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Calendar of Events

Friday, July 2, 2021

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at, [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joes Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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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.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Temping": Ann Arbor Summer Festival/Ann Arbor District Library.

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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 Free, but donations accepted., 994-5999. [map]

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Eat lunch during the video call, if you wish.
Noon, for online URL see Free.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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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 or call 998-9353. Free.

 4-8 p.m. 

First Friday at the Farm: Domino's Farms Petting Farm.

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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]

 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"First Chapter Friday": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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 Free.

 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Summer of Soul": State Theatre.

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(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.

 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Loop Nation," "DJ & Turntablism," and "Music Production": The Neutral Zone.

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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 Free.

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Capture The Flag Fridays": All Hands Active.

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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 Free, but donations required.

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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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.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ypsilanti Frog Island Jazz Concert Series.

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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, [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Live Here Now": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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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 Free, but donations accepted., 994-5999.

 7:30 p.m. 

"First Friday Open Hours for Adults": The Creature Conservancy.

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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 (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Wes Anderson Series": Michigan Theater.

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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.

 8 p.m. 

Rancho Tranquilico.

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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, 223-2321. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Canceled: Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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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 Free.


Nightspots Listings:


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. [venue info]


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