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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 7, 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]

 9-10 a.m.  Online 

"Coffee with Marta.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Biweekly social hour with a local retired psychologist.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see or call 998-9351.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ongoing Meditation, Teachings, and Practice.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Tues. Bilha Birman Rivlin of Still Mountain Meditation gives talks(via Zoom) on mindfulness practice for older adults.
For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Una Tertulia.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Socializing group for Spanish speakers.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Holiday Observances: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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Sept. 6, 7, 15, & 16. Secular celebration of the 10 days of the Jewish New Year. Virtual, unless otherwise noted. Sept. 6 (7 p.m.): Rosh Hashanah observance with readings, meditation, and music. Sept. 7 (4:30-5:30 p.m.): Tashlich observance, with participants encouraged to "let go of shortcomings" by tossing flower petals into the river. Meet at Island Park, off Maiden Ln. between Broadway and Fuller. Sept. 15 (7 p.m.): Kol Nidre service in preparation for the Day of Atonement. Sept. 16 (2 p.m.): Yom Kippur observance, with participants encouraged to consider how their actions affect the greater community. Followed at 6 p.m. by a Break-the-Fast Potluck.
Various times, for URLs see Free, but donations appreciated online or by check (addressed to JCS, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr., Ann Arbor, MI, 48108). Registration required at 975-9872.

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

2021 Cruise Nights: Chelsea Classic Cruisers.

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All invited to bring their classic and vintage autos to display. Awards chosen by the participants.
Arctic Breakaway, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 649-1106. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

San and Emily Slomovits.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. Multi-instrumentalist San (best known as half of the popular family-friendly duo Gemini) and his vocalist-violinist daughter Emily perform livestream folk music geared towards kids (Mon.) and adults (Thurs.).
Online at (Mon) and (Thurs). Free, but donations for Food Gatherers or a social or racial justice-oriented organization accepted.

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sofar Blowing, Picnic, and Tashlich": Beth Israel Congregation.

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All invited to bring your own dinner & blanket to this outdoor picnic that includes a Tashlich observance, with participants encouraged to "let go of shortcomings" by tossing flower petals into the river. Also, the chance to try shofar blowing, and more. Apple cinnamon challah. Masks required.
5:30 p.m., Furstenberg Nature Area, 2626 Fuller Rd. Free. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Online 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. ll knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips with others in person. Livestream available at
Community High School back lawn, 379 N. Fifth. $2 monthly dues. 945-3035. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Death Cafe": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Interfaith Center Minister Annie Kopko leads a frank conversation about death via Zoom.
For URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly outdoor rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
For location see Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467,

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly virtual rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Blind Man's Bluff": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Novelist James Tate Hill joins blind writer and educator M. Leona Godin to discuss (via Zoom) his new memoir, an account of his experience losing his sight as a teenager and spending 15 years trying to escape the stigma by pretending that he could see.
For URL see Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7-9 p.m.  Online 

"Evenings with Aaron": Deep Spring Center.

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All invited to discuss (via Zoom) their metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a "being of light" channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices, including Vipassana and Pure Awareness meditation. Q&A.
For URL preregister at $10-$30 suggested donation. 477-5848,

 7 p.m. 

"The Alpinist": Fathom Events.

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(Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, 2021). Documentary about the elusive Canadian daredevil mountain climber Marc-André Leclerc.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Sept. 7 & 21. Club members show their projected images (Sept. 7) and prints (Sept. 21) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Bridges." Also, presentations include "Style in Photography," (Sept. 7), by member Greg Czarnecki who uses an automotive theme and music to explore a style that captures images from different perspectives, and member Dietmar Haenchen on "Images of Southern India and Myanmar (Burma)" (Sept. 21). Proof of Covid vaccination required.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 Liberty. Free. 327-4781. [map]

 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.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Opera on Tap.

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Local singers perform arias and art songs. Tonight's theme: "Drop Dead Divas."
7:30 p.m. (seating begins at 6:30 p.m.), Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl, #100, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted. Preregistration required by text (preferred) or email. 678-2782, [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Mick Flannery & Susan O'Neill

Acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter duo whose recent debut collaboration, In the Game, is a collection of songs about a couple's coming together and falling apart that explores raw, vulnerable spaces in the highs and lows of the game of love. $20. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Songwriters Open Mike"

All songwriters invited for an online version of this popular open mike, now in its 25th year. Hosted by Jim Novak. For online info, and to reserve a performing slot, see [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this veteran local ensemble led by trombonist Terry Kimura. [venue info]


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