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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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 12 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Future Language: The Dimensions of Von LMO": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Online screening of Lori Felker's 2018 documentary portrait of this post-punk artist and self-proclaimed alien hybrid.
Online anytime between Sept. 9-Oct. 13 at Free.

 12 a.m. 

"Keep Your Distance 5k": Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

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All invited to run or walk a 5k on a marked course. Medals and t-shirts.
Anytime from Sept. 19-Oct. 18, Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $15, preregistration required at

 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.

 8 a.m.-11 p.m.  Free!  Online 

United Way of Washtenaw County 21 Day Equity Challenge: United Way of Washtenaw County.

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Equity in Michigan
21 Day Equity Challenge: Michigan Edition
United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC), has a vision that by 2030 your zip code will no longer determine your opportunity in life. At present-- in Washtenaw County and our State-- it does.
In response to newly available data on the wellbeing of households in our State who are Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed (ALICE), United Ways across Michigan are launching a special State Edition of the 21 Day Equity Challenge.
This version of the Equity Challenge is designed to take participants through a state-level exploration of the history and impacts of racism and how it has shaped the lives of people in Michigan. Along the way, participants will be equipped with resources and tools to take action for racial equity in their work and lives. Join us! Free. Online. 734-971-8200.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Poverty: Looking from the Inside Out": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. If you've ever wondered why people in poverty can't seem to break out of its grip, sometimes even for generations, then this class is for you. Together we will explore the dynamics of poverty-looking at what keeps people in it, what's needed to break out of it, and how we can all play a role in building community to end poverty. Class includes hands-on simulations, thoughtful discussion, and personal stories of struggle and transformation. The final class focuses on solutions and will feature dynamic programs making a real difference right here in Washtenaw County.
Instructor Suzanne Van Dam will hold the study group on Tuesdays from September 22 through October 6.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $20. 734-998-9351.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Translating Israel": UM Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Jessica Cohen, Hebrew Literary Translator
Jessica Cohen has translated major Israeli writers including Amos Oz, Etgar Keret, Ronit Matalon and Nir Baram, and in 2017 shared the Man Booker International Prize with David Grossman for her translation of A Horse Walks Into a Bar. In this talk, Cohen will address issues of cultural translation that arise as she turns a Hebrew work published in Israel into a text that will circulate globally in English translation.
Jessica Cohen was born in England, raised in Israel, and lives in Denver. She translates contemporary Israeli prose, poetry, and other creative work. She is a past board member of the American Literary Translators Association and has served as a judge for the National Translation Award. Her most recent translations include Ronit Matalon's And the Bride Closed the Door and D. A. Mishani's Three.
Advance Registration Required:
Zoom Webinar link will be sent to registrants shortly before
Zoom Webinar. Free. Online. 734.763.9047.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

2030: What the Future Holds": a2Tech360.

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Speakers TBA discuss trends and innovative products in healthcare, data collection and transfer, augmented and virtual reality, mobility, & other industries in the region.
For online meeting URL preregister at (search "a2Tech360"). Free.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, and Restoring Sanity by Margaret Wheatley": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online.
The title book by Meg Wheatley offers wisdom that motivates and inspires us to local action on important issues. Some of the questions raised by the book are: what does it take to lead an "island of sanity" and is it possible to create protection from the wild irrationality raging about us? Know that this is heavy material and that each session will begin with a short mindfulness meditation. Instructor Bernadette Beach has created and offers professional development for nurses and presented mindfulness courses for 20 years. Instructor Barbara Cherem has been creating curricula, teaching educational leadership at UM-Flint for 15 years, and been an educational leader for several decade.
Sessions will be held on Tuesdays from Sept 22 through Oct 20. Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $35. 734-998-9351.

 2:30-4 p.m.  Online 

"Art History I--Paleolithic through New Kingdom Egypt": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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The first in a sequence of 3 introductory art history courses, this study group will focus on works of art that demonstrate the ways in which artists documented their world. Beginning in the pre-historic era artists painted cave paintings and carved images on stone and bison horn.
In the subsequent Neolithic time period, technology and art joined to support the burgeoning agricultural society in the ancient Near East. The Sumerians, Akkadians, and Assyrians depicted their gods and religious rituals of their cultures, wars and empires. I will focus on early Egyptian art and one of their pyramids. Molly Lindner brings to this subject her 11 years of teaching art history at Kent State Univ. The Study Group meets on Tuesdays Sept. 22 to Oct. 27 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $40. 734-998-9351.

 3:15-5:15 p.m.  Online 

"Current Events": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This discussion group is for people interested in current events happening at the local, national and global level. All opinions will be heard courteously. No materials or special expertise required, just an open mind and a good sense of humor.
This group is co-led by Margaret Pooler and Bill Milne. Bill Milne is a chemist who retired from the federal government. He resides in Ann Arbor and participates in many OLLI programs. Margaret Pooler, also an Ann Arbor resident, is a retired librarian who has been active in OLLI for many years.
The Study Group meets on Tuesdays Sept. 22 to Dec. 22 from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $50. 734-998-9351.

 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"From Mobility to Accessibility: Transforming Urban Transportation and Land-Use Planning": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Afternoons with OLLI.

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Talk by U-M College of Architecture urban and regional planning professor Jonathan Levine. Q&A.
For online meeting URL preregister at $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 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.

 6-8 p.m. 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap tips.
For meeting location call or preregister at $2 monthly dues. 945-3035.

 6:30 p.m.  Online 

Sufi Class with Imam Kamau Ayubbi: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a Sufi class via Zoom. Details at
Donation: $5-$10
Zoom. Online. Donation. 734-327-0270.

 6:30 p.m.  Online 

Virtual Youth theatre Auditions: Professional Youth Theatre of MI.

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We are so excited to announce our fall production will be... drumroll please... A MUSICAL THEATRE MASTERCLASS! Our 8 week acting, singing, and dancing workshop will help both seasoned and unseasoned actors train to be that triple threat! We will have 2 separate casts, a grades K-5 cast as well as a cast for grades 6-12. The experience will culminate in a BROADWAY MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE, where young artists will have the opportunity to perform a song and/or monologue live on ZOOM! Spots are limited, so sign up now! Visit
Zoom virtual show, N/A. Online. $150.. 734-660-2966.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Book Launch with Ken Fisher: University Musical Society.

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Former UMS president Fisher discusses his new book, Everybody In, Nobody Out: Inspiring Community at Michigan's University Musical Society," with local journalist John U. Bacon. Peppered with colorful anecdotes of UMS's successes, the nonfiction reflects on the power of performing arts to engage and enrich communities.
Online at and Free. 764-2538.

 7-9 p.m. 

Autumnal Equinox Celebration: Michigan Friends Center.

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Bonfire with singing, storytelling, and discussion. Bring a favorite verse, story, song, or bit of seasonal lore to share. Also, bring a flashlight, wear long sleeves and a mask (required), and dress for the weather.
Michigan Friends Center beachfront, 1000 Long Lake Rd., Chelsea. Donations appreciated. Preregistration (limited to 11 participants) required at . 475-0942. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Sumita Chakraborty: Skazat! Poetry Series Virtual Edition.

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Reading by this U-M Helen Zell visiting poetry professor. She cites Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Anne Carson, and Gwendolyn Brooks as influences, and her poems are often written from a vulnerable 1st-person perspective. She has a forthcoming collection, Arrow. Preceded by an open mic.
For online meeting URL preregister at Free. 223-3165.

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. All female singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For online meeting URL email Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.

 7-9 p.m.  Online 

"Bluegrass Jam Circle": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Sept. 8 & 22. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
For location and other updates see Price TBA.

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]

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