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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 12, 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.

 8-8:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Healing Hearts Society Virtual Fundraising Breakfast": Ele's Place Ann Arbor.

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People associated with Ele's Place-a center for grieving children and teens-share (by way of Zoom) their experience with the center.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations welcome.

 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Sunrise Nature Hike: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Elle Bogle leads a leisurely hike to explore the many ecosystems of the River Raisin. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester. Free, but preregistration required by emailing Masks strongly recommended.

 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.  Online 

"Financing Schools in Michigan: Can We Do Better?": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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A Talk (via Zoom) by MSU economics professor Charles Ballard. The second of 10 monthly lectures.
For URL preregister at $80 (members, $55) for the 10-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998-9351.

 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 

"Paleontology": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This course is based on the eponymous Great Courses series presented by Prof. Stuart Sutherland of the Department of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia. It will cover the science and tools of paleontology, fossil analysis and dating, possible origins of life, and the evolution and diversification of life from the Paleozoic Era to the present. (See for more details.)
We will view and discuss two half-hour lectures each session. Instructor Craig Stephan is a retired industrial physicist who has led many previous OLLI courses including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Science of Climate Change, Cosmology, Astrophysics, and The Aging Brain.
This study group will meet on Tuesdays for ten weeks beginning on October 12. 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. $50. 734-998-9351.

 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Move and Groove.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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In-person exercise led by local fitness instructor Megan Simms.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Racial Foundations of Public Policy": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Sept. 14-Nov. 23. Biweekly virtual lecture series that focuses on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy. Hosted by U-M Center for Racial Justice director Celeste Watkins-Hayes. Oct. 12: Duke University public policy professor William Darity on "Income & Wealth Inequality." Oct. 26: University of California public policy professor Rucker Johnson on "Education Policy."
For URL preregister at Free. 764-3490.

 6 p.m. 

"Detroit's Black Power Murals as Public Art": School of Art and Design, Eastern Michigan University.

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The School of Art and Design, Eastern Michigan University is pleased to announce a lecture titled "Detroit's Black Power Murals as Public Art," by Rebecca Zurier, Associate Professor, History of Art, University of Michigan, The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 12 from 6-7 pm in EMU's Halle Library Auditorium. The lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement at the EMU Art Gallery from Monday, September 13 through Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
Halle Library Auditorium, Eastern Michigan University, Halle Library is located at 955 W Circle Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48197., Ypsilanti. Donation. 917-975-0146.

 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.
Panera Bread, 903 W. Eisenhower. $2 monthly dues. (search "Ann Arbor Stitch 'n Bitch"), [map]

 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Detroit's Black Power Murals as Public Art": EMU Art Department.

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U-M art history professor Rebecca Zurier discusses Detroit murals that were painted a year after the 1967 Detroit uprising.
EMU Halle Library Auditorium (off Oakwood from Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. (917) 975-0146.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor. 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.

 7-9 p.m. or so.  Free! 

"Bluegrass Jam Circle": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Oct. 12 & 26. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Masks required, $5. For updates see [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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Jan. 11 & 25 Recorded talks by the late Jewel Heart founder Gelek Rimpoche. Followed by livestream discussion.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Weaponized Whiteness: The Constructions and Deconstructions of White Identity Politics": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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WSU history professor emeritus Fran Shor discusses (via Zoom) her latest collection of essays.
For URL see Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Friday": Michigan Theater.

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F. Gary Gray's 1995 comic stoner buddy film set in South Central 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]

 7:30 p.m. 

Jonas Kaufmann: University Musical Society.

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Jonas Kaufmann: University Musical Society. Hailed as "the world's greatest tenor" by the Telegraph, this acclaimed German opera singer makes his UMS debut in its season opener. Taking advantage of his onstage charisma and a hefty voice able both to belt to the upper balcony and float in a soft pianissimo, Kaufmann's repertoire ranges from the richness of Wagner and the ardent warmth of operetta arias to film songs from the 1920s and 30s. He's accompanied tonight by Austrian classical pianist Helmut Deutsch in a program of songs by German composers, including Liszt, Schubert, Schumann, and more.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15-$106 (students, $12-$20) in advance at, the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination (or a negative Covid PCR test within 72 hours of performance time) required. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things": Sierra Club Book Club.

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All ages invited to discuss the last book in German forester Peter Wohlleben trilogy.
Online at Free. 971-1157,


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Willie Watson

Solo performance by this Americana folk singer best known for singing the tenor lead and playing rhythm guitar with Old Crow Medicine Show. His repertoire ranges from Utah Phillips and Leadbelly tunes to traditional songs collected by the 1930s folk- country crossover pioneer Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Rabbit Brown's iconic "James Alley Blues." He made his acting debut in the Coen Brothers' 2018 Netflix film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Backseat Lovers

All ages admitted. Indie rock band from Salt Lake City. Opener: Branson Anderson, a singer-songwriter from rural Nevada whose influences range from Robert Johnson and Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash and Jack White. $15-$70. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: The Blue Llama Jazz Orchestra

Detroit trumpeter-composer Walter White directs this newly assembled 18-piece big band. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Anything Goes Open Stage"

"Anything Goes Open Stage." All acoustic musicians invited for an online version of this popular open mike. Hosted by Jim Novak. For online info, and to reserve a performing slot, see Music-Songwriters-Open-Mic. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Kevin Ramos

Covers & originals by this young local singer-songwriter. [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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