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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 9, 2020






 
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 12 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"What We Left Unfinished": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Online screening of Mariam Ghani's 2019 documentary, which features newly restored footage from lost fiction films shot during Afghanistan's Communist era (1978-1991).
Online anytime between Oct. 7-Nov. 3 at aafilmfest.org/aaffpresents. Free.


 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 aafilmfest.org/aaffpresents. 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 ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org.


 6 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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More than 20 new releases to watch from your home. Movie rental and purchases directly support the Michigan Theater Foundation and staff. For full schedule, see www.MichTheater.org/Screenings.
Various prices per film. Available all Sept. online at MichTheater.org/Screenings for 2-10 days after patrons start watching each film. BoxOffice@MichTheater.org.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Step Up" to End Corruption in DC: Now - Oct 31: Wolf-PAC.

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Walk, run or bike to help save the future of America!
Wolf-PAC, a non-partisan, grassroots organization working to end corruption in DC, invites you join the 28 Million Steps Challenge. From now until October 31st, you can walk, run or bike to help raise awareness about the crucial need to end "pay to play politics" in Washington.

Why 28 Million Steps? Wolf-PAC is working to attain a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to fix our broken campaign finance system and restore a government that represents the people.

Registration is free. Visit wolf-pac.com/stepup for more info, to register, or start/join a team. "Step up" in the fight to end corruption -- and get some good exercise while you're at it!
Ann Arbor, Anywhere. Free. augustinedeb@gmail.com wolf-pac.com/stepup



 10:00 a.m.  Free! 

Scarecrow Contest: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Build a scarecrow and we will display it at the library. All participating scarecrows are due by Monday, October 26 at 11 am. The scarecrows will be judged throughout the week and winners will be announced on Halloween, Saturday, October 31. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. View the contest rules at www.ntal.org/fall.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/fall [map]



 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-3 p.m.  Free! 

Fire Open House: Pittsfield Township.

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Celebrate National Fire Safety week and learn about fire prevention and safety at the annual Fire Open House on Sunday, October 9th at the Pittsfield Township Fire Station located at 6227 W. Michigan Avenue. Check out the trucks, watch demonstrations, meet the firefighters, get information and resources about fire safety and prevention, and more!
Pittsfield Township Fire Station #1, 6227 W. Michigan Ave. Free. 734.822.4911. publicsafety@pittsfield-mi.gov [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.  Online 

"Detective Mystery Films - Shelter-in-Place Edition": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. Each detective film will have a Friday online meeting, screening of the film at home, and then a discussion meeting the following Tuesday. Three mystery films are planned: In The Heat of the Night, Four Seasons in Havana, and a 3rd film to be announced. Films are subject to change, if availability changes.
Watch the film at home in between the two meetings. Access to a streaming service (such as Amazon Prime and Netflix) is required. Some films may be available to rent. Some films contain mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised. Instructor George Ferrell has led several detective mystery film study groups; including the first shelter-at- home film group. The study group will meet October 9, 13, 23, and 27, plus November 6 and 10.
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. $40. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org



 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 poverty.umich.edu/news-events. Free. PovertySolutions@umich.edu.


 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., facebook.com/GeminiChildrensMusic. Free; donations for various causes accepted during each performance.


 5-10 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, a kids play area, and more. Maps available ($1).
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd., Dexter. $10 (ages 5-12, $7; age 4 & under, free). BlastCornMaze.com. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music at YORK Food + Drink.

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YORK Food + Drink is proud to welcome Ann Arbor-based producer, OMO, on Friday, October 9th from 6-8pm. Join us for a night of psychedelic beats, hypnotic soundscapes, and textural exploration!
Additionally, Lucha Puerco will be popping up in the Yard serving their insanely special tacos and delicious extras. They sold out fast last time, and will open at 5:30pm.
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104. Free. 734-662-0798. events@yorka2.com www.yorka2.com [map]



 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Flea Circus."

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Every Fri. Local pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun plays an outdoor concert of jazz, boogie-woogie & more on his portable "piano bike," with veteran local drummer Pete Siers on drums & washboard.
6-8 p.m., corner of Catherine St. & Detroit St. Free. Facebook.com/MrBMarkLincolnBraun. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Online 

"Euchre Change a Life!"

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Five-game online euchre tournament. Sign up with a partner, or get paired with one by the organizers. Prizes. Proceeds benefit Haitian children.
For meeting URL preregister by Sept. 16 at Facebook.com/EuchreChangeALife. $10 donation per player. EuchreChangeALife@gmail.com.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Livestream readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poetry by Julia McDaniel and fiction by Drew Nelles.
7 p.m., online at tinyurl.com/WebsterSeries. Free. 764-6330.


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Penny Stamps Speaker Series: U-M School of Art & Design.

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Every Fri. Livestream talks by various artists. Oct. 2: Acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns, a former Ann Arborite, and journalist Isabel Wilkerson, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, on "The Complexities of the American Narrative." Moderated by journalist and U-M employee Lynette Clemetson. Oct. 9: product designer Bilge Nur Saltik, artist & designer Aaron Blendowski, and curator Alison Wong on the concept and development of Never Normal, Detroit-based design collective Form&Seek's current exhibition about our personal relationships to domestic landscapes. Oct. 16: D.C.-based artist and cultural strategist Philippa Hughes on "Dismantling the Polarization Industrial Complex." Oct. 23: U-M Institute for the Humanities curator Amanda Krugliak, UMMA Contemporary Art curator Ozi Uduma, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit) president Neil Alan Barclay, and Ghanaian installation artist Ibrahim Mahama discuss the significance of public art in times of crisis. Oct. 30: MTV World founder Nusrat Durrani screens and discusses An American Prayer, his film about the magic and loss of the American dream.
8 p.m., online at stamps.umich.edu/stamps or dptv.org. Free. 936-0671.


 8 p.m.  Online 

The Jayhawks: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Seminal Minneapolis country-flavored folk-rock trio fronted by singer-songwriter Gary Louris, whose blend of Dylan, the Beatles, and Buck Owens was a major influence on the emergence of alt-country. According to AllMusic.com writer Mark Deming, the band's 2016 CD, Paging Mr. Proust, "finds Louris and his bandmates mixing up their formula, introducing new edges and angles to the group's evocative, lonesome Midwestern sound." Tonight the band celebrates the release of its new CD, XOXO/, with a performance from its Minneapolis studio where it has constructed a replica of their secret lakeside retreat Camp Jayhaw.
8 p.m., livestream on mandolin.com. Tickets $20 ($50 includes Jayhawks livestream shows in November & January) at boxoffice.mandolin.com/pages/jayhawks-livestream-series?rfsn=4739216.f9229. 761-1451.


 8-8:45 p.m.  Online 

Zoom Play Series: Theatre Nova.

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Oct. 7-11. Fifteen juried virtual-themed very short plays-3 each night-written specifically to be performed live over Zoom. Tonight: Diane Hill directs 3 plays. Meet Cute Medium is Donna Warfield's sci-fi drama about online speed dating with a supernatural twist. Cleavon Smith's lighthearted drama A Hero of Our Time is about 2 young inner city activists preparing to speak at a rally the next day. And Rachel Keown Burke's comedy Book'd is the story of an afternoon virtual wine-and-cheese book discussion that leaves its participants ill-prepared for the rest of their day.
For livestream URL see Theatre-Nova.TicketLeap.com. Tickets $5 per night. a2TheatreNova@gmail.com.


 8 p.m. 

"Family Night: Stargazing": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to bring a blanket and stargaze. WCPARC naturalists on hand to point out various constellations and astronomical objects. Small fire pit & s'mores. Social distancing enforced.
8 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. $5 per group of 4; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. [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 umichSAS.com. Free. [map]



 
 
 

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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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