Paws in the Park

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Attention dog owners and dog lovers: one fun weekend in August (8/28 and 8/29), from 10am to 5pm at Heritage Park in Canton, you can bring your pup to Paws in the Park, a second year event featuring the Pawsitive Vybe Disc Dogs, Rock n' Roll K9's, Ultimate Air Dogs, and much more. This dog owner is especially excited to have his Australian Shepherd try out the 1,000 square foot Agility Course and the Chase It Lure Course. The family friendly event will also have pets in need of a loving home, up for adoption from The Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Can't make it to the event? Check out the books Agility Training and Enjoying Dog Agility for the active breeds, or other dog training books from the AADL for more information on raising the perfect pup.

Spring Awakening Project opens Friday

The New Theatre Project will stage The Spring Awakening Project -- inspired by Frank Wedekind's 1891 play Spring's Awakening -- July 16 through Aug. 2. Wedekind, a German playwright who lived from 1864 to 1918, has been called "the prophet of sexuality in modern drama." The local production is intended for people age 17 and up. Read more here.

Purple Rose Theatrer: Famous French Farce

Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea is staging a French farce this summer that sounds like a lot of fun. "Boeing-Boeing" by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Beverley Cross, stars a Parisian guy named Bernard who for some reason tries to juggle three fiancees, all flight attendants. His love life unravels (haha Bernard!) in one crazy night. In 1991, this play apparently was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play throughout the world.

Huron River Day

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The 30th Annual Huron River Day is this Sunday, July 11 at Gallup Park from 12 to 4 pm. There will be lots of great activities for the whole family, including:

•$5 Canoeing & Kayaking
•Children's Activity Tent with National Wildlife Federation
•Storytelling 12:30 and 3:00 p.m. by Tricia Travis
•Butterfly House with LIVE butterflies!
•Fun River Exhibits
•Music & Drumming by Laz of Gemini and Lori of Drummunitiy
•Shakespeare Theater Performances
•Geochaching
•Classic Small Boat Show
Fly Fishing Demonstrations

Sounds like fun! See you on the river!

Performance Network: "It's gonna be one hell of a night"

If you like stories about the sea, Ireland, male friendship, or myth, here's a play you won't want to miss: The Seafarer by Conor McPherson. The chilling story opens on Christmas Eve when Sharky is back in Dublin. Two old drinking buddies want to play cards, and Sharky's soul may be in grave danger. Performance Network is staging the play through July 25.

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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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.

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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Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series 5/22

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Great Lakes, Great Times is a monthly reading series that, according to the host, “showcases the best established and up-and-coming writers working today.” The May reading will take place at 826Michigan, and will feature readings from authors Ander Monson, Kathryn Regina, Robert Lopez, Matt Bell, and Andrea Kneeland.

Check here to see which authors are up next in the series. This is the last event until September! So many authors are visiting, and these events have been filling the house!

The monthly event is geared towards adults, admission is FREE, and anyone is welcome. It's all happening Saturday, May 22, 7pm at 826michgan / The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop at 115 East Liberty.

Little Shop of Horrors Extended to May 30

Good news -- Performance Network will continue staging its production of Little Shop of Horrors until May 30. This horror-comedy-musical is definitely worth seeing -- and now you have more chances to see it. Book and lyrics are by Howard Ashman and music is by Alan Menken. You can read a 2008 scholarly analysis of a film version of the story in Cinema Journal, just by going to our Literature Resource Center. Or just go enjoy the play!

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