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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 13, 2020

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 1 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"A Thousand Cuts": Michigan Theater Virtual Cinema.

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(Ramona S. Diaz, 2020). Stream online this documentary about the social media disinformation campaigns that fuel the authoritarian regime of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.
Seven-day rental $12.

 8 a.m.-8 p.m.  Online 

"A Cantor's Head": Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

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Online screening of Erik Greenberg Anjou's 2019 documentary about renowned cantor Jack Mendelson and this centuries-long art form that combines spiritual exploration, communal bonding, and showmanship. Part of an annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes. For complete festival schedule, see
Online anytime between Aug. 7-31 at $12 per film. 971-0990.

 10-11 a.m.  Online 

Summer Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Like like our original in-person moms group, but in a hybrid online/in person meeting format. Six weeks of ZOOM meetings on Monday mornings from 10:30-noon with optional park meetups on Thursday July 23rd, Thursday August 13th, and Thursday August 27th from 10-11am .This six week moms group is designed to help connect you with a core group of new moms and build your village. We'll also have a closed email group so you can connect and ask questions between meetings.
The Moms Group meetings are facilitated by a childbirth educator and social worker with years of experience working with new moms. Each week we'll cover a different discussion topic chosen by the group (topics include feeding, sleeping, relationships, postpartum recovery, and much more).
online/parks. Online. $80/6 weeks. 734-221-0158.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Explorers: Dragonflies": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Elle Bogle teaches kids ages 5-7 about the life cycle of dragonflies and leads a hike to look for adult dragonflies.
10 a.m., West Lake Preserve, 14980 Waterloo Rd., Chelsea. Free, preregistration required at [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: All the Wild Wonders": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike for kids ages 2-5, accompanied by a caregiver. Bring a water bottle, bug spray, and a mask.
10 a.m., County Farm Park Perennial Garden. Free, preregistration required at

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday, except Aug. 31. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at Free.

 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

"Tangle Time": Tangle Addicts (Zentangle Community).

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Every Thurs. All invited to draw structured patterns and learn techniques for mindful (and satisfactory) doodling.
For online meeting URL see Free.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

A Course in Miracles Study Group: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 3 p.m.  Free! 

La'Ron WIlliams: Ann Arbor Summer Festival Not Too Close Series.

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This award-winning local storyteller shares both original and traditional tales that appeal to all ages. He is known for his energetic and participatory storytelling, that often involve musical instruments.
For location, preregister at Free.

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Livestream Concerts": Gemini.

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Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits of the nationally renowned local acoustic duo Gemini are joined by San's folk musician daughter Emily for short livestreamed concerts.

The schedule (subject to change): children's shows by San & Emily (Mon.), "grown-ups" shows by Laz (Tues.), children's shows by Laz (Thurs.) and "grown-ups" shows by San & Emily (Fri.).
5 p.m., Free; donations for various causes accepted during each performance.

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Sumkali: Ann Arbor Summer Festival Not Too Close Series.

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Outdoor concert with this local band, led by tabla player John Churchville, that blends classical Indian music with jazz and funk idioms.
For location information, preregister at Free.

 6-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Let's Get Crafty/Chill Hangouts in the Park."

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All queer adults invited to bring their own craft projects to work on during this informal hangout.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Meg Cabot and Jasmine Guillory: Nicola's Books.

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Bestselling romance novelists Cabot (The Princess Diaries) and Guillory (The Proposal) discuss the romance genre and Cabot's brand-new novel No Offense, a small-town romance about a children's librarian and the town sheriff. Discussion led by Ineye Komonibo, entertainment writer at pop culture website Refinery29.
7 p.m. Free, preregistration required at (search "Meg Cabot and Jasmine Guillory"). [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Comhaltas.

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All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments.
For meeting URL email Free.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Movie Trivia Night: Michigan Theater.

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All invited to form teams and compete in this movie-themed family-friendly trivia night. Prizes
For online meeting URL, preregister at Free.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
Visit or call 646-7405 for meeting URL. Free.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Dani Darling: Ann Arbor Summer Festival Not Too Close Series.

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Outdoor concert with this local jazz-inflected pop-soul singer-songwriter.
For location information, preregister at Free.

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.). Note: Face masks required.
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Matt Watroba & Robert Jones: The Ark Family Room Series.

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This veteran duo has been making music together for more than 20 years, ever since they met while doing back-to-back music shows on WDET-FM. WKAR radio host Watroba sings lyrical songs and poignant ballads in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. Jones, an ordained Baptist minister, is an excellent singer and guitarist whose huge repertoire draws on Delta, Texas, Chicago, and other blues traditions.
8 p.m., see Free. 761-1451.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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Every Thurs., June 4-Aug. 13 Musical entertainment on 10 stages downtown. For complete performers schedule, visit Also, street performers, kids activities, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors.
6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145, 474-9178. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Ron Di Salvio Trio

Ensemble led by this veteran jazz pianist, now based in Albion, whose music integrates jazz and classical harmonies. 7-9:30 p.m. [venue info]


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