Bowling and Bands

The Magic Stick is the self-proclaimed "Home of Rock" in Detroit. Rumored to be where bands such as the White Stripes got their start, the venue hosts local and national acts at a frenetic pace. There's a bowling alley in the basement, billiards in the bar, a cafe and pizza joint down the stairs, and the Majestic Theater next door. What more do you need to go with your frosty beverage and local rock stars?

Brush up on your local rock history with Grit, noise, and revolution : the birth of Detroit rock 'n' roll and check out upcoming shows including Band of Horses (8/13), Helmet (8/29), the Detroit Cobras (9/1), and many others.

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Woof! It must be told. The Play Ground prefers dogs to plays, movies and concerts. We head up to N. Territorial often for the All Breed Agility Trials and watch the many dog breeds run and compete and smile. Yes, smile.
Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club. Dog trainers from throughout the Midwest and Canada lead their animals through a variety of competitive obedience exercises, such as heeling, retrieving, directed jumping, and 3-speed walking and running. Spectators welcome. August 11 & 12. 1575 E. North Territorial Rd. 426-9120. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

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"Love is a banquet on which we feed....because the night belongs to lovers..."
The Play Ground loves that song. It was written by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith. Unbelievably, Patti Smith will playing The Ark on Thursday. Smith, "punk rock's poet laureate," came to prominence during the punk movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. She has regained prominence recently with her induction earlier this year into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the recent release of Twelve, a collection of renovative covers of songs by everyone from Dylan and Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana.
Thursday, August 2, 7:30 p.m. 763-TKTS

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Local perennial favorites, the RFD Boys, are back at The Ark this Friday. The boys have been the house bluegrass band at the Ark for twenty years.
They have appeared in numerous festivals and even made the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. So, sit back and enjoy such classics as "Rocky Top," "Blue Moon of Kentucky," "I'm My Own Grandpa" and the show closer, "Orange Blossom Special,"
They always bring along their own Rural Free Delivery mailbox for you to submit your own suggestions. Friday, August 27, 8pm.

County 4H Fair

It’s that time of year again. 4H at the Washtenaw County Fair grounds on Ann Arbor – Saline road at Pleasant Lake Road just south of town.

It starts Sunday July 22nd through Friday, July 27th. It’s all free to spectators. Come out and enjoy the many judging and showmanship events including cows, pigs, chickens, cats, dogs, horses, llamas and more. Click here to get the full schedule for the week.

You don’t need to have kids involved in 4H to enjoy the many great dramas that occur there throughout the week. Come out and have a good time.

Music in the Park

Is the most mentally stimulating part of your lunch break the surprise of turkey on rye instead of turkey on wheat? No more! The Herb David Guitar Studio is highlighting local musicians on the Liberty Plaza throughout the summer. Music plays from noon until 2 pm, Monday through Saturday, and is free of charge. So take your turkey on wheat down, enjoy some sunshine, and support your local musicians.

Meanwhile tap your inner-musician by checking out AADL's collection of books on how to play the guitar, piano, and even the harmonica!

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Art Fair is looming and getting out of town sounds like a plan. The Purple Rose Theatre Company is currently featuring "Sea of Fools" through September 1. Matt Letscher directs the world premiere of his play, set in the McCarthy era, about a group of actors mourning the death of their leader. When an undercover FBI agent infiltrates the funeral in the guise of a gossip columnist's assistant, the actors freely admit to being Communists, but when Elia Kazan also joins the group, it's anyone's guess what will happen. The cast includes Sandra Birch, John Lepard, Janet Maylie, John Seibert, and Guy Sanville. Purple Rose, 137 Park St., Chelsea. 433-7673

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"13th Annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show": Main Street Area Association. Local car owners are invited to bring their antique, classic, concept, or unusual autos to this annual show of over 400 cars in the Main Street area. This year's attractions include a Ford prototype, live restoration demos, the "Beautiful Brute" Chrysler C-300, and green cars. Main St. between Huron & William. Free. 668-7112, ext. 26. 2-10 p.m.

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7th Annual Elvisfest: Ypsilanti Depot Town Association. July 13 & 14. Thousands annually celebrate the memory of the Man from Memphis at this festival highlighted by a performance by Motown superstar Martha Reeves. Also, performances by 12 professional Elvis tribute artists from around the nation and Canada. They are backed by an Elvis tribute band, the Change of Habit Tribute Band. Also, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, and Buddy Holly imitators. Friday is "Blue Hawaiian Nite": dress in Hawaiian attire.
Frog Island, Riverside Park, and Depot Town, Ypsilanti.
5 p.m.-midnight (July 13. & noon-midnight (July 14). 483-4444, 544-3800 for ticket information.

Celebrate the 4th in Detroit

Looking for something to do on Wednesday? Check out the 2007 Comerica CityFest in Detroit’s New Center. The celebration starts July 4 and continues through Sunday, July 8th. The events are free and include activities for kids, food from area restaurants and a street market. There will be live performances by Femi Kuti and the Positive Force (son of Fela Kuti), The Wailers, Weird Al Yankovic, The Detroit Cobras and many more. The festival will also host featured artists, rock climbing for kids, Modern Skate and Surf and the Detroit Derby Girls.

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