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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 22, 2014






 
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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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

 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.

 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.

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Music Together": Chelsea District Library.

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Robinsongs for Kids instructorTara Vesprini introduces infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by a caregiver) to the joy of making music.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 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]

 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]

 Noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

Grand Opening: Liberty Grand Apartments.

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Stop by and take a tour of our beautifully renovated apartment homes! Food and drink will be served!
Liberty Grand Apartments, 2845 Sagebrush Circle. Free. 7349970658. jordan.brandt@concordrents.com LibertyGrandApts.com [map]

 6 p.m. 

Community Commitment: Free Yoga Class - Donations Welcome: A2 Yoga.

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This class is in honor of Seeds of Peace, a non-profit organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace.
A Yoga works to support the community that supports A through a program called Community Commitment (C). This is based on the mathematical power of 2 to create more. This class serves as a great introduction to yoga and A Yoga Studio. This special all-levels community yoga class is open to the public free of charge, donations welcome. We offer this class as Karma Yoga, or giving back to the community. Please help us make this a spectacular A Yoga class and join us!
A2 Yoga, 2030 Commerce Blvd. Donation. 734-216-4006. a2yoga@gmail.com www.a2yoga.net [map]

 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]

 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Russian Mission Network Dinner: First Presbyterian Church.

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Dinner, followed by a talk on "The Religious Factor in Ukraine and Crimea" by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary systematic theology John Burgess, author of Encounters with Orthodoxy: How Protestant Churches Can Reform Themselves Again. With responses by Father Gregory Joyce of the local St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church and WSU Slavic studies professor Laura Kline.
6-9 p.m., First Presbyterian, 1432 Washtenaw. Free; donations accepted. Reservations required at firstpresbyterian.org. aa3013@wayne.edu. 662-4466. [map]

 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]

 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]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movie in the Park: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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July 25 & Aug. 22. Outdoor showing of a movie, preceded at 6:30 p.m. by music, kids activities, and games. Concessions. Also, on July 25, an overnight family campout ($10 per tent, preregistration required). July 25: Despicable Me 2, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's charming 2013 computer-animated comedy about a reformed supervillain who matches wits with another supervillain with ambitions of world dominance. Aug. 22: The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's 2014 computer animated adventure comedy about an ordinary LEGO construction worker thought to be the prophesied "Special" who's recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant.
6:30 p.m., Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., off N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-3502.

 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Series.

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Every Fri., June 12-Aug. 27.

June 12: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

June 19: Jake Reichbart Trio. Jazz ensemble led by veteran local guitarist Reichbart.

June 26: 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.

July 3: Randy Brock Group. Detroit blues trio.

July 10: Flying Latini Brothers. Reunion of this veteran local band fronted by singer-songwriter John Latini that plays country-flavored rock, along with some Tom Waits songs and other offbeat covers.

July 17: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

July 24: Sexy Monster. Veteran Detroit funk-rock fusion dance quintet fronted by vocalist Debbie Porchiran.

July 31: The Invasion. British Invasion cover quartet from Redford.

Aug. 7: Men in Black. Local classic rock band.

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6:30-9:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.

 7 p.m. 

Euchre Night: Out Loud Chorus Fund-Raiser.

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All invited to compete in a euchre tournament. No partner necessary; cash prizes for overall winner and loser.
7-9 p.m., Bona Sera, 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. $10. 973-6084, 663-0036. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Film and Discussion: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Film screenings followed by discussion.

May 29: Why Not Now! (Mark Watts, 2014). Documentary about the life and works of the mid-20th-century philosopher and spiritual entertainer Alan Watts.

June 12: The NeverEnding Story (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984). Fantasy adventure about an unhappy boy who stumbles into the mythical land of Fantasia when he begins to read an ancient tome.

July 24: K-PAX (Iain Softley, 2001). Sci-fi mystery about a psychiatric patient claiming to be from an alien planet whose outlook onlife proves to be an inspiration to his fellow patients and his psychiatrist. Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges. Discussion follows.

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7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Leslie McGraw: Bookbound.

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This local poet, blogger, and journalist reads from and discusses her debut poetry collection, Emergencies of the Heart. Refreshments and music. Signing.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 7 p.m.-midnight 

"Drum Jam": Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio.

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All drummers invited; bring hand drums or borrow one from the studio. Beverages for sale.
8-11 p.m., Tree of Life, 6065 Sibley (east off N. Main), Chelsea. Free. 433-0697. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Forgiving Dr. Mengele": Center of Light.

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Eva Mozes Kor, who survived Josef Mengele's cruel twin experiments in the Auschwitz concentration camp, shocks other Holocaust survivors when she decides to forgive the perpetrators as a way of self-healing. Join us as we explore the power of forgiveness, for others AND for ourselves. Discussion to follow, free popcorn as always!
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 734-330-5048. annarbor@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]

 7:30 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Old Hollywood Recovery Dance 2014: University of Michigan Students for Recovery.

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The University of Michigan Students for Recovery present "Old Hollywood Recovery Dance 2014" - a sober end-of-summer dance with an opportunity to dress up, dance, and flaunt how fabulous you are. The dance's theme is OLD HOLLYWOOD, so dress up in formal attire, be ready to dance and have a CLASSIC TIME. This event has FREE admission and is open to the community - all ages are welcome and anyone interested in experiencing a substance-free fantastic event is welcome - this includes people in recovery, people supportive of recovery, people interested in recovery and people who want to have a great time in a sober environment.
This is a substance-free event, and we ask that attendees be respectful of those who want to have a fun, sober experience. Any non- sober participants will be asked to leave.
Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 South State Street. Free. 734-763-3933. collegiate.recovery.program@umich.edu https://www.facebook.com/events/664002100344258/?ref=22 [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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Aug. 8 & 22. Sept. 5 & 19. All invited to join an ongoing discussion of the Steiner's 1908 lecture cycle The Gospel of Saint John. Familiarity with Rudolf Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes. Free. 944-4903. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Women's Soccer vs. California State-Northridge.

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7:30 p.m., U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Les Misérables": Father Gabriel Richard High School Dramalums.

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Aug. 20-22 & 24. Anne Kolaczkowski-Magee directs recent Gabriel Richard grads in Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer's adaptation of Victor Hugo's sweeping epic of 19th century Parisian life, a large-canvas tale of human fallibility centered on a petty criminal who reinvents himself as a model citizen and becomes a town mayor and then, after another stint in jail, befriends an unfortunate single mother whom he attempts to rescue from her grim circumstances.
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 20-22) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 24), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $10 at the door only. 662-0496, ext. 200. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Kevin James: Live Nation.

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Most widely familiar as the star of the sitcom The King of Queens and of I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and other hit film comedies, James is also a veteran stand-up comic who's known for his amiably laid-back, sometimes quizzical, and usually self-deprecating observational humor about ordinary life.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $70-$90 in advance at Ticketmaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful: The Ark.

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Local country-inflected folk-rock band led by singer-songwriter Misty Lyn. The band has an acclaimed 2013 CD, False Honey, a collection of songs exploring heartache and its aftermath.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $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]

 8 p.m. 

"The Big Bang": Performance Network Theatre/Williamston Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 21-31. Rob Roznowski directs this production, which ran at the Williamston Theater through Aug. 17, of Boyd Graham and Jed Feuer's outrageous musical comedy about 2 wanna-be tycoons who set up an audition for potential backers of their preposterously ambitious musical, a history of the world with a cast of hundreds.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. ( Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Tickets $27-$41 in advance by phone and at pntheatre.org, and at the door. 663-0696. [map]

 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]

 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Roadside Prophets": WCBN-FM.

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Screening of Abbe Wool's 1992 cult film about 2 strangers (John Doe of X and Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys) who meet on the road and travel through Nevada on motorcycle to find an elusive spot where they can dump another man's ashes.
8:30 p.m., Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. Free admission. 763-3500. [map]

 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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