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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 6, 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]

 7:30 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Midnight Madness": Downtown Home & Garden.

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All invited for a petting zoo with livestock including goats, alpaca, and sheep. Also, a performance by a musical guest TBA (8-10 p.m.), and chestnuts roasting in the Christmas tree lot.
Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]

 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Free! 

"Global Chinese Food": U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies Conference.

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Millions outside of China enjoy Chinese food each day. Even though they might all go out for a "Chinese" meal, there is little uniformity to what arrives on their plates, in their bowls, or at the tips of their chopsticks or forks. In Germany, "Chinese" food could mean ribs in hoisin sauce, served with pickled cucumbers; in India, deep-fried vegan cauliflower; and in South Korea, sweet brown sauce on a plate of beef noodles. What do these diverse examples tell about the nature of Chinese food? How does a global perspective deepen our understanding of culinary authenticity and heritage? These questions will be the focus of Global Chinese Food. The conference will bring scholars of Asian American, African, Chinese Studies, Latin American, and Japanese into a wide-ranging and exciting conversation. The conference is free and open to the public.
Organized by Professor Miranda Brown (@Dong_Muda), Asian Languages and Cultures.
Michigan League, Koessler Room, 911 N. UNIVERSITY AVE. Free. 734.764.6308. [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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Every Fri. & Sat. through Dec. 21. Sale of used seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, kitchen items, collectables, books, jewelry, office supplies, furniture, and more. Also, 2-day Toy Sale (Dec. 6 & 7).
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Kiwanis Center West, 102 N. Staebler. Free admission. 665-0450. [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]

 10 a.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]

 10 a.m. 

Dollar Movies: Saline Area Senior Center.

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All seniors invited.

Nov. 15: Boy Erased. Joel Edgerton's 2018 drama based on Richard Conley's memoir about his experience as the son of a Baptist preacher forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Nov. 22: Going in Style. Zach Braff's 2017 crime comedy starring Michael Caine & Alan Arkin.

Dec. 6: Yesterday. Danny Boyle's 2019 comedy about a struggling musician who wakes up in an alternate timeline where he is the only person with any memory of the Beatles.

Dec. 20: The Nutcracker & the Four Realms. Lasse Hallström & Joe Johnston's 2018 adventure fantasy adapted from the E.T.A. Hoffmann story and subsequent ballet about a young girl transported into a magical world.

Dec. 27: Tolkien. Dome Karukoski's 2019 biopic about the formative years of the iconic fantasy writer.

10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.

 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. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
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. & 12:30 p.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]

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensation Stations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Toddlers ages 8 months-2 years (accompanied by caregiver) invited to scoop, pour, squeeze, and shake a variety of materials.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.

 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and collections.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free, preregistration requested at 764-2347. [map]


"Learn Mindful Relaxation": Joy Aleccia Mindfulness Coach & Laura K. Cowan of Great Lakes Healing Arts.

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Join Mindfulness Coach and Wellness Practitioner Joy Aleccia and Reiki Master and Meditation Coach Laura K. Cowan of Great Lakes Healing Arts for a relaxing hour of learning mindful relaxation techniques you can use to ground, de-stress, release tension through breathing, and create an optimal self-care routine. RSVP to (734)660-6646. $20 at the door.
Arbor Wellness Center, 2350 Washtenaw Ave. Suite 3. $20. (734)660-6646. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Closet and the Cul-de-Sac: The Politics of Sexual Privacy in Northern California": Institute for Research on Women & Gender.

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Talk by Ohio State University history professor Clayton Howard.
Noon-1:30 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [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  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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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]

 12:15-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sleeping Beauty": EMU Music & Dance Department.

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EMU dance professor Sherry Jerome-Wilkinson directs EMU students in her choreography of a 60-minute abridgement of Marius Petipa's 1890 ballet, with a live performance of the Tchaikovsky beloved score by the EMU Symphony Orchestra. This performance is for kids ages K-8.
Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. Email to reserve seats.

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., & Fri. Seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. Closed Dec. 24-31. 998-9353. [map]

 12:30 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]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Midday Morsel Drop-In Tour": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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30-minute docent-led tour of Kelsey highlights.
12:30 p.m., meet at the Maynard St. entrance. Free. 764-9304.

 3:15-5:15 p.m. 

"Gene Therapy: Medicine's Ultimate Frontier": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This course will discuss the development of a gene-therapy strategy that enables the human body to fight malignant brain cancer and, potentially, other solid cancers by employing a highly disabled virus to deliver therapeutic cargoes. Genetically engineered viruses (vectors) kill the cancerous tumor cells and elicit an anti-tumor immune response. The presenter will also discuss the preliminary results of the Phase I clinical trial at the University of Michigan - the first-in-human, first-in-the-world clinical trial using two different gene-therapy vectors.
Maria G. Castro, instructor, is the R.C. Schneider Professor of Neurosurgery, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Program Director of the Cancer Biology Training grant at the University of Michigan Medical School. She dedicates her research to novel treatments for adult and pediatric brain cancer, including immune-mediated gene therapy. This Study Group will meet Friday, 3:15-5:15 pm on December 6.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $10. 734-998-9351. [map]

 4 & 6:50 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.

 4-7 p.m. 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [06fri]. [map]

 4-10 p.m.  Free! 

"11th Annual KindleFest": Kerrytown District Association.

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Holiday festival and outdoor market featuring local artisans and farmers. Kids activities (4-6 p.m.) include crafts and Santa's arrival at 5 p.m. Traditional German food, mulled wine, s'mores, and other treats. Tonight is also Midnight Madness, with Kerrytown businesses open late with holiday bargains.
4-10 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 662-5008. [map]

 4, 6:50, & 9:40 p.m. 

"Parasite": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2019). Satirical black comedy thriller. Korean, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 4:10, 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.

 4:15 & 7:10 p.m. 

"Jojo Rabbit": State Theater.

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(Taika Waititi, 2019). Audacious anti-hate satire about a young boy in Hitler's army who finds out his mother's hiding a Jewish girl between the walls of their home. Scarlett Johansson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"If we were ___________, this would be ________________.": U-M Residential College Studio Arts Exhibition Opening Reception.

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The exhibition includes work created as part of the fall 2019 Residential College Studio Arts classes including Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics and Drawing as well as the RC course, How To Think (Arts).
The exhibition will open on December 6 with a reception serving local baked goods and snacks from 4:30-6pm. It will run until December 17. Gallery hours are 10-5pm, Monday through Friday.
Residentail College Art Gallery, 701 E. University Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1245. Free. [map]

 4:30, 7, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Waves" State Theater.

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(Trey Edward Shults, 2019). Drama about a suburban African American family as they navigate love, forgiveness, and togetherness.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 4:45, 7:20, & 9:50 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.

 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]

 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Ages 5-11 invited to watch The Secret Life of Pets (Dec. 6) and/or Shrek (Dec. 13) and interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional child). Preregistration required at 662-5585. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this world-renowned German cellist. Program TBA.
5:30 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Aud., 1226 Murfin Ave. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 5:30-10 p.m. 

"Parents' Night Out": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All kids invited to engage with different science-based activities with LSNC and AAHOM staffers. Late night popcorn. Preregistration by Dec. 3 includes a Panera sandwich dinner box.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. $35 (members, $30). 997-1553. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Festive Fridays": The Creature Conservancy.

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Conservancy staffers introduce Sven the reindeer on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including alligators, a cougar, and porcupines. Includes cookies and hot cocoa.
6-8 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $15 (kids age 2 & under, free) plus a donation towards animal care (e.g., grain-free cat and dog food, pet-safe squeaky toys, canned tuna, paper towels, & macaw toys, etc.); preregistration required. 929-9324. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

33rdAnnual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Gingerbread house displays in shop windows, and luminarias along Main St. in the evening. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores, and a show by Ballet Chelsea on Dec. 1. (see separate listing).

. Fri: Tree lighting ceremony and Santa's arrival (6-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), Santa's workshop with storytelling and children's crafts (6:30-8:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle), cookie decorating (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea ATA Martial Arts), Common Chords handbell choir holiday concert (7-8 p.m., Chelsea District Library McKune Room), storytime with Mrs. Claus (6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea's Farmers Supply, 122 Jackson), a Live Nativity Scene (7 & 7:30 p.m., Clocktower Gazebo), and more.

. Sat.: Free breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30 a.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center), "Material Girls Christmas Bazaar" for kids age 4 through 6th grade and a parents corner & bake sale (10 a.m.-3 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church; preregistration required at, a quilt display, craft and bake sale, silent auction, and free quilt giveaway at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Annual Quilt Show & Sale (10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Barnabas, 20500 W. Old US-12), All the Trimmings Holiday Art Show with an array of works by local artisans (10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, W. Old-US 12 at Manchester Rd.), Gingerbread House decorating for families (11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m., First Congregational Church; space limited; preregistration required by calling 475-1844), Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (1:30-3 p.m., Chelsea District Library), docent-led Historic Homes Tour (1-4 p.m., starts at Chelsea Area Historical Museum, 128 Jackson; $20 at, holiday parade (6 p.m., along Main St.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, and Santa, and more.

. Sun.: Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church) by the Chelsea Chamber Players, the First Methodist Chancel Choir, the Detroit Renaissance High School choirs, and members of the Chelsea High School orchestra. The program includes works by American composer Eric Whitacre, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, Dutch composer Maarten Spruijt, and Benjamin Britten.

6-8:30 p.m. (Fri.), 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), & noon-7 p.m. (Sun.), downtown Chelsea. Free (except as noted). 475-1145. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Daddy Daughter Dance: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Daughters will enjoy a fun evening with their Dad (grandparent, uncle, or friend) with music, dancing, and refreshments. Pre-registration required by December 4. Ages: 5-12.
Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth Rd. Free. 734.822.2120. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

First Fridays w/ Finkbeiner, Kaminski, Pappas, Kretzer.

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Ziggy's First Fridays Jazz 2019 series concludes with the killer quartet of Paul Finkbeiner (trumpet), Keith Kaminski (woodwinds), Mark Pappas (keyboards), and Scott Kretzer (drums). Happy Hour is from 5-8pm so get those cocktails, beers, wine, or espresso drinks on the cheap. No Cover.
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-221-3961. [map]

 6-7 p.m. 

Intro Aerial Silks and Lyra: A2 Aviary.

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Designed for absolute beginners, each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary! We'll introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the aerial apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body! Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Living Nativity: Bethlehem United Church of Christ.

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Living nativity with Christmas story performances, featuring a live camel, donkey, sheep, and goats. Hot chocolate, pretzels, & caroling.
6-8:30 p.m. (performances, 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m.), Bethlehem UCC, 423 S. 4th Ave. Free. 665-6149. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Magic: The Gathering: Dexter District Library.

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Grades 6-12 invited to play this popular collectible card game. Basic knowledge of the rules required. Pizza & prizes.
6-8:30pm (prompt arrival requested), DDL. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"24th Annual Dr. Porter Synchronized Skating Classic": Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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The nation's largest synchronized skating competition, featuring over 200 teams of all levels from across the U.S.
6-8 p.m. (Fri.), 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat.), & 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. 1-day pass: $10 (students & seniors, $8). Weekend pass: $25 (students & seniors, $20). 213-6768. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Daddy Daughter Luau": Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Girls ages 5-12, accompanied by a dad, grandfather, uncle, or other man, invited for dancing to recorded music. Light refreshments and a souvenir.
6-8 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth. $40 (Pittsfield Twp. residents, $35); $10 per additional girl. Preregistration required at or at 822-2120. [map]

 6-10 p.m. 

"Midnight Madness Holiday Kickoff Party": Bløm Meadworks.

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Live music by local indie pop-folk singer-songwriter Frankie. Coffee & desserts from Milk + Honey, hot mulled mead, and DIY Screenprinting of a tote or card with the Ann Arbor Art Center available for purchase.
6-10 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free admission. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Art Exhibit - Missing Home 2019: iMamas.

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Opening Reception of a Group Art Exhibit: "Missing Home 2019." This exhibit presents current work by a "iMamas," a group of five international women artists from Ann Arbor area: Therese Basha (Nazareth), Laila Kujala (Finland), Barbara Melnik Carson (USA), Irene Mokra (Ukraine), and Mari Pruks (Estonia) and features drawings, paintings, sculptures, wearable and mixed media art, and more. This year the group introduces a young artist Bendo Sompa. Wine and cheese, as well as music entertainment by Rob Bickley will be provided. The exhibit runs December 6, 2019 - January 31, 2020.
Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea Ypsi, 735 W Cross St, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 340-6865. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, challah and wine rituals, and a Yahrtzeit observance to remember loved ones. Children welcome.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Dinner tickets $10 (family, $25), and members, free. Reservations required at 975-9872. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 1: Saginaw Valley State. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 5: Appalachian State. 7 p.m.

Nov. 12: Creighton. 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 15: Elon. 7 p.m.

Nov. 22: Houston Baptist. 7 p.m.

Dec. 6: Iowa. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 14: Oregon. Noon.

Dec. 21: Presbyterian College. Noon.

Dec. 29: UMass Lowell. 2 p.m.

Jan. 9: Purdue. 7 p.m.

Jan. 22: Penn State. 7 p.m.

Jan. 25: Illinois. Noon.

Feb. 4: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Feb. 8: MSU. Noon.

Feb. 16: Indiana. 1 p.m.

Feb. 27: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Mar. 5: Nebraska. 6:30 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [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]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Marilyn Mason Memorial Tribute: American Guild of Organists.

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Performances by several of her former students in honor of the nationally renowned late organist, a former head of the U-M organ department. Reception follows.
7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 662-1679. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including fiction by Meagean L. Dugger and Logan Lane.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Asian American History and Heroes for the Next Generation": Frances Kai-Hwa Wang.

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Talk by this writer and activist scholar on topics including the first Filipino Americans to arrive in 1587, the Chinese Americans who built the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War 2 and redress, the model minority myth, the fight for justice for Vincent Chin, and the importance of Asian American activism in today's political climate. On Dec. 6, a special storytelling session about Chinese American history for elementary-aged children, 7:10-7:40.
7-9 p.m., King Elementary School Media Center, 3800 Waldenwood Dr. (Dec. 6) & Washtenaw Community College Crane Liberal Arts and Science bldg. Rm. LA272, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. (Dec. 8). Free. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Brush Lettering Basics": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of this modern calligraphy style.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Decorative Magnet Board Gift": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry shows how to personalize a magnet board. Bring your own small trinkets, including your initials, flowers, ribbons, photos, and small rocks.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m. 

"Holiday Road Trip": Saline Varsity Blues Holiday Show.

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Dec.6 & 7. This 100-member chorus of singers ages 7-18 performs its annual program of holiday songs. T
7 p.m., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Tickets $10 in advance at Saline Community Ed and Busch's; $13 at the door. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Midnight Madness": Main Street Area Association.

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Many merchants are open late tonight with special sales. Appearances by Santa and Miss Washtenaw County. Sidewalk entertainment by the U-M Women's Glee Club, Pioneer Choir, Anything Goes Quartet, Morris Dancers, and more. Also, Santa's Mailbox is accepting letters (postage to North Pole courtesy of the MSAA), Dec. 2-Dec. 15, in front of Conor O'Neill's (318 S. Main); include a return address to receive a response from Santa.
7-9 p.m. (many stores stay open till midnight), Main Street shopping areas. Free admission. 668-7112.

 7 p.m. 

"Sleeping Beauty": EMU Music & Dance Department.

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EMU dance professor Sherry Jerome-Wilkinson directs EMU students in her choreography of a 60-minute abridgement of Marius Petipa's 1890 ballet, with a live performance of the Tchaikovsky beloved score by the EMU Symphony Orchestra.
Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (seniors & students, $8; children under 13, $7) in advance at and at the door. 487-2282.

 7 p.m. 

"Still Life with Iris": EMU Theatre Department.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Dec. 6-15. EMU theater professor Patricia Moore Zimmer directs EMU students in Steven Dietz's 1997 drama, a fantastical adventure about a young girl searching for her home. Aimed at theatergoers age 7 & up.
EMU Quirk Theatre, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at, and at the door. 487-2282.

 7:15-8:45 p.m. 

Funky Frosty Friday: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to skate to recorded boy-band music. Prizes for best costume.
Buhr Park ice rink, 2751 Packard. $5 (youth ages 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $4; skate rentals, $3). 794-6234. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

42nd Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Angie Lai directs a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Dec. 6 & 7) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 8), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $10-$16 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office and online at 995-7537. [map]

 7:30 & 10 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. 

"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. 

"DJ Whittington's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 29. A popular holiday tradition, this year director Carla Milarch's annual musical panto is based on the comedic TV puppet DJ Kat, a record spinning, leather jacketed cat. A panto is a British pantomime genre that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Candy is provided. Stars: Asia Marie Hicks, Alaina Kerr, and Mike Sandusky.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $25 (kids 16 & under, $10). Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [aw]. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Meowliday Nights": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Dec. 6 & 13. All ages 12 and over invited to a screening of a holiday film TBA. Also, a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. Cookies & hot chocolate.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. $10 per person. 661-3575. [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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Warren Miller's Timeless": Michigan Theater.

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(Warren Miller, 2019). Recognized as the world's premier ski filmmaker, Miller has been making family-oriented ski adventure films for 64 years. The annual Michigan Theater showing usually draws 800 to 1,000 viewers. Tickets $15 (kids age 12 & under, $12) in advance at Sun and Snow,, & at the door., 668-TIME. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Red Wanting Blue: The Ark.

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Heartland rock by this veteran Columbus Americana quintet led by singer-songwriter Scott Terry. "And there is no denying the sheer melodic force of the lighter-waving ballads that dominate this set and the band's catalog," says American Songwriter critic Hal Horowitz. "Red Wanting Blue understands its strengths and works them with muscle and occasionally subtlety." Opener: Sam Goodwill (real name: Sam Buonavolontà, or "Sam Goodwill" in Italian), a rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter from Youngstown who just released an album called <>Phthalo.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 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]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Obsession": Contemporary Directions Ensemble.

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Adrian Slywotzky directs this U-M music school ensemble in a program featuring works about obsession by Andrew Norman, Nina C. Young, Thea Musgrave, and Marc Mellits.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including resident Pointless group This is a Quiz and long-form improv from the League of Pointless Improvisers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [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. 

"Sounds of the Season": Measure for Measure.

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This local men's chorus, directed by Pioneer High choir director Steven Lorenz, performs carol arrangements & holiday songs, along with a joint set with the Boychoir of Ann Arbor. Plus, world premiere of a piece it commissioned, Stacey V. Gibbs' A Song of Triumph: The Peaceful Movement.
8 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium. $18 (students, kids age 11 & under and seniors, $12) in advance at & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 649-7664. [map]

 8 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]

 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. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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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.
9 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID and AACTMAD members, $4). (847) 757-0942. [map]

 9:35 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.

 10 p.m. 

"Love Actually": Michigan Theater.

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(Richard Curtis, 2003). Rom-com about half a dozen couples in love, highlighted by a wizened boorish rock star. Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Kiera Knightley.
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]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: "Rockmare Before Christmas"

With the Saint Claire Shores indie folk-rock singer-songwriter Thefallenplague, the local rock band No-Nonsense, the Brighton rock quintet V*A*S*E*, the metal band Apocalipse, the folk-rock quintet Tink & the Lost Boys, and the Trenton rock trio Passing Thought. $10-$12. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Louis Hayes

Ensemble led by the veteran Detroit-bred drummer Hayes, who tonight showcases material from his recent Blue Note recording Serenade for Horace, a tribute to Hayes' mentor, the legendary hard- bop composer-pianist Horace Silver. $25-$45. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Bird into Bear

Highly regarded local acoustic roots-music folk-rock sextet, formerly known as Dragon Wagon, that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey." [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: The Blue Water Ramblers

This Grand Rapids quintet fronted by banjoist Jim Foerch and guitarist Bear Berends performs a wide range of traditional Great Lakes music, including lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmer's paeans, gospel music, and children's ditties. [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: Rhythm Kings

Horn-fired jazz-rock dance band. [venue info]


6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Its repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to Barbara Lewis' "Hello Stranger," the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup," The Kinks' "Dead End Street," and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." [venue info]

Mash: Broken Fuzz

Detroit-area rock quartet. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Isosceles

Versatile local acoustic trio that plays a mix of jazz, swing, country, pop, and folk. With vocalist Shekinah Errington, bassist Tim Berla, and guitarist Jim Cooney. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday"

With covers and originals by Charlie Dentel & the Strange Angels, an Ypsilanti rock and soul band led by singer-songwriter Dentel, and Mercury Salad, a local acoustic soul-rock quartet. 9 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Ziggy's: False Figures

This Ypsilanti lo-fi indie folk-rock trio celebrates the release of its new CD, Flat to the World. Openers: Soviet Girls, a Detroit indie pop-rock trio that features dreamy melodies and jangly & occasionally noisy guitars, and Book Lovers, a local pop- punk sextet fronted by singer-guitarist Autumn Wetli. [venue info]


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