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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 14, 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]

 8:30-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunrise Nature Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a leisurely morning hike, looking out for migratory birds and other seasonal signs. Bring binoculars if you have them. Masks strongly recommended.
DeVine Preserve, 6110 W. Liberty. Free, but preregistration required by emailing [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

BellyFit: Rec & Ed.

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Belly dance for fitness in this virtual class! Everything you love about Belly dance with a core focus on strengthening and toning the abs in a highly effective way. Experience an enjoyable workout that fuses international music with the fluidity of Middle Eastern belly dancing. Must have taken one previous Bellyfit class, a belly dance class, or have instructor approval. Belly dance for fitness! Instructor: Abby Humphrey. 1 class.
Online. Free. 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]

 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.

 12:30 p.m. 

Bridge Class: R.G. Enterprises via City of Ann Arbor at Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge class on Bridge for Beginners begins 9/14 and runs 13 weeks with no class on 11/2. Time is 12:30pm-2:00pm. Students need to buy the text "Bidding in the 21st Century" by Audrey Grant. Register via phone or in person or online at Ann Arbor Senior Center. For questions, call the Center at 734-794-6250 or email instructor at Masks required.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $130 members, $156 non-members. 7347693994. [map]

 1-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kids in the Kitchen": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers demonstrate (via Zoom) how to make reina pepiada, a Venezuelan cornmeal cake with savory fillings. Geared towards kids grades K-5.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 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.

 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Intro to Yoga: Rec & Ed.

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Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 1. Balance your body and increase energy through yoga in this virtual class. Standing and seated poses along with breath work will release physical and mental tension. Improve your balance, body alignment and range of motion. Must be able to get down and up from the floor. Please have your own mat and water bottle. Instructor: Cinda Hocking, CYI. 1 class.
Online. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Purposeful Movement: Rec & Ed.

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Adult. Level 1 - 2. Come and have some fun with healthy aging activities for the brain & body! Improve your well-being, prevent falls, enhance cognitive skills and build self-confidence. In this class you will keep your brain sharp, improve your balance, lower your stress level, and get the chance to play like a kid again! Open to all adults! Please bring a water bottle. Per current AAPS policies, all participants and staff will need to wear masks while indoors. Licensed Brain GymŽ instructor: Katy Held, over 15 years experience. 1 class.
Lawton Elementary. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Weight Training Through the Ages: Rec & Ed.

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Grades: 12th - Adult. Level 1 - 5. A 'virtual' transformation for your body! While using dumbbells in the convenience of your own home, this online class will help you tone up, trim down, and build strength. Learn basic weight training principles using free weights to target major muscle groups. If you have 3#, 5#, and 8# hand weights you can use them in this class. If you don't have weights you can use soup cans, water bottles, or your own body weight! Each class will end with balance, flexibility, and core bodywork. All fitness levels are welcome. You will also need a mat, supportive fitness shoes, and a water bottle for this class. Geraldine (Jerry) Powell, CPT 1 class. Pre-registration is required
Online. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 6:30 p.m.  Online 

Sufi Class with Imam Kamau Ayubbi: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a Sufi class via Zoom. Details at Donation $5-10 per class.
Zoom. Online. Donation. 7343270270.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Issues and Ale at YORK Food + Drink": Michigan Radio + YORK.

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Join us for this conversation about the new normal: learning to live with COVID. When vaccines became widely available this spring we hoped that life would be back to normal soon. But the Delta variant and evolving science have taken us to this fraught stage of the pandemic.
Stateside's April Baer will host this conversation about the new normal: learning to live with COVID. We'll discuss the latest science, and the impact the ongoing pandemic is having on jobs, education, and our personal stress levels.
Issues and Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing Michigan in an informal atmosphere. Your questions are always welcome.
This event will take place in the YORK Yard in Ann Arbor. A limited number of in-person tickets are available or you can watch the event online. In case of bad weather, the event will take place on 9/15/21.
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard. Free. 7346620798. [map]

 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 

Yoga for Runners: Rec & Ed.

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Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 1 - 4. Are you looking to enhance your stride and find more joy every time you run? Gain supportive strength and promote flexibility designed with running in mind. Cyclists are also welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle, a sock, 2 tennis balls, and a strap/strap alternative. Per current AAPS policies, all participants and staff will need to wear masks while indoors. Instructor: Nancy Herlocher, CYI, Marathoner. 1 class. Pre-registration is required.
Wines Elementary. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 7-9 p.m. or so  Online 

"Bluegrass Jam Circle": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Sept. 14 & 28 All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome. Masks required. For updates, see
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. For updates, see $5. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Forever Golden! A Celebration of the Golden Girls": Fathom Events.

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(Jay Sandrich, 2021). Documentary featuring memorable segments from the popular NBC sitcom that ran for 7 years.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Piranesi": Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss (via Zoom) the newest novel by Hugo Award-winning novelist Susanna Clarke, a surreal, labyrinthian tale of self-exploration set in a magical house.
For URL email Free.

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Pub Sing": Ann Arbor Morris.

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Local Morris dancers lead participants in an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs. No set program; all participants are welcome to lead a song with a singable, reasonably easy-to-learn chorus. Livestream available (for URL, email
For in-person location email Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The War for Gloria": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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PEN/Faulkner award-winning author Atticus Lish joins West Virginia writer Scott McClanahan to discuss (via Zoom) his latest novel, the story of a teenage only child who is exhausting himself to afford expensive medical care for his mother, who's been diagnosed with ALS, when he is confronted by his estranged father-a man whose charisma hides a dark secret.
For URL see Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7:10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Cardio Drumming: Rec & Ed.

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Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 1 - 4. BRING THE 'VIRTUAL' FUN BACK INTO FITNESS! Enter a new dimension of fitness from the convenience of your own home through this virtual class! This new high/low energy workout will connect with your life's true rhythm through a combination of rhythmic drum music and movement. Drumsticks, your hands, a fitness ball, or a bucket are all you need to bring the fun back into fitness. Drumming is a great way to release stress and burn calories. You will find yourself dancing, singing, and grooving. Whether or not you have rhythm, you will find drumming is fun and easy to follow, plus you can work at your own pace! For this class, you need a large bucket or stability ball (to drum on), drumsticks (actual drumsticks, wooden spoons, a pool noodle that can be cut to create the drumsticks), and a chair. If you have any questions about what you need, your instructor will make sure you're set up before the class begins! Certified Drums AliveŽ: Geraldine Powell.
Online. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 7:30-8:30 p.m.,  Free!  Online 

"Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World": Sierra Club Book Club.

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All ages invited to virtually discuss British writer-geologist Simon Winchester's new chronicle of human efforts to possess, restrict, exploit, and improve lands.
Online at Free. 971-1157.


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Re'Monda

Ensemble led by this Detroit jazz vocalist known for her sultry, soulful voice and a richly elegant style that blends elements of jazz, soul, blues, and gospel. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Anything Goes Open Stage."

All acoustic musicians invited for an online version of this popular open mike. Hosted by Jim Novak. For online info, and to reserve a performing slot, see [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Malty Taskers Jug Band

Old-time music from blues and country to hokum. [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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