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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 21, 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.

 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.-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.

 10:30-11:30 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-1 p.m.  Free! 

Brandon Reeves: Music at Sequoia Place.

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An afternoon of New Orleans-style jazz & blues by this Detroit area singer-pianist.
Sequoia Place, 1131 N. Maple. Free, but donations encouraged. Proof of vaccination and mask required. 373-3560. [map]

 1-2:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"4 Vital Areas for Creating a Thriving Social Impact Business": WCC Entrepreneurship Center.

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Whether you want to help your community, country, or make the world a better place, creating a social impact business is rewarding, yet challenging. For the good of people, pets, or the planet, this introductory webinar will reveal 4 areas to improve your chances of success with solutions, information, systems, and leveraging resources to have a better understanding so your social impact business can launch and thrive.
Presented by Millie Chu of Global Entrepreneurship Business Lab
Register Here:
Zoom. Free. Online.

 1:30-3 p.m.  Online 

"Writing a 'Legacy Letter'": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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life lessons, express your values and transmit your blessings to future generations. This course includes discussion and weekly brief writing exercises; it offers advice, encouragement and a model structure to help you draft and complete your own legacy letter.
Study group leader Jay Sherwin has practiced law, given away money for five different charitable foundations and served as a hospital chaplain. He has taught this course online for more than a dozen OLLI programs nationwide.
This study group will meet on Thursdays for four weeks beginning on October 21. 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.

 2-4 p.m.  Online 

"Families in Film: What Can Films Tell Us About Ourselves and Others?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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The class will use segments of films as a starting point for stimulating discussions about families. During each of 5 sessions we will discuss one of these films: "The Great Santini" (1979); "Ordinary People" (1980); "Crooklyn" (1994); "The Wedding Banquet" (1993); and "When a Man Loves a Woman" (1994).
Participants can view the whole film at home before class if they wish, and will receive discussion questions to ponder before each session.
We will look at: the films' portrayals of communication, handling of feelings and conflict, family structure, gender roles, and the family's culture and environment.
Instructor Arlene Weisz is a retired social worker and social work professor who enjoyed using films as part of teaching about families for about 20 years.
This study group will meet on Thursdays for five weeks beginning on October 21. 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.

 3-5 p.m.  Online 

"Shakespeare's "Tempest" Over Time": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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The first play to appear in Shakespeare's Folio, but thought to be one of his final plays written, "The Tempest" has become a touchstone in Shakespeare Studies for discussions about genre, authorship, feminism, and postcolonial theory. Yet not long after its first performances, Shakespeare's play vanished from the stage, appearing only in adapted forms for the next 170 years.
Each meeting we'll discuss an iteration of "The Tempest," beginning with Shakespeare's play up through Margaret Atwood's 2016 novel "Hag-Seed" considering how approaches to the play have shifted over time.
Instructor Becky Hixon is a PhD Candidate in English Language & Literature at the UofM where she studies Shakespeare, adaptation, and gender and sexuality studies.
This study group will meet on Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) for eight weeks beginning on October 21. 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.

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

Douglas Kearney: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this award-winning poet, performer, and librettist whose work uses a blend of black vernacular lyric, dance, and other performance modes to explore politics, African American culture, masks, the trickster figure, and contemporary music. Presented via Zoom but (public health considerations permitting) possibly also at UMMA Stern Auditorium. Kearney also gives a talk tomorrow (see listing).
For more information and to preregister see Free.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Suspended: Punishment, Violence, and the Failure of School Safety": U-M Residential College.

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Join us for an engaging presentation and interactive discussion with Detroit native and Illinois State University Professor Dr. Charles Bell. Drawing on his personal life experience and over 150 interviews, Dr. Bell illuminates how carceral-inspired, punitive school-based disciplinary practices harm Black students, disrupt their parents' employment, and violate state and federal laws, demanding that we reimagine our approaches to school safety and discipline.
Guests entering the Keene must provide proof of vaccination, complete a health questionnaire, and wear a face covering - no exceptions.
East Quadrangle, 701 E University Ave. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

50th Anniversary Benefit: Washtenaw Literary.

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Livestreamed program with nationally renowned storyteller Shannon Cason, a The Moth Grand Slam champion and Snap Judgment public radio show regular who hosts his own long-running storytelling podcast..Also, several Washtenaw Literacy supporters TBA present stories and memories from Washtenaw Literacy's first 50 years.
7 p.m., for URL and tickets ($95), see

 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 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. 

"The Crucible": Huron High School Players.

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Oct. 21-24. Claire Federhofer directs students in Arthur Miller's 1953 drama, set during the Salem witch trials, about a community engulfed by paranoia and mutual recrimination. The play was seen in its time as a thinly veiled indictment of senator Joseph McCarthy and his followers, but its enduring popularity suggests it touches on irrationalities endemic to American culture. Tentative livestream viewing option. Cast: Aria Burton-Weisman, Asa Price, Maddie Tai, Maurria Hopkins, Mmah Camara, Audrey Loviska, Charlotte Derrow, Carys Aherne, Tony Neyman, Alex Harris, Sa'marieah Thomas, Lia McGovern, Becker Gibson, Lina Franzese, Marisa Randall, Addy Mayo, Dhrithi Tejasvi, Liam Pemberton, Madhav Sivadasan, Amelia Moscara, Matilda Kelley, Martina Reading Sunol, Jacob Wing, Stevie Dumitrascu, Vanya Krishna, Sophia Fine, Miranda Underwood, Audrey Hargett, Danielle Sackett, Aliviya Jenkins, and Jackson Pollard.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), HHS, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $6-8 in advance only starting Oct. 11 at [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Into the Light": EMU Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert.

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Chad Hutchinson directs EMU students in a program that includes Felix Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony, Modest Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," Eric Tran's "Lone Tower," and Augusta Read Thomas's "Prayer and Celebration." Livestream via (search "EMU School of Music & Dance").
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required.

 8-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ocean Body": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Virtual premiere of filmmaker, designer, choreographer, & director Mark DeChiazza's audiovisual installation, a haunting, abstract music video featuring vocalists Helga Davis and Shara Nova performing original music while entwined in U-M art professor Annica Cup petelli's "Sculp ture Built for Two."
For URL see Free.

 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: The Small Glories

New duo from Winnipeg's always vital folk scene. JD Edwards and Cara Luft (formerly of the Wailin' Jennys) offer soaring, anthemic melodies underlaid by combinations of clawhammer banjo, guitar, and harmonica. "Perhaps The Small Glories need to rename themselves," says No Depression in response to their CD Assiniboine & The Red, "the songs on this album are certainly large and wash over us with a powerful beauty that pulls at our hearts." $20. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Andy Milne & Unison

Jazz ensemble led by composer-pianist Milne, a former student of Oscar Peterson whose 2018 CD The Seasons of Being won the Juno for Jazz Album of the Year. [venue info]

Mash: T.E.A.M.

A mix of pop, rock, and punk covers, along with a few originals by this local jam band. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Tim Berla & Friends

Ensemble led by local singer-songwriter Berla [venue info]


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