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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 16, 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., meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr., 996-8440. [map]


 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.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival.

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Monday, August 13, 2018 - Sunday, August 19, 2018
Artists converge on picturesque Dexter, Michigan to paint 'en plein air.'
Every summer since 2013, under the curious and watchful eye of the public, local and visiting artists paint for four days in and around Dexter.
The festival culminates with a three-day exhibit and art sale of all competition artwork in the Tent Gallery in Monument Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Activities include a friendly competition for professional and emerging artists, a quick-draw painting competition and artwork sale, entertainment, refreshments, adult and children painting workshops, and other fun activities announced on the Schedule of Events and Festival Overview on our website.
Monument Park
8558 Ann Arbor St
Dexter, MI 48130
Free
734-426-8303
paintdexter@gmail.com
http://www.paintdexter.org
Monument Park, 8558 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free. (734) 426 - 8303. paintdexter@gmail.com http://www.paintdexter.org [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 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Mouse in a Meadow": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads a hike for kids ages 2-4, accompanied by a caregiver.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 10:30-11:30am 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! Come for a great workout or supplement your aerial training with this all levels conditioning class, which focuses on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for. Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 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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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 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-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Closed July 4. 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 

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]


 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 & 4p.m. 

"Tea with the Fairies": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Crazy Wisdom staff dress up as magical fairies to sprinkle fairy dust and serve tea, petits fours, and cookies to kids and their families. Bring your own fairy wings and dolls.
1 & 4 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $11 (babies age 18 months & younger, free). Preregistration required at crazywisdom.net/fairie-teas.html. [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.


 3:15, 6:15, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Crazy Rich Asians": State Theatre.

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Rom-com about a native New Yorker who discovers that her longtime boyfriend is actually the scion of a wealthy family and one of Singapore's most eligible bachelors.
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.


 3:30, 6:30, & 9:45 p.m. 

"BlacKkKlansman": State Theatre.

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(Spike Lee, 2018). An African American cop manages to successfully infiltrate the local KKK chapter so well he becomes its leader.
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, & 9:30 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.


 4 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, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Generation Wealth": Michigan Theater.

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(Lauren Greenfield, 2018). Documentary investigating the human cost of capitalism, narcissism, and greed.
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 p.m.  Free! 

"Harry Potter Escape Room": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to hunt for themed clues and try to solve themed puzzles that lead to escape from the locked McKune Room in under 60 minutes. Also adult-only (Aug. 14 & 15, 6 p.m.) and teen-only (Aug. 15 & 16, 4 p.m.) versions.
4-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 4:15, 7, & 9:45 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]


 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

"Mixed Aerial Apparatus for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to explore the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Class is divided into two groups (ages 8-12 and 13-17) with an instructor leading each group. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. New students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to class
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 4:30, 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.


 5-11 p.m.  Free! 

12th Annual Nashbash: Kerrytown District Association.

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This mini country music festival is headlined by Annika Bennett, a 20-year-old Nashville pop-country singer-songwriter known for unusual melodies and lyrics. Barbecue, food trucks, and face painting. Openers: Joe Shields, a Grand Rapids cartoonist-turned-Americana singer-songwriter who was one of 6 winners at the prestigious 2016 Kerrville (Texas) New Folk competition, the classy Detroit neo-honky-tonk duo The Whiskey Charmers, the local country-folk quartet the Judy Banker Band, and the noir-flavored alt-country band Hoodang. The closing set is by Whit & Al Hill, the Nashville-based duo of former Ann Arborites--the multitalented performance artist and country-folk singer-songwriter Whit Hill and her husband, Al Hill, a veteran R&B and blues keyboardist and guitarist. Followed by an open mike afterglow at the Aut Bar (315 Braun Ct.).
5-11 p.m., Farmers Market. Free admission. 769-2999.


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thurs beginning Aug. 9. All invited to play popular board games (list available at theloadeddie.com). "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., BlÝm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). facebook.com/drinkblom. [map]


 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]



 5:30 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.


 5:45 p.m. 

"CXpreX": Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Aug. 16, 23, & 30 and Sept. 6. Training rides for those interested in cyclo-cross (CX) bicycle racing. CX races typically involve several laps on a short course of pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles that require the rider to dismount quickly and carry the bike while navigating obstructions. Raffles.
5:45 p.m., Hunt Park (Aug. 16 & 23), corner of Spring & Sunset, and Leslie Park (Aug. 30 & Sept. 6), Leslie Park Cir. off Dhu Varren. $20. Cxprex.blogspot.com.


 6 p.m. 

"After Dark - Marvel vs DC": Michigan Science Center.

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Join the Michigan Science Center for After Dark: Marvel vs DC
Engage in our Marvel vs DC discussion panel with panelists from Green Brain Comics, Wayne State Comic Collective, Vault of Midnight and Comique Con
Play Marvel and DC video games
Explore 250+ hands-on exhibits
Party with award-winning @DJSkeez313
Quench your thirst with our signature drink, Totally Awesome Hulk and cash bar
Learn more about your favorite comic book characters
And more
Tickets | $15 online (Members are $10) and includes one signature drink
*Costumes are welcome, but not required
Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R Street, Belleville. $15. Terrence.West@mi-sci.org. Terrence.West@mi-sci.org http://www.mi-sci.org/discover/after-dark/ [map]



 6-9 p.m. 

"Workshop: Intro to Digital Circuits: The Final Countdown": TinkerTech.

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Build your own action-movie countdown timer, complete with a mechanism for "defusing" the system. In this introductory workshop, you'll learn the basics of digital signals, logic gates, and electronic prototyping equipment. No prior experience with circuits is necessary.
Ages 14 to adult.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $45. 734-707-8019. kristy@tinkertech.io https://shop.tinkertech.io/collections/workshops/products/workshop-intro-to-digital-circuits-the-final-countdown [map]



 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Blood Cancer Support Group.

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Join others facing the unique challeges of living with blood cancer diagnosis in this monthly, drop-in support group. This professionally-facilitated group is open to any adult diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma.
Third Thursday of every month, 6 - 7:30 pm
Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, 2010 Hogback Road, Suite 3. Free. 734-975-2500. erin@cancersupportannarbor.org https://www.cancersupportannarbor.org/programs-and-activities/support-groups/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

"The Mountain": Spinning Dot Repertory Company.

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Aug. 16-19 & 24-26. Jenny Koppera and Tyler Calhoun direct local actors in Chelsea Woolley's new kid-friendly play about two 8-year-olds--a quiet Canadian boy and a spirited Arab girl--who meet on a Canadian playground. The play touches on themes of home, friendship, otherness, and trust. Appropriate for kids age 5 & up.
6 p.m. (Aug. 16 & 17), 10 a.m. (Aug. 18 & 25), 7 p.m. (Aug. 18, 24, & 25), & 2 p.m. (Aug. 19 & 26), Theatre Nova (Aug. 16 & 17 only), 410 W. Huron, & Riverside Arts Center (all other dates), 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $10 (kids, $5) suggested donation. 585-3134. [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! 

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., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [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! 

"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]


 6:45 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.


 6:45-7:45pm 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"WordFest 3": Bookbound.

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Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild member Lyn Davidge hosts a variety show with several local performers, including storyteller Beverly Black, poet Rebecca Biber, comic Steve Wilson, and others.
6:45 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at annarbor.nerdnite.com) who give fun yet informative talks, 18-21 minutes long, about things that interest them, everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla.

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7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Live, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m. 

25th Anniversary Musical: Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 15-19. Local kids present an original new musical by Kurt Waugh that tells the story of CCC's history. The score includes showtunes and pop tunes, from Pharrell's "Happy" to "What I Did for Love" from A Chorus Line and "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof. Note: Ticket prices tentative.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 18 benefit show that includes a catered reception & $15 (kids & seniors, $10) for all other dates in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [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.  Free! 

"Alien Virus Love Disaster": Literati Bookstore.

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Washington, D.C., writer Abbey Mei Otis discusses her new collection of short stories that throw characters into strange situations to explore dynamics of power, oppression, and grief. Writer Elizabeth McCracken praises Otis's "carbonated and astounding prose." Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Anything Goes Crafts": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Unstructured craft time with scrap felt and paper for grades preK-5.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 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! 

"Michigan Mystery Author Trio": Nicola's Books.

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Three writers discuss their new books. Pamela Gossiaux's Trusting the Cat Burglar is about a newlywed who discovers a dark secret about her husband's past while curating an exhibit of rare maps. Darci Hannah's Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies is about a baker who turns sleuth when the manager of her family's orchard is found dead, with all evidence pointing to the baker's father as the killer. Greg Jolly's Malice in a Very Small Town is about a woman bent on protecting her child when kids start disappearing in her neighborhood.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The (Workplace) Future Is Female: Advice to Young Women in Male-Dominated Fields": Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health.

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Panel discussion with software developer Charlotte Shreve, biomedical engineer Emma Kellenberg Callewaert, U-M med student Micaela Stevenson, and others TBA.
7 p.m., AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. info@moash.org.


 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion of From Canton Restaurant to Panda Express, Haiming Liu's 2015 history of Chinese food in the U.S.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 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. 

U-M Women's Soccer.

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Aug. 11: Air Force. Exhibition. 8 p.m.

Aug. 16: Boston University. 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 19: WMU. 2 p.m.

Aug. 23: Marquette. 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 26: Louisville. 2 p.m.

Sept. 7: CMU. 5 p.m.

Sept. 20: Wisconsin. 6 p.m.

Sept. 23: Minnesota. 2 p.m.

Oct. 5: OSU. 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: Penn State. Noon.

Oct. 18: Maryland. 7 p.m.

Oct. 21: MSU. 2 p.m.

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Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8. 764-0247. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Elvis '68 Comeback Special": Fathom Events.

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(Steve Binder, 1968). Screening of the 1968 TV special, with making-of footage.
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), 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. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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


 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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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. 

"The 3rd Annual Ark Community Sing with Matt Watroba.": The Ark.

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This veteran local folksinger and balladeer leads a community sing.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 (members, $5) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [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]


 9:10 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Luxotica Lounge Cabaret

Nationally touring burlesque show that blends striptease, circus sideshow acts, and live cabaret music. $10. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike.

All hip-hop artists invited. [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: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [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]

Rumpus Room: Harrington Brown

Local guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. [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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