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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 5, 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.

 9-10 a.m.  Online 

"Coffee with Marta.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Biweekly social hour with a local retired psychologist.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see or call 998-9351.

 9:30 a.m. 

Bridge Class: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge Class titled: 2/1 Game Force Bidding System
Text: 2 Over 1 Game Force by Audrey Grant and Eric Rodwell
The class is for those who have a good knowledge of the Std. Amer. Bidding system and are ready to learn a system similar to that with extra gadgets added to improve bidding accuracy. The first 60-75 minutes will be used for lecture with the remaining time left for students to play hands with analysis provided. The 2/1 system is becoming more popular today in the USA. Students are to pre-pay or pay on first day of class. For more info, contact the Senior Center at 794-6250 or the instructor at
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. $100 members/ $120 non-members. 7347693994. [map]

 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]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ongoing Meditation, Teachings, and Practice.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Tues. Bilha Birman Rivlin of Still Mountain Meditation gives talks(via Zoom) on mindfulness practice for older adults.
For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Every Tues., Sept. 21-Dec. 7. Weekly Zoom talks by scholars in Chinese history, literature, politics, and culture. Oct. 5: University of Chicago Chinese literature professor Ariel Fox on "Dramas of Endless Surplus in Early Modern China." Oct. 12: Harvard University sociology professor Ya-Wen Lei on "Mapping the Global Human Genome Editing Controversy." Oct. 19: Grinnell College literature professor and U-M grad Jin Feng on the "International Writing Program (1979-1988)." Oct. 26: Brown University history and environment studies professor Brian Lander on "The Ecology of China's Early Political Systems."
For URL preregister at Free., 764-6308.

 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]

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Surrender Without Defeat?: The End of Apartheid in South Africa": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
This study group will examine what is sometimes called the "South African Miracle," the negotiation process that resulted, in the 1990s, in the emergence of a functioning multi-racial democracy in a nation that more than any other had long been seen as a virtual synonym for racial repression, domination, and violence.
How did South Africa avoid the racial bloodbath that so many had expected? How and why did the white South African government essentially negotiate itself out of power? Could what happened in South Africa serve as a model for the resolution of other seemingly intractable global conflicts?
Barry Shapiro leads this course on Tuesdays October 5 through November 23 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. $10. 734-998-9351.

 2-10 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

61st U-M Organ Conference.

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See 3 Sunday. Today: Talk by U-M visiting faculty member Darlene Kuperus on "Inspiring Stories from Michigan Organ Alumni and their Students" (2 p.m.), talk by harpsichordists ​​Ignacio Prego and Joseph Gascho on "Early Music and Flamenco Dance Inspired in Ancient Dances" (4 p.m.), faculty recital by Tiffany Ng and Sile O'Modhrain of "Music by Blind Carillonist-Composers" (7 p.m.), and U-M visiting professor Todd Wilson plays "Works of Widor, Hancock, Bizet, Conte, and Reubke." (8 p.m.).
For URL see Free. 615-3204.

 3-4 p.m.  Online 

"The Civil Rights Movement in History and Memory": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online. We generally think of the civil rights movement as a Montgomery to Memphis story that begins with Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and ends with Dr. King's assassination in Memphis in 1968. We think of the movement as a monolith of people all holding the same ideas, and we think of it as a collection of mythical heroes.
Join Christopher Wilson, Director of Experience Design at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History, as he challenges these commonly held misconceptions and discusses nuances of the long civil rights movement.
Christopher Wilson has created several major program series at the Smithsonian Institution including the award-winning educational theater program History Alive!
Christopher Wilson leads this course on Tuesday October 5 from 3:00 - 4:00 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. $10. 734-998-9351.

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Una Tertulia.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Socializing group for Spanish speakers.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Ecology of Childhood Poverty": U-M Psychology Department.

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Talk (via Zoom) by U-M developmental psychology professor Vonnie McLoyd.
For URL see Free.

 6-9 p.m. or so.  Online 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. $2 monthly dues. (search "Ann Arbor Stitch 'n Bitch"), [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

"The Road to Home": SOS Community Services Fundraiser.

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Live and silent auction of artisan bowls. Food & drinks. Virtual program available that includes a gift certificate to a local restaurant and online access to the auctions.
Sesi Lincoln, 3990 Jackson. Tickets $150 in advance at & by phone, and at the door. 485-8730, [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Online 

Sufi Class with Imam Kamau Ayubbi: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a Sufi class via Zoom. Details at Donation $5-10 per class.
Zoom. Online. Donation. 7343270270.

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Death Cafe": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Interfaith Center Minister Annie Kopko leads a frank conversation about death via Zoom.
For URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly outdoor rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
Stony Creek United Methodist Church, pavilion in the backyard, 8635 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467, [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Trivia Night: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest on Zoom featuring a range of questions from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together.
For URL email Free.

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly virtual rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.

 7 p.m. 

"God's Not Dead: We The People": Fathom Events.

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(Vance Null, 2021) Drama about a Christian pastor defending his values against the law.
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]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Love and Other Thought Experiments": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Writer and actor Sophie Ward discusses (via Zoom) with New York Times bestselling novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz her debut novel about the relationship of a married lesbian couple as they explore whether or not to have a child. Told from the perspective of 10 different characters with each chapter taking inspiration from one of the best-known thought experiments in philosophy.
For URL see Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Practical Buddhism": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Tues, except Oct. 26. Recorded talks by the late Jewel Heart founder Gelek Rimpoche, including "Overcoming Violence" (Oct. 5) and a 2-part talk on "Ten Godly Dharmas and Sixteen Worldly Good Dharmas" (Oct. 12 & 19). Followed by livestream discussion.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Oct. 5 & 19. Club members show their projected digital images (Oct. 5) and prints (Oct. 19) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Textures." Also, presentation by member Dennis Halalay on "A Mile and a Half of the Huron River, with Side Trips," featuring images of such wildlife as birds in flight, deer, fish, and muskrats.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 Liberty. Free. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 327-4781. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with the long-running group German Speakers Round Table.
7-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

James Stewart: Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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This Michigan-based founder of the Rudolf Steiner Archive & e.Library discusses (via Zoom) his online database, the most visited website for English language anthroposophical materials.
For URL email Free.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Boyz N The Hood": Michigan Theater.

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(John Singleton, 1991) Thoughtful look at a man's coming-of-age in inner city L.A.
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. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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This month's schedule includes home games against MSU (Oct. 5, 8 p.m.), Wisconsin (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.), and Rutgers (Oct. 22, 7 p.m.).
U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person). For mask requirements, see, 764-0247. [map]

 8:30-9:30 p.m. 

Social Dance: The Dance Pavilion.

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Every Tues. & Fri. Ballroom dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded from 8-8:30 p.m. by an optional lesson. Drinks & snacks.
8:30-9:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Fri.), 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. $12 (Tues.) & $15 (Fri.)., 369-9700. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Ramona Collins Quartet

Soulful jazz & blues by an ensemble led by veteran Toledo vocalist Collins. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Songwriters Open Mike"

All songwriters invited for an online version of this popular open mike, now in its 25th year. Hosted by Jim Novak. For online info, and to reserve a performing slot, see Open-Mic. [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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