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 email@example.com or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. firstname.lastname@example.org sunshen.org [map]
July 21-26. Six days of farm animal shows and auctions, plus crafts, exhibits, all-day equestrian competitions, and assorted contests from animal decorating to a goat milk-out. Highlights include the popular "Llama Leaping Contest" (July 24, 2 p.m.), the livestock auction (July 25, 6:30 p.m.), an archery contest (July 26, 1 p.m.), the "Animal Decorator Contest" (July 26, 1:30 p.m.), and the "Ag Olympics" (July 26, 2:30 p.m.) in which 4-H youth compete in Olympic-style games involving water, mud, and agricultural products. For complete daily schedule, see canr.msu.edu
8 a.m.-evening, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 222-3877. [map]
Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
9 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.
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: Come globe-trot with us as we travel the world! Each day we will explore a new country-we'll hear stories from a different culture, dance to its music, do art, and celebrate the specialness of each land! From Brazil to Japan to India to Mexico-it is a "small world" after all!! (For students ages 6 - 10)
Wild Swan Theater Studio, 6175 Jackson Rd. $175. 734-995-0530. email@example.com http:
Join us every fourth weekend of the month for a select Fabric by-the-pound sale! $2 per pound for all kinds of choice material. New fabric will be added each month and each day of the sale!
Sale runs Friday through Sunday 10am-6pm.
Join us and get your SCRAP fabric crafting on!
SCRAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community.
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. Free admission. 7342185620. firstname.lastname@example.org scrapbox.org [map]
Please join us each Friday for a presentation/discussion covering various financial topics of interest. We will open with a 15-20 minute presentation, then take as much time as needed to cover questions.
June 28th - maximizing Social Security
Although the event is free, please call (734) 635-2652 to pre-register. Space is limited to 12 persons/event.
C&D Wealth Advisors, 3011 Miller Rd. Free. 7346352652. email@example.com https:
July 25-27. The festival features a food court on W. Middle Street (Thurs. & Fri. 5-10 p.m. & Sat. noon-10 p.m.) with food from several Chelsea restaurants and a social tent ($5 cover after 6 p.m.) behind the Common Grill (1-5 & 6-11 p.m.) with beer & wine and live music (7-11 p.m. all 3 nights & 1-5 p.m. on Sat. only). On Fri. & Sat. only, a KidZone (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) with a variety of activities behind the Clocktower and a juried art market (noon-8 p.m.).
Thurs.: Live music and other entertainment at the regular weekly Sights & Sounds on Thursday Nights stages (see listing).
Fri.: A classic car show (3-8 p.m.) with live music by the Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace (5-7 p.m.), and the First Congregational Church Chicken Broil (5 p.m. until sold out).
Sat: A chalk art contest (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) with cash prizes, a pet parade (10 a.m.), and live music in the social tent by The Kielbasa Kings (1:30-4:30 p.m.), a Dearborn polka band.
Social tent evening music (7-11 p.m.: The big-voiced Big Rapids country-folk singer-songwriter May Erlewine, and The Accidentals, the wildly acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City pop-folk trio of multi-instrumentalists (and recent high school grads) Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause. The Drew Hale Band (Fri.), the up-and-coming Traverse City country-roots rock quartet led by Hale, winner of the 2016 Country Showdown "Best New Country Act." Opener: Detroit country-rock band Ashley Lynn & the Spurs. 50 Amp Fuse (Sat.), a popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band with Detroit R&B-soul group Metro Soul Band. Complete schedule available at chelseafestivals.com.
5-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), Main, Middle, & Park Sts., downtown Chelsea. Free, except for social tent, which is $5/person. No one under age 21 admitted to the social tent after 9 p.m. 475-1145, 474-9178.
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.
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]
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.
10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]
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.
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
League member Margaret Leary discusses how the organization is working to ensure an accurate count in the 2020 census. Lunch available ($7 cash), or bring a bag lunch.
Noon-2 p.m., Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Ln., Dexter. Reservations required. 792-9702. [map]
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]
Daily, except July 4. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
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.
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.
Dynamic Earth (10:30 a.m. Sat.) traces a trail of energy from the Sun through the Earth's atmosphere and into the biosphere.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. 764-0478. [map]
Craft project for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.
(Quentin Tarantino, 2019). A fading star and his stunt double try to revive their careers in 1969 Los Angeles.
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]
Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). firstname.lastname@example.org, (989) 455-4484. [map]
July 26 & 27. Around 3,000 people are expected to sample more than a thousand different beers from some 150 Michigan craft breweries. Food available. Entertainment schedule TBA.
5-9 p.m. (Fri.) & 1-6 p.m. (Sat.). Riverside Park, Cross St. at Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $45 (Fri.) & $50 (Sat.) in advance at michiganbrewersguild.org, $50 (Fri.) & $55 (Sat.) at the gate (if available; Sat. usually sells out). Admission includes 15 beer sample tokens. Designated driver tickets, $5. mibeer.com
Every Friday (except July 5 & Aug. 9), June 14-Aug. 30.
June 14: Dexter Community Orchestra. Pops concert.
June 21: Local roots-rock quartet Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies.
June 28: The Jazz Bums. Dexter jazz sextet whose repertoire includes covers of Coltrane, Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Charlie Parker.
July 5: Popular, nationally-known acoustic duo Gemini.
July 12: Redford British Invasion cover quartet The Invasion.
July 19: Detroit blues trio the Randy Brock Band.
July 26: Vintage Ventures-style instrumental guitar band Surf Zup.
Aug. 2: Ann Arbor classic rock band Ransom Jones.
Aug. 16: Members of the Dexter Community Orchestra perform as the Orchestra Jazz Ensemble.
Aug. 23: Ann Arbor R&B band Men in Black.
Aug. 30: Salmagundi. Memphis-style rock 'n' roll.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.
All invited to join a group workout. Bring a water bottle and your own ball and sticks if you have them (some equipment available to borrow).
6:30 p.m., Tefft Park behind the Rec Center, 1866 Woodland, Saline. Free. 429-3502. [map]
Beautiful, hand-crafted and timeless, gongs for generations have offered a unique sound journey through their powerful yet subtle tones. The power of the gong in sound therapy is associated with many healing modalities. As we listen, it helps calm the mind and body, assists in the management of pain, and healing is promoted as we enter a more relaxed state of being.
Equally, a gong sound bath helps to cut through mental chatter. Through sympathetic resonance, the sound frequencies quickly bring the brain waves into alpha and theta states where meditation and deep relaxation are experienced. In this state of awareness, with intervals of silence, one is able to enjoy a more relaxed perspective, gain deep insights and healing, and increased creativity.
Gong bath is 75 minutes.
3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $28. email@example.com www.veraposeyoga.com [map]
(Roland Emmerich, 1994). Kurt Russell & James Spader star in this sci-fi movie about an interstellar teleportation device that links modern-day Earth with a planet where a colony of humans live as though in ancient Egypt. Discussion follows.
7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.
July 26 & 27. Chicago-based observational comic, originally from the Detroit area, who is known for his snappy, energetic delivery and a sharp wit that's alternately impudent and poetically suggestive. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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]
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested - her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, Book by Allan Knee. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
The College Theater at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org OneOffTheatre.com [map]
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. email@example.com http:
Appalachian roots music quintet led by Mountain Heart singer-banjoist Barry Abernathy. With Grammy-winning fiddler Jim VanCleve, veteran bluegrass bassist Todd Phillips, singer-mandolinist Darrell Webb, and guitarist Zeb Snyder.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 (Solo-level members, free) 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]
Join us after Beer Fest for the awesome vocal stylings of local legend Adam Labeaux. Called the "king of improvisational folk rock and soul", singer/songwriter Adam Labeaux tours the country performing over 200 dates per year. Adam was a co-founder of the Ragbirds, Anna Lee's Company, and the Cloudbuilders. He has recorded five independent albums, and has appeared as a guest on countless others.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
July 23-26. Pianist Kevin Bylsma accompanies Art Fair Song Fest cofounder and soprano Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers and other local singers in classical art songs and cabaret songs.
July 23: Minnesota-based self-accompanying soprano (and Rodgers protégé) Liz Pearse performs Poulenc's "Le Bestiaire" and other 19th- and 20th-century animal-themed art songs, along with the world premiere of U-M performing arts technology lecturer Christopher Burns' new "number opera," a multi-movement work exploring the beauty of mathematical equations.
July 24: "Herz/Schmerz & Toujours L'amour: German Lieder and French Mélodies," a program of favorite German and French art songs. 8 p.m.
July 25: "Sex, Drugs, and Opera Scenes," a program of melodramatic opera songs. 8 p.m.
July 26: "Cabaret Schmabaret!!!" features cabaret songs. 8 p.m.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. July 23: $5 suggested donation. July 24 & 25: free. July 26: Tickets TBA. Reservations recommended. kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]
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.
Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by This Is a Quiz (Fri.), the League of Pointless Improvisers (Fri. & Sat.), and other troupes. The July 6 shows are "Forte Factory," an improvised one-act musical inspired by a conversation with the audience.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]
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]
"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.
"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.
Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Shannon Lee
Versatile Ypsilanti Americana country-folk singer-songwriter best known as a vocalist with Hullabaloo.
Blind Pig: Fallow Land
Local pop-rock quartet. Openers: the Detroit lo-fi indie rock band Ness Lake and Parkway & Columbia, a Brighton quintet that plays atmospheric, melodic indie rock $10-$13..
Blue Llama: Vincent Chandler Septet
Jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit composer-trombonist Chandler.
CoOp: Andrea Doria
Riverview jazz-inflected pop-rock quartet. Opener: Ben Green.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Amy Grace Johnson
Young acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter from East Tawas.
Earle: Rick Burgess Trio
Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists.
Habitat Lounge: Fusion
Top 40 dance band.
Mash: Crossfire Blues Band
Detroit-area blues and blues-rock quartet.
Mash: Dan Orcutt
Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter.
Silvio's Organic Pizza: Chuck Swanagan
Local Americana folk-rock singer-guitarist.
Ypsi Alehouse: Poor Player
Detroit Americana alt-country quartet. 8-10 p.m.
Ziggy's: Wax Kings!
Ypsilanti hip-hop DJ collective. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: The Dawn Giblin Trio
Vintage prewar jazz by this ensemble led by Giblin, a Detroit vocalist whose influences include Connee Boswell, Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald. With cellist Mike Caroub and pianist James Dapogny.
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