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Calendar of Events

Sunday, June 23, 2013






 
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 7:30 a.m. 

41st Annual EcoRide 2013: Ecology Center.

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The This annual bike-a-thon regularly draws hundreds of cyclists. Riders can participate in their choice of a 55-mile countryside loop to Hell (MI), a 10-mile riverside tour along the Border to Border Trail (with a visit to the St. Joe's Hospital farm and hoop house), a 10-mile EcoTour (with stops at Washtenaw Food Hub, Tilian Farm, and the Leslie Science & Nature Center Project Grow garden and solar-powered Nature House), and a family-friendly 2-mile ride along the Border to Border Trail to Argo Park that's also great for walkers and roller bladers. The stops along the EcoTour feature pop-up galleries in which local artists display, demo, and discuss works representing sustainable themes.Riders can also combine the two 10-mile tours into one 20-mile ride. Snacks, rest stops, and "sag wagons" along the bike routes. Prizes to the top pledge-earning individuals, and a pair of Maggie's organic socks for everyone who raises $100 or more in pledges. Massages available after the ride, along with music by the popular local acoustic roots-music sextet Dragon Wagon, kids activities, and refreshments at the finish line, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rain or shine.
7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (55-mile ride), 9 a.m.01 p.m. (10-mile rides), & 10 a.m.-noon (2-mile ride) starting times, Riverside Park (off Wall St.). Registration: 7-11 a.m. Sponsor sheets and route information available at the Ecology Center, local sporting goods stores, and ecocenter.org. $50 suggested minimum in pledges. $5 registration fee for kids under 12. Registration begins at 7 a.m. 761-3186, ext. 120. [map]
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 7:30 a.m. 

"Tri Goddess Tri": Epic Races.

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All women invited to compete in a mini-sprint (quarter-mile swim, 10.7-mile bike ride, and 1.5-mile run) or sprint (half-mile swim, 10.7-mile bike ride, and 3-mile run) triathlon or a duathlon (10.7-mile bike ride sandwiched between 1.5- and 3-mile runes). Awards.
7:30 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. $87 (USAT members, $75) in advance by June 1 at epicraces.com; $97 (USAT members, $85) after June 1. $10 annual park pass required. 678-5045.
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Camp Keha at the Reptile Zoo: Great Lakes Zoological Society.

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The Great Lakes Zoological Society is offering a wild experience for kids this summer! When school is out of session, learning and exploration continues at the Reptile Zoo! Beginning on June 16th and going through August 22nd kids can stay active and entertained this summer while learning about animals, nature and the environment. 3-day and 5-day camps available. A new adventure waits each day, as campers learn how to better care for animals and the Earth we share. Campers will have opportunities for unique hands-on animal experiences in addition to participating in games, crafts and 'green' activities. All camps are from 9am-4pm; Registration is open now, early registration discount before April 30th!
Great Lakes Zoological Society- World of Discovery, 6885 Jackson Rd. $145 3-day, $240 5-day. (734)332-1628. education@glzszoo.org glzszoo.org [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Jewish Hikers of Michigan.

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All invited to join an easy hike of 1.5-2 hours. Bring a backpack, munchies, and drinks. No pets.
11 a.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. jewish.hikers@gmail.com, 883-9522, 665-4744. [map]
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. Also, demos on basketry (June 2), glass (June 16), and 2-D works & paintings (June 23), as well as a Summer Art Show (June 9) with crafts for adults and kids, live music, and food.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a very relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free. hac_ultimate@ameritech.net, 846-9418.
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 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

1st Annual Chelsea History Fest: Chelsea Area Historical Society.

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The Chelsea Monitor vintage baseball club plays an exhibition vs. the Chelsea Fire Department at 12:30 p.m. and a regularly scheduled game vs. Flint Lumber Company at 2:30 p.m. Also, a pre-1940s car show, a CAHS tent featuring several items from its historical museum, and historical displays and demos, including wool spinning, weaving, vintage printing, chair caning, antique dolls, photograph restoration, and more. Old-fashion games. Bring a picnic lunch; baked goods, snacks, & beverages on sale
Noon-4 p.m., Timbertown Park, off Sibley Rd., just north of downtown Chelsea. Free. 476-2010.
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 Noon-4 p.m. 

Herb Summit: Herb Study Group.

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Medicinal herb expert Bronwen Gates discusses how herbs support wellbeing, and Michigan Herb Associates president Jean Riggs discusses herb recipes and other uses for herbs.
Noon-4 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20 (metered parking). 647-7600. [map]
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 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Blacksmiths, Soldiers, and Log Cabin Weekend": Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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June 22 & 23. A weekend of historical reenactments, featuring a blacksmith festival, a Civil War encampment, and more. Also, guided tours of the 10-room farmhouse. On Sunday, activities to celebrate Log Cabin Day.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 23) & noon-5 p.m. (June 24), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids 5-12, $2; kids age 4 & under and members, free). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Hodgepodge": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 22 & 23. Museum staff lead various hands-on activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (June 22) & noon-4 p.m. (June 23), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [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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 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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 1-5 p.m. 

Guided Tours: Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Every Fri-Sun. through Sept. 1. Costumed guides lead tours of the 10-room artifact-filled farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a recently refurbished blacksmith's workshop. The last tour begins at 4:16 p.m.
1-5 p.m., Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area. $5 (kids ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 1 or 2 p.m.  Free! 

Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea.

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This 4-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.

May 18 (2 p.m.): Flint Lumber City BBC.

July 26 (2 p.m.): Royal Oak Wahoos.

Aug. 23 (2 p.m.): Detroit Early Risers.

Sept 14 (2 p.m.): Northville Eclipse.

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Various times, Timbertown Park, Sibley Rd. (west off Main St. north of downtown), Chelsea. Free. Facebook.com/ChelseaMonitors. 476-8905, 930-6130.
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 1-2:30 pm. 

"A Michigan History Through Song": Dodworth Duo (Ann Arbor Senior Center).

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The popular local duo of mezzo soprano Leah Dexter and tenor Ted Badgerow explore 19th-century American life through an interactive program of singing, dancing, and storytelling.
1-2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 (seniors age 60 & older, $4; members & kids under 12 with adult, free). 794-6250. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docents lead tours of the UMMA collection, with themes based on their interests.
1 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Is the Public Getting What It Hopes for from Local Land Protection Efforts?": Ann Arbor Friends Meeting Sustainability Forum.

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Biologist and ecologist John Russell discusses the 2003 greenbelt millage, county preserves, and various land and water advocacy groups.
1-3 p.m., Friends Meeting room, 1420 Hill Street. Free. 665-0131. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Pickerel Lake 'Secret Hike/Swim'": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Local outdoorsman Barry Lonik leads a hike of 4-5 miles through Pinckney Recreation Area. Followed by a swim in the lake.
1 p.m., meet at Zingerman's Roadhouse (2501 Jackson) to carpool. Free. 677-0823.
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 1:15 p.m. 

"Kon-Tiki": Michigan Theater.

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(Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg, 2012). Historical drama about Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdal's 4,300-mile voyage across the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947. English & Norwegian, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). For complete, updated schedules, see michtheater.org or call 668-TIME. [map]
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 1:30 p.m. 

Bell's Summer Classic Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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July 28 & 30: Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976). The classic saga of a small-time Philadelphia boxer who nearly wins a grueling, blood-soaked title fight. Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith. 1:30 p.m. (July 28) & 7 p.m. (July 30).

Aug. 4 & 6: The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965). Rousing sing-along screening of the classic musical about the Von Trapp family's singing nanny. With an on-stage costume parade, onscreen lyrics, goodie bags, & more. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 4) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 6).

Aug. 11 & 13: The Kiss (Jacques Feyder, 1929). Greta Garbo stars in this silent murder mystery and courtroom drama about a young woman unhappily married to an older businessman. With live accompaniment on the theater's Barton Theater Pipe Organ. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 11) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 13).

Aug. 18 & 20: Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962). Sweeping epic based on the life of British adventurer T. E. Lawrence. Peter O'Toole. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 18) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 20).

Aug. 25 & 27: 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963). Unique, semiautobiographical film about a director's struggles while trying to make a movie. Marcello Mastroianni. Italian, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 25) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 27).

Sept, 1 & 3: Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998). Driven, kinetic portrait, combining animation, still photography, slow motion, and conventional cinematography, of a woman who must come up with 100,000 marks in 20 minutes in order to pay the mob. Franka Potente. German, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. (Sept. 1) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 3). [aw]

Sept. 2: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Classic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as a pair of star-crossed lovers during WW II. 7 p.m.

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1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Mon. & Tues.), Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]
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 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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 2 p.m. 

Minifest: Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Residence (Kerrytown Concert House).

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June 14, 21, & 23 (different programs). World-famous musicians and up-and-coming ensembles present 3 chamber concerts. June 14: Performers include pianists James Tocco and Pei-Shan Lee, cellists Andres Diaz and Paul Katz, and the Boston-based ensemble Jupiter String Quartet. Program: Schnitke's Cello Sonata No. 1, Hanah Lash's Now of All Times, and Schubert's String Quintet in C Major. June 21: Performers include pianist William Bolcom, violinist Kimberly Kaloyanides-Kennedy, cellist Kee-Hyun Kim, soprano Lauren Skuce, and the Axiom Brass Quintet, an award-winning Chicago-based ensemble. Program: Beethoven's String Trio in C Minor, Victor Ewald's Quintet No. 3 in D-flat Major, Brett Dean's Skizzen Fur Siegbert, and songs TBA by Bolcom. June 23: Performers include violinist Ani Kavafian, pianist Andrea Lam, the San Francisco-based ensemble The Delphi Trio, and The City of Tomorrow, a Portland (OR) woodwind quintet. Program: Mozart's Violin Sonata in E-flat, Elliott Carter's Woodwind Quintet and Nine by Five, and Dvorak's Piano Trio No. 3 in F Minor.
8 p.m. (June 14 & 21) & 2 p.m. (June 23), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Solstice Ritual: Druids of Shining Lakes Grove.

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All invited to join local neopagans for this ritual honoring Bel and Danu, the primal father and mother deities. Also, potluck and raffle.
2-5 p.m., Cavallo Farms, 2185 N. Harris Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 277-1897. [map]
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 2 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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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Early Summer Botany: A Hike Along the Huron": Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to look for honey locust, moonseed, and green dragon, as well as more common plants, such as jack-in-the-pulpit, violets, and meadow rue.
2-4 p.m., Burns-Stokes Preserve, Zeeb Rd. at the Huron River just south of Huron River Dr. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Isamu Noguchi/Qi Baishi/Beijing 1930": UMMA.

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June 16, 23, & 30. Docent-led tour of the current exhibit that highlights the creative relationship between Japanese American sculptor Noguchi and Chinese ink painter Baishi.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2 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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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Pokemon League: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. All invited to play this popular card game and trade cards with other players.
3 p.m., Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. Free. 786-3746. [map]
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 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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 4 p.m. 

"Eighty Years of Excellence!": Sylvia Studio of Dance.

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Lee Ann King directs this local dance company's annual recital for student dancers ages 3 to adult. Live piano accompaniment. Also, a guest performance by the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet.
4 p.m., Saline High School Ellen Ewing Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & up and students, $12; kids ages 2-9, $5). 668-8066. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wiki Leaks": Michigan Theater.

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(Alex Gibney, 2013). Documentary about journalist Julian Assange's controversial website that facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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 5 p.m. 

Les 7 Doigts de la Main: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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June 22 & 23. Founded in 2002, this Montreal-based contemporary circus company is known for its dazzling, urban daredevilry that seamlessly fuses dance, circus arts, acrobatics, and theater. The troupe's name translates to "the seven fingers of the hand" and refers to its seven highly skilled founding members who work in unison like the digits of a hand. Tonight's show, Sequence 8, features traditional displays of circus skills, including aerial hoops, rings, Russian bar, juggling, trapeze, and Chinese acrobatics, along with dance theater and comic skits, in order to depict and explore the performers' (who now number 8) process of work, the role of feelings such as camaraderie and jealousy in binding them together, and their relationship with the audience. The show's music includes an original score by composer Seth Stachowski as well as songs by Ben Harper and the Squirrel Nut Zippers.
8 p.m. (June 22) & 5 p.m. (June 23), Power Center. $25-$45 (kids, $10) in advance at the Michigan League, a2sf.org, and by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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: Madcat & Kane (8:30 p.m.), the nationally acclaimed local duo of world-class harmonica wizard Peter Madcat Ruth and ace fingerstyle blues guitatist Shari Kane are joined by guest musicians TBA. Opening acts are the accomplished local 12-year-old pop-folk singer-songwriter and ukulele player Magdalen Fossum (5 p.m.), the Lansing American roots guitarist Joshua Davis (6 p.m.), and The Candy Band (7 p.m.), a Detroit kiddie punk-rock quartet that plays nursery rhymes, movie themes, and originals. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by The Goonies, Richard Donner's old-fashioned 1985 adventure yarn about a group of kids searching for hidden treasure. Also, Iyengar yoga (5 p.m., Alumni Center lawn, bring a mat or blanket) led by Ann Arbor School of 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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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Life Lessons from the Himalayas": The Himalayan Bazaar.

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Local yoga instructor and freelance writer Roshani Adhikary discusses her recent yoga and trekking trip to the Himalayas in Nepal.
5:30 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. Free. 997-7229. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. Note: New location.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569.
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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. 

"This House": University Musical Society/National Theatre Live.

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Tape-delayed live broadcast of the National Theatre (London) production of James Graham's fast-paced, darkly comic play about the U.K.'s 1970s hung Parliament. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, the action focuses on the wheelings and dealings between Labour and Tory whips as both parties wrestle for political control of Britain.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (Michigan Theater & UMS members, $18; students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229. [map]
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 7:15 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Frances Ha": Michigan Theater.

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(Noah Baumbach, 2012). Comedy about a quirky aspiring dancer living in New York City without an apartment or a real job.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Acoustic Routes Concert: Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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May 19: Creole du Nord. Manchester-based Cajun & Creole dance quintet.

June 23: Rev. Robert Jones. The host of WDET's Blues from the Lowlands and an ordained Baptist minister, Jones is an excellent singer and guitarist, with a huge repertoire that draws on Delta, Texas, Chicago, and other blues traditions. His band includes his wife, vocalist Sis Bernice Jones.

July 28: Bill Bynum & Co. Bluegrass-based quartet led by award-winning Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist Bynum, whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. His band includes fiddler Mary Seelhorst, dobro player Dave Keeney, and bassist Chuck Anderson.

Aug. 3: Luke Winslow-King. Cadillac-bred Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist who currently lives in New Orleans. His Old/New Baby was named a Top 10 Album of 2009 in the American Songwriter magazine editors poll, and OffBeat magazine says it "captures the allure of a speakeasy, the swagger of old Dixie, and the simple good-time charm of Western swing." He has a brand-new CD, The Coming Tide.

Aug. 25: The Moxie Strings. Local duo of Dragon Wagon fiddler Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn, formerly known as String Cheese, who play a foot-stomping, rock-influenced fusion of traditional Celtic and Americana music.

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7:30 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $10. 429-0060. [map]
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Bill Kirchen: The Ark.

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An Ann Arbor native who first gained fame as the guitarist in Commander Cody's Lost Planet Airmen, Kirchen and his band play a rowdy mix of rockabilly, honky-tonk, blues, swing, and truck-driving songs that critics have dubbed "dieselbilly." Kirchen, who has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1986, has been inducted into the Washington Area Music Association Hall of Fame. "[Kirchen's] no-nonsense diesel guitar attack, powered by great booming, bottom-heavy licks still covered with axle grease, is undoubtedly the real thing. Scattering scorching guitar runs in all directions, it's all immediate, in your face, and more than a little dangerous," says the Austin American-Statesman.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and theark.org; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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