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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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 10 a.m. 

A2QUA Sunday Morning Swim: Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics.

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A2QUA, Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics, is MI's first gay & lesbian swim team. For over 20 years, we've been swimming in MI and providing a safe, friendly place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, & questioning swimmers (and their friends!) to meet, socialize, & exercise.
The team is made up of gay, lesbian, & straight competitive and recreational swimmers at all levels, from state champions to dog paddlers, from their 20s to their 70s. We welcome gays, lesbians, bisexuals, & their friends of all ages & abilities. Our team includes all levels of swimmers, from beginning fitness swimmers to very competitive. Swimmers from all over Michigan, not just Ann Arbor, swim with us.
Our practices are organized so that everyone can find a comfortable or challenging place to
swim. If you can swim a single length without calling 911, there's a place for you in practice.
Our practices are written to accommodate all levels of swimmers - very fast to just beginning.
1st Swim Free, $8 t
Winter - Mack Indoor Pool, Summer - Fuller Pool, 715 Brooks St. or 1519 Fuller Rd. Donation. $8. 7346579960. or [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free., 846-9418.

 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Children's New Year's Eve Balloon Drop": First Steps Washtenaw.

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A noon balloon drop, complete with countdown, for those too young to stay awake for the real thing at midnight. The program begins with craft activities and concludes with bubbly refreshments
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., First Steps, 2775 Boardwalk. Free. Reservations requires at


 Noon, 3, 6:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

New Years Eve Celebration!: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Choose from one of our four offerings! Each time slot includes bowling, shoes, pizza, soda, party atmosphere and party favors and a "ball dropping". Family friendly times available from 12pm-6pm and an adult party (kids are welcome there too), at 9:30.
Reserve online at search "bel-mark lanes"
Bel-Mark Lanes, 3535 Jackson Road. $90-$115. 734-994-8433. [map]

 Noon-5 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]

 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $4.50 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [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. 

"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]

 4-8 p.m. 

New Year's Eve Party: SRSLY Chelsea.

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All ages invited for a family-oriented program of live music by local youth bands, games, craft activities, a chili cook-off, and more. Door prizes.
4-8 p.m., Beach Middlle School, 445 Mayer (off Freer south from Dexter-Chelsea Rd.), Chelsea. Free. 593-6269. [map]

 4-8 p.m. 

New Year's Eve Party: Saline Area Senior Center.

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Socializing, cards, and games. Pizza. Bring a side dish or dessert to pass.
4-8 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $6. 429-9274. [map]

 5 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. [map]

 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Evening Rhythm Club: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K.).

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During the 1920s and early 1930s, early jazz veteran Jelly Roll Morton and younger modernist Duke Ellington both used this band's 10-piece instrumentation, keeping the free-wheeling rhythm of New Orleans jazz and mixing it with smooth, pre-Swing big-band arranging. PORK offers this early big-band music and many period pop standards by songwriters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin and others, evoking a particularly rich musical era. Pianist James Dapogny and tubaist/trombonist Chris Smith lead this dance-friendly jazz band.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. 734/663-1202. or [map]

 6-7:30 p.m. 

New Years Eve Swim: Goldfish Swim School.

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Ring in the New Year with Goldfish Swim School! Please join us for family swim, crafts, a balloon drops and snacks!
Goldfish Swim School, 2107 W. Stadium Boulevard. $5/person. 734-864-5555. [map]

 7 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)., 433-7673. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"New Year's Eve with the Pete Siers Duo": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local drummer Siers and nationally renowned local boogie-woogie and blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun are back with their blend of blues, boogie-woogie, R&B, and early rock 'n' roll. They are joined by guests TBA.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30. Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Year's Eve Party: Saline American Legion.

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Potluck (bring a dish to pass), karaoke, and dancing to music spun by a DJ.
7:30 p.m.-midnight, Saline American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. Cost TBA. 429-7310. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"New Year's Eve Show": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Live music, storytelling, and a performance by the League of Pointless Improvisers. In celebration of Pointless Brewery & Theatre's 2nd anniversary.
8 & 10:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

"New Year's Eve with Dave Landau": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Young Detroit stand-up comic with a laid-back performing style who's known for smart, edgy observational humor that's often spiked with improvised riffs. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served. 10:30 show includes party favors & champagne at midnight.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. $25 (8 p.m.) & $30 (10:30 p.m.) reserved seating in advance & at the door. 996-9080. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra

Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Stormy Chromer

Local progressive jam-rock quartet. Opening acts are the jazz- inflected progressive funk-rock quartet Chirp, the local progressive bluegrass string quartet Wire in the Wood, and DJ Gyp$y. Advance tickets: $15. [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]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: "New Year's Eve Party."

With bands TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: "New Year's Eve Party."

With DJs. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: George Bedard & the Kingpins

Superfine honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard. With drummer Rich Dishman and bassist Randy Tessier. Bedard's tasty 2011 all-instrumental CD, Pickin' Apart the Past, includes "Minor Swing '65," Bedard's surf-music adaptation of a Django Reinhardt tune, and he has a new live CD, Further On, a collection of vintage and original blues that's highlighted by a show-stopping rendition of "Hawaiian Boogie." $40 (includes champagne toast and light hors d'oeuvres buffet at midnight) in advance and (if available) at the door. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: EventJazz

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: The Front Men

Detroit vintage rock band. Also, on Dec. 31 in the Weber's Inn ballroom, the Sun Messengers, a popular, versatile 10-piece ensemble from Detroit that plays everything from Latin and African dance music to blues and rock. The ballroom event is ticketed (cost TBA). [venue info]

Mash: Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: The Dorkestra

Local blues-flavored folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences. Tonight they's joined by an assortment of guest musicians for a festive show that includes a a disc-infused dance set. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]


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