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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 20, 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 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]


 9-10 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. 

Dollar Movies: Saline Area Senior Center.

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All seniors invited.

Nov. 15: Boy Erased. Joel Edgerton's 2018 drama based on Richard Conley's memoir about his experience as the son of a Baptist preacher forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Nov. 22: Going in Style. Zach Braff's 2017 crime comedy starring Michael Caine & Alan Arkin.

Dec. 6: Yesterday. Danny Boyle's 2019 comedy about a struggling musician who wakes up in an alternate timeline where he is the only person with any memory of the Beatles.

Dec. 20: The Nutcracker & the Four Realms. Lasse Hallström & Joe Johnston's 2018 adventure fantasy adapted from the E.T.A. Hoffmann story and subsequent ballet about a young girl transported into a magical world.

Dec. 27: Tolkien. Dome Karukoski's 2019 biopic about the formative years of the iconic fantasy writer.

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10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]


 10 a.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.


 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and collections.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free, preregistration requested at Clements.uMich.edu. 764-2347. [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 

"Christmas Meal": Chelsea Senior Center.

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All seniors invited for a Christmas feast. Followed by a sing-along of favorite Christmas carols.
Noon, CSC, 512 E. Washington, Chelsea. $5 suggested donation, reservations required by Dec. 13. 475-9242. [map]


 Noon-6 p.m. 

"Holiday Bake Sale": New Grace Apostolic Temple.

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Dec. 20 & 21. Sale of home baked pies, cakes, cookies, dinner rolls, and more.
Noon-6 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), New Grace, 2898 Packard. Free admission. 477-6888. . [map]



 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., & Fri. Seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. Closed Dec. 24-31. 998-9353. [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. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Grinch (2018)": Northfield Township Area Library Winter Family Films.

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Warm up at the Library with a fun family film. This time, we'll be watching the newest Grinch movie! Popcorn will be provided. Register for this free event today!
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Nov. 15 & Dec. 20. Movies with refreshments for adults.

Nov. 15: The Hero. rett Haley's 2017 comedy that stars Sam Elliott as an aging Western star and Nick Offerman as his drug dealer buddy.

Dec. 20: A Street Cat Named Bob. Roger Spottiswoode's 2016 biopic about a homeless street musician whose fortunes improve after he's befriended by a stray cat he calls Bob.

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2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Samuel Kidd: Youth and Love": Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Ann Arbor native, an award-winning baritone, performs a program, inspired by Ralph Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel, of English art songs exploring themes of young love and loss of innocence. With pianist Bernard Tan.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. 769-2999. [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). PointlessBrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [06fri]. [map]


 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff on hand to help and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]


 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Decorate A Nutcracker": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-5 invited to decorate your own wooden nutcracker ornament. Materials provided.
AADL Pittsfield Branch. Free. 327-4200.


 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]



 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]


 6-10 p.m. 

Holiday Party: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Potluck dinner followed by carols and small gift exchange (under $10 or homemade). Bring a dish to pass.
6-10 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 274-0773. [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

Intro Aerial Silks and Lyra: A2 Aviary.

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Designed for absolute beginners, each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary! We'll introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the aerial apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body! Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Night Hike: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike in the dark, led by WCPARC naturalists. Followed by a bonfire and hot cocoa. Dress for the outdoors.
6-8:30 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings. Free, preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. $6 vehicle entry fee. 449-4437, ext. 203. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Night Hikes ": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Dec. 20, Jan. 24, & Feb. 21. A WCPARC naturalist leads a hike in the dark. Followed by a bonfire and hot cocoa. Dress for the outdoors.
6-8:30 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Webster Twp.. $6 vehicle entry fee. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"7th Annual Winter Solstice Sing-Along."

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All invited to a holiday-themed candlelit sing-along led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski.
First United Methodist Church, Green Wood campus, 1001 Green Rd. Free. 426-7818. [map]



 7:30 & 10 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 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.  Free! 

"The Chocolate Cake Sutra: Ingredients for a Sweet Life": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Crazy Wisdom owner Bill Zirinsky, of Oregon-based Zen Buddhist dharma teacher (and former Ann Arborite) Geri Larkin's book.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [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. 

RFD Boys: The Ark.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have a new guitarist-mandolinist, Dan Roehrig, and they recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a new album, Still Delivering.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 at the door only. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including resident Pointless group This is a Quiz and long-form improv from the League of Pointless Improvisers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at PointlessBrew.com & at the door. (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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Joe Shelton

Country-based Americana rock 'n' roll by this Muncie (IN) singer- songwriter. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Trio Borealis

NYC-based jazz trio whose repertoire includes originals, improvisations, and music by other composers. With pianist Michael Malis, bassist Ben Rolston, and drummer Stephen Boegehold. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Snack Time

Classic rock covers by this ensemble off local parents with time on their hands. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Luti & Bobby

Double bill. Luti Erbeznik is a Milford singer-songwriter and guitarist who sings in a voice that's been compared to Nick Drake and whose music blends American folk, rock, and pop forms with the rhythms and colorings of the music of his native Yugoslavia. Bobbby Pennock is a Plymouth folk- rock singer-songwriter whose style draws its influences from Paul Simon and Harry Chapin, with a helping of the Beatles thrown in for zest. [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: 50 Amp Fuse

Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band. [venue info]

Live: The Money Gods / The Seatbelts Hoodang

Double bill. The Money Gods is a northeast Michigan garage rock band, and the Seatbelts is a Detroit postpunk rock band that first formed in 1977. [venue info]

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 7-11 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Kim Gnagey Kim Gnagey

Plymouth singer-songwriter whose music draws on folk, blues, and jazz idioms. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Blueshouse and Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective

Led by veteran English singer-guitarist Mike Brooks, this collective is comprised of some 20 musicians of various ages and levels of expertise. Instruments include ukuleles, guitar, flute, percussion, trumpet, accordion, bass and melodica. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Truman

Dynamic, atmospheric rock by this veteran Ypsilanti trio. Openers: the area punk-rock trio Human Skull, the Ypsilanti punk quartet Normal Park, and the new Detroit hardcore trio Love Loss. 8 p.m.-midnight. . [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Joe Summers Trio

This local trio led by guitar virtuoso Summers plays an eclectic mix of standards, Latin jazz, and classic swing. [venue info]

 
 


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