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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 23, 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.


 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 ums.org/performance/takacs-quartet-ums-digital-presentation. Free. 764-2538.


 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]



 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Understanding Behavior Change in Dementia": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Talk by Turner Geriatric Clinic social worker Beth Spencer.
For online meeting URL, email info.twsp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. Free.


 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-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.


 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Shakespeare's Poetry": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will be online. Many of us have encountered the plays of William Shakespeare, but fewer of us are as familiar with his poetry. In this course, we will set aside the Bard's stage productions to read and analyze Shakespeare's lyric and narrative poetry. We will discuss a selection of The Sonnets in addition to The Phoenix and the Turtle, A Lover's Complaint, Venus and Adonis, and Lucrece. No previous experience with poetry or Shakespearean language is required. The Oxford edition of "The Complete Sonnets and Poems" is the recommended edition. Instructor Margo Kolenda-Mason is a Ph.D. Candidate in the English Department at the University of Michigan. When she is not teaching, she researches medieval and early modern literature. The study group will be held on Fridays from October 23 through November 13. Preregistration 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. $30. 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 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music: York Food + Drink.

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Na Bonsai will be live from YORK's Yard (7pm)! Na Bonsai is a genre morphing sound artist from Detroit, MI who performs original songs and experimental self-productions. From a background of jazz and soul, her goal is to raise vibrations by freeing minds through her music.
Additionally, Pietrzyk Pierogi will be popping up that evening at 5pm. Pietrzyk Piergo not only makes insanely delicious pierogi, they also partner with local schools and organizations that support underserved populations. Supporting them means supporting our community.
YORK is proud to support Pietrzyk Pierogi's mission! We'll be donating a proceed of all drink sales that night to two food pantries in our community: the Specialty Food Pantry at JFS and Swoop's Food Pantry at EMU. Join us - and help us help others.
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104. Free. 734-662-0798. events@yorka2.com www.yorka2.com [map]



 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 5-11 invited to watch the 2001 animated comedy Monsters, Inc. and interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Social distancing enforced, masks required.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 (additional children, $15), preregistration required (capacity limited to 10 participants). hshv.org, 661-3575. [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]


 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Animal Haunts": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All encouraged to come in costume to hike on paved and wooded trails through LSNC's recently reopened site and Black Pond woods, while solving clues in an educational family-friendly mystery. Social distancing enforced, masks required.
Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Price TBA, includes a kids take-home gift; preregistration required at LeslieSNC.org. [map]


 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 Serena Dobson and fiction by Maya Dobjensky.
7 p.m., online at tinyurl.com/WebsterSeries. Free. 764-6330.


 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Purple Gums: Edgefest 24.

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Annual music festival, listed by DownBeat as one of the world's top 50 jazz/avant music festivals. This year's online program features monthly concerts through March 2021. Tonight, avant-garde jazz improvisations by Purple Gums, the brass ensemble of cornetist Bobby Bradford (tenor saxophonist Francis Wong, and tuba player & vocalist William Roper. MetalJazz.com calls their new album, Back Where We Came From, "funky, angry, and friendly."
7:30 p.m., for livestream URL, see KerrytownConcertHouse.com/Edgefest. Free. 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ordinary Elephant: The Ark.

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Husband-and-wife Americana roots-music singer-songwriter duo that cites Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, and Anais Mitchell as influences. "Hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused intensity and musical mastery," says Mary Gauthier. PopMatters critic Ed Whitelock calls their 2019 album Honest "one of the best folk duo records I have heard in years."
8 p.m., online at TheArk.org. Ticket prices TBA. 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.


 8 p.m.  Online 

"Do Not Disturb(ed)": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Popular local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier directs a virtual reading of his new horror drama set in a run-down midwest motel.
Online at PennySeats.org. Tickets $5. 926-5346, ThePennySeats@gmail.com.


 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

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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