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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 30, 2019






 
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 9 a.m.-11 p.m. 

84th Annual Saline Community Fair.

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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.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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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.


 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Scavenger Hunt with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Drop-in scavenger hunt that includes interactions with adoptable cats. Popcorn.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $7/hour ($4/half hour). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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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.


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Summer of Space!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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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]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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.


 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Aug. 9 & 30. Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and collections.
11 a.m. (both days) & 2 p.m. (Aug. 30), Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at myumi.ch/650X8. 764-2347. [map]


 Noon  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]


 Noon & 2 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]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri., except Sept. 2. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Music Together teacher Dianne Dudley leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and dancing.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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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). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 5 p.m 

U-M Women's Soccer.

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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.

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Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8. 764-0247. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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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.

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6:30-8:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. 426-0887.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cardio Drumming in the Park": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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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]


 6:30-8 p.m. 

"Heirloom Tomato & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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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]


 7 p.m. 

"Wines of the Southern Hemisphere": Vinology Restaurant.

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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]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Mike Geeter: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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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]


 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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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.

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Various times, U-M Soccer Field, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Hamlet": Brevity Shakespeare.

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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. kwsikk@gmail.com [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music: Paul's Big Radio Duo: Unity Vibration.

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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. danni@uvkbeer.com https://www.facebook.com/events/451998262321453/ [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Hamlet": Brevity Shakespeare.

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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]


 8 p.m. 

"Hay Fever": PTD Productions.

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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/organizations/ptd-productions, by phone or email, and at the door. info@ptdproductions.com, 483-7345. [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 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]


 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Monte Pride

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Rayse Biggs Quartet

Ensemble led by local jazz trumpeter Biggs. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

DJ with an eclectic mix of music. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

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. [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]

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Live: Black Jake & the Carnies 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. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer- guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 7-11 p.m. [venue info]

Session Room: Naked Ace

Local 11-piece rock, blues, and soul cover band. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Chuck Swanagan

Local Americana folk-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Y-Town Hoolies

Local band that plays traditional and contemporary Irish songs. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Annie Capps 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. [venue info]

 
 


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