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. firstname.lastname@example.org aareced.com [map]
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]
Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994-5908. [map]
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]
Chelsea Center for the Arts instructor Tara Vesprini leads kids ages 3-5 (accompanied by a parent) in a program on singing, chanting, movement, and playing instruments.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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.
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]
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]
Daily (except July 4) beginning July 1. Four 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. & 12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
The Little Star That Could (1:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system.
Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Sat.) 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.
Sun, Earth, and Moon (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) explores the reasons the constellations in the night sky change throughout the year and the moon changes its phase and place in the sky.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Every Thurs. (except July 4 & 18), June 6-Aug. 29. Musical entertainment by local and area performers.
June 6: Martha Reeves & the Vandellas. Fronted by Reeves' magnificent gospel-inspired vocals, the Vandellas were one of the great early Motown groups, with durably popular hits like "Dancing in the Streets," "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave," and "Nowhere to Run."
June 13 (in the Michigan Theater): Darren Criss. Pop-rock band led by this singer-songwriter, a U-M grad who's best known as one of the stars of the Emmy-winning hit TV show Glee. Opening act is Theo Katzman, a local self-styled "indie soul" singer-songwriter best known as the former guitarist in My Dear Disco.
June 20: Family of the Year. L.A.-based indie pop-rock quintet known for its Beach Boys-inspired male-female vocal harmonies, clever arrangements, and infectiously hummable tunes.
June 27: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Detroit indie electronic-pop duo whose fans include Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
a local introspective folk-rock singer-songwriter.
July 11: Luke Winslow-King. Cadillac-bred Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist who currently lives in New Orleans. His Old/New Baby was named a Top 10 Album of 2009 in the American Songwriter magazine editors poll, and OffBeat magazine says it "captures the allure of a speakeasy, the swagger of old Dixie, and the simple good-time charm of Western swing." He has a brand-new CD, The Coming Tide.
July 25: Brett Dennen. Popular young folk-rock singer-songwriter from central California whose songs on a range of social and personal themes blend the lithe, vaguely melancholy melodicism of Paul Simon and James Taylor with Dylanesque verbal pirouettes. Opening act is Dan Henig, a local introspective folk-rock singer-songwriter.
Aug. 1: The Ragbirds. Inventive local country-rock band, fronted by singer-songwriter Erin Zindle, whose music mixes in elements of world music, groove rock, and edgy pop, using a diverse mix of instruments, including violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, acoustic guitar, and percussion styles from around the world, as well as the old-fashioned drum kit.
Aug. 8: Laith Al-Saadi Trio. Soulful rock and blues covers and originals by a trio led by award-winning local singer-guitarist Al-Saadi. With bassist David Stearns and drummer Griffin Bastian.
Aug. 15: Greensky Bluegrass. Kalamazoo bluegrass band that won the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition.
Aug. 22: Kopecky Family Band. Nashville-based pop-rock quintet that recently released Kids Raising Kids, a debut CD that allmusic.com reviewer Steve Leggett describes as "a cross between California pop and British Invasion, with a hefty dose of Byrdsian folk-rock guitars." Opening act is Lansing singer-songwriter Kate Peterson.
Aug. 29: George Bedard & the Kingpins. Superfine honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard. With drummer Rich Dishman and bassist Randy Tessier. Bedard has a brand-new live CD, Further On, that's highlighted by a show-stopping rendition of "Hawaiian Boogie."
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109.
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]
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/
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. email@example.com www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
Every Thurs. & Sat. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
3-4:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), and 6-7:30 p.m. (Sat.), Portage Lake Day Use Area, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. north from I-94 exit 150, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee.
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]
July 25-27. The festival features a food court on W. Middle Street (Thurs. & Fri. 5-10 p.m. & Sat. noon-10 p.m.) with food from several Chelsea restaurants and a social tent ($5 cover after 6 p.m.) behind the Common Grill (1-5 & 6-11 p.m.) with beer & wine and live music (7-11 p.m.). On July 26 & 27 only, a KidZone (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) with a variety of activities behind the Clocktower, a juried art market (noon-8 p.m.).
Also, live music and other entertainment on July 25 at the regular weekly Sights & Sounds on Thursday Nights stages (see listing), a classic car show (3-8 p.m.) on July 26, and a pet parade (10 a.m.) and a guided historic downtown walking tour (1-3 p.m.; $5 suggested donation) on July 27.
Social tent music schedule: Dragon Wagon (July 25), a highly regarded local acoustic roots-music sextet that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey," with opening sets by the Downriver bluegrass-based quartet Bill Bynum & Co. and the popular Chelsea garage blues band Bull Halsey. Whitey Morgan & the 78s (July 26), a Detroit classic country, honky-tonk, and retro rock band, with an opening set by Annabelle Road, a suburban Detroit pop-country band. 50 Amp Fuse, (July 27), a popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band, with an opening set by Third Coast Kings, a local horn-driven retro funk octet.
Complete schedule available at chelseafestivals.com.
5-11 p.m. (July 25) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (July 26 & 27), Main, Middle, & Park Sts., downtown Chelsea. Free, except for social tent, which is $5. 474-9178.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
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]
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]
UTransition Session 2: Empowering college-bound students with disabilities: Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.more >
UTransition Session 2: Empowering college-bound students with disabilities: Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living.< less
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]
Moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads.
6 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
Washtenaw County Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care meeting: Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care.more >
Washtenaw County Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care meeting: Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care.< less
Anyone interested in making a difference for youth and families in foster care are welcome to join us for education, networking and refreshments.
WHAT IS THE FAITH COMMUNITIES COALITION ON FOSTER CARE?
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. email@example.com [map]
Every Thurs. (except July 4, June 6-Aug. 15.Musical entertainment on 9 stages downtown, as well as Three Generations Entertainment with balloons and other activities for kids. The weekly musical program also includes an open mike stage. Also, Spontaneous Art interactive performance artists, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at dusk by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies at the Clocktower Commons.
June 6: The local country-rock trio Cold Tone Harvest, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the Howell country quartet William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters, the local blues band The Bluescasters, the singer-piano duo Pianos on Fire, the pop & lock dancer Poppet, the interactive performance art ensemble Spontaneous Art, and Eric the Juggler.
June 13: The Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-singer Kari Holmes, the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra, the Lansing acoustic classic rock and blues duo Fighting Unlucky, the classy Detroit neo-honkytonk quartet The Whiskey Charmers, the young Chelsea classic rock cover band The Tritones, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
June 20: The rockabilly band Los Dingos del Norte, acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter Mitchell Curley, the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord, the Chelsea alternative rock band Liquid Plasma, the Detroit pop-rock quintet Anthony Lai Band, the Michigan Academy of Dance & Music (Dexter) dance troupe, and Eric the Juggler. Followed by City of Ember.
June 27: The South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the acoustic indie pop-folk band Human Cannonball, the jazz ensemble Blue Seven, the Ypsilanti rock quartet The View, the local indie groove-rock Jake Prince Trio, the Hillsdale-Abilene guitar-and-saxophone jazz-bluegrass fusion The Duo Project, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Madagascar.
July 11: Local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the Dundee acoustic rock duo Last Exit, the Howell pop-rock singer-songwriter Mike Vial, Ann Arbor indie rock ensemble The Sarah Swanson Band, the acoustic pop band CrossBow & the Roadshow, Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-singer Kari Holmes, the modern tap dance ensemble Bang the Floor, and A2 Magic magician Jeff Wawrzaszek. Followed by The Brady Bunch Movie.
July 18: The singer-piano duo Pianos on Fire, the jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace, the country-pop duo Mikhaila & Will, the Detroit Celtic-rock quintet Bill Grogan's Goat, the local folk-rock Bob Skon Trio, the jazz vocal trio David C. Bloom & Friends, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Thor.
July 25: The Chelsea High Celtic music ensemble Chelsea House Orchestra, the Detroit acoustic rock singer-songwriter Eli Adams, the popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quartet Appleseed Collective, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band The Shelter Dogs, the classic rock band The Nomads, the local rock band Bulletproof Snow, the pop & lock dancer Poppet, and Eric the Juggler. Followed by Aquamarine.
Aug. 1: The Howell country quartet William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters, the South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette, the Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quintet Captain Ivory, the rock band Spin Cycle, the Chelsea rock 'n' roll band Coconut Radio, the local blues band The Bluescasters, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by The Croods.
Aug. 8: the versatile Ann Arbor acoustic jazz, swing, country, pop, and folk trio Isosceles, the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord, the Detroit acoustic rock singer-songwriter Eli Adams, Ann Arbor indie rock ensemble The Sarah Swanson Band, the local folksy Americana trio Washburn Gardner & Ebb Tide, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the southeast Michigan blues and classic rock quartet New Blues Street Project, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Marley & Me: The Puppy Years.
Aug. 15: The veteran Ann Arbor Cuban jazz ensemble Trio Tumbao, the acoustic pop band CrossBow & the Roadshow, the acoustic blues and folk musician Ian Stewart, the jazz ensemble Blue Seven, the popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quartet Appleseed Collective, the local blues and blues-rock quintet blues band The Bluesmatics, Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio dancers with the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra, and A2 Magic magician Jeff Wawrzaszek. Followed by Avatar.
6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145, 433-2787.
Every Sun. & Thurs. except Nov. 28. 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.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. 417-5547. [map]
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.thetca.org [map]
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. email@example.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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]
Slow-paced 15-mile ride on mountain or wide-tired road bikes over the lightly traveled, hard dirt roads behind Domino's Farms.
7 p.m., meet at 2722 Georgetown Blvd. north off Plymouth Rd. Free. 995-5017, 668-7706, 663-5060.
"Herbal Wisdom: How to Talk to Plants and Avoid Giving the Impression of Lunacy": People's Food Co-op.more >
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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 peoplesfood.coop/news_and_events/. 994-4589. [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]
July 11-13, 18-20, & 25-27. Shannon McNutt directs this local company in its 3rd annual outdoor production, Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Carolyn Leigh's 1962 musical adaptation of Patrick Dennis's novel, a prescient parody of the cult of celebrity that tells the story of a self-centered and self-deluding actress who runs through husbands like water through a sieve as she pursues her dream of stardom. Stars Lauren London, Sarah Faix, Roy Sexton, Kellly Cameron, Matt Cameron, Zach London, with Barbara Bruno, Debbie Dolney, Angela Elowsky, Nigel Turtle, and Selene Whalen.
7 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Tickets $10 (kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at pennyseats.org and by phone at (800) 838-3006, and at the gate. 276-2832.
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.
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]
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.
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]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/centralprovisions [map]
Young Washington, D.C., quartet that plays Celtic-inspired original music in infectiously high-energy arrangements that incorporate a rock 'n' roll spirit and an array of stylistic influences from classical to East European and Middle Eastern music. "With only a thirty-to-forty-minute framework, Scythian took the sedate Monday night crowd aback from the start with a fierce twin fiddle instrumental and rarely let up on the intensity after that with polka and gypsy songs thrown in among the more obviously Irish-inspired tunes," says Music That Matters critic Kevin Oliver in a review of one of the band's live shows. "By set's end the crowd was on their feet, clapping in rhythm and even stomping their feet, chairs forgotten for the moment."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and theark.org; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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 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]