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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 2, 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 a.m.  Free! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
8 a.m. (Sept., 9 a.m.), meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr., 996-8440. [map]


 9 a.m. 

Summer Camps: Washtenaw Christian Academy.

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WCA Summer Camps
We are excited to announce several summer camp options for the Summer of 2018. Our exceptional staff and camp counselors are excited to spend time with your kids and give them a fun and educational experience!
Welcome to Pre-School Camp
Ages 3-5
Week one: July 23-27
Week two: July 30-August 3
Times: 9am-12pm
Fee per week: $150 per child (sign up for one or both weeks)
This camp is the perfect opportunity to give your child a chance to experience and prepare for preschool. Each day has a different theme: Farm Animals, Under the Sea, Wacky Wednesday, Stuffed Animal Day, and Book Club Day. Your child will have a blast meeting new friends and experiencing everything preschool has to offer. Snack will be provided.
Washtenaw Christian Academy, Saline. $150. 734-429-7733. info@washtenawchristian.org www.washtenawchristian.org


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less-traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.


 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

Vacation Bible School: Fellowship Bible Church.

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Time Lab (Answers VBS)
Monday through Friday, July 30-August 3, 2018, 9:30am-12:00 noon.
Activities include a group meeting with pledges to the United States and Christian flags, songs, team competitions, a penny offering that is used to support the church's missionary program, and a Bible lesson; snack and game times, then a second group session with more songs, Bible drill, and a second Bible lesson. The morning closes with presentation of prizes and reminders for the upcoming days of VBS and for children to memorize their Bible verses to get even more prizes.
Friday's closing program is special because parents are invited to join in and see what happens and what the children have learned during the week. Parents can stay and watch on any of the days if they want.
Children ages 4 (by June 1, 2018) through 12 may attend Almost 4-year-olds may attend, but a parent or guardian must attend with the child to help supervise.
Fellowship Bible Church, 2775 Bedford Road. Free. 734-971-2837. info@fbcaa.org https://www.fbcaa.org [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

MOPS Ice Cream Social: MOPS of Grace Bible Church.

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Come join us for ice cream, games, crafts and learn more about MOPS. MOPS is a gathering of moms of tiny humans (0-6 years old) where moms can meet to share their hopes, fears, and insights. Older siblings are welcomed. Our first meeting for Fall 2018 will be on September 13th. We will meet twice a month on Thursday from 9:15am-11:30am. Our goal is to have a place for moms to be in support of each other!
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Rd. Free. ehumphrey1836@gmail.com [map]



 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 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.


 10:30 a.m. 

"School of Inner Cultivation and Healing": Sun Shen.

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Tai-Chi Master Sang Kim is teaching the SUN SHEN Internal Cultivation and Healing System in an intimate hands-on format. This System is an integrated approach which incorporates Spiritual Counseling, Tai-Chi and energy cultivation and healing to resolve physical, emotional and spiritual problems. Students have the opportunity to be professionally certified in this comprehensive, effective healing modality. More importantly, this class is designed to support life changing personal transformations. Students report more passion and peace from resolving issues in their schedules, relationships, and more. Weekly support from the community of students, and giving and receiving healing work provides an incubator for growth. The influence of this lineage Healing System is vast and deep. Course enrollment is offered on an ongoing basis. Course schedule: Thursdays 10:30-12:30pm and Fridays 3:15-5:30pm. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or pastorneuhau@sunshen.org for more information
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $300/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10:30 a.m. 

"Nature Fun: Cloudspotting": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kelsey Dehring explains different types of clouds to kids age 5 & up. Craft.
10:30 a.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. $6 entry fee. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Thrilling Thursdays": Chelsea District Library.

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Storytime and sensory play activities for ages 2-6.
10:30-11:15 a.m., Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Nov. 22, Dec. 27, Feb. 7, & Mar. 14. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Every Thurs. (except July 19), June 7-Aug. 30. Musical entertainment by local, area, & national performers.

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June 7: Moon Taxi. Nashville-based indie pop-rock band known for its high-energy live shows that skyrocketed to national prominence with its 2017 hit single "Two High." Opener: local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter Nadim Azzam.

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June 14: ZZ Ward. Dynamic young blues-rocker originally from Oregon whose recent album, The Storm, is "a record that nimbly walks the line dividing modern and retro rock-soul," according to an allmusic.com review. Opener: veteran sultry-voiced Detroit singer-songwriter Jill Jack.

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June 21: JD McPherson. Chicago-based straight-ahead rock 'n' roll trio led by McPherson, a singer-guitarist from Broken Arrow (OK). Opener: Young ethereal-voiced Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin.

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June 28: Mt. Joy. LA-based, Philadelphia-bred rootsy pop-folk band known for well-crafted and emotionally honest songs. Opener: the Kalamazoo rock band Michigander.

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July 5: Michigan Rattlers. Petoskey countrified rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter duo, currently based in L.A., that cites AC/DC, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, and Creedence Clearwater Revival as influences. Opener: Local country-inflected Americana singer-songwriter Misty Lyn.

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July 12: Sunflower Bean. Young alt/indie-rock trio from Brooklyn whose sophomore album, Twentytwo in Blue, is "the platonic ideal for 'lovable rock music for 2018,'" says Pitchfork. Opener: Lansing singer-songwriter Kate Peterson.

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July 26: The Accidentals. The wildly acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City folk trio of multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause. Opener: Local alt-country singer-songwriter Chris DuPont.

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Aug. 2: Anderson East. Southern soul and R&B by this Alabama singer-songwriter whom Rolling Stone describes as "evoking a twangier Ray LaMontagne or Amos Lee with notes of plaintive Ryan Adams." Opener: literate and soulful Chicago-based singer-songwriter (and B.B. King's nephew) Phillip-Michael Scales.

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Aug. 9: Bettye LaVette. Veteran Detroit R&B and blues-based soul singer with a tough, feisty, passionate vocal style. "Drawing on a canon of known rock and pop songs-including Dylan, Tom Waits, Sly & the Family Stone, The Pogues and Neil Young-LaVette deepens their meaning with a slow-burn commitment to the lyrical nuance and the emotional resonance in the melodies. Just when we're sure we know these songs, the gasoline-washed alto shows us how subtle the depths actually are," says Paste writer Holly Gleason. Her acclaimed new CD, Things Have Changed, is a collection of revelatory Dylan covers. Opener: local contemporary gospel singer-songwriter Antwaun Stanley.

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Aug. 16: Caitlyn Smith. This Nashville-based roots-pop singer-songwriter was named one of Rolling Stone's "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know" in 2016. After years writing hit songs for others, including "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," performed by Meghan Trainor with John Legend, this year Smith released a major-label solo album, Starfire. "Unlike some other songwriters for hire, she has a striking voice of her own: lean and taut, with an insistent quaver and a hint of a sob, with glimmers of both the girl-next-door naturalism of Sheryl Crow and the wayward attack of Sia," writes a New York Times reviewer. Opener: Erin Zindle, frontwoman of the local progressive country-rock band the Ragbirds, and guitarist TJ Zindle perform as The Zindles.

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Aug. 23: Absofacto. Performance by this local experimental pop singer-songwriter. Opener: Local singer-songwriter and Appleseed Collective fiddler Katie Lee.

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Aug. 30: Theo Katzman. Ann Arbor-bred, NYC-based soul-oriented funk-folk singer-songwriter best known as the former guitarist in My Dear Disco. Opener: Toledo folk-rock singer-songwriter Jacob Sigman.

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11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109.


 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

"Sonic Workshop": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Mon.-Fri. and Aug. 25 & 26. Interactive exhibit of large touchscreen displays for making digital music. Also, a chance to make a digital instrument using such items as Play-Doh, tinfoil, and pencils.
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 Noon-11 p.m. 

19th Annual Milan Bluegrass Festival.

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Four days of bluegrass music performed by leading regional and national performers.

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Aug. 1: Today's headliner is Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (9 p.m.), the celebrated Tennessee bluegrass band named IBMA vocal group of the year 7 times. Also, ICM 2018 bluegrass album of the year winner Dave Adkins Band (noon & 5 p.m.), the Akron traditional bluegrass group Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers (1 & 6 p.m.), and the Georgia-based duo The Little Roy & Lizzy Show (2 & 7 p.m.).

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Aug. 2: Today's headliner is North Carolina-based The Malpass Brothers (4 & 10 p.m.), a classic country-inspired duo discovered by the late Merle Haggard. Also, the eastern Kentucky traditional bluegrass band Hammertowne (noon & 6 p.m.), the North Carolina bluegrass gospel band Mountain Faith (1 & 7 p.m.), the Xenia (OH) traditional bluegrass & gospel quintet Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (2 & 8 p.m.), and the Florida traditional bluegrass quintet the Amanda Cook Band.

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Aug. 3: Today's headliners are the southern Minnesota bluegrass ensemble Becky Buller Band (3 & 9 p.m.), and Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (4 & 10 p.m.), a veteran neotraditionalist ensemble from northern Georgia fronted by lead vocalist and guitarist Moore that's a 7-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year. Also, the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band (noon & 6 p.m.), the hard-driving Marquette bluegrass quartet Chasin' Steel (1 & 7 p.m.), and the legendarily virtuosic Virginia-based Lonesome River Band (2 & 8 p.m.).

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Aug. 4: Today's headliners are former IBMA Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (3 & 9 p.m.) and 10-time IBMA winner Balsam Range (4 & 10 p.m.), the western North Carolina vocal bluegrass ensemble that Bluegrass Today says "provide[s] an encompassing tour of life in western North Carolina" with their "traditional bluegrass to soft Gospel styles, with some Texas-flavored swing and Earl Scruggs-inspired surprises." Also, the central Ohio traditional bluegrass sibling sextet Sugar Creek Bluegrass (noon & 6 p.m.), the Mississippi bluegrass band Breaking Grass (1 & 7 p.m.), and Michigan bluegrass band Detour Bluegrass (2 & 8 p.m.).

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Noon-11 p.m., KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Rd. (US-23 to Exit 25; southeast on Plank Rd.), Milan. Tickets $105 (for all 4 days) in advance by July 20, $120 at the gate for all 4 days. Daily passes are $35 in advance, $40 at the gate ($25 after 6 p.m. on Thurs.-Sat.). 2-day pass (Fri. & Sat.) is $65 & 3-day (Thurs., Fri., & Sat.) pass is $85 in advance, passes purchased at the gate are $5 more. Kids under 12 with parent, free. 439-1076. [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. except Dec. 24. 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-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Break": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Aug. 2, 9, 17, 23, & 30. All invited to bring a lunch and participate in a directed craft activity. Aug 2: Free Association Art. Aug. 9: Calming Collaging. Aug. 17: Colored Pencil Mandalas. Aug. 23: Torn Watercolor Landscape. Aug. 30: Inspiring Quote Art.
Noon-1 p.m. (except Aug. 17) & 7-8 p.m. (Aug. 17), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 12:30 p.m. 

Story Time: Domino's Petting Farm.

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Farm staffers read stories to kids ages 1-5, accompanied by a parent.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd. All events free with admission ($6; seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. A current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey. Vegetarian lunch ($3/person, $5 for nonseniors) available at noon.
1-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Womens Golf Club at University of Michigan: University Womens Golf Club.

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Please join us our Club. We golf every Tues and/or Thurs for either 9 or 18 hole golf! No upfront green fees! Email or Call for information on how to join us!
University of Michigan Blue Golf Course, 500 E Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $25. (734) 615-GOLF (615-4653). https://sites.google.com/view/umichuniversitywomensgolfclub/home [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Build a Scribble Bot": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-5 invited to learn about simple circuits, and build their own walking, twirling, scribbling robot.
1-2 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Paint Your Own Warhol": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades 1-6 invited to learn about Andy Warhol and then paint something in his style.
1-2 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Porg Puppets!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades preK-5 invited to make a finger puppet based on the popular big-eyed avian creatures featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
1-2 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.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.


 3:30, 6:45, & 9 p.m. 

"Eighth Grade": State Theatre.

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(Bo Burnham, 2018). An unflinchingly honest portrait of a teenage girl trying to get through the last week of middle school.
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.


 3:45, 6:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Blindspotting": State Theatre.

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(Carlos López Estrada, 2018). An interracial buddy comedy set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland, CA.
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.


 3:45, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot": State Theatre.

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(Gus Van Sant, 2018). Biopic about controversial Portland (OR) cartoonist John Callahan, who took up illustration after a car accident left him a paraplegic. Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara.
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.


 4, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Three Identical Strangers": State Theatre.

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(Tim Wardle, 2018). Documentary about three identical twins who rediscover each other after being separated at birth.
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.


 4 p.m. 

Domino Artist: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Young local domino artist Brady Dolan, aka bpdoles, knocks down a 25,000-piece domino project he's been working on for the last few days with other domino artists from the U.S. and Canada. Also, domino activities.
4 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with admission ($12.50; babies age 1 & under, free). 995-5439. [map]


 4 & 9:15 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.


 4:15, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Sorry to Bother You": State Theatre.

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Satirical magical realist film about a black telemarketer in Oakland, CA who discovers the ability to "powercall," which leads to material success and tension with his performance artist girlfriend.
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.


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Drop-In Yoga Classes: Still Waters Counseling.

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Enter the weekend with a slow-mindful flow of restorative Yoga postures and breathing. Learn to relax and release tensions from your body and mind. Get support in building a regular practice and individual tools to enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing.Yoga classes will be taught by therapist and yoga teacher, Mansi Brat, Ph.D, LPC, RYT. Yoga class will be held every 1st,2nd, & 3rd Thursday of the month. Classes are BYOM: Bring your own Mat!
Attire: It is recommended that
you dress in comfortable
clothing for these classes.
Still Waters Counseling, 137 Keveling Dr., Saline. Suggested Contribution $10. 734-944-3446. contact@still-waters-counseling.com www.still-waters-counseling.com [map]



 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Gravel Grinder": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads to various destinations. Bring a cross, mountain, or hybrid bike. Headlights & taillights necessary for early spring rides.
6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Kevin Devine & the Glen Levens Band live at the Beer Grotto: The Beer Grotto.

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Ann Arbor's rocking, roots/Celtic/rockabilly band Kevin & the Glen Levens returns to the Beer Grotto on Ashley at Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor for another evening of music and fun featuring ancient airs from the Emerald Isle to driving Americana originals from last week -- and some jazz standards, punk and country blues in for good measure! The band features: Kevin Devine on vocals, guitar and accordion; Dave McDaniel on guitar and vocals; Jerry Hancock on bass; and Brent Oeschger on percussion. No cover, blarney, just great tunes and refreshing beverages!
Beer Grotto, 303 South Ashley. Free. 734-369-4212. info@beergrotto.com www.beergrotto.com [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Needlepoint Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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All invited to bring needlepoint projects to work on.
6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon.-Wed., except Dec. 24 & 25. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 5700 Jackson (Tues.), and 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues.), 548-6299 (Wed.). [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Breadboard Electric Piano": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grade 9-adult invited to build an electric piano using the 555 Integrated Circuit, which can produce 6 different tones. Materials provided. No experience necessary.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Cornman Farms Seasonal Summer Dinner": Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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Cornman Farms chef Kieron Hales introduces his summer seasonal menu with an outdoor strolling dinner with paired cocktails.
6:30-9:30 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $75. Reservations required. 619-8100. [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]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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Every Thurs., June 7-Aug. 16. Musical entertainment on 11 stages downtown, as well as Three Generations Entertainment with balloons and other activities for kids. The weekly musical program also includes chalk art and (except July 26) an open mike stage. Also, street performers, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at dusk (beginning June 21) by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies at the Clocktower Commons.

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June 7: The Face Painting Robot, rock-n-roll singer-songwriter John Latini, the Manchester Cajun and Zydeco quartet Creole du Nord, local pop-folk singer-songwriter Mike Gentry, Napoleon blues-rock band TC & the Roadmasters, the blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock duo Cate Haberi & Delbert Walling, and the Ann Arbor alt-country band Corndaddy.

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June 14: Eric the Juggler, magic by Touch of Magic, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, Ypsilanti Americana folk-rock husband-wife duo Linen Ray, the Jackson pop-folk singer-songwriter Chey Halliwell, the local blues-flavor folk-rock swing quartet Dorkestra, Ypsilanti monster-themed country band Fangs and Twang, and Rotterdam (Netherlands) bluegrass band Red Herring.

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June 21: The Dangerous Dan Pirate Magic Show, the local Americana roots duo Potter's Field, family-friendly improv comedians ComedySportz, Plymouth acoustic roots trio Cold Tone Harvest, local teen singer-songwriters Chelsea Paddock and Sarah Grace Cattle, the Chelsea House Orchestra, jazz/blues ensemble Five Miles More, and local rock 'n' roll, Motown, blues, soul, R&B, progressive rock, and swing band the Cellar Cats. Followed by Despicable Me 3.

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June 28: Magician Magic Joe, the Aviary Aerial & Circus Arts, the local indie folk duo Beach Daisy, the Traverse City self-style "ethereal gypsy music" ensemble Dede & the Dreamers, the young East Tawas pop-folk singer-songwriter Amy Grace, the Detroit rock/blues/Motown trio Rock Jones, the South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, and the versatile local 15-piece big band Big Band Theory. Followed by Moana.

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July 5: Glitter tattoos by Inflate Your Party, the acoustic Chelsea Americana trio Mixed Nuts, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the Southeast Michigan/Northwest Ohio bluegrass/Americana quintet Fossil Creek Band, the local country-rock band Double Down, the Manchester Cajun and Zydeco quartet Creole du Nord, the tap duo 2x4, and young Detroit country singer Lisa Mary. Followed by Back to the Future.

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July 12: The Face Painting Robot, the Ferdale Americana rock duo Escaping Pavement, the Detroit roots/boogie pianist Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid, Ann Arbor Americana singer-songwriters Dave Boutette and Kristi Lynn Davis, the veteran Detroit postpunk rock band The Seatbelts, the Sterling Heights pop-rock singer-songwriter Robyn, and vintage music by the Washtenaw Community Concert Band Town Band. Followed by Wonder.

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July 19: Eric the Juggler, the King Family Band bluegrass ensemble, Toledo folk-rock singer-songwriter Jacob Sigman, the Detroit acoustic roots-rock and alt-country trio Bus Stop Poets, rock-n-roll singer-songwriter John Latini, Ann Arbor classic rock band Ransom Jones, Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Brandon Bonine, and a blues-rock band from the School of Rock Ann Arbor. Followed by Coco.

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July 26: Mime performance by Michael Lee Mime, animal magic show by Colors the Clown, jazz-inflected country-pop singer-songwriter Kayla Kendall, Detroit classic country band Otter River, Traverse City folk singer E Minor, the Ann Arbor Americana quartet Blue Lights Band, the Dexter blues-rock band The Martindales, and Hartland (MI) pop-rock singer-songwriter Trey Connor. Followed by Beauty and the Beast.

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Aug. 2: Eric the Juggler, Ann Arbor Americana singer-songwriters Dave Boutette and Kristi Lynn Davis, the country trio the Bowdish Brothers, the Johnny Cash tribute band Cash is King, young acoustic singer David Wee, blues-rock band CBK, the Plymouth jazz-fusion trio Doctor Pizza, and local woodwind classical trio Trio Dolce. Followed by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

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Aug. 9: Temporary tattoos at the Chelsea PTO Tattoo Parlor, young Detroit indy-pop singer-songwriter Grace Elizabeth Lee, the local Americana duo Athens Creek, the local blues-roots band Mo'Easy, the blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock duo Cate Haberi & Delbert Walling, Detroit R&B-soul group the Metro Soul Band, the local blues and blues-rock quintet The Bluesmatics, and the local rock and soul cover band Naked Ace. Followed by Spider Man: Homecoming.

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Aug. 16: A2 Magic, the acoustic blues and folk musician Ian Stewart, soul-inflected blues by the Blue Rays, the highly regarded Downriver bluegrass and hard-country band Bill Bynum & Co, the country-pop duo Sally & Ted, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band Shelter Dogs, and Detroit jazz group the Neal Anderson Quintet. Followed by Wonder Woman.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145, 474-9178. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Class: Sun Shen.

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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. 

"Forage for Mushrooms": Literati Bookstore Local Learning Series.

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Talk by Travis Blume, a local mushroom hunter who certifies the wild-foraged mushrooms at Argus Farm Stop.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. $10. Preregistration required at literatibookstore.com/local-learning-literati. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Frank Lloyd Wright Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow-paced ride, 15-18 miles, through North Campus, Barton Hills, and scenic roads north of town. Fat tires recommended.
7 p.m., meet at 2722 Georgetown Blvd. north off Plymouth Rd. Free. 663-5060, 717-7567.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World": Nicola's Books.

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Local physician Anthony DeBenedet discusses his new book that explores the effects and benefits of qualities such as imagination, humor, and wonder. Signing. DeBenedet is also at Literati Aug. 14 (see listing).
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7-9 p.m. 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs., June 14-Aug. 23. Downtown concerts by area bands. Kids activities. Outdoor seating available at some restaurants.

June 14: the popular and versatile Saline Big Band.

June 21: the Redford British Invasion cover quartet The Invasion.

June 28: Young Sterling Heights country singer-songwriter Lisa Mary.

July 5: Saline classic rock sextet Leverage.

July 12: the 10-piece Allendale Celtic music band CrossBow.

July 19: Jimmy Buffett tribute band Air Margaritaville.

July 26: the local funk-rock trio Pajamas.

Aug. 2: local rockabilly band The Memphis Thrillbillies.

Aug. 9: Double bill. Blues-oriented vocalist and guitar virtuoso Rollie Tussing and his Midwest Territory Band and Stella!, an all-star all-female Detroit-area roots-country quartet fronted by local singer-songwriter and guitarist Jo Serrapere.

Aug. 16: A pep rally at Henne Field begins at 5:30 p.m. with music by the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic.

Aug. 23: Hullabaloo, the veteran local 9-piece collective whose music draws on ska, jazz, funk, punk and Latin influences.

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7-9 p.m., downtown Saline (except Aug. 16, Henne Field). Free. 316-2119.


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Village of Manchester.

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Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain or shine. See facebook.com/ManchesterGazeboConcerts for updated schedule.

June 21: Warren & Flick. Local duo of double bassist Jacob V. Warren and multi- instrumentalist Grant Flick.

June 28: Harmonica wiz and multi-instrumentalist Peter "Madcat" Ruth performs with some of his musical friends.

July 5: Manchester Brass Band.

July 26: Detroit jazz guitarist Matt Callaway.

Aug. 2: Downriver bluegrass singer-songwriter and guitarist Bill Bynum.

Aug. 9: Manchester-bred New Orleans-based folk-roots singer-songwriter and fiddler-keyboardist Natalie Mae.

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7:30 p.m., Wurster Park gazebo (Main St. just west of M-52), Manchester. Free; donations appreciated. 428-7722.


 7:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Kit Homes of Ann Arbor: An Historical Tour": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Illustrated talk by Andrew & Wendy Mutch, owners of a 1926 Sears Hamilton located in Novi. They have identified many kit houses in Ann Arbor and are still looking for more.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Rachel Hollis: Made for More": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of a motivational talk for women by this writer and founder of the popular Chic Site blog. Q&A.
7:30 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine Saline (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $14-$15 in advance at fathomevents.com/events. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 7:30 p.m. 

"West Side Story": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., June 21-Aug. 12. This local professional theater company performs Arthur Laurents's spirited musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, set in New York and featuring the rival street gangs the Sharks and the Jets. The beloved Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score includes such favorites as "Maria," "Tonight," and "America."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. except Jan. 1. 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. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Equus": Ellipsis Theatre.

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Aug. 2-5. Local actors perform Peter Shaffer's portrait of a psychiatrist whose work with an alleged horse mutilator in a mental hospital leads to unsettling, shocking revelations. Cast: Angie Feak, Joanna Hastings, Forrest Hejkal, Michael Lee, Scott Screws, and Emily Watson-Tobin.
8 p.m. (2 p.m. Sun.), Community Farm of Ann Arbor, 1525 S. Fletcher, Chelsea. Suggested donation $20 cash only at the door. Limited seating; reservations at ellipsistheatreboxoffice@gmail.com. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Hairy Ape": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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Aug. 2-4. Isaac Ellis directs this local ensemble in Eugene O'Neill's 1922 expressionist drama about the dehumanization of the working class in the industrial age, featuring a strong, confident boilerman named Yank, who's played by a woman in this production. He experiences an identity crisis after a pretty young socialite thoughtlessly calls him a "filthy beast." Cast: Angela Dill, Maegan Murphy, Alison Alkire, Jennifer Oprisiu, Paul Popa, and Cydney Marie.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended via BTEreservations@gmail.com. 769-2999. [map]


 8 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]


 9 p.m.  Free! 

Tower Inn Trio- Live Jazz!.

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Come to Tower and listen to The Tower Inn Trio. Drink, eat, and listen to some live jazz! Ingrid Racine, voice & trumpet; Mark Pappas, keyboard; Scott Kretzer, drums
Tower Inn Cafe, 701 Cross St, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 487-4000. cmarsh15@emich.edu [map]




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Finkel

L.A.-based pop-soul duo, formerly known as Less Is More, of Michigan-bred husband-and-wife Jan & Brian Spencer. Openers: Jacob Sigman, a Toledo folk-rock singer-songwriter, and Saajtak, a Detroit-area electro-punk free-jazz improvisational quartet fronted by local singer-songwriter Alex Koi. $8 ($10 at the door). [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network."

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer-guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

 
 


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