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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 5, 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]

 9:15-11:15 a.m. 

MOPS of GBC: Grace Bible Church.

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MOPS(Mother's of Preschoolers) is for any woman who has a child from birth to kindergarten. We meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. Childcare is provided. To assure quality childcare, space is limited. Confidential scholarships are also available.
We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month starting September 19th-May. We meet from 9:15am-11:15am. You must register to attend.
For more information and to register contact Jess Richer at
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $50. [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 (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 769-9610. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"A Christmas Carol": Wild Swan Theater.

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This award-winning local children's theater company performs Hilary Cohen's adaptation of the Dickens Christmas classic about the transformation of crabbed old Ebenezer Scrooge after he's visited by 3 spirits on the night before Christmas. Appropriate for kids in grade 3 & up. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available for blind audience members by prearrangement.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12-$15 in advance at and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Voting in America: Perennial Issues, Current Developments." U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Oct. 31-Dec. 12. Six weekly lectures by various speakers.

Oct. 31: U-M political science professor Jenna Bednar on "From Vote to Government: A Short Guide to the Complexity of the American Electoral System."

Nov. 7: U-M political science and statistics professor Walter R. Mebane, Jr., on "Election and Voting Security in the United States."

Nov. 14: U-M political science professor Ken Kollman on "Why Do We Have the Electoral College? Should We?"

Nov. 21: Bridge Magazine Capitol reporter Riley Beggin moderates a panel discussion with League of Women Voters of Michigan vice president Susan Smith and Washtenaw County clerk Larry Kestenbaum on "Implementing Michigan's Proposal 3 (Promote the Vote)."

Dec. 5: WSU political science professor Kevin Deegan-Krause on "Dragon Slaying Takes Time: The Complex Process of Ending Gerrymandering After the Passage of Proposition 2."

Dec. 12: U-M political science professor Vincent Hutchings on "Race, the Party System, and Elite Incentives in American Elections."
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Individual lectures $35 (members, $10). Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

English Language Learners: Meet The Shopping Detective: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer A2 Saline.

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Meet Linda from Sound Expressions at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer Ann Arbor Saline Rd and discover what the grocery store holds for you. Learn how to order your favorite cafe drinks, English names for foods, grocery shop in an American market, and build confidence in a safe group environment to do it on your own.
This collaboration between Sweetwaters of Meijer A2 Saline and Sound Expressions is a 6 week grocery and language tour that meets twice a month.
Bring any dictionaries or apps to help look up food names in your native language to translate to English.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer Ann Arbor Saline Rd, 3145 ANN ARBOR SALINE RD. Free. 7343698697. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Performances by area musicians. Dec. 5: Seasonal works by the Counterpoint quintet. Dec. 12: 19th-century holiday music by the Dodworth Duo. Dec. 19: Traditional klezmer music by Klezmer R&D.
Noon-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center. Free. 936-2787. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Futurity and the Transhuman in Millennial Japan: The Case of Picturebooks": U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Talk by Indiana University professor of religious studies Heather Blair.
Noon-1:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Translating from Yiddish: New Approaches in Theory and Practice": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by Frankel Institute fellows Anita Norich, Julian Levinson, and Yaakov Herskovitz.
1-2:30 p.m., 1022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Composition Class Showing": U-M Dance Department.

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U-M 1st & 2nd year dance majors perform their original choreography.
U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. Free. 763-5460. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Open House: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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With live music by a classical quartet. All galleries open; refreshments.
4-6 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free, preregistration required by phone or at 763-8639.

 4, 7, & 9:45 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)., 668-TIME.

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Pen and a Sea of Pearls: Decolonizing Contemporary Historical Storytelling": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Talk by University of London gender studies professor Samia Khatun.
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-4059. [map]

 4:10. 6:50, & 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)., 668-TIME.

 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., 668-TIME.

 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Card Making": Dexter District Library.

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For kids in grades K-4. Snacks.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

"The Irishman": Michigan Theatre.

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(Martin Scorsese, 2019). Biopic about American gangster Frank Sheeran as he recalls his past involvement in crime. Robert De Niro & Al Pacino.
Michigan Theater: 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:40, 6:50, & 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)., 668-TIME.

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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All invited to play popular board games (list available at "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). 548-9729. [map]

 5 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. [map]

 5 p.m. 

Monthly Dinner: St. Andrew's United Church of Christ.

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Dec. 5: swiss steak.

Feb. 6: sauerkraut.

Mar. 5: corn beef.

5-6:30 p.m., St. Andrew's social hall, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 (kids ages 5-12, $5; age 4 & under, free) in advance only. 426-8610. [map]

 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Aerial (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. [map]

 5:15-6:15 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. [map]

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Arthur Sze: In Conversation": U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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U-M creative writing professor Khaled Mattawa interviews this visiting poet (see 3 Thursday listing). Preceded at 3 p.m. by a roundtable Q&A (1176 Angell Hall).
5:30-7 p.m., UMMA Apse. Free. 764-6330.

 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided. 6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Film Screening of "Soul of a Banquet": U-M China Ongoing Perspectives ~ CHOP | Co-sponsored by Asia Library and Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.

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Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments and Q&A with discussant, Sean Chen, cultural historian of Chinese food-ways.
Director Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB) takes us into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts a delectable showcase of gastronomy and a touching portrait of Chiang's journey from a childhood in Beijing before the Cultural Revolution to accidental restaurateur on the west coast of the United States. SOUL OF A BANQUET features interviews with Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, and Cecilia Chiang herself.
Sean Jy-Shyang Chen is the translator and annotator of the seminal Qing Dynasty manual on cookery: Recipes from the Garden of Contentment (Suiyuan Shidan, 隨緣食單).
Weiser Hall, 10th Floor, 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor. Free. [map]

 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-8 invited to build a gingerbread house with icing, candy, and graham crackers.
AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-4200.

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Kingdom Forgotten": Laurie Lounsbury.

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Local writer Lounsbury--best known these days as a vocalist in the neo-girl group She-Bop--discusses her new historical novel about James Strang, the early 19th-century self-proclaimed prophet and king of Beaver Island (MI). Signing.
6:30-8 p.m., Zal Gaz Grotto. Free. 709-7374.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Let's Be Blunt About Marijuana Legalization": EMU Cannabis Education Coalition.

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On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Eastern Michigan University Cannabis Education Coalition will host a panel event titled "Let's Be Blunt About Marijuana Legalization," which will focus on the marijuana law, risks, benefits and side effects. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the EMU Student Center Auditorium, located at 900 Oakwood Street in Ypsilanti.
The panel will be comprised of Senator Jeff Irwin, who introduced legislation to expunge low-level marijuana-related offenses from criminal records, Dr. Kevin Boehnke from the Department of Anesthesiology and the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at University of Michigan; and Community Relations Officer Tim Siecinski from EMU's Department of Public Safety.
The Cannabis Education Coalition takes a preventative, collaborative approach to addressing public health and is made up of EMU's Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility, the Office of Health Promotion, Housing and Residence Life and the Department of Public Safet
Eastern Michigan University Student Center, 900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Goat Cheese Tasting: Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers host a tasting of a range of goat cheeses, from Zingerman's house-made to other artisan specialties. Bread and additional accompaniments.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Every Thurs.. All invited to bring knitting projects to work on.
6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Shrek the Musical": Ypsilanti Youth Theare.

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Set in a mythical "once upon a time" sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 North Huron St., Ypsilanti. $10 or $15. 7346787185. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Show-and-Tell & Holiday Party: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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All invited to bring rocks, minerals, or jewelry to show off. Refreshments.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. 7th St. Free. 665-5574. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this 90 minute class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. You will also learn how to set up and break down the X-Poles, so that you will be able to use them when you are cleared for open gym.
Please wear shorts (feel free to bring layers to stay warm) and avoid wearing lotion or jewelry to this class.
All genders are welcome in every class at the Aviary. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Circles Volunteer Orientation!: Friends In Deed.

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At our Volunteer Information Session you will:
•Learn about local poverty and how it affects our community
•Meet Allies and participants to hear how Circles has impacted them personally
•Find out how YOU can best use your time & talents in the Circles program
St. Luke - Ann Arbor, 4205 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 734-340-9042. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 12 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$25 covers the workbook for the entire 12 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd. Donation. $25. 734-761-5669. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Nicole New and Cliff Monear: Jewish Community Center Book & Arts Fair.

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An eclectic mix of jazz with pop and bluegrass flavors by the duo of New, a Detroit vocalist known for her rich tone and rhythmic phrasing, and keyboardist Monear.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $12 (members, $10), preregistration recommended at, 971-0990. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Gingerbread": Literati Bookstore Feminist Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Helen Oyeyemi's fairy tale inspired novel about a woman who believes she is from a mysterious far-off land.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Gundam: Char's Counterattack": Fathom Events.

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(Yoshiyuki Tomino, 1988). 40th anniversary screening of this anime franchise about an epic battle to determine the fate of Earth. Post-film rebroadcast of a Q&A with the filmmaker. Japanese, subtitles.
973-8424. Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Monuments and Public Art": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Paul M. Farber, co-founder of Philadelphia-based public art initiative Monument Lab, leads a conversation with U-M faculty and staff about public art.
7-8:30 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-0400. [map]

 7:30 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Honey Boy": State Theater.

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(Alma Har'el, 2019). Tale of a young boy reconciling with his stormy childhood and early adult years. Sia LaBeouf.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

Christmas Dance: Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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With live music by local pop-rock cover band Spark. Food and drink included in price of admission.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. $10 (members, $5) or bring a new unwrapped gift for a child. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Moody McCarthy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 5-7. Veteran NYC observational humorist known for his playful take on everything from the allure of women with raspy voices to the joys of crossing time zones. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) in advance before 5 p.m. the night of the show; $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Improv by Finance Camp and other up-and-coming local troupes.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol": Saline Area Players.

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Dec. 5-8. Barbara Day directs local actors in Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus's twist on the Dickens classic. In this version, Scrooge is the Big Bad Wolf, 2 of the Cratchit children are Hansel and Gretel, the Ghost of Christmas Future is the Queen of Hearts, and Mother Goose narrates.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd., Saline. $6 in advance & at the door. 755-6983. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"A New Brain": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Dec. 5-8. U-M musical theater professor Mark Madama directs his students in William Finn and James Lapine's energetic, sardonic 1988 off-Broadway musical comedy about an aspiring composer with writer's block who is stricken by a brain disorder.
U-M Walgreen Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $20 (student, $13), in advance at, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Grapes of Wrath": U-M Theatre Department.

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Dec. 5-8. U-M theater professor Gillian Eaton directs her students in Frank Galati's Tony-winning 1990 adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel about the crushing inequities of the American experience endured by Oklahoma dust bowl refugees seeking new fortunes in the lush, fruitful fields of California.
Power Center. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $13) in advance at, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Secret Garden": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
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]

 8 p.m. 

Comedy 4 Cancer: Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society).

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Tau Beta Pi Fundraiser
Co-hosted by "Michigan Union Ticketing Office"
Thursday December 5th 8:00 pm. Chrysler Center (Chesebrough Auditorium) 2121 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor Mi 48109.
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) Presents an evening of stand up comedy, a 50/50 raffle and gift basket raffles. All proceeds from this show donated to "The ChadTough Foundation"
We have 3 very talented comedians scheduled to perform. Headlining the show is Diego Attanasio.
Joining our headliner is your host Tanner Oliver and the feature comedian Bret Hayden
Chrysler Center (Chesebrough Auditorium), 2121 Bonisteel Blvd. $20. 586-747-8145. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Lab Ensemble & Jazz Ensemble: U-M Music School.

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U-M music professor Ed Sarath directs an ensemble of jazz students and guest drummer Ignacio Berroa in a program TBA.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Over the Rhine: The Ark.

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Heartland songwriter rock, at once artful and urgent, by this acclaimed Cincinnati quartet. Led by the husband-and-wife songwriter duo of vocalist Karin Bergquist and bassist Linford Detweiler, the band is known for its enchantingly spare arrangements and its reflective, self-consciously literary lyrics. Over the Rhine has a subtle progressive Christian orientation that's especially noticeable in their holiday-season shows.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance at, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

String Quartets Final Term Recital: U-M Music School.

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Ensembles of music majors perform selections from string quartet masterpieces.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"V i t a l e y e s": U-M Dance Department BFA Senior Concert.

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New solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance seniors Emma Lambert, Kaitlyn Soloway, Matthew Standerski, & Florence Woo.
Doors open at 7 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg, Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University. Tickets $7 (cash only), at the door only. 763-5460. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Yeomen of the Guard": U-M Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

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David Andrews directs this accomplished local town-and-gown company in Gilbert and Sullivan's only tragicomedy. Tudor-era war hero Colonel Fairfax is accused of sorcery by a greedy relative who stands to inherit a fortune if the colonel dies a bachelor. But on execution day, Fairfax asks a friend to find him a wife--any wife--so that he can foil the plot. Featuring Austin DuBois, Megan Laine-Yacobozzi, and Makoto Takata, with music direction by Ezra Donner.
8 p.m. (Dec. 5-7) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 8), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan League. Tickets $12-$30 (discounts for seniors & students) in advance at [map]

 9 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Oct. 30: Northwood. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 8: WMU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 10: Bradley. 2 p.m.

Nov. 23: Notre Dame. Time TBA.

Dec. 1: Morgan State. Time TBA

Dec. 5: Syracuse. 9 p.m.

Dec. 8 Oakland. 2 p.m.

Dec. 14: Appalachian State. Time TBA.

Dec. 31: Penn State. 2 p.m.

Jan. 5: Michigan State. Noon.

Jan. 12: Maryland. Noon.

Jan. 26: Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Feb. 2: Iowa. Noon.

Feb. 6: Purdue. 6 p.m.

Feb. 13: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Mar. 1: Indiana. Time TBA.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 10 p.m. 

"The Room": Michigan Theater.

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(Tommy Wiseau, 2003). Dark comedy-a critically reviled ("the Citizen Kane of bad movies") cult favorite-about a successful banker who's about to be married until he finds out the horrible truth about his fiancée.
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)., 668-TIME.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Canceled: Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

Canceled: "Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, a tour of the adoptable cat area, and a dog meet and greet. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10:30 a.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 662-5585. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Apr. 30, May 21, & June 11. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Kyle Rhodes, Aaron Jonah Lewis & Grace Van't Hof

Good-time & old-time music with fiddles & banjos by this area trio. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Adam Larson Band

Ensemble led by this Kansas City-based tenor saxophonist known for what Jazziz Magazine calls his "well-crafted compositions, beautifully burnished tone and startling command of the instrument." [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Mia Green Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Dave Menzo

This local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. Photo: Myra Klarman. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer-guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Team Love

Local trio led by singer-songwriter & bassist Tim Berla that plays originals and covers in an eclectic mix of styles, from jazz, swing, and Latin to country. With guitarist Kip Godwin and clarinetist & percussionist Charles Dayringer. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Rollie Tussing & Friends

Ensemble led by Tussing, a nationally known local guitar virtuoso who specializes in prewar blues and jazz. [venue info]


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