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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, December 24, 2019






 
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 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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All kids invited to visit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 8 is "Pet Photo Night" (6-8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 1, 9-10:30 a.m.; preregistration required at Eventbrite.com (look for "Caring Santa".) Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.
10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Dec. 2-6), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Dec. 7 & 9-12); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 8), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 15), 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 14 & 16-23), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 24), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free ("fast passes" to avoid lines available with photo package purchase at bit.ly/36DqizF). 769-9610. [map]


 1:30 & 4:15 p.m. 

"Knives Out": Michigan Theater.

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


 1:45 & 4 p.m. 

"Fantastic Fungi": Michigan Theater.

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(Louis Schwartzberg, 2019). Documentary featuring fungi's capacity to heal, sustain, and regenerate life on Earth.
Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 3 p.m. 

"A Hidden Life": Michigan Theater.

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(Terrence Malick, 2020). Drama about an Austrian farmer who faces the threat of execution for refusing to fight for the Nazis during World War II.
Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 3:45, 4:15, 7, & 7:30 p.m. 

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker": State Theater.

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The final battle commences between the surviving Resistance forces and the Order.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Living Nativity: First Congregational Church.

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Outdoor nativity with sheep and other live animals. Followed by a family Christmas pageant at 5:30; angel, shepherd, and other costumes available to borrow, all kids welcome to participate.
4 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E William. Free. 662-1679. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Christmas Tableau: Zion Lutheran Church.

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Dramatic staging of the nativity story with actors, narration, and an orchestra.
5 p.m., Zion, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 994-4455. [map]


 5 & 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lessons and Carols: First Presbyterian Church.

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The traditional program of scripture readings interspersed with congregational carol singing led by the church's chancel choir.
5 & 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Lessons and Carols: Northside Community Church.

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A kid-friendly celebration of Christmas stories and music highlighted by a singing of "Silent Night" in the round. With pianist Martin Katz, tenor Glenn Perry, and others.
Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. 662-6351. [map]


 6-9 p.m. 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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All knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips.
Call for location and holiday hours. $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 7:00 p.m.  Free! 

Christmas Eve Service: Calvary Presbyterian Church.

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Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with Lessons and Carols.
Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2727 Fernwood Ave. Free. 7349713121. calvarya2@gmail.com [map]


 7:15 p.m. 

"Parasite: Color": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2019). Satirical black comedy thriller. Korean, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Festival of Lessons and Carols: First Baptist Church.

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The church presents the Christmas story through a program of alternating scriptural readings and choral and congregational singing adapted from the famous Christmas Eve service at King's College, Cambridge (England). Kids welcome; child care provided for infants and toddlers.
First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron. Free. 663-9376. [map]


 10 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas Eve Festival Prelude": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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St. Andrew's music director Deborah Friauff directs the church's adult choir and Baroque Chamber Orchestra in Johann Kuhnau's A Child is Born to Us. Also, seasonal favorites by the handbell choir.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. Men invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($214 annual dues). Newcomers should call in advance, 796-7467. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Oz's Music Environment: "Ukulele Jam."

Musicians of all ability levels invited. Hosted by the Tree Town Uke ensemble; chords provided. [venue info]

 
 


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