best Bets: Women with distinct voices: Comedian Lisa Lampanelli and jazz singer Diane Reeves in Ann Arbor this weekend
The Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan will present "The Nutcracker" at the Chelsea High School Performing Arts Complex. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. A sparkling Sugar Plum Tea, with delicious treats, and visits from costumed cast members, is offered Sunday at 12:30 p.m. YDT's young dancers captivate audiences with their artistry and energy. Elaborate sets and stunning costumes enhance this lively production. You haven't seen anything until you've seen a rat dance his little heart out. Adults: $15. Students/Seniors: $10. Tea tickets: $10. For tickets and information visit www.youthdancetheatre.org or call 734-475-3070.
This Friday, head to the Ann Arbor Famers Market for a Kerrytown Holiday Greens & Gift Market and a Caroling Party. the Market runs from 4-9 p.m. Enjoy dozens of artists, festive foods, fresh trees & greens, photos with Santa, S'mores and rides on the Jollie train. Caroling will be held on the hour, every hour from 6-9 p.m. SmartPhone QR code will be posted throughout the market with words to holiday songs. Gather by the Kerrytown Clock Tower to sing each hour on the hour from 6-9. Caroling throughout Kerrytown area is encouraged. Free admission. 313 Detroit St., Ann Arbor. Read about it here.
It's time for a "Tiny Expo" on Saturday at METAL and Pot & Box. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The Expo features local artists and crafters selling their wares and displays of unusual merit! From graphic designs to jewelry, you'll find truly unique gifts. No admission charge; price of purchases. Both stores are located at 220 Felch St., Ann Arbor.
Make it a craft tour and head to the Corner Brewery the D.I.Ypsi (dip-see) Handmade Holiday Fair. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, noon-6 p.m. They brought together a total of 36 vendors for a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience that will take care of everyone on your list. Bring your appetite, they'll have vegan food catered by the Lunch Room and, of course, beer. Twenty-five cent admission charge benefits FLY Children's Art Center. 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. 734-480-2739.
The Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is hosting the 16th Annual Holiday Homes Tour. Saturday, 6-10 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m. The Saturday night tour features the Taste of Ypsi Candlelight Tour. The tour will include four private homes as well as the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, built in 1859, and the 1860 Asa Dow House which is now the home of the Ypsilanti Historical Society. Tickets are available at Nelson Amos Studio. The Saturday Candlelight Tour tickets are $40. The Sunday Home Tour tickets are $15 when pre-purchased at Nelson Amos Studios, Haab’s, MIX and Salt City Antiques. $20 if purchased the day of the tour. For more information on the Tour, call 734-487-9669.
The Dianne Reeves Quartet, with special guest Raul Midon, will play Hill Auditorium on Saturday. 8 p.m. Blue Note recording artist Dianne Reeves is one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world today. Raul Midon is a blind singer-songwriter and guitarist whose singular, timeless soul/pop/jazz sound resulted in a standing ovation when he appeared on Letterman. Tickets start at $10. 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-763-3333.
It will be "Santa Central" at Hudson Mills Metropark on Sunday. 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Children can visit Santa Central to play reindeer games, make crafts, enjoy a hayride and snack, and share their wish list with Santa. Bring your camera or purchase a photo for $2, or bring a new toy for Toys for Tots and receive a free photo. Tickets are $6 per child. Children under the age of 1 are free. Includes all activities and hayride. $3 per adult, includes refreshments and hayride. Admission by advance ticket purchase only. Purchase in the park office. Santa Central is in the Activity Center at 8801 N. Territorial Road, Dexter.