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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 27, 2019






 
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 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.


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays: All About You!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations about biology and the human body. With live entertainment each day, including music, storytelling, and theater from performers TBA.
Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann St., $15 (members, $10). 995-5439. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-3:30 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]


 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]


 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]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Lethal Lunch Book Club: Saline District Library.

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All adults invited to discuss murder mysteries. Bring a lunch; dessert (to die for) provided.

Dec. 27: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie's first novel, which introduces Hercule Poirot.

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1 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Frozen": 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 Frozen! 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]



 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Snowflake Puppets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-5 invited make to these cut paper creations.
AADL Pittsfield.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Unicorn Crowns"

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Grades K--5 invited to make a unicorn crown.
AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-4200.


 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 p.m  Free! 

"Makerspace": Dexter District Library.

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Drop-in hands-on activity for kids in grades K-8.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 5-7 p.m. 

"Cheese & Charcuterie": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers host a tasting of cured meats paired with artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45, preregistration required. 929-0500. [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]



 6:30-10:30 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]


 7 p.m. 

"Gong Paradise-Gong Bath": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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Beautiful, hand-crafted and timeless, gongs for generations have offered a unique sound journey through their powerful yet subtle tones. The power of the gong in sound therapy is associated with many healing modalities. As we listen, it helps calm the mind and body, assists in the management of pain, and healing is promoted as we enter a more relaxed state of being.
Equally, a gong sound bath helps to cut through mental chatter. Through sympathetic resonance, the sound frequencies quickly bring the brain waves into alpha and theta states where meditation and deep relaxation are experienced. In this state of awareness, with intervals of silence, one is able to enjoy a more relaxed perspective, gain deep insights and healing, and increased creativity.
Gong bath is 75 minutes.
3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $28. victoria@veraposeyoga.com www.veraposeyoga.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Film and Discussion: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Bring your friends & enjoy a free film & group discussion. Concessions available.
Sept 27 - INNER WORLD, OUTER WORLDS
One vibratory field connects all thing - Akasha, Logos, primordial OM, music of the spheres, Higgs field, dark energy, a 1000 names throughout history. A link between all religions, inner worlds and outer worlds.
Oct 25 - SAMADHI - Maya, The Illusion of the Self, It's Not What You Think
Samadhi is an ancient Sanskrit word that points to the transcendent union that is at the root of all spirituality and self-inquiry.
Nov 22 - HEALING FIELD: Exploring Energy & Consciousness
Explores breakthroughs in the fields of energy medicine, quantum physics, DNA & genetics, & biochemistry of emotions.
Dec27 - LIVING MATRIX: The New Science of Healing
The documentary brings together academic & independent researchers, practitioners, & science journalists whose work reveals scientific evidence that energy & information fields, not genetics, control health and wellbeing.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734-994-3387. annarbor@jewelheart.org www.jewelheart.org [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Living Matrix: The New Science of Healing": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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(Greg Becker, 2012). Documentary about energy and information fields that regulate human bodies and their benefits to human health. Discussion follows.
FREE. 994-3387. Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth).


 7:30 p.m. 

Mick Gavin's Crossroads Ceili: The Ark.

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Two evenings of Celtic music, song, and dance featuring Mick Gavin, a veteran Detroit Irish fiddler (and County Clare native), with guest performers fiddler James Kelly, pianist Barbara McGone, and 13-year-old Madison Heights Irish harpist Siobhan McKinney, a two-time All-Ireland Champion.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 ($30 by reservation only includes dinner entrée at Conor O'Neill's) in advance theark.org and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Rob Little: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 26-28. This very funny Detroit-area comic is a highly animated performer known for his fast-paced, self-deprecating observational humor about such matters as dieting, exercise, and girlfriends. 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. 

"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. 

"Mittenfest" 826michigan.

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All invited to this winter music festival featuring Michigan-based bands TBA. Proceeds to benefit local non-profit kids writing center 826michigan.
7:30 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. $10 per person. 761-3463. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Jeff Daniels: Onstage & Unplugged": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Dec. 26-29 & 31. Purple Rose founder & playwright Daniels is a veteran movie, TV, & Broadway star who's also a prolific singer-songwriter. He's returning to Purple Rose for a series of concerts showcasing folk-flavored, often comically accented favorites from his half dozen albums, including the recent Simple Truths. His performances are interspersed with chats about how each song came to be.
8 p.m. (Dec. 26 & 27), 2 & 8 p.m. (Dec. 28 & 31), & 7 p.m. (Dec. 29), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $75 ($85 for Dec. 31 late show) in advance & (if available) at the door. PurpleRoseTheatre.org. 433-7673. [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.). PointlessBrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [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.: Rob Crozier

Solo performance by this local jazz bassist, who also plays ukulele, didgeridoo, and more. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Funkwagon

Gospel-infused funk-rock by this Burlington (VT) band now based in Detroit. Openers: the Hamtramck self-styled "psycho-funk" quintet The Scapes, the Ypsilanti groove-oriented psychedelic rock band Social Meteor, and the suburban Detroit funk-based psych-jazz sextet Funkmanship. $10. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Curtis Taylor

Straight-ahead jazz standards & originals by this quartet led by this trumpeter known for his lyrical, seductively melodic improvisational style. $15-$35. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Gerard Gibbs & Organized Crime

Funk-inflected jazz by this Detroit trio led by veteran Hammond B-3 organist Gibbs. With guitarist Perry Hughes and drummer Jabari Kersey. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Annie & Rod Capps Annie & Rod Capps

Annie Capps is a local singer-songwriter and electric guitarist who writes thoughtful, distinctively personal, warmly exuberant folk-rock songs and ballads that are both musically sophisticated and down- home. She's accompanied by her husband, singer-guitarist Rod Capps. [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: Atomic Radio

Detroit quartet that plays 70s-90s rock and pop favorites. [venue info]

Live: Hoodang Hoodang

Local ensemble led by singer-songwriter and guitarist David Rossiter that plays wry, pungent alt-country whose musical roots range from English murder ballads and roadhouse blues to various modes of hardcore country and on its new CD Blue Yodel, a generous helping of insinuating country-rock. [venue info]

Mash: Dan Orcutt

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose Detroit’s Own Soul Purpose

An eclectic mix of genres from funk and blues-rock to hard country by this Westland quintet fronted by vocalist Carol Holmes. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Joanna Ransdell & Anthony Marchese

Ypsilanti pop-folk singer-songwriter, the frontwoman of the acoustic ensemble Joanna & the Jaywalkers. She is accompanied by one of her band members, cellist Anthony Marchese. [venue info]

 
 


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