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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 1, 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]

 8:30 a.m.-9 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]

 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]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

35th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Juried show and sale of photography, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, watercolors, dolls, Helen Springer baskets, and much more by 50 exhibitors. Also, sale of holiday greens, including wreaths, poinsettias, and more. Lunch available (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.).
9 a.m.-4 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $3 admission. 662-3279. [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Sales of seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, kitchen items, collectables, books, jewelry, office supplies, furniture, and more. Also, the 1st Annual Toy Sale (Dec. 7 & 8).
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Kiwanis Center West, 102 N. Staebler. Free admission. 665-0450. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Dec. 1 & 8. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.


Dec. 1: Oakwoods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance off Dunwoodie, off Kilburn Park Cir. from Green Rd. east of Nixon Rd.) to help remove invasive species while enjoying some early winter scenery. Wear shoes suitable for snow and wet ground.


Dec. 8: Bluffs Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Sunset near Wildt) to pull invasive honeysuckle.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 10:00 a.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]

 10 a.m. 

"Get Started with the Arduino Microcontroller": All Hands Active (AHA).

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The Arduino is an open-source electronics platform that uses inexpensive, yet powerful, microcontroller computer hardware and free software. Arduinos allow users to easily connect a microcontroller to input devices, such as pushbuttons and temperature sensors, and to control output devices, such as indicators and motors.
In this class, you will learn the basics of Arduino hardware and software, including installing software and connecting the board, programming basics, digital input and output, analog input and output, and how to use simple sensors.
To participate in this class, you will need to bring your own laptop (Windows, Mac or Linux), and download the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE). You will also need to purchase an Arduino starter kit. You can purchase your own or buy one from the instructor for $25.
Cost: $50. Middle and high school students free. For more information, and to register, go to
All Hands Active, 255 E. Liberty St. Suite 225, Ann Arbor, MI. $50/$75. 734-930-6564. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

3rd Annual Christmas Craft & Bake Sale: New Apostolic Church.

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Sale of gift items, holiday decorations, and baked goods. Gift wrapping available. Music & refreshments. Raffle. Partial proceeds benefit Faith In Action.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., New Apostolic Church, 4844 Jackson Rd., ste. 200. Free admission. 369-6146. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Christmas Party: Downtown Home & Garden.

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Santa is on hand to talk to kids, give them Christmas oranges, and take their Christmas lists. Free eggnog, hot cider, chestnuts roasted on an open fire, cranberry salad and other side dishes, and, while they last, samples of smoked Christmas turkey. Also, a performance by the Community High School Jazz Band.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Gift Sale: Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Wonderful, gift-quality books, games and puzzles for sale. Something for everyone on your list
Ann Arbor District Library-Downtown Multipurpose Room, Fifth and William. Free. 734-3027774.

 10 a.m.-noon 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.


Dec. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Indoor talk on birding basics followed by a guided walk. Experienced birders welcome to join at 11 a.m. for the walk. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. For ages 10 & up. $8 ($4 walk only).


Jan. 19 (1-2 p.m.): "Brisk Winter Walk." A guided tour through the winter woods to see some animals that come out to forage during the relatively warm time of day. $5.


Feb. 3 (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." All-ages guided hike to find some birds, who are often quite active in winter as they are in constant search of food. $5. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and a hot drink, if you like. .

Feb. 17 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.): "Winter Sports Demo Day." All ages 12 & up invited to try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fat-tire biking, and other outdoor winter sports. Representatives from local shops on hand to answer questions. Free.

Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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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 a.m.-midnight (registration 8-9:30 a.m.), 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 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to have their photo taken with Santa. On Dec. 2, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9-10:30 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 9 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-8 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. & 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), & 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase; "fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at 769-9610. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Ukulele Club: Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 4-12 invited to try out ukuleles. Light refreshments. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Parents welcome to participate.
10-11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Winter Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Dec. 1 & 2. A popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Some 40 local artists offer a large selection of functional and decorative ceramics. Also, a kids' area with gifts priced for their budgets.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Advent Happening Arts & Crafts": First Presbyterian Church.

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All ages invited to decorate cookies and make gifts, cards, and ornaments. Childcare available for babies age 2 & under (reservations required).
10 a.m.-noon, First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466 ext. 342. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, & 23. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Saturdays only, Humans of Ann Arbor photographer Susan K. Campbell is on hand to take photos, which will be posted online to download. New this year, an app that allows families to save their spot in line.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-3 p.m. (Sun.), Kerrytown Market & Shops upstairs. Free; nonperishable food donations for Food Gatherers are welcome. 662-5008. [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. Kids welcome.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.

 11 a.m. 

"Annual Croissant Concert": Kerrytown Concert House.

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A popular holiday tradition featuring Today's Brass Quintet, an ensemble of area professional musicians that performs pop, classical, and holiday tunes. Members are trumpeters Mitchell Wechsler and Jean Moorehead Libs, tuba player Joseph DeMarsh, trombonist Brian Robson, and French horn player Alan Taplin. Croissants, coffee, & juice.
11 a.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended.


 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Pet Photos with Santa": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Dec. 1 & 2. All invited to bring pets to meet Santa. Bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, 2607 Plymouth Rd. (Sat.) & 2224 S. Main (Sun.). $15 donation (includes a printed and digital photo). 661-3527. [map]

 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. For kids ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Ninja Obstacle Course": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Kids ages 3-5, accompanied by a parent, invited to try out this agility and balance course.
214 S. Main. Free; preregistration required at 994-0333. [map]

 Noon-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]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Quilled Earrings": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to learn how to roll, shape, and glue strips of paper into decorative designs to make earrings. Materials provided.
Noon-1 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 12:55 p.m. 

"Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us": Fathom Events.

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Nov. 24, 26, & 28 and Dec. 1. (Tetsuo Yajima, 2018). Anime about threats to the annual Wind Festival, where a creature brings wind that powers the seaside.
10 a.m. (Nov. 24, Quality 16 only), 12:55 p.m. (Nov. 24 at Emagine only & Dec. 1 at all theaters), & 7 p.m. (Nov. 26 at all theaters & Nov. 28 at Ann Arbor 20 & Emagine only), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine). [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"The Magic Flute": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's abridged English version of Mozart's beloved "opéra fantaisie." At once a love story, a whimsical comedy, and an adventure filled with sinister deceptions, The Magic Flute is above all an unsurpassed celebration, by turns jubilant and unsettlingly haunting, of the power of music.
12:55 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $14 & $15 in advance at 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

German Family Open House: Kempf House Museum.

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Dec. 1, 2, & 9. Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, which is decked out with a traditional tree and decorations and exhibits reflecting a typical early-20th-century German American celebration of Christmas. Christmas cookies. Also, on Dec. 9 only, caroling (4-5 p.m.) around Kempf House's 1877 Steinway grand piano.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations welcome. 994-4898. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off Sven the reindeer (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of different Eurasian animals (binturongs, a legless lizard, and a Shire horse) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a cougar, African crested porcupines, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Follow the Star: Christmas Crèche Exhibit": Holy Faith Episcopal Church/ELCA Lutheran Church.

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Display of more than 200 nativities from around the world, including a room devoted to children's nativity sets. Cookies & hot cocoa.
1-5 p.m., Holy Faith Church, 6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free. 429-2991. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Merry Mitten Signing": Nicola's Books.

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Four Michigan picture book writers read from and discuss their books. Maria Dismondy's The Fruit Salad Friend is about a girl who discovers the recipe for lasting friendship. Lisa Wheeler's A Hug Is for Holding Me is a cozy look at love and affection. Supriya Kelkar's The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh is about an Indian American boy who expresses himself through colors. Lisa Rose's Star Powers series revolves around a kid space expert and her science adventures. Signing.
1 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Electron-eek": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Science demos and experiments involving electricity
AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 1:10, 4, 6:45, & 9:35 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: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Classics Film Series": Michigan Theater.

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Dec. 1: "Little Women" (Gillian Armstrong, 1995). Adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic. Winona Ryder. FREE, 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 9: "Elf" (Jon Favreau, 2003). Goofy comedy starring Will Ferrell as a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who goes to NYC to reunite with his biological father. James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen. FREE, 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 16: "It's a Wonderful Life" (Frank Capra, 1946). Christmas classic about a man who wants to lasso the moon and an angel who hasn't yet earned his wings. James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. FREE, 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. FREE., 668-TIME. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Voices Valiant.

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This U-M-based choir for adults age 50 & up performs Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," Billings' "Modern Musick" and "When Jesus Wept," and several works by Mozart, including the Kyrie from his Requiem, "Fa-La-La," "Due Pupille Amabili," Ryan Kelly's arrangement of Two Mozart Classics, and more.
2 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Abstraction, Color, Politics: A Leisurely Look": UMMA.

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Curator Pam Reister discusses Shari Tishman's Slow Looking, which outlines strategies for observing art. Followed by a chance to try them out while viewing the current exhibit, Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 & 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Urban Biographies, Ancient and Modern": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Curator Kathy Velikov leads a tour of the current exhibit that explores archaeological finds in 3 ancient cities-Gabii (Italy), Notion (Turkey), and Olynthos (Greece)-and compares them to urban renewal projects in contemporary Detroit.
2 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 2:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Afternoon": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play board games in the AADL collection, including Oregon Trail, Ticket to Ride, Yeti in My Spaghetti, Dominion, Sushi Go, Stratego, Grand Austria Hotel, Space Team, & more. Bring your own, if you wish.
2:30-5:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Past LIfe Exploration": Natalie Candela, Ph.D.

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Have you ever wondered if you lived before and if your past may have an impact on you present life? Past or parallel lives can leave lasting imprints on our present psyche. They affect our likes and dislikes, our beliefs, doubts, and fears, and highlight our interests and talents. Whether you are simply curious about the other lives you might have experienced or you want to clear away what's holding you back and tap into your undiscovered strengths, go on a profound journey of soul discovery and return with answers and a greater connection to the real You.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. $20. 810-701-5208. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Dec. 1 & 15. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3 & 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]

 3 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]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Flower Gift Toppers & Paper Gift Boxes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to learn how to make poinsettias and gift boxes out of colored paper.
3-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.

 3 p.m. 

"Star Trek Puppet Show": Dreamland Theater.

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Dec. 1, 8, & 16. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe performs a show based on the original Star Trek series.
3 p.m. (Dec. 1), 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 8), & 4:30 p.m. (Dec. 16), Dreamland, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $10 or pay what you can. 657-2337. [map]

 3:55, 7 & 9:20 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: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 4 p.m. 

32nd Annual Winter Concert: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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The AAYC descant and concert choirs of talented young local singers ages 9-16 perform a program of seasonal music TBA.
4 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10 (seniors age 65 & over and students, $5) at the door only. 996-4404. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:05 & 9:30 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.

 4:15 & 7 p.m. 

"The Happy Prince": Michigan Theater.

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Drama about Oscar Wilde's life after his release from prison. Rupert Everett, Colin Firth.
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]

 4:15 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.

 4:25, 7:15 & 9:40 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.

 5-9 p.m. 

22nd Annual Holiday Home Tour: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Fundraiser.

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Tour of 5 historic Ypsilanti homes decorated for the holidays. Also, an afterglow party (8-11 p.m., Back Office Studio, 13 N. Washington, Ypsilanti) with live music by the local Rob Crozier Trio, along with beverages, appetizers, and desserts from area restaurants.
5-9 p.m., various locations. Tickets $70 in advance at, Nelson Amos Studio, Haab's restaurant, and the YMOW office (1110 Cross). 487-9669.

 6-8 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! 

"13th Annual Holiday Kirtan Party": Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet/saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums. The program begins with a social hour (bring a healthy snack or dessert to share). Chai & a selection of teas served.
6:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]

 6:35 & 9:10 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.

 6:50 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.

 7 p.m. 

Winter Showcase: Salto Dance Company.

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This U-M student dance troupe performs classical and contemporary ballet. Also, performances by other student groups, including Léim Irish Dance, Vibrance Dance Company, and opera singer Emilia Butryn.
7 p.m., Mendelssohn Theater, 911 North University. $10 (students, $8; kids age 11 & under, free). (904) 762-8652. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"23rd Annual Evening of Sacred Song: A Seasonal Celebration of Peace, Community, and Spirit": Sacred Song.

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This ad hoc local multi-ethnic vocal ensemble performs songs from various spiritual traditions addressing social change, peace, and justice. With and without instrumental accompaniment. Also, sing-alongs. Performers include Faye Askew-King, Cassandra Compton-Montgomery, Deborah Greene, D. Yarrow Halstead, Gwynne Jennings, Nancy Kerner, Edie Lewis, Jeff Pickell, Phil Roos, La'Ron Williams, Robin Wilson, along with guest keyboard virtuoso Brian Buckner. Reception follows. Proceeds benefit Washtenaw County Poor People's Campaign.
7 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $20 in advance before Dec. 1, $25 (or what you can afford to pay) at the door. Kids under age 12, free. 761-7962, 369-4977. [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]

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Marlin Whitaker calls to live music by Liberty String Band. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson for beginners.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 646-4835, 274-0773. [map]

 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 p.m. 

Chris DuPont & Katie Van Dusen: Rancho Tranquilico.

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House concert by the local duo of folk-rock singer-songwriter DuPont and violinist Van Dusen. BYOB and a folding chair (not a stadium chair). Water & cookies provided. Note: Shoes not allowed indoors; bring slippers, if you wish.
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Rancho Tranqilico, 11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Tickets $15 in advance at Park on the right side of the driveway, perpendicular., 223-2321. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Nefesh Mountain: Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal.

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Bluegrass/Jewish folk fusion by this New Jersey-based husband-and-wife duo of Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg, who infuse traditional bluegrass with vocals occasionally sung in Hebrew and lyrical hooks derived from Jewish liturgy. The result is "musical perfection, uplifting and withholding at the same time," says a No Depression critic of their recent acclaimed album, Beneath the Open Sky.
7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Tickets $20 (students, $10) at, $25 at the door. 971-0990. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Groove.

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High-energy performance by this U-M student percussion-and-dance ensemble, which uses both traditional and nontraditional instruments (trash cans, propane tanks, toothbrushes, and more).
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (students, $5) in advance at, and (if available) at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Nov. 8 & 9: Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Nov. 14: MSU. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 6 & 7: Penn State. 8:30 p.m. (Dec. 6) & 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 7).

Jan. 25: U. S National Development Team. Exhibition game against a team of players age 17 & under in the Plymouthr-based U.S. National Development Team. 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1: OSU. 7:30 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10-$65 at 764-0247. [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 & 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. 

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. 

Hot Tuna Acoustic: The Ark.

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Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady, two original members of Jefferson Airplane, formed Hot Tuna in 1970 as a progressive blues-rock outfit, and the band had several hit records. Kaukonen and Casady toured as a duo in the 80s, and their current lineup includes drummer Scoota Warner and mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $45-$74.99 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"140th Annual Handel's Messiah": University Choral Union (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 1 & 2. Scott Hanoian directs the 175-voice Choral Union, harpsichordist Joseph Gascho, and members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Handel's beloved oratorio. The soloists, all established professionals with national or international reputations, are soprano Yulia Van Doren, countertenor John Holiday, tenor Miles Mykkanen, and bass Alex Rosen. The Choral Union Messiah, featuring a thunderous sing-along of the "Hallelujah" Chorus, has been an Ann Arbor tradition ever since organist (and U-M president) Henry Frieze led an impromptu community chorus in the spring of 1879, a performance that led to the formation of both the Choral Union and the UMS.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Hill Auditorium. $16-$40 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat., except Dec. 29. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"World Map Concerti": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M Life Sciences Orchestra conductor Chelsea Gallo conducts the new Ann Arbor- & NYC-based Four Corners Ensemble in Shuying Li's collection of 4 mini-concertos highlighting the cultural heritage and personality of each of the 4 soloists: flutist (and U-M grad) Erika Boysen, pianist Siyuan Li, clarinetist Joshua Anderson (an Ann Arbor native), and cellist Richard Narroway.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free; $10 suggested donation., 769-2999. [map]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Comedy Show: Om of Medicine.

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Monthly stand-up comedy show. Snacks & beverages.
Om of Medicine, 111 S. Main. Free. 369-8255. Free. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Wilder vs. Fury: Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the World Heavyweight Championship boxing match.
9 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $22 & $25 in advance at 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).

 9:25 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]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Sam Corbin

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan. [venue info]

B-Side: "Battle of the Bands."

Local teen bands in all genres compete in 2 rounds for gigs at Top of the Park, on WCBN-FM, and more. Participants: the indie rock band Left Lanes, the deathcore band Colorless Exile, the indie pop band SunnyHeadache, the alternative rock band Alt Facts, the neo-soul ensemble Prophecy, and the funk band Impulse. 7-11 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Bars of Gold

Ferndale postpunk pop-rock quintet. Openers: Minihorse, a local rock band, and Dogleg, a local posthardcore emo band. $10. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "PoptART."

Drag show. 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Chirp

Local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: San, Emily, & Jacob San, Emily, & Jacob

Multi-instrumentalist San Slomovits (best known as half of the popular family-friendly duo Gemini) and his violinist daughter, Emily Slomovits, are joined by bassist Jacob Warren to perform a wide range of traditional and contemporary acoustic folk, jazz, and classical music, including material from their CD, Innocent When You Dream. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: Jimmy McCarty & Mystery Train

Popular rockabilly and roots-rock band led by veteran Detroit guitarist McCarty. [venue info]

Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose Detroit's Own Soul Purpose

An eclectic mix of genres from funk and blues-rock to hard country by this Westland quintet fronted by vocalist Carol Holmes. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

Local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Brotha James

80s-style pop-rock with an inspirational edge by Elk Rapids one-man band Jeremy Reisig. Opener: Jacob Gibson, a Howell singer- songwriter. 8:30 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: John Latini

Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter. His new CD, The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good, is a collection of soul-infused R&B songs. [venue info]


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