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Events in December 2022
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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).
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Every Thurs., Fri., & Tues. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.) or a 499er game (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:45 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
The Seatbelts return to LIVE last Friday of the year102 first street ,Ann Arbor. Free. email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/452219218225395/?mibextid=6NoCDW
Hudson Mills park interpreters lead participants age 10 & up on a lantern-lit walk, exploring the woods after dark and discovering the animals of the night. 7–8 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5. Preregistration required at bit.ly/hudson-mills-after-dark-2022 by 4 p.m. the day before the program. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426–8211.
Hailing from the Ann Arbor area, the Pontiac Trail Blazers have been the house bluegrass band for Detroit Street Filling Station since 2017. They are often joined by a bevy of special guests and focus on the beautiful harmonies and acoustic prowess that are unique to their Bluegrass roots. With a deep repertoire of traditional standards, originals, and unique covers, the Trail Blazers will keep you guessing with unexpected tunes and arrangements every week. Joining them this week is Grant Flick on fiddle. $10 Cover301 N. 5th Ave ,Ann Arbor. nstarlounge.com
PAUL KELLER and CARY KOCHER have played together since high school days. Keller is a well-respected master of his instrument, a prolific composer, and an outstanding arranger of music for small and large ensembles. Kocher has a classical pedigree. In addition to teaching percussion at the University of Michigan, he fronts the local favorite salsa band Los Gatos.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Light Fare+Libations or Dinner+Show at opentable.com $35–75. firstname.lastname@example.org bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
Sardonic Minneapolis comic with imaginative, sharp writing, funny stories, and a laid-back delivery. He has opened for Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings, and the Sklar Brothers. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $16 reserved seating in advance at etix.com and $18 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
Every Fri.–Sun., Dec. 9–Jan. 1, except Dec. 25. Carla Milarch directs this seasonal holiday Panto comedy that she co-wrote with R. MacKenzie Lewis. Panto is a British pantomime that blends familiar children’s stories with a bit of vaudeville to create a raucous family entertainment. This popular show, an annual tradition, usually sells out. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Mask & proof of vaccination required. Tickets $25 ($10 for kids under 17) in advance at theatre-nova.ticketleap.com and (if available) at the door. 635–8450.
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.