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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 11, 2017

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 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.-noon 

"Global Spark! Camp": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Spinning Dot Theatre is excited to bring you this interdisciplinary and interactive camp! In collaboration with A2CT, Global Spark! combines theater arts, movement, music and visual arts as well as language skills in multiple foreign languages. The culmination of the camp is a performance crafted from top to bottom by the young people - thus providing them learning experiences in not only acting but choreography, directing, costumes, lighting, set design, producing, etc.
August 7-18, 2017
Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm
For kids in GRADES 2-7 (in the fall of 2017)
COST: $290
A2CT Studio Theatre, 322 West Ann Street. $290. 734-971-2228. [map]

 9 a.m.-11 p.m.  Free! 

"45th Annual Dexter Daze": Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Festivities in Monument Park include arts and crafts booths (9 a.m.-8 p.m.), a social tent (11 a.m.-11 p.m.), a bounce zone, rock climbing wall, & spider jump in Mill Creek Park Park (noon-7 p.m.), merchant sidewalk sales, a raffle, and yard sales around town. Also, entertainment at 2 stages.

Aug. 11:

Dexter District Library used book sale (noon-6 p.m.).

Mill Creek Park: kids entertainer and yo-yo champion Zeemo (11 a.m.-noon), ventriloquist Richard Paul (12:30-1:30 p.m.), a nature program blending stories and live animals with Ann Arborite Peter Schriemer in his Smithsonian Channel persona as America's Nature Guy (2-3 p.m.).

Monument Park Gazebo: Performance by students from the local School of Rock (noon-3 p.m.), the Beatles tribute band Toppermost (4-7 p.m.), and the Ann Arbor R&B dance band Men in Black (8-11 p.m.).

Aug. 12:

A parade from Wylie School down Main Street at 10 a.m., Dexter District Library used book sale (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), a chicken barbecue at St. James Church (10:30 a.m. until it's gone), Gordon Hall tours (noon-3 p.m.), and a horseshoe tournament ($5; signup begins at noon) at First Street Park at 1 p.m..

Mill Creek Park: Colors the Clown (10 a.m.-1 p.m.), family concert by an ensemble led by Ann Arbor singer-songwriter Kevin Devine (1:30-2:30 p.m.), circus sideshow acts by the Detroit-based Top Hat Performers (3-4 p.m.), and a movie at dusk followed by fireworks (10 p.m.).

Monument Park Gazebo: The Hangabouts (noon-3 p.m.), the Detroit blues trio Randy Brock Group (4-7 p.m.), and the popular veteran local country-flavored rock band Flying Latini Brothers (8-11 p.m.).

9 a.m.-11 p.m., downtown Dexter. Free admission. 426-0887. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"US-12 Heritage Trail Sale": Saline Area Historical Society Fundraiser.

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Aug. 11 & 12. This yard sale, which includes sales by antique dealers and crafters as well as sales of garage sale items, is part of a statewide series of sales along the road between Detroit and New Buffalo. The Rentschler Farm gift shop is also open. Concessions.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free admission. 944-0442. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Quality 16 Weekday Morning Movies Summer Series.

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Kid-friendly films.

July 3-7: "Rock Dog" (Ash Brannon, 2016). Animated adventure-comedy about Tibetan mastiff who leaves home to fulfill his dream of becoming a musician.

July 10-14: "Storks" (Nicholas Stoller & Doug Sweetland, 2016). Animated adventure-comedy about storks who have moved on from delivering babies to delivering packages. When an order for a baby appears, they scramble to fix the error.

July 17-21: "The Peanuts Movie" (Steve Martino, 2015). Animated adventure based on the venerable Charles M. Schulz comic in which Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.

July 24-28: "Monster Trucks" (Chris Wedge, 2016). Action-adventure fantasy about a young man working at a small-town junkyard who befriends a creature that feeds on oil.

July 31-Aug. 4: "Trolls" (Walt Dohrn & Mike Mitchell, 2016). Animated musical about a curmudgeonly troll who must team up with the happiest troll ever born to rescue their friends.

Aug. 7-11: "Sing" (Christophe Lourdelet & Garth Jennings, 2016). Charming animated comedy, set in a city of anthropomorphic animals, about a down-on-his-luck theater owner who tries to revive his business with a singing competition.

10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer rewards members, free). 623-7469. [map]

 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Community Cats Training Class: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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

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

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Daily. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. daily, 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an audiovisual show examining the theory that 66 million years ago a 6-mile-wide rock from space slammed into Earth, wiping out 75% of all living species, including the dinosaurs.

Eclipse (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show that looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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

 Noon-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ambiguities/Innuendos? Go Fish": U-M Stamps Gallery.

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Through Aug. 19. Juried exhibition of works in various media by U-M art and design alumni.
Noon-7 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.), 201 S. Division. Free. 368-1095. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 12:30 p.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]

 1-5 p.m. 

Guided Tours: Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Costumed guides lead tours of the 10-room artifact-filled farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a recently refurbished blacksmith's workshop. The last tour begins at 4:15 p.m.
1-5 p.m., Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254.

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Afternoon Dance Party": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-5 invited to show off their dance moves, eat some snacks, and play some games.
1-2 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2 p.m. 

Rolling Hills Family Campout: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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You and your family are invited to join us for an overnight camping adventure! We'll have fun activities like fishing, crafts, playground fun, hiking, stargazing, delicious s'mores and a warm campfire!
NEW in 2017! We will be expanding our camp out dates! Join us for our first camp out from August 4-6, for a two night adventure, or from August 11-13 for a second camp out opportunity.
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $10. 734-484-9676. [map]

 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Women Artists Summer Juried Show: Riverside Arts Center.

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AAWA is a non-profit organization of approximately 300+ members with connections to Ann Arbor, Michigan, ranging from beginning to professional artists. Opening Reception will be Friday, July 7 from 5-7pm, in conjunction with Ypsilanti's Frist Friday Art Walk.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Big Sick": Michigan Theater.

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Michael Showalter's 2017 rom-com about a young couple dealing with their cultural differences.
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, & 9:30 p.m. 

"An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power": Michigan Theater.

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(Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk, 2017). This sequel to the Oscar-winning 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth focuses on Al Gore working behind-the-scenes to find middle ground between the needs of developed and developing nations.
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]

 4:45, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Landline": Michigan Theater.

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(Gillian Robespierre, 2017). Dramatic comedy set in 1995 Manhattan about two teenage sisters trying to keep the news of their father's apparent affair from their mother. Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass, Abby Quinn, John Turturro, Edie Falco.
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]

 5-11 p.m. 

Saline's Summerfest.

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This downtown festival features a large craft show, live music, kids activities, inflatables, a volleyball tournament, a chalk art challenge, contests, a chicken broil, the Saline Street Machines Car Show, food, a beer and wine tent, and more. The Saturday live entertainment schedule includes the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic (noon), short plays and other entertainment by local groups (1-4 p.m.), the Detroit rockabilly trio Detroit Special (2 p.m. at the car show), Marshall (MI) 16-year-old blues-rock guitarist Jake Kershaw (4-5 p.m. & 6-7 p.m.), the veteran local country-based band Drivin' Sideways (5-6 p.m. & 7-8 p.m.), and the popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band 50 Amp Fuse (8-11 p.m.). Updated schedule available at
5-11 p.m. (Aug. 11) & 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (Aug. 12), Henne Field and downtown Saline. Free admission. 604-0051.

 6 p.m. 

"Family Campout": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Aug. 4-6 & 11-13. Families invited to bring tents, sleeping bags, and lawn chairs for this overnight campout. Come Friday if you'd like to stay for 2 nights. Evening activities include crafts, fishing, night hikes, a campfire with s'mores, and more.
6 p.m. until Sun. morning (tent setup begins at 2 p.m. on Fri. & Sat.), Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Preregistration required. $10 per person ($7 per person for Saturday only) camping fee. $6 vehicle entry fee.; 484-9676, ext. 205. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Nature Nurture: An Alternative Process Exhibit": Argus Museum & Washtenaw County Historical Society.

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The Argus Museum and Washtenaw County Historical Society are excited to host and sponsor the "Nature Nurture: An Alternative Process Exhibit". The members of Renegades with Alternative Processes Group (RWAG) are known for their innovative and creative work. They are joined by the Wayne State University Experimental Photography class to explore the Nature vs. Nurture debate thorough visual conversations utilizing historical (Cyanotype) and contemporary (Chlorophyll) photographic processes.
Please join us for the show opening on Friday, August 11th from 6-8 p.m. at the Argus Museum. The Museum is located on the 2nd floor of the historic Argus I Building, 525 West William Street, Ann Arbor, MI. Visit the museum, peruse the show, meet the artists and enjoy good food and conversation. The exhibit will be available for viewing M-F 9-5 p.m. through September 22nd.
Argus Museum, 525 West William Street. Donation. 734-769-0770. [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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Durable: Live Music at Silvio's.

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Durable is an Ann Arbor MI. band that plays the enduring rock classics from the 60's, 70's and 80's as well as originals. The band features the shredding electric guitar playing of Alan Balkany (formerly of the Beatnik Hippies), the soulful singing of multi-instrumentalist Michael Lipson, the rocking rhythms of drummer Josh Kahn, the sultry sax and keyboard of Doug Wochna, and the booming bass of Cindy Pletz.
Silvios Organic Ristorante e Pizzeria, 715 N. University. Free. 7342146666. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Family Mew-vie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Screening of Wall-E, Andrew Stanton's touching 2008 animation about a robot designed to clean up a polluted Earth that's been evacuated by humans. Also, a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. Note: This event usually sells out.
7-9 p.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at 661-3575. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Lego Contest Awards Ceremony: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Announcement of the winners of the 12th annual AADL Lego Contest in 6 categories: preschool and grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, and adult. Also, public display (6-8 p.m.) of all the entries, which must be delivered to the downtown library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today. Rules and guidelines available at
8 p.m., Kensington Court., 610 Hilton Blvd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 8 p.m. 

U-M Women's Soccer.

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Aug. 7: West Virginia. Exhibition. 1 p.m.

Aug. 11: WMU. Exhibition. 8 p.m.

Aug. 18: Washington. 8 p.m.

Aug. 20: Idaho State. 2 p.m.

Aug. 27: Toledo. 8 p.m.

Sept. 10: Wake Forest. 2 p.m.

Sept. 14: Purdue. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17: Indiana. 2 p.m.

Sept. 29: Iowa. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 1: Nebraska. 2 p.m.

Oct. 21: Illinois. 7:30 p.m.

Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8. 764-0247. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"9 to 5": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Aug. 3-27. This professional theater company performs Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick's 2009 musical, based on the 1980 film, about 3 female employees who find a way to turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical, and hypocritical boss. The score, written by Parton, ranges from 1970s-style dance numbers like the title song to country songs like "Backwoods Barbie" and "Cowgirl's Revenge," goofy show tunes like "Potion Notion," and many others.
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]

 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 & 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]

 8 p.m. 

"The School for Sausage": Ellipsis Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., July 27-Aug. 13. Joanna Hastings and Scott Screws direct this local company in their partly improvised commedia dell'arte-inspired comedy about an innkeeper with little education and no teaching skills who decides she must start a school after overhearing a student conversation she finds outrageous. The production features slightly updated traditional masks. Cast: Joanna Hastings, Forrest Hejkal, Breon Canady, Jahmeel Powers, Scott Screws, and 2 others TBA. Note: This is the same play that had the working title Babette Gets Schooled.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance via email to, and at the door. Pay-what-you-can admission available on Thurs. & Sun. 635-8450. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

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

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

 10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
10 p.m.-midnight, 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: RJ Blues Band

Northville band led by singer-guitarist Robert Johnson that plays blues-rock originals and traditional blues. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "Friends with Benefits Dance Party"

Dance Party with DJ Dick Jones. Proceeds benefit the Michigan Prison Doulas Initiative. Age 21 & over. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Appleseed Collective.

Popular young local acoustic quartet whose music is an enchanting blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies. "It's as if The Hot Club of Cowtown bumped into The Vagaband in a woodland clearing and battled off," says Americana UK critic Jeremy Searle in his review of the band's 2013 CD Young Love. "But even that doesn't really do justice to their sound, as there are bits of New Orleans, Roma, backwoods blues and a whole lot more in their melting pot." Advance tickets: $15. 8:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bill Edwards Bill Edwards

Local country singer-songwriter, 1989 winner of the Billboard Country Songwriting Contest, whose songs have been covered by the likes of Lee Roy Parnell and T. Graham Brown. His collaboration with former Ann Arborite Whit Hill, "What's I Do," was featured in the HBO series True Blood. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. Tonight Churchville and his guests, who include members of the local Indian music group Sumkali, celebrate the 100th of his monthly Crazy Wisdom performances. [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]

Habitat Lounge: The Front Men

Detroit vintage-rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

Local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Rock Jones

Local quintet that plays Detroit rock 'n' soul. [venue info]

Rush Street: Dan Bennett Quintet Dan Bennett Quintet

Local jazz quintet led by saxophonist Bennett. With saxophonist Tim Haldeman, trumpeter Justin Walter, and others TBA. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Durable

Local quintet that plays 60s-80s rock classics, along with some originals. [venue info]


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