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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 16, 2018






 
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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


 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

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

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



 10 a.m. 

"Donation Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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



 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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


 10-11 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. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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


 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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


 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

5th Annual Washtenaw Pick Up Robotics Championships: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Students from local high schools including Huron, Skyline, and Pioneer demonstrate the robots they designed and created over just a few weeks. Their large robots face off in matches, culminating in a championship round at the end of the day.
Noon-6 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 Noon-2 p.m. 

Reuse Embossing: SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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Join us at SCRAP for creative reuse Embossing!
Learn to make personalized cards and embossing art with reused supplies at SCRAP. Choose from SCRAP's large inventory of reused colored papers, stamps, and embossing powders to design your cards. Watch as the heating tool transforms the embossing powder into a permanent, slightly raised layer with a metallic or glossy sheen. Pair your cards with envelopes from our collection, or learn to make custom envelopes by hand. This activity is easy, safe, and fun for all ages and ability levels.
SCRAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. $10. 7349940012. claire@scrapbox.org scrapbox.org [map]


 Noon-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]


 Noon-3 p.m. 

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

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


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Writing Workshop for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local writer Rebecca Fortes, a U-M creative writing grad, leads a workshop to help participants tell their family and/or personal immigration stories.
Noon-1:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 12:30 p.m. 

Hatha Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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



 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Pet Loss Support Group: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's never easy to lose a pet, and when you consider them, as we do, a member of the family, the loss can be difficult and extremely sad.
HSHV and Blue Dog Counseling have partnered to provide a support group on preparing for and dealing with the loss of a pet.
Colleen O'Brien, founder of Blue Dog Counseling, is an expert at developing creative therapeutic interventions to support individuals, couples, families, and other groups. Her personal commitment to animal welfare, her own experience as a devoted pet owner, and a passion for supporting people led her to create Blue Dog Counseling. Côlleen is dedicated to providing a safe, open, and creative space for discussion. A place where you can take time for yourself.
Group is held monthly in the HSHV conference room.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. Donations accepted. colleen@bluedogcounseling.com www.hshv.org/events [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]


 1 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]


 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Jim Henson's Holiday Special": Fathom Events.

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Dec. 10 & 16. Screening of 2 Henson puppet classics, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock. Note: Times are different for different theaters. Dec. 10 times: 4 p.m. (Emagine only) & 7 p.m. (both theaters). Dec. 16 times: 1 & 4 p.m. (Emagine only).
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Yoga for Beginners": Isha Foundation.

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All invited to try a series of 5-minute yoga practices.
1-2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library 3rd floor Freespace, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. (313) 451-4742. [map]


 1:15 p.m. 

Holiday Skating Exhibition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Performances by the club's nationally competitive synchronized skating teams, The Hockettes. The show will also feature freestyle and ice dance competitors. Canned food donations are being accepted in place of an admission fee.
Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Canned food donation.. 734-213-6768. aafsc@annarborfsc.org www.annarborfsc.org [map]



 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Classics Film Series": Michigan Theater.

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

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

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


 2, 4:45, & 8 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]


 2 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Callers lead contras and square dances to live music. For kids, accompanied by an adult. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $12 per family (members, free). 274-0773, 395-1690. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Minecraft Workshop: AADL Downtown Training Center.

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


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Yule Ritual: Druids of Shining Lakes Grove.

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All invited to celebrate the Celtic primal mother and father deities, Danu and Bel. The ritual includes singing, making an offering, and honoring ancestors and nature spirits. Followed by a potluck (bring a dish to pass) and raffle.
2-5 p.m., Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free. 277-1897. [map]


 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Beary Sweet Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Bear-themed storytime for kids in grades preK-3.
2-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Diva Royale": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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


 2 p.m. 

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

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


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Paul Rand: The Designer's Task": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of posters, book covers, and packaging designs by this 20th-century designer with a minimalist aesthetic.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 2 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]


 2 p.m. 

"The Elves and the Schumachers": Theatre Nova.

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



 2:10, 5:10, & 7:35 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]


 2:40 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.


 2:50, 5:20 & 8:40 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.


 3 p.m. 

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

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



 3, 5:45, 6, & 8:30 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.


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Sounds of Christmas": Saline New Horizons Band.

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Richard Schoenfeldt conducts this local senior band in holiday favorites and other works. With guest singers TBA.
3 p.m., Saline First United Methodist Church, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 276-6285. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

A Christmas Concert: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

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Lucia Campbell conducts the church's adult choir and Virginia Herrmann conducts the children's choir in Christmas carols and works by Cherubini, Handel, and Beethoven. With pianist Jeanne Marie Gerig and a 10-trumpet U-M ensemble.
3 p.m., St. Thomas, 530 Elizabeth St. Free. 761-8606. [map]


 3 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]


 3:10, 5:30, & 8:10 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]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Dexter Community Orchestra.

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This volunteer ensemble, guest conducted by Dexter High School orchestra director Matt Deloria, is joined by the Dexter High School Concert & Chamber Orchestras for a program of holiday music TBA.
4 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 355-0725. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Joyce DiDonato: University Musical Society.

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This celebrated mezzo-soprano, winner of the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, is the "perfect 21st-century diva--an effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace, and remarkable talent," says a New York Times critic. Tonight she performs Schubert's Winterreise (Winter Journey), a setting of somber poems about lost love by the German poet Wilhelm Müller, typically sung by a tenor. With pianist (and Metropolitan Opera music director) Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$70 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor: Wonder and Merriment: Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor.

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Our Christmas concert features seasonal and sacred music from across the choral spectrum, including motets of Byrd, Palestrina, Sweelinck, Bach, Britten and Corigliano. Also featured will be the splendid Magnificat by Durante (misattributed to Pergolesi), as well as carols both familiar and un. This concert is a perfect way to experience the good cheer, quiet reflection and spiritual power of the year's close.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $0 - $20; Student & Senior Discounts Available. vocalartsannarbor@gmail.com http://www.vocalartsannarbor.org [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas Lessons and Carols": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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St. Andrew's music director Deborah Friauff directs the church adult choir, 2 children's choirs, and handbell choir in this traditional English service, in which 9 scripture readings alternate with seasonal anthems and carols, some sung by the congregation.
4 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"Jazzistry Jive for 25"

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Local saxophonist and clarinetist Vincent York leads Jazzistry, his educational jazz history ensemble, in works TBA. In celebration of Jazzistry's 25th anniversary.
4 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at theark.org. 761-1800. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"Wonder and Merriment": Vocal Arts Ensemble.

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Benjamin Cohen directs this 24-voice chamber choir in seasonal and sacred music, including Francesco Durante's splendid Magnificat, familiar and unfamiliar carols, and motets by Byrd, Palestrina, Sweelinck, Bach, Britten, and Corigliano.
4 p.m., Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Tickets $20 (student & senior discounts available) in advance at vocalartsannarbor.org. vocalartsannarbor@gmail.com. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Star Trek Puppet Show": Dreamland Theater.

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


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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


 5 & 7:45 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]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Comfort and Joy": Northside Community Church.

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Sheree and Paul Clark direct the church's chancel and bell choirs in a varied program of vocal and instrumental holiday music with spirituals. With pianist Kathryn Goodson. Reception follows.
6-8 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free; donations accepted for a local nonprofit. 662-6351. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around an indoor campfire, sip hot drinks, and swap stories. If you like, bring blankets, board games, and reusable mugs. Hot cocoa and tea provided.
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Joel Schoenhals & Drew De Four: Kerrytown Concert House.

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EMU piano professor Schoenhals performs 2 works by his former student De Four. Amavita is a classical-Romantic-pop piece influenced by a trip to Auschwitz. Piano Solos, Vol. 1 is a series of short pieces written while De Four was in high school. De Four tells personal anecdotes between each piece.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20 (students, $10) in advance at

a2tix.com/events/12-16-2018-joelschoenhalsanddrewdefour. Reservations recommended. 769-2999.
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Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

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

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

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

Habitat Lounge: EventJazz

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

Old Town: Mike Latini

Patterson (NY) singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."

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

Ypsi Alehouse: The Parsnips

Ypsilanti pop-rock quartet. [venue info]

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

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

 
 


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