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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 28, 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! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at, [map]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]

 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. 

IDPA Monthly Club Match: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) offers an action shooting sport that uses practical equipment with full charge service ammunition to solve simulated self-defense scenarios using practical handguns and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual. For more information, contact Earl Austin, 734-645-3267.
Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Road, Saline. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Ford Village Industries: Henry Ford's Conversion of Historic Water-Powered Mills to Industrial Protection": Riverfolk Music & Arts Passport to Manchester 2021.

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Local historians and former Ford plant workers lead a tour of Ford's defunct facilities at the Manchester Village Hall and Sharon Mills and discuss his successes (or not). Also, local violinist Henrik Karapetyan performs a program of Jewish-influenced songs.
Meet at Manchester Village Hall, 912 City Rd., Manchester. $15 per person; preregistration recommended at [map]

 10 & 11 a.m. 

"Play Series: Water Play": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Ages 2 & 3 (accompanied by a registered adult) invited to explore nature to figure out what sinks and what floats in the water.
Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person, preregistration required by noon on Aug. 26., 426-8211. [map]

 10:30-11 a.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]

 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yinyasa Yoga is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. The Vinyasa postures flow from one to the next to create internal heat. The Yin postures are held for longer periods of time to allow the muscles to relax and the connective tissues to be gently stretched. Appropriate for all levels.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. Register on our website (, or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $10-20 Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Artist Pop-Ups": The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Aug. 14, 21, & 28. Show and sale of works in various media by local artists, who will be on hand to discuss their work & answer questions.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. [map]

 Noon-9 p.m.  Free! 

43rd Annual Festival at St. Joseph Church.

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Aug. 28 & 29. Festival that features games, kids activities, a classic car show (Sat., noon-3:30 p.m.), craft sale, and live music. The festival kicks off with an outdoor film screening on Friday night (see Films listing). Today: Entertainment by Magic Joe (noon-1 p.m.), soccer and free throw challenges (noon-3:30 p.m.), "Wildlife Safari" (1:30-3:30 p.m.) animal meet & greet, and a performance by Three Men and a Tenor (7-9 p.m.; $5-$10 suggested donation), a popular Michigan-based a cappella quartet that mixes comedy and music in a program of original tunes and popular songs.
Noon-9 p.m. (Sat.), & noon-3 p.m. (Sun.), St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483.

 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).

 12:15 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with stretching, moving to a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it. Pre-register on our website ( or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]


"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Australia (2 & 4 p.m.), including the dingo, carpet python, emu, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required for unvaccinated guests.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]

 2:30 p.m. or so  Free! 

Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea.

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Baseball game using 1860s-era rules against the
Tentative; for updates, check or email, Timbertown Park, Sibley Rd. (west off Main St. north of downtown), Chelsea. Free.

 4-11 p.m. 

German Park Picnic.

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Old-fashioned German dinner served la carte (approximately $8-$12) with wine, beer, pop, water, and coffee for sale. Dancing to German polkas and other European dance music by Enzian aus Detroit.
4-11 p.m. (no admission after 9 p.m.), German Park, 5549 Pontiac Tr. $5 cash only (children 12 & under, free). Age 20 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 769-0048 (weekdays). [map]

 4 p.m. 

"The Wind Rises": Michigan Theater.

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(Hayao Miyazaki, 2014). Anime biopic about Jiro Horikoshi who designed Japanese fighter planes during WWII.
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.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Broken Branch Summer Series.

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Aug. 14 & 28. Outdoor concert series. Gas grill on site. No pets. Capacity limited to 100 people; preregistration available. Tonight: Adam Plomaritas Band, a local group led by Americana rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Plomaritas.
6090 Plymouth Rd. (park across the street or on the shoulder of Plymouth Rd.). Free admission, but donations accepted., [map]

 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 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 p.m. 

"Clockers": Michigan Theater.

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(Spike Lee, 1995). Crime drama starring Harvey Keitel, Isaiah Washington, & John Turturro.
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.

 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]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: George Bedard & the Kingpins

Local guitar genius Bedard hosts "Jump Blues: Big Brother to Rock 'n' Roll." his 8th annual History of American Music show. "The small combo jump blues of the '40s and early '50s was, along with country, one of the main tributaries leading to rock 'n roll", says Bedard. "We will thread the show through Big Joe Turner, whose career spanned the boogie-woogie and Kansas City jazz of the '30s to the early rock 'n roll era, and whom I had the honor to play with". Bedard is joined by pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun, a horn section led by Chris Smith, bassist Pat Prouty, and drummer Rich Dishman. $20. [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: Kris Kurzawa Quartet

Local quartet led by guitarist Kurzawa that plays jazz, soul, and avant-funk covers and originals. Ticket price TBA. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band featuring vocalist Sheila Rhodes. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band featuring vocalist Sheila Rhodes. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band featuring vocalist Sheila Rhodes. [venue info]


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