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Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 14, 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.

 6:30 a.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.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]

 9 a.m.-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.

 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Nov. 1, 8, 14, 15, 22, & 25. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Nov. 1 (1-4 p.m.): Berkshire Creek Nature Area.

Nov. 8 (1-4 p.m.): Barton Nature Area.

Nov. 14 (9 a.m.-noon): Bird Hills Nature Area.

Nov. 14 (1-4 p.m.): Sunset Brooks Nature Area.

Nov. 15 (1-4 p.m.): Foxfire West Nature Area.

Nov. 22 (1-4 p.m.): Kuebler Langford Nature Area.
Various times and locations. Free, but preregistration required at (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.

 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]

 10-11:30 a.m. & 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Animal Tracks and Signs": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists Elle Bogle and Kelsey Dehring lead a hike and discuss how to identify tracks and other signs of wildlife. For kids ages 7-11. Mask required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. Free. Capacity limited; preregistration required at (search Activity# 811004). [map]

 10 a.m.-11:59 p.m. 

"Hustle for Housing": Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.

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All invited to run, stroll, hike, or wheel wheel a 5k from any location. Entry fee includes an "I Hustled" sticker.
Anytime, anywhere. $20 per person, preregistration required at,

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Human Error": The Purple Rose Theatre Company/Chelsea District Library.

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Michelle Mountain directs a virtual reading of Ohio-based playwright Eric Pfeffinger's 2018 political comedy. It's about liberal couple trying to start a family whose fertilized embryo is implanted in the uterus of a churchgoing small-government NRA cardholder.
For livestream URL, preregister at Free. 475-8732.

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Oct. 3, 10, 17, & Nov. 14. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences. Q&A.

Oct. 3: NASA astrophysicist and U-M astrophysics prfessor Ann Parsons on the latest NASA mission to explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan, set to launch in 2026.

Oct. 10: U-M physics professor Fred Adams on the fundamental constraints necessary for the universe to support life.

Oct. 17: U-M naval architecture and marine engineering professor Julie Young on "Smart Maritime Propulsion and Energy Harvesting Concepts."

Nov. 14: U-M physics professor Alec Thomas on the power of pulses of intense light.
For livestream URL see Free. 763-2588,

 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]

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Meeting: Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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A speaker TBA discusses the post-election political climate. Followed by a group discussion on local actions to take to help enact federal carbon pricing legislation.
For online URL email Free.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fall Botany in the River Floodplain": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike to identify a diverse array of trees & shrubs, highlighted by pawpaw, sycamore, and other species commonly found in riparian zones. Masks required.
Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve, 578 Mooreville, Milan. Free. Capacity limited; email to reserve a spot. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Hike a 1000-foot Esker in Waterloo": Waterloo Recreation Area.: Waterloo Recreation Area.

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WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen leads a short uphill hike over an esker, the rugged glacial topography caused by glacial meltwater colloquially known as a "hogback." Wear sturdy shoes, a mask, and bring water.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. Capacity limited; preregistration required. $11 State Recreation Pass required ($16 at the gate). 475-3170.

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music at YORK: York Food + Drink.

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Join us in YORK's Yard for a safe night of live music!
Born and raised in Detroit, MI producer/community organizer/songwriter Sophiyah Elizabeth's inspiration comes from the desire to uplift through frequencies of sound. Sophiyah's love affair with piano and technology explores house, electronic, jazz and more! With pure vocals and dreamy soundscapes she conveys an earthy warmth reminiscent of fire-side storytelling.
Also popping up in the Yard will be Basil Babe, mother and daughter duo from Ypsilanti with roots in Thai cuisine. They specialize in hand-wrapped dumplings, highlighting flavors from all over Asia. All of their food is made with love, from their family to yours! Complementing these delightful parcels will be YORK cocktails to go, and of course bottles of wine and cans of craft beers. See you there!
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104. Free. 734-662-0798. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Online 

"Simon, Haydn, and Borodin": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Prerecorded Kerrytown Concert House performance by AASO members. Program: Carlos Simon's "Warmth From Other Suns," an uncanny piece inspired by the mass exodus of African Americans leaving the rural south between 1916-1970, along with Haydn's String Quartet in C major, and Borodin's String Quartet.
Online at Tickets $50 in advance only at 994-4801.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Live Music at YORK Food + Drink: York Food + Drink.

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DJ Aaron Batzdorfer will be spinning live from the Yard Saturday evening! We're getting the fires ready and the heaters raging. Bring your hats, gloves, and masks - and join us for a lovely outdoor event. Basil Babe will be popping up, offering Thai dumplings and other delights. Cheers!
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard, Ann Arbor 48104. Free. 734-662-0798. [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Jennifer Munro: Living Room Live!": Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild.

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Storytelling by this Connecticut-based storyteller, humorist, and actor who's nationally recognized for her witty, poignant original stories that explore the triumphs and foibles of the human condition. "With language as brilliant and precise as a laser-cut diamond, Jennifer reminds us how wonderfully odd and oddly wonderful it is to be human!" says Alabama storyteller Dolores Hydock. Host is Chelsea-based fiction writer & playwright Steve Daut.
For livestream URL preregister at Pay what you can ($10 or more suggested donation).

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"New Moon Hike": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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LSNC staff lead a family-friendly hike to enjoy the intenser nighttime darkness offered by the new moon. Also, a visit to LSNC's nocturnal animals to learn how they see in the dark. Followed by moon-themed stories & poems around an outdoor firepit. Masks required for all age 4 & up.
LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5. Space limited; preregistration required. 997-1553, [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Football vs. Wisconsin.

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7:30 p.m., livestream URL available the week before the game at Free.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Laith Al-Saadi: The Ark Family Room Series/Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Popular local singer-guitarist who performs an eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals. He rocketed to national prominence in 2016 with a 4th-place finish on NBC's The Voice.
8 p.m., livestream at Free, donations accepted. 761-1451.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Small Acts": U-M Residential College Players.

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RC students direct and perform in this annual showcase featuring 5-10 student- written prerecorded monologues, songs, short scenes, and poetry.
Online at (search "RC Players"). Free, but $5 donation recommended via Venmo @RC_Players. 694-4926.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Monthly Meeting: Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (, a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions. Newcomers are welcome to come at 12:30 for a brief overview.
Ann Arbor District Library (downtown) - 3rd floor Freespace Room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free., [map]

 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:


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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