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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Christmas Bazaar: First Presbyterian Church.

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Sale of handmade jewelry, ornaments, Fair Trade coffee and chocolate, and more. Proceeds benefit the church's missions.
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1432 Washtenaw. Free admission. 662-4466. [map]

 8:30 a.m.-3 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. 

Saline Antiques & Vintage Market.

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Show and sale of antiques and vintage items in various styles. Deliveries available. Concessions. Leashed pets welcome.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5 (children age 15 & under accompanied by an adult, free)., (937) 875-0808. [map]

 10 a.m. - 4 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]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

6th Annual Holiday Sale: Huron Valley Woodturners.

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Dec. 1 & 2. Ten local woodturners show and sell their bowls, pens, vases, lamps, candlesticks, ornaments, rolling pins, crochet sets, ice cream scoops, and more. Also, demos. Cider & cookies. Partial proceeds benefit the Cancer Support Community and the Virtual Dialysis Support Center.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. Free admission. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Gift-Fest: Ann Arbor Artists' Collective.

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20th annual holiday show and sale of original works in jewelry, clothing, ceramics, glass, painting, and more. Refreshments & a raffle of artist-made ornaments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission. 272-2901. [map]

 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 996-9122 (10 a.m.) & 347-1259 (1 p.m.). [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.-4 p.m. 

"Winter Artist Market": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Local artists show and sell their handmade, nature-inspired work, including paintings, photography, textiles, jewelry, and more.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 11:00 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]

 11 a.m.-6 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]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Dec. 2, 9, & 23. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 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.  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. Free., 846-9418.


"U-M STEM Society Pop-Up": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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U-M students lead science activities, including extracting DNA from cheek cells, testing pH levels of household substances, and more.
Noon-4 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 Noon-7 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]

 Noon-6 p.m. 

Open Studio & Art Sale.

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Dec. 1 & 2. Show and sale of drawings, paintings, and prints by local artists Helen Gotlib and Dylan Strzynski. Also, a chance to look at their works in progress.
Noon-6 p.m., 7281 Toma Rd., Dexter. Free admission. [map]

 Noon-4 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-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 1 & 2. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas (Sat. only, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.). Live music TBA. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254.

 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Country Christmas": Cobblestone Farm Association.

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Re-creation of a mid-19th-century Christmas, with period decorations, cooking on the woodstove, kids activities, and live holiday music. Sale of handmade crafts from local crafters. Costumed interpreters provide tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and its grounds.
Noon-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). $2 (family, $5; seniors & kids, $1.50; children under 3, free). 794-7120. [map]

 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen'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. $5 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

Hatha Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Sundays from 12:30-1:30pm. In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow for deep connective tissues to be gently stretched, and for your body to create internal heat. There will also be postures that will flow from one to the next. Class is heated between 85-95 degrees. This class uses low/minimal lighting, allowing you to look inward, and be able to focus on your own yoga practice.
We are located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha. Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (First class free). [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Don Quixote": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of the Bolshoi Ballet production of Marius Petipa's choreography based on Cervantes's classic novel. With music by Ludwig Minkus.
12:55 p.m., Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $17 & $20 in advance at 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20) & 316-5500 (Emagine).

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. except Dec. 23 & 30. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm. (Dec. 2 & 16), Malletts Creek (Dec. 9). Free. 327-4200.

 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]

 1-4 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.

 1 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-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. Also, a competitive draft game on Sundays. Prizes. Bring your own cards.
1 p.m. (Sun.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]

 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 1 & 2. Two days of seasonal events at Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter, whose many rooms have all been lavishly decorated for the holidays. On Sat., display of the museum's Christmas Vintage Collection, Milt Campbell's huge collection of Department 56 collectible holiday houses, buildings, and figures that was once traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season. On Sat., Santa is on hand to talk with kids, who also can make their own gingerbread house to take home. Also, the museum hosts an open house ($5 per adult) to view the Christmas Vintage Collection, 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 8, 9, 15, 29, & 30. On Sun: "If Teapots Could Talk: A Christmas Tea." Light lunch with tea sandwiches and desserts and tour of Gordon Hall.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 4 p.m. seatings (Sun.), Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $5 on Sat., $30 on Sun. Reservations required for Sun. by calling 395-4106. [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 & 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]

 1-3 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]

 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Sleepless in Seattle": Fathom Events.

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Dec. 2 & 5. (Nora Ephron, 1993). Classic rom-com about a recently engaged woman who becomes obsessed with meeting a widower she hears on a call-in radio show. Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan.
1 & 4 p.m. (Dec. 2) & 4 & 7 p.m. (Dec. 5), Emagine, 1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Tickets $11.50 in advance at and at the door. 316-5500. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

"Rosie Revere, Engineer": Theatreworks USA (Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series).

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This renowned NYC-based children's theater troupe performs its hour-long musical based on Andrea Beaty's bestselling kids books--Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist, Scientist--featuring characters involved in science, technology, engineering, and math. Recommended for theatergoers in grades K-4 & their families.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $13 (MTF members, $11) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & all other Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]

 1:30 & 3:15 p.m.  Free! 

"What You Need to Know About Will and Estate Records": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by Lansing-based genealogist Jeff Mason. Followed by an intro for beginning genealogists on how to use census records and city directories.
1:30 & 3:15 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off E. Huron River Dr. at Clark Rd.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]

 1:45, 4:30, & 7:30 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.

 2, 5 & 8 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor TubaChristmas.

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Annual outdoor performance, now in its 21st year, of holiday carols on tubas, euphoniums, sousaphones, and baritone horns. One of many outdoor concerts held today across the nation and in Canada in memory of TubaChristmas founder Harvey Phillips. Musicians invited to bring an instrument and a music stand (with clothespins) to join around 40 players in the performance. Registration (9:30 a.m.) and rehearsal (10 a.m.) are at the U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium (1226 Murfin). Bring a sack lunch. Music books ($16) & TubaChristmas hats ($15) available. A hat, gloves, and sunglasses recommended.
2-3 p.m., Farmers Market. Free to spectators ($10 for musicians). 395-9544.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-In Tour: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Docent-led tour of highlights of the museum.
2 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Youth Jazz Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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This ensemble of young area musicians performs a variety of big band repertoire.
2 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Minecraft Workshop: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing things with virtual blocks. Participants work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Paul Keller Ensemble Holiday Concert: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Join the Paul Keller Ensemble for an ever-popular holiday concert. This nationally known local ensemble will delight with familiar Christmas tunes, lovingly arranged by Keller and his bandmates for trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, string bass, drums and vocals.
All ages show. Sponsored by the Friends of YDL.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 7344824110. [map]

 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics.

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The defending Big Ten champion, a perennial national power, opens its season with an exhibition match vs. CMU, EMU, and WMU.
2 p.m., Crisler Center. Tickets TBA. 764-0247. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

Workshop: Percussion Pipes & Instruments: SCRAP Box.

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Join us for a Percussion Instrument Workshop this Saturday from 2-4pm. We will discuss vibration and sound. You will leave with a symbol, a shaker, percussion pipes, a drum, and drumsticks! $10 per child. RSVP to
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle, 48108. Donation. $10 per child. 734-994-0012. [map]

 2 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of large-scale abstract works by sculptors Louise Nevelson and Al Loving and painters Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and Sam Gilliam.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Classical Chinese Poems and Songs": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Shanghai Normal University music students present a lecture-recital of poems and songs dating from the 11th-7th centuries BC taken from the Shijing, the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry.
2 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required at 764-8888. [map]

 2 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]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Ball Fun!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows how to make a felt ball using cotton roving, soap, and water. Supplies provided. For all ages.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.

 2 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. 

"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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Snowshoe Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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An REI showshoe expert shows how to use snowshoes. Followed by a chance to try it out. All ages welcome. Snowshoes provided.
2-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required by phone or email., 449-4437, ext. 201. [map]

 2 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]

 2 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Ballet Chelsea.

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Dec. 1 & 2. Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based company of young dancers ages 8-18 in her choreography of Tchaikovsky's ballet, with narration based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." Live accompaniment by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. The show is preceded at 12:30 p.m. by a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea ($15 in advance only) featuring cast visits, photos, and refreshments.
2 p.m., Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $15-30 (students, $10-25) in advance at and at the door. 475-3070. [map]

 2:55, 6 & 8:40 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.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [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 & 4-5 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]

 3:05 & 8:10 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.

 3:15 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.

 3:25, 6:15 & 8:20 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.

 3:30 p.m. 

Holiday Concert: Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 in G minor and a medley from The Polar Express. The symphony is joined by the Boychoir of Ann Arbor in "Ding Dong Merrily on High," Ralph Schultz's Christmas Mosaic, and J.S. Bach's "Wachet Auf" cantata. The Boychoir also performs its own set.
3:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors age 65 & older, students with ID, & kids under age 12, $6; family, $30) in advance at and at the door. 507-1451. [map]

 4 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]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:45 & 7:45 p.m. 

"The Great Buster": Michigan Theater.

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(Peter Bogdanovich, 2018). Documentary about silent film comedian Buster Keaton.
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]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs., except Nov. 22. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), 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. Cash cover at the door. Cash or cards for food & drink.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. 734/663-1202. or [map]

 5:35 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.

 5:50 & 8:30 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.

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., sidewalk between North Quad & Rackham. Free. Email to confirm or check 717-1569.

 6:30 p.m. 

Aaron Wolfe: EMU Center for Jewish Studies.

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Storytelling by this New Jersey-based author and playwright, a Moth GrandSLAM winner whose stories have been featured on NPR and The Moth podcast. Hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. Reception and desserts.
6:30-9 p.m., EMU Sponberg Theatre, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students, $10) at 487-0978.

 7-10 p.m. 

Steve Somers and Friends.

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Guitarist Steve Somers presents three sets of Jazz. Set 1: 7 p.m.: Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra Jazz Ensemble, Set 2: 8 p.m.: House band featuring Steve Somers (guitar), Paris Horgrow (bass), Vardan Sargsyan (drums), Duane Wells (trumpet), Juanzo (percussion), John Matters (bassoon) and special guest artist Bobbie Muncy (tenor saxophone). Set 3: 9 p.m.: Jam session with house band and special guests.
$5 donation is suggested.
Ziggy's Cafe, 206 W. Michigan Ave. Donation. $5 suggested. 734) 221-3961. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Big Season Finale": Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Reading by Detroit poet Justin Rogers, author of Chaos in the City. Also, readings by high school poets in the after-school program Citywide Poets Detroit.
7 p.m. Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. [map]

 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Music for Meditation": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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Performance by Washington, D.C.-based classical guitarist Charles Mokotoff, who lost most of his hearing when he was 15. "His playing is a mix of strong tone, pianistic at times, but also capable of beautiful legato phrasing and a natural feel for forward movement," writes a Classical Guitar Music reviewer.
7:15 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518. [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. 

Griffin House: The Ark.

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Ohio-bred Americana-inflected pop-rock singer-songwriter known for his intelligent, heartfelt lyrics and engaging melodies. Photo: Ethan James.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Alberto Rojo Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Argentinian folk songs, jazz standards with a South American flair, and more by this ensemble, led by Rojo, an acclaimed Argentine guitarist who has recorded with the celebrated singer Mercedes Sosa, Rojo's self-proclaimed "number one fan."
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun., except Sept. 1. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary.
8-10 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm., 1236 Washtenaw. $5. 763-6984. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Yizhak Schotten: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M viola professor is joined by U-M music faculty and students in Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, Beethoven's With Two Eyeglasses Obligato, Brahms' Two Songs for Viola and Mezzo-Soprano, and Schulhoff's Concertino for Flute, Viola and Bass.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

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

Old Town: Darrin James Band

Blues-inflected folk-rock by a band led this local singer-songwriter who has released 3 CDs, including the recent Strange Storm, a collection of songs responding to the contemporary climate of constant violence, blatant greed, religious hypocrisy, and political chaos. [venue info]

Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."

A house band--trumpeter Ingrid Racine, keyboardist Michael Malis, bassist Josef Deas, & drummer Jesse Kramer--is joined by a different guest each week. Tonight: TBA. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings 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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