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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 25, 2019






 
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 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., Wednesday Farmers Market (2-6 p.m., in the Chelsea State Bank parking lot, 1010 S. Main), with 18 local vendors.
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. [map]


 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Birds and Botany Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike through a wooded preserve and along a small stream to the edge of a buttonbush swamp.
8-10 a.m., Goodrich Preserve, 3685 N. Dixboro. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 8:45 a.m.  Free! 

Group Ride: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Dexter and Chelsea for those with some experinece. 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! 

"A Portrait of Ann Arbor - Leon Makielski (1885-1974) Retrospective Showcase & Sale": Schmidt's Antiques.

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Schmidt's Antiques is pleased to announce a public presentation and sale of works by area artist Leon Makielski (1885-1974) entitled "A Portrait of Ann Arbor"
The public sale and exhibition will continue each Saturday through the month of May, or by appointment.
The selection includes over fifty works, directly from the family, many never before offered for sale. Featuring Midwestern landscapes and cityscapes, showcasing numerous images of Ann Arbor, as well as portraits, including his notable depiction of bridge builder Ralph Modjeski, and perhaps one of his most famous portraits, Mrs. Penelope Peterson. Schmidt's is proud to represent the heirs of this eminent American artist with such close ties to the great state of Michigan and the Ann Arbor area.
Please visit our website below for more information.
https://www.michiganartgallery.com/leon-makielski-exhibition.html
Schmidt's Antiques, 5138 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 7344342660. info@schmidtsantiques.com https://www.michiganartgallery.com/leon-makielski-exhibition.html [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.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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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!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. We will focus 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.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! 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 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Garden: Pottery inspired by nature": Yourist Studio Gallery.

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We've assembled a garden of earthy delights for our In the Garden show and sale running from May 3-June 30.
To welcome spring we've filled our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden.
It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find memorable gifts. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com [map]



 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Cancelled--Military Memorabilia Display: VFW Graf-O'Hara Post 423 Open House and Military Memorabilia Display.

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May 24-27. This event has been cancelled.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., VFW Post 423, 3230 S. Wagner Rd. Free. (517) 740-2199. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Spring Meditation Retreat: Ann Arbor Open Meditation, Open Meditation Saline, and Ypsilanti Open Meditation.

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Join us for a day of mindful ease and simplicity. We'll practice sitting, walking, and mindful movement meditation. Includes a vegetarian lunch.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd, Chelsea. $40. 734-276-7707. grotrian@wccnet.edu [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Grow Up Great!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Preschoolers (with caregiver) invited to play dress up at a photo station and do other hands-on activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. All events free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. & 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Daily, except July 4. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

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The Sky Tonight (1:30 & 2:30 p.m., Mon.-Sun., 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Thurs., 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Larry Cat in Space (3:30 p.m. daily) is the animated tale of a cat who stows away on a trip to the moon.

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Dynamic Earth (10:30 a.m. Sat.) traces a trail of energy from the Sun through the Earth's atmosphere and into the biosphere.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. 764-0478. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- Blackstone Bookstore": Black Men Read.

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The BMR Kids Club is back at Black Stone Bookstore!! We are hosting our children's story hour on the fourth Saturday, every other month, at 11am, stop by Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center in Ypsilanti, MI with your K-5 grade youth for our Kids Club!
BMR (Black Men Read) is an homage to the history of the storytelling among African people. We have gathered a group of committed men who are available to read to children in school and at area bookstores. Black Men Read is a bridge- a tool for community connection between our beloved children and the pillars of our communites. All families are invited and encouraged to attend
Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center, 214 Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. bmrprogram@gmail.com [map]


 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Dive Deep Into Self-Expression": InterPlay Southeast Michigan.

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Explore yourself, your life, and the joy of creative expression, using InterPlay's powerful combination of movement, sound, spoken word, stillness, contact, and self-reflection.
Free your body and your voice, deepen the connection with your creative self, bring breath and ease back into your life, and build awareness of the wisdom of your body, all while cultivating meaningful community connection.
InterPlay is something that anybody can do-no experience is necessary. The focus is on exploration, authenticity, and enjoyable personal and group expression-all you need is a willingness to engage. Expect to laugh, savor and relax & be surprised by what you can do!
Come join us for a joyful, creative, and transformative experience!
For more info, see the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/InterPlaySEMichigan/
or the Meetup group at: www.meetup.com/InterPlayAnnArbor/
Friends Meeting House - Sanctuary / Meeting Room, 1420 Hill Street. Donation. $15-$30. 231-774-6146. Leeriver@umich.edu [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. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demos. "Fantastic Fluids" (11 a.m.) explores the basics of fluid dynamics. Participants learn how wind creates waves and test the surface tension of different liquids. The cow's eye dissection (3 p.m.) explores how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes. For ages 5+.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos led by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (Sat. & Sun. times TBA) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display.
3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Bushcraft Workshop": Fjallraven Ann Arbor.

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Come by Fjällräven Ann Arbor located at 213 S. Main St. on Saturday May 18th and May 25th from 12:00pm-6:00pm to see some hands-on bushcraft activities with Kevin Dean of Tawodi Nature School.
Fjallraven Ann Arbor, 213 South Main Street. Free. 7345855628. annarborretail@fjallraven.us https://www.facebook.com/fjallravenannarbor/photos/a.418522471957171/585701685239248/?type=3&theater [map]



 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

11th Annual Classic Car Show: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Show of more than 80 classic, sporty, unusual, and rare cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Lunch available. Rain or shine.
Noon-3 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free; small fee to show a car. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]


 Noon 

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]


 1 p.m. 

"One Small Change: Cultivating Self-Compassion & Kindness in Everyday Life": BeingHOME, LLC.

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One Small Change: Cultivating Self-Compassion and Kindness in Everyday Life is a 7-session workshop being held at The Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tearoom in Downtown Ann Arbor. Two workshops are available - Tuesdays from 2-3:45pm starting May 7th or Saturdays from 1-2:45pm starting May 25th. This series focuses on a gentle approach to making small, important health & wellness changes in our daily lives. Change works better when we are kind to ourselves, and that is exactly what the workshop addresses. The workshop is once a week over approximately two months so that participants can put the changes in to action and learn from the change-making process in a supportive, small group setting. The cost for the course is $140.00. Please visit my website at https://www.beinghome.org/ and click on RSVP for Events.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tearoom, 114 S. Main Street. $140. beinghome4u@gmail.com BeingHOME.org [map]



 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Aug. 31. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp (except Aug. 31, 1-5 p.m.), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, & 25. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

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May 4: Furstenberg Native Garden (9 a.m.-noon, meet meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to help park steward and master gardener Aunita Erskine get the garden ready for spring.

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May 4: Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance on Sunset at Brooks) to remove invasives from this 8-acre oak-hickory woodland.

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May 5: Maryfield Wildwood Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Linwood & Wilton) to remove exotic ornamental plants from this wooded ravine.

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May 5: Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Arborview Blvd. entrance, just east of Wildwood) to remove exotic ornamental plants from this wooded ravine.

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May 11: Lakewood Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Lakewood Elementary School parking lot off Gralake Ave.) to remove invasive species threatening the rich spread of native wildflowers.

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May 11: Dolph Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Wagner Rd. between Liberty & Jackson) to remove non-native plants from premier birding spot.

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May 12: Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Bird Rd. park entrance, west of Huron River Dr.) to remove garlic mustard and dame's rocket from the city's largest park.

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May 18: "21st Annual Garlic Mustard Weed Out Day" (9 a.m.-noon) in several parks, including Argo Nature Area (meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.); Black Pond Woods Nature Area (meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.); Hannah Nature Area (meet at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller); Huron Hills Golf Course Woods (meet at Hunting Valley off Provincial Dr.); Huron Parkway Nature Area (meet at the park steward's house at 3470 Woodland Rd. off E. Huron River Dr.), and Leslie Woods Nature Area (meet at the entrance at the end of Upland north off Plymouth).

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May 19: Fuller Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln.) to celebrate Huron River Day by removing invasive species threatening the river-adjacent floodplain forest.

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May 25: Bluffs Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Main St., just north of Lakeshore Dr.) to remove garlic mustard to help restore the park's oak savanna.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the binturongs, aka bearcats (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a Shire horse, Arctic fox, reticulated python, and cougar, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including an emu, a bald eagle, a sloth, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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May 25 & 26 and June 29 & 30. Video game tournaments. May 25: "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." For adults and teens grade 6 & up. May 26: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." For all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. . [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Scratch 3.0": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to learn the Scratch programming language. Experienced coders are invited to learn about the new features.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sensory Friendly Saturday": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Performance by the A2SO Brass Quintet. Also, an instrument petting zoo. For those on the autism spectrum and their families.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 994-4801.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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May 4 & 25. With Bad Kitty books (May 4, includes a visit from Bad Kitty) and books about pandas (May 25).
2 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Biologist Barb Barton discusses her new book about the importance of wild rice to the Anishinaabek people. The book received the 2018 Michigan History Award and 2019 Michigan Notable Book Award.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read and Look": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Kids ages 4-8 (with caregiver) invited to tour the museum's Roman exhibits. Also, a reading of selections from the picture book G Is for Gladiator.
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. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 761-1115.


 2:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Afternoon": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play board games, including Oregon Trail, Ticket to Ride, Yeti in My Spaghetti, Dominion, Sushi Go, Stratego, Grand Austria Hotel, Spaceteam, & more. Bring your own, if you wish.
2:30-5:30 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 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 p.m.  Free! 

Tracy Richardson: Nicola's Books.

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This Indianapolis writer discusses The Field, her new YA sci-fi novel about a teen soccer goalie who believes his nightmares may foreshadow a devastating future. Meanwhile, he seems to be developing a supernatural awareness on the soccer field and a strange connection to the new student from France. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"All My Sons": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Apr. 4-June 1. Guy Sanville directs Arthur Miller's 1947 play, a dramatic indictment of American big business told through the story of a family torn apart by lies and fraud. The central character is Joe Keller, a factory owner who prospered during WWII by manufacturing military airplane parts. Haunted by a dark secret, he evades prison, pinning the blame for his crime on his business partner, but tragedy comes home in the form of his 3 sons--one reported missing in action, one a returned veteran who believes in his father, and the embittered middle son who knows the truth. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Michelle Mountain, Ryan Black, Caitlin Cavannaugh, David Bendena, Tom Whalen, Susan Craves, Rusty Mewha, and Lauren Knox.
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. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

"Salad Sensations!": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers share tips for using different cheeses to build meal-worthy salads. Tastings.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

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


 4:45, 7:30 & 9:35 p.m. 

"The Biggest Little Farm": Michigan Theater.

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(John Chester, 2019). A documentarian chronicles his family's work to develop a sustainable farm outside L.A.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Youth and Junior Cycling": Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Group ride for youth ages 9-18. Practice, exercises, and games for those new to cycling.
5 p.m., Forsythe Middle School south parking lot, 1655 Newport. Free. 328-1735. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Season's End Dinner Concert with Doug Decker & Tony Fields: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Last show of the season! Doug and Tony are favorites at Lone Oak and they bring down the house every time they play here. This will be a fantastic night of jazz, blues, Motown, funk, and some "old school" R & B. Battle Creek native Tony Fields possesses smooth, soulful vocals and a commanding physical presence that draws the audience to him. Combine this with Doug Decker's outstanding mastery of the keyboards, and great vocal skills as well...and you will soon see why they are an "audience favorite". When Doug & Tony are here, it's a party! We dare you to try and stay in your seat!
There are only 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats.
Just $35 per person for dinner and show. Our fine, estate grown wines and hand crafted beer will be available all evening. Menu: Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Dried Cherries or Sockeye Salmon with Black Pepper/Smoked Sugar Marinade. Both entrees served with salad and bread.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35. dlbarber1@aol.com. dlbarber1@aol.com [map]



 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Matt Holt: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 24 & 25. Local debut of this Frankenmuth-based comic, whose laidback, conversational comedy centers on his experiences as the youngest of 8 kids and as someone twice divorced. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Trivia with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $15. Preregistration available at tinylions.org/trivia. 661-3575. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Ricky Skaggs: Acoustic Routes Concert.

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2018 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Skaggs is widely recognized as a crucial figure in keeping alive a popular awareness of and appetite for traditional country music. A member of Ralph Stanley's bluegrass band at age 15, Skaggs also served apprenticeships with the Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe, and Emmylou Harris before setting out on his own in 1981 with Waiting for the Sun to Shine, an LP that produced 2 number-one country hits. A virtuoso on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo, Skaggs possesses a classic high, hairy tenor that lends even songs on contemporary themes a traditional resonance and depth of feeling. He performs tonight with his band, Kentucky Thunder, in a benefit for the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, who open the show.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $45-$150 at ticketmaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets. 316-7919. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Singer 'K. Michael Joseph' appearing at Ypsi Alehouse.

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☆ YOU SAW HIM At The 'Water Hill Water Festival' and on the pages of Mlive.com.
..Now Come join TOP10 singer ~ songwriter K. Michael Joseph and the folks at the Alehouse for music that has earned ☆ 8 International Radio Indie Alliance Awards.
..Michael will Be Celebrating the New Release of single-song, "The Spell" at this engagement.
..Exciting things are happening for this AnnArbor musician!
..Michael's 'for-mature-audiences' songs compel his audiences to listen more carefully to the nuance and mystic of his erotically-laced compositions.
☆ Michael's muse, plays with dark humor, teases about life and love's temptations, impermanence, ironic complexities, and fickle nature.
Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 218-3313. michaelj@kmichaeljoseph.com www.kmichaeljoseph.com [map]



 8 p.m.-midnight 

Waves de Aché.

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Come dance the night away with a modern take on salsa music from Waves de Ache.
"Waves de Aché is the journey of a couple Ohio boys raised on rock and hip-hop, who studied jazz and then fell in love with the music of Cuba. Imagine if Snarky Puppy had been born from a salsa band."
Led by bassist Will Strickler and percussionist Max Marsillo, Waves de Aché is a collective of the top musicians in the midwest."
More on the group at http://www.willstricklermusic.com/waves-de-ache
Doors: 8 p.m.
Music starts at 9 p.m.
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $7. (734) 221-3961. https://www.facebook.com/events/591255001397934/ [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Kill Move Paradise": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., May 24-June 16. Diane Hill directs the Michigan premiere of Philadelphia playwright James Ijames's 2017 award-winning drama about 4 African American men who struggle to understand the circumstances of their deaths while stuck in a cosmic waiting room. It's "a singularly affecting contribution to a niche genre of theatre that often comes across as labored and contrived," says a New York Times review. "It radiates an urgent and hypnotic theatrical energy." Starring Miles Bond, Dan Johnson, Jonathan Jones, and Dez Walker.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets are $22 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by This Is a Quiz (Fri.), the League of Pointless Improvisers (Fri. & Sat.), and other troupes. Also, "water form" (Fri. only) a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless. Note: The Fri. show opens with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Rob Crozier

Solo performance by this local jazz bassist, who also plays ukulele, didgeridoo, and more. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Tim Meadows

A Highland Park native who's best known from his 10-year run as a cast member of SNL, Meadows is an actor-comic whose stand-up act blends personal and pop culture musings with a lot of bantering with his audience. $20 ($25 at the door). [venue info]

Blue Llama: Ralph Peterson & the Messenger Legacy Band

Art Blakey tribute band led by drummer Peterson, a former longtime member of Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The band has a brand-new CD, Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at The Side Door. $30-$40. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Beach Daisy

Local indie quartet whose music blends pop, rock, and folk. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Jere Stormer

Urban folk originals and covers by this singer-songwriter from Ferndale. [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: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

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

Rumpus Room: Botala

A mix of traditional Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music with soul-house and Afrobeat by DJ Greg Vadnais, who provides live percussion. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Mary Ann Kirt

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

Ypsi Alehouse: K Michael Joseph

Local singer-songwriter whose music is an acoustic blend of electropop, nu jazz, and ambient music. Also, an eclectic mix of covers. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: John Louis Good

Jackson singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays rockabilly, country, and folk music on guitar, harmonica, kazoo, jaw harp, and bass. [venue info]

 
 


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