Creal Microgallery presents "Bright Forest," an exhibition of small-scale steel sculptures by Michael Whiting. Whiting is best known for his monumental sculptures referencing Minimalism and early video games. Early video gaming imagery depicted objects using a minimal number of pixels as a way of limiting the computer memory space needed to express it. But while these sculptures use this 8-bit visual language, they are constructed using the rigid lines and materials common to Minimalist art, which seeks to simplify forms and materials to only their essentials.
The title for this show, 'Bright Forest' is a reference to Dark Forest Theory, which proposes that our galaxy has many civilizations, but they choose not to communicate with others out of fear the other civilizations might destroy them. In this exhibition, Whiting's UFOs descend upon a gathering of 8-bit creatures in the forest. In doing so, Whiting lays out a playful scene that is both simple in nature and complex in concept.
Creal Microgallery, 1215 Creal Cres. Free. 7187837837. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Every Thurs. All invited to join a walk through the Arb to look for resident flora and fauna.
Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes; preregistration required at WashtenawAudubon.org
Sept. 1-5. This old-fashioned community fair features agricultural and craft exhibits, rides, and a variety of special events, including a talent show (Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m.), the USA Autocross Championship Derby (Sept. 5, 7 p.m., $5 additional admission), livestock auctions, music, and more. Complete schedule available at SalineFair.org
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5 (Wed.) & $7 (Thurs.-Sun.). Ride armbands available. MySalineFair@yahoo.com. [map]
Every Thurs., Aug. 5-Sept. 2. Ann Arbor-bred, NYC-based soul-oriented funk-folk singer-songwriter Theo Katzman, best known locally as the former guitarist in My Dear Disco, performs the last in this series of concerts by local and regional performers.
Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 662-1600.
The Westside Farmers' Market, keeping Ann Arbor healthy by bringing farm-fresh food to the city's westside, will be held every Thursday from 3-7pm through October 7th in the parking lot of the Zingerman's Roadhouse, on the corner of Jackson Ave. and Maple Rd.
Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. email@example.com www.westsidefarmersmarket.com [map]
(Ivan Reitman, 1981). 40th anniversary showing of this film starring Bill Murray as an hard-luck cabbie who emerges as the irreverent figurehead for a ragtag band of Army misfits.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424). [map]
YMOW's final First Thursday Food Truck event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 2.
Stop by to enjoy delicious vegan choices from Shimmy Shack or burgers, sandwiches and fries from Good Eats. Grab a coffee or smoothie from The Coffee & Smoothie Trailer and a sweet treat from Feel Goodies.
Enjoy live music by Dead Hit from 6 to 8 p.m.
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family and settle in for an evening of summer fun, all to benefit Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.
Special thanks to our event sponsors:
Dick Matte of Reinhart Realtors
Carlos Lozano of Farm Bureau Insurance
Rick Richter from The Richter Team Cross Country Mortgage
First Baptist Church/YMOW office, 1110 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-487-9669. firstname.lastname@example.org ymow.org [map]
WAS members lead a hike and discuss the basic tricks to identifying birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds. Binoculars provided, but bring yours if you have them.
Meet at Argo Park Livery, 1055 Longshore; preregistration required at WashtenawAudubon.org
Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at meetup.com
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty suite 225. Free. james@AllHandsActive.org.
Deli event coordinator Tessie Ives-Wilson, a certified cheese professional, discusses (via Zoom) different cheese samples included in an at-home tasting kit, complete with 2 bottles of wine, marcona almonds, olives, & bread, enough to serve 2-4 people. Age 21 & up only.
For URL see ZingermansDeli.com
A discussion (via Zoom) with the Indian-born, Ann Arbor-based artist and bioinformatician whose work explores shame, trauma, and chronic pain through poetry and visual art. Bhasi is joined by the black bi-poly-queer writer Jason B. Crawford, and U-M poetry grad student Jasmine An.
For URL see LiteratiBookstore.com
This month's schedule includes home games against Duke (Sept. 2, 7 p.m.), Loyola-Chicago (Sept. 6, 4 p.m.), New Hampshire (Sept. 10, 7 p.m.), Chicago State (Sept. 13, 7 p.m.), Notre Dame (Sept. 21, 7 p.m.), and Northwestern (Sept. 26, 4 p.m.). See mgoblue.com for masking and vaccination requirements.
U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person). mgoblue.com, email@example.com, 764-0247. [map]
Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular outdoor weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes.
7:30 p.m. or so, Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]
(Destin Daniel Cretton, 2021). Superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Shang-Chi.
State Theatre. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Proof of vaccination-or negative Covid test within past 72 hours-required.
Blind Pig: Demon Breath
Willis heavy metal band. Openers: Heavy Hush, a southern Michigan blues-rock garage band, and Unknown Crowe, a southern Michigan trio that plays noisy, frenetic postgrunge garage rock. $10.
Blue LLama: Dave Alvarez III Quartet
Jazz ensemble led by local drummer Alvarez.
Ypsi Alehouse: Phil McMillion
Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter.
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