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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 25, 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.

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

"Mindfulness for Chronic Pain" U-M Turner Senior Resource Center.

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Talk by Michigan Medicine social worker Mariko Abe Foulk.
For online meeting URL call 998-9353 or email Free.

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Reflective Meditation": Ypsilanti District Library.

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This 6-week online class, taught over Zoom by Erica Dutton of SkyGardens Meditation, will provide the fundamentals of Reflective Meditation which is an open, receptive, gentle practice of awareness. Beginners are welcome! If you already have a meditation practice, you can continue it in this class and learn two additional steps that are part of Reflective Meditation and enhance any practice. Reflective Meditation is based on the early teachings of the Buddha and is more student wisdom oriented than teacher wisdom oriented. This meditation encourages gentleness, curiosity, and permission to explore. The goal is to help the student develop their own practice. Classes will be held Fridays, September 18 through October 23. The classes build on each other, so attendance at all six is highly recommended. Registration required; register online, or call 734-482-4110 x 2411.
Ypsilanti District Library, Online, Ypsilanti. Free. Online. 734-482-4110 x2411.

 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 12-Oct. 31, and every Wed.-Fri. Sept. 16-Oct. 30. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a Corn Queen Combine playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Apple cannon & paintball shooting gallery available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $20; weekday admission: $15; kids age 2 & under, free. 390-9211. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking off the Pounds," walking in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL call 998-9353. Free.

 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Literature of Colonialism and Structural Racism": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. These are de-colonizing novels that address structural racism as a necessary consequence of European colonialism. Protagonists in these novels contend with the divided consciousness of people who have been systemically designated "other." "De-colonizing" is an effort to recover their original culture, to reassert their own agency. Novels by Anita Desai, Junot Diaz, Chimimanda Adiche, Viet Thahn Nguyen, Tommy Orange, Ta-Nehisi Coates. This study group, led by Instructor Sharon Quiroz, will be held on Fridays from September 25 through December 18.
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. $50. 734-998-9351.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Giving Voice to a Foxtrot From Auschwitz-Birkenau": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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U-M music theory professor Patricia Hall discusses her research on the Auschwitz concentration camp, highlighted by the discovery of a foxtrot arrangement of the song "Die Schönste Zeit des Lebens." In 2018 the U-M music student Contemporary Directions Ensemble gave the first public performance of this arrangement outside of Auschwitz.
For online meeting location preregister at $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Tech Trek/Mobility Row 2020": a2Tech360.

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All invited to virtually tour more than 50 local tech companies and learn about the people behind the businesses and their projects. For complete list of participating companies, see
For online meeting URL preregister at (search "a2Tech360") Free.

 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Real-World Perspectives Speaker Series": U-M Poverty Solutions.

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Every Fri., Sept. 25-Nov. 6. Virtual lecture series.

Sept. 25: LA-based writer Michael Arceneaux discusses his nervy new autobiography I Don't Want to Die Poor, about his life as a young gay black man in a country that is crushing him with debt.

Oct. 2: Dignity + Debt Network director Frederick Wherry on "The Weight of Debt, the Dignity of Debtors."

Oct. 9: Michigan Health and Human Services director Joneigh Khaldun and Michigan lieutenant governor Garlin Gilchrist on "Life During Covid-19."

Oct. 16: U-M social work professor H. Luke Shaefer on "Understanding Communities of Deep Disadvantage."

Oct. 23: University of Chicago public policy professor Ariel Kalil on "Behavioral Insights and Parental Decision-Making: A New Framework for Supporting Low Income Families."

Oct. 30: New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on "Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope." With a response by Michigan Health & Human Services chief medical executive Joneigh Khaldun.

Nov. 6: South Bronx-based urban revitalization strategist and community-oriented real estate developer Majora Carter on "Community as Corporation: Talent Retention in Low-Status America."
Online at Free.

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Bingo: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us for a fun virtual bingo game! The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the e-mail address used to register along with instructions on how to log-in to play. Pick up your bingo cards at the library or print your own at home using this link. Register online at
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. (734) 449-0066. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Online 

"28th Annual Gimme Shelter": Interfaith Hospitality Network of Washtenaw County.

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Pick up local food or have it delivered (48103/48104 zip codes only) to your home, from restaurants that include Nachos Average Tostado, Mr. Pit Master BBQ, Wood Fired Up Pizza, and Hello! Ice Cream. Orders must be placed by Mon. Sept. 21. Also, online silent auction, opening Sept. 18, 9 a.m. and ending Sept. 25, 7 p.m. A benefit for the local family-oriented homeless shelter, Alpha House.
Alpha House grounds, 4290 Jackson Rd. $35. 822-0220, [map]

 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.

 5-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch an animal-themed movie TBA and interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Social distancing enforced, masks required. Limited to 10 kids.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 ($15 for additional children). Preregistration required., 661-3575. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Gather Around the Fire": York Food + Drink Brewery Pop Up & Live Music.

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Gather around the fire with Mothfire Brewing in YORK's Yard! We're thrilled to be hosting live local hip hop and surf rock music: Virga, MC Kadence (FT. Mr Demented), and Jamie Register spinning soul and funk. Mouth watering dinner options will available for purchase from Ricewood BBQ, Bao Boys, and Shuk (Amanda Fisher's new concept) - and of course drinks by YORK. Plus: a special Mothfire can release! Feel free to bring camping chairs and/or picnic blankets to ensure social distancing. Masks and friends required!
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104. Free. 734-662-0798. [map]

 6 p.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Astronomy at the Beach": University Lowbrow Astronomers/Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Club.

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Sept. 25 & 26. All invited to join area astronomy buffs at this annual event. Held online this year, it features pre-recorded presentations on astronomy and space science, livestreamed presentations by local astronomers, and remote telescope viewing. Complete schedule available at
Online at Free. (313) 354-5346.

 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.  Online 

"Virtual Weekend Workshop to End Corruption in Politics": Wolf-PAC.

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Virtual Weekend Workshop to End Corruption in Politics: September 25-27
Wolf-PAC, a national, non-partisan organization working to end corruption in our federal government, will host its 4th annual Warrior Workshop from September 25 to September 27. Join others from around the nation as they learn to strengthen their activism skills in the fight to end "pay to play politics" in Washington.

Presenters will include Harvard law professor, Lawrence Lessig, Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, as well as Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti, hosts of The Hill's Rising. The agenda also features many other leaders working in the pursuit of campaign finance reform.

Registration is just $10 for a whole weekend of virtual learning, panel discussions, roundtables and games! For more details and to register for this important event, go to Join the Movement to end corruption!
Virtual, 123 Virtual Ave. Online. $10. 6037462690. [map]

 7:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Sept. 25 & 26; Oct. dates TBA. Four scary attractions-the haunted hayride, the haunted barn, the Asylum, and the MindShaft-featuring costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 10 & under must be with an adult.
7:30-11:30 p.m., 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets prices TBA at 390-9212. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

8 Ball Patio Series: The Blind Pig.

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Every Fri. & Sat. A variety of artists TBA performing from the rooftop for patrons seated on the 8 Ball patio.
8-9 p.m. or later, patio adjacent to the 8 Ball Saloon entrance the Blind Pig, 208 S. First. No cover. 996-8555. [map]

 9-11 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to watch short astronomy presentations by club members and learn about the planets, the moon, the constellations, colorful binary star systems, and other visible astronomical objects.
9-11 p.m., for meeting URL see Free. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: 8 Ball Patio Series

Every Fri. & Sat. A variety of artists TBA performing from the rooftop for patrons seated on the 8 Ball patio. No cover. 8-9 p.m. or later, patio adjacent to the 8 Ball Saloon entrance the Blind Pig. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: "Jazz After Dark"

Every Fri. & Sat. Jazz originals and standards by a trio (Fri.) or quartet (Sat.) led by veteran local bassist Rob Crozier. On the outdoor terrace. 9-11 p.m. [venue info]


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