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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, July 10, 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 pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 8:15 a.m. 

"CVT": Better Living Fitness Center.

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This total body class is made to get your heart rate up while strengthening your muscles in an interval timed format. Perfect for all fitness levels!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness!: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"A2 Early Morning Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Pace & destination TBA.
9 a.m., meet at Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport Rd Free. 996-8440. [map]


 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10-11 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 (except July 4) 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.


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Playschool 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.(except July 4) 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 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.-1 p.m. 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 am.-noon  Free! 

"Free Summer Moms Group Preview!": Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Come check out what our summer moms group is all about. Meet other new moms and share the joys and challenges of parenthood in a supportive atmosphere. We'll discuss summer activities and fun for little ones, ages newborn to crawling. For our preview day, we will also bring all the supplies to make a fun summer sensory bottle that you and your child can use for years to come!
Our 6 week Summer Moms Group series begins the following week, and you are welcome to join the group at any time--we prorate for missed classes due to going back to work, or joining mid-session.
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium. Free. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except Nov. 20, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 5, & Mar. 12 Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Adults Tuesday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Tues. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($3), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar, followed at 1 p.m. by mah-jongg, quilting, and other games & activities. Homemade buffet luncheon ($3) available at noon. All invited.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Coloring for Adults": Saline District Library.

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All adults invited to color while listening to music. Supplies provided.
1-2:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Plate Flying Saucers"

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Craft activity for grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3:30, 6:30, 9:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Damsel": State Theatre.

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(David Zellner and Nathan Zellner, 2018). Quirky comedy about an affluent young man traveling to the western frontier in 1870 to get married, accompanied by a drunkard and a miniature horse. Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska.
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.


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center Stage Strings Concerts.

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July 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, & 13. Recitals by string students ages 13-24 and faculty (July 11 only) of this summer institute. Programs TBA.
3:30 p.m. (July 3 & 10) & 7 p.m. (July 6, 7, 11, & 13), U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall (except July 6 & 13, Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin), 1100 Baits. Free. 936-2660. [map]


 3:45 & 6:15 p.m. 

"Woman Walks Ahead": State Theatre.

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(Susanna White, 2017). Biopic about Catherine Weldon, an artist who traveled from NYC to the Dakota Territory to meet Sitting Bull. Jessica Chastain.
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 & 7:15 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.


 4-7 p.m. 

Cobblestone Farm Market.

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Every Tues. May 22-Oct. 23. With a variety of children's activities and/or musical entertainment from 5-7 p.m. each week. Also, live farm animals and tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and cabin. Sept. 4: Team Love. Versatile local acoustic trio. Sept. 11: Bohemian Ru'sters. Eclectic mix of folk, blues, rock, and country covers and originals by local musicians Ru Knoedler and Dave Williams. Sept. 18: Jerry, Sabina, and the Red Ukulele. Covers of 20th-century popular music. Sept. 25: Isosceles. Local vocal pop trio. Oct. 2 & 23: Chuck Swanagon. Local folk-rock and Americana guitarist. Oct. 9: Bohemian Ru'sters. Eclectic mix of folk, blues, rock, and country covers and originals by local musicians Ru Knoedler and Dave Williams. Oct. 16: Jerry, Sabina, and the Red Ukulele. Covers of 20th-century popular music.
4-7 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. 904-9621. [map]


 4:30 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]


 4:30, 6:45, & 9:45 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 5, 7:30, & 10 p.m. 

"Mountain": Michigan Theater.

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(Jennifer Peedom, 2018). Largely shot using drones, Go-Pros, and helicopters, this documentary chronicles the experiences of mountaineers, ice climbers, and others on mountains around the world.
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]


 5-10 p.m. 

74th Manchester Community Fair.

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July 10-14. Midway rides, carnival games, concessions, tractor pulls, an opening parade (July 10, 6:30 p.m.), a rodeo (July 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m.), a USA Demolition Derby (July 13, 7:30 p.m.), livestock shows, live music, and more. For complete schedule, see manchesterfair.org.
5-10 p.m. (July 10), 3-10 p.m. (July 11), 1:30-10 p.m. (July 12; rides open at 3 p.m.), & 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (July 13 & 14; rides open at 1 p.m.), Alumni Memorial Field, Vernon & Wolverine, Manchester. Admission (all prices tentative): $5 (Thurs.-Sat. after 4 p.m., $9; rides wristbands, $18; fair pass, $25; senior fair pass, $20). manchesterfair@yahoo.com, 428-8429. [map]


 5:45-6:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Aerial Sling": A2 Aviary.

  community member   < less a smiling student holds themselves aloft on a teal fabric hammock

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]



 6-7pm 

"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]


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6-9 p.m., call for location. Free, $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.

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A potluck (bring a dish to pass) and activities and speakers related to beekeeping.
6 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-0240.


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Knits & Crochets.

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All invited for informal socializing and to share tips while working on their projects.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room (if available), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. To confirm location, contact Mary Budzinski at marybudz@me.com or 846-3826. [map]


 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]


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Copper Wire Jewelry": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows all grade 6-adults how to make simple wire-wrapped jewelry using copper wire. Supplies provided.
2-5 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.


 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Tinker Night": Chelsea District Library.

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Families invited for hands-on activities, including playing with mini robots, doing finger knitting, and trying out Snap Circuits, kits for making simple working circuits.
6:30-7:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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]



 6:45-8:15 p.m. 

"Flavors of Emilia-Romagna" Dinner: Zingerman's Greyline.

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San Giacomo Vinegars (Reggio Emilia, Italy) owner Andrea Bezzecchi hosts a meal devoted to the food traditions of Northern Italy. The family-style dinner includes wines and non-alcoholic shrubs (sweetened vinegar-based syrups mixed into cocktails) from the region.
6:45-8:15 p.m., Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $50. Reservations required. 663-3400. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Class: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Practicing the Basic Tai-Chi Form

In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. Open to all age 18 & over. No partner needed. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd places.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden's award-winning futuristic novel about various threats to promising technological advances, from an AI uprising to a bloodthirsty ancient demigoddess.
7-9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]


 7 p.m. 

James Bond Film Series: Michigan Theater.

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July 1: "Dr. No" (Terence Young, 1962). James Bond's search for a missing colleague leads him to the island of the mysterious Dr. No and a scheme to end the U.S. space program. 1:30 p.m.

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July 3: "From Russia with Love" (Terence Young, 1964). Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy to retrieve a Soviet encryption device stolen by SPECTRE. 7 p.m.

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July 8: "Goldfinger" (Guy Hamilton, 1964). Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the gold at Fort Knox. 1st Bond film featuring the iconic Aston Martin and the vodka martini "shaken, not stirred." 1:30 p.m.

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July 10: "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (Peter Hunt, 1969). George Lazenby's only appearance as Secret Agent 007 also features Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas. 7 p.m.

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July 15: "Live and Let Die" (Guy Hamilton, 1973). Roger Moore's first outing as 007 also features Jane Seymour's movie debut as a psychic tarot card reader. 1:30 p.m.

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July 17: "Moonraker" (Lewis Gilbert, 1979). Bond investigates the theft of a space shuttle in an especially gadget-heavy franchise entry. 7 p.m.

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July 22: "The Living Daylights" (John Glen, 1987). The 1st Timothy Dalton Bond shows Bond's serious side as he prevents an arms dealer from starting WWIII. 1:30 p.m.

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July 24: "GoldenEye" (Martin Campbell, 1995). Pierce Brosnan's 1st Bond film features a young Famke Janssen as an assassin with deadly thighs and a phlegmatic Judi Dench as M. 7 p.m.

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July 29: "Casino Royale" (Martin Campbell, 2006). Daniel Craig's Bond marks a turn toward the emotionally intense and physically muscular. 1:30 p.m.

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July 31: "Skyfall" (Sam Mendes, 2012). MI6 comes under attack when one of M's past decisions comes back to haunt her. 7 p.m.

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Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Go-Tech Meeting: Maker Works.

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Join us for this self-proclaimed "geek show-and-tell." Makers present their creations!
We have people interested in a wide scope of topics and endeavors. Programming, robots, machining, welding, artistic creations, metal casting, anything being built. Pretty much anything someone is "Making" is welcome at a Go-Tech meeting.
Also, if you have a problem with your project ask for help and the brain trust of Go-Tech will amaze you with solutions to difficulties you haven't even explored yet. This is an open group. All are welcome and especially young makers are encouraged to bring in a project to show off.
Second Tuesday of each month at 7pm.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 7342224911. frontdesk@maker-works http://www.maker-works.com [map]



 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]


 7-8:15 p.m. 

Zen Buddhist Temple Summer Lecture Series.

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July 10, 17, & 24. A series of 3 talks by members. July 10: Peter Beyer, Robert Schoof, and Virginia Boyce on "The Wisdom of the Age." July 17: Theresa L'Esperance and Cara Talaska on "The Dharma of Raising Children." July 24: Brian Gentz and Kelly Davenport on "Dharma in the Workplace." All invited to join a discussion of the issues raised by the lecture series.
7-8:15 p.m., 1214 Packard. $5 suggested donation. 761-6520. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Bluegrass Jam": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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July 10 & 24. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass and bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. a2bluegrass.com, 794-6250. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Learn to Knit": Literati Bookstore Local Learning Series.

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Spun yarn shop co-owners Carol and Pete Sickman-Garner host a hands-on introduction to basic knitting skills.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. $15. Preregistration required at literatibookstore.com/local-learning-literati. 585-5567. [map]


 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Pub Sing": Ann Arbor Morris.

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Local Morris dancers lead an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs. Food & drinks available.
7-10 p.m., Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium. Free. (908) 721-2599. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Poisoned City": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Detroit freelance journalist Anna Clark discusses her new book on the Flint water crisis.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Reading Glasses Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by contemporary writers, including quirky fiction and strange but true nonfiction. Copies of the books available at the CDL.

Nov. 6: Everything I Never Told You, U-M grad Celeste Ng's award-winning debut novel about about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio.

Dec. 4: Selection of titles for 2019. Participants invited to bring a wrapped book for the annual White Elephant Book Exchange.

Jan. 8: Reading with Patrick, Michelle Kuo's memoir about her relationship, while teaching underprivileged students in Helena (AR), with a gifted student who was later jailed for murder.

Feb. & Mar.: TBA.
7:30-9 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, ste. 100, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Readers Group: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of Maridos, a 2007 collection of stories about love and marriage by Mexican writer Ángeles Mastretta.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 8 p.m. 

Doug Benson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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This LA-based comic, a finalist on season 5 of Last Comic Standing, is known for his reverence for fast food and vast powers of pot smoking, which he demonstrated in Super High Me, Michael Blieden's 2007 documentary that catalogs 30 days in the life of a pothead. He's also the voice of Bane in The Lego Batman Movie and the stoner guy in Bob's Burgers. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $22 reserved seating in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m. 

Mike Gentry and Mike Vial: The Ark.

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Double bill. Gentry is a local pop-folk singer-songwriter whom longtime Guitar Player editor Jas Obrecht praises as "brilliant at coffeehouse-approved acoustic music, blistering hard rock, and most styles in between," and Vial is a local folk-rock singer-songwriter. Gentry & Vial also perform some songs together.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 9 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]


 9:45 p.m. 

"The Catcher Was a Spy": Michigan Theater.

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(Ben Lewin, 2018). WWII biopic about Jewish MLB catcher Moe Berg, who was sent to spy in Nazi Germany.
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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Aut Bar: Jesse Kramer Trio

Jazz trio led by drummer Kramer. With guitarist Alex Anest and bassist Damon Warmack. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Rhyta Musik Rhyta Musik

Balkan dance party with this local 8-piece Balkan brass band whose music is sprinkled with New Orleans funk flavors. Preceded at 8 p.m. by dance lessons. 8:30 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Club Above: Open Mike

Sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m. No cover. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh- minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. He recently released his first CD in 18 years, Big Car Town, a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Malty Taskers Jug Band

Old-time music. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band. Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band.

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble led by saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]

 
 


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