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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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 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. & 7-7:30 p.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. except Dec. 24. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. except Dec. 25 Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 25. 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. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. except Nov. 22.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri., except Dec. 24 & 25. Free. 327-4200.

 10 a.m.-8 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. 

"A Christmas Carol": Wild Swan Theater.

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Dec. 6-9. This award-winning local children's theater company performs Wild Swan co-director Hilary Cohen's musical adaptation of the Dickens Christmas classic about the transformation of crabbed old Ebenezer Scrooge after he's visited by 3 spirits on the night before Christmas. Appropriate for kids in grade 3 & up. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available for blind audience members by prearrangement.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $12) in advance at and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Immigration": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except. Nov. 22), through Dec. 6. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. Nov. 1: U-M history professor Rita Chin on "The Effects of Immigration on Europe." Nov. 8 (9:30 a.m.): "The Myth of the Line." MSU law professor David Thronson discusses the idea that immigration reform shouldn't reward undocumented people by permitting them to "cut in line." Nov. 15: Center for Immigration Studies (Washington, D.C.) executive director Mark Krikorian on "The Real Immigration Debate: Whom to Let in and Why." Nov. 29: U-M Ford School public policy professor Ann Chih Lin on "Looking Beyond Comprehensive Immigration Reform: A New Immigration Politics." Dec. 6: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County Resettlement Services director Shrina Eadeh on "Refugee Resettlement in Washtenaw County."
10-11:30 a.m. (except as noted), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Motawi Tileworks Tour.

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We love showing the public what we do so every Tuesday at 1pm and every Thursday at 11am we offer a free tour of the Tileworks. You can browse our studio gallery, meet our staff, learn about our company history, and observe our tile-making process firsthand. Tours typically last 60-90 minutes and are best for ages 8 to adult. Reservations are not required, however please call ahead if your party consists of 10 or more.
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive. Free. 734-213-0017. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Astrophotography: Capturing the Night Sky": Saline Area Senior Center.

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University Lowbrow Astronomers member Brian Ottum presents large-screen projections of night sky images via live feed from his telescope in New Mexico.
11 a.m.-noon, SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Stigma and the Moral Economy of Tokyo's Sex Industry": U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Lecture by Yale-NUS College (Singapore) anthropology professor Gabriele Koch.
Noon-1:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Dec. 6, 13, & 20. Performances by area musicians. Dec. 6: Violin students from the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute. Dec. 13: 19th-century holiday music by the Dodworth Duo. Dec. 20: Seasonal works by the Counterpoint quintet.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

CEW+ Inspire Mindful Meditation Sit: Center for the Education of Women.

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As part of the CEW+Inspire initiative, CEW+ will hold regular drop-in mindful meditation sits throughout the academic year. Being present in the moment is a skill that can be learned when practiced on a regular basis. Evidence-based meditation has been shown to reduce implicit age and race bias, reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and pain, improve cognitive functioning, and assist in ending ruminating thought patterns. Come join a drop-in, guided mindful meditation sit and practice being aware and fully present in the moment.
Free and open to all levels of practice. No registration necessary.
CEW+, 330 E. Liberty St. Free. [map]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing at Christmas": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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Different location. First Baptist organist Shin-Ae Chun performs Josef Rheinberger's Organ Sonata No. 3 and Naji Hakim's To Call My True Love to My Dance, an exploration of the traditional Danish song "Will You Dance with Me?" in several classical styles.
12:15 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 663-9376. [map]

 1-4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Nobel Symposium: U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

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Five U-M scholars each discuss the work, impact, and personality of one of this year's 6 Nobel laureates. U-M electrical engineering & computer science professor Ted Norris on U-M physics professor emeritus Gérard Mourou, Donna Strickland, & Arthur Ashkin (physics); U-M biological chemistry professor James Bardwell on Frances Arnold, George P. Smith, & Sir Gregory P. Winter (chemistry); U-M Tumor Immunology and Transplantation Biology codirector Weiping Zou on James Allison and Tasuku Honjo (medicine); U-M Energy Institute senior economist Ellen Hughes-Cromwick on William Nordhaus and Paul Romer (economics); and U-M political science professor Ragnild Nordaas on Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad (peace).
1-4:45 p.m., Weiser Hall 10th floor, 500 Church. Free. 763-3301. [map]

 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.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. except Dec. 24. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. except Dec. 25. Malletts Creek.

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

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

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Dec. 24 & 25), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.

 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, 6:50, & 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.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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SUNY Albany political science professor Virginia Eubanks reads from her new book. Reception follows.
4-5:30 p.m., Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490. [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.

 4:15, 7, & 9:25 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]

 4:30, 6, & 7:30 p.m. 

"PJs & Stories with Santa": Saline Parks and Recreation.

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A Saline District Library storyteller reads holiday stories for kids accompanied by a parent. Also, a chance to meet Santa, a sing-along, crafts, and treats. Wear pajamas. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera.
4:30, 6, & 7:30 p.m. Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $10 in advance at, $12 (if available) at the door. 429-3502. [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: $10.50 (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.

 4:45, 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.

 5:00 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]

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play popular board games (list available at "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Elizabeth Alexander: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Lecture by this acclaimed poet who read her "Praise Song for the Day" at President Obama's 2009 inauguration. Her most recent book, The Light of the World, is a memoir about her husband's death.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Family Doctor Open House: Beyond Primary Care.

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Beyond Primary Care, is a family medicine clinic which is accepting new patients in Ann Arbor Michigan. It is hosting multiple open houses for both November and December. You can personally meet the doctor, view the clinic, ask questions, and learn more about direct primary care. Beyond Primary Care is located in Suite 105.
Beyond Primary Care, 2500 Packard St, Ann Arbor MI. Free. 7343952850. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Working Age Dinner Group: Arbor Hospice.

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Contact Cindy Palmer for more information at 734-794-5177.
The Working Age Dinner Group is a social group for those who have lost a spouse or partner and would like to share a meal together at an Ann Arbor restaurant. This group is targeted at those who are still working age. Note: Each member is responsible for the cost of their own meal.
Various Ann Arbor Resaurants. Pay for your own meal. 734-794-5177.

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Family and Community": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Screening of the 2001 PBS documentary My American Girls, which chronicles a year in the life of an immigrant family from the Dominican Republic. Followed by discussion led by U-M history professor Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof.
6-8:30 p.m. AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Hope for the Holidays": Arbor Hospice.

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The holidays are an especially difficult time for someone who is grieving. This special workshop held in Plymouth will give you helpful tips for coping with the upcoming holidays. Please call at least one week prior to register. To register please contact Cindy Palmer at 734-794-5177.
Plymouth District Library, 223 South Main Street, Plymouth. Free. 734-794-5177. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"I Am Jazz": Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health.

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Local resident Carolyn Herrmann, mom of a trans teen, reads Shelagh McNicholas, Jazz Jennings, and Jessica Herthel's 2014 picture book based on Jennings' experience as a transgender child. Followed by discussion and Q&A with Carolyn and her son. All ages welcome.
6:30-8 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 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! 

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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Show-and-Tell & Holiday Party: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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All invited to bring rocks, minerals, or jewelry to show off. Refreshments.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 13 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$20 covers the workbook for the entire 13 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, 48103. $20. 734-761-5669. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lisa Ludwinski: Literati Bookstore.

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This Sister Pie (Detroit) owner and head baker discusses Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit, her new cookbook that includes such Sister Pie favorites as toasted marshmallow butterscotch pie and sour cherry bourbon pie. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Nov. 1: Findlay. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 9: Mount St. Mary's. 7 p.m.

Nov. 19: Detroit Mercy. 7 p.m.

Dec. 6: Long Island. 7 p.m.

Dec. 15: Morgan State. 11 a.m.

Dec. 21: Southern. Noon.

Dec. 31: Minnesota. 2 p.m.

Jan. 8: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Jan. 20: OSU. 3 p.m.

Jan. 27: MSU. 2 p.m.

Jan. 31: Iowa. 6 p.m.

Feb. 7: Nebraska. 7 p.m.

Feb. 14: Indiana. 7 p.m.

Feb. 21: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Mar. 3: Wisconsin. 2 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Antony and Cleopatra": Fathom Events.

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Tape delayed live broadcast of the National Theatre (London) production of Shakespeare's tragedy about Cleopatra and Mark Antony's epic love affair. Following the murder of Julius Caesar, Antony rules Rome in a triumvirate that includes Octavius Caesar. Antony's neglect of his political duties for Cleopatra leads to a disastrous war with Octavius and the defiant lovers' double suicide. Stars Ralph Fiennes.
7 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $17 & $18 in advance at 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Duct Tape Crafts": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to make wallets and other small personal items out of different colored duct tapes.
7-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Mini Yarn Hat Ornaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for all grade 6-adult.
7-8 p.m. AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Telling Twain": Serendipity Books.

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Veteran Chelsea storyteller and writer Steve Daut, a Second City Comedy Club grad, reads from his new collection of classic Mark Twain stories he adapted for modern audiences. The book also contains historical and performance notes for each tale.
7-8:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 Middle, Chelsea. Free. 475-7148. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Michèle Renoul: U-M School of Music.

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This Conservatoire de Strasbourg piano professor performs works by Debussy, Rameau, Grieg, Liszt, Chopin, Dusapin, Messiaen, and Stravinsky.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs., except Dec. 27. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

The Beach Boys: Live Nation.

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Known for their quintessential shimmering layered vocal harmonies and intricate, inventively comforting arrangements, this iconic pop band pioneered surf rock more than 50 years ago. Its holiday-themed program includes such classics as "O Holy Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful, and "Away in a Manger," as well as a new version of its classic "Little St. Nick" from their new album, Reason for the Season. With all the surviving band members except Brian Wilson.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $65-$99.50 in advance at & all Ticketmaster outlets, & at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]

 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. 

"Twelfth Night": U-M Theatre Department.

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Dec. 6-9. Daniel Cantor directs U-M theater students in Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identities and misplaced affections. Viola, a noblewoman shipwrecked on the coast of the mythical kingdom of Ilyria, disguises herself as a man and finds work as a servant to Duke Orsino, with whom she promptly falls in love. But when the duke sends his new servant to court a young widow on his behalf, the widow becomes enamored of Viola. After several additional gender-bending plot twists, and the introduction of a frisky Puritan, an outrageous drunkard, and a slow-witted squire, everyone eventually snaps back into place, but with a variety of delightful and surprising differences.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $12) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Baroque Chamber Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Joseph Gascho and Aaron Berofsky direct this ensemble of music majors in Bach's Jauchzet Gott, Scarlatti's Concerti Grossi, and Charles Avison's Domenico Scarlatti. With trumpeter Bill Campbell and soprano Carmen Pelton, both U-M music professors.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Ebird & Friends Holiday Show: The Ark.

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Dec. 7-9. Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local progressive country-rock band the Ragbirds who has also released a solo CD, Scenes from the Fragile, Agile Avian World, is joined by several established and up-and-coming luminaries of the Michigan music scene for her very popular annual program of new and old holiday music. This year's cast includes Joshua Davis, Joe Hertler, Luke Winslow-King, Madelyn Grant, Jen Sygit, Adam Plomaritas, Ross Huff, Brandon Smith, Tim Haldeman, Yorg Kerasiotis, Brad Phillips, Brennan Andes, Jess McCumons, Loren Kranz, Asim Khan, Jennifer Jones, Shelly Smith, and more.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat.), the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25-$50 (kids age 10 & under, $15 for Sat. matinee only) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Lab Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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U-M music professors Ellen Rowe and Dennis Wilson and Montreal-based composer Christine Jensen direct music students in Jensen's new suite and other works TBA.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Larry Fuller Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Swinging mainstream jazz by a trio led by Fuller, a local pianist praised by a Seattle Times critic for his "muscular, tinkling, harmonically advanced" music. With Cambridge (OH) bassist George DeLancey and NYC drummer Jason Tiemann.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Sean Kent: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 6-8. This Texas stand-up comic, a 2-time contestant on the NBC show Last Comic Standing, is known for his incisive, edgy sociopolitical comedy. His CD Waiting for the Rapture is in heavy rotation on satellite radio. 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.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Concert: Concordia University Wind and String Ensemble.

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This student ensemble performs a program highlighted by the Michigan premiere of James Syler's settings of 3 Whitman poems, Silent Shadows to the Last, with soprano soloist (and Concordia voice professor) Natalie Downs. Also, Mozart's Symphony no. 25 in G minor, Dvorak's Serenade in D minor, and Holst's First Suite in E-flat Major.
8 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7438. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"all our pasts tomorrow": U-M Dance Department B.F.A. Dance Concert.

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Senior U-M dance majors Sophia Allen, Caitlin Ferguson, Madeline Joss, and Johnny Mathews present their choreography, including solo and group works.
8 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. $7 at the door only. 763-5460. [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 p.m. 

"The Grand Duke, or the Statutory Duel": U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

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Dec. 6-9. David Andrews and Eric Lofstrom direct this accomplished local town-and-gown company in Gilbert and Sullivan's nonsensical satire about a penny-pinching grand duke who is reluctant to marry his betrothed, a wealthy but intimidating baroness, because he thinks she's only after his money. Ludwig, the local theater troupe leader, persuades the grand duke to wriggle out of the marriage by giving up his throne for a day, but he then seizes power for himself. The coup backfires when the troupe's prima donna invokes a clause in her contract that would require Ludwig to marry her, instead of the woman he loves. It's a lively show, very tuneful and full of witty banter. Cast: Jack Nadler, Alexandra Kzeski, Christopher Kendall, Laurel Baker, Lori Gould, and Natan Zamansky.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $22 & $25 (students, $10 & $12; seniors, $20 & $22) in advance at and at the door. [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.


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Blind Pig: Andrea Doria

Riverview jazz-inflected pop-rock quartet. Openers: the local indie rock band Seaholm, the Allen Park alt-rock trio Labour Day Weekend, and the local postpunk indie rock quartet Stopwatch. $7-$10. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass & Beer Thursday"

The local Pontiac Trailblazers, a bluegrass quartet led by bassist Ryan O'Shea, performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. Bring your instrument. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Laura Rain & the Caesars Laura Rain & the Caesars

An intense fusion of funk, soul, and blues by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Rain. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network."

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]


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