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Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 12, 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.


 9-10:15 a.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Environmental Justice": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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Locally based EPA environmental engineer James Pauer goes over what environmental justice is and offers suggestions as to what individuals can do to ensure that all people have the right to a clean environment. Followed by a group discussion. Livestream available by contacting Debbie Houghton at 662-4536 or debbie@gumc-a2.org (phone preferred).
FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. Masks required. 662-4536. [map]


 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Dec. 11 & 12. ​​About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5. HuronGunCollectors.com (517) 546-4710. [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Artisan Market: Argus Farm Stop.

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Show and sale of handmade goods by 20 local artisans. The market is also open.
Argus, 325 Liberty. Free admission. 213-2200. [map]


 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. Interfaithspirit.org [map]


 11 a.m.-4 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. Youristpottery.com, 662-4914. [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 bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994-3387.


 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, hac-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com.


 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 simon.com/santa. 769-9610. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Christmas at Rentschler Farm": Saline Area Historical Society.

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Dec. 11 & 12. A re-creation of a Depression-era Christmas, with natural decorations. Other activities TBA.
Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Pay-what-you-can. SalineHistory@Frontier.com, 944-0442. [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. dwright8182@hotmail.com. [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. Interfaithspirit.org


 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

34th Annual Jewish Book Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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Nov. 21-Dec. 16. This annual festival features livestream talks by 24 Jewish authors on their books, ranging from cookbooks, expensive gift books, children's books, and reference books to books by local authors and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.) Today: San Francisco-based CEO of New Israeli Fund Daniel Sokatch is joined (via Zoom) by U-M ophthalmology professor Jonathan D. Trobe to discuss Can We Talk About Israel?: A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted, Sokatch's historical primer on the Israeli-Palestinan relationship.
Online at book.jccannarbor.org. Free. 971-0990.


 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Chatter: The Voice in Our Head and How to Harness It": Jewish Community Center/Beth Israel Congregation.

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U-M psychology professor Ethan Kross discusses (via Zoom) his book.
For URL preregister at jccAnnArbor.org/event/living-room-lectures-ethan-kross. Free. 971-0990.


 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Elf": Michigan Theater.

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Jon Favreau's 2003 comedy starring Will Ferrell as a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who goes to NYC to reunite with his biological father.
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 MichTheater.org. [map]


 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. Tours@Touchstonecohousing.org touchstonecohousing.org [map]



 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Open House: Ypsilanti Historical Museum.

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This beautiful 1860s Italianate home is decorated in Victorian style for the holidays, with a Christmas tree, display of antique china, and more.
Ypsilanti Historical Museum, 220 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. 482-4990. [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 mgoblue.com/tickets. Mask required. 764-0247. [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 EMUtix.com, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. Masks required. 487-1220, emich.edu/EMUtheatre.


 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. 

"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 TheEncoreTheatre.org. Masks required. 268-6200. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker Suite and Spirit of the Season": Ann Arbor Dance Classics.

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Dec. 11 & 12. Young local dancers perform excerpts of Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet. 2 p.m., Milan High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Big Red Dr., Milan. Tickets $18 (seniors & youth, $16) in advance by phone and at the door. 302-4248.
Milan High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Big Red Dr., Milan. Tickets $18 (seniors & youth, $16) in advance by phone and at the door. 302-4248. [map]


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


 2 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. echampion@fgrhs.org.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Workshop with the Guild Poets": U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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Original spoken word poetry by 6 student poets, who have been collaborating all semester with the Michigan-based Guild Poets collective.
Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. Masks required. TheGuildPoets@gmail.com. [map]


 3 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 muto.umich.edu and at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. RandazzoDanceCompany.com.


 3 p.m. 

"On Golden Pond": Fathom Events.

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Mark Rydell's 1981 drama about a crabby retired professor and his touchy grown daughter who struggle to come to terms with their frayed relationship on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn.
3 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Sun. at Emagine only & Wed. at both theaters). 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]


 3 p.m. 

"The Nutcracker": Dance Alliance.

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Dec. 11 & 12. Lisa Darby Clark directs local dancers and members of Jazz Dance Theater in Dance Alliance's 24th annual production of Tchaikovsky's ballet.
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $16 in advance at Dance Alliance Dec. 4 & 11, 9:30 a.m.-noon, and at the door. Masks required. DanceAlliance@comcast.net. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"To the Ends of the Earth": Michigan Theater.

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2019 drama about a Japanese travel show host who confronts her fears & hidden aspirations while on assignment in Uzbekistan. Japanese, subtitles.
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. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Dexter Community Orchestra.

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This volunteer ensemble, conducted by Livingston Symphony Orchestra director David Schultz, is joined by the Dexter High School Chamber Orchestras for a festive holiday program highlighted by the rousing "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah. Also, selections from Tchaikovsky's Christmas ballet The Nutcracker Suite and a carol sing-along.
Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. Masks required. DexterCommunityOrchestra@gmail.org. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Alpinist": Bløm Meadworks "Sunday Meads + Movies"

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Screening of Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen's 2021 documentary about the elusive Canadian daredevil mountain climber Marc-André Leclerc. 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! 

"The Glorious Sounds of Christmas Concert": First Presbyterian Church.

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The church's chancel and children's choirs perform a festive program of Christmas music. Also, handbell tunes by the Sanctus Ringers.
First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. Masks & vaccines required. 662-4466. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Community Holiday Sing: Ann Arbor Civic Chorus.

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Karen TenBrink directs the 40+ member chorus in a program TBA. Bring a chair to sit in, if you like.
Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St. Free. a2civicchorus.weebly.com. [map]


 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Be Still & Know": Northside Community Church Christmas Choir Concert.

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Performances by the church's chancel and bell choirs, as well as U-M School of Music student vocalists and instrumentalists, in a program of vocal and instrumental holiday music, along with spirituals. With pianist Kathryn Goodson. Cookies.
NCC, 929 Barton Dr. Free. Masks required. 662-6351. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

George Shirley and Olivia Johnson: Kerrytown Concert House "Passing the Torch" Series.

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Renowned local tenor Shirley, a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, and his former student, mezzo soprano Johnson, perform original compositions & improvisations and talk about their respective careers and the significance of intergenerational relationships in music. Pianist Timothy Cheek accompanies. 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.  Free! 

"Uncle Vanya": U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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U-M drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in scenes from Chekhov's richly varied ensemble piece about the search for happiness-from love, achievement, or nature-at various stages of life.
Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. Masks required. 647-4354. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ark: Dar Williams

Acclaimed pop-folk singer-songwriter from western Massachusetts who has been a huge favorite with local audiences ever since her performance at the 1996 Ann Arbor Folk Festival. She sings in a sweet, ringing soprano, and her brightly melodic songs feature sophisticated, vividly insightful, and often tartly humorous lyrics on a wide range of personal and social themes. Opener: Emily Scott Robinson, a Colorado singer-songwriter with a pristine soprano voice whom Rolling Stone named one of the "10 New Country and Americana Artists You Need to Know" for 2019. She recently released her debut CD, American Siren. $35. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

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

Ravens Club: Palm Grease

Local jazz-funk fusion ensemble with saxophonist Bobby Streng, guitarist Kris Kurzawa, bassist Damon Warmack, and drummer Jesse Kramer. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Jason Dean

Local postmodern pop singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist. [venue info]

 
 


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