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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 29, 2019






 
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 11 a.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. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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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. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418. [map]


 Noon-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]


 1 p.m. 

Circus Mini Camp: Ringstar Studio.

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Kids ages 10-18 are invited to sample four different circus arts in this exciting mini camp experience. Ringstar Studio has teamed up with Black Swamp Circus and Monarch Gymnasium to offer this one day sampler. Circus arts explored will include aerial silk, lyra (aerial hoop), cloud swing, and contortion. No previous experience in circus arts, gymnastics, etc is necessary- complete beginners are welcome to come and learn!
Campers will be divided into two groups according to their age and spend about an hour at each station. While participation in all activities is encouraged, students will not be required to do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Circus Mini Camp is a non-competitive program that encourages cooperation and support between students.
Camp runs from 1-5pm. Drop off begins at 12:30pm and pickup will run until 5:30pm. Sorry- early drop off and aftercare are not available.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $75. diane@a2ringstar.com https://www.wellnessliving.com/rs/event/a2ringstar?k_class=103087&k_class_tab=6712 [map]



 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun., except Jan. 26 & Feb. 23. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Pigtastic Storytime and Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades preK-3 invited to listen to pig-related stories and make piggy crafts with an AADL librarian.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Thank You Card Party": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to write, draw, and decorate cards to send to family and friends.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Livestream only from Crisler Center.

Jan. 3: Northwestern.

Jan. 6: Minnesota.

Jan. 12: Wisconsin.

Jan. 19: Maryland.

Jan. 30: Indiana.

Feb. 6: Michigan State.

Feb. 11: Illinois.

Feb. 18: Rutgers.

Mar. 4: Iowa.
Time TBA, online at mGOblue.com/sports/mens-basketball/schedule. Free. 764-0247.


 2 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]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Adventure of the Illustrious Client": The Arcadia Mixture Sherlock Holmes Club.

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All invited to discuss the Arthur Conan Doyle story in which Sherlock's mental prowess does him little good.
Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson. Free. rpl@umich.edu. [map]


 3-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun., except Feb. 23 Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Menorah Lighting: Chabad House.

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Lighting of a menorah, with crafts, chocolate gelt, and a chance to take a photo with a dreidel mascot.
4 p.m., Briarwood Mall. Free. 995-3276. [map]


 4-6 p.m. 

"Meads and Movies": Bløm Meadworks.

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Movie screenings. Dec. 1: Hallmark movie TBA. Dec. 8: Christmas Vacation. Dec. 15: Home Alone. Dec. 22: Elf. Dec 29: Die Hard.
4-6 p.m., Bløm taproom, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free admission; buy your own food & drink. 548-9729. [map]


 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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All invited to play card and board games. Also, a Dungeon Master on hand to lead a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
5:30-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]


 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]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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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 a2morris@umich.edu to confirm, or check MeetUp.com/Ann-Arbor-Morris-Dancing. 717-1569. [map]


 7 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]


 7:30 p.m. 

San and Emily: The Ark.

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Veteran local folk singer-songwriter San Slomovits and his daughter, violinist Emily Slomovits, perform 2 sets, one featuring classical, folk, klezmer, and pop tunes, while the other includes songs from classic Hollywood movies and Broadway musicals. Special guests are youthful bassist Jacob Warren and Emmy-winning local composer-pianist pianist Brian Brill.
7::30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at theark.org and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Mittenfest" 826michigan.

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All invited to this winter music festival featuring Michigan-based bands TBA at mittenfest.org. 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra.

Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. 6-8 p.m. This month's program, "Uncut Gems," focuses on the unrecorded music of bop-era composer-pianist Tadd Dameron. [venue info]

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. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Rob Crozier Trio

Jazz originals and standards by this local ensemble led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Whit & Al Hill

Nashville-based former Ann Arborite duo of multitalented performance artist Whit Hill (aka Whitley Setrakian), the winner of the 2012 Kerrville Folk Festival new folk competition who writes richly imaginative country-folk originals that are often spiked with her offbeat sense of humor, and her husband, Al Hill, a veteran R&B and blues keyboardist and guitarist known for his soulful vocal style. [venue info]

Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."

A house band--trumpeter Ingrid Racine, keyboardist Michael Malis,bassist Josef Deas, & drummer Jesse Kramer--is joined by saxophonist Janelle Reichman . [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: "Swing Night"

With a hot swing dance ensemble TBA. [venue info]

 
 


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