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Calendar of Events

Friday, November 13, 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 3": Community High School Ensemble Theatre.

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Tentative date. Quinn Strassel directs CHS students and the school's iconic literature teacher Judith DeWoskin in a virtual staged reading of Act 3 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. Act 4 will premiere on Jan. 29, with the final Act 5 premiering Feb. 12.
Online at; the performance will be available through the academic school year. Free. 994-2025.

 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.

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"A Hike to Squirrel Village": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike in search of squirrels and their furry friends. For kids ages 2-5 accompanied by a caregiver. Masks required.
County Farm Park perennial garden, 2230 Platt. Free. Capacity limited; preregistration required at (search Activity# 811003). [map]

 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]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Uprooting the Diasporic Histories of Southeast Asia": U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies Lecture Series.

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Talk by National University of Singapore history professor Nurfadzilah Yahaya.
Livestream URL TBA at Free. 647-4143.

 12:30-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Critical Conversations": U-M English Department.

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Panel discussion with 4 U-M faculty members on how their research relates to the theme "Precarity." With education professor Michelle Bellino, anthropology fellow Alyssa Paredes, and English professors Gina Brandolino and Jason Fitzgerald.
For online URL preregister at Free. 764-6330.

 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 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

 6-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

31st Annual Virtual Gaming Convention: U•Con.

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Nov. 13-15. Hundreds of competitors are expected to tune in to play a wide spectrum of virtual tabletop games, from board games of all kinds (including European family-oriented board games) and role-playing games (including some RPGA-sanctioned events) to card games and miniaturized simulations of historical and fictional battlefields. "Kid U•Con" features a variety of games and activities for kids. Also, links to dealers' websites with sales of games. Complete schedule of events available at
For online URLs, see Pay what you can.

 6:30 p.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Episode 1: Behind the Scenes: The Making of 13 Tongues": Cloud Gate Dance Theater (University Musical Society).

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Nov. 13-23. First episode of a 4-part documentary short about the making of and inspiration for 13 Tongues, a tribute to rural Taiwan that's the signature piece of new Cloud Gate artistic director Chen Tsung-Lung. This internationally acclaimed dance company includes dancers trained in tai chi, meditation, martial arts, Chinese opera movement, modern dance, ballet, and calligraphy. Preceded by Beckoning, a prerecorded 40-minute dance-theater piece that incorporates movements from Ba Jia Jiang, a form of Taiwanese street dancing.
Anytime from 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 through Nov. 23, online at Free. 764-2538.

 7-8 p.m  Free!  Online 

"Pastiche Concert": American Guild of Organists.

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Prerecorded concerts featuring 6-10 AGO members performing music TBA in their respective parish churches.
Online at Free.

 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.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Canceled: Mike Geeter: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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ov. 13 & 14. Bobby Slayton. His witty shows draw on the trials and tribulations of fatherhood and marriage as well as his upbringing in a family of 17 kids. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Kris Kurzawa Quartet

Local quartet guitarist Kurzawa that plays jazz, soul, and avant-funk covers and originals. 7-10 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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