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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 15, 2013






 
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 Canceled  Free! 

"Come and Play the Acorn Way": Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Indoor and outdoor activities and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by a parent. Siblings and friends welcome. Note: The June 15 event has been canceled.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
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On June 9, 2013, Danielle Cassetta wrote:
Hello Everyone,

Unfortunately, our newest addition to the Acorn Glen family, Theodore, has experienced an unexpectedly rocky first couple of days and is still in the NICU for hypoglycemia. We are assured he will be just fine, but needs a little extra care in the next few days to keep him feeling well. Because we don't know exactly when we will be coming home, and want to make sure his first couple of days are calm and uneventful, we will be canceling the playgroup that was scheduled for Saturday June 15th.

We hope to see you on the 29th and cannot wait to start our twice weekly summer playgroups then!

Until then, happy playing!

Danielle Cassetta

Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool


 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Saline Antiques & Vintage Market.

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June 15 & 16. Show and sale of antiques and vintage items in various styles, including Americana Art Deco, mission, mid-century modern, industrial, shabby chic, continental, and more. Deliveries available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). salinemarket@gmail.com, (937) 875-0808. [map]
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 8 a.m. 

Tri Kids Tri: Epic Races.

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Kids ages 7-14 invited to complete a triathlon. Ages 7-10 swim 150 meters, bike 3 miles, and run one mile. Ages 11-14 swim 300 meters, bike 6 miles, and run 1.5 miles. Awards.
8 a.m., Portage Lake Beach, List Rd. at Seymour Rd., west off Mount Hope Rd. north from I-94 exit 150, Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $40 in advance before June 1; $45 June 1-13; $55 race day; $10 discount for USAT members. epicraces.com, 531-8747.
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 8:30-10 a.m. 

Open Water Swim: Epic Races.

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Get out there! We're ready, the lake is ready, and you are ready. Come and experience open water swimming in a race setting without the pressure of the race. Whether you're training for your first triathlon or 10th iron distance race you will find this non-competitive open water swim at Portage Lake in Waterloo Recreation Area helpful in your training. We will have a quarter mile and a half mile course set up. If you wish to swim more than a half mile you may do multiple laps. A time clock will be running during the swim for you to check your splits and pace. After the swim hang out and enjoy a light brunch with fellow swimmers and with the Epic race team.
Portage Lake - Waterloo Recreation Area, Pickney MI, 11500 Seymour Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240. $25-$35. info@epicraces.com www.epicraces.com [map]
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 9 a.m. 

"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Fee: $175.00.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: Gluten Free Bakeshop.

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** This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks. The format is exactly the same as all classes offered at Ann Arbor Cooks. **
Spend a wonderful Saturday morning in the kitchen baking off cookies, tarts and cakes! No gluten here. All recipes are wheat-free and delicious! Full participation. Menu: classic chocolate chip cookies; chocolate espresso meringue swirl cookies; crispy ginger snaps; caramel apple cheesecake; easy chocolate raspberry tart.
Register at: WCC Lifelong Learning
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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June 8 & 15. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (June 8), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (June 15), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
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 9:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Amazing Grace, Amazing Love: Loving Like Jesus": Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse.

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Talk by club members.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 971-4545. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Grange Junior Makers: Pittsfield Grange.

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Kids, accompanied by an adult, invited to work on electronics, robotics, woodworking, and craft projects. This month: a chance to learn how to water plants using ollas (unglazed pots).
10 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 926-5079. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Refusing to Be Enemies".

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Talk by Tent of Nations founder and Christmas Lutheran Church (Bethlehem, West Bank) member Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian farmer whose farm, which is surrounded by Israeli settlements, has become a center for peace education, organic farming, women's empowerment and international youth camps.
10 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 665-8297. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Refusing to Be Enemies".

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Talk by Tent of Nations founder and Christmas Lutheran Church (Bethlehem, West Bank) member Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian farmer whose farm, which is surrounded by Israeli settlements, has become a center for peace education, organic farming, women's empowerment and international youth camps.
10 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 665-8297. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Wonderful Windsocks": Ann Arbor Solid Waste Department.

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All invited to use surplus hot air balloon fabric and other recyclables to make a windsock. Also, guided tours of the city's recycling and trash disposal center.
10 a.m.-noon, Materials Recovery Facility, 4150 Platt Rd. Free. 994-2807. [map]
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 10 a.m. 

"WWII in Their Own Words": Dexter District Library.

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Oral historian Larry Martin gives a presentation that includes memorabilia on display and interviews with WWII survivors. Q&A. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. June 15: Part 1 of a recorded interview with Eugene Bleil, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, a 65-mile march by 75,000 American and Filipino soldiers who surrendered to the Japanese on April 9, 1942. June 22: Part 2 of a recorded interview with Eugene Bleil (see above). Aug. 24: A recorded interview with Alexander Jefferson, a veteran Tuskegee Airman who flew 18 combat missions in the P-51 fighter plane before being shot down over Toulon, France and sent to Stalag Luft 3 in Poland as a POW.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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June 1 & 15. Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Evolution of Whales": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how whales have adapted to thrive underwater by comparing archaic to modern whales. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Make a Father's Day Card": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids from preschoolers to 5th graders invited to make a Father's Day card. Supplies provided.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Making Father's Day Cards": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids from preschoolers to 5th graders invited to make a Father's Day card. Supplies provided.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more. Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of the universe of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"19th Annual Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom": Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP.

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Celebration of the anniversary of the first reading in Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation, on June 19, 1865--more than 2 years after it was signed by President Lincoln. The family-oriented program includes performances by local musicians and other entertainers.
Noon-6 p.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. To volunteer to perform, email aajuneteenth@gmail.com. 761-9084. [map]
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 Noon-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Inside|Out Art Tours": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through June 23. Docents lead 30-minute walking tours of public art, with special emphasis on the reproductions of famous artworks that have been temporarily installed by the Detroit Institute of Arts. See http://www.dia.org/assets/pdf/insideout/spring2013/AnnArbor.pdf for a map of all the installations in town.
Noon-2:30 p.m., begin at AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free. 995-5439. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Blue Lake International Jazz Orchestra.

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This 16-piece jazz big band comprised of talented high school and collegiate students from around the nation performs a Bon Voyage concert before setting on a 3-week goodwill tour of Europe. The college students in the group, who include former Airmen of Note lead alto saxophonist Lucas Munce, also serve as mentors to the high school musicians. The concert also features a set by the Paul Keller Quartet, high-energy local mainstream jazz by ensemble led by bassist Keller and featuring saxophonist Doug Horn.
1-4 p.m., Bona Sera Restaurant, 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. $10 (students accompanied by an adult, free). Bluelake.org. (800) 221-3796. [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 1, 2, 15, & 16. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. June 1 & 2: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity and inertia experiments, including launching a tray of eggs with a broom. June 15 & 16: "Luminosity" eatures experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

"Sundae @ the Art Center": Ann Arbor Art Center.

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All invited to make and eat ice cream sundaes and paint a ceramic ice cream bowl. Also, info about summer camp and other AAAC programs. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.
1-4 p.m., Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $10 (includes bowl). Preregistration recommended at annarborartcenter.org/events. 994-8004, ext. 127. [map]
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 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

Chakra Meditation workshop: Be In Awe Yoga Studio.

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Chakra Meditation workshop based on Swami Saradananda's most recent book, "Chakra Meditation."
Advance registration required
This workshop will be experiential and increase your ability to relax, concentrate during meditation and deepen your practice.
Cost $30
PayPal payment address jody@beinawe.com
We look forward to seeing you Friday and/or Saturday!
Please be sure to register no later than Thursday (June 12).
Be In Awe Yoga, 2220 Rivenoak Court. $30. 7342130435. jody@beinaweyoga.com www.beinaweyoga.com [map]
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 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Family Magic Extravaganza: Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center.

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Family-friendly magic show by Kip.
2-2:30 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 769-2787. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Maker Music: Atari Punk Circuit": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All Hands Active staff show adults and teens in grade 6 & up how to use basic circuitry to make a musical instrument.
2-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"The Confessions of Al Capone": Aunt Agatha's.

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Veteran local mystery writer Loren Estleman discusses his brand-new book, a rigorously researched, deftly nuanced biographical novel about the infamous Depression-era mobster. Signing.
2 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. Jugglers of all skill levels invited for informal practice. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: The Sun Messengers (9:30 p.m.), a popular, versatile 10-piece ensemble from Detroit that plays everything from Latin and African dance music to blues and rock. Opening acts are Detroit pop singer-songwriter Frankie D'Angelo (5 p.m.), the duo of local singer-songwriter Jo Serrapere and guitarist John Devine (6 p.m.), the Nashville-based, former local country-folk band Whit Hill & the Postcards (7 p.m.), and Al Hill & the Love Butlers (8 p.m.), a former local band, led by Nashville-based Hill's wailing vocals and pumping piano, that plays soulful swing, New Orleans-style funk, and boogie-woogie blues. The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by dancing to music spun by DJ Nick Ayers of the Macpodz (age 21 & over only). Also, prana vinyasa yoga (5 p.m., Alumni Center lawn, bring a mat or blanket) led by A2 Yoga instructors. The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Thurs. & Sat. through Aug. 23. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
3-4:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), and 6-7:30 p.m. (Sat.), Portage Lake Day Use Area, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. (north from I-94 exit 150), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee.
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: Here's to Dad - Burgers with Homemade Everything!.

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This one is all about celebrating Father's Day WITH your father! We will be firing up the grill and grinding our own beef in search of the ultimate hand-crafted burger. But it doesn't stop there, because we will be making our own ketchup, mustard, and pickle-relish, and then assembling it all in our fresh baked burger buns!! Some come honor Dad for Father's Day and feel the sense of accomplishment in having done it together! It's gonna be a party! Full participation. Menu: Mouthwatering Fresh Ground Skirt Steak Burger on a Fresh-baked Bun accompanied by homemade toppings: ketchup, mustard and pickle-relish; compliment this meal with an age-appropriate amber carbonated beverage and you'll have one happy Dad! Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com *This is an adult class; all participants must be at least 16 years of age.
*SPECIAL JUNE PRICING*
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $60/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Much Ado about Nothing": U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.

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June 6-9, 13-16, & 20-23. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy that begins in the prairie and moves across the Arb to conclude in the peony garden. The high-spirited plot involves 2 pairs of young lovers. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple's love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor. The action moves from spot to spot within the Arb, and director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather. Note: Space limited; come early. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m., but the line for tickets starts forming at 4:30 p.m.
. 6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (students with ID & youth age 18 & under, $10; seniors age 62 & older, $17; Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; kids under age 5, free) at the gate only. Limited number of golf carts available; first come, first served. 647-7600.
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 7 & 10 p.m. 

"Bombshell Bingo Blast": Cavern Club.

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Bingo with prizes.
7 & 10 p.m., Cavern Club, 210 S. First. $15. 913-8890. [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to recorded music. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 709-8748. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Cymbeline": Blackbird Theatre Shakespeare West.

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Every Fri. & Sat., June 7-29. Blackbird kicks off its summerlong series of West Park Shakespeare productions with director Barton Bund's sexy, provocative staging of Shakespeare's romantic revenge thriller about a Briton princess who disobeys her father and marries her sweetheart. The king banishes her husband, but after various adventures and perceived betrayals, the two are reunited. Bring a lawn chair or blankets to sit on and refreshments. Cast: Lynch Travis, Jamie Weeder, Qamara Black, Dan Johnson, Alastar Dimitrie, and Jesse Ahren-Jacobs.
7 p.m., West Park Band Shell. June 7 & 8 preview tickets $15 (students, $10) in advance at blackbirdtheatre.com and at the gate. After June 8: tickets $20 (students, $15). 332-3848.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Primates": Vault of Midnight.

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U-M librarian Jim Ottaviani reads from his new graphic novel-style biography of primatologists Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. Signing.
7 p.m., Vault of Midnight, 219 S. Main. Free. 998-1413. [map]
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (6-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

The Yanks: Conor O'Neill's.

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Traditional Irish music by this widely acclaimed young Irish American quartet that Lunasa flutist and whistles player Kevin Crawford calls "four of the most talented, accomplished and virtuosic musicians of their generation playing a brand of Irish Music that's both new and yet familiar." Members are uilleann piper Isaac Alderson, fiddler Dylan Foley, accordionist Dan Gurney, and guitarist and bouzouki player Sean Earnest.
7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's Celtic Room, 318 S. Main. $15 (students, $10; kids under age 12, free). 665-2968. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Marriage of Figaro": Arbor Opera Theater.

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June 13-16. This polished local opera company performs Mozart's popular comic opera noted for its stirring, lovely melodies. Bored by his wife, Count Almaviva eyes her maid Susanna, who is engaged to his valet Figaro. When the count decides to exercise his feudal rights, Figaro, Susanna, and others are thrown into frenzied attempts to thwart his lecherous scheme. Italian, supertitles.
7:30 p.m. (June 13-15) & 2 p.m. (June 16), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $22-$50 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and arboropera.com. Tickets: 763-8587. Info: 332-9063. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Peter Baker and Martha Vander Kolk call to music by Nutshell. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a lesson.
8 p.m.-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 426-0241. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

John Heffron: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 14 & 15. A South Lyon native and EMU grad who now lives in L.A., Heffron specializes in observations about the indignities and absurdities of life from the point of view of children and parents. A frequent guest on network and cable TV shows, Heffron won the 2nd season of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $25 reserved seating in advance and general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Black Lillies: the Ark.

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Highly regarded Knoxville Americana quintet, led by Robinella & the CC String Band cofounder Cruz Contreras. An inventively agile mix of rock, country, blues, bluegrass, and jazz influences, its music features lush harmonic textures buoying the combined voices of songwriter Contreras and vocalist Trisha Gene Brady.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8-9:30 p.m. 

"21st-Century Vaudeville": Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center.

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Every Sat. A variety show with singers, fire breathers, and other performers TBA.
8-9:30 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Cost TBA. 769-2787. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Landlocked": Carriage House Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., May 30-June 15. Emily Caffery directs local actors in the Midwest premiere of Cusi Cram's poignant comedy about a Swiss collage artist who starts dating an American trash collector and begins a correspondence with a Bolivian man she meets at a gallery opening where he notices his dentures are a part of one of her pieces.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Sunshine Boys": PTD Productions.

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June 13-16 & 20-22. Carl Ellison directs local actors in Neil Simon's poignant 1972 comedy about an aging vaudeville team who grudgingly reunite to do a TV special. New York Times critic Ben Brantley says it "celebrates the clown's classic gift for turning anger into art." Stars Dennis Platte and Rick Katon.
8 p.m. (except June 16, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at showtix4u.com & by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Milonga Picante": U-M Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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June 1 & 15. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango. [map]
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