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Friday, July 18, 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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 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

Ceramic Art & Printmaking Show & Sale: FOUND gallery.

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Darcy Bowden, local ceramic artist & printmaker will be at FOUND during the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. Expect POPS of color, with over one hundred pieces of Darcy's handcrafted pottery. Her style is modern, somewhat quirky and very functional.
Opening Reception is Tuesday, July 15, 4-8 p.m.
Meet the artist daily at FOUND. July 16-18, 3-7 p.m.
Clay Demo Paddling over stone. July 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Show ends Sunday, July 20 at 5:00.
FOUND, 407 N. Fifth Avenue. Free. 734-302-3060. info@foundgallery.com www.foundgallery.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Guided Tours: Waterloo Area Farm Museum.

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Costumed guides lead tours of the 10-room artifact-filled farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a recently refurbished blacksmith's workshop. The last tour begins at 4:15 p.m.
1-5 p.m., Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254. [map]
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 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

The Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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July 16-19. Our perennial tent city within a city houses more than 1,100 artists, from Michigan and around the nation, in 4 separate fairs.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (July 16-18) & 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (July 19). Free admission. TheAnnArborArtFair.com, (800) 888-9487.
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 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Art Fair Entertainment.

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July 16-19. Performances on 3 stages. Today:

Liberty at Ashley. Schedule TBA.

Willard at Church. Highly regarded veteran local folk-country singer-songwriter Jay Stielstra (11 a.m.). Bichini Bia Congo Dance Theater (12:45 p.m.). Local all-star rock & roll band the Vibratrons (1:30 p.m.). Jazz by the Andy Adamson Quartet (3 p.m.). Veteran local classic country and country-rock band the Nuke-a-Billies (5 p.m.). Detroit indie-rock singer-songwriter and American Idol season 12 contestant Keri Lynn Roche (7 p.m.). Local roots-rock band the Spragues (9 p.m.).

Ingalls Mall Fountain Stage. Bichini Bia Congo Dance Theater (10-11 a.m.). Stage fighting performance by actors from the Michigan Shakespeare Festival (11 a.m.-noon). Local pop, rock, & folk singer-songwriter Roy Scoutz (noon-1 p.m.). All-female Detroit acoustic pop-folk quintet We 3 & She (1-2 p.m.). Local folk-inspired soul-pop musician Tom Butwin (2-3 p.m.). Area acoustic duo the Keynote Sisters (3-4 p.m.). Ragtime xylophone music by The Xylotones (4-5 p.m.). Dancing by the Cottonwood Cloggers (5-6 p.m.). Ferndale singer-songwriter Amy Saari (6-7 p.m.).

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11 a.m.-6 p.m., downtown. Free. TheAnnArborArtFair.com.
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"The Terrible Misgivings of Dr. Frankenmuth": Acting Up Theatre.

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This Grayling (MI) theater company performs a family-friendly show about a mad scientist whose parents never took him to the library. Followed by an "Acting Up Improv Workshop" (2 p.m., preregistration required beginning July 1) for kids entering grade 5 & up.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 11:30 a.m., and 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium.

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Daily (except July 4), June 30-Aug. 31. Various different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in July) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.

The Little Star That Could (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. in Aug.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system. Stars to Starfish ((12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.

Light Years from Andromeda (2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda.

Hubble Vision (2:30 p.m. Sat.) is an audiovisual show about the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [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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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dog": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members and staff will be on hand to help fix things and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [map]
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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fridays after 5": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight with film screenings at 5 & 6:30 p.m. of several indigenous short and experimental films that explore the history of colonialism and its contemporary legacy. In conjunction with the current exhibit of Native American art, Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3.
5-8 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nothing But Bubbles: MSV.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR
Sparkling wines and chef inspired small bites at
The Chop House
Friday, July 18th
5:30pm-7:30pm

Space for this event is limited and will sell out quickly. Reserve your space today!
(888) 456-3463 (DINE)
Reservations required.
$39.95 per person, tax and gratuity included.
Credit card is required for reservation.
The Chop House Ann Arbor, 322 S. Main St. Free. $39.95 per person, tax and gratuity included.. (888) 456-3463. info@msventures.net [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nothing But Bubbles: Main Street Ventures.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR
Sparkling wines and chef inspired small bites at
The Chop House
Friday, July 18th
5:30pm-7:30pm

Space for this event is limited and will sell out quickly. Reserve your space today!
(888) 456-3463 (DINE)
Reservations required.
$39.95 per person, tax and gratuity included.
Credit card is required for reservation.
The Chop House Ann Arbor, 322 S. Main St. Free. $39.95 per person, tax and gratuity included.. (888) 456-3463. info@msventures.net [map]
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 6-10 p.m.  Free! 

34th Annual Festival at St. Joseph Church.

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July 18-20. This festival that features games, kids activities, inflatables, food, and live music kicks off July 18 with a performance by the sultry-voiced Detroit singer-songwriter Jill Jack (7 p.m., $10) and a "Teen Café" (6-10 p.m., $7, kids age 13 & up). July 19: a classic car show, a 5-km cross country race, New Orleans-style brass music by the Motor City Street Band (noon-2 p.m.), clown Paul Bohn (noon-3 p.m.), Wild Life Safari educational wild animal show (2-5 p.m.), Celtic music by the high school ensemble the Chelsea House Orchestra (2:30-4:30 p.m.), Eric the Juggler (4-6 p.m.), Irish American pop-folk singer-songwriter Kitty Donohoe (5 p.m.), Dancer's Edge dance team (6 p.m.), and the Ann Arbor R&B dance band Men in Black (7-10 p.m.). July 20: keyboardist Andrew Kapanowski (noon-12:30 p.m.), Broadway hits by Encore Cabaret Singers (12:30-2 p.m.), a Jazzercise demo (2-2:30 p.m.), Eric the Juggler (12:30-2:30 p.m.), the 67-member Blue Lake International Choir (2:30-3:30 p.m.), balloon art and a petting zoo by Colors the Clown (2:30-4:30 p.m.), and Ian Stewart, an acoustic blues & folk musician who plays solo (3:30-4:30) & with an R&B band (4:30-5:30 p.m.).
6-10 p.m. (July 18), noon-10:30 p.m. (July 19) & noon-6 p.m. (July 20), St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483.
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Laughter Yoga Circle: Ann Arbor Laughs.

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Join us for a 1/2 hour of laughing for no reason except to your health. Laughter yoga uses exercises to simply laugh, stretch and breathe for positive well-being. Laughter circle plays off everyone attending so we need your joyous spirit. Set yourself in a positive happy state and laugh the stresses of the week away.
Here is a link to the Medford Pavilion.
http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/cfp/county-farm-maps/county-farm-trail-map
The park driveway appears on Mapquest to be around 2225 Medford Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. Basically turn south at the Manchester light on Washtenaw (just east of the Washtenaw/Stadium fork). Follow it around and turn left on Medford Rd and follow the signs to the parking lot.
Medford Pavilion in County Farm Park, 2225 Medford Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-368-5237. diane82103@yahoo.com [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.) and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Twilight Tunes: BLOOM! Garden Center.

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Join us for Twilight Tunes at Bloom! each third Friday of the month 6-9 pm. Music and light refreshments including cheese and bread from White Lotus Farms and MI wine and beer. Enjoy these great tastes while shopping for your garden, friends and family. This month features live music from the MIDWEST TERRITORY BAND! and 10% off all plants.
BLOOM! Garden Center., 1885 Baker Rd. Dexter, MI, Dexter. Free. events@bloom-gardens.com bloom-gardens.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Chef": Michigan Theater.

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(Jon Favreau, 2014). Favreau stars as a chef who starts a food truck after losing his restaurant job.
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). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Date Night: Grill Master!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Grill Master menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Avocado, Olive Oil, and Lime; Chili Crusted Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichirri and Charred Red Onions; Grilled Corn on The Cob with Cumin Compound Butter; Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Scallions and Chipotle Mayo; Peach and Vanilla bean Sorbet. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [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.

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6:30-9:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.
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 6:45 & 9 p.m. 

"Ida": Michigan Theater.

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(Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013). A young woman in 1960s Poland is on the verge of taking vows to become a nun when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the Nazi occupation. Polish, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. $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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Celeste Ng: Literati Bookstore.

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This Massachusetts-based writer, a Hopwood Award-winning U-M MFA grad, reads from Everything I Never Told You, her debut novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. "Long-hidden, quietly explosive truths, weighted by issues of race and gender, slowly bubble to the surface of Ng's sensitive, absorbing novel," says a Kirkus reviewer. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Treasure Island: Ypsilanti Youth Theatre.

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Ahoy, Mateys! Set sail for Treasure Island! Ypsilanti Youth Theatre presents a swashbucklin' adventure, filled with mischief, mayhem and mutiny. Pirate costume contest for audience members. Performances: Friday, July 18, 7 pm; Saturday, July 19, 1 & 7 pm; Sunday, July 20, 1 pm. Tickets available on site: $10 adults, $6 under 12 & seniors. Check Web site for venue: http://www.ypsiyouththeatre.org/
TBD. $10 adults, $6 under 12 & seniors. 7349851989. kim.s.ross@comcast.net http://www.ypsiyouththeatre.org/
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 7 p.m. 

"Elektra": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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July 10-12, 17-19, & 24-26. Russ Schwartz directs this local company in its 4th annual outdoor production, the renowned Canadian poet (and U-M classics professor) Anne Carson's translation of Sophocles' classical Greek tragedy about the stunning ferocity with which a Greek princess refuses to accommodate--and eventually avenges--her father's betrayal and murder by her usurping mother. This production is on West Park's brick promenade, with the audience situated on the surrounding grass. Stars Emily Caffery, with Scott Wilding, Sonja Marquis, DeAnnah Kleitz-Singleton, Samer Ajluni, Kez Settle, Katherine Nelson, and Patrick Hanley. Picnic dinner packages catered by a La Rouge available in advance by calling 699-8230, or day of show beginning at 5:30 p.m.
7 p.m. (grounds open at 5:30 p.m.), West Park Band Shell. Tickets $10 in advance at pennyseats.org and at the gate. 926-5346.
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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Carousel": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., July 10-Aug. 10. Dan Walker directs this Dexter-based professional company in Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical about a Maine carny barker whose life ends in disgrace after he wins the love of a beautiful woman, but he gets a chance to redeem himself after death with one final good deed. The beloved score includes "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and "You'll Never Walk Alone." Stars Joey DeBenedetto, with Darcy Link, Marlene Inman, Mahalia Greenway, Jess Alexander, and Peter Riopelle.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Aug. 7), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors & students, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Fri. & Sat. eve. $28 (seniors & students, $26; youth & groups of 10 or more, $24) on Thurs. & all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 8 p.m.-midnight 

"KissME in Ann Arbor 2014": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance/Swing Ann Arbor.

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July 18-20 (different locations). Swing dancing to live and recorded music spread out over 3 days. The July 18 & 19 dances are followed (midnight-5 a.m.) by late-night swing dancing to music spun by DJs ($10; students & members, $9) at Concourse Hall. Tonight: swing dancing to live music by Alex Belhaj's Crescent City Quartet, a local ensemble, led by guitarist Belhaj, that plays a range of New Orleans jazz styles, from struts, stomps, cakewalks, and rags to pop tunes, marches, and classical favorites.
8 p.m.-midnight, Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse off S. State across from the airport. $20 (students & members, $18). (847) 757-0942. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Complete History of America (abridged)": Emergent Arts.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., July 3-20. This local theater company performs Adam Long, Reed Martin, and Austin Tichenor's comedy that crams 600 years of history into an irreverent 6,000-second account that portrays Lewis and Clark as a vaudeville duo and the Salem witch trials as a game of "Pin the Blame on the Warlock."
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (students with ID & seniors, $10) in advance at emergentarts.com, and at the door. 985-0875. [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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 9:15 p.m. 

"The Immigrant": The Michigan Theater.

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(James Gray, 2013). Drama set in 1921 about a Polish immigrant who, facing desperate circumstances, becomes a prostitute and enters into complex, volatile relationships with her conflicted pimp and his romantic cousin. Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner.
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). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
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 10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
10 p.m.-midnight, 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
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