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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 17, 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 a.m.  Free! 

"Joes Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. A moderate-paced ride, 25 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at the Riverview Cafe in Dexter. Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves; carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks. For other AABTS rides, see
Meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-2096.

 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  Online 

"Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the University of Michigan": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
The University of Michigan Library holds an extraordinary collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in various languages, mostly in Greek and Latin, and ranging from the fourth to the sixteenth centuries. Being actively used for teaching and research, these manuscripts are unique witnesses of the intellectual and artistic endeavors of a given community living in a particular time and place.
In this presentation, we will examine some highlights from the collection, each manuscript containing a text that illustrates a distinctive feature of medieval and Renaissance culture, including topics such as religion, astronomy, medicine, music, and literature.
Pablo Alvarez leads this course on Friday September 17 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $10. 734-998-9351.

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Writing Our Stories": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This Study Group will be online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

ZumbaŽ Gold: Rec & Ed.

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Adult. Level 1 - 3 Join this high energy party from the comfort of your own home! A class for beginners or active older adults. Easy to follow dance steps that focus on balance, cardio, range of motion, and fun in an online platform. Wear fitness shoes and have a water bottle. Certified ZumbaŽ Gold. Instructor: Geraldine (Jerry) Powell. 1 class.
Online. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Hacke 'Pirate' Atlas": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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Livestream discussion with Clements fellows Chet Van Duzer and Danny Zborover about this late 17th-century book of maps drawn from stolen Spanish sea charts that's in the library's collection. They examine the manuscript's origins, how it mapped shipwrecks and inspired treasure hunters, and its use in understanding early Pacific colonies and their entanglements with indigenous peoples.
For URL preregister at Free.

 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. [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 & 7 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]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Jazz & Emotion on Vibes & Piano": U-M Gifts of Art.

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Livestream concert from Brooklyn featuring vibraphonist Cecilia Smith and pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr, to thank Michigan Medicine staff and their families for their work during the ongoing pandemic.
Michigan Medicine Youtube channel. 936-ARTS. Free.

 Noon.  Free!  Online 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions (via Zoom) on religion. Eat lunch during the meeting, if you wish.
Noon, for online URL see Free.

 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Eric Garcetti: U-M Poverty Solutions Fall Speaker Series.

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The LA mayor joins Taubman College dean Jonathan Massey in a virtual conversation on housing affordability and access.
For more information and to preregister see

 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]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Cars on the Green": Dixboro Farmers Market.

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A show of restored cars and other vehicles. Also, a farmers market.
Dixboro Village Green, 4221 Church. Free, but donations accepted. [map]

 5-11 p.m.  Free! 

17th Annual Oktoberfest: Saline Main Street.

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Sept. 17 & 18. This old-fashioned Oktoberfest, which kicks off with the annual "Tapping of the Golden Keg," features a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food, along with live music. Friday: 70s-90s rock and pop favorites by the Detroit quartet Atomic Radio (8-11 p.m.). Saturday: A "Kinderplatz" play area for kids, a German fashion pageant, a Hammerspiel (German nail game) tournament, and live music TBA (8-11 p.m.). Bake sale. Note: No pets after 5 p.m.
5-11 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Saline. Free ($5 admission after 5 p.m. for those age 21 & over)., 717-7406. [map]

 5 p.m. 

U-M Women's Soccer.

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This month's schedule includes home games against USC(Sept. 3, 7 p.m.), DePaul (Sept. 5, 1 p.m.), Illinois (Sept. 17, 5 p.m.), and Wisconsin (Sept. 26, noon). 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]

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Capture The Flag Fridays": All Hands Active.

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Every Fri. All invited to try to capture a virtual flag by solving a computer security problem (or series of problems), ranging from basic computer usage to some programing. Led by AHA members; beginners welcome.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations required.

 6 p.m. 

41st Annual Gallup Gallop: Ann Arbor Track Club.

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A 5-km run and fitness walk around Gallup Park and a 3-leg relay run (each runner does 1 mi.) along the Gallup Park bike path. Prizes. T-shirts (guaranteed for advance registrants only). Participants must bring at least one produce item for donation to Food Gatherers.
6 p.m. (relay) & 6:45 p.m. (5-km run & walk), Gallup Park canoe livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). $20 (5-km run & walk) & $12 per runner (relay run) in advance at [map]

 6:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea.

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Oct. 1, 15, & 17. All invited to play any type of tabletop game, including board games, role playing, and card games. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
Sweetwaters Downtown, 123 W. Washington. Free. 417-4266. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Blue Ribbon Bash": Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Fundraiser.

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Strolling dinner and live folk-rock by the Bob Skon Trio. Also, a horse meet-and-greet. Beer & wine. Age 21 & over only.
TRI barn, 3425 E. Morgan Rd. Tickets $125 in advance at 677-0303. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

"Euchre Change a Life!"

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Five-game euchre tournament (for rules, see Sign up with a partner, or get paired with one by the organizers. Prizes. Proceeds benefit Haitian children.
2|42 Community Center Ann Arbor, 648 S. Wagner. $20 donation per player by Sept. 15. [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Online 

"Virtual Happy Hour: Hard Cider & Cheese": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Deli event coordinator Tessie Ives-Wilson, a certified cheese professional, discusses (via Zoom) 2 different cheeses and 3 varieties of hard cider samples included in an at-home tasting kit. Age 21 & up only.
For URL see $75. 663-3354.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Peace Generator: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us in creating Peace for our planet. Meditate, chant, set intentions Held at The Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Poetry Reading with Ginny Bentz.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Online poetry sharing session hosted by a local editor.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see or call 998-9351.

 7:30 p.m. 

Brad Wenzel: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 17 & 18. L.A.-based comic, a Michigan native, whose stage persona is a relatable guy who occasionally abruptly detours into surrealism. Wenzel was picked by Ricky Gervais as a finalist in the Conan "Just Sayin'" Contest. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced). 996-9080, [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Dial M for Murder": Michigan Theater.

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(Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Classic thriller about a man hoisted in the petard of his plot to murder his wife. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Bob Cummings. Proof of vaccination-or negative Covid test within past 72 hours-required.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Schedule online at [map]

 8 p.m. 

Chuck Mitchell: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A mix of poetry, cabaret songs, whimsical novelty tunes, and lively banter by this veteran singer-guitarist and actor, a Detroit area native who now lives in Iowa.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance at or 665-8558 (leave a message with your name, performance date, & # of tickets), and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Grupo Escobar: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Detroit-based 11-piece Cuban salsa & timba outfit, known for their high-energy performances that incorporate cumbia, jazz, traditional Arabic, and modern tropical rhythms. An ensemble from this group, Cuarteto Escobar, plays at the Blue Llama on Sept. 22 (see Nightspots listing). Mask & 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]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this student orchestral ensemble. Program TBA. Masks required.
Hill Auditorium. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Lifespan of a Fact": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 17-Oct. 10. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of NYC playwrights Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell's 2019 briskly entertaining comedy about a fact-checker for a renowned essayist who finds himself in an all-out battle with the writer pitting factual truth vs. creative license. Based on a book by the same name that documents years of dickering over intentional and unintentional inaccuracies in John D'Agata's 2010 essay, "What Happens There," the play is praised by a Variety critic to have "terrifically funny dialogue...The debate at the heart of this play," the critics adds, "transcends comedy and demands serious attention." Cast: Andrew Huff, Justin Montgomery, and Diane Hill. Proof of vaccination required.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $22 in advance at and at the door. 635-8450, [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Carbon Leaf

Acoustic Celtic-rock quintet from Richmond (VA). A Performing Songwriter critic calls the band's 2007 CD, Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat, "four easy steps to rock 'n' roll bliss." $30. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Jacob Sigman

Toledo folk-rock singer-songwriter. Toledo folk-rock singer- songwriter. Openers: Gravy Train, a local funk band, and Anytime, a local jam band. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Brendon Davis Trio

Local ensemble led by U-M jazz piano student Davis. [venue info]

Club Above: Latin Night

DJ dance party. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Mash: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band featuring vocalist Sheila Rhodes. [venue info]


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