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Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 15, 2017






 
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 7:00 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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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. 

Womens Golf Club at University of Michigan: University Womens Golf Club.

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Please join us every Tues and/or Thurs for either 9 or 18 hole golf at our new clubhouse! No upfront green fees! Call for information on how to join us!
University of Michigan Blue Golf Course, 500 E Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. see website. (734) 615-GOLF (615-4653). https://sites.google.com/site/universitywomensgolfclub/ [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.-6 p.m. 

Rummage Sale: St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

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Ann Arbor - DON'T MISS THIS SALE! GOING STRONG FOR DECADES!! NEW DAYS AND TIMES! Clothing/shoes, jewelry, toys, housewares, collectibles, Holiday decor, electronics, books
& SO MUCH MORE! Saturday $5 a bag! Call some friends and come uncover some treasures!
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd. 48104. Free admission. (734)769-2550. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
1-3:30 p.m. (Mon.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Senior Center (Sept.), 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: What Makes a Rainbow": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Preschoolers, accompanied by a caregiver, invited to make a rainbow sun catcher and go on a hike to explore rainbows with prisms, flowers, and water.
10-11 a.m., County Farm Park, meet at the Medford Rd. pavilion. Free, but preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (registration #841003, section A). 971-6337.


 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Fair Isle Knitting Class.

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Come learn to knit Fair Isle using a basic hat pattern and your choice of chart (provided in class) to create a Fair Isle band around the center of the hat. We will be learning to knit Continental (picking) and American (throwing) styles of knitting-used at the same time-to weave the floats in the back of the work for a smoother finish.
Pre-requisites: Students should know how to cast on, knit, and purl and be familiar with both the Continental (picking; yarn held in left hand) and the American (throwing; yarn held in right hand) styles of knitting.
http://www.spunannarbor.com/fair-isle-knitting
Spun Ann Arbor, 407 N. 5th Ave. $50. 7347807867. pete@spunannarbor.com http://www.spunannarbor.com/fair-isle-knitting [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Every Thurs. (except July 20), June 1-Aug. 31. Musical entertainment by local and area performers. In case of rain, the shows are held in the Ark on Main Street.

June 1: Laith Al-Saadi. Jazz-tinged, jam-oriented trio that plays an eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals. Led by Al-Saadi, a popular local singer-guitarist who rocketed to national prominence in 2016 with a 4th-place finish on NBC's The Voice. His latest CD, Real, a collection of songs drawing on blues, country, gospel, and roots rock, was recorded in L.A. with an all-star cast of session legends, including saxophonist Tom Scott, drummer Jim Keltner, and bassist Leland Sklar. Opening act is Phillip Michael Scales, the literate, soulful Detroit singer-songwriter who is also B.B. King's nephew.

June 8: LP. Stage name of Laura Pergolizzi, a veteran Long Island-bred pop-rock singer-songwriter. Her songs have been covered by everyone from Cher to Rihanna, and her current single, "Lost on You," is currently an internationally chart-topping hit.

June 15: Tuxedo. Funk duo of Mayer Hawthorne, a nationally known Ann Arbor-born neo-soul singer-songwriter who's praised by allmusic.com for "evoking the sound and style of the past while giving the music a sleek, up-to-date mindset," and Seattle hip-hop producer Jake One.

June 22: The Accidentals. Wildly acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City folk trio of multi-instrumentalists (and recent high school grads) Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause. Z93 FM (Grand Rapids) DJ Matt Mansfield says they give "an edge to folk with unique instrumentation," adding that they "combine musicality, originality and melodic beauty with a welcome and unexpected bite to clever lyrics."

June 29: Theo Katzman. Ann Arbor-bred, NYC-based soul-oriented funk-folk singer-songwriter best known as the former guitarist in My Dear Disco and as a founding member of the nationally known funk ensemble Vulfpeck.

July 6: Michigan Rattlers, a Petoskey countrified rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter duo, currently based in L.A., that cites AC/DC, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Creedence Clearwater Revival as influences.

July 13: Tim Reynolds Trio, an edgy alternative rock power trio, with strong infusions of funk and soul, led by Reynolds, a renowned guitar wiz best known through his collaborations with Dave Matthews.

July 27: NOMO, a nationally acclaimed Ann Arbor-bred rock-based sextet whose music blends elements of Afrobeat, world music, electronica, and Sun Ra- and Coltrane-influenced jazz.

Aug. 3: The Record Company. L.A. blues-rock trio whose music Time Out Los Angeles described as evoking what what it would sound like "if John Lee Hooker and the Stooges had a well-behaved love child."

Aug. 10: May Erlewine & the Motivations. Ensemble led by Erlewine, a big-voiced singer-songwriter from Big Rapids who writes thoughtful, richly emotional country-flavored songs. Her new EP, The Little Things, is a collection of 6 danceable songs that address the winter blues.

Aug. 17: The Stellars and Jacob Stigman. Double bill. The Stellars is a local rock 'n' roll band and Stigman is a Toledo Motown-inspire pop-funk singer-songwriter.

Aug. 24: Joshua Davis. Americana folk-rock originals by a band led by Steppin' In It frontman Davis, a finalist in the 2014-2015 season of The Voice.

Aug. 31: Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers. Lansing pop-funk and soul quartet led by singer-songwriter Hertler.

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Noon-1:30 p.m. (except as noted), Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109.


 1 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Arthritis: SUN SHEN.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at alexis@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group to talk and meet with others who are experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia firsthand. The group offers support, education, problem solving, and guest speakers. The group meets every 3rd Thursday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Chelsea Retirement Community | Crippen Building, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 800-272-3900. kmpeil@alz.org http://goo.gl/MuUGDi [map]



 3-7 p.m. 

Farmers Market: Pittsfield Charter Township.

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The Pittsfield Township Farmers Market is a weekly, rain or shine, summer open air Market, managed by Pittsfield Charter Township. Each market features local diverse offerings, including fresh locally grown seasonal produce, chicken and duck eggs, honey, pasture raised meat, artisan bread and cheese, stuffed pasta, cheesecake, pasties, natural personal care products, artisan wares and more. Free activities available for all ages including cooking demos, Ask a Master Gardener, live music, kids crafts, kids scavenger hunts and more. This is a Michigan producer only market. Bridge Card, Double Up Food Bucks and Prescription for Health accepted. Walk, park or ride (AAATA, route 67). Free parking available. Find us on Facebook to stay up to date on weekly activities: https://www.facebook.com/pittsfieldtwpfarmersmarket
Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Avenue. Free events; Pay as you go. 734-822-2121. farmersmarket@pittsfield-mi.gov www.pittsfield-mi.gov/farmersmarket [map]



 4-6 p.m. 

"Summer Shebang": Women's Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW).

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Come celebrate the start of summer with old friends and new at WXW's Summer Shebang.
There's no agenda, no program - just fun, food and drinks with cool chicks like you.
Join WXW on Thursday, June 15, from 4pm - 6pm, at Bar Louie in Ann Arbor.
Revel in Michigan's summer days with all of your favorite business folks. Friends are welcome, too.
See you there!
Bar Louie, 401 E. Liberty. $5. 734-355-9185. marketing@wxwbusiness.com https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee7otmse8db45381&oseq=&c=&ch= [map]


 4, 7, & 9:15 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]


 4:15, 7:15, & 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]


 4:30, 7:30, & 9:30 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.  Free! 

New Enterprise Forum Showcase & Panel: SPARK.

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Showcase Presenter: A presentation by a start-up that has been through New Enterprise Forum coaching. This gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. Come to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with resources who support the local start-up community.
Panel Topic: With over 30 years providing value to entrepreneurs, the NEF continues to bring to its Forum meetings the most relevant topics that are important to entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Join us to keep current on critical start-up issues and meet our panel presenters.
Network: Meet other like-minded professionals who support entrepreneurialism, promoting innovation as a catalyst for a healthy Michigan economy.
Follow Us on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/nef-linkedin
SPARK Central, 330 E Liberty, lower level. Free. 734-665-4433. PR@NewEnterpriseForum.org www.NewEnterpriseForum.org [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: Detroit folk-rock ensemble the Jill Jack Band (7 p.m.) and the NYC all-woman mariachi band Mariachi Flor de Toloache (8:15 p.m.). Also, young ethereal-voiced Rochester Hills singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin (5 p.m.) and veteran local folk singer-songwriter Jay Stielstra (6 p.m.). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Paul Feig's 2016 Ghostbusters remake, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Book Crawl: Ann Arbor Book Festival.

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June 15-17. The book festival kicks off today with readings by New York writer David Pratt and Michigan poet Monica Rico (7 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops). Also, a reading at 6 p.m. (writer & location TBA) tonight as well as readings in downtown Ypsilanti (June 16, see listing) and downtown Ann Arbor (June 17, writers & locations TBA). The book crawls are in conjunction with the festival's main event, a street fair on June 17.
6-9 p.m., various locations. Free. info@aabookfestival.org.


 6-8 p.m. 

Fundamentals of Deeper Back Bending: A2 Aviary.

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This workshop is a primer to contortion training. Together we explore the differences between flexibility and mobility, and discuss ways to open, strengthen, and stabilize the shoulders, hips, and spine. Students will learn, in depth, the purpose behind the alignment cues regularly offered in traditional yoga and flexibility classes. We will discuss various methods and the tools they offer for training flexibility, including yoga, traditional Mongolian contortion, and newer methods. Please register via the included link before arriving for the workshop.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $40. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

9th Annual Comedy Showcase: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. in June. Performances by nationally touring stand-up comics TBA.

June 8: Bill Hildebrandt. Veteran Detroit-area comic is known for his clever, good-natured, often surprising topical and observational humor.

June 15: Mark Sweetman. Veteran Detroit-bred observational comic, a cross between a court jester and a philosophical humorist known for his dry wit and acerbic delivery.

June 22: Mike Lebovitz. NYC-based comic who blends manic, rapid-fire observational humor with absurdist clowning.

June 29: Tim Cavanagh. A veteran Chicago comic who blends whimsically naive observations with merrily absurd song parodies, Cavanaugh has been described as "Beaver Cleaver with a guitar and a wickedly funny point of view." Several of his songs have been major hits on the syndicated Dr. Demento radio show.

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6:30-8 p.m., Katie's Corner, CDL lawn (held indoors in case of rain), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Being Mortal: Arbor Hospice.

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Join Arbor Hospice for a free screening of the PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Being Mortal. Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this film explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them. See the film and be part of a national conversation that asks the important question: "Have you and your family had these important conversations and planned ahead?" Attendees should RSVP to Theresa S. Viteri at 734-482-9498 ext. 100 or theresas@gilbertresidence.com.
The Gilbert Residence, 203 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. kerrer@arborhospice.org [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Downtown Group Run": Running Fit.

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


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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Every Thurs., June 8-Aug.17. Musical entertainment on 10 stages downtown, as well as Three Generations Entertainment with balloons and other activities for kids. The weekly musical program also includes chalk art and (except July 27) an open mike stage. Also, street performers, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at dusk (beginning June 22) by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies.

June 8: Colors the Clown, the Ferndale Americana rock duo Escaping Pavement, the Jackson pop-folk singer-songwriter Chey Halliwell, the Chelsea High Celtic music ensemble Chelsea House Orchestra, the jazz & blues band Five More Miles, the Kalamazoo gospel-inflected hip-hop ensemble Last Gasp Collective, the local blues band The BlueRays, and the young East Tawas pop-folk singer-songwriter Amy Grace.

June 15: Robinsongs kids music, the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord, jazz-inflected country-pop singer-songwriter Kayla Kendall, the veteran Ann Arbor ska-jazz-funk-punk dance band Hullabaloo, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the local blues and blues-rock quintet blues band The Bluesmatics, and the Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette.

June 22: Dee Dee the Clown and the Face Painting Robot, the old-time music trio Bowdish Brothers, Northville teen pop-folk singer-songwriter Carly Bins, the R&B and blues band Chain of Fools, the Chelsea rock 'n' roll band Coconut Radio, a Ukulele Party, the versatile local 15-piece big band Big Band Theory, and local acoustic country-folk singer-guitarist Bob Pogue. Followed by Bee Movie.

June 29: Eric the Juggler, the Johnny Cash tribute band Cash Is King, ukulele player Ali Sesnovich, the local blues-flavored folk-rock swing quintet Dorkestra, the Chelsea garage blues band Bull Halsey, the jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace, the King Family Band bluegrass ensemble, and young Detroit indie pop singer-songwriter Grace Elizabeth Lee. Followed by Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

July 6: Magician Magic Joe, the Western swing septet Fumblin' Tumbleweeds, the acoustic Detroit folk-noir trio Kate Hinote & the Disasters , Sterling Heights pop-rock singer-songwriter Robyn , the Manchester traditional Cajun music duo Sel de Terre, the high-energy local dance quintet Sweet Melissa, vintage band music by the Washtenaw Community Concert Band Town Band, and versatile local singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist Spencer Michaud. Followed by The Sandlot.

July 13: Dee Dee the Clown and the Face Painting Robot, the highly regarded Downriver bluegrass and hard-country band Bill Bynum & Co, the South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the local pop-folk singer-songwriter Scott Thacher, the Local classic rock and Motown cover band Men in Black, the Plymouth jazz fusion trio Doctor Pizza, the classic rock singer-guitarist Nathan Sweet, the jazz vocal trio David C. Bloom & Friends, and the roots-rock duo Peter & Ralph. Followed by Boss Baby.

July 20: Eric the Juggler, the Ypsilanti Chicago blues quintet Blues Dog Inquisition, the Ann Arbor Latin jazz-pop fusion dance band West Park Music Society, pop singer Mike Beno, the local rock & soul cover band Naked Ace, the tap dance duo 2X4, the local folk-rock ensemble Bob Skon Trio, and the acoustic blues and folk musician Ian Stewart. Followed by Trolls.

July 27: Kids musician Music Man Dave, a vintage baseball demo by the Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea, the Ann Arbor pop-rock singer-songwriter Mike Vial, the Ann Arbor alt-country band Corndaddy, the Detroit horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band Salmagundi, the Ann Arbor alternative rock band Once United, the ragtime, blues, and boogie-woogie pianist Matthew Ball, and the hartland pop-rock singer-songwriter Trey O'Connor. Followed at dusk by the 1966 camp classic Batman.

Aug. 3: Eric the Juggler, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the local rockabilly band Los Dingos del Norte, the young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter Mia Green, the veteran Detroit postpunk rock band The Seatbelts, the blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock duo Delbert Walling & Haley Houtz, the local guitar-driven classic rock quintet North Congress, and the ethereal, jazzy folk-pop duo Dede Alder & Josh Holcomb. Followed by Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Aug. 10: Colors the Clown, the Detroit organ-based jazz-funk ensemble GFK Trio, the Detroit acoustic roots-rock and alt-country trio Bus Stop Poets, the Jackson Americana band Victor McDermott & the New American Standard, the Ann Arbor Americana quartet Blue Light Band, the local local Americana folk-rock and country John Ponder Band, the Ypsilanti punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute band Devil Elvis, the acoustic old-time ensemble Strings & Things, and the local Americana roots duo Potter's Field. Followed by Independence Day: Resurgence.

Aug. 17: Children's musician Randy Kaplan, the Ferndale Americana rock quartet Escaping Pavement, the highly regarded Downriver bluegrass and hard-country band Bill Bynum & Co, the young Sterling Heights country singer-songwriter Lisa Mary, the local country-rock trio Cold Tone Harvest, the Chelsea garage blues band Bull Halsey, a blues-rock band from the School of Rock Ann Arbor, the local blues-flavored folk-rock swing quintet Dorkestra, and the country-pop duo Sally & Ted. Followed by Hidden Figures.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. chelseafestivals.com. 475-1145, 474-9178. [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 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Form: SUN SHEN.

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In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, and Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Keith Lesmeister: Literati Bookstore.

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This northeast Iowa writer reads from We Could've Been Happy Here, his debut collection of short stories about broken, resigned, and misunderstood characters living in the contemporary Midwest. Also, readings by Detroit poet (and U-M creative writing grad) Marlin Jenkins and Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing director Alexander Weinstein, author of the 2016 short story collection Children of the New World. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at annarbor.nerdnite.com) who give fun yet informative talks, 18-21 minutes long, about things that interest them, everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla.

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7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Live, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Printing: The Printrbot": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff show adults and kids in grade 6 & up how use the Printrbot 3-D printer.
7-8:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Sat), AADL secret lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Basic Cake Decorating": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers hosts a hands-on exploration of a variety of frostings and how to make them, including how to use basic decorating equipment. Participants also make a basic American buttercream to use in practicing with a piping bag. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Frank Lloyd Wright Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow-paced 15-mile ride on mountain or wide-tired road bikes over the lightly traveled, hard dirt roads behind Domino's Farms.
7 p.m., meet at 2722 Georgetown Blvd. north off Plymouth Rd. Free. 663-5060, 717-7567.


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs., June 15-Aug. 24. Downtown concerts by area bands. Kids activities by Two Twelve Arts Center. Outdoor seating available at some restaurants. June 15: The Forte Band. Chicago blues band featuring LaShera Moore, a vocalist who sang at Koko Taylor's funeral in 2009. June 22: Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. Large young fiddle ensemble that plays bluegrass and high-energy American folk. June 29: Appleseed Collective. Local acoustic quartet whose music is an enchanting blend of lyric-based folk rock with Dixieland and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies. July 6: Southeast Michigan country singer Alan Turner. July 13: Brother Crowe. Detroit-area Irish music duo of singer-songwriters. July 20: Saline classic rock sextet Leverage. July 27: Hullabaloo. Veteran 9-piece Ann Arbor collective whose upbeat, energetic music draws on ska, jazz, funk, punk, and Latin influences. Aug. 3: Rockford (IL) pop-rock quintet Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, led by singer-songwriter Nielsen, the son of Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. Aug. 10: Redford British Invasion cover band The Invasion. Aug. 17: Saline Big Band. Tonight begins with a Saline Area Schools pep rally. Aug. 24: "Open Mic Night."
7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 316-2119.


 7 p.m. 

"The Renaissance Man": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat., June 15-July 1. Veteran local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier directs this local company in the world premiere of his farcical take on Macbeth as refracted through the workers at a Renaissance Faire. A hard-working Knight dreams of transforming his beloved fair, but his ambition meets resistance among his coworkers. Cast: Julia Garlotte, Annie Dilworth, Kelly Rose Voigt, Pat Loos, David Galido, Robert Schorr. This is the first of 2 outdoor productions scheduled for the company's 7th summer season.
7 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Tickets $12 (kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at pennyseats.org, $15 at the gate. 926-5346.


 7 p.m. 

"The Winter's Tale": Rudolf Steiner High School of Ann Arbor.

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June 15 & 16. Rudolf Steiner seniors present Shakespeare's tragicomedy about a headstrong king who banishes his beloved wife, who's wrongly suspected of infidelity, along with their child. He suffers for his foolishness, but after a long period of repentance is joyfully reunited with his family. The play is filled with classic fairy tale elements, including a mystical sealed pronouncement from an oracle, a romance between a prince and a commoner who turns out to be of noble birth, and a statue that magically comes to life.
7 p.m., Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. $5 (students, $3; family, $12). 669-9394. [map]


 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Brian Dunne: The Ark.

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Young Brooklyn-based Americana folk-rock singer-songwriter whose 2015 CD, Songs from the Hive, is a tribute to 2 of his prime influences, Dylan and the Band. He has a brand-new CD, Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $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]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Harvey": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., June 15-Aug. 26. Guy Sanville directs local actors in Mary Chase's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play, best known from the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, about a gentle tippler and his imaginary friend Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast (June 15) and rebroadcast (June 20) of a "riffing" performance by former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars and comic Paul F. Tomkins, who aim their comic heckling at educational short films. With Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, and Bridget Nelson.
8 p.m. (June 15) & 7:30 p.m. (June 20), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $14 in advance at fathomevents.com/event/rifftrax-live-summer-shorts and at the door. 623-7469. [map]


 8 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]




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Café Verde: Josh Birdsong

Singer-songwriter who's currently a songwriting student at Belmont University in Nashville. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Magpie

Nashville-based folk-rock band from Utah whose music also incorporates elements of garage jazz, grunge country, and pop metal. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. [venue info]

Elks Lodge: "Hip-Hop Open Mike"

All hip-hop artists invited. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. [venue info]

Rush Street: Los Gatos Los Gatos

Popular local Latin jazz quintet led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the old-school music of Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, and Joe Cuba. The band has amassed a large following among both jazz aficionados and salsa dancers. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

 
 


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