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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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 6:15 a.m. 

Dances with Dirt Hell: RF Events.

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You must be livin' in a cave if ya ain't heard of the DWD Relay and Ultramarathons! 50 Miles or 50K of rugged great single track running. Love it or hate it, it's a serious achievement. Starts in the dark ... so you can finish in the light! Fully aided about every 3 -6 miles.
New to the dirt and looking to form a team? You might just want to check out the relay registration menu on the website for all of the dirty details to try and get your team in!
The Dirt Crew just can't wait until September to drag your butt through Hell! This race will keep you wondering ... what was I thinking!
Pinckney State Recreation Area - Halfmoon Beach, 12628 Half Moon Lake Access Rd., Pinckney. $64 - $475. (734) 929 -9027. [map]

 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Every Sat., Apr. 30-Oct. 29 Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on 4th Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June 4-Sept. 24. Also, every Wed., May 4-Oct. 26, The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2-6 p.m.,), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.

June 3: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

June 10: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

June 17: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

June 24: TBA.

July 1: TBA.

July 8: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

July 15: "A Taste of Music." Musical performance by an ensemble from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Also, an instrument petting zoo for kids and adults, with a chance to try out your favorite instrument.

July 22: Annie & Rod Capps. Local husband-and-wife folk-rock singer-songwriter duo.

July 29: Mixed Nuts. Acoustic Americana covers and originals by this Chelsea trio.

Aug. 5: McDonald Brothers. Local Americana country quartet.

Aug. 12: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads.

Aug. 19: McDonald Brothers. Local Americana country quartet.

Aug. 26: Bill Personke. Chelsea guitarist who plays acoustic, folk, and rock 'n' roll.

Sept. 2 Loyse Huffman. Folksinger.

Sept. 9: Dorkestra. Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.

Sept. 16: John Latini. Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter, winner of the 2008 Detroit Blues Challenge.

Sept. 23: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.

Sept. 30: Mixed Nuts. Acoustic Americana covers and originals by this Chelsea trio.

8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, Palmer Auto lot (across from the police station), S. Main St., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.

 9a.m. - 4 p.m. 

A Day of Solitude and Meditation Practice led by Carol Blotter: Michigan Friends Center.

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Each retreat is an opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the country while practicing sitting and walking meditation. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners will have break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in-between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center.
Contact Carol at 734-475-0942 or to register.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donation. $30 or as able. (734)475-1892. [map]

 9, 10, & 11 a.m. 

Music Classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Eastern Michigan University Community Music Academy.

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These weekly classes will immerse young children (ages birth through 5 years) in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. Children attend with a parent/caregiver, who participates alongside the child.
Fall session begins September 23.
Classes for infants/toddlers are held on Mondays at 5:15pm (birth-3 yr.), Saturdays at 9am (birth-18 mo.), and Saturdays at 10am (18 mo.-3 yr.).
Classes for preschool/kindergarten (3-5 yr.) are held on Mondays at 6:15pm and Saturdays at 11am.
Cost is $100 for 7 classes. Register by September 15 for an Early Bird Discount of $10 off!
See our website for more info and registration:
Alexander Music Building, Eastern Michigan University, corner of Lowell & Jarvis, Ypsilanti. $100. 734-487-6935.

 9 a.m. 

Robin Run Obstacle 5K: Robin Hills Farm.

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This 5-km obstacle course for runners age 12 & up features a wire crawl, pallet maze, a spider web, cattle fence hurdles, a dune climb, a bale climb, a creek trudge, a skinny bridge, a cargo climb, and more. Also, a mini-sprint obstacle race around the Dragon Pond for kids ages 5-12 and a kids zone course for younger kids.
9 a.m., Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $40 in advance (race day, $45; kids, $20) at 834-8496. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Visualizing the Social": U-M History of Art Symposium.

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Sept. 22 & 23. Panel discussions with international art history scholars on the ways visual art and media have been engaged with various historic moments, such as the Revolutions of 1848, the Paris Commune of 1871, and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
5-7 p.m. (Fri.) & 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-5400. [map]

 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

Miller Ave. Rain Garden Workday: Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office.

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All invited to help weed local rain gardens. Master rain gardeners are on hand to answer questions. Followed by cookies.
9:30-11:30 a.m., meet at 1916 Miller. Free. 222-6813.

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"In Transit": Ann Arbor Art Center/Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.

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Through Sept. 30. 70 works by current WCC students and alums. In conjunction with a mobile exhibit of artwork by WCC students on the interiors of TheRide's 100 buses and the exterior of 4 buses.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Free. 994-8004. [map]

 10 a.m.-11 p.m.  Free! 

13th Annual Oktoberfest: Saline Main Street.

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Sept. 22 & 23. This old-fashioned Oktoberfest kicks off with the annual "Tapping of the Golden Keg" and features a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food. Today: a "Kinderplatz" play area for kids, a farmers market, a Cornhole tournament, antique tractors, a Nelson's Wildlife Safari Show, make-and-take crafts, an architectural scavenger hunt, wiener dog races, scarecrow making, a hammerspiel (German nail game) tournament, and live music by the Detroit rock cover band Phoenix Theory and other bands TBA.
5-11 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Saline. Free (except as noted)., 316-2119. [map]

 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

36th Annual Webster Fall Festival: Webster Township Historical Society/Webster United Church of Christ.

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Popular country fair with hayrides, iron barrel train rides, a children's petting zoo, K9 police dog demos, children's crafts & games, exhibits of antique cars & farm equipment, a flea market/rummage sale, wool spinning & blacksmithing demos, a one-room schoolhouse (complete with marm and dunce cap), a baked and canned goods sale, a country craft fair, and a baseball game using 1860s-era rules between Dexter Union and Chelsea Monitors. Lunch available, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and a hot dog stand, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The festival is followed by the church's famous pig roast supper (5-7 p.m.). Quilt and art exhibit in the church features paintings from local artists Lynne Whitney, Malaika Whitney, Judith Bemis, Oona Goodman and Cayla Tinney. Musical entertainment on the Dieterle Corncrib stage includes the Irish ensemble Fiddler Pie (1 p.m.), the pop-jazz duo Nessa (2 p.m.), the North Creek Fiddlers (3 p.m.), and the veteran Ann Arbor bluegrass band The RFD Boys (4 p.m.). Music inside the church includes the acoustic folk ensemble KP Duo & Co. (11 a.m.), and the local jazz, blues, & Celtic fusion ensemble Celtic Creole (noon).
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Webster Community Hall, corner of Farrell & Webster Church rds. (between Joy & North Territorial), Webster Twp. Free admission. Pig roast: $10 (children, $5). 426-5115. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

First Steps Trike-a-Thon: A Ride & Stroll for Early Learning: First Steps-Ann Arbor PTO.

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This fabulous annual First Steps PTO event is for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary-age children and their families. Bring your bike, trike, scooter or even your baby in a stroller to ride & stroll in our large, car-free parking lot. Enjoy refreshments and a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Need a new, carefully fitted bike helmet for a good price? Those are available for sale too.
Ask family and friends to give pledges for your participation - help us match a generous donor's gift of $200! Kids get a special T-shirt from IHA Child Health while supplies last. For more information and to make a pledge, visit our website
Ann Arbor Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk Dr. Donation. $5 and up. 734-994-2300 x53186. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Seminar: Plant Fall Bulbs for Spring: English Gardens.

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If you want spring color from tulips, hyacinths, daffodils or crocus, plant the bulbs now. We'll give you an overview of different bulbs and tips on proper planting techniques and care. Also learn the basics of design.
English Gardens, 155 N Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Full-Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Energetic strength-training session including cardio subsets and work on balance and posture. $15 walk-in; included with most Better Living memberships. For all ages, and customized to suit your abilities.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Trampoline Fitness Class - Total Body Jump.

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Enjoy a FUN cardio workout without all the harmful impact on your joints and muscles. This high intensity low impact workout delivers all over muscle tone working every cell in your body. Trampoline fitness is unique in the fact that it detoxes the lymph system through the G-forces of jumping. I addition it strengthens the core like no other workout and improves posture and balance. All this while having fun and torching calories. Classes designed for beginners and fitness enthusiast alike.
Balance bars available on select trampolines.
New Students -$5 for 5 classes
Saturday mornings park on the south side of the studio due to tailgating. Arrive 5 minutes early.
The Mix Studio, 2007 S State Street. $5 for 5 classes. 734-786-1260. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Apple Day": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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A chance to press apple cider and make applesauce and apple butter. Also, an apple baked goods sale, apple tastings, an apple pie-making demo (tentative), and a solar cooker demonstration (weather dependent). Apples available for purchase or bring your own (1 bushel or less) to make cider. Bring your own jugs, if you have them.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 769-1052. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Mixin' a Mess": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Sept. 23 & 24. Hands-on activities with slime, oobleck, goop, and dough.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"U Play Pop-Up: Movement": The U School.

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Families with kids invited to hike a half-km trail loop, with activities and movement challenges along the way. Also, a chance to try out parkour, capoeira, and yoga, with U School instructors on hand to offer guidance. "Achievement tokens" and snacks.
10 a.m.-noon, Bandemer Park, Barton at Whitmore Lake Rd. $10 suggested donation per family.

 10:30 a.m.-noon & 2-4 p.m. 

Interconnected: Weekend seminar with Lama Tsultrim Gyaltsen: Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Lama Tsultrim will base his seminar on the book "Interconnected" by the Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. The book is not strictly about Buddhism, but incorporates Buddhist principles to explore how we can go beyond a mere intellectual understanding of our connections to one another and to the earth. By first seeing, then feeling, and finally living these connections, we can become more effective agents of social change. The seminar will include talks and meditation exercises to enhance our experience of these connections through deeper emotional awareness.
Lama Tsultrim Gyaltsen has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoch since 1984, and has completed four (4) three-year meditation retreats. He is now a retreat master at Karme Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, NY.
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St. Donation. $40/day suggested. 734-678-7549. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

Spinning Dot Theatre presents "This Girl Laughs..." at Cultivate!: Spinning Dot Theatre.

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"This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing" is back for an exciting arts venue and coffee house tour!
A wondrous play by award winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, directed by Jenny Koppera, brings to life through word, music and movement the heart-felt and glorious adventures of three girls - who were sisters - who were triplets.
"We may be great out here. Or freeze out here. We may fall down to our knees out here. The only thing we cannot do…Is go back. And that's okay - life is not for going back."
This Girl Laughs... tour stops!
Friday, Sept. 22 @ Riverside Arts Center | Ypsilanti, MI, 7pm
Sunday, Sept. 24 @ Argus Farm Stop, 6:30pm
Cultivate Coffee and TapHouse, 307 N. River St., Ypsilanti. Donation. Suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children.. 7345855134. [map]

 10:30 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]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Pagan Pride Day.

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Pagan celebration with information booths, workshops, vendors, and more.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., WCC Community Park, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free admission. 277-1897. [map]

 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 23-Nov. 4. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Hayrides ($3) available. Flashlights required at dusk (bring your own, or purchase one at the maze).
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $8 (kids ages 5-12, $5; age 4 & under, free). [map]

 11 a.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. This class combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs! $15 walk-in; included with some Better Living memberships.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Story Time: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. A Literati staffer reads stories for kids of all ages.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 9-Oct. 29, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 29. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Hayrides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Pony rides, face painting, paintball, and other activities available on Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. No pets.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Wed.-Fri.), Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Admission: $13.75 (Wed.-Fri.); $17.75 (Sat. & Sun.); babies age 23 months & under, free. 390-9211. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 7-12 invited to brainstorm about new programs, book selections, and volunteer opportunities. Pizza.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Rugby vs. Olde Blue Alumni.

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The U-M city team (which includes townies as well as U-M grad students, faculty, and staff) plays its annual match against a team of U-M rugby alumni.
11 a.m., Mitchell Field, south side of Fuller. Free. 417-4534.

 11 a.m. 

WRAP's Second Annual Recovery Softball Game: Home of New Vision and the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.

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Come out for some fun in the sun, free food, and watch our very own Recovery Team square off against deputies from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
Will the deputies win again or do you think the Recovery Team will prevail?
Come join us and find out! All are welcome!
Montibeller Park, 4305 Ellsworth Rd., Ypsilanti. Donation. 734-417-2227. [map]

 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"AADL in the Field: How Food Gatherers Works": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Guided tour of the operations of Food Gatherers, which retrieves excess food from local restaurants and food retailers & wholesalers, sorts it, and delivers it to 150 non-profit agencies and programs providing direct food assistance to low-income adults, seniors and children in Washtenaw County. For adults and teens in grade 9 & up.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., location TBA. Free. Preregistration required via email to 327-4555.

 11 a.m.-noon 

"Fairy Garden Make & Take": The Garden Mill.

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Garden Mill staff help participants make the beginnings of a fairy garden to take home, along with some ideas for adding to it throughout the year.
11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. $25 includes materials. Preregistration recommended. 475-3539. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Fantastic Fluids": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 9. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring the basics of fluid dynamics. Participants learn how wind creates waves and test the surface tension of different liquids.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to the art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. For kids ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m.-noon, meet at the UMMA store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Sunstruck (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show exploring the sun's composition and comparing its life-cycle with that of other stars.

8 Scoops of Milky Way (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) shows never before seen footage of the solar system.

Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Picnic in the Park: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Bring a picnic and join us at Rolling Hills County Park for an afternoon of fun, games, & great music! Featuring the Bridge County Bluegrass Band!
This event is free with vehicle admission!
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-484-9676. [map]


Saline American Legion Fundraiser.

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Outdoor festival with barbecue, corn on the cobb, and more. Entertainment TBA. Raffles. Proceeds go towards a new parking lot at the Legion.
Noon, American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free admission. 429-7310. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Rugby.

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The U-M city team (which includes townies as well as U-M grad students, faculty, and staff) plays Midwest Rugby Union rivals.

Sept. 9: Traverse City.

Sept. 16: Tri City.

Sept. 23 (U-M Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd.): Old Boys Weekend. The current team plays a team of U-M rugby alumni in the annual Olde Blue Alumni Match.

Oct. 21: Anchormen.

1 p.m., Lillie Park (except as noted), 4365 Platt. Free. 417-4534. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Warthog!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view the African warthogs Sophia and Piki Piki on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjac, macaws, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Wreck Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and youth in grade 3 & up invited to tear all sorts of electronic devices to see what's inside, and to get a better idea of how they work. Bring in your own broken appliance to take apart or use one of the AADL's.
1-3 p.m., AADL Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Apple Pie Play Dough": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grade K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Michigan Trees": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike for kids ages 7-12.
2-4 p.m., Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. just east of US-23. Free; preregistration required at (registration #811004, section A). 971-6337.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum that revolve around themes TBA..
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2:30 p.m. 

World Premiere of "Residents": The Session Room.

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Join us for The World Premiere of Residents. Local Film Makers Steven Weed and Drew Williams produced, directed, and edited the entire film. Filmed in the heart of Detroit these local film makers are bringing it to the big screen. Official after party will be held at The Session Room at 6pm located at 3685 Jackson Rd. With a replay of the film at dusk on the outdoor stage in The Beer Garden.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. Donation. $10. 734-585-7300 Ext 705. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-4:30 p.m. 

Nature Programs: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Sept. 16: "Hike Around Mill Lake." A 3-mile hike through oak-hickory forest, wetlands, and the historic Mill Lake camp. 1-3:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 & 30 and Oct. 7, 14, & 28: "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery. 3-4:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 & 28: "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided. Noon-2 p.m.

Oct. 21: "Hike to Hickory Hills." A 5-mile hike over rugged terrain that follows glacial topography through an old golf course, beside Crooked Lake, and along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 9-11 a.m.

Nov. 11: "Call of the Wild." Talk on how animals communicate. Also, participants practice talking to Michigan wildlife with yelps, grunts, rattles, and squeals. 11 a.m.-noon.

Nov. 11: "Camouflage Games." All invited to bring their favorite camo gear prepared to compete for prizes. 1-2 p.m.
Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

RASA Festival Visual Arts Exhibition.

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Rasa is a festival centered on the theme of South Asia to take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Fall of 2017. This exhibit will partner with that event and display works by artists from South Asia, or works that have been inspired by the subcontinent.
First Friday Opening Reception at Riverside Arts Center Gallery
Rasa Exhibition from 5-8PM
This special evening will include a reception for our artists who explore the theme of "Rasa" and there will be a ritual floor painting demonstration by Meena Khasnabis at 7 pm
-Free Henna Painting
-Special India inspired flavor at Go Ice Cream & Ma Lou's Chicken
-For more info on featured artists and other Rasa Festival events in Ann Arbor and Ypsi, visit
Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Free.

 4, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Rebel in the Rye": Michigan Theater.

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(Danny Strong, 2017). Biopic of reclusive J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye.
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]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:15, 7:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Lady Macbeth": Michigan Theater.

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(William Oldroyd, 2016). Sold into marriage, a young 19th-century English woman starts a risky affair with a worker on her husband's estate.
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]

 4:30, 7:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Menashe": Michigan Theater.

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(Joshua Z. Weinstein, 2017). Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. Yiddish, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk and Meditation: Ringstar Studio.

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The labyrinth began as an intricate maze meant to trap the monstrous Minotaur on the island of Crete. After many centuries of evolution, it has become a spiritual and meditative tool, with a single path in and out of the center. The journey to the center represents going deep within the self on the way to revelation or enlightenment. Join us for a self-guided walk through a labyrinth formed out of candles, complete with quiet music and incense. Cushions will be available outside the labyrinth for seated meditation. This is a donation-based event, with no one turned away for lack of funds.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. Free. Donation. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

An Evening with Ozone House: Presented by Masco Cabinetry, Delivered by Domino's.

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Masco Cabinetry is sponsoring a Fall fundraising event for Ozone House at Domino's World Resource Center. Great evening in a unique venue with youth speakers, silent auction, and family-style dinner catered by Moveable Feast.
Domino's World Resource Center, 30 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive Lobby F. Donation. $160. 734-662-2265. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Andrew Anderson.

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An accomplished accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist, this veteran local pianist performs Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and its sunny companion, Piano Sonata no. 13, as well as Ernst Bloch's Visions and Prophecies, a cycle of 5 short pieces that use a rich palette of piano sonorities, juxtaposing intense drama and stirring poetry. The program ends with Liszt's brilliant Mephisto Waltz.
7 p.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Dr. (off Packard just east of Platt). Donation. 665-7346. [map]

 7 p.m. 

ReclaimED: Stories of Recovery through Movement: Project HEAL - Southeast Michigan Chapter.

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Project HEAL - Southeast Michigan Chapter is partnering with the Ann Arbor Aviary to showcase a night of performances, including aerial silks, hammock, trapeze, cube, burlesque, butoh, tumbling, barre, dance, hand balance, and contortion, focusing on the journey of body image and eating disorder recovery.
A robust raffle, snacks, and drinks will be available in addition to a body positive photobooth! Proceeds from the event will go toward life-saving treatment scholarships for those battling eating disorders. Doors for the show will open at 630PM with the show at 7PM.
We will also be offering two movement classes earlier in the day (12-2PM and 230-330PM). Please see our website for more information.
Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. Donation. $20. [map]

 7 p.m. 

The Rasa Dance Festival: Akshara.

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Sept. 23 & 24 (different programs). Two days of Indian classical and contemporary dance performances by area dancers and companies from Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. In conjunction with the Rasa Festival (see 1 Friday for full list of events). Tonight: Akshara, a company of dancers from Ann Arbor and Washington, D.C., performs Kali-Krishna: Two Sides of Darkness in the Odissi classical Indian dance style that emphasizes subtle, fluidly sculpted movements through S-shaped body positions. Also, Troy dancer Bipasha Guptaroy performs an untitled contemporary work, and Courtyard Dancers (Philadelphia), led by Swarthmore College dance professor Pallabi Chakravorty, performs Find Metiabruz! in the Kathak style that emphasizes rhythmic foot movements and ankles adorned with small bells.
7-9 p.m. (Sept. 23) & 3-5 p.m. (Sept. 24), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $25 (students & seniors, $15; 2-day pass, $40) in advance at 223-5615. [map]

 7 p.m. 

USA AutoCross Enduro State Finals: Saline Community Fair.

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Like motocross with cars, an enduro derby features smaller front-wheel-drive vehicles driven through an off-road course of impressive jumps, twists, and turns.
7 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 (age 5 & under, free). 587-3466. [map]

 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate"

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]

 7:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Guitar Trio House Concert.

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The Ann Arbor Guitar Trio was founded on the idea that more guitar is better. Alex Anest formed the group with Evan Veasey and Adam Kahana in April 2016. All three musicians are talented, creative players who have been performing and recording in the Ann Arbor area for years. With three guitars there are endless possibilities and the A2G3 looks to explore as many of them as they can. The current repertoire includes original material and arrangements of works by Abby Clemens, Miles Okazaki, Bill Frisell, Malcolm Dean, Lou Reed, Tiny Grimes, Charlie Parker, Oliver Nelson, Marc Johnson, Ellen Rowe, Pat Metheny and Ernie Krivda. Improvisation, creative use of space, and the interesting harmonies achievable with so many strings are some of the ideas that the A2G3 is exploring. Currently, the group is developing repertoire and has started a recording project.
Tickets are $10 and available at
Park perpendicular to the driveway on the right
Private Home, 1300 Island Lake Rd, Dexter, MI 48130-8513. $10 (see event description for online link). [map]

 7:30 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Various evening times, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.

On August 4, 2013, Christie wrote:
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!

 7:30 p.m. 

"Game Night with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All invited to play board games while interacting with adoptable cats. Popcorn & soft drinks. For age 12 & up. Board games provided, or bring your own if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. $10. Preregistration required at 661-3530. [map]

 7:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Sept. 23, 29, & 30; every Fri.-Sun. in Oct.; & Oct. 30 & 31. Six different scary attractions--a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more--bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
7:30-11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Sun.), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets: $18 for access to one area (multi-area passes $34-$54)., 390-9212. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Trace Bundy: The Ark.

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This internationally acclaimed Boulder guitar virtuoso, aka the Acoustic Ninja, is known for his intricate arrangements of pop songs and crowd-pleasing techniques, such as playing with multiple capos and moving his strumming hand to the fretboard.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $22. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"A Grand Night for Singing": U-M School of Music.

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Showcase of U-M choral ensembles, including the Chamber Choir, University Choir, Orpheus Singers, Women's Glee Club, Men's Glee Club, musical theater students, and opera students.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $5-$18 in advance at and by phone. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Parisian Soirée": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Popular annual concert with an elegant Parisian cabaret ambience. Program TBA. Champagne. The lineup includes sopranos Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, Emily Benner, Kathleen Kelly, and Joan Morris, mezzo-sopranos Deanna Relyea and Monica Swartout-Bebow, pianist and vocalist Kathryn Goodson, and pianists Kevin Bylsma, William Bolcom, and Alvin Waddles.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $25-$50 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 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.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]


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Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Glow

Rock duo. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Chirp

Local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet. Opening acts are Grand Rapids psychedelic roots-rock quartet Bigfoot Buffalo and Wire in the Wood, the local acoustic string quartet led by singer-songwriter Billy Kirst that describes its music as a "prog-bluegrass locomotive pulling a lonesome alt-folk boxcar and a swinging Hot-Club caboose." [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Shelter Dogs

Local self-styled "lounge-a-billy" trio that plays vintage swing, rockabilly, and blues. With upright bassist Todd Perkins, guitarist Pete Bullard, and drummer Tom Twiss. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter, a former Ragbirds guitarist. He recently released the CD Itch. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Charlie Mosbrook

Popular Cleveland pop-folk singer-songwriter who accompanies himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo, and assorted other instruments. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: Steve Nardella

Ann Arbor's most passionate and compelling roots-rocker performs fiercely cathartic, blues-drenched reworkings of rock 'n' roll and rockabilly classics and obscure gems, along with some authentic Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker blues. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Mash: Dan Orcutt

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 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]


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