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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 19, 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  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.

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Career Fair at EHM Senior Solutions: EHM Senior Solutions.

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EHM Senior Solutions is hosting a Job Fair on Tuesday, October 19th from 9 - 11 am and 2 - 4pm.
We're looking for some wonderful people to join our EHM team.
Great opportunities, full and part time available.
NOW HIRING: Nurses, CNAs, Home Health Aides, Food Service, Laundry, and Housekeeping
On-the-Spot Interviews! Great Sign-On Bonuses! Work today, Paid tomorrow!
Every applicant receives a $10 gas card.
Can't wait? Apply online at:
EHM Senior Solutions, Saline. Free.

 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 a.m. 

"Sensory Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Young people ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult) who are on the autism spectrum or otherwise neurodivergent invited to an interactive program of stories and activities, including the chance to interact with adoptable pets and more.
HSHV: Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Tickets $5 (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at, 661-3575. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Community Conversation: Children, Schools, and Parenting and the Intersection of Race and Racial Identity": United Way Washtenaw County.

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This conversation will be focused on Children, Schools, and Parenting and the intersection of race and racial identity to:
* Explore more deeply how racial justice concerns affect your life.
* Deepen your understanding of the impacts of structural racism on others.
*Identify the structural racism dynamics that generate these lived experiences.
*Identify steps you can take, alone or with others, to promote racial justice.
Online Event. Free.

 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 

"Plastic Man: the Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Meet the artist and the makers from the film: "PLASTIC MAN: the artful life of Jerry Ross Barrish". A fifth generation San Franciscan, Barrish was the product of an environment with little appreciation for the arts. His parents were boxing enthusiasts vaguely connected to the mob. It was this situation that got him started in the bail bonds business. Then he broke the mold, stepping-up to become the bailout guy for 1960's protestors. Inspired by the times, he changed course in mid-life launching himself as a sculptor and filmmaker.
Participants will be given a link to the film a week ahead of the class to view. Film director, William Farley and producer Janis Plotkin will join Barrish in his art studio for a post-screening conversation.
Janis Plotkin leads this course on Tuesday October 19 from 1:00 - 3:00 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.  Free!  Online 

Kara Cooney: U-M Margaret Waterman Town Hall Lecture Series.

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This UCLA Egyptian art and architecture professor discusses her work, which includes a 2015 biography of the Egyptian pharaoh, The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt.
For URL preregister at $100 for the 4-lecture series that also includes lectures in Nov., Apr., & May.,

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ethiopian Jews: The Politics of Difference in Israeli Historiography": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talks (via Zoom) by Ethiopian Israeli activist Efrat Yerday and Tel Aviv University sociology postdoc Adane Zawdu.
For URL preregister at Free. 763-9047.

 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]

 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Counterfactual Love Stories and Other Experiments": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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L.A. short story writer, librettist, screenwriter, and composer Jackson Bliss is joined by U-M creative writing professor Julie Buntin to discuss (via Zoom) his new book, a genre-bending collection exploring astigmatism, wokeness, and mixed-race identity in Michigan and the Midwest.
For URL see Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 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.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Ray": Michigan Theater.

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Taylor Hackford's 2004 Biopic about the late R&B, blues, and soul legend Ray Charles.
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.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Oct. 5 & 19. Club members show their projected digital images (Oct. 5) and prints (Oct. 19) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Textures." Also, presentation by member Dennis Halalay on "A Mile and a Half of the Huron River, with Side Trips," featuring images of such wildlife as birds in flight, deer, fish, and muskrats.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 Liberty. Free. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 327-4781. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kathy Sample and Bill Brinkerhoff: Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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The Argus Farm Stop owners discuss their vision and journey in business. Sample and Brinkerhoff recently permanently protected a local 250 acre farm from development.
Online at / Free.,


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: David Ramirez and Matt Costa

Double bill. Ramirez is an Austin-based Americana folk-rock singer- songwriter with a resonant baritone voice, and Costa is an indie pop- rock singer-songwriter from southern California. $20. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Tide Pools

NYC jazz trio led by bassist-vocalist Hannah Marks whose influences range from songs by free jazz pioneers Ornette Coleman and Paul Motian to an Appalachian folk tune or a jingle from a Dominican rum commercial. With alto saxophonist Alfredo Colon and drummer Connor Parks. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Undecided

Local band that plays an eclectic mix of bluegrass, folk, rock, Celtic, and polka music. [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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