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Calendar of Events

Monday, August 6, 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]



 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Summer Camp - Gymnastics Theme": Champion Gymnastics.

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Champion Gymnastics offers a variety of week-long recreational summer camps.
Full days, half Days, full weeks or just a few days are all options for registration. Campers must be at least 4 years old, and a non-refundable $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Summer camps run from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday. Early drop off and late pick up are available for an additional fee.

Your child will experience a variety of challenging and creative
physical activities in a well-supervised, safe gymnastics environment.
Our energetic coaching staff is ready to play the summer away!
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Road. $45-$215. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/camps [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.

Call if temperatures are below 45 degrees.
9 a.m., meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 717-7567 , 663-5060.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 10:30-11:30 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.


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Nicola's Books.

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Stories about unicorns for preschoolers.
10:30 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]


 11-11:30 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.


 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-3 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. except Dec. 24 & 31. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"Paved Country Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18, 24, or 30 miles, either on hilly Schneider Rd. or the B2B trail (call for start point).
Noon, meet at 8213 Pine Cross Ln. or the B2B entrance on Jeffords (behind the Marathon gas station), Dexter. Free. 426-5116.


 12:30-4 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]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Clay Cacti Charms": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades 3-6 invited to make mini succulents out of modeling clay.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood & AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 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.


 4:15 & 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"RBG": Michigan Theater.

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(Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018). Documentary on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30 & 6:45 p.m. 

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

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(Morgan Neville, 2018). Documentary of children's television icon Mr. Rogers.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Local Meeting: Ann Arbor Rotary West.

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As a member club of Rotary International, we are evening club, comprised of professionals who share fellowship, friendship and collaboration of ideas to serve and give for the benefit of humanity.

We are open to the inspiration, passion, and gifts of our members with the goal to work together to find ways to serve other's above self.
All visitors welcome, please contact Catherine if you have more questions.
Absolute Title, 2875 W. Liberty Rd. Ann Arbor MI 48103. Free. cfranklin@absolutetitleinc.com https://portal.clubrunner.ca/8609/ [map]


 6 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]



 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Life Beyond Cancer Survivorship Group: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Designed for people who have completed their primary treatment for cancer, this group will address transitioning to life after treatment and finding the "new normal."
First Monday of the month, 6-7:30 pm. * July group will meet on the second Monday, 7/9
Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, 2010 Hogback Road, Suite 3. Free. 734-975-2500. https://www.cancersupportannarbor.org/programs-and-activities/support-groups/ [map]



 6:15 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. 

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]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice, and Sustainability": Michigan Friends Center.

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Martin Luther King claimed that whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly -- peace is not possible until we recognize how interrelated we are.
This six session discussion course helps participants to develop systems thinking skills in order to see those connections. We examine entrenched assumptions that reinforce unhealthy practices and systems. Together, we envision a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world, discover practical actions we can take toward that goal, and inspire each other to become leaders in our own spheres of influence.
Monday evenings June 25 - August 6 (no meeting July 2). This course is hosted by Michigan Friends Center and offered in partnership with the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.
Please register at https://seeingsystems2018.eventbrite.com or contact the Michigan Friends Center office (manager@mfcenter.org).
Michigan Friends Center, 500 Long Lake Boulevard, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. Sliding-scale fee of $30, $45, or $60 (as able) to cover book and other course costs; pre-registration required.. (734)475-1892. manager@mfcenter.org http//www.mfcenter.org [map]



 7 & 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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Craft Night: Saline District Library.

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Adults invited to make wind chimes out of shells and metal rings (July 9) and personalized canvas totes (Aug. 6). Materials provided.
7-8:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each week begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Aug. 6: "Family Secrets: What Mama Never Told Us." Aug. 13: "10 Minutes to Live: Now What?" Aug. 20: "Out of Anger: The Battle Between Self-Control and Out of Control." Aug. 27: "Unburdened: Letting Go of Guilt."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Organ Recital Series: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Every Mon. Organ recitals by Michigan musicians. Reception follows.

Aug. 6: First Congregational Church organist Timothy Huth and St. Francis organist Ted Emch.

Aug. 13: Hope Church (Holland) organist Rhonda Edgington.

Aug. 20: U-M organ student Joe Moss.

Aug. 27: Local organist Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra.
7 p.m., St. Francis, 2250 E. Stadium. Free. 769-2550. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Carillon Concert Series: U-M School of Music.

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Last in this series of family-friendly concerts by guest musicians. Today's performer: Local carillonneur Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra.
7 p.m., Lurie Tower, 1230 Murfin, Free. tiffng@umich.edu, facebook.com/umcarillon. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Carillon Series: Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra: Carillons at the University of Michigan.

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The University of Michigan presents its Summer Carillon Concert Series, featuring Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra. This is the last concert in the series of five. Concerts are family-friendly and free! The program will be posted in late June.
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Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra is a historic keyboardist. While concertizing and teaching for years on antique organs, harpsichords, and clavichords in North America and Europe, she became intrigued with the other historic keyboard-the carillon. Ruiter-Feenstra is intrigued with the public, powerful, peaceful potential the bells have to lift up the voices of global sisters and brothers that have been silenced historically and recently. As a 2017 recipient of Ronald Barnes Scholarship grant from the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, she interviewed individuals from African American, Jewish, Arab, Muslim, and Latina cultures.
Lurie Tower, 1230 Murfin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. msll@umich.edu facebook.com/umcarillon [map]



 7 p.m. 

"25th Annual Summer Sings": UMS Choral Union.

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All singers welcome to join this venerable local chorus and guest conductors for read-throughs of favorite choral works. Participants practice the more difficult parts of each night's piece and, after a break, sing it in its entirety, with regional professionals singing the solos. No auditions required; music provided. Refreshments. Tonight: Newly retired U-M director of choral activities Jerry Blackstone conducts Bach's Magnificat.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. $5 at the door only. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. 763-8997. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Showing and Telling": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss ways to create strong, catchy openings for novels, memoirs, and nonfiction stories. For all fiction & nonfiction writers grade 6-adult. Also, Kourvo & Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Aug. 20.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Faux Calligraphy": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff show all grade 6-adult how to make handwriting look like calligraphy by making the downstrokes thicker to mimic the look created by a pen nib.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Monday Night Civilized Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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A leisurely 12 or 18 mile ride to Dexter Dairy Queen and back.
7 p.m., meet at 610 Brierwood Ct. Free. 945-4133.


 7 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 fathomevents.com and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Wool Gathering": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Aug. 6, 14, 20, & 28. Grade 6-adult invited to bring their knitting & crochet projects and interact with fellow crafters. Other fiber-based artists welcome.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab (Aug. 6 & 20) and 3-5 p.m., AADL Westgate (Aug. 14 & 28). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stark Raving MADrigal Singers.

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June 6, 20, & 27; July 11, 19, & 25; Aug. 6, 13, 20, & 27. Singers of all abilities invited to join in singing madrigals and other Elizabethan part songs in a casual, sociable setting in a private home.
7:30 p.m., location TBA via srms2010@sbcglobal.net. Free. 973-3264, 994-3438.


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., west Dexter location TBA. $5. 395-7782, 426-0241.


 8 p.m. 

The Young Dubliners: The Ark.

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L.A.-based quintet of both Irish and American musicians that plays a brand of folk-rock that blends a strong Celtic strain with various contemporary rock and pop influences.
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]



 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 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.



 
 
 

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Habitat Lounge: Mechial White

Dexter ambient smooth jazz musician and DJ, aka The Groovematist. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Bickley/Kramer/Roe

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

 
 


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