As we greet the sunrise together, with still minds and open hearts, our awareness of nature and subtle energies is heightened. Plugging into nature, and the circadian rhythms of the planet through the power of sound is essential to our wellbeing, where in a state of total relaxation, healing and connection to a higher consciousness can take place. We can then approach the day ahead with a more open heart and calm mind, while simultaneously being a bright light to the folks in our life.
The sound healing, is a sound meditation or sound bath, that begins with each person lying down in a comfortable position, often with a blanket and an eye mask. After a few minutes of guided focus on the breath, the remainder of the experience is filled with various sounds, tones, and frequencies being introduced in succession.
Duration 60 minutes.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $25. email@example.com www.veraposeyoga.com [map]
Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http:
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Dec. 14 & 15. Sale of decorative & wearable handwoven textiles, fine art, cards, and jewelry.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), 1219 Traver. Free admission. 662-7134. [map]
Dec. 14 & 15, Jan. 11 & 12, Feb. 8 & 9, Mar. 14 & 15. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (members, $3; kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 605-0624. [map]
Every Sunday from 9:45-10:45am, this donation yoga class is offered at Mota Thai Yoga. MTY's most recent graduates are the teachers of this class. Each week will be a little different as the teachers have different teaching styles. However, this class tends to be a gentle yoga class, combining flow and holding/stretching postures to get you ready to start your day. The studio is be heated between 80-85 degrees.
We are located on Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.
Suggested donation $5-$20.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. 7347577213. email@example.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]
All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. & 2-2:45 p.m. Sun.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29 and Jan. 4 & 5 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (Noon & 4 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Every Thurs., Sat., & Sun., & Dec. 27 & 30 Four different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Thurs., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Molecularium (10:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an animated exploration of the atoms and molecules that comprise the universe.
Black Holes (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) details new developments in the study of supermassive black holes, including the one at the center of our galaxy.
Sea Monsters (10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. every hour on the half hour, Dec. 26-30) is an animated exploration of the sea life 80 million years ago.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. 764-0478. [map]
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]
This annual event showcases the work of fine art jewelry designer Idelle Hammond-Sass, Majolica Ceramics by Ann Tubbs, Prints and Photographs by Angelis Jackowski, and Fiber Art by Carol Furtado.
Light refreshments and a casual atmosphere. Street parking. We are at the corner of Adare and Kearney Rd, in Ann Arbor. 734-741-4381 for directions.
Adare and Kearney St, Ann Arbor, Mi 48104, 1510 Kearney Rd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org betterlivingfitness.com [map]
Talks by Jewel Heart's resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche on various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.
Jewel Heart Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free; donations accepted. 994-3387. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 15. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "How to Become a Fossil" (11 a.m.). Participants handle real fossils while learning how they form and how fossil casts are made. "Life: How Do We Find It?" (3 p.m.). Participants learn about what kinds of planets might support life.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Come listen to Jewel Heart's Resident Spiritual Advisor, Demo Rinpoche expound upon various aspects of Tibetan Buddhism on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Also broadcast live via webinar - to register visit jewelheart.org
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 7349943387. email@example.com www.jewelheart.org [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
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. email@example.com, 846-9418. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun., except Dec. 21, 22, 28, & 29 and Jan. 4 & 5 Short all-ages lecture-demos by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals.
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Show and sale of works by local artists, including book arts by Jean Buescher Bartlett, ceramics by John Leyland and Ben Teague, silk and wool wearables by Michelle Montour, and porcelain works by Kate Tremel.
Noon-5 p.m., Tremel residence, 627 Gott St. Free admission. 709-4899. [map]
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]
Rebroadcast of the Bolshoi Ballet production of Tchaikovsky's perennially popular Christmas ballet with classic choreography by Yuri Grigorovich. Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the tale of a little girl whose magical nutcracker doll transports her to a fairyland on Christmas Eve
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), Emagine (1335 E Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $15-$18 in advance at FathomEvents.com
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]
It's never easy to lose a pet, and when you consider them, as we do, a member of the family, the loss can be difficult and extremely sad.
HSHV and Blue Dog Counseling have partnered to provide a support group on preparing for and dealing with the loss of a pet.
Colleen O'Brien, founder of Blue Dog Counseling, is an expert at developing creative therapeutic interventions to support individuals, couples, families, and other groups. Her personal commitment to animal welfare, her own experience as a devoted pet owner, and a passion for supporting people led her to create Blue Dog Counseling. Côlleen is dedicated to providing a safe, open, and creative space for discussion. A place where you can take time for yourself.
$10 donation is suggested.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. Donations accepted. firstname.lastname@example.org www.hshv.org
Dec. 14 & 15. A re-creation of a Depression-era Christmas, with natural decorations. Also, a visit from Santa and demos of a sock-knitting machine, quilting, and other crafts. Cookies & cider. Gift shop.
1-4 p.m., Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Pay what you can. SalineHistory@Frontier.com, 944-0442. [map]
Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live hawks & falcons. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St., $15 (members, $10). Preregistration required at aahom.org. 995-5439. [map]
Kids invited to visit with Santa, make seasonal crafts, and enjoy a hayride. Snack. Photos with Santa available (bring your own camera). Also, all invited to enjoy a spaghetti dinner preceded by carols and crafts (4-6 p.m., $12, students, $9).
1-2:30 p.m., Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $6 per person. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
Performances to holiday music by the club's synchronized skating team The Hockettes, freestyle & ice dance competitors, and other club skaters.
1:15-4 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free (bring a canned food item to donate to Food Gatherers). 213-6768. [map]
Kids of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join us as we throw a super fun birthday party for Jesus.
We will celebrate as any good birthday does with a lot of fun, games, and activities (and birthday cake!); however, woven throughout will be the story of the birth of Jesus Christ as told by the Bible. It is a great opportunity for families of different religious backgrounds and cultures to expose their children to this story and help them understand the history of Christmas.
What to expect:
1:30-2:30 pm: Free skating at Vets Park Ice Arena (admission & skate rental included). Parents are welcome to skate with their children, but their cost will not be covered.
2:30-3:00 pm: Snacks and refreshments (healthy and allergy-friendly options will be available)
3:00-4:00 pm: Crafts, games and stories teaching the Biblical story of Christmas in the Vets party room next to the ice arena. The activities will be open to all ages but specifically tailored to ages 5-11 years old
Veterans Memorial Park Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Ave. Free. 919-671-0707. email@example.com https:
Family holiday cabaret with holiday and Broadway music by AACT performers. Cookies and a hot chocolate bar.
1:30 p.m., A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $15 in advance at a2ct.org and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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: manforchristmas.brownpapertickets.com
The Back Office Studio, 13 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $7-$10. firstname.lastname@example.org www.ntgypsi.org [map]
REMEMBERING WHOLENESS | DARSHAN WITH THE MOTHER
Dates: 9/22, 10/20, 11/24, 12/15
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
Registration: No registration needed, this is an open session
Please be on time, seated by 2 PM; latecomers will be asked to wait together in the outer hall and come in together at 2:20.
Darshan is an event in consciousness-an interaction between the human and the divine, which focuses and draws up the consciousness of the human. The Mother takes each person's hands and looks into his/her eyes. Many people are deeply moved because she mirrors back to each his/her own divinity, the Divine Mother in each of our hearts.
Facilitators: Barbara Brodsky who channels The Mother
Cost: Offered as dana (donation)
More info: https:
704 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108, deepspring.org, 6655 Jackson Rd., Unit 565. Donation. 7344775848. email@example.com deepspring.org [map]
WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike to learn how to identify Michigan tree species in the winter.
2-4 p.m., meet in north parking lot of Sharon Mills County Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. Free. 971-6337. [map]
Callers lead contras and square dances to live music. For kids, accompanied by an adult. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.
Nov. 17: Caller Drake Meadow with music by Paul Winder and Betsy Beckerman.
Dec. 15: Caller TBA, music by Donna Baird, Fred & Nora Karsch, Jim Horton.
Jan. 19: Caller Drake Meadow, music by Donna Baird & Dawn Swartz.
Feb 16: Caller Drake Meadow, music TBA.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052. [map]
All invited to celebrate the Celtic primal mother and father deities, Danu and Bel. The ritual includes singing, making an offering, and honoring ancestors and nature spirits. Followed by a potluck (bring a dish to pass) and raffle.
2-5 p.m., Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free. 277-1897. [map]
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 m.bpt.me/event/4435329; $12 at the door; students, $7. (219) 201-6979. [map]
U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in jazz standards and holiday music in the style of George Shearing, Milt Jackson, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. With guest vibraphonist Cary Kocher.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. 769-2999. [map]
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]
Family-friendly movie screenings with snacks and drinks.
Dec. 1: A Muppet Christmas Carol, a spirited 1992 version of the Dickens Christmas classic, a live-action musical that features Michael Caine as Scrooge.
Dec. 15: A Christmas Story, the 1983 classic about Ralphie, a 9-year-old in the 1940s who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB gun.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
Livonia-based writer Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, author of Houseplants: The Complete Guide to Choosing, Growing, and Caring for Indoor Plants, discusses the tricks of keeping holiday plants alive.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.
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]
Reception for this new temporary exhibit (see Galleries), with a video-based performance by U-M art school grad Bridget Quinn and live music by the local experimental ambient group Virago. Refreshments.
2-4 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission, metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
Every Fri.-Sun., Dec. 6-15. EMU theater professor Patricia Moore Zimmer directs EMU students in Steven Dietz's 1997 drama, a fantastical adventure about a young girl searching for her home. Aimed at theatergoers age 7 & up.
EMU Quirk Theatre, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at emuTix.com, and at the door. 487-2282.
Docent-led tour of the current historical exhibit of amateur photography.
2-3 p.m., meet in the UMMA forum, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
Young local dancers perform excerpts of Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet, plus their original one-act show.
2 p.m., Milan High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Big Red Dr., Milan. Tickets $15 in advance by phone, $18 at the door. 302-4248. [map]
Dec. 7, 8, 14, & 15. Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based company of young dancers ages 8-18 in her choreography of Tchaikovsky's ballet, with narration based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." Live accompaniment by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. On Dec. 7 & 8, the matinee is preceded at 12:30 p.m. by a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea (adults, $20 & students, $15 in advance only) featuring cast visits, photos, and refreshments.
2 p.m. (Dec. 7, 8, & 15) & 7 p.m. (Dec. 14), Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea (Dec. 7 & 8) & Jackson College Potter Center, 2111 Emmons, Jackson (Dec. 14 & 15). $15-$30 (students, $10-25) in advance at balletchelsea.org and at the door. 475-3070. [map]
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 a2tix.com & at the door. 203-0556. [map]
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]
A WCPARC naturalist leads a hike to learn how to identify Michigan tree species in the winter.
2-4 p.m., north parking lot of Sharon Mills County Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester. Free. 971-6337. [map]
David Kiley directs this local company in a performance, presented in the style of a BBC Wales radio show, of Dylan Thomas's nostalgic story recalling his boyhood holiday experiences. Described by the New York Times as "a caroling session sprinkled with occasional reminiscences." With Welsh cakes and hot cider.
2 p.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Michigan League Hussey Room, 911 N. University. Tickets $15 in advance at a2tix.com and (if available) at the door. 276-7183. [map]
All invited to try this interactive, free-form dance style that involves a rolling point of contact between two or more people through which dancers give and share weight. It is somewhere between tango, modern dance, aikido, wrestling, gymnastics, and none of the above, and usually takes place without music. People do contact improv in any combination of genders, and there are no steps. No partner required; beginners welcome. Followed by discussion and socializing.
SOMA, 218 N. 4th Ave. $5-$10, or pay what you can. (248) 505-4674, (313) 585-2598. [map]
Karen TenBrink directs the 100+ member chorus in a program that explores social justice themes that's highlighted by a performance of Craig Hella Johnson's "All of Us" with the Out Loud Chorus of Ann Arbor. Also, Jake Runestad's "Let My Love Be Heard," Andre Thomas's "Keep Your Lamps" and Pasek & Paul's "You Will Be Found."
3 p.m., Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 994-2300. [map]
Dec. 14 & 15. Lisa Darby Clark directs local dancers and members of Jazz Dance Theater in Dance Alliance's 21st annual production of Tchaikovsky's ballet. Also, at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15, tea with the cast (tickets $20 in advance only by phone).
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $15 in advance at Dance Alliance & The Dancer's Boutique, and at the door. 429-9599. [map]
Sometimes called the "fifth trimester" the transition back to work brings many new challenges for mom. Balancing work, family, and relationships can be tricky! Join us for this facilitated workshop where we discuss the challenges of working outside of the home, and provide tips for keeping your sanity. Meet other moms in similar situations and learn their go-to strategies. Snacks provided!
You are welcome to come with or without baby-we will have age appropriate toys available.
December topic: Travel and Holidays. With the holiday season quickly descending upon us, how do you manage travel with your baby or toddler? What tips to do you have for packing and traveling either by air or car? Learn tips for dealing with holiday stress, and not becoming overwhelmed!
A2B2 Headquarters, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $15. 734-221-0158. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic suite Scheherazade, Leroy Anderson's A Christmas Festival, Franz Gruber's "Stille Nacht!" and sections from A Charlie Brown Christmas. The symphony is joined by the Washtenaw International High School Orchestra in Anderson's "Sleigh Ride." The WIHI also performs its own set
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors age 65 & older, students with ID, & kids under age 12, $6; family, $30) in advance at YpsilantiSymphony.org and at the door. 507-1451. [map]
This volunteer ensemble, conducted by Livingston Symphony Orchestra director David Schultz, is joined by the Dexter High School Concert & Chamber Orchestras for a festive holiday program highlighted by the rousing "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah.
4 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 355-0725. [map]
This acclaimed cabaret singer who performs in glittery, over-the-top drag presents his new show "Holiday Sauce." It's an alternative version of holiday sentimentality told through a gleefully subversive mash-up of performance art and song about Santa's lap, traditional nativity scenes, consumerism, & more. More than lipgloss and glamour, Mac's performances are praised for exceptional wit and intelligence.
Power Center. Tickets $40-$81 (Students, $12-$20) in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available), at the door. 764-2538.
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. email@example.com www.jewelheart.org [map]
St. Andrew's music director Deborah Friauff directs the church adult choir, 2 children's choirs, and handbell choir in this traditional English service, in which 9 scripture readings alternate with seasonal anthems and carols, some sung by the congregation.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518. [map]
New director Darnell Ishmel leads this popular local choir in Christmas spirituals and works by African American composers. Community members invited to participate (for rehearsal schedule, see OurOwnThing.org).
4 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence. Free, donations welcome. 769-4437. [map]
All invited to sip hot cocoa and eat light refreshments while strolling the decorated grounds of Cornman Farms' 19th-century house. Also, cash bar with mulled wine and other alcoholic drinks.
Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $20 (kids, $10, kids under 2, free), preregistration required. 619-8100. [map]
From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. firstname.lastname@example.org sunshen.org [map]
Indoor pool party for kids, with cookie decorating and an appearance by Anna and Elsa of Frozen.
4:30-6:30 p.m. Meri Lou Murray Rec Center, 2960 Washtenaw. $8 per person. 971-6337. [map]
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 email@example.com to confirm, or check MeetUp.com
Sheree and Paul Clark direct the church's chancel and bell choirs in a varied program of vocal and instrumental holiday music, along with spirituals. With pianist Kathryn Goodson. Reception follows.
Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free, donations accepted for a local nonprofit. 662-6351. [map]
Maggie Burk directs the church choir and guest singers in this traditional English service, in which scripture readings alternate with seasonal anthems and carols.
7 p.m., West Side UMC, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 663-4164. [map]
All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. PointlessBrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends
Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes.
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.
Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session
All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session.
Habitat Lounge: Rob Crozier Trio
Jazz originals and standards by this local ensemble led by bassist Rob Crozier.
Old Town: Kat Steih
Ethereal folk-rock by this local singer-songwriter.
Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."
A house band--trumpeter Ingrid Racine, keyboardist Michael Malis,bassist Josef Deas, & drummer Jesse Kramer--is joined vocalist Heather Black.
Zal Gaz Grotto: "Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings Kids Show."
All ages show with dancing to this local 10-piece big band, led by tubaist Chris Smith, that specializes in the old-time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Kids under 12, free. 5-8 p.m.
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