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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 24, 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. levickas@hotmail.com https://www.instagram.com/creal_microgallery/ [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 aabts.org.
Meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-2096.


 9:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Picture a Scientist": U-M Institute for the Research of Women & Gender.

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Virtual screening of this 2020 documentary about challenges facing women in the sciences. Followed by a panel discussion.
For URL see irwg.umich.edu. 764-9537. 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. gtom@emich.edu https://www.emugalleries.org [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Writers Unlimited": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Participants present their short stories, novels, essays, or poems to be read in class. Fellow writers give constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement. Participants submit their writing to all other participants in advance of the Friday meeting. Constructive comments are offered after each reading.
Discussion leader Jerry Janusz has been a member of this group for thirteen years.
This study group will meet on Fridays for forty-nine weeks beginning on September 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. $90. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 10-11 a.m.  Online  Hybrid 

"Writing Climate Crisis": Zell Visiting Writers Series Craft Lecture.

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Poet Brian Teare, whose work frequently explores our individual complicity with climate change, discusses the problems of writing about a crisis that challenges our sense of scale and our anthropocentrism. Capacity limited; livestream available at tinyurl.com/ZellWriters.
Angell Hall #3222, 435 S. State. Free. [map]


 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. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


 Noon - 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Indivar Dutta-Gupta: U-M Poverty Solutions Fall Speaker Series.

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A virtual conversation with the co-executive director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty & Inequality (GCPI), which works to develop and advance policy recommendations that alleviate poverty and inequality, advance racial and gender equity, and expand economic inclusion.
For more information and to preregister see bit.ly/umpovertysolutionsfall2021.


 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 info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 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 TempleBethEmeth.org. Free.


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Stopping the Prison Pipeline: The Importance of Youth Justice Advocacy": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Lunch & Learn.

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Livestream talk by Mary King, a consultant for the Michigan Center for Youth Justice and the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/stopprisonpipeline. Free. LunchAndLearn@lwvAnnArbor.org.


 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, info.tswp@umich.edu. [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Online 

"The Story of the Protein NLRP3": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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How Does a Single Protein Molecule Cause An Array of Diseases? Instructor Jie Xu will leave the discussion of the powerful story of the protein NLRP3
This study group will meet on Fridays on September 24 and October 1. 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. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Silver & Gold New Insights to Wire Formation": U-M Earth and Environmental Sciences Department Smith Lecture.

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Miami University (OH) mineralogy professor John Rakovan discusses (via Zoom) his work on the growth of the unusual ropelike crystalline structures of gold or silver that have eluded understanding for centuries.
For URL see events.umich.edu/event/83652. Free.


 5-10 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 BlastCornMaze.com/hours-pricing. [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 MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive. Free, but donations required.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Field Hockey.

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U-M has home games this month against Ball State (Sept. 10, 7 p.m.), MSU (Sept 24, 6 p.m.) and Kent State (Sept. 26, 1 p.m.). See mgoblue.com for masking and vaccination requirements.
Ocker Field, 1202 S. State. Free. 764-0247. [map]


 6-9 p.m. 

"Swing into September: Power in the Pandemic": Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan Fundraiser.

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Strolling supper and silent auctions. Wine & beer. Also, state representative Stephanie Chang is honored for her work as a community organizer.
1100 Victors Way ste. 10. $125 (by September 1, $100) in advance only at WomensCenterSEmi.org/events/sis21 or 973-6779. [map]


 6:15 p.m. 

Slow Flow Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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This yoga class will help you find the space between poses while still retaining the gentle rhythm of a flow yoga class. Slow Flow classes are a combination of Vinyasa Flow and Hatha yoga, with fewer transitions than a typical Vinyasa yoga class. 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!
Pre-register on our website (www.motathaiyoga.com) 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. $15 drop in (or package prices). motathaiyoga@yahoo.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Journalist Ann Hagedorn talks (via Zoom) about her latest book, a deeply researched profile of George Koval, an Iowa-born Soviet spy who used his connections in the military and academia to infiltrate the American atomic weapons program after WWII.
For URL see LiteratiBookstore.com/event/2021-09. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7:30 p.m. 

Nathan Timmel: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 24 & 25. Stand-up comic from L.A. known for his edgy observational humor about marriage and family life. 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, aaComedy.com. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Fri.-Sun. Six different recently refurbished scary attractions-a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more-bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Recommended for age 12 & up.
Wiard's Orchards, Inc., 5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti. $18 for access to one attraction (multi-area passes, $39.99 & $49.99) in advance only. HauntedHouseMichigan.com. 734-482-7744. thill@wiards.com hauntedhousemichigan.com [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Notorious": Michigan Theater.

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(Alfred Hitchcock, 1946). Thriller about a woman asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant. 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 MichiganTheater.org. [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 TheEncoreTheatre.org. 268-6200. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Falling in Love: An AWWtumn Celebration": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Cabaret by local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis and vocalist David Moan, a regular of Dexter's Encore Musical Theatre Company. Mask & proof of vaccination-or negative Covid test within past 72 hours-required.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. For more updates and ticket information, see KerrytownConcertHouse.com. 769-2999. [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 TheatreNova.org and at the door. 635-8450, a2theatreNova@gmail.com. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Fastball: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Veteran Austin alt-rock trio, formerly the Magneto U.S.A., known for their upbeat pop-oriented melodies and whimsical lyrics.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance at GreenWoodCoffeeHouse.org or 665-8558 (leave a message with your name, performance date, & # of tickets), and at the door. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ark: Will Sheff and Damien Jurado

Double bill. The frontman of the acclaimed Austin-based indie country-rock band Okkervil River, Sheff is a New Hampshire-bred singer-songwriter known for his brainy, emotionally charged, almost novelistic lyrics, and Jurado is an indie rock singer-songwriter from Seattle whose new CD, The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, is a collection of 10 story songs about people determined not to be broken by their dire circumstances. $25. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Black Note Graffiti

Local progressive metal and alt-rock quintet that tonight is celebrating the release of a vinyl LP. Openers: ZZava, an Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quartet, and Electric Huldra, a local stoner rock trio. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Walter White Quintet

Jazz ensemble led by Detroit trumpeter-composer White. Detroit Free Press writer Charlie Hunt describes White's playing as "darkly incantatory, furiously intense, risk-laden, harmonically astute, rhythmically free, with roiling passion tempering a sharp intellect." [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: Reeds & Steel Reeds & Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of duo of singer and harmomica player Michael May and a guitarist TBA. [venue info]

Mash: Twenty TwentyFour Duo

Duo from this Toledo ensemble whose music is an eclectic, danceable mix of jazz, funk, R&B, soul, and rock. [venue info]

Session Room: Naked Ace

Local 11-piece rock, blues, and soul cover band. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Turner Luce

Local Americana singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Spontaneous Jammers

New local rock 'n' roll band. [venue info]

 
 


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