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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 20, 2018






 
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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, 10101 Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 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.


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. June 6: "Explore Outside!" June 13: "Animal Homes." June 20: "Campfires." June 27: "Shelter Exploration."
LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Next Chapter Book Club at Chelsea Senior Center: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss a different book each month. Copies available at the Senior Center. June 20: The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey's debut novel based on the Russian fairy tale about a childless couple who make a snow girl who comes to life. July & Aug.: TBA.
11 a.m.-noon, CSC, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-9242, 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  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.


 noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. except Sept. 3. 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  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]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. except July 4. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1 & 7 p.m. 

"Madama Butterfly": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of the acclaimed 2016 Metropolitan Opera production Puccini's classic opera about the relationship between a young Japanese geisha and an American naval officer who marries her with the intention of leaving her. Stars Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna. Italian, supertitles.
1 & 7 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $12 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital (2-6 p.m., hospital overflow parking area adjacent to the U-M Family Practice building, near the South Campus entrance off Old US-12), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Candy Science Experiments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-5 invited to do simple science experiments with supermarket candies.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Wild Wednesdays": Chelsea District Library.

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Different interactive activities for kids of various ages.

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June 20: "Alex Thomas and Friends." Puppet show.

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June 27: "Wildlife Safari." Animal-themed storytime with live animals. 2 & 3:30 p.m.

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July 11: "Intro to Theater." All ages 6-11 invited to work with members of the Michigan-based 4th Wall Theatre Company to create a show with singing, dancing, and acting. Parents and other adults are invited in for the last 10 minutes to watch the performance.

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July 18: "Supermarket Science." Veteran educational entertainer Doug Scheer presents a program blending science and humor. For ages 6-11.

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July 25: 3-D Printing. All ages 8-12 invited to design 3-D objects using TinkerCAD and Thingiverse 3-D, 2 3-D modeling programs.

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2-3 p.m. (unless noted), Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 3 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]


 3:45, 6:45, & 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4, 6:30, & 9 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, 7, & 9:30 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.


 4:15, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Seagull": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Mayer, 2018). Chekhov adaptation. Elisabeth Moss, Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening.
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 p.m. 

"Aerial Silks for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to focus on the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching.
New students will work 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 students MUST please register via the Aviary website before arriving to the studio
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 4:30, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Let the Sunshine In" (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur): Michigan Theater.

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(Clare Denis, 2018). Romantic film about a divorced Parisian artist (Juliette Binoche) searching for true love. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30, 7:15, & 10 p.m. 

"Beast": State Theatre.

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(Michael Pearce, 2018). Dramatic adaptation of the classic fairytale featuring an isolated young woman trying to escape her repressive family who finds herself drawn to an alluring outsider suspected of a series of brutal murders.
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.


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game, using an updated word list. Bring your own set, if you like.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084. [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: eVenti Verticali's Wanted (7:45 & 9:30 p.m.), an aerial theater show by Italian brothers Andrea and Luca Piallini, who play cops and robbers while hanging from harnesses against projected images on a giant outdoor screen. Music on the Acoustic Stage: The Ferndale Americana rock duo Escaping Pavement (5 p.m.) and local folk-rock singer-songwriter Mike Vial (6 p.m.). On the Rackham Stage: The Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Stef Chura (6:45 p.m.) and local progressive metal band Saatjak (8:30 p.m.). Also, an "Electronics Lab" (5:30 p.m. under the tent), with activities for adults age 21 & over. Followed at 10 p.m. by Minority Report, Steven Spielberg's 2002 sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise. 5 p.m.-midnight.
Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999.


 5:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Dinner Series: Indian Class": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Let's make dinner together! You'll create stuffed paratha (flatbread), Dal Makhani (curried lentils) and coconut rice pudding. We'll also demonstrate cooking basmati rice and chutney. Everything in this class is vegetarian. Go home with dinner for four!
Sign up here: https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/dinner-series-indian
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $100. 734-761-7255. https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/dinner-series-indian [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 41st year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
5:30 p.m. sharp,meet at B2B Trailhead at Mill Creek Park on Jeffords St. between Alpine & Forrest, Dexter. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bikes & Brew Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton and Macon.
5:30 p.m., Saline municipal parking lot, 104 S. Ann Arbor, Saline. Free. 747-1862. [map]


 5:45-6:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Aerial Sling": A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Sling (also known as aerial hammock), is a single loop of fabric hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This course is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of the Aerial Hammock. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - and gain a few bruises in unusual places…! 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]



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [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]


 6:30 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]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Be Red Cross Ready": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local Red Cross representatives show participants how to build a disaster preparedness kit.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Lyra (Aerial Hoop)": A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring, or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. Students will build the strength to mount and dismount the lyra unassisted, and gain mastery of fundamental lyra vocabulary, technique, and sequences. Each class also includes dynamic warm ups, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to target specific strength and mobility for aerial arts. 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]



 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Yin/Restorative Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Wednesdays from 7-8pm
In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow the muscles to relax and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. Class is heated around 80 degrees.
Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha
Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $18. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]


 7 p.m. 

Fun with Fiber ART!: Flipside Art Studio.

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The imagination can do amazing things when working with textiles, where fiber art techniques can be adapted from global traditions. Join us in this beginners class as we explore various types of materials to create all while you have fun expanding your skills with textiles. This is a 5 week class that runs every Wednesday from June 13 to July 18. No class on July 4.
Flipside Art Studio, 255 East Liberty Street. $150. marykay@flipsideartstudio.com. marykay@flipsideartstudio.com www.flipsideartstudio.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center Stage Strings Concerts.

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June 19, 20, 23, 26, & 29. Recitals by string students ages 13-24 and faculty (June 20 only) of this summer institute. The June 29 concert also features the acclaimed Calidore String Quartet. Programs TBA.
3:30 p.m. (June 19 & 26) & 7 p.m. (June 20, 23, & 29), U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 936-2660. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Your Vegan Kitchen: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Learn about the health benefits of a vegan lifestyle,
as well as important "whys" and easy "hows" to begin adding more whole-food, plant-based choices to your menu at home.
Chef and educator Vicki Brett-Gach will discuss how to select plant-based ingredients, make healthy substitutions, and build your vegan pantry. She'll also demonstrate a recipe or two to get you started.
Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Road. Free. skonen@ypsilibrary.org. skonen@ypsilibrary.org www.ypsilibrary.org/events [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bonsai Conifer": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Lecture-demo by nationally respected bonsai artist Bjorn Bjorholm.
7-9 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. aabonsaisociety@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Verdun Affair": Literati Bookstore.

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Detroit writer Mark Neyer reads from and discusses his new novel, an elegiac love story set in Europe on the aftermath of WWI and in 1950s L.A. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Sarah Lohman's Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Gerrymandering: An Update: League of Women Voters, Ann Arbor Area.

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Brews & Views
Voters Not Politicians will present an update on the ballot initiative to amend the Michigan constitution to create an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, including the background of the initiative, the status of the legal challenge, and plans for continuing work through election day in November. Q & A and group discussion will follow.
Pointless Brewery & Theater, 3014 Packard St. Free. 9894554484. pointlessbrew.com [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stark Raving MADrigal Singers.

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June 6, 20, & 27; July 11, 19, & 25; Aug. 6, 13, 20, & 27. Singers of all abilities invited to join in singing madrigals and other Elizabethan part songs in a casual, sociable setting in a private home.
7:30 p.m., location TBA via srms2010@sbcglobal.net. Free. 973-3264, 994-3438.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dolph Park, Ann Arbor's Other Birding Hotspot": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Talk by popular WAS speaker Don Chalfant, who recorded the 1st Washtenaw County sighting of the rare Kirtland's Warbler at Dolph Park a few years ago.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Gerrymandering: An Update": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Brews & Views.

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Voters Not Politicians representatives discuss the state ballot initiative to create a 13-member Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission made up of 4 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 5 independents. Q&A follows.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery, 3014 Packard. Free (buy your own food & beer). 834-7571. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. except July 4. All invited to join a discussion of Love & Its Meaning in the World, a collection of themed lectures by Steiner.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 8 p.m. 

David Ramirez: The Ark.

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Austin-based Americana folk-rock singer-songwriter with a resonant baritone voice whose latest CD, Fables, is an introspective collection of contemplative and confessional songs about his life's journey. All the shows on his current "Live Bootleg" tour are being recorded.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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. 

Sfyria Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Free jazz by this young Chicago-based ensemble of tenor saxophonist Sam Decker, bassist Charlie Kirchen, and drummer Matt Carroll.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


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"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.  Free! 

"Music in the Park": Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Series.

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Every Wed. June 20-July 25. A popular local outdoor summer tradition, the 82-year-old Civic Band is led by director Bob Gourley. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass. Lemonade and popcorn available.

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June 20: "Marches: Grand and Spirited." Includes the "Captain America March," "Funeral March of a Marionette," "Seventy-Six Trombones" from The Music Man, and some Sousa marches.

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June 27: "Memorable Songs." Includes "Over the Rainbow," "As Time Goes By," hits from by Gershwin and Cole Porter musicals, and songs popularized by Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys. 8 p.m.

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July 4: "American Celebration." Program of patriotic tunes.

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July 11: "Children's Concert." A program of music picked for kid appeal, including music from Moana and other Pixar and Disney favorites, along with the annual Teddy Bear Grand March (bring your bear).

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July 18: "Broadway on the Big Screen." Songs from My Fair Lady, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, and West Side Story.

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July 25: "Dance from Swing to Ballet." The season concludes with a variety of dance music, from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake to the Big Band classics of Glenn Miller & Benny Goodman.

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8 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Free. 429-5301.


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"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


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Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Location TBA at swingannarbor.com. $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Mark Lavengood

Multi-instrumentalist and singer- songwriter who's best known as a member of Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys. Opener: Fireside Collective, an Asheville (NC) progressive bluegrass quintet. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: Reeds 'n' Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Old Town: Heid/Krahnke/Spangler Trio

An entertaining mix of jazz styles from bebop and Latin-flavored tunes to spirited blues by this trio of Detroit-area veterans: pianist Bill Heid, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummer RJ Spangler. [venue info]

 
 


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