Tentative. (Paul Andrew Williams, 2012). A grumpy man honors his recently deceased wife by joining her choir. Vanessa Redgrave.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Bring your own lawn chairs; no pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. 426-2088.
Every 2nd Friday of the month we host a free community Stroller Strides class for any mamas and their little ones to come out and join us for a free workout.
Stroller Strides Ann Arbor is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes intervals of cardio, strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors (who are also moms), it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Stroller Strides instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom. This unique program also provides moms with the opportunity to meet other moms, engage in playgroups with their babies, and to form lasting friendships. Stroller Strides is designed to give mothers the "Strength for Motherhood!"
Please email/enroll online to reserve a spot: http://annarbor.fit4mom.com
Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org http://annarbor.fit4mom.com/ [map]
Bring your child or grandchild to the University of Michigan campus for a day of fun and experiential learning! Through a series of workshops, children will explore the field of engineering and concepts of science. This event is geared for children entering 5th-8th grade, and is offered as a chance for all parents (not just alumni) to introduce their children to engineering concepts and the Michigan Engineering campus.
Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and space is limited. Each child must attend with an accompanying adult. Workshops from nine departments are offered, with each attendee able to participate in three of the workshops. In addition, lunch and a continental breakfast will be provided, along with a tour of the Big House and Crisler Arena.
For more information on the workshops and how to register, please visit our website.
College of Engineering, University of Michigan North Campus. $75. email@example.com http://mconnex.engin.umich.edu/events/2013/xplore-engineering-alumni-summer-camp/
Festivities in Monument Park include arts and crafts booths (9 a.m.-8 p.m.), a social tent (11 a.m.-11 p.m.), a food court, bounce fun at Mill Creek North behind the fire station (10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.), a rock climbing wall (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) and a little conductors train (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) on Jeffords Street, tours of the Dexter Area Historical Museum (1-3 p.m.), merchant sidewalk sales, a raffle, and yard sales around town. Also, entertainment at 2 stages.
Tours ($5 suggested donation) of Gordon Hall (noon-3 p.m.), a 19th-century-style baseball game between the Dexter Union and the Wahoo Baseball Club at Gordon Hall (2-4:30 p.m.), an American Legion steak fry (4:30-8 p.m.), and in Mill Creek North at dusk, a screening of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Steven Spielberg's 1982 fantasy adventure about a young boy who befriends a creature from outer space.
Mill Creek Amphitheater: Scio Flyers radio control airplanes (3-5:30 p.m.), the eclectic local pop-folk world music trio Bliss (5-6:30 p.m.), the local Doug Horn Trio jazz ensemble.
Monument Park Gazebo: Leslie Science & Nature Center animal show (noon-1 p.m.), children's musician Kevin Devine (1:30-2:30 p.m.), performance by the winner of the Foggy Bottom Coffeehouse Dexter's Got Talent contest (3:30-4:30 p.m.), the country band Spur 9 (5:30-7:30 p.m.), and the Laith All-Saadi Trio (8-11 p.m.), a versatile Ann Arbor jazz, blues, R&B, Motown, and pop band.
A parade from Wylie School down Main Street at 10 a.m., Dexter District Library used book sale (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), a chicken barbecue at St. James Church (11:30 a.m. until it's gone), Gordon Hall tours (noon-4 p.m.), and a horseshoe tournament at First Street Park (11 a.m.).
Mill Creek Amphitheater: Football, soccer, cheer, and other demo by Dexter Community Youth Camps (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), Bacchanal Productions top-hatted street-art performers (2-5 & 8:30-9:45 p.m.), Black Belt Academy demo (2:30-3 p.m.), the Dexter Community Orchestra (3-4 p.m.), and scenes from the Dexter Encore Theatre production of Les Miserables (5-6 p.m.).
Monument Park Gazebo: Colors the Clown (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), Kerfluffles kids music band (1-2:30 p.m.), the Rhythm on a Stick Steel Drum Band (3-5 p.m.), the Ann Arbor bluegrass band RFD Boys (5:30-7 p.m.), and the Bugs Beddow Band (8-11 p.m.), a versatile horn-driven Detroit R&B, boogie-rock, blues, and jazz ensemble.
9 a.m.-11 p.m., downtown Dexter. Free admission. 426-0887.
Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m. (Apr.) & 9 a.m.(May, Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
Aug. 9 & 10. This yard sale is part of a state-wide event with various sales along the road between Detroit and New Buffalo.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free admission. 944-0442. [map]
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.
All kids in grades pre-K to 3 invited to listen to some folktales about dogs and then meet some Therapaws therapy dogs.
10-10:45 a.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
All kids age 4 & up for a storytelling program featuring Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! and other back-to-school stories.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-0846. [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]
Aug. 8-10. Three days of bluegrass music performed by leading regional and national performers.
Aug. 8: Flatland Grass (noon & 5:30 p.m.), Pushin' the Limits (12:45 & 6:15 p.m.), Harbourtown (1:30 & 7 p.m.), Wendy Miller & Country Grass (1:15 & 7:40 p.m.), Detour (3 & 8:30 p.m.), and Goldwing Express (3:45 & 9:15 p.m.).
Aug. 9: Blue Velvet (noon & 5:30 p.m.), Danny Paisley & Southern Grass (12:45 & 6:15 p.m.), Nothin' Fancy (1:30 & 7 p.m.), Lost & Found (2:15 & 7:45 p.m.), Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (3 & 8:30 p.m.) and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (3:45 & 9:15 p.m.)
Aug. 10: Today's headliners are International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (3 & 8:30 p.m.) and the acclaimed young Nashville bluegrass sextet The Grascals (3:45 & 9:15 p.m.), a 2-time winner of the IMBA Entertainer of the Year Award that Dolly Parton calls "one of the best bluegrass bands I've ever heard." The band's widely acclaimed new CD The Famous Lefty Flynn's includes bluegrass covers of a wide range of material, from the Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville" to Steve Earle's "My Old Friend the Blues." Also, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (noon & 5:30 p.m.), Little Roy & Lizzie (12:45 & 6:15 p.m.), American Drive (1:30 & 7 p.m.), and The Bluegrass Brothers (2:15 & 7:45 p.m.).
Noon-10 p.m., KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Rd. (US-23 to Exit 25; southeast on Plank Rd.), Milan. Tickets $65 (for all 3 days) in advance by July 30, $75 at the gate for all 3 days. $25 (Aug. 8) & $35 (Aug. 9 & 10) per day and $55 weekend pass at the gate only. 439-1076. [map]
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]
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]
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design head of research Jamie Allen discusses the relationship between technology, data, truth, and representation.
1-2:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
The summit seeks to connect the various people and organizations interested and invested in the sharing economy of the Ann Arbor area and serve as a springboard for future conversations and collaborations. The ultimate goal is to buildcapacity for the community's sharing (and shared) resources in a fun, informative, and
cross disciplinary context.
● WHAT: A public gathering for all ages to connect and learn about opportunities for sharing and sustainable community building in the Ann Arbor area!
● WHERE: Matthaei Botanical Gardens and UM Campus Farm, 1800 N. Dixboro
Road, Ann Arbor
● WHEN: Friday, August 9th. 2 -4 PM: Tour and volunteer at the Campus Farm;
4 7 PM: Summit at Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium
● WHY: To build capacity and momentum for the Ann Arbor sharing economy
and the sustainable food movement
● FOOD: Guests are invited to bring a cold dish to share, as well as their own
reusable table service. Additional light refreshment
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and UM Campus Farm, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor. Free. Donation. http://a2sharesummit.eventbrite.com/. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2share.org [map]
This downtown festival features a large craft show, live music, kids activities, contests, a blackjack tournament, the large "Saline Street Machines" car show, a teen block party (Aug. 9), trike races, a 5-km race with cash prizes, food, a beer and wine tent, and more. The Aug. 9 headliner is the versatile Ohio rock cover band 56 Daze. The Aug. 10 headliner is Phoenix Theory, a Detroit rock cover band made up of members of Scoot Magoo, Fifty Amp Fuse, and the Uncle Kracker band. Updated schedule available at salinesummerfest.org.
Times TBA, downtown Saline. Free admission. 604-0051.
The opening of How to get Beethoven's Television, a series of found object collages by M80 and nature-inspired collages by Betsy Emrich. Both artist's evoke feelings of nostalgia through their primitive, folk art pieces. BLOOM! supports local businesses and is proud to serve White Lotus Farms bread and goat cheese, Jolly Pumpkin beer and Sandhill Crane wines.
BLOOM! Garden Center (Fine Art Gallery), 1885 Baker Rd, Dexter. Free. 734-426-6600. email@example.com www.bloom-gardens.com [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]
The Argus Museum is hosting the Wayne State University student photography exhibit, "The Janus Effect: Looking to the Past and Present". Their work explores nineteenth century processes coupled with contemporary content. The show's opening is being held on August 9th, 6:00-8:30 and is free and open to the public. The Argus Museum is located on the second floor of the Argus I Building at 525 West William Street in Ann Arbor. The museum is open 9-5 weekdays or by appointment and the show runs through September 27th. For more information please call 734-769-0770 or contact Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Argus Museum, 525 West William. Free. 734-769-0770. email@example.com [map]
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]
Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun GREEK ISLES menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Saganaki (OPA!) and Tzadziki - Cucumber, Garlic & Yogurt Dip both Served with Fresh Crusty Bread; Village Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, Garbanzos, Peppers, Feta & Greek Vinaigrette; Grilled Lamb Chop Lollipops; Lemon-Honey Yogurt Brulee with Nuts & Berries. 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]
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.
7-10 p.m., Washington St. between Michigan Ave. & Pearl. Free. 481-0140.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.umich.edu/~mtango
Aug. 9 & 10. Stand-up comic from L.A. known for his edgy observational humor about contemporary culture and politics. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Aug. 9 & 23, Sept. 6 & 20. All invited to join an ongoing discussion of the late U-M physics professor emeritus Ernst Katz's Core Anthroposophy. Familiarity with Rudolf Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes. Free. 944-4903. [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 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., Aug. 8-Sept. 8, and Sept. 14 & 15. David Magidson directs the Michigan premiere of Aaron Posner's drama adapted from Chaim Potok's 1972 novel about a boy growing up in a sheltered Hasidic community in 1950s Brooklyn, who discovers he has a prodigious talent as an artist. Immersing himself in an art form steeped in Christian imagery, he produces a masterwork, The Brooklyn Crucifixions, that he hesitates to exhibit since it may bring shame on his family and community. Stars Mitchell Koory, Naz Edwards, & Loren Bass. The Sept. 1 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. (Aug. 24 & Sept. 7), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Aug. 8), $22 (Aug. 9, 11, & 15), and $30 (Aug. 10). Aug. 16 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Aug. 16: $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]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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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]