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Calendar of Events

Friday, December 10, 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.

 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, [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-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-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. [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 - 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. [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-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. 794-6250. [map]

 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! 

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, [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 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]

 4-8 p.m. 

Grand Opening and Holiday Show and Sale: Yourist Studio Gallery.

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Dec. 10-12. Display of both functional and decorative ceramics by 21 Yourist studio artists. This annual show also celebrates the opening of Yourist's spacious new facility. Masks required.
4-8 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), 6087 Jackson Rd. Free., 662-4914. [map]

 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Hour-long docent-led tour of the early American history collection featuring Benjamin West's iconic painting The Death of General Wolfe, a Revolutionary War-era trunk that once housed British commander-in-chief Thomas Gage's papers, and more.
Clements Library, 909 S. University. Free, preregister at 764-2347. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Artists' Reception: Artists' Studio & Gallery.

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Ann Arbor's Artists' Studio & Gallery is hosting several local artists for the Holiday Exhibit and Sale. The expansive and eclectic collection features work by T. Rosenbaum, Cheryl Chidester, Sophie Grillet, Kath Frajbis, Tina Hotchkiss, Lidia Kaku, Laila Kujala, Laura Johnson, Nancy Murray, Sibel Ozer and Ari Simeone. The exhibit runs through December 30. All are welcome to attend the opening reception being held on Friday, December 10, 5:00-7:30 p.m. and find that special, one-of-a-kind gift of art. The Gallery is located at 320 Miller Street, Ann Arbor. For more information/hours, please contact Tom Rosenbaum at 734-395-3305/
Artists' Studio & Gallery. Free. 734-395-3305.

 5:30-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 5-11 invited to watch Abominable, Jill Culton's 2019 animated adventure about 3 friends who try to reunite a Yeti with its family. Also, interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Events also hosted at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1). Tickets $35 (additional children, $15). Preregistration required at, 661-3575. [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 Free, but donations required.

 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 ( 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). [map]

 6:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night.

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All invited to play any type of tabletop game, including board games, role playing, and card games. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
The Tech Brewery, 1327 Jones Dr., ste. #106. Free. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

"Euchre Change a Life!"

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Five-game euchre tournament. Sign up with a partner, or get paired with one by the organizers. Prizes. Proceeds benefit Haitian Emmanuel Christian School children in 3 locations.
2|42 Community Center Ann Arbor, 648 S. Wagner Rd. $10 donation per player in advance by Nov. 3 at; $20 at the door. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Short and Suite Nutcracker": Randazzo Dance Company.

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Dec. 10-12. Sara Randazzo and Roya Panahi direct this local company of young dancers in a holiday program highlighted by ballet set to excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, including Clara and the Nutcracker Prince recounting their fight with the evil Mouse Queen and their journey to the enchanted land where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, Mother Ginger, and her little Gumdrops. The varied program begins with a showcase of 19th century dances and jazz and tap dances with a live Miles Davis score by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, trumpeter Mark Kirschenmann, and keyboardist Rick Roe.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $15-$25 in advance at and at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Show: U-M Impact Dance.

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This 18-member all-female student company presents an energetic, family-friendly program of original dances that range from lyrical jazz to hip-hop and tap. Although the students aren't dance majors, Impact's quality of dance is quite high.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $10 (students, $5) in advance at and at the door. [map]

 7 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., 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"An Organist's Christmas": American Guild of Organists.

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A festive program of Christmas music, including a sing-along of favorite carols (with organ accompaniment) and solo performances on the church's impressive pipe organ by local organists. Reception follows.
First Congregational Church, 608 E. William at State St. Free. 994-4455. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"One Small Step For Can": U-M Groove Performance Group.

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Performance by this high-energy U-M student percussion-and-dance ensemble, which uses both traditional and nontraditional instruments (trash cans, buckets, propane tanks, toothbrushes, and more). Opener: U-M student glowstick group Photonix.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (students, $5) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (, and (if available) at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Treasure Island": Father Gabriel Richard High School Drama Club.

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Dec. 9-12. Elizabeth Champion directs this student theater ensemble in a production of Ken Ludwig's 2018 adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel about a boy who gets swept up in a swashbuckling high seas adventure with the charismatic pirate Long John Silver. 7 p.m.
(Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Ypsilanti Community High School Auditorium, Packard & Hewitt. Tickets $10 (kids, $5; families, $30). Masks required.

 7:30 p.m. 

Mike Geeter: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Dec. 10 & 11. Pontiac stand-up comic known for witty shows that draw on the trials and tribulations of fatherhood and marriage as well as his upbringing in a family of 17 kids. 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, [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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U-M drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in scenes from 2 celebrated plays: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Tony Kushner's multi-play exploration of the apocalyptic fears at the heart of contemporary culture, and 'night, Mother, Marsha Norman's controversial 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a divorced woman, living with her mother, who chooses suicide in an effort to take control of her own life.
Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. Masks required. 647-4354. [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. 

"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]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Holidays Are Hard: An Evening with Local Authors": Booksweet Bookshop.

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Seasonally inspired readings for adults and teens by 5 local poets: Ellen Stone, Scott Beal, Jennifer Sperry Steinorth, Jennifer Metsker, and Julie Babcock.
Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free; preregistration required at Masks & proof of vaccination required. 929-4112. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Claudia Schmidt: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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One of Ann Arbor's long-time favorite acoustic performers, Schmidt sings in a strikingly luminous, warmly ingratiating voice that has been described as "clear as a supper bell, strong as 3-day-old tea." Her repertoire includes intimately personal original songs and a mixed bag of traditional and contemporary tunes. She accompanies herself on 12-string guitar, dulcimer, and Deluxe Pianolin (a 52-string plucked and bowed instrument that produces an ethereal, ghostly sound), and other folk instruments.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance at or phone 665-8558 (leave a message with your name, performance date, & # of tickets), and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Annual Holiday Pops": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Germany-based American conductor Kazem Abdullah-a candidate for A2SO's permanent music director-leads the orchestra in a program of seasonal music, including Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite and more.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $22-$80 in advance at Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. [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 and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 926-5346. [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.)., 369-9700. [map]

 9-11 p.m. 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. Masks required. 764-3440. [map]

 10 p.m. 

"Tokyo Godfathers": Michigan Theater.

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Satoshi Kon's 2003 harrowing yet heartwarming animated psudodocumentary about a homeless duo in Tokyo who find an abandoned child.
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 [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: 14th Annual Ebird & Friends Holiday Show Live at the Ark

Dec. 10 & 11. Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local eclectic band the Ragbirds who has also released a solo CD, Scenes from the Fragile, Agile Avian World, is joined by several established and up-and-coming luminaries of the Michigan music scene for her very popular annual program of new and old holiday music, now in its 12th year. $35. 8 p.m. (Dec. 10 & 11) & 2 p.m. (Dec. 11). [venue info]

Blind Pig: Slum Village

All ages admitted. Detroit hip-hop duo. Opener: Abstract Mindstate, the veteran lyric-driven Chicago hip-hop duo of female emcee E.P the Hellcat and male emcee Olskool Ice-Gre. $20. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Paxton/Spangler Township Jazz Septet

Veteran Detroit drummer RJ Spangler and trombonist-vocalist Tbone Paxton lead a band of area musicians in swing, modern jazz, and swinging blues. [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: George Bedard & the Kingpins

Superfine honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard. With drummer Rich Dishman and bassist Randy Tessier. Bedard's tasty 2011 all-instrumental CD, Pickin' Apart the Past, includes "Minor Swing '65," Bedard's surf-music adaptation of a Django Reinhardt tune, and his live 2014 CD, Further On, is a collection of vintage and original blues that's highlighted by a show-stopping rendition of "Hawaiian Boogie." [venue info]

Mash: Jason Dean

Local postmodern pop singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Twenty TwentyFour

Toledo ensemble whose music is an eclectic, danceable mix of jazz, funk, R&B, soul, and rock. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Smokey Grey

Versatile American roots music trio. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Sweet Melissa

High-energy local dance quintet fronted by Georgia-bred vocalist Melissa Bruzzano whose music blends rock, funk, urban, Americana, and other genres. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies

Roots-rock quartet, led by former Starlight Drifters singer-guitarist Mack, whose repertoire includes originals and rockabilly, early rock 'n' roll, western swing, and hillbilly bop covers. [venue info]


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