Every Thursday, Aug. 29-Oct. 24 and Sept. 8. All invited to join WAS members for a leaderless hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
8-11 a.m. (Thurs.) & 3:30-6:30 p.m. (Sept. 8), meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free. 677-3275.
Aug. 27-Sept. 2. This old-fashioned community fair features agricultural and craft exhibits, rides, and a variety of special events, including the Miss Saline pageant (Aug. 27, 8 p.m.), a "Saline's Got Talent" show (Aug. 30, 6 p.m.), motocross racing (Aug. 30, 7 p.m., $5 admission), the circus troupe Cirque Amongus (Aug. 31, noon-4 p.m.), "Taste of Agriculture" (Sept. 1, Noon-3 p.m.), the USA Auto Enduro Derby (Sept. 1, 6 p.m.), and more. Rides open at 2 p.m. (Aug. 27-30) and 1 p.m. (Aug. 31-Sept. 2).
Noon-9 p.m. (Aug. 27) & 9 a.m.-evening (Aug. 28-Sept. 2), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $7 admission ($5 for preschool kids on Aug. 29 and for women on Aug. 30; seniors age 65 & older admitted free on Aug. 28 till 1 p.m.). 668-0776. [map]
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]
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]
An exhibit of Thom Bohnert's drawings and sculpture opens at Yourist Studio Gallery on Tuesday, August 27 and runs through Friday, October 4, 2013, with an artist's reception on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 5 to 8 pm.
Bohnert brings a unique blend of engineering, poetry, and whimsy to his art, often combining wire armature, wet-looking clay fragments, and surfaces that reflect his deep understanding of clay and glaze chemistry. His evocative, archaeological forms challenge viewers to expand their thinking about the possibilities of clay as medium. Bohnert received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1971 and has taught drawing and ceramics at Mott Community College in Flint for the past 40 years. His work is widely exhibited and published. Please visit youristpottery.com for gallery hours.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. firstname.lastname@example.org youristpottery.com [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]
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 allmusic.com 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.
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).
Please "Like" Pittsfield Township (www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Charter-Township/115908818493 ) on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/PittsfieldTwp).
More details at: http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/
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. email@example.com www.pittsfield-mi-gov [map]
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.s3safesexstore.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]
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]
Young local actors ages 5-20 read classic poetry, quotations, and passages around the theme of friendship.
6 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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. email@example.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hula-hoop/ [map]
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]
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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
19 year-old violinist Bernadette Stetz and organist Marijim Thoene present "Music for a Summer's Evening," music by Arcangelo Corelli, Heinrich Biber, C. Saint-Saens, J.S. Bach, and Jules Massenet.
Community of Christ Church, 520 W. Jefferson, Old West Side. Donation. 734-475-7134. Ron Harris (email@example.com) [map]
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.
"Util Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him": Ann Arbor District Library.more >
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Former U.S. Army captain Luis Montalvan, a much decorated veteran of multiple combat tours in Iraq, discusses his best-selling memoir about his redemptive relationship to a golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [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 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]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra/ [map]
Popular young local acoustic quartet whose music is an enchanting blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies. The band tonight celebrates the release of its brand-new CD, Young Love. Opening act is The Red Sea Pedestrians, a Kalamazoo neo-klezmer sextet of singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists who blend traditional klezmer music with a host of other styles.
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]
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]
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]
Aug. 29-31. Ronald Baumanis directs local actors in Clark Gesner's 1967 musical comedy, an appealing blend of joy and pathos wrung from the familiar antics of Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang that concludes with the entire cast summarizing their ideas of what constitutes true happiness. The Aug. 29 performance is a fundraiser (with an afterglow) for a U-M Medical School professorship in global women's health. Cast: Andrew James Buckshaw, Allison Pearlman, Matthew Kurzyniec, Etan Klein, Hannah Pearlman, and Colby Spencer Cesaro.
8 p.m. (except Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Tickets $20 (except Aug. 29 fundraiser performance, $25; $50 includes Aug. 29 afterglow) in advance at squareup.com/market/aa-musical-theater-works & by phone, and, if available, at the door. 546-5087. [map]
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]