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Events in December 2022
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Dec. 2–4, 10, 17, & 28. Seasonal events at lavishly decorated Gordon Hall, the 19th-century mansion built by Dexter founder Judge Samuel Dexter. Dec. 2: A fundraiser (6:30 p.m.) for the museum featuring hearty hors d’oeuvres, spirits, and desserts and a look at the Christmas Vintage Collection, Milt Campbell’s huge assemblage of Department 56 collectible holiday houses, buildings, and figures that were once traditionally seen in the windows of Huron Camera in downtown Dexter throughout the holiday season. Dec. 3: Santa (9 a.m.–3 p.m.) is on hand to talk with kids, who also can make their own gingerbread house to take home. Dec. 4: Christmas Tea (1 & 4 p.m.), a light lunch with tea sandwiches and desserts. Also, the museum hosts an open house ($5 per adult) to view the Christmas Vintage Collection, 6–8 p.m. on Dec. 10, 17, & 28. Various, Gordon Hall, 8311 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $75 on Fri., $5 on Sat., $30 on Sun.; reservations required for Fri. and Sun. by calling 395–4106.
Daily Dec. 26–Jan. 8 (times TBA). Family-friendly hands-on activities TBA exploring science and nature. With live entertainment each day, including music, storytelling, and theater by performers TBA. Details posted at discoverscienceandnature.org on Dec. 1. AAHOM, 220 E. Ann St. $16/person (members, those with WIC EBT cards, $3/person).
All invited to join one of 2 sessions that are part of a watershed-wide hunt, with experienced researchers, for these elusive river insects, which are active only in winter when fish are sluggish. Dress for the weather. Children must be with an adult. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. & 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., meet at 117 N. First St., ste. 100. Free, preregistration required at HRWC.org/volunteer/stonefly. 769–5123.
Every Fri., Sat., & Mon.–Wed. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Fri. 6:30–10 p.m.: Magic rotating draft, cost varies. Sat. noon–3 p.m.: Intro to Magic: The Gathering, free. Sat. 6–10 p.m.: Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players, free. Mon. 6:30–10 p.m.: Power Cards, $10. Tues. 6–9 p.m.: MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels, $5. Wed. 5–8 p.m.: Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game, free. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Daily, except Dec. 5, 12, 19, 23–26, 31, Jan. 1. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Sea Monsters (11:30 a.m.) follows a curious dolichorhynchops (an extinct species of marine reptile) as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history, meeting long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles and fish, sharks, and the most dangerous sea monster of all, the mosasaur. The Sky Tonight (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky, with tips on how to find the cardinal directions, constellations, and planets on your own. Mars: One Thousand One (1:30 p.m.) tells the story of what humans might face with the first manned journey to Mars. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Every Tues.–Sat., Nov. 25–Dec. 22. Juried show & sale of works in various media and styles by over 50 area artists. Featuring jewelry, functional and decorative ceramics, small and large paintings, prints, fiber art, wood carvings, and more. Also, every Fri. & Sat., artist trunk shows. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., The Gutman Gallery, 118 N. Fourth Ave. Free admission. 662–3382.
Hot Club Moderne features the collaboration of SE MI’s jazz musicians paired with a modern hot club style rhythm section of acoustic guitar and upright bass. Chuck Newsome on lead guitar, James Hughes on saxophone, Andrew Brown on rhythm guitar, Jorian Olk-Szost on bass. $10 Cover301 N. 5th Ave ,Ann Arbor. nstarlounge.com
LA EXPERIENCA is realized through Latin Jazz and Worldbeat infused music from pianist Cliff Monear and percussionist Miguel Gutierrez.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com $15. firstname.lastname@example.org bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
Dec. 28–31. Purple Rose founder & playwright Daniels is a veteran movie, TV, & Broadway star who’s also a prolific singer-songwriter. He’s returning to Purple Rose for a series of concerts showcasing folk-flavored, often comically accented favorites from his ever-growing back catalog, likely including numbers from his most recent release Alive and Well Enough. 8 p.m. (Dec. 28-31) & 3 p.m. (Dec. 31), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $90–100 in advance at PurpleRoseTheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. No discounts available. 433–7673.
Formerly the host of Fox’s stand-up showcase Laughs and a panelist on the MLB Network’s MLB Now, this popular comic is known for his satirical social commentary, often about professional sports. 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), The Blind Pig, 208 S. First. $30 ($130 includes a pre-show meet-and-greet) in advance at the 8 Ball Saloon (below the club) & at BlindPigMusic.com/calendar, and at the door. 996–8555.