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Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 14, 2018






 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
8 a.m., 1st/3rd/5th Thurs. meet at Osborne Park on E. Delhi; 2nd & 4th Thurs. meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr., 996-8440. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less-traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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


 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Garden - Pottery Inspired by Nature": Yourist Studio Gallery.

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To welcome spring we are filling our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden. It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find a memorable gift for Mother's Day. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Opening Reception
Friday, May 4
5:00 to 8:00 pm
And the celebration continues on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am-6 pm. The show runs through June 18.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! Come for a great workout or supplement your aerial training with this all levels conditioning class, which focuses on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for. Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Salem Historical Tour: Salem Area Historical Society.

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A guided tour of historic spots in Salem, beginning at the Stone School and ending at Karl's Cabin Restaurant.
11 a.m., meet at South Salem Stone School (7991 North Territorial) to carpool. Free. (248) 486-0669.


 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"June's Strawberry Recipes": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Cooking demo by StoryPoint Senior Living (Troy) chef Mark Penn.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration recommended. 998-9353. [map]


 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Every Thurs. (except July 19), June 7-Aug. 30. Musical entertainment by local and area performers.

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June 7: Moon Taxi. Nashville-based indie pop-rock band known for its high-energy live shows that skyrocketed to national prominence with its 2017 hit single "Two High." Opener: local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter Nadim Azzam.

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June 14: ZZ Ward. Dynamic young blues-rocker originally from Oregon whose recent album, The Storm, is "a record that nimbly walks the line dividing modern and retro rock-soul," according to an allmusic.com review. Opener: veteran sultry-voiced Detroit singer-songwriter Jill Jack.

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June 21: JD McPherson. Chicago-based straight-ahead rock 'n' roll trio led by McPherson, a singer-guitarist from Broken Arrow (OK). Opener: Young ethereal-voiced Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin.

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June 28: Mt. Joy. LA-based, Philadelphia-bred rootsy pop-folk band known for well-crafted and emotionally honest songs. Opener: the Kalamazoo rock band Michigander.

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July 5: Michigan Rattlers. Petoskey countrified rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter duo, currently based in L.A., that cites AC/DC, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, and Creedence Clearwater Revival as influences. Opener: Local country-inflected Americana singer-songwriter Misty Lyn.

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July 12: Sunflower Bean. Young alt/indie-rock trio from Brooklyn whose sophomore album, Twentytwo in Blue, is "the platonic ideal for 'lovable rock music for 2018,'" says Pitchfork. Opener: Lansing singer-songwriter Kate Peterson.

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July 26: The Accidentals. The wildly acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City folk trio of multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause. Opener: Local alt-country singer-songwriter Chris DuPont.

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11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109.


 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-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Reading Kickoff": Chelsea District Library.

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


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Outdoor concerts and activities. June 7: Yoga & meditation guided by an MHealthy instructor. June 14: Rock, blues, & Motown by the Rock Jones Band. June 21: Jazz, funk, & pop by the MotorCity3. June 28: Folk music by the local quintet Harmony Bones.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Animal Presentation: Domino's Petting Farm.

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Farm staffers show and discuss their animals.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm Pole Barn, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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



 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. A current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey. Vegetarian lunch ($3/person, $5 for nonseniors) available at noon.
1-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Playgroups for Babies: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tue. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 4, 7, & 10 p.m. 

"Hereditary": State Theatre.

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(Cari Aster, 2018). Horror film about the family secrets that emerge after the clan matriarch dies.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"RBG": Michigan Theater.

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(Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018). Documentary on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15 & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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(Armando Iannucci, 2017). Satire depicting the frantic power struggle that ensued after Stalin's death. Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buschemi.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Always at the Carlyle": Michigan Theater.

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(Matthew Miele, 2018). Documentary about the iconic NYC hotel.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

"Mixed Aerial Apparatus for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to explore the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Class is divided into two groups (ages 8-12 and 13-17) with an instructor leading each group. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. New students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to class
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 4:30, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"First Reformed": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul Schrader, 2018). Thriller that revolves around a former military chaplain and his parishioners. Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30, 7:15, & 10:15 p.m. 

"The Rider": State Theatre.

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(Chloé Zhao, 2017). Docudrama of a rising rodeo star who must find a new sense of purpose after a tragic riding accident.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:45 & 7:30 p.m. 

"A Quiet Place": State Theatre.

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Tense post-apocalyptic horror film about a family forced to live in silence to avoid monsters with sensitive hearing. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 5 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun.,June 8-July 1. 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. The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 5, 9, 10, and 26-30 and July 1, 2, & 4 (see listings). Tonight on the Acoustic Stage: Detroit indie rock singer-songwriter Jake LeMond (5 p.m.) and the duo of veteran local country-folk singer-songwriters Jay Stielstra & Judy Banker (6 p.m.). On the Rackham Stage: Detroit rock 'n' roll quartet The Gasoline Gypsies (7 p.m.) and the rootsy local blues and blues-rock band Jerry Mack & the Terraplanes (8:30 p.m.). Also, Nerd Nite A2 (5:30 p.m. under the tent), with talks on topics TBA. Followed at 10 p.m. by the 1973 Paul Newman and Robert Redford classic The Sting.
Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"How to Grow Your Sales": Ann Arbor Area SCORE.

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In this workshop we'll line you up for success with a sales foundation to get you where you want to go. Learn how to determine if your current sales effort is enough or how much you need to increase it; develop a sales plan to help drive your success for the next 90 days; and leave confident about how to get from your current monthly sales level to where want to be in the next 30 days.
Ann Arbor Public Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. annarborscore@scorevolunteer.org https://annarborarea.score.org/event/how-grow-your-sales-0 [map]



 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Gravel Grinder": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads to various destinations. Bring a cross, mountain, or hybrid bike. Headlights & taillights necessary for early spring rides.
6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Musical entertainment on 11 stages downtown, as well as Three Generations Entertainment with balloons and other activities for kids. The weekly musical program also includes an open mike stage. Also, street performers, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at dusk by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies at the Clocktower Commons. June 7 & 14: TBA by mid-April at annarborobserver.com.
6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145, 474-9178.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Musical Coding with Sonic Pi": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to learn how to code in a program that creates electronic music on the Raspberry Pi, a small single-board computer.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Romeo and Juliet": U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.

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June 7-10, 14-17, & 21-24. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare's vividly poetic love story, a romantic tragedy about "star-crossed lovers" defying their feuding families. Initially lightheartedly comic, then dire, this perennially popular drama is the heart-wrenching tale of 2 impetuous young lovers destroyed by the intransigence of their feuding families, their own mistakes, and some incredibly bad timing. The RC's annual Shakespeare in the Arb productions have become a hugely popular local summer tradition. Director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting Arb environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather.
6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; students, $15; seniors age 62 & over, $17; youth under age 18, $10; kids under 5, free) at the gate only. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Space limited; come early. 998-9540.


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs., June 7-Aug. 16. Musical entertainment on 11 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 26) an open mike stage. Also, street performers, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at dusk (beginning June 21) by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies at the Clocktower Commons.

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June 7: The Face Painting Robot, rock-n-roll singer-songwriter John Latini, the Manchester Cajun and Zydeco quartet Creole du Nord, local pop-folk singer-songwriter Mike Gentry, Napoleon blues-rock band TC & the Roadmasters, the blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock duo Cate Haberi & Delbert Walling, and the Ann Arbor alt-country band Corndaddy.

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June 14: Eric the Juggler, magic by Touch of Magic, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, Ypsilanti Americana folk-rock husband-wife duo Linen Ray, the Jackson pop-folk singer-songwriter Chey Halliwell, the local blues-flavor folk-rock swing quartet Dorkestra, Ypsilanti monster-themed country band Fangs and Twang, and Rotterdam (Netherlands) bluegrass band Red Herring.

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June 21: The Dangerous Dan Pirate Magic Show, the local Americana roots duo Potter's Field, family-friendly improv comedians ComedySportz, Plymouth acoustic roots trio Cold Tone Harvest, local teen singer-songwriters Chelsea Paddock and Sarah Grace Cattle, the Chelsea House Orchestra, jazz/blues ensemble Five Miles More, and local rock 'n' roll, Motown, blues, soul, R&B, progressive rock, and swing band the Cellar Cats. Followed by Despicable Me 3.

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June 28: Magician Magic Joe, the Aviary Aerial & Circus Arts, the local indie folk duo Beach Daisy, the Traverse City self-style "ethereal gypsy music" ensemble Dede & the Dreamers, the young East Tawas pop-folk singer-songwriter Amy Grace, the Detroit rock/blues/Motown trio Rock Jones, the South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, and the versatile local 15-piece big band Big Band Theory. Followed by Moana.

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July 5: Glitter tattoos by Inflate Your Party, the acoustic Chelsea Americana trio Mixed Nuts, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the Southeast Michigan/Northwest Ohio bluegrass/Americana quintet Fossil Creek Band, the local country-rock band Double Down, the Manchester Cajun and Zydeco quartet Creole du Nord, the tap duo 2x4, and young Detroit country singer Lisa Mary. Followed by Back to the Future.

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July 12: The Face Painting Robot, the Ferdale Americana rock duo Escaping Pavement, the Detroit roots/boogie pianist Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid, Ann Arbor Americana singer-songwriters Dave Boutette and Kristi Lynn Davis, the veteran Detroit postpunk rock band The Seatbelts, the Sterling Heights pop-rock singer-songwriter Robyn, and vintage music by the Washtenaw Community Concert Band Town Band. Followed by Wonder.

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July 19: Eric the Juggler, the King Family Band bluegrass ensemble, Toledo folk-rock singer-songwriter Jacob Sigman, the Detroit acoustic roots-rock and alt-country trio Bus Stop Poets, rock-n-roll singer-songwriter John Latini, Ann Arbor classic rock band Ransom Jones, Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Brandon Bonine, and a blues-rock band from the School of Rock Ann Arbor. Followed by Coco.

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July 26: Mime performance by Michael Lee Mime, animal magic show by Colors the Clown, jazz-inflected country-pop singer-songwriter Kayla Kendall, Detroit classic country band Otter River, Traverse City folk singer E Minor, the Ann Arbor Americana quartet Blue Lights Band, the Dexter blues-rock band The Martindales, and Hartland (MI) pop-rock singer-songwriter Trey Connor. Followed by Beauty and the Beast.

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Aug. 2: Eric the Juggler, Ann Arbor Americana singer-songwriters Dave Boutette and Kristi Lynn Davis, the country trio the Bowdish Brothers, the Johnny Cash tribute band Cash is King, young acoustic singer David Wee, blues-rock band CBK, the Plymouth jazz-fusion trio Doctor Pizza, and local woodwind classical trio Trio Dolce. Followed by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

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Aug. 9: Temporary tattoos at the Chelsea PTO Tattoo Parlor, young Detroit indy-pop singer-songwriter Grace Elizabeth Lee, the local Americana duo Athens Creek, the local blues-roots band Mo'Easy, the blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock duo Cate Haberi & Delbert Walling, Detroit R&B-soul group the Metro Soul Band, the local blues and blues-rock quintet The Bluesmatics, and the local rock and soul cover band Naked Ace. Followed by Spider Man: Homecoming.

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Aug. 16: A2 Magic, the acoustic blues and folk musician Ian Stewart, soul-inflected blues by the Blue Rays, the highly regarded Downriver bluegrass and hard-country band Bill Bynum & Co, the country-pop duo Sally & Ted, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band Shelter Dogs, and Detroit jazz group the Neal Anderson Quintet. Followed by Wonder Woman.

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


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Variety Showcase": Chelsea District Library.

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Live outdoor entertainment including musical and comedy acts TBA.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL lawn, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Southeast Michigan Woodworkers Meeting: Maker Works.

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Gather, share, learn, and enjoy with other woodworkers. More info at http://semiww.org/
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com maker-works.com [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.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Class: Sun Shen.

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



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Vicki Delany: Aunt Agatha's.

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This Canadian mystery writer briefly discusses her 2 most recent books. The Spook in the Stacks, the 4th in her Lighthouse Library Mystery series (written under the pen name Eva Gates) is centered around a crime-solving librarian at a lighthouse library in North Carolina's Outer Banks. The Cat of the Baskervilles, the latest in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series, features bookstore owners Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson trying to clear Jayne's mother of the murder of a washed-up actor in town to play in a production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Delany also joins an Aunt Agatha's book club discussion, following her talk, of her 1st Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery, Elementary She Read.
7 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Poets invited to read their own work or a favorite poem by another writer.
7 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs for Optimists": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Performance of amusing and optimistic folk songs by Ray Hough, brother of Michael Hough of the longtime local favorite singer-songwriter duo Mustard's Retreat. Hough accompanies himself on guitar, ukulele, and a few percussion instruments.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Night": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members host a storytelling program. Audience members are encouraged to bring a 5-minute story to tell.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs., June 14-Aug. 23. Downtown concerts by area bands. Kids activities. Outdoor seating available at some restaurants.

June 14: the popular and versatile Saline Big Band.

June 21: the Redford British Invasion cover quartet The Invasion.

June 28: Young Sterling Heights country singer-songwriter Lisa Mary.

July 5: Saline classic rock sextet Leverage.

July 12: the 10-piece Allendale Celtic music band CrossBow.

July 19: Jimmy Buffett tribute band Air Margaritaville.

July 26: the local funk-rock trio Pajamas.

Aug. 2: local rockabilly band The Memphis Thrillbillies.

Aug. 9: Double bill. Blues-oriented vocalist and guitar virtuoso Rollie Tussing and his Midwest Territory Band and Stella!, an all-star all-female Detroit-area roots-country quartet fronted by local singer-songwriter and guitarist Jo Serrapere.

Aug. 16: A pep rally at Henne Field begins at 5:30 p.m. with music by the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic.

Aug. 23: Hullabaloo, the veteran local 9-piece collective whose music draws on ska, jazz, funk, punk and Latin influences.

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7-9 p.m., downtown Saline (except Aug. 16, Henne Field). Free. 316-2119.


 7:20 & 10:30 p.m. 

"Isle of Dogs": State Theatre.

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(Wes Anderson, 2018). Stop-motion animated comedy set in near-future Japan about a boy searching for his lost dog.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Tempest": Rudolf Steiner High School of Ann Arbor.

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June 14 & 15. Rudolf Steiner seniors present Shakespeare's visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda. Prospero is in fact the exiled duke of Milan, who conjures a storm that shipwrecks his old enemies upon his island. He takes the opportunity to teach them a lesson before bestowing forgiveness, abandoning his magical powers, and preparing to return to the world. The Tempest is filled with verse and song (including the famous "Full fathom five") and contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. Tickets $7 (students, $5, family of 4, $15). 669-9394. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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


 8 p.m. 

Ken Yates: The Ark.

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Highly regarded young Ontario roots-music singer-songwriter named Songwriter of the Year at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards. No Depression reviewers J Williamson praises his new CD, Huntsville, for its characteristically "unforgettable melodies, emotionally charged storytelling, and top-notch guitar chops."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, 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. 

"Mrs. Fifty Bakes a Pie": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 1-24. Daniel C. Walker directs the world premiere of Detroit playwright Linda Ramsay-Detherage's revenge comedy about a middle-aged 1960s housewife stuck in an abusive marriage who creates an alter-ego named Mrs. Fifty after she stumbles into a dominatrix's session. Stars Sarah Burcon, Jeannine Thompson, and Patrick O'Lear.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets are $20 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"RiffTrax Live: Space Mutiny": Fathom Events.

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June 14 & 19. Live broadcast "riffing" performance by former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, who once again aim their comic heckling at David Winters and Neal Sundstrom's inept 1988 sci-fi melodrama. Rebroadcast June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Quality 16 and Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter Rd.).
8 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson Rd. Tickets $12 in advance at fathomevents.com/events/rifftrax-live-space-mutiny and at the door. 827-2863. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"RiffTrax Live: Space Mutiny": Fathom Events.

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June 14 & 19. Live broadcast "riffing" performance by former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, who once again aim their comic heckling at David Winters and Neal Sundstrom's inept 1988 sci-fi melodrama. Rebroadcast June 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Quality 16 and Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter Rd.).
8 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson Rd. Tickets $12 in advance at fathomevents.com/events/rifftrax-live-space-mutiny and at the door. 827-2863. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Play": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat., June 14-30. Julia Glander and Lauren London co-direct popular local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier's gothic drama about a gravedigger who realizes the consequences of his decision to supply Victor Frankenstein with bodies when he encounters Frankenstein's monster cowering in a grave. Set after the events of Mary Shelley's novel, the play "uses the familiar Frankenstein monster legend to raise some profound questions about an individual's capacity for good or evil," says a Lansing State Journal reviewer. Cast: David Galido, Dan Helmer, Annie Dilworth, and Robert Schorr. This is the first of 2 outdoor productions scheduled for this local company's 8th summer season.
8 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Tickets $12 (kids 12 & under, $7) in advance at pennyseats.org, $15 at the gate. 926-5346.


 8 p.m. 

"Willow Run": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., June 14-Sept. 1. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of local playwright Jeff Duncan's drama about 4 Rosie the Riveters working at the Willow Run bomber plant in WWII: an idealist who quits college for the war effort, an African American seeking to escape Jim Crow, a beautician whose husband is a pilot stationed in England, and an Appalachian native who wants a life without Kentucky coal mines. With original music by PRTC founder Jeff Daniels and his son, Ben. Cast: Michelle Mountain, Rhiannon Ragland, K. Edmonds, Lauren Knox, Angela Kay Miller, Caitlin Cavannaugh, David Bendena, and Brad Phillips.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: The Toasters

Veteran American ska band whose music is in the tradition of bands like the Skatalites, the Specials, and the English Beat. Opener: Day Jobs, a Detroit pop-punk party band. $12 ($14 at the door). [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Slice

Veteran East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Kari Holmes Band Kari Holmes Band

Contemporary country-pop, along with classic country covers, by a band led by Nashville-based, Detroit-bred singer-songwriter Holmes. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network." Chris Buhalis

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