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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 1, 2017

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 9 a.m.-11 p.m. 

82nd Annual Saline Community Fair.

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Aug. 30-Sept. 4. This old-fashioned community fair features agricultural and craft exhibits, rides, and a variety of special events, including the Miss Saline Pageant (Aug. 30, 8 p.m.), livestock auctions, the Super Kicker Rodeo (Aug. 31, 7 p.m., $5 additional admission), live music, and more. Also, a kickoff parade (Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m. on Bennett St. in Saline). Updated schedule available at
9 a.m.-11 p.m. (except Sept. 4, 1-6 p.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission, $7 (except Sept. 4, free admission). Ride wristbands, $18 (except Sept. 4, $10) 668-0776. [map]

 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.
9 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.

 12:30 p.m. 

"Movies at the Center": Chelsea Senior Center.

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Popcorn provided.

Sept. 1: "Lion" (Garth Davis, 2016). A 30-year-old man sets out to find his lost family who he last saw as a 5-year-old in India.

Sept. 8: "Titanic" (James Cameron, 1997). A free-spirited 1st class passenger falls in love with a poor artist aboard the ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Sept. 15: "The Pianist" (Roman Polanski, 2002). A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Sept. 22: "Moonlight" (Barry Jenkins, 2016). Drama about a young black man who struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood.

Oct. & Nov. schedule TBA at
12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [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]

 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.

 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Trip to Spain": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Winterbottom, 2017). The latest in a series of improvised travelogues starring British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon meditating on the perils of middle age, domesticity, and career as they eat their way through the Spanish countryside.
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 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]

 4:45, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Patti Cake$": Michigan Theater.

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Drama about an aspiring hip-hop MC who's desperate to escape her downtrodden New Jersey home town.
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]

 5-8 p.m. 

First Friday At The Farm: The Petting Farm.

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Please join us during these extended hours for some delicious food trucks and fun family time at The Petting Farm.
Admission to enter The Petting Farm area is $6.00 per person. Admission is free for children 23 months and younger.
Food trucks will be available at our pavilion area. Food Truck vendors include:
Cherry Pit BBQ
The Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd., Ann Arbor, Mi. 734.998.0182. [map]

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Rasa Festival Exhibit Opening: Akshara.

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The Rasa Festival of South Asian music and art kicks off with an artist's reception for this exhibit of works by South Asian artists and works that are inspired by the subcontinent. With a ritual floor painting demonstration by Indian artist Meena Khasnabis (7 p.m.), henna painting, and more. The Rasa Festival includes a music and dance performance on Sept. 5, a poetry reading on 6, and an Indian classical dance performance on Sept. 23 and 24, as well as the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 30.
5-8 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free. 480-2787. [map]

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Chopped Junior Champ": Spice & Tea Merchants of Ann Arbor.

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Young local chef Nicholas Brussano, champion of Food Network's Chopped Junior cooking competition, discusses the competition and demonstrates one of his award-winning dishes.
5:30-7 p.m., Spice Merchants, upstairs at Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 332-5500. [map]

 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Visionism & Realism: Paintings by Stephen Fessler: MIX Ypsilanti.

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Visionism & Realism: Paintings by Stephen Fessler
MIX Gallery is excited to host a second month of this amazing show. Throughout the month of September, we will be exhibiting "Visionism & Realism: Paintings by Stephen Fessler". This work comes to us through a cooperative effort with our neighbors at the YES performance space.
"All my images are born accidentally. My larger works begin their lives as studio floor cloths, accumulating a history of accidental marks and footprints. I then gaze at them, looking for suggestions of images, and when I've discovered one that is compelling enough, I'll paint to free it from its matrix of marks. This process reveals other images, and one discovery leads to the next in a succession of surprises as the painting gradually reveals itself to me."
"I have worked as a professional visual artist for over twenty years. My formal training in art began at Backangskolan in Boras, Sweden, then continued at Ohio Wesleyan University where I earned a
MIX Ypsilanti, 130 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-961-8704. [map]

 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

"I Do ... Until I Don't": Michigan Theater.

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(Lake Bell, 2017). An ensemble comedy following three couples trapped in the machinations of a jaded filmmaker looking to prove that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.
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]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]

 7, 7:30, 8, & 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Paw Prints - An Original 10-Minute Musical: Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Neighborhood Theatre Group (NTG) is proud to present Paw Prints an original 10-minute musical by local playwright, Eric Hohnke. There will be four free performances on Friday, September 1 at 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, and 8:30pm at SPARK East in downtown Ypsilanti. NTG is partnering with the Humane Society of Huron Valley for this production. They will be accepting donations and providing adoption and volunteer info at the event. Free parking available in downtown Ypsilanti. This show is appropriate for all ages and is a part of the First Fridays Ypsilanti Art Crawl.
Paw Prints tells the story of Becky, a woman who works from home and adopts a fun loving dog, Chip. When Becky's life takes a sudden turn, the two are forced to re-evaluate the important things in life. This heart-warming, 10-minute musical, is directed by Dianne Bernick and stars Kristin Anne Danko as Becky and Lark Haunert as Chip, with Tom Hett on piano.
SPARK East Incubator, 215 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Tractor Pull: Michigan Tractor Pullers Association.

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Sept. 1, 2, & 24. A day of old-time tractor-pullin' fun, with farm stock, classic, and antique classes, as well as 4WD pick-ups. The vehicles pull against a weight transfer machine that makes the weight heavier as the pull progresses. Particularly exciting is the rowdy farm stock class (Sept. 1 & 24 only), which has no speed limit out of the gate. "We go as fast as our horsepower allows," says an organizer. Concessions.
7 p.m. (Sept. 1), 9 a.m. (Sept. 2), & 10 a.m. (Sept. 24), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission. 429-3145. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Field Hockey.

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Sept. 1: Liberty. 7 p.m.

Sept. 3: Connecticut. 1 p.m.

Sept. 8: William & Mary. 6 p.m.

Sept. 10: University of California-Davis. 2 p.m.

Sept. 15: MSU. 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: Maryland. 6 p.m.

Oct. 1: Ball State. 1 p.m.

Oct. 6: Rutgers. 6 p.m.

Oct. 8: Stanford. 2 p.m.

Oct. 20: Northwestern. 4 p.m.

Various times, Ocker Field, 1202 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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Aug. 19: Wisconsin-Green Bay. Exhibition. 2 p.m.

Aug. 25: William & Mary. 7 p.m.

Aug. 28: Valparaiso. 7 p.m.

Sept. 1: Cleveland State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 4: Dartmouth. 1 p.m.

Sept. 8: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Sept. 17: MSU. 3 p.m.

Sept. 24: Northwestern. 1 p.m.

Sept. 27: Oakland. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Oct. 14: Nebraska-Omaha. 4 p.m.

Oct. 25: Detroit. 7:30 p.m.

Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. 255-5310. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Volleyball.

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Sept. 1: Butler. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2: New Hampshire. 1 p.m.

Sept. 2: Wisconsin-Green Bay. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 15: North Carolina State. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17: Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 11 a.m.

Sept. 17: Cincinnati. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 29: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 30: Maryland. 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: Minnesota. 7 p.m.

Oct. 27: Iowa. 7 p.m.

Oct. 19: Nebraska. 7 p.m.

Nov 1: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Nov 10: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Nov 11: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Nov 15: MSU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: Purdue 7 p.m.

Various times., Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). Tickets for MSU, Penn State, & Nebraska matches are all $8. 764-0247.

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Jim McHugh: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept, 1 & 2. A frequent performer on cable TV comedy shows, this Chicago monologist is known for his quick-witted, thought-provoking observations of the absurdities of family life, traveling, professional sports, and other aspects of everyday life. He also possesses deft improv skills and likes to keep his audiences off balance. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Anatomy of a Murder": PTD Productions.

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Aug. 24-27 & Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Alice Fell directs local actors in Elihu Winer's gripping courtroom drama set in the U.P., an adaptation of Robert Traver's novel about a dispirited ex-district attorney who stumbles onto the one case that could jump-start a new career. Best-known from Otto Preminger's Oscar-winning 1959 movie. For this production, some audience members will be selected to serve as jurors. Cast: Joe York, Andy Jentzen, Chris Potter, Tia Thomas, Mary Hopper, Wyatt Woodside, Kylie Alred, Susan Morris, Rich Heberlein, Erica Dutton, Tim Henning, Jonas Higbee, Alice Duhon, Fran Potasnik, Wendy Ascione, Norm Fell, and Paul Demyanovich.
8 p.m. (except Aug. 27 & 30, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at & by phone., 483-7345. [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 Revolutionists": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 25-Sept. 17. David Wolber directs the award-winning and popular young Atlanta-bred playwright Lauren Gunderson's irreverent comedy, a political fantasia set during the French Revolution. At the height of the Reign of Terror, 4 women--feminist playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Caribbean freedom fighter Marianne Angelle and deposed queen Marie Antoinette--hang out, plot murder and try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris. Stars Diane Hill, Melissa Beckwith, Sara Rose, and K Edmonds.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can afford, in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 9 p.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]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Escaping Pavement

Ferndale Americana rock duo. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Nadim Azzam

Local pop-rock singer-songwriter. [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]

Club Above: House/Techno

DJs TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Terry Birkett

Longtime Livonia Americana guitarist and songwriter. [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: Remedy

Detroit pop dance band. [venue info]


6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup" and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rush Street: Dan Bennett Quintet

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

Session Room: Chirp

Local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet. [venue info]

Tap Room: Charlie Dentel & the Strange Angels

Covers and originals by this Ypsilanti rock and soul band led by singer-songwriter Dentel. Tonight they're joined by Jim Roll, a nationally prominent local singer- songwriter who rarely performs in town. With drummer Rob Avsharian, guitarist Alex Johnson, bassist Serge van der Voo, and vocalist and violinist Carol Catherine. Opening acts are Ann Arbor Music Center classic rock band the Crash Pros and other bands TBA. [venue info]


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