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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, June 27, 2017






 
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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Hunter/Jumper Horse Shows: Waterloo Hunt Club.

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June 27-30 and July 1 & 2. English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, corner of Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. info@hjam.net, (248) 892-6806.


 8 a.m.  Free! 

"A2 Early Morning Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Pace & destination TBA.
Various times, meet at Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport Rd Free. 545-0541. [map]


 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Watercolor, mixed media, pen and ink: The Common Cup.

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This summer, our walls will feature the artwork Deb Guidot.
Deb Guidot's work reflects a love of transparency and a fascination with light dancing across surfaces. It vacillates between showing the beauty that surrounds us and a satirical look at humanity's interactions with it. Her fascination with surfaces combined with a tongue-in-cheek look at the world has produced works that are not necessarily what they appear to be. Utilizing a variety of media including watercolor, pencil, ink, forged steel, stone and clay she creates both two and three-dimensional works. Deb states, "Using layers, transparency and negative space, combined with intent takes you beyond the surface of objects."
The Common Cup, 1511 Washtenaw Ave. dguidot@charter.net http://www.commoncupcoffee.com/ [map]



 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

A2CT Technical Theatre Camp: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Come learn about what goes on BEHIND the scenes in this very hands-on camp, led by Brice O'Neal, of Community High School's Community Ensemble Theatre (CET). Each day of the one-week, full day camp will focus on accomplishing a specific goal or project. Each full day session will include hands-on work in the A2CT scene shop (building set pieces, painting flats, etc.) and studio work (lighting, sound, etc.). In addition, participants will create a notebook with all the information they learn, and will participate in an end-of-camp showcase.
June 26-30, 2017
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
For those in grades 4-12 (in the fall of 2017)
Campers will need to bring lunch each day
A2CT Studio Theatre, 322 West Ann Street. $300 (members, $280). 734-971-2228. manager@a2ct.org http://www.a2ct.org/junior-theatre/2017-summer-camps [map]


 9 a.m. 

Arduino Robotics - A Make-n-Take Camp: Brain Monkeys.

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In this camp students will be using a low-cost, simple, robust, fully programmable, expandable, open source robot kit that best of all, you get to keep!
Join us for this fun and educational summer camp and introduce your child to the world of Arduino Robotics.
For more information, go to: http://www.brainmonkeys.com/node/327
Brain Monkeys, 3808 Plaza Dr. $489. info@brainmonkeys.com http://www.brainmonkeys.com/node/327 [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]



 9:30 a.m. 

Innovation in Education Gathering: "Wonder Together": Institute for Innovation in Education (iiE).

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Unique 3-day event brings together creative learning professionals from all sectors for workshops, a StorySlam, project showcase, unconference, and more. June 27 is a Design Thinking project day using the iiE's Design Mindset CARDs.
Duderstadt Center and Lurie Engineering Center, UM North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. 734-604-6117. info@iie.institute http://iie.institute/2017-ann-arbor-gathering/ [map]



 9:30 a.m. 

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

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


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Ancestry Aficionados": Chelsea District Library.

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Beginner-to-expert genealogists invited to share their findings and get help from experienced volunteers about online resources and family history questions.
10 a.m.-noon, CDL Learning Lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Wonder of Learning: Shifting Forms": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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June 23-30. Hands-on activities related to structure, color, and shadow, including a chance to design and build model structures and landscapes.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (except Sun., noon-4 p.m.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Mothers Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Are you a new mom looking to meet other moms and share the joys and stresses of parenthood? Designed for moms and their babies from newborn to crawling, our Mothers Group provides vital support and information for new moms. Each group meeting begins with discussion on a topic pertinent to newborn development and parenting. Many moms form friendships in this group that last for years! Whether you have only a short maternity leave, or will be home with your baby for longer, don't miss out on the invaluable resources this group has to offer. Though run in 6 week sessions, you may join at anytime at a prorated rate (call or email to prorate). Not sure you want to commit? You can always try your first class for free--just email us to let us know to expect you.
New session starts June 20th!
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium Blvd. $100/Six Weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Adults Tuesday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Tues. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($3), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar, followed at 1 p.m. by mahjongg, quilting, and other games & activities, and at 1:30 p.m., Yiddish Tish, a Yiddish conversation group that also includes readings of Yiddish stories. Homemade buffet luncheon ($3) available at noon. All invited.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-In Family Storytime: Saline District Library.

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Half-hour story time for kids age 2 & up, accompanied by a caregiver. Also, "Drop-In Book Babies" (10 a.m. on July 3, 17, & 31) for kids under 2, accompanied by a caregiver (each baby needs an adult lap).
11 a.m. (Tues. & Wed.) and 3 & 6:30 p.m. (Tues. only), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Movie & Popcorn for Kids: Dexter District Library.

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Screenings of kid-friendly films. June 27: The Lego Batman Movie, Chris McKay's 2017 animated action-comedy about Bruce Wayne dealing with the usual villains of Gotham City while accidentally adopting a teenage orphan. July 28: The Boss Baby, Tom McGrath's 2017 animated comedy about a spy disguised as a baby who pairs up with a 7-year-old to stop a dastardly plot. Aug. 28: Frozen, the sing-along version (with on-screen lyrics) of Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee's animated 2013 Disney adventure fantasy loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Please join us for this one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between.
We are currently discussing readings from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness for Beginners: reclaiming the present moment--and your life. No need to buy the book.
Center for Innovation (formerly St. Joe's Urgent Care), 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. 734-276-7707. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com [map]


 1 p.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]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cardboard Town Challenge": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to use cardboard, tape, and connectors to build a small model town. Materials provided
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Knit Together Support Group: Arbor Hospice.

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This group for adults combines knitting/crocheting with grief support. Bring whatever project is currently on your needles or in your heart. We will provide a safe and compassionate space for you to talk about your loss as you craft through your grief with others. To register, call Gabrielle Cullen, 734.794.5375.
Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming. Registration is required.
Pittsfield Library, 2359 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734.794.5375. www.arborhospice.org [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Together: A Knitting and Crocheting Group for Grievers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grieving adults invited to bring their knitting and crocheting projects to work on and share grief support.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 794-5401, 327-8301. [map]


 3:30-7:30 p.m. 

Usborne Book Fair: Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor.

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Goldfish Swim School will host it's first Usborne Book Fair on Tuesday, June 27th from 3:30-7:30pm! Come on in to Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor and shop the 1,500+ titles! There will be a wide variey of books available ranging from baby books to high school reference books! Give us a call at 734-864-5555 with questions.
Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor, 2107 W. Stadium Blvd. Free admission. 734-864-5555. annarbor.goldfishswimschool.com [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: Whit & Al Hill (6:45 p.m.), the Nashville-based former Ann Arborite duo of multitalented performance artist and country-folk singer-songwriter Whit Hill and her husband, Al Hill, a veteran R&B and blues keyboardist and guitarist, and Lunar Octet (8:30 p.m.), a reunion of this popular local 1980s & 1990s instrumental ensemble that plays originals that feature jazz harmonies and melodies set to a variety of rhythms, including salsa and sambas, African high-life, jump tunes, and big band swing. Also, local country-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Judy Banker (5 p.m.) and "Tall Tales on the High Sea" (cancelled. Strange Fruit will perform Wed.-Fri. at Top of the Park.), the wildly popular Australian performance art troupe Strange Fruit's otherworldly acrobatics show performed atop long, flexible poles. In conjunction with a performance on the Burton Tower carillon by U-M carillonneur Tiffany Ng, whose program of maritime songs was co-curated with Strange Fruit's artistic director (time TBA). Tonight is "Bike Night" with free valet parking for bikes and free tune-ups (6-8 p.m., Rackham east lawn). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by the 1997 sci-fi spoof Men In Black.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band: Zal Gaz Grotto.

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Paul Klinger's 8-piece Easy Street Jazz Band performs fun and exciting dixieland and traditional jazz every Tuesday from 5:30 till 8:30 PM at their home, Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline on the west side of Ann Arbor).
Paul Klinger formed the Easy Street Jazz Band in 1971. The band recently celebrated their 45th anniversary of playing trad jazz in Ann Arbor. Today's version of ESJB features pianist and jazz scholar Dr. James Dapogny, string bassist Paul Keller, drummer Pete Siers, guitarist/banjoist Rod McDonald, clarinetist Janelle Reichman, trombonist Terry Kimura and their glorious leader Paul Klinger on cornet and soprano sax.
Come any Tuesday at 5:30 PM and enjoy ESJB playing jazz selections from Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Armstrong and more of the good stuff from the first 30 or 40 years of jazz.
Good food and drinks - all reasonably priced - at ZGG. Free parking. No steps.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline). $10 at the door. Students under 18 enter free of charge.. 734-663-1202. [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Dog & Suds Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 25-30 miles, to the west or north.
6 p.m. (Apr.-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 678-8297. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women: Huron River Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back. Geared especially, but not exclusively, for women new to riding.
6 p.m. (Apr.-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Oct.), meet at Barton Park on Huron River Dr. 276-0240.


 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Tuesday Evening Dirt Road Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads for cross, mountain, and hybrid bikes.
6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6:30-8:30 p.m., location TBA at http://www.meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/ Free. 945-3035.


 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]


 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. All age 18 & over invited to play. No partner needed. Cash prize for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill East, 3140 Packard. $5 entry fee; buy your own food. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Elly Griffiths: Ann Arbor District Library/Aunt Agatha's.

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This UK mystery writer discusses her popular series of novels, including the recent The Chalk Pit, featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555, 769-1114. [map]


 7 p.m. 

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

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Real Estate Career Night: PiperPartners.

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Our Team Mission is to improve lives by delivering 5-star real estate service with the highest levels of competence, trust, and integrity and be known as connected, compassionate, and giving leaders in the communities we serve.
If this sounds like you and you have been wondering about what a career in real estate would look like, then RSVP here and find out.
This will be an informational session where you can find out from experienced and new agents exactly what you should expect when you start your career in the real estate field.
Here is what we'll cover:
What jobs are available? Sales, Support, & Administration
How Much Do Real Estate Agents Really Make: The Real Story
How are new agents trained?
The Pros and Cons of Working on a Team vs. Working Individually
Getting Started
The Characteristics of Successful Agents
The session will be hosted by Andy Piper, now in his 15th year at Keller Williams Realty.
Keller Williams Office, 2144 S. State Street. Free. 734-604-8242. andy@piperpartners.com www.piperpartners.com [map]



 7 p.m. 

Summer Classic Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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June 18 & 20: Three Stooges Shorts. Screening of 6 1930s slapstick comedy classics by the durably popular trio, including Pop Goes the Easel, A Plumbing We Will Go, Woman Haters, Grips, Grunts & Groans, Men in Black, and Three Little Pigskins.

June 25 & 27: Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933). Marx Brothers satiric masterpiece, a crazed romp about a pointless war between the kingdoms of Freedonia and Sylvania.

July 2 & 4: The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin, 1940). Chaplin portrays both tyrant "Adenoid Hynkel" and a Jewish ghetto barber in this barbed slapstick comedy.

July 9: Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951). Classic thriller about a couple of travelers--a young tennis player and a charming psycho path--who agree to swap murders. 1:30 p.m.

July 11: Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Stylish thriller-romance about a homebound news photographer who thinks he's witnessed a murder from his apartment window. James Stewart, Grace Kelly.

July 16: To Catch a Thief Alfred Hitchcock, 1955). Romantic thriller about a reformed cat burglar who has to save his reputation by catching a new thief preying on wealthy tourists in the French Riviera. Cary Grant, Grace Kelly.

July 18: The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955). Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man's body is found in the woods. Shirley MacLaine, John Forsythe, Edmund Gwenn.

July 23: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956). A man and his wife are caught up in an international conspiracy when their son is kidnapped. James Stewart, Doris Day.

July 25: The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock, 1957). Unusual semidocumentary based on the true story of a New York musician falsely accused of robbery. Henry Fonda, Vera Miles.

July 30: Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock, 1958). Haunting, dreamlike mystery thriller that stars James Stewart as a retired police detective who is afraid of heights. Kim Novak.

Aug. 1: North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959). Classic thriller about an ad exec mistaken for a government agent who's relentlessly pursued halfway across the country. Cary Grant. Eva Marie Saint.

Aug. 6: The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963). Eerie thriller about hordes of bloodthirsty sparrows, gulls, and crows plaguing a small California town. Not for the squeamish. Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy.

Aug. 8: Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964). Suspense drama about a compulsive thief blackmailed by her boss into marrying him. Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery.

Aug. 13 & 15: Steamboat Bill Jr. (Charles Reisner, 1928). Silent comedy with Buster Keaton as a namby-pamby trying to prove his manhood to his boat captain dad. Live organ accompaniment.

Aug. 20 & 22: Wizard of Oz Victor Fleming, 1939). The classic film musical based on L. Frank Baum's well-loved children's fantasy. Judy Garland.

Aug. 27 & 29: The Little Mermaid (Ron Clements & John Musker, 1989). Sing-along version of this animated Disney classic adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. With on-screen lyrics, interactive props, goody bags, and more.

Sept. 3 & 5: Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006). A British bureaucrat is secretly tasked with protecting a pregnant refugee during a mysterious 18-year global fertility crisis which has caused geopolitical chaos. Clive Owen, Julianne Moore.

Sept. 4: Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960). Suspense thriller set in a motel run by a peculiar mama's boy. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh. Students with ID, free.

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1:30 p.m. (Sun. & Mon. ) & 7 p.m. (Tues.) except as noted, Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Bluegrass Meetup": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass and bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Bluegrass-Meetup. 794-6250. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Needle Felting": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to learn the basics of needle felting with wool.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Prisoner of War": Nicola's Books.

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Bestselling Lapeer writer Michael Spradlin discusses his new novel about a young man who lies about his age to join the Marines in WWII and ends up as a POW in the Philippines. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Radical Redesign": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local certified permaculture teacher Bridget O'Brien discusses how everything from gardens and house spaces to lifestyles and communities can be redesigned from scratch.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Shrek Party": Dexter District Library.

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Kids entering grades 5-12 invited to watch Shrek, the 2001 animated comedy about an ogre who's coerced into going on a quest to save a bunch of displaced fairy tale creatures. Crafts, games, and snacks-including a fondue fountain of green chocolate.
7-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m. 

The Moth Storyslam: Michigan Radio.

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Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each night 10 storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on the monthly theme. The 3 judges are recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Space limited, so it's smart to arrive early.

2017 topics:

Jan 17: "My Do-Over."

Feb. 7: "Dark Horse Moments."

Feb. 21: "Fame."

Mar. 7: "Making Peace."

Mar. 28: "Broken."

Apr. 4: "Duped."

Apr. 18: "Refuge."

May 2: "First Impression."

May 16: "Traps."

June 6: "Mystery."

June 20: "Out Numbered."

June 27: "Breathless."

July 18: "Denial."

Aug. 1: "Caution."

Aug. 15: "Good Intentions."

Sept. 5: "Schooled."

Sept. 19: "Confrontation." Ann Arbor Distilling Company, 220 Felch.

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7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Greyline (except as noted), 100 N. Ashley. $10. 764-5118. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Carsie Blanton: The Ark.

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Versatile New Orleans-based pop-folk singer-songwriter with flair for revitalizing an array retro styles whose fans include John Oates, Loudon Wainwright III, and Paul Simon. New York Music Daily calls her new CD, So Ferocious, an "irrepressibly fun, dynamic mix [of] allusive, nocturnal early 60s Nashville pop."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free. All encouraged to bring nonperishable food or money to donate to Food Gatherers. 761-1451. [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]


 8-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Smarty Pants Trivia Smackdown": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to round up 6 people to compete in a 5-round trivia contest. Prizes for the top 2 teams.
8-9:30 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100. Free. 475-8732. [map]




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Arbor Brewing Company: Jay Fry

Rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals by this local singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Earle: Keaton Royer

Solo jazz pianist. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dave Menzo

Local pop-rock singer-songwriter who recently released the CD Color Wheel. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Ukulele Jam"

Musicians of all ability levels invited. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis

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. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble led by saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]

 
 


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