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Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 3, 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.-2 p.m. 

44th Annual Show: Huron Valley Bottle and Insulator Club.

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Show and sale of antique glass, including everything from lightning rod balls and canning jars to knoblike glass-and-porcelain telephone and telegraph insulators, one of which sold at a past show for $2,500. Free informal appraisals by vendors. Free bottles and insulators for kids.
Comfort Inn Conference Center, 1645 Commerce Park Dr., Chelsea. $3 (kids 12 & under, free). (248) 627-6351 or [map]

 9 a.m.-noon. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Oct. 2: Dolph Park (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 475 South Wagner, and Fritz Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1407 Russell Rd. Oct. 3: Braun Park (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 1400 Chalmers. Oct. 9: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2800 Verle Rd. Oct. 10: Stapp Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2518 Traverwood Dr. Oct. 16: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3330 N. Dixboro Rd. Oct. 17: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 1866 Newport Rd. Oct. 23: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 650 Beechwood Dr., and Miller Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1518 Arborview Blvd. Oct. 24: Botsford Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3015 Miller. Oct. 30: Gallup Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3225 Gallup Park Rd.
Various times & locations; preregistration required at Free. 794-6627.

 9:40 a.m. 

Donation Morning Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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This class is a great way to begin your day. Wake up your body and mind with slow flow and gentle stretches.
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.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. Register on Eventbrite. 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 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. $10-20 Donation. 7347577213. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Open Studio Exhibition and Sale: Stephenson Ceramic Studio.

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A museum-quality exhibition by two highly skilled Michigan artists installed outdoors on their property, free and open to the public. Stephenson Ceramics is hosting an open studio exhibition and sale of work from John and Susanne Stephenson. Collectors are welcome October 2nd, and 3rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view the studio space and see work installed on the property. All work on display is available for purchase. Guests are welcome by appointment on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a maximum of 50 visitors at a time on the property at once. Please wear a mask at the event. Schedule your visit at
Work available includes free-standing and wall-mounted sculpture, vessels, drawings, functional ware for special occasions, and more. The exhibition will showcase work spanning across John's and Susanne's art careers, evolving through form, texture, and color as they developed independently and influenced one another.
Stephenson Ceramic Studio, 4380 W Waters Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734.395.1540. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Changing Seasons Mindfulness Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle and Mindful City Ann Arbor cofounder Julie Woodward lead a slow to moderately paced hike, with stops along the trail for reflection.
Baker Woods Preserve, 11914 Trinkle Rd., Dexter. Free, but preregistration required by emailing Masks strongly recommended. [map]

 11 a.m.-8 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]

 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]

 11 a.m.  Online 

Slow Burn Vinyasa Flow: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Integrate breath and movement with this Slow Burn Vinyasa class. During this class, there will be a focus on alignment, strength and flexibility. Flow sequences involve holding certain postures to create internal heat, as you build muscle and stamina.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and place your belongings in the cubbies. You will be checked in at the door. Masks are not required, however if you feel more comfortable wearing one during class, feel free.
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. Online. Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,

 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Harvest Time on the Farm": Rentschler Farm Historic Museum.

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Self-guided tours of this century-old family sheep farm, now a museum, with demos of period activities. Crafts, kids activities, lawn games, wagon rides, and more. Food available.
Rentschler Farm, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $1 admission (kids, free). 944-0442. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Michigan (2 & 4 p.m.), including the cougar, opossum, black rat, and snapping turtle. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). Masks required. 929-9324. [map]

 1:30 & 4:30 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]

 2pm-6pm  Free! 

"A2 Community Comons Fun Art Nutrition": A2C2 Initiating Commitee.

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Join together at the Ann Arbor Community Commons for music, fun, art, food and community! The A2C2 Initiating Committee is delighted to bring 3 market festivals to welcome you to the new City Center!
Shop for fine art, food, toys, and more; eat some dinner from local restaurants and food trucks; then learn, play and dance with live food demos, magic and music!
Interested vendors please contact
City Center, 513 Fifth, Ann Arbor, Mi 48104. Free. [map]

 2 p.m. (registration begins at 1 p.m.)  Hybrid 

47th Annual Ann Arbor CROP Hunger Walk.

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A 5-km pledge walk to raise money for hunger relief. State Representative Yousef Rabhi says a few words of encouragement at the send-off, also livestreamed. "Virtual option" available for those who prefer to walk in their own neighborhood.
Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Donation; preregistration available at (313) 804-8861. [map]

 2-10 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

61st U-M Organ Conference.

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Oct. 3-6. Recitals and lectures by U-M Organ Department faculty, students, and other performers. This year's theme is "Passions and Visions: The Future of Organ, Harpsichord, Carillon, and Sacred Music." All events are livestreams; the 4 evening concerts (8 p.m.) are also in person at Hill Auditorium. Today: Lecture by Pipedreams radio show host Michael Barone on "The Forward-thinking Creativity of Organists" (2 p.m.), U-M grad student Jackson Merrill plays "The Complete Organ Works of Nicolaus Bruhns" (4 p.m.), and Jeremy David Tarrant performs the "Works of Schumann, Joulain, Dupré, and Widor's Complete Symphony VII" (8 p.m.).
For URL see Free. 615-3204.

 2 p.m. 

"Fascinating Rhythm": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Led by Detroit drummer David Alvarez III, members of The Young Lions Collective, a rotating cast of young, rising area jazz musicians whose repertoire pays homage to jazz giants, performs new and old works that highlight the drums.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets TBA in advance at and at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]

 2 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]

 2-3:30 p.m. 

"Seven Outdoor Skills Everyone Should Know!": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Naturalists Meg Gower and Ryan Dibble show adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire without matches, locate water, signal, and more.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) and $17 vehicle entry fee required. Space limited; preregistration required. 475-3170. [map]

 2 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]

 2 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]

 3 p.m. 

"Spirited Away": Fathom Events.

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(Hayao Miyazaki, 2001). Dubbed (Oct. 3 & 6) and subtitled (Oct. 4) screenings of this Oscar-winning Japanese anime about a girl who must rescue her parents from a haunted bath house.
3 p.m. (Sun.) and 7 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.) Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter, 973-8424 & Emagine, 1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"AAFF Presents: A Machine to Live In.": State Theater.

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Screening of this Ann Arbor Film Festival selection, Meredith Zielke & Yoni Goldstein's 2021 critical examination of Brazil's modernist architecture. Portuguese & Esperanto, subtitles. Preceded by Daily Life of Human, Iranian visual artist Siavash Naghshbandi's 2019 short film that consists of still images sourced from the massive photo database ImageNet presented in a rapid montage of a slightly askew but inhabited world.
State Theatre. Free for AAFF & Michigan Theater members. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50) 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]

 10 p.m.  Free! 

Burnout Society Film Club: 8 Ball Movie Night.

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Patio screening of 2 films each night, with trivia at intermission. 21 & up only. Tonight: "The Gate" (Tibor Takács, 1987). Kids, left in their suburban home alone, unleash a horde of malevolent demons from a hole in their backyard. "The Monster Squad" (Fred Dekker, 1987). Loopy horror comedy about a group of classic movie monsters who invade a small town, but are thwarted by some boys who decide to fight back.
8 Ball Saloon, 208 S. First. Starts at 10 p.m. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]


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