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Friday, August 1, 2014






 
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First Fridays Ypsilanti: First Fridays Ypsilanti.

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First Friday Ypsilanti is a self-guided monthly art crawl hosted throughout downtown Ypsilanti at multiple venues. Each month on the first Friday participating venues offer free art activities involving local artists and musicians. The goal of the First Fridays Ypsilanti is to showcase local talent while supporting local businesses in the downtown area! Our website has a map and a list of all the venues and their FFY events!
July's FFY event will be pushed back one week to avoid conflict with the holiday, we will see you on Friday July 11th!
You can find us on Facebook
Official hashtags we use: #FirstFridaysYpsi #FFY #YpsiArtCrawl
Downtown Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti. Free. FirstFridaysYpsilanti@gmail.com www.FirstFridaysYpsi.com
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 8 a.m.-evening  Free! 

Youth Show: Washtenaw County 4-H.

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July 27-Aug. 1. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from animal decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular "Llama Leaping" (July 30, 2 p.m.), all-ages craft activities (July 31, 9 a.m.-noon), the livestock auction (July 31, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (Aug. 1, 1 p.m.), the "Animal Decorator Contest" (Aug. 1, 1:30 p.m.), and the "Ag Olympics" (Aug. 1, around 3:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see extension.ewashtenaw.org.
8 a.m.-evening, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877. [map]
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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Aug. 1-3 & 21-24. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Bring your own lawn chairs; no pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2088.
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 9 a.m.-noon 

Pirates and Princesses Day Camp: Studio 3 Performing Arts Center.

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"Pirates and Princesses Camp" (ages 3-6)
7/28-8/1 9am-12pm each day
Attention all princesses: No evil Step-Mothers or Hook Handed Villains here! Only a week of fun that no little boy or girl will want to miss! Polish up on your sword play etiquette while learning special royal dances, enjoying a delicious snack, games and crafts fit for a treasure chest and more! At the end of the week, princesses and pirates will take home their very own special treasure!
Studio 3 Performing Arts Center, 7200 Dan Hoey Rd. Ste G, Dexter. $145. 734-424-9705. info@studio3pac.com studio3pac.com [map]
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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.) & 9 a.m.(May-July), 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.-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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 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up Party": Dexter District Library.

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All ages program of music and movement led by Bev Meyer, "The Music Lady." Followed by refreshments at the Farmers Market and balloon animals by Marc the Balloon Meister (11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.).
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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 Noon-3 p.m. 

Twist and Shout Day Camp: Studio 3 Performing Arts Center.

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"Twist and Shout" (ages 7-12)
7/28-8/1 12pm-3pm each day
Rah! Rah! Rah! Dance, cheer and pom are the theme of the week! Your student will spend her days learning dance moves, cheers and tumbling. At the end of the week, all participants will demonstrate their new moves with a short performance and will get to take home their own set of pom pons!
Studio 3 Performing Arts Center, 7200 Dan Hoey Rd. Ste G, Dexter. $145. 734-424-9705. info@studio3pac.com studio3pac.com [map]
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 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movies at the Center: Chelsea Senior Center.

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Every Fri. except last Fri. of each month. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

Aug. 22: Cheaper by the Dozen (Shawn Levy's, 2003). Remake of the riotous 1950 Walter Lang film based on the best-selling memoir of crackpot-genius efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth Jr. and his giant family. Stars Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt.

Sept. 5: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953). Adaptation of the Broadway musical about the romantic adventures of 2 showgirls. Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell.

Sept. 12: Follow Me, Boys! (Norm Tokar, 1966). A man with big ambitions finds his life's purpose as a small-town scoutmaster. Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Kurt Russell.

Sept. 19: Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass, 2013). Drama based on the rue story of the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Tom Hanks.

Oct. & Nov. schedule TBA at chelseaseniors.org.

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12:30 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]
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 1, 4:30, 7, & 8 p.m. 

"Boyhood": Michigan Theater.

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Aug. 1-7. (Richard Linklater, 2014). Groundbreaking story about a boy growing up that was filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years. Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette.
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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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues. Wed., & Fri. except Oct. 13. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Tues. & Wed.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; & 1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 1 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 Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), modern constructed (Thurs.), standard constructed (Fri.), 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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 1:15 & 4:15 p.m. 

"A Summer's Tale": Michigan Theater.

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(Eric Rohmer, 1996). Recently released in the U.S. for the first time, this romantic comedy concerns a young mathematician who, much to his surprise, ends up juggling relationships with 3 women on his vacation in Brittany. French, subtitles.
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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 5-8 p.m. 

"Divergent: Dinner and a Movie": Saline District Library.

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Party with burgers and chocolate cake. Followed by a screening (tentative) of the 2014 film based on Divergent, Veronica Ruth's dystopian thriller about a teenage girl's struggle with identity in a society divided into factions based upon personality traits.
5-8 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]
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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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 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [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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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre Night: St. Thomas Lutheran Church.

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All invited to play.
7 p.m., Freedom Child Care Center, 8753 Pleasant Lake Rd. just west of Parker Rd. Free. 663-7511. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf": Barnes & Noble.

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All kids (accompanied by an adult) invited for a storytime, sin-along, and other activities celebrating the summer-loving snowman from Disney's Frozen.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration required. 973-1618. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"of place, of time…" Opening reception for Michelle Hegyi: WSG Gallery.

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Artist Statement:
In this body of work, I was searching for the meaning of place and of time. I hesitate to explain it, as it is so personal for each individual, and I would rather the works speak for themselves. Here are some of my own questions I was trying to answer.
What feelings are evoked from special or ordinary places, depending not only on the place, but also on the particular time in one's life? What feelings are evoked from leaving a familiar place, from where one has lived for most of one's life? Is it the kind of life lived, the landscape, or the community, that is missed? What about the conflict of feeling the need to be in two places at once, of loved ones thousands of miles apart? What makes a place or a time memorable?
WSG Gallery, 306 S. Main. Free. 734.761.2287. www.wsg-art.com [map]
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 8 p.m. 

A Midsummmer Night's Dream": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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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]
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 8 p.m. 

The Heather Black Project: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Kruger Brothers: The Ark.

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This trio featuring the Swiss brother duo of guitarist Uwe Kruger and banjoist Jens Krueger and New York City bassist Joel Landsberg plays spirited renditions of traditional American folk and bluegrass spiced with European classical- and preclassical-flavored improvisations.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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. 

"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. 

"Homesteaders": Carriage House Theatre.

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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, contact@carriagehousetheatre.org. [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 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. except July 18 Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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