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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 1, 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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 8 a.m.-evening  Free! 

Youth Show: Washtenaw County 4-H.

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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
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]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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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]
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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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 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium.

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Daily (except July 4) 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]
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 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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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 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.
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 1:30 p.m. 

"Camp Nicola's Books for Kids!": Nicola's Books.

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Every Thurs. through Aug. 22. Nicola's staffers lead craft activities for kids ages 7-12. Crafts come from books which must be purchased and read in advance. Aug. 1: The Kids' Paper Airplane Book. Aug. 8: Fun with Papertoy Monsters. Aug. 15: Star Wars Origami. Aug. 22: Fun with Recycled Robots.
1:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free with book purchase. Preregistration required. 662-0600. [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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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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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Bubble Art Fun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades pre-K to 3 invited to play with bubbles and make a piece of bubble art to take home.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch parking lot, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Monsters and Manga": Saline District Library.

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All kids in middle school and up invited to try drawing comics. Tips, techniques, and supplies provided.
2-3:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Physics of Toys": Barnes & Noble.

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Kids age 7 & up invited to learn some physics while using Thames & Kosmos science kits to build and play with rubber band-driven race cars.
2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration required. 973-1618. [map]
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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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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.
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 4:30-7:30 p.m. 

Annual Ice Cream Social: St. Andrew's United Church of Christ.

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Knockwurst, pulled pork, sloppy joes, German and American potato salad, baked beans, ice cream, and cake.
4:30-7:30 p.m., St. Andrew's UCC, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Cost TBA. 426-8610. [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 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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 6-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Amigurumi Crochet Happy Fun!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey presents a hands-on introduction to the Japanese art of crocheting small stuffed toys. For adults & youth in grade 6 & up.
6-8:45 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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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]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more.
Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Brooklyn Castle": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Katie Dellamaggiore's award-winning 2012 documentary about a group of inner city kids in Brooklyn who defy stereotypes to become the highest ranked junior chess team in the nation.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 6:308:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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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.
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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. $7. 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.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. [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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 7-9 p.m. 

Serious Collecting, Serious Books: Tools and Ideas for the Advanced Collector: Boundedition Book Arts Studio.

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Join local bookseller Gene Alloway of Motte & Bailey Booksellers and collector Jack Wehrmeister to learn about more serious book collecting, including insurance, buying at auction, resources for collecting, finding specialists, pitfalls of higher end collecting, and more. Pre-registration at website or by phone required.
Boundedition Book Arts Studio, 3765 Plaza Drive. $25. 734.545.8785. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Tung-Hui Hu: Literati Bookstore.

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This U-M poetry professor reads from Greenhouses, Lighthouses, his new poetry collection that interweaves the personal and the cosmic. Hu has a "contained surreal style that deftly shapes a philosophical argument," says a Los Angeles Times review.

7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Frank Lloyd Wright Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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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.
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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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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Magic Madness Party": Dexter District Library.

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Performance by Saline magician Magic Joe. Games & treats. For kids in grades 5-12.
7-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required beginning June 14. 426-4477. [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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 7:30 p.m. 

"Becoming a Spiritual Adept": Center of Light.

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An 'adept' is someone who is skilled or proficient in a particular area in life. A spiritual adept would be skilled and proficient in the things of the spirit. What does that mean for you? What is the measure of spiritual proficiency and skill? Come learn how to determine your level of skill and enhance it through spiritual practice an development. Suggested donation $25, bring a friend for free.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Donation. 734-330-5048. [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. 

"Sunshine Daydream": Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies 2013.

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One of several premiere screenings of the 1st official release of John Norris's film of a 1972 Grateful Dead concert in Veneta, Oregon. Originally filmed using four 16mm cameras, it has been painstakingly restored to HD resolution, with a new stereo mix.
7:30 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. $10 (seniors age 62 & over, $7; kids ages 3-11, $6.75) in advance at the Quality 16 box office and at 623-7469. [map]
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 7:45- 8:45 p.m. 

Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses.
Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per student
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in the class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Anne Hills & Matt Watroba: The Ark.

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Double bill. Hills is a veteran Chicago-based folksinger known for her soaring soprano voice and her skills as an interpreter of a wide variety of traditional and contemporary acoustic songs, including many fine originals. Her new CD, The Things I Notice Now, is a tribute to Tom Paxton. host Watroba is a veteran Detroit-area folksinger with a repertoire of lyrical songs and poignant ballads, including several originals that he sings in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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"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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"The Seagull": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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Aug. 1-3. This local ensemble presents Chekhov's classic tragedy of the plight of the artist, the irrevocable passage of time, and hopelessly misguided love that evokes both humor and pathos. This production, which uses Tom Stoppard's 1997 translation, emphasizes the often overlooked humor in Chekhov's script, especially in the way the characters simultaneously overdramatize and evade their emotional lives. Cast: Amanda Barnett, Nan Bauer, Isaac Ellis, Cydney Heed, Lauren Hoag, Allan Guilpain, Robin Kalellis, Greg Kovas, Joseph McDonald, Jeffrey Miller, Jahmeel Powers, Rob Sulewski, Anne S. Rhoades, and Rachel Robbins Toon.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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"Smarty Pants Trivia Smackdown": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to round up 6 people to compete in a 5-round trivia contest.
8-10 p.m. (May) & 9-10:30 p.m. (June-Aug.), Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100. 475-8732. [map]
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"Summer Classics after Dark": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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June 27: Django (Sergio Corbucci, 1966). Western about a coffin-dragging gunslinger who enters a town caught between two feuding factions, the KKK and a gang of Mexican Bandits. Franco Nero.

July 11: Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1978). Disturbing experimental film about a couple who give birth to a deformed child.

Aug. 1: Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976). Deeply disturbing portrait of a crazed NYC cab driver slipping into delusion. Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Jodie Foster.

Aug. 15: Willow (Ron Howard, 1988). Sword-and-sorcery fantasy adventure.

Aug. 29: Trapped in the Closet (R. Kelly, 2007). Sing-along version of this musical drama, a so-called "hip-hopera," about one-night stand that sets off a chain of events that gradually reveals a greater web of lies, sex, and deceit. It is set to a score by R&B singer Kelly that features a single melodic theme with varying lyrics.

Sept. 5: Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, 1960). Classic suspense thriller set in a motel run by a peculiar mama's boy. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh. 10 p.m. [aw]

10 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 668-TIME. [map]
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