Calendar of Events
There are contested Democratic council primaries in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th wards. The Ann Arbor ballot also includes Democratic primaries for a state house seat, a county commissioner seat, county water resources commissioner, and an open seat on the circuit court. (See election feature in August Observer.)
Polls are open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. If you are unsure about where to vote or need information about absentee ballots, call the county clerk at 994-2503.
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Every Tues., Apr.-Nov. Moderate-paced ride, 36-40 miles, to Chelsea for breakfast.
10 a.m. (Apr.) & 9 a.m. (May), 8 a.m. (June), Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 996-8440.
St. Andrews Catholic Church in Saline will be holding Vacation Bible School during the week of Aug 6, 2012 from 9am - 12 noon Monday thru Friday. The registration fee is $25 for signups prior to July 22 and $45 after July 22. For more information please visit http://standrewvbs.weebly.com/
St. Andrews Catholic Church, 908 Austin Dr., Saline. $25. maryjo dot davis at gmail.com. maryjo dot davis at gmail.com http://standrewvbs.weebly.com/ [map]
Aug. 7, 21, & 28. All invited to help city staff maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Aug. 7: Dolph Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, parking lot on the east side of Wagner between Liberty & Jackson) to clear trails and spread woodchips. Aug. 21: Scarlett Mitchell Woods (9 a.m.-noon, meet at Scarlett Middle School parking lot, 3300 Lorraine off Platt south of Packard), Narrow Gauge Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Narrow Gauge Way at Green Rd. south of Glazier Way), and/or Furstenberg Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to remove invasive plants. Aug. 28: Oakridge Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, U-M parking lot, Glazier Way at Huron Pkwy.) and/or “Leslie Woods” (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at the north end of Upland Dr. off Plymouth Rd.) to remove invasive plants. Also, “Buhr Park Children’s Wet Meadow” (4-6 p.m., playground parking lot next to the tennis court at Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard) to weed and collect seeds for this native plants showcase and habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies.
Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
Come learn to cook for all times of the day!Monday: Breakfast -- Blueberry Buckle, Omelets with Veggies, Fresh Fruit PunchTuesday: Lunch -- Flatbread with Grilled Chicken & Lamb, Yogurt Sauce, Orange SmoothiesWednesday: Snacks -- Fresh made Tortilla-Lime Chips and Salsa, Queso Dip, Fruit Kabobs with Gingered Yogurt SauceThursday: Dinner -- Grilled Pizzas, Classic Caesar Salad, Brownie BitesAGES: 8-15 years
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $200/child. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Every Tues. All seniors age 50 & over invited to play this popular word game.
10 a.m.-noon, Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]
Local kids present a puppet show. Also, on Aug. 2 (10 a.m.-noon), kids going into grades 5-8 (preregistration required) invited to design and make puppets and practice for today’s show.
11 a.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
Daily (except July 4) beginning July 1. Five different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., and 11:30 & 3:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky. The Little Star That Could (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the Solar System. Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Sat.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon. Sun, Earth, and Moon (2:30 p.m. Sat. in July) explores the reasons the constellations in the night sky change throughout the year and the moon changes its phase and place in the sky. MarsQuest (2:30 p.m. Sat. in Aug.), narrated by Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, is about the history of the Red Planet and the reasons for our interest in it. Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (2:30 Sun. in July) explores how telescopes work and what they can do. Light Years from Andromeda (2:30 Sun. in Aug.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda..
Various times, Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764–0478. [map]
The Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art presents “Man Up!”, a national multi-media exhibition that visualizes the essence of power and the notion of “besting” oneself, other artists or men in general. This exhibit features work of women artists including celebrity artist/juror and native Detroiter Suzy Lake.Artists Reception Friday, July 20, 6-9 p.m.
U-M Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Daily, except Thurs., through Oct. 31. A variety of local performers. Today: band TBA
Noon-2 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 665-8001.
Every Tues., July 10-Aug. 14. Comics artist Jerzy Drozd, a contributing editor to the online comics anthology sugaryserials.com, leads teens in grades 6-12 in a series of 6 weekly programs during which they create their own graphic novel or comic book.
1-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Music therapist Marilyn Largin introduces and leads discussion of different kinds of music. Topics include music appreciation (June 5), “Great Composers” (June 19), “Music of the Decades” (June 26), gospel music (July 3), piano music (July 10), “Name That Tune” (July 24), hand chimes & harp (July 31), and WWII music (Aug. 7). All seniors invited.
2 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]
All kids from preschoolers through 5th graders invited to make their own board game, complete with game board, rules, and character pieces. Materials provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Find acceptance, understanding, & support from others who hear voices or have uncommon beliefs. Be heard, grow creatively, learn about others' experience. Thousands of voice hearers attend HVN worldwide & many have found their path to recovery through this innovative self-help group. Meets monthly, every 3rd Tuesday.
Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St.. Free. 734-709-2183. email@example.com DepressionSolutionsofAnnArbor.com [map]
A Whole Foods wine specialist leads tastings of 3 wines.
4-6 p.m., Whole Foods wine bar, 990 W. Eisenhower Pkwy., Cranbrook Village shopping center. Free. 997-7500. [map]
(Benh Zeitlin, 2012). Apocalyptic drama about a young girl who goes in search of her mother in the midst of a crumbling world in which the polar ice caps have melted and released prehistoric creatures.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
(Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano, 2011). Comedic drama about an aristocratic quadriplegic hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. michtheater.org. [map]
Opening reception for Chowdhury’s photography exhibit Boots of Spanish Leather. Also, Wang reads from her new book Imaginary Affairs: Postcards from an Imagined Life, a collection of prose poems and short stories that writer May-lee Chai calls “a contemporary pillow of sensual longing, heartache, erotic impulse, and wry wit.” Chowdhury and Wang also discuss their current collaboration that revolves around their mutual fascination with landscape, light, space, identity, and human spirit.
5 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-2999. [map]
Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 25-30 miles, to the west or north.
6 p.m., Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 678-8297. [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Sun. & Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Fri.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back. Geared especially, but not exclusively, for women new to riding.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Park on Huron River Dr. 276-0240, 717-9583, 755-0884, 649-1023.
We love pork here in the Ann Arbor Cooks kitchen! This is our tribute to the Korean classic 'bo ssam'. We're going to be slow-roasting pork shoulder and then working on a battery of sauces and garnish to make the most amazing lettuce wraps you've ever had! You're going to love knowing how to prepare all of this heading into the heat of summer -- soooo satisfying and unbelievably refreshing.
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
No matter how old you are or what you do for a living, you are always using your hands. Unfortunately, hand injuries are very common and when your hands ache, you may not be able to do your regular activities. Learn the latest information on common hand injuries and disorders; and the variety of treatment options available. Our presenter will be Kagan Ozer, M.D., Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryPlease register early, seating is limitedwww.umboneandjoint.com or call 734-615-0502
Kensington Court Hotel (adjacent to Briarwood Mall), 610 Hilton Blvd. Free. 734-615-0502. firstname.lastname@example.org www.umboneandjoint.com [map]
Aug. 7, 14, & 21. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $7 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
Celebrate your right to vote and our winning candidates on Primary Election night!
Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St. Free. 734-945-1639. email@example.com www.annarbordems.org [map]
Local Intuitive Healer and Energy Worker Rachel Eckenrod plays 7 Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls on the 7th of every month at 7:00 pm at the Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St. Ann Arbor and you are invited to attend. Please bring a yoga mat and/or blanket for your comfort and full relaxation as you experience the penetrating vibrations from these Seven Chakra-tuned healing instruments.
The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St. Ann Arbor, MI. 48103. Donation. $5. 734-649-1952. firstname.lastname@example.org www.racheleckenrod.com [map]
Aug. 5-11 (different times & locations). This local ensemble presents Shakespeare’s tragedy about Cleopatra and Mark Antony’s epic love affair. Following the murder of Julius Caesar, Antony rules Rome in a triumvirate that includes Octavius Caesar. Antony’s neglect of his political duties for Cleopatra leads to a disastrous war with Octavius and the defiant lovers’ double suicide. Cast: Amanda Barnett, Isaac Ellis, Chris Harrison, James Ingagiola, Anne S. Rhoades, Rob Sulewski, and Rachel Robbins Toon.
7 p.m. (Aug. 5-8), Performance Network Mosh Pit, 120 E. Huron, & 7 p.m. (Aug. 9-11), Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 663-0681 (Performance Network), 769-2999 (Kerrytown Concert House). [map]
Aug. 5 & 7. See review. (Steven Spielberg, 1975). Gripping adventure classic about a great white shark that terrorizes a New England shore community. Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss.
1:30 p.m. (Aug. 5) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 7), Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
All teens in grades 6-12 invited for this craft activity. Bandanas provided; bring a T-shirt if you like.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
This veteran jazz tromobonist-composer performs works from his new CD Tryyo. “Vlatkovich isn’t your average trombonist,” says Jazzreview.com. “He squeaks, soars, and sears and tears sonic pieces of paper much like a saxophonist. Quite simply…Vlatkovich is the finest trombonist improvising today.”
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
This prolific a cappella doo-wop sextet started out singing on the streets of Brooklyn in 1961. Five decades and more than 25 albums later, the Persuasions still combine volcanic energy with a fiery stage presence, and their full-throttle vocal style is both fresher and looser than the precise, satiny harmonies favored by contemporary a cappella groups. Their albums showcase an adventurously eclectic repertoire that ranges from classic doo-wop and gospel tunes to songs by the Grateful Dead and Rodgers and Hammerstein, and they’ve released CDs devoted to covers by both Frank Zappa and Dylan.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and theark.org; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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