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Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Silent Auction Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Silent auction items on display at the Powerhouse Gym!
Come in and bid on gift certificates and fabulous items!
DRAWING IS AT 1:00 ON SATURDAY, JUNE 7 so make sure you sign up for the things you would like.
All proceeds benefit leukemia and lymphoma research!
Powerhouse Gym Ypsilanti (at I94/Huron), 1326 Anna J Stepp, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Donation. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Project LIAison: Four Works Exhibit.

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In an exhibit held June 2 to 6 at the Life Sciences Institute, Art-Science Research Fellow Lia Min will show four recent works that illuminate different cognitive and emotional approaches to understand self and the world.
Min divides her time between the studio and lab, exploring the interplay of science and art and examining Western and Eastern approaches to understanding and knowledge.
LIAison will be open to the public June 2 to 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the LSI Library, main floor, Life Sciences Institute, 210 Washtenaw Avenue. (University and visitor parking is available in the Palmer garage).
Artist's walk-through on Monday, June 2 and Thursday, June 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information about this event, visit
To learn more about the project, visit
Life Sciences Institute, 210 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. [map]
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 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m. 

Water Quality Tour - Detroit--OLLI Travel (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Lunch is included in tour price.
· 9:00 a.m. Depart from Meijer's Parking Lot - Section I (Ann Arbor-Saline Road).
· Visit Dossin Museum on Belle Isle which features exhibits highlighting how water has played an important part in Detroit's history.
· Explore the Coast Guard Station which provides safety and security to those on the river and lakes.
· Visit Waterworks Park where Detroit area water is treated and pumped out to residents of the Metro area.
· Enjoy Diamond Jack Narrated Boat Ride - 2 hour narrated boat tour to view the Detroit and Windsor areas and river traffic while enjoying lunch.
· Visit Delray Water Treatment Plant in Detroit.
· 5:15 p.m.- Approximate arrival home.

Meet at Meijer, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $80. 734-998-9351.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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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]
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 9:15 a.m.  Free! 

Coffee Talk Series: Sensory Issues in Children at Clonlara School: Clonlara School and Leaps & Bounds Therapy Services.

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Last session of the series.
Recap: Sensory Systems & Questions
The concluding discussion will include a recap of information presented, including the sensory systems and their impact of function. This discussion will allow time for final questions and concerns about any of the topics.
Series sponsored by Clonlara School and Leaps & Bounds Therapy Services
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett Ave, Ann Arbor. Free. 734-926-4617. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden Bloom Season: University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.

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The Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden is the largest collection of heirloom herbaceous peonies in North America, with thousands of blooms in shades of white, pink, and red. Free admission. Note: Peony bloom season is weather dependent. Please visit our dedicated peony website for regular bloom updates:
university of Michigan Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. Free. 734-647-7600. [map]
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 10-11 a.m. 

Restorative/Better Backs Yoga (Ladies Only): Peachy Fitness.

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This class is for all levels. We accommodate beginners & lifelong Yogis alike.
Peachy Fitness, 2385 S. Huron Parkway. $59/8 classes (drop-in rate: $10). 734-681-0477. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Spring Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except Apr. 10 & 24), Mar. 6-June 5. CDL librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6, accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Make & Take Pasta: Sur la Table.

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Everybody loves pasta and nothing is more rewarding than making it yourself from scratch. Together with our instructor, you will learn everything you need to know to turn out batch after batch of fresh noodles so you'll always have some on-hand at home.
MENU: Homemade Fettuccine - Homemade Angel Hair - Homemade Pappardelle - Cacio E Pepe (Roman Black Pepper Pasta)
What To Expect:
Great cooking isn't about recipes¡ªit's about techniques. In our classes you'll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.
*Learn fundamental skills for a lifetime of great cooking
*Work side-by-side with other students to prepare each dish
*Interact with classmates and the instructor for a rich learning experience
*Classes are 2 to 2 1/2 hours, unless otherwise noted above, and each student enjoys a generous taste of every dish
*Held in our professional teaching kitchens, each class is led by an experienced chef instr
Sur la Table Arbor Hillls, 3050 Washtenaw Ave. $69pp. 734-531-0300. [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Every Thurs. (except July 3 & 17), June 5-Aug. 28. Musical entertainment by local and area performers.

June 5: Stepdad. Grand Rapids electronica-pop band.

June 12: Eric Hutchinson. NYC-based pop-rock singer-songwriter whose recently released CD, Pure Fiction, is a collection of engagingly melodic, passionate songs that includes "Tell the World," a tune selected as the theme song for the new NBC sitcom Growing Up Fisher.

June 19: Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers. Lansing pop-funk and soul quartet led by singer-songwriter Hertler.

June 26: The Wild Feathers. Straight-ahead rock 'n' roll with booming harmonies by this Nashville quintet that recently released its eponymous debut CD.

July 10: ZZ Ward. Highly regarded young singer-songwriter from Oregon whose music draws its influences from blues, soul, and hip-hop.

July 24: Appleseed Collective. 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 recently released the acclaimed CD Young Love.

July 31: Vance Joy. Popular young pop-folk singer-songwriter from Melbourne whose 2013 debut EP, God Loves You When You're Dancing, has spawned a couple hit singles. Opening act is Keri Lynne Roche, a Detroit indie-rock singer-songwriter and American Idol season 12 contestant.

Aug. 7: Laith Al-Saadi. An eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals, by a jazz-tinged, jam-oriented trio led by local singer-guitarist Al-Saadi.

Aug. 14: 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. 21: Michelle Chamuel. Passionate pop anthems by this former frontwoman of Ella Riot, a singer-songwriter who was runner-up on the 4th season of The Voice. Her debut single, "Go Down Singing," reached #12 on the iTunes pop chart. Opening act is Theo Katzman, an Ann Arbor-bred, NYC-based soul-based funk-folk singer-songwriter.

Aug. 28: The Alternate Routes. Guitar-fueled indie rock trio from Bridgeport (CT) known for its compact, melodic tunes with dark, intensely personal lyrics exploring a wide palette of emotions.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109.
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. June 5: Electric blues by The Bluescasters. June 12: Cajun & zydeco music by Creole du Nord. June 19: Jazz, R&B, soul, and classic rock by Super Gee Crew. June 26: Salsa by Los Gatos.
Noon-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Courtyard, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 2-8 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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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. [map]
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 3-7 p.m. 

Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township.

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The Pittsfield Township Farmers Market is a weekly, summer market that features local and regional food and agricultural businesses, artisans, and entertainers. Stop by and pick up fresh produce, meats, and cheeses, baked goods, preserves, oils, and spices. Enjoy a snack or hot dinner while socializing with your neighbors and watching the children run around on the play ground. Kids specific activities and live entertainment will be featured on a rotating basis. Like us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter ( to stay up to date on weekly activities.
Each market features diverse offerings, including fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and dairy products; hot foods; baked goods; seasonings, spices, and oils; artisan wares; community and non-profit groups; activities and entertainment; and seasonal items. This is a Michigan producer only market.
Pittsfield Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Free admission. 734 822-3152. [map]
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 4-8 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Crafting Night: Ophir Crafts.

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Knitters, crocheters, and other crafters are invited to bring their unfinished projects and join us as share conversation, tea, and creative ideas. See what your fellow crafters are making, and ask questions if you need help. No charge, just fun.
Ophir Crafts Store, 2507 Jackson Rd. Free. 734-794-7777. [map]
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 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dungeons & Dragons": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. All teens and adults invited to play this popular role-playing game.
4:30-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 5:15-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Ann Arbor Open @ Mack.

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Inflatables, a cakewalk, the popular chicken chucker, and other carnival games. Stucci's ice cream, Sylvio's and Hello Faz pizza, and other local and organic food available. Bring your own plates, utensils, and water bottles, if you wish.
5:15-8 p.m., 920 Miller Rd. Free admission (small charge for food and games tickets). 994-1910. [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Cinetopia International Film Festival.

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June 5-8. This 2nd annual Michigan Theater film festival features around 43 films screened over 4 days at 3 local venues (Michigan Theater, State Theater, the U-M Modern Languages Bldg.) and several Detroit venues (see for info about screenings in Detroit). The films include narrative feature-length films and documentaries that recently premiered at international festivals such as Sundance and Berlin as well as some older films.

June 5:

At the Michigan Theater: An opening night party (5:30 p.m., $60 includes film screening) followed at 7:30 p.m. by 1982, Tommy Oliver's 2013 drama, set in 1980s Philadelphia, about a working-class father who's left to care for his young daughter when his drug addict wife disappears. Followed at 9:15 p.m. by a post-screening party in the foyer.

At the State Theater: "The Skeleton Twins" (Craig Johnson, 2013). SNL comedians Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star as estranged twins who are reunited after one of them attempts suicide. 7:30 p.m.

At MLB: "Go for Sisters" (John Sayles, 2013). 2 high school friends meet twenty years later when one becomes the parole officer for the other.

June 6:

At the Michigan Theater: "Northern Light" (Nick Bentgen, 2014). Documentary that follows 3 Sault Ste. Marie families as they prepare for the International 500, the largest and longest single-day snowmobile race in the world. 1 p.m. "Rich Hill" (Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo, 2014). Intimate documentary about 3 teen boys living in the impoverished town of Rich Hill, Missouri. 1:30 p.m. "Lilting" (Hong Khaou, 2013). When a young man dies, his Chinese mother and his English boyfriend try to overcome their inability to communicate and their dislike of each other in order to deal with their grief. English & Mandarin. 3:30 p.m. "Jingle Bell Rocks!" (Mitchell Kezin, 2013). Documentary about Christmas music and the director's passion for finding obscure Christmas tunes. 4 p.m. "Life Feels Good" (Maciej Pieprzyca, 2013). Drama about a kid with cerebral palsy who tries desperately to be understood, despite being labeled mentally disabled by experts. Polish, subtitles. 7 p.m. "Do the Right Thing." Private screening of Spike Lee's celebrated 1989 drama about race relations in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Spike Lee, Rosie Perez, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson. With an appearance by Lee. Note: This is a private screening, but those with a $1000 festival pass get a pair of tickets. 6 p.m. "The Congress" (Ari Folman, 2013). Surreal sci-fi allegory, part live action and part animation, about a movie studio that buys the rights to actress Robin Wright's body, digitizing it and casting the digitized version in various films. Stars Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, & Paul Giamatti. 9:30 p.m. "White Shadow" (Noaz Deshe, 2013). Drama about the "albino hunting" trade, set in Tanzania, told through the eyes of an Albino boy on the run from witch doctors who want to use his body parts in their cures. Swahili, subtitles. 9:45 p.m. White Shadow is also shown June 8 at MLB 4 (see below).

At the State Theater: "Attila Marcel" (Sylvain Chomet, 2013). Fantastical tale of a 33-year-old man who's been mute since his parents' mysterious deaths when he was a child. Compared to Amélie, this is the first live-action feature film by Chomet, who directed the Oscar-nominated animated films The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist. French, subtitles. 2 p.m. Attila Marcel is also shown at the Michigan Theater June 7 (see below). "Bad Hair" (Mariana Randón, 2013). Poignant drama about a 9-year-old boy who dreams of being a singer and is obsessed with straightening his curly hair. Spanish, subtitles. 4:30 p.m. "Buzzard" (Joel Potrykus, 2014). Horror-drama about a small-time scam artist whose paranoia forces him to flee his hometown of Grand Rapids and hide out in Detroit. 6:45 p.m. "Wetlands" (David Wnendt, 2013). Adaptation of a best-selling German erotic novel about a teenage schoolgirl who rebels against her germ-averse mother with various sexual antics meant to disgust. 9 p.m. "Tom at the Farm" (Xavier Dolan, 2013). Creepy and compelling drama about a hipster who leaves the city to attend the funeral of his closeted partner and ends up trapped on a farm with his partner's despondent mother and bestial brother. French, subtitles. 11:30 p.m.

At MLB: "The Great Flood" (Bill Morrison, 2012). Documentary, with no dialogue, about American roots music and the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River that contributed to the Great Migration of displaced workers fleeing north to Chicago and Detroit and bringing the Delta blues with them. 5 p.m. "Watchers of the Sky" (Edet Belzberg, 2014). Documentary about ethnic cleansing and Raphael Lemkin, the human rights activist who coined the term genocide. 5:15 p.m. "Silver City" (John Sayles, 2004). Political satire about a dim-witted gubernatorial candidate who reels in the dead body of an undocumented worker while filming a campaign ad meant to show off his fishing skills. Chris Cooper, Darryl Hannah, Kris Kristofferson, Thora Birch, Maria Bello, Richard Dreyfuss, and Danny Huston. 8 p.m. "The Better Angels" (A.J. Edwards, 2014). Stunning black-and-white Terrence Malick-esque drama that chronicles Abraham Lincoln's early years. 8 p.m.

June 7:

At the Michigan Theater: "Finding Mr. Right" (Xiao Lu Xue, 2013). Rom-com about a young Chinese woman who comes to Seattle to deliver her wealthy lover's child in an illegal "maternity mansion" and must eventually choose between a lonely upscale life and a modest existence defined by love. Mandarin & English, subtitles. Noon. Finding Mr. Right is also shown at MLB June 8 (see below). "UMMAH Among Friends" (Cüneyt Kaya, 2013). A world-weary undercover cop in Berlin is welcomed into a Muslim community and witnesses the racial profiling of his new friends. German, Turkish, & Arabic; subtitles. 2 p.m. "Life Feels Good." See June 6 listing above. 2:30 p.m. "Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound" (Marlon Johnson, Denis Scholl, & Chad Tingle; 2014). Documentary about the burgeoning soul scene in Miami in the mid-1960s. 4:30 p.m. "The Case Against 8" (Ben Cotner & Ryan White, 2013). Documentary about California's case to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage. 4:45 p.m. "Hellion" (Kat Candler, 2014). Heartbreaking drama about a motocross-obsessed teen whose antics contribute to Child Protective Services taking his brother away to live with an aunt. Juliette Lewis. 7 p.m. "To Be Takei" (Jennifer Kroot & Bill Weber, 21014). Documentary about George Takei, the immensely popular 76-year-old actor-turned-activist who is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. 7:30 p.m. "Obvious Child" (Gillian Robespierre, 2014). Drama about a popular Brooklyn comedian whose perfect world goes topsy-turvy when her two-timing boyfriend dumps her. 9:30 p.m. "Attila Marcel." See June 6 listing above. 9:45 p.m.

At the State Theater: "OJ: The Musical" (Jeff Rosenberg, 2013). Comedy about an Ohio performer who makes it big in New York City and returns home to recruit friends and set up funds for his musical adaptation of Othello, based on the O.J. Simpson murder trial. 2 p.m. OJ: The Musical also shows June 8 (see below). "Paris or Perish" (Reem Kherici, 2014). Comedy about a Moroccan fashionista living in Paris who's deported back to North Africa to her less-than-glam family when her visa expires. French, subtitles. 4:30 p.m. Paris or Perish also shows June 8 (see below). "Coherence" (James Ward Byrkit, 2013). Cryptic sci-fi mystery about party guests who are discussing the significance of a comet that's passing near earth when Internet and phone service go out and glass begins to inexplicably shatter. 7:15 p.m. "The Dog" (Allison Berg & François Keraudren, 2013). Documentary about the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon. 9:30 p.m. "R100" (Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2013). Twisted dramatic comedy about a bored man who spices up his life at a bondage club. His world is threatened when sex workers start to insinuate themselves into his daily life. 11:30 p.m.

At MLB: "Lone Star" (John Sayles, 1996). Western film noir about a Texas sheriff trying to uncover a long-buried mystery in his small town. Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey. 2 p.m. "Borgman" (Alex van Warmerdam, 2013). Dark suburban fable about a vagrant who enters the lives of an arrogant aristocratic family and turns their lives into a psychological nightmare. Dutch & English, subtitles. 2:15 p.m. "The Sublime and Beautiful" (Blake Robbins, 2014). When tragedy strikes a family in suburban Kansas, the patriarch who once had it all has to reprioritize his life. The Sublime and Beautiful is also shown June 8 (see below). "A Touch of Sin" (Zhangke Jia, 2013). Drama inspired by 4 true stories of people who become victims of a society that regards them as little more than cogs in the capitalist wheel. 5 p.m. A Touch of Sin also plays June 8 (see below). "No Clue" (Carl Bessai, 2013). Inspired by the attention of a sexy femme fatale, a novelty salesman tries to help her find her brother but ends up stumbling from one life-or-death situation to another. 7:45 p.m. "The Congress." See June 6 listing above. 8 p.m.

June 8:

At the Michigan Theater: "Borgman." See June 7 listing above. 1 p.m. "War Story" (Mark Jackson, 2014). Drama about a war photographer with PTSD who sequesters herself in a Sicilian hotel after her terrifying experiences in Libya. Catherine Keener, Ben Kingsley. 1:15 p.m. "Detroit Voices Contest Winners." Screening of the top entries from the festival's Detroit Voices Short Film Competition. 3:30 p.m. "Rock the Casbah" (Yariv Horowitz, 2012). Drama set in the Gaza Strip in 1989 about Israeli soldiers who watch over Arabs in the occupied territories. Hebrew, subtitles. 4 p.m. See June 7 listing above. 6 p.m. "Hanna's Journey" (Julia von Heinz, 2013). Drama about a young German woman who travels to Israel on a mission to pad her resumé but ends up being challenged by a Holocaust survivor in ways she didn't expect. English, German, & Hebrew; subtitles. 6:30 p.m. "God Help the Girl" (Stuart Murdoch, 2014). Musical, with a score by the Scottish indie band Belle & Sebastian, about a depressive pixie girl who escapes from the hospital to pursue her dream of becoming a singer. 8:30 p.m. "Paris or Perish." See June 7 listing above. 9 p.m.

At the State Theater: "Obvious Child." See June 7 listing above. 3:15 p.m. "A Touch of Sin." See June 7 listing above. 5:30 p.m. "Consideration" (Amy Butler, 2014). Drama about a struggling young lawyer with massive student loan debt who resorts to selling herself on a "sugar daddy" dating website to a wealthy retiree. 8 p.m.

At MLB: "A Story of Children and Film" (Mark Cousins, 2013). Cinematic odyssey that compiles clips from 53 films to create a portrait of childhood in cinema. 2 p.m. "The Sublime and the Beautiful." See June 7 listing above. 2:15 p.m. "Memphis" (Tim Sutton, 2014). Drama about a strange and talented singer who drifts through Memphis in an effort to ignite a creative spark that will get him back on track. 5 p.m. "UMMAH Among Friends." See June 7 listing above. 5:15 p.m. "Finding Mr. Right." See June 7 listing above. 7:45 p.m. "White Shadow." See June 6 listing above. 8 p.m.

Various locations. Tickets $12 (Michigan Theater members, $9; festival passes, $75-$1000); book of 4 tickets, $40 (members, $30) in advance at and the Michigan Theater, and at the door. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

Zumba Fundraising Event: Peachy Fitness.

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Zumba (Dance for a Cause) to fight childhood Leukemia for a 7 years old boy, Jase Adams. 100% of the proceeds will go to ADAMS family!!!
When: June 5 from 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Thurston Elementary School
Cost: $10.00/adults & $5.00/kids
There will be drawings for FREE raffle prizes during the event. Come join us in this great cause to help a local family!
Thurston Elementary School, 2300 Prairie. $10 (kids, $5) suggested donation. 734-681-0477. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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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]
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 6:15 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor East Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Tues. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw. Free. 548-6299. [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

6th Annual Comedy Showcase: Chelsea District Library.

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June 5, 12, 19, & 26 Performances by nationally touring stand-up comics.

June 5: Kevin McPeek. Manic, wisecracking topical and observational humor by this 320-pound New York City-based monologist who likes to spar with his audience and regale it with visions of himself naked.

June 12: Dan DeCapua. Young Midwest comedian who specializes in stories and observations about marriage, raising kids, video games, and other features of middle-class life.

June 19: Sal Demilio. Popular Detroit comic who specializes in observational humor about Italian working-class culture.

June 26: Mark Knope. This Detroit native, a veteran of the national comedy circuit, is known for his impressions of celebrity voices and hilarious takes on the commonplaces of everyday life.

6:30-8 p.m., Katie's Corner, CDL lawn (held indoors in case of rain), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m. 

"A Taste of Australia Dinner": Gandy Dancer.

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5-course meal of Australian foods prepared by Landry's Restaurants (Sarasota, FL) corporate chef Joseph Mayhew. Paired with Australian wines. Menu: Australian rock lobster crudo, butter poached John Dory, Australian lamb chops, warm roaring 40s blue cheese mousse, Australian pavlova.
6:30-8 p.m., Gandy Dancer, 401 Depot. $85. Reservations required. 769-0592. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:45 p.m. (May), 6:30 p.m., (Apr. & June-Aug.), 6:15 p.m. (Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"As You Like It": U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.

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Every Thurs-Sun., June 5-22. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare's pastoral comedy centered on a noblewoman who must disguise herself as a man in order to win the world's respect. Set in the Forest of Arden, where a duke and his court are living in exile, the play features deft counterpointing of multiple plots, a swirl of romances, an extravagance of wit, and a canny assault upon the various socially sanctioned ways in which people inflict themselves upon one another. The action moves from spot to spot within the Arb, and director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather. Note: Space limited; come early. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m., but the line for tickets starts forming at 4:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (students with ID & youth age 17 & under, $10; seniors age 62 & older, $17; Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; kids under age 5, free) at the gate only. Limited number of golf carts available; first come, first served. 647-7600.
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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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Every Thurs., June 5-Aug. 14.Musical entertainment on 9 stages downtown, as well as Three Generations Entertainment with balloons and other activities for kids. The weekly musical program also includes an open mike stage. Also, Spontaneous Art interactive performance artists, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at dusk (except June 5) by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies at the Clocktower Commons.

June 5: Eric the Juggler, the Ann Arbor alt-country band Corndaddy, the Howell pop-rock singer-songwriter Mike Vial, the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord, the rock band Spin Cycle, the Stevie Wonder/Motown tribute band 1s & 2s, and the Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band Salmagundi.

June 12: Dee Dee the Clown and face painter Nikki Skrobot, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the local contemporary pop-folk singer-guitarist Travis Root, the southeast Michigan blues and classic rock quartet New Blues Street Project, the jazz ensemble The Veasey Trio, the local folk-rock Bob Skon Trio, and the local country-rock trio Cold Tone Harvest. Followed by Over the Hedge.

June 19: Eric the Juggler, the Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quintet Captain Ivory, the versatile local singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist Spencer Michaud, the Chelsea High Celtic music ensemble Chelsea House Orchestra, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band The Shelter Dogs, the rockabilly band Los Dingos del Norte, and the Pinckney classic rock party band Crossroads. Also, a demonstration of 1860s-era baseball by the Chelsea Monitor Base Ball Club. Followed by Big.

June 26: Dee Dee the Clown and face painter Nikki Skrobot, the Detroit Celtic rock quintet Bill Grogan's Goat, Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-singer Kari Holmes, the Chelsea garage blues band Bull Halsey, the country- and blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock duo Delbert Walling & Haley Smith, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, and the jazz vocal trio David C. Bloom & Friends. Followed by The Three Stooges.

July 3: Eric the Juggler, the Chelsea rock 'n' roll band Coconut Radio,the Johnny Cash tribute band Cash Is King, the Blissfield acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter Human Cannonball, the rock band Of One, the Ferndale Americana rock quartet Escaping Pavement, the Ann Arbor the blues duo Shari Kane & Dave Steele, and the Detroit pop-rock quintet Anthony Lai Band. Followed by Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

July 10: A2Magic magicians, the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra, the acoustic pop band CrossBow & the Roadshow, the Dexter contemporary country-rock singer-songwriter Kaylyn Pace, the South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the Chelsea acoustic Americana trio Mixed Nuts, the Howell country quartet Kari Holmes & the Modern Day Drifters, and the tap dance ensemble 2x4. Followed by Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

July 17: Dee Dee the Clown and face painter Nikki Skrobot, the local blues and blues-rock quintet blues band The Bluesmatics, the local rock band StormFront, the blues-rock duo Peter & Ralph, the Ypsilanti punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute band Devil Elvis, the local alternative rock band Liquid Plasma, the Detroit pop-rock quintet McLaughlin's Alley, and vintage band music by the Town Band. Also, a demonstration of 1860s-era baseball by the Chelsea Monitor Base Ball Club. Followed by The Book Thief.

July 24: A2Magic magicians, the pop & lock dancer Poppet, spray paint artist Grant Willis, the Tree of Life Dancing & Drumming Society, the Ypsilanti Chicago blues quintet Blues Dog Inquisition, the veteran local acoustic folksinger-guitarist Marty Kohn, the Manchester traditional Cajun music duo Sel de Terre, the jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace, and the Westland country and blues ensemble Freddy Keys Band. Followed by Hotel for Dogs.

July 31: Eric the Juggler, the veteran Ann Arbor Cuban jazz ensemble Trio Tumbao, the Ypsilanti rock quartet The View, the acoustic blues and folk musician Ian Stewart, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the U-M student vintage pop a cappella ensemble Harmonettes, the Ypsilanti alternative rock band Arbor Reign, and the local folksy Americana trio Ebb Tide. Followed by We Bought a Zoo.

Aug. 7: Dee Dee the Clown and face painter Nikki Skrobot, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the local country-rock trio Cold Tone Harvest, Jackson singer-songwriter James Muto, the Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band Salmagundi, the country- and blues-rock band Skye Hilliam & Drake, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band The Shelter Dogs, and the rock band Of One. Followed by The Sound of Music.

Aug. 14: Eric the Juggler, the South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette, the Ferndale Americana rock quartet Escaping Pavement, the local acoustic pop-rock and folk-rock trio Old Friends, the local folk-rock Bob Skon Trio, and the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra. Followed by Star Trek: Into Darkness.

6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145, 433-2787.
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ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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Ann Arbor Go Club.

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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. [map]
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Saline Main Street Summer Music Series: Saline Main Street.

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A summertime favorite, Saline's Summer Music Series is a family-fun street party everyone from 2 to 102 can enjoy! Come out and revel in the warm summer evening while listening to cool live music under the stars. Activities for the kids presented by Two Twelve Arts Center! You can even enjoy the entertainment while dining outside at local restaurants serving dinner al fresco!
South Ann Arbor Street, Saline. Free. 734 316-2119.
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Weekly Ecstatic Transformational Dance: Caryn Simon.

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SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance is a dynamic movement practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection, and community. This practice facilitates deep and unending explorations, moving the dancer beyond self-imposed limitations and isolation into new depths of creativity and connection. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. When we practice SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance, we learn to creatively express aggressiveness and vulnerability, emotions and anxieties, edges and ecstasies. It reconnects us to cycles of birth & death and hooks us into humanity and the spirit of all living things. Within the group context we create connection and community and hone our instincts and our intuitions. We are made up of all walks of life - every culture, religion, race, gender, age and sexual preference are welcome.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103, suite 22. $15. 734-646-1351. [map]
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"Emerging Writers: Breaking into the Publishing World": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local young adult fiction writer Lara Zielin and short story writer Margaret Yang discuss the basics of the submission process as well as the nuts and bolts of contracts, advances, and how writers get paid. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Zielin and Yang host an open house for writers to connect with each other and/or work on their projects on June 19.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3334 Traver at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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"Frank Lloyd Wright Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. 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.
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"Take a Hike!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A city natural area preservation staff naturalist leads a hike through the Argo Nature Area to hike the trails through 2 types of woods, basswood and willow in the southern half and black oak and shagbark hickory (and spring wildflowers) to the north.
7-8:30 p.m., meet in the parking lot north of Argo Canoe Livery, 1055 Longshore Dr. (north off Moore from Broadway at Maiden Lane). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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The Grand Slambovians: The Ark.

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Popular folk-rock quartet from the Hudson Valley-formerly known as Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams--whose music one fan described as sounding "as if David Bowie recorded Hunky Dory with the Band in the basement of Big Pink."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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"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, and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
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"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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"Kaleidoscope II": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Community Music School of Ann Arbor faculty members perform chamber works TBA. With trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, pianists Richard Carnes and Michal Harris, bassist Charlie Reisch, guitarist Evan Veasey, cellist Kasia Bielak-Hoops, and saxophonists Ella Campbell and Mark Kieme. Proceeds go toward the AAPS's Cooperative Outreach Music Program.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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"Little Shop of Horrors": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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June 5-8. Brodie Brockie directs local actors in Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's perennial favorite, a darkly funny mock-Faustian musical about a nerdy clerk toiling in a skid row flower shop who makes the fatal decision to adopt an ill-tempered carnivorous plant. Stars Dan Clair, Amanda Burch, Mark Bernstein, Jared Hoffert, Matthew Kurzyniec, Rob Roy, Charlotte Prenevost, Jennifer Burks, and Linzi Bokor.
8 p.m. (June 5-7) & 2 p.m. (June 8), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $13; Thurs., $19) in advance at & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.