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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 16, 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]

 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Leaderless Walks in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs. All invited to join a walk through the Arb to look for resident flora and fauna.
Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes; preregistration required at Free.

 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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Chinese Mah Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thursday (Starting Sept. 9).
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Because of an Acorn": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) on a hike, along the way discussing different kinds of wild nuts and other signs of fall. Masks strongly recommended.
Meet at the perennial Garden in County Farm Park, 2230 Platt Rd. Free, but preregistration required at (Activity # 811003). [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free); preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 Noon  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 on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Difficult Subjects: Religion and Public Schools in Contemporary Japan": U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Livestream talk by University of Pennsylvania religious studies professor Jolyon Thomas, on how public education surreptitiously aligned with religious indoctrination in 1960s Japan.
For URL preregister at Free.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Preservation of Artwork in Sovereign Nations: How Beadwork, Basketmaking, and Paintings Preserve Cultural Traditions": Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Talk by DAR American Indian Committee state chairman JoAnn Jarvis-Jackson. Masks required.
Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free, but preregistration required by emailing [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thursday (starting Sept 9.)
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 2 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 Free, but donations appreciated online or by check (addressed to JCS, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr., Ann Arbor, MI, 48108). Registration required at 975-9872.

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

Westside Farmers Market.

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The Westside Farmers' Market, keeping Ann Arbor healthy by bringing farm-fresh food to the city's westside, will be held every Thursday from 3-7pm through October 7th in the parking lot of the Zingerman's Roadhouse, on the corner of Jackson Ave. and Maple Rd.
Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 5:30-11 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]

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Lost Valley of the Crescent Moon: Thirty Years of Research in Petra, Jordan": American Institute of Archaeology.

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University of Arkansas geosciences professor Thomas Paradise delivers a visually stunning presentation (via Zoom) on his work with the ruins of an ancient Nabataean city that dates to the 4th century BCE and is known for its soaring edifices carved into sandstone cliffs. Drawing on his diverse background in geology, architecture, climatology, and materials conservation, Paradise discusses the site both as a place of historical and archeological significance and as a study in the management of cultural heritage.
For URL see Free.

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Cardio Dance & Pilates: Rec & Ed.

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Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 1 - 4. Get a full body workout while experiencing joy through music! Workout features low impact dance moves for cardiovascular conditioning and Pilates for strength and flexibility. Please have your own mat, water bottle and light hand weights. Instructor: Jenine "Chip" Grover, M.Ed., over 30 years experience. 1 class.
Online. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Beginning Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS members lead a hike and discuss the basic tricks to identifying birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds. Binoculars provided, but bring yours if you have them.
Meet at Argo Park Livery, 1055 Longshore; preregistration required at Free. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at for homebound participants.
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty suite 225. Free.

 7 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. Pre-registration is required.
Eberbach Cultural Arts Building. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Sporcle Live Trivia: Bløm Meadworks.

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Sept. 16, 23, & 30. Prizes. Proof of vaccination to sit indoors; outdoor seating available.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 548-9729. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Eating Our Way to Extinction": Fathom Events.

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(Ludo & Otto Brockway, 2021). Documentary about the food industry narrated by Kate Winslet.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Promare": Fathom Events.

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(Hiroyuki Imaishi, 2019). Dubbed (Sept. 16) & subtitled (Sept. 19) screenings of this anime adventure about an epic battle between humans and flame-wielding mutants.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Free. 998-1413.

 7:30 p.m. or so 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular outdoor weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes.
7:30 p.m. or so, Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Seth Glier

Singer-songwriter from western Massachusetts with a powerful falsetto and captivating melodic sense whose 2015 CD, If I Could Change One Thing, provoked comparisons to vintage Billy Joel. "Seth Glier abstains from pretense and offers instead an album filled with unbridled pop perfection," says IPopMattersreviewer Lee Zimmerman. "Percolating rhythms and cheery sentiments dominate the proceedings, ensuring radio readiness every step of the way." $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Deer Tick

All ages admitted. Veteran Providence (RI) alt-rock Americana band. Opener: Cedric Burnside, an acclaimed blues singer- songwriter & electric guitarist who got his start as the drummer in the band of his grandfather, Mississippi hill country blues icon R.L. Burnside. $25-$30. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

Vintage jazz in the style of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by a local quartet led by guitarist Brown. [venue info]

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Session Room: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Deep Steam

Ypsilanti quartet that plays jazz, rock, and soul covers, along with some originals. [venue info]


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