Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. email@example.com sunshen.org [map]
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: https:
Cowork Ann Arbor, 323 S Main St, Suite B. Free. 734-896-1295. firstname.lastname@example.org coworkannarbor.com [map]
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]
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.
Nov. 16 and Dec. 7 & 21. All invited.
Nov. 16: The Rider, Chloé Zhao's 2017 docudrama about a rising rodeo star who must find a new sense of purpose after a tragic riding accident.
Dec. 7: Molly's Game, Aaron Sorkin's 2017 biopic about an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game.
Dec. 21: Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's 2017 WWII thriller about Allied troops trying to evacuate from the French city of Dunkirk in 1940 before Nazi forces can take hold.
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]
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 simon.com
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 wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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.
"Museums as Sites of Healing: Empathy, Repair, and Critical Reflection": University of Michigan Museum Studies Program.more >
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The Director of the Michigan State University Museum will discuss the ethical responsibilities of university museums when local communities face crises and injustice. He will explore how collecting material culture and narratives associated with such challenges can build community bonds and promote conversations within an academic environment.
University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State Street. Free. email@example.com http:
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]
Every Fri. except Dec. 28. All invited to bring a lunch and participate in a directed craft activity. Dec. 7: "Splatter Paint Art." Dec. 14: "Word Collage." Dec. 21: "Snowy Trees."
Noon-1 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
"Museums as Sites of Healing: Empathy, Repair, and Critical Reflection": U-M Museum Studies Program.more >
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Talk by MSU Museum director Mark Auslander.
Noon, UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 936-6678. [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Join us at SCRAP for a creative reuse drop in crafternoon. Explore creative reuse and get Holiday festive!
SCRAP Reuse Specialists will be onsite and ready to help any drop in crafters with THREE different Holiday tree projects.
Each tree will feature reused items from the SCRAP store! Yarn, beads, corks, frame corners, and more will used to create unique Holiday Trees. Display these handmade beauties in your home or give one as a gift!
SCRAP is a is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. $5. 7349940012. email@example.com scrapbox.org [map]
Lecture by MSU English professor Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai.
4-5:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-4095. [map]
Every Fri., except. Dec. 28 All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). firstname.lastname@example.org, (989) 455-4484. [map]
Dec. 7-9. 18th annual show and sale of works by local ceramics artists. Tonight is an artists' reception. Refreshments.
5-8 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free admission. 662-4914. [map]
Opening Reception of a Group Art Exhibit: Opaque Dialogues 2018. This exhibit presents current work by five local/international women artists: Therese Basha (Nazareth), Laila Kujala (Finland), Barbara Melnik Carson (USA), Irene Mokra (Ukraine), and Mari Pruks (Estonia) and features drawings, paintings, sculptures, wearable art, and more that are for sale. Light refreshments and music entertainment will be provided. The exhibit runs December 6, 2018 - January 31, 2019.
Sweetwaters Ypsilanti, 735 W Cross St, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 340-6865. email@example.com [map]
Girls ages 5-12, accompanied by a dad, grandfather, uncle, or other man, invited for dancing to recorded music. Light refreshments and a souvenir.
6-8 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth. $40 (Pittsfield Twp. residents, $35). Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov or at 822-2117. [map]
"Community Climate Conversation": City of Ann Arbor, Sierra Club of Huron Valley, Citizens Climate Lobby, Washtenaw Climate Reality, UM Climate Action Movement, National Wildlife Federation, Ecology Center, . . .more >
"Community Climate Conversation": City of Ann Arbor, Sierra Club of Huron Valley, Citizens Climate Lobby, Washtenaw Climate Reality, UM Climate Action Movement, National Wildlife Federation, Ecology Center, . . .< less
the UM School of Environment and Sustainability, the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, the Huron River Watershed Council, the Climate Action Group of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, and the UM Energy Institute.
Join us for an interactive discussion about climate change: the latest science, current impacts, and how Ann Arbor can take action
Ann Arbor Public Library, Downtown, 4th floor, 343 S 5th Avenue. Free. MStults@a2gov.org [map]
Ziggy's brings its year of First Fridays Jazz shows to a close with this final installment.
First Fridays Trio
Ingrid Racine, voice & trumpet
Mark Pappas, keyboard
Scott Kretzer, drums
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
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]
Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14, & 21. Conservancy staffers show off Sven the reindeer and some of their larger animals. Also, a chance to view their other animals, such as porcupines, sloths, and more. Cookies & hot cocoa.
6-8 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $15 and a donation towards animal care (grain-free cat and dog food, pet-safe squeaky toys, femur bones, & macaw toys welcome). 929-9324. [map]
All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]
Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly hard ciders with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]
Group coloring activity for all grade 6-adult. Participants can choose from several poster-sized prints from the original illustrations from Alice in Wonderland.
6:30-8:30 p.m. AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]
PURe Dance Ensemble presents its Annual Student Showcase: PURe Fables Featuring PURe Potential, Youth Dance and. in cooperation with First Steps-Ann Arbor, the Creative Dancer classes with AAPS Rec & Ed. Gina Danene Thompson is the creative director and teacher of these talented students. Join us for a FUN Friday evening at Riverside Arts Center and discover all the goings on with DIYpsi too!
Riverside Arts Center, : 76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5/family. 734-994-4949. email@example.com
Dec. 7 & 8. Music director John Boonenberg leads this local ensemble of boys ages 8-18 in its 32nd annual Christmas concert, accompanied by First United Methodist Church organist Naki Sung-Kripfgans. The program opens with the traditional processional "Once in Royal David's City," with the 1st verse sung by a solo boy, and concludes with John Gardner's "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day." The program ranges from Paul Mealor's jubilant setting of the Magnificat to a reimagining of "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Abbie Betinis, the grand-niece of famed Christmas carol composer Alfred Burt. Also, Alfred Burt's "Nigh Bethlehem," Dutch Renaissance composer Jan Sweelinck's "Hodie Christus Natus Est," 20th-century German composer Max Reger's setting of "Mary's Lullaby," Rachmaninoff's "Bogoroditse Devo," and two pieces by young contemporary composers: David von Kampen's "The Shepherd's Hymn" and Jacob Weber's "Arise, Shine!" Audience sing-alongs of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful" are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. This concert usually sells out.
7 p.m. (Fri.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart, & 3 p.m. (Sat.), First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15; youths 17 & under, free) in advance at aaboychoir.org
A festive program of Christmas music, including a sing-along of favorite carols and solo performances on the church's impressive pipe organ by local organists David Saunders, Sarah Simko, and Sipkje Price. Reception follows.
7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 994-4455. [map]
Family-friendly activity making ornaments using a variety of provided craft products.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.
Dec. 7-9. Young local actors perform Andrew Ross's silly comedy about the happenings at a film festival in the French Riviera. As a reporter interviews film directors, actors stage "clips" from the artsy films.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Washington Street Education Center Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10 in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door. Chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]
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 emich.edu
All grade 6-adult invited to write letters. Stationery, envelopes, pens, markers, & stickers provided.
7-8 p.m. AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Barnes & Noble staff present an interactive reading of Chris Van Allsburg's Caldecott Medal-winning tale of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. Also, craft activities For kids age 3 & up, who are invited to come in bedtime attire (complete with pillows and stuffed animals).
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. Reservations required. 973-0846. [map]
All invited to skate to recorded music by The Reverend Horton Heat, the acclaimed postpunk rockabilly trio from Texas. Prizes for best costume.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 794-6234. [map]
You and your colleagues have worked hard all year. Now it's time to celebrate in style at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest!
Enjoy our elegant setting, festive dining and beverage selections & LIVE entertainment and dancing all night, featuring Your Generation.
Eagle Crest Marriott, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti. $25. 734-487-2000. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Performance by the Kalamazoo duo of singer-songwriters Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo, who perform Appalachian folk and old-time music with haunting vocal harmonies, along with originals in the same vein.
7:30 p.m., Webster United Church of Christ, 5484 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. Tickets $15 cash/check at the door only. 426-5115. [map]
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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]
EMU dance students perform Tchaikovsky's beloved tragic ballet about a prince who falls in love with the swan-maiden Odette. Live score by the EMU Symphony Orchestra.
7:30 p.m., Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, EMU campus, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (seniors & students, $8; children under 12, $6) in advance at emutix.com and at the door. 487-2282.
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 theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]
Dec. 7-9. Briana O'Neal directs young local actors in Brian D. Taylor's comedy about Fairytale Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) agents Gold, Rose Red, and Snow White who take on Public Enemy No. 1: the 3 Bears.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.) and 1 & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Scarlett Middle School Auditorium, 3300 Lorraine. Tickets $10 (students, $8) in advance at a2ct.org. 971-2228. [map]
This veteran singer-songwriter from Lynn (MA), a Green Wood favorite, writes sharp-witted songs about everyday life that blend pathos, humor, and biting satire, and his live shows feature a lot of impromptu storytelling and comedy. His fans include Christine Lavin and Livingston Taylor, and he's released 4 acclaimed CDs, including the recent Winning Streak.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
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 theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]
House of Mole Presents Day Oshee // Dani Darling // Electric Blanket
Day Oshee (DET)
Dani Darling (YPSI)
Electric Blanket (YPSI)
[Artist donations encouraged]
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. email@example.com https:
This Dallas-based duo of violinist Schleuning and cellist Pegis perform Piazzolla's Café 1930, Kodály's Duo for Violin and Cello, and Haydn's Duet in D minor and "Poco Adagio" from his Duet for Violin & Cello in D Major.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com
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]
Dec. 7 & 8. Ensembles of music majors perform selections from masterpieces of the quartet repertoire.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]
Oct. 6: Vermont. Time TBA.
Oct. 7: Waterloo. Exhibition game. Time TBA.
Oct. 12: Team USA under 18. Exhibition game. 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 & 27: St. Lawrence. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 & 10: Notre Dame. 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 & 24: Wisconsin. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1: MSU. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 & 8: Minnesota. 8 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10-$40 at stubhub.com
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]
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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]
Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14, & 21. The League of Pointless Improvisers presents holiday-inspired sketches based on audience suggestions. They also do "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. Opener: guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]
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 brownpapertickets.com
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]
"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]
Dec. 7: "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale" (Jalmari Helander, 2010). Horror-comedy about a boy and his father who must stop Joulupukki, a figure from Finnish folklore, from eating children after a multinational corporation frees him from his ancient icy prison. Finnish, subtitles. 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 8: "Gremlins" (Joe Dante, 1984). Comic horror-fantasy about a boy who inadvertently unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. Midnight.
Dec. 14: "Love Actually" (Richard Curtis, 2003). Rom-com about half a dozen couples in love, highlighted by a wizened, boorish rock star. Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson. 9:30 p.m.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; midnight movies, $8). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.
Come join First Fridays Ypsilanti for their last event of the season, with a free concert at the Tap Room featuring great local live music along with cheap and good drinks and food!
Featuring the following bands:
The DayNites - 9pm - Neo-Soul Blues Fusion
Las Drogas - 10pm - catchy, danceable, and fun garage rock influenced by 50s and 60s roots rock - like The White Stripes mashed with Jerry Lee Lewis.
Mercury Salad Sandwich - 11pm - ACOUSTIC FUNK WITH SOME TWANGY FOLK ROCK
Taproom, 201 West Michigan, Ypsilanti. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org www.firstfridaysypsi.com [map]
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: An Dro
Celtic-based worldbeat by this Grand Rapids-area acoustic ensemble.
Blind Pig: Good Old War
Philadephia trio that plays catchy, musically refined folk-rock with flawless vocal harmonies that, according to allmusic.com, "manages to sound like the Flaming Lips fronted by Paul Simon." Openers: Beta Radio, a Wilmington (NC) Americana duo, and Allman Brown, a London (UK) singer-songwriter who cites Bon Iver, James Vincent McMorrow, and Sufjan Stevens. as influences. $16 ($18 at the door). 8 p.m.-midnight.
Café Verde: Aim High Flyers
Aim High School (Farmington Hills) students perform pop songs, led by their teacher and local guitarist Matthew Landrum.
Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles
DJ with an eclectic mix of music.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: The Blue Water Ramblers
This Grand Rapids quintet fronted by banjoist Jim Foerch and guitarist Bear Berends performs a wide range of traditional Great Lakes music, including lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmer's paeans, gospel music, and children's ditties.
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.
Habitat Lounge: Fusion
Top 40 dance band.
6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup" and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or."
Mash: Matt Gabriel
Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. 6-9 p.m.
Mash: Rock Jones
Detroit roots rock, Motown, and blues quintet.
Silvio's Organic Pizza: The Kinfolk Rigg
An eclectic mix of country, pop, & jazz originals and covers by the local duo of singer Missy Riggs and guitarist Paul Rhodes.
Tap Room: "First Friday."
With the Ypsilanti neo-soul blues fusion quintet The DayNites (9 p.m.), the raucous Ypsilanti surf-guitar psychobilly band Las Drogas (10 p.m.), and the local folk-rock-flavored acoustic funk band Mercury Salad Sandwich (11 p.m.).
Ypsi Alehouse: Band of Rasmus
Ypsilanti keyboard-driven classic rock and blues quartet. 8-10 p.m.
Ypsi Alehouse: Pearl Street String Band
Versatile acoustic quartet whose repertoire includes traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and airs from Irish, French-Canadian, New England and Southern/Old-Time sources, and more. 5-7 p.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: M22
Local acoustic classic rock and country-rock cover band featuring members of the Breakers.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Sydney Burnham
Bluesy, funky folk-rock by this young singer-songwriter and guitarist from Brighton.
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