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Wednesday, July 23, 2014






 
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 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
10 a.m. (Apr., Oct., & Nov.), 9 a.m. (May, June & Sept.), & 8 a.m. (July & Aug.) Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980.
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 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids' Camp: Cooking Sunrise to Sunset.

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They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day so we'll start there, however, here in our kitchen we believe that every meal is important. We'll make breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner during this camp. Each day is filled with delicious recipes and useful tips. As you make breakfast you'll learn how to use a mixer, a knife, and how to control heat. Lunch will reinforce all these new skills. During snack day we'll introduce blenders and deep frying. Then it's time to bust out the pasta machines and the grill to complete this culinary experience. This summer cooking camp is for kids ages 8 and up. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $225/child. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Drop in Play: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

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Drop in and enjoy playing with your little one(s) (ages 6 months - 4 years welcome) in our cheerful safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. There's a slide, kitchen, ride-on toys and tons of other options. We'll even be bringing in the swings and Jump-a-roo for the little ones.
This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. Bring a friend, bring the kids and let them play while you get a chance to chat or meet new friends while you are here. Coffee and snacks available for $1.You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your family (no peanuts/ peanut products please).
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Business Networking: Power Through Networking.

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Power Through Networking: Ann Arbor Abundance Group
Power Through Networking invites you to free business networking every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Sports Bar Westside in Ann Arbor. You will build relationships and friendships that will grow your business. We are unique, totally positive, and will help you and your business get to the next level! Our Mission is to help people get the contacts they need to advance their business and achieve their dreams, and to create a cooperative and abundance based business world.
We welcome everyone and do not restrict the number of seats per profession or business.
The Sports Bar Westside, 5510 Jackson Road 48103. Free. 734.646.4419. larnedp@gmail.com www.Facebook.com/PowerThroughNetworking [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-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Weed & Sing": Community Farm of Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. All invited to sing rounds and other songs while weeding the farm's crops.
Noon-2 p.m. (all other dates), Community Farm of Ann Arbor, 1525 S. Fletcher Rd., Chelsea. Free; reservations required by the evening before. 475-7451. [map]
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 1-2:30 & 2:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft": Chelsea District Library.

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GameStart (Ann Arbor) staff show youth ages 8-14 how to use the Python programming language to play this popular computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks.
1-2:30 & 2:30-4 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"See a Juggler! Be a Juggler!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Chicago performer Jason Kollum introduces teens in grades 6-12 to the art of juggling with his interactive show blending balancing & juggling stunts with comic hilarity.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3 & 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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 4 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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 4:15, 7, & 9:30 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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 5-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Improv Comedy Bootcamp": Chelsea District Library.

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Local improv comic offers 4-day workshop for teens ages 12-17 that culminated with a performance during the Sounds & Sights Festival on July 24.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (July 19 & 20), 5-7:30 p.m. (July 23), & 5:30-7:30 p.m. (July 24), CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., meet at Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline. Free. 747-1862.
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 6 p.m. sharp  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 37th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
6 p.m. (May-July) & 5:30 p.m. (Apr. & Aug.-Oct.) sharp, meet at at Paladin (formerly Sweepster) parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m. 

Iris Folding: USArtQuest.

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Iris folding card making with David Larwa
The Iris folding technique can form many shapes, even the most basic appearing complex. But it is quite easy to do! Join expert David Larwa and learn this unique paper craft technique, perfectly suited for card making. Originating in Holland, strips of paper, ribbon or even fabric are layered in a spiral design which resembles the eye of a camera. Use beautiful art papers and make 4 different cards.
$35 - All Materials Included.
USArtQuest, 18650 W. Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. $35. 800-766-0728. askanything@usartquest.com http://www.USArtQuest.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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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]
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 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Reading Improv Show": Chelsea District Library.

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Interactive improve comedy performance by a troupe of local teens who participated in the CDL improv comedy bootcamp (see July 19 Youth Activities listing).
6-7, CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

"Super Comics Challenge": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed., July 9-Aug. 13. Comics artist Jerzy Drozd, a contributing editor to the online comics anthology sugaryserials.com, leads adults teens in grade 6 & up in a series of 6 weekly drop-in programs during which they design dangerous fortresses, awesome heroes, lugubrious villains, and unlock achievements of the comics-storytelling masters.
6-8 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 6:45 & 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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Andrew Meredith: Literati Bookstore.

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This North Carolina writer reads from The Removers, his debut memoir about working with his father as a remover, a worker who takes away bodies of people who die at home. The book has been praised for its poetic prose and unflinching rendering of gruesome truths. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 555-5567. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

MiRobotClub.

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All robotics hobbyists invited to work on and discuss robots.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd north of Ellsworth). Free. mirobotclub.com. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

Weekly Ecstatic Transformational Dance: Caryn Simon.

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SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance is a dynamic movement practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection, and community. This practice facilitates deep and unending explorations, moving the dancer beyond self-imposed limitations and isolation into new depths of creativity and connection. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. When we practice SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance, we learn to creatively express aggressiveness and vulnerability, emotions and anxieties, edges and ecstasies. It reconnects us to cycles of birth & death and hooks us into humanity and the spirit of all living things. Within the group context we create connection and community and hone our instincts and our intuitions. We are made up of all walks of life - every culture, religion, race, gender, age and sexual preference are welcome.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103, suite 22. $15. 734-646-1351. artemisia418@gmail.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bring Your Own Bonsai": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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A three-member panel offers advice on bonsai care and design. Those who would like to have a bonsai critiqued are asked to arrive by 6:30 p.m.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Lighthouses: Ancient Times to Modern Michigan": Saline District Library.

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Photographer and U.S. Lighthouse Society member Lori Feret gives a slide-illustrated talk on the history of Michigan lighthouses.
7-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Edward Larson's Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stark Raving MADrigal Singers.

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Every Wed., June-Aug. Singers of all abilities invited to join in singing madrigals and other Elizabethan part songs in a casual, sociable setting in a private home.
7:30 p.m., location TBA. Free. 973-3264, 994-3438.
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 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Dexter Twp. location TBA. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241.
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"6th Annual Experience Blue Lake": Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Performances.

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July 21-23. Performances by different Blue Lake student ensembles. July 21: The Blue Lake Jazz Orchestra performs traditional and contemporary big band jazz by Count Basie, Woody Herman, Thad Jones, and Stan Kenton. The Blue Lake International Choir performs works from their European tour, including sacred and traditional American choral works. July 22: The Blue Lake International Choir, Alumni Choir, and International Youth Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Mozart's Coronation Mass. July 23: the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra performs Brahms' Symphony no. 1 in C minor, and works by Copland, Barber, and Cheetham.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. (800) 221-3796. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Drew De Four & Friends: The Ark.

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Ensemble led by U-M music school grad De Four, a singer-songwriter and pianist whose influences range from Ray Charles to Peter Gabriel to the Afghan Whigs.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Music in the Park": Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Series.

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June 18-July 23. A popular local outdoor summer tradition, the 74-year-old Civic Band is led by director Bob Gourley. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass. Lemonade and popcorn available.

June 18: "World on the March." Program of popular marches from around the world, including Strauss's "Radetsky March," Wagner's "Under the Double Eagle," David Delle Cese's "Inglesina," F. J. Ricketts' "Colonel Bogey," and more. The program concludes with Sousa's "Stars & Stripes Forever" and "Hands Across the Sea."

June 25: "Big Band Swing." A tribute to the Big Band Era, with music by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, and others.

July 2: Fourth of July Celebration." A program of patriotic tunes.

July 9: Children's Concert. A program of music picked for kid appeal, including music from Fantasia, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lion King, a Disney medley, and the annual Teddy Bear Grand March (bring your bear).

July 16: "Broadway." A program of music from popular Broadway shows, including "Mame," "Luck Be a Lady," "Cabaret," music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more.

July 23: "Movie Heroes." The program includes music written to accompany movie heroes, including Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, Harrison Ford in Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, various Pixar heroes, and various James Bonds.

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8 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Free. 429-5301.
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 8 p.m. 

"Week After Art Fair Song Fest": Kerrytown Concert House.

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July 22-25. Pianist Kevin Bylsma accompanies Art Fair Song Fest cofounder and soprano Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers and other local singers in performances of classical art songs and cabaret songs. Singers include soprano Emily Benner, mezzo sopranos Monica Swartout-Bebow and Ellen Scholl, bass baritone Allen Schrott, and tenor Christopher Scholl. July 22-24: Programs of classical music. July 25: Program of cabaret songs.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Ticket prices TBA. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed Apr. 9 & 23 at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Vandenburg Room (July) & Pendleton Room (all Aug. dates except Aug. 27, Anderson Room). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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