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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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 All Day  Free!  Online 

2021 Taiwan Bunun Indigenous Music & Film Festival: Ann Arbor District Library/Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Oct. 13-27. Fifteen days of entertainment, available online, showcasing the Bunun, the indigenous people of Taiwan. "Listen to Bunun" (Oct. 13-27, available all day) is a musical performed by Bunun tribal members on their history as a people. "Bunun Music and Culture" (Oct. 14, 7:30-8:30 p.m.) is a livestream panel discussion with U-M Flint anthropology professor Daniel Birchok and 3 Taiwanese professionals involved with arts and culture, Chin-Lin Yang, Guo-Ching Wang, and Shiu-Lan Chuan. Q&A. "Chance and Intent: Bunun's Pasibutbut" (Oct. 19-27, all day) is a prerecorded talk by Taipei National University of Arts music professor Rung-Shun Wu. "Music and Instruments of the Bunun People of Taiwan" (Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.) is a livestream talk by U-M music professor Joseph Gascho. For film screening, see Films.
Various times, online at Free.

 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.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Free Writing ": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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The way to begin that writing project is to write. Turn your text editor off and follow your wandering thoughts to see where they take you. Free Writing is about exploring ideas and memories. It's about first drafts not finished products. Prompts will be given as a jumping off points for timed writings. We will share what we write in workshop without critique. Have a notebook and a comfortable pen handy. Be ready to write. What stories would you like to tell?
This study group, led by Diane Nash, will meet on Wednesdays for five weeks beginning on October 13. 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.

 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.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. A different local storyteller each week reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 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-1:30  Free!  Online 

"Centering Justice": Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.

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Livestream talk featuring 3 leaders of black, indigenous, and other people of color discussing what they understand it to mean to live in a just, equitable, and thriving society, while also giving examples of ways to get involved and take action in your community.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations accepted.

 Noon-1:20 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Does Culture Matter? Complexity, Creativity, and Social Change in the Kyrgyz Republic": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Purdue University-Fort Wayne anthropology professor Noor O'Neill Borbieva.
For URL preregister at Free. 764-0351.

 1-2 p.m.  Online 

"Exploring the University of Michigan Heritage Project": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
The University of Michigan Heritage Project presents compelling, often unknown stories about the university's past. Learn about some of the fascinating people and episodes in campus history and how their stories are developed using U-M archives.
Kim Clarke leads this course on Wednesday October 13 from 1:00 - 2:00 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.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Free Writing your Medical Story": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Have you ever received a medical diagnosis that redefined your life? Perhaps you were staring intently at scans or maybe only listening to the sound of your doctor's voice, but in that split second, your reality changed.
Some of us became patients and others, caregivers, as the diagnosis took its place in our lives. We carry these stories in our hearts. This workshop, led by Instructor Diane Nash, provides an opportunity to construct a narrative from a collection of memories. It is not a support group. It is a writing workshop designed to help you reflect on and write about your experience. Through extemporaneous writings you will craft the story of the time illness entered your life.
This study group will meet on Wednesdays for four weeks beginning on October 13. 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. $25. 734-998-9351.

 1 - 2:30 p.m.  Online 

"The Treasonous Correspondence of Benedict Arnold, 1779-1780": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online. Join the Clements Library for an online presentation with Curator of Manuscripts Cheney J. Schopieray as he discusses one of the William L. Clements Library's greatest treasures, the treasonous correspondence of Revolutionary War hero and turncoat Benedict Arnold. This discussion will explore the details of Arnold's treason, the contents and methods of his clandestine correspondence, and his effectiveness as an informant.
Cheney J. Schopieray leads this course on Wednesday October 13 from 1:00 - 2:30 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.

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Wed. Group conversation about aging, generations, and related topics, facilitated by local playwright and oral historian Hank Greenspan, a retired U-M psychology professor.
Register online at Free. 734-998-9351.

 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. 

"Boris Godunov.": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast (Oct. 9) and rebroadcast (Oct. 13) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Pushkin's sprawling epic verse drama about power and corruption, based on the early-17th-century czar's career and instantly banned by censors upon its publication in 1825. Russian, subtitles.
12:55 p.m. (Sat. at both theaters), 1 p.m. (Wed., Ann Arbor 20 only), & 6:30 p.m. (Wed. at both). 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]

 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Teen Pride Book Talk: Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer discusses Mooncakes, writer Suzanne Walker and illustrator Wendy Xu's recent graphic novel about a teenage witch who helps a wandering werewolf, her long-time crush, contend with dark forces. Geared towards kids grades 6-12.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Translocas: The Politics of Puerto Rican Drag and Trans Performance": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Panel discussion on the latest book by U-M women's & gender studies professor Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes with fellow gender studies professors David Caron and Holly Hughes.
For URL preregister at Free., 764-9537.

 6 p.m. 

"Dwelling Place- Memory and Celebration at Agricole"

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Please join us for a community art project remembering those people, things, and experiences we have lost.
The past 20 months of the pandemic have resulted in tremendous social and personal changes combined for many of us with complicated and storied feelings of loss, grief, and solitude. This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to join with others in-person to construct a "dwelling place" or memory niche to honor, celebrate, and remember important people and events in our lives. This in-person building event can be combined with the online planning session. Please register for the online planning session separately at Because of space constraints, in-person building workshop will be capped at 20 participants.
Agricole, 118 N Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118, Chelsea. Donation. $15. 734-272-8615. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wee-bots Free Virtual Drop-in Creative Writing Program": 826michigan.

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Every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm
October 6 - December 15, 2021 (Program resumes in Winter 2022)
A weekly story time program for early writers ages 5-10-join us on Zoom whenever you can make it! Each week we read a story together and practice one aspect of the author's work in our own writing, ending with an opportunity to share. This is a drop-in program; come when you can!
Register here:
826michigan inspires school-aged students to write with skill and confidence in collaboration with adult volunteers in their communities.
Virtual. Free. Online.

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students": U-M Penny Stamps School of Art & Design.

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Harvard education professor Anthony Abraham Jack presents a Zoom talk on his latest book.
For URL see Free. bbscott@​umich.​edu.

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Gun Safety Seminar & Cleaning Clinic: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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Open to TCSL members and guests. See details at (calendar).
Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Road, Saline. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome.
For URL join Free. 926-8863.

 7 p.m. 

Yin/Restorative Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Reconnect with yourself-mind, body, and spirit! This slower paced style of yoga is a good compliment to our fast-paced lifestyles. Passive asanas (postures) are held for long periods of time, sometimes up to 3-5 minutes, allowing the deep connective tissue to stretch, the fascia to release, and an increase circulation in the joints. Learn to listen to your body and breath, how subtle movements can change the asana completely, and how to find peace in that which brings you discomfort.
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. Otherwise, drop-in for $15 or use a class package. Register on Mindbody or
(The studio is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.). Email if you have any questions.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

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All invited to read and discuss (via Zoom) poetry or short fiction. Have your original work ready to share, if you wish.
7-8:45 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email Free. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Energy Innovation for a Clean Future: The Carbon Dividend Act and Alternatives": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Lunch & Learn.

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Livestream talk on local and national perspectives on carbon taxes with city sustainability & innovations manager Missy Stults and Citizens Climate Lobby of A2 rep Mary Garton.
For URL see (click "Calendar"). Free. 272-3634.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Zazen": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Portland (OR) writer Vanessa Veselka discusses (via Zoom) her 2011 debut novel about a twentysomething restaurant worker living in a parallel America on the verge of collapse. Veselka is joined in conversation by the host of All the Books!
For URL see Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Queen Tribute": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Oct. 13-17. Encore cofounder Dan Cooney directs favorite local actor-singers Jason Briggs, Chris Joseph, Tyler Messinger, and Arielle Crosby in hits by the British rock band Queen, featuring "We Will Rock You," the spine-tingling "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are The Champions," and more.
7:30-9 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 4-5:30 p.m. (Sun.), & 7-8:30 p.m. (Oct. 17 only), Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St, Dexter. Tickets $35 in advance at 268-6200. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche

Mother-daughter duo of Wainwright, a young pop-folk singer- songwriter with a crystalline voice, and Roche, a long-time member of the Roche Sisters pop-folk vocal harmony trio whose own witty, intimate songs are alternately wry and whimsical. Their 2015 debut collaboration, Fairytale and Myth, a collection of hauntingly ethereal covers of everything from the Beatles' "For No One" and Loudon Wainwright III's "When I'm at Your House" to the late singer- songwriter Rob Morsberger's title track. $20. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Aguanko

Local Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble led by composer-percussionist Alberto Nacif. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: David Mackres

Local singer-guitarist who plays 70s covers, along with a mix of Scotch Irish, folk, jazz, and occasional ragtime tunes. [venue info]


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