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Friday, August 15, 2014






 
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2014 Susan G. Komen 3-Day.

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Coming to Michigan August 15-17, the Komen 3-DayŽ is a 60-mile walk for women and men who want to be a part of something bigger - ending breast cancer forever. Participants raise a minimum of $2,300 and walk an average of 20 miles a day for three consecutive days, educating tens of thousands of people about breast health and raising funds to help support breast cancer research and community outreach programs.
Walk Begins at Suburban Showcase, 46100 Grand River, Novi, MI. 48374. $2,300 minimum in pledges. 800-996-3DAY (800-996-3329). michigancoaches@the3day.org www.the3day.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Group Facilitation Training-OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Do you want to brush up on your facilitation skills so that you can feel comfortable leading one of OLLI's many fine courses? Topics to be covered include planning for sessions, creating a participative atmosphere, and handling group dynamics. All class materials will be provided. No outside study is required. Stu Simon has facilitated group processes as a manager at Ford Motor Co. and has been a consultant since his retirement.
Saline Senior Center (around back), 7190 N Maple Rd, Saline. Free. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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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! 

"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. & Nov.) & 9 a.m. (May-Oct.), 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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 11:30 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-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-midnight  Free! 

35th Annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

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Aug. 15-17. 100,000 people usually visit this award-winning cultural heritage showcase of historical exhibits, tours, live entertainment (see below), kids activities, contests, and much more in Riverside Park, Frog Island Park, and Depot Town. Also, an arts & crafts fair, a "5K Heritage Hustle" (Aug. 16, 8 a.m.), an interactive "Time Machine" living history area, and the "Riverside Beer Garden." Lots of food and drinks available. For updated entertainment schedule see ypsilantiheritagefestival.com. Today:

At the Main Stage: Ypsilanti rock quartet The View (2 p.m.), Ypsilanti blues- and funk-influenced folk-rock band The DCR Experience (3:15 p.m.), the local Noteworthy Soul Band (4:45 p.m.), the punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute band The Devil Elvis Show (6 p.m.), guitar wiz George Bedard (7:15 p.m.), Grand Rapids honky-tonk and rockabilly bassist Delilah DeWylde (8:45 p.m.), and the local retro funk band Third Coast Kings (10:30 p.m.).

At the Community Stage: Ypsilanti rock band The Vagrant Symphony (2:30 p.m.), Detroit-based acoustic postpunk old-time music/bluegrass hybrid quartet The Webbs (4 p.m.), the WCC Jazz Quartet (5:30 p.m.), and the WCC Performance Band (7 p.m.).

At the Family Stage: Colors the Clown (4 p.m.), elementary school singers (6 p.m.), and a Charlotte's Web puppet show (7 p.m.).

In Depot Town: Entertainment acts TBA (4, 5, & 7 p.m.), and Ypsilanti pop-rock band Team Cabin (6 p.m.).

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Noon-midnight, Depot Town/Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). ypsilantiheritagefestival.com.
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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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 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movies at the Center: Chelsea Senior Center.

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Every Fri. except last Fri. of each month and Nov. 21. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

Oct. 24: Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton, 1948). Comic horror flick about 2 freight handlers who receive a package from Europe containing the remains of Frankenstein's monster and Dracula.

Nov. 7:Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Classic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as a pair of star-crossed lovers during WW II.

Nov. 14: Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947). Heartwarming comedy about an amiable old man working as a department store Santa who ends up in court on trial for insanity when he tells a skeptical young girl that he's the real thing. Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara.

Dec. 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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 2-3:30 p.m. 

Aerial Sampler: A2 Aviary.

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Curious about aerial, but don't know where to start? Try a bit of everything at this 1.5 hour semi-private aerial sampler! With a maximum class size of four students per instructor, participants will get an overview of the basics of Aerial Silks, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), and Static Trapeze, as well as ample time to play on each apparatus. Who wants to try it all?
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $35. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-sampler/ [map]
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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dog": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members and staff will be on hand to help fix things and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [map]
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 6-7:30 p.m. 

Aerial Sampler: A2 Aviary.

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Curious about aerial, but don't know where to start? Try a bit of everything at this 1.5 hour semi-private aerial sampler! With a maximum class size of four students per instructor, participants will get an overview of the basics of Aerial Silks, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), and Static Trapeze, as well as ample time to play on each apparatus. Who wants to try it all?
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $35. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-sampler/ [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 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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 6-8 p.m. 

"Inaugural Cornman Farms Dinner": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Zingerman's Roadhouse chef Alex Young and Cornman Farms managing partner Kieron Hales tell the story of the farm at this very first of many family-style dinners at the farm that supplies Zingerman's Roadhouse. The menu includes heirloom tomatoes, traditional potato latkes, ham from Niman Ranch hogs smoked in the farm's historic smokehouse, and blueberry pie made from freshly picked blueberries. The program begins with a champagne cocktail hour.
6-8 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $65. Reservations required. 663-3663. [map]
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 6-8 p.m. 

"Mozzarella and Cornman Farms Tomato Party": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Cornman Farm manager Mark Baerwolf discusses the history of the farm the wide variety of heirloom tomatoes he grows, and offers taste samples of some of the tomatoes paired with smoked mozzarella, fiore di latte, burrata, and mozzarella rolls from the Creamery.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-0500. [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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 6:30-9:30 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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 7-11 p.m. 

PNT Kickoff Weekend: Performance Network Theatre.

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The PNT Kickoff Weekend begins Friday, Aug. 15. The evening includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, and music featuring Network favorite Naz Edwards. There is also a Silent Auction that include: a weekend at A Place Somewhere B&B in Stratford, Ontario and packages from local restaurants and vendors such as The Blue Tractor, Crazy Wisdom and more. Reservations at pntheatre.org or call 734-663-0681
$30/person or $50/couple.
Performance Network Theatre, 120 East Huron St. $30/person $50/couple. 734-663-0681. pnet618@gmail.com pntheatre.org [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"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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 8 p.m. 

Al Stewart: The Ark.

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Veteran British folk-rock singer-songwriter best known for his mid-70s hit "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 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. 

"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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