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Calendar of Events

Friday, October 30, 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 

Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason: University Musical Society.

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Already internationally acclaimed at the age of 21, British cellist Sheku was named the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year and has since performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding in 2018. His recent album, Elgar, is an exploration of the musical landscape in pre- and post-war Europe anchored by Elgar's Cello Concerto. 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. Also, Oct. 25 only, the performance is followed by a livestream chat with both artists.
Available online anytime from 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 through Nov. 4, 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 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 AADL.tv. 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.


 1:30 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]


 6-8 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]


 7-11 p.m. 

"Halloween Drive": Ann Arbor Civic Theater/Dexter Community Players.

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Oct. 30 & 31. Attendees will drive along a marked path around the Domino's Petting Farm, stopping at designated areas to watch original Halloween-themed theatrical scenes, with some surprises in between, all from the safety of their vehicles.
7-11 p.m., Domino's Farms Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd. Tickets (Price TBA) in advance only at HalloweenDrive.net. Space limited. [map]


 7 p.m.  Online 

"Richard III": EMU Theater Department.

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Oct. 30 & 31 and Nov. 1 & 6-8. EMU drama professor Lee Stille directs EMU students in this virtual production of Shakespeare's history play about a villainous king, staged in today's political and pandemic climate.
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]


 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:

 

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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