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Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 29, 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 

Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason: University Musical Society.

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Jan. 8-9. Already internationally acclaimed at the age of 21, British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason's recent album, Elgar, is an exploration of the musical landscape in pre- and post-war Europe anchored by Elgar's Cello Concerto. In this program, he is joined by his older sister, pianist Isata, in Beethoven's Cello Sonata in C Major and Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in G Minor. Post-performance interview with the artists' parents, Stuart and Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason.
Available online anytime from 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 through Nov. 4, online at Free. 764-2538.

 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]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Can Ethical Critique Change Society? Lessons from Ethnography": U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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Lecture by U-M anthropology professor Webb Keane.
For online meeting URL see Free. 764-7274.

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Megha Majumdar: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This India-born, NYC-based novelist reads from A Burning, her new novel about 3 characters whose lives become intertwined following a terrorist attack on a train in India. USA Today calls it "a gripping thriller with compassionate social commentary." Followed by a 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 

"Laughter at the Happy Hour": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Cabaret songs and stories performed by Bolcom & Morris, the world-renowned veteran local husband-and-wife duo of pianist William Bolcom (also a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris.
5:30 p.m., online at Free, but donations accepted. [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]

 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 

Virtual Comhaltas.

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All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments.
For meeting URL email Free.

 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: Kylista Geiger directs The Gillman Problem, Greg Pizzino's cerebral drama based on David Bowie's "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)," about an argument over the sexist firing of Hollywood's first female makeup designer Milicent Patrick and the nature of the Hollywood studio system.
Online via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, & Patreon (search "Neighborhood Theatre Group"). Free; donations appreciated. (219) 201-6979.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Grand Night for Singing": University Musical Society/U-M School of Music.

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Virtual showcase of music student choral ensembles and other local singers TBA, featuring both recent and rebroadcast performances from past years. Highlights include Hubert Parry's glorious setting of "I was glad," composed for the 1901 coronation of Edward VII and sung at every English coronation since, and Alysia Lee's powerful Say Her Name, a piece written to promote awareness of the often unknown names of black women victimized by racist police violence.
Online at 764-2538.

 8:30 p.m.  Online 

Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, & Rebecca Kirby: At Home with Literati.

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New York Times bestselling essayist & fiction writer Gay, novelist and essayist Oliver, and comics artist Kirby read from and discuss The Sacrifice of Darkness, their brand-new graphic novel adaptation of Gay's bestselling short story about a world with no sun. Q&A.
8:30 p.m., for online meeting URL preregister at $28.80-$32.95, includes hardcover book copy. 585-5567.


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

Vintage jazz in the style of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by a local quartet led by guitarist Andrew Brown. With guitarist Erik McIntyre, clarinetist Tyler Rondo, and bassist Jorian Olk- Szost. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]


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