A judged amateur riding event featuring kids and adults riding English, western, and halter styles. Concessions.
8 a.m.-about 7 p.m., Woodbine Farm, 9976 W. Liberty (east of M-52 between Parker & Guenther), Lima Twp. Free admission. spurhorseshow.com. [map]
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. [map]
A performance by the German dance troupe the Almrausch Schuhplattler. Also, the 10 a.m. service includes a performance of German hymns by the New Schwaben Singers.
9:30 a.m., Bethlehem UCC, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-6149. [map]
Apr. 27, May 4, June 1, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, & Oct. 12. Longtime local gardener Kathy Squiers gives tours of her 7 gardens inspired by the chakras. Attendees are invited to help develop the gardens, including work on site preparation, planting, and transplanting. Also, discussion of chakras. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1280 Sylvan Rd., Chelsea. Donation; reservations required. 475-3408. [map]
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.
Face painting, crafts, live Irish fairy music, a dance floor, and more. Also, local "fairyologist" Jonathan Wright discusses all things fairy. Treats for those in costume. Part of the Artisan Market, which today features fairy door makers Bob and Pat Simmons and other artists who make fairy-inspired work.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers' Market. Free admission. email@example.com.
All invited for a potluck picnic (bring a side dish to pass). Also, a chance to use the park's tennis courts, soccer fields, volleyball courts, and more. Some equipment provided, but bring your own if you have it.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. Free; $7 vehicle entry fee. Reservations required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. email@example.com, 846-9418.
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]
Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center is hosting a fundraiser with pony rides and a silent auction on Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3 from 1-4pm each day. In addition, the Center will offer a sign-up for four one-hour lessons with a CREC instructor for $60.
All proceeds from the fundraiser and lessons will be donated to Sydney Collier, who is representing the US Para-Equestrian Dressage Team in the 2014 AllTech FEI World Equestrian Games in France this August-September.
Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center, 5415 Waters Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $10 donation. 734-476-8346. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Performance by this popular Irish American roots-music singer-songwriter from Detroit who specializes in story songs. In its review of her latest CD Northern Border, Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric." Bring lawn chairs, blankets, & a picnic lunch. Held indoors in case of rain.
1-2:30 p.m., Burns Park adjacent to Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free; donations accepted. 794-6250. [map]
Every Sun. Performances by local musicians. Aug. 3: San & Emily & Jacob. Acoustic trio of multi-instrumentalist San Slomovits (best known as half of the popular family-friendly duo Gemini), his violinist daughter Emily Slomovits, and bassist Jacob Warren. Aug. 10: Royal Garden Trio. Led by guitarist Brian Delaney, this trio plays early jazz standards and Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. Aug. 17: bluegrass-Gypsy jazz trio Wire in the Wood. Aug. 24: Gemini. See San & Emily & Jacob, above.
1-3 p.m., Kerrytown Courtyard. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Aug. 3 & 9. U-M museum studies professor Carla Sinopoli (Aug. 3) and art & design professor Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo (Aug. 9) lead discussions of the current exhibit of everyday objects that have remained relatively unchanged for millennia.
2 p.m., Kelsey Museum Upjohn entrance, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.
Led by WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner.
2-4 p.m., Northfield Woods Preserve, E. Northfield Church Rd. just north of Joy Rd. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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]
Event includes: dinner, refreshments, dunk tank, bounce house and a gift basket raffle. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.
Nankin Mills Pavillon, on Ann Arbor Trail & Hines Drive. $10 for Adults $5 for Children 14 & under. email@example.com
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 Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists study the evidence of mastodon hunting by people living in Michigan during the last Ice Age. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Buffet dinner catered by Zingerman's Roadhouse, silent and live auctions, and live music.
4:30 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Tickets $70 ($100 ticket includes the 8 p.m. performance of The Last Romance at Purple Rose Theatre) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org
Screening of the first in a 2-part BBC TV film--part documentary, part historical dramatization--about the outbreak of WWI, when three cousins reigned over Europe's greatest powers-Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Kaiser Wilhelm II of German, and King George V of England. The Michigan Theater screens two other BBC WWI history documentaries this week: "Churchill's First World War" (Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.) and "37 Days: The Road to World War 1" (Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m.).
4:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm. 717-1569.
Screening of the BBC TV film-part documentary, part historical dramatization--about the young Churchill's role in the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli and his subsequent efforts to redeem his reputation. The Michigan Theater screens two other BBC history documentaries this week: "Royal Cousins at War: The Final Blow to the Royal Houses of Europe" (Aug. 2, 4:30 p.m.) and "37 Days: The Road to World War 1" (Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m.).
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
Folk-inflected pop-rock singer-songwriter from Detroit who is currently showcasing material from her latest project, Hurricane, a song cycle exploring the chaos of love and life. Opening act is Soleil Moon, a Chicago pop-rock band.
7:30 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]
Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Challis's comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. Refreshments.
8 p.m., The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation. emergentarts.com, 985-0875. [map]