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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 1, 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.

 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
Meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-2096.

 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! 

"Re-Framing Appropriation: Reading, Writing and Depicting Race in Contemporary Poetry": U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers.

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Talk by poet and essayist Paisley Rekdal, whose latest book, Appropriate: A Provocation, addresses a young writer on the subject of cultural appropriation and the tension between literary power and authorial privilege. Presented via Zoom but (public health considerations permitting) possibly also in Angell Hall #3222.
For more information and URL see Free.

 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Splattertown paintball shooting at targets, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $22 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $16 (babies, free). 390-9211. [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 Free.

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Real World Perspectives": U-M Poverty Solutions Fall Speaker Series.

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Every Fri., Sept. 17-Nov. 5. Weekly online lecture series featuring scholars, reporters, and government officials, followed by Q&A. Oct. 1: U-M Organizational Studies professor Jeremy Levine on "Urban Governance, Development and Inequality in Boston." Oct. 8: Duke University Public Policy and Political Science professor Carolyn Barnes on "Low-income Families and the New Welfare State." Oct. 15: U-M Social Work professor Terri Friedline on "Why Financial Technology Won't Save a Broken System." Oct. 22: HuffPost senior national correspondent Jonathan Cohn on "Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage." Oct. 29: University of New Hampshire physics professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein on "A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred," a discussion of racism and sexism in the sciences.
For more information and to preregister see Free.

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Environmental History of the Tiber Valley before Rome, from the Neolithic to the Iron Age": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Flash Talk.

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Postponed from July. Fifteen-minute virtual talk by U-M paleoethnobotanist Laura Motta, followed by Q&A.
For URL see Free.


"I'm Your Man": State Theater.

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Opens Oct. 1 (Maria Schrader, 2021) Clever drama about an archaeologist who agrees to test out an android boyfriend in order to help fund her own project. German, subtitles.
State Theatre. 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. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Artificial Intelligence - An Exciting Introduction": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This study group is suitable for those who are curious about AI, but may not possess the technical background to fully comprehend its scope. We will study and understand AI's present state, past history and mid-term future, its game-changing capabilities, underlying technologies, and its potentially revolutionary implications. As AI continues to gain critical mass, it's going to change forever how we work and live.
The study group will be instructor led, but with plenty of room for robust discussion and respectful debate. Relevant pre-reading / pre-viewing materials (relevant videos, white papers) will be distributed in advance of each session.
Deb Mukherjee has been leading study groups at OLLI since 2012.
This study group will meet on Fridays for five weeks beginning on 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. $30. 734-998-9351.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Gallery Walks: Dutch Treats": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Join us as we visit Ghent and spend time examining Jan van Eyck's great Altarpiece of the Mystic Lamb in St. Bavo's Cathedral. Then we will travel north to Antwerp and spend time with Pieter Breughel the Elder, painter of The Wedding Dance, which graces the walls of our own Detroit Institute of Art.
Moving on to Amsterdam, we will visit the studios of Rembrandt, whose Head of Christ can also be seen at the DIA.

Michael Kapetan leads this course on Fridays October 1 through October 29 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. $30. 734-998-9351.

 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 [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 Free, but donations required.

 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Green Fair: Office of the Mayor/A2ZERO.

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Displays of alternative-fuel vehicles, renewable energy, green building materials, solar energy installations, and other energy conservation products and practices, highlighted by themes surrounding "Environmental Passion = Climate Action." A Green Commute expo includes information and displays about alternative transportation options. Also, hands-on kids activities, birds of prey (weather permitting) from Leslie Science & Nature Center, and information booths, and more.
Main St., Downtown Ann Arbor. Free.

 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 ( 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). [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited to a brief livestreamed Shabbat observance with secular readings, candle lighting, wine rituals, challah, and Yahrzeit observance to remember loved ones.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations accepted. 975-9872.

 6:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea.

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Oct. 1, 15, & 17. All invited to play any type of tabletop game, including board games, role playing, and card games. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
Sweetwaters Downtown, 123 W. Washington. Free. 417-4266. [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Online 

"Perfectly Paired: Apples and Honey": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Deli events coordinator Tessie Ives-Wilson is joined by Deli specialty foods manager Bea Thaman to discuss (via Zoom) what they look for when selecting honey for the shop. At-home tasting kit, with 5-6 different samples, available for pick up for an additional $20.
For URL see $15. 663-3354.

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"First Friday Open Hours for Adults": The Creature Conservancy.

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All ages 18 & up invited to meet a sloth, a tegu, a macaw and a red-footed tortoise. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjacs, and more.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Beauty in Breaking": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Michele Harper joins Michigan Radio's Stateside host April Baer to discuss (via Zoom) her memoir about her experiences as an African American ER physician in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white.
For URL see Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 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. 

Ken Evans: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Oct. 1 & 2. Chicago comic with a snappy delivery and a dry, somewhat warped sense of humor who likes to spar with the audience and riff on his own experience as a cancer survivor. 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, [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. 734-482-7744. [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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Vertigo": Michigan Theater.

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(Alfred Hitchcock, 1958) Mystery thriller that stars James Stewart as a retired police detective who is afraid of heights. 7:30 p.m.
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. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Kanye vs. Drake Night": The Blind Pig.

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Friday Oct. 1st
Kanye Vs Drake Night Dance Party
hosted by DJ Graffiti, Dante LaSalle, Ell, and DJ Cataclysmic
live at the Blind Pig
8pm | 18+
The Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st Street. $10. 7348832131. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"An Evening of Sam Cooke": Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A showcase of this pioneer soul singer's music by his youngest daughter, Carla Cooke, a composer-vocalist whose style, like her father's, ranges across gospel, R&B, soul, and pop genres.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance at or 665-8558 (leave a message with your name, performance date, & # of tickets), and at the door. [map]

 8 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]

 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]

 10 p.m. 

"Akira": Michigan Theater.

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(Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988) Anime classic about a bike gang leader who saves a friend involved in a secret government project. Japanese, subtitles.
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. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Tom Rush

One of the seminal figures of the 60s folk boom, Rush made his mark as a convincing interpreter of other people's songs. His 1966 Elektra LP Take a Little Walk with Me was a key step in bridging the gap between folk and rock, with its revelatory covers of rock 'n' roll classics by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Buddy Holly. His next album, The Circle Game, introduced material by such previously unknown songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor, as well as superb originals like "No Regrets." Apart from his unimpeachable taste in material, Rush's main strength is his distinctive blues-derived vocal style, a ruggedly elegiac New Hampshire tenor that manages to project at once an inconsolable sense of loss and a resilient sense of humor. $33-$50. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Joey DeFrancesco Trio

Oct. 1 & 2. The son of the great jazz organist Papa John DeFrancesco, this veteran prodigy from Philadelphia is widely recognized as the best of the current generation of jazz organists. By turns soulful, funky, and groove-oriented, his playing displays unbelievable chops, and he approaches all the material in his varied repertoire of standards and originals with superabundant energy. Tonight he showcases material form a new CD, More Music. $100 includes dinner. 6 & 8:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Latin Night

DJ dance party. [venue info]

Club Above: Latin Night

DJ dance party. [venue info]

Dreamland Theater: Confusion Reactor

Ypsilanti band, led by guitarist and electronic musician Thomas Barton, that plays experimental psychedelic music drawing on influences ranging from Captain Beefheart to Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream. Opener: Greg Teachout, a local composer & multi-instrumentalist whose dark quasi-lounge music draws upon an eclectic array of influences from Scripture to Nick Cave. 7 p.m. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]


TBA. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: She-Bop

Local girl-group-style trio of singer-guitarist Laurie Lounsbury, singer-French hornist Morgan Lamonica, and a new lead vocalist TBA. With guitarist Johnny Rasmussen, bassist Al Kalaf, and drummer T. Kinks Heiss. [venue info]


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