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Calendar of Events

Monday, October 18, 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.

 All day 

American Liszt Society Festival: U-M Music School.

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See 15 Friday. Today: A lecture by University of Cincinnati music professor Jonathan Kregor on "Around Liszt's Shadow: Stephen Heller, Hungarian Composer-Pianist" (9:45 a.m., Watkins Lecture Hall), a performance by acclaimed sacred music expert Carl Bolleia of "Harpsichord Works by György Ligeti" (2:25 p.m.), and recitals by performers TBA of "Music of Bartók and Kodály" (9 a.m.) "Music of Bartók and Kodály" (10:15 a.m.), and the contemporary piano music of "Danielpour, Kocsár, Fekete, and Dubrovay" (4 p.m.) Also, other events TBA.
Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus, unless otherwise noted. Tickets $40 for day pass, $150 for conference pass, & $40 for students, in advance at Masks required. [map]

 All day  Online 

Silent Auction: Aikido Yoshokai Association of North America Fundraiser.

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Oct. 12-22. Online auction of various goods and services, and arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit local cultural institutions.
Online at

 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 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]

 10:00 a.m. 

Bridge Class: R.G. Enterprises via City of Ann Arbor at Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge class on Bridge Defense begins 9/20 and runs 13 weeks. Time is 10:00am-11:30am Students need to buy the text "Defense 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]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 Noon-3 p.m. 

Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy and poker that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"No Cure for Being Human": U-M Medical School Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion.

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Duke University professor Kate Bowler discusses (via Zoom) how, after her cancer diagnosis, she came to terms with her limitations in a culture that insists anything is possible.
For URL see Free.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Senior Art in the Park": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. An AASC staffer leads a themed craft activity. $5, preregistration required.
Burns Park, 1320 Baldwin. Free, but preregistration requested by emailing 794-6250. [map]

 1 - 2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Only Hope: A Survivor's Stories of the Holocaust": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Before she passed away in 1974, Felicia B. Lubliner wrote about her internment in Polish ghettos and two Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen. Her powerful stories have recently been published by her son, Irv Lubliner, an emeritus Southern Oregon professor and OLLI instructor.
He will share excerpts from her book, shedding light on his mother's experiences and indomitable spirit as well as his experiences as a child of Holocaust survivors and his process of bringing the book to fruition. This will be followed by a question and answer session.
Irv Lubliner leads this course on Monday October 18 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.

 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]

 3:30-5 p.m.  Online 

"A Brief Literary History of Romance Novels": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Although romance novels have long been derided as "bodice-rippers" and "chick lit," the genre is having a big cultural moment right now, thanks in part to the smash success of Netflix's "Bridgerton", adapted from Julia Quinn's book series. What's more, some critics have even begun to argue that romance novels are an actually important feminist genre.
How did we reach this point? How did romance novels develop into the genre we recognize today? At each meeting, we'll discuss a notable romance novel and explore its contribution to the genre as a whole. No prior experience with the subject is necessary.
Molly Keran is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan, where she studies genre and popular literature.
This study group will meet on Mondays for ten weeks beginning on October 18. 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.

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Area Scrabble Club.

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Every Mon. All invited to play the classic word game, using the 5th edition Scrabble dictionary. Bring your own set, if you like.
Arbor Brewing Company Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Slow Burn Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Integrate breath and movement with this Slow Burn class. During this class, there will be a focus on alignment, strength and flexibility. Flow sequences involve holding certain postures to create internal heat, as you build muscle and stamina.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and place your belongings in the cubbies. You will be checked in at the door. Masks are not required, however if you feel more comfortable wearing one during class, feel free.
Register on our website or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]

 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Join us for our monthly meetings. Guest speakers will share information, tips and tricks. Consider joining our crew!
Meeting are held via Zoom *at least until March - then location TBD.
email: for information
October: Conserve Water Gardening - Carol Brodbeck
November: Garden Design - People and Water - Susan Bryan
January: Comfort, Ease & Simplicity - Jan Coppola Bills
February: Gardens to Art: Beginner's Guide to Photographing Flowers & Plants
March: Perennials For Pollinators: Laurie Medrea
April: Getting to know our County Conservation District - Summer Roberts
zoom - email for info, 1373 W Textile Rd, Saline. Free. 7346526465. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Meeting: Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities and interests are invited to work on their own stitching projects and socialize.
West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. 7th St. Free to visitors ($52 annual dues). 335-0019. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Ends of the Earth": Fathom Events.

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(David Lavallee, 2016) Faith-based documentary about local concern at the frontiers of large-scale oil and gas extraction.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Flesh & Blood: Reflections on Infertility, Family, and Creating a Bountiful Life": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Poet, essayist, and short story writer N. West Moss discusses (via Zoom) her new memoir about her struggles with infertility following a hysterectomy.
For URL see Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Website Strategy & Design for Creatives": Huron River Arts Collective (formerly Ann Arbor Women Artists).

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Livestream talk Southgate-based freelance web designer Stefani Lefler.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"What's in Our Watershed?": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Huron River Watershed Council ecologists Kris Olsson and Kate Laramie discuss findings from over 13 years of HRWC volunteer-led field work.
For meeting location email Free. 718-6114.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stamp Auction: Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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Auction of club-owned U.S. & foreign stamps and collector supplies. Also, members prepare for the annual stamp show, Nov. 5-6.
Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free admission., 761-5859, [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Willie Nile

Veteran rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter whom Uncut dubbed "a one- man Clash" and whose fans include Lucinda Williams, Bono, and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. His new album, Children of Paradise, is a highly acclaimed collection of politically charged originals ranging from gritty rock and garage-punk to electric folk-rock. Opener: Brad Ray, a young Georgia-bred singer-songwriter. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers

All ages admitted. Pop-infused hip-hop by this popular rapper from Sacramento. Openers: Nat Lefkoff, an Olympia (WA) pop-folk singer-songwriter, and Silk Animus, a Sacramento R&B-flavored hip-hop rapper. $25. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by bassist Keller, vibes player Cary Kocher, electric pianist Adam Mosley, & guitarist Matt LaRusso. [venue info]


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