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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 15, 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. 

"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.


 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]



 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Poverty, Inequity, and Disparity": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs., Sept. 10-Oct. 15. Talks by various speakers.

Sept. 10: MSU economics professor Charles Ballard on "Poverty: Causes, Consequences, and Cures."

Sept. 17: U-M public policy and social work professor H. Luke Shaefer on "The Questions We Don't Know to Ask: Studying Poverty in 21st Century America."

Sept. 24: U-M instructional design for seminars and special programs director Simona Goldin on "Access and Equity in U.S. School Systems."

Oct. 1: U-M public policy professor Sarah Miller on "The Short-Term and Long-Term Impacts of Health Care Access for Low Income Americans."

Oct. 8: U-M urban and regional planning professor Lan Deng on "Building and Preserving Affordable Housing in the United States: Federal Resources and Local Efforts."

Oct. 15: U-M sociology, Afroamerican & African studies, and public policy professor Alford Young Jr. on "From the Edge of the Ghetto: The Quest of Small City African Americans to Survive Post-Industrialism."
For online meeting URL preregister at OLLI-umich.org. $35 per lecture (for 6-lecture series, $60); for members, $10 per lecture and $35 for 6-lecture series; $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 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]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Tuesday Morning Mindfulness Meditation: Open Mindfulness Meditation.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Online. Please join us for this weekly free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between. Come when you can. Experience the power of mindfulness in community!
Please message mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com for Zoom link.
Now Online!, Saline. Free. Online. 734-276-7707. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com


 1-3 p.m. 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, humane education lesson, and dog meet-and-greet. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10 per kid. Preregistration required. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Between the World Wars: Great Creativity and Growing Crisis": Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Todd Endelman & Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan, with Jeffrey Veidlinger, Director of the Frankel Center of Judaic Studies, and Deborah Dash Moore, editor in chief of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization
Join a conversation with Todd Endelman, Zvi Gitelman, and Deborah Dash Moore to celebrate the publication of Crisis and Creativity between World Wars, 1918-1939 edited by Todd M. Endelman and Zvi Gitelman, Volume 8 of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization.
Advance Registration Required: https://forms.gle/TJzd9Z2uyRJFHsZx5
The Zoom Webinar link and password will be sent to registrants shortly before the event.
Zoom Webinar. Free. Online. 734.763.9047. judaicstudies@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/judaic/news-events/all-events.detail.html/76014-19655341.html


 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Policy Talks": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Oct. 7, 12, 15, 20, & 21. A series of talks by U-M faculty and visiting scholars. Participants encouraged to join the conversation by using #policytalks.

Oct. 7 (4-5 p.m.): Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget president Maya MacGuineas and Lawrence Summers, National Economic Council director under Obama, on "Is the Federal Deficit Unsustainable?"

Oct. 12 (11:30-12:30 p.m.): Two senior political reporters, Vox's Jane Coaston and The Guardian's Daniel Strauss, discuss what it's like to cover the presidential 2020 campaign trail. U-M Ford School associate dean Paula Lantz and U-M health policy professor James Hudak moderate.

Oct. 15 (4-5 p.m.): International Rescue Committee president David Miliband discusses "International Politics, Humanitarian Needs, and the Global Significance of the U.S. Election." U-M Weiser Diplomacy Center director John Ciorciari moderates.

Oct. 20 (10-11 a.m.): Panel discussion on "U.S.-China Relations During Covid-19: Finding a Path Forward." With U-M political science professor Mary Gallagher, U-M public policy professor Ann Lin, and Brookings Institute foreign policy fellow emeritus Ken Lieberthal, also a U-M political science professor emeritus who served as senior director for Asia on the National security Council under President Clinton. U-M public policy faculty moderate.

Oct. 21 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics director Len Nichols on "U.S. Health Policy Directions: Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood."
Various times, for online meeting URL see FordSchool.umich.edu/events. Free. 764-3490.


 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

San and Emily Slomovits.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. Multi-instrumentalist San (best known as half of the popular family-friendly duo Gemini) and his vocalist-violinist daughter Emily perform livestream folk music geared towards kids (Mon.) and adults (Thurs.).
Online at Facebook.com/GeminiChildrensMusic (Mon) and Facebook.com/Emily.Slomovits (Thurs). Free, but donations for Food Gatherers or a social or racial justice-oriented organization accepted. sandor2021@gmail.com.


 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Téa Obreht: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This Serbian-American novelist reads from Inland, her 2019 novel about a frontierswoman and a Muslim immigrant living in the Arizona territory in 1893. Chanelle Benz of the The New York Times Book Review says "Obreht's simple but rich prose captures and luxuriates in the West's beauty and sudden menace." Q&A.
5 p.m., online at tinyurl.com/ZellWriters. 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]


 7-9 p.m.  Online 

"Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe - Foundations of Buddhist Philosophy": Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Geshe Thabkhe's teachings, recorded in India and translated by Geshe Yeshe Lhudrup, will be posted weekly over 8 Thursdays listed below. Once registered, we invite you to visit your registrant webpage weekly for each new post, or stream posted recordings later as your schedule permits.
Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe is a genuine contemplative master and a member of the last generation extensively trained in old Tibet. He received his monastic education at Drepung Loseling Monastery and, in 1969, was awarded the Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree of scholarship conferred within the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies, the only Tibetan university in India.
Jewel Heart (online). Online. Donation. $150. (734) 994-3387. registration@jewelheart.org https://www.jewelheart.org/events/geshe-yeshe-thabkhe-foundations-of-buddhist-philosophy/


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Radical Roots, Contested Place: African American and African Studies at U-M": U-M Bentley Historical Library.

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Join the Bentley Historical Library for this "Making Michigan" webinar with U-M Professor Stephen Ward, who will discuss the impact of the Black Power movement and struggles around race, nationally and locally, at U-M during the 1960s and 1970s. You'll learn about the Black Action Movement (BAM I), an important moment in U-M's history of student activism. He'll also discuss the motivations and rationale for Black Studies as an academic discipline, and the origins of U-M's Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS). The session will be moderated by Gary Krenz of the Bentley Historical Library.
Bentley Historical Library (Zoom webinar). Free. Online. gdkrenz@umich.edu https://bentley.umich.edu/news-events/making-michigan-series/



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Art Talks: Jewish Community Center.

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Oct. 15, 22, & 29. Illustrated talks by WSU art history instructor Wendy Evans.

Oct. 15: "How to Look at Art With the Eyes of an Artist."

Oct. 22: "Musée du Louvre, Paris." See some of the world's most famous paintings and sculptures sans crowds.

Oct. 29: "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Women in Art." Learn about how male artists have historically rendered the female form and explore the differences in how women artists represent themselves.
For online meeting URL email Noemi Herzig at NoemiHerzig@jccAnnArbor.com or see jccAnnArbor.org. Free. 971-0990.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Inspired By…": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Every Thurs. Five original 10-minute virtual staged readings by local playwrights of plays inspired by different songs. Readings include light props and costumes. Tonight: Maegan Murphy directs Send in the Clowns, Chuck Goddeeris's comedy based on the Stephen Sondheim song about 3 clowns who interview for a position for which only one seems qualified.
Online via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, & Patreon (search "Neighborhood Theatre Group"). Free; donations appreciated. (219) 201-6979.


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Crystal Bowersox: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Soulful country-flavored folk-rock by this Nashville-based singer-songwriter from northern Ohio who was the American Idol runner-up in 2010. She has since released 3 CDs and has a new single, "Courage to be Kind," that addresses racism in America.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see TheArk.org/Shows-Events. Free. 761-1451.


 9 p.m.  Online 

Kevin Morby: The Ark.

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Oct. 1, 8, & 15. Indie rock singer-songwriter from Lubbock, TX. In advance of the release of his 6th album Sundowner, Morby plays songs from each of his albums in separate virtual concerts. Oct. 1: City Music (2017), which has earned Morby comparisons to Lou Reed. Oct. 8: Oh My God (2019), which a Pitchfork reviewer says "conjures memories of Bob Dylan's gospel-phase." Oct. 15: Premiere of Sundowner, which Morby calls "a depiction of isolation."
9 p.m., online at TheArk.org. Tickets $15 at NoonChorus.com/TheArkAnnArbor-Morby. 761-1451.





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