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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 14, 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]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Populism: The Common People in Modern Politics": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 23), Nov. 2-Dec. 14.

A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.

Nov. 2: MSU political science professor Erica Frantz on "Democracy Dismantled: How Populism Is a Pathway to Autocracy."

Nov. 9 (9:30 a.m.): U-M philosophy professor Elizabeth Anderson on "What Populism Is."

Nov. 16: U-M information professor Joyojeet Pal on "Populism and Online Political Campaigns: The Case of Narendra Modi."

Nov. 30: U-M sociology professor Robert Jansen on "Populist Politics in Latin America."

Dec. 7: WSU political science professor Kevin Deegan-Krause on "The Future Lies East: Postcommunist Europe's New Model of Populism."

Dec. 14: U-M political science professor Andrei Markovits on "European Populism: Similarities and Differences with the Past."
10-11:30 a.m. (except Nov. 9), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor TBA leads a session of Japanese flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20 materials fee (bring your own containers); metered parking. Preregistration required. a2ikebana@gmail.com.


 1-3 p.m. 

"Brewing Methods": Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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Zingerman's Coffee Co. staff demonstrate and discuss 6-8 different ways to brew coffee, from filter drip to syphon pot.
Noon-2 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-6060. [map]


 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

Make One & Give One Crafty Christmas Open House: USArtQuest.

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Drop in anytime & learn how to make a small Christmas tree or card. Make two - one for you & one for Chelsea Retirement Community.
Any skill level.
Refreshments provided.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea. Free. 734.562.2662. askanything@usartquest.com www.usartquest.com [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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
2-3:30 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 3:45 p.m. 

"Novitiate": Michigan Theater.

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(Margaret Betts, 2017). Drama set in the late 50s & early 60s about a young novice nun caught between different factions that arise with the introduction of Vatican II.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4, 6:45, & 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:10 & 6:50 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.


 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chapter Champs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades K-4. Books TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:20, 7:10, & 9:35 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.


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Super Stories Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades K-2 invited to read stories about "Trickster Tales" (Nov. 16), "Slimy & Scaly Stories" (Dec. 14), and "Snow & Ice" (Jan. 11). Crafts and snacks.
4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 4:30, 6:40, 7, 9:15, & 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 p.m.  Free! 

National Wildlife Federation Wine and Wildlife Open House: National Wildlife Federation.

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The National Wildlife Federation invites you to an open house featuring work from the U-M Environmental Murals Partnership class. Light refreshments are provided and the event is free to the public.
For information, please contact Rami Jackson at JacksonR@nwf.org or call 734-887-7118.
We are located on the second floor of the building.
National Wildlife Federation Office, 213 West Liberty Street. Free. 734-887-7118. JacksonR@nwf.org https://www.facebook.com/NWFGreatLakes/?rc=p [map]



 5:30-7 p.m. 

Sauerkraut Supper: Saline American Legion.

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Spaetzle, mashed potatoes and gravy, pork, knockwurst, and dessert. Served family-style.
5:30-7 p.m., Saline American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. $10. 429-7310. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. 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 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) 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]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Grand Opening Celebration: IM=X Pilates.

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Join us in celebrating the grand opening of our pilates studio! Food, drinks, raffle prizes, photobooth, goody bags & deeply discounted memberships - plus free demo classes all day!
IM=X Pilates, 1713 Plymouth Road. Free. 734.999.0372. imxannarbor@gmail.com www.tinyurl.com/imxgrandopening [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

IM=X Pilates Grand Opening Celebration.

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All invited to try Pilates. Also, a photo booth, goodie bags (while supplies last), raffles, food, drinks, and more.
6 p.m., IM=X, 1713 Plymouth. Free. (248) 880-0246. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Intro to CNC: Maker Works.

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This 1.5-hour class is an overview of "CNC"-that is, computer controlled machines. You'll learn what CAD means, the difference between 2D and 3D, and other concepts. We'll do some very simple hands-on activities, including creating a drawing in a CAD program, using a CAM program to generate code to run on a CNC machine, and each person will send their job to a simple CNC machine and see it run!
If you have no CNC experience, this would be a great class to take before checkout classes for specific CNC machines.
There is no prerequisite for this class, but familiarity with using software on a computer will be needed-things like clicking with the mouse and so on. Notes and other handouts will be provided.
Call or register on our website!
Maker Works, 3765 plaza dr. $25. (734) 222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com maker-works.com [map]



 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sushi and Jazz": Doug Horn Trio.

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Reedman Doug Horn is joined by Cary Kocher on Vibes and rotating bassists.
We play from 6:30-8:30PM every other Thursday, starting December 14th, 2017.
Nagomi Sushi, 1754 Plymouth Rd (north Campus). Free. 734-761-5800. www.nagomiannarbor.com/northcampus/ [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]


 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Guided Meditation for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant leads kids in grades 1-5 (with or without a parent) in a series of guided meditations. At the end of the session, kids have a chance to process the experience through artistic expression. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
6:30-7:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Sandy Hook Vigil: Washtenaw Cty Moms Demand Action.

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All are invited to join our Washtenaw County community, survivors of gun violence, and congressional leaders in this vigil of loving remembrance of all who have fallen victim to gun violence. The evening includes speakers, a student choir, a brief march, and refreshments.
We urge you to join us in our effort to continue to shine a light on the devastating epidemic of gun violence in our nation.
December 14, 2017 marks the 5-year anniversary of the heartbreaking Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, CT. Since then, 500,000 Americans have been killed or injured by guns. Gun violence impacts all communities; victims, survivors, and families are often forgotten.
First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, 608 E. William St. Free. momswashtenaw@gmail.com [map]



 7 p.m. 

Vinology December Wine Dinner: Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant.

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Reserve your space now for our December Wine Dinner! We'll have a five-course dinner with wine pairings. This will include Scacciadiavoli's Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG 2011 which is on the list of 100 TOP wines 2017 of Wine Spectator! The cost is $75 + tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (734) 222-9841. Limited seating. No cancelations.
Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant, 110 South Main Street. $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. 734-222-9841. info@vinologya2.com www.vinologya2.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Clown Show": U-M Theatre Department.

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The students in U-M theatre professor Malcolm Tulip's physical theatre class (also known as "clown class") present their final performance, which involves audience participation.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-5350. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Poetry readings by Dexter poet (and former Ann Arbor city councilwoman) Kathy Edgren and local poet Jennifer Burd. The program begins with an open mike for poets, who are welcome to read their own work or a favorite poem by another writer.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 7, 9:25, & 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.


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Night": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members host a storytelling program. Audience members are encouraged to bring a 5-minute story to tell.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Hallmarks": Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich conducts this 70-member ensemble in a program highlighted by "March of the Toys" from Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland and other seasonal works. Also, a carol singing.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. wccband.org. [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. 

Hayes Carll: The Ark.

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Talented Texas honky-tonk troubadour whose hilarious "She Left Me for Jesus"--dubbed the "greatest country song ever written" by Don Imus--won the 2008 Americana Music Association Song of the Year Award. Carll's songs draw on a wide array of influences, from the pantheon of Texas singer-songwriters to Dylan and John Prine, but his deepest affinity is with the barroom poetics of early Tom Waits and the Beat and postbeat writers--from Kerouac to Bukowski--who shaped Waits. His new CD, Lovers and Leavers, is a collection of pensively urbane songs about personal loss and endurance.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Home Free: Live Nation.

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This Minnesota-based vocal quintet, the 4th season winners of the NBC a cappella competition The Sing Off, presents "A Country Christmas," a program of traditional Christmas songs. Members are tenors Austin Brown and Rob Lundquist, baritone Adam Chance, bass Tim Foust, and vocal percussionist Adam Rupp. They've released 3 Christmas albums.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. $30-$60. Tickets available at michtheater.com, ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Ron Josol: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Local debut of this Filipino Canadian comedian who specializes in observational humor about urban multiculturalism around the world, focusing on his experiences as the son of poor Filipino immigrants who became rich and moved into affluent white suburbia. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 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]


 8:30 p.m. 

Ballroom Social: Footnotes Ballroom Company.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music.
8:30-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5. 926-0107. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Crimson Eyed Orchestra

Local rock trio that recently released its debut CD, First. Opening act is Electric Huldra, a local stoner rock trio. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Escaping Pavement

Ferndale acoustic singer-songwriter duo of multi-instrumental string players Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz who describe their songs as "Americana wildflowers amongst blades of bluegrass." [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Slice

Veteran East Lansing pop dance quartet. [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: Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils

Self-styled "hill country outlaw swamp music" by this Detroit band led by Westwood, a versatile Detroit Music Award- winning singer-songwriter who formerly fronted the retro outlaw honky-tonk band Waycross Georgia Farmboys. The band's influences range from R.L. Burnside and the Drive-By Truckers to Loretta Lynn and Lucinda Williams. [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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