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Thursday, June 27, 2013

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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. [map]
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 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

IT Day Camp: Eco Friendly Architecture with Minecraft 5-day Course: Graham Systems.

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Eco Friendly Architecture with Minecraft
Ages: 9-14
Date: Monday -Friday, June 24-28, 2013
Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Ann Arbor Learning Community- map
Cost: $550**
**Early Registration, Save $100 through April 30, 2013 Cost: $450.
Register Online:
Course Description: Ecological Architectural Concepts are the focus in this hands on series. This course is sponsored by local Developer, Community Builders LLC, that provides real plans for Eco Friendly Architecture. Throughout the course, the plans are studied and prepared for the world of Minecraft. First as a group we sketch our own version of the Eco Friendly buildings, noting the features that make them Eco Friendly. The buildings must show sustainability and functionality. Instructors use the Minecraft game to engage young developers and make creations that are ultimately teaching the base concepts in Eco Friendly Architecture.
Ann Arbor Learning Community, 3980 Research Park Dr Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $450/per 5-day course. 734-646-0251. [map]
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 9-10 a.m.  Free! 

Tai Chi Demonstration: Saline Area Senior Center.

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Diane Evans demonstrates Tai Chi for seniors.
9-10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required by June 20. 429-9274. [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. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Kaleidoscope": Saline District Library.

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Stories and crafts for kids entering grades 2-6. June 27: "Lost Under the Ash!" Info about Pompeii and a chance to make a replica of an ancient Roman artifact. July 11: "Home, Sweet Home!" A chance to make a door hanging. July 18: "Pirate's Treasure." A pirate story, a treasure hunt, and a chance to make a treasure chest. Dress as a pirate, if you wish. July 25: "A Key to the Garden." Storytime and a garden craft.
11 a.m.-noon & 2-3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

HIV Testing Tour: HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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HARC will be recognizing National HIV Testing Day with an HIV Testing Tour at three locations throughout the day in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. With support from the Michigan Department of Public Health and Alere, HARC will be on-site with their mobile outreach vehicle to offer free and confidential HIV testing, counseling and education about current treatment and prevention options. With the use of rapid testing, results will be available within 20 minutes of testing!
Times and locations:
Noon, Maple Village Pharmacy (325 N. Maple Rd.); 2:30-4:30 p.m., Walgreens, (2170 Washtenaw, Ypsilanti); 5-8 p.m., Harmony House Motel (615 E. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti).
Various times and locations, (see above). Free. 734-572-9355.
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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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 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).

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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. www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"CSI: Up Close!": Dexter District Library.

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Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum representatives lead kids in grades 5-12 in forensics techniques that are used to solve crimes.
2-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Pom-Pom Launchers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to use household items to make a launcher that can send small pom-poms flying. Materials provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [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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 4-11 p.m. 

62nd Annual Summer Carnival: Ann Arbor Jaycees.

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June 26-30. Carnival games and rides. Concessions.
4-11 p.m. (June 26-28), noon-11 p.m. (June 29), & noon-9 p.m. (June 30), Pioneer High School parking lot, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission ($20 for rides wristband; small charge for individual game & ride tickets); $5 minimum purchase for admittance after 9 p.m., 531-9626. [map]
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 4 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 or call 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:15 & 6:45 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)., 668-TIME. [map]
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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. [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: Wild Belle (8:30 p.m.), the indie-rock sibling duo of Natalie and Elliot Bergman-frontman of the local band NOMO-whose sound is a blend of reggae, soul, and jazz influences. Opening acts are the Detroit folk-rock singer-songwriter Billy Brandt (5 p.m.), the veteran Detroit pop-punk singer-songwriter Carolyn Striho (6 p.m), and Hullabaloo (7 p.m.), a local ska and 80s-style pop quintet. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by The Hunger Games, Gary Ross's 2012 adaptation of Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel about child gladiators. 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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 6:45 p.m. 

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

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Six-week series
In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class you will learn:
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.
What contractions are like and how to work with them, opening your body and tapping into confidence, as well as tips for how to support and comfort laboring women.
What to expect and how to prepare for postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, and newborn care.
The early developmental tasks for babies, how to give your baby a strong start and build a deep bond and connection with them.
What adjustments you may face in your relationship with your spouse or partner, in your sexuality, and as an individual. Tips for enhancing the joy and meaning of parenthood while decreasing risk for postpartum depression.
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Cost for the six-week series is $240.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $240. 734-769-6100. [map]
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 6:45-9 p.m. 


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Monthly storytelling competition among local business people, who tell stories drawn from their experiences as entrepreneurs. This month's theme: "Fear: The Time I Conquered It." Also, local pop-folk and pop-rock singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer performs 30-minute sets to open the program and during intermission.
6:45-9 p.m., Live, 102 S. First. $10. Preregistration requested at 276-2736. [map]
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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 p.m. 

Euchre Night: Out Loud Chorus Fund-Raiser.

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All invited to compete in a euchre tournament. No partner necessary; cash prizes for overall winner and loser.
7 p.m., CUBS' AC in Colonial Lanes, 1950 South Industrial. $10. 973-6084, 663-0036. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Health Lectures: Nutritional Healing Center.

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June 3: Chiropractor Darren Schmidt on "Arteries & the Truth About Cholesterol."

June 12: Schmidt on "Food Freak Show: What's in Your Pantry?"

June 19: Chiropractor Amanda Childress on "Parasites in You."

June 27: Nutritionist Kerry Cradit on "Meal Ideas for the Month."

July 10: Nutritionist Kerry Cradit on "Stress & Fatigue."

July 17: Chiropractor Darren Schmidt on "Lick the Sugar Habit."

July 20: Chiropractor Amanda Childress on "Dining Out."

July 29: Nutritionist Kerry Cradit on "How to Fix Your Thyroid."

7 p.m., NHC, 3610 W. Liberty. Free. 302-7575. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Pure Michigan Black Box Summer Series: Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

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All Directions
June 27, 2013 7pm
Join us for an evening of funk, jazz, and R&B when this powerhouse quintet takes the stage.
The Crane Wives
July 27, 2013 7pm
Indie-folk featuring three part harmonies. The Crane Wives create organic, accessible, and innovative music.This Grand Rapids band features original tunes from quiet ballads to danceable grooves.
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
August 22, 2013 7pm
Fantastic roots music from America's Third Coast. Featuring swing jazz, progressive bluegrass, crisp vocals, and plenty of clever songwriting, the band's throwback sound weaves musical magic.
Tickets $10
Or $25 for all 3 Black Box Summer Series performances
Doors and lobby-lounge open at 6 pm
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St. Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $10 each or $25 for all three dynamic performances. 517.423.6617. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Herbal Wisdom: There Is a Free Lunch": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at 994-4589. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lessons from Tübingen": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Powerpoint presentation and panel discussion by several members of a local delegation of architects, urban planners, and interested citizens who visited Ann Arbor's sister city on the Neckar River in Germany last summer to learn about "Architecture and Sustainable Urban Development."
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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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.

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

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 & 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. 

Jason Isbell: The Ark.

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Alt-country quintet led by this Alabama singer-songwriter, a former member of the Drive-By Truckers whose acclaimed new CD, Southeastern, is a collection of searchingly introspective songs. Opening act is Widowspeak, the Brooklyn-based indie rock duo of vocalist Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas whose music is a dreamy, Western-tinged take on rock 'n' roll.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (, the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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, 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 UFO Show"--canceled.: Emergent Arts.

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This event has been canceled.
8 p.m. (June 27-29), 3 p.m. (June 29), & 2 p.m. (June 30), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $16 (students & seniors, $12)., 985-0875. [map]
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 9:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]
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