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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 26, 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.

 8-11 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.

 10 a.m.-10 p.m. or so 

84th Annual Chelsea Community Fair: Chelsea Fairgrounds.

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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
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,

 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: Absofacto. The solo project of Jonathan Visger, an L.A.-based indie alternative musician/producer who mixes playful surrealist lyrics with crisp electronic production. His 2018 single "Dissolve" reached no. 1 on the Billboard alternative chart. Opener is Ki5 Loops, an Ann Arbor-native who layers vocals and beatbox rhythms using looping pedals to create a unique one-man a cappella band.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 662-1600. [map]

 Times & locations TBA 

The Third Place Music Fest.

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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
Times & locations TBA. Tickets $3-$10 suggested donation (festival pass, $20-$60 sliding scale).

 Time TBA 

"The Show": Fathom Events.

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(Mitch Jenkins, 2020). Gumshoe thriller about a man who finds himself entangled in a twilight world of sinister characters.
For complete, updated schedule, see 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).

 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]

 4 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]

 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.

 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"A Night of Jazz with Doug Horn": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Pack a picnic and head to the Northfield Township Area Library from 5-7pm to enjoy a free concert by jazz artist Doug Horn.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. (734)449-0066. [map]

 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. 

U-M Women's Soccer.

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The U-M Women take on Virginia in an Exhibition game (Aug. 14). The U-M also has regular-season home games this month against Bowling Green (Aug. 22), WMU (Aug. 26), and CMU (Aug. 29). Masks encouraged for unvaccinated spectators.
U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person). 764-0247. [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: Originals by the local pirate-themed hard rock band The Queen's Revenge. Opener: Geezer, the Ann Arbor & Saline Music Center adult student band that plays classic rock favorites. 7-9 p.m.
Downtown Saline. Free., 717-7406. [map]

 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. 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]

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"No Day But Today": The Encore Musical Theatre Company Summer Concert Series.

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Aug. 26-29. NYC-based actor Conor Ryan, a U-M musical theatre graduate, performs hits from more recent Broadway musicals such as Hamilton, Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, and more.
Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $35 ($3.70 online processing fees) in advance at (recommended) and at the door. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Maker Show and Tell": All Hands Active.

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All invited to discuss a project you've made, modified, or hacked in some way, what you'd like to be working on, and what you need help with. Listeners welcome.
For URL see Free, but donations appreciated.


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Molly Tuttle

Widely heralded young bluegrass singer-songwriter who, according to American Songwriter critic Paul Zollo, "sings with the gentle authority of Gillian Welch, yet plays astoundingly fleet flat-picking guitar like Chet Atkins on superdrive." A hit at the 2020 Ann Arbor Folk Festival, she's the 1st woman to win the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year award. Her new music incorporates electric instruments and moves in the direction of songwriter Americana. $25. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Riff Raff

All ages admitted. Stage name of Horst Christian Simon, a self-styled "hip-pop" underground rapper from Houston who first gained attention through YouTube videos that showcased his slapstick and performance art as well as verbal talents. $20-$75. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Jonathan Taylor Quartet

Local jazz ensemble led by pianist Taylor. [venue info]


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