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AA Chieftan.jpg: Material objects, such as the sword this Norse re-enactor shows, often signified a chieftain's high status. Photo by Anne Crowne.
Credit: Anne Crowne

Vikings to set up camp at Cranbrook this weekend

BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Take a trip back in time to explore the Norse way of life when Cranbrook Institute of Science presents the "Vikings and Beyond" special event on Nov. 28 – 30 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Meet members of the Ontario-based Dark Ages Recreation Company as they don period Norse attire and demonstrate an exciting array of Norse crafts and traditions. Discover how blacksmiths forged swords and armor, how coins were minted, and how homespun wool was made for clothes and sails for the mighty Viking Drakars (dragon-prowed long ships). See demonstrations on antler and soapstone carving, and find out the importance of Norse trade and commerce. Kids can sharpen their artistic skills in the crafts area, where they'll design Viking helmets and shields and explore Rune writing (Norse alphabet).
"Vikings and Beyond" is for all ages and is free with museum admission. For more information, call 248-645-3210 or visit

A2SO presents 'Sing-Along With Santa'

ANN ARBOR – This holiday season, Santa's musical side is getting the best of him, and he can't wait to sing with the children he visits! Grab this chance to see Jolly Saint Nick at the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's annual "Sing-Along with Santa." The benefit "Sing-Along" will be held Saturday, December 13 at 4:00 at Bethlehem United Church of Christ at 423 South Fourth Avenue in downtown Ann Arbor.
Featuring one of the Symphony's members, flutist Lori Newman, and White House guest and acclaimed fiddler Jeremy Kittel with accompanist John Behling, the tenth annual "Sing-Along with Santa" is an opportunity to have fun, spend time with the family and rally for a great cause!
Proceeds from the event go towards the Ann Arbor Symphony's programs, which include youth concerts for participating area schools and the "Ensembles in the Classroom" program. Refreshments follow the concert.
Tickets are $5 for children, $10 for adults, $25 for families, and $50 for patrons. Patron tickets include priority seating and a listing of your family in the program (if your order received by December 6).
To receive more information or to order tickets by phone, please call 734-994-4801. Tickets are also available at the A2SO office at 527 E Liberty, Suite 208, by e-mail at [email protected] or at the church beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the event.

Get into the swing of things with The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

CLINTON TWP РPut on your dancing shoes and come on over to the Macomb Sports and Expo Center on Sat., Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. for a real jumpin' and jivin' swing dance. That night the Expo Center will be transformed into a dance hall, complete with dance floor and cafŽ tables, creating the perfect setting to swing into the holiday spirit.
And who will get the crowd into the swing mood? Why, none other than The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, of course!
The Macomb Sports & Expo Center is located on the South Campus of Macomb Community College. Ticket prices range from $22 – $25, with discounts available to senior citizens, students, and groups of 20 or more. Pre-performance dinner buffet at $18 per person is available at 6 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Reserved seating may be purchased at the ticket office, by phone at 586-286-2222, on the web at, through TicketsPLUS at 800-585-3737 and at all Meijer stores.

Poetry of Murray Jackson celebrated at Scarab Club

DETROIT – The Writer's Voice will celebrate the release of a new book written by legendary Detroit poet, Murray Jackson, "Bobweaving Detroit: The Selected Poems of Murray Jackson." The book includes a postscript by Detroit Poet, Ted Pearson and Murray's wife, Professor Kathryne V. Lindberg.
The reading will feature many well known Detroit poets as well as a performance by M.L. Liebler & the Magic Poetry Trio, with Faruq. Z. Bey, Xander Sky & others.
The event honors the late Dr. Murray Jackson, who was a highly respected and much loved educator, political figure and philanthropist, as well as an internationally acclaimed and recognized poet. His poetry is rich in the history of Detroit, and details the triumphs and struggles of African Americans within the city. The poetry engages the Blues vernacular, a wide palate of visual arts and a broad spectrum of musical sources.
"A Reading for Murray" will take place at The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, on Friday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information on The Writer's Voice call 313-267-5310 ext. 338 or visit

Metallica and holiday magic unleashed at Longway Planetarium

FLINT – Prepare to experience the electricity and the music of Metallica combined with some of the most intense and colorful imagery every created in "Laser Metallica," a unique audio-visual experience for those that can't get enough of their favorite hard-rock band. "Master of Puppets," "One" and "Fade to Black" are just a few of the classic Metallica tunes that make-up the soundtrack to this latest laser offering at Longway Planetarium.
"Laser Metallica" will be presented at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 28.
Families can celebrate the season at Longway Planetarium with "Holiday Magic," a new laser light show that features everyone's favorite holiday music and dazzling laser imagery.
"Holiday Magic" will be presented Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Dec. 28. Additional performances are scheduled for Dec. 22, 23 and 26 at 2:30 p.m.
For additional information call the Laser Odyssey hotline at 810-237-3409 or visit
Longway Planetarium, a member organization of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation, is located at 1310 East Kearsley Street in the Flint Cultural Center.


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