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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 27, 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.

 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 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,

 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]

 Noon-12:30 p.m  Free!  Hybrid 

Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. 30 min. lesson (online and in-person) focusing on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Lunch & Learn: Policing, Justice, and Community: An Anthropological Perspective": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters.

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EMU sociology, anthropology, and criminology professor Kevin Karpiak uses a historical lens to envision (via Zoom) ways beyond policing that societies might maintain order.
For livestream preregister at Free.

 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).

 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Walking Off the Pounds.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Guided steps to walk in place. Online and in person (beginning Sept. 8).
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [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.

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Comedy for a Cause": Accelerate Church.

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Enjoy an evening of clean comedy, featuring Cyrus Steele and Chris Young.
Accelerate Church, 6075 Jackson Rd. Online. $25. [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

Comedy for a Cause: Accelerate Church.

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Enjoy an evening of clean comedy, featuring Cyrus Steele and Chris Young.
Accelerate Church, 6075 Jackson Rd. Online. $25. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Louise Penny: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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This New York Times bestselling mystery writer is joined on Zoom by the writer and podcaster Will Schwalbe to discuss the latest installment of her Chief Inspector Gamache series, The Madness of Crowds. The novel finds the Québecois detective trying to enjoy a quiet New Year's with his family, when, as usual, his holiday is interrupted by criminal conspiracy and murder. Tickets include a copy of the book.
7 p.m., for URL and tickets ($30 & $34 plus tax & fees) see 585-5567.

 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 songs off his new CD, Masterpiece Vol. 1, with the featured artist. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Tonight: Saxophonist LaShawn D. Gary, a Detroit native whose debut album Love, Peace, & Praise walks the line between soul & jazz, featuring Gary's smooth & sensual vocals.
Riverside Park, Frog Island Amphitheatre, 699 Rice St., Ypsilanti. Free. 635-5446, [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

John Knight: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 27 & 28. A Pittsburgh comic known for his cynical observational humor delivered deadpan, Knight's the author of I'm Still Aggravated but at Least I Didn't Kill Anybody! and #WhatAggravatesMe, a blog that includes his thoughts on self-checkout lanes, holiday traditions, and sports. 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]

 7:30-9 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 p.m.  Free! 

"shape // matter Movement Showcase."

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Outdoor showcase of modern dance, tap, tango, and dance theater by area dancers TBA. Masks encouraged for all audience members and required for those unvaccinated.
Liberty Plaza, Liberty at Division. Free. (510) 910-1764,

 8 p.m. 

"The Future Is Female": Kerrytown Concert House Lot Lounge.

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Outdoor performance by members of The Young Lions Collective, a rotating cast of young, rising area jazz musicians whose repertoire pays homage to jazz giants. Tonight, led by Detroit woodwind player Meg Brennan, the ensemble performs selections written by female artists. Cash bar.
KCH back lot, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at and at the door. 769-2999. [map]

 8:30-10:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Doolittle": St. Joseph Parish Festival.

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(Betty Thomas, 1998). Comedy about a kindly doctor whose ability to talk to animals leads him into oddball adventures with heartwarming endings.
St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483.


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Lee DeWyze

Alternative rock singer-songwriter best known as the winner in May 2010of the 9th season of American Idol. His hit "Blackbird Song" was featured on The Walking Dead. His latest album, Paranoia, is a collection of darkly cinematic songs with dreamy electronic soundscapes. $20-$70. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Canceled: "Grand Re-opening Extravaganza."

Aug. 27-29. Headliner is Stormy Chromer, a popular local progressive jam-rock quartet. The lineup of local openers includes the jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet Chirp, the rock, blues, and funk quintet Act Casual, the versatile local horn-fired funk sextet Sabbatical Bob, the rock 'n' roll quartet ZZvava, the psych-rock garage band Warlock's Grave, the self-styled "soulful music collective VioletSol, hip-hop MCs Tru Klassick and MC Kadence, the post-hip-hop synth-pop dance music Beanstalk, and the electronic downtempo dance musician Scüter. $15 (3-day pass, $35). [venue info]

Blue LLama: Alex Harding & Organ Nation

Jazz organ trio led by Harding, a veteran Detroit baritone saxophonist known for his bluesy, church-steeped style. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Live: The Rhythm Machines Project Canceled. 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. 8-10:30 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: She-Bop

Local girl-group-style trio of singer-guitarist Laurie Lounsbury, singer-French hornist Morgan Lamonica, and a new lead vocalist TBA. With guitarist Johnny Rasmussen, bassist Al Kalaf, and drummer T. Kinks Heiss. [venue info]


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