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Calendar of Events

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

DNR Free Fishing Weekend: Pittsfield Charter Township.

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Visit Lillie Park North anytime on Saturday or Sunday for the DNR Free Fishing Weekend! No Fishing license required for this weekend only.
Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Road. Free. 734.822.2120. recreation@pittsfield-mi.gov www.pittsfield-mi.gov [map]

 8 a.m.-noon 

Pancake Breakfast Fly-in/Drive-in: Experimental Aircraft Association.

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Pancake and sausage breakfast and display of vintage planes and cars (bring one to the show, if you wish). Aviation demo displays. Kids activities include pedal planes and airplane crafts. Also, helicopter rides (tentative; usually around $50).
8 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Airport, hangar west of the control tower, 801 Airport Dr. (off Ellsworth Rd). $6 adults (kids ages 3-7, $3; age 2 & under, free). eaa333.org, 845-4029. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Democratic Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 997-7484. [map]

 9:30-11 a.m. 

"Red Fish Blue Fish Teach Kids to Fish": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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Kids of all ages (accompanied by a parent) invited to catch some fish. Poles and bait provided.
9:30-11 a.m., meet on the docks at the Gallup Park canoe livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). $5 per child. Preregistration required. 794-6240. [map]

 10 a.m. 

A2QUA Sunday Morning Swim: Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics.

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A2QUA, Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics, is MI's first gay & lesbian swim team. For over 20 years, we've been swimming in MI and providing a safe, friendly place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, & questioning swimmers (and their friends!) to meet, socialize, & exercise.
The team is made up of gay, lesbian, & straight competitive and recreational swimmers at all levels, from state champions to dog paddlers, from their 20s to their 70s. We welcome gays, lesbians, bisexuals, & their friends of all ages & abilities. Our team includes all levels of swimmers, from beginning fitness swimmers to very competitive. Swimmers from all over Michigan, not just Ann Arbor, swim with us.
Our practices are organized so that everyone can find a comfortable or challenging place to
swim. If you can swim a single length without calling 911, there's a place for you in practice.
Our practices are written to accommodate all levels of swimmers - very fast to just beginning.
1st Swim Free, $8 t
Winter - Mack Indoor Pool, Summer - Fuller Pool, 715 Brooks St. or 1519 Fuller Rd. Donation. $8. 7346579960. emailme0617@Yahoo.com www.a2qua.com or www.facebook.com/groups/A2QUA/ [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Hosta Stock Exchange: Hosta Hybridizing Group.

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All invited to trade hosta breeding stock. Also, a presentation on pollen storage techniques.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Fly Fishing": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to try fly fishing. Kids (accompanied by an adult) welcome.
10 & 11 a.m., Independence Lake County Park, meet at the fishing dock near the Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Dexter. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #841001, section C for 10 a.m. & section D for 11 a.m.). $6 park entry fee (or annual pass) required. 971-6337. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Free Fishing Weekend": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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June 10 & 11 (different locations). All invited to try fishing. Kids (accompanied by an adult) welcome. Poles, bait, & instruction provided. No fishing license necessary. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle.
10 & 11 a.m., Rolling Hills County Park (June 10), 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti, and Independence Lake County Park (June 11), meet at the fishing dock near the Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Dexter. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #841001, section C for 10 a.m. & section D for 11 a.m.). $6 vehicle entry fee (or $30 annual pass) required. 971-6337. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, usually with a different theme each week. June 4: Performance by local singer-songwriter Ed Dupas (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and demonstration of techniques using Copic products, such as markers and inks (noon-3 p.m.). Also, Common Cycle representatives discuss "Inspecting a Used Bicycle" (noon-2 p.m.). June 11: a birdhouse making demonstration (noon-3 p.m.) and information from Gift of Life Michigan representatives. June 18: an Adirondack chair making demonstration (noon-3 p.m.), and information from the nonprofit Let's Ban Fracking (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). June 25: a wind chime making demonstration (noon-3 p.m.) and information from SafeHouse representatives (11 a.m.-4 p.m.).
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Laser Regatta": U-M Sailing Club.

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Club members and others race their small, nimble Laser dinghies.
11 a.m., Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd., left from Mast off North Territorial. Free. 426-0920. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Peter Pan": National Theatre Live.

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Broadcast of the National Theatre (London) production of Sally Cookson's inventive take on J.M. Barrie's beloved fairy tale about a boy who refuses to grow up.
11 a.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $12 (Quality 16) & $11.50 (Rave) in advance at fathomevents.com/event/nt-live-peter-pan. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave).

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Scio Woods Preserve Hike: Sierra Club Huron Valley.

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Club member Kathy Guerreso leads a moderate-paced 3-mile hike.
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner. Free. 277-4610.

 Noon-6 p.m. 

11th Annual Ya'ssoo Greek Festival: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

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June 9-11. This popular lively festival features lots of Greek food from pastitsio to souvlaki and pastries, including loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), karithopita (walnut cakes), and other delicacies. Also, a kids corner (Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.), live Greek music by the local Greek party band Kefi and the Detroit band Enigma, performances by the St. Nicholas Dancers, and open dancing (Fri. 9 p.m.-midnight & Sat. 8 p.m.-midnight). Also, popular church tours, raffles with a grand prize trip to Greece, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, books, and more.
11 a.m.-midnight (Fri. & Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. (park at nearby Knox Presbyterian Church on Wagner to get a shuttle to the festival). $3 (Sun., $2; free admission for kids age 12 & under and for anyone arriving before 4 p.m. on Fri. and before 1 p.m. on Sat.). annarborgreekfestival.org, 332-8200. [map]

 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 10 & 11. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are turtles. Note: Saturday's program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. 

"My Cousin Rachel": Michigan Theater.

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(Roger Michell, 2017). Period drama about a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious cousin, but then starts to fall for her. Rachel Weisz.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 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: http://thecreatureconservancy.org/vis
The Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 adult (13+), $6 child (2-12), free (under 2). info@thecreatureconservancy.org http://thecreatureconservancy.org/visit-hours.html [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

Guided Tours: Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Costumed guides lead tours of the 10-room artifact-filled farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a recently refurbished blacksmith's workshop. The last tour begins at 4:15 p.m.
1-5 p.m., Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
1-4 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. cawolfe@umich.edu. 678-7549, 663-0262. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Aug. 5: Olson Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail) to remove invasive weeds overrunning it open meadows, and Black Pond Woods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.) to remove Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 19: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Bird Rd. entrance west off Huron River Dr.) Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 20: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help remove bittercress, Canada thistle, and other invasives.

Aug. 26: Bandemer Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking area off Barton Dr.) to help remove exotic weeds from the patch of dry prairie that lines the Border-to-Border Trail in this park along the Huron River.

Sept. 10: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to help remove invasive plants during this national day of service to commemorate 9-11.

Sept. 16: Onder Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn to restore the small oak savanna.

Sept. 17: Redbud Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Parkwood & Jeanne) to remove honeysuckle and other invasive plants.

Sept. 23: Furstenberg (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to remove invasive plants to improve the ecosystem of this 38-acre park.

Sept. 23: Ruthven Nature Area 1-4 p.m., meet at the Gallup Park boat dock parking lot at the corner of Parkway and Geddes) to remove invasive plants threatening the native wildflowers.

Sept. 30: Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to learn how to identify and cut buckthorn and honeysuckle from this 22-acre riverside park.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 1-2 p.m. 

"Caterpillar & Butterfly Magnets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-5 invited to make caterpillars and butterfly magnets using clothespins, pompoms, and colorful paper.
1-2 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Youth": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.

1-2 p.m., 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1:30 & 2:30 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]

 2-5:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Familiar favorites called to live music by Childgrove. For experienced dancers. Followed at 6 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
2-5:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $12 (members, $10). ffuerst@juno.com, (248) 288-4737. [map]

 2 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Fiddle Club: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Performance by this ensemble of middle and high school students who play traditional American and Celtic tunes as well as pop songs.
2 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Joe's Memory Arts Cafe: Alzheimer's Association.

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This collaborative program welcomes individuals with memory loss living in their homes, their care partners, family, and friends. It is a supportive and engaging environment where everyone can interact, have fun, find support, and enjoy a positive experience. This group meets every 2nd Sunday each month and if you have any questions or would like to register, please call Sandy Schmunk at 734-649-6806.
Towsley Health Building, 5361 McAuley Drive. Free. 734-649-6806. alz.org/mglc/in_my_community_education.asp [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Shakespeare in the Park - As You Like It: Pinckney Players.

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"Pinckney Players proudly presents As You Like It, part of its Shakespeare in the Park series
A hilarious romantic comedy with a 50's twist
This is a free event at Pinckney Town Square Park
As You Like It turns the traditional rules of romance on their heads. Gender roles, nature, and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be.
Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match. Her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity, banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy, she leaves with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone to seek out her father in the Forest of Arden. Here she meets Orlando again and, under the guise of a young man, counsels him in the art of love and wooing.
A firm favorite among Shakespeare's comedies it includes some of his best loved characters. Come to the gazebo on a beautiful June day, bring chairs or a blanket, and maybe even have a picnic!
Pinckney Town Square Park, E Main St, Pinckney, MI 48169, Pinckney. Free. 734-878-1368. kpvhouse@yahoo.com http://www.pinckneyplayers.com/sip-as-you-like-it.html

 2-3 p.m. 

Spring Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Mar. 5 (2-3 p.m.): "Bee Hotels and Bee-Friendly Flowersr." MSU entomologist Julia Brokaw discusses the world of bees and shows how to attract them to your yard with nest boxes and bee-friendly gardening.

Mar. 19 (2-3 p.m.): "Wildlife from Near and Far." Naturalist Endeavors (Columbiaville) owner Randy Baker shows a variety of animals and discusses their lifestyles and habitats.

Apr. 2 (2-3 p.m.): "Creatures of the Night." Howell Nature Center staff display several live nocturnal birds & mammals and discuss their habits and adaptations to the dark.

Apr. 8 (8-9:30 p.m.): "Night of the Amphibians." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson discusses and displays live frogs, toads, and salamanders and leads a night walk to a nearby spring pond to look and listen for them. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather, and be prepared to get your feet wet.

Apr. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Helping Nature in Your Own Back Yard." WNHA naturalist Gary Siegrist discusses how to choose native native alternatives to invasive plants, how and where to plant them, and where to buy them in order to make your birds, butterflies, native pollinators, and other wildlife.

Apr. 30 (2-3 p.m.): "Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson leads a hike to a nearby spring pond to look for and learn about some of the to many fascinating and little-known creatures--from delicate damselflies to ferocious diving beetles-it harbors. Participants also learn how to find these creatures yourself and to "Pour-a-Pond" of their own.

May 7 (2-3 p.m.): "A World of Animals" World Wide Zoo (Jackson) owner Brendan Finerty presents a hands-on introduction to some live animals from around the globe.

May 21 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Edible, Medicinal, or Poisonous?" Nature Learning Community Founder Rowena Conahan leads a hike to look for and learn how to recognize useful and edible plants.

June 4 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Rockhound Basics." Geologist Larry Bean leads rockhounds to a closed gravel pit to learn about rocks and minerals you can find there and what they reveal about ancient Michigan.

June 11 (2-3 p.m.): "Turtlemania." WNHA naturalist Paul McCormack displays and discusses some live turtles, both large and small and land-dwelling and water-loving.

Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Computer Skills": Ann Arbor District Library.

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GameStart staff present hands-on introductions to various computer skills. For kids in grades 3-8 (except as noted).

June 4: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

June 11: "Unity 2D." Learn to design a platformer video game with animated sprites and other characters.

June 18: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

June 25: "3-D Video Game Design." Learn to design your own video game using the Unity Development Kit.

July 9: "CodeMage Beginnings." Learn how use Python coding techniques to code a "spell" for Minecraft.

July 16: "Roblox Studio." Learn how to combine elements of art, design, math, and physics to make your own video game.

July 23: ""Minecraft Resource Pack Creation." Learn how to change Minecraft visuals and alter the textures of mobs, blocks, and your game character.

July 30: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

Aug. 6: "Unity 2D. Top-Down" Learn to design a RPG-style video game complete with animated sprites.

Aug. 13: "CodeMage Beginnings." Learn how use Python coding techniques to code a "spell" for Minecraft.

Aug. 20: "3-D Video Game Design." Learn to design your own video game using the Unity Development Kit.

Aug. 27: "Choose Your Own Adventure Story." Learn to make your own website using basic HTML in the form of a Chose Your Own Adventure book.

2-3:30 p.m. (except as noted), AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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 emutix.com; and at the door. 487-1221.

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Some Like It Hot": Rave.

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June 11 & 14. (Billy Wilder, 1959). Celebrated comedy about 2 male musicians who witness a gangland massacre and try to flee disguised as members of an all-girl band. Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe. With commentary by Turner Classic Movies hosts.
2 & 7 p.m., 4100 Carpenter. $5.75-$10.50. 973-8424. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"The Legend of Georgia McBride": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 9-July 9. Brandy Joe Plambeck directs Matthew Lopez's comedy about a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator with a pregnant wife who stumbles into a wildly successful new career as a drag queen. Stars Nick Yocum, Vince Kelley, Richard Payton, Meredith Deighton, and Joe Bailey.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors-Part 1: Figuration": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit commemorating U-M's bicentennial that includes works by Christo, Jean Dubuffet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, and others.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 3-8 p.m. 

"Grillin' for Food Gatherers"

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This festive barbecue fundraiser features live music, food from more than 50 local restaurants, beer and wine, kids games, and a silent auction. Rain or shine.
3-8 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets tentatively $75 in advance, $85 at the gate (children ages 3-13, $10; under age 3, free). foodgatherers.org/grillin, 761-2796. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Spring Concert: Ann Arbor Recorder Society.

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A program of Renaissance music composed for 4-8 recorder parts or for smaller groups and solos. Some pieces may include other early instruments like bass viol and dulcian. The program of 16th- & 17th-century music from includes works by Holborne, Praetorius, Monteverdi, Josquin des Prez, and Bach. Janet Cannon directs. Reception follows.
3 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free. 274-9463. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

Festival of Lights: Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.

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Join us for our Festival of Lights event to support refugee resettlement services at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. JFS is sponsoring Festival of Lights, a community based, inter-faith event to raise awareness and funds to support refugee relief in Washtenaw County. The benefit will include an art installation and artists bazaar, an informational video presentation and conclude with a live musical concert. All funds gathered from the event will support refugee resettlement services at JFS.
The Festival of Lights event is on June 11th, 2017 from 3-5pm at Towsley Auditorium, located in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. Refreshments will be provided by Amanda's Kitchen. Tickets are $20.00 sliding fee scale, and tickets purchased from the December event will be honored in June.
For any questions, please contact Laurie Cohen at lcohen@jfsannarbor.org or 734-769-0209 ext 353.
Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Donation. 734-769-0209. lcohen@jfsannarbor.org https://jfsannarbor.org/festival-of-lights/ [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Camelot": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 8-July 2. This professional theater company performs Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's 1960 Broadway musical based on the King Arthur legend, with particular emphasis on his courtship with and marriage to Guenevere and her love affair with his chief knight, Lancelot. The show has inspired everyone from John F. Kennedy to Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton), who says the song "Guenevere" first attracted him to musicals. The score also includes "C'est Moi," "What Do the Simple Folk Do?," and the beloved "If Ever I Would Leave You."
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $26 (seniors, $24; youth & groups of 10 or more, $22) on Thurs.; $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Fri. & Sat. eve. $28 (seniors, $26; youth & groups of 10 or more, $24) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a directed drawing activity for adults, exploring different tasks, techniques, and mediums each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL 4th floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. 327-8301. [map]

 3-8 p.m. 

"Grillin' for Food Gatherers"

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This festive barbecue fundraiser features food from more than 25 local restaurants, beer and wine, kids games, and a silent auction. Live music includes the local rockabilly, blues, rock 'n' roll, and honky-tonk band George Bedard & the Kingpins, local acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter Chris Dupont, and local singer-songwriter and guitarist Lisa Ritchie. Rain or shine.
3-8 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets tentatively $75 in advance, $85 at the gate (children ages 3-13, $10; under age 3, free). foodgatherers.org/grillin, 761-2796. [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]

 4-7 p.m. 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:15, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Churchill": Michigan Theater.

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(Jonathan Teplitzky, 2017). Thrilling biopic about Winston Churchill in the days leading up to D-Day.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]

 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 9-July 2. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, yoga and other fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer tastings (Tues., 5 p.m.), wine tastings (Wed., 5 p.m.), and more. Tonight: the nationally known family-friendly New Orleans jazz band Jazzy Ash & the Leaping Lizards (7 p.m.) and The Crane Wives (8:30 p.m.), the Grand Rapids Americana folk-rock quintet fronted by the soulful singer-songwriter duo of guitarists Emilee Petersmark and Kate Pillsbury. Also, 17-year-old Rochester (MI) singer-songwriter Grace Elizabeth Lee (5 p.m.) and local country-flavored pop-folk singer-songwriter Billy King (6 p.m.). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, David Yates' 2016 Harry Potter spinoff, set in 1926 New York, about a secret community of witches and wizards.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]

 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

"Coloring with Cats": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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All age 12 & up invited to color while interacting with adoptable cats. Snacks, soda, and coloring supplies provided.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at tinylions.org/coloringwithcats. 661-3575. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. Note: held under the arches at the U-M Dental School (Fletcher at North University) if raining.
6-8 p.m., outdoors between Rackham and North Quad (may move to Ingalls Mall). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569.

 6-8 p.m. 

Sundays in the Garden: Cultivate Coffee & Tap House.

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Every Sun. (except July 2 & 23), June 11-Aug. 20. Outdoor concerts by area bands. Beer available. Partial proceeds benefit local charities.

June 11: Qween Louie. DJ and vocalist who sings in various styles from R&B to soul to hip-hop to alt-rock. Opening act is Detroit singer-songwriter and violinist Alex Way.

June 18: Planet D Nonet. Large award-winning Detroit ensemble, a self-styled "space-age swing band" founded by drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O'Donnell.

June 25: New Soul. Detroit R&B, hip-hop, and soul duo.

July 9: TBA.

July 16: Yellowhammer. Area quartet that plays jazz standards and funk. Members include trumpeter Ross Huff, bassist Brennan Duncan Andes, tubaist Joe Fee, and percussionist Mike Shimmin.

July 30: Chris DuPont & Betsy King. Duo of local singer-songwriters.

Aug. 6: Kate Peterson. Lansing singer-songwriter

Aug. 13: Matt & Misty. Duo of local singer-songwriters Matt Jones and Misty Lyn. Opening act is Shuttershop, an Ypsilanti duo of Frontier Ruckus members.

Aug. 20: Onefreq. Detroit hip-hop/soul quintet.
6-8 p.m., Cultivate, 307 N. River, Ypsilanti. Free admission. facebook.com/cultivateypsi, 249-8993. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"The Tempest": U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.

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Every Thurs-Sun., June 8-25. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors an alfresco production of Shakespeare's culminating work, a visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda. Prospero is in fact the exiled duke of Milan, who conjures a storm that shipwrecks his old enemies upon his island. He takes the opportunity to teach them a lesson before bestowing forgiveness, abandoning his magical powers, and preparing to return to the world. The Tempest is filled with verse and song (including the famous "Full fathom five") and contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry. The RC's annual Shakespeare in the Arb productions have become a hugely popular local summer tradition. Director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting Arb environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather.
6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; students, $15; seniors age 62 & over, $17; youth under age 18, $10; kids under 5, free) at the gate only. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Space limited; come early. 998-9540.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m.-close (usually midnight), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam"

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An open jam for musicians of all ages & levels of ability to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, & blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by Ann Arbor veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 3rd Sunday is for songwriters to try out new songs and get critiques as desired. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at www.Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam/. 998-9353. [map]

 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Wedding Plan": Michigan Theater.

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(Rama Burshtein, 2016). When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, an Orthodox Jew refuses to cancel the event and instead relies on God to supply her with a husband. Hebrew, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Neil Woodward: The Ark.

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Traditional and original ballads and songs by this Detroit veteran who sings in a thickly textured, soulful voice, accompanying himself on 6- and 12-string guitars, steel guitar, harmonica, mandolin, fiddle, Autoharp, whistle, and banjo. Woodward was recently designated "Michigan's Troubadour" by the state legislature.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"8 Pointless Minutes: A Long Form Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to form groups to perform an 8-minute improv sketch. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Nov. 19 & Dec. 3 & 17), and Pendleton Ballroom (Dec. 10). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Songwriters Circle"

All invited to drop in to play their work or just listen. Hosted by veteran singer-songwriter Annie Capps. 2-5 p.m. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: The Weber's Jazz Collective

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show. [venue info]

Old Town: Chris Buhalis

A popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh- minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. He recently released his first CD in 18 years, Big Car Town, a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Will Mefford

This local pianist mprovises on the Great American Song Book, drawing from the styles of such jazz piano greats as Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]


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