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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 14, 2018






 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 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]



 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]


 10-10:30 a.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 a.m.  Free! 

"The Tea Planter's Wife": Saline Area Senior Center Bookworm Club.

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All seniors invited to discuss Dinah Jeffries' 2016 novel, set in 1920s Ceylon, about a young Englishwoman who discovers that the charming widower she married is keeping terrible secrets about his past.
10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensation Stations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All toddlers ages 18 months-3 years invited to drop in to engage their senses by scooping, pouring, squeezing, and shaking a variety of materials.
10:30-11:15 a.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Behind the Scenes Tour": U-M Clements Library.

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Dec. 14 & 21. Presentation and docent-led tour of the recently renovated library and its current exhibit, 'Over There' with the American Expeditionary Forces in France During the Great War.
11 a.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at myumi.ch/650X8. 764-2347. [map]


 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Live Reindeer and Holiday Crafts": Dexter District Library.

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All invited to visit a live reindeer outside the library and do a holiday craft inside.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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]


 Noon 

"Christmas Feast Community Celebration": Chelsea Senior Center.

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All seniors invited for a Christmas feast. Followed by a sing-along of favorite Christmas carols.
Noon, Chelsea Senior Center, 512 E. Washington, Chelsea. $5 suggested donation. Reservations required. 475-9242. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Break": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Fri. except Dec. 28. All invited to bring a lunch and participate in a directed craft activity. Dec. 7: "Splatter Paint Art." Dec. 14: "Word Collage." Dec. 21: "Snowy Trees."
Noon-1 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]


 12:30 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]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. except Dec. 24, 28, & 31. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 3:40 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.


 3:50, 6:20 & 9:40 p.m. 

"Vox Lux": State Theatre.

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(Brady Corbet, 2018). Drama about a pop star's rise to fame after a tearjerking performance at a school shooting memorial. Natalie Portman, Jude Law.
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, 6:45, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Roma": Michigan Theater.

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(Alfonso Cuarón, 2018). B&W drama about a young domestic worker employed by a middle-class family in Mexico City during the political turmoil of the 1970s. Spanish, subtitles.
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, 6:45, 7, & 9:20 p.m. 

"The Favourite": State Theatre.

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(Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018). Period drama set in 18th-century England about 2 women competing for the affection of the eccentric and sickly Queen Anne. Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz.
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.


 4-6 p.m. 

Mixed Media Wall Hangings: SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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Learn to create a beautiful Creative Reuse Mixed Media Wall Hanging at SCRAP. Perfect decorating or for gifting! Crafters will get to dive into SCRAP's inventory of reuse materials to create a unique and one of a kind wall hanging.
All crafters will leave with a great piece of art, and the knowledge of creatively reusing the materials around them.
Create sustainable art at SCRAP!
To reserve a spot in this workshop, email info@scrapbox.org
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. $10. 7349940012. claire@scrapbox.org scrapbox.org [map]



 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri., except. Dec. 28 All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:10, 6:30, & 9:10 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]


 4:10, 7, & 9:35 p.m. 

"At Eternity's Gate": Michigan Theater.

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(Julian Schnabel, 2018). Willem Defoe stars in this Vincent van Gogh biopic.
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]


 5-9 p.m. 

6th Annual Holiday Pottery Sale: Clay Works Studio.

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Reception for this show and sale of works by studio members. The sale continues through Jan. 6.
5-9 p.m., 2763 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 604-7596. [map]


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Just for Kids: Explore the World of Hot Cocoa": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Staffers discuss different types of cocoa, and whether whipped cream or marshmallows is the better topping. Tastings.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid includes tastings; parents welcome to lurk for free. 663-3354.


 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]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Duct Tape Tote Bags": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to make and accessorize small bags using colorful duct tape.
6-8 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Euchre Change a Life!"

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Five-game euchre tournament. Prizes. Food & drink available; bring a snack to share, if you wish. Quarters are collected each time a team gets euchred. Proceeds benefit Haitian children.
6 p.m. sharp (check-in 5:15-5:45 p.m.), 242 Community Center, 648 S. Wagner. $10 donation in advance at facebook.com/EuchreChangeALife; $20 at the door. euchrechangealife@gmail.com. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Festive Friday": The Creature Conservancy.

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Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14, & 21. Conservancy staffers show off Sven the reindeer and some of their larger animals. Also, a chance to view their other animals, such as porcupines, sloths, and more. Cookies & hot cocoa.
6-8 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $15 and a donation towards animal care (grain-free cat and dog food, pet-safe squeaky toys, femur bones, & macaw toys welcome). 929-9324. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Movie for Adults": Dexter District Library.

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Adults invited to watch Remember the Night, Mitchell Leisen's 1940 Christmas rom-com about the relationship between a shoplifter and a prosecutor. Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Corey Strong: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Performance of favorite holiday songs by this Detroit-based singer-songwriter, who cites Luther Vandross, Josh Groban, and Michael Bublé as influences.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"A Dickens of a Christmas": Saline Varsity Blues Holiday Show.

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Dec. 14 & 15. This 100-member chorus of singers ages 7-18 performs its annual program of holiday songs. This year's show is a tribute to Scrooge.
7 p.m., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Tickets $10 in advance at Saline Community Ed and Busch's; $13 at the door. salinevarsityblues.org. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Freaky Friday": Horizon Performing Arts.

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Dec. 14-16. Brandon Waldenmayer directs area professional and amateur actors in middle school and up in Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey, and Bridget Carpenter's 2016 Disney musical comedy about a mother and daughter who magically swap personalities for a day. Based on the 1972 book of the same name and its 1976 and 2003 film adaptations.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 in advance at horizonperformingarts.org and at the door. 546-8784. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Many Facets of Food Justice": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by Our Kitchen Table (Grand Rapids) social justice nonprofit representative Stelle Slootmaker.
7-8:30 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. Free. 994-4589. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Metaphysics, Emotional Intelligence and Intuitive Self Realization": G Arthur Weidman.

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Armchair Philosopher G Arthur Weidman from Kalamazoo, visits Ann Arbor five times during this Fall to present an alternate view of the Universe. Metaphysics teaches us to be in harmony with the Universal Force of Consciousness, and how one can implement the power of Universal forces through Thoughts, Emotions, Beliefs and Expectations. Everything we need to know, is something that is already known intuitively, by virtue of who we already are.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main St. Donation. 2695016223. gweidman97@gmail.com [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. pvc_a2@email.com a2pvc.org [map]


 7:30 p.m.

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Salmagundi at Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi.

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Local Ann Arbor Rock & Soul Band Salmagundi performs an evening of rock and soul dance music at Zal Gaz Grotto.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. $5. 734-476-6795. karldiez@yahoo.com [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

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

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


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Celebration": Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich conducts this 70-member ensemble in seasonal works ranging from James Ployhar's "Christmas Sing-A-Long," Sean O'Loughlin's arrangement of "Carol of the Bells," and Bill Holcombe's "Festive Sounds of Hanukah" to foot-stomping works like Julie Giroux's "Jingle Them Bells" and "Three Wise Guys." Also, carol singing. Refreshments.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. wccband.org. [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 theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 8 p.m. 

7th Annual Holiday Pops Concert: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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The orchestra is joined by ensembles containing more than 250 area singers--the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, the women of the Pioneer, Huron, Skyline, and Saline high school choirs, and the large local men's chorus Measure for Measure--in a program of seasonal music concluding with "Let There Be Peace on Earth." Also, an appearance by Santa and a sing-along.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15-$57 (discounts for seniors & students) in advance at a2so.com & the AASO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994-4801. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Joe DeVito: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 13-15. Popular NYC comic whose act is a fast-paced blend of mordantly irreverent observational one-liners with self-deprecating storytelling about male-female relationships, his Italian American family, and current events. He was one of the principal writers for Morgan Spurlock's satirical documentary Super Size Me. 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.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Katie Geddes and Friends: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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An evening of acoustic music hosted by Geddes, a local folksinger who sings in a clear, strong voice. Her repertoire includes songs by everyone from Buffy Sainte-Marie and John Prine to Michael Nesmith and Lennon & McCartney, and her recent CD, We Are Each Other's Angels, has gotten airplay around the world. The lineup also includes All About Eve, the vocal trio of Geddes, Deb Wood, and David Vaughn. They specialize in close-harmony pop, folk, and gospel tunes, some performed a cappella and some accompanied by guitarist Dan Reynolds. Also, area singer-songwriter Matt Watroba, who sings lyrical songs and poignant ballads in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Ursula Walker: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This versatile veteran Detroit jazz vocalist, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Detroit Music Awards, is known for her improvisational approach to melody and swinging rhythmic prowess. Walker is backed by her husband, pianist Buddy Budson, in an ensemble with trumpeter Dwight Adams, saxophonist Rafael Statin, bassist Jeff Hasley, and drummer Dave Taylor.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at

a2tix.com/events/12-14-18-ursulawalker. Reservations recommended. 769-2999.
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 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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Reindeer Games": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14, & 21. The League of Pointless Improvisers presents holiday-inspired sketches based on audience suggestions. They also do "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. Opener: guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 9 p.m.  Free! 

Hullabaloo and Ghost City Searchlight @ Ziggy's.

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Hullabaloo is a Michigan based music collective that produces original rock music blended with Ska, Reggae, Rhythm & Blues, Afro- Caribbean, & Latin Jazz rhythms. Performing with up to ten members at times, the Hullabaloo experience is an upbeat sonic expression, overflowing with fun energy. This groups unparalleled energy and unique sound has lead Hullabaloo to perform regularly over the past ten years at night clubs, festivals and municipal events throughout the Midwest.
Ghost City Searchlight plays original music inspired by traditional Celtic and American folk songs infused with raucous energy. Their brand of charismatic folk-rock tells stories that are drawn from the spirit of tall tales heard around the campfire, from the pages of dime novels read under the covers with a flashlight, and from the personal experiences of anyone who feels the deck is stacked against them.
Donations to artists encouraged!
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. media@ziggysypsi.com https://www.facebook.com/events/1929876647100275/ [map]



 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]


 9:30 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Anthony Retka & Emily Rose

Singer-songwriter duo of Tone & Niche frontman Retka and Rose of the Americana duo Escaping Pavement. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "Nightmare Before X-Mas."

Costume party (with prizes) headlined by Black Note Graffiti, a local progressive metal and alt-rock quintet. Openers: the Grand Rapids instrumental rock band Knives Are Quiet, the local hard-rock quintet Stick Shift, and the local hard-rock trio Dark Serenity. $7 ($10 at the door). 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Great Neptune

Local ambient art-rock trio. Openers: Bad Television, a Saline post-emo math rock quartet, and Parkway & Columbia, a Brighton quintet that plays atmospheric, melodic indie rock. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

DJ with an eclectic mix of music. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Dale Osborn

Leo Kottke-style singer-guitarist from Chelsea who performs tasty covers and originals. [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]

Habitat Lounge: Slice

Veteran East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Live: George Bedard & the Kingpins George Bedard

Superfine honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard. With drummer Rich Dishman and bassist Randy Tessier. Bedard's tasty 2011 all- instrumental CD, Pickin' Apart the Past, includes "Minor Swing '65," Bedard's surf-music adaptation of a Django Reinhardt tune, and his 2015 live CD, Further On, a collection of vintage and original blues that's highlighted by a show-stopping rendition of "Hawaiian Boogie." [venue info]

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Weekend Comeback

Pop-rock, Motown, and country party band. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Katon & Perkins

Blues and blues-rock by the veteran local duo of singer-guitarist Michael Katon and bassist Todd Perkins. [venue info]

 
 


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