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Friday, August 16, 2013






 
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"Storm Surfers 3D": Michigan Theater.

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(Justin McMillan & Christopher Nelius, 2012). Adventure documentary about the world of big wave surfing. With footage of Aussie tow-surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones and 2-time world surfing champion Tom Carroll.
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]
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"A Hijacking": Michigan Theater.

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(Tobias Lindholm, 2012). Drama about a Danish freighter that's captured by Somali pirates. Danish, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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 8 a.m. 

2013 Golf Tournament: Washtenaw County United Way.

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Four-person scramble with a shotgun start. (In a scramble format, each player hits every shot from the spot of the best ball of their foursome, so lousy golfers don't have to worry about hurting their team.) Preceded at 7 a.m. by breakfast and registration.
8 a.m., Pierce Lake Golf Course, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. $100. 677-7214. [map]
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 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

FLY Puppet Camp with Dreamland Theater!: FLY Children's Art Center & Dreamland Theater.

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Fly Children's Art Center and Dreamland Theater are teaming up for an awesome summer day camp! Ypsi Puppet Camp will introduce your child to the art of puppetry, storytelling and the joy of performance. Participants will work with FLY and Dreamland staff to create string, shadow and hand puppets, team up with other campers to write an original script, and then rehearse and perform their puppet show for a live audience on the Dreamland stage! Don't miss this summer blast at Ypsi Puppet Camp!
Camp cost: $80.00 per child
Ages 7-14 (10 student limit)
Dates: August 12th - 16th
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
**2 performance times will be set for the weekend 16th-18th once camp begins
** Morning drop off will be at FLY children's ART Center 40 N. Huron.
*All proceeds from Ypsi Puppet Camp go to fund FLY Children's Art Center after school programs and Dreamland Theater operations.
*Families will be asked to donate a food item for concession sales at the performances.
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $80 per child. info@flyartcenter.org flyartcenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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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.
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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! 

Call For Artists: Dexter Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee.

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1st Annual Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival, August 13-17, 2013. Jurored Awards. Cash prizes. 1-4 entries. For Prospectus and Application, www.dextermi.gov/arts, or visit www.facebook.com/PaintDexter
Village of Dexter, 8140 Main Street, Dexter. Free. cnicholls@dextermi.gov https://www.facebook.com/PaintDexter [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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 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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 3 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Women's Soccer vs. Dayton.

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3 p.m., U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]
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 4 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

34th Annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

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Aug. 16-18. 100,000 people usually visit this award-winning cultural heritage showcase of historical exhibits, tours, live entertainment (see below), kids activities, contests, and much more in Riverside Park, Frog Island Park, and Depot Town. Also, open houses at several museums and historic buildings, an arts & crafts fair, a Living History Native American Powwow and Encampment, and the "Riverside Beer Garden" with a casino. Lots of food and drinks available. Related events include the Ypsilanti Garden Club 15th Annual Garden Walk (Aug. 17, noon-5 p.m., $10 in advance at various Ypsilanti locations listed at ypsilantigardenclub.org) and "Chautauqua at the Riverside" (see August 17 listing). For updated entertainment schedule see ypsilantiheritagefestival.com. Today:

At the Riverside Beer Garden Main Stage: local singer-songwriter Dave Boutette (4-5 p.m.), the eclectic horn-driven Ohio band Adam's Ale (5:25-6:20 p.m.), veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter John Latini (6:40-7:35 p.m.), the local retro funk band Third Coast Kings (8-8:55 p.m.), Detroit blues guitar virtuoso Motor City Josh (9:20-10:35 p.m.), and Detroit R&B vocalist Thornetta Davis (11 p.m.-midnight).

At the EMU Community Stage: the Ypsilanti High School Jazz Band (4:15-5 p.m.), Ypsilanti punk band Ironclad (5:30-6:15 p.m.), Ypsilanti acoustic rock band Jeremiah Mack & the Shark Attack (6:30-7:15 p.m.), and the local Americana rock singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas (7:45-8:30 p.m.).

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4 p.m.-midnight, Depot Town/Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). 483-6071.
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members will be on hand to help fix things. Refreshments.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [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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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks: Date Night - Grill Master!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun GRILL MASTER menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Grilled Houloumi Crostini with Tomato & Lemon-Basil Butter; Grilled Vegetable Salad with Zucchini, Bell Peppers, Capers, Olives & Balsamic atop Fresh Baby Arugula; Mustard-Grilled Hanger Steaks with Charred Shallots; Grilled Herbed Potatoes; Bourbon & Mint Marinated Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Bean Chantilly 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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 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Series.

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Every Fri. (except Aug. 9), June 14-Aug. 30.

June 14: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

June 21: From Grace. Jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble Opening act is Ebb Tide, a local folksy Americana trio.

June 28: Men in Black. Ann Arbor classic rock band.

July 5: Gemini. Family concert by this popular acoustic duo.

July 12: The Invasion. British Invasion cover quartet from Redford.

July 19: The Chillbilly Band. Pinckney honky-tonk country quartet.

July 26: Delirious Love. Dearborn classic rock and pop quintet.

Aug. 2: Chef Chris & the Nairobi Trio. Blues band led by vocalist and blues harpist Chef Chris Sirvinskis.

Aug. 16: Most Wanted. Detroit indie rock band.

Aug. 23: TBA.

Aug. 30: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

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6:30-9:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Called Again: An Evening with Appalachian Trail Endurance Hiker and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Long-distance hiker Davis presents an illustrated talk on her record-setting 46-day hike of the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail, along with her new book about her hiking experiences on 6 different continents, Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"The CCC Circle of Life": Children's Creative Center 20th Anniversary Production.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present a musical based on The Lion King, with excerpts of songs from all the musicals CCC has performed over the last 20 years.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 14-17) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 18), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 15 benefit show that includes a twilight reception & $15 (students & seniors, $10) for Aug. 15-18 in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [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 p.m. 

Corndaddy: The Ark.

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Local alt-country band led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast. Tonight the band celebrates the release of Heart of the Matter, a collection of 12 songs emphasizing the rock side of the band's country-rock blend, from Stones-style extravaganzas to bluegrass jams and an Everly Brothers waltz. The band is joined tonight by some of the guest musicians featured on the recording, including saxophonist Dan Bennett, trumpeter Justin Walter, keyboardist Patrick Little, banjoist Jim Roll, and drummer Judson Branam IV.
8 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]
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 8 p.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

June 7 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., Rapids View picnic area): "First Casts in Fishing." All invited to try their hand at fishing. Pole rentals and bait available, or bring your own. No fishing license required this weekend only. $3.

June 21 (11 a.m.): "Amazing Amphibians." Display and discussion of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome. $3 per child.

July 12 (11 a.m.): "Kids Bug Hunt." Kids ages 2-10 invited to look for and learn about some of the insects that inhabit Hudson Mills. $5 (kids, $3).

July 13 (10 a.m.): "West River Trail Bike Hike." All invited to ride their bike on a trail along the Huron River, with stops to relax and learn about the park's varied habitats. $5 (kids, $3).

July 27 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "A Dog Day of Summer." All invited to bring their dog for training clinics, herding demos, doggie contests, tips from local vets, and more. $3 (dogs free).

Aug. 2 (1 p.m.): "Kids in the Creek." Kids invited to collect and observe some of the large and small inhabitants of the Huron River ecosystem. Wear boots and be prepared to get wet feet. $3 per child.

Aug. 9 (7:45 a.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Clean-Up." All invited to help clean up the Huron River by canoe. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch provided. FREE.

Aug. 16 (8 p.m.): "Bats in the Night Sky." Indoor talk about bats followed by a trek outside to look for bats living in the park. $5 (kids, $3).

Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Fly Fishing Festival." Representatives of Schultz Outfitters and Baliwicks Outdoors offer fly fishing demos and casting tips and discuss why the Huron River is great for fly fishing. Casting and tying contests. $3.

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Various times, park activity center (except as noted), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Kristin Key: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 16 & 17. Local debut of this Texas comic who first gained national attention as a contestant on Last Comic Standing. She's known for blending improvisation and physical comedy with winningly self-deprecating observational humor, and her act also features comic songs accompanied on guitar. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Rick Roe Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local jazz trio led by Roe, a pianist who won first place in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 1994 and was twice a semifinalist in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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. 

"My Name Is Asher Lev": Performance Network Professional Season.

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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]
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 8 p.m. 

"My Other Voice": AKip Productions.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 15-Sept. 1. Ari Laura Kreith directs local actors in U-M grad Alex Kip's play, based on his own experience, about a U-M musical theater student who learns he has cancer just as he's planning to participate in a showcase for casting directors in NYC. Cast: Meg Aldridge, Jim Cavalcoli, Scott Crownover, Al Fallick, Alex Kip, Anne Miranda, Reilly Richardson, Ximone Rose, and Trevor St. John-Gilbert.
2 p.m. (Sun.), 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), & 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $25 in advance at myothervoice.org, and at the door. (614) 832-8304. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Translations": Carriage House Theatre.

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Aug. 15-18, 22-25, & 29-31. Angie Feak directs local actors in Brian Friel's tender and funny drama, set in 1833 rural Ireland, about an English officer who comes to Anglicize a small town but ends up falling in love with it, its language, and a young woman who attends the local school.
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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 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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