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Calendar of Events

Monday, August 12, 2019






 
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Cheer/Pom/Dance Camp": Valerie Potsos.

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Students will learn team building skills along with fun hip hop dancing, and cheers! Develop self-confidence, meet new friends, and have fun at this exciting camp. We can't wait to cheer and dance with you! Guest teachers include University of Michigan Dance Team members.
Dancer's Edge, 3115 Broad Street, Dexter. $125. 734-424-2626. dextersdancersedge@yahoo.com [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.

Call if temperatures are below 45 degrees.
9 a.m. (except in Oct., 10 a.m.), meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 663-5060.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 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.-4 p.m. 

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

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


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Play Pop-Ups": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Hands-on activities in the Gaffield Children's Garden for kids ages 3-7 (with caregiver).
10-11:30 a.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. 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.


 Noon & 2 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]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Balloon Cars": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited to make a race car powered by a balloon.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood (3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.) & AADL Westgate (Westgate shopping center). Free. 327-4200.


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm a meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2685 Packard Street. Free. 7343692716. aelliston@alz.org alz.org/mglc [map]



 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Tie-Dye Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry shows kids in grades 3-5 how to tie-dye. Bandanas provided, but bring a prewashed white cotton clothing item, if you like.
3-4 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Midsommar": State Theatre.

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(Ari Aster, 2019). Horror film about a couple who travel to an isolated Swedish village for a famous midsummer festival.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15 & 7:10 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30, 7:30 & 9:50 p.m. 

"Them That Follow": Michigan Theater.

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(Britt Poulton & Dan Madison Savage, 2019). Drama about the secret haunting an isolated Appalachian snake-handling community.
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]


 4:45, 7:20 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Maiden": State Theatre.

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(Alex Holmes, 2019). Documentary about Tracy Edwards, the 24-year-old captain of the 1st all-female sailing crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race.
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.


 6-10 p.m.  Free! 

Annual UA Block Party: Destination Ann Arbor.

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Live music by the Milwaukee Tool Shed Band, a 14-piece jam band of Milwaukee Tools employees. Also, the 8th Annual UA Plumbers & Pipefitters 5K race (6:45 p.m., $30 through August 12th at uapprun5k.com), and a "Pub Crawl" (8 p.m.; age 21 & over only; $20 through August 12th, does not include drinks; $45 for 5K and Pub Crawl through August 12th) with proceeds from the race & pub crawl to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Food available from area restaurants, with dining tables in the street.
6-10 p.m., Main St. between Liberty & William. Free. 995-7281.


 6:30 p.m. 

"August Suckling Pig Dinner - Buns!": Miss Kim.

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Buns were our beginning. Our star feature when we were a food cart without even a kitchen to call our own. Now we're proud to have them as our theme this month.
This dinner will feature our house-made, steamed gua bao buns ready to be filled: think endless tender suckling pig, sauces, and other fillings like cucumber and jalepeno! The rest of the menu will feature a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet with endless delicious platters to keep you full and a drink pairing with Brew Detroit to keep you quenched. Save your seats today!
Miss Kim, 415 N. Fifth Ave. $38. 734-275-0099. alazarou@zingermans.com zcob.me/mkim-pig [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]


 7-9 p.m. 

Ben Folds: Literati Bookstore.

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This celebrated singer-songwriter and pianist (and former Ben Folds Five frontman) discusses A Dream About Lightning Bugs, his new memoir about his childhood in 1970s North Carolina and the lessons he learned on the road to adulthood. Q&A. Signing. Standing room only.
7-9 p.m., The Blind Pig, 201 S. First St. Tickets $30 (includes a copy of the book) in advance at eventbrite.com (search for "Ben Folds"). 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Friends of McKune Memorial Library Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to discuss the books in different mystery series.

Colin Cotterill's Jimm Juree mysteries..

Jan.-Mar. TBA.
7 p.m., Breakaway Restaurant, Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-7035. [map]


 7-10 p.m. 

Jazz with Keller/Kocher Quintet every Monday.

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Ann Arbor Jazz Heroes bassist Paul Keller and vibraphonist Cary Kocher lead their quintet featuring pianist Adam Mosley, guitarist Matt LoRusso, and drummer David Alvarez as they perform straight-ahead, energetic and entertaining swinging jazz every Monday throughout the summer at Zal Gaz Grotto from 7-10 PM.
The KKQ is happy to accommodate swing dancers with danceable jazz tempos, lots of melody and big beat. The KKQ also tips its hat to their muses George Shearing, Milt Jackson, Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton.
Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto - all reasonable priced. Air-conditioning. No steps, Plenty of safe, free parking. 18 and under enter free of charge.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 at the door (under 18 enter FREE). 734-663-2102. www.paulkellerjazz.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each session begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided.

Aug. 5: "Getting Unstuck: Practical Ways to Improve Your Life."

Aug. 12: "Why Are You So Hard on Yourself? Finding Your True Value."

Aug. 19: "Faith and Science: Discoveries from the Scientist Who Led the Human Genome Project."

Aug. 26: "Making Life's Toughest Decisions."

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7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Organ Recital Series: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Every Mon. Organ recitals by Michigan musicians. Reception follows. Today: retired Metropolitan Methodist Church (Detroit) organist Gale Kramer.
7 p.m., St. Francis, 2250 E. Stadium. Free. 769-2550. [map]


 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pajama Jam!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Pajama-themed story time for kids in grades preK-3. Wear your pajamas and bring stuffed animals and blankets, if you like.
7-7:30 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Aug. 12 & 26. All grade 6-adult invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Bring your own sewing machine, if you wish. On Aug. 12, Made by Rae owner Rae Hoekstra demonstrates hemming and on Aug. 26, local crafter Amber Adams-Fall shows how to trace a pattern.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Tie-Dye Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry shows grade 6-adult how to tie-dye. Bandanas provided, but bring a prewashed white cotton clothing item, if you like.
7-8 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:10 & 9:25 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Bruce Sagan and Brad Battey lead an acoustic jam session devoted to traditional music from Sweden and Norway. All musicians invited.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr. Free. (908) 721-2599. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stark Raving MADrigal Singers.

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Every Wed. (July) & every Mon. (Aug.) Singers of all abilities invited to join in singing madrigals and other Elizabethan part songs in a casual, sociable setting in a private home.
7:30- 10 p.m., location TBA via srms2020@outlook.com. Free. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., location TBA west of Dexter. Free. 395-7782, 274-0773.


 8-9:30 p.m. 

Annick Odom & Vanguard Reed Quintet: Third Place Concert Series.

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Double bill. Chamber music performances by West Virginia-raised, Netherlands-based vocalist-bassist Odom and the local Vanguard Reed Quintet.
8-9:30 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/TheThirdPlaceConcertSeries. [map]


 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Ben Folds

All ages admitted. This piano-based rock 'n' roll singer- songwriter who first gained attention as the leader of the Ben Folds Five is on hand to discuss, answer questions about, and sign copies of his recently published memoir Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons. $30 includes a copy of the book. 7 p.m. [venue info]

Brewed Awakenings Cafe: Open Mike

The weekly lineup features mostly acoustic musicians, but performers of all sorts are invited. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Roe Bickley Kramer Trio

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Keller/Kocher Quintet

Top-notch local mainstream jazz ensemble led by bassist Paul Keller and vibes player Cary Kocher. With pianist Adam Mosley, guitarist Matt LoRusso and drummer David Alvarez. [venue info]

 
 


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