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Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 29, 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., (248) 892-6806.

 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. [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. [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:
Brain Monkeys, 3808 Plaza Dr. $489. [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. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.. 

"Frederick Novy & the Beginnings of Bacteriology in Medicine": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Talk by U-M infectious diseases and history professor Harold Kazanjian.
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $15. 998-9351. [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]

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Fun for Kids: International Mud Day": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kids age 5 & up invited to play in the mud. Bring a change of clean clothes.
10:30-11:30 a.m., County Farm Park. Free; preregistration required at (registration #841002, section A). 971-6337.

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-In Summer Story Time: Dexter District Library.

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Every Mon. & Thurs., June 26-Aug. 3. 30-minute session of stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, and other activities. Geared toward kids ages 6 & under, accompanied by a caregiver.
11 a.m., DDL lower level, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Drawing From Your Imagination": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local street artist David Zinn, creator of the Singing in the Rain mural on S. Fifth Ave., offers adults and teens in grade 6 & up a hands-on introduction to illustration techniques using colored pencils.
11 a.m.-noon, sidewalk in front of the AADL entrance, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Closed July 4. 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 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.

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

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Jewelry Making": Chelsea District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows teens ages 12-17 how to make simple wire-wrapped jewelry using copper wire. Supplies provided.
1-4 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Kaleidoscope": Saline District Library.

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Stories and crafts for kids entering grades 2-6. June 29: "The Sky's the Limit," a chance to make a cityscape collage and learn about skyscrapers. July 13: "Swirl by Swirl," a chance to make a bead mosaic and explore spirals. July 27: "Birds! Birds! Birds!," a chance to make a birdhouse and learn about bird watching. Aug. 10: "Let It Flow," a chance to make marble chutes to learn about water flow.
4:15-5:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 4:30, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Beatriz at Dinner": Michigan Theater.

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(Miguel Arteta, 2017). Drama that stars Salma Hayek as a holistic healer who disrupts an upper-crust gathering.
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)., 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 Chelsea bluegrass and roots-music guitar trio Thunderwüde (6:45 p.m.) and Timothy Monger State Park (8:30 p.m.), the local pop-rock band led by Monger, the engaging pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Great Lakes Myth Society known for his high lonesome tunes. Also, the local folk trio of San, Emily and Jacob (5 p.m.) and "Tall Tales on the High Sea" (5:55 & 7:55 p.m.), 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). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Beetlejuice, Tim Burton's 1988 horror comedy about a pair of new ghosts who hire an obnoxious bio-exorcist to scare off the living residents of their former home.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted., 994-5999. [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.

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! 

"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 p.m.  Free! 

"Electronics Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to learn different electronics basics. You can also bring in an in-progress electronics project if you want a place to work on it; soldering irons, multimeters, and an oscilloscope available for use.

July 13: "Arduino Basics." Learn to use an Arduino microcontroller.

June 29: "Data Visualization." Learn how to use the Processing programming language to do complex data graphing.

July 14: "Raspberry Pi." Learn how to use this microcontroller.

Aug. 3: "Video Games with Processing." Learn how to use the Processing programming language to create a video game.

Aug. 11: "Raspberry Pi." Learn how to use this microcontroller.

Aug. 17: "Arduino Basics." Learn to use an Arduino microcontroller.

6:30-8 p.m. (except as noted), AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave Free. 327-8301. [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.

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

 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. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Books at the Bar": Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for those in their 20s and 30s. Book TBA.
7-9 p.m., The Beer Grotto, 8059 Main, Dexter. Free., 426-4477. [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 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. A slow-paced ride, 15-18 miles, through North Campus, Barton Hills, and scenic roads north of town. Fat tires recommended.
7 p.m., meet at 2722 Georgetown Blvd. north off Plymouth Rd. Free. 663-5060, 717-7567.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fun with Fruit": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers hosts a hands-on exploration of ways to get the most flavor from a variety of fruits, as well as several sweet and savory ways to prepare them. 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.  Free! 

"Jimmy Buffet: A Good Life All the Way": Literati Bookstore.

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Acclaimed music critic Ryan White discusses his new biography of the legendary "Margaritaville" singer-songwriter. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nature Walk": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A city natural area preservation staff naturalist leads a hike through the Barton Nature Area, a park cradled by an oxbow in the Huron River, which supports a patchwork of interesting habitats like wet meadow, upland prairie, and mesic forests. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water & bug spray, if you like.
7-8:30 p.m., meet in the parking lot north of Argo Canoe Livery, 1055 Longshore Dr. (north off Moore from Broadway at Maiden Lane). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Pioneers of Aviation": Dexter District Library.

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Local historian Russell Doré discusses aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright, Bill Boeing, and Donald Douglas. Families welcome.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration requested. 426-4477. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Read & Feed Teen Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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All youth entering grades 6-12 invited to discuss books, eat pizza, and play trivia. Prizes. June 29: The Awakening, the first in Michael Carroll Read's Quantum Prophecy series about a pair of 13-year-olds who discover they have superhuman powers. July 27: The Last Dragonslayer, Jasper Fforde's novel about a 15-year-old orphan running an employment agency for magicians who starts having visions predicting the death of the world's last dragon.
7-8 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 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, $15 at the gate. 926-5346.

 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. 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]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Village of Manchester.

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June 22 & 29; July 6, 20, & 27; and Aug. 3. Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain or shine. See for updated schedule. June 22: Duo Mosaic. Ann Arbor duo of violinist Henrik Karapetyan and cellist Martin Torch-Ishii that plays a richly varied repertoire of traditional dance music that ranges from tangoes, waltzes, and jibs to klezmer, Gypsy, and American folk music. With a performance by campers from the Riverfolk Cultural Arts Strings band camp. June 29: T.J. Thomas & the Kentucky Strait Band. Veteran Manchester country band led by singer-guitarist Thomas. July 6: Raisin Pickers. Manchester roots and bluegrass string band. July 20: Corn Potato String Band. Traditional Appalachian folk music by this Detroit-based acoustic trio. Its repertoire ranges from ballads and Southern gospel to "ho-downs" and country rags. July 27: Billy King & Natalie Mae. Duo of Manchester-bred New Orleans-based folk-roots singer-songwriter and fiddler-keyboardist Natalie Mae Palms and local country-flavored pop-folk singer-songwriter Billy King. Aug. 3: Dodworth-Saxhorn Historical Brass Band. Award-winning local ensemble that plays rousing 19th-century music on period instruments to re-create the American brass band, a mainstay of 19th-century pop culture.
7:30 p.m., Wurster Park gazebo (Main St. just west of M-52), Manchester. Free; donations appreciated. 428-7722.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Journey to America": Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich conducts this 80-piece ensemble in patriotic songs and regional tunes. Also, a performance by local high school clarinetist Annie Li, runner-up in the band's annual Concerto Competition. The concert is followed by the band's popular annual pie social.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Atrium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 252-9221. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Everest": Himalayan Film Club at the Lodge.

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Screening of Balthasar Kormákur's 2015 action-adventure film that tells the story of a New Zealand climber who got caught in a snowstorm on an expedition to ascend Mt. Everest. With an appearance by Ang Phula Sherpa, who played the role of Ang Dorje Sherpa in the film. Drinks & popcorn.
8 p.m., 120 8th St. $10. Reservations required by emailing [map]

 8 p.m. 

Darrin Bradbury: The Ark.

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East Nashville-based singer-songwriter who specializes in darkly humorous story songs about various modes of heartbreak that No Depression has dubbed "redneck noir."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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 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. 

"Really": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 29-July 16. Lynn Lammers directs local actors in Jackie Sibblies Drury's drama about the nature of photography, the lenses through which we see the world, and whether or not an image can do justice to the reality it tries to capture. The conversations are mainly between two women-the mother and girlfriend of a recently deceased photographer. The New York Times praises the play for avoiding academic jargon and calls it "unusually clearsighted about the ambiguities of its subject."
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), trustArt Studios, 7885 Jackson. Tickets $20-$30., 203-0556. [map]

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"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 and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Conor O'Neill's: Mac Dralle

Chicagoland New Age pop-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. [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: Barelyon

Soulful pop-rock by this Detroit duo. 6-9 p.m. [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

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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