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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 21, 2018

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

Dollar Movies: Saline Area Senior Center.

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Nov. 16 and Dec. 7 & 21. All invited.

Nov. 16: The Rider, Chloé Zhao's 2017 docudrama about a rising rodeo star who must find a new sense of purpose after a tragic riding accident.

Dec. 7: Molly's Game, Aaron Sorkin's 2017 biopic about an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game.

Dec. 21: Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's 2017 WWII thriller about Allied troops trying to evacuate from the French city of Dunkirk in 1940 before Nazi forces can take hold.

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Outdoor Play-Based Kids Class: Tinkergarten.

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At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial kids ages 18 months to 5 years will have the chance to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create, and play together -- and just have fun! Registration is required. Sign up at Visit for more information.
Bandemer Park, 1352 Lakeshore Drive, Ann Arbor. Free. [map]

 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 769-9610. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-noon 

"Just for Younger Kids: Storytime Tasting": Zingerman's Deli.

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Kids 2-5 invited to listen to a food-themed story. Snack provided. Caregivers must stay with their child.
10:30-11:30 a.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid (caregivers, free). 663-3354.

 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.

 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 764-2347. [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-6 p.m. 

Holiday Bake Sale: New Grace Apostolic Temple.

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Christmas Holiday bake sale featuring homemade pies, cakes, dinner rolls, cookies and more. Friday, Dec. 21, 12noon-6pm and Saturday, Dec. 22, 10am-5pm
New Grace Apostolic Temple, 2898 Packard Rd. Free admission. 734-477-6888 ext. 100. www/ [map]


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-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. [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]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Senior Crafternoon": Saline District Library.

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Nov. 16 & Dec. 21. Seniors invited to make a fall wreath (Nov. 16) and an ugly sweater (Dec. 21, bring your own sweatshirt or sweater to decorate).
1-2:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required., 429-5450. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Nov. 16 & Dec. 21. Movies with refreshments for adults.

Nov. 16: The Finest Hours, Craig Gillespie's 2016 action flick based on the true story of a rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after oil tankers are destroyed during a 1952 blizzard.

Dec. 21: Their Finest, Lone Scherfig's 2016 comic drama about a British film crew attempting to boost morale during WWII by making a propaganda film.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

Fix-It Friday: Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members and staff will be on hand to help fix things and offer advice. (Note: Repairs are not guaranteed.)
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth).
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. [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)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff on hand to help and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]

 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Wall-E, Andrew Stanton's touching 2008 animation about a robot designed to clean up a polluted Earth that's been evacuated by humans. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Magic: The Gathering: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 6-12 invited to play this popular collectible card game. Basic knowledge of the rules required. Pizza & prizes.
6-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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

 6 p.m. 

"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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Candle-Lighting Service: Unity of Ann Arbor.

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All invited for an evening of Christmas music, followed by a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
7 p.m., Unity of Ann Arbor, 4599 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 804-822-2203. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Holiday Hootenany: Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective.

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Ring in the holidays with the Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective and Dumpster Ukes! Great food and beverages available for you to enjoy.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 West Stadium Blvd. $10. [map]

 7 p.m. 

The Magic Of Christmas Concert: John E. Lawrence.

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John E. Lawrence presents
The 4th annual Magic of Christmas Concert
December 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Grace Fellowship Church
YPSILANTI, MI - Each year Guitarist John E. Lawrence gathers some of the finest talent from Ann Arbor to Detroit to put on a Holiday concert he calls The Magic of Christmas. The show begins at 7:00 p.m., at Grace Fellowship Church, (Supt. Willie & Lady Geraldine Powell) 1301 S. Harris Rd. Ypsilanti MI 48198. Phone number 734-480-0077, website General Admission is $25.
"I call it the Magic of Christmas because, people are friendlier, and more caring at this time of the year". Says John E. Lawrence. "This year's concert will have some very special guests' drop in to spread their own brand of Christmas cheer. Charles and Gwen Scales, Saxophonist Yancyy and Trumpeter Rayse Biggs to name a few. One of the highlights will be a musical tribute to the Charlie Brown Christmas Special by Charles Scales and his Trio".
"Christmas is one of the
Grace Fellowship Church, 1301 S. Harris Rd, Ypsilanti. $25. 734-635-5446. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Winter Solstice Sing: Michigan Friends Center.

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All adults and older children invited to join an outdoor circle to learn and sing seasonal songs, rounds, and chants.
7-9 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd. (off Oakridge from Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-1892. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"6th Annual Winter Solstice Sing-Along."

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Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski lead a holiday-themed candlelit sing-along with the local folk trio Laz, San, & Emily Slomovits, and local musicians Eric Fithian, Tom Voiles, and Linda Teaman. Lyrics are projected for singers.
7 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 426-7818. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Unity": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M Afroamerican and African outreach coordinator Elizabeth James discusses the history and traditions of this holiday, which occurs from Dec. 26-Jan. 1.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre.

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Dec. 21-23. Carol Radovic directs this local dance company in Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Christmas ballet. About 100 dancers perform, ranging from children to adults--some of whom have danced in the production since they were tots.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $30 (students & seniors, $25; kids age 11 & under, $15) available in advance at and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss David Lindley's 2001 book, Boltzmann's Atom: The Great Debate that Launched a Revolution in Physics.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Sacred Sound Bath: Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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You are invited to join us at the Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center for the loving, healing, and luscious sounds of our Sacred Sound Bath. • The Sacred Sound Bath is part meditation, part immersive listening experience, and part sublime relaxation therapy. We use Tibetan singing bowls, crystal singing bowls, and gongs to create a deeply healing energy field that surrounds you and fills you with a positive and loving vibration. • The Sacred Sound Bath begins at 7:30pm and lasts for about 90 minutes. We invite you to bring a pillow or mat to sit or lie down on. • No reservation is necessary. We do ask a $20 love donation at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 50% of all funds collected will go to the Food Gatherers Charity. • We love you, and we look forward to seeing you at the Sacred Sound Bath!
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner Street. Donation. $20. 800-599-9820. [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 and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Crazy Wisdom staffer Deb Flint, of journalist Jo Piazza's 2017 book.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [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 and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 8 p.m. 

RFD Boys: The Ark.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have several recordings, including Live and Unrehearsed, a 1994 Ark performance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 at the door only. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 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 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.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Winter Solstice Dance Party! Rhyta Musik + Bichini Bia Congo @ Ziggy's.

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Come party with us on the shortest day of the year! Rhyta Musik teams up with Bichini Bia Congo to bring you an evening of dancing!
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $10. [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]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Anthony Retka

Detroit indie pop-rock singer-songwriter. Opener: Mike Galbraith, a Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Club Above: "DJ Showcase."

With house, bass, and electronic dance music. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Billy Brandt & Sarana VerLin

This 2010 Detroit Music Award-winning folk-rock singer-songwriter duo performs a blend of Celtic and Americana music they call "Celticana." [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: FreeLance

Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. [venue info]

Live: Corndaddy

Local alt-country band led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast. Photo: Mike Bialek. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Isosceles Isosceles

Versatile local acoustic trio that plays a mix of jazz, swing, country, pop, and folk. With vocalist Shekinah Errington, bassist Tim Berla, and guitarist Jim Cooney. The band has a recent CD, Tricycle. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Barker & Broski

Local proto-punk rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter duo of Michael Snyder-Barker and Chris Broski. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Extrusions

Local vintage rock and Motown band. Opener: Six-Foot Poles, a veteran local classic rock band. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: "Holiday Hootenanny." “Holiday Hootenanny.”

With 2 local ukulele ensembles, the Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective and Dumpster Ukes. $10. 7 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Shannon Lee Shannon Lee

Versatile Ypsilanti Americana country-folk singer-songwriter best known as a vocalist with Hullabaloo. [venue info]


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