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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 5, 2020

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 6 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Les Caractères de la Danse": Les Délices (Academy of Early Music).

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Daily in Nov. Founded by Handel & Haydn Society (Boston) baroque oboist Debra Nagy, this acclaimed Cleveland-based quartet is known for programs the New York Times calls "thematically concise, richly expressive, and featuring composers few people have heard of." Tonight's prerecorded program of French Baroque music written for dancing includes Rebel's Les Caractères de la Danse, a scene from Rameau's Pigmalion, solo suites for oboe and viol by Philidor and Marais, and the earthy, rollicking dances of Boismortier's Ballets de Village.
Available online anytime from 7 a.m. Nov. 1 through 11 p.m. Nov. 30 at Free. 228-4338.

 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Dance It Out!": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2 through 4 years & an Adult. You and your child explore a variety of creative movement activities designed to develop gross motor skills and cognitive development. Sam looks for smiles, laughs and creative exploration; there's no wrong way to move! Fun music incorporates rhythm patterns which sets the scene for jumping, galloping, stepping sideways and lots of balancing. This class use their imaginations to dance like frogs, monkeys and even cheetahs. Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. You are joining a class that began in September. Instructor: Samantha Coffin. 5 classes. Scholarship recipients: $10. No Class 11/26
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $59. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Jump into Speech": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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15 to 30 months & an Adult. Between 15 and 30 months toddlers develop their vocabulary at an amazing rate. This class provides tools and strategies for adults to use to with their children all centered around communication skills. There is time for social chatting and dialogue at the beginning and end of each class facilitated and modeled by Susanna with help from the participating adults using puppets, stuffed animals, visual aids and other props we may have around the house. Circle Time includes songs and fingerplays with movements, partner activities and "What's In The Box" A weekly extension will be available privately on YouTube highlighting the specific strategies to practice after class ends as well as a private group for posting additional content, building community and sharing progress. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"The Many Consequences of Slavery: The Cost of Historical Injustices": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Nov. 5, 12, 19, & Dec. 3. Series of 6 weekly talks by various speakers.

Nov. 5: U-M School of Social Work community engagement director Trina Shanks on "Racial Wealth Gaps: Historical Precedents and Present Consequences."

Nov. 12: U-M political science professor Pamela Brandwein on "Reconstruction and the 1619 Project."

Nov. 19: U-M voice professor Louise Toppin on "African American Music and Its Contribution to the American Musical Landscape."

Dec. 3: Henry Ford Health System community health & equity senior vp and wellness & diversity chief officer Kimberlydawn Wisdom on "Black Maternal and Infant Mortality: What's History Got to do With It?"
For online meeting URL preregister at $35 per lecture (for 6-lecture series, $60); for members, $10 per lecture and $35 for 10-lecture series. $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 10:30 a.m.  Online 

"Oh! Susanna Online with Silly Times and Surprises": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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2 through 4 years olds & an Adult. Gather together to actively experience some familiar First Steps favorites (like Jack in the Box and traditional circle time songs) while also being introduced to new material. Susanna combines the old and new through simple games, partner activities, dances and fingerplays that help build important skills like sequencing, recall, memorization and following multi-step directions. Social interaction between families and children is encouraged as we build community and stay connected. Bonus material to access during the week is also part of this class. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $75. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Artist Market: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Wed-Sat. in Nov. and Tues.-Sat. through Dec. 23. Holiday sale of works in various media and styles by over 50 jury-selected area artists. Featuring jewelry, functional and decorative ceramics, small and large painting, prints, fiber art, wood carvings, and more. Also, artist trunk shows every Fri. & Sat.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Wed.-Sat. in Nov. and Tues.-Thurs. in Dec), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Fri. in Dec.), & 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. (Sat. in Dec.). Free admission. 662.3382, [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.


"The Scholar as Translator": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Hebrew and Yiddish poetry translator Chana Kronfeld discusses her work.
For online URL preregister at Free. 763-9047.

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Patricia Smith: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this 4-time National Poetry Slam champion who has published 8 critically acclaimed collections of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Incendiary Art. Publisher's Weekly praises Smith's "razor-sharp linguistic sensibilities that give her scenes a cinematic flair." Followed by a Q&A. Smith also gives an online talk tomorrow (see listing).
Online at Free. 764-6330.

 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Louis Lessons": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Lecture-concert by popular local pianist Louis Nagel, a retired U-M music professor.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"What a String Quartet Could Be": University Musical Society Digital Artist Residency.

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Members of the Chicago-based chamber ensemble Spektral Quartet and U-M music students TBA discuss community-focused programming. Spektral's work has ranged from commissions for ringtone-length pieces for mobile devices from over 40 composers to the Chicago premiere of Morton Feldman's staggering 6-hour long String Quartet no. 2.
Online at Free. 764-2538.

 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.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Liberating Futures: The Spiritual Practice of Imagination": Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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Panel discussion with area social activists TBA on how imagination informs their work.
For online URL email Free.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mustard's Retreat: The Ark Family Room Series.

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With the relocation of Michael Hough to Arizona, cofounder David Tamulevich is rejoined by Libby Glover, an original member of Mustard's Retreat when it started out as a trio in the 1970s. Their repertoire includes traditional songs and Tamulevich originals.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free. 761-1451.


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Chanson

A mix of French chanson and selections from the Great American Songbook by vocalist Leila Shaye and Djangophonique, a local quartet led by guitarist Andrew Brown that specializes in vintage jazz in the style of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing. The show is also streamed live at 7-10 p.m. [venue info]


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