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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, November 10, 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.

 6 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"The Tempest: Act 1": Community High School Ensemble Theatre.

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Quinn Strassel directs CHS students & beloved literature teacher Judith DeWoskin in a virtual staged reading of Act 1 of Shakespeare's visionary romance about a magical island ruled by an enigmatic sorcerer and her beautiful daughter. The Tempest is filled with verse and song and it contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry.
Online at Free. 994-2025.

 8-9:30 a.m. 

"Sunrise Nature Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a casual hike and discusses tree, bird, and animal tracks identification. Bring binoculars and a mask, if you wish. Masks required.
Baker Woods Preserve, 11914 Trinkle Rd., Dexter. Free. Capacity limited; email to reserve a spot. [map]

 9 a.m.  Online 

"Little Bouncy Boppers": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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10 months to 2.5 years & an Adult. This virtual class for babies and toddlers focuses on fun movements for building your baby's body and brain. Class begins with a few minutes of getting to know each other through sharing developments and milestones. Next, we use repetitive welcome songs to teach waving, claping, stomping , and tapping movements. The remainder of the class uses fun props such as scarves, sticks, shakers, and stuffed animals to introduce a variety of dance and movement activities. Give your baby bonding time with you through the joys of song, dance, and movement! You are joining a class that begin in September. Instructor: Anna Gradwohl. 5 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Zoom link, Your Home. Online. $65. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 9:45 a.m.  Online 

'Fine Motor Fun": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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1.5 through 3 years & an Adult. Did you know fine motor skills refer to small movements of the hands and fingers including the smaller muscles of the face and even feet? Learn creative, homemade activities in this "make and do" class while experiencing materials like pasta, play-doh and paint in new and deliberate ways. Encouraging fine motor dexterity prepares your child for drawing, cutting, zipping, and manipulating small objects. Class includes time to learn new songs and rhymes with hand and finger motions, share outcomes with other families and laugh together in a classroom setting at home all with the focus on Fine Motor Fun! Susanna will post week-to-week materials and ideas lists to adults. By the end of the session, families will have a great collection of simple yet challenging activities to use over and over! Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $75. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"What Happened Last Tuesday": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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U-M political studies professor emeritus Michael Traugott discusses election outcomes. Q&A.
For online meeting URL preregister at $35 per lecture (for 10-lecture series, $80); for members, $10 per lecture and $55 for 10-lecture series. $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 11 a.m.  Online 

"I Wonder What Happens If...": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 3 - 5 and an Adult. Do you love to try new things out and see what happens? This new class invites you to bring your curiosity, some easily gathered items from your home and YOU. Each week we'll apply inquiry-based principles to open-ended math, science and social/emotional questions. Share ideas, make predictions, change variables and come to conclusions as a group. For example, what happens if I mix cornstarch and water together? Or, what will paint look like on ice? How does a homemade scale work to weight objects? The list of "I Wonder" questions are endless, so let's figure out together how and why the world works the way it does one week at a time. Join us in this open-ended, interactive and unique class. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 7 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $95. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 Noon  Free! 

Lunch for Older Adults: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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In-person. Limited capacity; preregister 2 days in advance.
2401 Plymouth Rd. $3 for age 60 & over (age 59 & under, $5.50). Free. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lectures.

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Every Tues, except Nov. 24. Talks by U-M faculty.

Nov. 3: History professor Christian de Pee on "The City in the Present Tense: Writing the Urban Landscape in 11th-Century China."

Nov. 10: Sociology professor Yun Zhou on "The Gendered Pursuit of Individualism: Fertility Intention and the Meaning of Children in Contemporary Urban China."

Nov. 17: LRCCS postdoc fellow Wen Yu on "Constructing a China: Nationalism and Culture in Modern History."
Noon-1 p.m., for online URL see Free. 764-6308.

 2:30-4 p.m.  Online 

"Art History II: Archaic Greek through Early Christian Art": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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The second in a sequence of three art history courses, this study group begins with Archaic Greece and the influence of the Trojan War on vase painting and Egyptian art on statuary of this period. Archaic artists created ways to tell stories on vases and relief sculptures. Even though Classical Greece is much better known to the general public, we will talk about how Greek art found its way to the West. Lastly, we will look at early Christian architecture, paintings, and mosaics. I taught the introductory art history courses at Kent State University for eleven years, and I look forward to discussions with participants in this study group. Molly Lindner brings to this subject her 11 years of teaching art history at Kent State Univ. The Study Group meets on Tuesdays Nov. 10 to Dec. 15 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access this Study Group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $40. 734-998-9351.

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program Information Session: National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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Thinking about taking the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in the future? Attend a no-cost information session and learn more about our upcoming interactive online sessions! The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) now offers the DPP online using a video conference platform. If you have prediabetes or concerns about developing type 2 diabetes, this nationally-recognized, CDC-certified lifestyle change program can help reduce the risk, delay the onset, or even prevent diabetes. In the online DPP, as part of a small, supportive group online, you can attend the program from wherever you can access a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone. A trained coach will help you learn how to eat healthier, lose weight, and incorporate more physical activity into your life over the course of 16 one-hour weekly sessions followed by monthly sessions for one full year.

RSVP to attend any of the following sessions
Mon, Nov 2nd at 6pm
Tues, Nov 10th at 4pm
Wednesday, Nov 18th at 11am
This is a virtual program, This is a virtual program. Free. Online. 734-222-9800 ext. 219. 800-482-1455

 5-7 p.m. or so  Online 

"Bluegrass Jam Circle": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Oct. 13 & 27. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
For outdoor location and other updates see Price TBA.

 6 p.m.  Online 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap tips.
For in-person location or online URL preregister at $2 monthly dues. 945-3035.

 6:30 p.m.  Online 

Sufi Class with Imam Kamau Ayubbi: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a Sufi class on Zoom. Details at Donation: $5-10
Zoom. Online. Donation. 734-327-0270.

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Performing Afro-Dominican-American in New York City": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Dominican American actor-writer Antonio Disla, a SUNY-New Paltz theater professor whose solo pieces often deal with race and identity, discusses his experiences performing his culture within the context of racial consciousness.
For online URL preregister at Free. 218-1477.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"'It Can Happen Here': Antisemitism, Gender, and the American Past": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies 30th Belin Lecture.

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30th David W. Belin Lecture in American Jewish Affairs
It Can Happen Here": Antisemitism, Gender, and the American Past
Pamela Nadell, American University
In 1942, an anonymous "Jewess," looking across the ocean, wrote "It Can Happen Here." Her cri de coeur, published in a New York women's magazine, pled with its readers to bring to an end to the "ever-increasing prejudice" she and her family faced. With antisemitism rising today at home and abroad, American University Professor Pamela Nadell, author of the award-winning America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, discusses American Jewish women in the past facing antisemitism, how it affected their lives, and how they responded.
Advance Registration Required:
The Zoom Webinar link and password will be sent to registrants shortly before the event.
Online Event. Free. Online. 734.763.9047.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Alena Dillon: Nicola's Books.

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Reading by this Boston-based novelist. Her 2020 novel, Mercy House, is about a renegade Sister fighting to protect the century-old Brooklyn row house where she and her fellow nuns run a safe haven for the abused and abandoned.
For livestream URL see Free.

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. All female singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For online URL email Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Alternative Stitching Practices": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Talk by Westchester County (NY) collage artist Natalya Khorover. Inspired by the urban environment, her work uses flimsy plastics, vintage linens, and man-made symbols of progress and power to engage with the need to achieve a zero waste society.
For online URL see Free.

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Gideon the Ninth": Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss Tamsyn Muir's 2019 fantasy novel about a necromancer and a swordfighter on a journey together to achieve immortality.
For URL email Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Plant Based 101: Compassionate Eating": Huron Valley Humane Society Fundraiser.

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Brooklyn-based Humane Education instructor Kim Korona, a member of VegMichigan, discusses tips on how to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet and shares anecdotes of her own experience eating plants for nearly 20 years.
For online URL preregister at Free. 662-5585.

 7 p.m. 

"Recon": Fathom Events.

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(Robert David Port, 2020). Drama about 4 young American soldiers in WWII.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424). Masks required at all times except when eating concessions. Ticket prices TBA in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"'It Can Happen Here': Antisemitism, Gender, and the American Past": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies 30th David Belin Lecture.

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Talk by American University history professor Pamela Nadell.
For online URL preregister at Free. 763-9047.

 7:30 p.m.,  Free!  Online 

"A Feast of Holy Relics": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Harbor Springs-based star lore historian Mary Stewart Adams, host of the weekly podcast & Interlochen Public Radio segment "The Storyteller's Night Sky," discusses how to move forward in the context of the current celestial events while honoring past traditions. Participants are asked to identify and have available some element(s) of Anthroposophy they find most inspiring.
For online URL email Free. (517) 927-3696.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go From Here": Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss this new book by University of Oslo Earth evolution and dynamics professor A. Hope Jahren, whose research focuses on the ways both living and fossil organisms are chemically linked to the global environment.
For online URL email Free. 971-1157.

 8 p.m.  Online 

Margaret Atwood: At Home with Literati.

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This iconic Canadian novelist, best known for her dystopian 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale, discusses her work with Brooklyn-based writer Rumaan Alam. In her new introspective poetry collection, Dearly, Atwood casts her unique imagination and observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived.
For online URL preregister at $33.62, includes copy of Dearly. 585-5567.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Monthly Go-Tech Meeting: Maker Works.

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Join us for this self-proclaimed "geek show-and-tell." Makers present their creations!
We have people interested in a wide scope of topics and endeavors. Programming, robots, machining, welding, artistic creations, metal casting, anything being built. Pretty much anything someone is "Making" is welcome at a Go-Tech meeting.
Also, if you have a problem with your project ask for help and the brain trust of Go-Tech will amaze you with solutions to difficulties you haven't even explored yet. This is an open group. All are welcome and especially young makers are encouraged to bring in a project to show off.
Second Tuesday of each month at 7pm.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 7342224911. frontdesk@maker-works [map]

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