Last week's Women's Night in downtown Traverse City was so packed with hundreds of shoppers that it will be interesting to see if Men's Night this Thursday can match the turnout.
It used to be that Men's Night was "the" big event in downtown TC with guys turning out in droves to shop while enjoying adult beverages, treats and special deals on gifts. Shop owners in turn, dress for the occasion and offer perks such as free gift wrapping.
Get in the swing this Thursday from 5-10 p.m. downtown. Although the event is geared for men, it's not unusual to find many women shoppers downtown too, enjoying the party atmosphere.
Other "must" events this week include:
--The Weathered Beard: Live storytelling along with performances by NYC musicians at the InsideOut Gallery, TC, 7-9pm.
--Claudia Schmidt in Concert: Folk, jazz and blues performance from her newest album at Charlevoix Public Library, 7pm.
-- Axiom Brass: Chamber music performance by award-winning quintet at Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay, 7:30pm. Pre-concert dinner, $30.
-- Handel's Messiah: Performed by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Petoskey, 7pm. Seats are $15.
-- "The People and the Olive": Documentary screening and performance by Joshua Davis at the Garden Theater, Frankfort. Tickets, $10. Includes a Q&A with filmmaker Aaron Dennis. stonehutstudios.com for more info.
-- A Christmas Carol in Prose: Presented by Michigan's professional theatre company, Parallel 45, at the Elk Rapids Historic Township Hall; and at the InsideOut Gallery, TC, on Friday & Saturday. All shows are at 7pm. Admission, $15. parallel45.org.
-- Brenda Lee's Christmas Show: Kewadin, Sault Ste. Marie, 7pm. Kewadin.com for ticket info.
-- Seth & May Holiday Concert & Community Sing: Higher Grounds Trading Co., located at the Grand Traverse Commons, 7pm. $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
-- "White Christmas": Irving Berlin's 1954 holiday musical performed at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm.
-- Comedy Improv: Good on Paper performs at the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 11pm. $5 admission.
-- "The Nutcracker": Presented by the Crooked Tree Art Center's School of Ballet at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center, 3pm & 7pm; Sunday, 3pm.
-- Santa at the Castle: Games, crafts, snacks, Polar Express train display and photo opportunity with Santa at Castle Farms, Charlevoix, 1-3pm.
-- Mayan Astronomy: What Did They Know?: Cultural presentation and star-gazing at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City, 8-10pm. Free admission.
-- Author Mary Clifton: Presents her nutritional cookbook, "Waist Away" with editor Anne Stanton at Horizon Books, TC, 4-6pm.
-- Fight Like A Jedi: Selling of LucasFilm-sponsored sketchbooks, art, t-shirts and prints at Right Brain Brewery, TC, 1-5pm. Includes a silent auction and door prizes in support of Matthew Litchfield, an 8-year-old fighting brain cancer.