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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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 10 a.m.-noon 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Mind Matters": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven leads various mental exercises(via Zoom) from Nancy Linde's 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Masks required. For more information email or call 794-6250. [map]

 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]

 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. [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 769-9610. [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 or call 998-9353. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Centering Justice": Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.

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Livestream talk featuring 3 leaders of black, indigenous, and other people of color discussing what they understand it to mean to live in a just, equitable, and thriving society, while also giving examples of ways to get involved and take action in your community.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations accepted.

 Noon-1:20 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust": U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Book Series.

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U-M history & Judaic studies professor Jeffrey Veidlinger discusses his new book via Zoom. Q&A.
For URL preregister at Free. 764-0351.

 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 or call 998-9353. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Wed. Group conversation about aging, generations, and related topics, facilitated by local playwright and oral historian Hank Greenspan, a retired U-M psychology professor.
Register online at Free. 734-998-9351.

 1 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Eurydice": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Matthew Aucoin's evocative 2020 opera. With a libretto by Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the Orpheus myth from Eurydice's point of view.
12:55 p.m. (Sat.), 1 p.m. (Ann Arbor 20 only), & 6:30 p.m. (Wed.). 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. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Dec. 8 & 22 All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, and a talk on humane education. Bring several different books to read.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 3:30-5 p.m.  Online 

"Art Talks: Picturing America": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Afternoons with OLLI.

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Art historian Wendy Evans discusses (via Zoom) paintings by John Singleton Copley, Jackson Pollock, Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper, and more.
For URL preregister at $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.

 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Teen Pride Book Talk: Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer discusses All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto, writer and gender-and-sexual-dentity activist George M. Johnson's recent collection of essays exploring his childhood and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. Geared towards kids age 14 & up.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Volunteer Info Session: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County.

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Volunteer Info Session to learn more about becoming a Big in our community based program, attend one of our weekly virtual Information Sessions.
Online. Free. Online.

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). 548-9729. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wee-bots Free Virtual Drop-in Creative Writing Program": 826michigan.

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Every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm
October 6 - December 15, 2021 (Program resumes in Winter 2022)
A weekly story time program for early writers ages 5-10-join us on Zoom whenever you can make it! Each week we read a story together and practice one aspect of the author's work in our own writing, ending with an opportunity to share. This is a drop-in program; come when you can!
Register here:
826michigan inspires school-aged students to write with skill and confidence in collaboration with adult volunteers in their communities.
Virtual. Free. Online.

 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Science of Mind Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of Science of Mind via Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270.

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Gun Safety Seminar & Cleaning Clinic: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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Open to TCSL members and guests. See details at (calendar).
Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Road, Saline. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

34th Annual Jewish Book Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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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: Virginia-based writer Rachel Beanland discusses Florence Adler Swims Forever, her new novel, set in 1930s Atlantic City, about a Jewish-American family dealing with the challenges of economic mobility, antisemitism, and intermarriage.
Online at Free. 971-0990.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Dan Weiss and Miles Okazaki: U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Experimental and improvised jazz by the NYC duo of drummer Weiss and guitarist (and U-M jazz lecturer) Okazaki, who recently released their debut collaboration, Music for Drums and Guitar.
Keene Theater, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. Masks required. [map]

 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome.
For URL join Free. 926-8863.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Meditation and Discussion: Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Every Wed. All invited for a silent group meditation with a focus on breathing, followed by a discussion on Dharma led by KTC resident Lama Nancy Burks.
KTC, 614 Miner St. (enter through the back door). Free. 678-7549, [map]

 7 p.m. 

Yin/Restorative Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Reconnect with yourself-mind, body, and spirit! This slower paced style of yoga is a good compliment to our fast-paced lifestyles. Passive asanas (postures) are held for long periods of time, sometimes up to 3-5 minutes, allowing the deep connective tissue to stretch, the fascia to release, and an increase circulation in the joints. Learn to listen to your body and breath, how subtle movements can change the asana completely, and how to find peace in that which brings you discomfort.
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. Otherwise, drop-in for $15 or use a class package. Register on Mindbody or
(The studio is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.). Email if you have any questions.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

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All invited to read and discuss (via Zoom) poetry or short fiction. Have your original work ready to share, if you wish.
7-8:45 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Fishing Paint Creek and the Clinton River": Trout Unlimited Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Club vice president Ethan Cramer gives a livestream presentation on the Clinton River watershed, with a particular focus on Paint Creek, a cold-water tributary that supports trout year-round.
For URL see Free. 975-0234.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Jews, Bluegrass, and Other 'American' Music: EMU Center for Jewish Studies.

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Talk by Jewish American singer-songwriters Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg of Nefesh Mountain (see December 7 Ark listing in Nightspots), a Montclair (NJ) quartet whose soulful music blends Appalachian bluegrass, Celtic folk, and Jewish prayers and Psalms. Livestream available at
EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. 455-1369. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Sabina: Tortured for Christ, The Nazi Years": Fathom Events.

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(John Grooters, 2021). The true story of an ambitious atheist who became one of the most admired Christian women in Communist Romania.
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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes: And the Unwritten History of the Trans Experience": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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University of London medical humanities professor emeritus ZoŽ Playdon discusses (via Zoom) her new book, the story of an aristocratic Scottish trans man in the 1960s who, when his brother suddenly dies, is forced to defend his male status in Scotland's supreme court in order to inherit the family title.
For URL see Free. 585-5567.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Zero Waste and the Future of Recycling": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Brews & Views.

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Livestream talk by Ecology Center executive director Mike Garfield.
For URL see (click "Calendar"). Free. 272-3634.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Give 'Em Hell Harry": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Dec. 8-12. Iowa-based actor Fred Grandy, a talk-show host and former U.S. congressman, presents Samuel Gallu's 1975 one-man show about the feisty 33rd president-and onetime haberdashery entrepreneur-Harry "The Buck Stops Here" Truman.
7:30-9:30 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Fri.) & 2-4 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $46 (ages 62 & up and 17 & under, $44) in advance at Masks required. 268-6200. [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]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Let Woman Choose Her Sphere": U-M Concert Band.

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Courtney Snyder directs this music student ensemble in a program featuring female singers, speakers, and composers to celebrate the centenary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. Highlighted by the world premiere of contemporary American flutist-composer Valerie Coleman's Let Woman Choose Her Sphere. Also on the program: the world premiere of Lynne Shankel's "The Sphere," Kathryn Bostic's "Portrait of a Peaceful Warrior," Margaret Brouwer's "Pulse," Felicia Sandler's "Rosie the Riveter," Kathryn Salfelder's" Apotheosis," and Roshanne Etezady's "Anahita." Preceded by a gathering on the Ingalls Mall for "Music of Women Composers for Carillon" (6:30 p.m.), a prelude from the Burton Tower carillon, and followed at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture in the lower lobby. Livestream available at
Hill Auditorium. Livestream available at Free. 615-3204. [map]

 10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. An AADL staffer reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Stephen Kellogg

Popular Massachusetts singer-songwriter known for his impassioned, radio-friendly Americana-tinged pop-rock. "Stephen is a classic songwriter with a thoroughly modern approach: literate, melodic, passionate, and fresh," says Rosanne Cash. $25. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Luna Pier

Acoustic indie pop-rock band from Clinton. Openers: Atomic Sauce, Detroit pop-oriented country-folk singer-songwriter Alison Albrecht, and local singer-songwriter Cece June. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Armando Vega & the 313

Latin salsa by this ensemble led by Detroit singer and conga player Vega. [venue info]


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