2-person teams (in any gender combination) invited to compete in a sprint triathlon (half-mile swim, 10.7-mile bike ride, 3-mile run) or sprint duathlon (10.7-mile bike ride sandwiched between 1.5- and 3-mile runs). Each team's ages and times are combined. Awards. Sign up as a team or get paired with someone.
7:30 a.m., Portage Lake Beach, List Rd. at Seymour Rd., west off Mount Hope Rd. north from I-94 exit 150, Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $85 (discount for USAT members) in advance by July 19; $95 on the day of the race. $10 annual park pass required. 678-5045.
This United States Eventing Association (USEA)-sanctioned horse show features dressage (July 19 & 20), cross-country riding (July 20), and stadium jumping (July 21). Also on July 20, a party with food and live music (6 p.m., $10 donation).
1-5 p.m. (July 19), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (July 20), & 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (July 21), Cobblestone Farms, 6301 Gregory Rd., Dexter. Free. 476-6972. [map]
July 19-21. This United States Eventing Association (USEA)-sanctioned horse show features dressage (July 19 & 20), cross-country riding (July 20), and stadium jumping (July 21). Also on July 20, a party with food and live music (6 p.m., $10 donation).
1-5 p.m. (July 19), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (July 20), & 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (July 21), Cobblestone Farms, 6301 Gregory Rd., Dexter. Free. 476-6972. [map]
Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. Also, demos featuring soaps and artisanal bodycare (July 7), toymakers (July 14), and mixed-media artists (July 28), as well as a Day after Art Fair Art Fair (July 21) with crafts for adults and kids, live music, and food.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
This festival that features games, kids activities, inflatables, food, and live music kicks off July 19 with Three Men and a Tenor (see separate listing) and "Teen Nite Café" (6-10 p.m., $7, kids age 13 & up) with pizza, a Rock Band competition, a bungee run, inflatables, and door prizes. July 20: a classic car show, a 5-km cross country race, country-rock singer-songwriter KayLyn Pace (noon-1 p.m.), Dancer's Edge dance competition team (1-1:30 p.m.), Beatles tribute band Toppermost (2-5 p.m.), an educational "Wild Life Safari" exotic animal display (2-5 p.m.), caricature artist Richard Powell (2-6 p.m.), Michigan Academy of Dance and Music dance team (5-6 p.m.), and the Ann Arbor R&B dance band Men in Black (7-10 p.m.). July 21: Jimmy Buffett tribute band Leaky Tiki (noon-2 p.m.), Twist and Shout the Clown (1-3 p.m.), pony rides and a petting zoo (1-4 p.m.), and the Kalamazoo horn-driven rock 'n' roll cover band the 33rd Street Band (2:30-5:30 p.m.).
6-10 p.m. (July 19), noon-10:30 p.m. (July 20) & noon-5:30 p.m. (July 21), St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483.
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Biologists Joe Rathbun and Renee Mulcrone discuss mussels found in southern Michigan rivers. Followed by a chance to look for mussels in the River Raisin. Waders and water snoops provided.
Noon-3 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds., Manchester. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
All invited to shoot handguns at bowling pins and steel plates. Bring your own gun and ammunition. TCSL also sponsors military rifle shoots ($15, 10 a.m.-noon) on June 15 & July 20.
Noon-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan & Willis Rd.), Saline. $5 per 20-shot round (tentative). 429-9561. [map]
Join us for this 6-week introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Classes include teachings on the inner spiritual path, meditation, soul, light, prayer and blessing. Classes offered on an ongoing rolling basis, join us when you can.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (N. Main just before Hwy, on left). Free. 734-330-5048. email@example.com http://www.centersoflight.org/annarbor.html [map]
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]
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]
Every Sun. A variety of local performers.
July 7: Gemini. Popular acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits, who have built a strong following among kids and adults throughout the Great Lakes area.
July 14: Drummunity. All invited to play on a collection of hand drums and percussion toys in a drum circle led by local drummer and drum teacher Lori Fithian.
July 21: Wire in the Wood. Acoustic self-described "jazz-grass/punk-folk" trio.
July 28: TBA.
1-3 p.m., Kerrytown courtyard. Free. 369-3107. [map]
July 20-22 (different locations). Swing dancing to live and recorded music spread out over 3 days. The July 20 & 21 dances are followed (12:30-5 a.m.) by late-night swing dancing to music spun by DJs ($10; students & members, $9) at Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Dr., off S. State across from the airport).
July 19: Swing dancing ($20; members & students, $18) to live music by The Careless Lovers, 8 p.m.-midnight, Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse off S. State across from the airport. The Careless Lovers is a Seattle quartet that plays an irresistibly danceable mix of traditional jazz, blues, and swing era tunes in a carefree, energetic style.
July 20: Afternoon dance ($5) to music spun by DJs, 2-5 p.m. at a location TBA, and evening dance ($25; members & students, $20) to live music by The Careless Lover, 8 p.m.-midnight, the Michigan Union Ballroom.
July 21: BBQ and outdoor dancing to live music by the local Alex Belhaj's New Orleans Jazz Quartet ($10; students & members, $9), 1-5 p.m. at Island Park, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Lane. Followed by an evening dance with music, time, & location TBA.
Various times & locations. (847) 757-0942.
July 13, 15, 20, & 21. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos on topics TBA.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Leslie Science & Nature Center and Monarch Watch representatives lead hands-on activities with live butterflies. Also, representatives from the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers and U-M Bees student group give information on beekeeping and present an observation hive, and representatives from the Washtenaw Audubon Society discuss the Safe Passage project that works to reduce collisions of night-migrating birds with illuminated buildings.
1-4 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 647-7600. [map]
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]
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]
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]
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]
This Menton restaurant (Boston) chef, the recent winner of Top Chef: Seattle, discusses her Michigan roots, her culinary journey, her Top Chef experience, and her chef career in Boston.
4-5:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Join us for our first of four monthly dinners as talented local chefs dish up seasonal fare during these delicious dinner parties at the Growing Hope Center's urban farm in the heart of Ypsilanti. July's chefs are Hugh Morgan of Satchels BBQ, Emil Boch of From the Hearth Food, and our friends from Bona Sera.
Dates for other dinners: August 25, September 22, and October 20.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting the website or calling Growing Hope.
Proceeds benefit Growing Hope's work to help people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access.
Growing Hope Urban Farm, 922 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Donation. $65 (table of eight, $500). 734-786-8401. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.growinghope.net/chefs_garden [map]
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. Note: New location.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email email@example.com to confirm. 717-1569.
July 21-24 (different programs). A different new play by a local playwright each night.
July 21: Petty Harbour, Martina Majok's drama about 3 banished sons who return to their Newfoundland home to discover their fisherman father has converted he house into a church.
July 22: The Bold Blend, Kirsten Knisely's comedy about 2 female undergrads whose plot to escape their day job from hell goes terribly awry.
July 23: Sis, Sean Christopher Lewis's comedy about 2 sisters-a staunch conservative and a zealous feminist-who use each other's values for target practice when they are reunited for the former's wedding.
July 24: 1300 Lafayette East, Brooke Berman's drama, set on the eve of the 1967 Detroit riots, about a young housewife pining for something new and an aspiring Motown singer struggle to understand their individual differences and forge a lasting friendship.
7 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets: whatever you can afford to pay. 663-0681. [map]
Veteran Austin progressive folk-style singer-songwriter who's also a famous PGA golf instructor. He is accompanied by veteran Austin multi-instrumentalist Marvin Dykhuis, and they are currently showcasing material from their new CD, Two Guys, Two Guitars.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
July 19-21 & 26-28. EMU grad student John Vesbit directs adaptation of Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's tragedy about a Roman general whose capture of the queen of the Goths ignites a cycle of bloody retribution and barbarism. Vesbit's adaptation repositions Titus' daughter Lavinia, merely a tragic victim of in Shakespeare, as a regenerative force who raises the possibility of breaking out of the blood feud and bringing forgiveness into a world devoid of it. Stars Jonathann West, Luna Alexander, Chris Jakob, and Sarah Lucas.
8 p.m., Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $18 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at threefoldproductions.org and at the door. 778-0627. [map]