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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, December 4, 2019






 
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 6 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Rockin' for the Hungry": Food Gatherers.

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Dec. 4-8. Live broadcasts by radio station 107one DJs. Cash and nonperishable food donations requested. Dec. 3 (6-10 a.m.) kickoff at Traver Village Kroger (2641 Plymouth).
6 a.m.-7 p.m. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 8), Kroger, 400 S. Maple. Free admission. 761-2796. [map]



 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 9:45-11:15 a.m. 

"Nature Tykes": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Ages 4 & 5 invited for this preschool program that includes hikes, crafting, hands-on-experiments, and more. Child must be potty trained.
3000 Fuller Rd. $33 (members, $30), preregistration required by Nov. 29. 997-1553. [map]


 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"The Legacy of Motown Music": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch and Learn.

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Talk by U-M music school associate dean Mark Clague. Lunch.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $30 (members, $25). Reservations required by Nov. 29. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Architectural Representations in Late Medieval Donor Portraits": U-M Medieval & Early Modern Studies Program.

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Talk by U-M art history professor Alice Isabella Sullivan.
Noon-1 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 763-2066. [map]


 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Change the Subject": U-M Clark Library.

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Screening of this documentary about the ways in which politics can influence library catalogs. Discussion follows. Coffee & desserts; bring a lunch, if you like.
Noon-2 p.m., Clark Library, Hatcher Grad Library 2nd fl., enter from the Diag. Free. 764-0400.


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Equity-Minded Action: Promoting A Culture of Excellence in Strategies and Outcomes for Black Engineering Students": U-M Engineering.

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Talk by University of Southern California school of engineering diversity & strategic initiatives vice dean Brandi P. Jones.
Noon-1 p.m., Pierpont Commons, 2101 Bonisteel. Free. 647-7155. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Fun": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. All invited to play board games from the Senior Center's collection.
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. 794-6250. [map]


 Noon-1:20 p.m.  Free! 

"Stalin's Master Narrative: The General Secretary's Rewriting of Party History in the 1938 Short Course": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Noon Lecture.

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Talk by University of Richmond history professor David Brandenberger. Bring a bag lunch, if you like.
1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 12:05 p.m.  Free! 

Brown Bag Organ Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by U-M music student Sam Ronning. Program TBA.
12:05 p.m., U-M School of Public Health Community Room, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Akhnaten": Fathom Events.

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Rebroadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Philip Glass's 1983 opera about the life of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV), with the libretto drawn partly from ancient Egyptian sources and sung in the original language. Phelim McDermott directs this impressive and dreamlike production that includes acrobats and jugglers in routines inspired by hieroglyphics. With countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges. Egyptian & other languages, subtitles.
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $16-$25 in advance at FathomEvents.com/Events and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Art with Keith!": Saline District Library.

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Local art teacher Keith McGuire introduces teens to various art techniques and media, including comic strips (Nov. 20), still lifes (Dec. 4), and collage and found poems (Dec. 18).
3-4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 21. Michelle Mountain directs the world premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's 2nd Sherlock Holmes play, which features the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the playboy Prince of Wales on the eve of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Coincidentally, the master chef Auguste Escoffier needs the detective's help as well. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Tom Whalen, and David Bendena.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (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]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Center of the World: Regional Writing and the Puzzles of Place-Time": U-M Institute for the Humanities Author's Forum.

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U-M English professors June Howard and Josh Miller discuss Howard's new book. Q&A.
4-5:30 p.m., Osterman Common Rm., 202 S. Thayer. Free. Free. 763-9047. [map]


 4, 7, 9:30 p.m. 

"Marriage Story": State Theater.

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(Noah Baumbach, 2019). Drama following a couple going through a divorce. Scarlett Johansson & Adam Driver.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Center of the World: Regional Writing and the Puzzles of Place-Time": U-M Institute for the Humanities Author's Forum.

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U-M English professors June Howard and Josh Miller discuss Howard's new book. Q&A.
4-5:30 p.m., Osterman Common Rm., 202 S. Thayer. Free. Free. 763-9047. [map]


 4:20 p.m. 

"Pain and Glory": State Theater.

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(Pedro Almodóvar, 2019). A film director in physical decline who reflects on his career. Spanish, subtitles.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8. statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by music school voice students. Program TBA.
4:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg, McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4:45, 6:50, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Knives Out": Michigan Theater.

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(Rian Johnson, 2019). Drama about the investigation of the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. Chris Evans & Daniel Craig.
Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:!5, 7, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Dark Waters": Michigan Theater.

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(Todd Haynes, 2019). Thriller based on the true events about a tenacious attorney uncovering the truth about one of the world's largest corporations. Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway.
Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Just for Older Kids: Explore the World of Chocolate": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Staffers discuss how to conduct chocolate tastings, their favorite chocolate makers, and how different types of chocolate are made. Tastings. Geared towards kids ages 10-16.
Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $15 (parents welcome to lurk for free), reservations required. 663-3354.


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"No Room at the Inn": International Samaritan and Chazz Miller.

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Chazz Miller's new art installation at 803 N. Main Street 1 mile north of Michigan Stadium.
Chazz Miller's new installation touches on Jesus' roots as a peasant. Just as He was born into poverty millions are still impoverished and without shelter today. This art installation was commissioned by International Samaritan, a global humanitarian group based in Ann Arbor, to help break the cycle. Chazz is an internationally known street artist from Detroit whose work takes a satirical view of social, political and cultural issues. Chazz deconstructs the psychology of subliminal suggestion, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and religion, that make up our culture.
Exhibit runs Dec 4th - Jan 5th. Grand opening on 12/4th 6-9pm.
To draw parallels between the humble conditions Jesus was born into and the poverty still plaguing us today, the exhibit takes visitors on a journey beginning at the manger where Jesus was born, then on through replicas of the dirt-floor shacks people live in today.
International Samaritan. Free. 2023690699. carissa@tricompr.com www.intsam.org



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Letterpress Open Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed., except Apr. 1 All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp, AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Gilbert Residence, 203 South Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [map]


 6 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or so, Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
UUAA Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Very Cheesy Holiday": Saline District Library.

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All invited eat some cheese, do a holiday craft, and watch the 2012 Hallmark Channel movie, Christmas with Holly.
6:30-8:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free, preregistration requested. SalineLibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 6:30 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]


 6:45 & 9:20 p.m. 

The Lighthouse: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Robert Eggers, 2019). Drama about two lighthouse keeps trying to maintain their sanity on a remote and mysterious New England island.
Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Color Away": Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Wed., except Dec. 25. All adults invited to color. Supplies provided.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: S.E. Michigan CNC Enthusiast Group: Maker Works.

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For folks who want to get started with CNC as well as veterans to share information. Focus of the group is anything CNC-related: projects, additive machines like the Makerbot or subtractive mills, CAD, CAM, and the holy war of issues like Servos vs. Steppers, NURBS vs. Meshes, and EMC2 vs. Mach3.
Meetings are normally on the first Wednesday of the month (except when they land on a holiday and Maker Works is closed), free and open to everyone and you don't have to be a member of Maker Works to attend.
With the approach of winter, if the weather is too inclement for safe travel, the meeting may be cancelled if conditions warrant it.
Any CNC-related topic is game and if you have something to show off, please bring it.
For more info, visit: SEMICNC Yahoo! Group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/semicnc/info
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/se-michigan-cnc-enthusiast-group [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

Canceled: "Ann Arbor Community Sing": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to join this monthly gathering to sing songs from the various branches of American folk music.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. 794-6250. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Dave Keeney & Sophia Hanifi and Chris Buhalis: On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Double bill. Guitarist Keeney and vocalist Hanifi are a local husband-and-wife folk-rock duo who perform, usually separately, in some of Ann Arbor's best bands. Buhalis is a popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh-minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. His latest CD, Big Car Town, is a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. He is accompanied tonight by Keeney.
7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]


 7 - 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Meditation Sessions: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Jewel Heart Facilitators will provide basic guidance for using the breath as a point of focus in these concentrated meditation sessions.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734-994-3387. annarbor@jewelheart.org www.jewelheart.org [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

String Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Top string students perform solo and ensemble chamber works.
7 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Aud., 1226 Murfin Ave. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Concert: Dexter High School Music.

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Kenneth Moore directs the DHS Varsity, Concert, and Symphonic bands in a program of holiday classics.
7 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 355-0725. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Readings by Detroit-based poets George & Chris Tysh, who are also husband & wife. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Classical Holiday Marimba Music": Dexter District Library.

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Local marimba player Paul Demick performs a family-friendly program of classical music.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness and Meditation for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Meditation guided by local meditation leader Amy Tarrant. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North American Predators": Literati Bookstore Eco Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by local poet Alison Swan, of ecologist Cristina Eisenberg's 2014 book.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Canceled: "Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 8, 22, & 30. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion of Michael Rosenthal's 2017 book Barney: Grove Press and Barney Rosset, America's Maverick Publisher and his Battle Against Censorship.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Campus Jazz Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Will Wood directs this student ensemble and the Michigan Youth Jazz Orchestra. Program TBA.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Dead Horses: The Ark.

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Up-and-coming Oshkosh (WI) folk trio, fronted by guitarist Sarah Vos, a singer-songwriter whose engaging coming-of-age story songs are set to music that draws imaginatively on old-time, gospel, and bluegrass idioms. They recently opened for The Who.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Members, and interested nonmembers, read and discuss poems on various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. OnePausePoetry.org, 707-1284. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

Canceled: Music Trivia: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Note: Dec. 7 is a holiday dance.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Wed.) & Concourse Hall (Dec. 7), 4531 Concourse Dr. $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). SwingAnnArbor.com/calendar, 945-8428. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: "Next Up"

Showcase of area hip-hop artists with headliner Tonie Arcon, a Jackson-bred rapper whose music also draws on R&B, soul, and ambient music. Also rappers Johnny IV, Bryson Rhodes, JayRico Santana, 77 Hi Boy, CanVas, Alante Washere, and DJ Stymie. $8-$10. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Allen Dennard Quintet

Mainstream jazz ensemble led by young local trumpeter Dennard, whose music incorporates elements of hip-hop, R&B, and funk. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

Vintage jazz in the style of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by a local quartet led by guitarist Andrew Brown. With guitarist Erik McIntyre, clarinetist Tyler Rondo, and bassist Jorian Olk-Szost. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by a local quartet led by guitarist Andrew Brown. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Bekah Greenman

Livonia singer-songwriter whose repertoire also includes jazz standards and pop covers. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Gabriel

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. [venue info]

Old Town: Tim Haldeman Quartet

Blues- and bebop-based jazz in a variety of styles and forms by this local ensemble led by saxophonist Haldeman. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. [venue info]

 
 


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