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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 19, 2021

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"August Play Showcase": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Aug. 1-31. Three new shows available online. Marisa Dluge directs Red Velvet, Ypsilanti playwright Isaac Ellis's sentimental one-act drama, prerecorded at the Back Office Studio, about a gay grandson who's visited by his grandma in her 1940s housewife form while preparing for a neighborhood block party. Maegan Murphy directs Ypsilanti playwright Ken MacGregor's Finding Joy, a one-act drama, prerecorded in the Back Office Studio, about a grieving widow who finds inspiration in a coffee shop. And Kristin Anne Danko directs her and A.M. Dean's Annie Ypsi and the Case of the Missing Smeet, a family-friendly mystery film about a 6th grader who goes on a mission to find the missing Smeet frog, an Ypsilanti cryptid.
On-demand streaming starts at noon Aug. 1 through midnight Aug. 31, online at Free. (219) 201-6979.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Small Windows Onto a Distant World- Photos by Andrew Stamm": Creal Microgallery.

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Creal Microgallery is pleased to present "Small Windows Onto a Distant World," an exhibition of photography by Andrew Stamm, a photographer currently living in St. Louis. When Stamm was invited to exhibit some of his work, he thought of these photos from Bruny Island, Tasmania. Stamm is a frequent traveler, and usually focused on street photography. But he explains that these were some of his first successful attempts with panoramic photography, and with landscape photography in general.
Even in this small scale, these panoramic vistas capture a uniquely striking landscape. The juxtaposition of land, sea, and sky offers a dramatic view of a scene nearly 10,000 miles away. And at a time with so many restrictions on travel, these photos also present a unique window onto a destination most travelers can not currently access.
Creal Microgallery, Creal Crescent. Free.

 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Aug. 6-8, 19-22 & Sept. 10-12. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. No pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. or so, Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn, Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2111, [map]

 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Leaderless Walks in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs. All invited to join a walk through the Arb to look for resident flora and fauna.
Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes; preregistration required at Free.

 8:30 a.m. 

Summer Camps: Saline ATA Martial Arts.

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3 Summer Camps for kids of all ages.
June 21-25, July 19-23, August 16-20, 2021
Martial Arts, Games, Arts n Crafts, Field Trips & Way More
$50 a day or $199 for the week
Saline ATA Martial Arts, 750 Woodland Drive, Saline. $199. [map]

 9 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Used Book Sale: JLC Book Sale.

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Aug. 18-21. Sale of several hundred books, as well as DVDs, audiobooks, video games, puzzles, and board games. Also, a presale on Aug. 18 from 2-8 p.m. for teachers and homeschool families.
2091 Stratton Ct. Free admission. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Dragonflies": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Age 7-11 invited for a talk about dragonflies-Earth's oldest flying insect-followed by a trek outside to look for the adults living along the trails.
West Lake Preserve, 21598 Waterloo Rd., Chelsea. Free, but preregistration required at [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Outdoor Explorers": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Aug. 19 & 26. Park staffers lead kids ages 9-12 in a morning of games and activities in search of animals living in ponds, rotten tree logs, and grass fields. Bring a water bottle, sun screen, and bug spray.
Hudson Mills River Grove Picnic Area, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $15 per person, preregistration required by 4 p.m. Aug. 19., 426-8211. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Every Thurs. Aug. 5-Sept. 2. Musical entertainment by local and regional performers. Today: Laith Al-Saadi. Popular local singer-guitarist who rocketed to national prominence in 2016 with a 4th-place finish on NBC's The Voice, plays an eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, in a jazz-tinged, jam-oriented style. For this set, Al-Saadi is joined by the award-winning Detroit Youth Choir. Opener is Al Bettis, a Detroit singer-songwriter whose music blends jazzy acoustic guitar with thoughtful, complex R&B lyrics.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 662-1600. [map]

 1:30-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wise Guys: Conversations for Men.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

Westside Farmers Market.

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The Westside Farmers' Market, keeping Ann Arbor healthy by bringing farm-fresh food to the city's westside, will be held every Thursday from 3-7pm through October 7th in the parking lot of the Zingerman's Roadhouse, on the corner of Jackson Ave. and Maple Rd.
Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 3 & 7 p.m. 

"Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home": Fathom Events.

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(Leonard Nimoy, 1986). 35th anniversary showing of the 4th installment of this celebrated series.
3 p.m. (Ann Arbor 20 only) and 7 p.m. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500). [map]

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs. (different programs) A 30-minute audiovisual planetarium shows (via Zoom), followed by a brief Q&A.

The Solar System (Aug. 5 & 19) is an exploration of our solar system's history culminating in the current night sky.The Sky Tonight (Aug. 12 & 26) explores the current night sky, including the constellations, visible planets, and other astronomical events.

For URL preregister at Free. 764-0478.

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Beginning Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS members lead a hike and discuss the basic tricks to identifying birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds. Binoculars provided, but bring yours if you have them.
Meet at Argo Park Livery, 1055 Longshore; preregistration required at Free. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at for homebound participants.
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty suite 225. Free.

 7 p.m. 

"CCC and the Chocolate Factory": Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 18-22. Gayle Martin, Laurie Atwood, and Abby Vermeulen direct local kids in a musical production loosely based on Leslie Bricusse and Tim McDonald's 2004 stage show that combines elements of both Roald Dahl's classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its iconic 1971 film adaptation as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The score includes such favorites as "Pure Imagination," "Oompa Loompa Melody," "Golden Ticket," "I Want It Now," "It's Time," and "Carry On." The Aug. 20 performance is followed by a post-performance reception ($100; includes food & drink from local restaurants TBA; reservations required at Proceeds benefit Friends of CCC, which assists homeless and disadvantaged families with childcare costs.
7 p.m. (Wed-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets pay what you can in advance at or at the door. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Remember The Magic: The Happiest Musical Revue on Earth": Horizon Performing Arts.

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Aug. 19-22. Connor Rhoades directs area performers in an all-Disney musical revue, including songs featured in movies, TV shows, and theme parks from 1929 to today. Masks required; limited seating.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students & seniors Thurs.-Sun., $10; kids age 10 & under Sun. only, $10) in advance (recommended) at and at the door. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Salty Summer Sounds": Saline Main Street.

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Downtown family-friendly concerts by area bands. Bring your own lawn chairs to sit on. Also, outdoor seating at some restaurants. Dancing. Tonight: Ben Daniels Band, an Americana folk-rock quintet led by Chelsea singer-songwriter and guitarist Daniels.
Downtown Saline. Free., 717-7406. [map]

  7 p.m. 

"Summer of Love": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Aug. 19-21. Lauren London directs an outdoor production of Roger Bean's 2011 jukebox musical about a conservative runaway bride who ends up in San Francisco at the height of the 1960s counterculture. The score features pop music from the era, everything from Motown to folk-rock and rock 'n' roll. Stars Luciana Piazza, David Moan, Dan Johnson, Kathy Waugh, Jayla Fletcher, Mike Sandusky, Leah Olsen, David Collins, Jackie Meloche, Andrew Helman, Allison Megroet, and dancers from Randazzo Dance Studio. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket to sit on, and snacks if you wish. Concessions.
7 p.m., Burns Park Shelter Area, corner of Baldwin & Wells. Tickets $15 (seniors, $12; kids age 12 & under, $10) in advance at, and at the show. 926-5346.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Free. 998-1413.

 7:30 p.m. 

Comedy Show: Low-Fi Bar.

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Andrew Cassidy hosts an evening of stand-up comedy with headliners Eric Laux, Ella H, and Brett Hayden Also, guest appearances by Abbie Lemke, Alex Bradley, Andrew Dziobak and Dustin Jefferson.
7:30-9 p.m. (door open at 7 p.m.), Low-Fi Bar, 220 S. Main lower level. Space limited. Free, but preregistration required at [map]

 7:30 p.m. or so 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular outdoor weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes.
7:30 p.m. or so, Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Motown at The Session Room!: Salmagundi.

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Ann Arbor's favorite 7-piece Motown & Soul dance band plays under the stars from 8-10pm. Reserve your table early, dance space is limited!
The Session Room, 3685 Jackson Road. Donation. 734-476-6795. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Electric Six.

Energetic, irreverent guitar-based rock by this widely acclaimed Detroit quintet whose music has been described as a "bizarre genetic splicing of punk, new wave, disco, and arena rock." $15. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Ron English Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit guitarist English. [venue info]


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