(David Lowery, 2013). An outlaw escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he's never met. Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck.
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]
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]
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.
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.
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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.
6:30-9:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.
Aug. 30 & 31. This Flint native is a veteran stand-up comic known for his unusual combination of an easy-going persona and a wildly extremist comic mind. Preceded by 2 opening acts. 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]
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 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]
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]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.< less
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]