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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 26, 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.

 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.

 9:30 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]

 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]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Racial Foundations of Public Policy": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Sept. 14-Nov. 23. Biweekly virtual lecture series that focuses on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy. Hosted by U-M Center for Racial Justice director Celeste Watkins-Hayes. Oct. 12: Duke University public policy professor William Darity on "Income & Wealth Inequality." Oct. 26: University of California public policy professor Rucker Johnson on "Education Policy."
For URL preregister at Free. 764-3490.

 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]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Skazat! Poetry Series.

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Reading by U-M English lecturer Julie Babcock, a widely published local poet whose debut collection Autoplay was praised by poet Christine Butterworth-McDermott for its "chiseled and gem-like language [that] creates poems like the stacks of mirrored tile one speaker receives: they cut and they shine." She has a new collection, Rules for Rearrangement. Preceded by an open mic.
For URL preregister at Free. 223-3165.

 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.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Online 

"American Rimpoche-A Tibetan Lama in the 21st Century": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Livestream watch party hosted by the director Nikki Appino of his documentary about Jewel Heart founder Gelek Rimpoche, featuring interviews with Philip Glass, Donald Lopez, Robert Thurman, Richard Gere and many others. Followed by discussion.
For URL preregister at $10 suggested donation. 994-3387.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Past, Present, Future: The Twists and Turns of the Equal Rights Amendment and the Quest to Put Equality in the Constitution": Ford Presidential Library.

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Former ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton moderates a virtual panel discussion with representatives from the National Constitution Center and the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.
For URL preregister at Free. 205-0555.

 7:30 p.m. 

"If Beale Street Could Talk": Michigan Theater.

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Barry Jenkins' 2018 romantic drama about a pregnant woman whose fiancé is falsely accused of a crime.
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]

 8 p.m. 

"Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes.": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of a "riffing" performance by former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, who aim their comic heckling at a screening of Sandor Stern's 1989 horror film about an exorcism that accidentally channels a supernatural presence into a tacky floor lamp.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Scott Cook

Self-described "prairie balladeer" from Alberta who, according to RnR Magazine (UK). has "a good eye for imagery, a gentle human touch, a wry sense of humour, a whole lot of integrity, a warm, rugged voice and a bunch of memorable lines." Free; nonperishables for Food Gatherers accepted. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Alex Harding & Organ Nation

Jazz organ trio led by Harding, a veteran Detroit baritone saxophonist known for his bluesy, church-steeped style. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Elspeth Tremblay & the Treatment

Ensemble led by Michigan-based Australian indie pop-folk singer- songwriter Tremblay. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: John Remmers

Local ragtime pianist. 5-7 p.m. [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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