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Calendar of Events

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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 8 a.m. 

Color Vibe 5K.

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Noncompetitive race in which runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the route around Briarwood Circle. Followed by a dance party.
8 a.m., Briarwood mall, south side. $45 in advance by July 31; $50 by Aug. 23; $55 on race day; kids ages 1-12, free with a paying adult. [map]

 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]

 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.

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Show and sale of works by local artists, with emphasis on paintings and photography (Aug. 10), pottery (Aug. 17), sculpture and paper arts (Aug. 24), and toys (Aug. 31). The Aug. 3 market is the 4th Annual Fairy Festival (see separate listing on the 3rd).
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers' Market. Free admission.

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free., 846-9418.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Sharon Mills Tours: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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June 22, July 13 & 27, and Aug. 10 & 24. All invited to tour this park on the River Raisin that features an operational hydroelectric generator, a beautiful multicolored stone house, a wooden mill, and a former winery, plus spots for fishing, canoeing, and picnicking. Docents are on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the generator.
1-4 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. (between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds.), Manchester. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]

 1-2 p.m. 

Static Trapeze 1: A2 Aviary.

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Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$15 for a single class
$150 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Concerts in the Courtyard": Kerrytown Market & Shops.

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Every Sun. Performances by local musicians. Aug. 3: San & Emily & Jacob. Acoustic trio of multi-instrumentalist San Slomovits (best known as half of the popular family-friendly duo Gemini), his violinist daughter Emily Slomovits, and bassist Jacob Warren. Aug. 10: Royal Garden Trio. Led by guitarist Brian Delaney, this trio plays early jazz standards and Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. Aug. 17: bluegrass-Gypsy jazz trio Wire in the Wood. Aug. 24: Gemini. See San & Emily & Jacob, above.
1-3 p.m., Kerrytown Courtyard. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 1 & 3 p.m. 

"The Ann Arbor Architectural Tour".

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Aug. 23 & 24. Michigan architectural history enthusiast Jacob Jabkiewicz leads an informative 75-minute walking tour highlighted by Burton Memorial Tower, Nickels Arcade, and the Michigan and State theaters. Weather permitting.
10 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 3 p.m. (Sun.), meet at the corner of E. Liberty and Maynard (across from Biggby Coffee). $12 (kids age 5 & under, free). Reservations requested. (517) 392-5113. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Devil's Glove": Barnes & Noble.

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Louis Agnello, who writes under the pen name Cousin Vinny, discusses his debut novel, morality tale that, framed in terms of the eternal struggle between God and Satan, follows 2 generations of owners of an accursed baseball glove. Signing.
1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

Summer Classic Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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June 21 & 23: The Godfather (Frank Oz, 1984). (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972). Iconic epic portrait of a Mafia patriarch and his family. Based on the Mario Puzo novel. Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton.

June 28 & 30: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Mike Nichols, 1966). Film Adaptation of Edward Albee's classic drama about the cruelty spouses are capable of inflicting on each other. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis.

July 4: The Great Escape (John Sturges, 1963). A cocky group of British and American prisoners of war plan and execute an escape from a maximum-security German prison camp. Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Coburn, Charles Bronson. 1:30 p.m.

July 5 & 7: The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1968). Outrageous comedy about a hard-luck Broadway producer who schemes to get rich with a surefire flop--a musical about Hitler. Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder.

July 12 & 14: The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955). August 13 & 15. Expressionistic black-comedy thriller about a psychotic ex-con preacher who terrorizes 2 orphaned children in order to get his hands on a cache of money stashed away by their father. Screenplay by James Agee. Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish.

July 19 & 21: Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969). Classic counterculture road movie about 2 biker burnouts who set out to find America. Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson.

July 26 & 28: The General (Buster Keaton, 1927). Classic silent comedy-adventure that stars the great Buster Keaton as a clownish Confederate engineer pursuing Union spies who made off with his locomotive-and his girl!. The film concludes with a spectacular chase sequence that includes the collapse of a bridge as the train crosses it. With live organ accompaniment.

1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Tues.) & TBA (July 4), Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]

 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium.

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Daily, July & Aug. . 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.

The Little Star That Could (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) 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.

Waiting Far Away (12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an exploration about far away places both in the universe and in our imagination.

Exploring New Horizons (2:30 p.m. daily) is an audiovisual show about the mission of the New Horizons spacecraft to a dwarf planet that also explores the history and importance of the scientific method.

Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]

 2 p.m. 

The Brahms Sextets: The Phoenix Ensemble.

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Phoenix Ensemble members Gabriel Bolkosky, Sarah Cleveland, Katri Ervamaa, James Greer, Jin Hee Kim and John Madison present a benefit concert to support the PhoenixPhest Chamber Music Festival. The program features both string sextets of Johannes Brahms: No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18 and No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36.
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N 4th Ave. Donation. $40. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Women's Soccer vs. Bowling Green.

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

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Ancient/Modern: The Design of Everyday Things": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Kelsey Museum collections coordinator Sebastián Encina leads a tour of the current exhibit (see Galleries).
2 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3": UMMA.

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Sept. 7 & 14. Docent-led tour of the current traveling exhibition of Native American and First Nations art.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 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]

 2 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, and at the door. 663-0696. [map]

 2 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, [map]

 2 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, [map]

 2 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, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]

 2:15-3:15 p.m. 

Aerial Silks Level 2: A2 Aviary.

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This class will be expand upon the skills learned in Aerial Silks 1, adding in more advanced poses, climbs and foundational skills to work towards a complete aerial routine. Newer students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, more advanced students will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. This is a multi level class which should be repeated until student has mastered skills for level 3. All students enrolled in the entire series are invited to perform at LIFT OFF.
*Students must have completed at least one or more full sessions of Aerial Silks 1: Basics, have instructor approval, or have trained in another facility.
*Requirements for level 2 include: basic climb, foot knot in the air, inverting to crochet hooked feet from the ground or in the air, and x back to enroll in this series.
$25 for a single class
$150 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Hunting Mastodons": U-M Natural History Museum.

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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]

 3:15-4:15 p.m. 

Aerial Silks 3: A2 Aviary.

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This class will work for longer periods in the air and at greater heights adding new sequences, poses and transitions to skills they learned in Level 2. Emphasis on form, technique, problem solving (while upside down!), and choreography will be discussed. Conditioning exercises which build core and upper body strength and flexibility will be included in each class. All students enrolled in the entire seven week series are invited to perform at LIFT OFF.
**Students must have completed a minimum of one full session of Silks 2 (or have received similar training in another facility) and have instructor approval to register.**
**Requirements for Level 3 class include: execution of a minimum of 3 different climbs, inverting in the air, hip key in the air, and ability to comfortably perform at least two moves in a row.**
$150 for a seven week series
$25 for a single class
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. [map]

 5-9 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. [map]

 5-8 p.m. 

Chefs in the Garden Dinner Series: Growing Hope Fundraiser.

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Dinner party with seasonal foods prepared by local chefs.
5-8 p.m., Growing Hope, 922 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Tickets $55 ($100 per twosome) in advance at 786-8401. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email to confirm. 717-1569.

 6 p.m. 

The Runway pt. II "The Sequel": DLC Collections.

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DLC Collections will be presenting a benefit fashion show entitled "The Runway pt. II "The Sequel" This Haute Couture experience will be from 6pm-10pm in the Morris Lawerence Complex at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor MI.
Bonita Couture
Preppy Fresh
E.I.G.O Clothing
The Getup Vintage
The Fit 2B Tied Collections
Cheryl Zemke Creative Clothing Collection
Lavish Threads
The Premiere of DLC Collections
Washtenaw Community College at Parkridge Community Center, located at 591 Armstrong in Ypsilanti, provides year-round assistance to more than 100 local at-risk, inner city youth in the areas of tutoring, mentoring, summer programs, counseling services, and other activities. By providing these services, Washtenaw Community College at Parkridge Community Center becomes a safe haven for kids, keeps our youth off the streets and engages them in positive, enriching activities. The Runway pt. 2 is designed to help with the expense of providing these services; wh
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Dr. Donation. $25. 734 904-8932. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Hearts & Minds: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Chicago-based trio of bass clarinetist Jason Stein, pianist and synth player Paul Giallorenzo, and drummer Frank Rosaly performs groovy jazz originals with avant-garde improvisations. "Considering their general intensity and occasional ferocity, the group could almost as appropriately be named Blood & Guts," writes reviewer John Dworkin.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys: The Ark.

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Acclaimed Lansing swing-flavored bluegrass band led by singer-guitarist Lindsay Lou Rilko. The band has a brand-new EP, Here Between, a collection of songs that migrate from their familiar jazzgrass milieu into the world of contemporary string band music occupied by the likes of Joy Kills Sorrow and Crooked Still.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Chili Challis' UNclub Comedy Open Mike": Emergent Arts.

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Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Challis's comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. Refreshments.
8 p.m., The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation., 985-0875. [map]

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