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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 9, 2018






 
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun. except Dec. 23 & 30. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary.
8-10 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm., 1236 Washtenaw. $5. 763-6984. [map]


 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"A Day of Silence and Meditation Practice, led by Carol Blotter": Michigan Friends Center.

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Each retreat is an opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the country while practicing sitting and walking meditation. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners will have break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in-between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center.
Carol Blotter's meditation practice draws from dual roots in Quaker and Buddhist traditions. She has taught since 1999, has led more than 40 retreats across the United States, and has taught over 50 classes in meditation to spiritual seekers, schools, universities and medical groups. She is a teacher for The Forest Way -- an organization dedicated to providing retreat opportunities conducive to spiritual growth that is both balanced and integrated.
Suggested donation $30 or as able. Pre-registration requested. Contact Carol at (734)475-0942 or cb.meditate@gmail.com to register.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donation. $30. 734.475.1892. manager@mfcenter.org http//www.mfcenter.org [map]



 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Co-working & Coffee": Cowork Ann Arbor.

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Come and get some work done at our downtown co-working space! We have plenty of desks, comfy leather seats, fast Wi-Fi, and free coffee. The event is free to attend, but please register at the following link so we know you're coming: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/co-working-in-ann-arbor-tickets-50670452688
Cowork Ann Arbor, 323 S Main St, Suite B. Free. 734-896-1295. info@coworkannarbor.com coworkannarbor.com [map]



 9 a.m.-3 -p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Dec. 8 & 9 and Jan. 12 & 13. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (members, $3; kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 605-0624. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Donation Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Every Sunday from 10-11am, this donation yoga class is offered at Mota Thai Yoga. MTY's most recent graduates are the teachers of this class. Each week will be a little different as the teachers have different teaching styles. However, this class tends to be a gentle yoga class, combining flow and holding/stretching postures to get you ready to start your day. The studio is be heated between 80-85 degrees.
We are located on Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.
Suggested donation $5-$20.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. 7347577213. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 10 a.m.-5 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. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Homegrown at the Cobblestone": CS2 Productions.

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Show and sale of fine arts and crafts by Michigan artists.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. (248) 875-7226. [map]


 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Santa Central": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Kids invited to visit with Santa, make seasonal crafts, and enjoy a hayride. Snack. Photos with Santa available (bring your own camera).
10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 11:00 a.m. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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


 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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


 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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


 11 a.m.-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]



 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]


 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Religion in the Age of Technology": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by hardware design engineer Gordan Jurasek, of chapters 3 & 4 of Noreen Herzfeld's 2009 book Technology and Religion.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]


 11:10 a.m.  Free! 

"Threshold Singers: Bedside songs for hospice and healing": Contemporary Issues Committee, First Congregational Church.

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Karen Chalmer will provide an understanding of what the Threshold Singers is and what they do.
The Threshold Singers of Ann Arbor, a chapter of The Threshold Choir, honor the ancient tradition of women singing at the bedsides of people who are struggling, some with living, some with dying. The voice, as the original human instrument, is a true and gracious vehicle for compassion and comfort. When invited - and without charge - they visit in small groups, welcoming families and caregivers to join us in song or simply to be quietly present.
First Congregational Church, 608 E. William St. Free. office@fccannarbor.org fccannarbor.org, http://thresholdofannarbor.org/ [map]


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.


 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]



 Noon-6 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. diypsi.com, diypsifair@gmail.com. [map]


 Noon-6 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. ypsi.alloy@gmail.com. [map]


 Noon- 6:30 p.m. 

One Day Condensed Childbirth Education Class: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Don't have time in your busy schedule for a multi-week childbirth class? Our one day condensed childbirth preparation class is a great alternative. This class meets on one Sunday afternoon and covers the signs and stages of labor, when to go to the hospital, how to use labor positions and comfort measures during labor, common medical interventions, and the early postpartum period. The class is taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and the focus is on informed decision making and working with your healthcare professional to have a good birth experience. This class will provide you with the information you need to approach childbirth with knowledge and confidence.
Cost includes mom and partner
Fall classes offered on September 23rd or December 9th
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium Blvd. $210. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $4.50 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Hatha Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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



 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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


 1-4 & 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

German Family Open House: Kempf House Museum.

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


 1 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to compete in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m.), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., competitive) decks. Also, a competitive draft game on Sundays. Prizes. Bring your own cards.
1 p.m. (Sun.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.

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1-4 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. cawolfe@umich.edu. 678-7549, 663-0262. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Build a Square Wave Oscillator": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to assemble and solder a square wave oscillator, a small device that produces sounds electronically. Materials provided.
1-3 p.m. AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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


 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 8 & 9. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are hawks & falcons. Note: Saturday's program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make-Your-Own Shadow Puppet Family": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Craft activity for families with kids ages 5-12.
UMMA multipurpose rm., 525 S. State. Free; reservations required. cseas@umich.edu, 764-0352. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Scientist Spotlight": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Several U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry, natural resources, and the environment are stationed throughout the room with interactive activities focusing on their own current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about the people who lived there. For grade 2-adult.
1-3 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [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 a2ct.org. 971-2228. [map]


 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Classics Film Series": Michigan Theater.

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

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

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


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Congolese Class Showing: U-M Dance Department.

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An informal showcase of dancing and drumming led by Congolese dance master teacher Biza Sompa.
2 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. Free. 763-5460. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Minecraft Workshop: AADL Downtown Training Center.

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


 2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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U-M drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in scenes from Uncle Vanya, Chekhov's richly varied ensemble piece about the search for happiness--through love, achievement, or nature--at various stages of life.
2 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]


 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 wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 2 p.m. 

"All About the Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in one of her popular lecture-concerts. Today's program features holiday classics played in the styles of George Shearing, Cal Tjader, Gary Burton, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. With bassist Paul Keller, drummer Pete Siers, and guest vibraphonist Cary Kocher.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at

a2tix.com/events/12-9-2018allaboutthetrio. Reservations recommended. 769-2999.
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 2 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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


 2 p.m. 

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

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


 2 p.m. 

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

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Nov. 30 & Dec. 1-2 & 6-9. EMU theater professor Christine Tanner directs EMU drama students in David Wood's theatrical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel about an orphaned boy left with 2 cruel aunts. After being rescued by a mysterious fellow, the boy ends up drifting across the Atlantic in a giant peach in the company of a variety of engaging anthropomorphized insects. For ages 6 & up.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14, kids 12 & under, $7) in advance emich.edu/cmta/productions/2018season/jamesandthegiantpeach and at the door. 487-2282. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Piano Party!": King's Keyboard House.

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Open mike for area piano students. Usually, 20-30 students play. Wine, cheese, and snacks served at 3 p.m. Also, a raffle for a free keyboard (tickets available at the store or by emailing sales@kingskeyboard.com).
2-4 p.m., King's Keyboard House, 2363 E. Stadium. Free; reservations requested. 663-3381. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Pompom Gnome": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Holiday ornament craft activity for all grade 3-adult. Needles and hot glue are used.
2-3 p.m. AADL Traverwood branch, 3333 Traverwood Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Proof: The Ryoichi Excavations": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of Patrick Nagatani's photographs of staged archaeological excavations made to look like modern cars have been found at ancient sites.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Elves and the Schumachers": Theatre Nova.

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



 2 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 brownpapertickets.com/event/3432508 and at the door. umgassexec@umich.edu. [map]



 2 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 randazzodancecompany.com and at the door. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. RDCTicketsales@gmail.com. [map]


 2 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]


 2 & 7 p.m. 

"White Christmas": Fathom Events.

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Dec. 9 & 12. (Michael Curtiz, 1954). Two nightclub performers help an old army pal try to make his winter resort popular. Musical score by Irving Berlin. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney.
2 & 7 p.m., Emagine, 1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Tickets $11.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events & at the door. 316-5500. [map]


 2:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Stillwater (OK) caller Louise Siddons leads dances to live music by Susie Lorand, Josh Burdick, Matt McCoy, and another musician TBA. For experienced dancers.
2:30-5:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse (off S. State across from the airport). $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

43rd Annual Christmas Concert: The Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale.

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U-M music professor emeritus Patterson directs this popular local choir in Christmas spirituals and works by African American composers. This is Patterson's last concert before retirement.
3 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence. Free; offering taken during intermission. 769-4437. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Dexter Community Band.

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Bill Gourley directs this 85-member volunteer ensemble in a program of holiday music featuring a vocal quintet TBA in Christmas on Broadway, a medley of holiday tunes featured in Broadway musicals. The group also joins the band in renditions of "On With the Snow," "White Christmas," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Also, a visit from Santa, who gives out candy canes and joins a sing-along of traditional Christmas songs. Followed by cookies & punch.
3 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 426-2734. [map]


 3 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 a2tix.com. 585-5134. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Hotel Escargot": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater.

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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]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Music in Words": Ann Arbor Civic Chorus.

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Karen TenBrink directs this community choir of all ages in an eclectic program of works with musical or poetic lyrics, works that feature jazz scatting, and music from the repertoire of the Swingle Singers.
3 p.m., Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 994-2300. [map]


 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Classical Bells Holiday Concert: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Darlene Ebersole directs this acclaimed Detroit-area handbell ensemble whose performances are known for their interpretive flair, technical skill, and informal choreography, along with a dash of humor. This popular annual concert showcases the group's varied repertoire of classical, inspirational, seasonal, popular, and even ragtime and swing tunes.
3:30-4:30 p.m., AADL lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Javanese Gamelan Music & Dance Performance: U-M School of Music.

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Renowned Yogyakarta gamelan musician Raharja guest conducts an ensemble in traditional Javanese music. With dance performances in the Yogyakarta and Surakarta styles. The gamelan is an assembly of 50 gongs and metallophones, drums, strings, flutes, xylophone, and singers.
4-6 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4 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 a2tix.com/events. Michigancelticrep.org. [map]
 


 4 p.m. 

"Celebrating the Elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire": Ann Arbor Grail Singers.

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Deborah Friauff directs this 15-voice women's early-music choir in a holiday program of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque works, many based on Psalms that refer to the elements. Composers include Telemann, Schütz, Morley, Weelkes, Farnaby, and Lassus. With viola da gambist Janet Cannon and chamber organist Martha Folts.
4 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. $15 (seniors, $12; students, $5). Cash or check only. AnnArborGrailSingers.org, 453-5966. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Slam": First Presbyterian Church.

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All invited to an open mike storytelling session similar to The Moth, the nonprofit that sponsors storytelling events where people volunteer to tell a 3-5 minute true story. Followed at 5 p.m. by a reception with a crèche display, live music, and refreshments.
4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466 ext. 342. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Murder in the Lincoln White House": Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of the first in C.M. Gleason's historical mystery series that revolves around a young investigator dispatched by the president.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149.


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs., except Nov. 22. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 5 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Stephen Shipps & Martin Katz: U-M School of Music.

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This event has been cancelled.
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., sidewalk between North Quad & Rackham. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm or check meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Morris-Dancing. 717-1569.


 6-7 p.m. 

Tree Lighting Ceremony: Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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With live holiday music by the U-M Dicks and Janes a cappella ensemble. Hot chocolate & snacks. Cash bar.
5-7 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $20 (kids, $10, kids under 2, free). Reservations required. 619-8100. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"A Heritage Holiday": George Shirley Scholarship Fundraiser (Kerrytown Concert House).

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Performances by soprano Lenora Green, baritone Daniel Mihaescu, bass-baritone Daniel Washington, Willis Patterson's Our Own Thing Chorale, and 2018 George Shirley scholarship winners TBA. With pianist Kathryn Goodson.
6 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$35 (students, $10) at eventbrite.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

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

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


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Lex Korten/Kenji Lee Jazz Duo: Dolores Mexican Restaurant.

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Saxophonist Kenji Lee and pianist Lex Korten team up for an evening of beautiful music. Learn about Kenji Lee at https://kenjilee.jimdo.com/. Learn about Lex Korten at https://lexkorten.bandcamp.com/releases and http://www.jazzspeaks.org/the-actions-of-others-lex-korten-speaks/
Dolores Mexican Restaurant, 6 S. Washington St, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 904-9402. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this ensemble of music majors in the world premiere of jazz-classical fusion composer David Amram's Partners, with Dallas Symphony Orchestra musicians, including violinist Maria Schleuning and cellist Jolyon Pegis. Amram--who has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Langston Hughes, Woody Guthrie, and Willie Nelson, among others--composed the work in three movements dedicated to various musicians: "Woody and Pete" (Woody Guthrie & Pete Seeger), "Prez and Lady Day" (Lester Young & Billie Holiday), and "Machito y Celia" (Machito Grillo & Celia Cruz). Also, Copland's Our Town and Bernstein's West Side Story Overture and On the Waterfront Suite.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Dec. 9 & 23. Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on Dec. 16, there is a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques (Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr.).
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 998-9353. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Madness of George III": University Musical Society.

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Broadcast of the 2018 National Theatre (London) production of Alan Bennett's award-winning 1991 historical drama set in England in 1786 about the political disruption and personal crises resulting from King George III's increasingly erratic behavior. Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (MTF members, $18) in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Jon McLaughlin: The Ark.

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Popular funk-inflected pop-rock singer-songwriter from Anderson, Indiana. Tonight's holiday show features music from his 2 Christmas CDs, including the recent Red & Green. Opener: Vilray, a Brooklyn-bred composer-guitarist who whistles and sings his original swing tunes.
7:30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $21-$51 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"Call Backs for the Shadow League": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Finalists vie for a spot in one of the theater's improv troupes.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. $5 suggested donation (or pay what you can). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

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

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

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

Habitat Lounge: EventJazz

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Paul's Big Radio Paul’s Big Radio

Rootsy country-pop band led by local singer-songwriter Paul Lippens. [venue info]

Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."

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

Ypsi Alehouse: "Celtic Jam."

Traditional Irish tunes on traditional instruments. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Cancelled Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]

 
 


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