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Calendar of Events

Sunday, August 29, 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.

 9a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Aug. 1, 7, 8, 15, 21, & 29. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Aug. 1 (9 a.m.-noon): Botsford Preserve, 3003 Miller Rd. Aug. 7 (9 a.m.-noon): Black Pond Woods, 2080 Tibbits Court. Aug. 8 (1-4 p.m.): Brokaw Nature Area, 3013 W. Huron River Dr. Aug. 15 (1-4 p.m.): Barton Nature Area, 1010 W. Huron River Dr. Aug. 21: Furstenberg Native Plant Garden (9 a.m.-noon), 2475 Fuller Rd., and Buttonbush Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), 3098 Hickory Point Dr. Aug. 29 (9 a.m.-noon): Bandemer Park, 1352 Lakeshore Dr.
Various times & locations. Preregistration required at Free. 794-6627.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Sun. All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, and a talk on humane education. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 11 a.m.  Online 

Slow Burn Vinyasa Flow: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Integrate breath and movement with this Slow Burn Vinyasa class. During this class, there will be a focus on alignment, strength and flexibility. Flow sequences involve holding certain postures to create internal heat, as you build muscle and stamina.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and place your belongings in the cubbies. You will be checked in at the door. Masks are not required, however if you feel more comfortable wearing one during class, feel free.
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. Online. Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year. Masks required.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,

 Noon-7 p.m.  Free! 

11th Annual Ton-Up Motorcycle & Music Festival: Café Racer/Ann Arbor Brewing Company.

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Display of motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters, with awards in a variety of different categories. Food & beverages from ABC available. Raffles. Live music starting at 1 p.m. by local bands TBA. For complete schedule, check their Facebook page (search "The Ton-Up").
ABC Microbrewery, 720 Norris, Ypsilanti. $10 for bike show entries; free for visitors. [map]

 Noon-3 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.

 Noon  Free! 

Try Hockey For Free: Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association.

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Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association Presents
Try Hockey For Free
August 29th
12:00 noon to 1:00 PM
at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube
2121 Oak Valley Drive Ann Arbor
Ages 4-10. Some equipment provided.
Register Here:
Walk-ins also welcome
Questions? Email:
The Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association (AAAHA) has operated youth hockey programs since its founding in 1951 and is committed to providing instructional and competitive hockey opportunities, for all players without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, or national origin.
AAAHA operates as a nonprofit 501c organization
Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Drive. Free. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Youthful Spirits Class for Young People": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 1 p.m. 

Annual Corn Roast and Membership Drive: Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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Membership drive event kicking off the club's season of meetings and outings. Corn, beverages, and preheated grills provided. Bring your own goodies to grill, and a dish to pass. Volleyball, board games, and live music TBA. Persons under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
1-6 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 admission. (734)657-7121. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

Corn Roast: Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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Come enjoy the kick-off event of our ski year.
• There will be food, games, live music and corn!
•The BOD will supply, in addition to grilled corn, grilled hot-dogs and chips, kegged beer, wine, soft drinks, and water.
• Also, supplied by the club is table service-- no need to bring your own kit.
• Bring a dish to pass. And, use one of our fired-up grills to cook your own entrée.
Ski Trips Will Open For Registration, including: SCHUSS/SHANTY CREEK, WHISTLER, BIG SKY, AND PARK CITY
Non-members are encouraged to join us at the Ann Arbor Ski Club's biggest event of the year, which draws hundreds of members and friends. It's an excellent way to learn about our trips, events, and membership.
Costs for members and guests are;
• $5 Entrance Fee to the Corn Roast and optionally,
• $20 Annual Membership Fee for new members, if you choose to join.
You must be 21 or older, or accompanied by your parent or guardian to attend the A2SC Corn Roast. No BYOB.
River Grove Picnic Shelter at Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N Territorial Road, Dexter, MI, Dexter. $5. 7346577121. [map]

 1 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]


"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]

 1:30 p.m. 

"Young Frankenstein": Michigan Theater.

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(Mel Brooks, 1974). Hilarious parody of old Frankenstein movies. Gene Wilder.
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.

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Book of the Month Club: Vault of Midnight.

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Vault of Midnight staffers lead a livestream discussion on the 1st book in Boys Run the Riot, Keito Gaku's manga series about a transgender teen who finds relief from society's expectations in the world of street fashion. Anyone can join the conversation using the online chatbox.
Online at & (search "Vault of Midnight"). Free. 998-1413.

 3 p.m. 

"Lupin III: The First": Fathom Events.

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(Takashi Yamazaki, 2019). Dubbed (Sun.) and subtitled (Tues.) screening of this lively animated comedy about a heist involving an mechanical diary from Nazi Germany.
Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424).

 3 p.m. 

"Stripes": Fathom Events.

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(Ivan Reitman, 1981). 40th anniversary showing of this film starring Bill Murray as an hard-luck cabbie who emerges as the irreverent figurehead for a ragtag band of Army misfits.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424). [map]

 4-5:30 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]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270.

 7:30 p.m. 

Creole du Nord: Kerrytown Concert House Lot Lounge.

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Outdoor performance by the Manchester Cajun and Zydeco quartet. Cash bar.
415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at and at the door. 769-2999. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Paul Thorn

Dark, bluesy, sharp-witted, pungently idiomatic original songs and covers by veteran Mississippi singer-songwriter Thorn, a former professional boxer who is the son of a tent revival minister. He's something of a more lowdown, blues- and soul-shaped Lyle Lovett, and Allmusic writer Thom Jurek calls Thorn a "soul singer who can slip down into the murk and mess of human emotions with style and aplomb." He has a brand-new CD, Never Too Late to Call. $30. [venue info]

Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra

Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. [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]


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