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Friday, May 30, 2014






 
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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. & Nov.) & 9 a.m. (May-Oct.), meet in the back parking lot across the wooden bridge, Bandemer Park, Barton Dr. at Whitmore Lake Dr. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Telling your Story with John Shinholser: Home of New Vision.

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Geared for people in recovery who want to learn how to effectively tell their story of recovery and hope. This workshop is for people looking to help others by sharing their personal journey to recovery.
Home of New Vision
3800 Packard Road, Suite 210
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Free, pre-registration is required
Home of New Vision, 3800 Packard Road, Suite 210 Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. 734-975-1602. ssternberg@homeofnewvision.org www.homeofnewvision.org [map]
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 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Rabbi Levy's Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
12:30-1:30 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Affordable Care Act 1:1": Chelsea District Library.

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Center for Family & Health regional lead ACA navigator Danielle Carpenter is on hand to offer personalized assistance understanding and applying for insurance under the new health care law.
1:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Grand Opening of RadioShack in Saline!!!: Alpha Wireless, Body Heat, Village Party Store.

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Grand Opening celebration will be held on Friday May 30th, 2014 from 4pm to 6pm. The ribbon-cutting will be at 4:30pm. Activities include games, food, music, prizes, and raffles.
RadioShack, 733 W Michigan Ave. Saline MI, 48176, Saline. Free. 7344290001. nona@alphawireless.biz www.alpha4g.com [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Lawton Elementary School.

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Carnival games and treats.
5:30 p.m., Lawton, 2250 S. Seventh St. Free admission; nominal charge for food and games. 994-1946. [map]
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 5:30-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Pittsfield Elementary School.

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Inflatables, games, raffles, a silent auction, and, new this year, a balloon artist. Pizza, beverages, and ice cream available.
5:30-8 p.m., Pittsfield, 2543 Pittsfield Blvd. (off Edgewood, off Platt, south of Washtenaw). Free admission (nominal charge for food & games). 997-1218. [map]
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 5:30-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Abbot Elementary School.

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Bounce houses, raffles, cakewalk, dunk tank, and more. Pizza, snacks, and ice cream available. Rain or shine.
5:30-8 p.m., Abbot Elementary, 2670 Sequoia Pkwy. (off N. Maple). Free admission (nominal charge for food & games). 994-1901. [map]
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 5:30-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Burns Park Elementary School.

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Inflatables, karaoke, a cakewalk, airbrush tattoos, and carnival games. Pizza, desserts, salads, drinks, and ice cream available.
5:30-8 p.m., Burns Park Elementary, 1414 Wells. Free admission; nominal charge for food and games. 994-1919. [map]
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 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

Free Yoga Class: The Yoga Space.

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A free one hour yoga class for anyone who is interested. No pre-registration is necessary and all equipment is provided. The class will introduce basic standing and sitting poses and include a guided relaxation. It will be taught by a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr, #1 48103. Free. 734-622-9600. sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com www.yogaspaceannarbor.com [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Angell Elementary School.

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Ice cream, pizza, cotton candy, bounce houses, tug of war, raffle, and other games.
6-8 p.m., Angell, 1608 South University. Free admission (nominal charge for food and games). 994-1907. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Laughter Yoga Circle: Ann Arbor Laughs.

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Join us for a 1/2 hour of laughing for no reason except to your health. Laughter yoga uses exercises to simply laugh, stretch and breathe for positive well-being. Laughter circle plays off everyone attending so we need your joyous spirit. Set yourself in a positive happy state and laugh the stresses of the week away.
Here is a link to the Medford Pavilion.
http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/cfp/county-farm-maps/county-farm-trail-map
The park driveway appears on Mapquest to be around 2225 Medford Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. Basically turn south at the Manchester light on Washtenaw (just east of the Washtenaw/Stadium fork). Follow it around and turn left on Medford Rd and follow the signs to the parking lot.
Medford Pavilion in County Farm Park, 2225 Medford Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-368-5237. diane82103@yahoo.com [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 6:30-10:00 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Date Night: Taco Truck!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Taco Truck menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Homemade Lime Scented Tortilla Chips with Authentic Taqueria Style Guacamole; Chipotle Spiced Shrimp Tacos; Smashed Black Bean and Mango Tacos; Simple Pico de Gallo and Fresh Condiments: Pickled Red Onion, Red Radish, Shredded Red Cabbage, Queso Fresco, Fresh Lime Wedges; Tequila-Lime Granita. Full participation. 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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Sound & Vision Film Series": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Series of Friday evening films focusing on music and pop culture. Popcorn served.

May 16: Saturday Night Fever (John Badham, 1977). Drama starring a young John Travolta as a Brooklyn youth whose only joy is disco dancing.

May 30: A Band Called Death (Mark Christopher Covino & Jeff Howlett, 2012). Documentary about Death, an obscure, early-1970s Detroit proto-punk outfit who disbanded before releasing a single album but were vindicated nearly 30 years later when their 1974 demo tape was released to much fanfare.

June 6: Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971). Offbeat black comedy-a long-running cullt hit--about the romance between an elderly woman and a necrophiliac young man.

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7-9 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Film and Discussion: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Film screenings followed by discussion.

Sept. 26: Room to Breathe (Russell Long, 2013). Documentary about struggling San Francisco students who are transformed after they learn mindfulness techniques.

Oct. 24: The Lost World of Tibet (Emma Hindley, 2007). BBC documentary includes rare footage of "Old Tibet" as it follows the story of Tibet through the life of the 14th (and current) Dalai Lama, from early childhood and through his escape to India in 1959.

Nov. 21: The American Rimpoche (Nikki Appino, 2014). Documentary about Jew heart founder Gelek Rompoche, featuring interviews with Philip Glass, Donald Lopez, Robert Thurman, Richard Gere and many more.

Dec. 19: What Dreams May Come (Vincent Ward, 1998). Fantasy drama exploring the nature of the afterlife and its relation to existence and the imagination. Robin Williams, Annabella Sciorra, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.
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 7 p.m. 

HONK!: Explorers Homeschool Association Theatre.

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This family-friendly musical tells the story of the Ugly Duckling. Ugly, rejected by others in the farm yard, looses his way and must use his wits -and a little help from his new friends - to find his way home. His homecoming celebrates individuality and self-worth.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University. $10/$8 (seniors and under 12)/$35 family tickets. honkexplorersmusical@gmail.com Tickets available at muto.umich.edu [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Space Between": Pure Existence Dance Company.

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May 30 & 31. Jodie Randolph directs this professional dance company as well as preprofessional young dance company X2 in eight of her works and a dance choreographed by founding member Megan Scheppelman. The dances explore themes of transition, phases, dependency, and security. Reception follows.
7 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 in advance; $15 at the door. pureexistencedance.com. [map]
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Coffee House: Bahá'í Center of Washtenaw County.

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Open mike open to singers, musicians, storytellers, and poets. Also, a performance by the house band. Refreshments.
7:30-9:30 p.m., 5550 Morgan Rd. just off W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti Twp. Free. 434-8704. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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Aug. 8 & 22. Sept. 5 & 19. All invited to join an ongoing discussion of the Steiner's 1908 lecture cycle The Gospel of Saint John. 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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 7:30 p.m. 

"The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon": Skyline High School.

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Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in Don Zolidis' fast-paced theatrical revue, a series of parodies of several of the best-known (and some of the more obscure) Grimm's fairy tales. Cast: Emma Bunker-Uzelac, Russell Chey
, Alex Chin, 
Jacob Costello, Bella Crispino, Nina Devor-Brown, Leah Hess
, Trae Hickenbottom, Aveeona Johnson, Nicole Lockhart, Phill Mullholland, Emma Theiss, Emma Thompson, Charde Young, India Crout, Kendayll Hughes, Thomas Maier, Lauren Montague, Ryann Patten, and Lizzie Ritter.
7:30 p.m., Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $5 at the door only. 994-6515. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Astral City: A Spiritual Journey": Center of Light.

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Life after death was never a concern for Dr. Andre Luiz. That is, until he wakes up feeling lost and confused in a darkened wasteland. What he has yet to realize, is that he has died and is now struggling with his afterlife. It is in this spiritual dimension where he can start over and bring true healing to himself and others.
Spiritual medium Chico Xavier documented his visions of the afterlife in his best-selling book, Astral City. Xavier's visions of life in an astral city that hovers in the upper layers of the Earth's atmosphere are brought to life with an amazing score, by composer Phillip Glass, and brilliant special effects.
Join us for popcorn, tea, and discussion about what it would mean if we really knew we have help outside of ourselves.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 7343305048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Canceled: "Richard III": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Remainder of run canceled as of May 22. Julia Glander directs Shakespeare's history play, a masterful portrait of evil whose fratricidal protagonist savagely hacks his way to the throne, in a radically re-imagined production that explores themes of gender, power, and governance in the setting of a distant yet ominous future. Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch stars as Richard. The cast also includes Brian Sage, John Seibert, Lynnae Lehfeldt, Drew Parker, Joanna Bronson, Terry Heck, Logan Ricket, Justin Dietzel, and Alysia Kolascz.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 10 & 24), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 24), $22 (Apr. 25 & 27 and May 1), and $30 (Apr. 26). May 2 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 2: $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. 

Chuck Mitchell: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A mix of poetry, cabaret songs, whimsical novelty tunes, and lively banter by this veteran singer-guitarist and actor, a Detroit-area native who now lives in Iowa. Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $12 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Seth Walker: The Ark.

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Blues-based down-home Americana by this singer-songwriter from Austin whose latest CD, Time Can Change, has been praised for blending "the grit of Delbert McClinton and the detail and insight of Robert Cray."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Ypsilanti Funky Town Blowout (Featuring members of P-Funk All Stars): BookRich Productions.

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Dropping THE BOMB on Friday, May 30th!!!!
Muruga & the Cosmic Hoedown Band - WSG Hiawatha Bailey
Parliament-Funkadelic lead guitarist Michael "Kid Funkadelic" Hampton
Grammy winner - Peter "Madcat" Ruth
P-Funk's - Louie "Babbling" Kabbabbie
Other special guests to be announced!
Tickets: $7 - 18+
Cross Roads Bar & Grill, 517 W. Cross Street, Ypsilanti. $7. vittala@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/events/238645599669961/ [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Appointment with a Highwire Lady": Emergent Arts.

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May 21 & every Thurs.-Sat. through June 8. Paul Bianchi directs local actors in Russell Davis's drama about a young man in a state mental hospital who's gradually drawn back into life by a friend from his past. "Subtle and unsentimental…the play has a sensitive awareness of the renewable vitality within an interrupted relationship," says a New York Times review. Cast: Zach Damon, Megan Shiplett, and Susan Morris.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (seniors & students with ID, $10; $4 discount for dining at Haab's on the day of the show) in advance at emergentarts.com, and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Birthday English Dance for All".

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English country dancing to music by Childgrove. In celebration of the 50th birthdays of Linda and Laura Hanson.
8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. 769-1052. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Closer than Ever": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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May 29-31. This local professional company presents this musical revue of works by Maltby and Shire, a nonstop exploration of the struggles of everyday life, especially those surrounding love. The May 30 gala fundraiser show includes a 6 p.m. wine & hors d'oeuvres reception with live & silent auctions.
7 p.m. (May 29), 8 p.m. (May 30 & 31), & 3 p.m. (May 31), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $25 (May 29 & 31) & $50 (May 30) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Great God Pan": Redbud Productions.

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May 29-31. Loretta Grimes directs local actors in the Michigan premiere of award-winning playwright Amy Herzog's haunting, intimate play in which the dark recesses of one man's memory threaten to engulf his life. When an up-and-coming journalist is visited by a childhood friend with a disturbing revelation, his life begins to unravel, including his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. Herzog "writes with a keen sensitivity to the complex wave of feelings embedded in all human relationships, with particular attention to the way we tiptoe around the areas of radioactive emotion," writes a New York Times reviewer. Cast: Dave Barker, Katie Whitney, Janet Rich, Siamak Davarani, Sophia Fall, Mary Franceschi, Tim Grimes.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$25 (students, $15). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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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