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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 15, 2018






 
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 6 a.m.  Free! 

71st Annual Christmas Bird Count: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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The count area is a 15-mile-diameter circle centered on Ann Arbor; its 8 regions must be counted in a single day. This makeshift census may be off by thousands, but much useful information is gained by comparing the results from year to year. The count is also great fun, and everyone from novices to experienced birders is invited to volunteer for all or part of the day, either as a field observer or (if you have a bird feeder) as a feeder watcher. Some count regions also conduct predawn searches for owls. The results are tallied at a potluck dinner at U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens this evening at 6 p.m.
6 a.m. For instructions on where and when to show up and any further information, call Jacco Gelderloos at 973-9422. Free; donations accepted. To sign up as a feeder watcher, contact Kurt Hagemeister at 663-9746 or khagemeister@sbcglobal.net. [map]


 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Christmas Bake Sale: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Traditional Russian and American holiday sweets and other favorites from around the world, including the popular Matreshka iced cookies.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Vladimir, 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 475-4590. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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


 10 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]


 10 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10 a.m.-midnight (registration 8-9:30 a.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $17 to race. (517) 290-7128. [map]


 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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


 10 a.m.-noon & noon-2 p.m. 

Workshop: Laser Cut Holiday Ornaments: TinkerTech.

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Join us this holiday season and craft your own ornament using maple, cherry, or walnut woods. Each student will create a custom design, transfer this design to the laser cutter, and watch as the design is etched and cut from the wood.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $30. 734-707-8019. michael@tinkertech.io https://shop.tinkertech.io/products/laser-cut-holiday-ornaments [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Celebrate the Holidays and End of the Year": MacTechnics.

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Screening of PIXAR animated shorts and other videos. Also, a chance to learn how video games are made and try playing some, and information on using music and iOS technology to create a festive atmosphere. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Contact@mactechnics.org. [map]


 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Music Together teacher Dianne Dudley leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 15 & 16. All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: paper engineering!
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Student Showcase: Hammerheads FIRST Robotics Team": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Students from Troy and Athens (Troy) high schools show and discuss their robots.
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 20 & 27 and Dec. 4, 11, 15, & 18.. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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


 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]



 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Winter Crafts": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft projects for kids in grades K-5.
10:30 a.m.-noon, AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a Donation YinYasa Yoga class (suggested donation $5-$20)
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Mota Thai Yoga is 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 door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Craft Show: Maker Works.

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Show and sale of gift items made, in whole or part, at Maker Works.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free admission. 222-4911. [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Holiday Cards & Crafts: Dexter District Library.

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Kids of all ages welcome to make cards and simple gifts.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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


 11 a.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Nov. 1: Findlay. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 9: Mount St. Mary's. 7 p.m.

Nov. 19: Detroit Mercy. 7 p.m.

Dec. 6: Long Island. 7 p.m.

Dec. 15: Morgan State. 11 a.m.

Dec. 21: Southern. Noon.

Dec. 31: Minnesota. 2 p.m.

Jan. 8: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Jan. 20: OSU. 3 p.m.

Jan. 27: MSU. 2 p.m.

Jan. 31: Iowa. 6 p.m.
7 p.m., Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 Noon-6 p.m. 

Collaborative Meetup: TinkerTech.

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What's more fun than making things by yourself? Making things with others with whom you can share your skills and learn from. Our collaborative meetup is a six-hour tinkering session, followed by dinner and socializing at one of our fine, downtown Ypsilanti eateries. You can come with a software, hardware, art, or music project in mind and recruit others to work with you, or you can simply show up and contribute to a project you find interesting.
Things to know:
We recommend bringing your own laptop, but if you don't have one, don't worry, we'll have a computer for you.
All inventory and materials are 15% off during this event.
If you haven't had a chance to take our laser or 3D printer checkout classes, you'll have an opportunity to do so the day of the event (normal fees will apply).
This event is free for TinkerTech members and $20 for non-members.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $20. 734-707-8019. michael@tinkertech.io https://shop.tinkertech.io/products/tinkertech-collaborative-meetup [map]



 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


 12:30-1:30 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Fabric": A2 Aviary.

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Aerial fabrics may be hung so that there are two separate tails (known as aerial silks or "straight fabrics") or in a loop (know as sling or hammock), like a swing made of cloth. They can both be climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses, and movements in the air.
If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you! It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. This class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic climb, ascent and descent, foot locks, and hollow body position, and you may take it as many times as you like before moving on to beginning level classes.
Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. Use promo code firstflight for $5 off your first class! =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 12:55 p.m. 

"La Traviata": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's ever popular 1853 operatic adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's The Lady of the Camellias. It is the story of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices her one chance at happiness when she learns that her relationship with her lover is compromising his family's honor. Italian, subtitles. Also, an encore performance Dec. 19 (1 & 6:30 p.m.) at Ann Arbor 20.
12:55 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $18-$27 in advance at fathomevents.com/events. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Santa Paws": Unity of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to bring their pet for a picture with Santa. Photography not provided, so bring your cell phone or camera.
1-3 p.m., Unity of Ann Arbor, 4599 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. Free; donations accepted. 804-822-2203. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

"Christmas at Rentschler Farm": Saline Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 15 & 16. A re-creation of a Depression-era Christmas, with natural decorations. Also, a visit from Santa and demos of a sock-knitting machine, quilting, and other crafts. Cookies & cider. Gift shop.
1-4 p.m., Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Donation. salinehistory@frontier.com, 944-0442. [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]


 2 p.m. 

53rd Annual Community Messiah Sing.

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All interested people capable of reading and performing the vocal parts are invited to join this friendly, informal, unrehearsed performance of Handel's beloved oratorio. Between 150 and 200 singers usually participate, including professionals, semiprofessionals, serious amateurs, families, and church choirs. A volunteer orchestra of 40 to 50 instrumentalists is also needed; prospective players should call the number below as soon as possible to ensure section balance. Directed by Richard Ingram. Scores provided, or participants may bring their own. (The Prout edition, published by Schirmer, is used.) Orchestra players should bring their own stands and be ready for a warm-up at 1:30 p.m. Cider, water, and hot tea provided; bring goodies to share.
2-5 p.m., St. Clare Episcopal Church, 2309 Packard. $5 suggested donation to help defray cost of using the building. Prospective orchestra members should contact Carey Jones at cwjones321@yahoo.com. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

String Preparatory Academy Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Dec. 15 & 16. Performances by young area string students.
2 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 2 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 2: Northwood University. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 6: Norfolk State. 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 10: Holy Cross. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 23: Chattanooga. 4 p.m.

Nov. 28: North Carolina. 9 p.m.

Dec. 1: Purdue. 3:30 p.m. Sold out.

Dec. 8: South Carolina. Noon.

Dec. 15: WMU. 2 p.m.

Dec. 22: Air Force. 4 p.m.

Dec. 30: Binghamton. Noon.

Jan. 3: Penn State. 7 p.m.

Jan. 6: Indiana. 1:30 or 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 13: Northwestern. 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 22: Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Jan. 29: OSU. 9 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]


 2 & 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]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-8 invited to make gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, icing, and candy.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

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

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


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Dec. 15, 22, & 29. Docent-led themed tours of the museum, including "Fakes, Forgeries, and Really Good Replicas" (Dec. 15), "How-To Hieroglyph" (Dec. 22), and "Highlights of the Kelsey Museum" (Dec. 29).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Dec. 1 & 15. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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


 3-5 p.m. 

"Parm Party": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Nov. 11 & 25 and Dec. 15 & 30. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of different Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses, as well as gelato made with the cheese. Bread and additional accompaniments. Tastings.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. (except Dec. 15, 3-5 p.m.), Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $10. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 3:20, 6:10, 9:15 & 11:45 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.


 3:30, 6:20, 8:45, & 11:25 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]


 3:40, 6:30, 9:05 & 11:35 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, 6:45, & 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]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 4:30 p.m. 

"Tool Zoo Tours - See Tools in Action!": Maker Works.

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Join us for an after-hours tour around our shop and see the tools in action! We'll demonstrate a variety of things, like 3D printing, laser cutting, wood engraving, and plasma cutting real steel! Each family will take home examples made while they watch. The cost is $5 a person or $8 a family.
https://youtu.be/Vm8z89OUf_0
Preregistration is required for this event and tour groups will start their guided tour at the time slot they chose during the registration process. Your tour should take about 1 hour. Call or visit http://maker-works.com/classes/tool-zoo-tour/ to reserve your spot.
The Tool Zoo tour will be appreciated by any age, kids and adults. Children sensitive to loud noises may wish to skip things like the plasma cutter demonstration (makes a loud whoosh noise, but is very pretty). Safety glasses, including children's sizes, will be provided and are required. Sound attenuating ear protection is also available. Children must be directly supervised by parents.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $5-$8. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com http://maker-works.com/classes/tool-zoo-tour/ [map]



 4:30 p.m. 

"Tool Zoo": Maker Works.

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Members lead a tour of the shop and demonstrate tools, from a 3-D printer to a pewter casting machine and a plasma steel cutter. Demo pieces available to take home. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.
4:30 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $5 (family, $8). Preregistration required at maker-works.com/tours. 222-4911. [map]


 5-10 p.m. 

"Parents Night Out: Wild Winter Woods": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Kids in grades K-6 invited to interact with the center's resident animals to see how they survive winter and test their own survival skills through games and challenges. Also, a Panera PB&J or turkey sandwich and a late-night popcorn snack. Activities held outdoors as much as possible, so kids should come dressed for the weather.
5-10 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $30 (members, $25) per child. Registration required by noon on Dec. 12. 997-1553. [map]


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Jesse Kramer Trio.

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Jazzy funky time with Jesse Kramer (drums), Damon Warmack (bass) and Max Bowen (guitar).
No Cover
Circ Bar, 210 S. 1st Street. Free. (734) 277-3656. [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]


 6-7:50 p.m. 

"DJ Skate": Arctic Coliseum.

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Academy of Russian Classical Ballet.

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Faculty and students from this suburban Detroit ballet school perform Tchaikovsky's ballet.
6:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35-$45 in advance at all Ticketmaster outlets (ticketmaster.com) & russianclassicalballet.com, and at the door. (248) 982-7882. [map]


 6:40 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.


 7-9 p.m. 

"I Name This Body MINE: Poetry Night in Ann Arbor": Neutral Zone.

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Join us for an inspiring evening of original spoken word poetry and live music by Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti youth artists! Teen poets and musicians from the Neutral Zone will perform along with the featured poets of the evening: Anika Love, Lilly Kujawski, and Ann Arbor Youth Poet Laureate Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard. The teen performers are working under the guidance of the featured poets for two months of collaborative workshops to generate and polish material. The culmination of these efforts will be a poignant multimedia production not to be missed. The event will also serve as the official release for I Name This Body MINE, a collection of the featured poets' original work. Book copies will be available for purchase that evening. At the heart of this book and show is reclamation: reclaiming the parts of us that are shamed and silenced, rewriting our trauma narratives, and reshaping our current reality by daring to imagine alternatives thereto. Come dream a new day with us!
Mendelssohn Theater, 911 N. University. $10-$50. jucomora@umich.edu https://conta.cc/2OX5YDl [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Service of Lessons and Carols: West Side United Methodist Church.

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Please join us to celebrate the season with a traditional service of lessons and carols. Directed by Jabarie Glass, the chancel choir will be joined by local university guest singers and musicians for this special service of music and scripture.
West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 734-663-4164. westside@gowestsidechurch.org gowestsidechurch.org [map]


 7 p.m. 

"I Name This Body MINE: Poetry Night in Ann Arbor": The Neutral Zone.

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Readings from this new collection by 3 young local poets, including 2018 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam finalist Anika Love, Washtenaw Voice (WCC) deputy editor Lilly Kujawski, and Ann Arbor youth poet laureate Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard. Also, performances by other teen poets and musicians. Book sales.
7 p.m., Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $20 (age 21 & under, $10; VIP, $50) in advance at conta.cc/2OX5YDl. neutral-zone.org, 214-9995. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Lessons and Carols": West Side United Methodist Church.

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Jabarie Glass directs the church choir and U-M guest singers and musicians in this traditional English service, in which scripture readings alternate with seasonal anthems and carols.
7 p.m., West Side UMC, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 663-4164. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Dance Alliance.

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Dec. 15 & 16. Lisa Darby Clark directs local dancers and members of Jazz Dance Theater in Dance Alliance's 21st annual production of Tchaikovsky's ballet. Also, at 1 p.m. on Dec. 16, tea with the cast (tickets $20 in advance only by phone).
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $15 in advance at Dance Alliance & The Dancer's Boutique, and at the door. 429-9599. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Martha Vander Kolk calls to live music by Luke Panning and friends. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (Grange members, $7; students with ID, $5). 476-4650. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Concert": Women's Chamber Chorus.

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David Perample directs this independent 30-member local women's chorus in an eclectic program of holiday favorites, some with jazzy adaptations, and upbeat contemporary tunes. With pianist Joshua Marzan.
7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free; donations accepted. 665-9271. [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]



 7:30 p.m. 

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

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All age 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $15. Preregistration available at tinylions.org/trivia. 661-3575. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Blackthorn: The Ark.

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This veteran Royal Oak quartet plays a wide range of Celtic music, from contemporary Irish songs and traditional songs of emigration to sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and haunting ancient airs.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [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. 

"Leonard Bernstein 100th Anniversary Tribute": Alvin Waddles (Kerrytown Concert House).

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This celebrated Detroit stride pianist performs his own jazz arrangements of popular Bernstein tunes from West Side Story, Wonderful Town, Candide, Mass, and more.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$25 (students, $10) in advance at

a2tix.com/events/12-15-2018-Alvin-waddles. Reservations recommended. 769-2999.
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 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]


 8:55 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.


 9 p.m. 

Canelo vs. Rocky: Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the Super Middleweight World Championship boxing match.
9 p.m., Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $18 & $19 in advance at fathomevents.com/events. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 9 p.m. 

The HiiigherWAV Experience at Ziggy's.

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HIIIGHERMINDS & NATIIWAV PRESENTS:
THE HIIIGHERWAV EXPERIENCE
Come Join The WAV As Louis Picasso w/ The Gallery & Joey Sativa Floods Ziggys With A New Style of Performances. Alongside Detroit's ASAKA THE RENEGADE & The Soulful KRISTIANNA
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Advance $10 / Door $15 / Premium (includes Motor City Grits) $20. media@ziggysypsi.com https://www.facebook.com/events/2504346099792203/ [map]




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Matt Gabriel

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Antiserum

Bay Area producer who specializes in bass-oriented hip-hop. Openers: the Ypsilanti hip-hop ensemble Approachable Minorities, the Detroit electronic dance music duo 2 Beard Crew, and the Detroit electronic dance music duo LEGND. $20. [venue info]

Bona Sera: Scritch Detroit

Dance party with DJs. [venue info]

Club Above: "R&B Showcase."

Live music TBA. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [venue info]

Dreamland Theater: "Amy Winehouse: A Live Tribute"

Performers TBA. $5. 9 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Guy Hollerin's: Downriver Dan

Fiery blues-rock by this trio led by by Allen Park singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Kalicki. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Killer Flamingos Killer Flamingos

Rock 'n' roll covers and originals by this popular veteran band from Dearborn. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

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

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Martin. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Deadicated

Detroit psychedelic jam band that specializes in the music of the Grateful Dead and its circle. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Mary Ann Kirt

Pop-folk and indie rock originals by this local singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: James Henes

Local acoustic rock singer-songwriter. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Newport Blues Band.

Local electric blues and blues-rock quintet. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Jere Markita Duo and Dan Hazlett

Double bill. The Jere Markita Duo is singer-songwriters and multi- instrumentalists Jere Stormer and Markita Moore. Hazlett is a Detroit-area singer-songwriter and guitarist plays blues-, R&B-, folk-, and jazz-influenced originals on topics that range from the outlandish to the sublime. [venue info]

 
 


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