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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 7, 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! 

"Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs. WAS president Juliet Berger leads a hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their first-year plumage.
Meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). 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]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Canada and the United States: Unidentical Twins": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 23-Oct. 28. Series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) contrasting the United States and Canada. Oct. 7: Johns Hopkins University Canadian studies professor Christopher Sands on "Trading Up? U.S. Trade with Canada 32 Years After the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement." Oct. 14: U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki on "Religion, Secularism, and Nationalism in Québec." Oct. 21: ​​​​Dalhousie University (Halifax) aboriginal law and policy professor Naiomi Metallic on "Canada and Indigenous Peoples: Where Are We?" Oct. 28: University of Toronto health policy professor Gregory P. Marchildon on "Beyond Fear and Loathing: Comparing the U.S. and Canadian Health Systems."
For URL preregister at $60 for the 6-lecture series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.

 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": HSHV.

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Every Thurs. 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 of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Events also hosted at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1). Tickets $5 (babies under age 1, free).

Preregistration required at, 661-3575.

 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.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 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-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Thursday Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 9-Dec. 9 (except Nov. 25). Zoom talks by national and global scholars. Oct. 7 (noon-1:30 p.m.): Uppsala University (Sweden) economics professor Yoko Okuyama on "Empowering Women Through Radio: Evidence from Occupied Japan." Oct. 14 (7-8:30 p.m.): Doshisha University (Japan) political science professor Gill Steel on "Gender and Voting Preferences in Japan, Britain, and the United States." Oct. 21 (7-8:30 p.m.): University of Tokyo political science professor Rieko Kage on "Administrative Litigation Reform in Japan." Oct. 28 (7-8:30 p.m.): Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (Japan) professor Yeonju Lee on "Judging Inequality: Japan in Comparative Perspective."
Various times, for URL preregister at Free., 764-6307.

 Noon.  Online 

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

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Informal virtual meeting following the Thursday Morning Lecture (see Sept.23 & Sept. 30) to share impressions and ask questions.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see or call 998-9351.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"CRISPR and the Food We Eat": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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CRISPR technology is changing the medical treatments for genetic disorders, but gene editing will also change the food we buy in grocery stores.
Topics include an introduction to DNA and gene editing technology, feeding a growing world population, developing new crop varieties, creating a GMO, food labeling, and government regulation. Will scientists using gene editing make the same mistakes as they did with GMO? The course requires participants to view online video, articles and TED talks prior to class, followed by a Zoom conference to discuss controversial topics.
Instructor Brian McKersie has 40 years' experience in leading plant biotechnology research.
This study group will meet on Thursdays for five weeks beginning on October 7. 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.

 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 5:30-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. Game materials provided.
5:30-9 p.m. (Sun.) & 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Bill's Beer Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. [map]

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kate Milliken: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This author of the Iowa Short Fiction Award-winning collection If I'd Known You Were Coming reads from and discusses (by way of Zoom) Kept Animals, her 2020 debut novel about 3 teenage girls, brought together in the wake of a tragic car accident, and the forest fire that threatens to destroy their small California town. Presented via Zoom but (public health considerations permitting) possibly also at UMMA Stern Auditorium. Milliken also give a talk tomorrow (see listing).
For more information and URL see Free.

 6 p.m. 

"Focus on Life Annual Benefit Dinner": Right to Life of Washtenaw County.

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Dinner. Rochester anti-abortion activist Rebecca Kiessling discusses her own experiences with child assault and how it relates to her work.
Washtenaw Golf Club, 2955 Packard St., Ypsilanti. $50 (students, $40; table of 10, $450) in advance by email or phone., 646-2843. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  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
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free, but donations welcome.

 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.

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. Masks and vaccinations required. [map]

 7 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]

 7-9 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. 

"Bourbon & Bubbles": Cause For A Party.

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Strolling tastings of wine, beer, & bourbon made in Michigan, live music, and more. Proceeds benefit the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation African American endowment fund. Rain date: Oct. 14.
ROOT at Circ Bar, 210 S. First St. $50 per person (groups of 10 or more, $35); preregistration required at Vaccinations required. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Soul": Michigan Theater.

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(Pete Docter & Kemp Powers, 2020) Oscar Award-winning animated film about a drained jazz pianist who contemplates his life's choices after a near-death experience lands him in limbo. Post-film discussion with codirector and writer Kemp Powers and U-M film professor Jim Burnstein.
Michigan Theater. Free. 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]

 7 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]

 7:30 p.m. 

John Lennon Birthday Benefit Concert: Veterans For Peace Chapter 93.

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Fourteenth annual concert featuring area musical artists performing works of John Lennon on his October birthday, as well as other peace-themed songs, with emcee Chris Buhalis. Musical artists for 2021 will be Laith Al-Saadi, Mr. B, Judy Banker, Al Bettis, Dave Boutette and Kristi Davis, Jud Branam and Kevin Brown, Annie and Rod Capps, Rochelle Clark, Jason Dennie, Jill Jack, Dave Keeney and Sophia Hanifi, Dick Seigel, and Matt Watroba. Proceeds go to the local Chapter of Veterans For Peace for their Peace Scholarship Program ( which assists college students enrolled in programs relating to conflict resolution or peace studies. For more details about the concert visit Please note that this concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. Also, The Ark is following COVID-19 guidelines with a full listing at
The Ark, 316 South Main Street. $20. 734-487-9058. [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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Evil Dead": Fathom Events.

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(Sam Raimi, 1981.) Low-budget supernatural horror about 5 college students who take a trip to an isolated house in the Tennessee hills.
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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Wild Party": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Oct. 7-10 & 14-17. New York-based director/choreographer MiMi Scardulla and musical director Jason DeBord helm Andrew Lippa's Obie-winning off-Broadway musical about a young couple who decide to throw the party-to-end-all-parties in their Manhattan apartment. Originally set in the 1920s as a steamy prohibition tale, this production takes place in the contemporary world of gossipy socialites.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $33-$39 in advance at Masks required. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Alison Bechdel: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Livestream talk by the acclaimed writer and cartoonist whose graphic memoirs blend distinctive illustrations with wry commentary on her personal habits, politics, sexuality, and psychology. Her latest book, The Secret to Superhuman Strength, delves into her lifelong obsession with exercise while chronicling various fitness fads over the years.
For URL see Free.

 8 p.m. 

Jonathan Franzen: Literati Bookstore.

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This acclaimed California-based fiction writer reads (via Zoom) from his new novel Crossroads, a funny and complex character-driven story about a suburban pastor and his family in early 1970's Chicago.
For URL see $33 (includes a copy of the book). 585-5567.


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: "Veterans for Peace John Lennon Birthday Concert."

Singer-songwriter Chris Buhalis hosts variety of local musicians who perform Lennon's songs and other peace-themed songs. With local singer-songwriters Al Bettis, Laith Al-Saadi, Judy Banker, Dick Siegel, Jason Dennie, Jill Jack, Dave Boutette & Kristi Davis, Dave Keeney & Sophia Hanifi, and Annie & Rod Capps and the alt-country duo Jud Branam & Kevin Brown. A benefit for the Veterans for Peace scholarship fund. $20. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Meg Brennan Quartet

Local jazz ensemble led by saxophonist & flutist Brennan. [venue info]

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Deep Steam

Ypsilanti quartet that plays jazz, rock, and soul covers, along with some originals. [venue info]


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