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]
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. email@example.com https:
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]
A "sensory friendly" event for kids ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities. Includes 20 minutes of interactive stories & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]
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]
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]
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]
Craft activity for all kids in grades K-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Saxophonist Doug Horn, pianist Adam Mosley and string bassist Paul Keller perform two sets of high-quality, straight-ahead, all-human-powered jazz at Zal Gaz Grotto. Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto. Safe, free parking.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 at the door (under 18 enter FREE). 734-663-1202. [map]
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]
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]
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]
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Brown
Local guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. Photo: Adrian Wylie.
Blind Pig: Laith Al-Saadi
All ages admitted to early show. This popular local singer- guitarist rocketed to national prominence in 2016 with a 4th-place finish on NBC's The Voice. His latest CD, Real, a collection of songs drawing on blues, country, gospel, and roots rock, was recorded in L.A. with an all-star cast of session legends, including saxophonist Tom Scott, drummer Jim Keltner, and bassist Leland Sklar. $25. 8-9:30 p.m. & 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Bona Sera: "Mittenfest XIII"
Dec. 29-31. 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: Lonely Hearts Convention (8 p.m.), Drinkard Sisters (8:45 p.m.), Jim Cherewick (9:30 p.m.), Impulse (10:15 p.m.), Louis Picasso & the Darling (11 p.m.), Minihorse (11:45 p.m.), and Jamie Register & the Cash Machine (12:30 a.m.).
Circ Bar: Jesse Kramer Trio
Jazz trio led by drummer Kramer. With saxophonist Max Bowen and bassist Damon Warmack.
Club Above: "Indie Rock Showcase."
With bands TBA. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Steve Kovich
Detroit singer-songwriter whose influences include James Taylor and Paul Simon.
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.
Habitat Lounge: Soulstice
Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing.
Mash: Chris Canas Band
Detroit blues band fronted by young blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas.
Mash: The George and Laura Duo
Funky soul and R&B by the duo of vocalist Laura Rain and her husband, guitarist George Friend. 6-9 p.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Doug Horn Trio
Jazz ensemble led by local alto saxophonist Horn. With pianistAdam Mosley and bassist Paul Keller. Tonight they perform songs from their new CD, High Standards, along with other jazz classics and some seasonal favorites. $10 (age 17 & under, free). 7-10 p.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Trio
High-energy mainstream jazz by this local ensemble led by composer-bassist Keller. With vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and keyboardist Duncan McMillan. 10. 7-10 p.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Brown & Falk
Originals and offbeat covers in an eclectic mix of styles from bluegrass and blues to folk and jazz by the veteran duo of singer- guitarists Rick Brown and Jack Falk.
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