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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 15, 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. levickas@hotmail.com https://www.instagram.com/creal_microgallery/ [map]



 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. gtom@emich.edu https://www.emugalleries.org [map]



 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Mind Matters": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven leads various mental exercises(via Zoom) from Nancy Linde's 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.
For more information, including the URL, email bpatton@a2gov.org or call 794-6250.


 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]



 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. ofGlobal@aol.com. [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 info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Centering Justice": Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.

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Livestream talk featuring 3 leaders of black, indigenous, and other people of color discussing what they understand it to mean to live in a just, equitable, and thriving society, while also giving examples of ways to get involved and take action in your community.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/attendcenteringjustice. Free, but donations accepted. infor@new.org.


 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 info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Wed. A facilitated conversation(via Zoom) in which participants are invited to share stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes, and related topics in "uncertain times."
Register online at olli-umich.org/olli-commons. Free. 734-998-9351.


 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Trivia!": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Form teams of 4 or 5 persons to compete (via Zoom) in a 2-round trivia contest. Solo competitors are matched up together. Questions are geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (curbside pickup only).
For more information, including the URL, email bpatton@a2gov.org or call 794-6250.


 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Teen Pride Book Talk: Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffer discusses Akwaeke Emezi's 2019 speculative fantasy Pet, an award-winning story about a teenager fighting against a grim monster that her peers deny exists. Geared towards kids grades 6-12.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). DrinkBlom.com/events. 548-9729. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Holiday Observances: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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Sept. 6, 7, 15, & 16. Secular celebration of the 10 days of the Jewish New Year. Virtual, unless otherwise noted. Sept. 6 (7 p.m.): Rosh Hashanah observance with readings, meditation, and music. Sept. 7 (4:30-5:30 p.m.): Tashlich observance, with participants encouraged to "let go of shortcomings" by tossing flower petals into the river. Meet at Island Park, off Maiden Ln. between Broadway and Fuller. Sept. 15 (7 p.m.): Kol Nidre service in preparation for the Day of Atonement. Sept. 16 (2 p.m.): Yom Kippur observance, with participants encouraged to consider how their actions affect the greater community. Followed at 6 p.m. by a Break-the-Fast Potluck.
Various times, for URLs see JewishCulturalSociety.org. Free, but donations appreciated online or by check (addressed to JCS, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr., Ann Arbor, MI, 48108). Registration required at JewishCulturalSociety.org. 975-9872.


 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome.
For URL join Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. Free. 926-8863.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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This Russian-born fiction writer and essayist joins Brooklyn writer-editor (and U-M grad) Megan Cummins to discuss (via Zoom) her debut book, What Isn't Remembered, a collection of short stories featuring characters estranged from both their deepest selves and a world where they cannot find a home.
For URL see LiteratiBookstore.com/event/2021-09. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Meditation and Discussion: Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Every Wed. All invited for a silent group meditation with a focus on breathing, followed by a discussion on Dharma led by KTC resident Lama Nancy Burks.
KTC, 614 Miner St. (enter through the back door). Free. 678-7549, AnnArborKTC.org. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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 have a mat and water bottle. Instructor: Stephanie Riegle, over 25 years experience. 1 class.
Online. Free. Online. 734-994-2300. recedstaff@a2schools.org www.aarecedonline.com


 7 p.m. 

Yin/Restorative Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Reconnect with yourself-mind, body, and spirit! This slower paced style of yoga is a good compliment to our fast-paced lifestyles. Passive asanas (postures) are held for long periods of time, sometimes up to 3-5 minutes, allowing the deep connective tissue to stretch, the fascia to release, and an increase circulation in the joints. Learn to listen to your body and breath, how subtle movements can change the asana completely, and how to find peace in that which brings you discomfort.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door.
Your first class is free. Otherwise, drop-in for $15 or use a class package. Register on Mindbody or www.motathaiyoga.com
(The studio is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.). Email info@motathaiyoga.com if you have any questions.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $15 drop in (or package prices). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A2 Retro Tech Meetup": All Hands Active.

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All invited to bring your old tech to show off via Zoom-anything from older computers from the 70s-90s to phones and telegraph equipment, or even a typewriter that hasn't worked for years.
For URL see MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.


 7 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]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Birding the Rocky Mountains": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Longtime WAS member John Mills shares photo highlights from his 10-week trip to Montana, Arizona, and all the states in between in this livestream presentation.
For URL see Facebook.com (search "Washtenaw Audubon Society"). Free, but donations accepted.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ark: Michael McDermott

Chicago-based singer-songwriter whom novelist Stephen King calls "one of the best songwriters in the world and possibly the greatest undiscovered rock 'n' roll talent of the last 20 years." His 2016 album, Willow Springs, a collection of songs inspired by the darker moments in his past, has prompted comparisons to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and his 2020 release, What in the World, turns its attention to the perilous state of American political and cultural life. $20. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Aguanko

Local Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble led by composer-percussionist Alberto Nacif. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Dave Mackres

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