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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 23, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Dressage Shows: Waterloo Hunt Club.

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


 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. (Sept., 9 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.-10 p.m. 

81st Annual Chelsea Community Fair: Chelsea Fairgrounds.

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Fair rides and concessions (Tues., 5-10 p.m., & Wed.-Sat., 3-10 p.m.) and a bingo tent, along with livestock shows, chainsaw wood-carving demos, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies, and "Nature's Creation of Life," an exhibit of calves, piglets, lambs, and chicks, some likely to be born during the fair. The fair officially kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Tues. with a Children's Parade for kids ages 3-12 on decorated bikes & wagons or on foot from the municipal lot behind Common Grill to the fairgrounds, and the Chelsea Fair Parade (begins at 1 p.m. on Sat.), heading west on E. Middle St. (at S. East St.) to Main St., then south on Main to Old US-12 to Old Manchester Rd. Also on Sat., at 12:45 p.m., "Run for the Rolls" ($15 by Aug. 22 & $20 after Aug. 23 at runfortherolls.com or by calling 475-0843), a 1-mile run/walk along the parade route to the fairgrounds, and, at 12:30 p.m., a 5K Race ($30 by Aug. 23, $35 after Aug. 22) that detours through the grounds of Chelsea Hospital, Silver Maples Retirement Center, and St. Mary Catholic Church before heading back to the parade route. Awards; overall and age division winners in the Run for the Rolls also receive a dozen Common Grill rolls. Complete schedule available at chelseafair.org.
8 a.m.-10 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, Old US-12 at Old Manchester Rd., Chelsea. $8 daily admission; $30 5-day pass (middle and high school students & seniors 65 & older, $20). Free admission for seniors age 65 & over on Thurs. $5 day pass for women on Fri. before noon. 323-7085 before fair; 475-1270 during fair week. Parents with questions about the children's parade, call Sam Vogel at 478-6272.


 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.


 10:30-11:30am 

"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. except Sept. 3. 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  Free! 

"Civil War Prisons & the Making of Confederate Nationalism, 1861-1900": U-M Clements Library.

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Talk by Clements research fellow Timothy Williams. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, Clements Library, 909 South University. Free. Reservations requested at myumi.ch/aGyjb. 764-5864. [map]


 Noon-1 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.


 12:30 p.m. 

Animal Presentation: Domino's Petting Farm.

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Farm staffers show and discuss their animals.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm Pole Barn, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (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]


 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, 6:45, & 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 & 7 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, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Cakemaker": Michigan Theater.

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(Ofir Raul Graizer, 2018). Drama about a German baker who goes to Jerusalem seeking out his dead lover's wife.
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 & 9:30 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.


 4 & 6:15 p.m. 

"Five Seasons: The Garden of Piet Oudolf": Michigan Theater.

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(Tom Piper, 2018). Documentary on the influential Dutch garden designer.
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]


 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 Mindfulness Class: Still Waters Counseling.

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Nourish yourselves with a practice of
mindfulness, every 4th Thursday of the month. Learn to engage in and practice mindful-awareness and self-compassion skills to manage every day challenges. Get support from fellows peers.
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. 

"Family Workshop: In the Loud Lab": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Local sci-fi writer David Erik Nelson shows how to make simple musical instruments using household objects. For families with kids age 6 & up.
5:30 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $15 (members, $10). Preregistration required at aahom.org/experience/event-calendar. 995-9439. [map]


 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.


 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Let's Talk about It: Race": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Story followed by discussion questions for families with kids in grades 1-6.
6-7 p.m., AADL Downtown (multipurpose room & Secret Lab), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Repair... Or Bust!": TinkerTech.

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Bring your electronic or electrical device that needs some TLC and we'll see if we can fix it for you.
Note: we won't be able to fix highly complex things like computers or cell phones. But we will take a look at lamps, toasters, some amplifiers, and other devices. Also, while we may repair your device, there's a chance we may bust it as well (thus the name). We make no guarantees, so don't bring anything you're not afraid to have more broken than it started.
While the event is free, there may be cost associated with components needed for repair.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-707-8019. kristy@tinkertech.io http://tinkertech.io/event/event-repair-or-bust-2/ [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre Tournament: Dexter Senior Center.

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All invited to play.
6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), DSC, 7220 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 in advance; $15 at the door. 426-7737. [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. 

"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.


 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]


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Chain Mail Bracelets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows adults and teens in grades 6 & up how to make a simple chain mail twist bracelet using links & pliers. Supplies provided.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 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]



 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! 

Julie Schumacher: Literati Bookstore.

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This University of Minnesota English professor reads from and discusses The Shakespeare Requirement, her new novel about a discontented English professor whose ex-wife is sleeping with the dean responsible for approving whatever modest initiatives he undertakes. Schumacher was the first woman to win the Thurber Prize for humor for her previous novel, Dear Committee Members. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 & 9 p.m. 

Randy Napoleon and Freddy Cole: Kerrytown Concert House.

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The younger brother of Nat "King" Cole, 86-year-old Freddy Cole is a renowned jazz singer-pianist known for what a People reviewer calls "a gorgeous autumnal baritone, expressive phrasing and pitch-perfect feel for jazz standards, pop tunes, and love ballads." He is accompanied by Ann Arbor native Napoleon, an MSU jazz guitar professor who has been playing and recording with Cole since 2007.
7 & 9 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets TBA in advance at a2tix.com/events/randy-napoleon-and-freddy-cole. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 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. 

"Straight Up Summer Fling": Ann Arbor Art Center.

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Show of works by local poster artist, illustrator, and comics artist Jeremy Wheeler. Also, live music by Wheeler and his wife, Mariah, and a screen printing activity.
7-10 p.m., Leon Speakers, 715 W. Ellsworth. Free. 994-8004. [map]


 7-9 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.


 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. 

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. 

"Disney's Newsies": Father Gabriel Richard High School Dramalums.

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Aug. 23-26. Anne Kolaczkowski-Magee directs recent Gabriel Richard grads in Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein's Broadway show based on the 1992 musical film, which was inspired by the New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899. The Tony-winning score includes "Seize the Day" and "King of New York." The Aug. 23 performance is preceded by an opening night gala (usually $100; reservations required at fgrhs.org).
7:30 p.m. (Aug. 23-25) & 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 26), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (kids, $10). 662-0496. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely: The Ark.

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Ad hoc duo of veteran Texas singer-songwriters. The founder of the seminal 80s cowpunk band Rank and File and No Depression magazine's 1990s Artist of the Decade, celebrated Austin-based roots-rock singer-songwriter Escovedo specializes in songs and ballads about moments of crisis and insight in ordinary lives, and his music is known for its blend of earthy emotional power and stylistic flexibility. "Musically, Alejandro Escovedo is in his own genre," says veteran Rolling Stone critic David Fricke. "[He's] a folk-blues classicist with a gritty, plaintive voice and an equal fondness for dirty boogie and spectral balladry." A member of the legendary Texas singer-songwriter trio the Flatlanders and a 2011 recipient of the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Ely has fashioned a passionate, rousing neo-honky-tonk music that blends a varied array of influences from Buddy Holly and Buck Owens to Dylan and the Stones. "He brings a genuine passion and soul to his performances in the studio, and his tales of outlaws and ramblers trying to make their way under the big sky of the Southwest are still resonant, intelligent, and down to earth," says All Music critic Mark Deming in a review of Ely's most recent CD, Satisfied at Last.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $30 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8-10 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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Every Thurs. 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. 

"Humble Boy": PTD Productions.

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Aug. 23-26 & 29-31 and Sept. 1. Laura Bird directs local actors in English playwright Charlotte Jones' freewheeling 2001 adaptation of Hamlet as a funny but touching dysfunctional family portrait. When a Cambridge astrophysicist returns home to his father's funeral, he discovers his mother being wooed by an oafish neighbor. Cast: Erich Bloch, Liz Greaves-Hoxsie, Amy Griffith, Mary Hopper, Rich Roselle, and Orion Silvertree.
8 p.m. (except. Aug. 26 & 29, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at a2tix.com/organizations/ptd-productions. 483-7345. [map]
 



 8 p.m. 

"RiffTrax Live: Krull": Fathom Events.

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Aug. 23 & 25. Live broadcast (Aug. 23) and rebroadcast (Aug. 25) of a "riffing" performance by former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, who aim their comic heckling at a screening of Peter Yates's 1983 sci-fi flick about a prince rescuing his bride from alien invaders. Note: The Aug. 25 screening is at Emagine only.
8 p.m. (Aug. 23) & 12:55 p.m. (Aug. 25), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Emagine Saline (1335 Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $12 (Quality 16) & $12.50 (Emagine) in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 316-5500 (Emagine).


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"shape // matter Movement Showcase"

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Aug. 23 & 24. Outdoor showcase of various dance styles by local dancers, including Pure Existence Dance Company, Megan Bascom, Amy Cova, Jenna Spinei, Natalia De Miguel Annoni, Sophia & El Kronox, Suttle Dance, and Move-MI.
8 p.m., Liberty Plaza, Liberty at Division. Free. (510) 910-1764.


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Trivia Night @ Detroit Street Filling Station": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Topics include Ann Arbor history, social movements, and food.
8-10 p.m., Detroit Street Filling Station, 300 Detroit St. Free (buy your own food & drink). 327-4200. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Willow Run": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., June 14-Sept. 1. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of local playwright Jeff Duncan's drama about 4 Rosie the Riveters working at the Willow Run bomber plant in WWII: an idealist who quits college for the war effort, an African American seeking to escape Jim Crow, a beautician whose husband is a pilot stationed in England, and an Appalachian native who wants a life without Kentucky coal mines. With original music by PRTC founder Jeff Daniels and his son, Ben. Cast: Michelle Mountain, Rhiannon Ragland, K. Edmonds, Lauren Knox, Angela Kay Miller, Caitlin Cavannaugh, David Bendena, and Brad Phillips.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 9 p.m. 

"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.


 9 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Slice

East Lansing pop dance quartet. [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: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [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]

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]

Ypsi Alehouse: McLaughlin's Alley

Detroit Irish-tinged pop-rock quintet fronted by sibling singer- songwriters Tina and Maureen Paraventi. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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