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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 17, 2019






 
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 7 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Farmers Market Centennial Celebration.

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The market celebrates its hundredth birthday with an instrument petting zoo for kids (10 a.m.-2 p.m.), a performance by a reed trio of Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra musicians (noon & 1 p.m.), free ice cream, and more. Wear an old Farmers Market T-shirt, if you have one.
7 a.m.-3 p.m., Farmers Market. Free admission. 794-6255.


 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! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]


 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., Wednesday Farmers Market (2-6 p.m., in the Chelsea State Bank parking lot, 1010 S. Main), with 18 local vendors.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [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 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.  Free! 

Chelsea Community Forum": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss issues affecting the City of Chelsea as well as Lima, Lyndon, and Sylvan Townships. Topics chosen by those in attendance.
9-10 a.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Aug. 10 & 17. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Aug. 10), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Aug. 17), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]


 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Cricut Maker": MacTechnics.

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Local hobbyist Joanne Budny discusses and demonstrates this cutting machine that uses Inkscape software and a Mac laptop to create projects using paper and other materials. The program begins with a Q&A, 9-11 a.m., for Mac questions of any kind.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Contact@mactechnics.org. [map]


 9 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival."

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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/timeline-of-events). Aug. 16: Spectators welcome at a "Quick Draw Competition" (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) among participating artists. Also, sale of festival work (2-9 p.m.), award ceremony (5 p.m.), and a meet-the-artists beer & wine reception (4:30-8:30 p.m.). Aug. 17: Children's chalk art (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), a beer and wine reception (3-8 p.m.), live music in the tent gallery (6-8 p.m.), and an art sale (9 a.m.-8 p.m.).
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.


 9-11 a.m. 

"Summer Bike Hike": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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July 7 & Aug. 17. All ages 12-adult invited to a leisurely bike ride around several habitats, with frequent stops to enjoy the scenery. Bring your own bike, if you like.
9-11 a.m., park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $8 (bike rental, $20). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [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]


 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Free Communications Workshop - Creating More Trust, Connection and Ease in your Relationships": sponsored by Great Lakes NVC.

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This free, 3-hour event will introduce you to "Nonviolent Communication":
- A new framework for understanding conflict
- New ways to communicate that enhance mutual respect
- Strategies you can use immediately to improve your relationships
Ann Arbor Library: Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. nvclisagottlieb@gmail.com GreatLakesNVC.org [map]



 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. 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.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. 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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Document Shredding Day": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Free shredding! Bring up to four copy paper boxes or grocery bags of documents per person. Binders and large binder clips must be removed; staples, paper clips, and rubber bands are OK. Donations will be accepted to the Friends of the Ypsilanti District Library to help offset the cost. This event will end at 1:00pm, or earlier if the truck becomes full. Limited to residents of the City of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township, and Superior Township.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1377. ggainsley@ypsilibrary.org https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/document-shredding-day/ [map]


 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Fire Truck Muster: Michigan Firehouse Museum.

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A big display of historic and contemporary fire trucks that includes pumping demonstrations. Kids can work a hand pump, drive a fire truck pedal car, climb on a vintage fire truck, and learn fire safety tips.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free. 547-0663.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Argus Farm Stop - Our 5th Birthday.

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Argus Farm Stop opened in August 2014 with a new model of a Farmers Market - one that is open every day all year.
We wanted to showcase what Michigan farmers can do if given a place to sell it beyond the traditional market.
We've now been open 5 years and we want to celebrate with our loyal customers - a kind of Open House day with music, a.....nd maybe goats!
Argus Farm Stop - Liberty, 325 West Liberty. Free. 7348464080. kathy@argusfarmstop,com www.argusfarmstop.com [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.-4 p.m. 

Salem Area Historical Society Arts & Crafts Fair.

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Show and sale of works by local artists and crafters. Also, a chance to view the historic stone school. Food & drinks available.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Jarvis Stone School, 7991 North Territorial at Curtis, Salem Twp. Free admission. (248) 486-5515. [map]


 10 a.m. 

Yoga at the Big House: Citizen Yoga.

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Join Kacee Must, owner/founder of Citizen Yoga, for an amazing yoga experience on the field of Michigan Stadium, sponsored by Somerset Collection. 25% of the proceeds will benefit Garrett's Space, a new nonprofit founded by Julie and Scott Halpert after the death of their son to suicide. Garrett's Space aims to provide programs in the community that promote mental health, healing, self-worth and resiliency in young adults, including yoga and peer-to-peer support. Its ultimate goal is to establish a welcoming and holistically focused residential center in Washtenaw County for young adults experiencing mental health challenges. You can learn more about Garrett's Space and its activities by visiting https://www.garrettsspace.org
First 500 tickets sold are $14.00. After that, the price is $18.00.
Last year, this event sold out, so purchase your tickets early!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-at-the-big-house-tickets-58665299490?fbclid=IwAR0zV7tEUZQm1SPNylSZFlBCtMTVZ64JjWygs4mejEDqrc
Michigan Stadium, 1201 South Main Street. Donation. 734-709-7684. contact@garrettsspace.org https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yoga-at-the-big-house-tickets-58665299490?fbclid=IwAR0zV7tEUZQm1SPNylSZFlBCtMTVZ64JjWygs4mejEDqrc9Wi2 [map]


 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Dragons, Damsels and Butterflies": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Ron Gamble leads a hike to look for dragonflies, damselflies, and unusual butterflies. Bring water.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at Park Lyndon north lot to carpool to the hike location nearby, 18801 N. Territorial, Chelsea. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to participate in this marksmanship competition using any military-style rifle. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 9 a.m.), TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $15 (members, $10). marks@comcast.net, 276-2514. [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. kgoorhouse@powerwellness.com. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]



 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. & 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Harry Potter Escape Room": Chelsea District Library.

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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]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- YDL Superior": Black Men Read.

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Join us on the third Saturday of each month at YDL Superior for storytelling and crafts!
Black Men Read is an homage to the history of storytelling among African people. All families are invited and encouraged to attend. Stories and activities will be geared for children K-5
Ypsilanti District Library- Superior Branch, 8795 Macarthur Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. bmrprogram@gmail.com [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a Donation YinYasa Yoga class (suggested donation $5-$20)
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Mota Thai Yoga is located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [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]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Judging Ladyslipper Orchids": Great Lakes Judging (Orchids).

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Presentation by accredited orchid judge Gordon Griffin. Followed at 1 p.m. by orchid judging.
11 a.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. (269) 979-7974. [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 Noon & 1:30 p.m. 

"Puppies & Pilates": IM=X.

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Join us for our second annual Puppies & Pilates event!
We will be hosting two events this year: one event for guests 13 & older and one kid-friendly event. We will have 4 adorable, 8-week old puppies at each event - all of whom are adoptable!
We will be capping this event due to space constraints, and we do expect this sell out - so get your tickets now!
100% of proceeds from this event will go toward the care of shelter animals at Detroit Animal Care & Control.
**After purchasing your tickets, please message us to let us know which event you would prefer to attend, and we will try our best to accommodate you!
IM=X Pilates, 1713 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Donation. $26. (734) 999-0372. imxannarbor@gmail.com bit.ly/puppiesandpilates [map]



 Noon-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Blues Festival: The Ann Arbor Blues Society.

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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.

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Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $40 (2-day pass, $75; 3-day pass, $110) in advance at a2bluesfestival.com/tickets; $50 (2-day pass, $90; 3-day pass, $135) at the gate.info@a2bluesfestival.com, 219-5960. [map]


 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


 1-2:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 1-5 p.m. 

Curling Fest Two Point Oh!: Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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We have curling lessons followed by scrimmage matches on 8-17-19 INDOORS at the Arctic Coliseum up for a 1-hour slot and get a lesson followed by a game. Cost is $10 and all equipment is supplied. Times open from 1 pm to 5 pm. You'll get instruction on how to play followed by a team scrimmage. So escape the summer sun, and try your skills on the ice! Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=w.manageSignUp#/20664932
Huge thank you to our presenting sponsor, Rick Taylor Real Estate and to TapKey Solutions for Small Business for sponsoring the ice time. These businesses support fun activities that make Chelsea, Michigan - chelseamich.com such a great place.
Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. $10. 7344751145. events@chelseamichamber.org https://www.facebook.com/events/2916210181738881/permalink/2918374808189085/ [map]



 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
*Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Union Base Ball Club of Dexter.

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This 7-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.

June 15: Northville Eclipse. 2 p.m.

July 21: Detroit Early Risers. 2 p.m.

Aug. 4: Royal Oak Wahoos. 2 p.m.

Aug. 10: Chelsea Monitors. 2 p.m.

Aug. 17: Flint Lumber City BBC.. 1 p.m.

Aug. 31: Canton Cornshuckers. 2 p.m.
2 p.m. (except as noted), St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, 6805 Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free. Facebook.com/unionbbc. [map]


 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]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Intro to Improv for Teens": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Members of the local long-form improv group Work Friends show all in grades 9-12 the basics of improv comedy.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Pompom Launcher": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum, including "Read and Look: In Egyptian Times" (Aug. 3; see Kids Calendar, p. 000), "Ancient Writing" (Aug. 10), "Rome Through the Eyes of Its Emperors" (Aug. 17), "Animals in the Kelsey Museum" (Aug. 24), and "Work in the Ancient World" (Aug. 31).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


 2-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Still Kickin', Just Not as High": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nationally acclaimed storyteller La'Ron Williams presents a program of music and stories for kids in grades K-5.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [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. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 761-1115.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 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 p.m.-10 a.m. 

"7th Annual Backyard Campout": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Overnight camping with family-oriented campfires, sing-alongs, storytelling, nature-themed games, and nature hikes. Continental breakfast. Bring your own picnic dinner, tent and sleeping bags. Note: At least 1 adult must be present.
3 p.m.-10 a.m.,YMCA Camp Birkett, 9141 Dexter Townhall Rd., Pinckney. $55 per group (LSNC & AAHOM Family Plus Premium members, $45). Preregistration required by Aug. 12. 997-1553. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Lovin': Local Romance Author Panel": Nicola's Books.

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Local romance writers discuss their new books. Liz Crowe's Lightstruck is about a brewer who falls for a woman with a horrific background. Beverly Jenkins' Rebel, set just after the Civil War, is about a Northern black woman who falls for an architect while trying to help a newly emancipated New Orleans community. Dana Nussio's Shielded by the Lawman is about a cop who gets too close to a woman he's assigned to protect. Elizabeth Heiter's K-9 Defense is about a former marine and his dog who search for a missing woman in the Alaskan wilderness. MK Schiller's Unwanted Girl is about a reclusive writer and recovering addict smitten by the woman who delivers takeout to his Greenwich Village apartment. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. [map]


 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4 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]


 4 p.m. 

Homegrown Harvest Festival: Nature & Nurture.

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Guided farm tours, heirloom tomatoes tasting, kids activities, live music, a seed giveaway, a bonfire, and more. Bring a dish to pass for a potluck dinner (6 p.m.).
4 p.m.-midnight or later, 1100 Marshall Rd., Dexter. $15 suggested donation. 929-0802. [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.
***BEAT THE HEAT - IF THE TEMPERATURE IS OPPRESSIVE, WE WILL BRING IT INSIDE TO THE A/C!***
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. dlbarber1@aol.com. dlbarber1@aol.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [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). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:15 p.m. 

"Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am": State Theatre.

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(Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019). Biopic of the Nobel Prize-winning author.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 7:20, & 9:45 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]


 4:45 & 7:10 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, 7:30, & 9:30 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.


 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]


 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rec It" Tuesdays: Chelsea Community Center/ Chelsea Area Friends for Recreation.

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Every Tues. (except July 2), June 18-Aug. 13 & Aug. 17. Games and activities for youth and families. Drawings for gift cards and merchandise from local businesses.

June 18: "Pool Night." Open swim at Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer Dr. (Check Chelsea Community Center's Facebook page for construction & parking updates.)

June 25: Knockerball. Also known as bubble soccer, participants play games while encased in an inflatable bubble with inner handles and shoulder straps. Timbertown Park, Sibley Rd. (west off Main St. north of downtown).

July 9: Games at Pierce Park.

July 16: Volleyball & Ga-ga Ball. Ga-ga is a dodgeball variant played in a fenced-in area. Timbertown Park.

July 23: "Ultimate Frisbee & Dinosaur Egg Hunt." Timbertown Park.

July 30: Kite Building & Flying. Pierce School Fields, 275 N. Freer Rd.

Aug. 6: "Creative Picket Fence Painting." Timbertown Park.

Aug. 13: "Make-Your-Own Trail Mix Bar." Also, family-friendly performance by local storytellers TBA. Chelsea District Library lawn, 221 S. Main.

Aug. 17 (5:30-8:30 p.m.): "Game Night." Lawn games and food trucks. Palmer Commons.
6-8:30 p.m., various locations. Free. facebook.com/Chelsea-Community-Center.


 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"80's Night": Unity Vibration.

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Loud prints, bright leg warmers, and chunky accessories! Who doesn't love the 80's? Join us to celebrate everything that makes the decade great!
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/1338802432936247/ [map]


 7 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 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]


 7:10 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]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Brent Terhune: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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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]


 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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Trivia with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $15. Preregistration available at tinylions.org/trivia. 661-3575. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

"Diversity Dance": A benefit for the Neutral Zone and The Ozone House.

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A night of dancing at the Band Shell at West Park. Proceeds benefit the Neutral Zone and The Ozone House. DJ JoJo spins melodic electronic dance music, nu disco and dream trance. Come get your groove on. All are welcome and encouraged to express their diversity.
West Park Band Shell, 215 Chapin St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. jonathan@logan6.com annarbordiveristydance.com [map]


 8 p.m. 

Matt Wertz: The Ark.

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Feel-good pop by this L.A.-based pop singer-songwriter whose 2017 album, Gun Shy, is a collection of glittery love songs that alternate between guarded and vulnerable.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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 p.m. 

Ypsi Soul Cruds dance party: BZY B( . )( . )Z.

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The debut of the Ypsi Soul Cruds. 45 rpm dance party on vintage Califone record players. Deep northern soul sounds. Featuring a rotating cast of DJs including former Rubber Soul co-owner B-side Bob Nolan, Dr Dan Mulholland, the Fantastic Johnny Flip and DJ Lucien.
$10 suggested donation for the woman's charity organization BZY B(.)(.)Z
Cash bar
Banfields bar and Grill Ann Arbor, 3140 Packard. Donation. $10. rnolan66@yahoo.com [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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Family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments and lawn chairs; locally cut firewood appreciated. No pets. Gates open at 7:50 p.m.
8 p.m., LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. (1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free. 484-6565. [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 pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8:30 p.m. 

"Jaws": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Dive-In Movie.

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All invited to float in Fuller Pool for a screening of Steven Spielberg's 1975 adventure classic about a great white shark that terrorizes a New England shore community. 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. facebook.com/A2DanceRevolution. [map]


 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.


 9:30 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]


 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.

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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.) statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Brown

Local guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Eagle Crest: The Switchbacks The Switchbacks

Local hard-rocking country and blues quintet fronted by vocalist Janet Benson. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Makaya McCraven Trio

Chicago ensemble led by McCraven, a widely acclaimed young drummer whose music explores the boundaries of jazz and electronic music. $15-$25. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Circ Bar: Camila Ballario

Local classically trained pop singer-songwriter whose music blends elements of pop, folk, rock, jazz, and country. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [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]

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Deadicated

Grateful Dead tribute band. [venue info]

Session Room: Chirp

Local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Spark

Local pop-rock quartet fronted by vocalist Robin Grant. With guitarist John Rasmussen, bassist Cy Clone, and drummer Jim Weyman. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Dan Hazlett & Luti Erbeznik

Double bill. Hazlett lays blues-, R&B-, folk-, and jazz-influenced originals on topics that range from the outlandish to the sublime, and Erbeznik is a Milford singer-songwriter and guitarist who sings in a voice that's been compared to Nick Drake and whose music blends American folk, rock, and pop forms with the rhythms and colorings of the music of his native Yugoslavia. [venue info]

 
 


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