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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 3, 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.-5 p.m. 

Dressage Shows: Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Competitive equine ballet by skilled horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Bring your own lawn chairs; no pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free admission. (908) 326-1155, 426-2088.


 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.-4 p.m. 

USEA Horse Trials: Cobblestone Farms.

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Aug. 3-5. Horses and riders from 10 different states compete in dressage (Fri. & Sat.), cross country riding (Sat.), and stadium jumping (Sun.). This event typically includes performances by some former Olympians. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farms, 5601 Zeeb Rd., Dexter. Free. 369-2633. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 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]


 10-10:30 a.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.


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tue. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11:30 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 

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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Polymer Clay Hedgehogs": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades K-5 invited to make hedgehogs with modeling clay.
1-2 p.m., AADL Pittsfield & AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 p.m. 

Family Campout: Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Aug. 3-5 & 10-12. Families invited to bring tents, sleeping bags, and lawn chairs for this overnight campout that includes fishing, crafts, hiking, stargazing, a bonfire, marshmallow roasting, and more. Pancake breakfast available ($1).
2 p.m. until Saturday or Sunday morning, Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek, Ypsilanti. $7 per person camping fee ($10 for 2 nights). $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required. millerjs@washtenaw.org; 484-9676, ext. 203. [map]


 2 p.m. 

Rolling Hills Family Campout #1: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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This sell-out event is sure to have your family making amazing memories with an overnight adventure in the park. Participants have the option for a 1 or 2 night stay. This event features activities including fishing, crafts, hiking, stargazing, and a campfire with s'mores. Top off the event with a Sunday morning pancake breakfast.
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $7/person (1 night stay), $10/person (2 night stay), $1/person for the Pancake Breakfast. 734-484-9676. millerjs@washtenaw.org https://mi-washtenawcounty.civicplus.com/881/Rolling-Hills-Family-Campouts [map]


 3:30, 6:45, & 9:45 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, & 9:30 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, 6:30, & 9:15 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.


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:15 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.


 4:15 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. 

"The King": Michigan Theater.

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(Eugene Jarecki, 2018). Documentary using the rise and fall of Elvis as a cautionary tale for the U.S.
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]


 5-8 p.m. 

"First Friday at the Farm": Domino's Petting Farm.

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The petting farm is open late tonight with food trucks, kids activities, and games.
5-8 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Ypsilanti First Fridays: Soldering Bonanza!": TinkerTech.

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Learn to solder during First Fridays. A quick, hands-on project with a vibrant LED appropriate for those ages 8 and up.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-707-8019. michael@tinkertech.io http://tinkertech.io/event/ypsilanti-first-fridays-soldering-bonanza/ [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.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive & booster draft), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Reading Finale: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited for a program featuring a Drummunity drum circle. Participants can try out a variety of hand drums and percussion instruments. Grand prize winners announced at 1:30 p.m. Also, on Aug. 3, from 6-8 p.m., a teen after hours finale party for those who complete the summer reading program.
Noon-1:30 p.m., CDL lawn, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Every Friday (except Aug. 10 & 17), June 15-Aug. 31

June 15: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

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June 22: Three Men and a Tenor. This popular Michigan-based a cappella quartet mixes comedy and music in a program of original tunes and popular songs.

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June 29: Paul's Big Radio.Rootsy country-pop band led by local singer-songwriter Paul Lippens.

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July 6: Detroit melodic pop band The Hangabouts.

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July 13: Surf Zup. Vintage Ventures-style instrumental surf guitar band.

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July 20: All-female U-M student rock band Midnight Special.

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July 27: The Terraplanes. Local blues-rock band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack.

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Aug. 3: Detroit blues trio the Randy Brock Band.

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Aug. 24: Ann Arbor R&B band Men in Black.

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Aug. 31: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cardio Drumming in the Park": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to join a group workout. Bring a water bottle and your own ball and sticks if you have them (some equipment available to borrow).
6:30 p.m., Tefft Park behind the Rec Center, 1866 Woodland, Saline. Free. 429-3502. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"The Best in American Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery retail manager Tessie Ives-Wilson discusses and offers taste samples of this year's American Cheese Society Award winners. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 7 & 9 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.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Control of Nature": Literati Bookstore Eco Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by local poet Alison Swan, of John McPhee's 1990 book about human struggles against nature.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free; preregistration requested at literatibookstore.com. 585-5567. [map]


 7:15 & 9:30 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.


 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 p.m. 

Lori McKenna: The Ark.

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Acclaimed roots-pop singer-songwriter from Stoughton (MA) is a working-class mother of 4 who jokingly calls herself a "laundry diva." "Another of her allures is a startlingly deep, resonant, and cracklingly emotional singing voice. Where so many singers today go for the ethereal upper reaches, McKenna built her voice from the bottom up. She imagines it came, as her song ideas do, from singing while working around the house," says Boston Globe reviewer Scott Alarik. "That real-life aesthetic informs even her most introspective and impressionistic songs, delivering palpably honest emotion on a visceral level." Opener: Whitney Fennimore, a Tulsa-bred pop-rock singer-songwriter.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Mark Sweeney: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 3 & 4. A frequent performer on cable TV, this Chicago native is a very funny monologist known for his fresh, sharp observational humor about various aspects of contemporary life and culture. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $13 reserved seating in advance, $15 general admission 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 & 10 p.m. 

"Summer Games": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs comedic improv games such as "Steal-a-Line," "Oscar Winning Moment," and others, as well as "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. The program begins with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [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. 

Ann Arbor Pride: Jim Toy Community Center.

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Aug. 3-5. This annual LGBT pride celebration kicks off with a pre-party at Necto with a performance by raunchy Chicago rapper and singer Cupcakke ($25), the stage name of Elizabeth Eden Harris. Saturday is highlighted by a street festival with a kid zone, a "Drag Revue" (3 & 7 p.m.), and a performance by San Diego singer Brian Justin Crum (8 p.m., cost TBA), a contestant on season 11 of America's Got Talent. The festival wraps up with a Pride Picnic at Wheeler Park on Sunday.
9 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Braun Ct. & Kerrytown. Free admission. 695-7137. [map]


 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]


 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

"Planet Viewing Party": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to take advantage of Mars' unusual closeness to Earth to view its polar cap, as well as Saturn's rings. Also, local software engineer Jennifer German, a NASA Solar Ambassador, talks about the Mars Rovers' missions. Best viewing: 10 p.m. Rain/cloud date: Aug. 4.
9-11 p.m., AADL Pittsfield (park in the Ice Cube parking lot; telescopes are set up in the AADL parking lot). Free. 327-4200. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Smoking Popes

Chicago punk-rock quartet. Openers: The Purps, an Ithaca (MI) punk-rock quartet, and Bathroom of the Future, a Detroit-area pop-punk band. $12 ($15 at the door). [venue info]

Café Verde: Marco & Asim

Local folk-rock ensemble led by singer-guitarist Marco Bruschtein and bassist Asim Khan. With percussionist Keith Poncher. [venue info]

Club Above: "Indie Rock Night."

With bands TBA. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Beverly Meyer Beverly Meyer

Singer-songwriter with a rich, soulful voice whose emotionally engaging songs draw on blues, jazz, folk, and pop idioms. Note: Rescheduled from Aug. 4. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Killer Flamingos Killer Flamingos

Rock 'n' roll covers and originals by this popular veteran band from Dearborn. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday."

With Unkle Lay Lee's Moonshine All-Stars An eclectic mix of music in various genres by this Milan strings & more quintet. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: PBR Band

Local rock band. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: 4Peace4 4Peace4

Postbop jazz by this ensemble led by local guitarist Carl Michel. With vocalist Chris McCall, saxophonist Paul VornHagen, and bassist Keith Malinowski. [venue info]

 
 


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