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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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"Violette": Michigan Theater.

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(Martin Provost, 2013). Biopic about the French novelist Violette Leduc who forms a relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. French, subtitles.
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, [map]
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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thursday, Aug. 28-Oct. 30, and Oct. 4 & 18. All invited to join WAS members for a leaderless hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
8-11 a.m. (except Oct. 18, 1-4 p.m.), meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free.
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 9 a.m.-11 p.m. 

79th Annual Saline Community Fair.

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Aug. 27-31. This old-fashioned community fair features agricultural and craft exhibits, rides, and a variety of special events, including a parade (Aug. 27), a rodeo (Aug. 29), and more. Rides usually run Wed.-Sat. Updated schedule available at
9 a.m.-11 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Cost TBA. 668-0776. [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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 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. Activities, primarily for seniors, begin at 10 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($4), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar. An 11 a.m. Current Events discussion group led by Heather Dombey is followed at noon by a homemade dairy lunch ($3) and at 1 p.m. by a cultural or educational program TBA.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [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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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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.

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.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109.
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 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Tea with the Fairies": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Crazy Wisdom staff dress up as fairies to sprinkle fairy dust and serve tea, petits fours, and cookies to kids and their families. Also, fairy stories and readings. Bring your own fairy wings and dolls.
1 & 4 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $11 (babies age 18 months & younger, free). Preregistration required. 665-2757. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

Poppies: Make a Painting.

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August 28 - 1:00 - 3:30
Paint on Thursdays with Sue! - POPPIES
Come every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month. Paint along with Susan Pickering Rothamel. It's ALWAYS new and you will never do the same painting. Learn about new art materials and techniques each time.
$35 - All Materials Included.
USArtQuest, 18650 W. Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. $25. 734-562-2662 or 800-766-0728. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. except Sept. 1. All ages invited to play this intricate game played with colorful tiles. Lunch available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3). reservations required.
1-3:30 p.m. (Mon.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Burns Park Elementary School (Aug.), 1414 Wells, & Senior Center (Sept.), 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]
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 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Methods for Identifying the German Ancestors of American Immigrants": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by Michael Lacopo, a professional genealogist from Indiana whose main interests are Mennonite research as well as German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America. He also presents a short program on "Finding and Using German Church Records."
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off E. Huron River Dr. at Clark Rd.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [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. [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 ( and follow us on Twitter ( 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. [map]
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 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

Meet Elsa from Disney's Frozen!: Studio 3 Performing Arts Center.

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Meet Elsa from Disney's FROZEN!
Sing along, play games, and more with the snow queen herself, during Studio 3 Performing Arts Center's annual Open House! Elsa will be at Studio 3 PAC from 4:30-6:00pm only!! In addition to meeting the ice princess, there are more fun and games for all ages!
*Raffles for FREE CLASSES, dance wear, tights, & more!
*Craft Make and Takes!
*Have fun in our "Dress-up" Center!
*Free trial classes for younger students & a DANCE BATTLE for older students! (see website for full schedule:
Studio 3 Performing Arts Center, 7200 Dan Hoey Rd. Ste G, Dexter. Free. 734-424-9705. [map]
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 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

M-TAC Rally for Public Schools: Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change (M-TAC).

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This rally represents a public show of unity on the issue of increasing funding for public schools. Speakers include Lisa Brown (Mark Schauer's running-mate as candidate for Lieutenant Governor), State Rep, Jeff Irwin, AAEA President Linda Carter, AAPS Superintendent Jeanice Swift, and AAPS teacher Quinn Strassel, among others. The event will also include readings from the 2014 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Team and free ice cream and face painting for the kids.
Liberty Plaza in Downtown Ann Arbor, at the corner of Liberty and Division, 255 E. Liberty. Free. (734) 604-4804. [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.
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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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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more. Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a 7 week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12-$75. 734-726-0353. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Knight Out: an Instructional Soiree: Knight.

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Enjoy an elevated educational party with do it yourself science experiments! Meet new friends in our social learning community.
Ticket purchase includes a beginners' neuroscience workshop taught by local talent, a science-inspired party game, & hors d'oevures from the Blue Leprechaun.
Based in Ann Arbor, Knight aims to provide a strong community & resources to enable young professionals to become modern-day Renaissance men & women.
Buy tickets at! $10 online [and if space is available, at the door]
Get $1 off when you LIKE Knight on Facebook and arrange to pay in cash in advance [email]
Semi-casual attire requested.
Blue Leprechaun restaurant, 1220 S.University Ave #109. $10 per person. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Downtown Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:15 (Mon.) & 6:30 (Thurs.) p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty. Free. 769-5016. [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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

5-6-7-8 Summer Players: Nicola's Books.

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Young local actors perform Greek myths, including Pandora's Box, King Midas, and Daedalus & Icarus. Appropriate for age 5 & up.
7 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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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. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Louise Penny: Aunt Agatha's/Ann Arbor District Library.

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This celebrated Montreal writer, widely regarded by readers as the most imaginatively engaging contemporary mystery novelist, discusses her books, including the brand-new The Long Way Home, the latest in her series about now recently retired Quebec Provincial Police Inspector Armand Gamache.
7-8 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 769-1114, 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

The Appleseed Collective - TCA Black Box Summer Series: T.

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The TCA delivers the sounds of summer during this pure Michigan concert series the 4th Thursday of June, July and August at 7 pm. Hailing from Ann Arbor, The Appleseed Collective delivers the wonderfully organic sounds of swing, bluegrass, ragtime, and gypsy-folk on Thursday, August 28. Beat the summer heat with cool music, a cold beverage and light refreshments, available in the TCA Lobby Lounge.
Tickets $10 each or $25 for all three Black Box Summer Series performances. Visit for details.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online, by phone, in person, or purchased at the door starting 1 hour prior to show time.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N Maumee St Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $10. 517.423.6617. [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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 7:30-10 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. 

"River and Dream": Nightfire Dance Theater.

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This local troupe presents a program of environmental dance and poetry, including a chance for the audience to join a water dance. Arrive by 7 p.m. to learn simple structured improvisation for the water dance. Children must be accompanied by an adult; footwear recommended for dancing in the water.
7:30 p.m., Island Park, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln. $5-$15 sliding scale. 996-1772. [map]
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 7:30 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]
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 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Lyra 1: A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. 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…!
$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]
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 8 p.m. 

Beoga: The Ark.

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Acclaimed quintet from county Antrim in Northern Ireland whose music incorporates an array of idioms from blues and Astor Piazzolla-style jazz to raunchy New Orleans R&B into a bouncy bedrock of traditional Irish music. Its repertoire includes both originals and inventive arrangements of a wide range of material from pop standards like "Please Don't Talk about Me When I'm Gone" to Steely Dan's "Dirty Work." "It is Beoga who may be Ireland's closest answer to The Band in combined virtuosity, risk-taking, and omnivorous musical palate," says the Irish Echo.
8 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]
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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, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 10 p.m. 

"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.

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