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Calendar of Events

Friday, July 5, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Whitmore Lake Coffee Break": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19, 24, or 40+ miles, with a stop at the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
9 a.m. (May-Sept.) & 10 a.m. (Apr., Oct. & Nov.), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Teen Crafts: Dexter District Library.

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For kids in grades 5-12. July 2: "Sharpie Tie-Dye." Bring a pre-washed white T-shirt. July 5: Bookmarks using charms, ribbon, and other materials. July 9: "Ninja Crafts & More." A chance to make ninja key chains and sleep masks while watching episodes of the anime series Ranma . Best ninja costume wins a gift card. Candy sushi & other snacks. July 15 (1-2 p.m.): "Grass and Dirt: It's Not Just to Walk on!" A chance to make a chia grass head to take home. "Dirt" parfaits.
11 a.m. (except July 15, 1 p.m.), DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Young Writers and Artists Workshop at FLY: FLY Children's Art Center.

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July 5, 12, 19, & 26. Writing and art collide in this awesome series of classes which combines the two elements! Join guest writer Cassie Richard who will lead our young writers through engaging writing exercises designed to stimulate their creative energy! Once we've got their wheels turning, we will turn them loose an art exploration project that coordinates with writing theme, giving them a total right and left brain workout!
Classes will take place every Friday in July from 11am-12:30pm. Tuition is $10/student per class or $30/student for all 4 classes in the series!
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $10 ($30 for al 4 classes).. info@flyartcenter.org flyartcenter.org [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Drop-in Craft Extravaganza": Dexter District Library.

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All invited to make crafts with various provided items, including stickers, paper tubes, foam letters and shapes, and more.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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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]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues. Wed., & Fri. except July 4. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Tues. & Wed.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; & 1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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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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 1-10 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 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]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Bubble Making: Build a Better Bubble": Ann Arbor District Library.

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1-2 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301.
1-2 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Connections: Moms Group & Baby Play Group: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Connections is a place for babies and those who care for them to meet and enjoy one another. We encourage new and expecting parents, grandparents, and nannies to come enjoy the benefits of getting to know others who have recently birthed or who are caring for babies or young children. Other caregivers are a wealth of support and information, and Connections is designed to be a place where you can share, and glean from others.
Some of the groups will also feature a brief class from a Hygeia practitioner. These sessions will offer information that will enhance your well-being or skills as a caregiver, benefiting you and your baby! All Hygeia practitioners believe in the importance of strong joyful attachment between caregivers and babies, and are skilled in various ways to enhance your health, overall wellness, and understanding of your baby.
Fridays from 2:00 - 3:30pm. We recognize that getting places on time with a baby can be a challenge. Please come when you can!
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Women's Wellness Retreats for Breast Cancer Survivors: Grass Lake Sanctuary.

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Grass Lake Sanctuary (GLS) is proud to announce it's 3rd annual season of Life- Balancing Women's Wellness Retreats for breast cancer survivors! July 5-7 and July 19-21st.

For the past three years, GLS has been recognized for their innovative wellness retreats for breast cancer survivors and, this year, they are the proud recipients of a $37,440 grant from the Mid-Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure.
The grant will fund two weekends that help to empower a community of breast cancer survivors to support and nurture a culture of wellness in southeast Michigan. 40 scholarships will be
offered to participants who are low income and/or underinsured with priority given to those who live in Washtenaw, Jackson, Ingham, Livingston, Eaton, Clinton, or Shiawassee Counties.
Grass Lake Sanctuary, 18580 Grass Lake Road Manchester, MI 48158. Free. 734-726-0290. info@grasslakesanctuary.org www.grasslakesanctuary.org [map]
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 4:30, 7, & 9:20 p.m. 

"Kings of Summer": Michigan Theater.

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(Jordan Vogt-Roberts, 2013). Comedy about 3 teenagers who spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.
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]
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 4:45, 7:15, & 9:40 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, michtheater.org. [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: The Saints of Soul (9:30 p.m.), a Detroit R&B, soul, and funk septet fronted by vocalist Sorilbran Stone. Opening acts are Midland power-pop singer-songwriter Brett Mitchell (5 p.m.), Plymouth vintage exotica percussionist Roland Remington (6 p.m.), the Detroit blues-fueled rockabilly band Horse Cave Trio (7 p.m.), and Los Gatos (8 p.m.), a popular local Latin jazz quintet led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the old-school music of Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, and Joe Cuba. The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by dancing to music spun by DJ Kirsten Carey (age 21 & over only). 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 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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Hook, Line, & Sinker": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Fri. A WRA park interpreter helps beginners learn how to fish. Tackle (including poles) & bait provided. Adults age 17 & older need a valid fishing license.
6 p.m., Crooked Lake fishing pier, Green Rd., 2 miles north off Clear Lake Rd. from I-94 exit 153), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Creative Social Club: Ann Arbor Art Center.

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Looking for something artful to do on a Friday night? Creative Social Club is the answer! Once a month, we'll offer an evening of fun & creativity while you complete an engaging art project. No experience is necessary. Your $35 ticket includes instruction, all materials, and 2 beverages.
A new project every month. See our website for more details.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $35. kjones@annarborartcenter.org. kjones@annarborartcenter.org www.annarborartcenter.org [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Friday Music: Mark's Carts Courtyard.

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Every Fri.

July 5: Rebel Kind. Atmospheric pop-folk by a quartet led by Bad Indians singer-drummer Autumn Wetli. Opening act is Deadbeat Beatdown, a Detroit trio that plays 60-inspired pop-rock.

July 12: Salmagundi. Detroit band that plays classic horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

July 19: Hullabaloo. Local ska and 80s-style pop quintet.

July 26: African drummers. High-energy drumming by a local group of percussionists.

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7-9 p.m., 211 W. Washington. Free. 224-8859. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Steve Hamilton: Aunt Agatha's.

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This Hopwood-winning U-M grad discusses Let It Burn, the latest in his Edgar Award-winning series about UP private detective Alex McKnight. Signing. Cake served to celebrate the book's publication.
7 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Open dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a merengue lesson.
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson). 409-4480. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Dale Jones: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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July 5 & 6. Veteran stand-up comic known for his odd blend of a zanily frantic onstage demeanor with subtle self-deprecating observational humor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Founded in the 1970s in the East village, this American all-male drag ballet company features equal parts comedy and technical prowess. It parodies the conventions and grand gestures of classical ballet, with members performing in tutus, tiaras, and tights, and its repertoire ranges from classical ballets to contemporary dance pieces, including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, and Les Sylphides, as well as Lamentations of Jane Eyre (a parody of Martha Graham's Death and Entrances), and I Wanted to Dance with You, after Pina Bausch. Its members are "highly skilled dancers who could pull off technically demanding moves but also unleash perfectly timed comedy to poke fun at the rigidity of the classical form," writes a Nation reviewer.
8 p.m., Power Center. $35-$55 in advance at the Michigan League, a2sf.org, and by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 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. 

"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 p.m. 

"The Jill & Julia Show": The Ark.

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Joint performance by Jill Sobule, a singer-songwriter known both for sharp-witted, emotionally direct songs and satirical ditties written from the point of view of women, and Julia Sweeney, an actress-comedian most widely know as an SNL cast member in the early 90s. Their shows blend Sobule's acoustic songs with Sweeney's finely crafted comic stories and occasional singing by Sweeney.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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