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]
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.
Local and visiting artists independently paint outdoors throughout Dexter Aug. 12-15, followed by a 2-day exhibit and sale at Monument Park of the works they created. Also, art workshops for kids and adults (see paintdexter.org
Daylight hours beginning 11 a.m. Mon. through Thurs.), 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Fri.), & 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), Monument Park, Dexter. Free admission. paintdexter.org, 358-1744.
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]
Aug. 16-18. ll invited to hunt for themed clues and try to solve themed puzzles that lead to escape from the locked McKune Room in under 60 minutes.
1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.), 4:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. (Sat.), CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Registration required at 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]
Movies for adults. Refreshments.
June 21: A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper's 2018 remake of the iconic tragedy about an aging star who helps a young up-and-comer find fame.
July 19: The Martian, Ridley Scott's 2015 sci-fi film about an astronaut abandoned on a mission to Mars who has to figure out how to survive.
Aug. 16: On the Basis of Sex, Mimi Leder's 2018 biopoic about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her fight for equal rights.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
Aug. 16-18. Performances by many area and touring blues bands. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Friday: The Allman Betts Band, led by Devon Allman and Duane Betts (sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, respectively), gritty and soulful singer-guitarist Bernard Allison (son of the late Luther Allison, a longtime Ann Arbor favorite), Detroit Etta James-style R&B vocalist Thornetta Davis, and guitarist Alex Johnson.
Saturday: Respected veteran electric bassist Benny Turner, veteran Mississippi-bred Chicago blues singer-songwriter and slide guitarist John Primer, acclaimed Florida saxophonist Mindi Abair and her band the Boneshakers, Halifax blues-rock drummer Lindsay Beaver, Howlin' Wolf drummer Sam Lay & his band, Detroit blues-rock vocalist Eliza Neals and her band The Narcotics, Australian singer-songwriter and slide guitarist Kara Grainger, and New Baltimore jump blues and barroom swing quartet Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones.
Sunday: veteran local singer-songwriter Laith al-Saadi, Kansas City singer-bassist Danielle Nicole, blues-funk-soul saxophonist Vanessa Collier, Grass Lake-based blues-rock band Harper & the Midwest Kind, Milwaukee-based quintet the Altered Five Blues Band, local student band the Ann Arbor Music Center All-Stars.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $40 (2-day pass, $75; 3-day pass, $110) in advance at a2bluesfestival.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]
July 19 & Aug. 16. Music, games, activities, and more. Concessions. Followed at sundown by films. The July 19 event is in conjunction with a "Family Campout" (5 p.m.-10 a.m., $10 per tent in advance, $20 on the day, continental breakfast included).
July 19: The Incredibles 2, Brad Bird's 2018 sequel to the immensely popular 2008 animation about a family of superheroes.
Aug. 16: The Greatest Showman, Michael Gracy's 2017 musical inspired by the colorful life of P.T. Barnum.
6:30 p.m.-dusk, Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett St. (west of Ann Arbor St.), Saline. Free. 429-3502.
Performance of Broadway show tunes by San, Emily & Brian, a local trio of singer-songwriter San Slomovits, violinist-singer Emily Slomovits, and pianist Brian Brill.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Aug. 16 & 17. Local debut of this Indianapolis-based writer for the long-running syndicated radio staple The Bob and Tom Show. He's best known for his viral redneck videos lampooning conservative outrage, the most famous of which are "Redneck Burns Nikes" and "Windmill Cancer." 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]
All invited to discuss Shin Buddhist monk Shoukei Matsumoto's 2018 book. Hosted by Crazy Wisdom staff member Deb Flint.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
Amy Grace is a native of East Tawas, Michigan. Growing up, she was surrounded by music and was introduced to the characteristics of many instruments and genres. The piano, fiddle, and hand drums (and each bad note and offbeat) all passed through Amy's hands as she searched for her perfect instrumental match. She soon found that the poetry and lyrics she had written throughout the years best matched the strings of a guitar. During her teenage years, she fell in love with the music of Avril Lavigne and Hayley Williams of Paramore. Their lyrics were honest and their music was refreshing.
Jake Maltby brings creative covers and originals to the stage in a blend of grunge, folk, and pop songs
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. email@example.com https:
All invited to paddle around Gallup Pond under a full moon to observe birds and other animals as they prepare for their nocturnal lives. Bring a flashlight. Canoes, kayaks, and equipment provided.
8:30-10:30 p.m., meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). $15 per 1-person kayak; $20 per 2-person kayak/canoe. 769-6240. [map]
Mash: Sugartips Acoustic
Acoustic postpunk rock cover duo from suburban Detroit. 6-9 p.m.
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