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Thursday, July 4, 2013

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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Annual Fourth of July Parade: Ann Arbor Jaycees.

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This popular community celebration is now in its 23rd year. The lineup features floats, musical groups, local organizations, and others. The parade proceeds north on State, west down Liberty, south on Main, and east up William back to its starting point. This year's theme is "Parade of Stars." Also, a patriotic bike decoration contest for kids age 12 & under (8-9 a.m.; judging is at 9:30 a.m. at State & William).
10 a.m., starts at William & S. State. Free., 531-9626.
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 2-10 p.m. 

Manchester Community Fair.

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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
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]
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 4:30, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Much Ado About Nothing": Michigan Theater.

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(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, [map]
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 5 & 8 p.m. 

The Capitol Steps: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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The Summer Festival's perennial July 4 tradition, this Washington, D.C.-based comedy troupe performs its trademark political and topical satire, fashioned by writing new lyrics, ranging from silly to bawdy, to familiar songs. The group also performs a few skits and "Lirty Dies" routines, a vaudeville-era comedic form that employs spoonerisms--the transposition of the initial letters of adjacent words--to create humorously garbled texts. "Not many shows of this sort can maintain a consistently lofty level of insolence from start to finish," writes a New York Times reviewer. The newest of its more than 30 CDs, Fiscal Shades of Gray, includes songs such as "Greece! The Musical," "Secret Service Man," "I Like Big Bucks," and "The Pope's First Tweet."
5 & 8 p.m., Power Center. $30-$50 in advance at the Michigan League,, 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. Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: Great Divide (8:30 p.m.), the Ann Arbor-bred, Chicago-based rock 'n' soul quintet praised for its horn-inflected, gritty sound. Opening acts are the local blues duo Jennae & Elrod (5 p.m.), the Grand Rapids synth-pop duo Alexis (6 p.m.), and Alejandra O'Leary & The Champions of the West (7 p.m.), a local rock 'n' roll band led by the talented singer-songwriter O'Leary, who's been compared to Liz Phair and Lucinda Williams. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by Sixteen Candles, John Hughes' 1984 coming-of-age comedy about a high school girl (Molly Ringwald) whose sixteenth birthday is overshadowed by irritations at home and school. Also, the interactive performance art ensemble Spontaneous Art (6 p.m.). 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.
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 6-8 p.m. 

Group Ride: Velo Club.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Rides of 35-45 miles (Tues.) with distance and pace (usually fast) determined by the assembled riders and of 40-60 miles (Thurs.) for serious cyclists and those new to bicycle racing.
6-8 p.m., meet at Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. Free. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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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]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
5-9 p.m. (Sun.) & 7-11 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. 417-5547. [map]
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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. 

"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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 9:30 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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