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Calendar of Events

Friday, June 13, 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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 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

RUMMAGE SALE: St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

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St. Francis of Assisi Parish RUMMAGE SALE
2270 E. Stadium Blvd in the School Gymnasium
Wednesday June 11 9:30AM-6PM
Thursday June 12 9:30AM-6PM
Friday June 13 ($3 a bag) 9:30AM-11:30AM
Clothing, jewelry, toys, housewares, electronics, books and more.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 2270 E. Stadium Blvd. (734)769-2550. [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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 11 a.m.  Free! 

The Sheer Genius Wacky Science Show!: Dexter District Library.

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More than just whiz, bang, poof and pop, Dr. Science puts science in the hands of volunteers from the audience. There's plenty of laughter with a focus on science using everyday objects. Dr. Science makes the Scientific Method fun and easy to understand. This 45 minute program for all ages will be followed by refreshments at the Farmers Market.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.  Free! 

Carousel Acres Petting Farm: Dexter District Library.

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Following the Summer Reading Program Kick-off, Carousel Acres Petting Farm will be at Farmers Market with a miniature horse, donkey, goats, sheep, an alpaca, a calf, bunnies and ducks for children to meet, feed and pet. An animal caretaker will be available to answer questions and share interesting facts about these wonderful animals.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. [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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 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movies at the Center: Chelsea Senior Center.

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Every Fri. except last Fri. of each month and Nov. 21. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

Oct. 24: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton, 1948). Comic horror flick about 2 freight handlers who receive a package from Europe containing the remains of Frankenstein's monster and Dracula.

Nov. 7:Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Classic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as a pair of star-crossed lovers during WW II.

Nov. 14: Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947). Heartwarming comedy about an amiable old man working as a department store Santa who ends up in court on trial for insanity when he tells a skeptical young girl that he's the real thing. Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara.

Dec. schedule TBA at

12:30 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [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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 4:30, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Words and Pictures": Michigan Theater.

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(Fred Schepisi, 2013). Rom-com about a flamboyant English teacher and a stoic art teacher whose rivalry at an upscale prep school culminates in a competition decided by the students. Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche.
Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, [map]
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 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 13-July 6. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent and other activities TBA. Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: The Sun Messengers (9:30 p.m.), a popular, versatile 10-piece ensemble from Detroit that plays everything from Latin and African dance music to blues and rock. Opening acts are Midland power-pop singer-songwriter Brett Mitchell (5 p.m.), singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Dupont (6:15 p.m.), and Tumbao Bravo (7:30 p.m.), a local septet, led by saxophonist and flutist Paul VornHagen and percussionist Alberto Nacif, that plays Cuban jazz standards and originals. The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by dancing to music spun by DJ Robert Lux (age 21 & over only). The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 14, 15, 18, 20-22, 24, 26, & 28 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. 994-5999.
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 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

14th Annual Green Fair: Office of the Mayor.

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Displays of alternative-fuel vehicles, renewable energy, green building materials, solar energy installations, and other energy conservation products and practices. A Green Commute expo includes information and displays about alternative transportation options. Also, a variety of hands-on kids activities, birds of prey from Leslie Science & Nature Center, a storm drain chalk art competition, and information booths with local environmental nonprofits and companies that participate in the county's "Waste Knot" waste reduction and recycling program. Live music by Corndaddy, a veteran local alt-country band led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast.
6-9 p.m., Main between William and Huron. Free. 794-6161, ext. 41602.
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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.
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. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m. 

Restorative Yoga Class: The Yoga Space.

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Yoga can be used to help rest, restore and rejuvenate yourself. The poses done in this class help you learn about underlying tension and stress so that you can begin to let go. Many of the poses are done in a supportive manner (lying over a bolster to help open the chest for instance). At the end of class you should feel quiet, rested and recovered from the work week and ready for the weekend. For students with at least a session of Iyengar yoga. Please pre-register.
The Yoga Sapce, 180 Little Lake Dr #1, 48103. $20. 734-622-9600. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

"Chocolate & Cheese Take Two": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemongers and chocolatiers offer taste samples of sweet and savory pairings.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-0500. [map]
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 6-9 p.m. 

"Kidz Night Out in Ann Arbor": Bricks 4 Kidz.

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All kids ages 5-12 invited for a variety of craft activities, games, challenges, and open play using motorized Lego sets. Also, a Lego-themed movie. Pizza, dessert, juice & water.
6-9 p.m., Bricks 4 Kidz, Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $30 ($25 for siblings). 719-0303. [map]
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 6-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Vintage Gaming Night": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to play games from the AADL collection of vintage video games. Also, a Speed Run mini tournament with prizes.
6-8:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

AcroYoga Jam: AcroYoga Ann Arbor.

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All skill levels welcome. Learn some basics plus good spotting techniques. Work on more advanced asanas, or bust out your new routine! Come with a partner or match up with a partner there.
Bring a Yoga mat if you have one. As with any physical activity or Yoga class, don't eat for at least two hours beforehand.
Suggested donation: $10.00/per person at the door.
Look for the yellow donation can :-)
Be prepared to laugh and have fun.
These jams are fun and informal and not meant to take the place of formal AcroYoga classes now available in Ann Arbor.
The Jewish Community Center is located off Stone School road between Ellsworth and Eisenhower. We usually meet in the gym but due to availability, check in at the reception desk for Jam location.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. Donation. 810.599.6881. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Date Night: Up North Camping Trip!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Up North Camping Trip menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Blueberry Orange Muffins a la Morning Campfire; Foil Packet Camembert Fondue with Crusty Charred Baguette; Mexicali Stuffed Onions with Black Beans, Kale, and Avocado; Fire Roasted Corn on the Cob with Lime and Cilantro Butter; Chocolate and Almond Stuffed Banana Boats with Home Made Ice Cream. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Series.

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Every Fri. (except Aug. 8), June 13-Aug. 29.

June 13: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

June 20: Randy Brock Group. Detroit blues trio.

June 27: From Grace. Jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble. Opening act is The Detroit Secrets, a veteran Detroit pop-rock quartet.

July 4: The Kerfuffles. This local kids music ensemble presents a program of musical stories, with lots of sing-alongs and dancing.

July 11: Men in Black. Local classic rock band.

July 18: Sexy Monster. Veteran Detroit funk-rock fusion dance quintet fronted by vocalist Debbie Porchiran.

July 25: Kaylyn Pace. Contemporary country-rock singer-songwriter from Dexter who has a forthcoming CD.

Aug. 1: The Invasion. British Invasion cover quartet from Redford.

Aug. 15: Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies. Local roots-rock quartet, led by former Starlight Drifters singer-guitarist Mack, whose repertoire includes originals and rockabilly, early rock 'n' roll, western swing, and hillbilly bop covers.

Aug. 22: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

Aug. 29: Jake Reichbart Trio. Jazz ensemble led by veteran local guitarist Reichbart.

6:30-9:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.
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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 p.m.  Free! 

"Writers Read": Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Local writers TBA read from their books.
6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., suite M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. [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; and at the door. 487-1221.
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 7 p.m. 

"The Sound of Music": Arbor Opera Theatre.

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June 13, 14, & 20-22. This polished local opera company performs Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved 1959 musical about a sprightly tyro nun who becomes a governess to a widowed navy captain's seven children. When the captain's pro-Nazi fiancee tries to oust her, the ensuing spat bears unexpected results. Highlights of the popular score include "So Long, Farewell," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "My Favorite Things," and the poignant "Edelweiss."
7 p.m. (June 13, 14, & 20) & 2 p.m. (June 14, 21 & 22), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $22-$40 (seniors, $15; kids, $10) in advance at & by phone. 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Numerology": Older Lesbians Organizing.

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All lesbians who identify as older invited to join a discussion.
7:30 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Ct. Free. 995-9867. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Taming of the Shrew": Rudolf Steiner High School of Ann Arbor.

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June 12 & 13. Rudolf Steiner seniors present Shakespeare's earthy comedy about the battle of the sexes. The action centers on a wealthy merchant's efforts to arrange the marriage of his feisty, violent-tempered daughter. With one of Shakespeare's most absorbingly suspenseful plots, The Taming of the Shrew also features amazing exploits, lots of high-spirited impersonations, sharp wits, and even sharper tongues.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. $5 (students, $3; family, $12). 669-9394. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Pat McGann: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 13 & 14. (Note new location.) The creator and host of the Emmy-nominated Chicago PBS show The Chicago Stand-Up Project, McGann is known for his engaging, quick-witted autobiographical storytelling. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 reserved seating in advance, $13 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Fallen Angels": PTD Productions.

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June 12-15 & 18-21. Liz Greaves-Hoxsie directs local actors in NoŽl Coward's charming, witty comedy, set in the late 1920s, about 2 best friends who consecutively had an affair with the same man prior to getting married to their respective husbands. The action takes place over a weekend in which the lover-a dashing Frenchman-comes back to town while the 2 women's husbands are away on a golf trip. Stars Lisa Coveney, Liam Weeks, Walburga Zahn, Nathan Corliss, Heather Glidden, and Steven White.
8 p.m. (except June 15 & 18, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at and by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

"Full Moon Paddle": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to paddle around Gallup Pond guided by the moon and watch for deer, muskrats, herons, and other wildlife. Bring a flashlight.
8-11 p.m., Gallup Park canoe livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). $18 (includes canoe or kayak). 794-6241. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Phèdre": Carriage House Theatre.

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June 12-15 and 19-21. Trevor Maher directs local actors in Ted Hughes' translation of Jean Racine's severe 17th-century tragedy based on the Greek myth. The dying queen Phaedra falls in love with her stepson Hippolytus, who in turn is enamored of the forbidden beauty Aricia.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441, [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Last Romance": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun. (except June 26), June 12-Aug. 30. Michelle Mountain directs professional actors in Tony-winning playwright Joe DiPietro's heartwarming 2008 comedy about an opera-loving widower named Ralph who falls for a woman at a dog park and pursues her in spite of her reluctance to start a relationship. As Ralph's romance blossoms, his acerbic sister (and roommate) gets in the way. Cast: Andrew Buckshaw, Ryan Dooley, Franette Liebow, Priscilla Lindsay, and Will Young. Note: The July 11 & Aug. 8 performances include a talkback.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 12-19 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & 28 (Sat. eve.). After June 19: Tickets $18.50 (July 11 & Aug. 8 only), $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & $42 (Sat. eve.) in advance at, and by phone. 433-7673. [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. 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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