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Calendar of Events

Sunday, November 15, 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.

 9 a.m.-8 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.

 11 a.m. 

"SoccerTots (Cubs)": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2-3.5 years & an Adult. Cubs classes focus on gross motor skills and body control along with building self confidence in an outdoor, active environment alongside same-age peers and their parents. We teach the soccer basics through games and activities so young children begin to develop hand/foot-eye coordination, balance, speed and agility. Instructor-to-student ratio is kept small to maximize individual development, and above all else we promote fun, fun, fun! Parent involvement is an important part of this program to ensure safe distancing and maximum participation for all. Instructors: Skyhawks staff. 3 classes. Scholarship recipient pay $10. Learning soccer has never been more fun! Skyhawks SoccerTots classes focus on gross motor skills as well as body control. We teach all the soccer basics: kicking, throwing, balancing and running control. We are excited to help your little ones develop a love of soccer!
Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Rd. Ann Arbor, Mi 48108. $55. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year. Masks required.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.  Online 

Weekly Sunday and Tuesday Meditation via Zoom: Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry.

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Insight meditation offered via Zoom twice weekly: Sundays 11 am - noon; Wednesdays 9:00 am - 9:30 am, all times Eastern. No experience necessary; all levels of meditators welcome. No instruction.
Get the weekly link, it come to your email each Friday:
online - Zoom. Online. Donation. 7344775848.


"SoccerTots (Bears)": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 3.5-4.5 years & an Adult. In our Bears program, more challenging skills and new concepts are introduced. The emphasis is on individual soccer skill development and fitness. Fun, skill-building games are played as well more in-depth introduction to soccer and team concepts. Some are modified to limit contact. Parent involvement is an important part of this program to ensure safe distancing and maximum participation for all. Instructors: Skyhawks staff. 3 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Rd. Ann Arbor, Mi 48108. $55. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"SoccerTots (Grizzlies)": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Age 4.5-5 & an Adult. Grizzlies further develop important soccer skills like kicking, balancing, dribbling, foot-eye coordination and running control by playing fun games with their parents. More challenging skill development activities are practiced week to week. Parent involvement is an important part of this program to ensure safe distancing and maximum participation for all. Instructors: Skyhawks staff. 3 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Rd. Ann Arbor, Mi 48108. $55. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness Campfire & Tea": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to let go of your daily stresses around a campfire with herbal tea and quiet meditative reflection led by Mindful City cofounder Julie Woodward and WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle. Bring something comfortable to sit on and a mask.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Capacity limited; email to reserve a spot. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Washtenaw County Rank MI Vote Chapter Meeting: Rank MI Vote Washtenaw County.

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Tired of the same two choices every election season? Do you wish political discourse were more civil and less divisive? Join our grassroots movement as we discuss how we can work towards a more representative and more civil democracy by ranking our choices at the ballot box!
Email for virtual meeting invitation. Visit to sign up for our newsletter, volunteer or donate!
Virtual -- Google Meet. Free. Online.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Apples in the Midwestern Imagination": Culinary Historians/ Ann Arbor District Library.

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Center for Food and Culture (OH) founder-director Lucy M. Long discusses her book exploring how apples have contributed to the collective memory of our region.
For online URL preregister at Free.


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Blue LLama: Mercer Patterson Quintet

Jazz ensemble led y cooper-pianist Patterson, a U-M music student. With trumpeter Ryan Venora, saxophonist Connor Hoyt, bassist Tyler Thenstedt, and drummer Philip Buchman. [venue info]


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