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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, November 17, 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.

 6:30 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.  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 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.

 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.  Free!  Online 

"Pandemic Update: Vaccines, Testing, and Treatments": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lasting Impact of Covid-19 Series.

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Talk by U-M epidemiology professor Emily Toth Martin.
Online at Free. 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.

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Grandparents as Parents Support Group - Virtual: Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw.

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Support groups that provide a sense of community for caregivers and the children in their care.
GAP (Grandparents as Parents) program provides grandparents, and other relatives caring for children, with information about self-care, children's needs, and the assurance that families with generational gaps are not alone. Adults age 60 and over who are caregivers of children under the age of 18 and who live in Washtenaw County are eligible.
To sign up to participate in support groups, or learn more about Grandparents as Parents, call 734-971-9781 and press "8" for Senior Services, or email
Virtual. Free. Online. 734-971-9781 and press.

 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Spiritual Practice of Gratitude": Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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All invited to join a group discussion about things that help you feel thankful, what joys sustain you in times of stress, and where you find meaning and purpose in life.
For online URL email Free.

 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  Free!  Online 

Trivia: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Nov. 3 & 17. All invited to form 4-5 person teams to compete in a 2-round trivia contest. Solo Competitors will be matched up. Questions are geared towards ages 55 & up. Prizes (curbside pick up only).
For online URL email Free.

 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.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"The Power of Literature in a Time of Crisis": U-M Margaret Waterman Town Hall Lecture Series.

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Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY) comparative literature professor Joseph Luzzi discusses American literature from Mark Twain to Toni Morrison. The Waterman series also includes lectures in Apr. & May.
For online URL preregister at $100 in advance only for the full 4-lecture series.,

 2:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Seminar with Steven Strogatz: U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

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"Searching for the densest network that does not always synchronize"
Dr. Strogatz is the author of several international bestsellers about math, including "Infinite Powers" and "The Joy of X", wrote a math column in the New York Times and a math podcast. The event can be found on our website Free. Online. (734)763-3301.

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

DeRoy Virtual Open Lecture Featuring Abdul El-Sayed: U-M LSA Honors Program.

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In this talk, Dr. El-Sayed will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of America's other epidemics: the pandemic of systemic racism and the epidemic of insecurity. He will dig into America's broken healthcare system as a lynchpin in the etiology of each of these three pandemics-and how we need to take them on.
The LSA Honors DeRoy Open Lecture is a biannual event made possible by the Helen L. DeRoy Visiting Professorship endowment. This fall, Dr. El-Sayed has led "Wellbeing + Public Policy" (HONORS 493). He is the author of Healing Politics: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic (Abrams Press, 2020) and the forthcoming book Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide (Oxford Press, 2021). For more on Dr. El-Sayed, please visit
The Guest Livestream is available at
Virtual Event, 419 S State St, 1330 Mason Hall. Free. Online. 7347646274. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Build The World's Most Powerful Microscopes for Discoveries": U-M LS&A Donald A. Glaser Collegiate Professor of Physics Inaugural Lecture.

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Lecture by U-M physics professor Bing Zhou.
4 p.m., via Zoom at Free. 615-6667.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Build The World's Most Powerful Microscopes for Discoveries: From Bubble Chamber to Wire Chamber for Nanophysics": U-M LS&A Collegiate Professorship Inaugural Lecture.

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Lecture by U-M physics professor Bing Zhou.
For online URL see Free. 764-4437.

 4:30-5:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing Beyond the Ivory Gates: South Korean Song Movement": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Lecture Series.

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Talk by Indiana University contemporary Korean literature professor Susan Hwang.
For livestream URL see Free. 764-1825.

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"All Blue: Part One (Majorelle): U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Detroit singer-songwriter Salakastar performs selections from her experimental debut R&B album, a blend of poetry, music, and mantras conceived in response to the needs of people of color for sharing untold narratives of self, land, and belonging. The music is interwoven with visuals.
For online URL preregister at Free. 218-1477.

 7 p.m.  Online 

Brandon Sanderson: At Home with Literati.

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This bestselling fantasy writer discusses his new novel Rhythm of War, the 4th in The Stormlight Archive series. Sanderson is best known for the Cosmere universe, where most of his novels are set. Q&A.
For online URL preregister at $40.95, includes a signed copy of Rhythm of War. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Lori Nelson Spielman: Nicola's Books.

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Reading by this Michigan writer. Her 2015 novel, The Life List, is about a daughter who must complete the 10 things she left uncrossed on a 20-year-old "life to-do-list" in order to get her inheritance.
For online URL see Free.

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Criptographies": U-M Initiative on Disability Studies Fall 2020 Speaker Series.

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Nov. 9 & 17. Talks by scholars and activists exploring the connections between people with disabilities and nonstandard relationships between body & mind.

Nov. 9: Disability Visibility Project founder and directorAlice Wong.

Nov. 17: U-M family medicine professor Feranmi Okanlami.
For online meeting URL see Free. 764-6330.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Engage Your Body, Mind, and Spirit!": First Presbyterian Church.

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Local massage and sound therapist Rob Meyer-Kukan leads a session of guided meditation, breath work, mindful movement, and sound therapy that uses singing bowls, gongs, and other therapeutic instruments.
Online at YouTube (search "First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor). Free. 662-4466,

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Harvard University international affairs and history professor Fredrik Logevall discusses his new book about JFK's formative years.
For online URL preregister at Free. 205-0555.

 8 p.m. 

The Whiskey Charmers: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Classy Detroit neo-honky-tonk duo featuring singer-guitarists Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa, who bill their music as "electric heartbreak on the rocks." Their most recent album Lost on the Range includes a diverse mix of their own brand of dusty Americana, with intimate songs that are sometimes dark and sometimes funny.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free. 761-1451.

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