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Sunday, June 22, 2014






 
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 7:30 a.m. 

"Tri Goddess Tri": Epic Races.

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All women invited to compete in a mini-sprint (quarter-mile swim, 10.7-mile bike ride, and 1.5-mile run) or sprint (half-mile swim, 10.7-mile bike ride, and 3-mile run) triathlon or a duathlon (10.7-mile bike ride sandwiched between 1.5- and 3-mile runs). Awards.
7:30 a.m., Portage Lake Beach, List Rd. at Seymour Rd., west off Mount Hope Rd. north from I-94 exit 150, Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $82 (USAT members, $77) in advance by June 1 at epicraces.com; $99 (USAT members, $87) after June 1. $10 annual park pass required. 531-8747.
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 9 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

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This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Blast Off Vacation Bible School: Dixboro United Methodist Church.

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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. dumc@dixborochurch.org www.dixborochurch.org [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Democratic Ride.": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun. Pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Relay for Life of Ann Arbor: American Cancer Society.

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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. sam.lewis@cancer.org relayforlife.org/annarbormi [map]
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 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun. Talk by Gelek Rimpoche, an incarnate lama from Tibet who lives in Ann Arbor.
10-11 a.m., Jewel Heart Center, 1129 Oak Valley Dr. (between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"To the Top of the Kame": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner.
10 a.m.-noon, Park Lyndon South (west parking lot), North Territorial 15 miles west of US-23. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

2nd Annual Chelsea History Fest: Chelsea Area Historical Society.

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The Chelsea Monitors vintage baseball club, which offers a hands-on clinic at 11 a.m., plays an exhibition vs. Scrub 9, a team of Chelsea businessmen and community members, at noon and a regularly scheduled game vs. Dexter Union at 2 p.m. The Chelsea Merries, an all-women vintage baseball club, makes its debut with a scrimmage sometime during the festival. Also, a pre-1940s car show, historical displays and demos, including wool spinning, weaving, chair caning, and more. Old-fashioned kids games, little train rides for kids, and strong man & strong woman contests. Bring a picnic lunch; baked goods, snacks, & beverages on sale.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Timbertown Park, off Sibley Rd., just north of downtown Chelsea. Free. 476-2010.
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Mature Singles: First Presbyterian Church.

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Every Sun. A weekly program open to all single adults interested in contemporary Christian topics, new ideas, personal growth, and social and physical activities.

May 4: "Worshipping God with Hands," a participatory presentation by First Presbyterian resident minister Kristin Riegel on the religious use of art, music, and dance.

May 11: "Jesus the Refugee," a talk by resident minister Lal Rodawla on the conditions of refugees around the world.

May 18: Showing of volume 5 of The Long Search, Ronald Eyre's 1977 BBC film series on world religions. In this episode, he visits Egypt to explore the experience of Islamic worship.

May 25: All invited for conversation.

June 1: First Singles member Marcy Toon reviews Happiness in a Storm, Wendy Schlessel Harpham's self-help book based on her experiences as a survivor of chronic lymphoma.

June 8: Church's BBQ picnic on the Church grounds. Reservations required.

June 15: Marcy Toon reviews Giving It All Away: The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle, retired U-M Law Library director Margaret Leary's book about the problems that jeopardized Cook's 1930 gift that financed the U-M law quad.

June 22: Screening of Art of Faith, a DVD documentary exploring outstanding examples of the art and architecture of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

June 29: Marcy Toon discusses the chapters on Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush, and Beth Moore in Were It Not for Grace: Stories from Women after God's Own Heart, Leslie Montgomery's collection of essay about 12 high-profile contemporary women.

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11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church Curtis Room (except as noted), 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466, ext. 43. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.
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 Noon-5 p.m. 

37th Annual Historic Home Tour: Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation.

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Tours of six private homes from mid-19th-century homes to late-1800s Italianate homes.
Noon-5 p.m., various Ypsilanti locations. Tickets $10 in advance at Downtown Home & Garden and Norton Flowers and Gifts in Ann Arbor and in Ypsilanti at Haab's Restaurant, Salt City Antiques, Materials Unlimited, and other locations; $12 day of tour in front of the Ypsilanti Historical Museum on N. Huron. 483-5688.
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 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

Critter House Open Hours: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Every Sun. All invited to watch frogs, turtles, snakes, rabbits, and more as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes. LSNC animals include both species native to the region and exotic animals that have been donated.
Noon-3 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Parade of Homes": Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.

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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.
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 12:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Read Comics!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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]
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 1-6 p.m.  Free! 

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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Crooked Lake Hike/Swim: Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Guest hike leader Barry Lonik leads a hike. Followed by a swim the lake (if you wish).
1 p.m., meet at Zingerman's Roadhouse (2501 Jackson Rd.) to carpool. Free. 677-0823.
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Gemini: Ann Arbor Senior Center Concerts in the Park.

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The veteran, nationally known local duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits offers sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about life's simple pleasures, all performed with a boisterous sense of fun on more than a dozen instruments. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, & a picnic lunch. Held indoors in case of rain.
1-2:30 p.m., Burns Park adjacent to Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free; donations accepted. 794-6250. [map]
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 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

Therapeutic Riding, Inc. 30th Anniversary Open House and Farm Tour: Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

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The Harold and Kay Peplau Therapeutic Riding Center - Home of Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (TRI), a 100% dedicated equine assisted activities facility located at 3425 East Morgan Road, invites the community to TRI's 30th anniversary open house and farm tour on Sunday, June 22, 2014, from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. The open house offers a great opportunity to learn about TRI's services, tour the farm, meet the horses, and take part in other fun activities. Open house activities include:
• Guided tours of the horse farm/facility and a chance to meet TRI's horses.
• Petting farm, face painting, and interactive TRI maps for the kids.
• Riding demonstrations at 2:00 pm and 4:15 pm
• "The Eagle Will Fly" from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - presented by Leslie Science and Nature Center
Cost of the event is free and is open to the public. For more information, visit http://therapeuticridinginc.org.
The Harold and Kay Peplau Therapeutic Riding Center - Home of Therapeutic Riding, Inc., 3425 East Morgan Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. info@therapeuticridinginc.org http://www.therapeuticridinginc.org/ [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Tour: Kempf House Museum.

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Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it at the turn of the 19th century.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snascks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

May 3: 16th Annual Garlic Mustard Weed-Out Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., in several parks, including Argo Nature Area (meet at Argo Canoe Livery, 1055 Longshore), Bird Hills Nature Area (meet at the Bird Rd. entrance), Cedar Bend (meet at the Island Park parking lot, Island Dr., off Maiden Ln.), Hannah Nature Area (meet at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller), Huron Parkway Nature Area (meet in front of 3470 Woodland off E. Huron River Dr.), Miller Nature Area (meet at the Arborview entrance just east of Wildwood), & Leslie Woods (meet at the entrance at the end of Upland north off Plymouth).

May 10: Barton Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. from Bird Rd. via Newport Rd.) to help remove spotted knapweed, bittercress and other invasive species, or Greenview Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, across from Barnard Rd. on Greenview Rd. off Scio Church Rd. west of S. Seventh St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails, and Black Pond Woods (1-4 p.m., meet in the Leslie Science Center parking lot, 1831 Traver Rd.) to help remove invasive shrubs.

May 17: Furstenberg Nature Area Native Plant Garden (noon-3 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to join master gardener Aunita Erskine for her annual spring cleanup and botanical walk.

May 18: Bluffs Nature Area (noon-3 p.m., meet in front of 220 Sunset) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and other spring invasives.

June 7: "National Trails Day." Help maintain trails at Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard), Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.), Oakwoods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance off Dunwoodie off Kilburn Park Cir. from Green Rd. east of Nixon Rd.), and Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot on Dixboro just north of Plymouth).

June 14: Furstenberg Nature Area Native Plant Garden (noon-3 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to help weed it. Also, the park steward, master gardener Aunita Erskine, talks about the native plants, including many prairie plants, it contains.

June 22: Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Sunset Rd. at the end of Brooks St.) to remove buckthorn, honeysuckle, and other invasive plants.

July 12: Barton Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. from Bird Rd. via Newport Rd.) to help remove spotted knapweed, bittercress, and other invasive species, or Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Beechwood entrance off Sunset just north of M-14) to remove invasive plants such as bittercress, dame's rocket, and spotted knapweed.

July 26: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help remove bittercress, Canada thistle, and other invasives.

July 27: Furstenberg Nature Area Native Plant Garden (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to help remove invasive plants.

Aug. 9: Furstenberg Nature Area Native Plant Garden (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to help weed it and learn about the native plants it contains from the park steward, master gardener Aunita Erskine, or Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. from Bird Rd. via Newport Rd.) to help remove knapweed, bittercress, and other invasive plant species.

Aug. 17: Miller Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Arborview, just east of Wildwood off Miller) to help clear the trails and spread woodchips. Bring a plastic sled to help with the woodchip hauling.

Aug. 23: Stapp Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the AADL Traverwood Branch parking lot, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.) to help remove invasive plants.

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Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docents lead tours of the UMMA collection, with themes based on their interests.
1 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 1-7 p.m. 

"Miracoco": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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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.
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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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]
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 1:15, 4, 6:30, & 8:30 p.m. 

"Fading Gigolo": Michigan Theater.

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(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]
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 1:30 p.m. 

Summer Classic Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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June 22 & 24: The Muppets Take Manhattan (Frank Oz, 1984). Musical comedy in which Kermit discovers why they say there's a broken heart for every light on Broadway. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy.

June 29 & July 1: All about Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950). This multi-Oscar-winning film features Bette Davis in her greatest role as an aging Broadway diva who's clawed her way to the top, only to be threatened by a fan-turned-parasite. With Anne Baxter, George Sanders, and Celeste Holm, and a cameo by Marilyn Monroe.

July 6 & 8: A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester, 1964). The Beatles' joyously exuberant film debut, a visually arresting, slapstick version of two typical days in their life. Features "Can't Buy Me Love," "And I Love Her," and other early Beatles songs.

July 13 & 15: A Day at the Races (Sam Wood, 1937). The Marx Brothers enter a horse in a steeplechase to win enough money to save from financial ruin a sanitarium where Groucho, a horse doctor illicitly employed as the director, has his eyes on one of the patients, a wealthy hypochondriac.

July 20 & 22: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977). Spellbinding classic about alien contact. Richard Dreyfuss.

July 27 & 29: Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939). The classic film musical based on L. Frank Baum's beloved children's fantasy. Judy Garland.

Aug. 3 & 5: Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955). Classic drama of teen alienation. James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus.

Aug. 10 & 12: Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954). The original Japanese version of this sci-fi horror classic about a mutant dinosaur resurrected by repeated nuclear tests in the Pacific.

Aug. 17 & 19: Lolita (Stanley Kubrick, 1962). Adaptation of Nabokov's unsettlingly comic novel about a middle-age professor smitten by a sexually precocious 14-year-old girl. James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers.

Aug. 24 & 26: Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954). Classic film about a 16th-century village that hires professional tough guys to stave off marauding bandits. The inspiration for The Magnificent Seven. Japanese, subtitles.

Aug. 31 & Sept. 2: Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979). Classic satire about a man whose life parallels that of Jesus.

Sept. 1: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Enduring sentimental favorite about a pair of star-crossed lovers in Nazi-occupied North Africa during WW II. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman.

Sept. 7 & 9: Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994). Cult noir comedy about a couple of hit men. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman.

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1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. ( Mon. & Tues.), Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]
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 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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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.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.
2-4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-5763.
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Open Archery at Ringstar: Ringstar Studio.

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Come practice your precision bow shooting at Open Archery, courtesy of Ring of Steel. Beginners and experienced archers alike are invited to take advantage of a short indoor range compete with catch nets and foam targets. Recurve bows are available for rent. $5 includes 6 arrows for use, or bring your own. Recurve bows only, with a draw weight of 45 lbs or less.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $5. diane@a2ringstar.com http://a2ringstar.com [map]
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 2 p.m. 

Relay For Life Cornhole Tourney: American Cancer Society - Team.

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Relay for Life team doing a Cornhole (bean bags) fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Date is Sunday June 22 @ 2 pm to register. Play will be begin roughly at 2:50 pm. There are two divisions: Social and Competitive.
You can register at the event or online at www.semicornhole.com on Events page.
Arbor Brewing Microbrewery (Corner Brewery), 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti. Donation. $30 to $40 per team. semicornhole@gmail.com www.semicornhole.com [map]
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 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Solstice Ritual: Druids of Shining Lakes Grove.

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All invited to join local neopagans for this ritual honoring Bel and Danu, the primal father and mother deities. Also, potluck and raffle.
2-5 p.m., Cavallo Equestrian Centre, 2185 N. Harris Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 277-1897. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Design + Architecture": UMMA.

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June 1 & 22. Docent-guided tour of the new Design Gallery and the current exhibition of architectural designs by Robert Metcalf, a former U-M architecture dean, who's known for his mid-century modern houses.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Or,": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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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]
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 2 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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 2 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 muto.umich.edu & by phone. 763-TKTS. [map]
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 2-5 p.m. 

"Vibrational Intimacy: Discovering Your Personal Relationship with Healing Sound".

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Local musician Laurel Emrys performs harp, flute, and vocal music and discusses her Full Spectrum Harmonics theory of healing sound. With audience participation.
2-5 p.m., Location TBA. $30. Reservations required. info@LaurelEmrys.com, 761-7699.
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Megan Abbott: Nicola's Books.

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This Edgar Award-winning NYC writer, a U-M grad from Grosse Pointe, reads from The Fever, her new novel about the panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion that threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban town. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Cow's Eye Dissection": U-M Natural History Museum.

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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]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Light of Life": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Concert.

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Outdoor performance by guitarist and sitarist Robert Spalding Newcomb, keyboardist James Aikman, and multi-instrumentalist Ken Kozora. Bring a blanket to sit on. Held in the conservatory in case of rain.
3 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 647-7600. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Quiet Gravel Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun, June 8-July 20. 26-mile ride, at various paces, along roads west and north of town.
3 p.m., meet at 5972 Rollingwood Drive west off Zeeb Rd, south of Jackson Rd. Free. (248) 505-7067.
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 3:45, 6:15, & 8:45 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, michtheater.org. [map]
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 5-9 p.m. 

"Nifty 50 Anniversary Party": Orchard Hills Athletic Club.

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Swimming games, music, and dinner (cost TBA for dinner tickets).
5-9 p.m., OHAC, 2300 Yorktown Dr. $7-$10. ohacpool.org. [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: Los Gatos (8:30 p.m.), the local Latin jazz band led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the music of Cal Tjader, the late San Francisco vibes player who ignited the 1950s mambo craze. Opening acts are the local folk-inspired soul-pop musician Tom Butwin (5 p.m.), the accomplished local 13-year-old pop-folk singer-songwriter and ukulele player Magdalen Fossum (6 p.m.), and the New Jersey kiddie rock trio The O>matics (7 p.m.). Also, "Miracoco" (1 p.m.; see June 19 listing). The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by a screening of Despicable Me 2, the charming 2013 computer-animated comedy about a reformed supervillain who matches wits with another supervillain.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. 994-5999.
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569.
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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 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
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 6:45 p.m. 

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression.

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Depressed or anxious moods cloud the joy of experiencing ourselves as perfect and whole. With or without a diagnosis heal with breath work, yoga postures and imagery to balance moods and awaken inner joy. Certified Teacher.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Judy Collins: The Ark.

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Legendary pop-folk chanteuse with a glorious silvery voice who has remained a star for some 5 decades because of her intelligent musicianship and her impeccable taste in material, which in her case encompasses folk, rock, and musical theater.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $75 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]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom (Oct. 12-Dec. 7 & Dec. 21) and Pendleton Room (Dec. 14). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]
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 8 p.m. (Cancelled) 

MOMIX: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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(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.
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 8 p.m. 

"Chili Challis' UNclub Comedy Open Mike": Emergent Arts.

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May 4, 18, & 25 and every Sun. in June. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Challis's comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. Refreshments.
8 p.m., The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation. emergentarts.com, 985-0875. [map]
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