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Calendar of Events

Friday, June 21, 2019

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 8:30 a.m.  Free! 

Mayor's Senior Conference: Saline Area Senior Center.

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Join Saline's one-of-a-kind Mayor Brian Marl for a special senior event. The day includes a continental breakfast then three 40-minute breakout sessions in three categories: 1. Learn easy self-defense moves from Jackie Montalvo, 2. Nutritious Cooking, and 3. Saline History. Then you'll regruop for a panel discussion with Saline city leaders.
Lunch will be provided, sponsored in part by EHM Senior Solutions. There will be plenty of time to connect with your friends and community members too.
Even though the program is free, you must pre-register, as space is limited to the first 90 participants in the Saline area. If you are unable to attend after registering, please cancel so others may have a chance at the space. Call 734-429-9274 to register.
Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple Rd, Saline. Free. 734-429-9274. [map]

 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"8th Annual Mayor's Senior Conference": Saline Area Senior Center.

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Saline mayor Brian Marl leads a day of panel discussions and talks on self-defense, nutritious cooking, and Saline history. Continental breakfast & lunch.
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-9274. [map]

 9 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

4th Annual Michigan Pez Convention.

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June 20-22. Show and sale of vintage and collectable Pez candy dispensers (main sale is Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ), a game night (7-10 p.m. Thurs.), kids activities (7-10 p.m. Thurs. & Fri. and 1-4 p.m. Fri.), a bean bag tournament (1-4 p.m. Sat.), and a Casino Night party with blackjack, craps, and roulette (7-10 p.m. Sat.). Also, Pez collector Josh Bales discusses how to improve your Pez collection in "Pez Level Up" (4:30-5:30 p.m. Thurs.).
9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), Wyndham Garden Ann Arbor, 2900 Jackson. Free admission on Sat.; tickets $55 (VIP/dealer, $125) at [map]

 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 a.m.-noon 

"Pal Around Camp": Wild Swan Theater.

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Wild Swan Theater drama camps are fun experiences where kids can feel safe and comfortable exploring the imaginative world of theater. Our main goal is that every camper has a great time cultivating their creativity and leaves camp feeling successful. With a new theme every week, activities will include warm-ups, theater games, and improvisations that bring people together in a nurturing, memorable way. This week's theme: Frog and Toad, George and Martha, Toot and Puddle, Henry and Mudge… these friends go together like peanut butter and jelly! We are sure to make new friends this week as we share these stories of friendship, play theater games, and explore creative movement together! (For children ages 4 - 6)
Wild Swan Theater Studio, 6175 Jackson Rd. $125. 734-995-0530. [map]

 10 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. 

Workantile Co-Working Community Open House: Workantile.

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Workantile, Ann Arbor's most established co-working community celebrates its 10th anniversary with an open house, Friday, June 21, from 10 am to 4pm. All are welcome to come visit this unique community-oriented workspace for remote and freelance workers of all varieties. Workantile takes co-working beyond tech, with a membership that includes writers, graphic artists, graduate students, legal, marketing and non-profit professionals as well as programmers, designers and tech managers. 118 S. Main St. Ann Arbor. Refreshments. Discounts. Door prizes.
Workantile, 118 S. Main St. Free. 1-734-707-1099. [map]

 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Music Together teacher Dianne Dudley leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]

 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.  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]

 11:54 a.m.  Free! 

Summer Solstice - Yoga at the Market.

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Join BYAA and The Detroit Street Filling Station in celebrating the first day of summer and International Yoga day! Bring your family & friends for a fun team-taught class in the sunshine, creating peace, harmony and community through health, wellness, food & fun! After class head on over to The Filling Station for some post yoga fuel with your 10% discount!
*Bring a mat and water!
Ann Arbor Famers Market, 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. [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]

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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Washtenaw County treasurer Catherine McClary discusses her job responsibilities. Lunch available ($7 cash), or bring a bag lunch.
Noon-2 p.m., Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Ln., Dexter. Reservations required. 792-9702. [map]

 Noon-7 p.m. 

"Parade of Homes": Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.

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June 21-23. Tour of 16 new homes in Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
Noon-7 p.m. (Fri.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), locations TBA at $10 (kids age 16 & under, free). 996-0100. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Sweet Treats with Sweet Friends": Pittsfield Twp. Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to make and eat ice cream sundaes to celebrate the first day of summer.
Noon-2 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth. Free. 822-2120.

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movies at the Center: Chelsea Senior Center.

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A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

June 14: "Armageddon" (Michael Bay, 1998). Disaster blockbuster pitting Bruce Willis against an asteroid.

June 21: "Puzzle" (Marc Turtletaub, 2018). Drama about a suburban mom whose discovery of competitive jigsaw puzzling breaks her out of a humdrum existence.

June 28: "Instant Family" (Sean Anders, 2018). Comedy about a couple in over their heads after they take in 3 foster kids.

July & Aug. films TBA at
12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

Euchre Tournament: Chelsea Senior Center.

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Cash prizes. No partner necessary.
1-4 p.m. (12:30 registration), Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. $10 advanced registration at CSC and at; $15 at the door. 475-8732. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"How Do I Hover? An Exploration of How to Lift a Hovercraft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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WCC faculty STEAM trainer Susan Dentel shows all in grades 6-8 how to build a tabletop hovercraft.
2-4 p.m. AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Movies for adults. Refreshments.

June 21: A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper's 2018 remake of the iconic tragedy about an aging star who helps a young up-and-comer find fame.

July 19: The Martian, Ridley Scott's 2015 sci-fi film about an astronaut abandoned on a mission to Mars who has to figure out how to survive.

Aug. 16: On the Basis of Sex, Mimi Leder's 2018 biopoic about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her fight for equal rights.

2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Parakeets & Furry Friends Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"The Last Animals": U-M School for Environment & Sustainability.

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Screening of Kate Brooks' 2018 documentary about the conservationists, scientists, and activists working to protect elephants and rhinoceroses from extinction. Followed by panel discussion with the film director and several U-M professors and activists and a musical performance by Sudanese musician and activist Emmanuel Jal.
3 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 at and at the door. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Framing John DeLorean": State Theatre.

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(Don Argott & Sheena Joyce, 2019). Documentary about the inventor of the iconic sports car with gullwing doors made famous in Back to the Future.
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.

 4-11 p.m. 

68th Annual Summer Carnival: Ann Arbor Jaycees.

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June 19-23. Carnival games and rides. Concessions. Note: Entry closes one hour earlier.
4-10 p.m. (Wed.), 4-11 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), & noon-8 p.m. (Sun.), Pioneer High School parking lot, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission (small charge for individual game & ride tickets; wristbands $20 in advance by noon on June 19 at, $27 at the door; $10 minimum purchase to enter after 9 p.m.). [map]

 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]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff on hand to help and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]


"S.O.F.A. (Sleep Over For Animals)": Saline District Library.

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Half-hour story time for kids ages 3-7 and their favorite stuffed animal. After storytime, the animals are left at the library for an overnight sleepover, with volunteers photographing the animals having fun. Animals and photos can be picked up the following day. Also, a teen pizza party (4-6:30 p.m.; preregistration required) for teens to help take photos of the animals.
4pm, SDL. Free. [Preregistration required.]429-5450. [map]

 4:10, 7 & 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, 7:20, & 9:40 p.m. 

"Late Night": State Theatre.

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(Nisha Ganatra, 2019). Comedy starring Emma Thompson as a late-night talk show host who diversifies her all-male writers room.
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, 7:10 & 10 p.m. 

"The Dead Don't Die": State Theatre.

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(Jim Jarmusch, 2019). Zombie comedy starring Bill Murray and Adam Driver.
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 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Pavarotti": Michigan Theater.

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(Ron Howard, 2019). Biopic about opera legend Luciano Pavarotti.
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, 7:20 & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Last Black Man in San Francisco": State Theatre.

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(Joe Talbot, 2019). Drama about a young black man trying to reclaim family property amidst San Francisco's rapid gentrification.
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.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Top of the Park": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year with live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Retreat" fitness activities (5 p.m. on the Power Center lawn), food concessions from area restaurants, beer (Tues.) & wine tastings (Wed.), and more. Tonight on the Acoustic Stage: the local avant-jazz band the Michael Malis Trio (5 p.m.) and Estar Cohen (6 p.m.), a Toledo jazz vocalist-composer backed by pianist Galen Bundy and percussionist Travis Aukerman. On the Rackham Stage: up-and-coming young local R&B singer Madelyn Grant (7 p.m.), Toledo Afropop-influenced minimalist electronic and psychedelic jazz duo Heavy Color (8:30 p.m.), and My Brightest Diamond (10:15 p.m.), the stage name of Shara Worden, a Detroit-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter (and Ypsilanti High School grad) who performs an avant-garde blend of opera, cabaret, and chamber music.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted., 994-5999. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

Summer Solstice Celebration: Michigan Friends Center.

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Potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass; table setting & herbal iced tea provided), followed at 7 p.m. by a bonfire with singing, storytelling, and discussion. Bring a favorite outdoor game, verse, story, song, or bit of seasonal lore to share. Bring flashlights and long sleeves for after dark.
6-9 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7448 Clark Lake Rd. (off Oakridge from Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-0942. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Summer Solstice Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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On June 21, from 6-8pm, join us for a special hot yoga and meditation to celebrate International Yoga Day and the Summer Solstice. Luiz will lead us through yoga and meditation. This will be a donation class.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. ($5-20 suggested). [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sushi Demo & Making Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Japan Center for Michigan Universities Outreach Initiative coordinator Kanako Morishita leads a hands-on demonstration of how to make authentic sushi.
6-7:30 p.m. AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

Family Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine, challah, and a Yahrtzeit observance to remember loved ones. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at 975-9872. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Oberun 5K: Bell's Beer.

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A 5-km race that ends at a beer garden serving Bell's Oberon summer brew. Also, fire pits, sand volleyball, and corn hole. Pint glasses and bottle opener medals for finishers and T-shirts for participants. Food trucks.
6:30 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. $39 in advance by noon on June 19 at; $45 after June 19. (269) 382-2338. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Every Friday (except July 5 & Aug. 9), June 14-Aug. 30.

June 14: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.

June 21: Local roots-rock quartet Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies.

June 28: The Jazz Bums. Dexter jazz sextet whose repertoire includes covers of Coltrane, Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Charlie Parker.

July 5: Popular, nationally-known acoustic duo Gemini.

July 12: Redford British Invasion cover quartet The Invasion.

July 19: Detroit blues trio the Randy Brock Band.

July 26: Vintage Ventures-style instrumental guitar band Surf Zup.

Aug. 2: Ann Arbor classic rock band Ransom Jones.

Aug. 16: Members of the Dexter Community Orchestra perform as the Orchestra Jazz Ensemble.

Aug. 23: Ann Arbor R&B band Men in Black.

Aug. 30: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.

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

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cardio Drumming in the Park": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to join a group workout. Bring a water bottle and your own ball and sticks if you have them (some equipment available to borrow).
6:30 p.m., Tefft Park behind the Rec Center, 1866 Woodland, Saline. Free. 429-3502. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese Style Series: Goat Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer tastings of several cheeses made with goat milk, including cheddars and blues. Bread and additional accompaniments.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. 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.

 6:50 p.m. 

"Shadow": State Theatre.

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(Zhang Yimou, 2019). Stylish, visually-stunning martial-arts thriller about a "shadow" who can look like nearly anyone.
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 p.m.  Free! 

"Food Justice Session: Food & Intersectionality": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by Our Kitchen Table (Grand Rapids) social justice nonprofit representative Stelle Slootmaker.
7-8:30 p.m., PFC Café, 216 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 994-4589. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Summer Solstice Women's Celebration": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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All women invited for a celebration of the longest day of the year. With sacred offerings, a floral crown craft, fire prayers and blessings, dancing, singing, drumming, and more. Light refreshments. Bring a chair.
7 p.m., Verapose, 3173 Baker Rd., Dexter. $48. Preregistration required. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Havah Experiment: Growth": Horizon Performing Arts.

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June 20, 21, 27, & 28. Havah Roussel directs local actors in an improvised play, set in a garden fantasy land, that explores the darker side of growing pains. Recommended for age 13 & up.
7 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton. $10. 546-8748. [map]

 7:10 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]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

John Knight: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 21 & 22. Local debut of this Pittsburgh comic, known for his cynical observational humor delivered deadpan. He's the author of I'm Still Aggravated but at Least I Didn't Kill Anybody! and the blog #WhatAggravatesMe, which includes his thoughts on self-checkout lanes, holiday traditions, and sports. 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. 

"Crazy for You": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except July 4), June 20-Aug. 11. This local professional theater company performs Ken Ludwig's 1992 reworking of the 1930s musical Girl Crazy featuring the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin. It's the story of a New York playboy, in Nevada to foreclose on an old family theater, who falls in love with the owner's daughter and ends up mounting a Ziegfeld Follies-type show to save the establishment. The score, cobbled together from several old shows, contains many of Gershwin's most popular songs, such as "I Got Rhythm" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Canceled: "Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 8, 22, & 30. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Residence: Kerrytown Concert House.

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June 21, 28, & 30 (different programs). Nationally known musicians and ensembles present 3 chamber concerts. Part of a larger festival that includes performances in several other towns (see for full schedule).


June 21: Local string ensemble the Ivalas Quartet and the Sphinx Apprentice Ensemble perform Janáček's "Kreutzer Sonata." Festival director Paul Watkins, a cellist, is joined by DSO violinist Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy in Kodály's Duo for Violin and Cello. Emerson String Quartet violist Lawrence Dutton is joined by the Ivalas Quartet in Mendelssohn's String Quintet in B-flat Major. 8 p.m.


June 28: The San Francisco-based Thalea String Quartet and British violist Lawrence Power perform Britten's Phantasy for String Quintet in F minor, Detroit pianist James Tocco performs Mozart's Twelve Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman," Lawrence Power and pianist John Novacek perform excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, and Novacek joins the Cleveland Institute of Music-based Callisto Quartet in Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat Major. 8 p.m.


June 30: Festival director & cellist Paul Watkins performs Sarah Kirkland Snider's The Reserved, The Reticent. The piano, clarinet, and percussion trio F-Plus performs Kevin Puts's And Legions Will Rise. Watkins and Emerson String Quartet violinist Philip Setzer perform Setzer's Elegy for Violin and Piano, and Setzer & Watkins are joined by pianist John Novacek for Mendelssohn's Piano Trio no. 2 in C minor. 2 p.m.

8 p.m. (June 21 & 28) & 2 p.m. (June 30), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $23-$40 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]


Steven Page: The Ark.

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Newly inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, this Barenaked Ladies frontman leads his trio in acoustic versions of BNL classics, such as "The Old Apartment," and originals from his solo career. Opener: Portland-based singer-songwriter duo The Talbott Brothers.
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]

 8 p.m. 

"Barbu Electro Trad Cabaret": Cirque Alfonse (Ann Arbor Summer Festival).

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June 20 & 21. This Quebec circus troupe performs its edgy, exuberant, tongue-in-cheek routines that mix gymnastic stunts and aerial acrobatics with dancing, juggling, and comedic skits. They're backed by a self-described "electro-trad" band led by DJ Ringmaster, a handlebar-mustachioed vocalist who eggs on the performers. The band performs playful French songs with a driving beat and old-fashioned flair on drums, electric guitar, laptop, and keyboard. Recommended for ages 16 & up.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $30-$45 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538 (tickets), 994-5999 (info).

 8 p.m. 

"Fortinbras": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat., June 13-29. Joseph Zettelmaier directs an outdoor production of Lee Blessing's offbeat 1991 comedic Hamlet sequel. Set immediately after Hamlet's death, Blessing's political farce begins as the Norwegian prince arrives to claim the Danish crown. Described by the Oregonian reviewer as a "callow blending of George W. Bush's frat boy image and Stephen Colbert's arch petulance," Fortinbras launches a cover-up to gloss over the ugly truth of his succession, creating a story about a Polish spy who engineered the murder of the Danish royal family. The recently deceased are infuriated, and torment him to distraction. Stars Nick Yokum, David Galido, Caleb Gilbert, Jaclynn Cherry, Julia Garlotte, and Alysia Kolascz.
8 p.m., West Park Band Shell. Tickets $15 in advance at, and at the gate. 926-5346.

 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]

 8 p.m. 

"Welcome to Paradise": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., June 20-Aug. 31. Michelle Mountain directs the world premiere of NYC playwright Julie Marino's comedy about an aging woman on a solo trip to her Caribbean beach house who befriends a young vagabond and offers him a place to stay. When her son and his family show up, her tropical tranquility is upended. Cast: Ruth Crawford, Ryan Black, Paul Stroili, Rhiannon Ragland, and Meghan VanArsdalen.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. [map]

 8:30-10:30 p.m. 

"Night Paddle": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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All invited to paddle around Gallup Pond under a full moon to observe birds and other animals as they prepare for their nocturnal lives. Bring a flashlight. Canoes, kayaks, and equipment provided.
8:30-10:30 p.m., meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). $15 per 1-person kayak; $20 per 2-person kayak/canoe. 769-6240. [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]

 9:20 p.m. 

"The Spy Behind Home Plate": Michigan Theater.

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(Aviva Kempner, 2019). Documentary about Jewish MLB catcher Moe Berg, who was sent to spy in Nazi Germany. Q&A with the director June 22, 7 p.m.
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]

 9:25 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.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Rochelle Clark Rochelle Clark

Chelsea singer-songwriter who's half of the Americana duo The Potter's Field. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "Fuzz Fest VI."

June 20-22. With 30-minute sets by 11 different area heavy rock bands each night, $10 ($12 at the door) cover per night, $20 for a 3-day pass. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Tonight: Headliner is the Detroit thrash band S.N.A.F.U. Openers: Bubak, Temple of the Fuzz Witch, King under the Mountain, Midas, Electric Huldra, Whaler, The Jackpine Snag, Slumlord Radio, The Liars Circle, and Orc. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Sean Dobbins Trio

Ensemble led by local drummer Dobbins. [venue info]

Cleary's Pub: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Corndaddy

Local alt-country band led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam, whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Stuart Benbow

Acoustic pop-folk originals and covers by this veteran local singer-songwriter and guitarist who grew up in Ontario. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dan Rafferty Band

Popular 8-piece Detroit pop dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Dave Menzo Band

Ensemble led by local pop-rock singer-songwriter Menzo. [venue info]

Mash: David Roof

Local blues-rock singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Chuck Swanagan

Local Americana folk-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Solo Duo

Originals and covers by this local duo of singer-guitarists. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Drivin' Sideways

Veteran local band fueled by Pontiac Pete Ferguson's alternately soulful and ornery vocals. Their country-based repertoire still features lots of classic honky-tonk, but they also cover everyone from Chuck Berry and Johnny Burnette to the Beatles and James Brown. With guitarist Tyler Stipe, bassist Pat Prouty, drummer Mark Newbound, and keyboardist Jim King. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Amy Grace/Kelly Trudell

Double bill of acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriters. [venue info]


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