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Calendar of Events

Monday, December 31, 2018

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 7 p.m-1 a.m. 

"A Jazzy NYE Jam & Hang"

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"You've got plenty of choices for NYE, but if you're looking for a casual hang that's heavy on the art tip, consider this. We'll have the amazing trio of Max Bowen (guitar), Aidan Cafferty (bass) and Bob Sweet (drums), plus musicians are welcome to sit in, so bring your horn, axe, or voice and help us ring in the New Year. The trio hits from 10pm to 1am, BUT THAT"S NOT ALL as the evening opens with Oliver Mayman and his sweet band [Danny Freiband (guitar), Oliver Mayman (vibraphone/drums) and Stan Greenstone (bass)].
A $10 suggested donation goes directly to the musicians.
Champagne toast will be provided to welcome the new year in.
Desserts and drinks available for purchase as always and patrons are welcome to bring in dinner or order from nearby restaurants.
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $10 or pay what you can. 734-221-3961. [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.

 11-11:30 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.

 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Noon Year's Eve Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL storytellers present a program of holiday-themed stories for kids ages 2-5 and their families. Also, games, music, and a balloon drop at noon.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.

 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Noon Year's Eve Balloon Drop": First Steps-Ann Arbor & Fit4Mom Ann Arbor.

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Join us for our Noon Year's Eve Balloon Drop at the Westerman Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk Dr 48104. We'll have a few activities beginning at 11:30am leading up to the balloon drop at 12 Noon. This event is provided by Fit4Mom Ann Arbor with support from First Steps-Ann Arbor. This is a FREE event for families. We hope you'll join us.
Please register so we get an idea of how many are coming.
Westerman Preschool & Family Center. Free. 7349944949.

 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

New Year's Eve Party: Saline Area Senior Center.

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Socializing, cards, games, and a movie. Also, a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $5. 429-9274. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Paved Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18, 24, or 30 miles, either on hilly Schneider Rd. or the B2B trail (call for start point).
Noon, meet at 8213 Pine Cross Ln. or the B2B entrance on Jeffords (behind the Marathon gas station), Dexter. Free. 426-5116.

 2 p.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.

Feb. 7: Nebraska. 7 p.m.

Feb. 14: Indiana. 7 p.m.

Feb. 21: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Mar. 3: Wisconsin. 2 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 3 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 

New Year's Eve Party: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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Dancing to live music by the Depot Town Big Band. Hors d'oeuvres and toast drinks. Party favors.
3 p.m.-12:30 a.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $65. Reservations required by emailing 429-9561. [map]

 4-8 p.m.  Free! 

New Year's Eve Party: SRSLY Chelsea.

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All ages invited for a family-oriented program of live music by local youth bands, games, craft activities, a chili cook-off, and more. Door prizes.
4-8 p.m., Beach Middlle School, 445 Mayer (off Freer south from Dexter-Chelsea Rd.), Chelsea. Free. 593-6269. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Aris Chalin Trio wsg Clarence Collins.

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Aris Chalin Trio features Aris Chalin (keyboard), Jonah Eichner (bass) and Noah Greenberg (drums). We are happy to report that trumpeter Clarence Collins, who will be back in town from college at the New School (NYC) for the holidays, will be the special guest on this occasion.
No Cover.
Dessous, 312 S. Main Street. Free. (734) 222-0202. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon.-Wed., except Dec. 24 & 25. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 5700 Jackson (Tues.), and 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues.), 548-6299 (Wed.). [map]

 7 p.m. 

"New Year's Eve with the Pete Siers Duo": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local drummer Siers and nationally renowned local boogie-woogie and blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun perform their blend of blues, boogie-woogie, R&B, and early rock 'n' roll. With guest musicians TBA.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$45 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

"Kindling Light of Wisdom-Mind": Zen Buddhist Temple.

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All invited to join an annual year-end candle-lighting ceremony that includes meditation and chanting.
8-10 p.m., Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard at Wells. $20. 761-6520. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

"New Year's Eve Improv Show": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Live music, storytelling, and comedic improv by the League of Pointless Improvisers.
8 & 10:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $18 (10:30 p.m.) in advance at and at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

"New Year's Eve with K-Von": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Kevan "K-von" Moezzi is a stand-up comic and actor, best known for his appearances on Last Comic Standing and MTV's Disaster Date and through his popular YouTube channel. His comedy draws heavily on the cultural and generational conflicts arising from his Persian American heritage. The 10:30 p.m. show includes party favors & champagne at midnight.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $25 (8 p.m.) & $30 (10:30 p.m.) reserved seating in advance & at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

NYE Party at Dessous - The Hottest Restaurant in A2!: Dessous.

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Allow us to help you usher in 2019. Join us for our New Year's Eve Celebration.
Ticket price includes Louis Roederer Champagne toast at midnight.
Aris Chalin Jazz Trio from 6p-8p, DJ AMF spinning from 10pm - 3am.
Full menu dinner service available prior to event (separate reservation required --
Must be 21 or over to attend this event past 830p.
No refunds will be issued after 12/28/18.
Dessous, 312 S MAIN STREET. $15 - $3,000. 734-222-0202. SGORDON@DESSOUSANNARBOR.COM [map]

 10 p.m.-1 a.m. 

New Year's Eve Bash at the Grotto: Cellar Cats: Zal Gaz Grotto Club.

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The Cellar Cats will be rocking in the New Year at the Grotto from 10:00pm-1:00am (though the Grotto will be open much earlier). Lotsa fun, drink, food, and dancing with great folks! No tickets necessary - $10 cover at the door.
The Grotto kitchen will be open with it's usual tasty bar menu available to order from. Party like it's 2019!
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. $10 Cover. 734-663-1202. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Stormy Chromer

Local progressive jam-rock quartet. Openers: Chirp, a local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet, and Biomassive, a Traverse City electronic jam band that plays originals and covers of the Grateful Dead. $15. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "PoptART."

Drag show. [venue info]

Club Above: Hullabaloo

Veteran local 9-piece collective whose upbeat, energetic music draws on ska, jazz, funk, punk, and Latin influences. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Detroit Street Hot Club

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by the local quartet of guitarists Andrew Brown and Michael Harrington, bassist Ryan Shea, and violinist Tyler Rindo. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: Lady Sunshine & the X Band Lady Sunshine

Popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. The band has a new CD, Big Sexee. $40 (includes champagne toast and light hors d'oeuvres buffet at midnight) in advance and (if available) at the door. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: The Front Men

Detroit vintage-rock band. Also, in the Weber's Inn ballroom, the Nightline, a veteran Top 40 dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Cellar Cats Cellar Cats

An eclectic mix of rock 'n' roll, Motown, blues, soul, R&B, progressive rock, and swing by this ensemble of veteran local musicians fronted by singer-flutist Patty O'Connor. With guitarist and harmonica player Myron Grant, guitarist Kip Godwin, keyboardist Mark Wight, bassist Terry Gordinier, drummer John Marion, and Charles Dayringer on congas, clarinet, and sax. A benefit for SafeHouse. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]


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