Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
9 a.m., meet at parking lot next to Chelsea Fire Station,, Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.
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.
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]
The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild presents its biennial quilt show! Our members share with you their quilts ranging from traditional pieced quilts to art quilts to the new modern quilts, from small wall hangings to large bed-sized quilts. You will see quilts that are hand-quilted, machine-quilted and embellished. Some quilts represent a first attempt at quilting or a new technique, and some quilts represent the work of more experienced quilters. Be prepared to be amazed at the wide varieties of quilts and inspired by the hard work and artistry on display.
Morris J Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. $6. email@example.com http:
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.
Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
Every Sat through Aug. 23. A WRA park interpreter helps beginners learn how to fish. Tackle (including poles) & bait provided. Adults age 17 & older need a valid fishing license.
9-10:30 a.m., Portage Lake Day Use Area fishing pier, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. (north from I-94 exit 150), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
July 24-26. The festival features a food court on W. Middle Street (Thurs. & Fri. 5-10 p.m. & Sat. noon-10 p.m.) with food from several Chelsea restaurants and a social tent ($5 cover after 6 p.m.) behind the Common Grill (1-5 & 6-11 p.m.) with beer & wine and live music (7-11 p.m. all 3 nights & 2-5 p.m. on July 26 only). On July 25 & 26 only, a KidZone (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) with a variety of activities behind the Clocktower, a juried art market (noon-8 p.m.).
Also, live music and other entertainment on July 24 at the regular weekly Sights & Sounds on Thursday Nights stages (see listing), a classic car show (3-8 p.m.) on July 25, and a pet parade (10 a.m.) and a guided historic downtown walking tour (1-3 p.m.; $5 suggested donation) on July 26.
Social tent evening music schedule: Ben Daniels Band (July 24), a Americana folk-rock quintet led by Chelsea singer-songwriter and guitarist Daniels, whose influences range from Robert Johnson to Dylan to Jack White, with opening sets by the local pop-jazz groove trio Jake Prince Trio, and the Chelsea folk-rock and pop-soul sextet Lottie & the Manatee. Whitey Morgan & the 78s (July 25), a Detroit classic country, honky-tonk, and retro rock band, with an opening set by Bill Bynum & Co., a bluegrass-based quartet led by award-winning Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist Bynum, whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. Mega 80's, (July 26), a popular Detroit-area 80s retro party band, with an opening set by The Joe Band, a Joe Cocker Tribute Band fronted by FUBAR singer-guitarist and Kingpins bassist Randy Tessier. July 26 afternoon music schedule TBA.
Complete schedule available at chelseafestivals.com.
5-11 p.m. (July 24) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (July 25 & 26), Main, Middle, & Park Sts., downtown Chelsea. Free, except for social tent, which is $5 (ages 13-20, $3; age 12 & under, free). No one under age 21 admitted to the social tent after 9 p.m. 475-1145, 433-2787.
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]
Session #1: Saturday, July 26 @ 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Session #2: Sunday, July 27 @ 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Want to learn how to build your own website? Already have your own Tumblr / WordPress / etc. site, but want to have more control over it? Interested in learning to program, but want to start small? This class is for you!
We will guide you through the basics of HTML and CSS, give you some readily-applicable skills, and answer any questions you may have along the way.
Lunch will be provided by Pillar on both days.
MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: If fewer than 12 students register for this workshop, GDI Ann Arbor may postpone or cancel it. n that event a refund or class credit will be available to any students who have paid to attend.
The Teacher: Breanna Turcsanyi
Sponsor: Pillar Technology
The Forge by Pillar Technology, 1327 Jones Dr., Ann Arbor, MI. $60. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [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]
July 12 & 26. WCPARC naturalists lead nature programs for kids ages 7-12, including "Michigan Trees" (July 12; Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner, Scio Twp.) and "Michigan Wildflowers" (July 26; County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance).
10:30 a.m.-noon, various locations. Free; preregistration required. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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]
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.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [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]
July 25 & 26. Around 3,000 people are expected at this festival that features more than 600 different beers from more than 65 different Michigan craft breweries. Food available. Entertainment schedule TBA.
5-9 p.m. (July 25) & 1-6 p.m. (July 26). Riverside Park, Cross St. at Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $35 (July 25) & $40 (July 26) in advance at michiganbrewersguild.org, cost TBA at the gate (if available). The price of admission includes 15 beer sample tokens. Designated driver tickets, $5. michiganbrewersguild.org.
All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited paint a robot with conductive paint to prep it for an LED network.
1-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
This 4-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.
May 18 (2 p.m.): Flint Lumber City BBC.
July 26 (2 p.m.): Royal Oak Wahoos.
Aug. 23 (2 p.m.): Detroit Early Risers.
Sept 14 (2 p.m.): Northville Eclipse.
Various times, Timbertown Park, Sibley Rd. (west off Main St. north of downtown), Chelsea. Free. Facebook.com
All ages (afternoon) and all adults and youth age 8 & up (evening) invited to hike through various habitats to find and identify some of the more common local species and to learn about their importance. Also, a chance to view some non-native arachnids in the lab.
2-4 & 8:30-10:30 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $8 (family, $30). Space limited; preregistration recommended. 997-1553. [map]
A family-oriented afternoon of special activities, including water balloon events, water baseball, raft races and a hula hoop relay.
2-4 p.m., Veterans Park Pool, 2150 Jackson Rd. $5 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [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 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]
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]
Permaculture practice and ideas for organic farming systems. Hosted by Roots to Fruits
Washtenaw Food Hub, 4175 Whitmore Lake Road. Free. $5. 734.222.3817. email@example.com http:
(Don McKellar, 2013). A small harbor town does all it can to lure a doctor to relocate there so that it can land a contract for a large factory.
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]
Old-fashioned German dinner served a la carte (approximately $8-$12) with wine, beer, pop, water, and coffee for sale. Dancing to German and American music by Linda Lee Brown & the Golden-Aires (June 28), Sorgenbrecher (July 26), and Enzian aus Detroit (Aug. 30).
4-11 p.m. (no admission after 9 p.m.), German Park, 5549 Pontiac Trail (7 miles north of Ann Arbor; look for the banners and signs marking the entrance). $5 (children 12 & under, free). No one under 21 admitted without parent or legal guardian. germanpark.org. 769-0048 (weekdays). [map]
(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]
Every Thurs. & Sat. through Aug. 23. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
3-4:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), and 6-7:30 p.m. (Sat.), Portage Lake Day Use Area, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. (north from I-94 exit 150), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee.
An Evening of Filipino Rondalla Music: U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies/University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Michigan.more >
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Featuring Michael Dadap (New York-based classical guitarist) and the Tresates Rondalla (Boston)
6:30 Pre-Concert talk by UM Faculty Member Christi-Anne Castro "Reconsidering Music and the Performance of Ethnic Identity"
Concert begins at 7:00
FREE, but due to limited space, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets
Keene Theater, East Quadrangle, 701 E. University Ave. Free. email@example.com [map]
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.
July 25 & 26 and Aug. 1, 2, & 7-9. This local ensemble presents Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the more or less unfortunate mortal lovers snared in their mischief. Cast: Mary Conley, Christina D'Amato, Liane Golightly, Jenna Hinton, Greg Kovas, Jeffrey Miller, Laura Tanner, & David Widmayer.
8 p.m., Ann Arbor Civic Theater Studio Space (July 25 & 26 and Aug. 1 & 2), 322 W. Ann, & Kerrytown Concert House (Aug. 7-9), 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended via BTEreservations@gmail.com. 769-2999. [map]
June 25 & 26. (Note new location.) Local debut of this up-and-coming Chicago-bred comic who is known for his provokingly off-kilter perspectives on familiar realities. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have several recordings, including Live and Unrehearsed, a 1994 Ark performance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 at the door only. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Led by Ann Arbor-bred drummer Kramer, this jazz quintet celebrates the release of its debut album, Acacia, whose songs blend jazz with African, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Brazilian sounds and rhythms. Cash bar. With guitarist Damon Warmack, pianist Glenn Tucker, saxophonist Marcus Elliot, and trumpeter Kris Johnson.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
July 24-27 & 31 and Aug. 1 & 2. Forrest Hejkal directs local actors in Nina Shengold's 1983 drama, set on an island in Alaska, about a complicated household whose inhabitants spend an eventful summer trying to come to terms with themselves, each other, and the past.
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]
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!