Ann Arbor Summer Festival goes MST3K

That’s right, as part of Ann Arbor’s Summer Festival, the creators of one of TV’s funniest shows ever, Mystery Science Theater 3000, will be live at the Michigan Theater riffing on the best of the worst movies ever made.

There are two consecutive performances, dubbed Cinematic Titanic, at 7:30pm and 10pm, on Friday July 2. The first film is East Meets Watts, and the second film showing is The Oozing Skull. For each film, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl, and J. Elvis Weinstein will be riffing live on stage during the film, in typical MST3K fashion. Crow and Tom Servo at the Michigan Theater?! YES. Hooray Summer Festival! See there for ticket info.

And be sure to check out the FREE panel discussion with the MST3K cast the night before, also at the Michigan Theater!

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Free Bowling for Kids & Families

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How often do you get to go bowling when the Kids Bowl Free? You and your kids can take advantage of this offer throughout the summer! Lots of bowling lanes across the state are participating, including Ypsi-Arbor Bowling, Bel Mark Lanes and Colonial Lanes. Need more info? This link will explain it all. Before you go, brush up on your skills by watching this DVD! Personally, I like to use bumpers when I bowl...

Don't Miss The Butterfly Garden: High-tech Theatre for Kids!

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In addition to their outstanding concert and movie series, for the past several years the Ann Arbor Summer Festival has brought something different to town from far away; new kinds of theatrical experiences like Australia's Strange Fruit in 2007 or The Dream Engine from the UK in 2008. This year, the Summer Festival has brought Company T.P.O., a troupe from Italy that produces "Interactive theatre in immersive environments for children". Company T.P.O. is here in Ann Arbor through this Sunday, performing "The Butterfly Garden" (or Farfalle), a 45-minute show that blends engaging digital imagery and music with dance and audience involvement through the life cycle of a Butterfly. I took my family to see the first show earlier today, and we absolutely loved it... read more to find out about the show and how you can see it during its Ann Arbor run.

Top of the Park 2010

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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Top of the Park kicks off this Friday evening at 5:00pm. Fridays entertainment includes opening act Tokyo Sex Whale, Mucca Pazza and Ann Arbor's own, My Dear Disco. Also, After Dark at TOP featuring DJ Brody Rock starts at 10:30pm that evening. Bands play every evening and movies show Sunday through Thursdays at dusk (10 pm), now with the exception of Mondays. This year TOP will be officially closed on Mondays i.e. no events/movies/music will take place on Monday evenings. Some of the movies featured this year include: Star Trek, Princess Bride, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Birds, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Avatar!

You can view the entertainment schedule at the Festival Website. For a printable Calendar, click here. (Top of the Park events are in gray, other Summer Festival programs are in orange.)

Top of the Park is located at Ingalls Mall, directly in front of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies on Washington Street near the Burton Memorial Tower.

Don't forget to check out the performances at our Mainstage as well. Artist/Musicians that are performing at the Power Center include: Patti Griffin, Company P.T.O., Cinematic Titanic, Devo, Chris Isaak and Bernadette Peters!

Before you go, make sure to check out Festival Rules and Regulations for helpful tips to make everyone's experience more enjoyable.

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival runs till July 11th, so come prepared to dance, sing along and have a good time!

Help Shape Michigan's Future -- Before June 30

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AdvanceMichigan is your personal chance to discuss and vote on local projects to shape Michigan's future. Urban farming? Affordable housing? After-school activities for urban kids? Tourism? Climate change? Healthier school meals? Be sure to put your ideas on this social media site by June 30, because the people at MSU Extension and Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station want to use them to help solve Michigan's many problems.

Top of the Park Kicks off June 18

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The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is back! Top of the Park will kick off on Friday June 18, with Mucca Pazza playing the opening night celebration at Ingalls Mall. This awesome festival will run through July 11. All events, except those at the Power Center, are completely free. While at Top of the Park you can enjoy food from local vendors, watch live music, see a movie under the starry sky, get your face painted, take a free yoga class, and even learn how to salsa! I know I'll be there and I hope you will be too.

Visit Top of the Park's website for a complete list of musical acts and activities.

Come Make It Happen with AADL at the Mini Maker Faire this Saturday!

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This Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Saline is Ann Arbor's Second Annual Mini Maker Faire! Featuring Lasers, Rockets, Soldering, Screen Printing, Crafts, Computers, Robots and More, Maker Faire is a celebration of making things yourself. The event is completely free and excellent for all ages, and a sure fire way to get kids interested in Making, Building, Science and Engineering. This is a big scene in town, and here's a great chance to find out more about it. AADL will also be there with a sneak preview of our upcoming Build The Bitdragon project, where kids of all ages can help to build a dragon out of old electronics and media that will then be exhibited at the first ever Detroit Maker Faire, coming 7/31 to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. So, come MAKE IT HAPPEN with AADL at Ann Arbor's Mini Maker Faire this Saturday, and make the most of your summer!

BONUS! Check out this video of Indie superstars OK GO setting up a contraption for a live performance at the recent Bay Area Maker Faire!

Summer Flicks @ the Michigan Theater

Summer is the time to relax at the Michigan Theater with the cool A/C and some cool movies after a long day of enjoying the sun.

Check out the 2010 Summer Documentary Film Series, which features a hand-picked selection of some of the best from the past few year. Documentaries such as Food, Inc., The Beaches of Agnes, Good Hair, The Cove, and more, will be shown on Mondays at 7pm. See here for full list of movies and dates for the Documentary Series.

Not into documentaries? Then check out the Summer Classic Film Series, showing on Sundays and Tuesdays all summer. View films such as Gimme Shelter, Animal Crackers, The Graduate, and a sing-a-long Wizard of Oz, all on the big screen. See here for full list of movies and dates for the Classics Series.

Both series start this weekend at the Michigan Theater!

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Employment Plus Job Fair

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Employment Plus has a new location in Ann Arbor and will be recruiting for positions in the Saline, Dexter, Manchester and Ann Arbor area. Come to the job fair this Friday, May 28th at the Washtenaw County Michigan Works Career Transition Center.

11:00am - 3:00pm, Friday, May 28, 2010
301 W. Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor, classroom C, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Must be at least 18 years of age, bring a resume, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

If you're unable to attend the fair, call Employment Plus at (734) 302-4322, email your resume to annarbormi@employmentplus.com, or walk-in at 315 E. Eisenhower Ste. 120.

Career Fair June 16th

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Looking for a job? Then you don't want to miss the Career Fair at Lawrence Technological University.

Wednesday, June 16th from 9 AM to 1:30 PM at the Ridler Field House.

Admission and parking are free. Last year's fair claims over 2,000 hires!

Register at the door or pre-register here.

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