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Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 19, 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! 

Sky Foundation Autumn Stroll.

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The Autumn Stroll is one of Sky Foundation's three annual events to create awareness about pancreatic cancer and fund critical cutting-edge research. This event started in Ann Arbor and now takes place at locations throughout the region.
Ann Arbor, 42.46558603238034. Free. 248.385.5143. [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 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ypsi Fall River Day: Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Educational programs on wildlife & river-themed exhibits for all ages, and more. Kayak rentals available for river trips.
Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free. (313) 910-3890.

 10 a.m. 

BBBS UV 5k: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County.

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We are so excited about our upcoming 5k! No running is required, all are welcome to go at their own pace. Here's what you need to know.
GROUP RUN OPTION - Join us starting at 9am on EMU's campus.
VIRTUAL RUN OPTION - Run the race from anywhere you like at any time of the day.
Meet us back at The TRIPLE GODDESS TASTING ROOM, from 6-8 pm. The Closing Celebration will feature live music, food. kombucha, games, prizes and much more. For more info visit now!
Triple Goddess Tasting Room, 11 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $15-$35. 7349750933. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Community 5-km for Kids' Sake": Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County Fundraiser.

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All invited to run, walk, skip, or dance a 5-km course. Coffee & bagels. Also, from 6-8 p.m. at the Triple Goddess Tasting Room (93 Ecorse Rd., Ypsilanti), games, prizes, and live music by local singer-songwriters Kandy Fredrick & Jake Maltby.
10 a.m. (preregistration begins at 9 a.m.), meet at EMU Recreational Center and Intramural Sports Building, 500 E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. $35 (kids age 12 & under, $15), preregistration required at [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Hybrid 

"Charity Workout Power Yoga to benefit the Rutherford Pool in Ypsilanti": The Mix Studios.

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This is a powerful, energetic class where students fluidly move from one pose to the next while connecting their breathing to their movements set to some stellar tunes! The class is challenging but anyone could do it with modifications!
All donations will go to Rutherford Pool to help with purchasing loaner swimsuits. What is a loaner swimsuit? There are times someone will show up to swim but they do not have appropriate swimwear. Rutherford makes sure that they can still swim by loaning a clean swimsuit to them for the day.
The Mix Studios, 511 W Cross St., Suite 102, Ypsilanti. Hybrid. Donation. 7348459105. [map]

 10:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom or in Person. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 7343270270. [map]

 11 a.m.-8 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.-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]

 11 a.m.  Online 

Slow Burn Vinyasa Flow: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Integrate breath and movement with this Slow Burn Vinyasa class. During this class, there will be a focus on alignment, strength and flexibility. Flow sequences involve holding certain postures to create internal heat, as you build muscle and stamina.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and place your belongings in the cubbies. You will be checked in at the door. Masks are not required, however if you feel more comfortable wearing one during class, feel free.
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. Online. Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year. Masks required.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Underground Railroad Bus Tour": African-American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.

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AACHM board member Deborah Meadows leads a bus tour of Ypsilanti, Pittsfield Township, and Ann Arbor sites that were part of the Underground Railroad.
Meet at WCC Technical & Industrial Bldg. parking lot, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. (Entrance at the traffic light across from the Health & Fitness Center and St Joseph Mercy Hospital.) $25 (seniors & students, $10; kids 3 & under, free) in advance only at, 819-8182. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,

 11:30 a.m. 

Handgun Bowling Pin Shoot: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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Open to TCSL members and guests. See details at (calendar). 11:30am registration; shooting starts at 12noon.
Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Rd, Saline. $5 per relay. [map]

 Noon-5 p.m. 

Fall Garden Walk: Ann Arbor Farm and Garden.

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Self-guided tours of 3 gardens that illustrate sustainability, recycling, upcycling, and methods to reduce maintenance.
Various locations, for maps see Tickets $10 available online or at each gate.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Jerry "The Wolverine" Perrine: Music at Sequoia Place.

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An afternoon of old-time jazz by veteran local pianist Perrine, whose music often celebrates his heritage as a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Masks and proof of Covid vaccination required.
Sequoia Place, 1131 N. Maple. Free, but donations encouraged. 373-3560. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Youthful Spirits Class for Young People": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 1-7 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]

 1 p.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]

 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]

 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

33rd Annual Apples & Honey: Jewish Community Center.

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A popular annual afternoon of entertainment, cultural activities, and information about Jewish life in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The event's title derives from the Rosh Hashanah custom of dipping an apple in honey and saying a prayer for a sweet new year. Outdoor children's activities and more. Masks required.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free, but donations appreciated & preregistration requested. 971-0990, [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Season Kickoff: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Family-friendly musical performances and improv. Refreshments. Also, the chance to learn about A2CT's upcoming season.
322 W. Ann. Free., [map]

 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Fall Mushroom Hunt": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected and learn whether it's edible or not. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Preregistration required; space limited to 30. Recreation passport required. 475-3170. [map]

 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sunday in the Park": Active Against ALS.

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An afternoon of social activities, including kickball, wiffleball, and other sports, as well as an obstacle course, scavenger hunt, and other games. Also, yoga led by an instructor TBA. Raffle. Baked goods and beverages for sale.
Burns Park at Wells and Baldwin, adjacent to Burns Park School. Free, but donations accepted.,

 2 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]

 3 p.m. 

"Citizen Kane": Fathom Events.

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(Orson Welles, 1941). 80th anniversary showing of this perennial nominee as the best film of all time, a story of the rise and fall of a dashing, devil-may-care newspaper baron and eventual mogul who reveals his greatest treasure on his deathbed.
Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500).

 3 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]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Dady and Nuvi Mehta: EMU Music Department.

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EMU piano professor emeritus Dady Mehta and his son, violinist Nuvi Mehta, perform music by Beethoven.
Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-4380.

 4-5:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Mexico's Early Cookbooks": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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L.A.-based food historian Maite Gomez-Rejón discusses (via Zoom) the first printed Mexican cookbooks during the century between its independence and its early 20th-century revolution, touching on shifting attitudes towards food from a marker of social status to a tool for creating national identity.
For URL preregister at Free.

 4 p.m. 

"The Quoddy Fold": Ann Arbor Film Festival Presents.

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(Paulette Phillips, 2019). Intimate portrayal of the director, a Canadian artist, working on a derelict coastal home. Also, the short animated film Stunting Cunts.
State Theatre. For tickets ($10.50 general admission; students, seniors, and U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; AAFF members & MTF Gold Members, free), see

 5:30-9 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]

 6:00pm  Free!  Online 

Yoga Flow & Restorative: Rec & Ed.

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Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 2 - 5. Unwind after a long day. Balance your whole body, calm your mind, and lift your spirit with this mind-body practice done to soothing music. Flowing poses improve stamina, strength, flexibility, balance, and body alignment. Restorative poses promote flexibility and mindfulness. Please have a yoga mat and water bottle to enjoy this virtual class from the convenience of your own home! Practice is done barefoot. Instructor: Chelsea Cendrowski, RYT 200, over 10 years experience. 1 class.
Online. Free. Online. 734-994-2300.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Concert: Chelsea Chamber Players.

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This local ensemble performs Jean-Baptiste Barrière's Sonata for Two Cellos in G Major, Mozart's Serenade in G Major (Eine kleine Nachtmusik), Boccherini's Quintet in C Major, and Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C Major. Musicians are violinists Ian Cumming and Paula Elliott, violaist David Schultz, and cellists Sara Cumming and Anthony Elliott.
Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. 475-0433. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Libby York Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Chicago-based quartet led by vocalist & storyteller York makes its local debut with "Something Cool: Singing & Swinging Great American Songbook & Bossa Nova Classics." With guitarist Randy Napoleon, an Ann Arbor native, along with bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Keith Hall. 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]

 10 p.m. or so.  Free! 

Burnout Society Film Club.

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Patio screening of two films each night, with trivia at intermission. 21 & up only. In case of rain, rescheduled to the following Sunday.Tonight: "Psycho Ape!" (Addison Binek, 2020). Small-budget gorefest about a killer gorilla who escapes from the Detroit Zoo, directed by a Michigan native. "King Kong" (John Guillermin, 1976). Remake of the 1933 classic starring Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, & Jessica Lange.
8 Ball Saloon, 208 S. First. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Riders in the Sky

This innovative, often comical Nashville-based quartet of ace musicians has revitalized the genre of the cowboy song. Inspired by the 1930s group the Sons of the Pioneers, they specialize in elaborate harmonizations of cowboy folk songs, western ballads, and sentimental Hollywood versions of the real thing-one of their CDs is a collection of Gene Autry tunes. $25. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: "Celtic Jam."

Traditional Irish tunes on traditional instruments. [venue info]


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