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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 18, 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 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at, [map]

 8 a.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]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Sept. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Sept. 11: Oakwoods Nature Area, meet at 3217 Dunwoodie Rd., and Dhu Varren Naturea Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2100 Birchwood Dr. Sept. 12: Folkstone Park, meet at 1498 N. Folkstone Ct. Sept. 18: The 7-acre Foxfire West Park, meet at 3133 Birchwood Dr. Sept. 19: Leslie Woods Nature Area, meet at 1998 Upland Dr. Sept. 25: Cedar Bend Park, meet at 1450 Island Dr. Sept. 26: Argo Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 700 Amherst Ave.
9 a.m.-noon (except as noted), various locations. Preregistration required at Free. 794-6627. [map]

 9-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Free Motion Quilting With Style": Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Quilt designer Cindy Grisdela discusses, by way of Zoom, how to add motifs to at-home quilting projects. The program begins with a brief business meeting and usually ends with a member show-and-tell and sale of quilting supplies.
For URL preregister 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.-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]

 10 a.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 and water bottle to enjoy this virtual class from the comfort of your own home! Instructor: David Rosenberg, CYI, over 25 years experience. 1 class.
Online. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Young Outdoor Explorers: Leaves 'n' Shapes": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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All ages 3-6 (accompanied by an adult) invited to look for similarities and differences in leaf shapes, and learn what tree is responsible for those leaves. Led by a park naturalist. Masks required.
Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per kid, preregistration required by Sept. 16, 4 p.m., 426-8211. [map]

 10:30-11 a.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]

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Death Cafe.

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All invited to join a frank conversation (via Zoom) about death. Hosted by The Dying Year owner Merilynne Rush, Diana Cramer and Rachel Briggs.
For URL email Merilynne at Free.

 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yinyasa Yoga is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. The Vinyasa postures flow from one to the next to create internal heat. The Yin postures are held for longer periods of time to allow the muscles to relax and the connective tissues to be gently stretched. Appropriate for all levels.
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.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. 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, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $10-20 Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

8th Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church.

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Sept. 18 & 19. Slavic food and drinks, including blini, shashlik (kebab), pelmeni (dumplings), Russian potato salad, and more. Live entertainment by the Russian Ballet Academy of Michigan, the NYC Russian song-and-dance ensemble Barynya, balalaika player Michael Pastukhov, the St. Vladimir Dance Group, and others. Also, Russian beer, a tearoom with Russian sweets, infused vodka tastings, church tours, a sale of Russian souvenirs, and a kids corner with a bounce house, games & crafts, and more.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-7 p.m. (Sun.), St. Vladimir Church, 9900 Jackson, Dexter. Free admission. 276-0107,, [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Russian Festival: St. Vladimir's Russian Church.

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Immerse yourself in Russian Culture without buying a plane ticket. Experience Russian cuisine, traditions, buy souvenirs to take home, world class entertainment and so much more!
St. Vladimir's Russian Church, 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter. Free. 7342760107. [map]

 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps ($1) & food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $12 (kids ages 5-12, $9; age 4 & under, free) online only at [map]

 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"MacBasics & Special Interest Group": MacTechnics.

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MacTechnics education VP Fred Seitz discusses (via Zoom) how to get the most out of common phone and computer applications, such as contacts and calendar.
For URL email Free.

 Noon  Free! 

International Day of Peace Celebration.

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Verapose Yoga & Meditation House in Dexter announces the celebration of International Day of Peace and of the Peace Pole symbol. The public ceremony and celebration symbolize their commitment and contribution toward promoting more peace on earth. The public is invited to join in this dedication and celebration towards global peace.
The public is invited to join in the International Day of Peace Celebration on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 12:00-4:00 PM at Verapose Yoga & Meditation House located at 3173 Baker Road in Dexter, Michigan. Refreshments, peace pole rededication, prizes and two FREE 30-minutes Sacred Sound Journeys with Victoria Schon will continue throughout the afternoon until 4PM.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. Free. [map]

 Noon-3 p.m., or so.  Free! 

Peace Week: Megiddo Peace Project.

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Sept. 19-25. Games, peace-themed exhibits and art, live music, open mics, group discussions, and more. Sat. only: Dancing to music TBA (6 p.m. into the evening).
Most activities take place between noon-3 p.m. (except as noted), Center of the City Commons, S. Fifth Ave. next to the library. 657-8083.


U-M Football vs. Northern Illinois.

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See for masking and vaccination guidelines.
Michigan Stadium. Tickets $55-$100.,, 764-0247. [map]

 12:15 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with stretching, moving to a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it. Pre-register on our website ( or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 1 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.

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (2 & 4 p.m.), including the Nigerian pygmy goats, warthogs, giant bullfrogs, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Psychic Saturday Party": Enlightened Soul Center.

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Join us for a fun-filled day at the Enlightened Soul Center at our twice-monthly ESC Psychic Parties. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE A VARIETY of readings and healings at one time, under one roof!
Readers ~ Energy Healers ~ Holistic Vendor
$3 admission includes FREE gifts, snacks, & parking!
Sessions $2/minute (15-minute minimum or $30)
Credit/debit cards & cash accepted!
(Individual practitioners may also accept other forms of payment)
See photos and details for this week's participants at the Enlightened Soul Center website!
Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor 48108. $3. 734-358-0218. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Livestream docent-led tour on "Looking at Greek Pottery."
For URL see Free. 764-9304,

 3 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Field Hockey vs. Miami (OH) (Exhibition).

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Ocker Field, 1202 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]

 4 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]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.

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Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect.
Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity; preregistration required at (866) 496-0535. [map]

 7 p.m. 

The Extrusions at the Grotto: The Extrusions.

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Local band The Extrusions are back at the Grotto for an outdoor show (replacing the cancelled Harry Kiniption Band). The best blend of classic rock, new wave, and modern rock & roll from the '60s through '10s! 7 to 10 PM
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W Stadium Blvd. 7349727731. [map]

 7:15-9 p.m. 

"Kids Mewvie Night": Tiny Lions.

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Screening of the 1998 animated comedy A Bug's Life, with adoptable cats to snuggle with. Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
$10 in advance at

 7:30 & 9:30 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]

 8 p.m. 

"A Grand Night for Singing": U-M School of Music.

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Tony award winner Michael McElroy, the new U-M musical theater chair, leads this showcase of U-M choral ensembles, featuring the Chamber Choir, University Choir, Orpheus Singers, Women's Glee Club, and Men's Glee Club, along with musical theater and voice students. Masks required.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $8-$18 on sale starting Sept. 2 at and by phone. 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]

 8:30-11 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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Family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments and lawn chairs. No pets.
LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. (1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free., 484-6565. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Eddie from Ohio

This highly regarded acoustic quartet from Arlington, Virginia, is known for its resonant vocal harmonies, ace musicianship, and upbeat, well-crafted original songs. "The manic strumminess recalls Ani DiFranco or Dave Matthews," says Performing Songwriter, "but there's also a deep undercurrent of high, lonesome mountain harmony that should appeal to fans of Alison Krauss and Union Station." $30. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Biomassive

Traverse City electronic jam band that plays originals and covers of the Grateful Dead. $10 ($12 at the door). [venue info]

Blue LLama: Dave McMurray

Groove-oriented Detroit jazz-funk septet led by Was (Not Was) saxophonist McMurray, who tonight showcases material from his new CD Grateful Deadication, a collection of gritty, soulful reworkings of classic Grateful Dead songs. With guitarist Wayne Gerard, keyboardist Maurice O'Neal, pianist Luis Resto, percussionist Larry Fratangelo, bassist Ibrahim Jones, and drummer Jeff Canady. $140. [venue info]

Club Above: All-Female Local Hip-Hop Showcase

Hosted by Meechie Loc & Honey Foreign. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Mash: Reeds 'n' Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and guitarist TBA. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Session Room: Hullabaloo

Veteran local 9-piece collective whose upbeat, energetic music draws on ska, jazz, funk, punk, and Latin influences. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Kandy Fredrick

Ypsilanti singer-guitarist who performs folk, country, and rock covers and originals. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Extrusions

Local vintage rock and Motown band. [venue info]


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