10-km, 5-km, 1.2-mile, and half-mile open water races.
6:10 a.m. (10-km) and 8:10 a.m. (5-km), Halfmoon Lake Beach, Hankerd Rd. (1 3/4 miles north of North Territorial Rd.), Dexter Twp. $82 (USA Triathlon members, $70) in advance at epicraces.com; $92 (USAT members, $80) after July 20. 531-8747.
10K, 5K, 1.2 Mile, & 1/2 Mile Open Water Swims
What is "Swim to the Moon"? A 10k and 5k open-water swim through the Hiland Chain of Lakes near Hell, Michigan. The 10k race starts at Halfmoon Lake Beach and participants will swim to the start of the 5k and turn around. The 5k will start at the old University of Michigan Fresh Air Camp on the west shore of Patterson Lake, site of soon-to-be North Star Reach, a camp for children with life-threatening illnesses.
The 5k will swim south and east through the heavily forested Pinckney Recreation Area, passing through five lakes along the way. Scattered cottages are the only signs of civilization. All races will finish at the State beach on the east shore of Halfmoon Lake.
North Star Reach Camp - Pinckney Recreation Area, 8690 Hankerd Road, Gregory, MI 48137. $30.00- $80.00. email@example.com www.epicraces.com [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.
Area nonprofit rescue groups display pets for adoption. Also, local vendors, a pet psychic, and other entertainment TBA.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $5 admission (kids age 10 & under, free). annarborpetfest.com, 929-6533. [map]
Every Sun. Round-trip rides with various paces, distances, and destinations.
Aug. 4 (9 a.m.): "Lakes Ride." Fast-paced 95-mile ride (646-9015) along a route that passes 5 lakes west and north of Manchester.
Aug. 11 (10 a.m., meet at the municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., 1 block south of Michigan Ave., Saline): "Adrian Mural Ride." Fast-paced 60-mile ride (476-4944) to Adrian for brunch, along with a chance to view 4 Mexican-flavored murals on the route home.
Aug. 18 (9 a.m.): "Strawberry Lake Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 80-mile and 60-mile (944-0730) and slow-paced 37-mile (996-9461) rides to hunt for strawberries with a lunch stop in Dexter.
Aug. 25 (8 a.m.): "Jackson Parlour Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 100 mile ride (995-2944) to Jackson to visit one of the most popular ice cream parlors in southeastern Michigan. The return includes a ride through the Civil War Muster in Cascades Park.
Sept. 1 (9 a.m.): "Democratic Ride." A ride whose pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
Sept. 8 (9 a.m.): "Hathaway House Ride." Fast-paced 90-mile ride (426-4989) to Blissfield for brunch at the historic Hathaway House restaurant.
Sept. 15 (9 a.m.): "Zukey Lake Tavern Brunch Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 69-mile ride (476-4944) to Zukey Lake Tavern in Pinckney for brunch.
Sept. 22 & 29: TBA.
Various times, meet at Wheeler Park (except as noted), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
10:15 a.m., Mitchell Field (Fuller Rd.) or just west of Fuller pool. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 846-9418.
Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, with emphasis on a particular medium or theme each week. Aug. 4: "Urban Fairies of Ann Arbor" features a Q&A with fairy door creator Jonathan Wright (1:30 p.m.), crafts (noon-3 p.m.), dancing to live music by an Irish band, and a fairy costume contest. Aug. 11: Artisanal foods. Aug. 18: Ceramics and pottery. Aug. 25: Sculpture and assemblage.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
A celebration of the evolution of farming in Michigan, with displays of everything from horse-drawn plows and steam-powered machines to modern farm equipment. Also, tours of the 10-room farmhouse ($3).
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Aug. 10) & noon-5 p.m. (Aug. 11), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. (517) 596-2254. [map]
Edinboro (PA) University film and animation professor Brad Pattullo, a professional animator, offers hands-on introduction to the animation-style used by Terry Gilliam for Monty Python's Flying Circus for teens in grades 6-12 (Aug. 10) and adults (Aug. 11).
11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Aug. 10) & 12:30-5:30 p.m. (Aug. 11), AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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. email@example.com http://www.centersoflight.org/annarbor.html [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. A variety of local performers.
Aug. 4: Gemini, the nationally acclaimed local acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits.
Aug. 11: Joe Reilly, a local singer-songwriter whose songs draw on blues, Native American, and other traditional American idioms and address ecological and spiritual themes.
Aug. 18: Royal Garden Trio, a local trio led by guitarist Brian Delaney that plays early jazz standards and Hot Club-style gypsy jazz.
Aug. 25: Dave Sharp Trio, a jazz trio led by veteran local bassist Sharp.
1-3 p.m., Kerrytown courtyard. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Aug. 10, 11, 24, & 25. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Aug. 10 & 11: "Mind Over Matter" features experiments with extreme states of solids, liquids, and gases. Aug. 24 & 25: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
June 22 & 24: The Muppets Take Manhattan (Frank Oz, 1984). Musical comedy in which Kermit discovers why they say there's a broken heart for every light on Broadway. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy.
June 29 & July 1: All about Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950). This multi-Oscar-winning film features Bette Davis in her greatest role as an aging Broadway diva who's clawed her way to the top, only to be threatened by a fan-turned-parasite. With Anne Baxter, George Sanders, and Celeste Holm, and a cameo by Marilyn Monroe.
July 6 & 8: A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester, 1964). The Beatles' joyously exuberant film debut, a visually arresting, slapstick version of two typical days in their life. Features "Can't Buy Me Love," "And I Love Her," and other early Beatles songs.
July 13 & 15: A Day at the Races (Sam Wood, 1937). The Marx Brothers enter a horse in a steeplechase to win enough money to save from financial ruin a sanitarium where Groucho, a horse doctor illicitly employed as the director, has his eyes on one of the patients, a wealthy hypochondriac.
July 20 & 22: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977). Spellbinding classic about alien contact. Richard Dreyfuss.
July 27 & 29: Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939). The classic film musical based on L. Frank Baum's beloved children's fantasy. Judy Garland.
1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Tues.), Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [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]
Every Sat. & Sun. except July 5 & 6. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [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]
Dancing to live music by Balmer's Depot Town Big Band, an Ypsilanti-based ensemble led by trumpeter Matt Balmer. Tea is served.
4-7 p.m., Bethlehem UCC, 423 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (seniors, $8; families, $20) in advance & at the door. GTStanton@aol.com, 663-6149. [map]
All invited to discuss 2 books set in Scandanavia. Jo Nesbo's Nemesis is about an alcoholic detective who discovers a link between a murder case he's working on and the apparent suicide of a woman he knows. Jussi Adler-Olsen's The Keeper of Lost Causes is about a homicide detective who's demoted to cold cases when he fails to protect his colleagues from being shot.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [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.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm. 717-1569.
This class will drill your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography to music from traditional to Macklemore. Coral Rose of Unveiled Bellydance and Lunatic Vagabonds will teach you to bellydance to anything on your playlist!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. email@example.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belly_dance [map]
UK-bred, Atlanta-based Americana pop singer-songwriter Callaghan recently released her debut CD, Life in Full Color, and McDermott is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter whom novelist Stephen King calls "one of the best songwriters in the world and possibly the greatest undiscovered rock 'n' roll talent of the last 20 years."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]