July 2-6. Midway rides, carnival games, concessions, tractor pulls, a petting zoo, a rodeo (July 4 & 5 at 7:30 p.m.), an opening parade (July 2, 6:30 p.m.), Battle of the Bands (July 6, 6 p.m.), livestock shows, and more. For complete schedule, see manchesterfair.org.
5-10 p.m. (July 2), 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (July 3; rides open at 3 p.m.), 2-10 p.m. (July 4; rides open at 2 p.m.), 1-10 p.m. (July 5), & 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (July 6; rides open at 1 p.m.), Alumni Memorial Field, Vernon & Wolverine, Manchester. $5 admission. 428-8429. [map]
Every Thurs. (except July 3 & 17), June 5-Aug. 28. Musical entertainment by local and area performers.
June 5: Stepdad. Grand Rapids electronica-pop band.
June 12: Eric Hutchinson. NYC-based pop-rock singer-songwriter whose recently released CD, Pure Fiction, is a collection of engagingly melodic, passionate songs that includes "Tell the World," a tune selected as the theme song for the new NBC sitcom Growing Up Fisher.
June 19: Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers. Lansing pop-funk and soul quartet led by singer-songwriter Hertler.
June 26: The Wild Feathers. Straight-ahead rock 'n' roll with booming harmonies by this Nashville quintet that recently released its eponymous debut CD.
July 10: ZZ Ward. Highly regarded young singer-songwriter from Oregon whose music draws its influences from blues, soul, and hip-hop.
July 24: Appleseed Collective. Popular young local acoustic quartet whose music is an enchanting blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies. The band recently released the acclaimed CD Young Love.
July 31: Vance Joy. Popular young pop-folk singer-songwriter from Melbourne whose 2013 debut EP, God Loves You When You're Dancing, has spawned a couple hit singles. Opening act is Keri Lynne Roche, a Detroit indie-rock singer-songwriter and American Idol season 12 contestant.
Aug. 7: Laith Al-Saadi. An eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals, by a jazz-tinged, jam-oriented trio led by local singer-guitarist Al-Saadi.
Aug. 14: The Ragbirds. Inventive local country-rock band, fronted by singer-songwriter Erin Zindle, whose music mixes in elements of world music, groove rock, and edgy pop, using a diverse mix of instruments, including violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, acoustic guitar, and percussion styles from around the world, as well as the old-fashioned drum kit.
Aug. 21: Michelle Chamuel. Passionate pop anthems by this former frontwoman of Ella Riot, a singer-songwriter who was runner-up on the 4th season of The Voice. Her debut single, "Go Down Singing," reached #12 on the iTunes pop chart. Opening act is Theo Katzman, an Ann Arbor-bred, NYC-based soul-based funk-folk singer-songwriter.
Aug. 28: The Alternate Routes. Guitar-fueled indie rock trio from Bridgeport (CT) known for its compact, melodic tunes with dark, intensely personal lyrics exploring a wide palette of emotions.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109.
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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]
(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]
(Joss Whedon, 2012). A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy.
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, michtheater.org. [map]
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. Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: The Dunwells (8:30 p.m.), an up-and-coming British folk rock quintet whose tight, brisk sound blends Celtic influences with American roots music. Opening acts are local Americana singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas (5 p.m.), local introspective folk-rock singer-songwriter Dan Henig (6 p.m.), and Guggenheim Grotto (7 p.m.), an acclaimed Dublin pop-folk trio known for its soaring melodies and gorgeous vocal harmonies. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 mystery thriller that stars James Stewart as a retired police detective who is afraid of heights. Kim Novak. Also, "Wind Down Wednesday" wine tasting with California and Michigan wines (5-9 p.m., $15). The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on July 2 & 4-6 at the Power Center.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Sun. & Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Fri.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
Triple bill. fthrsn is a local lo-fi pop band. Eric + Erica is a San Francisco pop duo. Cloakfern is a local experimental noise group.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 764-3162. [map]
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room, $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]