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
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 aabts.org.
Meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-2096.
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.
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]
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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 bit.ly
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 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 neutral-zone.org
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 MeetUp.com
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 LiteratiBookstore.com
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, JohneLaw@sbcglobal.net. [map]
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, aaComedy.com. [map]
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 TheEncoreTheatre.org (recommended) and at the door. info@TheEncoreTheatre.org. [map]
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 KerrytownConcertHouse.com and at the door. 769-2999. [map]
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.
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).
Blue LLama: Alex Harding & Organ Nation
Jazz organ trio led by Harding, a veteran Detroit baritone saxophonist known for his bluesy, church-steeped style.
Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz
Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier.
Live: The Rhythm Machines Project Canceled.
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.
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.
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