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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, December 12, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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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 pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 24. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. except Dec. 25 Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 25. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. except Nov. 22.Pittsfield.

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


 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. and Sun. except Dec. 9, 23, 26, & 30. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Dec. 2 & 5: "Stories in the Snow: Animal Prints.." Dec. 12: "Stories in the Snow: Brr! It's Cold!" Dec. 16 & 19: "Stories in the Snow: Snow Day!"
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 24. Downtown.

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

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

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

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


 11:30 a.m. 

"Marketing Education": LA2M.

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LA2M is a marketing education non-profit that meets during lunch on the second Wednesday of every month to discuss the latest digital and marketing trends, strategies, and techniques. This event is a dynamic and fun place to learn from engaging speakers on hot topics every month, stay involved with current and upcoming events, and meet and network with other professionals!
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3150 Boardwalk Drive Ann Arbor 48108. $5.. info@la2m.org https://www.la2m.org/ [map]



 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. except Dec. 24. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 Noon  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]


 12:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Fun": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. All invited to play board games from the Senior Center's collection.
12:30-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. 794-6250. [map]


 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. except Dec. 26. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [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]


 3 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]


 4 p.m. 

"Can You Ever Forgive Me?": State Theatre.

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(Marielle Heller, 2018). Biopic of Lee Israel, the formerly successful celebrity biographer who turned to literary forgeries to make a living. Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Maria by Callas": Michigan Theater.

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(Tom Volf, 2018). Documentary about Greek American opera singer Maria Callas.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:10, 7:10 & 9:40 p.m. 

"Border": State Theatre.

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(Ali Abbasi, 2018). Suspenseful fantasy-romance about a female customs officer who smells fear and develops an attraction to a traveler whose scent she can't sense. Swedish, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15 p.m. 

"The Great Buster": Michigan Theater.

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(Peter Bogdanovich, 2018). Documentary about silent film comedian Buster Keaton.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:20 p.m. 

"Boy Erased": State Theatre.

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(Joel Edgerton, 2018). Drama about the true story of a gay son of a Southern Baptist preacher who's outed to his parents and is forced to decide between conversion therapy and permanent exile. Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 7:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Green Book": Michigan Theater.

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(Peter Farrelly, 2018). Drama about an Italian American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour through the American south in the 1960s. Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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


 5:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands: Sun Shen.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Capture the Magic: Matthaei Botanical Gardens": Wandering Washtenaw.

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Capture the Magic of Matthaei Botanical Gardens as you explore with Wandering Washtenaw. Learn about the variety of magnificent plants, trees, and flowers that live and thrive in the conservatory! The Gardens are open late on Wednesday evenings, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the lovely mystical environment. All ages are welcome to this fun and educational night! Meet in the Gift Shop Lobby. Paid parking is available.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. Donation. liz@wanderingwashtenaw.com https://wanderingwashtenaw.com [map]



 6 p.m. 

"One Prayer Class": Sun Shen.

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The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction. The One Prayer is about having a vision, following your heart, but is also very concrete and practical. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm. Contact Joanna Myers at joanna@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. joanna@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"The 3 Self-Defense Techniques Everybody Should Know": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Free Adult Self-Defense Workshop: The 3 Self-Defense Techniques Everybody Should Know
Easy to learn self-defense techniques for beginners. Finally - the peace of mind you deserve!
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. khafner@provide.net https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--gPiwb [map]



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. (except Dec. 26 & Jan. 2) and Jan. 12 & 26. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m. (Saturday sessions, 1-5 p.m.), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 & 6:30 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]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out & rough-cut patterns for sale. Members show their work Oct. 6 at the Saline Woodcarvers Show (time TBA, Liberty School, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline).
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Cybersecurity and You: Effective Strategies for the Home Environment": Dexter District Library.

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Slide-illustrated talk by information security professional Shane Harsch.
10 a.m. (Nov. 30) & 6 p.m. (Dec. 12), DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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Discussions and activities. Dec. 12 (6:30 p.m.): "Holiday Party." Bring a dish to pass and cookies to share for a potluck. Preregistration required. Jan.-Mar.: TBA.
7 p.m. (except as noted), Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. 475-9864. [map]


 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. except Dec. 26. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

The Open Organization Of Lockpickers: TOOOL-Ann Arbor Locksport.

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The mission of The Open Organization Of Lockpickers is to advance the general public knowledge about locks and lockpicking. By examining locks, safes, and other such hardware and publicly discussing our findings, we hope to strip away the mystery with which so many of these products are imbued.
All are welcome. If you have any locks or tools, feel free to bring them. If not, there are plenty to go around. Meetings generally consist of people picking locks while we talk about physical or cyber security, or just about anything else.
(Second Wednesday of each month.)
Ann Arbor Locksport - https://a2-locksport.org/
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/toool-the-open-organization-of-lockpickers [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon.-Wed., except Dec. 24 & 25. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 5700 Jackson (Tues.), and 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues.), 548-6299 (Wed.). [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Ari's Greatest Hits of 2018": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Dec. 12, 13, 19, & 20. Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig discusses and offers taste samples of some of his favorite Zingerman's products. This extremely popular annual event usually sells out.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's, 422 Detroit St. $55 in advance and (if available) at the door. 663-3400. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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


 6:40 p.m. 

"Beautiful Boy": State Theatre.

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(Felix Van Groeningen, 2018). Drama about a family's struggles with addiction and recovery based on the memoirs of father and son David and Nic Sheff. Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamat.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 6:45 p.m. 

"The Happy Prince": Michigan Theater.

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Drama about Oscar Wilde's life after his release from prison. Rupert Everett, Colin Firth.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and the Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series.

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Poetry workshop. All writers welcome to share
and discuss their poetry or short fiction.
BRING ABOUT SIX COPIES OF YOUR WORK.
COPIES WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU.
Hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, and Dave Jibson
see our blog at Facebook/Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series
Crazy Wisdomn Bookstore and Tea Room, 115 S. Main St. Free. 734-665-2757. info@crazywisdom.net www.crazywisdom.net [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Free Solo": State Theatre.

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(E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018). Documentary following the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 7 p.m. 

"Yin/Restorative Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Wednesdays from 7-8pm
In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow the muscles to relax and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. Class is heated around 80 degrees.
We are located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. You may park in the parking lot across from the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses, including the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha.
Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $18. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]


 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various high school student ensembles. Dec. 12 & Feb. 20: Band & Orchestra Concert. For the Feb. program, the ensembles play music they performed at a district-wide festival. Feb. 23: Company C Showcase. Performance by the Chelsea High School show choir.
7 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free. 433-2201. [map]


 7 p.m. 

ToastMasters: Public Speaking Wed 7PM: ToastMasters at Sweetwaters.

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ToastMasters at SweetWaters is an opportunity to practice your personal and/or professional speaking as well as Leadership in a fun friendly atmosphere.
The club is open to everyone. Attendees have the opportunity to speak, give and receive feedback about speaking, presentations and current events.
We typically have 2-4 prepared speeches followed by (Kind and constructive evaluations) to provide feedback and growth. Attendees will have an opportunity for impromptu speaking as well.
Sweetwaters Cafe, 123 W Washington. johnsonest121314@gmail.com. johnsonest121314@gmail.com [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Paper Snowflakes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Conquer Your Cravings": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local raw foods advocate Ellen Livingston.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 994-4589. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"French Macarons 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers presents a hands-on introduction to making and properly storing these tasty meringue-based cookies, not to be confused with macaroons. Recipes. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk": Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss Kathleen Rooney's 2017 novel, set in 1984, built around a nighttime NYC walk by an octogenarian who was once the highest paid advertising woman in the country.
7-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 7:15 p.m. 

"Mr. Smooth's Basic Ballroom": Ypsilanti Township Recreation Department.

  community member   < less Mr. Smooth style dance classes

"Mr. Smooth's Detroit Style Ballroom" classes offer students the opportunity to improve their health and socialize while learning ballroom style dancing.
"Mr. Smooth Certified" Instructors Orlando Arnold and Annie Gill will be teaching you this style of dance that combines the benefits of exercise with fun and grace.
SESSION I November 12- October 24, 2018 7:15 pm -8:15 pm
SESSION II November 7 - December 12, 2018 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Community Center room 204
Activity fee: $49.00
Registration due one week prior to event
18 +
Dress comfortably; leather bottom shoes preferred (no gym shoes or flip flops).
If you have health concerns, please check with your doctor first.
Ypsilanti Community Center, 2025 E Clark Rd., Ypsilanti. $49/ session. 734-544-3800. ytrd@ytown.org www.ytown.org/registration [map]



 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. except Dec. 26. Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dances to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week. Wear soft-soled shoes.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Steiner's 1904 introduction to anthroposophy, How to Know Higher Worlds.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Lex Korten/Kenji Lee Jazz Duo: Old Town Tavern.

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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/
Old Town Tavern, 122 W. Liberty St. No Cover. 734-662-9291. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (members & students, $2). 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Wed. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served. Note: new showtime starts Jan. 2.
8 p.m. (through Dec. 26) 7:30 p.m. (starting Jan. 2), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Dec. 5, 12, & 19. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]


 9:20 p.m. 

"Mirai": State Theatre.

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(Mamoru Hosoda, 2018). Animated film about a young boy who finds a magical garden that allows him to time travel and meet different relatives. Japanese, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 9:30 p.m. 

"A Star is Born": State Theatre.

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(Bradley Cooper, 2018). A remake of the iconic tragic story of a film star who helps a young singer-actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism damage his career. Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Aut Bar: Marsha Gayle & Debbie Fogel

Duo of veteran Detroit jazz & blues vocalists. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Sara Marie Barron

Detroit-area neo-soul singer-songwriter, a trained opera singer whose influences include Carole King, Etta James, and Billie Holiday. Openers, Cousin Mouth, a Detroit experimental rock band, and Britney Stoney, a Detroit soul singer-songwriter. $10. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Detroit Street Hot Club

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by the local quartet of guitarists Andrew Brown and Michael Harrington, bassist Ryan Shea, and violinist Tyler Rindo. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Mash: Reeds 'n' Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and guitarist David Roof. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Old Town: Kenji Lee Trio

Jazz trio led by saxophonist Lee whose repertoire includes Lee originals along with music by Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Cedar Walton, and others. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Pete Bullard & Friends

Ensemble led by local blues guitarist Bullard of the Shelter Dogs. [venue info]

 
 


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