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Friday, July 26, 2013






 
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"Renoir": Michigan Theater.

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(Gilles Bourdos, 2012). Biopic set in the south of France during WWI about Renoir's last model, who became the first actor in his son Jean Renoir's films. French, subtitles.
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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 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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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Whitmore Lake Coffee Break": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19, 24, or 40+ miles, with a stop at the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
9 a.m. (May-Sept.) & 10 a.m. (Apr., Oct. & Nov.), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"New Health Law: How Does It Affect Me?": Saline Area Senior Center.

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Local financial planner Mo Vidwans discusses the upcoming changes in insurance and health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required by July 19. 429-9274. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Drop-in Book Babies": Saline District Library.

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Storytime for babies age 24 months & under.
10:30-11 a.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Young Writers and Artists Workshop at FLY: FLY Children's Art Center.

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July 5, 12, 19, & 26. Writing and art collide in this awesome series of classes which combines the two elements! Join guest writer Cassie Richard who will lead our young writers through engaging writing exercises designed to stimulate their creative energy! Once we've got their wheels turning, we will turn them loose an art exploration project that coordinates with writing theme, giving them a total right and left brain workout!
Classes will take place every Friday in July from 11am-12:30pm. Tuition is $10/student per class or $30/student for all 4 classes in the series!
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $10 ($30 for al 4 classes).. info@flyartcenter.org flyartcenter.org [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Mother Goose": Dexter District Library.

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Family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose. Followed by crafts and refreshments. For kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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, 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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 1-5 p.m. 

Guided Tours: Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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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]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Rock Climbing 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 6-12 (with signed parental waiver) invited to try indoor rock climbing.
1-4 p.m., Planet Rock, 82 Aprill Dr. (off eastbound Jackson Rd. between Parkland Pl. and Jackson Pl.). Free. Preregistration required. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Lego Architecture: Barnes & Noble.

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All kids invited to help build scale models of architecturally famous buildings using this Lego kit.
2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 2-3 p.m  Free! 

"Rubber Band Cars": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids invited to make a rubber band-powered vehicle. Materials provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 5-9 p.m. 

16th Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival: Michigan Brewers Guild.

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July 26 & 27. Around 3,000 people are expected at this festival that offers a chance to taste-test any of more than 600 different beers from more than 65 different Michigan breweries. Food available. Also, live music

July 26: DJ Lewis spins at various times (4-9 p.m.). Also, Belleville country singer-songwriter Jen Lawson (6-8 p.m.), Detroit rock quartet Reggie Smith & the After Party (5-7 p.m.), and Dragon Wagon (7-9 p.m.), the highly regarded local acoustic roots-music sextet that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey."

July 27: DJ Danny Boy spins at various times (noon-6 p.m.). Also, local pop-folk singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer (3-5 p.m.), Detroit classic country group Austin Scott Band (1-3 p.m.), and The Sax Maniacs (4-6 p.m.), a Detroit quintet that plays upbeat sax-driven blues.

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5-9 p.m. (July 26) & 1-6 p.m. (July 27). Riverside Park, Cross St. at Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 (July 26) & $35 (July 27) in advance at michiganbrewersguild.org, $35 (July 26) & $40 (July 27) at the gate (if available). The price of admission includes 15 beer sample tokens. Designated driver tickets, $5. michiganbrewersguild.org.
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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 p.m. 

Nothing but Bubbles.

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Enjoy a variety of sparkling wines and a selection of small bites at The Chop House.
Reserve your spot today.
Call (888) 456-3463
Reservations are required.
Space is limited.
$29.95 per person
(Tax and gratuity included.)
Event information at: (888) 456-3463
www.TheChopHouseAnnArbor.com
(888) 456-3463 (DINE)
Reservations Recommended
The Chop House Ann Arbor, 322 S. Main St., Ann Arbor MI. $29.95 per person. (888) 456-3463. info@msventures.net www.TheChopHouseAnnArbor.com [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Hook, Line, & Sinker": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Fri. A WRA park interpreter helps beginners learn how to fish. Tackle (including poles) & bait provided. Adults age 17 & older need a valid fishing license.
6 p.m., Crooked Lake fishing pier, Green Rd., 2 miles north off Clear Lake Rd. from I-94 exit 153), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

"Indian Delights": Washtenaw Whole Foods Market.

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Whole Foods healthy eating specialist Jan Kemp demonstrates how to make healthy versions of traditional Indian dishes. Tastings.
6-8 p.m., Whole Foods Cooking & Lifestyles Classroom, 3135 Washtenaw. $15. Reservations required. 975-4500. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: Date Night - Food Truck!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun FOOD TRUCK menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Curry Sweet Potato Fries with Citrus Cilantro Mayo; Kim Chi Quesadillas; Spicy Thai Chicken Wings; Grilled Lemongrass Pork Bahn Mi; Belgian Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich with Maple Pecan Ice Cream. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 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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 6:30 p.m. 

Movie in the Park: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Outdoor showing of a movie, preceded at 6:30 p.m. by music, kids activities, and games. Concessions. Also, on July 26, an overnight family campout ($10 per tent, preregistration required). June 14: The Lorax, 2012 animated take on Dr. Seuss's book about a creature who sticks up for trees against a greedy entrepreneur. July 26: Wreck It Ralph, 2012 animation about a video game villain who wants to be a hero. Aug. 23: Madagascar 3, 2012 animation about the adventures of 4 animals from the Central Park Zoo who find themselves in Europe.
6:30 p.m., Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., off N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-3502.
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 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

DAYFest 2013: Downtown Association of Ypsilanti.

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Every Fri., July 2-Aug. 9. Outdoor stage in downtown Ypsilanti with a variety of dance bands. Also, food concessions and other vendors. (In case of rain, held indoors.)

July 12: Devil Elvis Show(7 p.m.), an Ypsilanti punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute band, and The Martindales an Ypsilanti blues and rock band led by singer-guitarist (and Tap Room owner) Brian Brickley.

July 19: John Smith & Daja (7 p.m.), a Latin jazz-funk group, and 40 Stitches Later (8:45 p.m.), a Jackson Americana alt-country quartet.

July 26: Strong Tower Ministries Gospel Fest. This Ypsilanti nondenominational full gospel church presents a gospel variety show featuring performers from its congregation, including the youth & adult choirs, the gospel band 4-Word, music from its hit musical Give Me 1 Reason by RonSher Brooks & other cast members, the Aria Musical Trio,Taco & Jac, gospel comedian MC Hollywood, and others TBA.

Aug. 2: The White Ravens (7 p.m.), the highly regarded local self-styled "pop-geek-cabaret" rock duo of siblings Amy and Will Bennett, and The Vibratrons (8:45 p.m.), an all-star band led by veteran local rocker Dan Mulholland, the charismatic former leader of the Watusis and several other great local rock 'n' roll bands.

Aug. 9: Foundation of Funk (7 p.m.), a top-notch Detroit soul-flavored R&B, blues, and 70s funk band led by guitarist Steve Somers and featuring vocalist Valerie Barrymore, and Lady Sunshine & the X Band (8:45 p.m.), a popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. Also, a short performance by 17-year-old singer-songwriter Dymond Harding (8:20 p.m.), a Lincoln High School student who new single, Salvador Santana's "Me, Myself, and I," was produced by Salvador and his father, the legendary blues-rock guitarist Carlos Santana.

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7-10 p.m., Washington St. between Michigan Ave. & Pearl. Free. 481-0140.
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 7 p.m. 

"Big: the Musical": Dexter Community Players.

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July 26-28. Local actors present David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.'s musical, based on the endearing 1988 comedy-fantasy, about a 13-year-old who suddenly finds himself inhabiting an adult's body.
7 p.m. (July 26 & 27) & 3 p.m. (July 28), Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker at Shield, Dexter. Ticket price TBA. 726-0355, dextercommunityplayers.com. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Sugar Rush BINGO": Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 6-12 invited to play Bingo for prizes. Also, a chocolate fountain.
7-8 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required beginning June 14. 426-4477. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Advanced Study Group: Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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July 12 & 26. All invited to join an discussion of a variety of Rudolf Steiner's short lectures. Familiarity with Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
8-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes. Free. 944-4903. [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.  Free! 

Beginner Tango Lessons: MTango.

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Once a year, MTango offers a 6-week series of beginner tango classes for FREE! Join us every Friday evening from July 12-August 16. More information is available on our website (umich.edu/~mtango).
Mason Hall. Free. mtango.news@gmail.com http://www.umich.edu/~mtango
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Mike E. Winfield: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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July 26 & 27. Local debut of this charismatic Baltimore-bred actor-comedian best known for his autobiographical storytelling that alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) self-deprecating and self-aggrandizing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $13 reserved seating in advance, $15 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Mustard's Retreat: The Ark.

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Longtime local favorites Michael Hough and David Tamulevich perform a wide variety of original and traditional songs and ballads about everyday life. According to songwriter Garnet Rogers, Mustard's Retreat "represents everything that is best about folk music. Their songs have entered the lexicon of anonymous folk songs." Both Hough and Tamulevich are accomplished guitarists, and they also play banjo, mandolin, flute, autoharp, harmonica, and tin whistle.
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. 

"Andronicus Bound": Threefold Productions.

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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]
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 8 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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 8-11 p.m. 

"Late Night Paddle": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to paddle around Argo Pond guided by the moon and watch for deer, muskrats, herons, and other wildlife. Bring a flashlight.
8-11 p.m., Argo Canoe Livery, 1055 Longshore Dr. (north off Moore from Broadway at Maiden Lane). $18 (includes canoe or kayak). 794-6241. [map]
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 8 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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 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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 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 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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