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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 28, 2018






 
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 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.-3:30 p.m. 

Camp SCRAP! Winter Creative Reuse Camp: SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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WHERE CREATIVE KIDS BRING NEW LIFE TO OLD MATERIALS!
Kids entering first through sixth grade will explore the possibilities of all of the discarded materials in the world around us, play games, try experiments, and make quality, useful projects infused with their own artistic ideas.
Camp SCRAP is an art camp centered on themes of creative reuse. This camp is for children who LOVE inventing, making, and bringing their creative ideas to life! Each day there will be a fun mix of staff-led projects and time for free building. During free building, campers will have access to the wide variety of materials in the SCRAP store to create a project of their choice.
December 27-28th
Hours: 9:00-3:30
Cost: $95 per participant
Email kamron@scrapbox.org for more information.
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. $95. claire@scrapbox.org. kamron@scrapbox.org https://scrapbox.org/programs/camp-scrap/ [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.


 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., except May 27. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 22-Jan. 6, except Dec. 24 & 25. Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations. With live entertainment, including the Farmington Aim High Flyers high school pop-rock band (Dec. 22; 11 a.m., noon, & 2:30 p.m.), Beverly Meyer, "The Music Lady" (Dec. 26 & 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Jan. 1, noon), "Mr. Dan's Music Show" (Dec. 27 & 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.), local multi-instrumentalist Ken Kozora's "Electro Music Magic!" (Dec. 29 & 30, 1 & 3 p.m.), "Woodspeak Drum Experience" with Ragbirds drummer Randall Moore (Jan. 2 & 3, 1 p.m.), and nationally known local folk duo Gemini (Jan. 4, 1 p.m.). Also, Dec. 26-Jan. 6, "Hackathon: Games!" (10 a.m.-4 p.m., except Dec. 30 and Jan. 1 & 6, noon-4 p.m.) features hands-on activities with video games and board games.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 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  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]


 Noon  Free! 

"Tex Mex Cooking for Teens & Tweens": Dexter District Library.

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ZENutrition founder Katie Eliza shows youth in grades 5-12 how to make lentil tacos and guacamole. Also, info on how to make food healthier. Samples. Recipes to take home.
Noon-1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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


 5-7 p.m. 

"Wine & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Dec. 8 & 28. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of cheese-friendly wines and artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments.
3-5 p.m. (5-7 p.m. Dec. 28), Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

Aris Chalin Trio.

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Aris Chalin Trio featuring Jonah Eichner (bass), Noah Greenberg (drums) and Aris Chalin (keyboard).
Dessous, 312 S. Main Street. No Cover. (734) 222-0202. [map]



 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Jesse Kramer Trio.

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The Jesse Kramer Trio will be jazzy funky at the Circ Bar tonight! Personnel: Damon Warmack (bass), Max Bowen (guitar) and Jesse Kramer (drums). Learn about Jesse at https://www.jessekramerdrums.com/
No Cover.
Circ Bar, 210 S. 1st Street. Free. (734) 277-3656. [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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Sleuth": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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(Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1972). A man who enjoys games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results. Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine. Discussion follows.
7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.


 7:30 p.m. 

"Crossroads Ceili": The Ark.

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Dec. 28 & 29. Two evenings of Celtic music, song, and dance featuring Mick Gavin & Family, a veteran Detroit Irish music ensemble led by fiddler (and County Clare native) Gavin, along with an assortment of guest performers TBA.
7:30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 ($30 by reservation only includes dinner entrée at Conor O'Neill's before the show). 761-1451. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"The Elves and the Schumachers": Theatre Nova.

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



 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Jackie Kashian: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 27-29. This veteran Milwaukee-bred stand-up comic is a frequent performer on cable TV who has also had her own Comedy Central special. Her act blends storytelling with sharp commentary on a mix of momentous and trivial topics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [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.: Jay Frydenlund

Local singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "Mittenfest XIII"

Dec. 28-30. Three-night showcase of local and Michigan bands in a wide spectrum of genres. 6 different bands each night. A benefit for the nonprofit youth tutoring and writing center 826michigan. $10 per night. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tonight: Nathanael Paul Romero (8 p.m.), Pancho Villa's Skull (8:45 p.m.), Matt Jones & the Reconstruction (9:30 p.m.), River Spirit (10:15 p.m.), Dani Darling (11 p.m.), Jaye Prime (11:45 p.m.), and Approachable Minorities (12:30 a.m.). [venue info]

Circ Bar: Jesse Kramer Trio

Jazz trio led by drummer Kramer. With saxophonist Max Bowen and bassist Damon Warmack. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Terry Birkett

Longtime Livonia Americana guitarist and songwriter. Tonight he is joined by various musical friends TBA. [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: Soulstice

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

Live: The Terraplanes The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Mash: Dan Orcutt

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Lee Kitzman

Veteran folk and blues singer-guitarist from Alpena. [venue info]

 
 


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