Beer Trolleys, Second City Improv & Jon Fine – This week's Friday5

. September 25, 2015.

This week’s edition of The Friday5 features the comedy stylings of a legendary improv group, a Top Chef challenge, and the debut of Ann Arbor’s first beer Trolley! Have some fun this weekend, and when you’re finished, send us a photo, comment, or review on our facebook page!

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25 Friday

Beer Trolley Opening Weekend
Downtown A2 
10:00 AM – Midnight

The first ever Trolley Pub Ann Arbor will make its debut this weekend and will be operating on Friday in addition to its usual Saturday & Sunday operating hours. Although pre-booking is usually required, this weekend only keep an eye out, because you can hop on whenever a seat is available. Passengers are allowed to bring two beers or glasses of wine on board with them. No hard liquor is permitted. The route follows a square shape in downtown Ann Arbor, going down Main Street from Catherine, over to East Williams and down 4th Avenue. You can pick it up anywhere along the way.

Saturdays & Sundays (although for Opening Weekend it will operate on Friday, September 25th)
$375 for 14-people for a 2-hour tour, or $30 for a single ticket
Downtown Ann Arbor
734-956-0436 |

Second City
7:30 PM

Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to The Ark with "The Second City: Fully Loaded." This irresistible new show features classic material made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell, as well as brand new scenes, songs, and improv straight from Second City's sold-out shows in Chicago and Toronto. This must-see evening of comedy features some of Chicago's best and brightest in a special two-night engagement. Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and continues to launch the careers of comedy superstars.

The Ark, 316 S. Main St.
734-761-1800 |

26 Saturday

Parisian Soirée
Kerrytown Concert House
8:00 PM
$10/students, $25/general admission, $50/Assigned Rows 1-2

This annual event is full of surprises (including champagn) and features a program that focuses on repertoire with a connection to all things Parisian – from classical, jazz, cabaret, to anything goes! This performance is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave.

27 Sunday

Jon Fine Reading
Literati Bookstore
5:00 PM

Literati is pleased to welcome Jon Fine, author of Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear). Jon Fine spent nearly thirty years performing and recording with bands that played various forms of aggressive and challenging underground rock music, and, as he writes in this memoir, at no point were any of those bands "ever threatened, even distantly, by actual fame." In his book, Fine tracks how the indie-rock underground emerged and evolved, how it grappled with the mainstream and vice versa, and how it led many bands to an odd rebirth in the 21st Century in which they reunited, briefly and bittersweetly, after being broken up for decades. With backstage access to many key characters in the scene and plenty of wit and sharply-worded opinion, Fine delivers a memoir that affectionately yet critically portrays an important, heady moment in music history.

Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St.
734-585-5567 |

Cooking for a Cause
The Valley at Misty Farms
4:00 PM 

Kick off the autumn season at the first ever Cooking for a Cause presented by The Marnee & John DeVine Foundation and supporting the programs of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. Local community and business members will take a break from their everyday positions and team up with professional chefs to share their cooking skills. Teams will be competing for the coveted title of "Top Chef Team!"

The Valley at Misty Farms, 7650 Scio Church Rd.
734.971.9781 ext. 313 |


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