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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 23, 2013






 
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"Blue Jasmine": Michigan Theater.

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(Woody Allen, 2013). A life crisis leads a woman to reconnect with her sister in San Francisco. Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin.
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.-5 p.m. 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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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.
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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-July), 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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 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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 6 p.m. 

Raving about Rieslings.

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Join us for delectable appetizers paired with our sommelier's favorite selection of Rieslings for the summer wine tasting series.
(888) 456-3463 (DINE)
Reservations are required.
Space is limited.
Credit card is required for the reservation.
$29.95 per person, all inclusive.
The Chop House Ann Arbor, 322 S. Main St. $29.95 per person. (888) 456-3463. info@msventures.net www.facebook.com/ChopHouseAA [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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 6:30-8 p.m. 

Aerial Sampler: A2 Aviary.

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Are you curious about aerial arts and circus style fitness, but don't know where to start? Try a bit of everything at this all levels 1.5 hour aerial sampler platter! Students will get an overview of the basics of Aerial Silks, Aerial Hammock, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), and Static Trapeze as well as ample time to play on each apparatus. Who wants to try it all?
$25 per student
6 student maximum
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-sampler/ [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Movie in the Park: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Outdoor showing of a movie, preceded at 6:30 p.m. by music, kids activities, and games. Concessions. Also, on July 26, an overnight family campout ($10 per tent, preregistration required). June 14: The Lorax, 2012 animated take on Dr. Seuss's book about a creature who sticks up for trees against a greedy entrepreneur. July 26: Wreck It Ralph, 2012 animation about a video game villain who wants to be a hero. Aug. 23: Madagascar 3, 2012 animation about the adventures of 4 animals from the Central Park Zoo who find themselves in Europe.
6:30 p.m., Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., off N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-3502.
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 7 p.m. 

Singles Lock and Key Event: Lock and Key Events.

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Singles Mingle Lock and Key Party - Every woman gets a padlock. Every man gets a key. Your goal is to match the right key with the right padlock. Every time you unlock you get a ticket that enters you into the drawing to win great prizes from our party sponsors. Prizes such as cold hard cash, dinners, tickets to popular things to do and more. After every unlock you get another lock or key so you can get back into the fray and meet more people!
Melange Bistro, 312 South Main St. $19 with promo AAMEETUP. detroit@predating.com www.lockandkeyevents.com [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Happy": Center of Light Conscious Movie Night.

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(Roko Belic, 2011). Documentary that journeys from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.
7:30 p.m., Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd., (off N. Main). Free. 330-5048. [map]
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 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Aug. 20-31, except Aug. 25. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows.
3:30-5 p.m. & 7-9:30 p.m. (Aug. 20); 9-11:30 a.m., 3-5 p.m., & 7-9:30 p.m. (Aug. 21) 9-11:30 a.m. & 8-10 p.m. (Aug. 22); 7:30-10 p.m. (Aug. 23); 9-11:30 a.m. & 7-9 p.m. (Aug. 24); 10:30 a.m.-noon & 7-10 p.m. (Aug. 26); 10:30-11:40 a.m. & 6:30-8:40 p.m. (Aug. 27), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 8-10 p.m. (Aug. 28), 9-10:30 a.m. & 7:30-10 p.m. (Aug. 29), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Aug. 30); & 10 a.m.-noon (Aug. 31 game day), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Women's Soccer vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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7:30 p.m., U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying": Father Gabriel Richard High School Dramalums.

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Aug. 22-25. Anne Kolaczkowski-Magee directs recent Gabriel Richard grads in Frank Loesser's 1961 musical farce about an ambitious young man who sets out to climb the corporate ladder and quickly rises to the top, taking his faithful secretary along with him. The score includes "A Secretary Is Not a Toy," "I Believe in You," and "Brotherhood of Man." The Aug. 22 show is a gala fundraiser with dinner ($100).
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 22-24) & 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 25), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $10 (except Aug. 22 gala, $100) in advance & at the door. 662-0496, ext. 200. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Hobart Reading: Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series/Literati Bookstore.

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Readings by 3 writers featured in the Ann Arbor-based literary journal Hobart. West Virginia short story writer and essayist Scott McClanahan's "style is as seductive as a circuit preacher's," says a San Diego City Beat critic. "[T]hrough the sorcery of McClanahan's storytelling, we can all pull up a chair and find ourselves at home." Austin-based short story writer Mary Miller writes sparse, darkly humorous, uncontrived stories. Southern California short story writer Juliet Escoria has a debut collection due out in 2014.
8 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. (810) 210-0104, 585-5567. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Los Gatos: Kerrytown Concert House.

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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. In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the band performs a tribute to the late pianist-composer Clare Fischer.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Mike Bonner: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 23 & 24. A longtime regular on BET's Comic View, this Detroit native specializes in slightly wacky observational humor about family life with his wife and 3 kids. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty, (below Seva restaurant). $8 reserved seating in advance, $10 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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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]
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 8 p.m. 

"George Bedard: Ragtime to Rock 'n' Roll": The Ark.

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See review. Local guitar legend Bedard has a brand-new blues-oriented live CD, Further On, and tonight he explores the links between rock guitar and a host of pre-rock idioms, from ragtime and acoustic blues to New Orleans jazz, classic swing, and various postwar blues styles. He's accompanied by an ensemble that features D.C. keyboardist Daryl Davis, local composer-trumpeter Ingrid Racine, Detroit bassist Pat Prouty, post-bop saxophonist Steve Wood, and Bedard's longtime Kingpins bandmate, drummer Rich Dishman.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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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 10 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
10 p.m.-midnight. 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
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