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Australia’s Strange Fruit: Tall Tales of the Seven Seas

Wed., June 28, 5:55 p.m. and Thu., June 29, 5:55 p.m.

As a highlight of the University of Michigan Bicentennial celebration, Australia’s Strange Fruit are entering new and exciting waters to tell even taller tales in this world premiere! Filled with equal measures of spectacle, disaster, and beauty, this fantastic voyage follows the antics of three eccentric mariners as they explore the power of the imagination in a quest for common ground. Be amazed as these world-renowned acrobats dip and sway atop incredible sway-pole masts as their vessel "The Fabulist” pitches and rolls above Top of the Park. Australia’s Strange Fruit is famous for their beautifully costumed, choreographed dancers gracefully dipping and bowing above the crowd on elevated poles. Since 1994, this Melbourne company has performed at over 600 international festivals in over 55 countries, to well over 5 million people. They last joined us in 2011, attracting record attendance at Top of the Park, consistently drawing over 3,000 people to each of their performances, and are the most demanded return performers in our annual audience surveys. Come early and stay afterward to hear the University of Michigan’s Head Carillonneur Tiffany Ng will perform a music score of maritime songs co-curated with the Artistic Director of Australia’s Strange Fruit on the world famous Burton Memorial Tower carillon. The University of Michigan is celebrating 200 years of impact throughout 2017. On June 27th, Australia's Strange Fruit will be preceded by the MStaff200 event, a free afternoon festival on the U-M Diag that celebrates the contributions of university staff. The “Tall Tales of the High Seas” show lasts 30 minutes, come early to get a good spot for this all age and family-friendly performance. This event was made possible with the support of the University of Michigan Bicentennial Committee, The National Endowment for the Arts and The A2SF Imagination Fund Families; The Belden Family, Cindy and John Nixon, Fran and Irwin Martin, and Eileen and Ron Weiser.

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Ingalls Mall (map)
915 E Washington St.
Greater Ann Arbor Area
phone (734) 647-2278
Australia’s Strange Fruit: Tall Tales of the Seven Seas

Campville USA

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 11
phone 313-881-7511

Build, Play, Learn, and Grow with Campville USA at The War Memorial Summertime mini-camps for kids, teens, and college students offer diverse and exciting experiences As summer quickly approaches, The War Memorial is pleased to announce the return of Campville USA, a series of mini-camps for children aged 5+, teens, and college students. Campville USA begins on June 19 and runs through August 11; each camp has its own schedule, ranging from one-day to one-week engagements. All Campville USA activities are held at The War Memorial, located at 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms. 40.00-255.00
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Grosse Pointe War Memorial (map)
32 Lake Shore Dr.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (313) 881-7511
Campville USA

Beginner T'ai Chi Ch'uan Classes

Mondays, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Aug. 2, 2018
phone 248-854-3953

For over 27 years, the Michigan T'ai Chi Ch'uan Institute has been teaching the traditional syllabus of Wu Family T'ai Chi Ch'uan lineage in Metro Detroit. The beginner classes teach students the 108 posture hand form through one on one instruction. The 108 posture form takes every joint in your body through its full natural range of motion while challenging your balance, improving coordination, relaxing your breathing, and increasing circulation. Stop in for a free introductory class! $70/month

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Tuesdays-Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through July 2
phone 734-994-5999

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. A boutique music and arts festival, the nearly four-week gathering offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, comedy, film, circus and street arts, and family entertainment. Top of the Park is held along a beautiful campus green and offers admission-free concerts, movies under the stars, open-air spectacles, and unique family attractions. Free
U-M Institute of Humanities (map)
915 East Washington
Greater Ann Arbor Area
phone (734) 936-3518
Ann Arbor Summer Festival

"Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe" Exhibition

Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 8
phone 248-645-3320

Cranbrook Art Museum presents the U.S. debut of "Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe," a career retrospective of one of the most important and influential designers of the twentieth century. Artmembers Always Free, Children 12 & under Always Free, Adults $10, Seniors (65 and older) $8, Students with ID $6
Cranbrook Art Museum (map)
39221 N. Woodward Ave.
Greater Birmingham Area
phone (877) 462-7262
"Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe" Exhibition

Barefoot and Free Yoga Festival

Wed., June 28, Thu., June 29 and Fri., June 30

The second annual Barefoot & Free Yoga Festival will be held at Proud Lake from July 28-30. You can get your yoga moves on for the entire weekend or for just one day. The prices for single-day passes and weekend passes are listed on the website: Starting at $95

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Proud Lake Recreation Area (map)
3500 Wixom Rd.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (586) 685-2433

Beverly Buchanan: Low Country

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through July 29
phone 313-818-3416

@ David Klein Gallery Detroit, 1520 Washington Blvd. Detroit, MI 48226
An exhibition of work from artist Beverly Buchanan (1940-2015) will open to the public in Detroit for the first time since her death. Buchanan was a radical black, female artist who investigated the implications of gender, race, and identity through the rejection of dismissive categorizations inspired by identitarian politics. This timely exhibition will feature Buchanan’s iconic sculptures and works on paper. Free
David Klein Gallery (map)
163 Townsend
Downtown Birmingham
phone (248) 433-3700; (248) (FAX)
Beverly Buchanan: Low Country

DRAWN TO DETROIT: Scarab Club Sketch Session Artists

Wednesdays-Sundays, 12 p.m. Continues through July 8
phone 313.831.1250

Wednesday, May 24-Saturday, July 8, 2017 Reception:Friday, May 26, 5-8 p.m. The 3-hour sessions are free to SC members and full-time students, with all others paying a fee of $10. The sessions are not instructional, but provide an opportunity for artists of all skill levels to independently draw live models. Easels, benches, and tables are provided and artists bring their own materials, in order to paint or sketch. Weekly calendar: Thursdays, 7-10 p.m. – Life Model (nude model) Saturdays 10 am-1 p.m. – Costume Model 1:30-4:30 p.m. – Life Model Sundays, 1:30-4:30 p.m. – Life Model Free to members, $10 non-members
Scarab Club (map)
217 Farnsworth
phone (313) 831-1250; (313) 831-6815 (FAX)
DRAWN TO DETROIT: Scarab Club Sketch Session Artists

FAILE: The Size of the Fight

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 12
phone 313-600-7443

Library Street Collective (LSC) is proud to present the first Detroit exhibition for FAILE, the Brooklyn-based artist collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller. The show’s title, Size of the Fight, references Mark Twain’s quote, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” and relates to the city’s impressive comeback over the past few years. FAILE is inspired by the resilience, passion, and energy they see the Detroit community bringing to the city’s infrastructure and art scene. free
Library Street Collective (map)
1260 Library St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (313) 600-7443 (FAX); (313)
FAILE: The Size of the Fight

Stars and Stripes

Thu., June 29, 2 p.m., Fri., June 30, 2 p.m., Sat., July 1, 12 p.m. and Sun., July 2, 12 p.m.

Summer festivals in Detroit are at once joyous and somber occasions. On the one hand, there are carnival midways and there is no real unadulterated happiness quite like that derived from a ride on a tilt-a-whirl. And yet Rick Springfield, Smash Mouth, Spin Doctors, and Marcy Playground will also be performing, likely to induce a bit of a somber nostalgia for certain festivalgoers. However, the festival also features a BMX stunt show and a monster truck rally. Plus, an arts and crafts village! free before 6 p.m. and $3 after on Thursday $3 before 6 p.m. and $5 after on Friday and Saturday, and $3 on Sunday

Suburban Collection Showplace (map)
46100 Grand River Ave.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (248) 348-5600
Stars and Stripes

Detroit Flyhouse: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thu., June 29, 6 & 8:15 p.m.

Based on William Shakespeare’s popular play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this Detroit Flyhouse production will feature winged fairies, woodland creatures, and a beautiful enchanted forest. Flyhouse, a circus school that specializes in aerial acrobatics, hosts infrequent showcases, making each a bit special. Show nights always feature two productions; one is kid-friendly and the other is adults-only. This time around their 6 p.m. show will be geared toward families, while the 8:15 production is for those 18 and older. This allows everyone to enjoy the show in an atmosphere that best suits them. $5-$15

The Eastern (map)
3434 Russell St.
Midtown Detroit Flyhouse: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Sonic Visuals

Thu., June 29, 6 p.m.

Brian Rozman has been a fixture in the Detroit music scene for some time now. Not only is he sonically gifted, but he’s also a stunning photographer with artistic vision. In fact, he’s captured many musical events for this very paper. Now, Rozman’s fastidious work capturing the local Detroit music-makers will be featured in a month-long exhibit at the Ferndale library. The show will feature photographs of artists such as BevLove, Flint Eastwood, the White Stripes, the Beggars, and Ryan Dillaha, among many others. This opening reception will also feature music by the High Strung as well as light refreshments. free

Ferndale Public Library (map)
222 E. Nine Mile
Greater Ferndale Area
phone (248) 546-2504
Sonic Visuals


Thu., June 29, 7 p.m.

A workshop like you have never experienced before, this event will bring together performance ensemble the Hinterlands and Fringe Society, an Allied Media Project run by Levon Kafafian that hopes to connect communities through fiber arts. Tension, a collaborative effort to explore collective creation, will use the metaphor of weaving to viscerally explore concepts such as working in the space between opposition and union. The three-hour workshop also seeks to teach attendees how to identify deep relationships, connect with others, and broaden your proverbial toolkit. No performance art or textile experience is necessary. $30-$50

Vault of Midnight game night

Thu., June 29, 7 p.m.

Are you a gaming newb but wish to more deeply explore your inner nerd? Then we highly suggest you attend this evening wholly dedicated to board games. Or maybe you’re a highly skilled mage and you’ve been secretly hoping for a chance to publicly flex your gaming muscles — whatever! Come play games with the experts from Vault of Midnight who will be on hand to introduce patrons to new and undiscovered games. Yeah, you can just pop into Checker Bar on this evening and nose your way into the event, but if you buy a ticket you’ll get 10 percent off any game available for purchase inside Vault of Midnight, plus a $5 drink ticket. $10

Checker Bar & Grill (map)
124 Cadillac Square
Greater Detroit Area
phone 313-961-9249
Vault of Midnight game night

Libby DeCamp

Thu., June 29, 8 p.m.

Have you seen local folk musician Libby DeCamp yet? The young artist sings “broken folk,” with a super dark approach to both subject matter and her singing style. You’ll love her if you dig both Tom Waits and Patsy Cline. She’ll be at PJ’s with Fifth and Main, a super cool folk-rock brother band with a lot of heart, a great sound, and plenty of local shows coming up. Joshua Black Wilkins will also play, and he is a really great folk singer from Nashville. $7

PJ's Lager House (map)
1254 Michigan Ave.
phone (313) 961-4668
Libby DeCamp
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