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Calendar of Events

Friday, November 30, 2018

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 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

"Rockin' for the Hungry": Food Gatherers.

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Food Gatherers and ann arbor's 107one will be "freezin' for a reason" outside of the Maple Road Road Kroger, broadcasting live radio while collecting donations of non-perishable food and funds for hungry people in our community. Stop by and say hi, make a donation, and learn more about food insecurity in Washtenaw County! Every $5 donated can provide 15 meals to your hungry neighbors, and your gift to Rockin' will be matched by generous community donors.
Kroger, 400 S Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. 734-761-2796. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Co-working & Coffee": Cowork Ann Arbor.

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Come and get some work done at our downtown co-working space! We have plenty of desks, comfy leather seats, fast Wi-Fi, and free coffee. The event is free to attend, but please register at the following link so we know you're coming:
Cowork Ann Arbor, 323 S Main St, Suite B. Free. 734-896-1295. [map]

 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. except Nov. 22. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. except Nov. 22.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations (except Nov. 22), see listing. Free. 327-4200.

 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 a.m.  Free! 

"Cybersecurity and You: Effective Strategies for the Home Environment": Dexter District Library.

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Slide-illustrated talk by information security professional Shane Harsch.
10 a.m. (Nov. 30) & 6 p.m. (Dec. 12), DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Old-Fashioned Holiday Decorating & Movie": Saline Area Senior Center.

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All seniors invited to watch the 2003 Christmas rom-com Love Actually while stringing cranberries and popcorn for Christmas trees. Followed by decorating the senior center for the holidays.
10 a.m.-noon, SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. except Nov. 22.Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Nov. 22), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.

 Noon  Free! 

Ippei Shigeyama: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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This cofounder of the Sigeyama Kyogen Troupe discusses how to enjoy kyogen--which means "mad words" or "wild speech"--the short comic plays often performed as interludes between Noh dramas.
Noon, East Quad Keene Theater, 701 East University. Free. 764-6307. [map]

 noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Break": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Fri. except Nov. 23. All invited to bring a lunch and participate in a directed craft activity. Nov. 2: "Dot Art." Nov. 9: "Found Poetry." Nov. 16: "Painted Postcards." Nov. 30: "Watercolor & Soft Pastel Workshop."
Noon-1 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full Body Fit: A small-group workout customizable to all fitness levels focusing on all the basics of fitness: strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance. Free with most Better Living Fitness Center memberships or $15 for drop-in. All ages and abilities welcome!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834-B Phoenix Dr. $15. (734)747-0123. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movies at the Center: Chelsea Senior Center.

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A chance for seniors to watch a movie. Popcorn. Nov. 30: "I, Tonya" (Craig Gillespie, 2017). Biopic about controversial ice skater Tonya Harding. Dec.-Mar. TBA at
12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]

 2-7 p.m. 

"A Manor Christmas": Concordia University.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 2. A European-style Christkindlmarket and guided tours of the historic Earhart Manor, which has been professionally decorated for Christmas. Also, a Festival of Trees display, kids activities, and entertainment, including strolling carolers, choirs, and children's entertainers. Refreshments available. Proceeds benefit student scholarships.
2-7 p.m. (Fri.), noon-7 p.m. (Sat.), & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $5 ($7 includes a tour of the manor) in advance at 995-7509. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Making Worlds: Affect and Collectivity in Contemporary European Cinema": U-M German Department.

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Columbia University German professor Claudia Breger discusses the ways European arthouse films encourage emotionally nuanced, positive models of collective identity and a sense of belonging.
2-4 p.m., 3308 MLB, 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-8018. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Anthropology Department Colloquia Series.

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Nov. 5 & 30. Talks by visiting scholars. Nov. 5: University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History associate director Scott Fitzpatrick on "Winds, Currents, and Histories of Seafaring: How Oceanographic Effects Influenced Ancient Voyaging and the European 'Age of Discovery.'" Nov. 30: Dartmouth College anthropology professor Zaneta Marie Thayer on "The Good, the Bad, and the Maladapted: Fetal Sensitivity in Light of Evolutionarily Novel Environments," a talk on how human developmental plasticity affects patterns of health and disease in contemporary environments.
3-5 p.m., 411 West Hall, 550 East University. Free. 764-7274. [map]

 3:30 pm 

"Chili Cook-off for Charity": Community Health Services at Michigan Medicine.

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The Charity Chili Cook-off will continue in 2018!
The competition entry fee will be $10.00. To taste and vote for your favorite chili, the fee will be $3.00 per individual. Prizes will be awarded for best chili!
As with the 2018 Winter Arts and Crafts Bazaar vendor registration fees and donations, all proceeds from the Charity Chili Cook-off will go towards supporting a Community Health Services family this holiday season.
Community Health Services, 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suites A1-A6, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Donation. 734-998-2184. [map]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Arts & Crafts Bazaar: Community Health Services at Michigan Medicine.

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The annual Winter Arts & Crafts Bazaar is a marketplace that gives local vendors an opportunity to showcase their homemade goods and services. In the past, we've had vendors sell scarves, jewelry, photography, essential oils, arts and crafts and much more!
The Winter Bazaar will take place at 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suites A1-A6, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105. Parking is free at our facility and it is also free to attend.
As in previous years, Community Health Services will donate the registration fees and any donations collected during the month of December to support a Community Health Services family this holiday season.
Community Health Services, 2025 Traverwood Drive, Suites A1-A6, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. 734-998-2184. [map]

 3:55, 6:45 & 9:25 p.m. 

"Green Book": State Theatre.

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(Peter Farrelly, 2018). Drama about an Italian American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour through the American south in the 1960s. Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali.
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 p.m. 

"Boy Erased": State Theatre.

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(Joel Edgerton, 2018). Drama about the true story of a gay son of a Southern Baptist preacher who's outed to his parents and is forced to decide between conversion therapy and permanent exile. Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges.
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.

 4-10 p.m. 

"10th Annual KindleFest": Kerrytown District Association.

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A holiday sale featuring local artisans and farmers, live music, kids activities (4-6 p.m.), fire pits, and a heated tent. German food, sweets, and beverages. Tonight is also "Midnight Madness" (6 p.m.-midnight) in the Kerrytown Market & Shops, with special holiday sales and treats, live music, an appearance by Santa, and more.
4-10 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 662-5008. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"'We Were Always Buddhist': Cast Emancipation and Sexual Politics in South India": U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Talk by Cornell University anthropology professor Lucinda Ramberg.
4 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 647-4143. [map]

 4:15 & 7 p.m. 

"Can You Ever Forgive Me?": State Theatre.

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(Marielle Heller, 2018). Biopic of Lee Israel, the formerly successful celebrity biographer who turned to literary forgeries to make a living. Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant.
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.

 4:30 & 7:10 p.m. 

"Wildlife": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul Dano, 2018). Family drama based on the Richard Ford novel about the dissolution of a marriage as seen from the point of view of the teenage son. Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:35, 6:45 & 9:25 p.m. 

"Free Solo": State Theatre.

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(E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018). Documentary following the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
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.

 4:45, 7:15 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Mirai": State Theatre.

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(Mamoru Hosoda, 2018). Anime about a young boy, jealous of his new baby sister, who finds a magical garden that allows him to time travel and meet different relatives, including his sister as a teenager. Japanese, subtitles.
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 p.m.  Free! 

"Opioid Education and Narcan Training": Scientists for Outreach on Addiction Research.

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Free to the public. 1 hour presentation on the science behind opioids, the opioid epidemic and how to spot and reverse an overdose with Narcan. Refreshments to be provided
Ann Arbor Public Library (Downtown 4th Floor), 343 South 5th Avenue. Free. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"After Hours Magic: The Gathering": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular collectible card game. Food.
5-6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

32nd Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 2. 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, and a show by Ballet Chelsea on Dec. 1. (see separate listing).

. Fri: 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., First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle), 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), storytime with Mrs. Claus (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea's Farmers Supply, 122 Jackson), a Live Nativity Scene (7 & 7:30 p.m., Clocktower Gazebo), and more.

. Sat.: 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.-3 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church; preregistration required at, a quilt display, craft and bake sale, silent auction, and free quilt giveaway at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Annual Quilt Show & Sale (10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Barnabas, 20500 W. Old US-12), All the Trimmings Holiday Art Show with an array of works by local artisans (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, W. Old-US 12 at Manchester Rd.), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m., First Congregational Church; space limited; preregistration required by calling 475-1844), Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (1:30-3 p.m., Chelsea District Library), docent-led Historic Homes Tour (1-4 p.m., starts at Chelsea Area Historical Museum, 128 Jackson; $20 at the Garden Mill, Chelsea Pharmacy, the museum, and online at, 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 Chancel Choir, the Detroit Renaissance High School choirs, and members of the Chelsea High School orchestra. The program includes Dan Forrest's "Jubilate Deo," Carl Reinecke's Serenade in G Minor, and a Christmas Carol sing-a-long. An interfaith Christmas Concert (6-7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1330 N. Freer) features Christmas music performed by the congregational and children's choirs. Refreshments.

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

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Magic: The Gathering: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 6-12 invited to play this popular collectible card game. Basic knowledge of the rules required. Pizza & prizes.
6-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Mon.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to compete in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m.), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., competitive) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards.
6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 6:30 p.m. (all dates), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"23rd Annual Dr. Porter Synchronized Skating Classic": Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 2. The world's largest synchronized skating competition, featuring 150 teams from across the U.S. and Canada.
6-8 p.m. (Fri., Nov. 30), 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat.), & 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. 1-day pass: $10 (students & seniors, $8). Weekend pass: $25 (students & seniors, $20). 213-6768. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Festive Friday": The Creature Conservancy.

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Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14, & 21. Conservancy staffers show off Sven the reindeer and some of their larger animals. Also, a chance to view their other animals, such as porcupines, sloths, and more. Cookies & hot cocoa.
6-8 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $15 and a donation towards animal care (grain-free cat and dog food, pet-safe squeaky toys, femur bones, & macaw toys welcome). 929-9324. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Discussion & tastings of the 7 major varieties of cheese, with bread and other accompaniments.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Nov. 30 & Dec. 1. Downtown Manchester bustles with holiday activities, including several craft and artisan shows, caroling, a scavenger hunt, carriage rides, home tours, gingerbread house craft activity, bake sales, and more. Festivities kick off on Nov. 30 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.
6:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Manchester. Free admission. 476-4565.

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

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

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NYC-based writer (and Ann Arbor native) Brigit Young 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.
6:30-8 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 6:35 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Beautiful Boy": State Theatre.

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(Felix Van Groeningen, 2018). Drama about a family's struggles with addiction and recovery based on the memoirs of father and son David and Nic Sheff. Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamat.
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.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Coco": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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(Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina, 2017). Disney animation, inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, about a boy accidentally transported to the land of the dead. Discussion follows.
7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including prose by David Wade and poetry by Will Brewbaker and Talin Tahajian.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"James and the Giant Peach": EMU Theatre of the Young.

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Nov. 30 & Dec. 1-2 & 6-9. EMU theater professor Christine Tanner directs EMU drama students in David Wood's theatrical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel about an orphaned boy left with 2 cruel aunts. After being rescued by a mysterious fellow, the boy ends up drifting across the Atlantic in a giant peach in the company of a variety of engaging anthropomorphized insects. For ages 6 & up.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14, kids 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Midnight Madness": Main Street Area Association.

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Many merchants are open late tonight with special sales. Appearances by Santa and Miss Washtenaw County. Sidewalk entertainment by the Anything Goes Quartet, Pioneer High School Choirs, Ann Arbor Morris Dancers, the U-M Irish Dance Team,and the U-M Women's Glee Club. Also, Santa's Mailbox is accepting letters (postage to North Pole courtesy of the MSAA) through Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. in front of Conor O'Neill's (318 S. Main); include a return address to receive a response from Santa.
7-9 p.m. (many stores stay open till midnight), Main Street shopping areas. Free admission. 668-7112.

 7:30 p.m. 

41st Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Gerard Dzuiblinski and Brian Altevogt direct a cast of more than 100 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 usually sells out.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $10-$16 in advance at & by phone. 995-7537. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. 255-5310. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Fall Concert: Angels on Call.

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This U-M student a cappella ensemble performs a murder mystery-inspired program, including such pop songs as Muse's "Madness," Toto's "Africa," "You Will Be Found" from the Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen, and "This Is Me" from the film The Greatest Showman.
7:30 p.m., location TBA. Tickets $7 (students, $5); cash or venmo only.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Hello Dolly!": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 22), Nov. 15-Dec. 23. This local professional theater company performs Jerry Herman's long-running musical about a charismatic, opportunistic woman out to make a quick buck. Complications arise when she tries to play matchmaker to the wealthy Horace Vandergelder. The score includes such memorable songs as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "It Only Takes a Moment," and the title tune.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Just in the Nick of Time": Saline Area Players.

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Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Barbara Day directs local actors in Linda Daugherty's 2008 whodunit about ace detective Red Mistletoe's efforts to find Santa, who's disappeared from the North Pole at the height of the season.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 29 & 30) & 3 p.m. (Dec. 1 & 2), The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline. Tickets $6. [map]

 7:30 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Midnight Madness": Downtown Home & Garden.

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All invited for a petting zoo with livestock from the local Animal Oasis. Also, a performance by Ann Arbor's world-renowned boogie-woogie and blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun and his Joybox Express (8-10 p.m.), the bicycle with a custom-built frame designed to carry his 352-pound Baldwin Acrosonic upright piano on which Mr. B famously traveled the entire length of the Mississippi River in 2014.
7:30 p.m.-midnight, Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Elves and the Schumachers": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 30. Carla Milarch directs the premiere of her musical panto based on the Grimm fairy tale "The Elves and the Shoemakers," with music by local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis. This year's multicultural celebration features 2 toy-making elves on the lam who wind up in a dreidel store. 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 Elizabeth Jaffe, Dan Morrison, and Sarah B. Stevens.
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]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Nov. 2, 16, & 30. All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Annual Winter Concert: Measure for Measure.

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This large local men's chorus, directed by Pioneer High School choir director Steven Lorenz, and the EMU Chamber Choir perform separate programs of carol arrangements and holiday favorites as well as a joint performance of works TBA.
8 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12). 649-7664. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Bill Hildebrandt: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 29-Dec. 1. This veteran Detroit-area comic is known for his clever, good-natured, often surprising topical and observational humor. 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 p.m. 

Chuck Mitchell: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A mix of poetry, cabaret songs, whimsical novelty tunes, and lively banter by this veteran singer-guitarist and actor, a Detroit area native who now lives in Iowa.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Contemporary Directions Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Oriol Sans conducts this ensemble of music majors in Die Schönste Zeit des Lebens, a work U-M music theory professor Patricia Hall discovered while researching at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Tonight's performance is the first public performance of this arrangement outside of Auschwitz. The program also includes contemporary Tatar-Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina's Concordanza, and the recently deceased Oliver Knussen's last work, O Hototogisu! Also, the ensemble is joined by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble in the U.S. premiere of George Lewis's P. Multitudinis.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

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

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Nov. 30 & Dec. 1. U-M dance majors perform 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 p.m. 

The Lone Bellow: The Ark.

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Brooklyn-based country-soul trio whose music sets songs of heartache and tribulation to music driven by swelling 3-part vocal harmonies and rousing group choruses. Opener: Robert Ellis, a Nashville-based, Houston-bred country-rock singer-songwriter whose influences range from Ray Price and Buck Owens to Jackson Browne and the Rolling Stones.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $30 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Midwest Swingers: Kerrytown Concert House.

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The Chicago husband-and-wife duo of jazz singer Petra van Nuis and guitarist Andy Brown "share a gift for melody and have plenty of rhythmic confidence," says a DownBeat critic. "They project naturalness when phrasing, and their overall intelligence makes understatement and subtlety virtues." Tonight, they perform a program of vintage swing tunes backed by a trio of local jazz veterans: pianist James Dapogny, bassist Paul Keller, and drummer Pete Siers.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"62nd Annual Study Break Concert": U-M Friars.

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This self-styled "crack squad of 'supercrooners,'" an a cappella octet drawn from the Men's Glee Club, performs an eclectic mix of Renaissance motets, Romantic anthems, opera choruses, folk songs, spirituals, contemporary works, and Michigan songs.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $5. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Bright Half Life": U-M Residential College Players.

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Nov. 30 & Dec. 1. RC student Maddie Lukomski directs RC students in Tanya Barfield's 2014 LAMBDA award-winning emotionally searing 2-character play about a deeply committed but ultimately doomed interracial lesbian relationship.
8 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free; donations welcome. 763-0176. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 20-Dec. 29. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Jeff Daniels' new comedy about 3 Midwestern stay-at-home moms who plan a trip to NYC to see Celine Dion, but things go awry in hilarious fashion as soon as they get on the plane.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 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]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Reindeer Games": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14, & 21. The League of Pointless Improvisers presents holiday-inspired sketches based on audience suggestions. They also do "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. Opener: guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 9 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]

 9:05 p.m. 

"A Star is Born": State Theatre.

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(Bradley Cooper, 2018). A remake of the iconic tragic story of a film star who helps a young singer-actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism damage his career. Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper.
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.

 10 p.m. 

"The Room": Michigan Theater.

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(Tommy Wiseau, 2003). Cult comedy, dubbed "the Citizen Kane of bad movies," about a successful banker who's about to be married when he learns the horrible truth about his fiancée.
10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Kyle Rhodes & Friends

Old-time music by the local ensemble of guitarist Rhodes. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Rubblebucket

Veteran Brooklyn-based avant-pop-rock quintet whose music blends elements of psychedelia, Afrobeat, and rock. Opener: And the Kids, a Northampton (MA) almost-all-female art-pop quintet. $18. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

DJ with an eclectic mix of music. [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: 50 Amp Fuse

Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band. [venue info]

Live: Drivin' Sideways Drivin’ Sideways

Veteran local band fueled by Pontiac Pete Ferguson's alternately soulful and ornery vocals. Their country-based repertoire still features lots of classic honky-tonk, but they also cover everyone from Chuck Berry and Johnny Burnette to the Beatles and James Brown. With guitarist Tyler Stipe, bassist Pat Prouty, drummer Mark Newbound, and keyboardist Jim King. [venue info]

Mash: Dave Menzo photo by Myra Klarman

This local 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]

Mash: Zander Michigan

The stage name of Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Zander Melidis. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Chuck Swanagan

Local Americana folk-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Unkle Lay Lee's Moonshine All-Stars

An eclectic mix of music in various genres by this Milan strings & more quintet. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: 4Peace4

Postbop jazz by this ensemble led by local guitarist Carl Michel. With vocalist Chris McCall, saxophonist Paul VornHagen, and bassist Keith Malinowski. [venue info]


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