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“A Christmas Story: The Musical”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company.
Every Thurs.–Sun., Nov. 25–Dec. 18. Dan Cooney directs this local professional theater company in the 2007 musical version of the 1983 movie comedy about a boy living in 1940s Indiana who longs for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Music and lyrics by the songwriting team of U-M alumni Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land). Book by Joseph Robinette. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore Maas Mainstage, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $54 (seniors & youth under 18, $52) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $20 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268–6200.
“A Christmas Story: The Musical”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company.
Every Thurs.–Sun., Nov. 25–Dec. 18. Dan Cooney directs this local professional theater company in the 2007 musical version of the 1983 movie comedy about a boy living in 1940s Indiana who longs for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Music and lyrics by U-M alumni songwriting team Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land). Book by Joseph Robinette. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore Maas Mainstage, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $54 (seniors & youth under 18, $52) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $20 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268–6200.
“Anansi the Spider: Re-Spun”: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.
Dec. 5–23 (all day, online). Three members of the Unicorn Theatre (London)—Afia Abusham, Sapphire Joy, and Juliet Okotie—present classic West African and Caribbean tales using story, song, and dance. A long, long time ago, the cleverest of all the animals in the kingdom was Anansi—trickster, mischief maker, and master spinner of yarns. Recommended for kids from 3 to 9. Streaming available with registration at ums.org/performance/anansi-the-spider. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 647–4010.
“Pickleball”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Sept. 30–Dec. 23. Rhiannon Ragland directs the world premiere of actor-playwright (and Purple Rose founder) Jeff Daniels’ comedy about America’s fastest growing sport. Four below-average players try to overcome their own limitations to achieve greatness in a game that has nothing to do with pickles. Cast: Ryan Carlson, Kate Thomsen, Lynch Travis, Jonathan West, and Caitlin Cavannaugh. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.). Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $34–$52 in advance at PurpleRoseTheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433–7673.
"The Christmas Experience": Ann Arbor Baptist Church
Get in the Christmas spirit and experience the holiday lights with Ann Arbor Baptist Church! All are welcome to drive through their 40,000+ light show featuring lit trees, drive-through tunnel, and decorated building. Enjoy a free Christmas cookie, hot chocolate, or chocolate milk on your way to a mini holiday movie showing on their 16-foot screen. This is a completely free event! For more information, visit aabaptist.church.2150 S. Wagner Rd. ,Ann Arbor. Free. email@example.com aabaptist.church (734) 995–5144.
Chamber Music Recital: U-M Music School.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
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.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
Santa: Briarwood Mall.
Daily Nov. 23–Dec. 24 (Mon.–Sat. noon–8 p.m. & Sun. noon–6 p.m.). All kids invited to sit with Santa; photos available for purchase. Dec. 11 is “Pet Photo Night” (6–8 p.m.) for 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. A session for kids with special needs is held before the mall opens on Dec. 4, 9–10:30 a.m. Note: Santa takes breaks 3–4 p.m. Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at simon.com/santa. 769–9610.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
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.
Annual Holiday Sale: Kiwanis Center.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
Holiday Artist Market: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.
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.
Chanukah Bazaar: Women of Temple Beth Emeth
Everything you need for a beautiful and meaningful Chanukah from Ann Arbor's only Judaica shop. Women of Temple Beth Emeth Gift Shop (inside Temple Beth Emeth building), 2309 Packard St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Contact: Ava Adler email@example.com Packard St. ,Ann Arbor. n/a firstname.lastname@example.org
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Holiday Show: Tom Rosenbaum Studio and Gallery.
Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
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.
Afternoon Carillon Concert: U-M Music School.
19th Annual Holiday Show & Sale: Yourist Studio Gallery.
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory.
Game Night: Sweetwaters Café Downtown.
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. 6–9 p.m., Sweetwaters back room, 123 W. Washington St. Free, but food & drink purchases expected for table use. Preregistration requested at victor@LHPress.com.
Sullivan Fortner Trio: Blue LLama Jazz Club
GRAMMY Award-winning artist SULLIVAN FORTNER has been stretching deep-rooted talents as a pianist, composer, band leader and uncompromising individualist. Join us for the second installment of The Blue LLama Jazz Club / Kerrytown Concert House Exchange!314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show or Super-Fan Ticket at opentable.com $85–150. email@example.com bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
Tall & Small Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.
Dunya Mikhail & Jonathan Geltner: Literati Bookstore.
These 2 writers discuss their new novels. Iraqi-born Mikhail’s The Bird Tattoo traces the life a young Yazidi woman over the course of 2 tumultuous decades in war-torn Iraq. Geltner’s Absolute Music tells the story of a struggling suburban Detroit fantasy writer who becomes obsessed by the memories of his long-dead teenage sweetheart. 6:30 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Mask required. Free. 585–5567.
“A Mind on the Tip of a Cloud”: Actors Studio at Pathways.
Dec. 9 & 10. Shane Collins directs high school students and community members in the premiere of this play—about a girl who dreams of making music despite significant obstacles—that he co-wrote with assistant directors Cameron Graham and Quinn Strassel, and with the students themselves. Local artists, including Mark Tucker, the U-M art professor behind FestiFools, helped design and make the scenery. 7 p.m., Pathways to Success Academic Campus, 2800 Stone School Rd. $10. Preregistration required at showtix4u.com. 997–1237.
“Peter and the Starcatcher”: EMU Theatre Department.
Dec. 2–4 & Dec. 9–11. EMU theater professor Meriah Sage directs EMU students in Rick Elice’s 2009 Tony Award-winning musical. Adapted from Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson’s 2004 novel which gives a backstory to Peter Pan, the narrative follows the nautical adventures of pirates, spies, island natives, crocodiles, and three orphan boys. Aimed at theatergoers age 10 & up. 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Legacy Theater, 124 Judy Sturgis Hill Bldg., Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $7–$18 in advance at emich.ludus.com & at the door. 487–2282.
Ben Traverse: Robin Hills Farm.
Dec. 9-10. Singer and multi-instrumentalist from Grand Rapids who specializes in traditional music of various sorts, including everything from shanties to banjo tunes. Alcohol is served. 7–9 p.m. (Fri.) & 8–10 p.m. (Sat.), RHF Nest bar, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. Free admission, drink purchase encouraged. robinhillsfarm.com, 536–6576.
Bluegrass Friday: Pontiac Thicketwackers: North Star Lounge
Special show with half members of Pontiac Trailblazers & half members of Wilson Thicket: Jason Dennie, Keith Billik, Ryan Shea, & Joe O'Dell $10 Cover301 N. Fifth Ave ,Ann Arbor. firstname.lastname@example.org nstarlounge.com
Carmen Lynch: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Dec. 9 & 10. This NYC-based Spanish American comic known for a monotone delivery followed by a quick smile deploys her dry sense of humor on such matters as familial relationships, dating, and pets. She’s been featured as a comic on The Tonight Show, The Late Show, and The Late Late Show. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $18 reserved seating in advance at etix.com and $20 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“An Organist’s Christmas”: American Guild of Organists.
“Sounds of the Season”: Washtenaw Community Concert Band.
New music director William Perrine, assistant conductor Amere Horton, and conductor emeritus Jerry Robbins trade off leading this popular 70-piece volunteer ensemble in a program of contemporary and classic arrangements of music by Gustav Holst, Kevin Day, Roger Zare, local composer Brooke Pierson, and others. 7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. wccband.org, 252–9221.
“Sugar Plum Panto”: Theatre Nova.
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.
“First Snow”: Penny Seats Theatre Company.
Every Thurs.–Sun. (except Dec. 10 & 17), Dec. 2–18. Amanda Buchalter directs the premiere of veteran local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier’s comic play about a man who returns to his hometown for a Christmas party after having disappeared for 10 years. Amidst spiked eggnog, snowstorms, and power outages, his old high school friends demand answers. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). Stone Chalet Inn, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. $15 (seniors 60+ $12). pennyseats.org, 926–5346.
“Indecent”: U-M Rude Mechanicals.
Dec. 9–11. Mirit Skeen directs this student theater ensemble in Paula Vogel’s 2015 play about the controversy surrounding the 1923 Broadway premiere of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, a production for which the producer and cast were convicted of indecency. 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $13 (students, $7) in advance at muto.umich.edu and at the door. facebook.com/umrudes.
“Once there was not”: U-M Dance Department MFA Concert.
Dec. 8-10. MFA candidate Leah O’Donnell presents her multimedia dance theater piece, a screening of Blue Burrow, a short film meditation on Lake Huron, 6 dancers, accompanied by a singer, exploring themes of impermanence, contradiction, and purgatory. 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg Performance Studio Theatre, 1000 Baits Drive. Tickets free, at the door only. 763–5460.
“Opera Scenes and 21st Century One-Acts”: U-M Opera Theatre.
Dec. 8 & 9. U-M voice professor Kathleen Smith Belcher directs U-M students in 2 short operas by contemporary American composers. Tony Solitro’s Triangle, based on a play by Jane Martin, tells the story of a love triangle where one corner is occupied by the Greek love goddess Aphrodite. In composer Aran O’Grady and librettist Kaitlin Sullivan’s Eintänzer, on the eve of his country’s collapse, an unemployed taxi dancer hides in the ruins of his old nightclub while planning an escape, until an unexpected visitor changes his plans. Also, U-M voice professor Kirk Severtson conducts opera scenes featuring music by Rossini, Bizet, and Mozart. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 8 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615–3204.
“The Heart of Robin Hood”: U-M Theatre Department.
Dec. 8-11. U-M theater professor Geoff Packard directs students in David Farr’s 2011 reimagining of the Robin Hood story, wherein the band of Sherwood Forest outlaws steals from the rich but don’t think to give to the poor until after Maid Marian’s intervention–along with the actions of the wicked Prince John. 7:30 (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $24–$30 (students, $13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764–2538.
“The Pirates of Penzance”: U-M Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Dec. 8-11. David Andrews directs this accomplished town-and-gown company in Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta about the romance between a young lady and a young man mistakenly apprenticed to an inept band of pirates when he was a boy. The ensuing madcap chaos is peppered with songs like “Poor Wand’ring Ones,” “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General,” and the pirates’ theme song, “With Cat-Like Tread,” better known as “Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here.” 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. $30 (seniors, $27; students with ID, $15) in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office, muto.umich.edu, and at the door. 763–8587.
Candlelight Meditation Concert of Chant: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Norma Gentile sings medieval chants by St. Hildegard of Bingen accompanied by Tibetan Singing Bowls and harmonic tones. Sung in total candlelight, participants can enjoy the intimate setting in-person or online.704 Airport Blvd ,Ann Arbor. http://www.healingchants.com/itinerary.html Suggested Donation $20. email@example.com www.interfaith spirit.org (734) 327-0270.
Ebird & Friends 15th Anniversary Holiday Show: Bank of Ann Arbor
Since its inception in 2007, the Ebird and Friends Holiday Show has become known for connecting audiences with stellar artists in the Michigan music community. This year’s featured performers are Tunde Olaniran, Emilee Petersmark, Timothy Monger, Chris Dupont and Kylee Phillips. Four performances will happen on December 8th and 9th, with two shows on December 10th at the Ark. Produced by Erin Zindle, the singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist of The Ragbirds, this concert series has become the most warm-hearted way to begin the holiday season.316 S. Main Street ,Ann Arbor. https://mutotix.umich.edu/3570 $35 - $75. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.theragbirds.com/holidayshow 734-358-0741.
Holiday Pops Concert: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Guest conductor Jayce Ogren leads the orchestra in a program of family-friendly carols and holiday hits. The orchestra is joined by members of the Pioneer and Huron high school choirs, the large local men’s chorus Measure for Measure, and the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $20–$70 (discounts for seniors & students) in advance at a2so.com & the AASO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994–4801.
Javanese Gamelan Concert: U-M School of Music.
The music school’s popular town-gown Gamelan Ensemble presents a program of traditional percussive music from the Indonesian island of Java. A gamelan is an assembly of 50 gongs and metallophones, drums, strings, flutes, xylophone, and singers, and the music made with it is a gorgeous concatenation of nonharmonic melodies built on cycles marked by the largest gong and subdivided by the other instruments. 8 p.m., SMTD Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, E.V. Moore Bldg., 1100 Baits Drive. Free. 615–3204.
Katie Geddes & Friends: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).
An evening of acoustic music hosted by Geddes, a popular local folk singer who sings in a clear, strong voice. Her repertoire includes songs by everyone from Buffy Sainte-Marie and John Prine to Michael Nesmith and Lennon & McCartney. The lineup also includes All About Eve, the vocal trio of Geddes, Deb Wood, and David Vaughn, which specializes in close-harmony pop, folk, and gospel tunes, some performed a cappella. Also, Matt Watroba, the WKAR-FM (MSU) radio folk show host who sings lyrical songs and poignant ballads in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. In addition, a special guest TBA. 8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $20 in advance at greenwoodcoffeehouse.org and at the door. 665–8558.
Whoa Silent Disco at Bløm Meadworks: Bløm Meadworks
Time for another silent disco in the taproom! We’ll keep the main room open with the lights up and the convo flowing, but the front room will become a silent disco venue hosted by Whoa Silent Disco from 8-10pm! Bring your friends, get in the groove, and dance it out with a set of headphones that has options to click between three different music channels!100 S 4th Ave Suite 110 ,Ann Arbor. https://www.drinkblom.com/events/2022/silent-disco-dec22 $8 in advance; $10 at the door. email@example.com https://www.drinkblom.com/ 7345489729.
“Tokyo Godfathers”: State Theatre.
State Theatre. Film screenings every Tues. & Thurs.–Sun. Mask required. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8; matinee $7.50) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
Dec. 9. (Satoshi Kon, 2003). Animated Christmas-themed tragicomedy set in Tokyo about a homeless trio who find an abandoned child. Japanese, subtitles. 9:30 p.m.