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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 14, 2014






 
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 9 a.m.-noon 

Mostly Music Camp: Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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The Mostly Music Camp is a week long fun and educational adventure designed to give the campers a variety of activities.
Date: August 11-15, 2014 9:00 a.m. to noon
Two camps are offered. The Adventures in Music Camp is for children who are age four by the start of camp to entering Grade 1. These students will learn folk dances, create related craft projects, learn about various instruments of the orchestra, develop vocal, rhythmic, listening and social skills, play rhythm instruments, and more.
The Mostly Music Camp is for those students entering Grades 2 -7. Their activities will also be varied, and may include playing the recorder, experimenting with sounds, recorder (basic) composing with hand percussion instruments, learning how to make and use puppets, creating dance movements and learning various dance styles.
Some partial scholarships are available.
Grace Bible Church, 1500 S. Maple Road. $150 Fee. 734-428-8687. merilee.mag@gmail.com aaaptgf.org [map]

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 9 a.m.-noon 

Mostly Music Camp: Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild is the sponsor.

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The Mostly Music Camp is a week-long fun and educational adventure designed to give the campers a variety of activities. Two camps are offered with the purposes of exploring music through singing and instruments, various styles of dance and craft activities such as puppet making, to name a few. Age of the campers is from four to entering grade seven (7) in the fall of 2014. Adventures in Music Camps 1 & 2 are for students age 4 to entering Grade 1. Mostly Music Camp is for students entering Grades 2 - 7. Partial scholarships are available.
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Road. $150/week. 734-428-8687. merilee.mag@gmail.com aaaptgf.org [map]

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994-5908. [map]

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 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids' Camp: Taste of Summer.

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Once upon a sunny, summer morning we found a surplus of garden vegetables bursting with flavor and just waiting to be eaten. This final camp of the summer will focus on the abundance of peak season tomatoes, corn, zucchini, cucumbers, and more. From savory to sweet we'll grill, bake, and cook our way through the week. 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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 10 a.m.-noon 

Plant Studies: Community Farm of Ann Arbor.

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July 11, Aug. 14, & Sept. 10. Meditative session to observe one plant on the farm. Participants sit around the plant, touch it, smell it, taste bits of it, examine it with field lenses, and listen to it. Attendees must be able to sit quietly for 2 hours. Bring a chair or mat if you like.
4-6 p.m. (July 11), 10 a.m.-noon (Aug. 14), & 1-3 p.m. (Sept. 10), Community Farm of Ann Arbor, 1525 S. Fletcher Rd. north of Scio Church Rd., Chelsea. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required. 475-7451. [map]

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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Sweeping for Insects": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission "Nature Fun on Thursdays".

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Kids age 4 & up invited to learn about insects and try to find some with sweep nets.
10:30-11:30 a.m., County Farm Park, meet at the pavilion at the Platt Rd. entrance. Free; preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.

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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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 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Every Thurs. (except July 3 & 17), June 5-Aug. 28. Musical entertainment by local and area performers.

June 5: Stepdad. Grand Rapids electronica-pop band.

June 12: Eric Hutchinson. NYC-based pop-rock singer-songwriter whose recently released CD, Pure Fiction, is a collection of engagingly melodic, passionate songs that includes "Tell the World," a tune selected as the theme song for the new NBC sitcom Growing Up Fisher.

June 19: Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers. Lansing pop-funk and soul quartet led by singer-songwriter Hertler.

June 26: The Wild Feathers. Straight-ahead rock 'n' roll with booming harmonies by this Nashville quintet that recently released its eponymous debut CD.

July 10: ZZ Ward. Highly regarded young singer-songwriter from Oregon whose music draws its influences from blues, soul, and hip-hop.

July 24: Appleseed Collective. Popular young local acoustic quartet whose music is an enchanting blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies. The band recently released the acclaimed CD Young Love.

July 31: Vance Joy. Popular young pop-folk singer-songwriter from Melbourne whose 2013 debut EP, God Loves You When You're Dancing, has spawned a couple hit singles. Opening act is Keri Lynne Roche, a Detroit indie-rock singer-songwriter and American Idol season 12 contestant.

Aug. 7: Laith Al-Saadi. An eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals, by a jazz-tinged, jam-oriented trio led by local singer-guitarist Al-Saadi.

Aug. 14: The Ragbirds. Inventive local country-rock band, fronted by singer-songwriter Erin Zindle, whose music mixes in elements of world music, groove rock, and edgy pop, using a diverse mix of instruments, including violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, acoustic guitar, and percussion styles from around the world, as well as the old-fashioned drum kit.

Aug. 21: Michelle Chamuel. Passionate pop anthems by this former frontwoman of Ella Riot, a singer-songwriter who was runner-up on the 4th season of The Voice. Her debut single, "Go Down Singing," reached #12 on the iTunes pop chart. Opening act is Theo Katzman, an Ann Arbor-bred, NYC-based soul-based funk-folk singer-songwriter.

Aug. 28: The Alternate Routes. Guitar-fueled indie rock trio from Bridgeport (CT) known for its compact, melodic tunes with dark, intensely personal lyrics exploring a wide palette of emotions.

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11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109.

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 Noon-11 p.m. 

16th Annual Milan Bluegrass Festival.

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Aug. 14-16. Three days of bluegrass music performed by leading regional and national performers.

Aug. 14: Buddy Hutch & Grand Ole Country (noon & 6 p.m.), Out of the Blue (12:50 & 6:50 p.m.), Wendy Smith & Blue Velvet (1:40 & 7:40 p.m.), Larry Efaw & the Bluegrass Mountaineers (2:30 & 8:30 p.m.), Lorrain Jordan & Carolina Road (3:20 & 9:20 p.m.), and Nothin' Fancy (4:15 & 10:15 p.m.).

Aug. 15: Today's headliners are Dale Ann Bradley Band (3:20 & 9:20 p.m.), an eastern Kentucky band led by 5-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Bradley and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (4:15 & 10:15 p.m.), a veteran neotraditionalist ensemble from northern Georgia fronted by lead vocalist and guitarist Moore that's a 7-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year. Also, Wendy Miller & Country Grass (noon & 6 p.m.), Feller & Hill (12:50 & 6:50 p.m.), Darin & Brooke Aldridge (1:40 & 7:40 p.m.), Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers (2:30 & 8:30 p.m.).

Aug. 16: Today's headliners are IBMA Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (3:20 & 9:20 p.m.) and the acclaimed young Nashville bluegrass sextet The Grascals (4:15 & 10:15 p.m.), a 2-time winner of the IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award that Dolly Parton calls "one of the best bluegrass bands I've ever heard." The band's widely acclaimed 2012 CD The Famous Lefty Flynn's includes bluegrass covers of a wide range of material, from the Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville" to Steve Earle's "My Old Friend the Blues." Also, Flatt Lonesome (noon & 6 p.m.), The Spinney Brothers (12:50 & 6:50 p.m.), Volume Five (1:40 & 7:40 p.m.), and Detour (2:30 & 8:30 p.m.).

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Noon-11 p.m., KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Rd. (US-23 to Exit 25; southeast on Plank Rd.), Milan. Tickets $75 (for all 3 days) in advance by July 30, $85 at the gate for all 3 days. $25 ($20 after 6 p.m.) on Aug. 14 & $35 ($25 after 6 p.m.) on Aug. 15 & 16 and $60 weekend pass at the gate only. Kids under 12 with parent, free. 439-1076. [map]

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 Noon & 6 p.m.  Free! 

Free Real Estate Education Event - Developed by Scott Yancey star of A&E's Flipping Vegas: Scott Yancey Events.

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Come learn how expert real estate investors make successful investments in the real estate industry. This live preview event developed by TV star Scott Yancey, from the hit show Flipping Vegas on A&E, can help you discover how to:
ˇ Get started as an investor
ˇ Learn how to chose the right area of real estate
ˇ Discover how the experts generate monthly cash flow and big investment returns
Real estate instructors with real life knowledge and experience will share how to start investing and how they get big returns in the world of real estate.
Developed by, Scott Yancey, a real estate expert who has made millions in the real estate market. Him and his wife, Amie, teach others how to become successful on their hit television show Flipping Vegas where they buy, fix, and flip houses in Las Vegas, NV.
Sheraton Ann Arbor, 3200 Boardwalk Street. Free. 888-326-1864. kassi@buypd.com http://yanceyfreebook.com/event/lo/ep/2264full_cal/d6054-sun?mg=10372AF2-3DE8-E311-8C49-5254002F6A80&ig [map]

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 2-8 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]

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 3-7 p.m. 

Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township.

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The Pittsfield Township Farmers Market is a weekly, summer market that features local and regional food and agricultural businesses, artisans, and entertainers. Stop by and pick up fresh produce, meats, and cheeses, baked goods, preserves, oils, and spices. Enjoy a snack or hot dinner while socializing with your neighbors and watching the children run around on the play ground. Kids specific activities and live entertainment will be featured on a rotating basis. Like us on Facebook (facebook.com/PittsfieldTwp) and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/PittsfieldTwp) to stay up to date on weekly activities.
Each market features diverse offerings, including fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and dairy products; hot foods; baked goods; seasonings, spices, and oils; artisan wares; community and non-profit groups; activities and entertainment; and seasonal items. This is a Michigan producer only market.
Pittsfield Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Free admission. 734 822-3152. farmersmarket@pittsfield-mi.gov pittsfield-mi.gov [map]

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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Arrows Away": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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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.

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 3:45 & 7:15 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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 4 & 7 p.m. 

"Before You Know It": Michigan Theater.

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(PJ Raval, 2013). Three gay seniors navigate adventures, challenges, and surprises in their golden years.
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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 5:45 p.m. 

"CXpreX": Velo Club.

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Aug. 14, 21, & 28 and Sept. 4. Training rides for those interested in Cyclo-cross bicycle racing. CX races typically involve several laps of a short course of pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles that require the rider to dismount quickly and carry the bike while navigating obstructions. Raffles.
5:45 p.m., Leslie Park baseball field, Leslie Park Cir. off Dhu Varren. $15. cxprex2014@gmail.com.

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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 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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads.
6 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]

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 6 p.m. 

"The Cat Who Ran": Carriage House Theatre/Spinning Dot Theatre.

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Aug. 14-17 & 21-24. Jenny Koppera directs local actors in Toyoko Nishida's family-friendly play based on a Japanese tale by Naoko Kudo. The action centers on the unlikely meeting of a cat and fish and the evolution of their joyful friendship. With puppetry, movement, and music. For all ages.
6 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441, contact@carriagehousetheatre.org. [map]

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 6 p.m. 

"The Cat Who Ran": Carriage House Theatre/Spinning Dot Theatre.

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Aug. 14-17 & 21-24. Jenny Koppera directs local actors in Toyoko Nishida's family-friendly play based on a Japanese tale by Naoko Kudo. The action centers on the unlikely meeting of a cat and fish and the evolution of their joyful friendship. With puppetry, movement, and music. For all ages.
6 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441, contact@carriagehousetheatre.org. [map]

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 6:30-8 p.m. 

TwerkShop: A2 Aviary.

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It's in every club, at every party, and all over YouTube! Twerking has made a comeback and in full force, no you can join the movement too! This workshop will cover basic twerk moves as well as some of the more advance such as "booty roll", "pop and drop", "scrub the ground", "lazy stripper", "stripper wiggle", as well as the infamous "make dat money hand stand". Each move will be broken down step by step and then put together in a mini routine. Whether you want to learn for fitness or to be the hottest twerker in the club this workshop has it all!
Booty shorts or leggings are recommended for best possible jiggle, and you WILL need a water bottle!
Limited class space, please be sure to register to reserve your spot.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $20. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/twerkshop/ [map]

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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:45 p.m. (May), 6:30 p.m., (Apr. & June-Aug.), 6:15 p.m. (Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]

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 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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Every Thurs., June 5-Aug. 14.Musical entertainment on 9 stages downtown, as well as Three Generations Entertainment with balloons and other activities for kids. The weekly musical program also includes an open mike stage. Also, Spontaneous Art interactive performance artists, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at dusk (except June 5) by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies at the Clocktower Commons.

June 5: Eric the Juggler, the Ann Arbor alt-country band Corndaddy, the Howell pop-rock singer-songwriter Mike Vial, the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord, the rock band Spin Cycle, the Stevie Wonder/Motown tribute band 1s & 2s, and the Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band Salmagundi.

June 12: Dee Dee the Clown and face painter Nikki Skrobot, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the local contemporary pop-folk singer-guitarist Travis Root, the southeast Michigan blues and classic rock quartet New Blues Street Project, the jazz ensemble The Veasey Trio, the local folk-rock Bob Skon Trio, and the local country-rock trio Cold Tone Harvest. Followed by Over the Hedge.

June 19: Eric the Juggler, the Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quintet Captain Ivory, the versatile local singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist Spencer Michaud, the Chelsea High Celtic music ensemble Chelsea House Orchestra, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band The Shelter Dogs, the rockabilly band Los Dingos del Norte, and the Pinckney classic rock party band Crossroads. Also, a demonstration of 1860s-era baseball by the Chelsea Monitor Base Ball Club. Followed by Big.

June 26: Dee Dee the Clown and face painter Nikki Skrobot, the Detroit Celtic rock quintet Bill Grogan's Goat, Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-singer Kari Holmes, the Chelsea garage blues band Bull Halsey, the country- and blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock duo Delbert Walling & Haley Smith, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, and the jazz vocal trio David C. Bloom & Friends. Followed by The Three Stooges.

July 3: Eric the Juggler, the Chelsea rock 'n' roll band Coconut Radio,the Johnny Cash tribute band Cash Is King, the Blissfield acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter Human Cannonball, the rock band Of One, the Ferndale Americana rock quartet Escaping Pavement, the Ann Arbor the blues duo Shari Kane & Dave Steele, and the Detroit pop-rock quintet Anthony Lai Band. Followed by Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

July 10: A2Magic magicians, the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra, the acoustic pop band CrossBow & the Roadshow, the Dexter contemporary country-rock singer-songwriter Kaylyn Pace, the South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the Chelsea acoustic Americana trio Mixed Nuts, the Howell country quartet Kari Holmes & the Modern Day Drifters, and the tap dance ensemble 2x4. Followed by Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

July 17: Dee Dee the Clown and face painter Nikki Skrobot, the local blues and blues-rock quintet blues band The Bluesmatics, the local rock band StormFront, the blues-rock duo Peter & Ralph, the Ypsilanti punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute band Devil Elvis, the local alternative rock band Liquid Plasma, the Detroit pop-rock quintet McLaughlin's Alley, and vintage band music by the Town Band. Also, a demonstration of 1860s-era baseball by the Chelsea Monitor Base Ball Club. Followed by The Book Thief.

July 24: A2Magic magicians, the pop & lock dancer Poppet, spray paint artist Grant Willis, the Tree of Life Dancing & Drumming Society, the Ypsilanti Chicago blues quintet Blues Dog Inquisition, the veteran local acoustic folksinger-guitarist Marty Kohn, the Manchester traditional Cajun music duo Sel de Terre, the jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace, and the Westland country and blues ensemble Freddy Keys Band. Followed by Hotel for Dogs.

July 31: Eric the Juggler, the veteran Ann Arbor Cuban jazz ensemble Trio Tumbao, the Ypsilanti rock quartet The View, the acoustic blues and folk musician Ian Stewart, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the U-M student vintage pop a cappella ensemble Harmonettes, the Ypsilanti alternative rock band Arbor Reign, and the local folksy Americana trio Ebb Tide. Followed by We Bought a Zoo.

Aug. 7: Dee Dee the Clown and face painter Nikki Skrobot, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the local country-rock trio Cold Tone Harvest, Jackson singer-songwriter James Muto, the Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band Salmagundi, the country- and blues-rock band Skye Hilliam & Drake, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band The Shelter Dogs, and the rock band Of One. Followed by The Sound of Music.

Aug. 14: Eric the Juggler, the South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette, the Ferndale Americana rock quartet Escaping Pavement, the local acoustic pop-rock and folk-rock trio Old Friends, the local folk-rock Bob Skon Trio, and the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra. Followed by Star Trek: Into Darkness.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145, 433-2787.

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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]

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 7-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Bill Morris: Nicola's Books.

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This Detroit native reads from Motor City Burning, his new novel set in 1968 about a disillusioned civil rights activist who returns to Detroit to sell smuggled guns and there discovers he's the prime suspect in an unsolved murder from the previous summer's race riots. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Main Street Summer Music Series: Saline Main Street.

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A summertime favorite, Saline's Summer Music Series is a family-fun street party everyone from 2 to 102 can enjoy! Come out and revel in the warm summer evening while listening to cool live music under the stars. Activities for the kids presented by Two Twelve Arts Center! You can even enjoy the entertainment while dining outside at local restaurants serving dinner al fresco!
South Ann Arbor Street, Saline. Free. 734 316-2119. manager@salinemainstreet.org www.salinemainstreet.org

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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Crazy Collage": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make a collage using stickers, brightly colored paper, foamies, googly eyes, and other fun supplies.
7-8 p.m., AADL youth story corner, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Frank Lloyd Wright Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow-paced 15-mile ride on mountain or wide-tired road bikes over the lightly traveled, hard dirt roads behind Domino's Farms.
7 p.m., meet at 2722 Georgetown Blvd. north off Plymouth Rd. Free. 995-5017, 668-7706, 663-5060.

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 7-9 p.m. 

"Micro Madness": Arbor Brewing Company Beer Tasting.

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A chance to sample and learn about a wide variety of beers from microbreweries around the country. Also, a drawing for beer-related prizes. The price of admission includes unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet.
7-9 p.m., Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 (if available) at the door. 213-1393. [map]

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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs. (except July 3 & Aug. 7), June 12-Aug. 14. Downtown concerts by area bands. Rain location: Stone Arch Arts & Events (117 S. Ann Arbor St.). June: 19: Bluegrass and high-energy American folk ensemble the Saline Fiddlers. June 26: The kid-friendly Toledo band The Wanna Bees and the popular and versatile Saline Big Band. July 10: Philadelphia Celtic rock band Barleyjuice. July 17: Classic rock band Dr. Pocket. July 24: Local experimental acoustic roots music band Dragon Wagon. July 31: Jazz and R&B band All Directions. Aug. 14: Bill Bynum & Co., the highly regarded Downriver bluegrass and hard-country band.
7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4907.

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 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

"Elemental Creatures": Nightfire Dance Theater/Storydance.

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These 2 local troupes present a program of storytelling, music, poetry, and dance, invoking a mythic realm of nature spirits, animal forms, and elements where human imagination melds with nature. Weather permitting, the audience (which is encouraged to come in costume) moves with the performances to various locations. Rain or shine; shelter available in the Island Park pavilion. Followed by open freeform dancing.
7:30 p.m., Island Park, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Lane. $5-$15 suggested donation. 996-1772. [map]

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"The Sound of Music with a Twist": Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 13-17. Local kids present a musical inspired by The Sound of Music.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 13-16) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 17), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 15 benefit show that includes a twilight reception & $15 (students & seniors, $10) for all other dates in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [map]

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Joshua Davis and Rachael Davis: The Ark.

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Double bill of unrelated Michigan singer-songwriters. Steppin' in It frontman Davis specializes in Americana folk-rock tunes, and velvet-voiced Cadillac native Rachael Davis writes songs whose influences range from Ella Fitzgerald to Patty Griffin.
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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"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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"Summer Classics after Dark": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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July 31: Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, 1984). Exuberant Talking Heads concert film regarded by many as the best concert film of all time.

Aug. 7: The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1976). Cult film starring David Bowie stars as an extraterrestial seeking help for his drought-stricken planet who is seduced by the material satisfactions of life on Earth.

Aug. 14: Alphaville: The Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965). Hardboiled detective story is crossed with dystopian sci-fi in this story about a man sent to destroy an almost-human computer who falls in love with its inventor's daughter. Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina.

Aug. 21: A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971). Disturbingly vivid adaptation of Anthony Burgess's sci-fi satire about behaviorist schemes to pacify antisocial misfits. Malcolm McDowell.

Aug. 28: The Visitor (Michael J. Paradise, 1979). Psychological thriller about a girl with telekinetic powers who becomes the focus of an interspacial struggle between good and evil. Lance Henriksen, John Huston, Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Franco Nero, Shelley Winters.

Sept. 4: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (Terry Jones, 1983). Those wacky Brits take on life, death, and the big picture in this outrageous, bawdy comedy spoofing every stage of human existence.

Sept. 11: Mommie Dearest (Frank Perry, 1981). Biopic about Hollywood icon Joan Crawford based on her daughter's scathing memoir. Faye Dunaway.

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10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (MTF member, $6.50) in advance at ticketweb.com and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]

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