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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 14, 2021

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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.

 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 if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
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.

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Falling Leaves": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) on a hike to gather fallen leaves to use in a craft activity.
Meet at the County Farm Park perennial garden, 2230 Platt Rd. Free. Space limited; preregistration required at (Activity # 811003). Masks strongly recommended. [map]

 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 

U-M School of Environment & Sustainability 19th Annual Peter M. Wege Lecture.

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Livestream talk by current White House national climate advisor Gina McCarthy.
For URL preregister at Free. 764-6453.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Mature Ministries: First Presbyterian Church.

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Former University Musical Society present Ken Fischer discusses his career with First Presbyterian Church member Marilyn Meeker, a longtime member of the UMS Choral Union. Preceded at noon by lunch.
Meet at the First Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. Masks & vaccines required. 355-2351. [map]

 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Online 

"The Love, Lure, and Lore of the Clothesline": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Remember the days long ago when everyone hung their laundry out on the line to dry -- when folks went "online" without the internet? Instructor Anne Lawrence's slide presentation will show why she (and so many others) love their clotheslines, will explain the lure of the line, and the lore that grew up around it.
There will be washday history, along with sociological issues, the role of feminism, industrialization, culture, and ecology involved. You may consider the clothesline in ways never before appreciated! The sharing of stories and memories will be encouraged. Let's hang out together - Anne won't leave you hanging.
Anne has been a Clothesline Historian and Hobbyist for the past 40 years, collecting anything she can find that relates to laundry blowing in the wind on clotheslines, and since retiring, sharing her passion with those who remember.
Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first ses
This Study Group will be online. Online. $10. 734-998-9351.

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Powell: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This North Carolina-based novelist, whose literary thrillers evoke the writing of Jim Harrison and James Dickey, reads from and discusses his work. Q&A. Presented via Zoom but (public health considerations permitting) possibly also at UMMA Stern Auditorium. Powell also gives a talk tomorrow (see listing).
For more information and to preregister see Free.

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Right to Have Rights": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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New York-based artist, writer and scholar Coco Fusco discusses (via Zoom) her research on Cuban artists confronting the state and the repressed

histories of revolutionary era Cuba. Followed by a Q&A moderated by U-M Latin American cultural studies professor Larry La Fountain-Stokes.
For URL see Free.

 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 p.m. 

"Rad": Fathom Events.

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(Hal Needham, 1986) Drama about a bicycle-motorcrosser who tries to enter a popular but corrupt cash-prize race.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Michigan Football Game Films 1930-1986: U-M Bentley Historical Library.

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A virtual talk by Bentley Historical Library Archivists Brian Williams & Greg Kinney explaining how information was added to enhance the viewers' experience in watching the mostly silent films, including annotations with time code for scoring and other significant plays, links to team rosters, box scores, and Michigan Daily game stories.
For URL preregister at

 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]

 7-8:30 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.

 7-9 p.m.  Online 

Trivia Night: Huron Valley Sierra Club Fundraiser.

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Environmentally-themed questions. Prizes.
Arbor Brewing Company Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. $20 suggested donation. 330-0163, [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Soccer.

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This month's schedule includes home games MSU (Oct. 14, 7 p.m.), Penn State (Oct. 21, 7 p.m.), and Maryland (Oct. 24, noon).
U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person). See for masking requirements., 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a virtual sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"A Conversation With Representative Elissa Slotkin": EMU Center for Jewish Studies.

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This Michigan congresswoman, a Democrat representing the Lansing-based 8th congressional district, discusses her life and career. Masks required.
7:30 p.m., EMU Student Center Auditorium. Also available via Zoom by preregistering at Free.

 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]

 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. 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Adrian Slywotzky conducts this music student ensemble in a performance of contemporary composer Christopher Theofanidis' As Dancing Is to Architecture, Dvořák's Czech Suite, Barber's Toccata Festival, and Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn.
Hill Auditorium. Free. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Ripper": The Penny Seats Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 14-30. Josie Eli Herman directs Queens-based playwright Jacob Marx Rice's playful 2015 thriller, set in 1888 London, about a daring young reporter desperate to make a name for herself who gets tangled up in a string of gruesome murders. When she accidentally finds herself face to face with the killer, a game of cat and mouse ensues. Starring Jasmine Ermete, Will Myers, Dan Johnson, Julia Garlotte, Brittany Batell, and Tim Pollack.
Stone Chalet Inn, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. Tickets $15 (seniors, $12), in advance at and (if available) at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 926-5346. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: David Wilcox

An acclaimed singer-songwriter based in Asheville, North Carolina, Wilcox is a Cleveland native with a laid-back singing style whose songs, alternately yearning and plaintive, are known for their emotional force and intimacy, for their canny blend of pop and folk aesthetics, and for an occasional deeply philosophical bent. He's also a dynamic guitarist who favors offbeat tunings. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Districts

All ages admitted. Anthemic indie rock by this Philadelphia band that has an acclaimed new CD, You Know I'm Not Going Anywhere. Opener: girlpuppy, the stage name of Atlanta emo-folk singer-songwriter Becca Harvey. $15-18. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Ellen Rowe Trio

Jazz trio led by pianist Rowe, a U-M jazz professor whose repertoire includes original compositions and reimagined versions of standards. [venue info]

Mash: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Parsnips

Ypsilanti pop-rock quartet. [venue info]


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