Every Thurs., Aug. 29-Oct. 31. WAS members lead a hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
8-11 a.m., meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free. Washtenawaudubon.org.
Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr. 996-8440.
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]
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.
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]
Dancer's Edge instructor Jennifer Smith leads a program for kids age 6 & under (with caregiver).
10-11 a.m., DDL. Free. [Preregistration required.] 426-4477.
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.
10 a.m., various locations. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. $6 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337.
Every Thurs. (except July 4 & 18), June 6-Aug. 29.Musical entertainment by local and area performers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109. [map]
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]
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]
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
Prairie Park, 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Free. 734-822-2121. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
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.
Nutcracker Audition for the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet's production at the Michigan Theater. Audition open to dancers ages 3 - adult. Dancers must be enrolled at the Academy (either in Ann Arbor, or Wixom). Rehearsals begin the first week of September
Thursday, August 29th
Ages 3-6 4:30-5:00pm
Ages 7-11 5:00-5:45pm
Ages 12 and up 5:45-6:45pm. Please bring pointe shoes if on pointe
Contact the studio to pre-register (required): email@example.com
Academy of Russian Classical Ballet - Ann Arbor, 527 E Liberty, Suite 208. $30. 2488268181. firstname.lastname@example.org www.russianclassicalballet.com [map]
This class is designed for active young people to explore the fundamentals of the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will learn the basic poses and sequences on the aerial silks, sling, lyra, and trapeze, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching.
PREREQ: Students new to the Aviary must have a parent or legal guardian present on their first day. The guardian does not have to stay for the duration of the lesson but must be present to meet the instructor on the first day.
This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to class.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25 - $115. email@example.com http:
A city naturalist leads a hike through Cedar Bend Nature Area to learn about native plants and animals. AADL Science Tools available for use during the walk.
6-7:30 p.m., meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln. Free. 327-4200. [map]
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]
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]
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
These writers discuss their books, recently released in paperback. U-M creative writing MFA Li's Number One Chinese Restaurant is a multigenerational tale about the lives and loves of the people working in a Rockville (MD) restaurant. New Jersey writer Kumarasamy's Half Gods is a collection of short stories following the fractured origins and destinies of 2 brothers named after demigods in the Mahabharata. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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. email@example.com https:
June 27, July 25, & Aug. 29. All invited to discuss books by or about feisty women.
June 27: The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal's 2018 sci-fi novel set in an alternate 1952 where a meteorite has destroyed Washington, D.C.
July 25: The Mercury 13, Martha Ackmann's 2003 book about the women who trained at NASA in the 1960s to become astronauts but were denied the chance to experience space flight.
Aug. 29: Circe, Madeline Miller's 2018 novel based on the Greek goddess of magic.
7 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
Local artist Katherine Downie leads an art activity for adults. Themes include "Textures in Watercolors" (June 19), "Sketching with Watercolors" (July 17), & "Botanicals" (Aug. 29).
7-8:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]
Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http:
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
The flagship production of Brevity Shakespeare is William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' This version of the world's most famous play is set in the postcolonial years of an unnamed Caribbean island nation: lush and decaying greenery, crashing waves on rocky cliffs, and thick, heavy heat. Running time is approximately ninety minutes. The production features Macallan Winning, Emily Wilson-Tobin, and Glen Thomas Rideout. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $50 for Founding Patrons (includes a Caribbean dinner and a ticket to 'Act VI', a brief, original play about the fate of the six surviving characters). Karl Sikkenga, Artistic Director of Brevity Shakespeare, directs. For further information, call (734) 985-0315, or go to brevityshakespeare.wordpress.com.
First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti, 1110 W Cross St, Ypsilanti MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $50 for Founding Patrons (includes a Caribbean dinner and a ticket to 'Act VI', a brief, original play about the fate of the six surviving characters).. (734) 478-2512. email@example.com [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.
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]
Solo performance by the frontman of Blue October, the Houston rock band whose music is known for its searchingly intimate explorations of his many personal battles. A blend of spoken word and acoustic music, his shows feature both brand-new songs and old favorites. Q&A.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 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]
Aug. 29-31. Karl Sikkenga directs this new local acting company in a 90-minute version of Shakespeare's tragedy set on a postcolonial Caribbean island. Stars Macallan Winning, Emily Wilson-Tobin, and Glen Thomas Rideout.
8 p.m., First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti, 1110 W. Cross. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10). Reservations available at brevityshakespeare.wordpress.com & by phone. 985-0315. [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
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]
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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]
Blue Llama: Susan Tobocman Quartet
NYC-based ensemble fronted by Detroit native Tobocman, a composer-vocalist whose repertoire includes both originals and inventive arrangements of standards.
Conor O'Neill's: Jay Frydenlund
Local singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals.
Earle: Jake Reichbart
Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute.
Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson
Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio.
Last Word: 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.
Mash: The Scott Martin Band
Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Martin.
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.
Rumpus Room: The Rupple Brothers
Saginaw-area acoustic pop-folk trio with an air of psychedelia.
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.
Whitmore Lanes & Lounge: Open Mike
Hosted by area singer-songwriter Mark Vashon.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike
All acoustic musicians invited. Hosted by Rochelle Clark.
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