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Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 25, 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 for more information.
Community Education & Recreation, 1515 S. 7th Street. Different prices for each sport. 734-994-2300 x 53214. [map]
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 9 a.m. 

12th Annual Golf Classic: Neutral Zone.

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Four-person scramble with a shotgun start. (In a scramble format, each player hits every shot from the spot of the best ball of their foursome, so lousy golfers don't have to worry about hurting their team.) Prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, hole in one, and putting. Also, raffles and a silent auction. Breakfast, lunch, and steak dinner included. No teammates needed. Proceeds benefit local teen center the Neutral Zone.
9 a.m., U-M Golf Course, 400 E. Stadium Blvd. (opposite Crisler Center). $300 (team, $1,000). 214-9995. [map]
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 10-11 a.m. 

"Babytime iPads": Ann Arbor District Library.

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July 8 & 25. All parents invited to bring their infants through 2-year-olds to explore baby-proofed iPads.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (July 8), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard, & 10-11 a.m. (July 25), AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [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.  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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 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. 

"The Race to Space: Kerbal Space Program": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All teens in grades 6-12 invited to play this game in which players create their own space program for Kerbin, a fictitious planet with a moon named Mun.. There are 2 sessions: "Building a Ship and the Basics of Orbit" (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and "Mun Landing" (1-3 p.m.).
11 a.m. & 1 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. Arrive early; space limited. 327-8301. [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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 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).

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More details at:
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. www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Spray Paint T-Shirts": Saline District Library.

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All kids in middle school and up invited to use duct tape and spray paint to decorate T-shirts. Bring a T-shirt or decorate one of the library's tote bags.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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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. [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. [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:
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. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw County Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care meeting: Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care.

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Anyone interested in making a difference for youth and families in foster care are welcome to join us for education, networking and refreshments.

The Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care is a growing grass roots collaboration that provides a catalyst to educate and motivate congregations to engage in at least one project that will support the foster children, foster families and aging out youth in Michigan.
First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 497-7396. [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. [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. 

Euchre Night: Out Loud Chorus Fund-Raiser.

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All invited to compete in a euchre tournament. No partner necessary; cash prizes for overall winner and loser.
7 p.m., CUBS' AC in Colonial Lanes, 1950 South Industrial. $10. 973-6084, 663-0036. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Pure Michigan Black Box Summer Series: Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

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All Directions
June 27, 2013 7pm
Join us for an evening of funk, jazz, and R&B when this powerhouse quintet takes the stage.
The Crane Wives
July 27, 2013 7pm
Indie-folk featuring three part harmonies. The Crane Wives create organic, accessible, and innovative music.This Grand Rapids band features original tunes from quiet ballads to danceable grooves.
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
August 22, 2013 7pm
Fantastic roots music from America's Third Coast. Featuring swing jazz, progressive bluegrass, crisp vocals, and plenty of clever songwriting, the band's throwback sound weaves musical magic.
Tickets $10
Or $25 for all 3 Black Box Summer Series performances
Doors and lobby-lounge open at 6 pm
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St. Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $10 each or $25 for all three dynamic performances. 517.423.6617. [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. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Albert Kahn's Architectural Legacy: the Ubiquitous Mr. Kahn": Dexter District Library.

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Detroit Historical Society marketing and sales director Bob Sadler discusses this well known Detroit architect who designed the Fisher Building in Detroit.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Herbal Wisdom: How to Talk to Plants and Avoid Giving the Impression of Lunacy": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk about identifying plants' needs by local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at 994-4589. [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 and at the door. 268-6200, 253-2375. [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.

7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4907.
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 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Townie Trivia": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to test their knowledge of all things Ann Arbor, with questions about everything from old theaters and record shops to once famous local figures, based on the AADL archive of local newspapers. Show up with a team of 4-5 players or join a team at the event. Prizes.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-7:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Ukulele Cafe": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades PreK-5 invited for a family-oriented program of old-fashioned songs and stories. Lemonade.
7-7:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Village of Manchester.

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Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain or shine.

June 13: Family-friendly concert by Pinckney musician Guy Louis.

June 20: Moxie Strings. Local Celtic and Americana fiddle/cello duo.

June 27: Sister Wilene. Michigan old-time country quintet.

July 11: Patriotic marches and swing by the Manchester Brass Band.

July 25: Los Gatos. Local Latin jazz band led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the music of Cal Tjader, the late San Francisco vibes player who ignited the 1950s mambo craze.

Aug. 1: The Raisin Pickers. Veteran Manchester-based string ensemble that plays old-time jug band dance music, western swing, and newgrass.

Aug. 8: The Billy King Band. Local blues-flavored rock 'n' roll band led by singer-songwriter-guitarist King.

7:30 p.m., Wurster Park gazebo (Main St. just west of M-52), Manchester. Rain location: Emanuel Church hall, 324 W. Main, Manchester. Free; donations appreciated. 428-0159.
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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. 

Cheese + Books: Central Provisions and Literati Bookstore.

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At this special event for gourmands and bookworms alike, Literati hosts cheesemonger Steven Hall for an evening of epicurean delights. Cheeses of all kinds - fresh, soft, sharp, stinky, blue - will be celebrated with a five-course tasting, complete with histories, flavor profiles, recipes, anecdotes, and, of course, beer and wine. Drawing from the Literati shelves of food and cheese writing, Hall will discuss how to taste different styles, serve the perfect cheese course, find your own favorite pairings, as well as how to cook with
cheese, and make your own.
Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington. $25. (734) 585-5567. [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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 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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 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.

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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