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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 10, 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. 

Golf Tournament: United Way of Washtenaw County.

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A golf tournament with a shotgun start. Also, a hole-in-one contest. Lunch & awards.
9 a.m. (registration starts at 8 a.m.), Pierce Lake Golf Course, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. $100 per person., 677-7218. [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.

 Noon  Online 

"Virtual Event: Give Your Pantry a Makeover!": Foundations of Wellness for Women.

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Whether it's been a long-term goal of yours or a more recent, pandemic-inspired one to figure out how to meal plan and cook from scratch on a regular basis, it all starts with what's in your pantry. In this workshop with FWW team member Liza Baker, we'll take a look at how to stock your kitchen with the best-choice foods-whatever your current eating style.
virtual. Online. $12 per person. (734) 418-2188.

 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-12:30 p.m  Free!  Hybrid 

Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. 30 min. lesson (online and in-person) focusing on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [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.  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.

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Bouleuterion at Notion": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Flash Talk.

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Fifteen-minute virtual talk by U-M classical archaeology professor Christopher Ratté examining a 2nd-century BCE structure in western Turkey.
For URL see Free.

 Time TBA. 

"Rococo Variations": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Guest conductor Lina Gonzalez-Granados-a candidate for permanent conductor-leads the orchestra's season opener, highlighted by a performance of Tchaikovsky's opulent Rococo Variations, with 20-year-old NYC-based cellist Zlatomir Fung, winner of the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition. Also, Alejandro Basulto's striking tone poem Personas Invisibles and Brahms' vernal masterpiece Symphony no. 2. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required.
Time (TBA) at, Hill Auditorium. Tickets $22-$80 in advance at 994-4801. [map]

 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Walking Off the Pounds.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Guided steps to walk in place. Online and in person (beginning Sept. 8).
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. (starting sept. 10).
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 5:30-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 5-11 invited to watch Madagascar, the animated comedy about animals from the Central Park Zoo who find themselves stranded on Madagascar. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 (additional children, $15), preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 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.

 6-10 p.m. 

Golden Anniversary Party - A Benefit for the Restoration of Gordon Hall: Dexter Area Historical Society.

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Help us celebrate 50 years of bringing Dexter's history to life! Doors and bar open at 6:00 pm. Tours of historic Gordon Hall and the newly renovated milk house from 6-7:00. After a short program beginning at 7:00, we will have music, DJ, dancing, raffle, snacks, beer, and wine until 10:00. Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance. All proceeds benefit the Dexter Area Historical Society.
Gordon Hall, 8311 Island Lake Road, Dexter. $50. 734-395-4106. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"An Evening with Ozone House": Ozone House Fundraiser.

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Dinner, cocktails, live auctions, and more. Also, presentations from staff, former clients, and youth leaders.
Ypsilanti Historic Freight House, 100 Market Place, Ypsi. Tickets $175 in advance by Sept. 7 at 662-2265. [map]

 6 & 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Intro to Archery": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hands-on demo, led by a WCPARC staffer, for families or households of up to 4 members. Suitable for beginners age 8 & up; masks strongly recommended.
6 & 7 p.m., check in at the Independence Lake County Park Beach Center parking lot, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $10 per family/household (additional vehicle entry fee required); preregistration required at (search Activity #IL461100)., [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Beach Bonfire & Sing-Along": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Local guitarist Pete Bryant leads a round of campfire songs on the beach. Also, the chance to learn about various nature-related educational materials at a table set up by WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle. Picnic tables provided on the grass; bring a camp chair, if you like, to sit closer to the lake. Lemonade and s'mores. No swimming. Masks strongly recommended.
Check in at the Independence Lake County Park Beach Center Pavilion, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake; preregistration required at (Activity #IL431310). $5 per family/household up to 4 members (additional vehicle entry fee required)., [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Book Party": Booksweet Bookshop/Black Men Read.

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A Ypsi-based BMR volunteer storyteller reads from a picture book TBA on themes relating to the African diaspora. Suitable for kids in grades preK-5 and their families. Outdoor event, but masks required.
Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

Annual Barn Dance: Salem Area Historical Society.

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Square dancing to live bluegrass, country, and vintage pop by the local Picks & Sticks Stringband. Cider and doughnuts available. Proceeds used to preserve the nearby Jarvis-Stone School and Dickerson Barn.
Three Cedars Farm, Six Mile Rd. just west of Curtis Rd. north off North Territorial. $5 donation (SAHS members, $3) at the door only. (248) 437-6651.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Field Hockey.

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U-M has home games this month against Ball State (Sept. 10, 7 p.m.), MSU (Sept 24, 6 p.m.) and Kent State (Sept. 26, 1 p.m.). See for masking and vaccination requirements.
Ocker Field, 1202 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]

 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. 

U-M Volleyball.

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This month's schedule includes home matches vs. Duke (Sept. 10, 7p.m.), North Carolina (Sept. 12, 1 p.m.), EMU (Sept. 17, noon), Boston College (Sept. 17, 7 p.m.), Dayton (Sept. 18, 4 p.m.), and Michigan State(Sept. 26, 1 p.m.). See for masking and vaccination requirements.
Crisler Center (Sept. 10, 12, & 26) and Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. (Sept. 17 & 18). Tickets $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each)., 764-0247. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

"Golden Anniversary Party: A Benefit for the Restoration of Gordon Hall": Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum.

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Outdoor party under a big tent featuring dancing to pop music by disc jockey, a 50/50 raffle, sweet and salty snacks, and an open bar. Preceded from 6-7 p.m. by guided tours of the historic Gordon Hall and the newly renovated milk house, the only surviving original outbuilding on the property.
Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Rd. at Dexter-Pinckney Rd., Dexter. $50 per person in advance only at 426-2519, [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Bryan McCree: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 10 & 11. This Flint native is a veteran stand-up comic known for his unusual combination of an easygoing persona and a wildly extremist comic mind. 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. 

"Rope": Michigan Theater.

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(Alfred Hitchcock, 1948). A detective sets out to solve a prep-school murder that turns out to be a killing for thrills. James Stewart. 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]

 8 p.m. 

Crescent City Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This local ensemble led by guitarist Alex Belhaj presents "Boodle-Am Shake," a program showcasing a range of New Orleans jazz styles, from struts, stomps, cakewalks, and marches to rags, pop tunes, and classical favorites. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets TBA in advance at and at the door. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Mary Gauthier: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A Louisiana native currently living in Boston who is often compared to Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams, Gauthier specializes in vividly detailed, sharply observed songs about people on the edge that one critic has dubbed "country noir." Also known for the luminous purity of her singing, Gauthier has a new CD, Rifles & Rosary Beads, a collection cowritten by U.S. veterans and their families that exhibits what Gauthier calls "the power of song to tell a story that's almost impossible to tell without a melody."
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance at or 665-8558 (leave a message with your name, performance date, & # of tickets), and at the door. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 8 p.m. 

Postponed to 2022: The Second City: The Ark.

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Sept. 10 & 11. One of the longest-running comedy improv groups in the country, Chicago's popular Second City troupe lampoons contemporary political, cultural, and social events in an evening of short sketches.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $36 (students with ID, $26) in advance at, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Die Laughing

Primal metal music by this southeast Michigan quartet. "If you thrive for the meaty intensity of Helmet with the fire of early Mastodon, then you need Die Laughing in your life," says Loud Hailer critic Chuck Marshall. Openers: Michigan metal bands M-102 and Die-Sect. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Vincent Chandler Quintet

Jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit trombonist Chandler. [venue info]

Club Above: Polo Frost & David Blue

Local hip-hop duo. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Mash: Jason Dean

Local postmodern pop singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: She-Bop

Local girl-group-style trio of singer-guitarist Laurie Lounsbury, singer-French hornist Morgan Lamonica, and a new lead vocalist TBA. With guitarist Johnny Rasmussen, bassist Al Kalaf, and drummer T. Kinks Heiss. [venue info]


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