak-hickory forest, which boasts nearly 80% native flora.
Various times, various locations. Free. 794-6627.

 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]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"NaNoWriMo: I Wrote a Novel…Now What?": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local writer Natalie Bakopoulos, author of The Green Shore, offers tips on revising your written work and how to get published. Q&A. In conjunction with the end of National Novel Writing Month, a nonprofit promotion challenging teens and adults to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of November.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Air Apparent": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 2 & 3. Demonstration of science experiments that use air pressure to crush a can, levitate objects, and more.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"SCBWI Merry Mitten Holiday Event": Nicola's Books.

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Members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators are on hand to sign and chat about their books.
1-3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Silent Night: The Real(ish) Story": Saline Area Players.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Kara Fay Cardella directs local actors in her drama about the creation of the beloved Christmas carol by a young Austrian village priest with a damaged organ, a story the play embellishes with some memorable characters and favorite holiday tunes.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 1 p.m. (Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), Fifth Corner, 211 Willis Rd. at S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $5. Reservations available by phone or email to, 957-6585. [map]

 1-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Ballet Storytime Fun!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Storytelling program, with movement and music, celebrating the art of ballet. For kids in grade preK-2.
1-1:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Nature Craft": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring helps participants make pinecone and twig animal ornaments, as well as a winter treat for the birds.
2-4 p.m., County Farm Park. Free; preregistration required at (registration #821006). 971-6337.

 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 & 7 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Randazzo Dance Company.

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Dec. 2 & 3. Sara Randazzo directs this local company and guest Boston Ballet dancers Hannah Bettes and Lawrence Rines in new choreography of Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Christmas ballet.
2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), SkylineHigh School Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $10-$25 in advance at and at the door. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. [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.,, 761-1115.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sat. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. If you have them, bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"God of Carnage": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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

 3-4 & 4-5 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [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 and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 3:45, 6:45, & 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.

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)., 668-TIME.

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat., except Dec. 30. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4, 7, & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 5-9 p.m. 

21st Annual Holiday Home Tour: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Fundraiser.

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Tour of several historic Ypsilanti homes, the Queen's Residence bed and breakfast, and the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, which are all decorated for the holidays. Also, beverages, appetizers, and desserts from area restaurants, live music, and an afterglow dessert reception (8-10 p.m.) at a local historical site TBA.
5-9 p.m., various locations. Tickets $50 in advance at, Nelson Amos Studio, Haab's restaurant, and the YMOW office. 487-9669.

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Holiday Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The 41st annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, unicyclists, dancers, Mrs. Claus, horses, goats, dogs, a train boxcar, a hot air balloon, and Santa in his sleigh with his chief elf.
5:30-7 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4494.

 7 p.m. 

"22nd Annual Evening of Sacred Song: A Seasonal Celebration of Peace, Community, and Spirit": Sacred Song.

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This ad hoc local multi-ethnic vocal ensemble presents an evening of songs from numerous spiritual traditions worldwide giving voice to desires for social change, peace, and justice. The concert features works performed with and without instrumental accompaniment. Also, sing-alongs. Performers include Faye Askew-King, Rhonda Bantsimba, Cassandra Compton-Montgomery, Deborah Greene, D. Yarrow Halstead, Gwynne Jennings, Cathy Keresztesi-Stevens, Laura Machida, Nancy Kerner, Mary Anne Perrone, Jeff Pickell, La'Ron Williams, and Robin Wilson along with 2 guest instrumentalists, keyboard virtuoso Brian Buckner and guitarist Sam Clark. Reception follows. Proceeds benefit the Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary, which supports local congregations providing refuge to undocumented immigrants.
7 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $15 in advance before Dec. 1, $20 (or what you can afford to pay) at the door. Kids under age 12, free. 761-7962, 369-4977. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Full Moon Hike": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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LSNC staff lead a family-friendly hike to enjoy the extra nighttime visibility offered by the full moon. Also, a visit to LSNC's nocturnal animals to learn how they see in the dark. Followed by moon-themed stories & poems. Hot cocoa provided. Bring a reusable mug, if you like.
7-9 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $9 (members, $8); $34 (members, $30) per family. Space limited; preregistration required. 997-1553. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Harvey": EMU Theatre Department.

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

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson for beginners.

Nov. 4: Ed Vincent calls to music by the Homegrown Contraband from Flint. Also, all musicians invited to jam with the band 4-6 p.m. in preparation for tonight's dance.

Dec. 2: Maeve Devlin calls to music by Hotline Strings.

Jan. 6: Drake Meadow calling to Twas Brillig and the Mazel Toves.

Feb. 3: TBA.

Mar. 3: TBA.

7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 646-4835, 769-1052. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

30th Anniversary Concert: U-M Amazin' Blue.

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This U-M student a cappella ensemble performs songs TBA.
7:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $7 (students, $5) in advance at and at the door. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

40th Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Dec. 1-3. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Gerald Dzuiblinski and Brian Altevogt direct a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Dec. 1 & 2) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 3), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $8-$15 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office. 995-7537. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Groove Presents: Drumpalooza": U-M Groove.

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This U-M student percussion-and-dance ensemble performs high-energy percussion using traditional and nontraditional instruments (trash cans, propane tanks, toothbrushes, and more).
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (students, $5) in advance, and (if available) at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Office: AoC Edition!": Angels On Call.

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This U-M student a cappella ensemble performs their original comedic concert in the style of the popular mockumentary TV show The Office. This version is set in an Angels On Call rehearsal and includes songs by Britney Spears, Jon Bellion, Marian Hill, and others. Proceeds benefit Charity Music, a Clinton (MI) nonprofit that provides musical education to underprivileged students.
7:30 p.m., 1324 East Hall, 530 Church. Tickets $7 (students, $5)., [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Chad Burrow: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M clarinet professor performs sonatas by 20th-century composers Thom Ritter George, Niels Viggo Benton, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Jef Brannan: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 2. This Detroit comic is known for a fast-paced, good-natured show that mixes song parodies with lots of raunchy one-liners, jokes, and jabs at his audience. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $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.-midnight 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Dec. 2 & 16. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Joe Policastro Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Chicago group, led by bassist Policastro, brings an eclectic jazz/funk/rock sensibility to pop standards. Their latest album, Screen Sounds, reimagines popular TV & film music with what an All About Jazz reviewer calls "alternately gritty and focused touches" on selections ranging from The Godfather theme to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" to "Nadia's Theme" from The Young and the Restless. With guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Patrick Avery.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30. Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Verve Pipe: The Ark.

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Acoustic performance by this veteran dance-rock band led by West Michigan singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark whose richly textured songs are known for their inventive arrangements, layered vocals, and searching lyrics. Tonight the band plays its first two albums, I've Suffered a Head Injury and Pop Smear, in their entirety.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"139th Annual Handel's Messiah": University Choral Union (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 2 & 3. Scott Hanoian directs the 175-voice Choral Union, harpsichordist Joseph Gascho, and members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Handel's beloved oratorio. The soloists, all established professionals with national or international reputations, are soprano Brenda Rae, contralto Avery Amereau, tenor Sean Panikkar, and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn. The Choral Union Messiah, featuring a thunderous sing-along of the "Hallelujah" Chorus, has been an Ann Arbor tradition ever since organist (and U-M president) Henry Frieze led an impromptu community chorus in the spring of 1879, a performance that led to the formation of both the Choral Union and the UMS.
8 p.m. (Dec. 2) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 3), Hill Auditorium. $12-$36 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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 and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Dance and Related Arts Concert": U-M Dance Department.

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Dec. 1 & 2. U-M dance majors present an evening of multimedia collaborations with student and faculty composers, musicians, theatrical designers, sculptors, photographers, vocalists, and creative writers.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. $7 at the door only. 763-5460. [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 and at the door., (989) 455-4484. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Rochelle Clark

Chelsea singer-songwriter who's half of the Americana duo The Potter's Field. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Rochelle Clark

Chelsea singer-songwriter who's half of the Americana duo The Potter's Field. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Jay Frydenlund

Chirp singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Desmond Jones and Broccoli Samurai

Double bill. Desmond Jones is a Grand Rapids funk-rock jazz fusion quintet, and Broccoli Samurai is an electronica jam band from Cleveland. Opening act is Act Casual, a local rock, blues, and funk quintet. 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]

Canterbury House: Josh Harlow

Ann Arbor-based jazz composer-pianist. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Annie Capps Annie Capps

Local singer-songwriter and electric guitarist who writes thoughtful, distinctively personal, warmly exuberant folk-rock songs that are both musically sophisticated and down-home. She's accompanied by her husband, guitarist Rod Capps. Capps has a new CD, Searching for Neverland. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Jive Colossus

Local 9-piece ensemble with a killer horn section fronted by vocalist Shelly Catlan that plays Afro-Caribbean, funk, rock, and blues dance music. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bill Edwards

Veteran local country singer-songwriter whose songs have been covered by the likes of Lee Roy Parnell and T. Graham Brown. His collaboration with former Ann Arborite Whit Hill, "What'd I Do," was featured in the HBO series True Blood. [venue info]

Dreamland Theater: "Nightmare Before Christmas"

Costume party with performances by the Ypsilanti roots music garage duo Gruesome Twosome, the Ypsilanti jangly blues- rock quartet Cig Butts, the Detroit self-styled "dark bedroom pop" duo Dear Darkness, and the Detroit old-school punk band Sros Lords. $10 7 p.m.-midnight. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: Lady Sunshine & the X Band

Popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. The band has a new CD, Big Sexee. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: SpaceCat

Detroit-area pop dance band. [venue info]

Tap Room: "Boylesque"

Drag show. 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]


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