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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 2, 2021

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 6 a.m.-7 p.m.  Online 

"Rockin' for the Hungry 2021": Food Gatherers.

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Save the date! Food Gatherers is joining with ann arbor's 107one and Kroger to host Rockin' for the Hungry, Tuesday, November 30th - Saturday, December 4th from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This annual food and fund drive will feature live interviews, matching funds for financial gifts, and a food drive. An in-person food and fund drive will also take place on Saturday, December 4th at select Kroger stores. Help us raise 1 million meals for our community! For the latest details, visit
Virtual. Online. Donation. 734-761-2796.

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Chinese Mah Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thursday if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Our Changing Economics Landscape: Wealth Redistribution, Innovations, and Sustainability": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 25), Nov. 4-Dec. 16. Series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) on a variety of economic topics. Nov. 4: U-M economics professor Jim Adams on "Whither Capitalism?" Nov. 11 (11 a.m.): NYU business professor Robert Seamans on "The Economic Impact of Harnessing Artificial Intelligence." Nov. 18: Corporate tax consultant Reuven Avi-Yonah on "Tax Policy and Wealth Inequality in the US: Trends and Remedies." Dec. 2: U-M economics professor Dean Yang on "The Economics of Migration." Dec. 9: U-M finance professor Bob Dittmar on "Cryptocurrency: Economic and Environmental Impacts and U.S. Policy." Dec. 16: University of Chicago history professor Gabriel Winant on "How American Health Care Became So Chaotic."
10-11:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted), for URL preregister at $60 for the 6-lecture series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.

 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": HSHV.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Events also hosted at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1). Tickets $5 (babies under age 1, free).

Preregistration required at, 661-3575.

 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Artist Market: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Tues.-Sat., Nov. 26-Dec. 23. Holiday sale of works in various media and styles by over 60 jury-selected artists.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Thurs.) & 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.). Free admission. 662-3382, [map]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 24. All kids invited to sit with Santa or visit from a distance; photos available for purchase. Note: Santa takes breaks 3-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. only.
Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at 769-9610. [map]

 5:30-end time TBA.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. Game materials provided.
5:30-9 p.m. (Sun.) & 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Bill's Beer Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

34th Annual Jewish Book Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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Nov. 21-Dec. 16. This annual festival features livestream talks by 24 Jewish authors on their books, ranging from cookbooks, expensive gift books, children's books, and reference books to books by local authors and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.) Today: Philadelphia fiction writer Pam Jenoff on The Woman With the Blue Star (1 p.m.), her new historical novel about an unlikely friendship between 2 young Polish women of similar ages during WWII, one Jewish, the other not.
Various times, online at Free. 971-0990.

 1-4 p.m. or so. 

Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Partners required on Fridays only. If you plan to come without a partner on Tuesday or Thursday, email beforehand. Refreshments available.
Games start at 1-4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. Masks required. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m  Free!  Online 

"Wise Guys: Conversations for Men.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 5-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dec. 2 & 9. Three AADL staffers each answer in 5 minutes or less their own book-related questions, such as "What book didn't live up to the hype?" or "What's your favorite classic?"
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Community Workshop: U-M Prison Creative Arts Program.

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All are invited to join students, transformative justice advocates, and formerly incarcerated individuals in writing and drawing exercises, including working from prompts, with an emphasis on supportive group interaction. Also, livestream workshops (Dec. 2 & 9) available at
East Quad rm. 1807, 701 East University. Free. Masks required.

 6-8 p.m.  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free, but donations welcome.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Show-and-Tell & Holiday Party: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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All invited to bring rocks, minerals, or jewelry to show off. Refreshments.
West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. 7th St. Free. Masks required. 665-5574. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 


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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. Lessons offered.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. Masks and vaccinations required. [map]

 7 p.m. or so 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular outdoor weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Thursday Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Dec. 2 & 9. Talks (via Zoom) by global scholars. Dec. 2: Temple University Japan former president Kirk R. Patterson on "Japan as a Marine Tourism Mecca." Dec. 9: Sophia University (Japan) Japanese history professor Bettina Gramlich-Oka on "Creation of and Participation in Networks: Visiting the Japan Biographical Database" about the gendered history of Japanese demographic research.
For URL preregister at Free., 764-6307.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"​​Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World.": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Former National Geographic design editor Oliver Uberti discusses (via Zoom) his new book, an award-winning work of data-driven cartography, co-written with James Cheshire, that illustrates everything from undersea cables and cell towers to human migration and changing climate.
For URL see Free. 585-5567.

 7 p.m. 

"Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers": Fathom Events.

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(Dallas Jenkins, 2021) Latest episode in the Chosen series focusing on the birth of Jesus, seen through the eyes of Mary and Joseph. Also, a diverse lineup of Christian rock and gospel musicians perform new and classic Christmas songs from the set of the show.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 7:30 p.m. 

Comedy Jamm: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at (recommended) and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Percussion and Jazz Ensemble Concert: EMU Music Department.

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Double bill of music student ensembles. The Jazz Ensemble performs a program of standards, including Simons & Marks's "All of Me," Duke Ellington's "Main Stem," Count Basie's "One O'Clock Jump," and more. The Percussion Ensemble performs Nebojsa Zivkovic's "Trio per Uno," Steven Snowden's "A Man With a Gun Lives Here," Phillip Richardson's "Transmigration," and Ney Rosauro's "Brazilian Myths."
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. 487-6842.

 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Yoga with Cats: Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. (except Nov. 25). Huron Valley Humane Society humane education reps introduce all ages to the basics of hatha-style yoga, which integrates breath with movement. Also, interact with adoptable cats. Dress prepared to work out. Suitable for age 12 & up (all 16 & under must be accompanied by adult).
7:30-8:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 8:30-9:30 a.m. (Sun.), Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10. 661-3575. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Dec. 2-5. Vincent J. Cardinal directs U-M musical theater students in Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Arthur Miller Theater, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $24 (students, $13) in advance at and at the door. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Junk: The Golden Age of Debt": U-M Theatre Department.

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Dec 2-5. Geoff Packard directs theater students in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar's fast-paced 2016 Shakespearean-style history play, set in 1985, about a high-flying financier who sets out to take over a distressed steel conglomerate. With double-dealing lawyers and corporate backstabbers standing in for earls and barons jockeying for a throne, the play exposes the moral bankruptcy of a culture that prizes the power of money above all else.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $28-$34 (students, $13) in advance at and at the door. Masks required. 764-2538.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Student Chamber Music Series: U-M Music School.

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Dec. 1, 2, 4, 5, & 8. Music student chamber ensembles in various combinations perform a series of concerts of old to new music for strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano. Livestream available: see
U-M Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin & U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall (Dec. 8 only), 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"also known as": U-M Dance Department BFA Concert.

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Dec. 2-4. New solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance seniors Alexa Guidotti, Kristin Hanson, and Alexa Miller.
U-M Dance Building, 1000 Baits Dr (adjacent to the Moore Music Building). Tickets $10 (cash or check only) at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"H.M.S. Pinafore": U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

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Dec. 2-5. This town-and-gown company performs one of Gilbert and Sullivan's best-known comic operettas, also known as "The Lass Who Loved a Sailor." Aboard the Pinafore, the captain's daughter moons for a poor but honest sailor. Her father won't abide a marriage with a common deckhand, but in time, through a series of absurd plot twists that tweak class barriers, the two lovers predictably find bliss. The score contains many of Sullivan's most memorable works, among them "We Sail the Ocean Blue" and "I'm Called Little Buttercup." Stars Catherine Moss, Lee Vahlsing, Richard Harper, Mario Melone, Drake Meadow, Leslie Naeve, and Caitlin Glimco.
8 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $20 (seniors age 65 & over, $18; students with ID, $10) in advance at and at the door. Masks required. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Maker Show and Tell: End-of-Year Spectacular": All Hands Active.

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All invited to discuss via Zoom, in 5 minutes or so, an electronic or other hands-on project that you've made, modified, or hacked in some way, or what you'd like to be working on or what you want help with. Listeners welcome.
For URL see Free, but donations appreciated.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"There's Corn in Our Hair? Adventures with Food": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Rebroadcast of a lecture by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, directors of the Peabody Award-winning documentary King Corn and cofounders of FoodCorps, a national team of Americorps leaders who help kids get healthy food.
For URL see Free.


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Steve Poltz

The former lead singer of the Rugburns, Poltz is best known as the coauthor of Jewel's hit single "You Were Meant for Me." He's also a famously enchanting live performer who works without a set list to be free to respond to the mood of a room. $20. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Daring Detour

Introspective blues- and folk-flavored rock by the local acoustic duo of vocalist Kathi Dvorin and guitarist DeVeaux Gauger. [venue info]


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