best Bets : Telecaster titan Bill Kirchen will play the Ark; the Saline Community Fair keeps summer going
The AnnArbor.com Summer Concert Series on Friday will feature The Thornbills. Noon-1 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy the sounds of summer. A folk/rock group featuring Tamara Finley and Jim Wiegand. Jack White called them up to record a single for his label, Third Man Records. Since then, they’ve shared a stage with Wanda Jackson, The Black Belles, Jeff the Brotherhood, and Pujol to name a few. Free. On the patio on the corner of South Fifth Avenue and East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor.
The Summer Classic Film Series will present "Pan's Labryinth" at the Michigan Theater on Sunday. 1:30 p.m. There will be an encore screening on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Convinced by Pan that she is the lost princess of legend and that in order to return to her underground home she must complete a trio of life-threatening tasks, Ofelia sets out to reclaim her kingdom and return to her grieving father General admission: $10. Students, seniors: $8. Michigan Theater members: $7.50. The theater is at 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-668-8397.
Ann Arbor-bred Telecaster titan Bill Kirchen will perform at The Ark on Friday. 8 p.m. He whirls through a whole gallery of country and rock styles over the course of an evening. Bill has evolved into a very skillful rockabilly and country songwriter as well, one who praised his trademark Telecaster guitar as "born at the junction of form and function." His live shows are not to be missed. $20. The Ark is at 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.
The Annual Midwest Dahlia Conference Show will be held this weekend at the Morris Lawrence Building, WCC. Saturday,1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. See and learn about one of the prettiest flowers in the garden. Open to the public. Free admission. WCC is at 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor. 734-973-3300.
The Saline Community Fair continues through Monday at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. This old-fashioned community fair features agricultural and craft exhibits, rides, and a variety of special events. Fiddlers Re-Strung performs Friday night. Saturday is Children's Day, and Cirque Amongus will be part of the events. For a complete schedule and admission costs, visit salinefair.org/. 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Saline.