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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 20, 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 Free.

 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
Various prices per film. Available all Sept. online at for 2-10 days after patrons start watching each film.

 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
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Lessons Learned from Flint and Implications for Reducing Health Disparities Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute The Lasting Impact of Covid-19 Series.

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Talk by MSU public health professor Debra Furr-Holden and Flint-based pediatrician Lawrence Reynolds.
Online at Free. 998-9351.

 10-11 a.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 Free. 764-3490.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at Free.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Translating the Sacred Word": Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Aviya Kushner, Author and Language Columnist at The Forward
In her prize-winning book "The Grammar of God" (Spiegel & Grau, 2015), Aviya Kushner recounts her experience of reading the Hebrew Bible in multiple English translations and the surprises and revelations she encountered along the way. Drawing from this book, as well as her current project on the great commentator, poet, and translator Rabbi Avraham Ibn Ezra, she will share with us her insights on the history of biblical translation and the lives of translators.
Advance Registration Required:
The Zoom Webinar link and password will be sent to registrants shortly before the event.
Online Event. Free. Online. 734.763.9047.

 Noon-1 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Noon Lectures: U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.

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Every Tues. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Oct. 6: U-M sociology professor Xiaohong Xu on "The Great Separation: How the Cultural Revolution Has Shaped Contemporary China and Its Relationship to Global Capitalism."

Oct. 13: U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies postdoctoral fellow Jundai Liu on "Civic Solidarity: Sustaining Contention and Building Democratic Institutions in Contemporary Village China."

Oct. 20: Reed College anthropology professor Charlene Makley on "Oral History and Fugitive (Non)presence: The Afterlives of the Tenth Panchen Lama in China's Tibet."

Oct. 27: UMMA Asian art curator Natsu Oyobe on "Monumental Friendship: Chinese Ceramics in the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection at the University of Michigan Museum of Art."
Noon, for online meeting URL see Free. 764-6308.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: How Life Works, Part 1": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. This course is based on The Great Courses lectures by Prof. Kevin Ahern of Oregon State University.* Part 1 will cover the first 23 lectures, concerned with biochemistry. We will view and discuss two half-hour lectures each session. This will provide the background for Part 2, comprising the final 13 lectures on molecular biology, covering topics such as DNA, RNA and protein building, as well as genetic diseases and cancer.
Instructor Craig Stephan is a retired industrial physicist who has led many previous OLLI courses. The course will bring in UM experts from time to time to answer questions. *See courses/biochemistry-and-molecular-biology-how-life-works.html.
The study group will meet Tuesdays from October 20 through January 12.
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. $50. 734-998-9351.

 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Farmers Market.

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Every Sat., May-Oct. Sale of produce, eggs, honey, baked goods, and more from local vendors. Also, performances by local musicians.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3233 Alpine St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8303. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Leaning to Make a Quiche": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Demo by a Hillside Terrace chef.
For online meeting URL, email or call. Free.

 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.

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Trick-or-Treat: Drive-Thru": Washtenaw County Farm Bureau.

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All kids age 12 & under (accompanied by an adult) invited to drive through 15 stations of local agriculture products, featuring apples, blueberries, cherries, dairy, doughnuts, flowers, cranberries, honey, pumpkins, and more.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, B pavilion building, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free, but limited supply so arrive early. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Over-Wintering Techniques for Bonsai": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Talk by club members TBA. Q&A.
6:30 p.m., email for meeting URL. Free.

 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 per class.
Zoom. Online. Donation. 7343270270.

 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.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Oct. 6 & 20. Club members show their projected digital images (Oct. 6) and digitized prints (Oct. 20) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "At Home or in the Yard." Also, presentation by club member Awni Hafedh on a series of photos-mostly shot with an iPhone-taken around the world (Oct. 6), and members TBA on"How to Pick an Image Worth Editing, (Oct. 20).
For online meeting URL email Free. 327-4781,

 8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Conversation with Trevor Noah": University Musical Society/U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Livestream pre-election talk by Dailky Show host, a trenchant, devilishly humorous social critic. Also, U-M Ford School dean moderates a Q&A with U-M students.
8:30 p.m., for URL see Free; preregistration required.

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