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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 8:30 a.m.-3 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]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Saline Antiques & Vintage Market.

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Show and sale of antiques and vintage items. Deliveries available. Concessions. Leashed pets welcome.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5 (children age 15 & under with an adult, free)., (937) 875-0808. [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., 915-4915. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Artisan Market: Argus Farm Stop.

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Sale of handmade goods from more than 12 local artisans. Music from local masked fiddler Violin Monster. Farm stop also open.

Vendors include:

Allison Okuyama, Textiles

Mia Moyad, Mixed media

Stefanie Stauffer, Nightshade Farm

Jennifer Dowd, Flutes

Brian Barch, Hand carved wood utensils

Teresa Schneider, Cards & garlic products

Felix Nicol, Ceramics

Teri Williams, Textiles

Lisse Williams, Paintings & cards.

Chris Hippler, Bee jewelry

Scott Heister, Cards
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Argus, 1200 Packard. Free admission. 997-5448. [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.-4 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]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Scientist Spotlight": U-M Natural History Museum.

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U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry and sustainability lead various activities based on their current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about the people who lived there. For kids in upper elementary-adults.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11 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. [map]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Holiday Art Studio Sale.

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Sale of oil paintings by local artist Jaye Schlesinger.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., 307 W. Davis Ave. Free admission. 417-3032. [map]

 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Jan. 4 & 5. 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.-4 p.m.  Free! 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Juried market featuring local handmade arts and crafts. Raffle every week for a handmade item from the featured artist of the month.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m-12 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]

 11 a.m.-noon.  Free! 

"Law, Science, and Ethics in Modern Society": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion led by U-M law, obstetrics & gynecology, and reproductive justice professor Edward B. Goldman.
FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]

 11 am.-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]

 11:10 a.m.  Free! 

"The Innocents Movement": First Congregational Church Contemporary Issues Committee.

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Ann Arbor attorney Ashley Tingstad discusses her work overturning wrongful convictions.
11:10 a.m., FCC Mayflower Room, 608 E. William. Free. 662-1679. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
Every Sun., 11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free., 846-9418. [map]

 Noon-7 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]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

Selections from Tony Kushner's "Angels in America": U-M Residential College.

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Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is a two-part play by American playwright Tony Kushner. The work won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
This play concerns AIDS, Mormonism and the policies of the Reagan Administration.
Presented by Students in RC Course, "Image of the American Family". Directed by Kate Mendeloff.
Keene Theater, 701 E. University Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1245. Free. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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U-M drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in scenes from Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Tony Kushner's celebrated 2-play series exploring the apocalyptic fears at the heart of contemporary culture.
Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]

 Noon-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.

 Noon-3 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]

 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Washtenaw Area Pickup Robotics Exhibition Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to watch as robots, built in mere weeks by area high school robotics teams, compete in 2 vs. 2 volleyball matches. Finals start around 5 p.m.
U-M Sports Coliseum, 721 S. Fifth Ave. Free admission. 327-4200. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Infant Health and Safety": Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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This two hour class meets from 1-3pm on a Sunday afternoon. Fall classes are offered on October 6th and December 8th at Align Chiropractic. Appropriate for both pregnant couples and those with infants, this class provides an overview of the essential health and safety information you need to know for baby's first year. You will get hands-on practice in first aid for choking and Infant CPR. *Note: we do not provide CPR certification.
Other topics covered include: safety-proofing, water safety, pet safety, and when to call your healthcare provider or 911.
Cost includes mom and partner. Babies in arms are welcome. You may add an additional caregiver for $25 by contacting us at
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium. $55. 734-221-0158. [map]

 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. [map]

 1-4 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]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Benjamin Green & Elijah Meisse: UMMA Pop Up.

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These U-M music students perform techno-inspired music in the museum.
1-2pm, UMMA. Free. 764-0395. [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.  Free! 

Winds of Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor Clarinet Quartet.

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The Ann Arbor Clarinet Quartet partners with the Tree Town Sax Quartet for a free concert of exciting music and some songs of the season. Refreshments will be provided."
North Quad Building, rm 2435, 105 S. State. Free. [map]

 1 & 4 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]

 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Meet Me in St. Louis": Fathom Events.

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(Vincente Minnelli, 1944). 75th anniversary screening of this charming musical about a family's experience at the 1903 World's Fair. Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor.
623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at and at the door. Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline), different times.

 1-4 p.m. 

"Visit with Santa": Brewed Awakenings Café.

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All kids invited to enjoy milk & cookies and get their photo taken with Santa in his cozy chair by the fireplace.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. $10. A portion of the proceeds go to to Chadtough for pediatric brain tumor research. 681-0078. [map]

 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Christmas Story": Michigan Theater.

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(Bob Clark, 1983). Delightful, affectionate memoir of a 1940s childhood and the quest for a BB gun. Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon.
Michigan Theater. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Collage of Scenes and Original Writing on Themes of Racial Profiling, Affirmative Action, Interracial Relationships, and Immigration": U-M Residential College.

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A collage of scenes and original writing on themes of racial profiling, affirmative action, interracial relationships, and immigration.
Presented by students in RC course, "Contemporary Plays on Race in America". Directed by Kate Mendeloff.
Keene Theater, 701 E. University Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1245. Free. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Memory Cafe Loss Meet Up": Collaborative event recommended by the Alzheimer's Association.

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This collaborative program welcomes individuals with memory loss living in their homes, their care partners, family and friends. It is a supportive and engaging environment where everyone can interact, have fun, find support and enjoy a positive experience. If you have any questions or would like to register, please call Sandy Schmunk at 734-649-6806
Joe's Memory Arts Cafe, 5361 McAuley Drive. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 2-5:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Cincinnati callers Mike Self, Nicholas Rockstroh, and Mike White lead dances to live music by Judi Morningstar, Brad Battey, and Susie Lorand. For experienced dancers.
2-5:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse (off S. State across from the airport). $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor TubaChristmas.

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George Thompson conducts this annual outdoor performance, now in its 22nd year, of holiday carols on tubas, euphoniums, sousaphones, and baritone horns. One of many outdoor concerts held this month across the nation and in Canada in memory of TubaChristmas founder Harvey Phillips. Musicians invited to bring an instrument and a music stand (with clothespins) to join around 40 players in the performance. Registration (9:30 a.m.) and rehearsal (10 a.m.-noon) at the EMU Alexander Music Building. Bring a sack lunch, dress for the weather. Music books ($16) & TubaChristmas hats ($15) available.
2-3 p.m., Farmers Market. Free to spectators ($10 for musicians)., 395-9544. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess Learn & Play: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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All invited to play chess, with instructions for beginners. Boards provided, or bring your own.
2-4 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]

 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Open House: Ypsilanti Historical Museum.

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All invited to tour the museum, which is decorated for the holidays. Docents from the Ypsilanti Historical Society on hand to answer questions & guide tours. Refreshments.
2-5 p.m., Ypsilanti Historical Museum, 220 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free, donations accepted. 482-4990. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

Monthly Euchre Tournament: The Loaded Die.

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Individuals & 2-player teams welcome. Prizes.
2-4 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $8 (league members, free) in advance at and at the door. 548-9729. [map]

 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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

Nov. 8: WMU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 10: Bradley. 2 p.m.

Nov. 23: Notre Dame. Time TBA.

Dec. 1: Morgan State. Time TBA

Dec. 5: Syracuse. 9 p.m.

Dec. 8 Oakland. 2 p.m.

Dec. 14: Appalachian State. Time TBA.

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

Jan. 5: Michigan State. Noon.

Jan. 12: Maryland. Noon.

Jan. 26: Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Feb. 2: Iowa. Noon.

Feb. 6: Purdue. 6 p.m.

Feb. 13: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: Illinois. 7 p.m.

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

 2 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, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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 and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 2 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]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Copies and Invention in East Asia": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of duplicated artwork from China, Korea, and Japan, including paintings and Buddhist sculptures.
2-3 p.m., meet in the UMMA forum, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 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]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Holiday Nature Crafts": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists Kelsey Dehring and Shawn Severance teach family-friendly crafts using natural materials. Hot cocoa provided; Michigan-grown chestnuts on hand for roasting.
2-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings. Free, preregistration required at $6 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Image of Race in America": U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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U-M drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in scenes from several contemporary plays, as well as original student writings on race in America.
Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]

 2, 4:30, & 7:30 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.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Live Reindeer and Holiday Crafts": Dexter District Library.

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All invited to visit a live reindeer outside the library and do a holiday craft inside.
2-4 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Piano Party!": King's Keyboard House.

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Pianists of all levels invited to play 1-2 pieces at this open mike.
2-4 p.m., King's Keyboard House, 2363 E. Stadium. Free, RSVP requested. 663-3381. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Real Talk on Islam": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Community regional missionary Shamshad Nasir discusses Islam, the True Teachings, and confusion about Islam.
AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.

 2 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]

 2 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.

 2 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]

 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 and at the door. 475-3070. [map]

 2 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]

 2 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]

 3 p.m. 

Okee-Dokee Brothers: Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just For Kids Series.

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The entertaining Grammy-winning Minneapolis-based children's music singer-songwriter duo of childhood friends Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing performs original bluegrass- and folk-based Americana songs about folklore, the wonders and beauty of the seasons, and their month-long trips exploring nature.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $15-$25 in advance at & at the door. 668-8397. [map]

 3-7:30 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]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Dexter Community Band.

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Bill Gourley directs this 85-member volunteer ensemble in a program of holiday music featuring Claude Smith's Rhapsody on Christmas Carols, and Morrissey's "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers." A vocal quartet TBA joins the band in renditions of Irving Berlin Christmas songs. Also, a visit from Santa, who gives out candy canes and joins a sing-along of traditional Christmas songs. Followed by cookies & punch.
3 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 426-2734. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Javanese Gamelan Concert: U-M School of Music.

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The distinguished Javanese musician Pak Widodo leads 2 guest dancers and members of the U-M gamelan ensemble in a performance of Javanese traditional music and dance. A gamelan is an assembly of 50 gongs and metallophones, drums, strings, flutes, xylophone, and singers.
3 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 3-4 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.
Crazy Wisdom Book Store & Tea room, 114 S. Main Street. Free. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Violin Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Students of music school professor Danielle Belen perform songs for solo violin and violin with piano.
3 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 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. 755-6983. [map]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"In Conversation: Finding Memories in Found Photographs": UMMA.

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Assistant curator of photography Jennifer Freiss leads an interactive tour exploring the significance of everyday photos. Participants can vote for photos to be kept in UMMA's permanent collection.
3-4 p.m., UMMA ArtGym. Free, preregistration required at 764-0395. [map]

 3 & 8:35 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.

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"O Magnum Mysterium, A Christmas Concert": St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

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Lucia Campbell conducts the church's adult choir in hymns, carols, and other seasonal music. With pianist Jeanne Marie Gerig and a 4-trumpet ensemble.
3 p.m., St. Thomas, 530 Elizabeth St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-8606. [map]

 3:30, 6, & 8:25 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.

 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Classical Bells": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Darlene Ebersole directs this acclaimed Detroit-area handbell ensemble whose performances are known for their interpretive flair, technical skill, and informal choreography, along with a dash of humor. This popular annual concert showcases the group's varied repertoire of classical, inspirational, seasonal, popular, and even ragtime and swing tunes. Limited seating, so it's smart to arrive early.
AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200.

 3:45, 6:20, & 9 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.

 4-5:15 p.m. 

33rd Annual Winter Concert: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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The AAYC descant and concert choirs of talented young local singers ages 9-16 perform a program of seasonal music TBA. Reception to follow.
4-5:15 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.), Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10 (seniors age 65 & over and kids age 12 & under, $5) at the door only. 996-4404. [map]

 4 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]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 - 5:30 p.m. 

Wu Style Tai Chi.

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Weekly Wu Style Tai Chi with Marilyn Feingold. Learn the ancient art of meditation in motion with this 'soft style' martial art emphasizing relaxation and balance. Suggested donation $5. Drop ins welcome.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Donation. 734-994-3387. [map]

 4-6 p.m. 

"Meads and Movies": Bløm Meadworks.

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Movie screenings. Dec. 1: Hallmark movie TBA. Dec. 8: Christmas Vacation. Dec. 15: Home Alone. Dec. 22: Elf. Dec 29: Die Hard.
4-6 p.m., Bløm taproom, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free admission; buy your own food & drink. 548-9729. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Performance Improvisation Showing": U-M Dance Department.

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Performances by students in U-M dance professor Amy Chavasse's improvisation class.
U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. Free. 763-5460. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Necessary Evil": Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Abir Mukherjee's 2018 novel about the assassination of the prince of a wealthy kingdom.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149.

 4:45, 6:15, & 7:45 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.

 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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All invited to play card and board games. Also, a Dungeon Master on hand to lead a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
5:30-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]

 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. Free. Email to confirm, or check 717-1569. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Slam": First Presbyterian Church.

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All invited to an open mike storytelling session where 7 audience members volunteer to tell short and true stories. Followed by a reception with refreshments, dogs to pet, and live music by the Community High Jazz quartet, harpist Deborah Gabrion, and an a capella group TBA.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466 ext. 342. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Classics II: Heritage Holiday": George Shirley Scholarship Fundraiser (Northside Community Church).

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Performances featuring tenor Stanford Olsen, mezzo-soprano Olivia Johnson, sopranos JoAna Rusche and Julia Fertel, vocalists Adellyn Geenen and Kaswanna Kanyinda, operatic vocalist Kimwana Doner-Chandler, and others. Also, Darnell Ishmel directs Our Own Thing Chorale, the popular local choir that performs spirituals and works by African American composers. With pianist Kathryn Goodson.
Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free, donations welcome. 662-6351. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Jon McLaughlin: The Ark.

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Popular funk-inflected pop-rock singer-songwriter from Anderson (IN). Tonight's show features music from his 2 holiday albums. Opener: Louisiana songwriter Jordy Searcy, a mentee of Pharrell Williams on <>The Voice.
7::30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 ($50 includes a meet & greet in advance at and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Callbacks: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to watch comics perform in the tryout finals for this resident Pointless improv team.
7:30 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. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Nov. 8 & 9: Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Nov. 14: MSU. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 6 & 7: Penn State. 8:30 p.m. (Dec. 6) & 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 7).

Jan. 25: U. S National Development Team. Exhibition game against a team of players age 17 & under in the Plymouthr-based U.S. National Development Team. 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1: OSU. 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7 & 8: Wisconsin. 6:30 p.m. (Feb. 7) & 7:30 (Feb. 8)

Feb. 21 & 22: Notre Dame 6 p.m. (Feb. 21) & 4 p.m. (Feb. 22)
Various times (see listing), Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10-$65 at 764-0247. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

Canceled: U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Mar. 22 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 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]

 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m.) 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]

 7-9 p.m. 

Canceled: Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary.
Michigan League Vandenberg Rm., 1236 Washtenaw. $5. 763-6984. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [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]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. Also, different guest musicians each week. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Rob Crozier Trio

Jazz originals and standards by this local ensemble led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Bob Skon Trio

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

Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."

A house band--trumpeter Ingrid Racine, keyboardist Michael Malis, bassist Josef Deas, & drummer Jesse Kramer--is joined by different guests each week. Tonight: Paul Keller Orchestra vocalist Sarah D'Angelo. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: "Swing Night"

With a hot swing dance ensemble TBA. [venue info]


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