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 ntgypsi.org
Aug. 24-28. Fair rides and concessions (Wed. & Thurs., 3-10 p.m.; Fri., noon-10 p.m.; Sat.; 1-10 p.m.), a bingo tent, livestock shows, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies (Tues. & Wed. at 7:30 p.m.), the Chelsea Fair Parade (Sat. at 1 p.m.), and "Nature's Creation of Life" (Tues.-Sat., all day), an exhibit of calves, piglets, lambs, and chicks, some likely to be born during the fair. Also, a Children's Parade (Wed., 5:30 p.m.) for ages 3-12 on decorated bikes & wagons or on foot from the municipal lot behind Common Grill to the fairgrounds. Complete schedule available at ChelseaFair.org.
Chelsea Fairgrounds, Old US-12 at Old Manchester Rd., Chelsea. $10 daily admission; $30 5-day pass (students, veterans, & seniors age 65 & older, $20; kids age 10 & under, free). 475-1270 during fair week, ChelseaFair@gmail.com.
Aug. 3, 11, 17, 25, & 31: Half hour outdoor program under a tent of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Bring a blanket to sit on, if you wish. Also, a "Virtual Storytime" for preschoolers every weekday (online at the library's YouTube channel, AADL.tv).
AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Every Wed. AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven leads various mental exercises(via Zoom) from Nancy Linde's 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.
For more information, including the URL, email email@example.com or call 794-6250.
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. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]
Aug. 25-28. Folk, singer-songwriter, classical, and experimental music by area performers TBA at various venues throughout town, including Vertex, TeaHaus, Ann Arbor Distilling, Bløm Meadworks, Argus Farm Stop, Bar at Braun Court, and others. A single show at locations TBA Wed.-Fri., culminating with 5 shows that travel to different locations on Sat. For complete schedule, see ThirdPlaceMusic.org.
Times & locations TBA. Tickets $3-$10 suggested donation (festival pass, $20-$60 sliding scale). Facebook.com
Every Wed. A facilitated conversation(via Zoom) in which participants are invited to share stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes, and related topics in "uncertain times."
Register online at olli-umich.org
Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). DrinkBlom.com
Every Wed. All high schoolers invited to learn various elements of music. Beginners welcome; no equipment necessary. Topics: "Audio Techniques," (the basics of production, mixing, and mastering), "eMCee Workshop," (the basics of rap, how to compose a verse and match the lyric with the beats, and more), "Songwriting," (write songs and get feedback from peers.)
For URL see neutral-zone.org
Nationally touring production of this live stage show, suitable for kids ages 2-7, that's based on children's entertainer Stevin John's YouTube alias "Blippi," a friendly energetic character known for his signature blue and orange outfit that he wears while discussing educational topics such as differences in colors, machines, and more.
EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. Tickets $25-$65 in advance at bit.ly
Last Wed. of every month except for holidays. We enjoy creating quilts with a modern look-and-feel and welcome quilters at all levels of expertise. You can be an expert quilter or just be someone who loves modern quilts or just want to find out more about them. Questions welcome, help available. For meeting info visit: https:
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Blind Pig: Motherfolk
All ages admitted. Cincinnati alt-rock quintet known for its blend of rowdy, upbeat musical energy with a dark, brooding lyricism. $12. 8 p.m.-midnight.
Blue LLama: Wesley Reynoso Trio
Local jazz ensemble led by pianist Reynoso.
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