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Calendar of Events

Sunday, June 9, 2019

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 8 a.m.-noon 

Pancake Breakfast Fly-in/Drive-in: Experimental Aircraft Association.

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Pancake and sausage breakfast and aircraft display. Kids activities include pedal planes and airplane crafts.
8 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Airport, hangar west of the control tower, 801 Airport Dr. $6 (kids ages 3-7, $3; age 2 & under, free)., 845-4029. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, & 29. All invited to help maintain 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.


June 1: Barton Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr.) to help maintain the trails in honor of National Trails Day.


June 1: Brokaw Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance on Huron River Dr. just south of Wagner) to build some trails in one of the city's newest parks.


June 2: Swift Run Marsh (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Eddy St. off Verle Ave. from Platt)to trim the trails to allow easier access in this popular birding spot.


June 2: Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at Beechwood off of Sunset) to repair the trail leading into the park.


June 8: Onder Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove invasive species.


June 9: Mary Beth Doyle Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to remove bittercress from the oak-hickory forest.


June 15: Furstenberg Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to help park steward Aunita Erskine maintain the native garden and to remove invasives in other park locations.


June 15: Forest Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Parker Mill parking lot, 4650 Geddes Rd.) to remove invasive bittercress from this floodplain forest.


June 16: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Nature Area parking lot off Dixboro Rd. north of Plymouth Rd.) to remove invasives from this area of former farmland.


June 22: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Beechwood, north of Sunset) to remove invasive sweet clover to improve the native prairie habitat.


June 23: Olson Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail) to pull invasives and improve the habitat of the city's largest population of Wild Indigo Duskywing butterflies, a rare species in the area.


June 29: Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr.) to pull the invasive sweet clover threatening the native tallgrass prairie.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Red Fish Blue Fish Teach Kids to Fish": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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Kids of all ages (accompanied by a parent) invited to catch some fish. Poles and bait provided.
9:30-11:30 a.m., meet on the docks at the Gallup Park canoe livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). $5 per child. Preregistration required. 794-6240. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

46th Annual Art Fair: Chelsea Painters.

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June 8 & 9. Sale of watercolor, acrylic, pastel, monotype, oil, encaustic, colored pencil, and mixed-media works by 25 -30 members of this group of area artists. Rain or shine.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Chelsea Fairgrounds, Old US-12 & Old Manchester Rd., Chelsea. Free admission., 478-5416.

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Fly Fishing the Huron": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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All ages 12 & up invited to learn how to fly fish in one of the Huron River's hot spots for smallmouth bass. Equipment provided for casting lessons.
10 a.m.-noon, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $10. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Free Fishing Weekend": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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June 8 & 9 (different locations). All invited to try fishing. Kids (accompanied by an adult) welcome. Poles, bait, & instruction provided. No fishing license necessary. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle.
10 & 11 a.m., Rolling Hills County Park (June 8), 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti, and Independence Lake County Park (June 9), meet at the fishing dock near the Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Dexter. Free; preregistration required at $6 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga Sundays": Fjällräven.

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Every Sun. All invited to do gentle flow yoga with a certified instructor. Bring a mat.
10-11 a.m., Fjällräven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-noon & 2:30-4 p.m. 

"Wisdom Buddha (Manjushri) Retreat with Khenpo Karma Tenkyong": Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Manjushri is the embodiment of the knowledge and wisdom of all the Buddhas and is traditionally depicted with a sword in his right hand and a text in his left. His practice helps us develop our inner wisdom and compassion. Khenpo Tenkyong will teach the meaning and practice of Manjushri based on the text "The Sadhana of Manjushri that Dispels the Darkness of Ignorance," which will be provided.
Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am-noon & 2:30-4 pm
Cost: $85 for weekend, $45 for one day; no one turned away for lack of funds.
Note: If you are interested in taking the Refuge Vow from Khenpo Tenkyong, please email Time to be arranged.
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $85/weekend or $45/day. 734-678-7549. [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.


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.


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.


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

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

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Laser Regatta": U-M Sailing Club.

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All invited to watch club members and others race their small, nimble Laser dinghies.
10:30 a.m. (registration begins at 9 a.m.), Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd. Free., 426-4299. [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 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, usually with artist demos. Also, on June 30, a free drawing for a chance to win artwork.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Finding Fossils": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads kids ages 7-12 on a hike to examine rocks and fossils found in a gravel pit.
Fox Science Preserve, 2280 Peters Rd. Preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Religion & Technology: Question & Answer Session, Part 2": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion of Noreen Herzfeld's 2009 book Technology and Religion.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free., 846-9418.

 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-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Adaptive SkateFest": Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

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Designed for ambulatory veterans, active duty service members, people with disabilities and their families, this adaptive SkateFest offers free stand-up ice skating lessons taught by certified Learn to Skate USA instructors. Each one-hour session includes a skating lesson, practice time and a group photo.Complimentary skate rental and adaptive equipment is available if needed, and all ages and skill-levels are welcome to attend. Thanks to the Greater Flint Hockey Association, we will have 6 Adaptive Skating Sleds available for use during the SkateFest Event next Sunday, June 9th! These sleds are perfect for users of all abilities and ages!
Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 734-213-6768. [map]

 Noon-6 p.m. 

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]

 Noon & 4 p.m. 

Annual Recital: Dancer's Edge.

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Showcase of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, pom, musical theater, and contemporary dance by student dancers ages 3-18. With some large production numbers and team dances.
Noon & 4 p.m. (different programs), Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. $20. 424-2626. [map]

 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Bowling Pin Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot handguns at bowling pins and steel plates. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $5 per 20-shot round. 429-9561. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Learn & Play Chess": Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Sun. All invited to play chess. A tournament-winning player is on hand to assist. Bring your own board, if you have one (some provided).
4:30-5:30 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

Community Block Party: YMCA.

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A bounce house, lawn games, Zumba, a firetruck, and representatives from the Ann Arbor District Library, Recycle Ann Arbor, Howell Nature Center, and others. Food trucks.
1-5 p.m., YMCA, 400 W. Washington. Free. 996-9622. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.

1-4 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 663-0262. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Teen Writing Festival: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion with young adult writers TBA, and a teen writing workshop hosted by the Neutral Zone. Also, announcement of the winners of the annual AADL "It's All Write" teen short story writing contest, which features $1,500 in prizes.
1-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose rm. & Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the warthog (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a giant tortoise, fruit bats, a hedgehog, and a chameleon, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including an emu, an Arctic fox, a cougar, 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. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live turtles. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" lets the animals take a break.
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

Summer Classic Film Series": Michigan Theater.

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June 2 & 5: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (Blake Edwards, 1961). Audrey Hepburn classic. 1:30 p.m. (June 2) & 7 p.m. (June 5).

June 9 & 12: "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (Howard Hawks, 1953). Adaptation of the Broadway musical about the romantic adventures of 2 showgirls. Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell. 1:30 p.m. (June 9) & 7 p.m. (June 12).

June 16 & 19: "Jaws" (Steven Spielberg, 1975). June 18 & 20. Gripping adventure classic about a great white shark that terrorizes a New England shore community. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss. 1:30 p.m. (June 16) & 7 p.m. (June 19).

June 23 & 26: "2001: A Space Odyssey" (Stanley Kubrick, 1968). Mesmerizing, never-stale sci-fi epic, based on an Arthur C. Clarke story, about an interplanetary search for a strange monolith possibly linked to human origins. 1:30 p.m. (June 23) & 7 p.m. (June 26).

June 30 & July 3: "The Right Stuff" (Philip Kaufman, 1983). Adaptation of Tom Wolfe's acclaimed book about the extremely colorful fly boys who became the first U.S. astronauts. Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed, Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward. 1:30 p.m. (June 30) & 7 p.m. (July 3).

July 7 & 10: "Woodstock" (Michael Wadleigh, 1970). Documentary about the legendary 1969 music festival. 1:30 (July 7) & 7 p.m. (July 10).

July 14 & 17: "Hidden Figures" (Theodore Melfi, 2016). Drama about the team of African American women mathematicians who played a vital role in the early years of the U.S. space program. 1:30 (July 14) & 7 p.m. (July 17).

July 21 & 24: "The Godfather" (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972). Classic drama about a Mafia family. 1:30 (July 21) & 7 p.m. (July 24).

July 28 & 31: "A Hard Day's Night" (Richard Lester, 1964). Upbeat, tongue-in-cheek romp starring the Beatles. 1:30 (July 28) & 7 p.m. (July 31).

Aug. 4 & 7: "Alice's Restaurant" (Arthur Penn, 1969). Arlo Guthrie stars in the film adaptation of his iconic epic talking ballad. 1:30 (Aug. 4) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 7).

Aug. 11 & 14: "The Sound of Music" Sing-Along. A sing-along to the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical about an Austrian nun who becomes governess to the 7 children of a widowed naval officer. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 11) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 14).

Aug. 18 & 21: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (George Roy Hill, 1969). 2 outlaws are pursued by a relentless sheriff's posse in this character study masquerading as a western. Paul Newman, Robert Redford. 1:30 (Aug. 18) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 21).

Aug. 25 & 28: "La La Land" (Damien Chazelle, 2016). Musical comedy about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in L.A. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone. 1:30 (Aug. 25) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 28).

Various times (see listing), 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]

 1:45, 4:30, 7, & 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]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids' Game-Together": Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Elementary and middle school students, accompanied by a parent, invited to play board and card games. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]

 2, 4:15, 7:15 & 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Memory Cafe Loss Meet Up": Collaborative event recommended by the Alzheimer's Association.

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This collaborative program welcomes individuals with memory loss living in their homes, their care partners, family and friends. It is a supportive and engaging environment where everyone can interact, have fun, find support and enjoy a positive experience. If you have any questions or would like to register, please call Sandy Schmunk at 734-649-6806
Joe's Memory Arts Cafe, 5361 McAuley Drive. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 2 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Familiar favorites called to live music by Josh Burdick, Susie Lorand, Matt McCoy, and Steve Schneider. For experienced dancers. Followed by a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
2-5:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Cargo Bike Demo/Rally/Ride: Urban Rider Cargo Bikes and Bicycle Alliance of Washtenaw.

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Cargo bike owners and the Cargo Bike Curious are invited to gather at 2:00pm in the backyard of Community High School. Cargo bike owners will offer demo rides on their bikes/trikes to the Cargo Bike Curious. Urban Rider Cargo Bikes will have some cargo bikes available for demo rides, as well. At 3:00 (or so), bike owners will take a short ride to Riverside Park, on the B2B Trail, to play on the playground.
Community High School backyard. Free. 7349048989.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea.

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This 8-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.

June 9: Dexter Union. 2 p.m.

June 29: Ironclad Vintage Base Ball Festival. The Monitors host teams TBA at an all-day game series at Chelsea High School (740 N. Freer). Concessions & live music. Information at

July 28: Benton Harbor Livery Brewers. 1 p.m.

Aug. 24: Stockbridge Rough and Readys. 2:30 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Timbertown Park (unless noted), Sibley Rd. (west off Main St. north of downtown), Chelsea. Free. 476-8905, 930-6130.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of large-scale abstract works.
2 p.m., meet at the UMMA store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"An All American Afternoon": Glacier Hills.

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Live outdoor concert by the acclaimed Tecumseh-based ragtime orchestra the River Raisin Ragtime Revue. Ice cream and other treats available from the Good Humor truck.
2 p.m., Glacier Hills, 1200 Earhart. Free. 913-0730. [map]

 2 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Forest Mindfulness Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Mindful City Ann Arbor cofounder Julie Woodward leads a walking meditation hike to introduce simple exercises for increasing awareness.
2 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve, 4000 Scio Church Rd. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 2-3 p.m. 

"Herps! Michigan's Amphibians & Reptiles" Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Representatives from Nature Discovery (Williamston) show some native reptiles and amphibians, some of which can be handled by participants.
2-3 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 ($16 at the gate) recreation passport required. 475-3170. [map]

 2 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]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft with Python": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades 3-8 invited to play this popular computer game using the Python programming language. No experience necessary.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 3-8 p.m. 

"Grillin' 2019": Food Gatherers.

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Grillin' is the best picnic of the year. Come enjoy gourmet food, dance to groovy tunes, and enter the silent auction while supporting your community. One in seven people in Washtenaw County struggles with hunger, and proceeds from Grillin' help Food Gatherers distribute 14,500 meals a day to adults, seniors, and children in need of food. Grillin' features live music, a cash bar with Michigan microbrews and wines, kids games, complimentary massages, and more! Join us for a picnic with a purpose.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor MI 48103. Tickets are $75 in advance or $85 at the door. Kids (ages 3-13) are $10, and kids under 3 are free. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Spring Concert: Ann Arbor Recorder Society.

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A program of 15th-20th century music composed for 4-8 recorder parts or for smaller groups and solos. Includes works by Josquin des Prez, Valentin Haussmann, Johann Hermann Schein, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and others. Janet Cannon directs. Reception follows.
3 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free. 274-9463. [map]

 3 p.m. 

Men's AFC Ann Arbor.

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May 12: Kalamazoo FC. 3 p.m.

May 27: Michigan Stars. 3 p.m.

June 2: Grand Rapids FC. 2 p.m.

June 9: FC Columbus. 3 p.m.

June 22: FC Indiana. 6 p.m.

July 7: Detroit City FC. 3 p.m.

July 12: Toledo Villa FC. 6 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Concordia University, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $10 (kids, $7) at and at the gate. Group discounts available. 408-1627. [map]

 3-8 p.m. 

"Grillin' for Food Gatherers"

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This festive barbecue fundraiser features food from more than 50 local restaurants, Michigan microbrews and wine, kids games, massages, a silent auction, and more. Live music includes local rich-voiced pop-folk singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer, Saginaw-based pop-folk singer-songwriter Amy Petty, the veteran local ska-jazz-funk collective Hullabaloo, and George Bedard & the Kingpins, the local rockabilly, blues, rock 'n' roll, and honky-tonk band led by guitar wiz Bedard. Rain or shine.
3-8 p.m., Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $75 in advance, $85 at the gate (children ages 3-13, $10; under age 3, free)., 761-2796. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"In Conversation with Jason DeMarte: Photography in the Garden of Artificial Delights": UMMA.

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Michigan-based photographer DeMarte is joined by curator Jennifer Friess in a discussion of the current installation of his photography and wallpaper, which includes images of wildlife and plant life deluged by cake icing, candy, and other sugary foods.
3 p.m., UMMA Media Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Rosé & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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June 1 & 9. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer rosé wine samples paired with artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 4-8 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]

 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, 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]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Patrick Lohier: Bookbound.

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This Toronto writer reads from and discusses Radiant Night, his debut novel, a fast-paced thriller about an Iraq war vet enlisted by a mysterious old fortune-teller to find a fabled tarot deck she claims was taken from her family by the Nazis. A Kirkus review praised it as original and compelling. Signing.
4 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Crafternoon": Argus Farm Stop.

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All invited to work on their needle arts projects, learn a new skill, or bring items to repair. Mending kits and darning supplies provided.
4-6 p.m., Argus, 1200 Packard (this location only). Free. 997-5448. [map]

 4:10 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.

 4:20, 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.

 4:30, 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.

 4:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Kids": Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Game materials provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. [map]

 5 p.m. 

"Always Something Sings": Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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John Boonenberg directs the Boychoir's Preparatory Choir (ages 8-10), Young Men's Ensemble (ages 13-18), and Performing Choir (ages 8-18) in a season finale highlighted by "Alway Something Sings," Dan Forrest's poignant setting of Emerson's "Music." Also, Bryan Kelly's raucous, rhythmic Magnificat and "I Believe," Mark Miller's anthem setting of a poem discovered on the wall of a German basement after WWII. Also, spirituals and gospel songs by Moses Hogan, Rollo Dilworth, and Bradley Ellingboe.
5 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 420 W. Liberty. Suggested donation. 663-5377. [map]

 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Sun. All invited to play card and board games. Also, a Dungeon Master on hand to lead a game of Dungeons & Dragons. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
5:30-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., outdoors in the open area between North Quad & Rackham. Free. Email to confirm or check 717-1569.

 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 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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June 9 & 23. Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. If bringing music for the group to play, bring 27 copies. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on June 16, a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques (Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr.).
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at 998-9353. [map]


Tom Russell: The Ark.

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Veteran Texas-based L.A.-bred singer-songwriter whose folk-based songs, often set in a noir version of the American West, explore and celebrate the spiritual struggles of ordinary people with a revelatory acuity and warmth. He is best known for his acclaimed song cycle CDs, including The Man from God Knows Where, an exploration of the experiences of his ancestors' move to America that deftly incorporates Irish and Norwegian musical elements, and Hotwalker: Charles Bukowski and a Ballad for Gone America, a portrait of the outsider cultural voices of the 1960s. Praised for its masterful storytelling, his new album October in the Railroad Earth is a collection of songs "rooted in endless travel, loneliness, strange encounters, tragedy, and the lives of hard-bitten, eternally restless angels," says AllMusic critic Thom Jurek.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"8 Pointless Minutes: A Long Form Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to form groups to perform an 8-minute improv sketch. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 9:30 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.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Plan B

Detroit classic rock cover band. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Rob Crozier Trio

Jazz originals and standards by this local ensemble led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Eric Moore

Veteran local singer-songwriter known for his playfully ironic lyrics and jazz- and blues-inflected fingerstyle guitar playing. [venue info]

Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."

A house band--trumpeter Ingrid Racine, keyboardist Michael Malis, bassist Josef Deas, & drummer Jesse Kramer--is joined by a different guest each week. Tonight: TBA. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: "Celtic Jam"

Traditional Irish tunes on traditional instruments. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: "Swing Night"

Hot swing dance ensemble TBA. [venue info]


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