Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in December 2022
December 11, 2022
“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.
“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.
“Science Forum Demos”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 3) through Dec. 17. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demos for age 5+. “Cow Eye Dissection” (11 a.m.) explores the parts of the eye and how they work together. “Out of the Water and Back Again: A Whale’s Tale” (3 p.m.) explores the amazing evolutionary histories of whales and other creatures. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
"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.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
Every Mon.–Fri. & Dec. 11. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Pittsfield), Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown), Wed. 10:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood), Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate), and Dec. 11 1 p.m. (Pittsfield).
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.
Huron Gun Collectors.
Dec. 10 & 11. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds Building A, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (members, $3; kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 546–4710.
Alex Belhaj’s Crescent City Quartet: North Star Lounge.
Dec. 4 & 11. Local ensemble led by guitarist Belhaj that plays a range of New Orleans jazz styles, from struts, stomps, cakewalks, and rags to pop tunes, marches, and classical favorites. 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m., North Star Lounge, 301 N. Fifth Ave. $35 includes brunch. Reservations recommended. Nstarlounge.com.
Holiday Show: Francesc Burgos.
Dec. 10 & 11. Show & sale of ceramic pieces by this local ceramicist. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), & 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sun.), 1334 Orkney Dr. Free admission. 834–3397.
Holiday Show: Sophie Grillet.
Dec. 10 & 11. Show & sale of local artist Grillet’s paintings, sculptures, glassware, and photographs. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., 802 Mount Vernon Ave. Free admission.
Multi-Artist Studio Sale: Tina Hotchkiss.
Dec. 10 & 11. Show and sale of watercolors, drawings, and work in other media by local artist Hotchkiss and friends, with light refreshments. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., 3817 Oak Dr., Ypsilanti. Free admission.
Sunday Brunch: Alex Belhaj's Crescent City Quartet: North Star Lounge
Enjoy an incredible plate of vegan brunch with the joyful New Orleans stylings of Alex Belhaj and his Crescent City Quartet. Price includes brunch plate, coffee & juice, and a concert. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee your spot. 10AM Seating | 12:30PM Seating301 N. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. https://www.nstarlounge.com/tickets/p/jazzbrunch2. $35. firstname.lastname@example.org. nstarlounge.com.
Weekly Rehearsal: Women’s Chamber Chorus.
Every Mon., Sept. 12–Dec. 12. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women’s chorus to sing an eclectic program including classical, folk, Broadway, pop, and jazz. Ben Gaughran directs; Joshua Marzan accompanies. Concert on Dec. 16 (see listing). 10–11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com, 665–9271.
Winter Art Tour - Tina Hotchkiss: Tina Hotchkiss
Holiday Open House & Art Sale
Multiple artists will have art for sale and light refreshments will be served
Ypsilanti Artisans Holiday Market.
Nov. 26 & 27, Dec. 4, 11, 17, & 18. Sale of works in various media and styles by over 40 Ypsilanti-based artisans. Featuring jewelry, ceramics, prints, fiber art, wood crafts, and more. Food available for purchase. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Pl., Ypsilanti. Free admission & parking.
Ypsilanti Artisans Holiday Market.
Nov. 26 & 27, Dec. 4, 11, 17, & 18. Sale of works in various media and styles by over 40 Ypsilanti-based artisans. Featuring jewelry, ceramics, prints, fiber art, wood crafts, and more. Food from Casablanca Moroccan Restaurant available for purchase. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Pl., Ypsilanti. Free admission & parking.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
Every Tues.–Sun., (except Dec. 3) through Dec. 23. All age 6 & up invited into the museum’s Nature Lab and Micro Worlds Lab to use scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems. Schedule subject to change. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
“Paint Like Bob Ross”: Hudson Mills Metropark.
Certified Bob Ross painting instructor Ted Simpson guides adults & youths age 13 & up through the process of painting a landscape. No experience needed, all supplies included. 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $65, preregistration required by 4 p.m. three days before the program. 426–8211.
19th Annual Holiday Show & Sale: Yourist Studio Gallery.
Dec. 9–11. Show and sale of functional and decorative works by 29 local ceramics artists. Tonight: reception, refreshments. 4–8 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sun.), Yourist Studio Gallery, 6087 Jackson Rd., Suite 200. Free admission. 662–4914.
Annual Friends at Front Porch Holiday Sale: Front Porch Weaving Studio.
Dec. 10 & 11. Juried sale of fine art, decorative & wearable handwoven textiles, ceramics, and glass pieces. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sun.), 1219 Traver. Free admission. 478–9053.
Photos with Santa: HOMES Campus
Come take pics with Santa at Dozer! We’ll also have an exclusive donut available for that day only.112 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor. Free. email@example.com. 929-5217.
Sunday Artisan Market.
Every Sun., except Dec. 25. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 31st year. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913–9622.
First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.
All invited to join a discussion of a topic TBA related to the intersection of science and spirituality. 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m., for URL, contact Debbie Houghton at First UMC: 662-4536 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. For more information, see bit.ly/fumc-sci-rel.
“Critter House Open Hours”: Leslie Science & Nature Center.
Every Sunday, except Dec. 25. A chance to view LSNC birds of prey and its Critter House animals, which include frogs, turtles, snakes, and other species native to Michigan. Noon–3 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 suggested donation ($20/family). lesliesnc.org, 997–1553.
Holiday Show: Tom Rosenbaum Studio and Gallery.
Dec. 9–11. Show & sale of local artist Rosenbaum’s paintings and drawings in various media. Noon–5 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sat.), & noon–5 p.m. (Sun.), WSG Gallery, 111 E. Ann St. Free admission. 395–3305.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 18, except Dec. 3. 30-minute tour of the museum’s exhibits and galleries, including Evolution: Life Through Time and the Unseen Worlds installation by artist Jim Cogsell. Also, an introduction to some current U-M Biological Sciences research projects. Noon & 2 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
“Christmas at Rentschler Farm”: Saline Area Historical Society.
A re-creation of a Depression-era Christmas, with natural decorations. Also, a visit from Santa and demos of a sock-knitting machine, quilting, and other crafts. Donuts & cider. Gift shop. 1–4 p.m., Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Pay what you can. Mask required for Santa and house tours. SalineHistory@Frontier.com, 944–0442.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Eurasia, including a reindeer, a wolf hybrid, and a shire horse. Also, a zookeeper talk with a Burmese python (3 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals, including sloths, muntjacs, and more. 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $13 (kids ages 2–12, $11; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 18. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Eurasia, including a reindeer, a wolf hybrid, and a shire horse (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a zookeeper talk with a Burmese python (3 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals. 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $13 (kids ages 2–12, $11; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
“Growing and Propagating Adromischus”: Michigan Cactus & Succulent Society.
Society member Brian Riley, owner of Riley Succulents (Farmington Hills) presents. 1–4 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free admission; metered parking. mbgna.umich.edu/events, 647–7600.
“Historic Earhart Manor Tour”: Concordia University Ann Arbor Guild.
Docent-led tour of this 1935 French-style country manor, currently home to Concordia administration, built by former local gasoline baron Harry Earhart. It features secret panels and hidden passageways linking rooms and floors, a room once used solely for arranging flowers, and rooms so spacious that a former closet is now a top Concordia administrator’s office. 1 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes Rd. Mask optional unless currently recommended by the health department. $10, preregistration required. ConcordiaGuild@cuaa.edu, 995–7509.
“Wool Felt Ball Coasters”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Adults and kids ages 8 & up invited to make a colorful coaster out of wool felt balls. 1 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. 327–4200.
German Christmas Open House: Kempf House Museum.
Dec. 4 & 11. Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, which is decked out with a traditional tree (featuring antique glass ornaments) and decorations and exhibits reflecting a typical early-20th-century German American celebration of Christmas. Music, Christmas cookies. 1–4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free, but donations welcome. 994–4898.
Guided Walks: Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Dec. 4, 7, & 11. All ages invited (children must be accompanied by an adult) to join walks exploring the natural wonder of the grounds as the seasons change. Each walk has a different theme: “Winter Wonders: Noticing Winter’s Stark Beauty” (Dec. 4), “Long Winter Nights” (Dec. 7), & “Winter Wonders: Winter Solstice” (Dec. 11). Closed-toed shoes required. Arrival 15 minutes before start time recommended; canceled in the event of severe weather. 1–2 p.m. (Dec. 4 & 11) & 5:30–6 p.m. (Dec. 7), Matthaei front steps, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free; metered parking. 647–7600.
Musique Noire: Ann Arbor District Library.
This veteran all-female quintet led by Detroit violinist and flutist Michelle May plays its unique world fusion arrangements which incorporate musical elements from Spain, Africa, India, and the Middle East. 1–2 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.
All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers are encouraged to bring their own. 1–4 p.m., location TBA. Proof of vaccination with booster required. Free. For location, call 478–3394 or 995–2519.
“22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows.”: 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. 10 & 11. Renowned anthology series of animation short subjects returns (after a 2-year pandemic hiatus) with 10 films that address, in tones ranging from whimsical to profound, the anxieties and hopes of a world faced with a series of existential crises. 7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1:30 p.m. (Sun.).
“A Christmas Story”: Michigan Theater.
Michigan Theater. Film screenings every Wed.–Sun. Mask required. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org. Different times.
Dec. 11. (Bob Clark, 1983). Delightful, affectionate memoir of a 1940s childhood and the quest for a BB gun. FREE. 1:30 p.m.
“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.
“Holiday Creatures and Tea”: The Creature Conservancy.
All invited to see a display of animals including a sloth, skunk, chameleon, armadillo, and tenrec (a hedgehog-like resident of Madagascar). Followed by tea and sweet treats and a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals, including pythons, muntjacs, and more. 2–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $45 in advance at thecreatureconservancy.org, 929–9324.
“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.
“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.
“Slime Time: Junkyard Edition”: AADL Downtown.
Dec. 11 (2–3 p.m.). Kids ages 5–10 invited to help clear out the slime closet and play with slime popcorn, grass, eyeballs, fish, ants, and more.
“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.
“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 Nutcracker”: Ann Arbor Dance Classics.
Dec. 10 & 11. Young local dancers perform choreography by AADC teachers to Tchaikovsky’s Christmas ballet. 2 p.m., Milan High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Big Red Dr., Milan. Tickets $17 in advance at aadancecalssics.com or 302–4248; $20 at the door.
“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.
Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.
All invited to try out new board and card games from local designers and provide feedback. 2–6 p.m. Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free, but purchase of food and drink encouraged. 548–9729.
Holiday Open House: Ypsilanti Historical Museum.
All invited to visit this museum in an ornate 1860 Italianate home that’s been decorated for the holidays. Ypsilanti Historical Society docents on hand to answer questions & guide tours. Refreshments. 2–5 p.m., Ypsilanti Historical Museum, 220 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free, donations accepted. 482–4990.
Ypsilanti Historical Museum Holiday Open House: Ypsilanti Historical Society
“Candlelight Concert”: EMU Music Department.
Dec. 10 & 11. EMU choral director Brandon Johnson leads the EMU choirs in a festive program featuring a Baroque concerto and contemporary arrangements of traditional carols with trumpet, guitar, and modern dance. 7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $5) in advance at emich.ludus.com and at the door. 487–0280.
Sparkle Unicorns: AADL Westgate.
Dec. 11 (3–4 p.m.). The chance for kids ages 5-10 to make friendly little unicorns out of glittery craft foam, googly eyes, and other crafting supplies.
Wildscape Wreath Workshop at Bløm Meadworks: Bløm Meadworks
Join Chelsea, the owner of Wildscape Floral Co., for a cozy afternoon of hands-on wintery wreath making! We will use an assortment of greens and foliage to create a wreath that will look beautiful through the winter. One ticket includes all the materials to create your own wreath, plus a 12oz pour of mead or cider from Bløm Meadworks (N/A options available).100 S 4th Ave Suite 110, Ann Arbor. https://www.drinkblom.com/events/winter-wreath-2022. $92 - 1 wreath + 1 drink + instruction. email@example.com. https://www.drinkblom.com/events/winter-wreath-2022. 7345489729.
Winter Concert: Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.
Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in a program featuring Amy Beach’s evocative 1894 Gaelic Symphony, the first major symphony by a woman composer. Also, Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival and “Sleigh Ride,” selections from Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas, a medley of movie Christmas themes, and familiar selections from Mannheim Steamroller and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 3:30 p.m., Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center, 7425 Willis Rd., Ypsilanti. $12 (seniors age 65 & older, students with ID, & kids under age 12, $6; family, $30) in advance at A2Tix.com and at the door. ypsilantisymphony.org.
“A Concert of Christmas and Seasonal Music for Handbells”: The American Center of Church Music/First Congregational Church.
Performance by Classical Bells, an acclaimed Detroit-area handbell ensemble known for their interpretive flair, technical skill, and informal choreography, along with a dash of humor. The program includes seasonal favorites such as “We Three Kings,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “Carol of the Bells,” as well as a newly commissioned work celebrating the group’s 39th anniversary. 4 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William at State. Free; donations accepted. 358–4189.
“A Joyous Celebration”: Dexter Community Orchestra.
Livingston Symphony Orchestra director David Schultz conducts this volunteer ensemble in a holiday program featuring Quinn Mason’s Christmas Eve Festivities, a suite from Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden, Peter Jaffe’s Symph-Hanukkah, Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival,” and more. Also, violinist Ella Saputra, winner of the orchestra’s 2022 Youth Artist Competition, is featured in the 1st movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. 4–6 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. dextercommunityorchestra.org.
“Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time": Fathom Events.
Fathom Events. 973–8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316–5500 (Emagine). Tickets $11.50–$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline), different times.
Dec. 6, 8, & 11. (Mahiro Maeda, Katsuichi Nakayama, & Kazuya Tsurumaki, 2021). Subtitled screenings of this fourth and final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion sci-fi Japanese anime franchise about competing teams of giant bio-machine pilots. Ann Arbor 20 only. 7:30 p.m. (Tues. & Thurs.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.).
“One Voice”: Ann Arbor Civic Chorus.
Karen TenBrink directs the 40+ member chorus in a wide variety of music from the 20th and 21st centuries, including works by Morten Lauridsen, Florence Price, Woody Guthrie, The Wailin’ Jennys, Amy Beach, Shawn Kirchner, and more. 4 p.m., Huron High School Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller Rd. Free. 994–2300. a2civicchorus.weebly.com.
“The Glorious Sounds of Christmas Concert”: First Presbyterian Church.
The church’s chancel and children’s choirs perform a festive program of Christmas music. Also, handbell tunes by the Sanctus Ringers. 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 662–4466.
“Winter Words”: Kerrytown Concert House.
Award-winning Cuban American tenor Fran Daniel Laucerica, who has won praise for his vocal clarity and agility, performs Britten’s song cycle and other seasonally appropriate music, including works by Rubinstein, Debussy, Aguirre, Koechlin, Vondrak, and Korngold. Piano accompanist is Toledo Opera conductor Kevin Bylsma. 4 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Livestream also available. Tickets $29–$50 (students, $19) in advance at kerrytownconcerthouse.com and (if available) at the door. Reservations recommended. 769–2999.
Festive Musical Moments: Jewish Congregations Organized for Resettlement (JCOR)
This benefit concert supports JCOR volunteers’ work with a newly arrived refugee family. The concert program features numerous instrumental and vocal classical works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Davies, Saint-Saens, Miranda, Nobre, Villa-Lobos, and more. Highlights include solos by pianist Louis Nagel and returning well-known pianist Michael Gurt, who also plays in duet with violinist Wendy Zohar. The Vocal Arts Ensemble under the musical direction of Benjamin Cohen features soloists Frank Doherty, Fiona Linn, and Kristen Hoffman-Peavler. Additional performers include violinist Jennifer Somers Weizer playing with pianist Joshua Marzan, and two trio presentations: pianist Renee Robbins with violinist Ian Cumming and cellist Sara Cumming, and violinist Val Jaskiewicz with violist Sonya Lewis and cellist Alejandro Uride-Ahumada. Followed by light refreshments under the kosher supervision of Rabbi Will Keller. JCOR is a participant in the Washtenaw County Jewish Family Services’ Refugee Resettlement Co-sponsorship Program. 4–6 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $36–$108 (students, $18; children 12 and under, free) in advance at https://bit.ly/jcorfestive . See jcorannarbor.org for additional information.
“A Boychoir Christmas”: Boychoir of Ann Arbor.
Dec. 10 & 11. Boychoir music director John Boonenberg leads this local ensemble of boys ages 7-18, accompanied by First United Methodist Church organist Naki Sung-Kripfgans, in its 36th annual Christmas concert. The program opens with the traditional processional “Once in Royal David’s City,” with the 1st verse sung by a solo boy soprano, and concludes with John Gardner’s “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day.” Other works include Alfred Burt’s “Ah, Bleak and Chill the Wintry Wind,” Stephen Paulus’s“Hallelu,” John Rutter’s raucous “Donkey Carol,” and more. Also, audience sing-alongs of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” are kicked off with a soaring Boychoir descant verse. This concert usually sells out. 3 p.m. (Sat.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Tickets $20 (youths 17 & under, free) in advance at BoychoirA2.EventBrite.com & Tickets@a2BoyChoir.org, and at the door. 663–5377.
Ann Arbor Go Club.
Every Sun., except Dec. 25. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game in person. Game materials provided. 5:30 p.m. until whenever, Conor O’Neill’s, 318 Main St. Free. For more info, email Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org or check bit.ly/annarborgo.
Ann Arbor Morris.
Every Sun., except Dec. 25. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. 6–8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Free. Email email@example.com or call 717–1569 in advance to confirm location.
Family Holiday Festival of Song & Bells: Northside Community Church.
Directors Paul Clark & Sheree Gidcomb Clark direct vocal and handbell choirs in holiday music. Followed by cookies. 6-7 p.m., NCC, 929 Barton Drive. Free. 649-7948.
Pet Photos with Santa at Briarwood Mall: Briarwood Mall
Santa arrives at Briarwood Mall on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and will be available until Christmas Eve. Make Santa reservations today at https://whereissanta.com/mall/0143
Bring your pets for a photo with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Von Maur Court at Briarwood Mall. Make reservations by visiting https://whereissanta.com/mall/0143
For more information about holiday events at Briarwood mall, visit https://www.simon.com/mall/briarwood-mall/news-and-events100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, https://whereissanta.com/mall/0143. Free. https://whereissanta.com/mall/0143.
“Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam.”
Singers and players of all ability levels and all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, woodwinds, hand percussion) welcome to this 1-hour open mic followed by 1 hour of group singing and playing with an emphasis on this month’s theme, “Songs of Bob Dylan.” 7–9 p.m., Turner Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Mask optional, vaccination strongly recommended. $5 for participants, spectators free. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org; bit.ly/annarboracousticjamfacebook.
“The UnClub”: The Theater Shop.
Every Sun. (except Dec. 25). Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Chili Challis’s comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. 7:30 p.m. The Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St., #100, Ypsilanti. Mask and vaccination encouraged. Free. facebook.com/thetheatershop.