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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 15, 2019






 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 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]



 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
9 a.m., meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr. 996-8440.


 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  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10 a.m. & 7 p.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.


 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 Explorers": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Nature programs for kids ages 5 & 6.

July 25: "Bugs & Their Buddies" (Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Webster Twp.). A chance to look for and learn about bugs, insects, and arachnids.

Aug. 15: "Scavenger Hunt" (Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner, Scio Twp.). A chance to explore the preserve.

Aug. 29: "Dragonflies" (Park Lyndon North, 18801 N. Territorial, Chelsea). A hike to look for and learn about dragonflies and their life cycle. Also, a dragonfly craft.

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10 a.m., various locations. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. $6 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Michigan Mammals": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads a hike to search for dens and nests. For kids ages 2-4 (with caregiver).
Parker Mill County Park, 4650 Geddes. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [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]


 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Every Thurs. (except July 4 & 18), June 6-Aug. 29.Musical entertainment by local and area performers.

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June 6: Laith Al-Saadi. Popular local singer-guitarist who performs an eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals. He rocketed to national prominence in 2016 with a 4th-place finish on NBC's The Voice. Opener: Ypsilanti pop-folk singer-songwriter Sam Corbin.

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June 13: The Accidentals. Wildly acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City folk trio of multi-instrumentalists Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause. Opener: local Americana rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas.

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June 20: morgxn. L.A.-based alt-pop singer-songwriter whose emotionally charged lyrics are backed by atmospheric electronic music. Opener: Local teen pop-folk singer-songwriter and ukulele player Magdalen Fossum.

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June 27: Adia Victoria. Up-and-coming Nashville-based blues singer-songwriter who describes her new sophomore album, Silences, as "what it would sound like if Billie Holiday got lost in a Radiohead song." Opener: Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local progressive folk-rock band The Ragbirds.

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July 11: Rayland Baxter. Nashville-based alt-country singer-songwriter whose 2018 album, Wide Awake, is a catchy collection of Beatlesesque melodies backed by a tight R&B groove he composed while living in an abandoned Kentucky factory with little more than a mattress, guitar, and Wurlitzer. Opener: Matthew Milia, the frontman for Frontier Ruckus, a popular experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble from Lake Orion.

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July 25: Guster. Boston-based alt-rock band that favors breezy '60s West Coast-style vocal harmonies. Its 2019 album, Look Alive, marks a transition to synth pop that Slant Magazine calls "playful, infectious, and eminently listenable." Opener: Tally Hall keyboardist Andrew Horowitz.

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Aug. 1: SHAED. Washington, D.C.-based electro-pop trio best known for its song "Trampoline," featured in a 2018 MacBook Air commercial. Opener: Detroit pop singer-songwriter Ladysse, whose current single "Heartbreak Hollywood" recalls Lana Del Rey.

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Aug. 8: Mat Kerekes. 25-year-old frontman for the Toledo pop-punk/emo band Citizen who just released Ruby, an intimate, optimistic album about death and loss he recorded in his garage. Opener: Local pop-folk singer-songwriter Oren Levin.

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Aug. 15: Flora Cash. Swedish/American husband-and-wife folk-pop duo who express their romance through dreamy, soul-bearing ballads. Opener: Saginaw-based pop-folk singer-songwriter Amy Petty.

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Aug. 22: Michael Franti. Veteran reggae-pop singer-songwriter and rapper who performs with his band Spearhead. Known for various humanitarian and political musical projects, Franti blends hip-hop with other styles such as reggae and funk, and his lyrics often promote peace and social justice. Opener: Local rich-voiced pop-folk singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer.

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Aug. 29: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas. Powerhouse Detroit soul-pop band. An NPR critic describes its 2017 album Telephone/Teléfono as "Motown-infused garage-rock with touches of tropical psychedelic cumbia and punk cabaret." Opener: Detroit soul-pop singer-songwriter Jacob Sigman.

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11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109. [map]


 Noon & 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]


 1-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Real Colors- Learning About Personalities for Youth": 4-H Youth Development.

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The Real Colors personality inventory uses self-assessments to break down personality types into four basic color groups, making the tool easy to teach and remember in future applications. The training helps youth and adults discover their primary "colors," each associated with a personality type, and gains insight into areas their personality type may excel or struggle in their work in groups.
The event is open to all youth ages 12-19. Pre-registration is appreciated, and walk-in's are welcome.
Ann Arbor District Library, Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-222-3877. marti623@msu.edu https://events.anr.msu.edu/successfulyouth/ [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]



 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]



 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Project for grades K-8. Materials provided, but bring your own, if you like.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 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. 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. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

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., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Colorful Wizard of Oz": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited to color characters from The Wizard of Oz on the 80th anniversary of the film's opening.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Powerful Tools for Caregivers Health Series": National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is hosting the "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" health series in Ann Arbor for the caregivers of people living with chronic diseases. The six-week program, offered at no cost to participants, provides caregivers with tools and coping strategies to manage long-term health challenges.

The Information Session is Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Six weekly sessions follow on Thursday, August 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and continue at the same time and place every Thursday through September 26.
"Powerful Tools for Caregivers" participants learn to:
-decrease stress and cope with difficult emotions
-increase confidence in managing caregiving demands
-communicate better with family, friends, and healthcare providers
-set goals and solve problems
-locate community resources
Contact us if you can't make the Aug. 15 session so we know you're interested.
To register, 800-482-1455 or PATHprograms@nkfm.org
Pittsfield Parks and Recreation, 701 W.Ellsworth Rd.,. Free. 800-482-1455. pathprograms@nkfm.org http://www.nkfm.org/path [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. 

"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.


 4:15 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, 5, 7, 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 7:10 & 10:20 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.


 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]


 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Game materials provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. dwright8182@hotmail.com. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"A2DX Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A moderately-paced ride down Huron River Dr. to Dexter and possibly beyond, 16-25 miles.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, 1010 W. Huron River Dr., (313) 401-8875. [map]


 6:30 & 9:25 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.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Boogie-Woogie and Swing Night in Downtown Chelsea!: downtown Chelsea / Sounds and Sights Festival.

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Don't miss this toe-tappin'family-friendly music event of Piano and Song from YOUTUBE SENSATION Matthew Ball - THE BOOGIE WOOGIE KID - the piano and song man with over 4.5 million views! He stops in downtown Chelsea for the sounds and sights fest this Thursday Aug. 15th 630pm. Music for all ages! Preview at boogiewoogiekid.com.
Downtown Chelsea East Middle Street Location, 101 N Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. Free. 2486588506. matt@boogiewoogiekid.com https://chelseafestivals.com/soundsights/ [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]


 7-8:30 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]



 7-9 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 plus $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/444974482992007/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"First Cosmic Velocity": Literati Bookstore.

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Award-winning Savannah writer Zach Powers discusses his debut novel, set in 1964 USSR, about the Soviet space program's efforts to hide an unsuccessful mission by using a cosmonaut's twin to make the public think he had returned to Earth. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Pleasantville": Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 14-18. Local kids present their original musical based on the 1998 film Pleasantville, a comic fantasy about 2 teens who are transported back in time into the world of 50s TV sitcoms, where everyone lives in black and white and has a similarly limited range of emotions and experiences. The score includes hits such as Michael Jackson's "Black or White," Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Elvis's "All Shook Up," Lionel Richie's "All Night Long," and more. Proceeds benefit Friends of Children's Creative Center, which assists homeless and underprivileged kids with childcare costs.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets $50 for Aug. 16 benefit show & $15 (kids & seniors, $10) for all other dates in advance and at the door. 769-0019. [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.


 7:30 & 9:50 p.m. 

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette": Michigan Theater.

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(Richard Linklater, 2019). Comedy about a middle-aged architect whose decision to prioritize family over career leads to a series of disasters which cause her to reboot her life. Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig.
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]


 7:30 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. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Wed. except Oct. 30 Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Birthday Party": Mind the Gap.

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Aug. 15-18 & 22-25. Experienced area actors perform one of Harold Pinter's most disturbing plays, a somewhat surreal, unremittingly menacing 1957 drama about a temperamental ex-pianist who lives comfortably as the sole boarder in a seedy resort, where he is attended by vaguely parental hosts. Celebrating his birthday, he is visited by 2 mysterious gentlemen, who he senses have come to take him away. During the course of the play he grows steadily less human, eventually losing his ability to speak or move. Cast: Larry Rusinsky, Fran Potasnik, Alexander Trice, Haley Cook, Adrian Diffey, and Alan Madlane.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $20 (students, $16) in advance at artful.ly/theatre-nova/store-events. (586) 993-9930. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m. 

Talisk: The Ark.

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Young traditional music trio from Glasgow that recently won the BBC Young Folk Award. Praising their "driving, fiery" stage presence, a Folk Radio review describes the songs on their 2018 sophomore album, Beyond, as "full-on adventures, with themes that rise and fall throughout."
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Triangle Project.

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Two sets of fully improvised music by Charlie Sutherland, guitar;
Ingrid Racine, trumpet and Josef Deas, bass.
Dolores Mexican Restaurant, 6 S. Washington St, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 904-9402. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"RiffTrax Live: Giant Spider Invasion": Fathom Events.

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Aug. 15 & 20. Live broadcast (Aug. 15) and rebroadcast (Aug. 20) of a "riffing" performance by former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, who aim their comic heckling at a screening of Bill Rebane's 1975 horror sci-fi flick about giant spiders invading Wisconsin.
8 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $12 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 623-7469. [map]


 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Of Two Minds

Columbus math-rock quartet. Openers: the Michigan indie rock quartet Chinook, the local experimental ambient band Metempsychosis, and the Detroit math-rock trio Odmiana. $8. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

Local ensemble led by guitarist Brown that plays music inspired by the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. With trumpeter Ross Huff, clarinetist Tyler Rindo, washboard player Vince Russo, and bassist Ryan Shea. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Scottie Alexander & the Atomic Donuts

Ensemble led by Alexander, a Brighton singer-pianist who plays pop-rock covers by everyone from Elton John and Lionel Richie to Matchbox Twenty and Kings of Leon. [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]

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 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. [venue info]

Mash: The Urban Legend Trio

Soul-based music by this Toledo ensemble whose music also draws on elements of blues, funk, R&B, and jazz. [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. [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]

Whitmore Lanes & Lounge: Open Mike

Hosted by area singer-songwriter Mark Vashon. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Dave Boutette

Veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist whose genial songs about the small ups and downs of ordinary life draw on a range of influences from Chuck Berry to Bob Dylan to Paul Westerberg. He performs with his wife, singer Kristi Davis, a former Radio City Rockette. [venue info]

 
 


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