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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 23, 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]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

Bach's Ornamentation": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Lecture-demo by U-M harpsichord professor emeritus Edward Parmentier on suggestions for teaching and playing Bach's ornaments-especially trills-using the French Suites as examples.
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. [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]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Canada and the United States: Unidentical Twins": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 23-Oct. 28. A series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) contrasting the United States and Canada. Sept. 23: McGill University political science professor Daniel Béland on "Unidentical Twins: Revisiting the Continental Divide." Sept. 30: University of Toronto political science professor Christopher Cochrane on "Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Government in the United States and Canada." Oct. 7: Johns Hopkins University Canadian studies professor Christopher Sands on "Trading Up? U.S. Trade with Canada 32 Years After the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement." Oct. 14: U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki on "Religion, Secularism, and Nationalism in Québec." Oct. 21: ​​​​Dalhousie University (Halifax) aboriginal law and policy professor Naiomi Metallic on "Canada and Indigenous Peoples: Where Are We?" Oct. 28: University of Toronto health policy professor Gregory P. Marchildon on "Beyond Fear and Loathing: Comparing the U.S. and Canadian Health Systems."
For URL preregister at $60 for the 6-lecture series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.

 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-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.  Online 

"Lunch Bunch.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Informal virtual meeting following the Thursday Morning Lecture (see Sept.23 & Sept. 30) to share impressions and ask questions.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see or call 998-9351.

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Special Duty: A History of the Japanese Intelligence Community": U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Livestream talk by MIT Center for International Studies director Richard J. Samuels.
For URL preregister at Free.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Current Events, Law, Policy, and Politics": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
In 2021, for the first time in Michigan history, an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is drawing the boundaries of Michigan's state legislative and U.S. congressional districts with input from the public.
Our speaker, Professor Kevin Deegan-Krause, from Voters Not Politicians will explain how the new redistricting process has worked, who has participated, where things stand right now, and what to expect when the Commission completes the new redistricting in January 2022.
Kevin Deegan-Krause leads this course on Thursday September 23 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 session.
Online. Online. $10. 734-998-9351.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Fall Open House: International Neighbors.

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Vaccinated area women invited to join women from more than 60 countries to learn about and sign up for various activities throughout the year, including beginning and intermediate English conversation, foreign language discussion groups, tea groups, and special interest groups such as hiking, quilting, and cooking. International Neighbors is a 63-year-old group of local women who welcome women from other countries during their stays in Ann Arbor.
Gallup Park Benard L. Maas Shelter, 3000 Fuller. Free. 545-4091, [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]

 2:15-4:15 p.m.  Online 

"Memoirs and Personal Essays": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This group meets every week from September to June except for holidays. There are no specific assignments. Each writer strives to find his or her own subject matter and stylistic voice. We read our work aloud and discuss it, making constructive suggestions for improvement. The important thing is to write well enough to interest others and to convey our ideas clearly. Participants are expected to read their work regularly. During the pandemic, we will use a combination of email and videoconferencing.
Instructor Eleanor Linn has led this group since 2014. She is a published author.
This study group will meet on Thursdays for thirty-eight weeks beginning on September 23. 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. $85. 734-998-9351.

 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]

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"From Product to Process and Back Again: How Languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, English) and Cultures (Chinese, Japanese, "western") Shape our Ways of Thinking and Being": The Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Professorship in Chinese Studies, Inaugural Lecture.

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Talk by U-M Center for Chinese Studies director Twila Tardif. Livestream available at
Weiser Hall, 500 Church. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

26th Annual Gimme Shelter: Interfaith Hospitality Network of Washtenaw County Fundraiser.

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Dinner and an online silent auction (starting at noon on Sept. 10 through Sept. 23, 8 p.m.). DJ One Tyme - Hero spins records. A benefit for the local family-oriented homeless shelter Alpha House.
Alpha House, 4290 Jackson Rd. $35 per meal; preregistration required by Sept. 13 at 822-0220. [map]

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Business and Government: Diversity, Regulation, and Sustainability": U-M Ford School of Public Policy Center on Finance, Law & Poverty.

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A Zoom talk with UPS international public affairs and sustainability president Penny Naas.
For URL see Free. 764-3490,

 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!  Hybrid 

Brian Teare: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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A critically acclaimed poet whose writing navigates the space between environmental thought, queer experience, and disability reads from and discusses his latest collection, Doomstead Days, a series of walking meditations on our complicity with the climate crisis. Followed by a Q&A. Capacity limited; livestream available at Teare also gives a talk tomorrow (see listing).
UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. [map]

 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.

 7-9 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.  Online 

"Miss Kim Virtual Cooking Demo": Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

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Miss Kim & YMOW staffers lead a hands-on demo (via Zoom) on how to prepare a Korean BBQ meal for 2. All ingredients included in a take-home kit available for pick up the day of the event between 4-6 p.m. at Miss Kim (415 N. 5th).
For URL preregister at $55.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Undermining Racial Justice: How One University Embraced Inclusion and Inequality": U-M Bentley Historical Library Making Michigan Series.

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Texas Tech history professor Matthew Johnson discusses (via Zoom) his recent book on race and admissions at U-M from the 1970s through the 2003 Supreme Court case Gratz v. Bollinger.
For URL preregister at Free. 647-4354.

 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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Smokey Joe's Cafe": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 23-Oct. 10. This local professional company performs this hit 1996 Broadway musical revue that features 39 Lieber & Stoller songs, from "Charlie Brown" and "Poison Ivy" to "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" to "There Goes My Baby" and "Stand by Me."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun. matinee), Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St, Dexter. Tickets (price TBA) in advance at 268-6200. [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:


Blue LLama: Detroit Office of Civil Defense

Jazz ensemble led by local composer-bassist Pat Prouty. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Parsnips

Ypsilanti pop-rock quartet. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Jane Wilson

Jazz trio led by this local pianist. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]


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