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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, July 4, 2018






 
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 7:55 a.m. 

Firecracker 5K: Epic Races.

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5-km run through downtown. Also, an "Old Glory" division for those who wish to carry a flag throughout the race and a "Fourth & Franks" division with a pre-race hot-dog eating contest. Also, a 100-m Kids Dash open to kids age 10 & under and a 1-mile Fun Run. Awards. A portion of the proceeds benefits the U-M Addiction Center.
7:55 a.m. (registration begins at 6:30 a.m.), Fourth Ave. & Liberty. $44 (kids, $12; fun run, $31; Fourth & Franks, $49) by June 30 at epicraces.com; $50 (kids, $15; fun run, $35; Fourth & Franks, $57) July 1-4. 585-7101.


 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]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Annual 4th of July Parade: Ann Arbor Jaycees.

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Popular community celebration now in its 28th year. The lineup features floats, musical groups, local organizations, and others. The parade proceeds north on State, west on Liberty, south on Main, and east on William back to its starting point.
10 a.m., starts at William & S. State. Free. parade@a2jaycees.org, 531-9626.


 10 a.m. 

Quality 16 Morning Movies Summer Series.

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Screenings of animated movies, including Ferdinand (July 2-6), Captain Underpants (July 9-13), The Boss Baby (July 16-20), Smurfs: The Lost Village (July 23-27), and The Lego Batman Movie (July 30-Aug. 3).
Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. $1 (members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 10 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., Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.


 11 a.m. until (likely) 4 p.m. 

Annual 4th of July Chicken BBQ: Chelsea American Legion Post #31.

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With BBQ chicken, coleslaw, potato chips, baked beans, a roll, and dessert. Beverages available. A benefit for the American Legion.
11 a.m. until sold out (usually around 4 p.m., sometimes sooner), American Legion, 1700 Ridge Rd., off Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Chelsea. $10. 475-1964. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m. 

Independence Day Celebration: Cobblestone Farm Association.

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All invited for a 19th-century-style Independence Day celebration with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, period music, lawn games, and lemonade. Also, tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and cabin.
Noon-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). $2 (families, $5; kids & seniors, $1.50; children age 3 & under and members, free). 794-7120. [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]


 3:30 p.m. 

"First Reformed": Michigan Theater.

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


 4 p.m. 

"Lives Well Lived": Michigan Theater.

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(Sky Bergman, 2018). Documentary celebrating the wit and wisdom of 40 adults ages 75-100, who share their secrets and insights to a meaningful life.
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 p.m. 

The Capitol Steps: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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The Summer Festival's perennial July 4 tradition, this Washington, D.C.-based comedy troupe performs its trademark political and topical satire, fashioned by writing new lyrics, ranging from silly to bawdy, to familiar songs. Some of their new songs include "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea" and "Wake Me Up in Mar-a-Lago." The group also performs a few skits and "Lirty Dies" routines, a vaudeville-era comedic form that employs spoonerisms--the transposition of the initial letters of adjacent words--to create humorously garbled texts.
4 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $40-$55 in advance at tickets.a2sf.org/events/the-capitol-steps & by phone. 764-2538.


 4, 6:45 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat": State Theatre.

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(Sara Driver, 2018). Documentary on American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat focusing on his peers and artistic influences in NYC in the early 80s.
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.


 4:30, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Hearts Beat Loud": State Theatre.

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(Brett Haley, 2017). A single dad preparing to send his daughter to college encourages her to start a band with him. Nick Offerman.
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.


 4:30, 5, 7, 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?": State Theatre.

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(Morgan Neville, 2018). Documentary of children's television icon Mr. Rogers.
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.


 5:30 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]


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


 6:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"American Animals": State Theatre.

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(Bart Layton, 2018). True crime drama about 4 young men who plot to steal rare books and Audubon prints from a Kentucky university library.
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.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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


 6:30 p.m. 

"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]


 6:30 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]


 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.


 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Fireworks Display: Faith Baptist Church.

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Hot dogs, water, & soda pop available. Bring chairs or blankets, if you like. No coolers, no alcohol, no smoking, no drugs.
9-11 p.m., FBC, 4030 Kalmbach (off I-94 exit 156), Chelsea. Free. 433-1356. [map]


 9 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Aut Bar: Marsha Gayle & Debbie Fogel

Duo of veteran Detroit jazz & blues vocalists. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

 
 


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