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Posted on Mon, Dec 7, 2009 : 5:16 a.m.

What's happening around Ann Arbor, Dec. 7-13: Our picks & your votes

By Chrysta Cherrie

Check out our picks for the best in visual art, music, family fun, theater, film and more this week, and then vote on the event that interests you most:

• Tuesday, December 8

Red Cross Benefit Comedy Show: A night of comedy hosted by Kurum Sheikh benefiting the Washtenaw County Red Cross. At the Blind Pig, 208 South First Street, at 9:30 p.m. | More info

• Wednesday, December 9 Champagne and Oysters: Celebrate the season with bubbly from Everyday Wines and oysters from Monahan’s Seafood. At Kerrytown Market & Shops, 407 North Fifth Avenue, at 7 p.m. | More info

• Wednesday, December 9-Sunday, December 13 (continues through Sunday, January 10) "Spring 2010 Collection": An annual fundraising exhibit showcasing artists as fashion designers and social commentators. The exhibit is designed as a fun, interactive event, encouraging visitors to come out in their finery to join the debutantes, fashionistas, and designers. At the Gallery Project, 215 South Fourth Avenue. | Opening reception on Friday, December 11 | Dates and times

• Thursday, December 10 "The Beaches of Agnes": A magnificent new film from Agnes Varda, director of "Cleo from 5 to 7" and "Vagabond", "The Beaches of Agnes" is a richly cinematic self-portrait, a reflection of art, life, and the movies. At the University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State Street, at 7 p.m. | More info

• Thursday, December 10 Blogs, Zines and Other Traditions in Self-Publishing: Amateur journalist and autobiographical writer Mark Maynard discusses the evolution of zine culture, the advent of blogging, and his experiences with both, with an eye toward helping participants discover the right platform for self-expression for them, including such topics as how to tell a good story, how to build an audience, where to draw the line between personal and public, available platforms, and distribution options. At 826Michigan, 115 East Liberty Street, at 6 p.m. | More info

• Thursday, December 10-Sunday, December 13 "Macbeth": University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance presents William Shakespeare's classic tragedy about one couple's ruthless pursuit of power. At the Power Center, 121 Fletcher Street. | Dates and times | story

• Friday, December 11 Ann Arbor Civic Theatre presents Davy Rothbart: Davy Rothbart, creator of FOUND Magazine, in a one-man spoken concert of found letters and notes. Proceeds from the Found performances benefit the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. At Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. | More info | story

• Saturday, December 12 "A Country Called Amreeka: Arab Roots, American Stories" book talk: Syrian-American civil rights lawyer Alia Malek discusses and signs copies of her new book, which uses lively, moving narratives to weave stories of the Arab-American community into the story of America. At the Ann Arbor District Library Pittsfield Branch, at 1 p.m. | More info

• Saturday, December 12 Janis Ian: The legendary folk singer-songwriter, best known for "Society's Child" and "At Seventeen", performs in support of her recently-released music anthology and autobiography. At The Ark, 316 South Main Street, at 8 p.m. | More info | story

• Sunday, December 13 A Christmas Sing featuring Ariel & Zoey (Eli, too): Enjoy your favorite holiday songs in a sing-along with the Ann Arbor Western Kiwanis Club and Ariel & Zoey (Eli, too). At the Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street, at 1:30 p.m. | More info | story