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Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 16, 2021






 
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Chinese Mah Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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


 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Our Changing Economics Landscape: Wealth Redistribution, Innovations, and Sustainability": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 25), Nov. 4-Dec. 16. Series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) on a variety of economic topics. Nov. 4: U-M economics professor Jim Adams on "Whither Capitalism?" Nov. 11 (11 a.m.): NYU business professor Robert Seamans on "The Economic Impact of Harnessing Artificial Intelligence." Nov. 18: Corporate tax consultant Reuven Avi-Yonah on "Tax Policy and Wealth Inequality in the US: Trends and Remedies." Dec. 2: U-M economics professor Dean Yang on "The Economics of Migration." Dec. 9: U-M finance professor Bob Dittmar on "Cryptocurrency: Economic and Environmental Impacts and U.S. Policy." Dec. 16: University of Chicago history professor Gabriel Winant on "How American Health Care Became So Chaotic."
10-11:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted), for URL preregister at olli-umich.org. $60 for the 6-lecture series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.


 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": HSHV.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Events also hosted at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1). Tickets $5 (babies under age 1, free).

Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, 661-3575.
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 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, elizabeth@TheGuild.org. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 24. All kids invited to sit with Santa or visit from a distance; photos available for purchase. Note: Santa takes breaks 3-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. only.
Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at simon.com/santa. 769-9610. [map]


 Noon  Free!  Online 

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

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Being a part of our School Based Mentoring program allows Bigs and Littles to create a friendship participating in activities located at a local School. Bigs and Littles meet at the same day and time each week, and commit to a year match together. Bigs work with BBBS staff to plan activities and BBBS plans group gatherings during the summer months to help stay connected. BBBS is currently enrolling for our Lunch Buddies program at Estabrook Elementary in Ypsilanti. To learn more, attend one of our weekly virtual Information Sessions.
Online, 11 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. Online. 7349750933. Rachel.Sulkowski@BBBSWashtenaw.org www.wcbbbs.org/big [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 & 7 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: Two Zoom talks. Louie Kemp, a close friend of Bob Dylan since childhood, is joined in conversation by local acoustic guitarist (and Observer contributor) San Slomovits to discuss Kemp's new memoir Dylan & Me: 50 Years of Adventuring (1 p.m.), a collection of intimate stories from a relationship that began at a Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin and includes Kemp's stint as tour manager for Dylan's fabled 1975-1976 Rolling Thunder Revue. 2-time Peabody Award-winning writer Ira Rosen, a former 60 Minutes producer, talks about his new memoir, Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes (7 p.m.), which is a close look at the ingrained culture of harassment at CBS's popular newsmagazine.
Online at book.jccannarbor.org. Free. 971-0990.


 1-4 p.m. or so. 

Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Partners required on Fridays only. If you plan to come without a partner on Tuesday or Thursday, email ronmeade@comcast.net beforehand. Refreshments available.
Games start at 1-4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. Masks required. ronmeade@comcast.net. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging": Ikebana International.

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A certified instructor introduces this Japanese art of flower arranging. Email for instructions on what to bring.
U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20 materials fee; metered parking. Preregistration required by emailing A2ikebana@gmail.com. Masks required.


 1-2:30 p.m  Free!  Online 

"Wise Guys: Conversations for Men.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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For URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353.


 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"My Sister, the Serial Killer": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to join a discussion on Oyinkan Braithwaite's darkly comic 2018 thriller about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a curious habit of killing her boyfriends.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 6-8 p.m.  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events.
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. Masks and vaccinations required. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. [map]


 7 p.m. or so 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular outdoor weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Pastor": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Award winning Norwegian fiction writer Hanne ěrstavik joins U-M Zell Writers program director Linda Gregerson to discuss (via Zoom) her latest novel, a slow burn about a young female theologian who moves to a remote Norwegian village in the wake of a friend's suicide.
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2021-12. Free. 585-5567.


 7:30-8:30 p.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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Comedy Rumble": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Detroit comedian Brett Hayden hosts this multi-round competition with 90-second performances by area comics.
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Comedy Showcase, 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10 in advance at bit.ly/comedyrumble and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Winter Wolf": The Penny Seats Theatre.

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



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Otto Parts

Local classic punk-rock & psychobilly cover band. Openers: Lawn Care, a local rock 'n' roll quartet, and Highdea, a Kalamazoo electrofunk-reggae jam trio. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Soul Cycle

Detroit quartet whose music draws on jazz, funk, and R&B idioms. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Phil McMillion & the Huron Horn Quartet

Holiday music by a local French horn ensemble fronted by vocalist McMillion. [venue info]

 
 


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