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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, July 24, 2013






 
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 8 a.m. 

Fall Softball/Kickball/Baseball League: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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Register for Adult Fall leagues. Registration opens the week of July 22, and the deadline to register is August 2. Seasons start the week of September 3 and run through October. 10 game seasons for all sports. Go to aareced.com for more information.
Community Education & Recreation, 1515 S. 7th Street. Different prices for each sport. 734-994-2300 x 53214. williams@aaps.k12.mi.us aareced.com [map]
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 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium.

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Daily (except July 4), June 30-Aug. 31. Various different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space ((12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.

Stars to Starfish ((12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.

Light Years from Andromeda (2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda.

Hubble Vision (2:30 p.m. Sat.) is an audiovisual show about the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [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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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Great Diaper Experiment": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to imitate the sort of things TV commercials present to show that a particular brand of diaper is best-and learn a little about setting up an experiment in the process.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3 & 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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 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.  Free! 

UTransition Session 2: Empowering college-bound students with disabilities: Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.

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UTransition is a series of college preparation workshops for high school juniors and seniors with any type of disability or chronic health condition. The workshops are intended to promote self-confidence and preparedness and will address topics such as living independently on campus, self-advocacy, registering for accommodations, and getting involved on campus. Portions of the workshop will be open to parents.
UTransition will be offered in two sessions, so participants may choose the session that best suits their schedules. Session 1 will be on Saturday, July 20 from 10 AM-6 PM, and Session 2 will be offered in four parts on Monday, July 22-Thursday, July 25, from 6-8:30 PM. Anyone interested in participating should complete this registration form: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5LTZDRN.
We recognize that some students may have logistical concerns (e.g. transportation or need for personal assistants) that may affect their participation. Please contact us with any of these question
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Dr, Ann Arbor, MI ‎. Free. Ashley@AACIL.org www.annarborcil.org [map]
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: City Hot Dog Challenge!.

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In this hands-on class you will be making FRESH, NITRATE-FREE frankfurters, so you'll know EXACTLY what goes into this summertime favorite that is Nationally celebrated in July. Together, we'll knock out some key toppings and condiments from scratch. Then, it's on to our City Challenge where we will be boiling, flat-top cooking, outdoor grilling and dressing our dogs in signature combinations representing the best of New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, and Detroit! Leave with this tube-meat demystified and fresh ways to take summer get-togethers over the top! Full participation. Menu: We will make Homemade All-Beef Frankfurters, Coleslaw, All-Beef Coney Island Style Chili, Onion Chutney, Brown Mustard from Scratch; You'll dine on dogs with toppings unique to New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City & Detroit! Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free Bootcamp: Nutrition By Choice.

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24Fit Camp is free group fitness open to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti community.
24Fit Camp's goals are:
1.HAVE FUN!
2.Get a good sweat on!
3.Promote health and fitness education and resources to enact a healthy active lifestyle.
We meet M/W/Fs from 6:30 - 7:30pm at Buhr Park. Exercises vary each event and range from strength training, cardio, circuit training and more!
We look forward to seeing you at our next event, and bring your friends!
Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Rd. Free. 7347077697. kim@nutritionbychoice.com nutritionbychoice.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Fireside Festival of New Works: Performance Network.

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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.

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7 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets: whatever you can afford to pay. 663-0681. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

MiRobotClub.

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All robotics hobbyists invited to work on and discuss robots.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd north of Ellsworth). Free. (517) 618-9546. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bonsai Design Options": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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A three-member panel offers advice on bonsai design.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 647-7600. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Girl Rising": Gathr Films.

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Screening of Richard Robbins's 2013 documentary about 9 girls from around the world facing arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices who are able to break barriers and create change by getting an education.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 in advance at gathr.us/screening/4287 and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Rivera's Detroit: The Detroit Industry Murals": Dexter District Library.

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Talk by a speaker TBA on the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sacred Journey of the Heart": Center of Light Conscious Movie Night.

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(Scott Cervine, 2012). Documentary that explores the healing power of the heart through interviews with scientists and holistic healers.
7:30 p.m., 200 Huronview Blvd. (off N. Main). Free. 330-5048. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Performances.

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July 22-24.Performances by different Blue Lake student ensembles recently returned from 3-week European tours.

July 22: The International Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Jensen, and International Choir, directed by Kelli Falls, perform a program TBA.

July 23: Michael Klaue directs the International Choir and International Youth Symphony Orchestra, along with the Alumni Choir, in Haydn's Creation..

July 24: Michael Klauedirects the International Youth Symphony in Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Mozart's Overture to the Magic Flute.

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7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. (800) 221-3796. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Performances.

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July 22-24. Performances by different Blue Lake student ensembles. July 22: The Blue Lake Jazz Orchestra performs traditional and contemporary big band jazz by Count Basie, Woody Herman, Thad Jones, and others. The Blue Lake International Choir performs works from their European tour, including sacred and traditional American choral works. July 23: The Blue Lake International Choir performs Haydn's Creation. July 24: the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart's Magic Flute Overture, arias by Mendelssohn and Mozart, and Beethoven's Symphony no. 5 in E minor.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. (800) 221-3796. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Servants of Nature: A History of Scientific Institutions, Enterprises, and Sensibilities, Lewis Pyenson's book exploring the history of interactions between scientific practice and public life.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Mare's Nest Records at the Carriage House Theatre: Carriage House Theatre.

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Mare's Nest Records, "A banjo stompin', fiddle rippin', spoon slappin', guitar pickin', song writin', earth lovin' musicians collective," is coming to the Carriage House Theatre Wednesday, July 24th! They're here on tour all the way from Virginia, so come on down for a good listen. You might even want to bring your dancing shoes.
To read about them, and listen to some of their music, visit their website, http://maresnestrecords.com/
Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. Free. Donation. (734) 546-6441. contact@carriagehousetheatre.org carriagehousetheatre.org [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Gregory Alan Isakov: The Ark.

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Young Johannesburg-bred singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to folk-rocker Iron And Wine. Paste Magazine calls the result "quietly lush, deeply vibrant music more rooted in the starry night sky-like the one on the cover of his latest LP-than any terrestrial locale." Opening act is Jeffrey Foucault, a Wisconsin-based American roots-music singer-songwriter known for wry, deftly poetic lyrics and rich-toned fingerstyle guitar accompaniment.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Week After Art Fair Song Fest": Kerrytown Concert House.

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July 24-26: Pianist Kevin Bylsma accompanies Art Fair Song Fest cofounder and soprano Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers and other local singers in performances of classical art songs and cabaret songs. Singers include sopranos Emily Benner and Elizabeth Pearse, mezzo-sopranos Deanna Relyea and Monica Swartout-Bebow, tenors Brian Pfaltzgraff and Christopher Scholl, and bass-baritone Allen Schrott.

July 24: Works by Verdi and Wagner.

July 25: Works by Britten and Poulenc.

July 26: Program of cabaret songs.

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8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free (July 24 & 25); $10-$25, students $5 (July 26). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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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]
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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
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Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.