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Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 4, 2019






 
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 7:50 a.m. 

Firecracker 5K: Epic Races.

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5-km run through downtown. Also, a Ray's Red Hots hot dog eating contest. Also, a 100-m Kids Dash ($15) open to kids age 10 & under and a 1-mile Fun Run. ($35 in advance by July 2 & $40 on July 3 & 4; kids ages 12-18, $20; age 11 & under, $15). Awards. A portion of the proceeds benefits the U-M Addiction Center.
7:50 a.m. (registration begins at 6:30 a.m.), Fourth Ave. & Liberty. $47 (kids ages 12-18, $25; ages 11 & under, $20) in advance at epicraces.com; $50 (kids prices same as above) July 3 & 4. 585-7101.


 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., meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr. 996-8440.


 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Scavenger Hunt with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Drop-in scavenger hunt that includes interactions with adoptable cats. Popcorn.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $7/hour ($4/half hour). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Annual 4th of July Parade: Ann Arbor Jaycees.

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Popular community celebration now in its 29th year. The lineup features floats, musical groups, local organizations, and others. The parade proceeds north on State, west on Washington, south on Main, and east on Liberty back to its starting point. Preceded by a kids bike decorating contest (registration begins at 9 a.m.); kids welcome to ride their bikes in the parade.
10 a.m., starts at State & Liberty. Free. parade@a2jaycees.org, 531-9626.


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Summer of Space!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Space-themed activities for kids of all ages. This month's theme: Race to the Moon!
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [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]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

90th Annual Ypsilanti 4th of July Parade.

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This annual parade features marching bands, Elvisfest performers (see Aug. 19 & 20 listing), the Neighborhood Theatre Group, and representatives from various local businesses and groups. The parade begins at W. Cross and Oakwood and goes down Cross, ending at Rice St. in Depot Town.
11 a.m., W. Cross at Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Free. Ypsi4thParade@gmail.com, facebook.com/YpsiParade.


 11 a.m. until (likely) 4 p.m. 

Annual 4th of July Chicken BBQ: Chelsea American Legion Post #31.

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With BBQ chicken, coleslaw, potato chips, baked beans, a roll, and dessert. Beverages available. A benefit for the American Legion.
11 a.m. until sold out (usually around 4 p.m., sometimes sooner), American Legion, 1700 Ridge Rd., off Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Chelsea. $10. 475-1964. [map]


 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Block Party: Washtenaw Dairy.

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Outdoor dancing to live music in celebration of the dairy's 85th anniversary. Also, food and games.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Washtenaw Dairy, 602 S. Ashley. Free admission. 662-3244. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Firefighter Spray Park": Ann Arbor Fire Department.

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Firefighters spray water from firetrucks for kids to run through. Also, a chance for kids to spray a fire hose and check out firefighter equipment.
Noon-4 p.m., Maynard between Liberty & William. Free. 794-6978.


 3:40, 6:40 & 9:50 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.


 3:50, 4:10, 6:50, 7:10 & 10:10 p.m. 

"Spider-Man: Far From Home": State Theatre.

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(Jon Watts, 2019). Superhero flick dealing with the fallout from the events in Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame.
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, 7, & 10 p.m. 

"Midsommar": State Theatre.

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(Ari Aster, 2019). Horror film about a couple who travel to an isolated Swedish village for a famous midsummer festival.
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, 7:15 & 9:50 p.m. 

"Non-Fiction": Michigan Theater.

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(Doubles Vies)" (Olivier Assayas, 2019). Comedy about a novelist who uses his real-life love affairs as fodder for his new novel. French, subtitles.
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 p.m. 

The Capitol Steps: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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The Summer Festival's perennial July 4 tradition, this Washington, D.C.-based comedy troupe performs its trademark political and topical satire, fashioned by writing new lyrics, ranging from silly to bawdy, to familiar songs. The group also performs a few skits and "Lirty Dies" routines, a vaudeville-era comedic form that employs spoonerisms--the transposition of the initial letters of adjacent words--to create humorously garbled texts. Some of their new songs include "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea" and "Wake Me Up in Mar-a-Lago."
4 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $40-$55 in advance at tickets.a2sf.org, by phone, & (if available) at the door. 764-2538 (tickets), 994-5999 (info).


 4:15, 7 & 9:35 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]


 4:30, 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]


 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.-midnight  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 Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective (5 p.m.) and local folk-rock singer-songwriter Chris DuPont (6 p.m.). On the Rackham Stage: Detroit funk, soul, & blues quintet Laura Rain & the Caesars (7 p.m.) and Lady Sunshine & the X-Band (8:30 p.m.), a popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. The music is followed at 10 p.m. by Bryan Singer's popular 2018 Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999. [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]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [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.


 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. 

"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]


 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Fireworks Display: Faith Baptist Church.

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Hot dogs, water, & soda pop available. Bring chairs or blankets, if you like. No coolers, no alcohol, no smoking, no drugs.
9-11 p.m., FBC, 4030 Kalmbach (off I-94 exit 156), Chelsea. Free. 433-1356. [map]


 9:40 p.m. 

"Late Night": Michigan Theater.

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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.
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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Circ Bar: "Dance Party."

With different DJs TBA each week. [venue info]

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

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

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: 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. Photo: Mark Bialek. [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]

Rumpus Room: The Rupple Brothers

Saginaw-area acoustic pop-folk trio with an air of psychedelia 8-11 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]

 
 


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