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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 22, 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  Free!  Online 

Takács Quartet: University Musical Society.

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Oct. 21-24. Founded in Hungary in 1975, this world-renowned, Boulder-based ensemble-and UMS crowd favorite-is known for its warmth, eloquence, and discipline, and for the ease with which it masters demanding pieces. Violinists Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes, violist Geraldine Walther, and cellist András Fejér are "four of the best string alchemists on the planet," writes a Chicago Tribune reviewer. Tonight they perform Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's "Five Fantasiestücke," renowned African American composer Florence Price's String Quartet in A minor, Mozart's String Quartet in D minor, and quartets by Bartók and Debussy.
Anytime from 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 through Oct. 24, online at Free. 764-2538.

 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]

 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 for Zoom link.
Now Online!, Saline. Free. Online. 734-276-7707.

 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., 661-3575. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Reimagining Detroit's Museum and Cultural District": UM Museum Studies Program.

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Drawing on their expertise in cultural programming, museum and urban planning, the webinar's panelists will share their insights on the Detroit Square design proposal. This project aims to transform the cultural district and create synergy between museums, publics, and urban space in the heart of Detroit. (Webinar, registration required - )
online via Zoom, n/a. Free. Online. 734-936-6678.

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Jenny Zhang: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this poet and fiction writer, whose 2017 story collection Sour Heart centers on immigrants from China and Taiwan and examines the ways in which family and history influence people. The New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino calls it a "feminist bildungsroman [that] depicts a collective coming of age." Q&A.
5 p.m., online at Free. 764-6330.

 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 (Mon) and (Thurs). Free, but donations for Food Gatherers or a social or racial justice-oriented organization accepted.

 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Jazz Chats with Cool Cats": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local drummer Pete Siers and Detroit-area pianist Scott Gwinnell discuss topics related to jazz and perform a program TBA.
5:30 p.m., online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Auto Reform Law Program": Hantz Group.

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Did you know about the Auto Reform Change? Attend the Auto Reform Law Virtual Program and learn about personal injury protection, the Umbrella Policy and more! Sign up with your email address and we'll send you the information for the webinar. Register today at
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 734-449-0066. [map]

 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]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music at YORK Food + Drink: 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 THURSDAY (10/22) NIGHT IN YORK'S YARD! Grab your mask, snag some food and drink from YORK, Bao Boys, or Ricewood and have a socially distanced night out(side)!
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104. Free. 734-662-0798. [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.

 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 or see Free. 971-0990.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

John U. Bacon presents "The Measure of our Character: What We Do When No One's Watching": Xi Chapter of Delta Gamma, Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter of Delta Gamma, and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Michigan.

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The Xi Chapter of Delta Gamma, Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter Chapter of Delta Gamma, and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Michigan invite you to attend a virtual lecture presented by best-selling author, award-winning professor, journalist, and speaker John U. Bacon, "The Measure of our Character: What We Do When No One's Watching."
To receive a Zoom link for the event, please register at
Reach out to with any questions!
Zoom Webinar. Free. Online.

 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: Craig VanKempen directs The Perfect Game, Hank Greenspan's drama based on the hymn "We Gather Together," about a dispute at a California sports bar that's been closed for months due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Online via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, & Patreon (search "Neighborhood Theatre Group"). Free; donations appreciated. (219) 201-6979.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Measure of Our Character: What We Do When No One's Watching": Xi Chapter & Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter of Delta Gamma/U-M Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

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Talk by bestselling local sportswriter John U. Bacon.
7 p.m., for meeting URL preregister at Free.

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