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Calendar of Events

Friday, November 6, 2020

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 6 a.m.-midnight  Online 

27th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival.

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Three days of Polish films. Polish, subtitles. This year's festival features virtual screenings ($12 each) hosted by the Michigan Theater. Schedule TBA at

 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.

 10 a.m.  Online 

"Baby Sign Language": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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6 months to 3 years old & an Adult. Did you know babies can sign months before they can speak? Babies begin intentionally communicating with signs as early as 8 months. Each week offers a new theme with plenty of time to practice through songs and interactions with others. You'll be amazed at how quickly your baby learns meaningful signs and can tell you what they need,want, see or is thinking about. Avoid moments of frustration for your baby by giving them another tool to communicate! In addition to a live virtual lesson, this class uses a private group for posting additional content, building community and sharing progress. Whitney is passionate about baby sign and has had beautiful signing relationships with both of her babies! Instructor: Whitney Wilkes-Krier. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No class 11/27
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Holiday Artist Market: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Every Tues.-Sat., Nov. 26-Dec. 23. Holiday sale of works in various media and styles by over 60 jury-selected artists.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Thurs.) & 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.). Free admission. 662-3382, [map]

 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 Free.

 2 p.m.-2 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Facing the Dragon": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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(Sedika Mojadidi, 2018). Documentary about 2 Afghan women activists confronting the instability of their country's democracy. Dari, subtitles.
Available online 2 p.m.-2 a.m. the day of the showing. Preregistration required at 615-4059.

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Mystery Kit Fridays": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Have you been enjoying our craft kits? Stop by the Library to pick-up a mystery craft kit; we have kits for all ages! No registration necessary. Just request a mystery kit while picking up your library items and we'll include it with your pick-up. For more library programs visit
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. [map]

 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, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps ($1) & food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $12 (kids ages 5-12, $9; age 4 & under, free) online only at [map]

 5 p.m.  Online 

Rufus Wainwright: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Nov. 6, 13, 20, & 27. The son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, this acclaimed young singer-songwriter specializes in lush, piano-based neocabaret pop ballads that he sings in what Rolling Stone calls "a rough-silk voice [that] sounds like a worn, inebriated diva sweeping down a staircase." These concerts are part of a series of 18 weekly shows from his Laurel Canyon home in which Wainwright performs his entire studio discography in chronological order.
5 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20 in advance, $25 day of show), see

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Writing The Terrifying During Terrifying Times": U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series Craft Lecture.

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Talk by poet Patricia Smith, a 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."
Online at Free. 764-6330.

 5:30-9 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.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 (additional children, $15), preregistration required (capacity limited to 10 participants)., 661-3575. [map]

 6-7:50 p.m. 

"DJ Skate": Arctic Coliseum.

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $8 (includes skate & rental). 433-4444. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

"Discover Your Night Senses": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads families on a night hike. Followed by a campfire and stargazing. Mask required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. $5 per group of 4. Capacity limited; preregistration required at (search Activity# IL461100). [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Nov. 6 & 20. Livestream readings by U-M creative writing grad students, featuring poetry, fiction, and more.
Online at Free. 764-6330.

 7 p.m.  Online 

"15th Annual Compassionate Feast": Huron Valley Humane Society Fundraiser.

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Multiple-course vegetarian (or vegan) dinner available for curbside pickup, "Something Wild" gin & whiskey cocktail demo led by Ann Arbor Distilling Company staff, and a talk by Jeff Corwin, host of the Disney Channel's hit show Going Wild. Also, a silent auction. Emcee is Ann Arbor 107.1 radio host Matthew Altruda.
For online URL preregister at Tickets $75-$600. 662-5585.

 8-10 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 Free. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Open Mic Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 15 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at (recommended) and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Nov. 6, 13, & 20. Livestream talks by various artists.

Nov. 6: Mexican multimedia artist Pedro Reyes and Museo Tamayo (Mexico City) director Magalí Arriola discuss Reyes's playful, socially conscious work and the ways art can create solutions for real-world problems.

Nov. 13: User-experience designer Kelly Murdoch-Kitt on "The People Beyond the Screen: Designing for human connection."

Nov. 20: New Delhi-based artist collective Raqs Media Collective on their work and how they create art during Covid-19.
Online at or Free. 936-0671.

 9-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comedy Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Stand-up showcase featuring sets by Andrew Yang & other area comics, with jokes about everything from dating to mortality. Seating at socially distanced tables on the outdoor patio. Masks required; performers also masked.
9-10:30 p.m. (weather permitting), Bløm outdoor patio, 100 S. Fourth Ave. $35 deposit per table; deposit can be applied to the price of drinks. Reservations required; reservations available for 2 tables seating up to 4 people, or 4 tables seating up to 6 people. 548-9279. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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LSNC staff feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat. Masks required for all age 4 & up.
LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553, [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Marquis Hill: "Gospel Revisited"

Nov. 6 & 7 Ensemble led by Hill, a renowned Chicago composer- trumpeter whose music incorporates elements of everything from contemporary and classic jazz to hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house, and neo-soul. $65 includes dinner. 7 & 9 p.m. [venue info]

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. 9-11 p.m. [venue info]


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