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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 24, 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.


 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.


 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.  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]


 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]


 Noon-10 p.m.  Free! 

YpsiFest.

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Aug. 24-26. The rebranded Ypsilanti Heritage Festival features historical exhibits, live entertainment, kids activities, bounce houses, hot air balloon rides (6-9 p.m. at Frog Island each day & 6-9 a.m. on Sat.), food vendors, art & crafts sales, yoga (10 a.m. Sat. & 11:45 a.m. Sun.), the Magical History Tour Bus (Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.), a rubber duckie race (Sun., 5 p.m.), and more.
Noon-10 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission (nominal charge for some special events). Ypsilantiheritagefestival.com. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. except Sept. 3. 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]


 2 p.m. 

"Oak Wilt Workshop": Legacy Land Conservancy.

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Oak wilt has been showing up more frequently in our area and most of us are just starting to learn how to deal with it. Come learn from experts how to identify and treat oak wilt and hear an update from local practitioners on their oak wilt projects. Held in conjunction with The Stewardship Network and Professional Stewards Hikes. Register by August 21 at stewardship@legacylandconservancy.org or call 734-302-5263. Location shared upon registration.
Shared upon registration. 734-302-5263. stewardship@legacylandconservancy.org www.legacylandconservancy.org



 2 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Ypsi Fest: Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Corp.

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Come celebrate our 40th year. Ride a hot air balloon, have some great food, drink some craft and domestic beer, take in Ring of Steel shows, or children's movie night on Saturday, visit tons of vendors, or listen to one of our 24 music performances including YOUR GENERATION performing Friday night at 7. Lots of things to do every day. Don't miss it!!!!
Riverside Park, 1 E Cross, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-483-6071. Info@ypsifest.com www.ypsifest.com [map]



 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
2-3:30 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Sweet Treat Clay Charms": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood & AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 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). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Charity Euchre Tournament: Euchre Change a Life.

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Single-elimination tournament with a consolation bracket. Prizes. Food & drink available; bring a snack to share, if you wish. Quarters are collected each time a team gets euchred. Proceeds benefit Haitian children.
6 p.m. sharp (check-in begins at 5:15 p.m.), 242 Community Center, 648 S. Wagner. $10 donation. Preregistration required by June 17 at facebook.com/EuchreChangeALife. euchrechangealife@gmail.com. [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]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Wayzgoose & Printing Festival": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A celebration of the art and practice of printing by hand featuring a vendor fair, artist talks, and printing demos. Also, a self-guided walking tour to venues TBA with hands-on printing demos and exhibits. Opening artist reception (open to those 21 & older) is Friday, Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center (117 W. Liberty).
11 a.m.-5 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Every Friday (except Aug. 10 & 17), June 15-Aug. 31

June 15: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

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June 22: Three Men and a Tenor. This popular Michigan-based a cappella quartet mixes comedy and music in a program of original tunes and popular songs.

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June 29: Paul's Big Radio.Rootsy country-pop band led by local singer-songwriter Paul Lippens.

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July 6: Detroit melodic pop band The Hangabouts.

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July 13: Surf Zup. Vintage Ventures-style instrumental surf guitar band.

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July 20: All-female U-M student rock band Midnight Special.

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July 27: The Terraplanes. Local blues-rock band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack.

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Aug. 3: Detroit blues trio the Randy Brock Band.

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Aug. 24: Ann Arbor R&B band Men in Black.

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Aug. 31: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.


 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]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Heirloom Tomato & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Aug. 24 & 25. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several types of heirloom tomatoes paired with their 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]


 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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Aug. 18: Loyola-Chicago. Exhibition. 7 p.m.

Aug. 24: Tulsa. 7 p.m.

Aug. 27: South Florida. 7 p.m.

Aug. 31: University of California-Riverside. 7 p.m.

Sept. 3: Canisius. 1 p.m.

Sept. 7: WMU. 7 p.m.

Sept. 10: Marquette. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 21: Penn State. 7 p.m.

Sept. 25: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Oct. 7: Indiana. 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: Detroit. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16: Notre Dame. 6 p.m.

Oct. 28: Maryland. 4 p.m.

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Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Perfect Sense": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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(David Mackenzie, 2011). Sci-fi romance about a chef and a scientist who fall in love as an epidemic robs people of their sensory perception. Discussion follows.
7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.


 7 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]


 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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Screening of Monsters, Inc., the 2001 animated movie about the behind-the-scenes grind for monsters tasked with scaring children. Also, snuggles with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10 in advance at tinylions.org/mewvienights. 661-3575. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Metaphysics and Emotional Intelligence": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room.

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Talk by Kalamazoo-based holistic practitioner Gary Weidman. Aug. 10 & 24 topic: "Belief can be either empowering or disempowering." Topic for Sept. 24 & 28: "It is impossible to be disconnected from Source."
7:30-9 p.m., 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Cúig: The Ark.

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This quintet from northeastern England plays toe-tapping traditional Celtic music.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Ricarlo Flanagan: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 24 & 25. Local African American underground comic known for his biting takes on relationships, racial relations, workplace issues, and poverty. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission 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.  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. 

"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. info@pointlessbrew.com, (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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Night Under the Stars": Pittsfield Township.

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All invited to bring chairs and blankets to an outdoor screening of Disney's Coco. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by craft and activity stations for kids.
8:30 p.m., Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt. Free. Preregistration required by Aug. 20 at tinyurl.com/y8yktqxvor by calling 822-4959. [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.: Jory Avner

Chicago folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his story songs set to atmospheric soundscapes. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Delta Sleep

Brighton indie rock quartet. Openers: the local pop-rock quartet Fallow Land, the Saline post-emo math rock quartet Bad Television, and the Ypsilanti math rock trio. Parker Projection. $12 ($15 at the door). 9 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

DJ with an eclectic mix of music. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: The Echo & Sway The Echo & Sway

Punk-folk duo from central Pennsylvania whose influences range from Tom Waits and Tom Petty to Elvis Costello and the Violent Femmes. [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: Fusion

Top 40 dance band. [venue info]

Live: Jive Colossus

Local 9-piece ensemble with a killer horn section fronted by vocalist Shelly Catalan that plays Afro-Caribbean, funk, rock, and blues dance music. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Dan Orcutt

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose

An eclectic mix of genres from funk and blues-rock to hard country by this Westland quintet fronted by vocalist Carol Holmes. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Paul Rhodes

Acoustic jazz and classic rock by this local pianist. [venue info]

 
 


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