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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 12, 2019






 
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

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

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The exhibition includes work created as part of the fall 2019 Residential College Studio Arts classes including Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics and Drawing as well as the RC course, How To Think (Arts). It will run until December 17. Gallery hours are 10-5pm, Monday through Friday.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 E. University Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/69729-17392897.html [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.
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]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"'Incendiary Pictures': The Radical Visual Rhetoric of Early Abolition": U-M Clements Library.

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Talk by George Washington University history professor Phillip Troutman. Bring a bag lunch, if you like.
Noon-1 p.m., Clements Library, 909 S University. Free, preregistration requested at clements.umich.edu. 765-2347. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Debussy: Making Sound Visible": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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Moody Bible Institute (Chicago) piano teacher Hyewon Jung performs Debussy's Children's Corner suite, his 2nd book of Images, and Prelude no. 4 from his 1st book of preludes. Refreshments.
First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging": Ikebana International.

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A certified instructor introduces this Japanese art of flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20 materials fee, metered parking. Space limited, preregistration required by Nov. 28. a2ikebana@gmail.com. [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.


 4:15, 6:50, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Dark Waters": Michigan Theater.

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


 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 p.m.  Free! 

Super Stories Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades K-2 invited for story time, crafts, and snacks. Theme: Pets.
4:30-6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Coding Playground": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades 3-8 invited to build apps using BitsBox, or work on their own project in their preferred coding language. No experience required.
AADL Downtown training center. Free. 327-4200.


 4:30, 6, & 7:30 p.m. 

"PJs & Stories with Santa": Saline Parks and Recreation.

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A Saline District Library storyteller reads holiday stories for kids accompanied by a parent. Also, a chance to meet Santa, a sing-along, crafts, and treats. Wear pajamas. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera.
4:30, 6, & 7:30 p.m. Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $10 in advance at cityofsaline.org/parks, $12 (if available) at the door. 429-3502. [map]


 4:40, 7:25, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Pain and Glory": State Theater.

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


 4:45, 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.


 4:45, 7, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Knives Out": Michigan Theater.

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


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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


 5 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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


 5-6 p.m. 

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

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This all levels class is designed for active young people to explore the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will warm up and cool down together, then will split into two groups based on experience and ability level.
Beginning students will work with instructor Rachel to learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial apparatus. Once they have the basics down, they will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, as well as sequencing poses into mini routines.
Intermediate students will be with instructor Sara, focusing on technique, form, and choreography while learning more complex sequences and developing their personal style.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day. Youth aerial classes are offered in monthly sessions, please click link for info!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $70-$90. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 5:15-6:15 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 5:30 p.m. 

Sauerkraut Supper: Saline American Legion.

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Spaetzle, mashed potatoes and gravy, pork, knockwurst, and dessert. Served family-style. The Legion also hosts a pan-fried walleye dinner the last Wed. of every month ($15).
5:30-7 p.m., Saline American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. $12. 429-7310. [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. umich.edu/~goclub
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Cambrian Senior Living, 52365 10 Mile Road, South Lyon. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Kids in the Kitchen": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Members of the Junior League lead kids in grades K-4 (with caregiver) in science experiments that explore the vitamin and mineral content of food. Snacks & activities.
6-7 p.m. Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St., $15 (members, $10). Preregistration required at aahom.org. 995-5439. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese & Beer": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers discuss and offer taste samples of beers paired with artisan cheeses. Bread & other accompaniments.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this 90 minute class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. You will also learn how to set up and break down the X-Poles, so that you will be able to use them when you are cleared for open gym.
Please wear shorts (feel free to bring layers to stay warm) and avoid wearing lotion or jewelry to this class.
All genders are welcome in every class at the Aviary. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 12 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$25 covers the workbook for the entire 12 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd. Donation. $25. 734-761-5669. frontdesk@knoxannarbor.org https://knoxannarbor.org/home/grow-connect/care/grief-support/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Open Mic Night with Jonas: Unity Vibration.

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Open Mic with Jonas. Stop in and share your talent or just sit back and enjoy the show.
Unity Vibration, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. kandy@uvkbeer.com. kandy@uvkbeer.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Open Mic Night with Jonas: Unity Vibration.

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Open Mic with Jonas. Stop in and share your talent or just sit back and enjoy the show.
Unity Vibration, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. kandy@uvkbeer.com. kandy@uvkbeer.com [map]



 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Out Loud Chorus: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Paul Clark directs this chorus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in a program suitable for all ages.
AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"18th Annual Clown Show": U-M Theatre Department.

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The students in U-M theater professor Malcolm Tulip's physical theatre class (also known as "clown class") present their final performance of clown duets and solos, many of which involve audience participation.
Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Free. 763-5213. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"As the Page Turns Book Club": Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss recent so-called "page turners."

Nov. 14: The Immortalists. Chloe Benjamin's 2018 novel about the lives of 4 siblings who as children visited a psychic who claimed to know the day they would die. The story that ensues is an ambitious exploration of the shaping powers of beliefs and stories.

Dec. 12: The Believers. Rebecca Makkai's 2018 novel about a mother's search for her estranged daughter against the backdrop of the AIDS crisis, and the ripples of grief affecting generations of survivors.

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7-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Cheers to Michigan! Craft Cocktail Evening": Michigan Radio.

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Michigan Radio Cheers hosts Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen discuss the regional craft cocktail scene and some unique cocktail recipes from their new book Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.
The Circ Bar, 210 S. First St. Tickets $70 (includes a copy of the book, 2 featured drinks, & hors d'oeuvres buffet) & $50 (includes everything but the drinks) in advance at Michigan-Radio.TicketLeap.com/Cheers-To-Michigan, and (if available) at the door. 764-9210. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mike & Share Poetry Series": Bookbound.

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Readings of short essays and writings by current and former prison inmates, all contributors to the U-M Prison Creative Arts Project's Review of Prison Creative Writing. Preceded by an open mike.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Story Night": Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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Guild members host a lively program of stories for grownups. Tellers include Jane Fink, Beverly Black, Mike Cox, and Laura Hayes. Story Nights are now quarterly; the next one is Jan. 28.
For online meeting URL preregister at AnnArborStorytelling.org. Free. 665-2757.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"'We Must Work Off Our Surplus Animal Spirits': 19th-century Origins of Athletic Competition at the University of Michigan": U-M Bentley Historical Library.

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Talk by Bentley athletics archivist Brian Williams.
7 p.m., Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Ave. Free. 764-3639. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Al Jackson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 12-14. This 7th-grade teacher-turned-comic is a ubiquitous presence on both MTV and Comedy Central who's known for edgy, hard-nosed observational humor delivered with a laid-back swagger and a beaming smile. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) in advance before 5 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Home for Christmas": Ypsilanti Community Choir.

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Ariel Toews-Ricotta directs the choir, accompanied by the Depot Town Big Band, in an eclectic program of seasonal choral music and big-band favorites. Preconcert and intermission music by the local jazz quartet BDQ.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River. Free. 481-9285. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

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

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Dec. 22. This local professional theater company performs Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's 1989 musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved children's novel set in Victorian England. Sent to live in the cheerless house of her reclusive, widowed uncle and his invalid son, an orphan girl discovers a hidden garden that reintroduces joy to her life and that of her relatives. The songs, with many lyrics drawn from the original text, have been described as "fetching" by the New York Times.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Ebird & Friends Holiday Show: The Ark.

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Dec. 12-14. Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local eclectic band the Ragbirds who has also released a solo CD, Scenes from the Fragile, Agile Avian World, is joined by several established and up-and-coming luminaries of the Michigan music scene for her very popular annual program of new and old holiday music, now in its 12th year.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat.), the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25-$50 (kids age 10 & under, $15 for Sat. matinee only) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Mad about Chamber Music": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M piano students perform classical chamber works TBA.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free, but donations accepted. 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

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

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 21. Michelle Mountain directs the world premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's 2nd Sherlock Holmes play, which features the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the playboy Prince of Wales on the eve of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Coincidentally, the master chef Auguste Escoffier needs the detective's help as well. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Tom Whalen, and David Bendena.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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


 10:30 a.m. 

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

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


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blue Llama: Geoffrey Keezer Trio

Ensemble led by this veteran jazz pianist who got his start at age 18 as the last pianist to join Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. With Gillian Margot, an acclaimed honey-toned vocalist known for her robust tone and interpretive savoir-faire. $15-$35. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

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

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network."

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

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

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

 
 


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