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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 8, 2018

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 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Washtenaw County Gulls": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS member Mike Sefton leads a trip (in the WAS van) to the Arbor Hills Landfill in Salem Township to look for unusual species of gulls. Dress for the weather; the landfill is usually windy.
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at the Park-n-Ride lot, Plymouth Rd. at US-23. $5 minimum donation for van rental & fuel. Space limited; preregistration required by at

 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.-5 p.m.  Free! 

10th Annual Lucy Ann Lance Hometown Christmas Radio Show.

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Popular local radio personality Lance hosts a live broadcast of an old-fashioned radio variety show with performances by 30 local groups, including the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, St. Francis Catholic Church handbell choirs, the Depot Town Big Band, the Saline show choir Varsity Blues, the Dexter Community Band Christmas Brass ensemble, the Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective, theater groups, and many more. The show is broadcast on 1290 WLBY and
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Briarwood JC Penney wing. Free., 717-2182. [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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

 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Craft & Vendor Show: St. Luke Lutheran Church.

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Show and sale of homemade crafts and other items.
9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran Church Great Rm., 4205 Washtenaw. $1 admission (cash only). 971-0550. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Dec. 8 & 15. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Dec. 8), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Dec. 15), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"38th Annual Winter Festival": Rudolf Steiner School.

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An artisan market, a toy room, puppet theater, musical performances, and kids activities, including jump rope winding and candle making. Also, several themed rooms, including the Snow Queen's Castle, the Crystal Cave, and the Children's Gift Room. Raffle. Lunch from Arbor Farms available.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rudolf Steiner School, 2775 Newport. Park at Wines Elementary School (1701 Newport) to take a shuttle. Free admission (fee for kids activities). 995-4141. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"8th Annual Friends at the Front Porch Holiday Sale": Front Porch Textile Studio.

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Dec. 8 & 9. Michigan artists and crafters show and sell handwoven textiles, fine art, prints, cards, jewelry, woodworking, metal art, and books for young children.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), 1219 Traver. Free admission. 662-7134. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

"North Pole Breakfast": Rock Paper Scissors.

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It's the MOST WONDERFUL time of year again-It's North Pole Breakfast Time!
Take a trip to the North Pole for our 3rd Annual North Pole Breakfast:
Sat Dec 8th
9:30 am- 12:00 noon You can select your time slot while checking out.
Hosted by Rock Paper Scissors at The Pretzel Bell Captain's Room & joined by our friends from Cherry Republic & Cause for A Party (The Pretzel Bell Captain's Room is just 2 doors down from Rock Paper Scissors!)
On your trip to the North Pole, your kiddos are encouraged to wear their favorite Christmas PJs as they enjoy breakfast from Pretzel Bell, crafts, reindeer games, story time & fun North Pole friends.
This year we're partnering with Cause for a Party and supporting the Ozone House!
Each ticket includes:
Children's Buffet Breakfast
Santa's Workshop Crafts, The Claus Family Kitchen Cookie Decorating, Santa's Story-time,Reindeer Games with Boomer the Bear, Gift Bag,Exclusive Holiday Shopping Coupon at RPS
Tix must be boug
Pretzel Bell Captain's Room, 226 S. Main Street Ann Arbor, MI. $35. 734-531-6264. [map]

 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness Meditation": Dexter District Library.

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Guided meditation followed by discussion.
9:30 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 10 a.m. & noon  Free! 

"Free Google Technology Workshop": Christian Love Fellowship.

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Empower yourself and your community through FREE accessible technology workshops at Christian Love Fellowship Ministries International. This event is for all ages.
Join Googlers in classes and workshops on tech topics ranging from basic computer skills to advanced skills with coding.
Christian Love Fellowship, 1601 Stamford Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 730-9762. [map]

 10:00 a.m. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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

 10 a.m. 

"Santa's Lettering Workshop": Rock Paper Scissors.

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For age 9+: Big Kids & Teens-Join us for Santa's Lettering Workshop during the North Pole Breakfast
Sat. Dec. 8th
10:00 am- 11:30 am
Hosted by Rock Paper Scissors at The Pretzel Bell & joined by our friends from Cherry Republic & Cause for A Party. The Pretzel Bell is just 2 doors down from Rock Paper Scissors! Please check in at the Captain's Room
Learn the very basics of hand lettering and have fun stamping your own wrapping paper and making your own holiday cards and gift tags!
This year we're partnering with Cause for a Party and supporting the Ozone House! We're asking you guys to help us and bring hats & gloves to donate to the Ozone House! Also, ticket proceeds will be going to The Ozone House!
Each ticket includes: Hand Lettering Supplies, Hand Lettering Instruction,Santa's Workshop Crafts, Gift Bag, Holiday Snacks

Additional Info:
- Event is geared toward children ages 9+, but everyone is welcome!
- Snacks are for ticketed kiddos only!
-Must purchase ti
THE PRETZEL BELL, 226 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI. $25. (734) 531-6264. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Workshop: Make a Kastle Synthesizer": TinkerTech.

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Synthesis - /ˈsinTHəsəs/: the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole.
Become a musical alchemist by creating your own synthesizer. Forge simple signals and waves in your electronic cauldron to create techno gold.
This workshop will include an introduction to the principles of synthesis, build time for creating your synthesizer, plus guided experimentation and oscilloscope analysis of your synthesized sounds.
The workshop is 5 hours, but is conducted as a morning and afternoon session with a 1 hour break for lunch, so make sure you're available all the way from 10am till 4pm. Ages 14 and up are welcome.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $160. 734-707-8019. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Show & Sale: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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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]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Bag Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books & other items.
10 a.m.-noon, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 for a bag of books; 2nd bag free. 429-5450. [map]

 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Holiday Pop-Up: Ypsi Alloy Studios.

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Dec. 8 & 9. Show and sale of handmade gifts and fine art by local artists. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Free admission. [map]

 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to have their photo taken with Santa. On Dec. 2, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9-10:30 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 9 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-8 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. & 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), & 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase; "fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at 769-9610. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Ancient Wisdom and Modern Education": Vedanta Center of Ann Arbor.

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Daylong series of talks by Vedanta Society of New York minister Swami Sarvapriyananda, Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, D.C., minister Swami Atmajnanananda, and Albuquerque-based writer Glenn Aparicio Parry, author of Original Thinking: A Radical Revisioning of Time, Humanity, and Nature.
10 a.m.-noon & 2-4 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free., [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Bugs Don't Bug Me!": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids ages 5-11, accompanied by a parent, invited to learn about insects and make a bug ornament to take home.
Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child; preregistration recommended. Metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Holiday Greens": Ann Arbor Garden Club.

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Club member Denise Looker shows participants how to make and keep fresh a holiday wreath, mantel design, or centerpiece. Materials provided; bring garden clippers. Bring a dish to pass for a potluck brunch.
10 a.m.-noon, U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens greenhouse 3, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20 (Garden Club members, free). Preregistration recommended to Nancy Hart at Metered parking. 761-8281. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Recycled Gift-Giving & Tile Decorations": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to learn what kinds of packaging can be recycled and how to transform everyday household items into decorative boxes, bows, and wrappings. Also, decorate a tile or ornament with glass beads, shells, and buttons.
10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch. Free. 761-3186. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

DIYpsi Holiday Market.

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Dec. 8 & 9. Ninety area artists and crafters show and sell their paintings, jewelry, clothing, glass, soaps, baked goods, and more.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free admission., [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Holiday Open House: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Join us for our holiday open house! Do some wine tasting and enjoy some complimentary nibbles. Maybe you'll find the perfect wine or gift item for someone special on your list - or for your own holiday party or table! 11 am to 6 pm
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd, Grass Lake. Free. 5175228167. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 7-12 invited to brainstorm about new programs, book selections, and volunteer opportunities. Pizza.
DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

The Tiny Expo: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Show and sale of holiday gifts by more than 40 local artists and crafters. Also, from 1-4 p.m. in the Secret Lab, craft activities for all ages, including screen printing and button making.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., AADL lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 327-4200. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Art on Adare"

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Dec. 8 & 9. A holiday show and sale of fine art jewelry by Idelle Hammond-Sass, fiber art by Carol Furtado, and ceramics by Anne Tubbs.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., 1510 Kearney at Adare. Free admission. 741-4441. [map]

 Noon-5 p.m. 

12th Annual Holiday Art Studios Show & Sale: Kate Tremel & Friends.

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Dec. 8 & 9. Show and sale of works by local artists, including book arts and letterpress works by Jean Buescher Bartlett, ceramics by John Leyland and Ben Teague, silk and wool by Michelle Montour, jewelry by Nancy Melet, and porcelain works by Kate Tremel.
Noon-5 p.m., Tremel residence, 627 Gott St. Free admission. 327-3727. [map]


Annual Meeting: Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.

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The Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association is the State's longest active non-profit (28 years) promoting renewable energy through education, demonstration and policy development. Their annual meeting will be in the Ann Arbor area on Saturday Dec 8th at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, in Ypsi. There will be 2 pre-meeting workshops, starting at 9:45am to learn about how SolarYpsi has promoted solar over the past 12 year and then at 11:00 to lean about solar and DTE's latest proposal. The annual meeting starts at noon with lunch, Aubry's Pizza (beer and beverages available) followed by the GLREA annual report, a keynote panel informing about recent solar developments in the State, a solar property tax update, and presentation of 2018 GLREA awards. Stop by and mingle with solar experts and enthusiasts from across Michigan. More information and pre-registration available at Public invited. $20 charge includes lunch and one beverage of choice.
Ypsi Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti. $20 (includes lunch). David Konkle. [map]

 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.
Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). $2 (discounts available for seniors & kids). 794-7120. [map]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Pops Concert with Rob Crozier and Tony Viviano": Dexter Senior Center.

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Holiday works by the local jazz duo of multi-instrumentalist Crozier and keyboardist Viviano.
12:30 p.m., DSC, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free. 426-7737. [map]

 12:45-2:45pm  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Citizens' Climate Lobby - Ann Arbor chapter.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions.
Ann Arbor District Library - 3rd floor Freespace room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Buttons": Fathom Events.

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(2018). Musical fairy tale about 19th-century orphans visited by unexpected visitors who change their lives forever. Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, Jane Seymour.
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Maize 'n' Blue Intrasquad: U-M Men's Gymnastics.

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The U-M men's gymnastics team, a perennial national power that has won 3 NCAA national championships in the past 9 years, prepares for the 2019 season with an intrasquad meet.
1 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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


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


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

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Instant Pot Cooking for the Holidays": Dexter District Library.

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Taste: A Cook's Place (Northville) cooking instructor Mary Spencer demonstrates holiday dishes and desserts using the trendy Instant Pot cooker. For youth in grades 5 & up and adults.
1-2:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration recommended. 426-4477. [map]

 1 & 3:30 p.m. 

"The Girl with the Golden Locks": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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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 971-2228. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Walking Through Grief": Arbor Hospice.

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Contact Cathy Hing for more information at 734-794-5127.
The death of a loved one can bring on many reactions, including a desire to isolate yourself, or a lack of motivation to take part in physical activity. This is a monthly social group which will take place in various parks in the Ann Arbor area. This is an opportunity for grievers to socialize while getting fresh air and exercise. All activity levels are welcome and individuals can walk at their own pace.
Various Ann Arbor PArks. Free. 734-794-5127.

 2 p.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]

 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

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

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

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read and Look: Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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A docent reads Tomie dePaola's picture book about a crocodile and his bird friend on a field trip to the Cairo Museum. Followed by a tour of the museum's Egyptian exhibits. For kids ages 4-8, accompanied by an adult.
Kelsey, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]

 2 & 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]

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Randazzo Dance Company.

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Dec. 8 & 9. Sara Randazzo directs this local company of more than 100 young dancers and guest dancers from the Boston Ballet in the company's 50th annual production of Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Christmas ballet.
2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), Skyline High School Auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $10-$25 in advance at and at the door. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. [map]

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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

 3 p.m. 

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

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

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Trio Vox3Machina: U-M School of Music.

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This trio of U-M saxophone professor Timothy McAllister, Detroit Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Randall Hawes, and local pianist Kathryn Goodson presents a program highlighted by the premiere of U-M music professor Stephen Rush's LightRays and Chicago composer James Stephenson's 2015 Mahogany Moods. Also, lush transcriptions of Bruch and works by Michigan composers David Biedenbender, Roshanne Etezady, and Carter Pann.
3 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"A Boychoir Christmas": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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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 and, and at the door. 663-5377. [map]

 3 & 7 p.m. 

"and … then he looked at me": Spinning Dot Theatre.

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Dec. 8 & 9. Emily Levickas and Colleen Cartwright direct local teens in L.A. playwright Jose Casas's new play about bullying and gun violence in a middle school. Appropriate for kids age 12 & up. Performances are followed by discussion led by Students Educating Each other about Diversity (SEED), a Neutral Zone teen group.
3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Tickets $10 (youth, $5) in advance at 585-5134. [map]

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 20-Dec. 29. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Jeff Daniels' new comedy about 3 Midwestern stay-at-home moms who plan a trip to NYC to see Celine Dion, but things go awry in hilarious fashion as soon as they get on the plane.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Wine & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Dec. 8 & 28. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of cheese-friendly wines and artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments.
3-5 p.m. (5-7 p.m. Dec. 28), Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 4 p.m. 

Detroit Handbell Ensemble: Zion Lutheran Church Concert Series.

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Brenda Austin directs the ensemble in seasonal works.
4 p.m., Zion, 1501 W. Liberty. Freewill offering. 662-1679. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Tristin Lowe: Under the Influence--A Poetic Encounter": UMMA.

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U-M MFA student Talin Tahajian curates an evening of readings by U-M students and local poets in the Tristin Lowe installation at UMMA, which includes a large felt facsimile of the moon.
5 p.m., UMMA Stenn Family Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Michigan Ethnic Dance Festival: PURe Dance Ensemble.

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Dance companies from around the state perform folk dances from Mexico, India, Africa, Germany, Ireland, the Caribbean, and elsewhere.
6 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 at 474-6313. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Art Auction: U-M Prison Creative Arts Project.

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Live auction of artwork by incarcerated artists, PCAP curators, U-M faculty members, and other Michigan artists. The program begins with a wine & dessert reception.
6:30 p.m., Michigan League Hussey Rm. Free admission. 647-6771. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Holiday Ballroom Dance": Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginning waltz lesson.
7-9 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth. $5 at the door only. 822-2117. [map]

 7 p.m. 

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

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

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Stillwater (OK) caller Louise Siddons leads contras to live music by Hotline Strings. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat non-slip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. $11 (members, $10; age 29 & under, $5). 945-1343. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Coloring with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 12 & up invited to color while interacting with adoptable cats. Snacks, soda, and coloring supplies provided.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at 661-3575. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Star Trek Puppet Show": Dreamland Theater.

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

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Elves and the Schumachers": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 30. Carla Milarch directs the premiere of her musical panto based on the Grimm fairy tale "The Elves and the Shoemakers," with music by local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis. This year's multicultural celebration features 2 toy-making elves on the lam who wind up in a dreidel store. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. This production features appearances by local celebrities, and all the candy you can eat. Stars Elizabeth Jaffe, Dan Morrison, and Sarah B. Stevens.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.- Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $20 (kids, $10) or pay what you can in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Billy King: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Pop-folk with roots-rock and country swing flavors by this talented veteran local singer-songwriter and guitarist.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Buxton, Virga, and Loose Koozies @ Ziggy's.

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Ypsi's Virga, Detroit's Loose Koozies, and Houston's Buxton. All Live! Artists donations encouraged!
A surf-minded project from Ypsi All-Stars Zach Nichols, Mary Fraser, Anie Parker, and Aaron Apsey.
Loose Koozies
Slacker country rock. Over a mix of gritty guitar and twang, Loose Koozies pine for the open road, pick fights over jukeboxes, love their dogs, and yearn for lost loves and lost dollars. Catch single "Slow Down Time" here:
(The band on their 2018 LP, Stay Out Late, released by New West Records)
Stay Out Late is ultimately, the end result of understanding who we are, and more importantly, who we are not. This will be our 15th year as a band, and our 5th record overall. In the years preceding the making of this record, we all had to define what it meant for us to be happy making music.
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels and Lucinda Williams: University Musical Society.

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Legendary jazz saxophonist and flutist Lloyd and his band are joined by the iconic smoky-voiced singer-songwriter Williams in works from their critically acclaimed collaboration, Vanished Gardens, an album of jazz, Americana, gospel, and blues tunes. Uncut Magazine (U.K.) calls it a collection of "luminescent master classes in intuitive ensemble playing," with "Lloyd's sax as lyrical as Williams' poetry and matched by the inventiveness of the Marvels." The Marvels include legendary guitarists Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz, who both have also recorded with Williams, along with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $40-$64 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Cold Tone Harvest: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Performance by this Plymouth-based acoustic roots quartet led by singer-songwriter Andrew Sigworth. No Depression praises its debut album, After You, for its "dense sound that fills every corner." With guitarist Tony Pace and bassist Ozzie Andrews.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [map]

 8 & 10:30 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! 

String Quartets Final Term Recital: U-M School of Music.

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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]

 8 p.m. 

U-M Harmonettes.

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This all-female a cappella ensemble performs Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good," Zedd's "The Middle," Billie Eilish's "My Boy," Frank Ocean's "Thinkin' Bout You," and Bea Miller's "Yes Girl."
8 p.m., MLB, 812 E. Washington. Tickets $10 (kids age 12 & under & students, $7). [map]

 8 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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

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

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

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

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

 8 p.m. 

"A Child's Christmas in Wales": Michigan Celtic Repertory Company.

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Dec. 8 & 9 (different locations). David Kiley directs this new local company in the New York Irish Repertory Theatre's musical adaptation of Dylan Thomas's nostalgic holiday story recalling his boyhood holiday experiences, which the New York Times describes as "a caroling session sprinkled with occasional reminiscences." With Welsh holiday treats and hot cider.
8 p.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Conor O'Neill's, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 at [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"A Trip to Vienna": U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.

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This ensemble of musicians from the U-M medical and life sciences staff performs works TBA. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 936-ARTS. [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 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 8 p.m. 

"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]

 11:59 p.m. 

"Holiday Horrors": State Theatre.

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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)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Rochelle Clark Rochelle Clark

Chelsea singer-songwriter who's half of the Americana duo The Potter's Field. [venue info]

Club Above: "R&B Showcase."

Live music and DJs TBA. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bill Edwards Bill Edwards

Veteran local country singer-songwriter whose songs have been covered by the likes of Lee Roy Parnell and T. Graham Brown. His collaboration with former Ann Arborite Whit Hill, "What'd I Do," was featured in the HBO series True Blood. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: The Bluesmatics

Local blues and blues-rock quintet. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Fusion Ani Band

Top 40 dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Jason Dean

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

Mash: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: K Michael Joseph

Local singer-songwriter whose music is an acoustic blend of electropop, nu jazz, and ambient music. Also, an eclectic mix of covers. [venue info]


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