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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 3, 2021






 
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 All Day.  Free! 

35th Annual Hometown Holiday: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 3-5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 22, & 24. Family activities, including Santa visits and crafts. Merchant sales with entertainment and refreshments at many stores. For complete schedule, see chelseamich.com/hometown-holiday. Dec. 3: Tree lighting ceremony (4-6:30 p.m., Pierce Park), and a Live Nativity Scene (6:30-7:30 p.m., Palmer Commons). Dec. 4: Holiday Homemade Gift workshop for teens & tweens (time TBA, Chelsea District Library), a parade through downtown Chelsea (6-6:30 p.m.) featuring dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands, Santa, and more, and drop-in to a holiday pet photo booth (12:30-4 p.m., Lane Animal Hospital, 701 N. Main). Dec. 5: Waterloo Farm Museum's "Christmas on the Farm" (see 4 Saturday listing), the chance to visit with Santa at "Donuts & Selfies with Santa" (10 a.m.-noon, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, 125 S. Main), and Hometown Holiday Concert (3 & 7 p.m., First Methodist Church, 128 Park St.) by the Chelsea Chamber Players and members of the Chelsea High School orchestra. The program includes works by Emilie Mayer, Florence Prince, and Christmas selections. Dec. 9: Reading by local writer Jan Brett (time TBA, Chelsea District Library) and an outdoor performance by the Arbor Consort Carolers (4-5 p.m., Chelsea District Library lawn) while dressed in Victorian holiday costumes. Dec. 10: A raffle (5-6 p.m., Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, 222 S. Main) with a portion of the proceeds going to Chelsea High School graduates. Dec. 17: The chance to visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus, as well as Chelsea fire & police department staffers (6-9 p.m., Ugly Dog Distillery, 218 S. Main). Hot cocoa available for kids. Dec. 19: Pick up gingerbread-making kits (noon-2 p.m., Chelsea Palmer Commons, 304 S. Main) to assemble and decorate at home. Dec. 22: "Holiday Spirit" program TBA (time TBA, Chelsea District Library). Dec. 24: Livestream storytime with Santa (1:30-2 p.m., for URL see chelseamich.com/events/hth-virtual-storytime).
Various times and locations, Chelsea. Free. 475-1145.


 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 www.foodgatherers.org/rockin.
Virtual. Online. Donation. 734-761-2796. susy.newman@foodgatherers.org www.foodgatherers.org


 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.

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Every Fri. & Sat. through Dec. 18. Sale of used seasonal gifts and decorations, sporting goods, kitchen items, collectables, books, jewelry, office supplies, furniture, and more.
Kiwanis Center West, 102 N. Staebler. Free admission. 368-9738. [map]


 11 a.m.-7 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, elizabeth@TheGuild.org. [map]


 11 a.m. & 12:30,1:30 & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Fri.-Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. Expedition Reef (11 a.m.) explores the life cycle of coral reefs and what scientists are doing to keep coral bleaching events at bay. Sky Tonight (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) shows off of the current night sky. Sea Monsters (1:30 p.m.) follows an animated Late Cretaceous water creature though the great inland sea that divided North America in 2.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]


 Noon  Online 

"Stop Eating your Feelings (and all that food!)": Foundations of Wellness for Women.

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The holidays are upon us! You know that stress causes you to gain weight, and if you're wishing you knew how to deal with that stress, we're ready to share some practical tips and tools for keeping your calm during the holidays.
Through discussion and role-play with the FWW team (Dr. Suman Tewari, Jen Sprague, and Liza Baker), we will learn how to handle relationships during the holidays, navigate some common holiday scenarios, deal with awkward social situations in a stress-free way,tune in to your emotions, and prepare with mental rehearsals.
Don't go off the rails on your health journey: you can get through the holidays without gaining a pound (you might even lose some weight). Register at: https://bit.ly/FWWStopEatingYourFeelings
online. Online. $12. 734-418-2188. fww@a2hg.net https://foundations-of-wellness-for-women.mailchimpsites.com/



 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


 noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

Sandra Osip Exhibition "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in": U of M North Campus Research Complex Galleries.

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This one person exhibition features new work by the artist.Sandra Osip was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned Bachelor of
Science from Wayne State University, and Master of Fine Arts
from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has received two Michigan
Council of Arts awards and a public art commission titled
"Progression" for the Detroit People Mover "Art in the Stations"
project, in the Fort/Cass Station.

Osip's artwork has been included in exhibitions at the Hill Galleryin Birmingham, Michigan, Wasserman Project, Detroit, Michigan and Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; and it can be found in many permanent art collections including the Detroit Institute of Art, Robert and Karen Duncan, Ray-O-Vac, Cranbrook Art Museum, and 1st National Bank of Chicago.
Sandra moved to New York 1990. She received a McDonald
residency in Peterboro, New Hampshire in 1992, and was the
recipient of the prestigious New York Foundation of Arts award.
U of M North Campus Research Complex Gallery, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 18. Free. 734 936 3326. serrag@med.umich.edu https://ncrc.umich.edu/life-ncrc/occupant-amenities/art-program [map]



 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 simon.com/santa. 769-9610. [map]


 noon - 5 p.m.  Free! 

Stephanie Sarris Exhibition "Rhythmic Patterns": U of M North Campus Research Complex Galleries.

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Sarris' paintings are acrylic and mixed media on paper and canvas. The theme of her work is genre based environments/objects that she has experienced. The spaces and objects reflect images that have affected her emotionally. They constantly incorporate the balance of structure vs. gesture. The selection of the grid structure is used as a digest to view ideas drawn from a spectrum of personal/cultural sources. The compositions reflect interior spaces that contain various objects and/or spatial viewpoints. The placement of images, colors and brushstrokes connection to rhythm/movement is essential. The element of rhythm is passionate and spiritual through every mark and stroke. Intense hues of color are used to create an all over pattern that is both gesture and calligraphic. The touch is expressive through its vigorous application.
U of M North Campus Research Complex Galleries, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 18. Free. 734 963 3326. serrag@med.umich.edu https://ncrc.umich.edu/life-ncrc/occupant-amenities/art-program [map]



 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. 30 min. lesson (online and in-person) focusing on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 Noon-2 p.m. 

"Artists Open Studio": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Fri. All invited to bring your own crafty projects and work on them with others. Or, work from the materials provided. Call to reserve space.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $5 (members, $2). Masks required. bpatton@a2gov.org 794-6250. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Role of Strategic Ignorance in Indonesian Agrarian Development": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Cornell University global development professor Jenny Goldstein.
For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/event/88960. Free. cseas@umich.edu.


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Queen Mary University of London research fellow Alicia Spencer-Hall and U-M French professor Blake Gutt discuss (via Zoom) their new book.
For URL preregister at myumi.ch/9o2bX. Free. 615-6613.


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Walking Off the Pounds.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Guided steps to walk in place. Online and in person (beginning Sept. 8).
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Tues. & Fri. if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, info.tswp@umich.edu. [map]


 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 ronmeade@comcast.net 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. ronmeade@comcast.net. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Takács Quartet: University Musical Society.

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Founded in Hungary in 1975, this world-renowned, Boulder-based ensemble-and UMS crowd favorite-is known for its warmth, eloquence, and discipline, and for the ease with which it masters demanding pieces. Violinists Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes, violist Geraldine Walther, and cellist András Fejér are "four of the best string alchemists on the planet," writes a Chicago Tribune reviewer. Tonight they're joined by French accordion and bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro in the world premiere of Bryce Dessner's "Circles" and Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad's "Clash," both commissioned by UMS. Also, Labro's arrangement of Bach's cantata "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," Dino Saluzzi's "Minguito," Maurice Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, and a couple of solo pieces by Labro.
Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $30-$60 in advance at ums.org, the Michigan League, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask and proof of vaccination (or a negative Covid PCR test within 72 hours of performance time) required. 764-2538. [map]


 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"First Chapter Friday": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer reads to kids grades 5-8 the 1st chapter of Obie Is Man Enough, Schuyler Bailar's poignant young adult novel about a transgender kid navigating transition.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 4-9 p.m. 

"Midnight Madness Holiday Kickoff Party": Bløm Meadworks.

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Featuring contemporary classical music TBA presented by the local Third Place Concert Series. Also, sweet treats by Ellen's Fine Goods for sale and Bløm partners with Cahoots Cafe and Gutman Gallery to host a "Makers Market" with handmade gifts.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free admission. Facebook.com/DrinkBlom. [map]


 4-9 p.m. 

"Mini Art Fair & Bazaar": Dreamland Theater.

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Dec. 3, 11, & 18. With works in various media by local artists.
4-9 p.m. (Fri.) & 1-6 p.m. (Sat.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Donation optional. Masks required. info@DreamlandTheater.com. [map]


 4:30-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"(Indian) Animals Are Good to Think With": U-M Center for South Asian Studies Thomas R. Trautmann Honorary Lecture.

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UCLA Asian languages and cultures professor Stephanie Jamison discusses (via Zoom) the role of animal characters in ancient and medieval Indian literature.
For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/event/85618. Free. csas@umich.edu.


 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Online 

"First Friday Happy Hour.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Monthly gathering (via Zoom) with guest hosts TBA.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see olli-umich.org or call 998-9351.


 5 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Cozy Cocoa Mugs": Ann Arbor Art Center Midnight Madness Workshop.

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All ages (5-7 p.m.) and age 18 & up (7:30-9:30 p.m.) invited to use colorful underglazes to paint a set of 2 mugs to take home.
A2AC, 117 W. Liberty. $45, preregistration required at MainStreetAnnArbor.org/midnight-madness. Masks required. 994-8004. [map]


 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Capture The Flag Fridays": All Hands Active.

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Every Fri. All invited to try to capture a virtual flag by solving a computer security problem (or series of problems), ranging from basic computer usage to some programing. Led by AHA members; beginners welcome.
For URL preregister at MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive. Free, but donations required.


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas at the Mansion": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Two days of seasonal happenings on the lavishly decorated grounds of Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion, built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter. Santa is on hand to talk with kids. Also, on Fri. only, a tree lighting ceremony.
6-8 p.m. (Fri.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sat.), Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Free admission, but donations matched. 426-2519. [map]


 6 p.m.-midnight.  Free! 

"Midnight Madness": Main Street Area Association.

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With appearances by Santa, and sidewalk entertainment by the breakdancing group Element 1, Pioneer Choir, Voices in Harmony, Huron Valley Harmonizers, and more. Also, Santa's Mailbox is accepting letters (postage to North Pole courtesy of the MSAA), Nov. 29-Dec. 14, in front of Conor O'Neill's (318 S. Main); include a return address to receive a response from Santa.
Main Street shopping areas. (Many stores in other downtown shopping areas, including State St. area and Kerrytown Market & Shops, are also open tonight.) Free admission. 668-7112. [map]


 6:15 p.m. 

Slow Flow Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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This yoga class will help you find the space between poses while still retaining the gentle rhythm of a flow yoga class. Slow Flow classes are a combination of Vinyasa Flow and Hatha yoga, with fewer transitions than a typical Vinyasa yoga class. When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door. Your first class is free!
Pre-register on our website (www.motathaiyoga.com) or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). motathaiyoga@yahoo.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited to a brief livestreamed Shabbat observance with secular readings, candle lighting, wine rituals, challah, and Yahrzeit observance to remember loved ones.
For URL preregister at JewishCulturalSociety.org/shabbat. Free, but donations accepted. 975-9872.


 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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This month's schedule includes home games vs. Minnesota (Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. & Dec. 4, 7 p.m.), Ohio State (Dec. 10, 7 p.m. & Dec. 11, 8 p.m.), Michigan Tech (Dec. 29, 7 p.m.), and WMU (Dec. 30, 7 p.m.).
Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10 and up. Mask required. mtickets@umich.edu, 764-0247. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas in the Village": Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Downtown Manchester bustles with holiday activities, including several craft shows and artisan markets, a luncheon with Santa, blacksmithing demonstrations, chili cookoff, games and a scavenger hunt for kids, cocktail crawl for adults, and more. Festivities kick off with a parade (Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.) that brings Santa down Main St. to the mill where he lights the Christmas tree and greets children.
Downtown Manchester. Free admission. facebook.com/manchestermichristmas. 476-4565.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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U-M creative writing grad students Caroline Harper (poetry) and Julie Cadman-Kim (fiction) read their work (via Zoom).
For URL see bit.ly/umwebsterreadings. Free. lmmorrow@umich.edu, 764-6330.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Nerd Nite over zoom: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Nerd Nite over zoom, tonight at 7 pm. PM me for the link.
123 Internet Street, 123 Internet Street. Free. Online. burrbarr7@hotmail.com. burrbarr7@hotmail.com [map]


 7 p.m. 

"A Year With Frog and Toad": EMU Theatre Department.

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Dec. 3-5, 11, & 12. EMU theater lecturer Jennifer Felts directs EMU students in Willie and Robert Reale's bubbly Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Arnold Lobel's warmly comic stories about these animal friends who stick together through thick and thin. The musical follows them as they awake in the spring from a long sleep to plant gardens, swim their way through summer, rake leaves in the fall, and go sledding as the weather turns colder. Along the way, they encounter a variety of colorful characters as they learn about life and friendship. Aimed at theatergoers age 5 & older. On Dec. 5 only, a "sensory friendly" performance for audience members with autism or other sensory sensitivities.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors age 60 & over, $12; students, $12; kids ages 6-12, $7) in advance at EMUtix.com, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. Masks required. 487-1220, emich.edu/EMUtheatre.


 7 p.m. 

"Frozen": Saline Varsity Blues.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Singers ages 7-18 perform a stage musical performance of the popular animated Disney adventure fantasy loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.
Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Tickets $15 in advance online at SalineVarsityBlues.org and at the door. SalineVarsityBlues@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Normal Heart": U-M Basement Arts.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Mark Mitrano directs this student theater ensemble in a production of Larry Kramer's largely autobiographical 1985 play on the rise of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in NYC in the early 1980s, seen through the eyes of a prominent gay activist.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri. only), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin. Free. Masks required. facebook.com/basementarts. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

44th Annual Boar's Head Festival: Concordia University.

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Dec. 3-5. Elegantly elaborate medieval English pageant celebrating Christ's birth with a blend of religious pageantry and secular pomp. Maggie Rhodes directs a large cast of Concordia students, faculty, and staff as Beefeaters, hunters, jesters, and other court characters, as well as traditional Christmas shepherds and Magi. With musical narration, congregational singing, and a full orchestra. This hugely popular event sells out in advance every year.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $10-$16 in advance at the Kreft Center Box Office and online at cuaa.edu/KreftArts-Tickets. 995-7537. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Zach Martina: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 3 & 4. Local comic known for his fast-talking, enthusiastic style and for his love of the Detroit Lions, his 2 daughters, and more. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced). 996-9080, aaComedy.com. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"An Almost British Christmas": Theatre Nova.

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Every Fri.-Sun., except Dec. 25 & 31, Dec. 3-Jan. 2, and Dec. 22 & 23. Carla Milarch directs the premiere of her and R. MacKenzie Lewis's seasonal comedy about what happens when 2 unsophisticated Americans attempt a Panto, a British pantomime that blends children's stories with a bit of vaudeville sensibility to create a raucous family entertainment. Cast: Bryana Hall, Dan Morrison, and Monica Spencer.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat. and Dec. 22 & 23), 3 p.m. (Sat. only), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Tickets $25 (kids age 16 & under, $10). Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 48 hours). 635-8450. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"First Friday Open Hours for Adults": The Creature Conservancy.

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Presentation (7:30 p.m.) for age 18 & up on some animals native to Eurasia, including the Sven the reindeer, Mike the English shire horse, and Mango the Burmese python. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjacs, macaws, and more.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Contemporary Directions Ensemble: U-M Music School.

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Adrian Slywotzky directs this U-M music school ensemble in a program featuring Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter's meditative minimalist 2013 sextet Bladed Stance and Aaron Jay Kernis' cacophonous 17-part 2011 chamber work Invisible Mosaic II. Also, Andile Khumalo's Cry Out and Alvin Singleton's In Our Own House.
U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Don White: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This veteran singer-songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts writes sharp-witted songs about everyday life that blend pathos, humor, and biting satire, and his live shows feature a lot of impromptu storytelling and comedy. A Green Wood favorite, his fans include Christine Lavin and Livingston Taylor.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance at GreenWoodCoffeeHouse.org or phone 665-8558 (leave a message with your name, performance date, & # of tickets), and at the door. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Roe, Bickley, Kramer Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. Tonight's program, "Falling Colors," features classic songs associated with the season by Vernon Duke, Vince Guaraldi, Thelonious Monk and other composers, as well as Roe originals inspired by autumn. Livestream available at KerrytownConcertHouse.com.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $13-$50 in advance online and at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]


 8 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 tickets.smtd.umich.edu/5233 and at the door. Masks required. 764-2538. [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 mutotix.umich.edu and at the door. Masks required. umgass@umich.edu. [map]


 8 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 tickets.smtd.umich.edu/5221 and at the door. Masks required. 764-2538.


 8 p.m. 

"Much Ado About Nothing": U-M Residential College Players.

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Dec. 3 & 4. RC junior Will McClelland directs fellow students in Shakespeare's high-spirited, sharp-tongued comedy, set in a modern-day office, about 2 pairs of young lovers. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple's love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor.
East Quad Keene Theater, 701 E. University. Pay-as-you-can at the door. Masks required. mccle@umich.edu. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Winter Wolf": The Penny Seats Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Dec. 3-18. Julia Glander directs veteran local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier's fantasy about a young girl who, in an effort to save her beloved grandfather, traps the Winter Wolf, a legendary creature that serves Time by hunting people in their old age. Cast: Amanda Buchalter, Julia Garlotte, Allyson Miko, Jeremy Salvatori, and Robert Schorr. Suitable for ages 10 & up.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Stone Chalet Inn, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. Tickets $15 (seniors, $12; kids age 12 & under, $10), in advance at PennySeats.org and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 926-5346. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"We Gather, We Sing, We Celebrate": Vocal Arts Ensemble.

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Benjamin Cohen directs this 24-voice local chamber choir in a program of intimate choral music, including works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Tallis, Buxtehude, Sweelinck, Argento, and Cutter.
First Congregational Church, 808 William. Pay-what-you-can at the door only. Masks & proof of vaccination required. VocalArtsAnnArbor@gmail.com. [map]


 8:30-10:30 p.m. 

Social Dance: The Dance Pavilion.

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Every Tues. & Fri. Ballroom dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded from 8-8:30 p.m. by an optional lesson. Drinks & snacks.
8:30-9:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Fri.), 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. $12 (Tues.) & $15 (Fri.). TheDancePavilion.com, 369-9700. [map]


 10 p.m. 

"Love Actually": Michigan Theater.

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Richard Curtis' 2003 feel-good rom-com about half a dozen couples in love, highlighted by a wizened boorish rock star. Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org. Different times. [map]


 10 p.m. 

"Winter Starts Now": Michigan Theater.

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Waren Miller's latest collection of snowboarding footage from various athletes.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org. Different times. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Eagle Crest: Lady Sunshine & the X Band Lady Sunshine

Popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. The band has a new CD, Big Sexee. [venue info]

Ark: Arlo McKinley

Soulful Americana folk-rock by this Cincinnati singer-songwriter. Opener: Justin Wells, a Lexington (KY) alt-country and roots-rock singer-songwriter. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "Winter Forml '21"

With several area bands, including With several local bands, including The Corduroy Job , Warlock's Grave , General 11, Badlnd, Henry w/ ETV, Danny VanZandt, Fairground, Suburban Ants, Remnants, Ashes of War, Letters From Abel, and The Half Of It. $10-$12. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Blue LLama: The McKinney Zone

Jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit drummer Gayelynn McKinney. [venue info]

Club Above: Latin Night

DJ dance party. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Live: "Meet the Beatles."

Detroit Beatles tribute band fronted by vocalist James Wailin. With keyboardist Tom Loncaric, guitarist Steve Caldwell, bassist Chris Spooner, and drummer John Hill. [venue info]

Mash: Dave Menzo Band

Ensemble led by local pop-rock singer-songwriter Menzo. [venue info]

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Double Take

Hartland rock 'n' roll trio. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Pearl Street String Band

Versatile acoustic quartet whose repertoire includes traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and airs from Irish, French- Canadian, New England and Southern/old-time sources, and more. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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