best Bets : Get a Taste of Tilian and some down-home fun at the Heritage Festival this weekend
The AnnArbor.com Summer Concert Series on Friday will feature The Fortytwo. Noon-1 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy the sounds of summer. The Fortytwo features music reminiscent of ‘60s- and ‘70s-era rock bands like Jefferson Airplane or The Band, but with a modern funk and R&B backbeat. Free. On the patio on the corner of South Fifth Avenue and East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor.
The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival returns to Riverside Park this weekend. Friday, noon-8 p.m. (beer garden until midnight); Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (beer garden until midnight); Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event event brings together a punk Elvis tribute band, home and garden tours, beer, a powwow, history lectures, a flea market, puppet shows, blackjack and poker, duck races and more. Get a complete schedule at www.ypsilantiheritagefestival.com/. Read about it here. The park is in Depot Town at 100 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti.
Jackie Flynn will perform at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase on Friday and Saturday. 8 and10:30 p.m. Early on in his career, Jackie was discovered on stage by the Farrelly brothers, who have since cast him in back to back roles in many of their films. Jackie is a “comic’s comic”, with sarcastic observational humor. $13/ advanced purchase; $15/ at the door. The AACS is downstairs at 314 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-996-9080.
Local drumming legend Muruga Booker and opening act Deondre Charelle Richmond will play at Woodruff's on Friday. Doors open at 9 p.m. Music starts at 10 p.m. Be prepared to get lost in cosmic funk and world rhythms of an official P-Funk All Star. $5. Woodruff's is at 36 East Cross St., Ypsilanti.
There will be a "Pet Appreciation Event" at the Tractor Supply in Saline on Saturday. Local animal rescues will have dog and cat adoptions. Anna's Happy Paw's grooming will be available to trim your pets' nails. Canine Behavior and Rehabilitation and A2 Doggy Adventures will be there. Wolf's Den will be bringing their petting farm and give pony rides. Enter to win pet food for a year or $100 in veterinary services. Dog adoptions from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wolf's Den from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Anna's Happy Paws from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is free to attend; but, certain participants may be charging fees for their services. At 111 Sage Court, Saline.
Get a "Taste of Tilian" at the Tilian Farm Development Center on Saturday. 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner to sample the harvest of each farm, on the farm. The evening will close with a concert by the Understorey inside the centennial barn. This is a great opportunity to meet some of Ann Arbor's favorite chefs, mingle with Ann Arbor's newest farmers, and relax to the local vibes of some of the Northside neighborhood's favorite musicians. Learn more at www.tiliancenter.org. $50 in advance, $60 at the door. $35 for students and farmers. Children under 13 get in free. At 4400 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor.
See the Stars of Russian Ballet at the Power Center on Saturday. 7 p.m. Michigan's finest ballet performance of the year. Featuring stars of American Ballet Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Ballet), National Ballet of Ukraine, San Francisco Ballet and more. On sale now though the Michigan Union Ticket Office (734-763-8587). 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor. 734-763-3333.