Every Fri. A moderate-paced ride, 25 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at the Riverview Café in Dexter. Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves; carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
Meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-2096.
NYC-based director Michael Rau curates playwright Michael Yates Crowley's immersive theater experience in which each participant fills in for an employee at a pension actuarial firm for about 45 minutes. Inside a cubicle, each temp estimates how long workers will live, updates client records, sends emails, and even eavesdrops on an office romance. On the other side of the office space, stage operators interact virtually with each participant to redirect and reinforce the performance. Recommended for ages 16 & up, and for people familiar with Microsoft Office.
10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. (45-minute sessions), 206 S. Fifth Ave., suite 185. Preregistration required at a2sf.org
Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking Off the Pounds," guided steps to walk in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 998-9353. Free.
The petting farm is open late tonight with food trucks, kids activities, and games.
4-8 p.m., Domino's Farms Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart. $6 general admission; (kids under age 2, free. 998-0182. [map]
An AADL staffer reads the 1st chapter of Sabina Khan's new young adult novel Zara Hossain Is Here, about a plucky Pakistani high schooler who's bullied by her Islamophobic classmates. Suitable for kids grades 6-12.
Online at AADL.tv. Free.
(Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, 2021). Footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, and more.
Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.
Every Fri. Local music professionals demonstrate to high schoolers how to loop and layer beats to make songs, work turntables and electronic software, and curate performances. Also, the chance to perform your own music and receive feedback. No equipment necessary.
For URL see neutral-zone.org
Every Fri. All invited to try to capture a virtual flag by solving a computer security problem (or series of problems), ranging from basic computer usage to some programing.
For URL preregister at MeetUp.com
Every Fri., June 18-Aug. 13. Entertainment in downtown Dexter. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass; face masks required. Tonight: The vintage Ventures-style instrumental surf guitar band Surf Zup.
Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. Info@DexterChamber.org.
Every Fri., July 1-Sept. 3 (except July 23). Outdoor performances by area jazz standouts. Veteran local jazz guitarist John E. Lawrence opens each night by playing a song off his new CD, Masterpiece Vol. 1, with the featured artist. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Tonight: Dynamic Ypsi trumpeter Rayse Biggs.
Riverside Park, Frog Island Amphitheatre, 699 Rice St., Ypsilanti. Free. 635-5446, JohneLaw@sbcglobal.net. [map]
June 11-July 3. A series of concerts in public parks and spaces throughout town. Tonight: The eccentric local band slapslap, whose music sits somewhere between creative improv, up-tempo dance music, post-funk, and performance art. With bassoonists Maddy Wildman & Ezra Gans, and drummers Cameron Wilson & Tanner Tanyeri.
For location preregister at a2sf.org
Alligator feeding demo followed at 7:45 p.m., followed by a show and tell of animals native to North America, including a warthog, savannah monitor, hedgehog, and chameleon. Age 18 & up only. Masks required for people not fully vaccinated.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]
Every Fri. Films by the celebrated director of quirky comedies and narratives with flawed characters.
July 2: "Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014). Comedy set in a fictional European country between WWI and WWII, about the adventures of a legendary concierge and the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
July 9: "Royal Tenenbaums" (2001). An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when one member announces he has a terminal illness.
July 16: "Bottle Rocket" (1996). Comedy following the daily absurdities of 2 young friends trying to pull off a 75 year-long heist.
July 23: "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012). Unconventional comedy about a small 1960s New England island-town that's turned upside down when a young boy and girl run away together.
July 30: "Rushmore" (1998). Acerbic romantic comedy about a precocious 15-year-old boy on scholarship at a private school.
$10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.
July 2, 9-11, 18, & 23-25. Barn concerts by local groups. BYOB and a small folding chair. Dancing. Tonight: Judy Banker Band. Local country-folk quartet led by Banker, a veteran singer-songwriter and guitarist who recently released the CD, Devils Never Cry.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), 11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Tickets $20 in advance at facebook.com
Canceled and Postponed Events:
All invited to join in song, chant, and virtual circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
For URL email DrakeMeadow@gmail.com. Free.
Zal Gaz Grotto: The Rhythm Machines Project
A mix of classic rock, soul, funk, R&B, and jazz fusion by this local sextet. Fronted by vocalists Shannon Lee and Patty O'Connor, with guitarists Kip Godwin and Terry Gordinier, bassist Kim French, and drummer John Marion.
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