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Posted on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 : 5:16 a.m.

What's happening around Ann Arbor, November 29-December 5: 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.

• Throughout the week Show your support: Celebrate the spirit of the season by contributing to a fundraiser, like Dine to Donate, benefiting Dexter Relay for Life on Thursday; a silent auction Thursday in Ann Arbor benefiting Ann Arbor Derby Dimes; Rock for Human Rights in Ann Arbor Saturday benefiting Neutral Zone; and Fiddlers ReStrung hometown concert in Saline on Sunday benefiting Toys for Tots, to name a few. | Benefit concerts, dinners and other fundraisers in calendar

• Throughout the week Festive fun: Get in the mood for the holidays with KindleFest Market in Ann Arbor on Friday; Boar's Head Festival on Friday through Sunday in Ann Arbor; Chelsea's 2010 Hometown Holiday on Friday through Sunday; Lounge and Exotica Pre-Holiday Party Special on Saturday in Ann Arbor. | Holiday concerts, festivals, shopping & more in calendar

• This weekend Get crafty: Looking for unique holiday gifts? Check out theCity Club Art and Craft Festival (featuring arts & crafts, plus greenery) on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Dexter Area Museum’s Holiday Bazaar (handmade crafts, housewares and decorations) on Saturday, and Whip Stitch Art & Craft Fair presented by the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes (benefiting A2D2 and FLY Children's Art Center, with a special Corner Brewery beer) on Sunday in Ypsilanti.

• Wednesday, December 1 Holiday Fun for the Family: Visit and take a picture with Santa, listen to a reading of "The Polar Express," and enjoy hot chocolate and goodies. At community space, 301 East Liberty Street, at 4 p.m. | More info

• Wednesday, December 1 Best of 2010 at Zingerman's Deli: Zingerman's co-founder Ari Weinzweig shares his favorite food discoveries of the year. At Zingerman's Deli, 422 Detroit Street, at 7 p.m. | More info

• Wednesday, December 1-Friday, December 3 (continues through 1/3) "Dragonflies": Twenty years of dragonfly photography by Jianming Xiang. At Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue. | More info

• Wednesday, ember 1 JJ Grey and MOFRO: The North Florida-based band plays a simmering, gritty mix of blues, swamp rock, and Memphis soul at The Ark, 316 South Main Street. | More info | story

• Thursday, December 2 Frontier Ruckus: The folk-Americana band with Ann Arbor roots plays the Blind Pig, 208 South First Street, at 9 p.m. | More info | Previous story

• Thursday, December 2 Ted Rall reading/signing: The controversial political cartoonist and author reads from and signs copies of his new book, "The Anti-American Manifesto." At Hatcher Graduate Library, 913 South University Avenue on the University of Michigan campus, at 7 p.m. | More info | story

• Friday, December 3 Carolina Chocolate Drops: Trad string-band tunes, covers of both vintage and contemporary songs, and some original tunes by these rising stars of roots music. At the Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street, at 8 p.m. | More info

• Friday, December 3-Saturday, December 4 The Raw Weekend II: Michigan's first staged reading of "Double Falsehood,"; a play now believed — after years of debate — to have been written by Shakespeare; and on Saturday night, "Celebrity Autobiography" will feature local actors reading (unintentionally silly) passages from published celebrity memoirs. At SH\aut\ Cabaret and Gallery, 315 Braun Court. | Dates and times | story

• Friday, December 3-Saturday, December 4 Dance & Related Arts Show: An evening of experimental theater incorporating dance, video, text and sound by dance, PAT and composition majors. At Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Court on the U-M campus. | More info

• Saturday, December 4-Sunday, December 5 Handel's "Messiah": The traditional annual presentation of beloved classic returns to Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue. | Dates and times | story



Tue, Nov 30, 2010 : 8:09 a.m.

Check out Ann Arbor Civic Theater's production of To Kill A Mockingbird this weekend at the Arthur Miller Theater on UM North Campus. Thursday - Sunday, one weekend only.