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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 20, 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]

 8:30 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]

 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 Cafe 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. For other AABTS rides, see
Meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-2096.

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Michilimackinac: Where Archaeology and History Meet": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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Drawing on more than 60 years of continuous on-site research, Mackinac State Historic Parks archaeology curator Lynn Evans discusses life on the 18th-century fur-trading frontier. With a focus on Fort Michilimackinac, in present day Mackinaw City, Evans describes a melting pot of soldiers, missionaries, fur-traders, and their families.
10-11 a.m, for URL preregister at Free. 649-3370. [map]

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 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. [map]

 Time TBA 

"Coda": Michigan Theater.

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(Sian Heder, 2021). Coming-of-age tale about a teenage girl who's the only hearing person in her family.
Movie 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.

 2 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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This month's schedule includes three exhibition matches against Bowling Green (Aug. 13, 7 p.m.), University of Illinois Chicago (Aug 13, 7 p.m.)& Saginaw Valley State University (Aug 20, 2 p.m.), and one regular season match against Detroit Mercy (Aug. 26, 4 p.m.).
U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person). 764-0247. [map]

 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. Led by AHA members; beginners welcome.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations required.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Ain't Dead Yet Band.

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Join the new Ann Arbor band Ain't Dead Yet for their first ever gig LIVE Friday August 20, 2021 6 pm to 8 pm AnnArbor Distillery
220 Felch St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Ann Arbor Distilling Company, 220 Felch St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 616.808.7475. [map]

 6:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea.

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Sept. 3 & 17. Play any type of tabletop game, including board games, role playing, and card games, at this bi-weekly meetup. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
Sweetwaters Downtown, 123 W. Washington. Free. 417-4266. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Movie Trivia Night": Michigan Theater.

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Every Fri. Popular family-friendly contest with questions on movie quotes, posters, soundtracks, and more. 1st and 2nd place prizes. Have a pen and paper handy.
For URL see $5 per device (members, 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 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.

 7:30 p.m. 

Nick Gaza: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 20 & 21. A veteran guest performer in TV sitcoms, Gaza is a funny and playful stand-up comic who bills himself as "The Laziest Working Man in Show Business," sometimes even performing in PJs. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced). 996-9080, [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"To Catch A Thief": Michigan Theater.

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(Alfred Hitchcock, 1955). Romantic thriller about a reformed cat burglar who has to save his reputation by catching a new thief preying on wealthy tourists in the French Riviera. Cary Grant, Grace Kelly.
Movie 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.

 8 p.m. 

Sabbatical Bob: Kerrytown Concert House Lot Lounge.

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Outdoor performance by this versatile local horn-fired funk sextet. Cash bar. Sabbatical Bob is also among the acts celebrating the Blind Pig, Aug. 27-29 (see Nightspots listing).
KCH back lot, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at and at the door. 769-2999. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Zen Zadravec Trio

Jazz standards & originals by an ensemble this young Canadian composer-pianist. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Live: The Stomp Rockets Canceled The Stomp Rockets

Garage-rock quartet led by vocalist Dan Mulholland, the former leader of the Watusis, the Vibratrons, and several other great local rock 'n' roll bands over the past 40 years.. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Soul What

Local classic soul and R&B dance band. [venue info]


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