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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 10, 2020

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"John Lewis: Good Trouble": U-M Michigan Union Ticket Office.

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(Dawn Porter, 2020). Documentary about the late GA congressman and civil rights icon, who devoted much of his life to winning and preserving the right to vote.
For online streaming URL, preregister at Available all day.

 6 a.m.-midnight 

Opera One-Acts: U-M Opera Theatre.

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Dec. 9-16.Abbigail Cote directs U-M students in 2 short operas by prominent contemporary American composers. Christopher Cerrone's All Wounds Bleed, is a retelling of the classical myth of Echo & Narcissus that features a soprano nymph Echo, a mezzo Hera, and a tenor Narcissus. Jake Runestad's Daughters of the Bloody Duke is a dark comedy about a revenge-crazed family. Prerecorded on Oct. 9 in the McIntosh Theatre. U-M student pianists Natalie Sherer and Chao Gao accompany, respectively.
Online at (search "umich smtd"); available for 1 week only. Free.

 6 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Messiah Mixtape Watch Party": University Musical Society Digital Presentation (University Choral Union).

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Dec. 6-31. University Choral Union director Scott Hanoian and UMS programming and production VP Michael Kondziolka show archival recordings of Handel's beloved oratorio performed by the 170-voice chorus Choral Union, featuring thunderous sing-alongs of the "Hallelujah" Chorus. In some variation, this has been an Ann Arbor tradition ever since organist (and U-M president) Henry Frieze led an impromptu community chorus in the spring of 1879, a performance that led to the formation of both the Choral Union and the UMS.
Anytime from 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 through Dec. 31, online at Free. 764-2538.

 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Dance It Out!": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2 through 4 years & an Adult. You and your child explore a variety of creative movement activities designed to develop gross motor skills and cognitive development. Sam looks for smiles, laughs and creative exploration; there's no wrong way to move! Fun music incorporates rhythm patterns which sets the scene for jumping, galloping, stepping sideways and lots of balancing. This class use their imaginations to dance like frogs, monkeys and even cheetahs. Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. You are joining a class that began in September. Instructor: Samantha Coffin. 5 classes. Scholarship recipients: $10. No Class 11/26
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $59. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Jump into Speech": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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15 to 30 months & an Adult. Between 15 and 30 months toddlers develop their vocabulary at an amazing rate. This class provides tools and strategies for adults to use to with their children all centered around communication skills. There is time for social chatting and dialogue at the beginning and end of each class facilitated and modeled by Susanna with help from the participating adults using puppets, stuffed animals, visual aids and other props we may have around the house. Circle Time includes songs and fingerplays with movements, partner activities and "What's In The Box" A weekly extension will be available privately on YouTube highlighting the specific strategies to practice after class ends as well as a private group for posting additional content, building community and sharing progress. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 10:30 a.m.  Online 

"Oh! Susanna Online with Silly Times and Surprises": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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2 through 4 years olds & an Adult. Gather together to actively experience some familiar First Steps favorites (like Jack in the Box and traditional circle time songs) while also being introduced to new material. Susanna combines the old and new through simple games, partner activities, dances and fingerplays that help build important skills like sequencing, recall, memorization and following multi-step directions. Social interaction between families and children is encouraged as we build community and stay connected. Bonus material to access during the week is also part of this class. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $75. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Artist Market: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Wed-Sat. in Nov. and Tues.-Sat. through Dec. 23. Holiday sale of works in various media and styles by over 50 jury-selected area artists. Featuring jewelry, functional and decorative ceramics, small and large painting, prints, fiber art, wood carvings, and more. Also, artist trunk shows every Fri. & Sat.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Wed.-Sat. in Nov. and Tues.-Thurs. in Dec), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Fri. in Dec.), & 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Sat. in Dec.). Free admission. 662.3382, [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Tuesday Morning Mindfulness Meditation: Open Mindfulness Meditation.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Online. Please join us for this weekly free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between. Come when you can. Experience the power of mindfulness in community!
Please message for Zoom link.
Now Online!, Saline. Free. Online. 734-276-7707.

 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to visit with Santa from a distance; photos available for purchase. Masks required. Note: Santa takes breaks
Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments required at; walk-ins available the first and last hour of each day only. 769-9610. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Art and Activism in Postwar Japan: The Antiwar Art of Shikoku Gorō" U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Talk by Oberlin College East Asian studies professor Ann Sherif.
For online URL preregister at Free. 764-6307.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Downsizing: Exploring the World from Home": First Presbyterian Church Lunch & Learn Series.

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Grand Valley State University museum director Henry Matthews discusses the art of the miniature and leads a virtual tour of his 11-foot tall dollhouse.
Online at Free. 662-4466.

 Time TBA  Free!  Online 

Jen Cass & the Lucky Nows: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Bluesy Americana roots-rock by an ensemble led by veteran Detroit singer-songwriter Jen Cass.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.

 Time TBA  Free!  Online 

Michelle Held: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter with a distinctively soulful vocal style.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.

 Time TBA  Online 

Mountain Man: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Dec. 3, 10, & 17. Vermont-based all-female acoustic pop-folk trio known for its resonant, often thrilling vocal harmonies.
Time TBA, for URL and tickets ($12), see

 1-6 p.m. 

20th Annual Holiday Show & Sale: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Dec. 10-12. Show and sale of works by local ceramics artists.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free admission. 662-4914. [map]

 1:10-4:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Annual Nobel Symposium: U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

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Seven U-M scholars each discuss the work, impact, and personalities of the six 2020 Nobel laureates. With chemistry professor Nils Walter, microbiology & immunology professor Katherine Spindler, mathematics professor Lydia Bieri, astronomy professor Doug Richstone, economics professor Tilman Börgers, literature professor Linda Gregerson, and public policy professor Susan Waltz.
Online at Free. 763-3301.

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ikebana International.

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Dec. 8 & 10. Video of highlights from the 2009 Ikebana International North & Central American Regional Conference, featuring certified instructors introducing this Japanese art of flower arranging.
For online URL email Free.

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

San and Emily Slomovits.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. Multi-instrumentalist San (best known as half of the popular family-friendly duo Gemini) and his vocalist-violinist daughter Emily perform livestream folk music geared towards kids (Mon.) and adults (Thurs.).
Online at (Mon) and (Thurs). Free, but donations for Food Gatherers or a social or racial justice-oriented organization accepted.

 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Jazz Chats with Cool Cats": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local drummer Pete Siers and upright bassist Marion Hayden, both local jazz favorites, discuss topics related to jazz and perform a program TBA. Livestream from KCH.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"A Drive-Through Christmas Experience": Ann Arbor Baptist Church.

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Dec. 10-13. Carside entertainment featuring a decorated 25-foot Christmas tree and a live Nativity scene. Also, screening of The Christmas Truce, a 5-minute animation based on WWI soldiers' memories of an unusual Christmas on the front lines. Take-home cookies and hot chocolate (or eat them in the car, if you like).
Ann Arbor Baptist Church, 2150 S. Wagner. Free. 995-5144. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

33rd Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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Nov. 30 and Dec. 2-5, 7, 9, 10, 12-17, 21, & 22. Talks by various Jewish writers. Today: U-M professors Andrei Markovits (political science) and Kenneth Garner (history) discuss their new book The Boundaries of Pluralism: The World of the University of Michigan's Jewish Students From 1897 to 1945.
For online URLs preregister at Free admission (sponsorship opportunities available, $180-$10,000). 971-0990.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual 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.
For meeting URL email Free.

 7 p.m. 

"Kinky Boots": Fathom Events.

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(Jerry Mitchell, 2012). Rebroadcast of a London production of the hit musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. It's about a failing shoe maker and a drag queen who partner up to make a line of high-heeled boots.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424). Masks required at all times except when eating concessions. Ticket prices TBA in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Trivia": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs., except Dec. 24 & 31. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow throws out questions in a livestream video for participants to answer in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Free. 998-1413.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Chamber Music: Serendipity Books.

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Select students of the Cumming String Studio perform works TBA.
5:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 W. Middle, Chelsea. Free. 475-7148. [map]

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