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Calendar of Events

Monday, October 25, 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.

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

""Cassandra Speaks: When Women are the Storytellers, The Human Story Changes", by Elizabeth Lesser: A Book Study": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Join us for a lively discussion of the book "Cassandra Speaks: When Women Tell the Stories, the Human Story Changes", by Elizabeth Lesser. Part One explores the myths and stories that are in the DNA of our culture. Part Two looks at women and power and redefines what it means to be courageous, daring, and strong. And Part Three offers "A Toolbox for Inner Strength."
Written in a fun and delightful way, Lesser points out many truths about how out of balance the United States is, and also believes in humanity's potential to rise to the challenges of our times. Women must be a big part of this. Instructors Bernadette Beach and Sigrid Herman will lead this Study Group.
This study group will meet on Mondays for six weeks beginning on October 25. 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. $35. 734-998-9351.

 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]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Liberal Arts Week: Washtenaw Community College.

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Find your path. Love your job. Explore your possibilities during WCC's Liberal Arts Week.
October is National Arts and Humanities Month! Celebrate with WCC through interactive virtual and in-person workshops, showcasing how liberal arts classes empower personal and professional success, and sustain a fair and just society.
All Liberal Arts Week events are free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Zoom & Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. [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! 

"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]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"A Matter of Balance - Managing Concerns about Falls Information Session": National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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No-Cost Physical Activity Class to Prevent Falls in older adults -
A Matter of Balance Workshop Information Session
Don't restrict your activities because you're afraid of falling! The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) is hosting a no-cost virtual workshop to help older adults reduce the fear of falling and increase their activity levels. Participation requires a computer or device with internet access and camera. The NKFM will send you the meeting link by email. No transportation needed! You will learn practical strategies to reduce fall risks and improve balance and flexibility with simple exercises. Open to Michigan residents 65 and older.
A Matter of Balance workshop over Zoom
Information Session - Monday, October 25, 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Eight sessions - Every Monday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on November 1 to 29; December 6 to 20
To register or for more information, call LaShawn Griffin at 800-482-1455, email, or visit
Online/Virtual. Free. Donation. 800-482-1455.

 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]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Rebecca Solnit: Literati Bookstore.

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The prolific writer of A Field Guide to Getting Lost and Men Explain Things to Me, is joined (via Zoom) by Detroit editor and essayist adrienne maree brown to discuss (via Zoom) her latest book, Orwell's Roses, a study of the 1984 author's passion for gardening and its connection to his antifascist activism.
For URL see $32 (includes a copy of the book). 585-5567.

 7 p.m. 

"Howl's Moving Castle": Fathom Events.

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(Hayao Miyazaki, 2004) Dubbed (Oct. 24 & 28) and subtitled (Oct. 25) screenings of this kooky anime love story about an 18-year-old girl cursed into an old woman's body and a wizard able to see through the curse.
3 p.m. (Sun.) and 7 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.). Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Purgatory": Fathom Events.

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(Michał Kondrat, 2021) Drama exploring what happens to the human soul after death.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Understanding Grief": GrieveWell.

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GrieveWell staff lead a livestream discussion on grief and the effects it has on physical and emotional health.
For URL preregister at Free. 975-0238.

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Oct. 11 & 25. Bruce Sagan leads a virtual acoustic jam session devoted to traditional music from Sweden and Norway. All instruments welcome, no experience necessary.
For URL email Free. (908) 721-2599.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Comedy Open Mic: The Blind Pig.

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Every Mon. except Oct. 18. Age 21 & up only. Alcohol is served.
Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. Free. 996-8555. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Steve Forbert

Folk-rock singer-songwriter from Meridian, Mississippi, who took New York City by storm in the mid-70s with his neo-Dylanesque blend of rough-mannered plain talk and romantic self-mythologizing. He's still best known for the songs on his early LPs, Alive on Arrival and Jackrabbit Slim, but his 90s CDs The American in Me and Streets of This Town have earned him greater critical favor as a deft chronicler of ordinary lives. He has a new CD, Early Morning Rain. $25. [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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