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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 30, 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.

 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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Chinese Mah Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thursday.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 10 a.m.-6 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. 

"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.  Online 

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

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Informal virtual meeting following the Thursday Morning Lecture (see Nov. 4, 11 & 18) to share impressions and ask questions.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see or call 998-9351.

 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]

 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]

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Paisley Rekdal: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This poet and essayist reads from her latest book, Appropriate: A Provocation. It addresses a young writer on the subject of cultural appropriation and the tension between literary power and authorial privilege. She has also recently published Nightingale, a new collection of poems reimagining the myths of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Followed by a Q&A. Capacity limited. Livestream available at
UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Strategies and Celebrations for LGBT Business Owners: A Panel Discussion": The Entrepreneurship Center at WCC and Ypsilanti District Library.

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Hear from LGBT business owners in this virtual program on strategies for moving your business forward in the current business climate, recent successes, and to learn specifics about the benefits of becoming an LGBTBE certified business. For aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners alike. Presented on Zoom in partnership with the Ypsilanti District Library.
Kirsten Ussery, Co-owner, Detroit Vegan Soul - Moderator
Kevin Terrell Heard, Founder, Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce - Panelist
Bill Calhoun, Owner, iCode Innovation, an NGLCC (LGBT) Certified company - Panelist
Learn more about the presenters and register here:
Zoom, online event. Free. Online.

 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.

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Prairie Sunset Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike through a prairie remnant near the river. Masks strongly recommended.
Burns-Stokes Preserve, Zeeb at the Huron River just south of Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free, but preregistration required by emailing

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: Before / During / After": National Alliance on Mental Illness Washtenaw County.

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Are you unsure of what to do when you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis? This three-part webinar series will cover early intervention, what to do during a crisis, and what recovery looks like after. Each topic will be discussed by a NAMI WC peer, a CMH representative, and an expert Michigan Medicine Psychiatry with time for Q&A from the audience.
Online Webinar Series. 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 & 10 p.m. 

"After We Fell": Fathom Events.

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(Castille Landon, 2021). Romantic drama about a young couple trying to pursue their careers.
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 

"Differences between Japan and China: Perspectives from Japanese Journalism, 1980-Present": U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Livestream talk by Japanese journalist Seichiro Aso on his work in China and the political and cultural differences between the 2 countries.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Handmade in Cuba: The Artists' Books of Rolando Estévez": U-M Library.

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A Zoom lecture by U-M anthropology professor Ruth Behar on the renowned creator of more than 500 handmade books, exploring the meaning of such volumes in an increasingly digital society.
For URL see Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Free. 998-1413.

 7:30 p.m. 

Cirque Italia.

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Sept. 30-Oct. 3. The action is this traveling "water circus" commences with the discovery of a treasure map by Ringmaster "Clown Rafinha," which ensues in a treasure hunt featuring simulated storms on the high seas, angelic aerialists, pirate fights with swashbucklers balancing upside down on a rum barrel and juggling knives, and more. Social distancing maintained; masks required for age 3 & up.
1:30 p.m. (Sat.& Sun.), 4:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), & 7:30 p.m.(Thurs.-Sat.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $10-$40 in advance at and by phone at 941-704-8572. [map]

 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.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]

  7:30 p.m. 

"Nora: A Doll's House": U-M Theatre Department.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 10. Malcolm Tulip directs Stef Smith's 2019 adaptation of the once controversial Henrik Ibsen play about a middle-aged housewife's struggles for financial and emotional independence. In this retelling, the title character is split into 3 separate iterations living in different time periods. As they embark upon parallel paths, each is confronted by their respective eras' shifting cultural expectations for women.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 on sale starting Sept. 2 (students with ID, $13) in advance at 764-2538. [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.  Free! 

Faculty Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Featuring violinist Kathryn Votapek and pianist Amy I. Cheng. Program TBA. Masks required.
Stamps Auditorium. 1226 Murfin. Free. 763-3333.

 8-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Maker Show and Tell": All Hands Active.

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All invited to discuss via Zoom, in 5 minutes or so, an electronic or other hands-on project that you've made, modified, or hacked in some way, or what you'd like to be working on or what you want help with. Listeners welcome.
For URL see Free, but donations welcome.

 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:


Ark: Iris Dement

This beloved idiosyncratic country-folk singer-songwriter writes simple, affectingly homespun lyrics about lust, forgiveness, heaven, home, and other fundamentals, and she sings in a warbling, pure soprano that soars and dives with a captivatingly unforced emotional authority. $35. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Cas Haley

All ages admitted.. Reggae-inflected folk-rock by this Texas singer-songwriter who recently won Lincoln Motor Company's "Chart Your Course" competition. Opener: Dacota Muckey & the Trip, an Indianapolis psychedelic blues-rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. $18. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Sean Dobbins Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by drummer Dobbins. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: McLaughlin's Alley

Detroit Irish-tinged pop-rock quintet fronted by sibling singer- songwriters Tina and Maureen Paraventi. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: "Open Mike."

All acoustic musicians invited. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Shoot the Messenger

Versatile honky-tonk band led by singer-bassist Chris Goerke. The band's huge repertoire includes blues, country, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, and R&B. With singer-guitarist Steve Newhouse and singer- drummer Tom Twiss. Tonight is (former) USPS employee Newhouse's retirement party. [venue info]


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