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Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 27, 2019






 
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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Hunter/Jumper Horse Shows: Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Statewide English riding and jumping competitions. Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, corner of Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. info@hjam.net, (248) 892-6806.


 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr. 996-8440.


 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"A Celebration of Emma Goldman at 150": U-M Library.

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Daylong series of lectures on the anarchist political activist and writer and her milieu.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library, enter from the Diag. Free; preregistration required at umlib.us/goldman. 936-2314.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less-traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.


 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

"Let's Laugh! 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: Who doesn't love to be silly? This week we will work on the basics of comedy by playing improvisational games, writing jokes and crafting a comedic play to perform. We will read classic funny stories and discuss what makes them funny. We will also play an abundance of energetic theater games. Having the giggles here will never be a problem! (For students ages 6 - 10)
Wild Swan Theater Studio, 6175 Jackson Rd. $175. 734-995-0530. wildswan@wildswantheater.org http://wildswantheater.org/classes-camps/ [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. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com [map]



 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. (except June 3) Malletts Creek.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. (except June 5) Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"A Celebration of Local Authors": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Summer Lectures.

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June 13 & 27 and July 11. A series of 3 weekly lectures by various speakers. June 13: "A Novel Path to a Second Career." Local writer Barbara Stark-Nemon discusses how she switched careers from speech therapy to novel writing. June 27: Bestselling Southeast Michigan writer Tom Grace discusses his work in "The Thriller Alchemist." July 11: Retired U-M law school librarian (and Observer contributor) Margaret Leary reads from William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle, her 2011 book about the problems that jeopardized Cook's 1930 gift that financed the U-M law quad.
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $15 for the 3-lecture series ($10/lecture at the door). 998-9351. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Celebrate Mud Day": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kids age 5 & up (with caregiver) invited to play in mud. Wear clothes that can get dirty and bring extra clothes to change into after.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org 971-6337. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Weekday Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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June 24-28: "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" (Mike Mitchell, 2019). Citizens of a Lego town battle Duplo invaders.

July 1-5: "Hotel Transylvania 3" (Genndy Tartakovsky, 2018). Animation about Count Dracula's family cruise vacation.

July 8-12: "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" (Ari Sandel, 2018). 2 kids find a magic book that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life.

July 15-19: "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (Kelly Asbury, 2017). Animation about the only female Smurf's quest to find her special talent.

July 22-26: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about an unusual emoji with various expressions who sets out to become normal.

July 29-Aug. 2: "A Dog's Way Home" (Charles Martin Smith, 2019). Live action adventure film about a dog who travels through the Colorado wilderness in search of her owner.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Thrilling Thursdays": Chelsea District Library.

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Storytime and sensory play activities for ages 2-6.

June 20 & Aug. 8: "Dance Along, Sing Along!" Beth Battey leads songs, dances, and musical games for kids and caregivers to do together. Siblings welcome.

June 27: "Moon Storytime." Local writer Meg Gower reads her moon picture books and leads participants in lunar-themed games.

July 11 and Aug. 1 & 15: "Yoga Storytime." Basic yoga moves with a Breathe Yoga representative.

July 18: "Dance Beat! Storytime." Performance by Ballet Chelsea's Dance Beat! contemporary dance group.

July 25: "Gross Motor Storytime." Stories & music to get everyone active.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11am  Free! 

"Kaleidoscope": Saline District Library.

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Stories and crafts for kids entering grades 2-6. Themes: "Out of This World" (June 27), "Alien Invasion" (July 11), "Dream Catcher" (July 25), & "Reach for the Stars" (Aug. 8).
11 a.m.-noon & 2-3 p.m, SDL. Free. [Preregistration required.]429-5450. [map]


 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Every Thurs. (except July 4 & 18), June 6-Aug. 29.Musical entertainment by local and area performers.

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June 6: Laith Al-Saadi. Popular local singer-guitarist who performs an eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals. He rocketed to national prominence in 2016 with a 4th-place finish on NBC's The Voice. Opener: Ypsilanti pop-folk singer-songwriter Sam Corbin.

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June 13: The Accidentals. Wildly acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City folk trio of multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause. Opener: local Americana rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas.

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June 20: morgxn. L.A.-based alt-pop singer-songwriter whose emotionally charged lyrics are backed by atmospheric electronic music. Opener: Local teen pop-folk singer-songwriter and ukulele player Magdalen Fossum.

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June 27: Adia Victoria. Up-and-coming Nashville-based blues singer-songwriter who describes her new sophomore album, Silences, as "what it would sound like if Billie Holiday got lost in a Radiohead song." Opener: Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local progressive folk-rock band The Ragbirds.

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July 11: Rayland Baxter. Nashville-based alt-country singer-songwriter whose 2018 album, Wide Awake, is a catchy collection of Beatlesesque melodies backed by a tight R&B groove he composed while living in an abandoned Kentucky factory with little more than a mattress, guitar, and Wurlitzer. Opener: Matthew Milia, the frontman for Frontier Ruckus, a popular experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble from Lake Orion.

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July 25: Guster. Boston-based alt-rock band that favors breezy '60s West Coast-style vocal harmonies. Its 2019 album, Look Alive, marks a transition to synth pop that Slant Magazine calls "playful, infectious, and eminently listenable." Opener: Tally Hall keyboardist Andrew Horowitz.

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Aug. 1: SHAED. Washington, D.C.-based electro-pop trio best known for its song "Trampoline," featured in a 2018 MacBook Air commercial. Opener: Detroit pop singer-songwriter Ladysse, whose current single "Heartbreak Hollywood" recalls Lana Del Rey.

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Aug. 8: Mat Kerekes. 25-year-old frontman for the Toledo pop-punk/emo band Citizen who just released Ruby, an intimate, optimistic album about death and loss he recorded in his garage. Opener: Local pop-folk singer-songwriter Oren Levin.

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Aug. 15: Flora Cash. Swedish/American husband-and-wife folk-pop duo who express their romance through dreamy, soul-bearing ballads. Opener: Saginaw-based pop-folk singer-songwriter Amy Petty.

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Aug. 22: Michael Franti. Veteran reggae-pop singer-songwriter and rapper who performs with his band Spearhead. Known for various humanitarian and political musical projects, Franti blends hip-hop with other styles such as reggae and funk, and his lyrics often promote peace and social justice. Opener: Local rich-voiced pop-folk singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer.

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Aug. 29: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas. Powerhouse Detroit soul-pop band. An NPR critic describes its 2017 album Telephone/Teléfono as "Motown-infused garage-rock with touches of tropical psychedelic cumbia and punk cabaret." Opener: Detroit soul-pop singer-songwriter Jacob Sigman.

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11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109. [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs., except Sept. 2. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Outdoor concerts. June 6: High-energy blues by the Bluescasters. June 13: Latin jazz by Los Gatos. June 20: Motown and classic R&B by the All Directions Band. June 27: Jazz and swing by the Treetown Swingtette.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Courtyard, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Survival Camp!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades 3-5 invited to make a paracord wristband and learn tips for wilderness survival.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Woven Turtles": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited to make cute yarn turtles out of 3 popsicle sticks and the "God's Eye" weaving pattern. Materials provided.
1-2 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.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.


 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township Farmers Market.

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Support your local farmer, food producer, and maker by shopping at the Pittsfield Township Farmers Market! The Pittsfield Township Farmers Market includes Live music, Kids Activities, Cooking Demonstrations, and more. The full up to date schedule of activities will be posted to our website: www.pittsfield-mi.gov/farmersmarket and available via social media: https://www.facebook.com/pittsfieldtwpfarmersmarket. Bridge Cards and Double Up Food Bucks accepted. See you at the Market! Market Day mobile: 734.881.7195
Prairie Park, 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Free. 734-822-2121. farmersmarket@pittsfield-mi.gov http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/farmersmarket [map]



 2pm 

"Stranger Things: Rescue from the Upside Down": Saline District Library.

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An escape room-style game inspired by the popular Netflix show Stranger Things. Teens invited to complete tasks to solve a mystery. Followed by an Eggo waffle bar.
2-3:15 p.m., SDL. Free. [Preregistration required.]429-5450.


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen Thursdays": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (except July 4) June 20-July 25.

Crafts and activities for teens.

June 20: "Claymation Workshop." Michigan puppeteer and stop-motion animator Alex Thomas discusses the history of stop-motion animation, and guides participants in building and filming their own custom claymation puppet.

June 27: "Ring of Steel Action Theatre." Star Wars-themed combat workshop.

July 11: "Fandomania." A celebration of the experience of being a fan, with a variety of fandom-related games, crafts, and snacks. Email scomfort@chelseadistrictlibrary to ensure a favorite fandom is represented.

July 18: "Pop-Up Party." With cake pops, popsicles, a Faygo pop taste test, pop music, and the chance to decorate a Popsocket grip for your cell phone.

July 25: "Frankentoy Frenzy." Participants make creatures from parts of old toys. Toys, paint, & glue provided. Prizes for weirdest, prettiest, ugliest, and crowd favorite.
2-4 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Northfield Township Area Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. No registration is required for this FREE event. ​
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]


 4 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:10, 6:50 & 9:25 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15, 6:50 & 9:25 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:20, 7 & 9:45 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:25 & 9:35 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 7:10 & 9:35 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play popular board games (list available at theloadeddie.com). "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). facebook.com/drinkblom. [map]


 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: Brooklyn-based artist Mary Mattingly leads a public art project (7-10 p.m. Thurs. & 5-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat.) to build a miniature landscape over 3 days; bring a household item or object to contribute to the project. On the Acoustic Stage: local improvisational folk, rock, & soul trio The Cloudbuilders (5 p.m.) and the Traverse City self-styled "ethereal gypsy music" ensemble Dede & the Dream (6 p.m.). On the Rackham Stage: Ypsilanti jazz-rock trio Honey Monsoon (7 p.m.) and Anna Burch (8:30 p.m.), a Detroit lo-fi indie rock singer-songwriter who writes bittersweet, melodic songs with catchy guitar hooks. The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Ryan Coogler's wildly popular 2018 superhero flick Black Panther.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [map]


 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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

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

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

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

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


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"A2DX Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A moderately-paced ride down Huron River Dr. to Dexter and possibly beyond, 16-25 miles.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, 1010 W. Huron River Dr., (313) 401-8875. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nature Walk": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A city naturalist leads a hike through Barton Nature Area to learn about native plants and animals. AADL Science Tools available for use during the walk.
6-7:30 p.m., meet at the Barton Dam parking lot. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Cambrian Assisted Living, 333 N. Occidental Hwy., Tecumseh. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m. (8 a.m., Sat.), 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), The Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs), and 5700 Jackson (Sat.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), 929-9022 (Thurs. & Sat). [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Raspberry Pi for Beginners": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to learn how to use this popular, powerful, inexpensive credit-card sized Linux computer.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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Every Thurs. (except July 4), June 6-Aug. 15 Musical entertainment on 10 stages downtown, as well as Three Generations Entertainment with balloons and other activities for kids. The weekly musical program also includes chalk art and (except July 27) an open mike stage. Also, street performers, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at 8:30 p.m. (beginning June 13) by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies TBA at Main Street Church (320 N. Main).

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June 6: animal magic show by Colors the Clown, area jazz group Fun on the Frets, the the Johnny Cash tribute band Cash is King, the the local indie folk duo Beach Daisy, Ann Arbor Americana singer-songwriters Dave Boutette and Kristi Lynn Davis, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band Shelter Dogs,and the versatile local 15-piece big band Big Band Theory.

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June 13: Eric the Juggler, the Aviary Aerial & Circus Arts, local acoustic country-folk singer-guitarist Bob Pogue, the Ferndale Americana rock duo Escaping Pavement, the local roots-rock quartet Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies, the local Americana roots duo Potter's Field, the tap duo 2x4, and the jazz vocal trio David C Bloom & Friends.

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June 20: The Face Painting Robot, magic by A Touch of Magic, the Jackson pop-folk singer-songwriter Chey Halliwell, the veteran local country band the Cadillac Cowboys, the Chelsea House Orchestra, local Americana-world music fusion singer-songwriter duo Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke, alt-indie torch songs by the Detroit-based Kate Hinote Duo, and vintage music by the Washtenaw Community Concert Band Town Band.

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June 27: Alexander the Magician, acoustic rock & blues-rock originals by former Savage Grace singer-guitarist Al Jacquez, stunts by Ring of Steel Action Theater & Stunt Troupe, soul-inflected blues by the Blue Rays, local experimental art-rock band Cat Lung, the acoustic Chelsea Americana trio Mixed Nuts, Ypsilanti monster-themed country band Fangs & Twang, and jazz/blues ensemble Five Miles More.

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July 11: Glitter tattoos by Inflate Your Party, folk/blues singer-songwriter Larry Conklin, Jackson (MI) activist folk trio Ellis, Michael & Muxlow, Nashville (IN) country-roots singer-songwriter duo Cari Ray and the Shaky Legs, Napoleon blues-rock band TC & the Roadmasters, the pop-folk rock duo Delbert Walling & Haley Houtz, Detroit soul-pop singer-songwriter Jacob Sigman, a rock band from the School of Rock Ann Arbor, and a 15-20 minute show by Ballet Chelsea.

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July 18: The Face Painting Robot, local teen singer-songwriters Chelsea Paddock & Sarah Grace Cattle, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, Brooklyn (MI) Americana-Celtic string band Railcar Graffiti, Detroit blues-rock guitarist DownRiver Dan, soul-inflected blues by the Blue Rays, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, and Traverse City self-styled "ethereal gypsy music" ensemble Dede & the Dream.

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July 25: Animal and magic show by Colors the Clown, local chamber folk-pop quintet Joanna & the Jaywalkers, the Ann Arbor classic rock band Ransom Jones, Lansing soul-folk singer-songwriter Alex Mendenall, the Dexter blues-rock band The Martindales, and Toledo fusion jazz quintet Box of Sol.

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Aug. 1: The Face Painting Robot, acoustic guitarist & singer Ian Stewart, Detroit bluegrass quartet the Waynewood Boys, the veteran Ann Arbor ska-jazz-funk-punk dance band Hullabaloo, the Allenton (MI)-based BlueTop Blues Band, the 3-piece Grand Rapids alt-rock band Feeding Grizzlies, the Ypsilanti punk-rockabilly Elvis tribute band Devil Elvis, and local blues-roots band Mo' Easy.

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Aug. 8: Alexander the Magician, the country trio the Bowdish Brothers, Detroit classic country band Otter River, the local blues-flavored folk-rock swing quintet Dorkestra, Detroit rock singer-songwriter Kevin B. Kline, the local blues and blues-rock quintet The Bluesmatics, and the local Americana duo Athens Creek.

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Aug. 15: Eric the Juggler, rock-n-roll singer-songwriter John Latini, the highly regarded Downriver bluegrass and hard-country band Bill Bynum & Co., the Detroit acoustic roots-rock and alt-country trio Bus Stop Poets, the Detroit roots/boogie pianist Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid, swing band the Cellar Cats, the Plymouth jazz-fusion trio Doctor Pizza, and the King Family Band bluegrass ensemble.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. chelseafestivals.com. 475-1145, 474-9178. [map]


 6:40 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 7 p.m. 

"Yesterday": Michigan Theater.

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(Danny Boyle, 2019). A struggling musician wakes up in an alternate reality where he's the only person who's heard of the Beatles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7 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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this 90 minute class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. You will also learn how to set up and break down the X-Poles, so that you will be able to use them when you are cleared for open gym.
Please wear shorts (feel free to bring layers to stay warm) and avoid wearing lotion or jewelry to this class.
All genders are welcome in every class at the Aviary. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Feisty Women Book Club": Saline District Library.

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June 27, July 25, & Aug. 29. All invited to discuss books by or about feisty women.

June 27: The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal's 2018 sci-fi novel set in an alternate 1952 where a meteorite has destroyed Washington, D.C.

July 25: The Mercury 13, Martha Ackmann's 2003 book about the women who trained at NASA in the 1960s to become astronauts but were denied the chance to experience space flight.

Aug. 29: Circe, Madeline Miller's 2018 novel based on the Greek goddess of magic.

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7 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Literati Fiction Writing Workshop Final Reading": Literati Bookstore.

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Local writers read prose they created in Literati's 8-week writing course.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Music Series": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs., June 13-Aug. 22. Downtown concerts by area bands. Kids activities. Outdoor seating at some restaurants.

June 13: the jam rock & funk band Pajamas.

June 20: Redford British Invasion cover quartet The Invasion.

June 27: Elvis tribute band The Memphis Thrillbillies.

July 11: Chelsea bluegrass and related roots music trio Thunderwüde.

July 18: Lake Orion experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble Frontier Ruckus.

July 25: Brighton alt-rock band Young Pioneer.

Aug. 1: New Jersey alternative indie rock quartet Wyland.

Aug. 8: Ypsilanti pop-folk band Matt Jones & the Reconstruction.

Aug. 15: popular teen folk ensemble the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic.

Aug. 22: Classic 30s songs by the Saline Big Band and the Depot Town Big Band.

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7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 316-2119.


 7-9 p.m. 

"Taste and Tell: Explorations in Whiskey": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning flavor and fragrance blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses how different ingredients (barley, buckwheat, corn, rye, & wheat) and countries of origin affect whiskey flavor. Tastings available for purchase.
7-9 p.m., MASH Bar, 211 E. Washington. Free admission. 327-4200. [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]


 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including Finance Camp and others.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Village of Manchester.

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Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Indoors at Emanuel Church if raining.

June 20: Local pop-folk and roots-rock singer-songwriter Billy King.

June 27: Young Michigan-based acoustic string quartet Westbound Situation.

July 4: Grand Rapids folk duo Blue Water Ramblers performs a wide range of traditional Great Lakes music, including lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, gospel music, and children's ditties.

July 25: popular teen folk ensemble Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic.

Aug. 1: versatile 15-piece jazz, pop, and rock band The Big Band Theory.

Aug. 8: The Brockman Brass, a duo of Manchester band director Jared "Mr. T" Throneberry and singer-songwriter Kayla Kendall.

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7:30 p.m., Wurster Park gazebo (Main St. just west of M-52), Manchester. Free; donations appreciated. 428-7722.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich conducts this 80-piece ensemble in patriotic songs and regional tunes. The concert is followed by the band's popular annual pie social.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 252-9221. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and 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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m. 

Madeleine Peyroux: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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A Georgia native raised in Paris, Peyroux is a genre-dissolving blues and jazz singer with a smoky voice that is a dead ringer for Billie Holiday's and a sly, sensual, agile vocal style that's all her own. She created a critical stir and won a cult following with her 1996 debut, Dreamland. Subsequent recordings featured inventive, sometimes revelatory covers of everything from Josephine Baker's "J'ai Deux Amours" to Hank Williams' "Weary Blues from Waitin'." Gestated during the 2016 elections, her 2018 album Anthem casts "a sober, poetic, and provocative point of view on the current state of our times," says a Glide Magazine review.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $25-$55 in advance at a2sf.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538 (tickets), 994-5999 (info).


 8pm 

The Adam Ezra Group: The Ark.

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Roots-rock sextet from Boston led by the highly regarded young singer-songwriter Ezra.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 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 pennyseats.org, and at the gate. 926-5346.


 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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. [map]


 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Democratic Debate Watch Party: Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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The second of two debate watch parties hosted by the WCDP at Pizza House, 618 Church St. Pizza is on us (cash bar). Please join us!
We will hear from:
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
Sen. Kamala Harris of California
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana
Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado
Author Marianne Williamson
Rep. Eric Swalwell of California
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang
Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado
The debates, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, will take place on June 26 and 27 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.
PARKING for the WCDP Watch Party: The nearest city structure is at 650 S. Forest Avenue, though street parking (free after 6 PM) may be found nearby. Rates in the structure are approximately $1.20/hour.
Pizza House, 618 Church St. Free. info@washtenawdems.org washtenawdems.org [map]



 9:15 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 9:30-3 p.m. 

"Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Intensive Course": Mindfulness with Paulette.

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Want to stress less and improve your health and well-being?
This 5-day workshop is a unique opportunity for everyone to experience the content of the 8-week MBSR class, including those who want to deepen their practice and health professionals who wish to apply mindfulness in their work with others. In this 5-Day MBSR Workshop (June 26-30) participants learn how to practice mindfulness through guided meditations and inquiry, daily mindfulness practice, and a day-long retreat (June 29 at a different location).
Based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Up to 24 CEs available.
Paulette is a experienced MBSR teacher, trained by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues, University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, #280, 48108. $450 ($225 for repeat participants. 7342767707. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com mindfulnesswithpaulette.weebly.com [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Conor O'Neill's: Jay Frydenlund

Chirp singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass & Beer Thursday"

The local Pontiac Trailblazers, a bluegrass quartet led by bassist Ryan O'Shea, performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. Bring your instrument. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

Whitmore Lanes & Lounge: Open Mike

Hosted by area singer-songwriter Mark Vashon. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. Hosted by Sam Corbin (June 6), and Judy Banker (June 13), Rollie Tussing (June 20), Dave Boutette (June 27). [venue info]

 
 


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