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. email@example.com https:
Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]
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 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]
Yinyasa Yoga is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. The Vinyasa postures flow from one to the next to create internal heat. The Yin postures are held for longer periods of time to allow the muscles to relax and the connective tissues to be gently stretched. Appropriate for all levels.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. Register on our website (www.motathaiyoga.com), or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $10-20 Donation. firstname.lastname@example.org motathaiyoga.com [map]
Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with stretching, moving to a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it. Pre-register on our website (www.motathaiyoga.com) or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). email@example.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (2 & 4 p.m.), including the Nigerian pygmy goats, warthogs, giant bullfrogs, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [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.
Tom and Ted are OGs in the local music scene who can always be counted on to bring the energy. They play a groovy mix of Blues and Rock that's sure to get you feet stompin.
Mirror Monster is an indie electronica collaboration combining eclectic influences, with a cinematic beauty that always pairs well with a cold glass of kombucha.
So bring a friend and order your favorite UV Kombucha Beer or Tea while you enjoy the show!
Unity Vibration Kombucha, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, Ypsilanti. Free. (734)-383-4925. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Triple bill. With the Ypsilanti gunge-rock jam trio Red Electric Shark, singer-songwriter Caleb Zweifler (aka Mt. Hope Rd.), and Confusion Reactor, a band led by Ypsilanti guitarist and electronic musician Thomas Barton that plays experimental psychedelic music drawing on influences ranging from Captain Beefheart to Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream.
Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Free admission. [map]
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, aaComedy.com. [map]
A park naturalist leads this program for kids ages 6-12 (accompanied by an adult) that involves learning about the life cycle of fireflies, hiking a half-mile along gravel and grass, then making a "firefly hotel."
Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per kid, preregistration required by Sept. 2, 4 p.m. MetroParks.com
Blind Pig: Funkwagon and Sabbatical Bob
Double bill. Funkwagon is a Burlington (VT) funk-rock band, and Sabbatical Bob is a versatile local horn-fired funk sextet. Opener: Midnight Mercedes, a local funk quartet fronted by vocalist Dominique Byrd. $10.
Blue LLama: Rick Roe Trio
Local jazz trio led by Roe, a pianist whose repertoire includes Disney songs, Star Wars themes, TV themes, classical pieces, and Thelonious Monk classics, along with wildly inventive originals. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Rob Avsharian.
Club Above: "Bridging the Gap."
Hip-Hop showcase with several local hip-hop acts TBA.
Dreamland Theater: Red Electric Shark
All ages admitted. Ypsilanti grunge-rock jam trio. Openers: Mt Hope Rd., a local lo-fi Americana garage band, and Confusion Reactor, band led by Ypsilanti guitarist and electronic musician Thomas Barton that plays experimental psychedelic music drawing on influences ranging from Captain Beefheart to Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream. No cover. 7 p.m.
Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz
Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier.
Mash: Chris Canas Band
Detroit blues band fronted by young blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas.
Mash: Jason Dean
Zal Gaz Grotto: Empool
Revival of this early 70s art-noise project by the veteran local duo of twin brother guitarists Larry and Ben Miller. They describe the music they plan to make as "art-psych improvisation bordering pure chaos as it builds and fades in and out of itself with little regard for common tonality and rhythm."
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