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Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 7, 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]



 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Snow or shine.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]


 8:30 a.m.-8 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 chelseafestivals.com), 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 chelseahistory.org), 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.

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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]


 8:30 a.m.-9 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]


 8:50 a.m.  Free! 

"Lillie Parkrun 5k": Lillie Parkrun.

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Lillie parkrun is a free, weekly 5k event. We are very welcoming to walkers and joggers of all speeds! One of over 1500 parkruns worldwide, we are entirely volunteer-organized and strive to build a strong communitry of all who enjoy the outdoors.
The event takes place at Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. We run every Saturday at 8am (May-Sept), 9am (Oct-April).
Register: https://www.parkrun.us/register/
Info: https://www.parkrun.us/lillie/
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/lillieparkrun/
parkrun is free, forever, for everyone. But please register before your first run! You only ever have to register with parkrun once and once you print off your barcode you have free entry to all parkruns worldwide. If you choose not to register or forget to bring your barcode, you can still run but do not get an official time.
We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!
Lillie park, Ann Arbor, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. lillie@parkrun.com https://www.parkrun.us/lillie/ [map]



 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

%stVolunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Dec. 7 & 8. All invited to help remove invasive shrubs in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Dec. 7: Miller Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arborview Boulevard entrance, just east of Wildwood Ave.)

Dec. 8: Sugarbush Park (1-4 p.m., meet between the 2 cul-de-sacs on Yellowstone Dr., just north of Bluett Rd.)
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

36th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Juried show and sale of photography, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, watercolors, dolls, Helen Springer baskets, and much more by 50 exhibitors. Also, sale of holiday greens, including wreaths, poinsettias, and more. Lunch available for purchase (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.).
9 a.m.-4 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $3 admission. 662-3279 ext. 1. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Senior Center.

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Show and sale of handmade gifts, including wooden toys, knitted gloves and scarves, jams and jellies, and more. Also, the popular Grandma's Attic sale of second-hand holiday decorations and gifts.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DSC, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-7737. [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 a.m.-noon 

Christmas Cookie & Vendor Market: St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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Market with cookies by the pound and assorted vendor tables.
9 a.m.-noon, St. Joseph Parish Center, 3430 Dover, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Community Bazaar: Dexter Area Girl Scouts.

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More than 24 artists, crafters, and scout troops show and sell handcrafted goods, including wood crafts, teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, & more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Andrew's Church, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. facebook.com/DexterGirlScouts. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Dec. 7), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Dec. 14), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required online at mbgna.umich.edu. [map]


 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Gerome Kamrowski Art Show & Sale: Schmidt's Antiques Inc. Since 1911.

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Schmidt's Antiques is pleased to announce a public presentation & sale of works by Gerome Kamrowski (1914-2004), an artist world-renowned as a pioneer of the American Abstract Surrealism Movement.
Entitled "Kamrowski: Ann Arbor's Own Surrealist", the public sale and exhibition will continue each Saturday through January 4th.
To learn more about this exhibition of Gerome Kamrowski, please contact:
Schmidt's Antiques Inc. 5138 W. Michigan Avenue Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (T) 734-434-2660 (E) info@schmidtsantiques.com
Schmidt's Antiques Inc., 5138 West Michigan Ave. Free. 7344342660. info@schmidtsantiques.com https://www.michiganartgallery.com/germone-kamrowski-show.html [map]



 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Hanukkah Bazaar: Women of Temple Beth Emeth.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Sale of gelt, candles, dreidels, menorahs, gift wrap, toys, cards, kitchen items, music, jewelry, and more.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.) & 3-7:30 p.m. (Sun.), TBA, 2309 Packard. Free admission. 665-4744. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Heritage Guild.

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Sale of handcrafted gifts, ornaments, holiday decorations, winter apparel, scrubbies, and more. Also, a sale of baked treats and canned goods. Raffles of a quilt, a Paul Cousins multi-nut torte, a wooden carved Santa, a local gift certificate TBA, and a ceramic Christmas tree. Also, the museum gift shop is open. Proceeds benefit the museum.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dexter Area Historical Museum, 3443 Inverness, Dexter. Free admission. 426-2519. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Holiday Bazaar: Dexter Area Girl Scouts.

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Sale of scout-made arts & crafts and Girl Scouts nuts and candy. Lunch available for purchase.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Andrew's United Church of Christ, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. 770-4308. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Sale of used books, CDs, DVDs, and more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free admission. 426-4477. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Winterberry Holiday Fair: Dexter United Methodist Church.

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Sale of crafts and goods by local artists. Also, a rummage sale, gift baskets, and specialty food items.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DUMC, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8480. [map]


 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 7 & 8. Two days of seasonal events at Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter, whose many rooms have all been lavishly decorated for the holidays. On Sat., display of the museum's Christmas Vintage Collection, Milt Campbell's huge collection of Department 56 collectible holiday houses, buildings, and figures that was once traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season. On Sat., Santa is on hand to talk with kids, who also can make their own gingerbread house to take home. On Sun: Christmas Tea." Light lunch with tea sandwiches and desserts and tour of Gordon Hall. This year's tea is a celebration of early women's rights pioneer Katharine Dexter McCormick, who was born at Gordon Hall, and the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. Also, the museum hosts an open house ($5 per adult) to view the Christmas Vintage Collection, 5:30-7 p.m. on Dec. 13, 14, 21, & 28.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 4 p.m. seatings (Sun.), Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $5 on Sat., $30 on Sun. Reservations required for Sun. by calling 395-4106. [map]



 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas in the Village": Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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Downtown Manchester bustles with holiday activities, including several craft shows and artisan markets, a luncheon with Santa, carriage rides, gingerbread house craft activity, chili cookoff, reindeer trail walk/run pajama movie party for kids, cocktail crawl for adults, and more. Festivities kick off on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. with a parade that brings Santa down Main Street to the mill where he lights the Christmas tree and greets children.
6:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Manchester. Free admission. 476-4565.


 10-11 a.m 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"All the Trimmings Holiday Show"

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Wonderful artisan show in its 13th year featuring woodcarving, slate drawings, rug hooking, collectibles, primitive paintings, antiques, jewelry, teddy bears, textiles, fresh greens. Free admission, parking and refreshments.
Chelsea Community Fairgrounds Service Building, 20501 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea. Free. 7344752159. mdusbiber@aol.com www.allthetrimmingsholidayshow.weebly.com [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Follow the Star: Christmas Crèche Exhibit": Holy Faith Church.

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Start your holiday season off right and join the members of Holy Faith Church for their third annual crèche exhibit. Over 300 nativities from around the world will be on display. There will also be a room devoted to nativity sets for children to explore, as well as activities for them to participate in. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call (734) 429-2991.
Holy Faith Church, 6299 ANN ARBOR SALINE RD,, Saline. Free. 7344292991. office@holy-faith-church.org www.holy-faith-church.org [map]



 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

8th Annual Holiday Sale: Huron Valley Woodturners.

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Ten local woodturners show and sell their bowls, pens, vases, lamps, candlesticks, ornaments, rolling pins, crochet sets, ice cream scoops, and more. Also, demos. Cider & cookies. Partial proceeds benefit the Webster Historical Society and the Virtual Dialysis Support Center.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. Free admission. eperry@umich.edu, 915-4915. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m 

Annual Holiday Book Shop: Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 7 & 8. With used puzzles, games, and DVDs, along with gift-quality books and books on CD, and more.
AADL Multipurpose Rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 302-7774. [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., Wednesday Farmers Market (2-6 p.m., in the Chelsea State Bank parking lot, 1010 S. Main), with 18 local vendors.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [map]


 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Christmas Party: Downtown Home & Garden.

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Santa is on hand to talk to kids, give them Christmas oranges, and take Christmas lists. Free eggnog, hot cider, chestnuts roasted on an open fire, cranberry salad and other side dishes, and, while they last, samples of smoked Christmas turkey. Also, a performance by the Oliver Mayman Quintet, a jazz ensemble led by drummer Mayman, a recent Community/Huron High grad.
Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]


 10 a.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. 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 10 a.m.-Noon 

Holiday Greens Workshop: Ann Arbor Garden Club.

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A club member shows how to make a holiday wreath or decoration. Bring your own garden shears; materials provided.
10 a.m.-noon, U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. $15, metered parking. RSVP requested at nHartGreen@aol.com. 761-8281. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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Nov. 9 & 23. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10 a.m. (registration 8-9:30 a.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission. $15 to race ($25 with a rental car). (517) 290-7128. [map]


 10 a.m.-8:30 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. 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 bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29 and Jan. 4 & 5 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Noon & 4 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Winter Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Large selection of functional and decorative ceramics by local artists. Includes a kids' area with gifts priced for their budgets.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Advent Happening Arts & Crafts": First Presbyterian Church.

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All ages invited to decorate cookies and make gifts, cards, and ornaments. Childcare available for babies age 2 & under (reservations required).
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466 ext. 342. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 7 & 8. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge), and the one-room Dewey School (a short drive away on Territorial). Also, sales of baked goods, holiday greens, and gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas (Sat. only, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.). Live music TBA. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under, free). (517) 596-2254.


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Follow the Star: Christmas Crèche Exhibit": Holy Faith Episcopal Church/ELCA Lutheran Church.

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Display of more than 300 nativities from around the world. Cookies & activities for kids.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Holy Faith Church, 6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free. 429-2991. [map]


 10-10:45 a.m.  Free! 

"Japanese Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local music teacher Momo Kajiwara tells stories and sings songs in Japanese. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Santa Visits Kerrytown": Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-3 p.m. (Sun.), Kerrytown Market & Shops upstairs. Free, nonperishable food donations for Food Gatherers are welcome. 662-5008. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensory-Friendly Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ages 3-7 invited to a program of 20 minutes of interactive stories, rhymes, & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10 a.m.-Noon 

"Small Woodland Wonders": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Families invited to learn about winter and create miniature winter scenes using natural materials.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $12; metered parking, preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Chinese Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL storyteller tells stories and sings songs in Mandarin. Also, a Chinese-themed craft. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner (Dec. 7) & AADL Traverwood (Dec. 14).


 10:30-11 a.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]


 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., & Sun., & Dec. 27 & 30 Four different audiovisual planetarium shows.

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The Sky Tonight (5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Thurs., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Molecularium (10:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an animated exploration of the atoms and molecules that comprise the universe.

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Black Holes (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) details new developments in the study of supermassive black holes, including the one at the center of our galaxy.

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Sea Monsters (10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. every hour on the half hour, Dec. 26-30) is an animated exploration of the sea life 80 million years ago.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. 764-0478. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading Series": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings from new scripts being considered for production. Followed by discussion. n.

Nov. 16: Abbey and Edward (Almost) Save the World, Carey Crim's new comedy about 2 retirees who join forces with a pair of millennials to stop the opening of a natural gas pipeline in their picturesque town, and find themselves in trouble when one of their stunts goes hilariously awry.

Dec. 7 & Feb. 15: TBA.

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10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M and visiting scholars. Dec. 7: U-M astronomy professor Elena Gallo on "Black Holes: Facts, Myths, and Mysteries." Dec. 14: U-M environmental education professor Jonathan Overpeck on "Climate Change Opportunities and Challenges for Michigan."
10:30-11:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.), except Dec. 24., Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St., $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439.


 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a Donation YinYasa Yoga class (suggested donation $5-$20)
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Mota Thai Yoga is located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Craft Show: Maker Works.

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Show and sale of gift items made, in whole or part, at Maker Works.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free admission. 222-4911. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 15. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "How to Become a Fossil" (11 a.m.). Participants handle real fossils while learning how they form and how fossil casts are made. "Life: How Do We Find It?" (3 p.m.). Participants learn about what kinds of planets might support life.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 7-12 invited to brainstorm about new programs, book selections, and volunteer opportunities. Pizza.
DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Ukulele Club: Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 4-12 invited to try out ukuleles. Light refreshments. Instruments provided, or bring your own.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Pet Photos with Santa": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All invited to bring pets to meet Santa. Bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, 2607 Plymouth Rd. (Sat.) & 2224 S. Main (Sun.). $10-$15 donation (includes a digital or printed photo). 661-3527. [map]


 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29 and Jan. 4 & 5 Short all-ages lecture-demos by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals.
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Santa Visits the Library!.

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You better not cry, you better not pout, and we're telling you why: Santa is coming to Northfield Township Area Library! Bring your wish list and some holiday cheer, while Santa lends his ear. Photos will be taken of your child with Santa and provided to you. Registration is required; please note that registering does not guarantee you a time slot, only that Santa will see your child that day.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntalorg/events [map]



 11:30 a.m. 

"Annual Croissant Concert": Kerrytown Concert House.

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A popular holiday tradition featuring Today's Brass Quintet, an ensemble of area professional musicians that performs pop, classical, and holiday tunes. With trumpeters Mitchell Wechsler and Jean Moorehead Libs, tuba player Joseph DeMarsh, trombonist Brian Robson, and French horn player Alan Taplin. Croissants, coffee, & juice.
11:30 a.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 Noon  Free! 

Plant-Powered Family Potluck: Mindful Eating Team, UUAA.

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Join us for our Vegan Potluck Saturday, December 7, 2019 in the Social Hall from noon-2PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor.
Please bring a plant-based vegan dish without meat, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, or other animal products. Enjoy the company of fellow mindful eaters, share information, and eat delicious food! Please bring your own table service and serving tools.
First Unitarian Universalist Congreation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 734-645-0405. sheilasanders@comcast.net [map]


 12:55 p.m. 

"The Magic Flute": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart's beloved "opera fantaisie." At once a love story, a whimsical comedy, and an adventure filled with sinister deceptions, The Magic Flute is above all an unsurpassed celebration, by turns jubilant and unsettlingly haunting, of the power of music. With tenor Matthew Polenzani, baritone Nathan Gunn, and bass René Pape.
12:55 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Emagine Saline (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $14 & $15 in advance at FathomEvents.com/Events. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 1 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. ypsiyouththeatre@gmail.com ypsiyouththeare.org [map]



 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to create an ornament with shells, beads, buttons, and more to use as winter decorations in the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Materials provided.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free, preregistration requested at Education@EcoCenter.org. 369-9277. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

German Family Open House: Kempf House Museum.

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Dec. 7, 8, & 15. Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, which is decked out with a traditional tree (featuring antique glass ornaments) and decorations and exhibits reflecting a typical early-20th-century German American celebration of Christmas. Christmas cookies. Also, on Dec. 15 only, caroling (4-5 p.m.) around Kempf House's 1877 Steinway grand piano.
Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free. but donations welcome. 994-4898. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1 & 3 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. SalineAreaPlayers.org. 755-6983. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"You Wrote a Novel...Now What?": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local writer Lillian Li discusses the writing, revising, and publishing process. Q&A.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 1:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Tween and Teen Homemade Gifts for the Holidaysl": Chelsea District Library.

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All youth ages 10-17 invited to make and wrap a surprise holiday gift. Materials provided.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea.Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2-3 p.m. 

Argentine Tango Practice: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 1 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
2-3 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (free with lesson). SophiaTango.com, 634-9629. [map]


 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics.

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This perennial national power opens its season with an exhibition match vs. CMU, EMU, and WMU.
Crisler Center. Tickets TBA at mGOblue.com/tickets. 764-0247. [map]


 2 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 WildSwanTheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Decluttering and Downsizing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Sharon McRill, owner of local relocation company The Betty Brigade, discusses her book Downsizing the Silver Tsunami.Q&A.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


 2 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Ballet Chelsea.

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Dec. 7, 8, 14, & 15. Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based company of young dancers ages 8-18 in her choreography of Tchaikovsky's ballet, with narration based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." Live accompaniment by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. On Dec. 7 & 8, the matinee is preceded at 12:30 p.m. by a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea (adults, $20 & students, $15 in advance only) featuring cast visits, photos, and refreshments.
2 p.m. (Dec. 7, 8, & 15) & 7 p.m. (Dec. 14), Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea (Dec. 7 & 8) & Jackson College Potter Center, 2111 Emmons, Jackson (Dec. 14 & 15). $15-$30 (students, $10-25) in advance at balletchelsea.org and at the door. 475-3070. [map]


 2 & 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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 2 p.m. & 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 umGass.BrownPaperTickets.com. [map]


 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"End-of-Semester Intro Dance Class Showing": U-M Dance Department.

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Solo & group works choreographed & performed by U-M nondance majors.
2:30 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. Free. 763-5460. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Bazaar: Fresh Forage.

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Fresh Forage is welcoming community members of all ages to our first ever Holiday Bazaar! The event will feature local vendors and activities for kids, as well as a family friendly performance or two. This will be a great opportunity for folks in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Saline, and other nearby communities to purchase unique, handcrafted gifts for friends and loved ones.
Our skilled and talented vendors will open up shop at 3pm Saturday, December 7th. Performances and activities will start at 5pm.
Vendors include Rustic Roots, Lucky Bird Candle Co, and Petite Fleur Skin Care.
Performers include theatrical group Untheatre Co and improve troupe Big Tilapia.
5% of all sales for the day will be donated to Dexter Farm to School!
Fresh Forage is proud to feature locally and ethically sourced ingredients in all of our menu items. We have numerous unique, customizable options, as well as delicious meals for vegetarians, vegans, and our friends with allergies.
Fresh Forage, 5060 Jackson Rd., Suite A. Free. 7348876655. MIFreshForage@gmail.com https://www.freshforage.com/ [map]



 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sat. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. If you have them, bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]


 3 & 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]



 9-10:30 & 10:45-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Pancakes with Santa": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Families invited to a pancake breakfast, followed by hot cocoa and a chance to meet Santa. Take-home craft & goody bag.
9-10:30 & 10:45-12:15 p.m., Pierce Lake Golf Course, 1175 S Main, Chelsea. $10 per person; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


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


 3-4 & 4-5 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
Oz's, 1920 Packard. $20 per family (free for first timers). 662-8283. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Detroit Handbell Ensemble: Zion Lutheran Church Concert Series.

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Brenda Austin directs the ensemble in seasonal works.
4 p.m., Zion, 1501 W. Liberty. $10 (students, free). 994-4455. [map]


 4-7 p.m. 

Ypsilanti Holiday Homes Tour: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Fundraiser.

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Tour of 4 Ypsilanti homes, all decorated for the holidays. Reception at the Michigan Firehouse Museum to follow, with food, drinks, and dancing to jazz by the Rob Crozier Ensemble with guest vocalist Danbee Lee.
4-7 p.m. (reception, 6-9 p.m.), various locations. Tickets $70 in advance only at a2tix.com, ymow.org, Nelson Amos Studio, Haab's restaurant, & the YMOW office. 487-9669. [map]
 


 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). PointlessBrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Love in Catalina Cove": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Brenda Jackson's 2018 romance novel.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]


 4 & 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4 & 7 p.m. 

"They Shall Not Grow Old": Fathom Events.

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(Peter Jackson, 2018). Poignant WWI documentary, with never-before-seen footage. Note: Dec. 17 & 18 screenings at Ann Arbor 20 only.
623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at FathomEvents.com/Events and at the door. Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline), different times.


 4-5 p.m. 

"World Dance Workout": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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World Dance Workout local instructor Jaclyn Morrow leads this strength training dance session.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd. $15. WorldDanceWorkout.net, 327-0270. [map]


 4:15 & 7:10 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.


 4:15, 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Indoor Nativity Scene": Peace Lutheran Church.

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Live 30-minute performances on the half hour. With caroling led by Friends in Harmony choir.
Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Rd. Free. 424-0899. [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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:50 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.


 4:45, 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

Fall concert: Michigan Gospel Chorale.

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Gospel music by this U-M student chorale.
5-7 p.m., Reach Church, 401 S. Adams St., Ypsilanti. Free, donations welcome. 516-3092. [map]


 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Christmas Parade: Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The 44th annual parade features floats, bands, baton twirlers, dancers, animals, a hot air balloon, and Santa in his sleigh.
5:30-7:30 p.m., downtown Saline. Free shuttle available from Busch's shopping center, 565 E. Michigan Ave. Free. 429-4494. [map]


 6-9 p.m. 

"Staying Power: Concrete, Not Wood": The Neutral Zone.

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Ypsilanti teens, in collaboration with peers from Richmond (CA), present a multimedia production on gentrification and housing injustice featuring poetry, music, theater, and film.
6-9 p.m., Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard, Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (ages 21 & under, $5; VIP, $45; YHS students, free) in advance at the Neutral Zone (310 E. Washington) & online at bit.ly/StayingPower_CNW, and at the door. Discounts available for groups of 5 or more. 214-9995. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Art Auction: Prison Creative Arts Project - University of Michigan.

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Behind the scene of every Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is our ongoing effort towards making the exhibition happen. Mark your calendars for 2019 Art Auction hosted by Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), and join us for an evening with wine, dessert, art, and connect with the PCAP community.
Proceeds from the auction will support the upcoming 25th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. This auction will feature artwork donated by incarcerated artists, PCAP curators, University of Michigan faculty, and Michigan artists.
Dec 7, 2019 at Michigan League, Hussey Room
6:30 p.m. Wine & Dessert Reception, Silent Auction
7:30 p.m. Live Auction Begins
*Free Admission*
Michigan League, Hussey Room, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. pcapinfo@umich.edu prisonarts.org [map]



 6:30 p.m. 

Season Finale Concert with Doug Decker & Tony Fields: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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They opened the season and will close it out too! Doug Decker and Tony Fields will be here to get the place rocking and we guarantee a good time for all! Blues, jazz, Motown, love songs - they can do it all. They are always a favorite here at Lone Oak!
Just 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. $35 per person includes dinner and show. Menu TBA
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35. 517-522-8167. dlbarber1@aol.com https://tonyfieldsmusic.wixsite.com [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. ypsiyouththeatre@gmail.com ypsiyouththeare.org [map]



 7 p.m. 

"The 24th Annual Evening of Sacred Song: Water Is Life!": Sacred Song/Flint Rising & The People's Water Board of Detroit/Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

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Sacred Song is a secular, multi-ethnic group of performers who give voice to social change, environmental justice, and peace. As in all years, concert proceeds will be donated to a nonprofit social justice effort. The 2019 beneficiaries are two grassroots organizations that support clean water and water justice:
>Flint Rising is a coalition of community organizations working to pursue replacement of all damaged service lines, water bill reimbursement, and health and education services.
>The People's Water Board is a Detroit coalition of three-dozen grassroots groups, NGOs, and faith/community-based organizations that advocate for the protection and conservation of water.
The 2019 Sacred Song concert will feature local favorites Faye Askew-King, Cassandra Compton-Montgomery, Deborah Greene, D. Yarrow Halstead, Laura Machida, Jeff Pickéll, , Phil Roos, La'Ron Williams, and Robin Wilson, along with special guest performances by Sam Clark, Edie Lewis, Kathleen Moore, and Dale Pett
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $20 in advance; $25 at the door; Free, children younger than 12 *All are welcome, regardless of ability to pay.*. 734.476.7038. greenedm@umich.edu http://bit.ly/24thSacredSong [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Meditation for Beginners: Isha Foundation.

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Learn a simple yet powerful 15 minute practice which creates enhanced clarity, improved health and a state of peacefulness and joy. No previous meditation experience is necessary and it can be done seated in a chair. This practice is offered by Isha Foundation, an international, non-profit, public service organization dedicated to cultivating human potential.
Westgate Library (meeting room B), 2503 Jackson Ave. Free. 313 451-4742. Detroit@Ishausa.org InnerEngineering.com/Free-Sessions [map]


 7 p.m. 

"24th Annual Evening of Sacred Song: A Seasonal Celebration of Peace, Community, and Spirit": Sacred Song.

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This ad hoc local multi-ethnic vocal ensemble performs songs from various spiritual traditions addressing social change, peace, and justice. With and without instrumental accompaniment. Also, sing-alongs. Performers include Faye Askew-King, Cassandra Compton-Montgomery, Deborah Greene, D. Yarrow Halstead, Laura Machida, Jeff Pickell, Phil Roos, La'Ron Williams, Robin Wilson, Dale Petty, along with guest guitarist Sam Clark, & vocalists Edie Lewis and Kathleen Moore. Reception follows. Proceeds benefit Flint Rising, We the People of Detroit, & The People's Water Board (Detroit).
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $20 in advance; $25 (or what you can afford to pay) at the door; kids age 11 & under, free. (616) 821-7252, 358-2665. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Drum and Drummer": U-M Groove Performance Group.

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High-energy performance by this U-M student percussion-and-dance ensemble, which uses both traditional and nontraditional instruments (trash cans, propane tanks, toothbrushes, and more).
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (students, $5) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (muto.umich.edu), and (if available) at the door. Facebook.com/umGroove. [map]


 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. salinevarsityblues.org. [map]


 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 emuTix.com, and at the door. 487-2282.


 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 7:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Marlin Whitaker calls to music by the Liberty String Band. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Pay what you can; $10 suggested. 769-1052, 274-0773. [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 cuaa.edu/KreftArts-Tickets. 995-7537. [map]


 8-9:30 p.m. 

Dixon's Violin: This is a Good Sound.

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Avant-garde improvisations by a former DSO violinist who goes by the name of Dixon's Violin. He performs on a five-string electric violin and a looping system.
8-9:30 p.m. (doors, 7 p.m.), Stone Chalet Bed & Breakfast Inn, 1917 Washtenaw. Tickets $15 in advance at a2tix.com or $20 at the door. 417-7223. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre Night: Temple Beth Emeth.

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All invited to play. No partner necessary.
8 p.m., TBA Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. djostrei@umich.edu, 665-4744. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Livingston Taylor: The Ark.

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The younger brother of James Taylor, who has recorded several of his songs, Livingston Taylor vocally resembles his more famous sibling. But his songs draw on a larger palette that includes folk, pop, gospel, jazz, and, increasingly, Broadway tunes, whose example has lent his songwriting a melodic complexity and a capability for refined sentiment not often found in his brother's music. Opener: Austin Americana songwriter Rebecca Loebe.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance at theark.org and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Yaron Kohlberg: U-M School of Music.

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Recital by this guest pianist of solo works and the Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, with violinists Eliot Eaton and Christine Harada Li, violist Yizhak Schotten, and cellist Leo Singer.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"141th Annual Handel's Messiah": University Choral Union (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 7 & 8. Scott Hanoian directs the 175-voice Choral Union and members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Handel's beloved oratorio. The soloists, all established professionals with national or international reputations, are soprano Jeanine De Bique, mezzo-soprano Allegra De Vita, tenor Taylor Stayton, and bass-baritone Philippe Sly. The Choral Union Messiah, featuring a thunderous sing-along of the "Hallelujah" Chorus, has been an Ann Arbor tradition ever since organist (and U-M president) Henry Frieze led an impromptu community chorus in the spring of 1879, a performance that led to the formation of both the Choral Union and the UMS.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $19-$45 (students, $12-$20) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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 Tickets.smtd.uMich.edu, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Forte Factory": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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The Pointless musical improv team improvises a one-act musical inspired by a conversation with the audience.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at PointlessBrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn": Kerrytown Concert House.

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An ensemble of local jazz musicians performs contemporary interpretations of the compositions of this longtime Duke Ellington collaborator. With pianist Scott Gwinnell, bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Pete Siers, vocalist Emma Aboukasm, and Janelle Reichman on saxophone & clarinet.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. 769-2999. [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 tickets.smtd.umich.edu, 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]


 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8) includes lesson; $5 for dance only. Facebook.com/A2DanceRevolution. [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]


 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]


 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Sam Corbin

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "Golden Era Hip-Hop Party"

With DJs Chill Will and Eli. $5 (free before 10 p.m.). [venue info]

Blue Llama: Louis Hayes 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: Isaac Ryder

Neo-soul & funk band from Flint, led by Ryder, the stage name of South Haven singer-songwriter Joel Rydecki. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Billy Joe Hunt

Small-town mid-Michigan singer-songwriter who writes songs about friends, family, lovers, life on the road and his old guitar. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Alex Anest

Veteran local jazz guitarist. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Alex Anest

Veteran local jazz guitarist. [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: Vavoom

Versatile, high-energy dance rock by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Molly Delaney that was named 2019 Best Cover Band by <>Hour Detroit. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Gregory Stovetop

Veteran Chelsea-bred, NYC-based postpunk pop-folk singer- songwriter whose influences range from Elvis and Johnny Cash to Soundgarden and The Replacements. He recently released his debut CD, The Good Stuff. Opener: Sasquatch & Bridge Band, a Kalamazoo funkified jazz fusion band led by saxophonist Jarad Seiner. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Bob Skon

Folk-rock covers and originals by this local singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Bodacious Bellydancers

Local bellydance troupe. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Otto Parts

Local classic punk-rock & psychobilly cover band. Openers: Las Drogas, an Ypsilanti band that plays loud, raucous, melodic, bluesy, surf-guitar psychobilly, and Lawn Care, a local rock 'n' roll quartet. 7-11:30 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Jan Krist

Detroit-area singer-songwriter known for her incisive, gritty songs about contemporary urban life. She is accompanied by her husband, percussionist Alan Finkbeiner. [venue info]

 
 


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