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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 3, 2019

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 7:30 a.m. 

Pedal and Whine Bike Tour: Cascades Cycling Club.

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Cascades Cycling Club is proud to present a bicycle tour that showcases south central Michigan's rural roads, summer scenery, its wine country and delicious, locally sourced food.

The 7th annual Pedal & Whine Bike Tour will be held on Saturday, August 3, at Sandhill Crane Vineyards. Join us for this very popular, fully supported ride that has grown significantly in each of its first six years. Enjoy bicycling along the scenic, lightly travelled roads of eastern Jackson county and the Waterloo Recreation area. With routes of 8, 16, 36 and 70 miles, cyclists can choose to ride as much or as little as they like. All routes are fully supported by roving "SAG" vehicles so participants can ride worry free.
Lunch included for all pre-registered riders, who will also have a chance to win a new bike.
Wine tasting will be available at a reduced price.
The vineyard will also be brewing two special craft beers for this event, which will be available for purchase.
Helmets required.
Sandnill Crane Vineyards, 4724 Walz Rd, Jackson, Michigan, Jackson. $25 ind./$55 family. 5177956350. [map]

 7:30 a.m. 

"Ann Arbor Tri": Epic Races.

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All invited to compete in a sprint triathlon, duathlon, mini sprint tri, relay, or aquabike race. Awards, medals for finishers, T-shirts, & more.
7:30 a.m. (registration opens at 5:45 a.m.), Halfmoon Lake Beach, 8725 Hankerd Rd., Dexter Twp. $75-$90 by June 30; $85-$95 July 1-Aug. 1; $95-$100 on race weekend. $11 annual park pass required., 531-8747. [map]

 7:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Cars & Coffee": Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Every Sat. All invited to drive their classic or interesting car to the cafe and discuss it with other car enthusiasts.
7:30-9:30 a.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

 8 a.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]

 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Birding at Draper-Houston": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring.
8-10 a.m., Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve, 578 Mooreville, Milan. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga in the Park": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All invited. Bring a water bottle and mat (some mats available to borrow).
8 a.m., Henne Field, 200 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. 429-3502. [map]

 8:45 a.m. 

Group Ride: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Dexter and Chelsea for those with some experience. You can also join the ride at 9 a.m. at Forsythe Middle School (1655 Newport).
8:45 a.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. 516-5840, 945-0613. [map]

 9-10 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Hudson Mills Activity Center.

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Nature-themed stories & crafts for ages 4-7.

Apr. 6: "Bouncing Bunnies."

May 4: "Spring Wildflowers."

June 1: "For the Birds."

July 6: "Beautiful Bugs."

Aug. 3: "Heard But Not Seen."
9-10 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per child. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

James C. Harrison & Darin Latimer Art Show- "Imaging Each Other": Schmidt's Antiques Inc. Since 1911.

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James C. Harrison & Darin Latimer - "Imaging Each Other".
Ypsilanti, MI
August 2nd, 2019
Schmidt's Antiques is pleased to announce a public presentation and sale of works by Detroit-born Artists James C. Harrison (1925-1990) & Darin Latimer entitled "Imaging Each Other".
Starting with an open reception on Friday, August 2nd, Schmidt's Michigan Art Gallery will feature a preview of the collection from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with an artist talk by Latimer beginning at 7:00 p.m. The public sale and exhibition will commence Saturday, August 3rd, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, and continue each Saturday through the end of the month, or by appointment.
The selection of over thirty works includes many never offered for sale from both artists. Inspired by the work of Harrison, Darin Latimer recently finished first solo show entitled "Deathless-ness; 10,000 Works (Eyes & Teeth Dept.)", at the Elephant Art Gallery in Chicago.
Please join us:
Reception: Friday, August 2nd 6:00-8:00 pm
Schmidt's Antiques, 5138 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 7344342660. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

USEA Horse Trials: Cobblestone Farms.

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More than 200 horses and riders compete in dressage, cross country riding, and stadium jumping. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farms, 5601 Zeeb Rd., Dexter. Free. 369-2633. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjällräven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. Hikes may go as far as the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjällräven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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This an all-levels instructor-guided conditioning circuit class is perfect for new aerialists, experienced flyers as a supplement to their current training, or for any folx who are interested in a new and exciting way to exercise. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike Rodeo": EMU Police Department.

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Bike safety checks, a rideable bike obstacle course, talks on bike safety, and food trucks (free food to the first 180 people). Also, a chance to meet EMU police horses and dogs and to check out an ambulance.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-4402. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

3rd Annual Great Lakes Regional VegBash Festival: Quintessential Event Company.

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This event will occur rain or shine as most features will either be inside one of four exhibit halls, under a covered pavilion or tented. Key features of this year's event will include:
• AMAZING FOOD - featuring plant-based food concessions from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois
• BEER and WINE - all proceeds of the bar benefiting Barn Sanctuary
• NON-STOP LIVE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT - on the site's main stage
• THE CRAFTED WITH COMPASSION CRAFTER AND ARTISAN MARKET - with up a jaw dropping array of treasures available for purchase
Washtenaw County Fairgrounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Campsites, V Lounge & General Admission pricing explained on website.. 248-809-9644. [map]

 10 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Pride: Jim Toy Community Center.

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Aug. 3 & 4. Annual LGBTQ celebration with live music, drag and burlesque performances, a kidzone, a picnic, and more. Headliner is Aja, a queer performer who rose to prominence on RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. Also, meet & greet with Aja (Sat. 7 p.m. at Jim Toy, 319 Braun Ct.; $25 in advance at for "Aja"). Full schedule TBA at
10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Braun Ct. & Kerrytown. Free admission. 695-7137. [map]

 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.  Free! 

Public Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Daily. 30-minute tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Noon Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Sat. and Sun.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon & 4 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Noon & 2 p.m. (daily) and 10 a.m. & 4 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

"Great Lakes VegBash Regional Food Festival"

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Aug. 2 & 3. Showcase of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food. On Friday, a "V Lounge Kickoff Party" ($10 in advance; $12 at the gate) with dancing to a DJ, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. On Saturday, live music by bands playing Woodstock hits, nonprofit info booths, kids activities and entertainment, a craft market, & more.
7 p.m.-midnight (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $11 (seniors age 65 & over, $10; kids age 12 & under, free) in advance; $13 (seniors, $11) at the gate. Tickets include a $5 food voucher. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"House of Impossible Beauties": Ann Arbor Gay Men's Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Joseph Cassara's 2018 fictionalized biography of Angie and Venus Xtravaganza, prominent figures in the Harlem drag ball scene made famous by Jennie Livingston's 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning.
10 a.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga on the Lawn": Chelsea Wellness Center.

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Every Sat., June 15-Aug. 17. All adults invited to join a yoga session; weather permitting. Bring your own yoga mat; arrive early to sign in.
10-11 a.m., Chelsea District Library lawn, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute demos. In "Counting Cells" (11 a.m.) participants learn about cell structure and division. The cow's eye dissection (3 p.m.) explores how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes. For ages 5+.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. [map]

 Noon-11 p.m. 

20th Annual Milan Bluegrass Festival.

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Four days of bluegrass music performed by leading regional and national performers.


July 31: Today's headliner is the legendarily virtuosic Virginia-based Lonesome River Band (4 & 10 p.m.) that's known for its great harmony singing, lickety-split solos, and white-hot ensemble playing. Also, Pennsylvania-based traditional bluegrass group Remington Ryde (noon & 6 p.m.), the North Carolina bluegrass gospel band Mountain Faith (1 & 7 p.m.), the Nashville-based Larry Stephenson Band (2 & 8 p.m.), and the Po' Ramblin' Boys (3 & 9 p.m.), the 2018 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year (3 & 9 p.m.).


Aug. 1: Today's headliners are the Xenia (OH) traditional bluegrass & gospel quintet Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (3 & 9 p.m.) and the eastern Kentucky traditional bluegrass band Hammertown (4 & 10 p.m.). Also, a traditional bluegrass band led by former IBMA Fiddler of the year Michael Cleveland (noon & 6 p.m.), the veteran Lexington (VA) bluegrass quintet Nothin' Fancy (1 & 7 p.m.), and the Florida contemporary bluegrass quintet the Amanda Cook Band (2 & 8 p.m.).


Aug. 2: Today's headliner is Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (4 & 10 p.m.), a veteran neotraditionalist ensemble from northern Georgia fronted by lead vocalist and guitarist Moore that's a 7-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year. Also, the hard-driving Marquette bluegrass quartet Chasin' Steel (noon & 6 p.m.), the veteran Ann Arbor traditional bluegrass band the RFD Boys (1 & 7 p.m.), Jeff Parker & Company (2 & 8 p.m.), and Callahan (FL) bluegrass & acoustic roots music band the Trinity River Band (3 & 9 p.m.).


Aug. 3: Today's headliners are former IBMA Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (3 & 9 p.m.) and 2-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year winner the Gibson Brothers (4 & 10 p.m.), an upstate New York bluegrass ensemble. Also, ICM 2018 Bluegrass Album of the Year winner the Dave Adkins Band (noon & 6 p.m.), the Michigan bluegrass band Detour Bluegrass (1 & 7 p.m.), and the venerable acoustic bluegrass group The Special Consensus (2 & 8 p.m.).

Noon-11 p.m., KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Rd. (US-23 to Exit 25; southeast on Plank Rd.), Milan. Tickets $105 (for all 4 days) in advance by July 20, $120 at the gate for all 4 days. Daily passes are $35 in advance, $40 at the gate ($25 after 6 p.m. on Thurs.-Sat.). 2-day pass (Fri. & Sat.) is $65 & 3-day (Thurs., Fri., & Sat.) pass is $85 in advance, passes purchased at the gate are $5 more. Kids under 13 with parent, free. 439-1076. [map]

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

30th Anniversary Picnic: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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All singles age 25 & over invited for a potluck lunch (bring a dish to pass), cake, games, and a photo display. PVC is a social club of single people who volunteer at local non-profits.
Noon-4 p.m., Marsh View Meadows Park, 300 E. Textile, Saline. Free. 644-1232. [map]

 Time TBA  Free! 

"River Hop 2019"

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Aug. 2-4. This festival in the "River District" north of the Broadway Bridge is highlighted by a large number of garage sales Sat. & Sun. and a picnic in Beckley Park (Sun., 5-7 p.m., Argo just west of Pontiac Tr.) with live music by the Huron River Ramblers. Also, an evening paddle (Fri., 5-8 p.m.) at the Argo Pond livery with free boat and tube rentals if you mention RiverHop, a self-guided "Hopeful Oaks Native Plant Garden Tour" (Sat., 3-7 p.m., 1314 Broadway), a "Cultural History of the River District Bike Tour" (Sun., 9-11 a.m., meet at 1211 Wright St.), a "Neighborhood History Tour" (Sun., 2 p.m., meeting location TBA, wear walking shoes), and more.
Times TBA, River District neighborhood. Free.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Aug. 3, 10, 11, & 25. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.


Aug. 3: Dhu Varren Woods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the intersection of Birchwood Dr. & Dhu Varren) to remove Japanese hedge parsley threatening this 13-acre woodland.


Aug. 10: Olson Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail) to remove invasive species from the prairie.


Aug. 11: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Beechwood, north of Sunset)to remove spotted knapweed threatening native flowers.


Aug. 25: Barton Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr.)to remove invasive species threatening one of the top butterflying spots in town.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and emu (3 p.m.). Also, alligator feeding (1:30 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a coyote, a gila monster, a skunk, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Air Apparent": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Aug. 3 & 4. Science demos and experiments involving air pressure.
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"A Chorus Line": Horizon Performing Arts.

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Aug. 1-4. Reilly Conlon directs local actors in Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban's long-running 1975 Broadway musical about a day in the life of 17 would-be Broadway dancers. The score's many popular tunes include "What I Did for Love," "At the Ballet," "I Can Do That," and "One."
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 in advance at 718-9399. [map]

 2 & 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 and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read and Look": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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A reading of Kate Davies and Alfredo Belli's picture book In Egyptian Times. Followed by a chance to tour the museum to find artifacts featured in the book. For kids ages 4-7 (with caregiver).
Kelsey, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Superhero Academy": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Superhero-themed activities for kids in grades K-5.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Aug. 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them. The band hosts a similar jam at the Ypsi Alehouse (124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti) on Aug. 21, 7-9 p.m.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Beer & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly beers with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 3 & 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. [map]

 3:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos led by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (Sat. & Sun. times TBA) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display.
3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 3:45, 7 & 10:10 p.m. 

"Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood": Michigan Theater.

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(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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Music Series on the Deck!: Lone Oak Vineyard.

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We're continuing our summer music on the deck series every Saturdaysfrom 4 to 7!
Enjoy a glass of wine, a pint of beer, some delicious food and great music! Wine is available by the glass or bottle, beer by the pint or 10 oz. "shortie". We have several deliciously unique flatbread pizzas too!
No reservations needed. Seating is first come, first served.
This event is rain or shine. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we'll move it inside!
July 6th - Larry Sumner and Brianna Jennett
July 13th - Simon Sundberg and Tangerine Park (Logan Schatz & Brianna Jennett)
July 20th - The Bluebirds and Robbie Janz
July 27th - Dan Bickel and The Feisty Leprechauns
August 3,10, 17 and 24 TBA
August 31 - Dan Bickel
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. Free. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Unforgivable Love": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Sophfronia Scott's 2017 retelling of Dangerous Liaisons set in 1947 Harlem.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 4:15, 7, & 9:35 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:15, 7:10 & 9:40 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30, 7:30 & 9:50 p.m. 

"Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love": Michigan Theater.

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(Nick Broomfield, 2019). Documentary about the relationship between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45 & 7:20 p.m. 

"Echo in the Canyon": State Theatre.

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(Andrew Slater, 2019). Documentary about the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon.
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)., 668-TIME.

 5, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Farewell": State Theatre.

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(Lulu Wang, 2019). Awkwafina stars in this dramatic comedy about a woman who returns to China after her grandmother's terminal cancer diagnosis.
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)., 668-TIME.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Youth and Junior Cycling": Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Group ride for youth ages 9-18. Practice, exercises, and games for those new to cycling. The club also sponsors a Tuesday ride from Saline (6 p.m., meet at Mickey's Dairy Twist, 751 W. Michigan Ave.) for riders age 17 & under who can ride 12 miles in an hour (faster riders go 16 miles).
5 p.m., Forsythe Middle School south parking lot, 1655 Newport. Free. 328-1735. [map]

 7:10 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)., 668-TIME.

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Julie Levy-Weston calls to music by the Pittsfield Open Band. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 274-0773. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Robert Mac: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 2 & 3. Local debut of this Washington D.C.-based comic who won Comedy Central's 2001 Laugh Riot competition. He's known for his intelligent observational humor about politics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $14 reserved seating in advance, $16 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Maid to Order": Lakeside Performing Arts Company.

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Aug. 1-3. Samantha Kempf directs local actors in Matthew Begbie's 2012 farce about the household of a wealthy widow who's expecting her beau for dinner. Her adult son hits on the new maid, who is attempting to avoid his overtures when the maid's brother, on the run from a loan shark, shows up looking for a place to hide. When the beau, who is also the loan shark, shows up with his daughter, mistaken identities abound.
7:30 p.m., Whitmore Lake Secondary School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd. $7 (students & seniors, $5) at the door only. 883-7977. [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. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Ben Jansson Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Ann Arbor-bred saxophonist and U-M grad Jansson leads his band in originals that lend contemporary harmonic and rhythmic structures to a traditional jazz quartet setting. With pianist Rick Roe, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummerJesse Kramer.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $21-$41 (students, $11) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The RFD Boys: The Ark.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have been playing since 1969 and have appeared at numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have a new guitarist-mandolinist, Dan Roehrig, and a new album, Still Delivering.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 (members, students, & seniors, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Little Women: The Musical": One Off Productions.

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July 25-28 & Aug. 1-4. This local theater company performs Allan Knee, Jason Howland, and Mindi Dickstein's 2005 musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel about 4 sisters growing up in Concord (MA) during the Civil War. The score is inspired by period waltzes, polkas, and quadrilles.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), WCC Crane Bldg. College Theater, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $10 in advance at and at the door. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by This Is a Quiz (Aug. 2, 16, & 30), the League of Pointless Improvisers (every Fri. & Sat.), and other troupes. The Aug. 3 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 & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

"The Lego Movie 2": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Dive-In Movie.

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All invited to float in Fuller Pool for a family-oriented screening of the 2019 sequel about the citizens of a Lego town who battle Duplo invaders. Bring an inner tube, if you like.
8:30 p.m., Fuller Park Pool, 1519 Fuller. $5 (kids & seniors, $4). 794-6237. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Aug. 3 & 17. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8) includes lesson; $5 for dance only. [map]

 9:55 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)., 668-TIME.

 10 p.m. 

Late Night Films at the State Theatre.

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Aug. 3: "Keanu" (Peter Atencio, 2016). Buddy comedy about 2 men on a mission to find a lost kitten named Keanu. Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele. 10 p.m.

Aug. 17: "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (Stephen Herek, 1989). Dudetastic teen classic. 10 p.m.

Aug. 31: "John Wick" (Chad Stahelski, 2014). Thriller about an ex-assassin seeking revenge on the kingpin who steals the car and dog given to him by his beloved dead wife. 10 p.m.

10 p.m., State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8.), 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Anthony Retka

Detroit indie pop-rock singer-songwriter. Opener: Mike Galbraith, a Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Jay Frydenlund

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

Blind Pig: "The Midsummer Throwdown."

With several area rock bands, including Scratch, Something Missing, Sleepless Homes, Vase, No Nonsense, The Euclud Motel, Michigan Left, Galaxy Kat, and Boy from School. $10 ($12 at the door). 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Klezmephonic

Local klezmer quintet. With clarinetist Jennie Lavine, accordionist Will Cicola, violinist Henrik Karapetyan, guitarist Alex Belhaj, and bassist Dave Sharp. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Darin Francis

Southfield singer-songwriter whose songs are known for their blend of dark themes and warm melodies. [venue info]

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. [venue info]

Session Room: Ma Baker

Local funk-rock quartet. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Shannon Lee & Friends Shannon Lee

Local ensemble fronted by Lee, a versatile Ypsilanti Americana country-folk singer-songwriter best known as a vocalist with Hullabaloo. [venue info]


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