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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 29, 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.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"'Flourish': Boot Camp for Difficult Times": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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"Flourish" by Martin E.P. Seligman - A must read for those wanting to understand how we thrive.
"The book is full of nuggets about why positive approaches work."
"An interesting and hope-inducing read with real-world application."
Seligman's approach is to take psychology from its traditional role in alleviating misery and broaden it into a solid research-based guidebook to wellbeing -- teaching us how to be wiser, stronger, more generous to others, more self-disciplined, and more capable of dealing with difficulty and rejection. Seligman asks, what is it that enables you to cultivate your talents, to build deep, lasting relationships with others, to feel pleasure, and to contribute meaningfully to the world? In a word, what is it that allows you to flourish?
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for six weeks beginning on 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 s
This Study Group will be online. Online. $35. 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 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.

 10:30 a.m. 

The Paul Keller Jazz Trio: Society for Musical Arts.

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Jazz bassist Keller is joined by vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and pianist Adam Mosley to perform a program of arrangements from the Great American Songbook. Followed by a meet-the-artists lunch ($15).
Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; groups of 5 or more, $10 each; students with ID, $5). Lunch reservations required by calling 662-3279. Info:, 995-4417. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon.  Free! 

"Succeeding in Remote-hybrid Work with Tsedal Neeley": Center for Positive Organizations Positive Links Speaker Series.

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Remote or hybrid work is not new-domestic and global companies have had virtual work arrangements for nearly 30 years. However, the rapid and unprecedented changes brought on by COVID-19 have accelerated these transitions, requiring the wholesale migration of nearly entire companies to remote work in a matter of weeks, leaving managers and employees scrambling to adjust. Based on nearly two decades of experience working with virtual and global teams, Neeley provides evidence-based answers to the most pressing questions about how teams can feel more connected and be well-prepared to deliver optimal results.
Tsedal Neeley is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Her work focuses on how leaders can scale their organizations by developing and implementing global and digital strategies. She regularly advises top leaders who are embarking on virtual work and large scale-change that involves global expansion, digital transformation, and b
Virtual. Free.

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Unprecedented: The Expansion of the Social Safety Net During the Covid Era and Its Impacts on Poverty and Hardship": U-M Institute for Social Research.

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A Zoom talk with U-M social work professor H. Luke Shaefer, the U-M Poverty Solutions initiative director.
For URL see Free.

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Wed. Group conversation about aging, generations, and related topics, facilitated by local playwright and oral historian Hank Greenspan, a retired U-M psychology professor.
Register online at Free. 734-998-9351.

 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Teen Pride Book Talk: Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer discusses Adiba Jaigirdar's new young adult novel, Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating. It's an insightful, swoon-y coming-of-age story about 2 schoolmates-the only brown girls in their class-who agree to help each other with their studies, all the while developing feelings for one another. Recommended for ages 14 & up.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Guild Meeting: Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild.

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Last Wed. of every month except for holidays. We enjoy creating quilts with a modern look-and-feel and welcome quilters at all levels of expertise. You can be an expert quilter or just be someone who loves modern quilts or just want to find out more about them. Questions welcome, help available. For meeting info visit: or First meeting is free, subsequent meetings $10 (members, free).
Zoom. Free. Online. https//

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Online 

"Bar 101: Bitters": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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A hands-on evening of taste samplings of 3 Hella Cocktail Co. (NY) bitters, both on their own and mixed into 3 different cocktails that are paired with a light appetizer, entrè​​e, and dessert course. Non-alcoholic options.
Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $60. 663-3354. [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 p.m. 

"Carrie": Fathom Events.

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(Brian De Palma, 1976). Acclaimed horror film about a shy 16-year-old with a fanatically religious mother.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"How Communities Can Promote their Interests in Michigan's Redistricting: Lessons Learned": U-M Ford School of Public Policy Center for Local, State, & Urban Policy Lecture Series.

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Virtual panel discussion with Bridge Michigan capitol reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltran, Tufts University Redistricting Lab founder Moon Duchin, New Michigan Media director Hayg Oshagan, and local digital marketing entrepreneur Bob Chunn, who helped make, a set of software solutions which helps communities draw redistricting maps. The executive director of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, Sue Hammersmith, speaks about public input and the mapping process.
For URL see Free. 764-3490.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Voices from the Pandemic: Americans Tell Their Stories of Crisis, Courage and Resilience": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow discusses (by way of Zoom) his latest book, a collection of interviews with everyday Americans about their experiences in the recent pandemic that details the broad range of responses to the crisis while shining light on fault lines that divide the nation.
For URL see Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog": Michigan Theater.

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(Alfred Hitchcock, 1926). A jealous detective acuses a lodger of murder. Ivor Novello, Malcolm Keen. 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 [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Concert Band: U-M School of Music.

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Courtney Snyder conducts this student ensemble. Program TBA. Masks required.
Hill Auditorium. Free. 763-3333. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Choir! Choir! Choir!

Traditional choral arrangements of pop songs by this international touring vocal ensemble from Toronto that started in 2011 as a weekly drop-in singing event. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Men I Trust

All ages admitted. Montreal dreampop quintet fronted by vocalist Emmanuelle Proulx. Opener: Michael Seyer, a young L.A.-bred dream pop singer-songwriter. $18-$22. 8:30 p.m.- midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Tumbao Bravo

Veteran local Afro-Cuban jazz band led by multi-instrumental reeds player Paul VornHagen. [venue info]


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