What’s Happening Around Ann Arbor this Holiday Season?
The countdown has begun! If you are looking for a few local events to get you into the spirit of the season, look no further. Here are some upcoming holiday happenings in our area.
A2SO Presents: Holiday Pops
When: Friday, December 11 at 8pm
Where: Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
What: A holiday concert for the whole family, featuring the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Boychoir of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, Skyline High School Choruses, Greenhills Choir, and Measure for Measure men’s chorus.
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The Performance Network of Ann Arbor is currently playing the ‘The Seafarer’ for audiences until an extended date of Sunday July 25th. You can buy tickets on their website. The PNT’s award-winning plays are put on by local Broadway quality actors and actresses performing popular plays with full sets, costumes, and makeup. They just announced they will be performing Marie Antoinette, The Color of Flesh, by Joel Gross.
The Performance Network Theatre is located on the corner of E Huron and 4th St. right downtown!
Located on S. First in downtown Ann Arbor, inside the same building as the Cavern Club, Gotham City, and Millenium Bar is the Circus Bar. If you don’t like clowns, beware- It has a 5 foot clown suspended from the ceiling! But don’t let that distract you from the weekend karaoke, also this weekend is live music by Killer Flamingos! Check out the website for event information.
Yost Ice Arena is the home of the University of Michigan hockey teams, figure skating, and holds open skate times for the public. The next UM game for the enthusiastic fans is Friday, February 19th at 7:35PM. Schakolad Chocolate Factory is sponsoring a Valentine’s Day Skate Thursday, February 11 from 8-9:50PM! Check out more info here.
The Ark was formed in 1965 by a coalition of churches that created a coffee house focusing on music and social issues. It has grown into the now non-profit venue on S. Main, presenting national, regional, & international artists known for usually playing to much larger audiences. It has over 300 shows a year by Folk/Indie/Ethnic and Acoustic performers, and does so well at capturing that special artist-audience connection, and producing quality shows for passionate fans. Everyone from the audience, to the volunteers, to the performers on stage fills the Ark with diverse backgrounds and interesting conversation.
Until March it will be pairing with U of M Museum of Art (UMMA) to invite student songwriters to the stage, general public is able to attend free of charge. This is similar to another event The Ark participates in called ‘Open Stage’, which gives local artists a chance to shine for a 2-song set. Names are picked at random. Head to the Ark to sign up for your chance! Upcoming events at the Ark include their Storytelling Festival being held Febuary 20th and 21st.
Whether it is from donations or volunteers, the Ark relies on community support. CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE ARK
Not only do University of Michigan’s Men and Women’s basketball teams play at Crisler Arena, it also holds events such as gymnastics, high school graduations and concerts. UM Regents are considering a proposed major renovation that could begin in 2011….check out the story here. Keep an eye on the next men’s basketball game, vs. Northwestern, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, as they’ll need to win this Big 10 game to keep fighting towards NCAA’s March Madness !
The Blind Pig , located above the 8ball Saloon at 208 S. First St. in downtown Ann Arbor, has seen some pretty impressive talent, such as the Motor City punk pioneers, the MC5, Hendrix, and even John Lennon, plus tons of other local & touring artists, bands, & DJ’s over the last 3 decades. It’s also been a number one favorite of the late Kurt Cobain.
Head over for Monday night karaoke, and catch different genres of acts all throughout the week. Tonight check out the blind pig and catch S.U.N, Gorilla Funk Mob, Paradime (of Kid Rock fame), and tomorrow The Sights play with the Satin Peaches. And coming in March are Tally Hall, Electric Six, and Sister Hazel.
If pool tables and darts are more your taste, then head downstairs to the 8Ball.