Talk by group members. Attendees encouraged to bring hosta hybrids to exchange. Potluck lunch (bring a dish to pass or your own sack lunch).
10 a.m.-2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Garden, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 647-7600. [map]
Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. Also, demos featuring soaps and artisanal bodycare (July 7), toymakers (July 14), and mixed-media artists (July 28), as well as a Day after Art Fair Art Fair (July 21) with crafts for adults and kids, live music, and food.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
July 27 & 28. Hands-on space activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (July 27) & noon-4 p.m. (July 28), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [map]
Join us for this 6-week introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Classes include teachings on the inner spiritual path, meditation, soul, light, prayer and blessing. Classes offered on an ongoing rolling basis, join us when you can.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (N. Main just before Hwy, on left). Free. 734-330-5048. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.centersoflight.org/annarbor.html [map]
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.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
Video game tournaments with prizes.
July 27: "Double Dash Duo Derby." For 2-person teams of 6th graders through adults. Pizza.
July 28: "Wii Sports Resort Team Tourney." For all ages. Prizes.
Aug. 24: "GT Smash Kart." Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart Double Dash individual and team tournaments for 6th graders through adults. Also, trivia and outrageous outfits contests with prizes. Pizza.
Aug. 25: "Pokemania!" Pokeman tournament for all ages. Bring your own Nintendo DS game console and a pre-2010 Pokemon video game (no black or white) with Pokemon under 30 for qualifying rounds.
1-4 p.m. (July) & 1-5 p.m. (Aug.), AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Fri-Sun. through Sept. 1. Costumed guides lead tours of the 10-room artifact-filled farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a recently refurbished blacksmith's workshop. The last tour begins at 4:16 p.m.
1-5 p.m., Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area. $5 (kids ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254. [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Sun. & Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Fri.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
Every Sun. A variety of local performers.
July 7: Gemini. Popular acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits, who have built a strong following among kids and adults throughout the Great Lakes area.
July 14: Drummunity. All invited to play on a collection of hand drums and percussion toys in a drum circle led by local drummer and drum teacher Lori Fithian.
July 21: Wire in the Wood. Acoustic self-described "jazz-grass/punk-folk" trio.
July 28: TBA.
1-3 p.m., Kerrytown courtyard. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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]
Herbalist Rowena Conahan leads a hike to learn how to identify, gather, and prepare edible and medicinal plants. She also discusses preservation and storage techniques.
2-4 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner. Free; preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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]
July 28-Aug. 2. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from vegetable decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular "Llama Leaping" (July 31, 2 p.m.), all-ages craft activities (Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-noon), the livestock auction (Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (Aug. 2, 1 p.m.), the "Animal Decorator Contest" (Aug. 2, 1:30 p.m.), and the "Ag Olympics" (Aug. 2, around 3:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see extension.ewashtenaw.org.
3-6 p.m. (July 28) & 8 a.m.-evening (July 29-Aug. 2), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877. [map]
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]
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]
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. Note: New location.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email email@example.com to confirm. 717-1569.
May 19: Creole du Nord. Manchester-based Cajun & Creole dance quintet.
June 23: Rev. Robert Jones. The host of WDET's Blues from the Lowlands and an ordained Baptist minister, Jones is an excellent singer and guitarist, with a huge repertoire that draws on Delta, Texas, Chicago, and other blues traditions. His band includes his wife, vocalist Sis Bernice Jones.
July 28: Bill Bynum & Co. Bluegrass-based quartet led by award-winning Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist Bynum, whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. His band includes fiddler Mary Seelhorst, dobro player Dave Keeney, and bassist Chuck Anderson.
Aug. 3: 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.
Aug. 25: The Moxie Strings. Local duo of Dragon Wagon fiddler Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn, formerly known as String Cheese, who play a foot-stomping, rock-influenced fusion of traditional Celtic and Americana music.
7:30 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $10. 429-0060. [map]
The Handsome Family is Brett and Rennie Sparks, a husband-and-wife alt-country duo from Albuquerque known for their unsettlingly mild-mannered contemporary American Gothic songs about haunted Wal-Marts, the shadows that whisper inside office buildings, the madness of very deep holes, and other uncanny visitations.
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]
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]