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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 3, 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]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joes Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. A moderate-paced ride, 25 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at the Riverview Cafe in Dexter. Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves; carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks. For other AABTS rides, see
Meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-2096.

 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 a.m. 

2nd Annual Go24forGarrett'sSpace Virtual Fundraiser: Garrett's Space.

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Please join us for the second annual 24-hour livestream fundraiser hosted by Garrett's Space, a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention. Last year's event showcased an incredible lineup of Broadway and local musical performers, poets, rappers, classes taught by leading fitness, meditation and yoga instructors and inspirational speakers who have been touched by suicide and depression. This year promises to be just as exciting, including Senator Debbie Stabenow and Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriter Benj Pasek, among many others. There will also be a silent auction with goods and services available from many businesses. The fundraiser will raise awareness of the suicide crisis impacting our young people, detail available mental health resources and raise money to support Garrett's Space wellness programming and the creation of a holistically-focused residential center. Tune in to support our crucial work and help turn the tide on the suicide epidemic.
virtual. Donation. 734-709-7684.

 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. [map]

 Noon.  Free!  Online 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions (via Zoom) on religion. Eat lunch during the meeting, if you wish.
Noon, for online URL see Free.

 4:15 & 7:30 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.

 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Online 

"First Friday Happy Hour.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Monthly gathering (via Zoom) with guest hosts TBA.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see or call 998-9351.

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Capture The Flag Fridays": All Hands Active.

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Every Fri. All invited to try to capture a virtual flag by solving a computer security problem (or series of problems), ranging from basic computer usage to some programing. Led by AHA members; beginners welcome.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations required.

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Soccer.

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This month's schedule includes home games against USC(Sept. 3, 7 p.m.), DePaul (Sept. 5, 1 p.m.), Illinois (Sept. 17, 5 p.m.), and Wisconsin (Sept. 26, noon). 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! 

Ypsilanti Frog Island Jazz Concert Series.

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Every Fri., July 1-Sept. 3. Outdoor performance by Randy Scott, a Detroit jazz and gospel saxophonist who recently released his 7th album, Elevation. Opener: Veteran local jazz guitarist John E. Lawrence is joined by Scott to play songs off Lawrence's new CD, Masterpiece Vol. 1. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. The last in a series of weekly shows.
Riverside Park, 2 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti. Free. 635-5446, [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"First Friday Open Hours for Adults": The Creature Conservancy.

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All age 18 & up invited to watch an alligator feeding (7:30 p.m.), followed by a presentation on animals native to South America, including the sloth, boa constrictor, cane toad, and the 3-banded armadillo. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjacs, macaws, and more.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"God, Human, Animal, Machine: Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Critic and essayist Meghan O'Gieblyn discusses (via Zoom) her new book, a philosophical re-examination of Cartesian dualism in light of the emerging science of artificial intelligence.
7 p.m., online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7:30 p.m. 

Jeff Horste: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 3 & 4. Ferndale comic who has appeared on Comedy Central's Kevin Hart's Hart of the City and Fox's Laughs. His observational humor centers around his experiences growing up white in a racially diverse community. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced). 996-9080, [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Rear Window": Michigan Theater.

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(Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Stylish thriller-romance about a homebound news photographer who thinks he's witnessed a murder from his apartment window. James Stewart, Grace Kelly. Proof of vaccination-or negative Covid test within past 72 hours-required.
Michigan Theater. 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. Schedule online at [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Loudon Wainwright III

Veteran singer-songwriter is known for his mordant, occasionally bitterly self-mocking, often poignant, and usually very funny original songs about himself, other people, and contemporary culture. His recent CDs include Strange Weirdos: Music from and Inspired by the Film "Knocked Up," a collection that provoked New Yorker reviewer Ben Greenman to observe that "[Wainwright] has not only retained his sharpness of wit but has also learned to cut with greater skill," and Haven't Got the Blues (Yet), his 2014 collection of wryly hilarious songs about the way lives fall to pieces. $25. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Magic City Hippies

All ages admitted. Miami-based psych-pop funk band. Opener: Cool Company, a self-styled "future R&B" duo. $20. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Bob Sweet Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by veteran local drummer Sweet, an original member of the Sun Messengers. With guitarist Max Bowen, saxophonist Tim Haldeman, and bassist Andy Cafferty. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Mash: Reeds 'n' Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and a guitarist TBA. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Pearl Street String Band

Versatile acoustic quartet whose repertoire includes traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and airs from Irish, French-Canadian, New England and Southern/old-time sources, and more. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Rock Jones

Local band led by the father-son rhythm section of singers Larry and Brian Genoa that plays vintage electric blues and rock 'n' roll dance jams. [venue info]


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