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Calendar of Events

Monday, September 13, 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]

 9:15 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Yoga Pilates: Rec & Ed.

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Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 2 - 5. Looking for a mind-body practice that will challenge your whole body while calming your mind? Weight training through the use of your own body weight will increase your lean body mass while improving your stamina, strength, flexibility, balance and body alignment. Various level options will be demonstrated so you can easily create your own practice. Any yoga or Pilates experience is recommended. Practiced barefoot. You just need a mat and water bottle. Instructor: Victoria Cendrowski, M.Ed, over 45 years experience. 1 class.
Online. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Harold Neal and Detroit African American Art: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement": University Art Gallery, Eastern Michigan University.

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The University Gallery, School of Art and Design, at Eastern Michigan University is pleased to announce the exhibition Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement. The exhibition will be shown at the EMU Art Gallery from Monday, September 13 through Wednesday, October 20, 2021. A closing reception will take place on Sunday, October 17 from 1:30-4:30 pm. Harold Neal was an aficionado of jazz, especially Detroit jazz, and the Detroit Marion Hayden Trio will play at the opening. Hayden is one of the nation's finest performers of the acoustic bass. In 2016, she received the prestigious Kresge Artist fellowship.
A panel discussion will follow the reception from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Participants on the panel will be Allie McGhee, well-known Detroit artist, and Shirley Woodson, the 2021 Kresge Eminent Artist, both of whom are represented in the exhibition. Additional participants are Dr. Samantha Noel, Associate Professor of Art History at Wayne State
Univeristy Gallery, EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 917-975-0146. [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-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Senior Art in the Park": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. An AASC staffer leads a themed craft activity. $5, preregistration required.
Burns Park, 1320 Baldwin. Free, but preregistration requested by emailing 794-6250. [map]

 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Instagram Live: Miss Kim Ann Arbor.

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Every Mon. Miss Kim chef-owner Ji Hye Kim discusses topics related to cooking with guests TBA.
Online at Free. 275-0099.

 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]

 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Move and Groove.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. In-person exercise led by local fitness instructor Megan Simms.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Key Developments in Counterterrorism and National Security Since 9/11": U-M Ford School of Public Policy Weiser Diplomacy Center.

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Virtual panel discussion with former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, the State Department's first Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith, and New York Times journalist Eric Schmitt.
For URL see Free. 764-3490,

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Area Scrabble Club.

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Every Mon. All invited to play the classic word game, using the 5th edition Scrabble dictionary. Bring your own set, if you like.
For this week's in person location email Tom at Free. 480-2739.

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Iyengar Yoga: Rec & Ed.

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Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 1 - 4. Experience invigorating yoga postures using the methods of BKS Iyengar to strengthen the body, create a feeling of well-being, reduce stress and release tension through physical activity and meditation in this virtual class. The use of yoga props and individualized teaching are emphasized so students of varying experience, ages, flexibility, and strength can participate together. You need to be able to get down to and up from the floor. Please have your own yoga mat, props, and water bottle to enjoy this class! Per current City of Ann Arbor policies, all participants and staff will need to wear masks while indoors. Instructor: David Rosenberg, CYI, over 25 years experience. 1 class. Registration is required.
Eberbach Cultural Arts Building. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Pilates Matwork: Rec & Ed.

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Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 3 - 5. Are you looking for a mind-body workout that will strengthen, lengthen, stretch and tone your body? Improve your muscular endurance and flexibility with an emphasis on core body mat work. Please bring your own mat and water bottle. Per current AAPS policies, all participants and staff will need to wear masks while indoors. Instructor: Stephanie Riegle, over 25 years experience. 1 class. Pre-registration is required.
Bach Elementary. Free. 734-994-2300.

 6 p.m. 

Slow Burn Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Integrate breath and movement with this Slow Burn 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. $15. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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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]

 6:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles via Zoom or in person. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 7343270270. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Free Intro Webinar: Embodied Resilience in Uncertain Times": Julie Woodward, MSW, RYT-200.

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Free Introductory Webinar, A Mindful Yoga Practice and Discussion. Are you feeling stressed and uncertain as we continue to experience the current climate, public health, social and political crises? How do we find the strength and clarity to go forward in these challenging times? In this free webinar class, we will explore how yoga and mindfulness practice can help us cultivate the skills to stay centered during times of turmoil. Together with group coaching and guided discussion, this webinar offers an introduction to the up-coming 8-week workshop. Join us for this 90-minute class for a restorative yoga practice, to connect in community and to consider the possibility of how we might create a more just and sustainable future. To register, email:
Virtual-Zoom. Free. Online. 7346576605.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Charlie Camosy: U-M Medical School Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion.

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This Fordham University theology professor joins Atlantic staff writer Emma Green to discuss (via Zoom) his new book, Losing Our Dignity: How Secularized Medicine is Undermining Fundamental Human Equality.
For URL see Free.

 7 p.m. 

New Member Night: Out Loud Chorus.

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Beginning to advanced singers invited to join the weekly rehearsal of this chorus of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people and their friends. Snacks.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd. 734.265.0740. [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.  Free!  Online 

"An Artist's Life in Transition": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Livestream talk by Kerr Grabowski, a Mississippi-based fiber artist who developed a printing technique, called "Deconstructed Screen Printing," which allows for freer, more painterly results on both wearable and wall art.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Cut to Pieces and Gone To Hell: The Poison Spring Massacre": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Livestream talk by Temple University history professor Gregory Urwin.
For URL see Free.

 7 p.m. 

"Free Burma Rangers": Fathom Events.

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(Chris Sinclair & Brent Gudgel, 2019). Documentary about the 20-year journey of a missionary family in war-torn Burma.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Reams of Hate: The Legacy of Henry Ford's Antisemitic Newspaper": EMU Center for Jewish Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Jewish Historical Society of Michigan president Catherine Cangany.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Sept. 13 & 27. Bruce Sagan and Brad Battey lead a virtual acoustic jam session devoted to traditional music from Sweden and Norway. All instruments welcome, no experience necessary.
7:30-9:30 p.m., for in-person location & URL email Free. (908) 721-2599. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Leo Kottke

A perennial winner of the Best Folk Guitarist award in Guitar Player magazine's annual readers' poll, Kottke is known for the elegantly understated grittiness of his approach to a richly varied acoustic repertoire. Critic David McGee calls him a "staunch traditionalist" whose music embodies "a profound commitment to the simple virtues of harmony, melody, and if you will, plain talk found in country, folk, and blues songs." Kottke is also a compelling singer with a deep, resonant voice and an expert entertainer whose concerts are by turns humorous and spellbinding. $40. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by bassist Keller, vibes player Cary Kocher, electric pianist Adam Mosley, & guitarist Matt LaRusso. [venue info]


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