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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 16, 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.


 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.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Remodelers Home Tour: Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Oct. 16-18. Guided tours of several newly remodeled local homes, online and in-person. Limited capacity for in-person viewings; social distancing enforced, masks required.
9 a.m.-6 p.m., various locations and online at BragAnnArbor.net. Free. 996-0100.


 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 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Clements Bookworm Online Event": U-M Clements Library.

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Clements manuscripts curator Cheney Schopieray hosts a livestream conversation about Civil War soldier and war correspondent William H. Busbey, later a newspaper editor in Toledo and Chicago. With historian Linda Zimmermann, author of Civil War Memories: The Collected Writings of Sgt. William H. Busbey (1839-1906), and Busbey descendant Ted Young.
10 a.m., for online meeting URL preregister at myumi.ch/gjgzR. Free. 649-3370.


 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-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Showcase of New and Remodeled Homes": Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor An Arbor.

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Oct. 16-18. Virtual guided tour of 12 area homes, 4 of which are open for in-person tours.
Noon-6 p.m., for URL see showcaseofhomes.net. Free.


 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.


 1:30 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]


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Drawdown: Pathways Out of Global Warming: Barickuda Gallery at trustArt studios.

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Several artists gathered over a period of months to discuss and reflect on the challenges of global warming using the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken (drawdown.org) as their inspiration to make work for this traveling group exhibition. The show includes the work of Liz Barick Fall, Justin Cox, Jana Dietsch Wingels, Laura Earle, Tracey Easthope, Trisha Schultz, Leslie Sobel and Laurie Wechter.
Opening reception October 16, 6-9pm
By Appointment October 17-31
Closing reception November 1, 1-4pm
Masks required and social distancing protocols will be practiced.
Barickuda Gallery at trustArt studios. Free. trustartstudios@gmail.com trustartstudios.com


 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.  Free! 

DJ Fresh Mynt: YORK Food + Drink.

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Ann Arbor's very own local DJ representing the LGBT community, voted one of Ann arbor's post popular wedding DJs, AND Wedding Wire's most popular Girl DJ in Michigan will be spinning funk, soul, Motown, Chill House, Tropical House, 90s, and more...FRESH MYNT LIVE FRIDAY NIGHT IN YORK'S YARD! Grab your mask, snag some food and drink from YORK or Ma Lou's (who are popping up that evening at 5:30pm) and have a socially distanced night out(side)!
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104. Free. 734-662-0798. events@yorka2.com www.yorka2.com [map]



 7 p.m. 

"#Matter" & "Black Flag": EMU Theater Department.

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Oct. 16-18. Virtual productions of 2 semi-staged dramas by Idris Goodwin, an award-winning Colorado-based playwright known for his plays designed to spark conversation about race in America. EMU grad student Tayler Jones directs #Matter, a story about 2 former high school students reconnecting over their divergent views on life and race. Fraser High School drama teacher & EMU grad Randy Stewart directs Black Flag, a story about college freshman roommates attempting to navigate their obvious cultural differences.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 2 p.m. (Sun.). For online URL, see emich.edu/cmta/productions/current-season. Tickets prices TBA at EMUtix.com. 487-1220. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Peace Generator": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to meditate, chant, and set intentions.
For online meeting URL see InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.


 8 p.m.  Online 

Davina & the Vagabonds: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Fronted by the powerful vocals of singer-songwriter Davina Sowers, this Minneapolis Americana quintet plays a brand of high-energy horn-based blues that incorporates New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, tender gospel passages, and dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill. They have a new album, Sugar Drops.
8 p.m., livestream URL and tickets $15 (family, $20) available at https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=4b502910a7be46b0c01d5919e9433489&vqitq=1bec6123-6b36-4133-9147-95e37a30b487&vqitp=31d938d9-9393-4a26-89e4-21974d9b5e69&vqitts=1601649113&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=1144e99c4fc700391cce0c0dd4125032. 761-1451.


 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blue LLama: Sean Dobbins Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by drummer Dobbins. With saxophonist Diego Rivera and Hammond B-3 organist Duncan McMillan. 7-10 p.m. [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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