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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

Cowgirl Blues- an exhibition of prints by Marjorie Gaber: Creal Microgallery.

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Creal Microgallery is pleased to present "Cowgirl Blues," an exhibition of risograph prints by Michigan-based illustrator and comic artist Marjorie Gaber. The works in this exhibition feature a character pulled from the Mythological American West- a contemplative pioneer, a rugged independent, and a fixture in Gaber's psyche-- the cowgirl.
According to Gaber, "Cowgirls have this strange magical air to them; like cowboys they have this association with rugged individualism and a kind of charismatic folksiness to them, but there's something special about the cowgirl. Something untouchable and aspirational, but vulnerable too." These prints, based on Gaber's comic illustrations, explore a range of ideas on the cowgirl identity in ways that are both playful and philosophical-- who is this mythological character and how does she succeed or fail at, well... at being?
Creal Microgallery, Creal Crescent. Free. 7187837837.

 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.-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Senior Living Week Expo": Housing Bureau for Seniors.

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Sept. 27-30 (various times). The 22nd annual Senior Living & Housing Awareness Week features livestream talks exploring a variety of housing issues for seniors. Also, open houses at senior housing communities around the county.
For a complete schedule of workshops (preregistration required), see 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Mon.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Tues. & Wed.), & 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thurs.), various locations. Preregister at Free.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Michigan History Series": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online. Join us as we explore Michigan history with the Historical Society of Michigan. Multiple "History Hounds" presentations will be available each month. This series is free to all members who register.
Coming Attractions:
Tuesday, Sept 28. Sitting Down to Stand Up: the Flint Strike.
Tuesday, Oct 5. Keep 'Em Fighting: Chris Craft's Contribution to WWII.
Tuesday Oct. 19. General Alger's Railroad.
More to come each month, to be announced in the OLLI "This Week" emails. You must register to receive the HSM password for each presentation. Attend as many as you like. This series is brought to you by an OLLI donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Various speakers lead this course on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays and 2nd Wednesdays: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Tuesdays) and 7:00 - 8:00 pm (Wednesdays). 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. Free. Online. 734-998-9351.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Modern Monumentality: Sculptural Attitudes in Post-1949 China": U-M Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lecture Series.

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Livestream talk by Dallas Museum of Art contemporary art curator Vivian Li, a specialist in postwar and contemporary art in Asia.
For URL preregister at Free.

 12:30 p.m. 

Bridge Class: R.G. Enterprises via City of Ann Arbor at Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge class on Bridge for Beginners begins 9/14 and runs 13 weeks with no class on 11/2. Time is 12:30pm-2:00pm. Students need to buy the text "Bidding in the 21st Century" by Audrey Grant. Register via phone or in person or online at Ann Arbor Senior Center. For questions, call the Center at 734-794-6250 or email instructor at Masks required.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $130 members, $156 non-members. 7347693994. [map]

 1-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kids in the Kitchen": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer demonstrates (via Zoom) how to make matcha mochi, a sweet and savory Japanese treat flavored with green tea leaves. Geared towards kids grades K-5.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 4:30-5:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Epistolary Revolution in Chosŏn Korea": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Colloquium Series.

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Livestream talk by Emory University Korean studies professor Hwisang Cho on the transformation of literary practices in Korea from the 16th to early 20th centuries.
For URL preregister at Free.

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Online 

or URL preregister at Free.

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Deli chocolate specialist Jennie B. discusses (via Zoom) her favorite combinations of international chocolates paired with chilis and other spices. At-home tasting kit, with 5-6 different samples, available for pickup for an additional $20.
For URL see $15. 663-3354.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Skazat! Poetry Series.

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Online reading by the widely acclaimed Milford poet and essayist Thomas Lynch, who's been a Milford undertaker since the 1970s. His insightful writing fuses the intellectual and the personal, covering everything from growing up in an Irish-American, postwar-baby-booming suburban family and readying his father's body for burial to his reverence for secular and spiritual texts. Preceded by an open mic.
For URL preregister at Free. 223-3165.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Taiko Tuesday: Rec & Ed.

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Ages: 16 - Adult. Taiko is an empowering art form rooted in Japanese traditional music and reimagined in the Midwest today as part of a growing cultural movement and expanding community in North America and around the world. If you don't know what taiko drumming is or are curious to learn more, try out the free session that includes a demo and opportunity to try it for yourself! Bachi (sticks) are provided for people to try during the class. Per current City of Ann Arbor policy, all participants and staff will need to wear a mask while indoors. Instructor: Eileen Ho from the Great Lakes Taiko Center (GLTC). 1 class. Pre-registration is required.
Eberbach Cultural Arts Building. Free. 734-994-2300.

 7-9 p.m. or so  Online 

"Bluegrass Jam Circle": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome. Masks required. For updates, see
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. Masks required. For updates, see [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Transformers": Fathom Events.

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(Nelson Shin, 1986). Robots attempt to retake their planet from evil forces.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"First Date Stories: Women's Romantic and Ridiculous Midlife Adventures": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Blogger and podcaster Jodi Klein is joined by NYC-based storyteller-comedian Robin Gelfenbein to discuss (via Zoom) her new book, an anthology, by turns hilarious and horrific, of experiences from the over-40 dating scene.
For URL see Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Adrian + Meredith

Postpunk Americana duo whose music incorporates elements of folk, polka, and swing. Free; nonperishables for Food Gatherers accepted. [venue info]

Blue LLama: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Elspeth Tremblay & the Treatment

Ensemble led by Michigan-based Australian indie pop-folk singer- songwriter Tremblay. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: John Remmers

Local ragtime pianist. 4-6 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this veteran local ensemble led by trombonist Terry Kimura. [venue info]


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