best bets: Party into the end of the world, or take the kids to the theater
It's the end of the world as we know it, so why not feel fine at the "Annual Family Holiday/Solstice Sing-Along Party" with Kevin Devine to benefit Food Gatherers. At the Wolverine State Brewing Co. on Friday. 6 p.m. Join Kevin when he returns for year three of this rollicking, participatory holiday event. Hear all your favorite seasonal songs with plenty of rhythm instruments for all the kids to play along (and the parents, too!). Free, but please bring non-perishable food to donate to Food Gatherers. 2019 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor. 734-369-2990.
It's another "Festive Friday" in Ann Arbor. 7-9 p.m. Have fun shopping local. Entertainers stroll the sidewalks and many stores will be open late. Entertainment includes Elvis impersonator Chris Solano, actors from the Performance Network, breakdancing and more. Free. In the Main Street area.
Black Jake & The Carnies will bring their brand of "crabgrass" to The Ark on Friday. 8 p.m. The band sets fierce murder ballads, dark warnings, and a certain tough rust-belt revivalism to the beat of an old-time string band. This octet offers a unique blend of Americana, bluegrass, and punk. $15. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.
Assuming the world has not ended, the Children’s Theatre Network will continue their Saturday Matinee Series. 1 p.m. This week, see "The Fisherman and His Wife." Arthur and Zelda have a simple, happy life. But when Mamie the Mermaid gets tangled in Arthur’s fishing line, he must choose his wishes carefully. $10 for adults, $7 for children and $20 for family tickets. Tickets can be ordered by calling 734-663-0681, online at www.performancenetwork.org or at the Theatre. 120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor. 734-663-0681.