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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 25, 2018

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 7:15 a.m. 

"Ugly Dog Triathlon: Swim, Gravel, Run": Epic Races.

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Triathlons of various lengths that involve biking on a gravel road. Also, duathlon, aquabike races, relay triathlons, and a paved-road "Pretty Dog" triathlon. Followed at 5 p.m. by awards, dinner, a distillery tour, and a complimentary drink for racers at Ugly Dog Distillery (218 S. Main, Chelsea). Medals for finishers, T-shirts, professional photos, and post-race snacks.
7:15 a.m. (registration begins at 5:45 a.m.), Portage Lake, 11500 Seymour Rd., Grass Lake. $90-$110 in advance by Aug. 23 at; $100-$125 on race weekend. 585-7101. [map]

 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital (2-6 p.m., hospital overflow parking area adjacent to the U-M Family Practice building, near the South Campus entrance off Old US-12), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.

 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.-9 p.m. 

"International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
8 a.m.-9 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]

 8:45 a.m.  Free! 

Democratic Ride: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Low-key 20-mile ride to Dexter and back for new and experienced riders. A group of more experienced riders may go 50-70 miles. You can also join the ride at 9 a.m. at Forsythe Middle School (1655 Newport).
8:45 a.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. 516-5840, 945-0613. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]

 9 a.m. 

5th Annual Golf Outing: Community Action Network Fundraiser.

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Four-person scramble with a shotgun start. (In a scramble format, each player hits every shot from the spot of the best ball of their foursome, so lousy golfers may embarrass but won't hurt their team.) Prizes. Continental breakfast & lunch.
9 a.m., Leslie Park Golf Course, 2120 Traver. Tickets $100 ($350 per foursome) in advance at 994-2985, ext. 113. [map]

 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

46th Annual Bonsai Show: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Aug. 25 & 26. Display of more than 100 bonsai grown by club members. Also, voting for a People's Choice Award, bonsai demos, expert advice, and a sale of bonsai materials and accessories.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Admission $3 (age 12 & under, free). Metered parking., 647-7600. [map]

 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 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
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 a.m.  Free! 

SCRAP Box Summer Garage Sale Round #2!: SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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We are STILL packed to the gills with inventory! We need your help!
10am-6pm Select fabric - $2/pound
Spend $5 10am-6pm - enter our SCRAP Box Membership Raffle
$5 Bulk Room fill a cooler special all day
Secret discounts throughout the store!
Join us as we clear out the wide range of stock we're sitting on. The day will be full of raffles, refreshments, a fabric by-the-pound sale and bulk room specials! Fuel your end of summer project creativity, and enjoy a fun day with us at SCRAP Box.
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. Free. 7349940012. [map]

 10 a.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. [map]

 10 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 


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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). [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Geology on Display at Fox Science Preserve": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Geologist Larry Bean leads a hike in an old gravel quarry to discuss glacial history and point out various rock types. Wear sturdy shoes.
10 a.m.-noon, Fox Science Preserve, off Peters Rd. (north off Miller), Scio Twp. Free. 971-6337.

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensory Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A "sensory friendly" event for kids ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities. Includes 20 minutes of interactive stories & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10 a.m. & 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]

 10:30 a.m. 

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]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 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]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. For kids ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m.-noon, UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

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

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

 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Carnival Themed Open House": Champion Gymnastics.

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Every August, Champion Gymnastics is happy to open our doors to our dedicated families and curious newcomers, alike! Join us this year on August 25th from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM to see what we're all about! Join us for:
Free face painting, balloons, bounce houses, obstacle courses, goodie bags, and more!
We will have food and beverages available for purchase benefiting the Big "E" Foundation.
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Rd. Free. 7342221810. [map]

 Noon-6 p.m. 

"Collaborative Meetup": TinkerTech.

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This is a 'lite' version of our hackathon event: same great collaborative taste, but less time filling. Instead of an all-day marathon, our collaborative meetup is a six-hour tinkering session, followed by dinner and socializing at one of our fine, downtown Ypsilanti eateries. Teams will be formed based on interest and complimentary ability, then we'll work like mad to create all the code, hardware, art, or music we can by the end of the day.
If you haven't had a chance to take our laser or 3D printer checkout classes, you'll have an opportunity to do so the day of the event (normal fees will apply).
This event is free for TinkerTech members.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $30. 734-707-8019. [map]

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Meet the Makers of Bee Lovely Botanicals": Vosenna.

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Bee Lovely Botanicals, a MI-based, family run bee farm that specializes in natural and wholesome honey and skin care products from the goodness of their naturally treated beehives will be at Vosenna, 2386 E. Stadium Blvd. on August 25th from 12 pm - 4 pm to discuss beekeeping, how they make their products, and to talk about what people can do to help sustain bee populations. Everyone is welcome to stop by any time they are here to talk about all things bees! What originally began as a hobby for them became a business where all their products are handmade in small batches using wholesome, natural ingredients, and they raise their bees naturally, treated with essential oils and plant extracts and no nasty chemicals in their hives! They will also have an observation hive so people can see what happens in a hive and what the queen looks like.
Vosenna, 2386 E. Stadium Blvd. Free. 734-929-4356. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 12:55 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 and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 316-5500 (Emagine).

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Release the Kracken - Ugly Jersey Bike Ride': Middy Matthews of the Arbor Move Team of Realtors.

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The first annual ugly jersey bike ride! Come sporting your ugliest outfit you can muster, heckle the other riders, make new friends and stick around for the party and give aways!
This gravel road ride will be about 20+ miles and will have a 10 mile shortcut for those who don't want to tackle that many miles. All inclusive, ride as fast or as slowly as you'd like. Gather afterwards at the Olson Park Shelter for prizes and crown the ugly jersey queen and king. Those who are up for it can then head to Repport Brew with us for a brew.
Rain Date to be set for the 26th.
Olson Park, 1551 Dhu Varren Rd, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105. Free. 734-239-3796. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Kangaroo!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the kangaroos Tulip and Maybelline (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, activities every half hour, cougar feeding (1:30 & 4:30 p.m.), and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, giant tortoises, kangaroos, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read & Look: In Egyptian Times": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Docent-led tour of Egyptian exhibits at the Kelsey Museum. The program begins with a reading of In Egyptian Times, Kate Davies and Alfredo Belli's picture book about a typical day in Ancient Egypt.
Kelsey, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 3, 6, 9, & 11:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

Keith Hafner's LifeSkills Training Course: Keith Hafner's Karate.

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This training course, led by local Martial Arts Grand Master Keith Hafner, provides attendees with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of successful living in the areas of relationships, health & fitness, time management and finances. Free to members of our community. Workshop will be held Saturday, August 25th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at "Keith Hafner's Karate" on Main Street. Participants must register online at
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. [map]

 3 & 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]

 3:15, 6:15, 9:15, & 11:45 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)., 668-TIME.

 3:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 3:45, 6:30, & 8:45 p.m. 

"The Miseducation of Cameron Post": State Theatre.

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(Desiree Akhavan, 2018). Drama, set in 1993, about a teenage girl forced into gay conversion therapy.
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)., 668-TIME.

 4-11 p.m. 

German Park Picnic.

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Old-fashioned German dinner served a la carte (approximately $8-$12) with wine, beer, pop, water, and coffee for sale. Dancing to German polkas and other European dance music by Jay Fox & the Bavarian Showtime Band, (July 28) and Enzian aus Detroit (Aug. 25).
4-11 p.m. (no admission after 9 p.m.), German Park, 5549 Pontiac Trail (7 miles north of Ann Arbor; look for the banners and signs marking the entrance). $5 (children 12 & under, free). No one under 21 admitted without parent or legal guardian. 769-0048 (weekdays). [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:15, 6:30, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Puzzle": Michigan Theater.

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(Marc Turtletaub, 2018). Drama about a suburban mom whose discovery of competitive jigsaw puzzling breaks her out of a humdrum existence.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5:45 p.m. 

"Eighth Grade": State Theatre.

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(Bo Burnham, 2018). An unflinchingly honest portrait of a teenage girl trying to get through the last week of middle school.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 6-8 p.m. 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Discussion & tastings of the 7 major varieties of cheese, with bread and other accompaniments.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [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]

 6:45 p.m. 

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

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

 7 & 9:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited to enjoy a family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments and lawn chairs; locally cut firewood appreciated. No pets. Gates open at 7 p.m.
7-10 p.m., LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. (1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free. 484-6565. [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
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. 

A Night of Stars with Tennessee Williams by Maxim Vinogradov: Slipstream Theatre Initiative.

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Join us for a tour of famous and infamous stars, led by a man admired by more stars than any other: the one and only Tennessee Williams! Appearances on the tour include Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, Truman Capote, Katharine Hepburn, and many more along the way. As in all good tours, the history becomes almost more realistic than the present as the ghosts from the past materialize as flesh and blood. Written by Wilde Award-winner Maxim Vinogradov, this script recently won the Hopwood Award in Drama, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's National Partners of the American Theater Playwriting Award as well as the Dennis McIntyre Prize. Asking if he lived the right life, Tennessee and his assistant guide the audience through the museum of his hazy mind, revisiting lovers, siblings, and stars upon stars. But what happens when Tennessee tries to change the events of his past? What aspects of our legacy do we try to suppress, and which do we try to showcase?
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron St. $20. 313.986.9156. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.


July 27 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and moonrise. $5.


Aug. 5 (10 a.m.-noon): "Summer Birding." Indoor talk on birding basics followed by a guided walk. Experienced birders welcome to join at 11 a.m. for the walk. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. For ages 10 & up. $8 lecture & walk ($4 for walk).


Aug. 18 (7:30 a.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr.): "Huron River Clean-Up." All invited to help clean up the Huron River by canoe. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch provided. Free.


Aug. 25 (8 p.m.): "Bats in the Night Sky." Indoor talk about bats followed by a trek outside to look for bats living in the park. $5.

Various times, park activity center (except as noted), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [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. 

"A Night of Stars with Tennessee Williams": Slipstream Theatre Initiative.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Aug. 4-26. Mandy Logsdon directs this Ferndale-based company in U-M senior Maxim Vinogradov's Hopwood-winning 2017 play featuring a boozily loquacious Tennessee Williams reminiscing about the stars he knew in 1950s Hollywood. Cast: Bailey Boudreau, Richard Payton, Luna Alexander, Jake B. Rydell, Jeannine Thompson, Sarah B. Stevens, Jackson Abohasira, Jan Cartwright, Grace Jolliffe, and Steve Xander Carson.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 & 7 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets are $20 in advance at and (if available) at the door. (313) 986-9156. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"From Swing to Surf": The Ark.

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Local guitar genius George Bedard hosts his 6th annual History of American Music show. He's joined by 2 other local roots-music icons, singer-guitarist Steve Nardella and pianist Mark "Mr. B." Braun. Their repertoire tonight ranges from blues and small-band swing through New Orleans R&B, along with such guitar instrumentals as Link Wray's "Rumble" and "Lockwood Jump," a tune Bedard composed for his and Nardella's seminal 70s roots-rock outfit, the Silvertones. With the other 2 members of Bedard's regular band the Kingpins, bassist Pat Prouty, and drummer Rich Dishman, and versatile local jazz-classical violinist Henrik Karapetyan on some of the surf tunes.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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 483-7345. [map]

 8:30 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)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Fern Whale

Meditative, soulful folk-rock by the Ypsilanti duo of Tom and Angela Sheppard. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Shacks

NYC neo-psychedelic pop-rock band, fronted by what NPR reviewer Oliver Wang calls the "silky and lambent" vocals is bassist Shannon Wise, the band draws artfully on a wide range of influences from 60s R&B to 90s dream-pop. $10. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Club Above: "Indie Rock Night."

With bands TBA. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Phil McMillion

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: Laura Rain & the Caesars Laura Rain & the Caesars

An intense fusion of funk, soul, and blues by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Rain. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: L'USA

Veteran Royal Oak dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

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

Mash: Rock Jones

Detroit roots rock, Motown, and blues quintet. [venue info]

Session Room: Adam Kahana

Local jazz guitarist, a member of the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Mary Ann Kirt

Pop-folk and indie rock originals by this local singer-guitarist [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: James Henes

Local acoustic rock singer-songwriter. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]


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