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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 13, 2019

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 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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

 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]

 10 a.m.-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. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Saline Area Senior Center Bookworm Club.

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All seniors invited to discuss Kate Alcott's 2015 historical novel A Touch of Stardust (Sept. 13), set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, and Michelle Obama's 2018 memoir Becoming (Oct. 11), Markus Zusak's The Book Thief (Nov. 8), Kevin Powers's A Shout in the Ruins (Dec. 13), and Heather Morris's The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Jan. 10). Feb & Mar. topics TBA.
10-11:15 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]

 10 a.m.-9 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]

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 Noon-6 p.m. 

Open Studio & Art Sale.

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Dec. 12 & 13. Indoor show and sale of drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures by local artists Helen Gotlib and Dylan Strzynski. Also, a chance to look at their works in progress. Capacity limited to 8 people; bonfire and hot apple cider (weather permitting), if there's a wait. Masks required.
Noon-6 p.m., 7281 Toma Rd., Dexter. Free admission. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Special Tour: Directors of the Clements Library, 1923-2019": U-M Clements Library.

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This special tour of the Clements Library will introduce our Directors since 1923 and the ways in which their leadership shaped the growth and development of the library and its collections. The tour will include discussion of materials displayed in the current exhibit "A History of Collecting at the Clements Library, 1903-2019." Free.
William L. Clements Library, 909 South University Ave. Free. 734-647-0864. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Ball Fun!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows how to make a felt ball using cotton roving, soap, and water.
AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Jinx it!": The Neutral Zone.

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Local high school students present a curated multimedia exhibit of their interpretations of folklore. Live screenprinting demo.
3-6 p.m., The Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free. 214-9995. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Race, Gender, and Feminist Philosophy": U-M Women's Studies Department.

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Talk by California State University philosophy professor Talia Mae Bettcher.
3-5 p.m., 1171 Angell Hall, 435 State. Free. 615-6613. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

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

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

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen VR Adventure": 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]

 4:40, 7, & 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., 668-TIME.

 5-8 p.m. 

19th Annual Holiday Show & Sale: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Show and sale of works by local ceramics artists. Artists reception on Friday. Refreshments.
5-8 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free admission. 662-4914. [map]

 5 p.m. 

Kids Night Out: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Crafts, movies, games, and swimming for kids ages 5-12. Pizza dinner.
5-10 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $25-$35 per child in advance at 429-3502. [map]

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Yourist Studio Gallery Holiday Show and Sale: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Friday, December 13, 5-8 pm
Festive Preview Sale and Artists' Reception
The sale continues on
Saturday, December 14, 10 am-6 pm
Sunday, December 15, 11 am-5 pm

See Nancy Bulkley's captivating cat vases and more exceptional ceramic art at the 2019 Yourist Studio Gallery Holiday Show and Sale, where we're featuring the best work from our resident artists and selected students. As is our custom, we're presenting it all in a festive atmosphere with great company, tasty food and drink, and lots of seasonal conviviality.
Participating artists include Darcy Bowden, Laura Bower, Nancy Bulkley, Jeanine Center, Laila Chalati, Patty Clark, Michael Donnely, Cindy Fink, Erica Fink, Rose E. Gomez, Mike Krivan, Debbie Omari, Deb Renner, Cara Rosaen, Anusree Sattaluri, Keith Shoultz, Josette Steele, Elisha Talley, David Timm, Caron Valentine-Marsh, Kevan Wilson, and Kay Yourist.
Come make merry with us this December.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway St. Free. 734-662-4914. [map]

 5-6 p.m. 

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

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

 5-9 p.m. 

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

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

 5:30-7 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]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Festive Fridays": The Creature Conservancy.

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

 6-9 p.m. 

7th Annual Holiday Pottery Sale: Clay Work Studio.

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Reception for this show and sale (see Galleries) of works by studio members, with beverages & snacks.
6-9 p.m., 2763 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 604-7596. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Euchre Change a Life!"

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Five-game euchre tournament. Come with a partner, or get paired with one at the event. Prizes. Quarters are collected each time a team gets euchred. Bring a snack to share, if you like; food & drink for sale. Proceeds benefit Haitian children.
6:30 p.m. sharp (check-in 5:45-6:15 p.m.), 242 Community Center, 648 S. Wagner. $10 donation in advance at; $20 at the door. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Blockhouse Valley wsg J Donahey: Unity Vibration.

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Great night of music and entertainment. Industrial setting with cool vibes.
Unity Vibration, 93 Ecorse Road, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 6:30-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Downtown.

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All invited to play card & board games. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
6:30-10:30 p.m., Sweetwaters, 123 W Washington. Free admission. 417-4266. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lightworks Festival: U-M Film, TV, and Media Department.

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Screening of short films in various genres that are the culminating term projects for U-M film students. 6:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m., Angell Hall Aud. A, 435 S. State. Free. 64-0147. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Movie for Adults": Dexter District Library.

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All adults invited.

Nov. 8: Tolkien. Dome Karukoski's 2019 J.R.R. Tolkien biopic.

Dec. 13:The Bookshop. Isabel Coixet's 2018 adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald's novel about a widow whose bookshop opening sparks controversy in a sleepy English village. Emily Mortimer & Bill Nighy.

6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Miniatures Painting: Winter Wonderland": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn how to paint a miniature figure for decoration, games, or hobbies. Bring a miniature, or choose one from the AADL selection. Painting materials provided.
AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm. & Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Behold: A Christmas Worship Experience"

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Join us for us Behold: A Christmas Worship Experience on Friday, December 13 at 7 PM at the historic Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, located in the Michigan League. Behold 2019 will include musical performances, worship, and a short message aimed at celebrating the good news of great joy that Christmas is all about - Jesus Christ.
Friday, December 13 at 7:00 pm
Location: Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, University of Michigan League
Childcare is not provided, but children are welcome to attend.
Event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required for all attendees.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 7349451787. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"A Boychoir Christmas": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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Dec. 13 & 14.Boychoir music director John Boonenberg leads this local ensemble of boys ages 7-18, accompanied by First United Methodist Church organist Naki Sung-Kripfgans, in its 33rd annual Christmas concert. The program opens with the traditional processional "Once in Royal David's City," with the 1st verse sung by a solo boy, and concludes with John Gardner's "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day." Also, David Conte's "A Stable Lamp is Lighted," Mack Wilberg's raucous setting of "The 12 Days of Christmas," and William Horne's "While Shepherds Watched." The Boychoir's Treble Choir (ages 7-13) performs John Rutter's multi-movement cantata "Dancing Day," and other traditional carols with harpist Bethany Lancaster. Also, audience sing-alongs of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful" are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. This concert usually sells out.
7 p.m. (Fri.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart, & 3 p.m. (Sat.), First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15; youths 17 & under, free) in advance at &, and at the door. 663-5377. [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, and at the door. 487-2282.

 7:30 & 10 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 p.m.  Free! 

Comedy Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Stand-up showcase featuring sets by area comics Andrew Yang, Alex Bozinovic, Sam Rager, Keith Bergman, and Brandi Alexander, with jokes about everything from dating to mortality.
7:30 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free, donations accepted. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

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

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

 7:30 p.m. 

"Holiday Concert": Women's Chamber Chorus.

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David Perample directs this independent 30-member local women's chorus in an eclectic program of holiday favorites, upbeat contemporary tunes, as well as love ballads and gospels. With pianist Joshua Marzan.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free, donations accepted. 665-9271. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

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

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

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Art of the Holidays": Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich conducts this 80-member ensemble in seasonal works ranging from "Mary's Boy Child" to "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "White Christmas." Refreshments.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

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

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

 8 p.m. 

"A Man for Christmas: A Made for TV Musical Parody": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Its engagement season and 20 something Kinzley, an assistant and aspiring writer for BANGS! Magazine, is still single and turning 30 on Christmas Day! She returns home to her small town of Whispering Pines to celebrate the double engagement of her sister and dad (not to each other). If she can win the affections of Eric Silverspoon, she can make it a triple engagement, receive a promotion, and make all her dreams come true this Christmas!
Written by A.M. Dean and Kristin Anne Danko
Directed by Kristin Anne Danko
Starring A.M. Dean, Marisa Dluge, Kylista Geiger, Maegan Murphy, Angela VanKempen, Craig VanKempen, and Kelli Zwolinski with Tom Hett on piano.
General seating. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain time.
Ages 18+. This show is for mature audiences only.
Purchase tickets:
The Back Office Studio, 13 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $7-$10. [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, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Frontier Barbershop Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Michigan-based group performs barbershop-style a capella renditions of jazz, pop, and showtunes.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"8th Annual Holiday Pops Concert": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Guest conductor Steven Jarvi leads the orchestra in a program of seasonal music. Featuring Duke Ellington's jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, excerpts from the original, and a concluding performance of "Let There Be Peace on Earth." The orchestra is joined by the Pioneer, Huron, and Skyline high school choirs and the large local men's chorus Measure for Measure. Also, an appearance by Santa and a sing-along.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15-$57 (discounts for seniors & students) in advance at & the A2SO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994-4801. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"A Man for Christmas: A Made for TV Musical Parody": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Dec. 13-15. Kristin Anne Danko directs this local theater company in her and playwright A.M. Dean's Hallmark Christmas parody. It's about a single 20-something aspiring big-shot returning home for the holidays to celebrate the engagements of both her sister and dad. If she can win the affections of a local solo lad and make it into a triple engagement, then she'll have herself a Christmas for the books. For mature audiences.
Black Office Studio, 13 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 in advance at; $12 at the door; students, $7. (219) 201-6979. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Dec. 13, 14, 21, 27, 28. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

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

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

 8 p.m. 

"The Santaland Diaries": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Lynn Lammers directs Yianni Papadimos in actor Joe Mantello's one-man show, an adaptation of David Sedaris' popular comedic essay about the commercial excesses of the holiday season. A wannabe actor is stuck working as "Crumpet the elf" in Macy's department store for the holiday season. Cash bar. Ages 21 & up.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Bobcat Bonnie's, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 (early bird price for first 20 tickets sold, $15; VIP, $50) in advance at & at the door. 203-0556. [map]

 9 p.m. 

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

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Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID and AACTMAD members, $4). (847) 757-0942. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Chamber Music: Serendipity Books.

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Select students of the Cumming String Studio perform works TBA.
5:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 W. Middle, Chelsea. Free. 475-7148. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Tessa & Jordan Duo

South Lyon duo whose eclectic repertoire includes 1930s blues, classic rock, and Americana covers. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Randy Napoleon Quartet

Jazz standards and originals by this quartet led by Ann Arbor native Napoleon, an MSU jazz guitar professor who's toured with Benny Green and Michael Bublé and been praised as "spectacular" by guitarist George Benson. [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: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Live: George Bedard & the Kingpins George Bedard

Superfine honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard. With drummer Rich Dishman and bassist Randy Tessier. Bedard's tasty 2011 all- instrumental CD, Pickin' Apart the Past, includes "Minor Swing '65," Bedard's surf-music adaptation of a Django Reinhardt tune, and his 2015 live CD, Further On, a collection of vintage and original blues that's highlighted by a show-stopping rendition of "Hawaiian Boogie." [venue info]

Mash: Fangs & Twang

Ypsilanti trio from Black Jake & the Carnies that plays twangy, high- energy country rock, with songs about vampires, mummies, and other fantastical creatures. [venue info]

Mash: Reeds 'n' Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and guitarist David Roof. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Annie Capps, Judy Banker, & Friends

In-the-round performances by these veteran local pop-folk singer- songwriters. [venue info]


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