Every Wed. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
8 a.m., (9 a.m. in Sept.), Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads. Call if it's raining or the temperatures are below 50.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, 10101 Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 663-5060. [map]
This old-fashioned community fair features agricultural and craft exhibits, rides, and a variety of special events, including a talent show (Aug. 30, 7 p.m.), the USA Auto Cross Championship Derby (Sept. 1, 7 p.m., $5 additional admission), livestock auctions, live music, and more. Updated schedule available at salinefair.org.
9 a.m.-11 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5 (Wed.), $7 (Thurs.-Sun.), & free (Mon.) admission. Ride armbands available. 668-0776. [map]
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.
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]
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.
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.
Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs., except Sept. 2. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]
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]
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]
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]
Aug. 22-25 & 28-31. Laura Bird directs local actors in Noel Coward's hilarious 1925 comedy of manners about a mismatch between bohemianism and bourgeois convention. When the offbeat Bliss family invites houseguests to their English countryside home for the weekend, their outlandish self-absorption leaves their hapless guests desperate to escape.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Wed. & Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $20.73 (students, seniors, & military personnel, $14.33) in advance at a2tix.com
Actors from Wild Swan Theater lead kids in grades K-5 through a series of theater games and improvisation exercises.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
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]
Every Wed. Moderate-paced 25-mile ride and a slow-paced ride, 13-16 miles, both on the B2B Trail. Now in its 42nd year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
5:30 p.m. sharp, meet at B2B Trailhead at Mill Creek Park on Jeffords St. between Alpine & Forrest, Dexter. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
Every Wed. & Aug. 31. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp (except Aug. 31, 1-5 p.m.), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]
You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5361 McAuley Dr. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org
Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com
Join us for a half-hour of silent sitting meditation every Wednesday at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion of Buddhist concepts. Meditation instructions are provided. Donations are welcome.
KTC Ann Arbor, 614 Miner St. Ann Arbor MI 48103. Free. Donations accepted. 734-678-7549. annarborktc.org [map]
Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http:
Celtic, folk, and world music by this California husband-and-wife duo of string musician and drummer Christy Martin and Irish-bred multi-instrumentalist Aodh Og O Tuama.
7-9 p.m., Sunward Cohousing Community Rm., 424 Little Lake Dr. $10 suggested donation; kids, free. 332-7876. [map]
Historical mystery writers discuss their new books. NYC writer L.A. Chandlar's The Pearl Dagger, set in the 1930s, is about NYC mayor La Guardia's young aide who must face her past while battling organized crime. Michigan writer Dianne Freeman's A Lady's Guide to Gossip and Murder, set in 1899 London, is about a widowed countess who assists the police in the investigation of her friend's murder. Murder in the Oval Library is the 2nd in Midwestern writer C.M. Gleason's series about a young investigator dispatched by President Lincoln to investigate a murder in the White House. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.
(Hayao Miyazaki, 1988). Dubbed (Aug. 25 & 28) and subtitled (Aug. 26) screenings of this classic Studio Ghibli anime tale about two girls who move to the Japanese countryside and befriend strange and delightful nature spirits.
12:55 p.m. (Aug. 25) and 7 p.m. (Aug. 26 & 28), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine). [map]
Facilitators will provide basic guidance in concentrated meditation using the breath as a point of focus. All levels of experience welcome.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. 7349943387. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
June 2 & 5: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (Blake Edwards, 1961). Audrey Hepburn classic. 1:30 p.m. (June 2) & 7 p.m. (June 5).
June 9 & 12: "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (Howard Hawks, 1953). Adaptation of the Broadway musical about the romantic adventures of 2 showgirls. Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell. 1:30 p.m. (June 9) & 7 p.m. (June 12).
June 16 & 19: "Jaws" (Steven Spielberg, 1975). June 18 & 20. Gripping adventure classic about a great white shark that terrorizes a New England shore community. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss. 1:30 p.m. (June 16) & 7 p.m. (June 19).
June 23 & 26: "2001: A Space Odyssey" (Stanley Kubrick, 1968). Mesmerizing, never-stale sci-fi epic, based on an Arthur C. Clarke story, about an interplanetary search for a strange monolith possibly linked to human origins. 1:30 p.m. (June 23) & 7 p.m. (June 26).
June 30 & July 3: "The Right Stuff" (Philip Kaufman, 1983). Adaptation of Tom Wolfe's acclaimed book about the extremely colorful fly boys who became the first U.S. astronauts. Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed, Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward. 1:30 p.m. (June 30) & 7 p.m. (July 3).
July 7 & 10: "Woodstock" (Michael Wadleigh, 1970). Documentary about the legendary 1969 music festival. 1:30 (July 7) & 7 p.m. (July 10).
July 14 & 17: "Hidden Figures" (Theodore Melfi, 2016). Drama about the team of African American women mathematicians who played a vital role in the early years of the U.S. space program. 1:30 (July 14) & 7 p.m. (July 17).
July 21 & 24: "The Godfather" (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972). Classic drama about a Mafia family. 1:30 (July 21) & 7 p.m. (July 24).
July 28 & 31: "A Hard Day's Night" (Richard Lester, 1964). Upbeat, tongue-in-cheek romp starring the Beatles. 1:30 (July 28) & 7 p.m. (July 31).
Aug. 4 & 7: "Alice's Restaurant" (Arthur Penn, 1969). Arlo Guthrie stars in the film adaptation of his iconic epic talking ballad. 1:30 (Aug. 4) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 7).
Aug. 11 & 14: "The Sound of Music" Sing-Along. A sing-along to the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical about an Austrian nun who becomes governess to the 7 children of a widowed naval officer. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 11) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 14).
Aug. 18 & 21: "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (George Roy Hill, 1969). 2 outlaws are pursued by a relentless sheriff's posse in this character study masquerading as a western. Paul Newman, Robert Redford. 1:30 (Aug. 18) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 21).
Aug. 25 & 28: "La La Land" (Damien Chazelle, 2016). Musical comedy about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in L.A. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone. 1:30 (Aug. 25) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 28).
Various times (see listing), 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]
Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers presents a hands-on introduction to making and properly storing these tasty meringue-based cookies, not to be confused with macaroons. Recipes. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Florida bonsai expert Jerry Meislik, author of The World of Ficus Bonsai, demonstrates wiring, fusing, grafting, and other techniques.
7 p.m., Matthaei Auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. email@example.com. [map]
Baristas show how to use a Hario V60 brewer to make coffee. Coffee beans to take home. Brewers & filters available for purchase.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. $25. Preregistration required at literatibookstore.com
All invited to discuss Alvarez: Adventures of a Physicist, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Luis W. Alvarez's 1987 autobiography about his experiences at the dawn of the atomic age.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
Every Wed. Dance instructor Cheryl Feit and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dances to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week. Wear soft-soled shoes.
7:30-9:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]
Aug. 28 & 29. Outdoor showcase of various dance styles by local dancers, including Suttle Dance, Jodie Randolph Dance, Natalia de Miguel Annoni, Sophia and El Kronox, Kora Radella & Sean Hoskins, Kristen Hudecz, and Cathy and Company.
8 p.m., Liberty Plaza, Liberty at Division. Free. (510) 910-1764.
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Aug. 28 & 29. Karl Ronneburg directs this local company in the premiere of Grey Gant's new opera about a trans woman grappling with self-acceptance as she travels to Northern Michigan, guided by the Mother of Trees, to transform into a white pine overlooking Lake Superior. With the Converge String Quartet. Cast: Allison Prost, Grey Gant, Kate Moss, Kara Huckabone, and Kurt Clare.
8:30 p.m., Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10-$35 in advance at eventbrite.com (search for "Michigan Trees"). [map]
Detroit certified consulting hypnotist Misha Tuesday, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, performs his one-man show, a self-described "blend of trickery, subtle psychology, and genuine intuition" to conjure an illusion of telepathy and clairvoyance. Audience participation.
8:30 p.m., Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. Tickets $10 in advance at mishatuesday.wellattended.com & at the door. 506-0650. [map]
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]
Blue Llama: Blue LLama Jam Session
All jazz musicians invited.
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde
Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and George Merkel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier.
CoOp: Open Mike
All musicians invited. First come, first served. 8 p.m.
Earle: Jake Reichbart
Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute.
Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm
Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music.
Mash: Sugartips Acoustic
Acoustic postpunk rock duo from suburban Detroit.
Old Town: A2 Jazz & Strings
With guitarists Brendan Lolly & Ryan McCollough, bassist Tinm Flood, and drummer Garrison Mull
Ypsi Alehouse: "Open Mike"
All acoustic musicians invited. 7-9 p.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: The Blue Rays Trio
Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit.
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