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Calendar of Events

Friday, June 16, 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.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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June 16-18, July 14-16, and Aug. 4-6 & 17-20. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional 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. 426-2111. [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]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 Noon 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Reading Kickoff": Chelsea District Library.

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Registration begins today for the children's, teen, and adult summer reading programs. Also, a variety of activities, including games, crafts, a bounce house, giant volleyball, karaoke, and snow cones.
Noon-2 p.m., CDL lawn, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movies at the Center: Chelsea Senior Center.

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A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

June 16: La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016). Musical comedy about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in L.A. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.

June 23: The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987). Sweet, witty, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale about a farm girl kidnapped by a villainous ruler who intends to make her his princess. Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn.

June 30: Father of the Bride (Vincente Minelli, 1950). The father of a young woman deals with the emotional pain of her getting married, along with the financial and organizational trouble of arranging the wedding. Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor.

July, Aug., & Sept. schedule TBA.

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12:30 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Summer Cooking Series: Chelsea Senior Center.

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Cooking demos. June 16: "It's Easy Eating Green." Demos of easy, tasty recipes using kale, lettuce, peas, and other summer produce.
12:30 p.m. CSC, 512 Washington, Chelsea. $5suggested donation to benefit the CSC intergenerational garden. 475-9242. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Community Cats Training Class: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Be an advocate for feral cats!
In this FREE class, you will learn why HSHV believes that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) helps reduce the number of free roaming cats, lowers stray intake and euthanasia and creates better, less hostile environments for our community cats. You'll also learn how you can help -- and we need you! RSVP requested.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. marketing@hshv.org http://www.hshv.org/site/PageNavigator/services/Cat_Management.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.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Apr. 21: Woman in Gold, Simon Curtis's 2015 drama about an octogenarian Jewish refugee who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes belongs to her family. Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds. May 19: The Light Between Oceans, Derek Cianfrance's 2016 drama, based on M.L. Stedman's exquisite 2012 historical novel, about a lighthouse keeper and his wife, living off the coast of Western Australia, who raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowboat. June 16: Inferno, Ron Howard's 2016 adaptation of Dan Brown's popular novel about a mystery surrounding Dante's Divine Comedy and a terrorist plot to unleash a devastating biological weapon. Tom Hanks.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Mini Mastodon": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Kids ages 5-12 invited to participate in this fitness challenge that includes an obstacle course that ends with getting soaked. In conjunction with the Saline Celtic Festival (see July 14 listing).
2:30 p.m., Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., west of Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-3502.


 3-7 p.m. 

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

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


 4 p.m. 

Arbor Twist Happy Hour and Trunk Show: Spun Ann Arbor.

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Celebrate summer with Arbor Twist! Ann Arbor hand-dyer Rachel Leggett's pretty yarns have been a hit in the shop since we brought them in to brighten up the gray Michigan winter. Now we are welcoming sunshine's return by celebrating these colorful, lightweight beauties. Both Sycamore and Sequoia (which brings a little sparkle to the party) are fingering weights, and either would be happy to keep you company on all your summer adventures, each delicate skein begging to be knit up into a quick, portable shawl or pair of socks.
Rachel, a Michigan native whose "real life" finds her working in web development and as a skating coach, began hand-dyeing her own yarn soon after she moved to Ann Arbor and "instantly fell in love" with the adventure of trying out new combinations and colorways. She has been pushing her craft forward ever since and especially loves the opportunity to share her work with others and to see how her work transforms when it reaches others' hands.
Please join us t
Spun Ann Arbor, 407 N. 5th Ave. 7347807867. pete@spunannarbor.com http://www.spunannarbor.com/events/2017/6/6/bi2xk07ef0kw358djm8wf557h3sih9 [map]



 4 p.m. 

NKFM Rubber Duck Dash & End of School Year Bash: Michigan Medicine.

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The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan will host the Rubber Duck Dash & End of School Year Bash on Friday, June 16th at 4 p.m.
Watch rubber ducks race down the Huron River in a race for first place. Raffle tickets corresponding to the numbered ducks will be for sale, and the winning duck will secure a $500 Meijer gift card for the winner!
Attendees will also enjoy activities and music, and this event is free! check out http://www.nkfm.org/events/rubber-duck-dash for more information.
Interested in buying a duck, sponsoring or volunteering? Please contact Christina Church, cchurch@nkmf.org or 734-222-9800 for all the details!
Island Park, 1450 Island Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free, but donations accepted (ducks are $5 each). 734-222-9800. cchurch@nkfm.org http://www.nkfm.org/events/rubber-duck-dash [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

Rubber Duck Dash End of School Year Bash: The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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Join the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan for their first Rubber Duck Race on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Island Park in Ann Arbor! 5,000 rubber ducks will race to the finish line trying to win prizes for their lucky ticket holders. Join the fun at 4pm, and the race begins at 5pm.
Island Park, Island Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. 734-222-9800. cchurch@nkfm.org http://www.nkfm.org/events/rubber-duck-dash



 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members and staff will be on hand to help fix things and offer advice. (Note: Repairs are not guaranteed.)
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [map]


 4, 6:45, & 9 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]


 4:15 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]


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Paris Can Wait": Michigan Theater.

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(Eleanor Coppola, 2017). A long-married woman unexpectedly takes a 2-day car trip from Cannes to Paris with one of her husband's business associates. Diane Lane & Alec Baldwin.
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 Ypsilanti self-styled "upbeat global soul" electronica-jazz band October Babies (8:30 p.m.) and Lady Sunshine & the X Band (10:15 p.m.), the popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. Also, young Jackson folk singer-songwriter Chey Halliwill (5 p.m.), young Traverse City songwriter-guitarist Josh Birdsong (6 p.m.), and Barbarossa Brothers (7 p.m.), a Saginaw trio that plays bayou-inflected Americana and cites Levon Helm as its main influence.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Ypsilanti Book Crawl": Ann Arbor Book Festival.

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The 2nd of 3 book crawls (see June 15) begins at Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center (214 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti) with readings by Michigan middle grade and young adult science fiction writer John Darryl Winston and EMU women's and gender studies professor Vanessa Marr. Followed at 6 p.m. by kids activities and other related events at the Ypsilanti District Library (5577 Whittaker Rd.).
5 p.m., different Ypsilanti locations. Free. info@aabookfestival.org.


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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


 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce Summer Series.

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Every Fri. (except Aug. 11 & 18), June 16-Aug. 25

June 16: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

June 23: Paul's Big Radio. Rootsy country-pop band led by local singer-songwriter Paul Lippens.

June 30: From Grace & Friends. Jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble.

July 7: Surf Zup. Vintage Ventures-style instrumental guitar band.

July 14: Men in Black. Local classic rock and Motown cover band.

July 21: The Invasion. British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof.

July 28: The Martindales. Local band led by singer-guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals.

Aug. 4: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

Aug. 25: Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies. Local roots-rock quartet, led by former Starlight Drifters singer-guitarist Mack, whose repertoire includes originals and rockabilly, early rock 'n' roll, western swing, and hillbilly bop covers.

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6:30-9:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Game Night": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL Librarians and Learning Express educational toy store staff host an evening of games for families with kids in grades K & up.
6:30-8 p.m. p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friends and Music at Calvary": Calvary Presbyterian Church.

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All adults and teens with special needs invited for singing, dancing, and activities. Caregivers welcome. Food.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2727 Fernwood. Free. Preregistration requested. specialneeds@calvarya2.com, 971-3121. [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. 

AFC Ann Arbor.

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This local minor league soccer team--nicknamed the Mighty Oaks--is in its 3rd season, and its 2nd as a member of Great Lakes West Conference of the National Premier Soccer League. Home schedule:

May 14 (3 p.m.): Kalamazoo.

May 21 (1 p.m.): Detroit City.

May 29 (1 p.m.): Grand Rapids.

June 16 (7 p.m.): Milwaukee.

June 24 (7 p.m.): Indiana.

July 1 (7 p.m.): Lansing United.

July 17 (7 p.m.): Michigan Stars of Pontiac.

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Various times, Pioneer High School Hollway Field, 601 W. Stadium at Main. $8 (kids, $5) at afcannarbor.com and at the gate. Group discounts available. 408-1627. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Karen Dionne: Aunt Agatha's.

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This Michigan thriller writer discusses The Marsh King's Daughter, her new tale of psychological suspense, set in the U.P., about a woman who must track down an escaped killer who is also her father. Signing.
7 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Playtime: Pure Existence Dance Company.

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Our Playtime series is an opportunity for movers to get together and JAM! This two hour open improvisation jam is hosted by various studios in the Metro Detroit area. Join us for our monthly jam session and check back here for our studio sponsor, location of the month. Come play!
All sessions are donation-based, so pay what you can. All proceeds go to help support Pure Existence and our programs.
​Red Spring Pilates, 7001 Orchard Lake Rd #432. Donation. jodie@pureexistencedance.com http://www.pureexistencedance.com/playtime.html [map]


 7 p.m. 

Roxane Gay: Literati Bookstore.

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This well-known essayist, blogger, and novelist, author of Bad Feminist, reads from Hunger, her new memoir that uses her own emotional and psychological struggles with food and her body as a way to explore cultural anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. Signing.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $35.50 in advance at literatibookstore.com, the Michigan Union, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Tickets: 763-8587. Info: 585-5567. [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

The Silver and Gold Band: Journey of Faith Christian Church.

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Performance by this Romulus band, led by keyboardist Dave Alvarez, that plays a mix of gospel, contemporary, and Motown music. Refreshments.
7 p.m., Journey of Faith, 1900 Manchester. Free, but donations accepted. 971-4245. [map]


 7 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Disturbing the Peace": Michigan Theater.

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(Stephen Apkon & Andrew Young, 2016). Documentary about former enemy combatants-Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters-who have joined together to challenge the status quo.
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 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]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Escape Routes: For People Who Feel Trapped in Life's Hells": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room Book Discussion.

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Crazy Wisdom staff member Deb Flint leads a discussion of Johann Christoph Arnold's nonfiction book of stories about people who have found their way out of an assortment of oppressive dead ends.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Mark Sweetman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 16 & 17. Veteran Detroit-bred observational comic, a cross between a court jester and a philosophical humorist known for his dry wit and acerbic delivery. 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. 

Valerie June: The Ark.

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Memphis singer-songwriter with an arresting vocal presence whose music is a bracing, artful mix of folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, Appalachian, and bluegrass idioms that she calls "organic moonshine roots music." Her 2010 debut recording was produced by Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor, who described her "old-time voice" as a "drawl and a whine [that] sounds like the drone strings on a fiddle," and Rolling Stone calls her new CD, The Order of Time, "a blend of spacey hippie soul, blues and folk with June's pinched, modern-Appalachian voice at the center.
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 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]


 8 p.m. 

"Criminal Hearts": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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June 16-18. Cami Fussey directs local actors in Jane Martin's dark comedy about an agoraphobic romantic who faces down a burglar in her apartment, with unusual results. Elisha Kranz, Tomi Dres, Christopher Ankney, and David Widmayer.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), AACT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $12 in advance at the studio & by phone, and at the door. 971-2228. [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. 

"Minifest: Music Beyond Words": Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Residence (Kerrytown Concert House).

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June 16, 23, & 25 (different programs). Well-known musicians and ensembles present 3 chamber concerts. Part of a larger festival that includes performances in several other towns (see greatlakeschambermusic.org for full schedule). Tonight: The New York-based Trio Honoré performs Beethoven's Piano Trio in G Major; the New England Conservatory ensemble-in-residence the Omer Quartet and soprano Lauren Skuce perform Eugene Drucker's Madness and the Death of Ophelia; violist Lawrence Dutton and pianist Alessio Bax perform Schumann's Märchenbilder ("Fairy Tale Pictures"); and violinist Eugene Drucker and pianist Bax perform Brahms' Violin Sonata no. 1 in G Major.
8 p.m. (June 16 & 23) & 2 p.m. (June 25), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$35. Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 8 p.m. 

"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]



 9 p.m. 

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

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



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Bona Sera: "Ypsiarboroo."

With the Ypsilanti roots music garage duo Gruesome Twosome (7 p.m.), the psychedelic blues-rock trio Cyrano Jones (8 p.m.), the Ypsilanti indie rock band Vagrant Symphony (9 p.m.), the local psychedelic space-rock synthesizer-and-guitar band Vision Explored (10 p.m.), the local techno band Doogatron (11 p.m.), the Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio Cetan Clawson (midnight), and the pop-rock jam trio Pajamas (1 a.m.). [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Emergency Bluegrass System

Local bluegrass quartet led by guitarist Jason Dennie and mandolinist Kyle Rhodes. $10. 8:30-10:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: The Walking Beat

Detroit rock band. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Beverly Meyer

Singer-songwriter with a rich, soulful voice whose emotionally engaging songs draw on blues, jazz, folk, and pop idioms. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Habitat Lounge: SpaceCat

Versatile pop, rock, & soul dance band from Clawson fronted by singer-guitarist Steve Reid and singer-keyboardist Breanna Byrnes. [venue info]

Mash: Russell James Pyle

Alt-country singer-songwriter from Albuquerque, a former artist-in- residence at Big Bend National Park. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rush Street: Legendary Wings

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Elen Rowe Trio Elen Rowe Trio

Jazz trio led by pianist Rowe, a M jazz professor whose repertoire includes original compositions and reimagined versions of standards. With bassist Paul Keller ad drummer Pete Siers. $10. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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