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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 3, 2017

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 6 a.m. 

"2017 Michigan Tour de Cure": American Diabetes Association.

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Bicyclists choose a route of 10, 20, 40, 64, or 100 miles in this pledge outing to raise funds for diabetes research. Followed by live entertainment TBA, kids activities, food, and more.
6 a.m., WCC, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $30 entry fee plus $200 minimum pledge donation. Preregistration required at (248) 433-3830, ext. 6707. [map]

 7-11 a.m.  Free! 

Stinchfield Woods Annual Census: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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All invited--from novices to experienced birders--to help take a census of breeding birds in this lovely wooded area between Dexter and Pinckney. The trails are hilly, and mosquitoes can be a problem, so come prepared.
7-11 a.m., meeting time and location TBA, Stinchfield Woods Rd. (west off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. about 1.5 mi. north of North Territorial). Free. To volunteer or for information, email Norka Saldaña at

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259 (May 5), 347-1259 (May 12), 994-6340 (May 19), 223-6042 (May 26). [map]

 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Every Sat., Apr. 30-Oct. 29 Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on 4th Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June 4-Sept. 24. Also, every Wed., May 4-Oct. 26, The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2-6 p.m.,), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.

June 3: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

June 10: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

June 17: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

June 24: TBA.

July 1: TBA.

July 8: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

July 15: "A Taste of Music." Musical performance by an ensemble from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Also, an instrument petting zoo for kids and adults, with a chance to try out your favorite instrument.

July 22: Annie & Rod Capps. Local husband-and-wife folk-rock singer-songwriter duo.

July 29: Mixed Nuts. Acoustic Americana covers and originals by this Chelsea trio.

Aug. 5: McDonald Brothers. Local Americana country quartet.

Aug. 12: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

Aug. 19: McDonald Brothers. Local Americana country quartet.

Aug. 26: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

Sept. 2 Loyse Huffman. Folksinger.

Sept. 9: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

Sept. 16: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

Sept. 23: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.

Sept. 30: Mixed Nuts. Acoustic Americana covers and originals by this Chelsea trio.

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), S. Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.

 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.

 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

Saturday Morning Bird Walk: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to look for bluebirds, yellow warblers, Eastern towhees, indigo buntings, and other birds. Long pants and insect repellent recommended.
8-10 a.m., Sharon Short Hills Preserve, Hashley Rd. (from I-94 take M-52 south to Grass Lake Rd. west), Sharon Twp. Free. 971-6337.

 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 

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

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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. [map]

 9 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

22ndt Annual African American Downtown Festival: African American Downtown Festival Committee.

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A celebration of the contributions of African Americans to the development of Ann Arbor, held in what was once the city's African American business district. Features sales of food, art, beauty products, and collectibles by local African American businesses. Children's activities are highlighted by the new PNC Bank Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure, with a vocabulary tree, photo booth, interactive educational games, and gift bags for participating families. The Kids Corner also includes other interactive games, face painting, balloon twisting, bounce houses, dancing, coloring, and more. Health & wellness screenings also available onsite. Main Stage entertainment includes a performance by the local high school student band Rosewood, and an "80's & 90's Tribute" by local artists. Also, gospel music in the morning, followed by theatrical performances, dance troupes, and local jazz, rock, hip-hop, soul, & R&B ensembles. Full schedule available from
9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fourth Ave., and Fourth Ave. between Ann & Catherine. Free admission. 858-9121.

 9:30 a.m. 

"Ready for Birth: Condensed Childbirth Class": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This interactive, hands-on class is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy first-time parents who simply can't make it to the full six-week series. Perfect for couples seeking a Refresher Class for a second (or more!) baby as well. We'll review the process of labor and birth from start to finish. Emphasis is placed on natural approaches to pain management, support techniques and comfort measures (how partners can help), and tips for smoothing your recovery in the early weeks postpartum.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $175 per couple. 734-663-1523. [map]

 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Towards Building a Coalition in Washtenaw CountyTowards Building a Coalition in Washtenaw County": Public Citizens of Washtenaw (formerly Gray Panthers of Washtenaw).

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All activists for various interests and causes invited to join a discussion. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1628. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

44th Annual Art Fair: Chelsea Painters.

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June 3 & 4. Sale of watercolor, acrylic, pastel, monotype, oil, encaustic, colored pencil, and mixed-media works by 25-30 members of this group of area artists. Rain or shine.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Silver Maples of Chelsea courtyard, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free admission., 478-5416. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Annual Spring Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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June 3 & 4. A very popular annual sale held outdoors under a big tent. Includes a wide variety of functional and decorative ceramics made by more than 30 guild members. Also, a "Kids Clay Area" for kids to try making pottery and pottery demos (both weather dependent).
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild parking lot, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Extinguish Addiction--Ignite Recovery: Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project (A program of Home of New Vision).

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Help stop the stigma of substance use disorders and join us downtown Ann Arbor for the Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project's 3rd Annual Walk and Rally. If you are a person in recovery, a family member, friend, or a recovery ally, this is the place to be on June 3rd!
We are expecting approx. 500 people. It will be a day to remember. Don't miss it!
-Free food
-Free t-shirt
Registration is not mandatory but it will make getting your free t-shirt faster.
Check-in begins at 10:00 am. Event begins at 11:00 am.
This is a free event (donations are gratefully accepted though).
Liberty Plaza, 310 S. Division St. Donation. 734-975-1602. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Wear Orange Rally & March: Moms Demand Action - Washtenaw County.

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Join the community for a Rally and March for National Gun Violence Awareness Day (June 2), to honor all affected by gun violence.
Rally begins in the Community HS parking lot with guest speakers State Rep Donna Lasinski, US Rep Debbie Dingell, and Washtenaw Cty Prosecutor Brian Mackie. A short March through A2 follows.
Hosted by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a non-partisan grassroots movement to mobilize moms, families, and everyday Americans to advocate for stronger gun laws.
See you on June 3. Don't forget to #WearOrange!
Community High School parking lot, 5th St & Detroit St. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"9th Annual Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited for a day of demos and hands-on activities with high-tech makers of all types, from soldering and sewing to roboticists, crafters, and artists working with technology.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., AADL 1st-floor lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Amazing Amphibians": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Park naturalist Mark Irish displays and discusses live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians heading home from their breeding grounds.
10 a.m-noon., Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Peonies Galore Sale": U-M Nichols Arboretum/U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Sale of heirloom peony varieties.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or until sold out, the Arb Peony Garden, 1610 Washington Hts. Free admission. 647-7600. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Pollinator Garden Workday & Mini-Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help tend a new pollinator garden at County Farm Park. Followed by a short hike in a flowering meadow to identify native wildflowers and bees. Snacks. Bring gloves & a water bottle.
10 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park, meet at the Platt Rd. pavilion. Free. 971-6337.

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Summer Celebrations without Styrofoam": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to learn to make coolers, plates, and utensils for summer picnics using recycled and reusable items. Participants also use compostable materials to create decorations to take home. Followed by guided tours of the city's recycling and trash disposal center; close-toed shoes and long pants required for the tour. All invited to learn to make coolers, plates, and utensils for summer picnics using recycled and reusable items. Participants also use compostable materials to create decorations to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Wheeler Service Center, 4251 Stone School Rd. Free. 369-9272. Free. Preregistration required for groups of 5 or more. 663-9474. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

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]

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Story Time: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. A Literati staffer reads stories for kids of all ages.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Muslims in the Age of Trump: Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Washtenaw County Democratic Party is hosting a free panel and discussion regarding the concerns of the Muslim community during the Trump administration so far. This panel will be part of the monthly membership meeting - you are not required to be a member to attend.
The presenters will be Habib Hamidi from the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor, MCA; Dawud Walid from the Michigan Branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR; Marjorie Horton from the UM Islamophobia Working Group and UM Asst. Dean of Undergraduate Education; Nadine Jawad from the UM Islamophobia Working Group and a UM student; and Adam Mageed from the UM Islamophobia Working Group and a UM student.
The speakers all have unique perspectives to share.
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave. Free. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon 

"Fairy Garden Make & Take": The Garden Mill.

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Garden Mill staff help participants make the beginnings of a fairy garden to take home, along with some ideas for adding to it throughout the year.
11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. $25 includes materials. Preregistration recommended. 475-3539. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Jonah on Stage!": Fathom Events.

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Tentative. Broadcast of a recent Sight & Sound Theatres (Pennsylvania) production of its original musical based on the biblical story of a prophet who ends up in a whale's belly in an attempt to escape God's plan.
11 a.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets TBA in advance at 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave).

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: How Do We Find It?": U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Every Sat. & Sun.. Hands-on 20-minute demo about the aims and procedures of astrobiology. Participants recreate an experiment from the Mars Viking Lander's spacecraft expedition of 1976.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Paper Plate Dinosaurs": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All preschoolers invited to make a colorful dinosaur from paper plates using felt, stickers, and other material.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight ((11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., ) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Did An Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the theory that 66 million years ago a 6-mile-wide rock from space slammed into Earth, wiping out 75% of all living species, including the dinosaurs.

Eclipse (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 1-10 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 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.

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

 1-5 p.m. 

Creature Encounters - Crested Porcupines!: The Creature Conservancy.

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The Creature Conservancy is featuring Bedhead and Lady Gaga, our Crested Porcupines, during the month of June! See them for a special presentation on our Stone Stage each Saturday and Sunday - at 2:00pm and again at 4:00pm.

Our other animal ambassadors are also on display! Indoors and/or outdoors, you can see many species of animal, including kangaroos, prairie dogs, alligators, turkey vultures, macaws, snapping turtles, muntjac, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and many more. Bring a snack and take a break at our indoor or outdoor picnic areas.

The main building is accessed by parking in the lot immediately off Ann Arbor-Saline Rd and following the guided signs to the entrance. The Creature Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.

Cost: $6/child (ages 2-12), $8/adult (age 13+), free/children under 2; for a self-guided tour of the outdoor animals only: $2/person (ages 2+).

More details:
The Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 adult (13+), $6 child (2-12), free (under 2). [map]

 1 & 6 p.m. 

Dance Step Studio.

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Dance Steps Studio presents their annual spring recital, featuring dance styles from ballet, modern, and lyrical, to contemporary, jazz, and tap!
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $12.00. 517.423.6617. [map]

 1 & 6 p.m. 

Dance Steps Studio.

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Dance Steps Studio presents their annual spring recital, featuring dance styles from ballet, modern, and lyrical, to contemporary, jazz, and tap!
Visit Dance Steps Studio, Inc. online at
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $12. 517.423.6617. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

Ecology Series: Identifying Spring Flowers: Robin Hills Farm.

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Robin Hills Farm will be offering two-hour educational hikes as part of our Ecology Series. Topics will range from plant identification, to animal calls, to mammal skulls, and they are suitable for all ages! (Hiking is involved.)
This plant walk, led by botanist Mike Penskar, will focus on identifying spring wildflowers in a variety of native Michigan habitat zones. The class will begin with a brief, beginner-level overview of plant parts and basic terminology, which students will then apply during a leisurely hike on the Robin Hills Farm nature trails
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 Michigan 52, Chelsea. $15. 7348368496. [map]

 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Luminosity": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 3 & 4. Science demonstrations and experiments that explore how energy and electricity transform into light.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

Meditation for Anxiety and Stress Management: Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation RYS200, RYT300.

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This is an intro to systematic guided Meditation that works and can be practiced as a way of life, for therapeutic and personal growth purposes. Excellent for social workers and other professionals interested in meditation as a therapy tool.
1904 Federal Blvd. $69. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Paddleboard Yoga Demo: Float Ohm SUP.

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Join Float Ohm SUP as we kick off our 2017 SUP season!
Come hang out with Float Ohm SUP coaches and friends. We will be offering a free opportunity to paddle on one of our lovely Glide Lotus paddle boards, a SUP board designed specifically for yoga.
Recieve special discounts on upcoming classes, and get information about our schedule and offerings for the 2017 season.
All safety equipment will be provided.
Just bring yourself, an open mind, and an open heart!
*Rain Date June 4th Same Time & Place!
Bandemer Park, 1352 Lakeshore Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-430-0787. [map]

 2 & 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 and at the door. 491-4631. [map]

 2 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; and at the door. 487-1221.

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees asked to call ahead if there's inclement weather. The club hosts a Juggling Arts Festival on May 13 (see listing).
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Fiesta de la Familia!": Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool.

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Arts and crafts, activities, songs, games, food, and more, led by Spanish-speaking teachers and community members. Also, a chance to learn about different cultures.
2:30-5 p.m., Manzanitas, Buhr Park playground A. Free., 734-975-9104.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Live on Washington": The Neutral Zone.

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5th annual outdoor teen music and arts festival, curated and planned by teens, with two stages, street art activities, food vendors, and more. Headliners are Chicago singer-songwriter and poet Jamila Woods (9 p.m.) and NYC singer Leaf (8 p.m.). On the Main Stage: The local hardcore-rock band Treading the Border (3 p.m.), eclectic local electronic trio Satan Face (3:30 p.m.), the local jazz and R&B quintet Clock Tower (4 p.m.), the local R&B band Rosewood (4:30 p.m.), local rapper Ricky McLilly (5 p.m.), local hip-hop MC King Ogundipe (5:30 p.m.), Chicago R&B and hip-hop vocalist Christian JaLon (6 p.m.), Chicago singer Kopano (6:30 p.m.), the NYC hip-hop and electronica collective Vanguard Development Project (7 p.m.), and local hip-hop MC MYNA (7:30 p.m.). On the Acoustic Stage: singer-songwriter Mary Collins (3:45 p.m.), Huron High School folk singer Kaye Hoff (4:15 p.m.), poetry performance by students from the Detroit InsideOut Literary Arts Project (5:15 p.m.), indie pop singer-songwriter and ukulele player Katherine Hepburn (5:45 p.m.), vocalist Zach Colten Max (6:15 p.m.), and the local acoustic duo Seth Dyer & Will King (6:45 p.m.). Updated schedule at
3-10 p.m., E. Washington between 5th & Division. Free. 214-9995.

 3-4 & 4-5 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"True Stories of 4 in 1": Dreamland Theater.

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June 10, 11, 17, & 18. Naia Venturi directs the popular Dreamland Puppet Troupe in 4 short puppet plays, using marionettes, shadow and hand puppets and video projection, to depict the stories of 4 members of Full Circle Community Center, the downtown Ypsilanti drop-in center for people living with mental illness. Note: These shows are also presented for free at 3 p.m. on June 3 & 4 at Full Circle, 750 Towner, Ypsilanti.
3 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $7 at the door only. 657-2337. [map]

 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam led by fiddler David Kaynor, leader of the Washington, D.C.-based contra dance band Polka Pants, who play at tonight's dance (see listing below). Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them. Preceded by a contra dance music workshop with Kaynor (1-3 p.m., $5).
3:30-5:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $5 suggested donation. 994-9307. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Small Island": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Andrea Levy's 2004 novel.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Yoga Therapy Workshop for Anxiety and Depression: Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation RYS200, RYS300.

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Experience guided practice by an expert of 30+ years, hear about research in the field. Audio will be available for purchase after the program for home practice. Satyananda Yoga Therapy and Meditation offers effective tools for managing both anxiety and depression.
AIKIDO building, 1904 Federal Blvd. $59 Early/$69. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Roller Derby Doubleheader: Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.

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Two roller derby bouts featuring local teams, including the Brawlstars vs. the Ohio All Stars and the Arbor Bruising Co. vs. the Ohio Gang Green.
5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $12 in advance at; $15 at the door (kids age 11 & under, free with paying adult). [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Roller Derby Home Opener Triple Header: Ann Arbor Roller Derby.

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Ann Arbor Roller Derby invites you to our exciting Triple Header Season Opener! 3 games for one low price!
First up - Wave 12 Debut Bout. Watch our newest "fresh meat" bootcamp graduates have their first public match!
Second - #26 Ann Arbor Brawlstars vs. #36 Ohio Roller Derby: All-Stars. Ann Arbor's charter team will play the all-star team from Columbus.
Finally - Arbor Bruising Co. vs. Ohio Roller Derby: Gang Green. Our B team will play OHRD's B team.
Bouts include kid-friendly activities, half-time entertainment, sponsored concessions, and merchandise from both teams. Enjoy a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon, Founder's Pale Ale, or Angry Orchard Cider while you watch the games!
Doors open at 5:00, first whistle at 5:30!
$12 pre-sale (
$50 season pass (
At the door
$12 for students/seniors/military with I.D. / otherwise $15
Kids under 12 get in FREE with paid
Buhr Park Ice Arena, 2751 Packard Road. $15. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

"Legacy of the Land: Summer Farm Soirée": Legacy Land Conservancy Fundraiser.

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Strolling supper and live music. Also, information on LLC programs. Rain or shine.
6-9 p.m., Doll Family Farm, 17410 Heim Rd., Chelsea. $100. Preregistration required by May 25 at or by phone. 302-5263. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]

 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Fiddler David Kaynor, leader of the Washington, D.C.-based band Polka Pants, calls to live music by the band. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass) and at 7:30 p.m. by a lesson for beginners.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 (members, $11; students, $7). 646-4835. [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.-midnight 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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June 3 & 17. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Rm. $10 (members, $5). [map]

 8 p.m. 

Séan McCann: The Ark.

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A founding member of the popular Newfoundland folk-rock quartet Great Big Sea, McCann is a singer-songwriter whose 2014 solo debut, Held Yourself, is a collection of intensely personal songs exploring issues of addiction and recovery
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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.)., (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., 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, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [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 punk-surf garage band The Amino Acids. Opening acts are the local punk-rock band Caveman Woodman & Bam Bam Detroit, the local psychedelic-blues garage quartetSisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, the Ypsilanti Detroit-style rock 'n' roll trio Disinformants,the local sax-driven postpunk drum 'n' bass trio Scissor Now, the Portland (OR) self-styled "aleatory gnarlers & healing music" one-man band Skin Lies, the neopsychedelic folk-rock guitar-and-flute duo Wiccans, local promoter Shelley Salant's instrumental guitar solo project Shells, the Saginaw-area self-styled "garage doom" duo Seritas, the hard-rock band Steve Harvey Oswald, and the local punk band Spooky Basements. . [venue info]

Club Above: Dead Hit

Local psychedelic jam-rock band. Opening acts are Mellified Man, an Ypsilanti experimental psychedelic heavy-rock trio, and Electric Huldra, a local stoner rock trio. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Plan B

Detroit classic rock cover band. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: Downriver Dan

Fiery blues-rock by this trio led by by Allen Park singer-songwriter and guitarist Dan Kalicki. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Big Ray & Motor City Kings

An eclectic mix of rock, soul, blues, and Motown by this Downriver quintet fronted by singer-saxophonist Big Ray Haywood. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Rick Straub

Acoustic covers of singer-songwriter pop-folk and folk-rock by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Cellar Cats Cellar Cats

An eclectic mix of rock 'n' roll, Motown, blues, soul, R&B, progressive rock, and swing by this ensemble of veteran local musicians fronted by singer-flutist Patty O'Connor. With guitarist and harmonica player Myron Grant, guitarist Kip Godwin, keyboardist Mark Wight, bassist Terry Gordinier, drummer John Marion, and Charles Dayringer on congas, clarinet, and sax. A benefit for Food Gatherers. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]


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