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Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 18, 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.  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]


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Glug! Glug! Adventures Under the Sea! 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 description: Explore the world of what lives under the sea in this exciting camp where whales, sharks, eels, and mermaids come to life. Perhaps a sunken ship will be found with mysterious treasure or never-seen-before creatures will take us on a journey under the sea. Such amazing adventures await us! (For children ages 4 - 6)
Wild Swan Theater Studio, 6175 Jackson Rd. $125. 734-995-0530. wildswan@wildswantheater.org http://wildswantheater.org/classes-camps/ [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair: The Guild.

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The 50th Annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair (July 18-21) is one of four official partner fairs that comprise the award-winning and highly-respected Ann Arbor Art Fair which for four days each July transforms Ann Arbor, Michigan into a spectacular outdoor art gallery featuring more than 1,000 professional artists and attracting half a million visitors. The 50th Annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is a juried, fine art event featuring the members of the Guild of Artists & Artisans and has 375 exhibiting artist booths, art demonstrations, entertainment, delicious food, and features special guests including the Carr Center Artist-in-Training program.
The 50th Annual Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair includes two locations. The campus section is on State Street from Madison to William. The downtown section is on Main Street from William to Huron and Liberty Street from Ashley to Fifth Avenue.
Downtown Ann Arbor. Free. 734.662.3382. info@theguild.org https://www.theguild.org/fair/ann-arbor-art-fair/#main


 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 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

The Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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July 18-21. Our perennial 4-day tent city within a city houses more than 1,100 artists, from Michigan and around the nation, in 4 separate fairs. Also, live music (see Art Fair Entertainment below), street performances by boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mr. B and others, and an art activity zone (Ingalls Mall, Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun. noon-6 p.m.).
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), downtown Ann Arbor. Free admission. theannarborartfair.com, (800) 888-9487.


 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]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Sensational Summer": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike followed by a scent-and-sound map craft. Led by Shawn Severance. For ages 2-4 (with caregiver).
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]


 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Art Fair Entertainment.

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July 18-21. Live music and other performances on 2 stages. Today:

Ingalls Mall Fountain Stage: teen folk-pop singer-songwriter Kira Grace (11 a.m.), Commerce (MI) pop-rock singer-songwriter Rob Norum (1 p.m.), local pop and folk-rock singer-songwriter Carly Keyes (2 p.m.), veteran Saginaw singer-songwriter and guitarist Bob Hausler (3 p.m.), Northville singer-songwriter Carly Bins (4 p.m.), engaging local pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist Timothy Monger (5 p.m.), and local country-flavored pop singer-songwriter Camila Ballario (6 p.m.).

The Ark Stage (Palio parking lot at William & Main): "The Ark Open Stage" (6-9 p.m.). All musicians invited to perform for 8 minutes or 2 songs (whichever comes first). Sign-up begins at 5:30 p.m. Emcee is 107.1 DJ John Bommarito.

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11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., downtown. Free.


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Go! Ice Cream": Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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Go! Ice Cream owner Rob Hess discusses the history of his Ypsilanti store. Tastings.
Noon-1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [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]



 1-3 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, 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]



 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Cute Clothespin Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [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.


 2-4 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]


 4, 7 & 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.


 4-8 p.m. 

66th Annual Manchester Chicken Broil.

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About 7,000 chickens are cooked over nearly 5 tons of charcoal in four 100-foot-long broiling pits. Dinner includes half a chicken, dinner roll, homemade coleslaw, radishes, potato chips, and a beverage. Ice cream, water, and pop available. Also, a classic car show and live music by local soul, blues, and country quintet Billie Lewis & the Soulbacks. Drive-through service available.
4-8 p.m., Alumni Memorial Field (Vernon & Wolverine), Manchester. Shuttle from Riverside Intermediate School, 710 E. Main. Tickets $9 in advance at most downtown Manchester businesses, and other locations listed at manchesterchickenbroil.com; $10 at the gate. 320-2620. [map]


 4:10 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, & 9:50 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]


 4:20, 6:45 & 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.


 4:25 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.


 4:30, 7:20 & 9:50 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.


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

3rd Thursdays: Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Live music on the mill porch, hay rides, kids activities, live entertainment by street performers such as fire twirlers and belly dancers, artist & vendor market, international food, a business expo, historic tours & open houses, and more.
5-9 p.m., downtown Manchester. Free. 48158.com, (248) 605-0626.


 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]


 5-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Button Making Lab!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make pin buttons. Materials provided.
5-6:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Domino Artist: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Young local domino artist Brady Dolan, aka bpdoles, knocks down a 25,000-piece domino project he's been working on for the last 8 days with other domino artists from the U.S. and Canada. Also, domino activities.
6 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with admission ($12.50; babies age 1 & under, free). 995-5439. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Spaced-Out Family Movie Night": Saline District Library.

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Screening of family-friendly films. Recommended for families with kids age 8 & up (elementary age kids must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling).

June 20: Spaceballs, Mel Brooks's manic 1987 pun-filled Star Wars parody.

July 18: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Steven Spielberg's 1982 sci-fi classic about a boy who befriends a creature from outer space.

Aug. 22: SpaceCamp, Harry Winer's 1986 sci-fi flick about teens at space camp who find themselves in space for real when their shuttle is accidentally launched into orbit.

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6 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [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]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly series of fun, informative talks on everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla. Speakers TBA at annarbor.nerdnite.com.

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7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), LIVE, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic with Jake Maltby": 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. Jake Maltby. As an added bonus we will be serving up $5 pints all night long!
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/738933229895710/ [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! 

Quarterly Member Meeting: Maker Works.

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Want to learn more about what's going on at Maker Works?
Join us for our quarterly Member Meeting, led by Maker Works co-founders Tom Root and Dale Grover. In it, they'll cover:
- Maker Works Business Scoreboard and Profit & Loss
- Membership Options
- Announcements & Upcoming Changes
If you are or have ever been a member, we would love to see you there! Stop by the shop to stay up to date on Maker Works news.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Drive. Free. 7342224911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/ [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.


 7:10 & 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.


 7:10 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]


 7:20 & 9:25 p.m. 

"Meeting Gorbachev": Michigan Theater.

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(Werner Herzog & André Singer, 2019). Documentary about the last leader of the USSR.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [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. 

"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]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Racine/Bowen/Deas/Reid Quartet.

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Joyful music making from the Racine/Bowen/Deas/Reid Quartet featuring originals and music from the book of the late great Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Personnel: Ingrid Racine (trumpet), Max Bowen (guitar), Josef Deas (bass) and Everett Reid (drums).
Dolores Mexican Restaurant, 6 S. Washington St, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 904-9402. https://www.facebook.com/events/856900694680810/ [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]


 9:40 p.m. 

"The Fall of the American Empire (La Chute de L'Empire Américain)": Michigan Theater.

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(Denys Arcand, 2019). Satirical heist film about a deliveryman with a PhD who impulsively takes cash from a crime scene he stumbled into. 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:

 

Blue Llama: Roe Bickley Kramer Trio

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Circ Bar: "Dance Party."

With different DJs TBA each week. [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]

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike

All hip-hop artists invited. [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]

Lo-Fi: Demolition Doll Rods

Veteran all-female trash-rock glam trio from Detroit. Openers: Carjack, a Detroit robo-punk one-man band, and Haute Tension, a surf noir band from Miami. [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]

Ypsi Alehouse: McLaughlin's Alley

Detroit Irish-tinged pop-rock quintet fronted by sibling singer- songwriters Tina and Maureen Paraventi. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Rochelle Clark

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

 
 


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