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Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 12, 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 a.m.-5 p.m. or so.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Aug. 6-8, 19-22 & Sept. 10-12. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. No pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. or so, Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn, Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2111, [map]

 9 a.m.  Hybrid 

"Charity Workout - Bombay Jam / Dance Fitness to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters": The Mix Studios.

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Dance Cardio to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters! Join us via Zoom to dance. Give what you can to help an amazing organization.
If you would like to join us in person please The Mix Studios Website
Bombay Jam:
Powered by the explosively fun, globally appealing Bollywood culture, Bombay JamŽ is the ultimate dance fitness total body workout that is effective, safe, easy to follow and packed with authentic Bollywood flavor!
Bombay JamŽ is accredited by AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America) and has a serious focus on integrating fun & fitness:
This class incorporates cardio and toning routines into one action-packed total body workout!
Please note that this class is online and you will receive the link 30 minutes before the start of class.
The Mix Studios, 511 W Cross St., Suite 102, Ypsilanti. Hybrid. Donation. 7348459105. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Sept. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Sept. 11: Oakwoods Nature Area, meet at 3217 Dunwoodie Rd., and Dhu Varren Naturea Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2100 Birchwood Dr. Sept. 12: Folkstone Park, meet at 1498 N. Folkstone Ct. Sept. 18: The 7-acre Foxfire West Park, meet at 3133 Birchwood Dr. Sept. 19: Leslie Woods Nature Area, meet at 1998 Upland Dr. Sept. 25: Cedar Bend Park, meet at 1450 Island Dr. Sept. 26: Argo Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 700 Amherst Ave.
9 a.m.-noon (except as noted), various locations. Preregistration required at Free. 794-6627. [map]

 9-10:15 a.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Preventing Firearm Injury: The Role of Evidence-Based Research": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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Group discussion facilitated by U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention co-directors Patrick Carter and Marc Zimmerman. Masks required. Livestream available by contacting Debbie Houghton at 662-4536 or (phone preferred).
FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Gordon Hall Days": Dexter Area Historical Society.

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This year is the Dexter Area Historical Society's 50th birthday! Help us celebrate 50 years of bringing Dexter's history to life! Enjoy demonstrations, tours of historic Gordon Hall, antique and classic car show, craft displays, blacksmithing, beekeeping, and more. Visit the newly renovated milk house, the only surviving original outbuilding on the property. The Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club will bring a fascinating model train display. See the website for specific times for each event. All proceeds support the Dexter Area Historical Society.
Gordon Hall, 8311 Island Lake Road, Dexter. Donation. $5/person or $20/car. 734-426-2519. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Gordon Hall Days": Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum.

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Sept. 11 & 12. Guided tours of historic Gordon Hall; kids activities; beekeeping, knitting, lacemaking, spinning & weaving, blacksmithing, and other pre-industrialized craft demonstrations; a display of the Model Railroad Club's big, elaborate layout of model trains; and the chance to learn about the Dexter family in a self-guided exhibit. Live farm animals. Also, musical performances by the Dexter Dulcimers (time TBA) and other local groups. Sat. only: an antique and classic car show (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Sun. only (tentative): a Porsche car show (check for confirmation & location).
Gordon Hall, 8341 Island Lake Rd. at Dexter-Pinckney Rd., Dexter. $5 per person or $20 per car suggested donation; free onsite parking. 426-2519, [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Hike by Bike": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Leisurely bicycle trek on a paved path through fields and forest, stopping to look for signs of fall. Bring your own bike and water bottle. Helmets required. Suitable for ages 12 & up, but all kids must be accompanied by an adult.
10-11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person, preregistration required by Sept. 11, 3 p.m., 426-8211. [map]

 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31, and every Wed.-Fri. beginning Sept. 15. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Splattertown paintball shooting at targets, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $22 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $16 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]

 11 a.m.  Online 

Slow Burn Vinyasa Flow: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Integrate breath and movement with this Slow Burn Vinyasa class. During this class, there will be a focus on alignment, strength and flexibility. Flow sequences involve holding certain postures to create internal heat, as you build muscle and stamina.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and place your belongings in the cubbies. You will be checked in at the door. Masks are not required, however if you feel more comfortable wearing one during class, feel free.
Register on our website 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. Online. Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year. Masks required.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"You Can Dance-Outside!": University Musical Society.

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Muskegon Heights native Shantese Robinson, a dance instructor who specializes in a range of styles from lyrical dance and jazz to Afrobeat and twerk, leads an energetic program on "Fearless Jazz Hip-Hop Fusion." The demo focuses on self impressions, fun sequence combinations, and building endurance. Suitable for all fitness levels.
11 a.m. (check-in from 10:30-10:55 a.m.), Riverside Park Pavillion, 5 E. Cross, Ypsilanti. Free, but preregistration required at [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,

 1 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]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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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; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

"Monarch Migration Festival": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to watch the release of tagged monarch butterflies. Also, games and other activities to learn about their life cycle and LSNC's role as a way station for migrating monarchs.
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $7; preregistration required., 997-1553. [map]

 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.

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All invited to try out new games from local board and card game designers and provide feedback. Proof of vaccination required.
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 548-9729. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Edible Plants Foraging Walk": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Will Forage for Food founder Rachel Mifsud leads a leisurely walk to search for edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants to harvest. Be prepared to handle uneven, shrubby, or muddy ground.
2-3:30 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Preregistration required; space limited to 35. Recreation passport required. 475-3170. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Rally Day": Northside Community Church.

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Annual family-friendly party featuring live music by church cellist Thor Sigurdson. Details TBA. Rain or shine.
Northside Community Church, 929 Barton. Free. 649-7948. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Tony Elliot and Friends": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Cellist Anthony Elliot, a U-M music school professor emeritus, performs a program that culminates in Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A Major, accompanied by pianist Pauline Martin, violinists Kimbery Kennedy and Kristina Zlatareva, and violinist Zola Hightower. Also, solo performances of Boccherini's Sonata in A Major, 19th-century Bohemian composer-cellist David Popper's Polonaise, & Paganini's Moses Variations. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets TBA in advance at and at the door. 769-2999. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Follies.": Fathom Events.

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Taped broadcast of the 2017 National Theatre (London) encore production, directed by Dominic Cook, of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 musical about the reunion of follies showgirls in a vintage vaudeville theater, where many are haunted by ghosts of their former lives.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) & Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty, 668-TIME). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Labyrinth": Fathom Events.

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(Jim Henson, 1986). 35th anniversary screening of this gothic fantasy starring David Bowie as a goblin king who gives a teenager (Jennifer Connelly) 13 hours to rescue her baby brother by solving a labyrinth full of Muppet monsters.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Open Jam.

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Musicians of all ability levels and ages invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country with others. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. If bringing music for the group to play, bring 24 copies. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. Masks recommended for all except those singing.
Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St. Free. 973-7791, [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"When Water Moves": For Love Of Water.

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Join FLOW for a live-streamed premiere of the film "When Water Moves," a new spoken-word and dance collaboration by Anne-Marie Oomen and Ari Mokdad. "When Water Moves" is a video fable about a Lake Spirit. Incorporating multiple voices from the Northern Michigan community, the story describes how an ancient water creature faces what happens when we ignore water rights and fail to respect this ultimately life-giving resource. Our livestream premiere will include an artists' talk-back and audience Q&A.
This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, administered by Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network.
Zoom Webinar, 153 1/2 E. Front Street Suite 203C. Free. 231.944.1568. [map]

 5-8 p.m. 

Chefs in the Garden Dinner Series: Growing Hope Fundraiser.

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Sept. 12 & 26 and Oct. 10. Dinner prepared by local chefs and served in the hoophouse. The program begins with appetizers, cocktails, and live music by local pop-folk singer-songwriter Matt Jones and others TBA.
Growing Hope, 922 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Tickets $125 in advance at, 786-8401. [map]

 5-8 p.m. 

"A Fall Evening": Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County Fundraiser.

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Hors d'oeuvres catered by the Moveable Feast, bourbon tastings led by The Last Word bartenders, a live auction, drawings for 2 different Shinola watches, and live jazz by local guitarist Hal Davis. Preceded at 4 p.m. by activities for those with benefactor tickets ($250).
The Boathouse at Lakefields, 7001 Pleasant Lake Rd. $150 in advance at 975-0933. [map]

 5:30-9 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]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Asleep at the Wheel

Founded in the early 70s by singer-guitarist Ray Benson, this celebrated Austin-based western swing revivalist band has become a pivotal country music institution. Their 2018 album, New Routes, is a mix of originals and covers with guest vocals by Seth and Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers. $40. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: A2 Jammers

Jam session with a group of local singer-songwriters. 3:30-5:30 p.m. [venue info]


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