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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 17, 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 or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival."

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Local and visiting artists independently paint outdoors throughout Dexter Aug. 13-15, followed by a 3-day exhibit and sale at Monument Park of the works they created. Also, art workshops for kids and adults (see Aug. 16: Spectators welcome at a "Quick Draw Competition" (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) among participating artists. Also, sale of festival work (2-9 p.m.), award ceremony (5 p.m.), and a meet-the-artists wine reception with live jazz and musical numbers by a brass quintet from the Dexter Community Orchestra (6:30-8:30 p.m.). Aug. 17: Tour of "Dexter Art Gardens" (10 a.m., meet at Monument Park), children's chalk art (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), live music by the Dexter Community Orchestra Chamber Quartet (4:30-6:30 p.m.), and an art sale (9 a.m.-9 p.m.). Aug. 18: Art sale (9 a.m.-2 p.m.).
9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat.), & 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sun.), Monument Park, Dexter. Free admission., 358-1744. [map]

 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
Monument Park, 8558 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free. (734) 426 - 8303. [map]

 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

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

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

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Senior Crafternoon": Saline District Library.

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Seniors invited to make wind chimes out of shells and metal rings (July 20) and personalized canvas totes (Aug. 17).
1-2:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required., 429-5450. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Solar S'Mores Oven": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades preK-5 invited make their own solar-powered oven from a lidded cardboard box, black paper, and aluminum foil. Materials provided. Also, a s'mores snack.
1-2 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Project for grades K-8. Materials provided, but bring your own, if you like.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Letterpress Academy: Printing with Wood Type": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades 3-8 invited to learn the basics of the earliest form of letterpress printing.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Film screenings for adults. Refreshments. July 20: Get On Up, Tate Taylor's 2014 James Brown biopic. Aug. 17: Marshall, the 2017 biopic about the young Thurgood Marshall.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff on hand to help fix things and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]

 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch The Secret Life of Pets, the 2016 animated comedy about a terrier whose life is upended when his owner takes in a stray. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 6-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Blues Festival: The Ann Arbor Blues Society.

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Aug. 17 & 18. Performances by many area and touring blues bands. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Headliners are compelling New York blues singer (and daughter of late blues guitar legend Johnny Copeland) Shemekia Copeland (Fri., 9:30 p.m.) and acclaimed Memphis-based Serbian blues and blues-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Ana Popovic (Sat., 9:30 p.m.)

Friday: Respected veteran electric bassist Benny Turner (8:15 p.m.), Austin-based roots-oriented singer-songwriter Carolyn Wonderland (7 p.m.,) and a trio led by former Muddy Waters guitarist and slide guitar virtuoso Bob Margolin (6 p.m.).

Saturday: acclaimed Detroit-bred and L.A.-based blues singer Janiva Magness (8 p.m.), Saginaw Chicago-style blues singer-guitarist Larry McCray (6:45 p.m.), veteran Austin-based Canadian blues singer-songwriter Sue Foley (5:30 p.m.), NYC blues guitarist Scott Sharrard (4:15 p.m.), Detroit blues guitarist Pete Anderson (3 p.m.), Greenwood (MS) electronic and Chicago-style blues singer-songwriter Nora Jean Bruso (2 p.m.), local countercultural icon (who now lives in New Orleans) John Sinclair and his blues-jazz ensemble the Blues Scholars (1 p.m.), and Marshall (MI) teen blues-rock guitarist Jake Kershaw (noon).

6-11 p.m. (Fri.) & noon-11 p.m. (Sat.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $40 (weekend pass, $75; VIP pass, $150) in advance at, 219-5960. [map]

 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., casual) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, all invited to play the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive & booster draft), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]

 6 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]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Beer & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly beers with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 6:30 p.m. 

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

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Music, games, activities, and more. Concessions. Followed at sundown by films. The July 20 event is in conjunction with a "Family Campout" (5 p.m.-10 a.m., $10 per tent in advance, $20 on the day, continental breakfast included). July 20: Coco, the 2017 animation about a boy who's accidentally transported to the land of the dead. Aug. 17: Ferdinand, the 2017 animation based on the classic children's book about a lovable bull.
6:30 p.m.-dusk, Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St. (west of Ann Arbor St.), Saline. Free. 429-3502.

 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]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Break": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession": Literati Bookstore.

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University of Memphis writing professor Alice Bolin discusses her new collection of essays on everything from Twin Peaks to Britney Spears to the podcast Serial, chronicling an obsession in American culture with women who are abused, killed, and disenfranchised, and whose bodies are used as props for men's stories. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"See Also Proof": Aunt Agatha's Book Club.

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Indiana mystery writer Larry Sweazy leads a discussion of the latest novel in his series featuring Marjorie Trumaine, a freelance indexer living in rural 1960s North Dakota. All invited.
7 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to discuss Danish actress Marie Tourell Søderberg's guide to creating cozy, relaxed environments. Hosted by Crazy Wisdom staff member Deb Flint.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Josh Wolf: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 17 & 18. A regular on Chelsea Lately, this L.A.-based comic is best known for his stories about trying to establish his career while also parenting 3 toddlers by himself after his girlfriend tells him that she no longer wants to be a mother. He published some of his anecdotes in his 2013 essay collection, It Takes Balls: Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions from an Unprepared Single Dad. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $15 reserved seating in advance & at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Judy Collins: The Ark.

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Legendary pop-folk chanteuse with a glorious silvery voice who has remained a star for some 5 decades because of her intelligent musicianship and her impeccable taste in material, which in her case encompasses folk, rock, and musical theater.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $50 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( & at, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Summer Games": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs comedic improv games such as "Steal-a-Line," "Oscar Winning Moment," and others, as well as "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. The program begins with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8., (989) 455-4484. [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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8:30-10:30 p.m. 

"Night Paddle": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to paddle around Gallup Pond under a full moon to observe birds and other animals as they prepare for their nocturnal lives. Bring a flashlight. Canoes, kayaks, and equipment provided.
8:30-10:30 p.m., meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). $15 per 1-person kayak; $20 per 2-person kayak/canoe. 769-6240. [map]

 9 p.m.-midnight 

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

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


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Brown

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

Banfield's: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band. 8 p.m.- midnight. [venue info]

Club Above: Earth Radio

Grand Rapids progressive soul quintet. Openers: Liquid Thickness, a local funk-rock septet, and Stormy Chromer, a local progressive jam-rock quartet 8 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Michelle Held and Josh Rose Michelle Held

Double bill. Held is a a Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter with a distinctively soulful vocal style, and Rose is a rootsy pop-folk singer- songwriter from the U.P. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Habitat Lounge: The Front Men

Detroit vintage-rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils photo by Mark Bialek

Self-styled "hill country outlaw swamp music" by this Detroit band led by Westwood, a versatile Detroit Music Award- winning singer-songwriter who formerly fronted the retro outlaw honky-tonk band Waycross Georgia Farmboys. The band's influences range from R.L. Burnside and the Drive-By Truckers to Loretta Lynn and Lucinda Williams. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: StickMan

Saline acoustic rock quo of singer-ukulele payer Jennifer Judge Hensel and bassist Mark Hensel. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Dave Boutette Dave Boutette & Kristi Davis

Veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist whose genial songs about the small ups and downs of ordinary life draw on a range of influences from Chuck Berry to Paul Westerberg. Tonight he performs with his wife, singer Kristi Davis, a former Radio City Rockette. [venue info]


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