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Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 18, 2013






 
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 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

The Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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July 17-20. Our perennial tent city within a city houses more than 1,100 artists, from Michigan and around the nation, in 4 separate fairs.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (July 17-19) & 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (July 20). Free admission. TheAnnArborArtFair.com, (800) 888-9487.
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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CDL youth librarians read stories, sing funny songs, and make it all come alive with puppets, fingerplays, and movement. Each week features a different theme. For toddlers ages 2 & 3 accompanied by a parent.

June 13: "Duplos."

June 20: "Circus Fun."

July 11: "Fairy Tales." Kids invited to dress up as their favorite fairy.

July 18: "Superhero."

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10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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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July 11, 18, & 25. WCPARC naturalists lead programs for kids. Geared toward ages 5-8. July 11: "Fun in the Field." Talk about plants and animals that live in fields, and a chance to search for insects. Wear long pants. July 18: "Geocache Mini-Adventure." Talk about about geocaching, a treasure hunting game in which participants use GPS devices to find hidden containers outdoors, and the chance to find and hide trinkets. July 25: "Flowers and Pollinators." Talk about how flowers attract insects, and a chance to gather and take home flowers.
10:30-11:30 a.m., County Farm Park (July 11 & 25), off Medford Rd. via Manchester south off E. Stadium, & Rolling Hills County Park lodge (July 18), 7660 Stony Creek Rd. between Merritt & Bemis rds., east of Carpenter, Ypsilanti. Free. Preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Art Fair Entertainment.

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July 17-20. Live music and other performances.

Today:

Liberty at Ashley. Schedule TBA.

Willard at Church. Local pop-folk singer-songwriter Nathan K (3-3:20 p.m.). Howell singer-songwriter Mike Vial (3:30-4 p.m.). Local piano-driven rock trio The Finer Things (4:30-5 p.m.). Local alt-country singer-songwriter Chris Dupont (5:20-5:50 p.m.). Local pop-folk singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer (6-6:30 p.m.). The Lansing pop-funk and soul quartet Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers (6:50-7:50 p.m.). Local hip-hop collective Tree City (8:15-9 p.m.).

Ingalls Mall. New York-based folk-pop singer-songwriter-guitarist Paul Tabachneck (11 a.m.-noon). Ferndale singer-songwriter Amy Saari (noon-1 p.m.). WCC Dancers (1-2 p.m.). Veteran Detroit blues, rock, and R&B singer-songwriter John D. Lamb (2-3 p.m.). Clog dancing by the Cottonwood Cloggers (3-4 p.m.). Jazz, blues, and rock band The Shane Reaction (4-5 p.m.). U-M Ballroom Dance Club (5-6 p.m.). Detroit avant-garde pop band Velveteen Rabbit (6-7 p.m.).

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11 a.m.-8 p.m., downtown. Free.
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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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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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July 11: The local Latin jazz band Los Gatos, led by drummer Pete Siers. July 18: Detroit-area trio Global Jazz Project. July 25: The popular local honky-tonk band George Bedard & the Kingpins.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Courtyard, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Race to Space: Planetary Rovers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All teens in grades 6-12 invited to explore the fundamentals of robotics design with Lego NXT, build and test a robot, and compete against others.
1-5 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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).

Please "Like" Pittsfield Township (www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Charter-Township/115908818493 ) on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/PittsfieldTwp).

More details at: http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/
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. reillyt@pittsfield-mi.gov www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Better Off Read" Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss novels TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 4-8 p.m. 

60th Annual Manchester Chicken Broil.

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About 7,000 chickens are cooked over nearly 5 tons of charcoal in four 100-foot-long broiling pits. Dinner includes half a chicken, dinner roll, homemade coleslaw, radishes, potato chips, and a beverage. Ice cream, water, and pop available. Also, a classic car show and live entertainment.
4-8 p.m., Alumni Memorial Field (Vernon & Wolverine), Manchester. Shuttle from Manchester Middle School, 710 E. Main. Tickets $8 in advance at the Ann Arbor Townie Street Party (July 15), TCF Bank in Saline & Chelsea, most downtown Manchester businesses, and other locations listed at manchesterchickenbroil.com; $9 at the gate. 428-7722.
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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. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
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 5-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Art as an Expression of the Human Condition": U-M Urology Department Chang Lecture on Art & Medicine.

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Lecture by U-M cardiac surgery professor Richard Prager. Reception follows.
5-6 p.m., U-M Hospital Ford Auditorium (2nd floor), 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 232-4943. [map]
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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. aavc.org. [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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 6 & 8:30 p.m. 

"Twenty Feet from Stardom": Michigan Theater.

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(Morgan Neville, 2012). Documentary about backup singers who never made it big but were part of songs that made others famous. Includes interviews with stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Bette Midler.
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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 6:15 & 8:45 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, michtheater.org. [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Prepare for a 5/10K": Chelsea District Library.

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Talk by Running Fit medical referral coordinator Victor Sellinger for novice and intermediate runners.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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.-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.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [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 p.m. 

Self Defense Classes.

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On-going self defense classes using Commando Krav Maga (CKM) tactical techniques. CKM is a reality-based self-defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
The techniques are simple to learn and easy to remember during times of stress:
- Gun disarming
- Knife attacks
- Knife hold-ups
- Chokes & Grabs
- Ground survival
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Attack Psychology
Multiple classes are offered each week and private lessons are available.
Every Mon 730-9pm, Tue 7-8:30pm and Thur 7-830pm. Check our website calendar for class updates!
The instructor, Mike Trester, is a level 6 certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with 23-plus years of law enforcement experience, including over 18 years on the Special Weapons And Tactical team. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
Commando Krav Maga Chelsea, 14495 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea. Monthly fee $60. 734-904-5003. ckmchelsea@gmail.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Chess Strategies and Tips": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Michigan Junior Chess champ and 2013 U.S. Chess Federation K-12 national champion Atulya Shetty. Followed by a chance to play chess.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Les Miserables": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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July 11-14, 18-21, & 25-28, and Aug. 1-4. 8-11 & 15-18. Daniel Cooney directs this Dexter-based professional company in Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer's adaptation of Victor Hugo's sweeping epic of 19th century Parisian life, a large-canvas tale of human fallibility centered on a petty criminal, who reinvents himself as a model citizen and becomes a town mayor and then, after another stint in jail, befriends an unfortunate single mother whom he attempts to rescue from her grim circumstances. Stars U-M voice professor Stephen West, with J. Michael Bailey, Darcy Link, Elias Wygodny, Zach Barnes, Erika Henningsen, Madison Deadman, Marlene Inman-Reilly, and Jeff Steinhauer.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Aug. 8), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $28 (seniors & students, $25; groups of 10 or more, $22) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200, 253-2375. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minute to Win It: Library Wars": Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 6-12 invited to compete in fast-paced trivia games. Prizes.
7-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required beginning June 14. 426-4477. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Readers' Bee": Saline District Library.

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Graduates of grades 4-6 invited to play in teams to match book quotations with titles.
7-7:45 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [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.

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

"That 70s Show": Saline Varsity Blues.

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July 18-20. Pat Douglas directs this chorus of 118 young singers in a program of 1970s songs.
7 p.m., Saline High School Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, 1300 Campus (east off Industrial Dr. north from E. Michigan Ave.), Saline. $12 (tentative). 944-3162. [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 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. 

Barn Swallow Concerts.

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July 18 & 26. Partial proceeds support various charities. July 18: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, the Lansing swing-flavored bluegrass band led by singer-guitarist Lindsay Lou Rilko. July 26: The Grand Rapids Americana folk-rock quintet The Crane Wives and local pop-folk singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), 4175 Whitmore Lake Rd. $10-$20 suggested donation. barnswallowconcerts.com. [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. 

"Rounding Third": Carriage House Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., July 11-27. Nathan Corliss directs local actors in American playwright Richard Dresser's funny, acerbic 2-man play about how parents teach kids to deal with athletic competition and success. It explores the odd-couple dynamics between 2 Little League coaches with opposing philosophies on the game of baseball as they form an uneasy alliance for the benefit of their sons' team.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441. [map]
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