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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 2, 2021

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

Bright Forest, an exhibition of sculpture by Michael Whiting: Creal Microgallery.

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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. [map]

 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Leaderless Walks in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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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 Free.

 10 a.m.-10 p.m. or so. 

86th Annual Saline Community Fair.

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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
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5 (Wed.) & $7 (Thurs.-Sun.). Ride armbands available. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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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.

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

Westside Farmers Market.

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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. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Stripes": Fathom Events.

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(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]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

First Thursday Food Trucks: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

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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. [map]

 5:30-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. Game materials provided.
5:30-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5:30-9 p.m. (Sun.), Bill's Beer Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Beginning Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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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 Free. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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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 for homebound participants.
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty suite 225. Free.

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Online 

"Virtual Happy Hour: Bubbles & Cheese": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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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 $75. 663-3354.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ashwini Bhasi: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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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 Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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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 for masking and vaccination requirements.
U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person).,, 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Free. 998-1413.

 7:30 p.m. or so 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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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]

 7:30 & 7:45 p.m. 

"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings": State Theatre.

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(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.


Nightspots Listings:


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. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Dave Alvarez III Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by local drummer Alvarez. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Phil McMillion

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]


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