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Friday, June 6, 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. vicki_etter@yahoo.com [map]

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 9 a.m. 

Healing Beads with Intention - Your Story: VEO Art Studio.

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Fridays 9am-12pm, June 6 - 13
Learn about the healing properties of semi-precious stone beads and create your own story bead charm in this 2-day class. The first day learn about and select your choice of healing beads based on your desire and intention. The second day you will have the opportunity to bring and add elements from your own life to create a finished project to be hung, worn or carried with you. All required materials and tools will be provided.
VEO Art Studio, 114 North Main Street, Suite 8, Chelsea. $62. 734-417-6326. info@veoartstudio.com http://register.veoartstudio.com [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 http://www.lsi.umich.edu/exploring-the-intersection-of-neuroscience-and-art
To learn more about the project, visit http://www.project-liaison.org/
Life Sciences Institute, 210 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. liahong@umich.edu http://www.lsi.umich.edu/exploring-the-intersection-of-neuroscience-and-art [map]

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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! 

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: mbgna.umich.edu/peony.
university of Michigan Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. Free. 734-647-7600. http://mbgna.umich.edu/peony/ [map]

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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Book Signing Fundraiser: Great Lakes Zoological Society.

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Join us for a very special event featuring Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stock, award-winning author of the children's nature books: 'Stranger In The Woods' & 'I Am Africa'. We invite you and your family to visit for a very special story-reading of 'I Am Africa', followed by an African animal-themed presentation and book signing. This event is free to the public. visit the author's website: www.strangerinthewoods.com
Great Lakes Zoological Society, 6885 Jackson Rd. Free. 248-685-2422. carlsams@carlsams.com www.strangerinthewoods.com [map]

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 11 a.m.-midnight 

8th Annual Ya'ssoo Greek Festival: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

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June 6-8 (different times). This popular lively festival features Greek food and pastries, including insanely good loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), karithopita (walnut cakes), and other delicacies. Live Greek music and dancing. Also, popular church tours, a Hellenic cultural exhibit, raffles with a grand prize trip to Greece, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, and more.
11 a.m.-midnight (June 6 & 7) & noon-6 p.m. (June 8), St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. (park at nearby Knox Presbyterian Church on Wagner to get a shuttle to the festival). $3 (free for kids age 12 & under, for anyone arriving before 4 p.m. on Fri. and before 1 p.m. on Sat., & all day Sun.). annarborgreekfestival.org, 332-8200. [map]

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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

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 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read in Your Backyard This Summer": Chelsea District Library Summer Reading Kickoff.

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Registration begins today for the children's, teen, and adult summer reading programs. Also, a variety of activities, including giant volleyball, an obstacle course, a construction/destruction zone, and other crafts.
Noon-2 p.m., CDL lawn, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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 p.m.-midnight 

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 cinetopiafestival.org 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.

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Various locations. Tickets $12 (Michigan Theater members, $9; festival passes, $75-$1000); book of 4 tickets, $40 (members, $30) in advance at ticketweb.com and the Michigan Theater, and at the door. cinetopiafestival.org. [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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 5-7 p.m. 

"Civil War Days at Gordon Hall": Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum.

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June 6: A concert of Victorian-era choral and instrumental music by performers TBA. Hotel Hickman BBQ dinner available for purchase. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

June 7 & 8: A Civil War Encampment featuring both military and civilian reenactors, visits by Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln and other living history characters, period activities for kids, presentations and storytelling by leading historians, artillery demos, and a Civil War skirmish reenactment. Members of Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War are on hand to trace the Civil War connections of your ancestors. Period music by the duo of Tim Twiss on banjo and Las Slomovits on bones.

June 7 only: Period fashion show and tea, and an interactive introduction by historical cricket by noted Milwaukee-based cricket historian Tom Melville, author of The Tented Field: A History of Cricket in America. Hotel Hickman lunch available for purchase,

June 8 only: Pie auction (with some items reserved for kids 12 & under), Hotel Hickman pig roast dinner available for purchase, and a baseball game using 1860s rules featuring the Dexter Union old-time baseball team vs. the Chelsea Monitors. Festivities close with taps and with recognition of local Civil War veterans.

There is also a "White House Dinner Experience" fundraiser ($135) with Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln on June 7 at 6:30 p.m.

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5-7 p.m. (June 6) & 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (June 7 & 8), Gordon Hall, Dexter-Pinckney Rd. at Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $10 (kids, $5) suggested donation; the June 7 concert is free. Free onsite parking. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dexters-Civil-War-Days/120328658145369. 426-2519.

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 5:30-8 p.m. 

Carnival: Carpenter Elementary.

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Carnival games, inflatables, laser tag, temporary tattoos, and T-shirt tie-dying (shirts provided). Concessions.
5:30-8 p.m., Carpenter, 4250 Central Blvd. Free admission; small charge for food & game tickets. 994-1214. [map]

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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ice Cream Social: Mitchell Elementary School.

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Obstacle courses, a rock wall, carnival games, and ice cream. Food available.
6-8 p.m., Mitchell, 3350 Pittsview. Free. 997-1216. [map]

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 6-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Haisley Elementary School.

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Inflatables, cakewalk, games, & face painting. Domino's pizza and ice cream available.
6-8 p.m., Haisley, 825 Duncan. Free admission (small charge for food & games tickets). 994-1937. [map]

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 6-9 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Eberwhite Elementary School.

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Bounce house, lucky ducky, bubbles, face painting, cakewalk, and more. Pizza, ice cream, and carnival treats available.
6-9 p.m., Eberwhite, 800 Soule. Free admission (charge for food & game tickets). 994-1934. [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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 6-8 p.m. 

"Country Fair": Allen Elementary School.

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Carnival games, inflatables, a balloon splash, and more. Prizes. Food available.
6-8 p.m., Allen, 2560 Towner Blvd. $5 (families, $20) admission. 997-1210. [map]

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 6 p.m. 

"Paint the Town": Ann Arbor Art Center Annual Fundraiser.

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Ritzy gala reception with hors d'oeuvres, champagne, and a guided tour of the Art Center's 32nd Annual Printmaking Exhibit. Followed at 7:30 p.m. by a "Vine and Dine" dinner at the Chop House and a live auction of rare wines and other items.
6 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Tickets $300 in advance only at annarborartcenter.org or by calling 994-8004. [map]

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 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [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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 7-9 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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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre Night: St. Thomas Lutheran Church.

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All invited to play.
7 p.m., Freedom Child Care Center, 8753 Pleasant Lake Rd. just west of Parker Rd. Free. 663-7511. [map]

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 7 p.m. 

"Sylvia": EMU Theatre Department.

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June 6-8 & 13-15. EMU drama professor Ken Stevens directs EMU drama students in A.R. Gurney's witty, endearing comedy about a couple whose 22-year-old marriage is in the doldrums when they adopt a stray dog that becomes the battleground for the tensions in their relationship. For audiences age 13 & up.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors age 60 & older, $12) in advance at the Convocation Center, the Student Center ticket office, the Quirk box office, and emutix.com; and at the door. 487-1221.

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 8 p.m. 

Alberto Nacif & Aguankó: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Conga and bongo player Nacif leads this Afro-Cuban jazz band in songs from its upcoming CD Invisible. With timbales player Jose Espinosa, pianist Rick Roe, trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, saxophonist Russel Miller, bassist Patrick Prouty, and trombonist Chris Smith.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

Alberto Nacif & Aguankó: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Conga and bongo player Nacif leads this Afro-Cuban jazz band in songs from its upcoming CD Invisible. With timbales player Jose Espinosa, pianist Rick Roe, trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, saxophonist Russel Miller, bassist Patrick Prouty, and trombonist Chris Smith.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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 emergentarts.com, and at the door. 985-0875. [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 a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]

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"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. except July 18 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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