Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
7 a.m. (June-Aug.), 8:30 a.m. (Sept.), 9 a.m. (Apr., May, Oct., & Nov.) & 10 a.m. (Dec.-Mar.), meet at parking lot next to Chelsea Fire Station,, Chelsea. Free. 846-0604. [map]
Every Sat. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's and Pierce's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 994-6340 (Oct. 4), 663-6401 (Oct. 11), 761-1147 (Oct. 18), 429-4989 (Oct. 25), 274-6350 (Nov. 1), 996-9461 (Nov. 8), 761-9894 (Nov. 15), 761-1147 (Nov. 22), 223-6042 (Nov. 29). [map]
Every Sat., May-Oct. Live entertainment June-Sept., along with kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month, and , and occasional food demos and market basket giveaway. Also, every Wed. The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2:30-6 p.m., CCH overflow parking area adjacent to the U-M Family Practice building, near the South Campus Entrance off Old US-12), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.
June 7: Hum & Strum. Chelsea pop-folk trio. Also, "Connect with More Vegetable Varieties," a cooking demo with taste tests, kids recipes, and pottery painting.
June 14: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.
June 21: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.
June 28: Bob Skon. Local folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.
July 5: Ed Sugar. Veteran local R&B and blues saxophonist.
July 12: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.
July 19: Bliss. The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.
July 26: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge. Also, "Eat Better Basics: Fruit Reboot," a cooking demo with diabetic-friendly summer fruit recipes, tips for low-sugar lifestyles, and blood sugar testing.
Aug. 2: Hum & Strum. Chelsea pop-folk trio.
Aug. 9: Brad Stect. Acoustic pop covers by this Chelsea singer-guitarist.
Aug. 16: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.
Aug. 23: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads. Also, "Eat Better Basics: Healthy Heart," a cooking demo with samples of foods that promote heart health and blood pressure testing.
Aug. 30: Bliss. The local trio of singer-songwriter Laura Massaro, guitarist Craig Brann, and percussionist Don Allen performs an eclectic mix of pop, folk, and world music, including originals, covers, and improvisations.
Sept. 6: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.
Sept. 13: Bob Skon. Local folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.
Sept. 20: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.
Sept. 27: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.
Oct. 4: "Eat better Basics: Healing Foods," a cooking demo with samples of antioxidants and other healing foods and info on eating healthy to prevent cancer.
8 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [map]
Ready for Launch! Weekend Vacation Bible School "Blast Off" at Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Rd., Ann Arbor. Saturday June 21 9-11:30am (Registration at 8:45am) and Sunday June 22 9-11:30am. Preregister at www.dixborochurch.org, call 734-665-5632, or register in person at the Dixboro Farmers' Market on Friday June 20, 4-7pm.
Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Rd. Free. 734-665-5632. firstname.lastname@example.org www.dixborochurch.org [map]
"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.more >
"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.< less
In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. email@example.com www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
Every Sat. Teens ages 14-18 invited for a 20-mile ride to Dexter and back. Also, a mountain bike ride of 1-2 hours on dirt roads. Riders age 15 & under must be accompanied by a parent. All riders need a parent to sign a waiver at the first ride and wear a helmet. Bring a water bottle.
9 a.m., Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. Free. Preregistration required via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. aavc.org. [map]
June 14 & 21. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (June 14), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (June 21), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. email@example.com, 647-8528. [map]
Aglow International Transformation Team member Sally Rousseaux discusses her recent trip to the Philippines. Refreshments.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. (248) 437-9277. [map]
A get together for adults with ADHD and those who live with us. We talk about our experiences, trade information about how we're using our gifts and dealing with the challenges, and what it's like to interact with neuro-typicals. Low key and informal.
No pre-registration required, come down and have coffee with us.
Espresso Royale South Main, 2264 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734 478 7207. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - June 21
This class, offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Health Education Resource Center, is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, and much more. We recommend taking this class at the beginning of your third trimester. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 21 at the East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center; 4260 Plymouth Rd. Cost is $15 per person. For more information call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. Registration is required at: http:
East Ann Arbor Health Center, 4260 Plymouth Road. $15. 734-647-5645. email@example.com http:
At the apiary, we will go over major honey bee pests and pathogens and learn how to inspect the hive to monitor hive health and to determine the presence of pests. We will discuss diagnosis and best treatment options for sick hives. Rain date: Sunday, June 22nd. Class limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.
Leslie Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.
June 7 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., Rapids View picnic area): "First Casts in Fishing." All invited to try their hand at fishing. Pole rentals and bait available, or bring your own. No fishing license required this weekend only. $3.
June 21 (10 a.m.): "Amazing Amphibians." Display and discussion of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome. $3 per child.
July 12 (11 a.m.): "Kids Bug Hunt." Kids ages 2-10 invited to look for and learn about some of the insects that inhabit Hudson Mills. $5 (kids, $3).
July 13 (10 a.m.): "West River Trail Bike Hike." All invited to ride their bike on a trail along the Huron River, with stops to relax and learn about the park's varied habitats. $5 (kids, $3).
July 27 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "A Dog Day of Summer." All invited to bring their dog for training clinics, herding demos, doggie contests, tips from local vets, and more. $3 (dogs free).
Aug. 2 (1 p.m.): "Kids in the Creek." Kids invited to collect and observe some of the large and small inhabitants of the Huron River ecosystem. Wear boots and be prepared to get wet feet. $3 per child.
Aug. 9 (7:45 a.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Clean-Up." All invited to help clean up the Huron River by canoe. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch provided. FREE.
Aug. 16 (8 p.m.): "Bats in the Night Sky." Indoor talk about bats followed by a trek outside to look for bats living in the park. $5 (kids, $3).
Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Fly Fishing Festival." Representatives of Schultz Outfitters and Baliwicks Outdoors offer fly fishing demos and casting tips and discuss why the Huron River is great for fly fishing. Casting and tying contests. $3.
Various times, park activity center (except as noted), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
June 17-21. Midway rides, carnival games, concessions, tractor pulls, a petting zoo, a rodeo (June 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m.), an opening parade (June 17, 6:30 p.m.), live music, livestock shows, and more. For complete schedule, see manchesterfair.org.
5-10 p.m. (June 17), 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (June 18; rides open at 3 p.m.), 2-10 p.m. (June 19; rides open at 2 p.m.), 1-10 p.m. (June 20; rides open at 3 p.m.), & 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (June 21; rides open at 1 p.m.), Alumni Memorial Field, Vernon & Wolverine, Manchester. $5 admission. 428-8429. [map]
If CANCER has affected you or someone you love, you need to be at Relay for Life of Ann Arbor on June 21-22. Relay for Life is where everyone impacted by cancer can celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost and fight back against cancer.
Everyone in Ann Arbor is welcome and encouraged to check out all or part of this 24-hour family-friendly event. Entertainment offered throughout the day, including live bands, DJ music, kid's activities, walking laps, and ceremonies (10am, 2pm, 9:30pm). Special lap and free brunch for Cancer Survivors around10:30am. Teams will be raising extra donations with a variety of creative on-site fundraisers, so having a few dollars to enjoy a service, play a game or enjoy a snack while helping out the cause might be in order. Invite your friends!
Walk for someone you love, someone you know, if you have heard the words, "You have cancer, or if you never want to. See you there!
Washtenaw Community College Community Park, 4800 E Huron River Dr. Free. Donation. 206.491.4022. email@example.com relayforlife.org
The transition from maternity leave back to work can be daunting. This workshop is designed to help make it easier. You will have the opportunity to explore time management, family and couple care and childcare solutions. In addition to those topics, families will have a full hour with one of our board certified lactation consultants to discuss and strategize how to successfully maintain breastfeeding when you return to work.
Taught by a licensed social worker and board certified lactation consultant.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $40. 734-973-1014. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Family-oriented day of games and activities, including a bounce house, a dunk tank, mini golf, Skee-Ball, horseshoes, a potato sack race, and much more. Also, live music by the Kalamazoo rock 'n' roll band The Noise Birds and Scio Bros, a Scio Twp. duo of drummer Peter Bonisteel and guitarist-vocalist Aaron McCarthy, and music spun by DJ Shawn. Concessions and door prizes. Silent auction & bake sale. Proceeds benefit the Joel Cleary-Lusk Children's Educational Fund.
10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Fun Day Rentals LLC, 13003 Island Lake Rd. (east of Werkner between Stofer & Riker), Dexter Twp. $10 (kids, $5; family, $25) admission. Familyfunday.org, 368-0744. [map]
Every Tues. & Sat. All preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories. Followed by a science activity.
9-10 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
June 7 & 21. WCPARC naturalists lead nature programs for kids ages 4-6, including "Nature Hiking and Safety" (June 7, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial) and "Creepy Crawlies" (June 21, County Farm Park, Medford Rd. entrance).
10:30-11:30 a.m., various locations. Free; preregistration required. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
Every Tues. & Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for preschoolers (Tues.) and kids age 7 & under (Sat.). The Tues. storytime includes a craft activity.
10 a.m. (Tues.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. except July 5 & 6. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
June 21 & 22. All kids in grade 4 & up (and their parents) invited to meet more than 70 of the top area cartoonists and participate in workshops in making webcomics, writing and drawing minicomics, creating videogames, and much more. Also, Matthew Holm, one-half of the brother-sister team behind the popular Babymouse and Squish comics, is on hand to discuss and demonstrate his art throughout the weekend. Detailed schedule available at kidsreadcomics.org.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (June 21) & 12:30-6 p.m. (June 22), AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. in June. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Solar System Live (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the planets in our solar system (including dwarf planet Pluto), along with a short star talk to point out where the currently visible planets are found in the night sky.
Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.), is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
All seniors who attended a one-room or other country school invited to bring a dish to pass (and your own table service) for a potluck lunch at 1 p.m., along with any school photos or memorabilia you may have.
Noon, Bollinger Pond, 19430 Bush Rd., Chelsea. Donation for tent rental. Reservations required. 475-9242. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
June 20-22. Tour of new homes in Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
Noon-7 p.m. (June 20) & noon-5 p.m. (June 21 & 22), maps available at bragannarbor.com. $10 (kids age 16 & under, free). 996-0100.
Sale of a wide variety of books by regional authors. Also, demonstrations by comics artists and readings by various authors. The festival also includes several book crawls (see June 19 listing) and a writer's conference (June 21, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $100).
1-6 p.m., Washington between 4th & 5th Aves. Free admission. Aabookfestival.org. [map]
All invited to help LSNC develop its waystation for migrating monarch butterflies and learn how to make one at home. Also, games and other activities to learn about the monarch's life cycle.
1-3 p.m., Leslie, 1831 Traver Rd. $10 (family, $38). Preregistration required. 997-1553. [map]
June 21 & 22. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. This weekend's topic, "Good Vibes," features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
This veteran Michigan mystery writer introduces The Killing: Uncommon Denominator, her new novel based on the AMC series The Killing, and she discusses the difficulties and pleasures of writing an original novel using already formulated characters. Cake served. Signing.
2 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]
Coping with chronic illness or health challenges isn't easy, whether as a parent taking care of own health, or tending to a child's special needs. Yet in living with my own chronic illness, few things have nudged me more firmly toward growth and positive change in my life! Join me in this interactive workshop to get some tools & support, take a deeper look at what life is presenting us, and help each other make a new, creative commitment to embracing the gifts of our lives! Babes in arms are welcome. Hosted by Sarah Nuxoll of Welcome with Love: Emotional Wellness for Growing Families. For more info or to RSVP: welcomewithlovefamilycare.com or 734-709-3145.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main St. $15/person, or $20/couple. 734-709-3145. email@example.com www.welcomewithlovefamilycare.com [map]
Docent-led tour of Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, the current exhibit of Native American art. Followed by a chance to make art inspired by the exhibit. For families with kids ages 6-12.
2-4 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required at annarborartcenter.org or by phone. 926-4128. [map]
June 19-21 (different programs). Various writers read from their work at different restaurants and bars. Signings. See aabookfestival.org for updated schedule.
7-10 p.m. (June 19), 6-10 p.m. (June 20), & 2-10 p.m. (June 21), various locations. Free admission. firstname.lastname@example.org, 764-3166. [map]
A family-oriented afternoon of water games and contests. Prizes.
2-4 p.m., Fuller Pool, 1519 Fuller Rd. $5 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6236. [map]
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 muto.umich.edu & by phone. 763-TKTS. [map]
June 19-22. The wildly popular U.K. company Architects of Air returns to the Summer Festival with another enormous interactive sculptural luminarium. The delightful structure is filled with colored light-the effect of sunlight filtering through its brightly colored walls. A review from the Salisbury International Festival calls it "an immersive, inspiring, spiritual, and accessible space that transforms adults and children alike." It takes approximately 20 minutes to get through the structure. Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Note: Lines can be long for this popular event.
2:30-9 p.m. (June 19-21) & 1-7 p.m. (June 22), Palmer Field. Maps and walking directions available at the Top of the Park information booth (see 13 Friday listing). $10 (kids age 3 & under, free) at the door only. 994-5999. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
Effective irrigation practices can improve yields and quality, minimize water use, and protect natural resources. This unit introduces students to the basic concepts, tools, and skills used to deliver water effectively with drip and overhead irrigation.
Washtenaw Food Hub & Tilian Farm, 4400 Pontiac Trail. Free. $5. 734.222.3817. email@example.com http:
Experience the quiet waters of the Huron River with expert paddlers Ron Sell, Barry Lonik, and the HRWC staff. Each trip includes discussion regarding the river's water ecology, history, and unique features. Shuttle transportation is provided. Bring your own watercraft, gear, food, drinking water and appropriate clothing for the weather. Every paddler must wear a flotation device - bring your own.
Saturday, May 17
Bruin Lake Chain, birding focus
Saturday, June 21
Summer Solstice Paddle Island Park to Peninsular Dam
Thursday, July 24
Saturday, August 9
Full Moon Paddle Pickerel Lake to Crooked Lake
Sunday, September 21
Hudson Mills to Dexter-Huron Metropark (and biking back)
Multiple. $35 (members, $25). (734) 769-5123. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
(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, michtheater.org. [map]
(John Turturro, 2013). Turturro stars as a New York City flower seller who becomes a prostitute to help his cash-strapped friend, played by Woody Allen.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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: Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes (9:30 p.m.), a 9-piece R&B collective from Melbourne, Australia, led by the smoky-voiced Browne. Wearing sequined dresses with shiny bouffants, the group performs heart-wrenching doo-wop that's drawn comparisons to the music of Etta James, the Vandellas, and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. Opening acts are Detroit singer-songwriter Audra Kubat (5 p.m.), award-winning Grand Rapids singer-songwriter Ralston Bowles (6 p.m.), the Detroit rock 'n' roll trio The Kickstand Band (7 p.m.), and Horse Cave Trio (8 p.m.), a local group led by veteran singer-bassist Ron DeVore that plays blues-fueled rockabilly. Also, "Miracoco" (2:30 p.m.; see June 19 listing). The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by dancing to music spun by DJ Scout.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. 994-5999. [map]
Have you ever been amazed at a martial artist breaking a board with their bare hand? Well, Aegis Consulting can show you how easy it is! All people, ages thirteen and up, are invited to participate in a board breaking demonstration and tutorial on the UM diag on Saturday, June 21 from 6pm - 8pm. Minors (under 18 years of age) are required to have a parent present to participate.
UM Diag, S State St / E William St Interstection. Free. email@example.com www.aegisconsulting.org
Potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass; table setting & beverage provided), followed at 7 p.m. by a bonfire with singing, storytelling, and discussion. Bring a favorite outdoor game, verse, story, song, or bit of seasonal lore to share. Bring flashlights and long sleeves for after dark.
5:30-9:30 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7448 Clark Lake Rd. (off Oakridge from Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-0942. [map]
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. [map]
Jazz and blues by the husband-and-wife duo of celebrated Detroit trumpeter Marcus and veteran church-trained Detroit jazz vocalist Joan. With pianist Michael Malis, bassist Josef Deas, and drummer Gayelynn McKinney.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Warren Puffer Jones conducts a full orchestra and members of this polished local opera company in favorites from AOT's last 15 years.
7 p.m. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $22-$40 (seniors, $15; kids, $10) in advance at muto.umich.edu & by phone. 763-TKTS. [map]
Peter Baker and Robin Warner call contras to live music by Picks and Sticks. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded by a lesson at 7:30 p.m.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $7). 426-0241. [map]
June 20 & 21. (Note new location.) A South Lyon native and EMU grad who now lives in L.A., Heffron specializes in observations about the indignities and absurdities of life from the point of view of children and parents. A frequent guest on network and cable TV shows, Heffron won the 2nd season of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $25 reserved seating in advance & general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Lesbian folk-rock singer-songwriter from Boston known for her quirky sense of humor, nuanced emotional range, intense but enigmatic stage presence, and dexterous guitar work. "She appeared at times to be channeling Bruce Springsteen and Rickie Lee Jones simultaneously," said a Boston Globe critic in a review of one of her concerts.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & at theark.org. and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
(The June 22 how has been cancelled). This acclaimed offshoot of the modern dance troupe Pilobolus is known for its exuberant mix of dance, illusion, and gymnastics with unusual props and music. Tonight they perform Botanica, a celebration of the changing seasons set to a score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $45-$55 (kids age 11 & under, $15) in advance at tickets.a2sf.org, the Michigan Ticket Office, & by phone. 764-2538. [map]
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 showtix4u.com and by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
June 20-22. Wendy Wright directs local actors in Liz Duffy Adams' inventive neo-restoration comedy based on the life of the pioneering 1660s female playwright Aphra Behn. Desperate to get out of the spy trade, Behn has a shot at producing a play at one of only two London companies, if she can finish her play by morning despite interruptions from several love interests. Cast: Erin Dion, Morgan Brown, Rosemary Sullivan, and Sara Rose.
8 p.m. (June 20 & 21) & 2 p.m. (June 22), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $12 in advance by phone & at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
Dec. 20: Curtis Glatter host a screening of Lincoln,1> a multi-award-winning 2012 film starring Daniel Day Lewis. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; feel free to bring snacks for yourself or partake in the light snacks that are available.
Jan. 17: Screening and discussion of clips from Citizen King, a documentary that draws on input from a broad cross-section of people to examine to last five years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life in a humanistic, political, and spiritual contexts.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]
A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-11 p.m. or later (as long as the sky remains clear), Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!