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Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 11, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Flea Market: St. Joseph Church.

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July 11-13. Sale of books, kitchen wares, toys, games, holiday decorations, household items, and more. No clothes, computers, or large appliances.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.), St. Joseph Parish Center, corner of Dover & 3rd, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483.


 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 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]


 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

"Stories from the Amazon 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: Join us as we enter the world of the Brazilian Rainforest. Together we will make masks and instruments, create soundscapes, explore stories and movement of the rainforest, and bring this magical part of the world to life! (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. & 7 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10 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.-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. July's theme: "Race to the Moon!" August's theme: "Strange Worlds, Stranger Creatures!"
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]


 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]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Explore: S.T.E.A.M: Engineering": Northfield Township Area Library.

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From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., break out the hard hats and thinking caps, it's engineering day at Northfield Township Area Library! We've got a bridge-building challenge for the older kids to show off their skills, rocket launchers for every age, and bubbles for the little ones. Registration is required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [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  Free! 

"Flamethrowers": UMMA Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Literati Bookstore creative program manager Gina Balibrera, of Rachel Kushner's acclaimed 2013 novel about a young woman intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles into art.
Noon, UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. except July 4. Outdoor concerts. July 11: Folk & bluegrass by The Raisin Pickers. July 18: Jazz, funk, & pop by The MotorCity3. July 25: Pop & jazz standards by the Jake Reichbart Trio.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Courtyard, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. All invited to join a current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey.
1-2 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 1:30-10 p.m. 

75th Manchester Community Fair.

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Midway rides (Wed.-Sat.), carnival games, concessions, tractor pulls, an opening parade (July 9, 6:30 p.m.), a rodeo (July 10, 7:30 p.m.), a USA Demolition Derby (July 12, 7:30 p.m.), livestock shows, live music, and more. For complete schedule, see manchesterfair.org.
5-10 p.m. (Tues.), 3-10 p.m. (Wed.), 1:30-10 p.m. (Thurs.; rides open at 3 p.m.), 1-10 p.m. (Fri.), & 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Sat.; rides open at 1 p.m.), Alumni Memorial Field, Vernon & Wolverine, Manchester. Admission: $5 (Wed.-Sat. after 5 p.m., $9; rides wristbands, TBA; fair pass, $30; age 8 & under, free). manchesterfair@yahoo.com, 428-8429. [map]


 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 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]


 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  Free! 

Makerspace: Dexter District Library.

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Drop-in creative activities for kids entering grades K-8.
2pm, DDL. Free. [Preregistration required.] 426-4477. [map]


 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (except July 4). For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

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

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

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


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Rainbow Shaving Cream Marbled Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades K-8 invited to make marbled paper.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab (343 S. Fifth Ave.) & AADL Malletts Creek, (3090 E. Eisenhower). Free. 327-4200.


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 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! 

U-M Center Stage Strings Concerts.

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July 2, 5, 6, & 9-12. Recitals by string students ages 13-24 and (July 5 only) faculty of this summer institute. Programs TBA.
3:30 p.m. (July 2, 9, 11) & 7 p.m. (July 5, 6, 10, & 12), U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall (except July 5 & 10, Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin), 1100 Baits. Free. 936-2660. [map]


 3:45, 6:50 & 9:40 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, 6:40 & 9:30 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.


 4:15, 7, & 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.


 4:15, 7 & 9:25 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 & 9:45 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, 6:45 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am": State Theatre.

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(Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019). Biopic of the Nobel Prize-winning author.
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.


 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]


 6 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 Senior Living, 52365 10 Mile Road, South Lyon. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [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. 

Nevertheless Film Festival.

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Four days of films and panel discussions by women filmmakers, producers, editors, screenwriters, and cinematographers.

July 11: "Une Colonie (A Colony)" (Genevieve Dulude-De Celles, 2019). A timid 12-year-old begins high school in a new town, coping awkwardly with a hostile environment and befriending an indigenous boy from a neighboring reserve. French, subtitles. Also, Eva Kaukai and Manon Chamberland's 2019 short documentary Throat Singing in Kangirsuk (Katatjatuuk Kangirsumi). 6:30 p.m.

July 12: Panel Discussion with speakers TBA at festival headquarters (105 S. State). FREE. 5:30 p.m. "South Mountain" (Hilary Brougher, 2019). A husband reveals his bigamy after he and his wife send their teen daughters off on summer adventures. Also, Mary Evangelista's 2018 teen trans romance short Fran This Summer. 6:30 p.m. "Pipe Dreams" (Stacey Tenenbaum, 2019). Documentary about competitive organ playing. Q&A with Tenenbaum. 8:30 p.m.

July 13: Panel with Stacey Tenenbaum at festival headquarters (105 S. State). FREE. 11:30 a.m. "Narrative Shorts Program." Noon. Panel with Shaina Feinberg at festival headquarters (105 S. State). FREE. 2 p.m. "Sister Aimee" (Samantha Buck & Marie Schlingmann, 2019). Tongue-in-cheek biopic loosely based on the life of Aimee Semple McPherson, a wildly popular 1920s evangelist. 2:30 p.m. "Senior Escort Service" (Shaina Feinberg, 2018). Funny, sad, and inventive meditation on loss sparked by the filmmaker's father's sudden death. Q&A with Feinberg. Also, sometimes, i think about dying, Stefanie abel Horowitz's 2019 short about a woman whose morbid thoughts are interrupted by the attentions of a coworker. 4:30 p.m. "Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl" (Amy Goldstein, 2018). Documentary about the British teen rock star's brief fame and its fallout. 6:30 p.m.

July 14: "Documentary Shorts Program." Noon. Panel with Bridgette Auger at festival headquarters (105 S. State). 2 p.m. "Romantic Comedy" (Elizabeth Sankey, 2019). Documentary about rom-coms. Also, Simone LeClaire's 2019 short drama To Ana. Q&A with Sankey. 2:30 p.m. "Go Back to China" (Emily Ting, 2019). A spoiled rich girl is cut off by her father and goes back to China to work for the family toy business. English, Cantonese, & Mandarin; subtitles. 4:30 p.m. "We Are Not Princesses" (Bridgette Auger & Itab Azzam, 2018). Documentary about the Syrian refugee crisis from the perspective of 4 women. Arabic, subtitles. Q&A with Auger. 6:30 p.m.

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Michigan Theater (except as noted). Tickets $10 per screening in advance at neverthelessfilmfestival.com and at the door. [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 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]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Frank Lloyd Wright Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow-paced ride, 15-18 miles, through North Campus, Barton Hills, and scenic roads north of town. Fat tires recommended.
6:30 p.m., meet at 2722 Georgetown Blvd. north off Plymouth Rd. Free. 663-5060, 717-7567.


 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]


 7 p.m. 

"My Friend the Polish Girl": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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July's Edition of "Ann Arbor Film Festival Presents"
My Friend the Polish Girl
The State Theatre
Wednesday, June 11, at 7:00pm
The screening is free for AAFF members and Michigan Theater gold card members! If you'd like to become a member of the AAFF, you may do so on the website, at www.aafilmfest.org/become-a-member
The State Theater. $10.50. info@aafilmfest.org aafilmfest.org


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic Night with Jonas": Unity Vibration.

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Come one, come all and share your gifts with us. Sing, strum, dance, tell a joke or juggle, we will cheer and you will shine at the Triple Goddess Tasting Room! Your MC for the evening will be Mr. Jonas Dainius Berzanskis. As an added bonus we will be serving up $5 pints all night long!
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 220 S. Main St, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. danni@thepaintandpour.com https://www.facebook.com/events/760341351034380 [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled--Douglas Brinkley: Literati Bookstore.

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This event has been canceled.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs., except July 4. 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! 

Southeast Michigan Woodworkers Meeting: Maker Works.

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Gather, share, learn, and enjoy with other woodworkers. More info at http://semiww.org/
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/southeast-michigan-woodworkers-meeting [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bach Suites & Sweet Tunes #2": Northside Community Church NCC Classics.

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Cellist Thor Sigurdson performs J.S. Bach's Cello Suites 1, 3, & 6. Local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter Nadim Azzam then performs a set, and then the 2 blend the 2 styles together in a duet. Also, a chance for kids to try the instruments.
7 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free; donations welcome. 662-6351. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Breadboard Electric Piano": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grade 6-adult invited to build an electric piano using the 555 Integrated Circuit, which can produce 6 different tones. Materials provided. No experience necessary.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Readings by local poets Karen Holman and Josephine Rood. Signing. The program begins with an open mike for poets to read their own work or a favorite poem by another writer.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Sound! Euphonium the Movie--Our Promise: A Brand New Day"

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July 11 & 15. (Tatsuya Ishihara, 2019). Anime based on a Japanese TV series about a high school band. Dubbed (July 11) & subtitled (July 15).
7 p.m., Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $11.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events & at the door. 973-8424. [map]


 7-9 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 p.m.  Free! 

"We Hunt the Flame": Barnes & Noble YA Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Hafsah Faizal's YA fantasy novel about a young woman tasked with restoring magic to a fictitious world inspired by ancient Arabia and its mythology. Food & drink samples.
7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-0846. [map]


 7:15 p.m. 

"Wild Rose": State Theatre.

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(Tom Harper, 2019). Drama about a Glaswegian ex-con who reunites with her children and dreams of becoming a country singer in Nashville.
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.


 7:30 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. 

"Big Daddy Shakespeare": Roustabout Theatre Troupe.

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July 11-14. Josie Lapczynski directs local actors in a montage of Shakespeare scenes, sonnets, and excerpts adapted by local writer Anna Simmons to explore Shakespeare as father and son. Cast: Amanda Buchalter, Julia Garlotte, Russ Schwartz, and Cynthia Szczesny.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Ypsilanti Experimental Space (YES), 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $24 (seniors, $22; students, $15) in advance at roustabout.brownpapertickets.com & by phone, and at the door. 681-0112. [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 p.m. 

"Stargazers by Reina Hardy": Theatre NOVA.

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Rupert Knox is looking for love in all the wrong planets. He's an astrophysicist who wants two things in life: to make the astronomical discovery of the millennium and find a date to his sister's wedding. He may have found both in Claire, a mysterious celestial poet. But when another woman shows up at Rupert's door, all three star-crossed lovers will have to make big choices about mortality, true love, and whether to stick with vodka or switch to beer. Directed by David Wolber, Stargazers features Kaitlyn Valor Bourque, Eddie Rothermel, and Katelyn Wilson.
July 11 - Aug. 4, 2019

Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron St. $22 (pay-what-you-can tickets available at door)). 734-635-8450. a2theatrenova@gmail.com http://www.theatrenova.org [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. 

Greg Brown: The Ark.

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A former regular on A Prairie Home Companion, Brown is best known for "The Iowa Waltz" and other gruffly expressive, down-to-earth tributes to Midwestern life and true love. His well-crafted songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, and he has also composed settings for the poetry of William Blake. He's an engaging, at times mesmerizing performer, with a deep voice that one critic calls a "gravel-floored basement full of memories, ruminations, lusts, and last-ditch humor."
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 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. 

"Man of La Mancha": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sat., July 11-27. Phil Simmons and Shelby Seeley codirect an outdoor production of Dale Wasserman, Mitch Leigh, and Joe Darion's popular musical adaptation of Cervantes's Don Quixote. The action-which focuses on the visionary foolishness of Quixote's pursuit of Dulcinea-is presented as a play-within-a-play. An imprisoned Cervantes, as a defense against trumped-up charges brought against him by his fellow prisoners, has them act out a story he's made up. Stars John DeMerrell and Sarah Brown.
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]


 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Sadat X & El Da Sensei

Duo of renowned veteran NYC alternative hip-hop rappers. Openers: the hip-hop MCs Aztek the Barfly, Leaf Erikson, Mr. Furious, and Nickie P, and DJ Kaos. $15. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Juarez-Lee-Alvarez

Local jazz trio that cites Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson among its influences. With saxophonist Kenji Lee, bassist Brian Juarez, and drummer David Alvarez III. [venue info]

Circ Bar: "Dance Party."

With different DJs TBA each week. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Dickie D.

Solo performance by local banjoist Rick Delcamp, a member of the popular local roots music sextet Dragon Wagon. [venue info]

CoOp: Open Mike

All musicians invited. 6-7 p.m. [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]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Blu-Ray

New local rock band. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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