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Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 13, 2020

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 12 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Future Language: The Dimensions of Von LMO": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Online screening of Lori Felker's 2018 documentary portrait of this post-punk artist and self-proclaimed alien hybrid.
Online anytime between Sept. 9-Oct. 13 at Free.

 6 a.m.-midnight 

"Inspire All Virtual 5k": Pittsfield Township Parks and Recreation/mParks Foundation.

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All invited to run, walk, treadmill, skateboard, bike, surf, handcycle, or swim a 5k from any location. Medals and t-shirts.
Anytime & anywhere in Sept. $33, preregister at

 6 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Paul Taylor: Celebrate the Dancemaker": University Musical Society.

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Sept. 11-21. U-M dance professor Angela Kane and Paul Taylor Dance Company artistic director Michael Novak present and discuss footage of several iconic works choreographed by renowned modern choreographer Taylor. Highlighted by a taped full-version of Promethean Fire, Taylor's 2002 elegiac commemoration of 9/11 that features dancers in warmly lit black velvet, with music of J.S. Bach. It is a passionate, occasionally furious work that culminates with a sense of human renewal. Also, Aureole (1962), Scudorama (1963), Arden Court (1981), and Matthew Diamond's 1998 documentary, Dancemaker.
Available online at anytime between 7:30 p.m., 9/11 & 7:30 p.m., 9/21. Free. 764-2538.

 6 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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More than 40 select films to watch from your home. Movie rental and purchases directly support the Michigan Theater Foundation and staff. For full schedule, see
Various prices per film. Available all Sept. online at for 2-10 days after patrons start watching each film.

 8 a.m.-11 p.m.  Free!  Online 

United Way of Washtenaw County 21 Day Equity Challenge: United Way of Washtenaw County.

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Equity in Michigan
21 Day Equity Challenge: Michigan Edition
United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC), has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life. At present-- in Washtenaw County and our State-- it does.
In response to newly available data on the wellbeing of households in our State who are Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed (ALICE), United Ways across Michigan are launching a special State Edition of the 21 Day Equity Challenge.
This version of the Equity Challenge is designed to take participants through a state-level exploration of the history and impacts of racism and how it has shaped the lives of people in Michigan. Along the way, participants will be equipped with resources and tools to take action for racial equity in their work and lives. Join us! Free. Online. 734-971-8200.

 9:00 a.m.  Online 

"BT5K Your Way Michigan Run & Walk": American Brain Tumor Association.

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BT5K Michigan is part of the American Brain Tumor Association's (ABTA) signature Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K series. Currently, more than 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor diagnosis.
Your support allows the ABTA to fund desperately needed brain tumor research, patient programs and support services. Your support plays a vital role in our ability to continue to provide research funding and patient and caregiver-focused information and resources to the greater Detroit area. To date, the ABTA has funded over $600,000 in research grants to Michigan-based scientists.
We're taking our Signature BT5K in a new direction this year. It's BT5K Your Way and no matter where you live, you can participate!
Walk, run, bike, push a stroller, or even rollerblade your own 5K. It's your choice! And you can get moving as soon as you register.
Registered Adults will receive a BT5K drifit shirt, race bib, and finishers certificate.
Virtual Event, Virtual. Online. 7735778762.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Iyengar Yoga": Ann Arbor Community Recreation & Education.

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Livestream drop-in session of Iyengar Yoga, an exercise-based form of yoga that focuses on bodily alignment. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Led by an experienced Rec & Ed instructor.
10-11:30 a.m. For meeting URL preregister at Free. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Pilates Matwork": Ann Arbor Community Recreation & Education.

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Livestream drop-in sessions of Pilates matwork. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Led by an experienced Rec & Ed instructor.
10-11 a.m. For meeting URL preregister at Free. [map]

 10:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday Service via Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 12-Oct. 31, and every Wed.-Fri. Sept. 16-Oct. 30. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a Corn Queen Combine playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Apple cannon & paintball shooting gallery available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $20; weekday admission: $15; kids age 2 & under, free. 390-9211. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts. Safety and social distancing measures enforced.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,

 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

SCRAP A2 Mega Sale: SCRAP Box.

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Do you remember how excited you felt the first time you shopped at SCRAP?
Shop our MEGA Sale next weekend and continue to shop OFTEN to ensure future generations get to share in that wonderment of discovering SCRAP as a community resource.
50% off EVERYTHING in the entire store all weekend long (Sept. 11th - 13th!) for SCRAP's last ditch, MEGA sale.
Join us for a ONCE-in-a-lifetime Sale!
SCRAP Box, 4567 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 7348004137. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Youthful Spirits Class for Young People": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off their warthogs, spurred tortoise, and chameleon. Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a cougar, alligators, and a bald eagle. Attendance limited to 30% capacity.
1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at 929-9324. [map]

 1-2 p.m. 

"Monarch Migration Festival": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to pick up a tagged monarch butterfly to release at an outdoor location of your choice, or have a LSNC staffer release one in their garden for you. Anywhere between 300-500 monarchs will be released during this festival.
LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $7 to release monarch ("Pollinator Pack" with plant seeds, guides, stickers, & more, available for $22). Preregistration required at 997-1553. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"32nd Annual Apples & Honey: On the Go!": Jewish Community Center.

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All invited to this popular annual afternoon of cultural activities and information about Jewish life in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This year families are provided with do-it-yourself craft activities and a sweet fall treat in a drive-through format (face masks required). The event's title derives from the Rosh Hashanah custom of dipping an apple in honey and saying a prayer for a sweet new year.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free, preregistration required at 971-0990. [map]

 4:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Live @ The 415!": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Every Sun. Livestream performances of jazz, cabaret, classical music, and more by various KCH favorites TBA. Previous performers include Ann Arbor jazz bassist Paul Keller, U-M jazz faculty composer-pianist Ellen Rowe, and local boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun.
4:15 p.m., online at Free, donations accepted. [map]

 5-9 p.m.  Online 

"The Big Little Telethon": Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County Fundraiser.

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Variety show featuring entertainment TBA, stories about Big Brothers Big Sisters participants, a live auction, and a raffle. Ticket includes dinner from Cottage Inn, Joyful Treats, or Katherine's Catering, available for pick up or delivery.
5-9 p.m., online at or Xfinity channel 900. $99-$1,500 in advance only at 975-0933.

 5-5:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Prenatal Yoga": Ann Arbor Community Recreation & Education.

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Livestream drop-in session of Prenatal Yoga. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Led by an experienced Rec & Ed instructor.
5-5:45 p.m. For meeting URL preregister at Free. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. Free. To confirm, see 717-1569. [map]

 6 p.m.  Online 

"Cooking for a Cause at Home": Catholic Social Services Fundraiser.

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All invited to host a small get-together, cook a meal using provided materials, and watch a live raffle drawing of a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant TBA.
6 p.m., online at Tickets $200-$5,000 in advance only at; ticket includes a "cooking inspiration package" with recipes, spices, cooking utensils, and more. 971-9781.

 6-7:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Flow & Restorative Yoga": Ann Arbor Community Recreation & Education.

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Livestream drop-in session of Flow & Restorative Yoga. Beginners welcome, no experience necessary. Led by an experienced Rec & Ed instructor.
6-7:15 p.m. For meeting URL preregister at Free. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Open Mics": Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam.

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Musicians of all ability levels and ages invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion.
For online meeting URL preregister at 973-7791.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Elliott Brood: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Veteran Toronto alt-country trio whose music draws heavily on traditional folk and bluegrass flavors to fashion an idiom the band variously dubs "death country" and "frontier rock." Its brand-new album Keeper pairs upbeat music with dark lyrical content to explore the strength of conviction, with particular focus on complex, long-term relationships.
7:30 p.m., for livestream URL see Free. 761-1451.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Huron Gun Collectors.

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Sept. 12 & 13. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 546-4710. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Flyaway X": Bird Center of Washtenaw County.

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Fundraiser for this nonprofit which rehabs & releases recused birds, with a Wesley's Catering brunch buffet (vegan options) and the chance to meet a blue jay. Also, U-M Zoology Museum bird curator Ben Winger discusses bird collisions caused by artificial light. Silent auction.
Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. $60 in advance at; $65 at the door. Preregistration requested. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Brad Billmaier Trio

A mix of everything from jazz and jazz fusion to blues and funk by this Toledo-based ensemble led by drummer Billmaier. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]


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