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Friday, June 2, 2017






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

  community member   < less Master Kim Instructs Senior Student

Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Dressage at Waterloo Spring Classic: Waterloo Hunt Club.

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June 2-4. Competitive equine ballet by skilled 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. (908) 326-1155, 426-2088.


 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Dressage at Waterloo Spring Classic: Waterloo Hunt Club.

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June 2-4. Competitive equine ballet by skilled 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. (908) 326-1155, 426-2088.


 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 

End-of-Life Doula Training: Lifespan Doula Association.

  community member   < less Patty Brennan& Merilynne Rush

End-of-Life Doulas accompany the dying person and their loved ones through the final months, weeks and days of life by providing support, resources, education and companionship for those who accept and embrace dying as a period of life, not just an abrupt ending. Learn about the dying process, the needs of the dying, biopsychosocial, spiritual and cultural aspects, how to hold a vigil, facing fears and grief, active listening, hands-on comfort measures, self-care, and working with the hospice and palliative care team.
Merilynne Rush RN, BSN, former home birth midwife, owner of After Death Home Care, holds a graduate certificate in Hospice and Palliative Studies and has provided care to families experiencing major life transitions for over 30 years. Patty Brennan is the owner of the Center for the Childbearing Year, Michigan's premier doula training and childbirth education organization, is also a retired home birth midwife, and has founded two community-based doula programs.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $535 ($485 before May 5). 734-395-9660. support@lifespandoulas.com http://www.lifespandoulas.com [map]



 8:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Health and Aging Fair: Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Core Center.

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The Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Core Center is hosting its first annual Health and Aging Fair on Friday, June 2nd from 8:30am to 12:00pm at the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex in the building 18 dining Hall, 2800 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor. Join us to learn about local community health organizations, current research in dementia, and resources for seniors and enjoy keynote speaker Suzanne Craft, PhD and professor of medicine at Wake Forest University along with presentations by MADC staff and faculty. Admission to the event is free, however parking at NCRC is $5. For more information about this event contact Erin Mobley at 734-615-5319 or elmobley@med.umich.edu
University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, Building 18 Dining Hall, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Free. 734-615-5319. elmobley@med.umich.edu http://alzheimers.med.umich.edu/ [map]



 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Domino's Farms Marks 150th Birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright with Private Collection Exhibit.

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The legacy of America's greatest architect endures to this day in the over 600 buildings and special designs he created, and his influence on architecture and design continues to resonate worldwide. As part of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth on June 8, 1867, Domino's Farms welcomes visitors to the Thomas S. Monaghan Frank Lloyd Wright Collection exhibition for the month of June.
Located within the Wright-inspired Prairie-style building at Domino's Farms, the exhibition includes original drawings, blueprints, and models of some of Wright's most celebrated designs including the world-famous Fallingwater, cantilevered over a mountain stream in southwest Pennsylvania, as well as windows from several Wright-built homes-or as he called his exquisite designs in glass, "light screens." Michigan is well represented with models of two Detroit-area houses and Wright's original colorful design drawings for a house in Ann Arbor.
Highlights of the exhibition include stained g
Domino's Farms Corporation, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Free. 734-930-3220. ldroze@avemariafoundation.org [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19-24 miles, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a breakfast or early lunch.
9 a.m., meet in the back parking lot across the wooden car bridge, Bandemer Park, Barton Dr. at Whitmore Lake Dr. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.


 Noon 

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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:45-10 p.m. 

Cinetopia International Film Festival.

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June 1-7. This 5th annual Michigan Theater film festival features dozens of films-many of which are Michigan premieres-screened over 7 days at 3 local venues (Michigan Theater, U-M Lorch Hall, and Zingerman's Cornman Farms). The festival also includes several Detroit venues (see cinetopiafestival.org for info about screenings in Detroit, which run June 2-11). The films include narrative feature-length films and documentaries that recently premiered at international festivals such as Sundance and Berlin.

June 1:

At the Michigan Theater: "The Hero" (Brett Haley, 2017). Comedy that stars Sam Elliott as an aging Western star and Nick Offerman as his drug dealer buddy. 7:30 p.m. "Quest" (Jonathan Olshefski, 2017). Documentary that follows the daily struggles and successes of a working-class Philadelphia family over the course of 8 years. Also screens June 3 & 6 (see below). 9:45 p.m.

June 2:

At the Michigan Theater: "White Colour Black" (Joseph Adesunloye, 2016). Supermodel Dudley O'Shaughnessy stars as a hedonistic young photographer who travels to Senegal to bury his estranged father. 12:45 p.m. "In Between" (Maysaloun Hamoud, 2016). Drama, set in Tel-Aviv, about 3 Palestinian roommates: a stylish lawyer, a lesbian DJ and bartender, and a devout Muslim. Also screens June 3 (see below). Hebrew & Aramaic, subtitles. 1 p.m. "Bugs" (Andreas Johnsen, 2016). Documentary that follows researchers at a Copenhagen lab and their chef partners who are exploring the viability of insects as a primary food source. 1:15 p.m. "Afterimage" (Andrzej Wajda, 2016). Biopic about mid-20th-century Polish artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, whose art and livelihood were threatened by Stalinism. Also screens June 3 (see below). Polish, subtitles. 3:45 p.m. "I Am Not Madame Bovary" (Xiaogang Feng, 2016). Insightful drama about a woman who fights the Chinese bureaucracy after being swindled by her ex-husband. Mandarin, subtitles. 4 p.m. "Free and Easy" (Jun Geng, 2017). Dark comedy about a traveling soap salesman who arrives in a desolate town where a crime sets the strange residents against each other. Chinese, subtitles. 4:15 p.m. "Golden Exits" (Alex Ross Perry, 2017). Drama about a young foreign assistant who disrupts the lives of an unhappily married couple in Brooklyn. 6:45 p.m. "Columbus" (Kogonada, 2017). Comic drama about a man who finds himself stuck in a small Midwestern town where his estranged father is in a coma. He befriends a woman who's reluctant to leave the town because she wants to stay with her mother, a recovering drug addict. 7 p.m. "Sami Blood" (Amanda Kernell, 2016). A teenage Sami girl growing up in 1930s Sweden struggles to reconcile her reindeer-breeding culture with the opportunities and freedoms her Swedish peers enjoy. Swedish & Sami, subtitles. 7:15 p.m. "Check It" (Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer, 2016). Documentary that follows a Washington, D.C., LGBT gang. 9:30 p.m. "School Life" (Neasa Ní Chianáin & David Rane, 2016). Documentary about an Irish boarding school that teaches rock 'n' roll as well as a traditional curriculum. Also screens June 4 (see below). 9:45 p.m. "Band Aid" (Zoe Lister-Jones, 2017). Comedy about a couple who tries to save their marriage by starting a punk band and turning their fights into songs. 10 p.m.

At U-M Lorch Hall: "Pop Aye" (Kirsten Tan, 2017). Poignant and humorous drama about a down-on-his luck architect who bumps into an elephant from his childhood. The duo embarks on a journey to the village where the architect grew up. Thai, subtitles. Also screens June 5 (see below). 6 p.m. "The Wound" (John Trengove, 2017). Drama about a South African factory worker who travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. Xhosa, subtitles. Also screens June 5 (see below). 9 p.m.

June 3:

At the Michigan Theater: "Rage" (Yohei Maki, 2016). A grisly murder links 3 seemingly unrelated stories in 3 different Japanese cities. Japanese, subtitles. Also screens June 7 (see below). 1 p.m. "CCS Showcase." Screening of short films by College for Creative Studies students. 1:15 p.m. "Fanny's Journey" (Lola Doillon, 2016). Coming-of-age drama about a 13-year-old who attempts to lead a group of children out of Nazi-occupied France. French, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. "Tribal Justice" (Anne Makepeace, 2017). Documentary that focuses on 2 Native American judges who attempt to rehabilitate rather than incarcerate offenders. Also screens June 7 (see below). 4 p.m. "Clash" (Mohamed Diab, 2016). Drama, set entirely in the back of a police truck, about detainees from different political and social backgrounds who are brought together following the ousting of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. Arabic, subtitles. 4:30 p.m. "Step" (Amanda Lipitz, 2017). Documentary about the step dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. 6:45 p.m. "In Between." See June 2 listing above. 7 p.m. "12th and Clairmount" (Brian Kaufman, 2017). Documentary about the 1967 Detroit riot that draws on more than 400 reels of home movies shot by Detroiters. 7:15 p.m. "Patti Cake$" (Geremy Jasper, 2017). Drama about an aspiring hip-hop MC who's desperate to escape her downtrodden New Jersey home town. 9 p.m. "Destined" (Qasim Basir, 2016). Drama-fantasy filmed in Detroit that imagines 2 life courses for a young man: as an up-and-coming architect being used by cynical real estate developers to gentrify his old neighborhood and as a powerful drug lord. 9:15 p.m. "Whose Streets?" (Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis, 2017). Documentary about how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked a global movement. Also screens June 6 (see below), 9:30 p.m. "Fraud" (Dean Fleischer-Camp, 2016). Documentary that pieces together an average family's seemingly banal iPhone home movies into a dark tale of criminal activity. 11:15 p.m.

At U-M Lorch Hall: "Quest." See June 1 listing above. 4 p.m. "Afterimage." See June 2 listing above. 6:45 p.m. "Rat Film" (Theo Anthony, 2016). Documentary about the history of Baltimore, told through a kaleidoscopic array of viewpoints about rats, from those who keep them as pets to exterminators. 9:30 p.m.

June 4:

At the Michigan Theater: "The Legacies Project." Screening of short films made by area high school and college students based on their interviews with local senior citizens. FREE, 12:15 p.m. "Detroit Voices Retrospective." Screening of short films curated and introduced by Sultan Sharrief. 3:15 p.m. "Uncle Jessie White: Portrait of a Delta Bluesman in Detroit" (Stashu Kybartas & Doug Drummond, 2017). Documentary about the life and career of the beloved blues musician who left the Jim Crow South in 1950 and helped shape Detroit's blues scene. 3:30 p.m. "44 Pages" (Tony Shaff, 2017). Charming documentary about the beloved Highlights children's magazine. 3:45 p.m. "Dina" (Antonio Santini & Dan Sickles, 2017). Documentary about the unconventional relationship between a suburban autistic woman and her fiancé, a Walmart greeter with Asperger syndrome. 5:45 p.m. "School Life." See June 2 listing above. 6 p.m. "I Dream in Another Language" (Ernesto Contreras, 2017). Drama-fantasy about a philologist searching for a dying indigenous language in Mexico when he uncovers a supernatural love story. Spanish & English, subtitles. Also screens June 6 (see below). 6:15 p.m. "Menashe" (Joshua Weinstein, 2017). Yiddish drama, set in Brooklyn's Hasidic Jewish community, about a widower who fights for custody of his son. Subtitles. 8 p.m. "The Wailing" (Hong-jin Na, 2016). Horror-fantasy about a remote Korean mountain town where a mysterious disease that causes viciousness is spreading. Korean & Japanese, subtitles. 8:30 p.m.

June 5:

At the Michigan Theater: "Pop Aye." See June 2 listing above. 6:45 p.m. "Sex, Lies and Videotape" (Stephen Soderbergh, 1989). Drama about four 30-somethings with dysfunctional sex lives. Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher, James Spader. 7 p.m. "Solitaire" (Sophie Boutros, 2016). Comic drama, set in a small Lebanese village, about a woman excitedly preparing to meet her daughter's new suitor and his family, all the while carrying on a one-sided conversation with framed photos of her brother who was killed 20 years prior by a Syrian bomb. Then she discovers her soon-to-be in-laws are Syrian. Arabic, subtitles. 9:30 p.m. "The Wound." See June 2 listing above. 9:45 p.m.

June 6:

At the Michigan Theater: "Metropolitan" (Whit Stillman, 1990). Young upper-class Manhattanites are blithely enjoying the gala debutante season, when an outsider joins them and stirs things up. 4:45 p.m. "I Dream in Another Language." See June 4 listing above. 6:45 p.m. "Whose Streets?" See June 3 listing above. 7:15 p.m. "Hoop Dreams" (Steve James, 1994). Stark documentary about the struggles of 2 inner city teens to pursue their dreams of professional basketball. FREE, 7:30 p.m. "Quest." See June 1 listing above. 9:30 p.m.

June 7:

At the Michigan Theater: "Tribal Justice." See June 3 listing above. 6:30 p.m. "Rage" See June 3 listing above. 9:15 p.m.

At Zingerman's Cornman Farms (8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter): "Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry" (Laura Dunn & Jef Sewell, 2016). Documentary about farmer, writer, and activist Berry. 8 p.m.

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Various times & locations. Tickets $12 (Michigan Theater members, $9; 4-pack, $42; festival passes, $50-$150) in advance at cinetopiafestival.org and the Michigan Theater, and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]


 3-7 p.m. 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 5-8 p.m. 

"First Friday at the Farm": Domino's Petting Farm.

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The petting farm is open late tonight with food trucks, kids activities, and games.
5-8 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 5:30-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Pittsfield Elementary School.

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Music spun by a DJ, a rock wall slide, a money machine inflatable, a big splash dunk tank, face painting, a cake walk, and other games. Pizza, beverages, & ice cream available. Raffles & silent auction.
5:30-8 p.m., Pittsfield Elementary School, 2543 Pittsfield Blvd. (off Edgewood, off Platt, south of Washtenaw). Free admission (charge for food & games). 997-1218. [map]


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

MadMax MetalWorks + Jack Kenny Photography: MIX Ypsilanti.

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For our June 2017 exhibit, MIX Gallery will host a pair of artists:

Vesna Savic has been creating works of steel under the studio name MadMax MetalWorks for over a decade. Brought to life by her love of the material and an approach that is free-form, emotional, spiritual and passionate. The result is at times modern, at other times rustic and gritty - eluding to her chosen studio name.

Jack Kenny's Photography is often tied to his love of Cuba. Over the years, he has taken more than 60 trips to the island to document it's people, culture and transformation. Kenny makes his living as a commercial photographer and does the fine art and documentary work as an escape from that world. He has done documentary photography in the American West and in Mexico prior to his work in Cuba.

Join us for an Artist Reception
During First Friday Ypsilanti
June 2nd from 6pm - 9pm
at MIX Ypsilanti - 130 W. Michigan Ave

https://www.facebook.com/events/1662653753762566
MIX Ypsilanti, 130 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-961-8704. mixonmichigan@comcast.net https://www.facebook.com/events/1662653753762566 [map]



 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Mon.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to compete in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m.), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., competitive) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards.
6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 6:30 p.m. (all dates), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood Pre-Show Discussion": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M (50 +).

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Join director Ron Baumanis for a pre-show discussion of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's production of the Tony Award-winning play, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes. Based on Dickens' unfinished novel, this interactive play-within-a-play asks the audience to help solve the title mystery. The discussion will focus on an aspect of dramaturgy, directorial choices or stage design.
The one hour pre-show discussion for those 50 and over will be led by instructors Thom Johnson and Alexandra Berneis will focus on an aspect of dramaturgy, directorial choices or stage design. Tickets are $17. You will pay for your ticket at the pre-show discussion.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 N. University Ave. $10 plus $17 for a ticket to the performance.. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for a dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and a short thematic program. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org/observances/shabbat. 975-9872. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ashtavakra Gita by Sw. Prasannatmananda: Vedanta Study Circle at the University of Michigan.

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A warm welcome to the study of Vedanta with the learned monks of the 120 year old Ramakrishna Order established by Swami Vivekananda! Starting Friday, June 2, Swami Prasannatmananda, the head of the Vedanta Society of Berkeley, CA will take us through an important Vedantic text "Ashtavakra Gita" on Skype. There will be time for Q&A at the end.
When:
Weekly on Fridays
(starting June 2, 2017)
Where:
Conf. Room 1120 A, Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Time:
7-8:30pm
Admission Free
Register: a2vedanta@gmail.com
About Swami Prasannatmananda:
Swami Prasannatmananda is a fully ordained monk and an active minister of the Ramakrishna Order of India. He received his monastic ordination in 1995 after extensive spiritual practice and scriptural training. In 2011, Swami Prasannatmananda was posted at the Vedanta Society of Berkeley, California, where he has been continuing his service.
IMPORTANT: This is a weekly event!
Conf. Room 1120A, Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. Free. vedanta.a2@gmail.com https://maizepages.umich.edu/organization/VSC [map]



 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Gina Sicilia: The Ann Arbor Blues Society.

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Dynamic blues vocalist and veracious live performer Gina Sicilia's new album, Tug of War, celebrates her status as one of the reigning voices in modern blues marking a potent evolution in her songwriting. This 11-song set is Sicilia's seventh release since her emergence as a doyenne of the genre a decade ago. Today, Sicilia's life experiences coupled with her warm, flexible, emotionally-nuanced vocal styling resonates like never before.
Sicilia will celebrate the cd release of Tug of War with a special show at The Club Above, sponsored by the Ann Arbor Blues Society.
The Club Above, 215 N. Main Street, 2nd Floor. $12.50-$18. A2Blues@gmail.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gina-sicilia-tug-of-war-cd-release-concert-tickets-33558913614 [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse": EMU Theatre Department.

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June 2-4 & 9-11. EMU drama professor Pam Cardell Cato directs EMU drama students in Kevin Kling's comedy adapted from Kevin Henkes' children's book about a high-spirited young mouse and self-proclaimed queen who likes everything--except her baby brother-who learns a lesson of patience, sharing, and forgiveness when her fabulous purple purse taken away. For audiences age 5 & up.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors age 60 & older, $12; youth age 12 & under, $7) in advance at the Convocation Center, the Student Center ticket office, the Quirk box office, and emutix.com; and at the door. 487-1221.


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"The New Midwest: A Guide to Contemporary Fiction of the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and Rust Belt": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Phoenix-based freelance literary critic Mark Athitakis, a National Book Critics Circle board member, discusses his new book.
7-8:30 p.m. p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Polka Pants: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Reunion of this Washington, D.C.-based contra dance band that last played together in 1992 when they traveled across the country, playing at dances along the way.
7:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $15 (members, $12). 646-4835. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Annie & Rod Capps: The Ark.

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Annie Capps is a local singer-songwriter and electric guitarist who writes thoughtful, distinctively personal, warmly exuberant folk-rock songs and ballads that are both musically sophisticated and down-home. She's accompanied by her husband, singer-guitarist Rod Capps. Capps has a new CD, Searching for Neverland. Opening act is Dave Boutette, a veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist whose genial songs about the small ups and downs of ordinary life draw on a range of influences from Chuck Berry to Paul Westerberg.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Dan Bennett Quintet: Rush Street.

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The Dan Bennett Quintet is on with Dan Bennett (sax), Tim Haldeman (sax), Justin Walter (trumpet), Jeff Marshall (bass) and Stephen Boegehold (drums).
Complete your week with some of the most vitalizing jazz in town including bop, ballads and improvisational surprises.
No Cover
Rush Street, 314 South Main Street. Free admission. 734-531-6187. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Dan LaMorte: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 2 & 3. Local debut of this 21-year-old NYC-based comic who specializes in autobiographical tall tales at once self-deprecating and mischievously self-gratifying. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Dispatches from the Dumb Decade": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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June 2-4. Kristin Anne Danko directs a workshop production of company playwright A.M. Dean's new play, a fast-paced pop-rock musical following a student journalist at the start of a new millennium, a new president, a new war, and a new media. The actors, who also play all the instruments, are Eric Hohnke, Tom Hett, Maegan Murphy, Alice Duhon, Aaron Dean, Marisa Linski, and Kristina Fitzgerald. With Charles Worth on piano. Recommended for theatergoers age 13 & up.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Bona Sera Underground, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $10 (students, $5) in advance at dispatches.brownpapertickets.com/ and at the door. 491-4631. [map]



 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats," is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Prodigal Son": Redbud Productions.

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June 1-3. Loretta Grimes directs local actors in the Midwest premiere of this critically acclaimed autobiographical drama by John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer-, Tony-, and Oscar-winning playwright who wrote Doubt. A high school genius from the Bronx tries desperately to fit in at an elite New Hampshire boarding school, where his loneliness and alienation lead him to disruptive and violent behaviors that threaten his academic career and expose the weaknesses of the Catholic school system. Stars Liam Weeks, Tim Grimes, Deb Wood, Nate Brassfield, and Chris Krenz.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20. Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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June 1-4. Ron Baumanis directs local actors in Rupert Holmes's 1985 musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's last, unfinished novel, a murder mystery that draws on a variety of familiar Dickensian themes. More light-hearted in its humor than the novel, Bird's musical is staged in the style of a Victorian music-hall entertainment, with a delightfully tuneful score and lots of audience participation. In fact, the audience gets to choose how the mystery is resolved-there are eight different possible endings. Cast: Jared Hoffert, Roy Sexton, Vanessa Bannister, Kimberly Elliott, Alisa Mutchler Bauer, Becca Nowak, Brandon Cave, Brodie Brockie, Michael Cicirelli, Jimmy Dee Arnold, Peter Dannug, Sarah Sweeter, Heather Wing, and Brady Cesaro.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $26 (seniors age 60 & over, $23; Thurs., $20; students, $14 on any day) in advance at a2ct.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]


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"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson. Note: New location.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Campus Chapel, 1236 Washtenaw Ct. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: "Fuzz Fest IV."

June 1-3.With 30-minute sets by 11 different area heavy rock bands each night, $10 (under age 21, $12) cover per night. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Tonight: Headliner is the Detroit thrash band S.N.A.F.U. Opening acts are the Portage (MI) heavy rock quartet BoneHawk, the Columbus hard-rock band Lo-Pan, the local stoner doom metal trio Wizard Union, the Redford doom metal band Stone Ritual, the Detroit rock 'n' roll quintet The Lucid Furs, the Lansing doom/occult metal quartet Cruthu, the Detroit psychedelic blues-rock garage quartet Red Stone Souls, the local hard-rock band Rotokiller, the Detroit psychedelic metal-rock band Lavamoth, and the Ypsilanti punk band Hellghillies. . [venue info]

Club Above: Gina Sicilia Gina Sicilia

This Nashville-based blues singer-songwriter from Philadelphia celebrates the release of her new CD, Tug of War, a collection that blends originals with blues-steeped covers of the Beatles' "All My Loving" and the Exciters' "Tell Him." Advance tickets $12.50-$18 at eventbrite.com. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Amy Dixon-Kolar

Chicago pop-folk singer-songwriter best known for her 2009 YouTube hit "Rosa Sat-A Song for Barack Obama." [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring pianist Gil Scott Chapman, bassist Russell Tessier, and drummer Robert Warren. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: 50 Amp Fuse

Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band. [venue info]

Live: FUBAR FUBAR

6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Everly Brothers, the Yardbirds, and Dylan to priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or" and The Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup." [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

Local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Rush Street: Legendary Wings

Local jazz quintet that focuses on dynamic, challenging, and less commonly heard music from the modern jazz repertoire interspersed with free improvisation. The usual lineup features saxophonists Dan Bennett and Tim Haldeman, Fender Rhodes electric pianist Matt Endahl, bassist Jordan Schug, and drummer Nick Collins. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday."

This month's show is part of the "Ypsiarboroo" festival with pop- punk singer-songwriter Matt Wixson (8 p.m.), the Grand Rapids all-female Celtic-flavored punk-folk quartet Sorry Hunny (9 p.m.), the Detroit rock 'n' roll sextet Nina & the Buffalo Riders (10 p.m.), and the Brighton classic rock jam quintet People Movers Band (11 p.m.). [venue info]

 
 


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