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Calendar of Events

Friday, June 7, 2019

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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 Sifu Joseph Wang at or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. [map]

 9 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 


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This tech festival features "Tech Talk" (9 a.m., Michigan Theater), a series of TED Talk-style presentations, along with live outdoor concerts (noon-7 p.m., Washington at Fifth Ave.), and "Mobility Row" (noon-7 p.m., Washington between Fifth Ave. & Division), a showcase of mobility innovations, from self-driving shuttles to cutting edge car technology. Also, "A2 Tech Trek" (3-7 p.m., preregistration required at, an array of open houses at downtown tech companies. For other tech events June 2-10, see
9 a.m.-7 p.m., various locations. Free.

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Garden: Pottery inspired by nature"

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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. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m. 

"Just for Younger Kids: Storytime Tasting": Zingerman's Deli.

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Kids 2-5 (with caregiver) invited to listen to a food-themed story. Snack provided. Caregivers must stay with their child.
10:30-11 a.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $10 per child. Reservations required at 663-3354.

 10:30-11:30 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.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (except June 4) Malletts Creek.

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

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except June 6) Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except June 4 & 6), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.

 11 a.m.-midnight 

13th Annual Ya'ssoo Greek Festival: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

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June 7-9. This lively festival features lots of Greek food from pastitsio to souvlaki, as well as loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), paximathakia (Greek biscotti), and other delicacies. Also, live Greek music by the Detroit band Enigma, performances by Greek dancers, and open dancing (Fri. & Sat. 9 p.m.-midnight). Church tours, raffles with a grand prize trip to Greece, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, books, and more.
11 a.m.-midnight (Fri. & Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. (park at nearby Knox Presbyterian Church on Wagner and take a shuttle to the festival). $3 (except Sun., free; free admission for kids age 12 & under and for anyone arriving before 4 p.m. on Fri. and before 1 p.m. on Sat.)., 332-8200. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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June 7 & 21. Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and collections.
11 a.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at 764-2347. [map]

 Noon  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]

 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]

 4, 7:10 & 9:25 p.m. 

"The Souvenir": State Theatre.

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(Joanna Hogg, 2019). Drama about the complicated romance between a young film student and an untrustworthy man.
State Theatre. 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)., 668-TIME.

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 4:10, 6:45 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Rocketman": State Theatre.

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(Dexter Fletcher, 2019). Musical about Elton John's early career.
State Theatre. 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:15, 6:45 & 9:25 p.m. 

"The White Crow": Michigan Theater.

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(Ralph Fiennes, 2019). Historical drama about Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West.
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)., 668-TIME. [. [map]

 4:20 p.m. 

"Photograph": State Theatre.

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(Ritesh Batra, 2019). Romance about a street photographer who persuades a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. Hindi, subtitles.
State Theatre. 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:30, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"All is True": Michigan Theater.

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(Kenneth Branagh, 2019). Branagh stars in this drama about Shakespeare's final days.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Booksmart": State Theatre.

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(Olivia Wilde, 2019). Comedy about 2 overachieving high schoolers who try to cram 4 years of fun into graduation night.
State Theatre. 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:45, 7:15 & 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Snow Cone Social: Thurston Elementary.

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Lawn games, balloon twisting, face painting, a rock climbing wall, and live music by Thurston students. Cosa Sabrosa food truck. Snow cones available.
Thurston, 2300 Prairie. Free activities (buy your own food). 994-1970. [map]

 5-10 p.m.  Free! 

Ypsi Pride.

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Street festival with live music, drag and gender performances, kids activities, & more. Food & beer available. Performers include Lansing singer-songwriter Kate Peterson, 90s-style Ypsilanti garage pop quartet Child Sleep, the area Kitty Delicious Queer Burlesque, local singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer, drag performances, fire performers, and Flint R&B and soul singer Furillostar.
5-10 p.m., Washington St., Ypsilanti. Free.

 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"2nd Annual Open Hearts Pride Picnic": St. James Episcopal Church.

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Lawn games, bubbles, face painting, music, and giveaways. $1 hot dog dinners available.
5-7 p.m., St. James, 3279 Broad St., Dexter. Free. 426-8247. [map]

 5 p.m. 

"First Friday at the Farm": Domino's Petting Farm.

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The petting farm is open late tonight with food trucks, kids activities, and games.
5-8 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]

 5-9 p.m. 

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

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the animated films How to Train Your Dragon (May 24) and Tarzan (June 7). Also, crafts and a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 5:30-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Pittsfield Elementary.

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"Pirate Invasion" bounce house, inflatable basketball, a maze runner, ring toss, "Roller Bowler," "Pig Race," a cake walk, face painting, and more. Raffles & silent auction. Pizza, beverages, and ice cream available.
Pittsfield, 2543 Pittsfield Blvd. Free admission (charge for food & games). 997-1218. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Unicorn Pride Party & Glitter Buffet": Unicorn Feed & Supply.

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Come out, come out, wherever you are! Join us for the 3rd Annual Ypsi PRIDE, which is going to be bigger and better than ever! Unicorn Feed & Supply opened its doors for the first time at PRIDE 2018, and we can't WAIT to party our Unicorn butts off this year too! Swing by the shop to get SPARKLED up with Elektra's new PRIDE Bolt Balm body sparkle! We will also be sending our very own, FABULOUS Dessa, the Unicorn Princess, out into the crowds to spread SPARKLE and LOVE! If you take a selfie with Dessa, post it on Social Media (tagging Unicorn Feed & Supply), bring it into the shop to show us that night, you will receive a free gift!
Unicorn Feed & Supply, 114 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-961-8610. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

Allen Elementary Country Fair.

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Carnival games & prizes, a petting zoo, water balloon toss, and a "human hamsters" race. Kona Shaved Ice & pizza.
Allen, 2506 Towner. $5 (families, $20) admission at the door. 997-1210. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

First Fridays Jazz With Pappas, Racine, Kaminski.

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First Fridays Ypsilanti Jazz series continues with this fantastic trio.
Mark Pappas - Keyboards
Ingrid Racine - Voice & Trumpet
Keith Kaminski - Woodwinds
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 221-3961. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Eberwhite Elementary.

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Games, cake walk, raffles, and more. Pizza, slushies, and ice cream available.
Eberwhite, 800 Soule. Free admission (small charge for food & games tickets). 994-1934. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m. 

Ice Cream Social: Bach Elementary.

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Carnival games, a dunk tank, face painting, inflatable games, and a DJ. Gift basket raffle. Ice cream trucks and Hero or Villain food truck. Pizza & drinks available.
Bach, 600 W. Jefferson. Free admission ($10 for a games pass). 994-1949. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Date Night: Wine Edition": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers offer samples of several Michigan wines, with artisan cheeses, bread, and other accompaniments.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45/person. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Twelfth Night": U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.

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June 6-9, 13-16, & 20-23. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identities and misplaced affections. The RC's annual Shakespeare in the Arb productions have become a hugely popular local summer tradition. Director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting Arb environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on.
6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; students, $15; seniors age 62 & over, $17; youth under age 18, $10; kids under 5, free) at the gate only. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Space limited; come early. 998-9540.

 7 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Hail Satan?": State Theatre.

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(Penny Lane, 2019). Documentary about the meteoric rise of the Satanic Temple.
State Theatre. 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)., 668-TIME.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Khenpo Karma Tenkyong: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.

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June 7 & 10. This Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery (Woodstock, N.Y.) resident teacher discusses "Connecting Your Heart to the Earth: Buddhism and the Environment" (June 7) and "Tales of a Modern Day Buddha: Personal Experiences with the 17th Karmapa" (June 10).
7 p.m., KTC, 614 Miner. Free. 678-7549. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Deer Camp": Literati Bookstore.

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L.A.-based journalist Dean Kuipers reads from and discusses his new memoir about his experience when his distant and angry father, who, having alienated Dean and his brothers, attempted to reconnect with them by purchasing a 100-acre hunting property in rural Michigan. Kirkus describes it as "lushly detailed and full of eco-devotion." Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Andrew Schulz: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Local debut of this NYC-based comic, best known for his podcasts Brilliant Idiots, a current events show with Charlamagne Tha God, and Flagrant 2, a weekly sports analysis show. His comedy tour is billed as a 1-man crusade against the hypocrisies of political correctness. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $25 reserved seating in advance & at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Akropolis Reed Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This local neoclassical chamber ensemble celebrates its 10th anniversary with a program highlighted by the world premiere of Boston-based composer Steven Snowden's Sprocket, a work showcasing a rideable "percussion bicycle" designed and built by Detroit metal artist Juan Martinez, which includes an accordion and bells attached to the bicycle's pedals. Attendees are encouraged to try the bike after the concert. The program also includes Snowden's Land of the Living, with Detroit avant-garde instrumentalist Zac Brunell plucking tunes on the spines of an amplified barrel cactus.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $17 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Curtains": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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June 6-9. Jason Smith directs local actors in Rupert Holmes, John Kander, and Fred Ebb's 2006 musical lampooning backstage murder mysteries. Set in 1959 Boston, it follows the drama that ensues when the star of the musical Western Robbin' Hood is murdered. Stars Jared Hoffert, Vanessa Banister, Sarah Robson, Trish Fountain, Mitchell Gillett.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $28 (seniors, $25; students, $15) in advance at & by phone. Pay what you can on Thurs. at the box office, if tickets are still available. 971-2228. [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 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, the League of Pointless Improvisers performs "water form" (Fri. only), a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless. Note: The Fri. shows open 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 & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 9 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for 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). (847) 757-0942. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter, a former Ragbirds guitarist. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Prince's Birthday Party

DJ dance party with DJ Psycho, DJ Scotty D, and Dante LaSalle. $5 (before 10 p.m., free). [venue info]

Blue Llama: Kurt Elling

Elling is a celebrated jazz vocalist from Chicago with a rich, octave-leaping baritone who possesses awesome command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics, often sounding more like a virtuoso jazz musician than a mere singer, and his idiosyncratic blend of soulful crooning, scat, vocalese, and spoken-word improvisations provoked Artie Shaw to call him "the most interesting and innovative jazz singer to come along in years." $45-$55. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: ZZvava

Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quartet. Openers: the local indie rock band Discount Nostalgia and the local psychedelic rock band Heaven Honey. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

CoOp: Jacob Sigman

Toledo folk-rock singer-songwriter. Opener: Modern Blue, a local R&B/funk band. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Charlie Mosbrook

Popular Cleveland pop-folk singer-songwriter who accompanies himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo, and assorted other instruments. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Ki5

Local electronic musician. [venue info]


6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup" and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

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

Tap Room: "First Friday."

With a family-friendly drag show (6 p.m.), a set by the local roots music quartet Mercury Salad Sandwich (7:45 p.m.), and a performance by the local troupe Unveiled Belly Dance (8:45 p.m.). The evening concludes (10 p.m.-midnight) with a Boylesque drag show and dancing to a DJ. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: PBR Band

Local rock band. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Lilly MacPhee

Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]


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