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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 19, 2019






 
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 9 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 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]


 9:15-11:15 a.m. 

MOPS of GBC: Grace Bible Church.

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MOPS(Mother's of Preschoolers) is for any woman who has a child from birth to kindergarten. We meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. Childcare is provided. To assure quality childcare, space is limited. Confidential scholarships are also available.
We meet every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month starting September 19th-May. We meet from 9:15am-11:15am. You must register to attend.
For more information and to register contact Jess Richer at J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $50. ehumphrey1836@gmail.com. J_mcclarren9@hotmail.com http://gracea2.org/mops/ [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Preschool Hike: Nature's Gifts": Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads preschoolers, accompanied by a caregiver, on a hike to learn about signs of animal activity in the forest.
10-11 a.m., County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. 971-6337. [map]


 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga for Kids!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 5 & 19. A Super Fun Yoga Time (Pinckney) instructor leads kids in grades preK-2 in some introductory poses.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 10:30 a.m. 

"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 a.m.  Free! 

Hatha Yoga class: ArogyaVeda.

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We are offering a session of free Yoga classes in December. This will help you get trained and get ready to stick to your New Year resolutions
ArogyaVeda Yoga Shaala. Free. arogya.veda.annarbor@gmail.com www.arogyaveda.org


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. 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]


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Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs. Closed Dec. 24-27, & 31. 794-6250. [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]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Homemade Treats Exchange: International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to bring a batch of 20 or more homemade cookies or treats. Socializing, refreshments. Child care available for kids age 5 & under.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. International-Neighbors.org. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Better Off Read" Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss fiction and nonfiction books TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

English Language Learners: Meet The Shopping Detective: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer A2 Saline.

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Meet Linda from Sound Expressions at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer Ann Arbor Saline Rd and discover what the grocery store holds for you. Learn how to order your favorite cafe drinks, English names for foods, grocery shop in an American market, and build confidence in a safe group environment to do it on your own.
This collaboration between Sweetwaters of Meijer A2 Saline and Sound Expressions is a 6 week grocery and language tour that meets twice a month.
Bring any dictionaries or apps to help look up food names in your native language to translate to English.
www.mysoundexpressions.com.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Meijer Ann Arbor Saline Rd, 3145 ANN ARBOR SALINE RD. Free. 7343698697. https://www.sweetwaterscafe.com/mi-ann-arbor-saline-rd/ [map]



 2 & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3-4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Beaded and Baked Snowflakes": Saline District Library.

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Teens invited to bake and decorate ornamental gingerbread stars, trees, and moons.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free.429-5450. [map]


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. Register online at www.ntal.org/events.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

All Star Readers: Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades 3 & 4. Snacks & activities.

Nov. 14: Lights, Camera, Cook!, Charise Mericle Harper's novel about 4 tweens who enter a televised cooking contest.

Dec. 19: Stick Dog, Tom Watson's book about a group of stray dogs (illustrated as stick figures) perpetually in search of hamburgers.

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4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [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 & 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 5:30-6:30 p.m 

"Family Food Tasting: Hanukkah Latkes & Author Reading": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Reading by local writer Lauren Ranalli, author of The Great Latke Cook Off. Also, Zingerman's staffer Jenny Hall and Zingerman's Deli chef Rodger Bowser discuss how to conduct latke tastings.
Zingerman's Deli Upstairs Next Door. 418 Detroit St. $10 per person, preregistration required. 663-3354.


 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]


 6:15-7:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Novels @ Night": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Hey book lover, we see you there. You want to join a book club but don't have time during the day, are we right? Not to worry, beloved reader, we have a club just for you -- Novels @ Night! Join our moderator, Meredith, at 6:30pm, every third Thursday of the month. Discussion will last about an hour and we will provide hot beverages. Feel free to bring snacks to munch on!

If you are interested in joining, stop in or give us a call! We order books for Book Club through MeLCat, so a lead time of 2-3 weeks is needed for us to get a copy for you in time for the discussion.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [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]


 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 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Feisty Women Book Club": Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by or about feisty women.

Nov. 21: Bad Feminist. Roxane Gay's essay collection exploring being a feminist while enjoying pop culture products at odds with feminism.

Dec. 19: Little Women. Louisa May Alcott's beloved 1869 novel about 4 sisters growing up in Concord (MA) during the Civil War.

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7 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

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7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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. 

David Dyer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 19-21. This polished Grand Rapids comic, a contributing writer to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, features unexpected takes on everything from marriage and raising kids to current events and ear hair. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) in advance before 5 p.m. the night of the show; $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Thomas Say: New World Naturalist, Patricia Tyson Stroud's 1992 biography of this major figure in American entomology.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [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. 

"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. 

Anne Heaton: The Ark.

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Heaton, a recent local transplant from NYC, is a pop-folk singer-songwriter and pianist who cites Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, and the Indigo Girls as her main influences. The Washington Post has called her songs by turns "tender, barbed, and spiritual." She has a new album, <>To the Light, her 7th.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at theark.org and at the door. 761-1451. [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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blue Llama: Klezmephonic

Local klezmer quintet. With clarinetist Jennie Lavine, accordionist Will Cicola, violinist Henrik Karapetyan, guitarist Alex Belhaj, and bassist Dave Sharp. [venue info]

Canterbury House: Heartland Trio

Jazz standards and originals, as well as a smattering of jazz-infused rock and folk, by this eclectic Bloomington (IN) ensemble led by bassist-vocalist Hannah Marks. With tenor saxophonist Barclay Moffitt and drummer Rocky Martin. 7-8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Dreamland Theater: Krampus Costume Ball"

A costume dance party in the name of Krampus, a mythical anti- Santa who punishes bad children, with puppet performances and dancing to a DJ. Cash bar. $5. 6 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike

All hip-hop artists invited [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]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. [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]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Blue Rays Trio

Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit. Tonight's Blue Christmas show features 3 local guest musicians, singer- guitarist Jill Baker, singer-flutist Patty O'Conor, and anger-guitarist blues harpist Myron Grant. [venue info]

 
 


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