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 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.
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 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]
Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). firstname.lastname@example.org, (989) 455-4484. [map]
Aug. 16: Iowa. Exhibition. 7 p.m.
Aug. 22: Marshall. 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: Utah Valley. 2 p.m.
Aug. 23: Marquette. 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 30: Florida Gulf Coast. 5 p.m.
Sept. 6: Notre Dame. 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8: Bowling Green. 2 p.m.
Sept. 27: Purdue. 7 p.m.
Sept. 29: Indiana. 5 p.m.
Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8. 764-0247. [map]
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]
Aug. 24 & 30 and Sept. 7. Staffers discuss and offer taste samples of several types of heirloom tomatoes paired with their artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments.
3-5 p.m. (Aug. 24 & Sept. 7) & 6:30-8 p.m. (Aug. 30), Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]
Vinology sommelier Ian Youngs and several wine vendors lead tastings of wines from South America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Light hors d'oeuvres.
7-9 p.m., Vinology, 110 S. Main. Tickets $63 (includes tax & tip) in advance at eventbrite.com (search for "Vinology"). 222-9841. [map]
Aug. 30 & 31. This Pontiac comedian has performed with comics such as Kevin Hart and Bobby Slayton. His witty shows draw on the trials and tribulations of fatherhood and marriage as well as his upbringing in a family of 17 kids. 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]
Aug. 30: Florida Gulf Coast. Exhibition. 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 2: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. 1 p.m.
Sept. 6: Cornell. 5 p.m.
Sept. 8: Washington. 6 p.m.
Sept. 17: Oakland. 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21: Rutgers. 3 p.m.
Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]
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]
Paul Lippens and Josh Killom are the guitar duo from local rootsrock favorite "Paul's Big Radio." Songwriter Lippens melds American traditional aesthetics with adventurous beat sensibilities and a little mondern angst. Listen closely for the surprise inside. Killom's natural lead and harmony vocals harken to the best of Mike Campbell or Ronny Wood. These two will offer up and acoustic showcase of originals, traditional and tasteful covers. It's sure to be a treat.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 277-4063. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
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 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]
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]
"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Monte Pride
Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist.
Blue Llama: Rayse Biggs Quartet
Ensemble led by local jazz trumpeter Biggs.
Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles
DJ with an eclectic mix of music.
Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker
Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Nathan Zoob / Guy Russo
Double bill. Zoob is a Pittsburgh-bred indie folk-rock singer- songwriter, and Russo is a Pittsburgh pop-folk-singer-songwriter.
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.
Habitat Lounge: Soulstice
Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing.
Live: Black Jake & the Carnies
Popular Ypsilanti octet that calls its energetic, foot-stomping blend of punk, old-time music, and bluegrass "crabgrass." 6:30-9 p.m.
Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds
Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May.
Mash: Robert Johnson
Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer- guitarist. 6-9 p.m.
Rumpus Room: Open Mike
All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 7-11 p.m.
Session Room: Naked Ace
Local 11-piece rock, blues, and soul cover band.
Silvio's Organic Pizza: Chuck Swanagan
Local Americana folk-rock singer-guitarist.
Ypsi Alehouse: Y-Town Hoolies
Local band that plays traditional and contemporary Irish songs. 7-9 p.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Annie Capps
Local singer-songwriter and electric guitarist who writes thoughtful, distinctively personal, warmly exuberant folk-rock songs that are both musically sophisticated and down-home. She's accompanied by her husband, guitarist Rod Capps. Capps has a new CD, Searching for Neverland. 7-9 p.m.
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