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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 22, 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]

 9-11 a.m.  Online 

"Mysteries in Our Cosmic Backyard: What We Do and Do Not Know About the Solar System": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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There is a common misconception, even among some astronomers, that there is little left to discover in our Solar System. However, many mysteries still remain even about our cosmic backyard. Do we have another, hidden planet? Was there life on Venus, Mars, or even an icy ocean moon?
We will cover recent, exciting research from the Sun to beyond Pluto, as well as any questions you have about the Solar System. This study group will last for 13 weeks and will be a combination of online lectures and student-driven discussions/learning. No previous math, physics, or astronomy knowledge is required.
Larissa Markwardt is a 5th year graduate student at UM. She studies special asteroids called Trojans, which are orbital companions to most of our planets.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for 13 weeks beginning on September 22. 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.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351.

 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]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Staying Safe With Your Computer and Phone": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Two fun and productive sessions to help you put an end to your computer and smartphone fears and enjoy your technology more. During the first session, we will examine how to browse the internet safely, avoid being tracked by advertisers, and stop malware dead in its tracks.
During the second session, we will focus on how to get all of your passwords under control and improve password security. We'll also take a look at the latest computer and phone scams that plague our society and how to avoid them.
A long-time technology educator, study group leader Jim Keen holds a B.A. (communications) and an M.A. (educational studies) from the University of Michigan. He currently owns and operates Keen Focus Technology Tutoring.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays on September 22 and September 29. 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.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $15. 734-998-9351.

 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 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  Free! 

"Community Town Hall: Poverty, Racism and Trauma": United Way Washtenaw County.

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The Community Townhall: Poverty, Racism, and Trauma is a discussion between subject matter experts on the impacts that poverty, racism, and trauma have had on our community. These are the root causes of many of the issues we see today.
We will also be joined by representatives from both the private and public sectors that work with our community. Through their stories, we will explore the root causes of Racism, Poverty, and Trauma in Washtenaw County and learn collectively how to be a part of the solution.
The Community Townhall will be on Wednesday, September 22nd from 12:00pm - 12:45pm. This online event is free to the public.
Virtual. Free.

 Noon  Free! 

"First Birthday (Virtual) Party": Foundations of Wellness for Women.

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Join us for the Foundations of Wellness for Women's First Birthday Party. It's free (registration required) and it will be fun - games, door prizes (a free pass to our Oct. retreat and our Nov. conversation), a Virtual Goodie Bag - and more!

We are grateful for the community we've built, and we want to celebrate with all of you. Feel free to spread the word and bring as many friends as you like to the Celebration. Register for free at the link below to get the Zoom info.
virtual. Free. (734) 418-2188.

 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-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.

 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-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Back to School Drive-Thru Event.": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Pick up themed goodie bags, snacks, and beverages to take home.
AASC, 1320 Baldwin Ave., 794-6250. [map]

 Noon-12:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Community Town Hall: Poverty, Racism, and Trauma": United Way Washtenaw County.

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Virtual panel discussion with representatives TBA from both the private and public sectors that work directly with affected populations in the county. Q&A.
For URL see Free.

 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]

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Caravans, Cultures, and Chinggis Khan along the Silk Route": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
The Silk Route is a collection of pathways that link China to Vienna, Istanbul, Baghdad, and India across the Inner Asian steppe and desert. During our meetings participants will discuss the Silk Route as a cultural conduit, on the one hand, as the source of empire and technologies, on the other, and look at specific examples of cultural dissemination.
The Silk Route has provided some of the most engaging and best written volumes of travel literature. There will be no required readings, but students may enjoy Owen Lattimore's The Desert Road to Turkestan, or the Franciscan William of Rubruck's account of his journey to Karakorum in 1255, where he found a Parisian goldsmith preparing a soft drink dispenser for the Khan.
Rudi Lindner leads this course on Wednesdays September 22 through October 27 from 1:00 - 3:00 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 class.
Online. Online. $35. 734-998-9351.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"The Origin and Evolution of Earth I": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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The class will follow Earth from the Big Bang to the formation of continents using Robert Hazen's excellent DVD lectures from the Teaching Company supplemented with the latest findings. We'll view two 30 minute lectures per class, each followed by 20 minutes for questions and discussion. (The full course has 48 lectures; we'll cover the first 24 in the fall with the final 24 in the spring.)
Study group leader Dick Chase has worked 27 years as a research physicist for Ford and taught physics at several levels. At OLLI, he has taught 20 science courses and led 5 book discussion groups.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for twelve weeks beginning on September 22 (no class on November 24). 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.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351.

 1 3 p.m.  Online 

"Virgil's Aeneid": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute *50+).

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We will read and discuss this famous Roman epic poem (Robert Fagles' translation, Penguin Classics), which has been a key part of the Western canon for centuries. In addition, we will read and/or watch later interpretations of the hero Aeneas and his ill-fated love affair with Queen Dido.
Study group leader, Marilyn Scott, has led many OLLI study groups and has taught the Aeneid in Latin.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for seven weeks beginning on September 22. 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.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351.

 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 Free. 734-998-9351.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Field Hockey vs. Ohio State (Exhibition).

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

 3:30-5 p.m.  Online 

"Working in Clay: The Motawi Tileworks Story": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Afternoons with OLLI.

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Motawi founder and creative director Nawal Motawi discusses (via Zoom) her local company's history, creative process, and business strategy. First of 4 monthly lectures on a variety of subjects.
For URL preregister at $60 for the series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.

 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). 548-9729. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Evening Equinox Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike to look for signs of fall. Masks strongly recommended.
Fox Science Center, 2240 Peters Rd. Free, but preregistration required by emailing [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Science of Mind Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of Science of Mind via Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270.

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Artist/Curator Talk with Rashaun Rucker and Amanda Krugliak: U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Detroit artist Rashaun Rucker talks to curator Amanda Krugliak about "Never Free to Rest," Rucker's exhibition at the Institute for the Humanities Gallery. "Never Free to Rest" (Sept 13 - Oct 15) compares the life and origins of the rock pigeon to the stereotypes and myths of the constructed identities of Black men in the United States of America.
Institute for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer St. Free. 734-936-3518. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Autumnal Equinox Celebration: Michigan Friends Center.

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Bonfire with singing, storytelling, and discussion. Bring a favorite verse, story, song, or bit of seasonal lore to share. Also bring a flashlight, wear long sleeves, and dress for the weather. Vaccines required.
Michigan Friends Center, 1000 Long Lake Rd., Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested at or 475-0942. [map]

 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 Free. 926-8863.

 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, [map]

 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
(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 if you have any questions.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word over Zoom": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

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Double bill reading. Veteran Michigan poet Laurence W. Thomas is the author of several collections, including his latest The Cottage, A Little of This, and Spindrift, and the editor of the literary journal Third Wednesday. Ed Werstein is an award-winning Wisconsin poet whose eclectic free-verse poems address everything from current social justice issues to fighting the urge to sleep while reading a good book. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mic.
7-8:45 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email Free. [map]

 7 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).

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"What's New with AAUW?": American Association of University Women-Ann Arbor.

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Livestream open house during which members discuss the club's various interest groups. Also, a chance for new and returning members to sign up for groups and projects.
For URL see Free. (844) 973-6287.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Electric Cars: Past, Present, and Future": Salem Area Historical Society.

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Talk by Henry Ford Heritage Association member Russell Doré. Q&A.
South Salem Stone School, 7991 N. Territorial. $2 (members, free). [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Adrian Slywotzky conducts this student orchestral ensemble. Program TBA. Masks Required.
Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-2538. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Open Stage

All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up (doors open 7:30 p.m.) to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark. $3 (members, seniors, & students, $2). [venue info]

Blind Pig: Tank & the Bangas

All ages admitted. Widely acclaimed New Orleans fronted by vocalist Tamona "Tank" Ball whose music absorbs hip-hop, soul, rock, and spoken word idioms. $10-$25. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Cuarteto Escobar

Latin dance music drawn from the cultural history of Latin America by this ensemble of members of the Detroit-based Cuban salsa outfit Grupo Escobar. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Elderly Brothers

A mix of pop. Jazz, and Latin music by this versatile local band that includes members of the West Park Music Society. [venue info]


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