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Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 20, 2013






 
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 11am 

Mothers Group: Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor.

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For babies born March-May 2013
Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. In addition to a weekly topic and circle time, you'll learn songs, simple baby games, and basic infant movement. This series begins each session with group discussion on topics such as getting your baby to sleep, life with a newborn, how to survive the challenges of being a mom, places to go around town with your baby, changes to your relationships, and then later, introducing solids and more. Many mothers find support and friendship here and continue these relationships outside of group time, as well. Moms are encouraged to feed their baby during group, and all you need to bring is a blanket for your baby to lay on.
You can join the group at any time if the session has already begun, and if you are heading back to work, we can prorate the group so you can attend as many sessions as your schedule allows.
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $96. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon 

Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School.

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Please join us for a week of fun at Zion Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School! You can pre-register by going to our website, or register the morning of. New children are welcome all week!
June 17 - 21, 2013
9 AM - NOON each day
Ages: 3 years old - entering 5th grade
Address: 1501 West Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Registration Information: www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html
Cost: $30 for first child, $25 for each additional
Contact: sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty. $30 for first child/$25 each additional. sarahwentzloff@yahoo.com www.zlc-aa.org/vbs.html [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Call For Artists: Dexter Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.

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1st Annual Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival, August 13-17, 2013. Jurored Awards. Cash prizes. 1-4 entries. For Prospectus and Application, www.dextermi.gov/arts, or visit www.facebook.com/PaintDexter
Village of Dexter, 8140 Main Street, Dexter. Free. cnicholls@dextermi.gov https://www.facebook.com/PaintDexter [map]
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 10-10:45 a.m.  Free! 

Musica Batteria: Ann Arbor District Library.

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The Detroit percussion duo of Lynn Koch and Kristen Tait, who performs on a vintage rosewood marimba, presents a program of classical, Latin, and pop tunes for kids in grades K-5.
10-10:45 a.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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CDL youth librarians read stories, sing funny songs, and make it all come alive with puppets, fingerplays, and movement. Each week features a different theme. For toddlers ages 2 & 3 accompanied by a parent.

June 13: "Duplos."

June 20: "Circus Fun."

July 11: "Fairy Tales." Kids invited to dress up as their favorite fairy.

July 18: "Superhero."

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10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Fun on Thursday!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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June 20 & 27. WCPARC naturalists lead programs for kids. Geared toward ages 5-8. June 20: "Owls and Hawks" includes info about Michigan birds of prey. Also, a game and a craft. June 27: "Reptiles Rule" includes info about snakes, turtles, and other reptiles, as well as a chance to see and touch live reptiles. Also, a story about a turtle who needs a home.
10:30-11:30 a.m., County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance (June 20) and Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial (June 27). Free. $5 vehicle entry fee required June 27. Preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Storytime: Dexter District Library.

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Library staff read stories for kids age 5 & under. Also, songs, crafts, and other activites.
11 a.m., DDL lower level meeting room, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Hands-On Learning With Explore the Sky Klutz Activity Book": Barnes & Noble.

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All kids age 7 & up invited make stickers and learn about the galaxy. Cookie treat.
1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 Noon-7 p.m. 

"Parade of Homes": Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.

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June 20-23. Tour of new and remodeled homes in Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
Noon-7 p.m., maps available at bragannarbor.com. $10 (kids age 16 & under, free). 996-0100.
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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June 6: Electric blues by the Bluescasters. June 13: "Shakespeare in the Courtyard" by Shakespeare in the Arb players. June 20: High-energy fiddling, singing, and dancing by the Saline Fiddlers. June 27: U-M Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma a cappella ensemble and Kappa Kappa Psi band.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Courtyard, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Employment for People with Disabilities: Partners in Personal Assistance.

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Social Security Specialist George Jabol will explain how people with disabilities can work without losing their benefits or how to get off benefits. He will dispel many misconceptions about Social Security and Medicaid. This workshop is free and open to everyone.
Partners in Personal Assistance, 3810 Packard, Suite 100B. Free. 734-214-3890. info@annarborppa.org annarborppa.org [map]
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 2-7 p.m. 

Pittsfield Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township.

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Pittsfield Township Farmers Market opens on June 13th (2:00 - 7:00) and is located at the Township Hall (corner of Platt and Michigan, with East-West access from Bemis).

Please "Like" Pittsfield Township (www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Charter-Township/115908818493 ) on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/PittsfieldTwp).

More details at: http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/
Events include:
June 13th - Make a kite to fly with your Dad and musical entertainer Kevin DeVine.
June 20th - Pittsfield Fire Safety, including fireworks safety.
June 27th - Healthy Cooking Demonstration
No Market on July 4th
July 11th - Pittsfield DPS Bike Safety
July 18th - Ann Arbor District Library Story Time
July 25th - Pittsfield Parks and Rec "Fun with Beans" and musical entertainer Kevin Devine.
August 1st - Saline Fiddlers.
August 8th - Pittsfield Park and Rec Scavenger Hunt.
August 15th - Saline District Library Story Time
Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Avenue. Free admission. 734-822-3135. reillyt@pittsfield-mi.gov www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 3-4:30 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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 5-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [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: Black Jake & the Carnies (8:30 p.m.), the popular Ypsilanti sextet that calls its energetic, foot-stomping blend of punk, old-time music, and bluegrass "crabgrass." Opening acts are local country singer-songwriter Bill Edwards (5 p.m.), the folk-rock duo The Understorey (6 p.m.), and Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful (7 p.m.), local country-inflected folk-rock band led by singer-songwriter Misty Lyn. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' hilarious 1974 burlesque of old Frankenstein movies. Stars Gene Wilder. Also, the interactive performance art ensemble Spontaneous Art (6 p.m.). 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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 6:30 p.m. 

Gene Kelly Benefit Dinner: Allen Creek Preschool Fundraiser.

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A cocktail reception on the Paesano terrace, followed by a sit-down dinner accompanied by a screening of the classic 1951 Gene Kelly musical An American in Paris. Also, an appearance by Gene Kelly's daughter, Kerry Kelly Novick.
6:30 p.m., Paesano's, 3411 Washtenaw. Tickets $50. Reservations required. 971-0484. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Jewry in Music": Jewish Community Center.

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All invited to enjoy appetizers and wine while U-M piano professor Louis Nagel draws on David Conway's monumental study to discuss, with musical illustrations, Jewish composers and their music from Renaissance composer Rossi to the era of Mendelssohn, Mahler, and Meyerbeer. The program concludes with a brief performance by Nagel. Dessert follows.
6:30 p.m., Camp Raanana beachfront site, 2500 Pierce Rd. (north off I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $25 (members, $15). 971-0990. [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 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $5. 761-6691. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Basic Tools for Collecting Books in the Digital Era": Boundedition Book Arts Studio.

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Motte & Bailey bookstore owner Gene Alloway discusses the fundamentals of collecting printed books and ephemera.
7-9 p.m., Boundedition Book Arts Studio, 3765 Plaza Dr. $15. Preregistration required at boundedition.com. 545-8785. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Moonlight Book Crawl": Ann Arbor Book Festival.

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June 20, 21, & 22 (different programs). Various writers read from their work at different restaurants and bars. Signings. Tonight: "Westside Edition" at Quarter Bistro (7-8 p.m., 300 S. Maple) with the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Team. Followed at Nicola's Books (8-9 p.m., 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center) by readings by poet Susan Hutton and others.
7-9 p.m., different locations. Free admission. aabookfestival.org, 764-3166.
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs. except July 4, through Aug. 22 Downtown concerts by area bands. June 6: Beatles tribute band Toppermost. June 13: Bluegrass and high-energy American folk student fiddle ensemble the Saline Fiddlers. June 20: Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-songwriter Kari Holmes. June 27: the Saline Big Band. July 11: the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord. July 18: Tim McGraw tribute artist Allen as Tim. July 25: William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters. Howell country quartet led by singer-songwriter Shadrick, whose influences range from Hank Williams and Merle Haggard to Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson. Aug. 1: Detroit Elvis impersonator Greg Jaqua. Aug. 15: Area bluegrass-based quartet Bill Bynum & Co. Aug. 22: the young Saline fiddle ensemble the Fiddlers ReStrung.

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7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4907.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Supportive Services: An Important Key to Housing Stability": Religious Action for Affordable Housing Annual Meeting.

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Talk by Michigan Ability Partners director Jan Little. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by refreshments.
7 p.m., St. Francis Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium. Free. 665-8167, 332-0923. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Village of Manchester.

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Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain or shine.

June 13: Family-friendly concert by Pinckney musician Guy Louis.

June 20: Moxie Strings. Local Celtic and Americana fiddle/cello duo.

June 27: Sister Wilene. Michigan old-time country quintet.

July 11: Patriotic marches and swing by the Manchester Brass Band.

July 25: Los Gatos. Local Latin jazz band led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the music of Cal Tjader, the late San Francisco vibes player who ignited the 1950s mambo craze.

Aug. 1: The Raisin Pickers. Veteran Manchester-based string ensemble that plays old-time jug band dance music, western swing, and newgrass.

Aug. 8: The Billy King Band. Local blues-flavored rock 'n' roll band led by singer-songwriter-guitarist King.

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7:30 p.m., Wurster Park gazebo (Main St. just west of M-52), Manchester. Rain location: Emanuel Church hall, 324 W. Main, Manchester. Free; donations appreciated. 428-0159.
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Becky Shaw": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 20-July 28. Phil Powers directs the Michigan premiere of Gina Gionfriddo's 2008 Off-Broadway hit comedy that blends sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller. When a high-strung newlywed fixes up her uptight stepbrother with her husband's sweet and sexy coworker, the blind date takes a dark turn. Stars Sarab Kamoo, David Wolber, Dorry Peltyn, Keith Kalinowski, and Maggie Meyer. The July 14 performance is followed at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested), hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch, with the director, designers, and cast.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (July 6 & 20), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (June 20), $22 (June 21, 23, & 27), and $30 (June 22). June 28 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After June 28: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Lone Bellow: The Ark.

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Brooklyn-based country-soul trio whose music sets songs of heartache and tribulation to music driven by swelling 3-part vocal harmonies and rousing group choruses. Opening act is The Saint Johns, a Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter duo.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $16 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 p.m. 

The Lone Bellow: The Ark.

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Brooklyn-based country-soul trio whose music sets songs of heartache and tribulation to music driven by swelling 3-part vocal harmonies and rousing group choruses. Opening act is The Saint Johns, a Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter duo.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $16 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 p.m. 

"Cheese + Books": Literati.

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Cheesemonger Steven Hall leads a 5-course cheese tasting and discusses various aspects of cheese knowledge gleaned from books available at Literati, from how to cook with cheese to how to make your own cheese. Age 21 & over only.
8 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Tickets $25. 585-5567. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Miles & Ellie": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., June 20-Aug. 31. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Don Zolidis's new comic drama about a divorced and disenchanted woman who returns to her hometown, where she discovers her high school sweetheart is still carrying a torch for her.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 20-26 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). June 27: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8-9:30 p.m. 

"SKETCH": Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center.

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Every Thurs. Sketch comedy by U-M students.
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. 

"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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