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 in front of Zou Zou's, 101 N. Main at Middle, Chelsea. Free. 645-1205, 645-5696, 478-0424, 646-1507, 678-8297. [map]
Aug. 8 & 9. This downtown festival features a large craft show, live music, kids activities, contests, a casino night (Aug. 8, 7-11 p.m.), an electric car show (Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.), a teen block party, trike races, a trolley tour of historic homes and other sites (Aug. 9, noon), a 5-km race with cash prizes (Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m., preregistration available at probilitypt.com
5-11 p.m. (Aug. 8) & 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Aug. 9), downtown Saline. Free admission. 604-0051.
Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.
June 7 (10 a.m.-1 p.m., Rapids View picnic area): "First Casts in Fishing." All invited to try their hand at fishing. Pole rentals and bait available, or bring your own. No fishing license required this weekend only. $3.
June 21 (10 a.m.): "Amazing Amphibians." Display and discussion of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome. $3 per child.
July 12 (11 a.m.): "Kids Bug Hunt." Kids ages 2-10 invited to look for and learn about some of the insects that inhabit Hudson Mills. $5 (kids, $3).
July 13 (10 a.m.): "West River Trail Bike Hike." All invited to ride their bike on a trail along the Huron River, with stops to relax and learn about the park's varied habitats. $5 (kids, $3).
July 27 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "A Dog Day of Summer." All invited to bring their dog for training clinics, herding demos, doggie contests, tips from local vets, and more. $3 (dogs free).
Aug. 2 (1 p.m.): "Kids in the Creek." Kids invited to collect and observe some of the large and small inhabitants of the Huron River ecosystem. Wear boots and be prepared to get wet feet. $3 per child.
Aug. 9 (7:45 a.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Clean-Up." All invited to help clean up the Huron River by canoe. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch provided. FREE.
Aug. 16 (8 p.m.): "Bats in the Night Sky." Indoor talk about bats followed by a trek outside to look for bats living in the park. $5 (kids, $3).
Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-2 p.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Fly Fishing Festival." Representatives of Schultz Outfitters and Baliwicks Outdoors offer fly fishing demos and casting tips and discuss why the Huron River is great for fly fishing. Casting and tying contests. $3.
Various times, park activity center (except as noted), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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. 8 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 996-9461 (June 7), 665-3961 (June 14), 994-6340 (June 21), 426-4989 (June 28), 663-5060 (July 5), 274-6350 (July 19), 546-1047 (July 26). 649-9762. 649-9762. [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 email@example.com. aavc.org. [map]
Join us for a moderately paced, one hour walk around the beautiful village of Dexter or B2B trail. Walks begin at 9:00 a.m., usually at the Dexter Library. First time participants receive a water bottle and tee shirt. Strollers and dogs welcome! Walks occur year round, weather permitting. Current information available at our website or FB page.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-846-2791. firstname.lastname@example.org www.5healthytowns.org [map]
Aug. 9 & 16. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Aug. 9), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Aug. 16), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. email@example.com, 647-8528. [map]
The Friends of the Dexter District Library
Dexter Daze Used Book Sale
Friday, August 8, 2014, 12 noon to 6 pm
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 9 am to 3 pm
$5.00 fill-a-bag sale: August 9 from 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
As the Friends of the Dexter Library prepare for the Dexter Daze sale in August, they would like to announce that the sale will run for two days. It will begin on Friday, August 8, from 12 noon to 6 pm. On Saturday, August 9, the sale will run from 9 am to 3 pm, followed by a $5.00 fill-a-bag-sale from 3:15 pm until 4:30 pm. During the sale, thousands of titles will be available with selections in many categories, children through adults.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter, MI 48130, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-5191. firstname.lastname@example.org www.dexter.library.mi.us [map]
Festivities in Monument Park include arts and crafts booths (9 a.m.-8 p.m.), a social tent (11 a.m.-11 p.m.), a bounce zone, rock climbing wall, & spider jump in Mill Creek Park Park (noon-7 p.m.), radio-controlled model plane demos by RC Flyers (11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 9) in Mill Creek Park, a quilt show and other exhibits in the the Dexter Area Historical Museum (9 a.m.-6 p.m.), merchant sidewalk sales, a raffle, and yard sales around town. Also, entertainment at 2 stages.
19th-century-style baseball game between the Dexter Union and the Royal Oak Wahoo Baseball Club at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 6805 Mast at North Territorial (1 p.m.), and in Mill Creek North at dusk, a screening of i>The Sandlot, David Mickey Evans' 1993 comic coming-of-age drama about young baseball players.
Mill Creek Park: Family concert by Ann Arbor singer-songwriter Kevin Devine (11 a.m.-noon), a family concert by the Grand Rapids-based Kevin Kameraad & the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe (12:30-1:30 p.m.), a Children's Orchard (Ann Arbor) Kids Fashion Show (2-2:30 p.m.), a performance by students from Dancer's Edge (3-3:30 p.m.), and a performance by students from the local School of Rock (4-4:30 p.m.).
Mill Creek Amphitheater: Doug Horn Trio(7-8 p.m.), local jazz ensemble led by alto saxophonist Horn that plays 40s & 50s swing and bebop.
Monument Park Gazebo: The Howell country quartet Kari Holmes & the Modern Day Drifters. (3-5 p.m.), the veteran Mason (MI) country band Bittercreek. (5:30-7:30 p.m.), and the veteran 70s, 80s, and 90s rock 'n' roll cover band Most Wanted. (8-11 p.m.).
A parade from Wylie School down Main Street at 10 a.m., Dexter District Library used book sale (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), a chicken barbecue at St. James Church (10:30 a.m. until it's gone), Gordon Hall tours (noon-3 p.m.), the Dexter Daze Vault pole vaulting competition (noon-6 p.m.) at Creekside Intermediate School Ritt Stadium (2615 Baker Rd.), and a horseshoe tournament ($5; signup begins at noon) at First Street Park at 1 p.m..
Mill Creek Park: Colors the Clown (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), local magician and juggler Yo-Master Zeemo (2:15-3:15 p.m.), and live exotic reptiles and amphibians from the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary (3:30-4:30 p.m.).
Mill Creek Amphitheater: Bacchanal Productions top-hatted street-art performers (7-8:30 p.m.).
Monument Park Gazebo: Big band music by the Dexter Community Orchestra Brass Quartet (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), a performance by students from the local School of Rock (2-3 p.m.), a Detroit pop-rock band led by singer-songwriter Sarah Sherrard (3:30-4:30 p.m.), the Ann Arbor bluegrass band RFD Boys (5-6:30 p.m.), and the Laith All-Saadi Trio (8-11 p.m.), a versatile Ann Arbor jazz, blues, R&B, Motown, and pop band.
9 a.m.-11 p.m., downtown Dexter. Free admission. 426-0887.
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.
Stop by our FLAVOR mobile food truck to try delicious, chef-prepared recipes featuring SUNSETŪ products, receive coupons to use towards SUNSETŪ products, meet the chefs-on-board, win great prizes, and more!
Whole Foods, 990 W Eisenhower Pkwy. email@example.com http:
Sale of books.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 per bag (2nd bag free). 429-5450. [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. [map]
Aug. 9 & 10. Displays of everything from horse-drawn plows and steam-powered machines to modern farm equipment. Also, wagon rides, a pie-eating contest, a log-sawing contest, a "slow" race (to see which tractor is the slowest), and tours of the 10-room farmhouse ($3).
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Aug. 9) & 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Aug. 10), 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. Free. (517) 596-2254. [map]
All parents invited to bring their kids from infants to 5-year-olds for a program of music and dancing presented by Kindermusik teacher Denise Owens.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard Free. 327-8301. [map]
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]
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]
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. 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]
All invited to drop by to record a video interview extolling their favorite AADL book, movie, magazine, science tool, etc., for posting on the AADL website.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., AADL 4th floor, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
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]
This 2-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.
June 8 (2 p.m., Gordon Hall, Dexter-Pinckney Rd. at Island Lake Rd.): Chelsea Monitors. This game is part of Civil War Days (see listing).
June 14 (1 p.m.): Detroit Early Risers.
June 29 (1 p.m.): Flint Lumber City.
July 6 (2 p.m.): Bay City Independents.
July 20 (1 p.m.): TBA.
Aug. 9 (1 p.m.): Royal Oak Wahoos. This game is part of Dexter Daze (see listing).
Aug. 31 (2 p.m.): Northville Eclipse.
Sept. 7 (1 p.m.): Royal Oak Wahoos.
Sept. 27 (2 p.m., Webster Community Hall, corner of Farrell & Webster Church rds.): Chelsea Monitors. This game is part of Webster Fall Festival (see listing).
Various times, St. Joseph Catholic Church (except as noted), 6805 Mast at North Territorial, Dexter. Free. Facebook.com
Huruma Children's Home (Nairobi) director Mama Zipporah discusses her memoir about her rise from the depths of poverty to found one of the most successful children's shelters in Kenya. Signing.
1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [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. [map]
All kids in grades K-8 invited to use a variety of craft supplies to transform a bottle cap and clothespin magnets into critters, monsters, people, or anything else you like.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
A family-oriented afternoon of special activities. including a jello pool, piņata, watermelon eating contest, and more
2-4 p.m., Buhr Park Pool, 2751 Packard 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 Sat. LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
3-4 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [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]
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.
Aug. 9 & 16. Families invited to bring tents, sleeping bags, and lawn chairs for this overnight campout. Evening activities include crafts, fishing, games, a campfire with s'mores, and more. Pancake breakfast ($1) available Sunday morning.
6 p.m. until Sun. morning (tent setup begins at 2 p.m.), Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Preregistration required. $7 (per person) camping fee. $5 vehicle entry fee. 484-9676, ext. 0. [map]
All invited to enjoy this monthly family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments, blankets, and chairs; firewood appreciated. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Various evening times, LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. ( 1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free; donations accepted. 484-6565. [map]
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]
Led by fiddler Michael Doucet, Beausoleil is one of the most influential bands in the revival of interest in the Cajun music of French Louisiana. Its repertoire includes everything from Cajun, Creole, and medieval French music to zydeco, New Orleans jazz, island rhythms, and southern boogie. The band's new CD, From Bamako to Carencro, explores the largely neglected African roots of Cajun music. A big favorite with local audiences.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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]
Aug. 8 & 9. (Note new location.) Animated observational comic with a distinctive point of view who mixes celebrity impressions and voices into his act. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 reserved seating in advance, $13 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Local guitarist Cooney is joined by pianist Andrew Song and multi-instrumentalist Laurel Emrys for performances of works by Debussy and Bach. Also Cooney performs with 2 of his regular ensembles, the versatile jazz, country, pop, and folk trio Isosceles and the Latin, jazz, and pop dance band West Park Music Society.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]
Texas singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett has established himself as one of the most inventive and original voices in country music since Willie Nelson. His lyrics are distinguished by their emotionally powerful down-home imagery, acidic epigrammatic wit, and subversively ironic playfulness, and his music and song forms draw imaginatively on several traditions, from jump blues, western swing, honky-tonk, and country waltzes to folk balladry and hipster jazz. He's backed tonight by his Large Band, an agile neo-Western swing ensemble that's inflected with strong doses of gospel, R&B, bluegrass, and jazz.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater, 316 S. Main. Tickets $49.50 & $75 in advance at all Ticketmaster outlets & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Experience the quiet waters of the Huron River with expert paddlers Ron Sell, Barry Lonik, and the HRWC staff. Each trip includes discussion regarding the river's water ecology, history, and unique features. Shuttle transportation is provided. Bring your own watercraft, gear, food, drinking water and appropriate clothing for the weather. Every paddler must wear a flotation device - bring your own.
Saturday, May 17
Bruin Lake Chain, birding focus
Saturday, June 21
Summer Solstice Paddle Island Park to Peninsular Dam
Thursday, July 24
Saturday, August 9
Full Moon Paddle Pickerel Lake to Crooked Lake
Sunday, September 21
Hudson Mills to Dexter-Huron Metropark (and biking back)
Multiple. $35 (members, $25). (734) 769-5123. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
All invited to compete in dance competitions in several categories, including reverse role tango, same sex rumba, 3-person salsa, and others. Also, professional dance performances. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
8 p.m., Footnotes, 4531 Concourse (off S. State across from the airport). $25 donation, plus $10 per couple to compete in each category. footnotesa2.com, 926-0107. [map]