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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 18, 2021






 
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 All Day  Free!  Online 

"August Play Showcase": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Aug. 1-31. Three new shows available online. Marisa Dluge directs Red Velvet, Ypsilanti playwright Isaac Ellis's sentimental one-act drama, prerecorded at the Back Office Studio, about a gay grandson who's visited by his grandma in her 1940s housewife form while preparing for a neighborhood block party. Maegan Murphy directs Ypsilanti playwright Ken MacGregor's Finding Joy, a one-act drama, prerecorded in the Back Office Studio, about a grieving widow who finds inspiration in a coffee shop. And Kristin Anne Danko directs her and A.M. Dean's Annie Ypsi and the Case of the Missing Smeet, a family-friendly mystery film about a 6th grader who goes on a mission to find the missing Smeet frog, an Ypsilanti cryptid.
On-demand streaming starts at noon Aug. 1 through midnight Aug. 31, online at ntgypsi.org/2020-2021-season. Free. (219) 201-6979.


 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Small Windows Onto a Distant World- Photos by Andrew Stamm": Creal Microgallery.

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Creal Microgallery is pleased to present "Small Windows Onto a Distant World," an exhibition of photography by Andrew Stamm, a photographer currently living in St. Louis. When Stamm was invited to exhibit some of his work, he thought of these photos from Bruny Island, Tasmania. Stamm is a frequent traveler, and usually focused on street photography. But he explains that these were some of his first successful attempts with panoramic photography, and with landscape photography in general.
Even in this small scale, these panoramic vistas capture a uniquely striking landscape. The juxtaposition of land, sea, and sky offers a dramatic view of a scene nearly 10,000 miles away. And at a time with so many restrictions on travel, these photos also present a unique window onto a destination most travelers can not currently access.
Creal Microgallery, Creal Crescent. Free. levickas@hotmail.com https://www.instagram.com/creal_microgallery/



 8:30 a.m. 

Summer Camps: Saline ATA Martial Arts.

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3 Summer Camps for kids of all ages.
June 21-25, July 19-23, August 16-20, 2021
8:30am-3:30pm
Martial Arts, Games, Arts n Crafts, Field Trips & Way More
$50 a day or $199 for the week
Saline ATA Martial Arts, 750 Woodland Drive, Saline. $199. rogers3mandy@yahoo.com www.salineata.com [map]



 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Mind Matters": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven leads various mental exercises(via Zoom) from Nancy Linde's 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.
For more information, including the URL, email bpatton@a2gov.org or call 794-6250.


 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Senior Naturalist: Dragonflies": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Age 55 & up invited for a talk about dragonflies followed by a trek outside to look for the adult ones living along the trails.
West Lake Preserve, 21598 Waterloo Rd., Chelsea. Free, but preregistration required by emailing boglee@washtenaw.org. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Identifying and Preventing Email and Phone Scams.": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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In-person talk by Keen Focus Technology Tutoring owner Jim Keen.
Arbor Senior Center 1320 Baldwin Ave. 794-6250.


 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Wed. A facilitated conversation(via Zoom) in which participants are invited to share stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes, and related topics in "uncertain times."
Register online at olli-umich.org/olli-commons. Free. 734-998-9351.


 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Trivia!": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Form teams of 4 or 5 persons to compete (via Zoom) in a 2-round trivia contest. Solo competitors are matched up together. Questions are geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (curbside pickup only).
For more information, including the URL, email bpatton@a2gov.org or call 794-6250.


 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Teen Pride Book Talk": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Aug. 4 & 18. All teens in grades 6-12 invited to discuss new books with queer themes. Aug. 4: The Music of What Happens, Bill Konigsberg's charming story about 2 high schoolers navigating social norms in a burgeoning relationship. Aug. 18: Mike Curato's vulnerable graphic novel Flamer, Mike Curato's graphic novel about a vulnerable 14-year-old Filipino-American boy with body issues, who's also a Boy Scout, Catholic, and coming to terms with the fact that he's gay.
4-4:30 p.m., online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). DrinkBlom.com/events. 548-9729. [map]


 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Music Production Basics: The Neutral Zone.

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Every Wed. All high schoolers invited to learn various elements of music. Beginners welcome; no equipment necessary. Topics: "Audio Techniques," (the basics of production, mixing, and mastering), "eMCee Workshop," (the basics of rap, how to compose a verse and match the lyric with the beats, and more), "Songwriting," (write songs and get feedback from peers.)
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome.
For URL join Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. Free. 926-8863.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Meditation and Discussion: Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Every Wed. All invited for a silent group meditation with a focus on breathing, followed by a discussion on Dharma led by KTC resident Lama Nancy Burks.
KTC, 614 Miner St. (enter through the back door). Free. 678-7549, AnnArborKTC.org. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A2 Retro Tech Meetup": All Hands Active.

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All invited to bring your old tech to show off via Zoom-anything from older computers from the 70s-90s to phones and telegraph equipment, or even a typewriter that hasn't worked for years.
For URL see MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.


 7 p.m. 

"CCC and the Chocolate Factory": Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 18-22. Gayle Martin, Laurie Atwood, and Abby Vermeulen direct local kids in a musical production loosely based on Leslie Bricusse and Tim McDonald's 2004 stage show that combines elements of both Roald Dahl's classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its iconic 1971 film adaptation as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The score includes such favorites as "Pure Imagination," "Oompa Loompa Melody," "Golden Ticket," "I Want It Now," "It's Time," and "Carry On." The Aug. 20 performance is followed by a post-performance reception ($100; includes food & drink from local restaurants TBA; reservations required at ChildrensCreativeCenter.org). Proceeds benefit Friends of CCC, which assists homeless and disadvantaged families with childcare costs.
7 p.m. (Wed-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets pay what you can in advance at ChildrensCreativeCenter.org or at the door. aaChildrensCreativeCenter@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Poetry and the Language of Oppression": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Critically acclaimed Romanian American poet Carmen Bugan discusses (via Zoom) her new essay collection, a firsthand account of the creative process and examination of how poetry can help us heal from oppression and suffering. The book is based on a series of lectures Bugan gave while she was the U-M Helen DeRoy Professor in Honors in 2018.
7 p.m., online at LiteratiBookstore.com/event/2021-08. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7 p.m. 

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory": Fathom Events.

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(Mel Staurt, 1971). 50th anniversary showing of this delightfully unsettling musical fantasy about a little boy who visits a magical candy factory.
Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424).


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Thread": Beth Israel Congregation.

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All invited to discuss (via Zoom) British novelist Victoria Hislop's 2011 historical saga about an enduring relationship set in 20th-century Greece.
For URL preregister at BethIsrael-aa.org/form/PassportToShabbat. Free. engage@BethIsrael-AA.org.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blue LLama: Alina Morr's Urban Tropical

Latin azz ensemble led by veteran Detroit pianist Morr that specializes in son montuno, cha cha, and salsa, as well as blues- inspired funky jazz. [venue info]

 
 


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