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Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 3, 2020

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 12 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Serpentarius": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Online screening of Carlos Conceição's 2019 experimental film about a young man traveling through a post-disaster African landscape in search of his mother's ghost. Portuguese, subtitles.
Online anytime between Aug. 5-Sept. 8 at Free.

 6 a.m.-midnight 

"Inspire All Virtual 5k": Pittsfield Township Parks and Recreation/mParks Foundation.

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All invited to run, walk, treadmill, skateboard, bike, surf, handcycle, or swim a 5k from any location. Medals and t-shirts.
Anytime & anywhere in Sept. $33, preregister at

 6 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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More than 40 select films to watch from your home. Movie rental and purchases directly support the Michigan Theater Foundation and staff. For full schedule, see
Various prices per film. Available all Sept. online at for 2-10 days after patrons start watching each film.

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion": Mindfulness with Paulette.

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Attend this free introductory session online to learn how mindful self-compassion can help in daily life with managing stress and anxiety and improving our emotional stability during these chronic uncertain times.
Email Paulette at to register.
The 6 week 90 minute online class meets Thursdays, 10:30-Noon EDT.
Free session is Sept 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Class is the following 6 Thursdays.
Course cost is $150 (Compassionate COVID-19 Discount).
Online. Free. Online.

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Quaranteen Digital Escape Room": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Hello and welcome to our end of summer, virtual escape room. Summer was a blast, but you are stuck at camp. You must be alert and use your wits to solve the brain teasers and get home. This escape room is intended for tweens and teens.
If you can escape, you will be asked for your name and contact info and will be entered into a drawing for a gift card. Entries will be accepted until 8 pm on Monday, September 7. The winner will be announced on Facebook and contacted on Tuesday, September 8. Register online at
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. (734) 449-0066. [map]

 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.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Learn-In With Chef Ji Hye Kim": Miss Kim.

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Every Thurs. Chef Kim discusses topics related to cooking TBA.
1 p.m. Online at Free. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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Rebroadcast. 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.
Online at,, and

 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kaveh Akbar: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This Tehran-born, Florida-based poet reads from Calling a Wolf a Wolf, his 2017 debut poetry collection about craving, control, and the constant battle between alcoholism and sobriety. Porochista Khakpour of the Virginia Quarterly Review describes Akbar's voice as "tinted in old Persian, dipped in modern American, ancient and millennial, addict and ascetic." Followed by a Q&A.
5 p.m., online at Free. 764-6330.

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music: Robin Hills Farm.

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Live music TBA at this local farm operation.
20390 N. M-52, Chelsea. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Arhm Choi Wild: At Home with Literati.

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This Korean-American poet, an Ann Arbor native, reads from Cut to Bloom, their brand-new poetry collection about colonialism, queerness, and Asian-American identity. Questions and commentary throughout by poet and Ann Arbor native Adam Falkner and Brooklyn-based poet Jon Sands. Q&A.
7 p.m., for online meeting URL see Free. 585-5567.

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rick Roe Trio: The Blue LLama Jazz Club.

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Sept. 3 & 9. Local jazz trio led by Roe, a veteran pianist whose repertoire includes Disney songs, Star Wars themes, TV themes, classical pieces, and Thelonious Monk classics, along with wildly inventive originals.
7-9:30 p.m., Blue LLama, 314 S. Main. Cover optional. 531-6188. [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.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Shaun Richardson & Seth Taylor: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Acoustic guitar-heavy roots- and jazz-infused folk by the duo of guitarist Taylor, a member of bluegrass jam group Mountain Heart, and guitarist Richardson of the bluegrass ensemble Dailey & Vincent. The duo is praised by The Bluegrass Situation for its "musical code-switching, from fiddle tunes and swinging numbers to country ballads and passionate gospel."
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free. 761-1451.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Benard L. Maas Summer Series": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Sept. 3-5, 11, 12, & 17-19. Outdoor performances of original songs, show tunes, and more by acclaimed local talent. All seating is socially distanced. Masks required. Sept. 3-5: Geoff & Chelsea Packard. Broadway favorites TBA from these U-M music professors. Sept. 11 & 12: Ariel, Zoey & Eli. Music TBA by this Emmy-nominated Ann Arbor sibling trio, known for its "geek anthem" "Take Me to Comic Con." Sept. 17-19: Jessica Grové. Broadway, pop and rock favorites by this Encore regular, a Broadway veteran.
8 p.m., Encore parking lot, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $25 in advance only at 268-6200. [map]

 9 p.m. or so-12:30 a.m.  Free! 

Burnout Society Film Club.

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Every Thurs. or so. Double features TBA, preceded on Thurs. at 8:30 p.m. by a trivia contest. Face masks required. Age 21 & up only. For complete schedule, see
8 Ball Saloon outdoor patio, 208 S. First St. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 8-10 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: 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]


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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