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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, December 19, 2017






 
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 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 11-May 14. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]


 9:30 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]


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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


 10 a.m.-8 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]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Area Babywearers Meet Up: WIC Office in Washtenaw Country Human Services Building.

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Join us to learn how to use your baby carrier. Meetings are free, informal, and open session. Drop in any time during the scheduled meet up to learn positioning tips from our leaders or to just socialize! Bring your own carrier or experiment with some of library carriers to find out what you like. Siblings are welcome at meetings, as are partners, grandparents, nannies, and anyone else who is involved in caring for a child. We meet in the WIC office lobby (Washtenaw County Services Building - 555 Towner, Ypsilanti, MI).
WIC Office, 555 Towner, Ypsilanti. Free. annarborbabywearers@gmail.com annarborbabywearers.com [map]


 3:45 p.m. 

"The Square": State Theatre.

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(Ruben Ostlund, 2017). Satirical drama about a curator at a contemporary art museum who experiences an existential crisis.

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


 4, 7, 7:15, & 10 p.m. 

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

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(Rian Johnson, 2017). The latest installment in George Lucas's iconic space opera. No complimentary passes, vouchers, or coupons will be allowed for the first 3 weeks. Member discounts apply.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4 & 8:15 p.m. 

"Wonder Wheel": Michigan Theater.

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(Woody Allen, 2017). Drama exploring the intertwining lives of 4 people in a Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s--a carousel operator, his estranged daughter, his emotionally volatile wife, and a lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright. Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Justin Timberlake, & Juno Temple.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15, 7:30, & 10:15 p.m. 

"The Disaster Artist": State Theatre.

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(James Franco, 2017). Biopic about Tommy Wiseau, the writer/director behind The Room, the film often called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." James Franco, Seth Rogan, Alison Brie.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15 & 8:30 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.


 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Understanding the Cloud": Saline District Library.

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Jafferson Computer owner Mateen Jaffer explains cloud computing, including backing up files in the cloud.
7-8:30 p.m. SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:30, 7:45, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

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

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


 5:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Join for as little as $39.99 to enjoy four Full Body Fit classes a month. Other memberships with even more classes available. Want to check us out first? It's just $15 to walk in and start getting fit and having fun!
Better Living Fitness Center. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women: Huron River Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back. Geared especially, but not exclusively, for women new to riding.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Park on Huron River Dr. 276-0240.


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6-9 p.m., call for location. Free, $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. All age 18 & over invited to play. No partner needed. Cash prize for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill East, 3140 Packard. $5 entry fee; buy your own food. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Nov. 21: North Oakland Dixieland Band. 9-piece ensemble from Lake Orion with a repertoire of Dixieland and swing music that today plays a variety of Mardi Gras music.

Dec. 19: Brian Brill. Composer-pianist Brill has written original music and film scores for PBS Television, CBS Sports, and The Discovery Channel.

Jan. 16: Paul Keller At Sundown Quartet. Upbeat songs from the Great American Songbook by this local mainstream jazz ensemble led by veteran bassist Keller and featuring vocalist-clarinetist Sarah D'Angelo. With saxophonist Steve Wood, pianist Duncan McMillan and drummer Stephen Boegehold.

Feb. 20: Kitty Donohoe and Len Wallace. Double bill. Donohoe is an Irish-American singer-songwriter from Detroit known for her bell-like soprano--an instrument that has been described as "rich, flexible, soaring, and haunting"--and her grittily realistic, bluesy original songs. In its review of her latest CD Northern Border, Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric." Canadian accordionist Wallace-dubbed "the Squeezebox from Hell"-lends his virtuoso accordion skills to world music as a self-styled voice of working class protest.
7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets required in advance at the Chelsea Senior Center and (if available) at the door. 475-4111. [map]


 7 p.m. 

New Horizons Band Rehearsal.

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All musicians invited to join this 60-member senior band. Bring a band instrument. The Greenhorn Band for beginners (or those who haven't played in a long time or want to try new instruments) meets at 6 p.m.
7-9 p.m., Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 769-2613. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Polka Jam Session.

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All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music.
7-9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529-3903. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Concert: Saline High School Choir.

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All 6 SHS student choirs perform works TBA.
7 p.m., SHS, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Free. 429-8030, ext. 4219. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The MeshugaNutcracker! The Chanukah Musical": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of Scott Evan Guggenheim's production of this musical comedy that celebrates Hanukkah in 8 vignettes. The score is highlighted by a klezmerized version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $14 in advance at fathomevents.com/events/the-meshuganutcracker and at the door. 973-8424. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m. 

The Moth Storyslam: Michigan Radio.

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Dec. 5 & 19. Monthly open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each month 10 storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on the monthly theme. Dec. themes: "Dirt" (Dec. 5) & "Rules" (Dec. 19). The 3 teams of judges are recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Space limited, so it's smart to arrive early.
7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6 p.m.), Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $8. 764-5118. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle": Arbor Hospice Fundraiser.

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Premiere of Jake Kasdan's 2017 action-adventure comedy about 4 teens who discover an old videogame console and get drawn into the game's jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they chose. Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart. Proceeds benefit Arbor Hospice and the Anchors Programs for Children. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a VIP reception ($250). Followed at 9:30 p.m. by an afterglow with hot chocolate and fire pits at Knight's Steakhouse (across the street from the theater).
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $50 in advance at jumanji4anchors.com. [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Tales and Travels": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Club members and others show slides of their most adventurous trips. Refreshments. Bring a flash drive or CD with your favorite photos to show in a 5-minute presentation, if you wish.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. ritalmitchell@gmail.com, 665-0248. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Delbert McClinton: The Ark.

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Legendary Texas honky-tonk singer-songwriter whose music effortlessly melds country, blues, rock 'n' roll, and R&B traditions. A superb blues harpist, McClinton got his start as a teenager in the 50s backing blues masters like Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Reed in San Antonio bars. Though his own records have typically enjoyed only a cult following, the likes of Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill have turned songs of his into hits, and he has recorded hit duets with Bonnie Raitt, Tanya Tucker, and others. McClinton's gotten even better with age: his recent recordings evince a relaxed mastery without losing the gritty swagger and drive that's always distinguished his music, and his 2009 CD Acquired Taste topped the Billboard blues chart. He has a new CD, Prick of the Litter, as well.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $50 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [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]


 9:30 p.m. 

Tango Tuesday: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Argentine Tango Class 9:30pm-10:30pm $10
Open Practice 10:30pm-11:30pm $5 or free with class
no partner necessary. absolute beginners and drop-ins welcome.
SOMA: Studio of Movement Arts, 218 N 4th Ave. $10. sophia.amalia.daly@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/argentinetango2/ [map]




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh- minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. He recently released his first CD in 18 years, Big Car Town, a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble led by saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]

 
 


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