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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 5, 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 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
Various times and locations, Chelsea. Free. 475-1145.

 8:30-9:30 a.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]

 9:40 a.m. 

Donation Morning Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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This class is a great way to begin your day. Wake up your body and mind with slow flow and gentle stretches.
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.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. Register on Eventbrite. on our website, 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 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. $10-20 Donation. 7347577213. [map]

 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

9th Annual Holiday Sale: Huron Valley Woodturners.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Nine local woodturners show and sell their bowls, pens, vases, lamps, candlesticks, ornaments, rolling pins, crochet sets, ice cream scoops, and more. Also, display of work by local watercolor painters and jewelers. Cider & cookies. Partial proceeds benefit the Webster Historical Society and the Virtual Dialysis Support Center.
Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. Free admission., 915-4915. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Artisan Market: York Food & Drink.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Show and sale of handcrafted goods by more than 30 local artisans, featuring jewelry, pottery, paintings, vintage clothing, specialty food items, and more. Music spun by DJs.
York Yard, 1928 Packard. Free admission. 662-0798. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Market: StudioStudio.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Show & sale of work in various media & styles.
11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), StudioStudio, 1946 Packard. Free admission. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Popular annual sale held in a heated tent outdoors. Large selection of functional and decorative ceramics by local artists. Includes a kids' area with gifts priced for their budgets.
Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Christmas on the Farm": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Dec. 4 & 5. This German immigrant pioneer homestead comes alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a rural 1880s Michigan Christmas as costumed guides lead tours of the 2-story brick farmhouse, 1840s log house, and outbuildings (with a blacksmith at work at the forge). Also, lace and other fiber craft demonstrations, sales of holiday greens and baked goods, and a "Christmas Market" with handcrafted gifts. Reading of The Night Before Christmas on Sun. only at an afternoon time TBA. Carolers and live music. Concessions.
Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 admission (seniors, $4; kids ages 5-12, $2; age 4 & under & members, free). (517) 648-3676.

 10:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom or in Person. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 7343270270. [map]

  11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Holiday Art Fair.

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Dec. 4 & 5. Display of paintings, ceramics, prints, functional art, books, speciality food and more by over 100 artists and writers. Also, art activities & food vendors.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission, but canned or boxed food donations accepted for $2 shopping credit. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [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]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Pet Photos with Santa": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Dec. 4 & 5. All invited to bring pets to meet Santa. Bring cats in carriers and dogs on leashes.
Huron Pet Supply, 5060 Jackson Rd. $10-$15 donation (includes a digital or printed photo). 747-7575. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,


"Nutcracker Remix & Competition Holiday Showcase": Dancer's Edge.

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Dancer's Edge is happy to be hosting our Holiday Showcase and Nutcracker Remix at Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theatre in Pinckney! This rendition of the Nutcracker story honors the classic version, while also adding a new twist focusing on not just ballet, but other genres of dance. In addition, we will be showcasing the talents of those in our competition program in our annual Holiday Showcase!
Call Dancer's Edge at 734-424-2626 or email for more information!
Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theatre, 2100 M-36, Pinckney, MI 48169, Pinckney. $20.00/Person. 734-424-2626. [map]

 Noon-6 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 

"Youthful Spirits Class for Young People": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 1 p.m. 

Historic Earhart Manor Tour: Concordia University Ann Arbor Guild.

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Tour Historic Earhart Manor on the campus of Concordia University Ann Arbor. Earhart Manor was built by Harry B. Earhart and his wife Carrie in 1935-1936 using old world craftsmanship and state of the art technology for the time. Smith, Hinchman, and Grylls of Detroit were the architects. Docent-led tours will be given the first Sunday of the month at 1pm. Masks and preregistration are required.
Earhart Manor (Otto G. Schmid Center), Concordia University Ann Arbor, 4090 Geddes Rd. Donation. $10. 734-995-7509. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Dec. 4 & 5. All invited to help remove invasive plants from Buttonbush (Dec. 4) and Brokaw (Dec. 5) Nature Areas. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves. Tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.
Buttonbush (Dec. 4), meet at 3098 Hickory Point Dr., & Brokaw (Dec. 5), meet at 3013 W. Huron River. Free; preregistration required at 794-6627.

 1 p.m. 

"Historic Earhart Manor Tour": Concordia University Ann Arbor Guild.

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Docent-led tour of this 1935 English-style country manor, currently home to Concordia administration, built by local gasoline baron Harry Earhart. It features secret panels and hidden passageways linking rooms and floors, a room once used solely for arranging flowers, and rooms so spacious that a former closet is now a top Concordia administrator's office.
Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes Rd. $10; preregistration required. Masks required., 995-7509. [map]

 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Christmas Story": Michigan Theater.

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(Bob Clark, 1983). Delightful memoir of a 1940s childhood.
Michigan Theater. Free. 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 [map]

 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Digital News: Genealogical Research in Online Papers": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Livestream talk by Archives of Michigan (Lansing) archivist Kris Rzepczynski. Then, at 3:15 p.m. Rzepczynski discusses "Perilous Assumptions: Revisiting Those First Finds."
For URL email by Dec. 2. Free.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Cohousing Tours: Touchstone Cohousing.

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Sunday Tours of Ann Arbor's 3 cohousing communities have begun again! Cohousing creates a community of friends who work, share, learn, grow and play together. Our neighborhood feels like home to all who want to live and visit here. It is a comfortable space that supports both individual expression and shared experiences. The Ann Arbor area is unique in the US for having 3 cohousing communities. Tour all three condominium communities, Sunward, Great Oak, and Touchstone, and you'll get an idea of what it's all about.
Touchstone Common House, 560 Little Lake Drive. Free. 734-274-9110. [map]

 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.

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All invited to try out new games from local board and card game designers and provide feedback.
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free, but proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]

 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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The U-M has home games this month vs. Akron (Dec. 5, 2 p.m.), Minnesota (Dec. 12, 2 p.m.), EMU (Dec. 22, 1 p.m.), and Ohio State (Dec. 31, noon).
Crisler Center. Tickets $6 & $8 at Mask required. 764-0247. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"143rd Annual Handel's Messiah": University Choral Union (University Musical Society).

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Dec. 4 & 5. Scott Hanoian directs the 175-voice Choral Union and members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Handel's beloved oratorio. The soloists, all established professionals with national or international reputations, are soprano Joélle Harvey, mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass-baritone Dashon Burton. With harpsichordist Joseph Gascho. The Choral Union Messiah, featuring a thunderous sing-along of the "Hallelujah" Chorus, 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.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-$43 (students, $12-$20) in advance at, at 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]

 2 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]

 2 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, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. Masks required. 487-1220,

 2 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]

 2 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]

 2 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.

 2 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 and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 926-5346. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Dexter Community Band.

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Bill Gourley directs this 85-member volunteer ensemble in a program of holiday music featuring the New Irish Choir's "A Christmas Carol Fantasy," Morrissey's "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," the Overture to Miracle on 34th Street, the medley An Irving Berlin Christmas, and more. The local vocal quartet of Fiona Linn, Kristin Hoffman-Peavler, Jake McClory and Austin Chrzanowski joins the band in Christmas on Broadway, a medley of holiday tunes featured in Broadway musicals, and renditions of "On With the Snow" and "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Also, a sing-along of traditional Christmas songs.
Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. Masks required. 426-2734. [map]

 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert: EMU Music Department.

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Mary Schneider directs these music student ensembles in a varied program that includes Chen Yi's Spring Festival, Omar Thomas's setting of "Shenandoah," David Maslanka's "Give Us This Day," Bernstein's Suite from West Side Story, and more.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. 487-4143.

 3-4:30 p.m. 

Yoga + Sound: 7 Notes Natural Health.

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Unwind from your routine by moving through a gentle yoga flow supported by the therapeutic sounds of crystal bowls, Himalayan singing bowls, and gongs.
Guided by Hannah Kanter of Healing with Hannah and Rob Meyer-Kukan of 7 Notes Natural Health, allow yourself to settle into your body. This Yoga + Sound experience is your unique opportunity to enjoy a continuous, live soundtrack that supports the gentle flow of yoga poses. Participants will feel the deep grounding possibilities of sound coupled with an intentional yoga flow designed to gently relieve any holiday stress, relax the body, and celebrate the season.
Investment - $40
Please click this link to register -
7 Notes Natural Health, 3830 Packard Road, Suite 120. $40. 248-962-5475. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"My Neighbor Totoro": Fathom Events.

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Dubbed (Dec. 5 & 9) and subtitled (Dec. 6) screenings of Hayao Miyazaki's classic Studio Ghibli anime tale about 2 girls who move to the Japanese countryside and befriend strange and delightful nature spirits.
3 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Mon. & Thurs.). Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. [map]

 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

"A New World Holiday": Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 ("From the New World"), along with Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival," tunes from The Polar Express, and other holiday favorites. Also, Leslie Schwegler directs the Lincoln High School band in a program TBA, and LHS choir director Toni Micik narrates 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center, 7425 Willis Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (students, seniors, & children 12 and under, $6; families, $30) in advance (recommended) at and at the door. For Covid precautions, see [map]

 4 p.m. 

34th Annual Winter Concert: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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The AAYC descant and concert choirs of talented young local singers ages 9-16 perform a program of seasonal music TBA. Reception to follow.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over, $10; youth 18 & under, $5) in advance or at the door., 996-4404. [map]

 4 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 995-7537. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gremlins": Bløm Meadworks "Sunday Meads + Movies"

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Screening of Joe Dante's 1984 Comic horror-fantasy about a boy who inadvertently unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters in a small town. All ages welcome, but minors encouraged to be accompanied by adult.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. Proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Performance Improvisation & Practice Showing": U-M Dance Department.

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Fifty-minute performances by students in U-M dance professor Amy Chavasse's improvisation (4 p.m.) & performance practices (5:10 p.m.) classes.
U-M Dance Bldg, 1310 North University Ct. Free. 763-5460. [map]

 5-10:30 p.m. or so.  Free! 

Digital Music Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Stephen Rush directs this music student group performing Music in 12 Parts, Phillip Glass's rarely played 1974 minimalist epic inspired by Indian ragas. Includes an extended intermission and potluck dinner (7:15-8:15 p.m.). Earplugs encouraged.
U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Christmas Celebration: Concert4aCause": Northside Community Church.

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Sheree and Paul Clark direct the church's chancel and bell choirs in a varied program of vocal and instrumental holiday music with spirituals. Accompanied by U-M SMTD students, pianist Mahour Arbabian and baritone Jack Williams III. With cameo performances by Cleveland Orchestra bass trombonist Randall Hawes, Michigan Opera Theatre violist John Madison, NCC resident artist Thor Sigurdson, and NCC musical director and pianist Kathryn Goodson.
For online URL see Free; donations for a cause TBA accepted. 662-6351.

 7 p.m. 

Michigan Pops Orchestra.

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Leonard Bopp directs this playful 100-member ensemble, the only student-run orchestra on campus, in music from Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave, Marvel's The Avengers, Disney's Mulan, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and more. With a guest vocalist TBA, stage antics, and special effects.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (public school students, daycare students, and seniors age 65 & over, free). Masks required. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Singing Sassy, Lady Day, and Queen": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Performance by Melissa Morgan, an L.A.-based jazz vocalist whose bluesy, soulful style draws on influences from Dinah Washington to Billie Holiday. Her 2009 album, Until I Met You, was praised for its free-spirited arrangements of jazz standards. Tonight she is accompanied by guitarist Randy Napoleon, a New York-based Ann Arbor native, veteran local bassist Paul Keller, and drummer David Alvarez III. Livestream available at
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.  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]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Andy McKee

Celebrated fingerstyle guitar virtuoso from Topeka whose live performance of his signature song "Drifting" garnered over 50 million YouTube views. His repertoire includes pop-folk covers of everyone from Tears for Fears to Michael Hedges, along with many originals. Opener: Trevor Gordon Hall, an acclaimed fingerstyle composer-guitarist from Philadelphia whose music is known for its highly textured soundscapes. $25. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

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

Ravens Club: Tim Haldeman Quartet

Blues- and bebop-based jazz in a variety of styles and forms by this local ensemble led by saxophonist Haldeman. [venue info]


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