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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 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, including Yo-Yo Master Zeemo (Dec. 26 & 27 at 1 p.m.), Drummunity! drum circles (Dec. 28 & 29 at 1 p.m.), "Ron Loyd, the Bubble Man" (Dec. 30 & 31 at 1 p.m.), "Dan the Creature Man" (Jan. 1 & 5, 1-4 p.m.) and "The Music Lady" (Jan. 2-4, 11 a.m.).
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.
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]


 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. 

"YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a FREE yoga class (with donations accepted).
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [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 & 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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Jan. 13 & 27 and Feb. 24. 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). Preregistration required at maker-works.com/classes/tool-zoo-tour. 222-4911. [map]


 6 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]


 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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