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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 7:30 a.m. 

Ann Arbor Triathlon: Epic Races.

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All invited to compete in triathlons of various lengths, a duathlon (running & biking), and an aquabike race. Also, relays. Awards. Followed by beer in a Wolverine State Brewing Company beer garden (age 21 & over only).
7:30 a.m., Halfmoon Lake Beach, Hankerd Rd., Dexter Twp. $81-$180 in advance at $11 annual vehicle entry fee. 585-7101.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Youth Sports Symposium": St. Joe's Sports Medicine.

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Discover what it takes to keep student athletes healthy and at the top of their game. Join our team of sports experts as they discuss ACL prevention, concussion, eating disorders, acute injury management, heat illness, nutrition, sleep, and more for student athletes.
Ideal for all Coaches (School Sports, Travel/Private Teams), Parents,
Athletic Trainers, PE Instructors, Middle and High School Athletic Directors. Event Time: 8 am-Noon. Continental breakfast provided.
Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 800-231-2211. [map]

 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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

 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.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga in the Park": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All invited. Bring a water bottle and mat (some mats available to borrow).
8 a.m., Henne Field, 200 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. 429-3502. [map]

 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Kiera's Hope Project- A Walk for Epilepsy": CDKL5 Research Collaborative.

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Come join us for a morning of food, family fun activities and a great raffle at Gallup Park to Walk and to raise funds to help end the terrible suffering of CDKL5 disorder. What is CDKL5? It's a severe seizure disorder, and we are raising awareness and funds for research. Can you imagine having 5 seizures a day, what about 10 or even 20? This is what children with severe epilepsy caused by CDKL5 endure. But we can make a difference in their lives. Will you join us? Your help is their hope!
Registration is FREE but DONATIONS are gratefully accepted. Registration in advance is required by going to
Check in/Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8:30 AM. The Walk will be at 9:30AM with distances for all abilities. Fun activities will be going on throughout the morning. Meet Kiera and see why "Hope is Rising" for these children.
Gallup Park, Fast Pavillion, 3000 Fuller Road. Free. Donation. [map]

 8:45 a.m.  Free! 

Democratic Ride: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Low-key 20-mile ride to Dexter and back for new and experienced riders. A group of more experienced riders may go 50-70 miles. You can also join the ride at 9 a.m. at Forsythe Middle School (1655 Newport).
8:45 a.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. 516-5840, 945-0613. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]

 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.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Dexter District Library.

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Sale of adult & children's books, DVDs, audiobooks, and more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free admission. 426-4477. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Aug. 4, 12, 18, & 26. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.


Aug. 4: Black Pond Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.) to help remove invasives like Japanese hedge parsley from this oak-hickory forest.


Aug. 12: Swift Run Marsh (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Eddy St. off Verle Ave. from Platt) to pull invasives from this favorite birding spot.


Aug. 18: Olson Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail) to pull invasives and improve the habitat for the park's butterfly species.


Aug. 18: Dhu Varren Woods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the intersection of Birchwood Dr. & Dhu Varren) to remove invasive plants from this 13-acre woodland.


Aug. 26: Furstenberg Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to help pull non-native plants and maintain the oak savanna and prairie along the river.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 10 a.m. 

DIY Kastle Synthesizer Workshop: TinkerTech.

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Synthesis - /ˈsinTHəsəs/: the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole. Become a musical alchemist by creating your own synthesizer. Forge simple signals and waves in your electronic cauldron to create techno gold.
This workshop will include an introduction to the principles of synthesis, build time for creating your synthesizer, plus guided experimentation and oscilloscope analysis of your synthesized sounds.
If you register for our drum synthesizer workshop at the same time and use the discount code SYNTH at checkout, you can save $15.
Workshop Details:
The workshop is 5 hours, but is conducted as a morning and afternoon session with a 1 hour break for lunch, so make sure you're available all the way from 10am till 4pm. Ages 14 and up are welcome.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $160. 734-707-8019. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Manchester Street Festival: Run Manchester.

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Following the "Run Manchester" 5- and 10-km races (morning time TBA), this daylong festival features a vintage car show, a farmers market, bed races, a craft show, a kids bike race, duck races, an antique tractor show, a walking tour of historic homes, a "Kids Korner," live music, and more. Food and beer available.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., downtown Manchester. Free admission.

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga on the Lawn": Chelsea District Library/Chelsea Wellness Center.

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Every Sat., June 16-Aug. 18. All adults invited to joining yoga session; weather permitting. Bring your own yoga mat; arrive early to sign in.
10-11 a.m., CDL library lawn, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

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]

 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

"Great Lakes VegBash"

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Showcase of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food by area restaurants, caterers, and food trucks. Live music, kids entertainment, a bounce house, a beer tent, workshops, free recipes to take home.
11 a.m.-8 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $10 (kids age 12 & under, free) in advance at; $12 at the gate. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Books, Crafts, and Cats!": Crafty Cat Rescue/Think Outside the Books.

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Readings by fiction writers Jessi Gage (romance), J.D. Barker (thriller), and J.A. Thomas (romantic mysteries). Also, a silent auction of signed books, used book sale, and cat-themed crafts. Kids invited to read to adoptable cats. Snacks. Fundraiser for Crafty Cat Rescue, a no-kill shelter.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Think Outside the Books, 2547 Ellsworth, Ypsilanti. Free admission. 680-2418 or [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Magnetic Airplane Clothespin": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in preK & K invited to make a simple biplane magnet out of a clothespin and popsicle sticks.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.

 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.


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.).


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.


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.).


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.).

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]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Sailor Moon Supers": Fathom Events.

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Screenings of 2 movies based on this popular anime series. Shown in both dubbed (Aug. 4) and subtitled (Aug. 6) versions.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine Saline (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Kangaroo!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the kangaroos Tulip and Maybelline (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, activities every half hour, cougar feeding (1:30 & 4:30 p.m.), and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, giant tortoises, kangaroos, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Gummi Bear Engineering": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades 3-8 invited to build whatever they want with gummi bears and simple building materials.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown (multipurpose room & Secret Lab), 343 S. Fifth Ave., and AADL Malletts Creek (3090 E. Eisenhower). Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Luminosity": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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cience demonstrations and experiments that explore how energy and electricity transform into light.
1 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum revolving around themes of "'Ugly' Objects" (Aug. 4), "Greek Mythology in Art & Artifact" (Aug. 11), and "Sculpture Speaks" (Aug. 18). Also, a kid-friendly tour (Aug. 25).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2-4 p.m. 

"Splash Days": Ann Arbor Parks & Rec.

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A family-oriented afternoon of pool games and contests. Prizes.

Aug. 4: Buhr Park, 2751 Packard.

Aug. 11: Fuller Park, 1519 Fuller Rd.
2-4 p.m., various locations (see listing). $5 (youth age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234.

 2 & 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 769-2999. [map]

 2 & 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 and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Aug. 4 & 18. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3-4 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]

 3 & 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 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)., 668-TIME.

 3:45, 6:30, & 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)., 668-TIME.

 4, 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)., 668-TIME.

 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Tempest": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Beverly Jenkins' new romance novel set in the Old West.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 4:15 & 7 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:15 & 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30 & 7:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5-9 p.m. (canceled) 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Aug. 4 & 18. Dances have been canceled for August.
5-9 p.m., outdoor location TBA. $10 (members, $5).

 7-10 p.m. 

Bob Sweet Quartet.

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Bob Sweet Quartet features:
Tim Flood bass
Andrew Bishop saxophones
Max Bowen guitar
Bob Sweet drums
Food and drink available for purchase.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. $10. (734) 663-1202. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]

 7 & 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)., 668-TIME.

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]

 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Glen Morningstar calls to music by Aunt Lu & the Oakland County Allstars. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 646-4835, 274-0773. [map]

 8 p.m. 

A Night of Stars with Tennessee Williams by Maxim Vinogradov: Slipstream Theatre Initiative.

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Join us for a tour of famous and infamous stars, led by a man admired by more stars than any other: the one and only Tennessee Williams! Appearances on the tour include Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Truman Capote, Katharine Hepburn, and many more along the way. As in all good tours, the history becomes almost more realistic than the present as the ghosts from the past materialize as flesh and blood. Written by Wilde Award-winner Maxim Vinogradov, this script recently won the Hopwood Award in Drama, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's National Partners of the American Theater Playwriting Award as well as the Dennis McIntyre Prize. Asking if he lived the right life, Tennessee and his assistant guide the audience through the museum of his hazy mind, revisiting lovers, siblings, and stars upon stars. But what happens when Tennessee tries to change the events of his past? What aspects of our legacy do we try to suppress, and which do we try to showcase?
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron St. $20. 313.986.9156. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Hawktail: The Ark.

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Young progressive bluegrass quartet featuring former Crooked Still fiddler Brittany Haas, Punch Brothers bassist Paul Kowert, former David Rawlings Machine guitarist Jordan Tuce, and mandolinist Dominick Leslie.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, 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. 

"A Night of Stars with Tennessee Williams": Slipstream Theatre Initiative.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Aug. 4-26. Mandy Logsdon directs this Ferndale-based company in U-M senior Maxim Vinogradov's Hopwood-winning 2017 play featuring a boozily loquacious Tennessee Williams reminiscing about the stars he knew in 1950s Hollywood. Cast: Bailey Boudreau, Richard Payton, Luna Alexander, Jake B. Rydell, Jeannine Thompson, Sarah B. Stevens, Jackson Abohasira, Jan Cartwright, Grace Jolliffe, and Steve Xander Carson.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 & 7 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets are $20 in advance at and (if available) at the door. (313) 986-9156. [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 [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

"Coco": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Dive-In Movie.

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All invited to float in Mack Pool for a family-oriented screening of the 2017 Disney film about a boy accidentally transported to the land of the dead. Bring an inner tube, if you like.
8:30 p.m., Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $5 (youth age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6237. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

"Going Batty!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kids age 7-12 invited for a hike at dusk to search for bats using sonar to listen for them.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. $6 entry fee. Preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Aug. 4 & 18. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8). [map]

 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)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Dacia Bridges

German R&B-flavored pop-rock singer-songwriter who's currently a Kalamazoo Valley CC student. With accompanists TBA. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "Slam Jam '18."

Headliner is Black Note Graffiti, a local progressive metal and alt-rock quintet. Openers: the popular local soul-inflected hip- hop singer and rapper Nickie P., local hip-hop MC Duke Newcomb, the local sludge-metal stoner trio Wizard Union, the popular local hip-hop collective Tree City, and the local doom metal/stoner rock instrumental ensemble King under the Mountain. $10- $13. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Robin Monterosso

Note: Rescheduled from Aug. 3. Twangy Americana with blues and soul flavors by this Metro Detroit singer-songwriter who at age 47 recently released her first CD, What I Didn't Say. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Mash: The Invasion The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Mash: Zander Michigan

The stage name of Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Zander Melidis. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: K Michael Joseph

Local singer-songwriter whose music is an acoustic blend of electropop, nu jazz, and ambient music. Also, an eclectic mix of covers. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Bob Sweet Quartet

Bob Sweet Quartet features: Tim Flood bass, Andrew Bishop saxophones, Max Bowen guitar, and Bob Sweet drums. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]


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