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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 9, 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]

 8-9 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Climate, Coffee, & Conversation": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.

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All invited to chat about anything related to sustainability in the city and elsewhere.
For URL preregister at Free.

 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.-noon  Free! 

Chinese Mah Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thursday (Starting Sept. 9).
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free); preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Unearthing A Tragedy: The Tulsa Race Massacre": Mature Ministries: First Presbyterian Church.

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Talk by U-M Afroamerican and African studies professor Scott Ellsworth, a Tulsa native. Followed by lunch ($10). Then, make your way to the Michigan Theater for a presentation (1:30 p.m.) by local organist David Hufford on "Michigan Theater's Barton Pipe Organ: Saving an Ann Arbor Cultural Icon." Masks & vaccines required.
Meet at the First Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 355-2351. [map]

 Noon & 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Together is Close Enough: U-M School of Dance.

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Sept. 8-11. A 25-minute outdoor performance by Vim Vigor, a 4 person physical dance company directed by U-M professor Shannon Gillen. With an original symphonic score by Scott Li, the performance offers an immersive experience leading to a cathartic closeness that contrasts our pandemic-induced isolation. Bring a smart phone with ear buds for the full experience.
Eda U. Gerstacker Grove (Behind the Duderstadt Center), 2281 Bonisteel. Free., 917-415-4033. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Link Between Marriage and Fertility and Changing Pathways to First Marriage in Japan": U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Livestream talk by Princeton University sociology and East Asian studies professor Jim Raymo on Japan's changing demographics and current fertility crisis.
For URL preregister at Free.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thursday (starting Sept 9.)
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 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]

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Covering 9/11: How the Attacks Shaped Our World Today": U-M Ford School of Public Policy Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture.

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A 20-year retrospective (via Zoom) on the 2001 terrorist attacks with Washington Post national security correspondent Nancy Youssef and WNYC radio legal affairs reporter Beth Fertig, a U-M grad.
For URL see Free. 764-3490,

 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]

 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

"A Night For The Books": Children's Literacy Network Fundraiser.

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Thirtieth anniversary celebration featuring a strolling dinner with a selection of wines & beers, and musical entertainment by renowned local boogie-woogie and blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun. Also, live artist demos. Age 21 & over only. Masks encouraged.
Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Tickets $100 in advance at

 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]

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Recipe Shares": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers discuss, by way of Zoom, their favorite cookie recipes. Guests invited to chime in with their own recipes in the YouTube comment section.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 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.

 6-9 p.m. 

"Suds on the River": Huron River Watershed Council Fundraiser.

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This festive, laid-back evening features food from area restaurants, live acoustic music around a campfire, fly fishing demos, and an array of beers from microbreweries in the Huron River watershed, featuring Arbor Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, Blue Tractor, Grizzly Peak, Bløm Meadworks, and more. Age 21 & over only. Vaccines required.
For location buy tickets ($125 per person; members, $100) in advance or 769-5123.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Ann Arbor City Club.

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A chance to learn about and sign up for the various interest groups and other opportunities offered at the club. Also, take a tour the historic home, if you'd like. Hors d'oeuvres.
City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 662-3279. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Adopt a Piece of History" Fest: U-M Clements Library.

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Virtual festival featuring a collage of highlights from the library's collection of books, maps, and manuscripts. Guests are welcome to "adopt" materials by donating directly towards their acquisition, conservation, and digitization. Also, a toast with beverages prepared with historic cocktail & soft drink recipes distributed when you register, and a Q&A with the curators.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7 p.m. 

"Time Is Up": Fathom Events.

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(Elisa Amoruso, 2021). Two highschoolers must breathe new life into their blossoming romance after a car accident causes one to lose her recent memories.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 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 p.m. 

"Open Mic Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 15 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at (recommended) and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Elliott Brood

Veteran Toronto alt-country trio whose music draws heavily on traditional folk and bluegrass flavors to fashion an idiom the band variously dubs "death country" and "frontier rock." $20 (students with ID, free). [venue info]

Blind Pig: Parti! and Avalanche.

Double bill. $10. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Kenji Lee Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Lee, whose repertoire includes Lee originals along with music by Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Cedar Walton, and others. [venue info]

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Devyn Mitchell

Plymouth pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]


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