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Calendar of Events

Friday, June 8, 2018

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 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 or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 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. [map]

 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. [map]

 10:30-11 a.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.

 11 a.m.-midnight 

12th Annual Ya'ssoo Greek Festival: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

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June 8-10. This popular lively festival features lots of Greek food from pastitsio to souvlaki and pastries, including loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), paximathakia (Greek biscotti), and other delicacies. Also, a kids zone (Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.), live Greek music by the Detroit band Enigma, performances by Greek dancers, and open dancing (Fri. 9 p.m.-midnight & Sat. 8 p.m.-midnight). Popular church tours, raffles with a grand prize trip to Greece, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, books, and more.
11 a.m.-midnight (Fri. & Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. (park at nearby Knox Presbyterian Church on Wagner to get a shuttle to the festival). $3 (except Sun., free; free admission for kids age 12 & under and for anyone arriving before 4 p.m. on Fri. and before 1 p.m. on Sat.)., 332-8200. [map]

 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

JFS Caregiver Conversations Education & Support Group: Jewish Family Services of Washtnenaw County.

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JFS's Caregiver Conversations group has a new meeting time and structure! Now meeting the 2nd Friday of May, June, and August from 1-12:30pm. Caregivers benefit not only from peer support, but also from easy access to high-quality information and resources. The first 30-45 minutes of each group session will include a presentation by a local expert on a topic relevant to caregivers. The latter portion of the group time will be reserved for peer support and the sharing of resources, facilitated by JFS's Geriatric Services Manager, Julia-Kessler-Hollar, LMSW. We hope you will join JFS and your peers in learning together and supporting one another. Please RSVP or direct questions to Julia at
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, 2245 S State St. Free. (734)769-0209. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. except Sept. 3. 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]

 1:15, 3:45, 6:30, & 9:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 1:15, 4:45, 7:30, & 10 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)., 668-TIME.

 1:30 & 7:45 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)., 668-TIME.

 1:30-8 p.m. 

Cinetopia International Film Festival.

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May 31-June 10. This 7th annual Michigan Theater film festival features dozens of films-many of which are Michigan premieres-screened over 11 days at 3 local venues (Michigan Theater, State Theater, and outdoors on Maynard). The festival also includes several Detroit venues (see for info about screenings in Detroit). The films include narrative feature-length films and documentaries that recently premiered at international festivals such as Sundance and Berlin. Tickets $15 (Michigan Theater members, $12; 4-pack, $45; festival passes, $50-$175) in advance at and the Michigan Theater, and at the door.

May 31:

At the Michigan Theater: "Eighth Grade" (Bo Burnham, 2018). Comedy about a 13-year-old who's more comfortable in the virtual world of her YouTube videos than she is in real life. Director is in attendance. 8 p.m.

June 1:

At the Michigan Theater: "Hal" (Amy Scott, 2018). Documentary about 1970s filmmaker Hal Ashby. 5:45 p.m. "Madeline's Madeline" (Josephine Decker, 2018). The lines between performance and reality blur for a teen dedicated to theater. Miranda July. 8:30 p.m. "A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night" (Qasim Basir, 2018). Dreamlike drama about a romantic spark between 2 strangers in L.A. on the night of the 2016 presidential election. 9 p.m.

At the State Theater: "This Is Home" (Alexandra Shiva, 2018). Documentary about Syrian refugees attempting to settle in Baltimore in 2016. 5:45 p.m. "Under the Tree" (Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson, 2017). Absurd comedy about tensions between neighboring families in a sleepy suburb. Icelandic, subtitles. 5:45 p.m. "Three Identical Strangers" (Tim Wardle, 2018). Gripping documentary about triplets separated at birth. 6 p.m. "Nico, 1988" (Susanna Nicchiarelli, 2017). Biopic about the last days of the former Velvet Underground singer. English, German, & Czech; subtitles. 6:15 p.m. "White Rabbit" (Daryl Wein, 2018). Comic drama about a Korean-born L.A. performance artist. 8 p.m. "The Guilty" (Gustav Möller, 2018). Thriller about a police officer who gets an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. Danish, subtitles. 8:15 p.m. "Butterflies" (Tolga Karaçelik, 2018). Dark comedy about long-separated siblings getting reacquainted on a road trip back to their home village. Turkish, subtitles. 8:45 p.m. "Never Goin' Back" (Augustine Frizzell, 2018). Comedy about teens in suburban Dallas trying to get money for a beach trip after a stint in juvenile detention. 9 p.m.

Outdoors on Maynard: "The Princess Bride" (Rob Reiner, 1987). Tongue-in-cheek fairy tale classic. FREE, 8 p.m.

June 2:

At the Michigan Theater: "Best of the Fest: Children's Film Festival Seattle 2018." Family-friendly shorts. FREE, 12:05 p.m. "Anote's Ark" (Matthieu Rytz, 2018). Documentary about the ways the low-lying Pacific nation Kiribati is navigating climate change. 12:30 p.m. "Scaffolding" (Matan Yair, 2017). A special-needs high schooler's dedication to his father is tested by his close relationship with his literature teacher. Hebrew, subtitles. 3 p.m. "Under the Tree." See June 1 listing. 6:30 p.m. "Three Identical Strangers." See June 1 listing. 3:30 p.m. "Woman Walks Ahead" (Susanna White, 2017). Biopic about Catherine Weldon, an artist who traveled from NYC to the Dakota Territory to meet Sitting Bull. Jessica Chastain. 6:45 p.m. "Relaxer" (Joel Potrykus, 2018). Comic thriller about a guy trying to beat a video game challenge while surviving without food and water. 9:30 p.m.

At the State Theater: "The Great Buddha+" (Hsin-yao Huang, 2017). A night security guard and his friend watch dash-camera footage of the guard's rich boss, eventually seeing something they shouldn't have. Minnan, subtitles. 1 p.m. "The Guilty." See June 1 listing. 1:15 p.m. "Supa Modo" (Likarion Wainaina, 2018). A terminally ill 9-year-old dreams of being a superhero. Swahili & Kikuyu, subtitles. 3:15 p.m. "Butterflies." See June 1 listing. 3:30 p.m. "Nico, 1988." See June 1 listing. 3:45 p.m. "We the Animals" (Jeremiah Zagar, 2018). The youngest of 3 brothers becomes increasingly invested in an imaginary world in an effort to escape his parents' volatility. 3:45 p.m. "Angels Wear White" (Vivian Qu, 2017). A teen working a motel night shift witnesses an assault on 2 schoolgirls. Chinese, subtitles. 6:15 p.m. "306 Hollywood" (Elan & Jonathan Bogarin, 2018). Documentary about the filmmakers' excavation of their deceased grandma's home. 6:45 p.m. "The Big House" (multiple directors, 2017). Documentary about Michigan Stadium. 7 p.m. "Savage Youth" (Michael Curtis Johnson, 2018). Comic thriller based on true events about 6 youths struggling to make their mark. 7:15 p.m. "Night Is Short, Walk on Girl" (Masaaki Yuasa, 2017). Anime about a young woman who drinks her way through Kyoto. Japanese, subtitles. 9:45 p.m.

June 3:

At the Michigan Theater: "The Legacies Project." Screening of short films made by area high school and college students based on their interviews with local senior citizens. FREE, 12:15 p.m. "Supa Modo." See June 2 listing. 12:45 p.m. "Soufra" (Thomas Morgan, 2018). Documentary about a Palestinian woman who starts a catering business in a refugee camp near Beirut. Arabic, subtitles. 3:45 p.m. "Hearts Beat Loud" (Brett Haley, 2017). A single dad preparing to send his daughter to college encourages her to start a band with him. Nick Offerman. 4 p.m. "Ray Meets Helen" (Alan Rudolph, 2018). Romantic drama about 2 middle-age strangers who happen into large sums of money and a relationship with each other.

At the State Theater: "Angels Wear White." See June 2 listing. 12:15 p.m. "Butterflies." See June 1 listing. 12:30 p.m. "306 Hollywood." See June 2 listing. 1 p.m. "White Rabbit." See June 1 listing. 1:15 p.m. "Woman Walks Ahead." See June 2 listing. 3:30 p.m. "Three Identical Strangers." See June 1 listing. 3:45 p.m. "The Great Buddha+." See June 2 listing. 4 p.m. "Savage Youth." See June 2 listing. 5 p.m.

June 4:

At the Michigan Theater: "306 Hollywood." See June 2 listing. 4:30 p.m. "Remember My Name" (Alan Rudolph, 1978). A young woman just released from prison stalks a married construction worker for no apparent reason. Geraldine Chaplin, Anthony Perkins. 7 p.m. "Madeline's Madeline." See June 1 listing. 8 p.m. "Choose Me" (Alan Rudolph, 1984). An L.A. talk radio host gives romantic counseling while dealing with unresolved issues in her own love life. 9 p.m.

At the State Theater: "Night Is Short, Walk on Girl." See June 2 listing. 7:45 p.m.

June 5:

At the Michigan Theater: "The Moderns" (Alan Rudolph, 1988). A struggling painter in 1926 Paris agrees to forge masterpieces for a wealthy divorcee while pining for a jealous man's wife. 8:15 p.m.

At the State Theater: "Angels Wear White." See June 2 listing. 4 p.m. "We the Animals." See June 2 listing. 7 p.m. "The Great Buddha+." See June 2 listing. 9:30 p.m.

June 6:

At the Michigan Theater: "Of Love and Law" (Hikaru Toda, 2017). U.S. premiere of this documentary about the 1st law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. Japanese, subtitles. "White Rabbit." See June 1 listing. 9:30 p.m.

At the State Theater: "Under the Tree." See June 1 listing. 4:15 p.m. "Scaffolding." See June 2 listing. 9:15 p.m.

June 7:

At the Michigan Theater: "Soufra." See June 3 listing. 4 p.m. "Bisbee '17" (Robert Greene, 2018). Documentary about citizens of an old Arizona copper-mining town preparing to commemorate the Bisbee Deportation of 1917, when 1,200 striking miners were taken to the middle of the desert and left to die. 7:15 p.m. "Relaxer." See June 2 listing. 10 p.m.

At the State Theater: "Of Love and Law." See June 6 listing. 4:15 p.m. "Nico, 1988." See June 1 listing. 7 p.m.

June 8:

At the Michigan Theater: "Quiet Heroes" (Jenny Mackenzie, Jared Ruga, & Amanda Stoddard; 2018). Documentary about the only 2 medical professionals in Utah willing to treat AIDS patients in the early 1980s. 1:30 p.m. "Thirst for Justice" (Leana Hosea, 2018). Documentary about women from Flint and Sanders (AZ) fighting for clean water in their hometowns and at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. 4 p.m.

At the State Theater: "Bisbee '17." See June 7 listing. 4:15 p.m. "Angels Wear White." See June 2 listing. 7:15 p.m.

June 9:

At the Michigan Theater: "This Is Home." See June 1 listing. 2 p.m. "Bisbee '17." See June 7 listing. 4:45 p.m. "The Last Race" (Michael Dweck, 2018). Documentary about the last stock car racetrack on Long Island, situated on a piece of undeveloped land worth millions. 7:30 p.m.

At the State Theater: "Hal." See June 1 listing. 2:30 p.m. "Butterflies." See June 1 listing. 4:30 p.m. "Savage Youth." See June 2 listing. 7:15 p.m.

June 10:

At the Michigan Theater: "The Big House." See June 2 listing. 1 p.m. "Of Love and Law." See June 6 listing. 5:15 p.m. "Blindspotting" (Carlos López Estrada, 2018). When an ex-con misses curfew in the final days of his probation, his life spirals out of control. 8 p.m.

At the State Theater: "Quiet Heroes." See June 8 listing. 1:15 p.m. "The Guilty." See June 1 listing. 3:45 p.m. "Bisbee '17." See June 7 listing. 6:30 p.m.

Michigan & State Theaters (except as noted). Tickets $15 (Michigan Theater members, $12; 4-pack, $45; festival passes, $50-$175) in advance at and the Michigan Theater, and at the door. [map]

 1:45, 4, 7, & 9:45 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)., 668-TIME.

 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, & 10 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30 & 10:05 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5 p.m. 

David Sedaris: Literati Bookstore.

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Talk sold out. Free tickets for the signing line still available at
5 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. 585-5567. [map]

 5-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Lawton Elementary School.

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Carnival games and treats.
5-8 p.m., Lawton, 2250 S. 7th St. Free admission; small charge for food and games. 994-1946. [map]

 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: local jazz-inflected pop-soul singer-songwriter Dani Darling (5 p.m.) and the Jesse Kramer Trio (6 p.m.) the local jazz group led by drummer Kramer. On the Rackham Stage: Ypsilanti jazz-rock trio Honey Monsoon (7 p.m.) Brooklyn-based self-styled "Neckbreakinhipsoufunk" quintet Jamie Register & the Damn Thang (8:30 p.m.), and Chicago postpunk soul quintet JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound (10:15 p.m.)
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted., 994-5999. [map]

 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Snow Cone Social: Thurston Elementary School.

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Lawn games, a bubble station, balloon twisting, face painting, live music by Thurston students, and a chalk art demonstration by local artist David Zinn. Dobski's Dogs and snow cones available.
Thurston, 2300 Prairie. Free admission (small charge for food and games). 994-1970. [map]

 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

18th Annual Green Fair: Office of the Mayor/Washtenaw County.

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Displays of alternative-fuel vehicles, renewable energy, green building materials, solar energy installations, and other energy conservation products and practices. A Green Commute expo includes information and displays about alternative transportation options. Also, hands-on kids activities, birds of prey from Leslie Science & Nature Center, and information booths. Live music by rootsy country-pop band Paul's Big Radio. Organic food available from the Earthen Jar and Silvio's Organic Pizza.
6-9 p.m., Main between William & Huron and Liberty & Washington between Ashley & Fourth Ave. Free. Valet bike parking.794-6161, ext. 41602.

 6-8:30 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Bach Elementary School.

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A dunk tank, carnival games, face painting, glitter tattoos, a photo booth, inflatable games, and dancing to music spun by a DJ. Ice cream, pizza, & drinks available.
Bach, 600 W. Jefferson. Free admission; $10 for a games pass. 994-1949. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: King Elementary School.

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Washtenaw Dairy ice cream and games. Pizza and drinks available.
King, 3800 Waldenwood Dr. $6 for a wristband that includes ice cream & games. 994-1940. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Angell Elementary.

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A cake walk, human foosball, face painting, tug of war, "Cream a Fifth Grader," a candy wheel, a trebuchet (an old-fashioned gravity-driven catapult), and more. Free ice cream sundaes. Pizza, drinks, and cotton candy available. Rain or shine.
Angell, 1608 South University. Free admission (nominal charge for game tickets and food). 994-1907. [map]

 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive; Fri., 6:30 p.m., casual), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), and booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), 6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Discussion & tastings of the 7 major varieties of cheese, with bread and other accompaniments.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Country Fair": Allen Elementary School.

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A chance to touch a firetruck and a police car, a petting zoo, and inflatable carnival games and prizes. Food trucks, Kona shaved ice, and more.
Allen, 2506 Towner. $5 (families, $20) admission. 997-1210. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Black & White - a Century of Photography: Argus Museum & Washtenaw County Historical Society.

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Friends, and fellow Ann Arbor photographers, Robert Beech and Thomas Nighswander have joined forces to create the current exhibit at the Argus Museum, Black and White - A Century of Change. A former Artist-in-Resident for the Gettysburg National Park, Beech's work is influenced by his love for history and fascination of historical film technology and processes. Early in his life, Nighswander was also influenced by what-is-now vintage equipment - his first camera was an Argus C3. He shares his passion and knowledge of photography teaching National Photography Workshops.
The exhibit explores the development of photography processes and technologies from the collodion process, used in making glass negative, ambrotypes and tintypes, to the age of digital with exceptional imagery.
Argus Museum, 525 West William Street. Free. Donation. 734-769-0770. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movie in the Park: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Outdoor showing of the 2017 animated film Despicable Me 3 at dusk. The evening begins with music, kids activities, and games. Concessions.
6:30 p.m., Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St., off N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-3502.

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Movie for Adults": Dexter District Library.

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Apr. 13, May 11, & June 8. All adults invited. Apr. 13: Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's 2017 drama about the evacuation of Allied soldiers in WWII France. May 11: 13 Minutes, Oliver Hirschbiegel's 2015 biopic about Georg Elser's 1939 attempt to assassinate Hitler. German, subtitles. June 8: TBA.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Six-Mile Green Dinner Trek": The Himalayan Bazaar.

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Local Himalayan mountain guide Heather O'Neal leads an invigorating trek from the Mayor's Green Fair on Main St. to Barton Dam and back through parks along the river. With stops to eat along the way. Bring a vegetarian dish to share as well as water (and other beverages, if you wish).
6:30 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. Free ($15 for those who don't bring a dish to pass). Reservations requested via email to 997-7229. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Chef Patrick Kander at Wines on Main, Chelsea": Wines on Main.

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Chef Patrick Kander, executive chef Bon Appétit Management Company at Hillsdale College, will entertain and delight with his extraordinary culinary skills at Wines on Main.
He has crafted a "small plate" six-course menu that will be paired with "small farm" wines from Henry A. Fox Sales.
The menu begins with basil pesto and pancetta arancini tomato chutney; Charred radicchio and baby spinach salad with honey-roasted rainbow carrots, blistered tomatoes and a roasted shallot vinaigrette
The middle courses are cider brined spicy chicken, cheesy grits; Buttermilk blue cheese crostini, sun dried tomato relish and micro greens; Grilled Hanger steak, Michigan cherry sauce with crisp gnocchi
And the last course is triple chocolate crème brulee
Five delectable wines will be exquisitely paired to the six-course meal where the flavors will come together in a most wonderful way.
Kander's motto is simple food, made from scratch: a lifestyle with monetary and spiritual benefits.
Wines on Main, 110 N. Main Street, Chelsea. $80 includes tax & gratuity. 734 562 2264. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Sprout Love Game Night": Cancer Support Community.

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Join Sprout Love for a Game Night at Null Taphouse to raise money for the Sprout Love Financial Assistance fund for families facing cancer and for free support services at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.
Questions? Email
Null Taphouse, 2319 Bishop Circle E, Dexter. $40. [map]

 7 p.m. 

AFC Ann Arbor vs. Grand Rapids.

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The local professional soccer team plays this National Premier Soccer League Great Lakes West Conference rival for the 7th time. The June home schedule also includes league matches against Milwaukee Torrent (June 8), Kalamazoo FC (June 15), and FC Columbus (June 29), all 3 at 7 p.m. at Skyline High School (2552 N. Maple).
6 p.m., EMU Scicluna Field, 150 Westview (off Huron River Dr. just east of Hewitt), Ypsilanti. $8 (kids, $5) at and at the gate. Group discounts available. 408-1627. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Sprout Love Game Night: Sprout Love, Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor and Null Taphouse and Bottle House.

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Join Sprout Love for a Game Night at Null Taphouse to raise money for the Sprout Love Financial Assitance fund for families facing cancer and for free support services at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.
- Games include a euchre tournament (winning team gets a week-long stay at a Boyne Mountain resort condo), corn hole, darts, and shuffleboard.
- Ticket includes admission, entry into a euchre tournament (teams of two encouraged), food and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Craft beer will be available for purchase.
All ages welcome.
Tickets can be purchased at
Null Taphouse and Bottle Shop, 2319 Bishop Cir E, Dexter. $40. (734) 975-2500. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ribbon Bookmark": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for all grade 6-adult.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"All Childish Things": Roustabout Theatre Troupe.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., May 31-June 17 (except June 3 & 14). Joseph Zettelmaier directs local actors in his newly revised 2006 comedy about 4 Star Wars fans who scheme to heist a fortune in movie memorabilia.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Milan High School Performing Arts Center, 200 Big Red Dr., Milan. Tickets $26 (students, $15) in advance at & at the door. 681-0112. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Metaphysics and Emotional Intelligence": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room.

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Talk by Kalamazoo-based holistic practitioner Gary Weidman. Aug. 10 & 24 topic: "Belief can be either empowering or disempowering." Topic for Sept. 24 & 28: "It is impossible to be disconnected from Source."
7:30-9 p.m., 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"UMGASS Summer Show": University Of Michigan Gilbert And Sullivan Society.

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The University Of Michigan Gilbert And Sullivan Society is thrilled to present a triple bill of Eyes And No Eyes, Pretty Polly, and The Carp.
In Eyes And No Eyes, two brothers are engaged to two sisters (they don't care which) while a maid of twenty-eight years has been courting a wealthy farmer for the past thirty years. At the center of the plot is a magic cloak that is only visible to true lovers who never flirt -- or is it invisible?
In Pretty Polly, a parrot features prominently as Mr. Brown's attempts to woo Ms. Grey backfire in the most contrived of ways.
The Carp features a frustrated fisherman who must dissuade two people from plunging into his pond lest they frighten the fish he's been after for five years.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 Liberty Rd. Ann Arbor, MI, 48103. $12-$15. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Billy Ray Bauer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 8 & 9. This dynamic Detroit jokester uses a fine repertoire of voices and dialects to tell fresh, lively stories, often drawn from his experiences as the father of 4 boys. 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. 

Charlie Ballantine Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This jazz guitarist was named Indianapolis's "Best Jazz Musician of 2015" by NUVO Magazine. Tonight, he plays music from Life Is Brief: The Music of Bob Dylan, his collection of jazz instrumentals adapted from Dylan songs. "Ballantine's backwards-toned slide guitar serves as lead voice while the familiar verses sandwich a dreamy improv passage in between," writes an Elmore Magazine reviewer. "The basic accompaniment (drums and upright bass) is spiced up with a few dashes of organ, saxophone and a rare couple vocals in appropriate spots." With alto saxophonist (and Ballantine's fianceé) Amanda Gardier, bassist Jesse Wittman, and drummer Chris Parker.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20 in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

RFD Boys: The Ark.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have several recordings, including Live and Unrehearsed, a 1994 Ark performance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 at the door only. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Heathers: The Musical": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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June 7-10. Ron Baumanis directs local actors in Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy's darkly comic 2010 musical based on the 1989 cult film about a high school misfit who hustles her way into the popular group only to find it's not for her. A New York Times review calls it "skillfully sloppy fun" with a bubbly score and "sassy sendup lyrics." Stars Emily Courcy, Andrew Buckshaw, Amy VanDyke, Samantha Torres, Chloe Grisa, Zoe VanSlooten, Dominic Seipenko, and Hayden Reboulet.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $26 (seniors age 60 & over, $23; Thurs., $20; students, $14 on any day). 971-2228. [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 and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Summer Games": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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June 8, 15, 22, & 29. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs comedic improv games such as "Steal-a-Line," "Oscar Winning Moment," and others, as well as "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. The program begins with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Road. Free. No cover charge.. 734-994-8433. [map]

 9 p.m.-midnight 

"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., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]

 9:45 p.m. 

"The Gardener": Michigan Theater.

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(Sébastien Chabot, 2016). Documentary about influential gardener Frank Cabot's personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his 20-acre English-style garden in Quebec.
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]

 10:15 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)., 668-TIME.


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Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Dan Ackerman

Indie pop-folk by this Wych Elm singer-songwriter and guitarist. [venue info]

B-Side: Rosewood and Present Company

These 2 local teen bands, the 7-piece R&B ensemble Rosewood and the David Lynch-inspired indie rock trio Present Company, celebrate the release of new CDs on the Neutral Zone's Youth-Owned Records label. Opener: The Left Lanes, a local teen rock band. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Marcy Playground and Local H

Double bill of 2 veteran Midwestern alternative rock bands. Marcy Playground is from Minneapolis, and Local H from Chicago. $25. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "Ypsiarboroo."

With the Milan rock trio Midnight Crimson (10 p.m.), the Ypsilanti progressive blues-rock quartet Strange Flavors (11 p.m.), the Michigan alt-rock trio Liars & Thieves (midnight), and the Livonia futuristic electropop band East of Awake (1 a.m.). [venue info]

Club Above: "Mean Mug Music."

With techno and electronic dance music DJs UNKNWN and Morphics. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Stuart Benbow

Acoustic pop-folk originals and covers by this veteran local singer- songwriter and guitarist who grew up in Ontario. [venue info]

Dreamland Theater: Empool

Debut of the revival of this early 70s art-noise project by the veteran local duo of twin brother guitarists Larry and Ben Miller. They describe the music they plan to make as "art-psych improvisation bordering pure chaos as it builds and fades in and out of itself with little regard for common tonality and rhythm." [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: SpaceCat

Detroit-area pop dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Sonic Freeway

Versatile Detroit-area 6-piece dance band whose repertoire includes Motown and classic and country-rock. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Alex & Evan Alex & Evan

Local jazz guitar duo of Alex Anest and Evan Veasey. [venue info]


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