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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 19, 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.-8 p.m. 

"The Original A2 Turkey Trot": Epic Races.

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Nov. 18-27. All invited to run an "Iron Turkey Challenge," that involves running a mile or more a day, today through Thanksgiving day. See complete list of challenges at Entry fee includes a hat, and T-shirt, medal, and racing bib. Also, on Nov. 27 at 4 p.m., watch a virtual awards ceremony.
Anytime Nov. 18-26, anywhere. $37 & up (kids, $22-$27) in advance; prices increase after Oct. 31. 585-7101.

 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.

 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Dance It Out!": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2 through 4 years & an Adult. You and your child explore a variety of creative movement activities designed to develop gross motor skills and cognitive development. Sam looks for smiles, laughs and creative exploration; there's no wrong way to move! Fun music incorporates rhythm patterns which sets the scene for jumping, galloping, stepping sideways and lots of balancing. This class use their imaginations to dance like frogs, monkeys and even cheetahs. Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. You are joining a class that began in September. Instructor: Samantha Coffin. 5 classes. Scholarship recipients: $10. No Class 11/26
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $59. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Jump into Speech": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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15 to 30 months & an Adult. Between 15 and 30 months toddlers develop their vocabulary at an amazing rate. This class provides tools and strategies for adults to use to with their children all centered around communication skills. There is time for social chatting and dialogue at the beginning and end of each class facilitated and modeled by Susanna with help from the participating adults using puppets, stuffed animals, visual aids and other props we may have around the house. Circle Time includes songs and fingerplays with movements, partner activities and "What's In The Box" A weekly extension will be available privately on YouTube highlighting the specific strategies to practice after class ends as well as a private group for posting additional content, building community and sharing progress. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 10 a.m. & 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Open House: Daycroft School.

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Join the Daycroft School on Thursday, November 19th for a virtual tour, Q&A sessions with the head of school and admissions director, and hear from students and parents...all from the comfort of your own home.
Learn more about the Daycroft Difference and our programs for toddlers through 6th-grade during one of two information sessions that day: 10am or 8pm. Register here:
Online. Free. Online. 734.930.0333.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"The Many Consequences of Slavery: The Cost of Historical Injustices": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Nov. 5, 12, 19, & Dec. 3. Series of 6 weekly talks by various speakers.

Nov. 5: U-M School of Social Work community engagement director Trina Shanks on "Racial Wealth Gaps: Historical Precedents and Present Consequences."

Nov. 12: U-M political science professor Pamela Brandwein on "Reconstruction and the 1619 Project."

Nov. 19: U-M voice professor Louise Toppin on "African American Music and Its Contribution to the American Musical Landscape."

Dec. 3: Henry Ford Health System community health & equity senior vp and wellness & diversity chief officer Kimberlydawn Wisdom on "Black Maternal and Infant Mortality: What's History Got to do With It?"
For online meeting URL preregister at $35 per lecture (for 6-lecture series, $60); for members, $10 per lecture and $35 for 10-lecture series. $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 10:30 a.m.  Online 

"Oh! Susanna Online with Silly Times and Surprises": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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2 through 4 years olds & an Adult. Gather together to actively experience some familiar First Steps favorites (like Jack in the Box and traditional circle time songs) while also being introduced to new material. Susanna combines the old and new through simple games, partner activities, dances and fingerplays that help build important skills like sequencing, recall, memorization and following multi-step directions. Social interaction between families and children is encouraged as we build community and stay connected. Bonus material to access during the week is also part of this class. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10. No Class 11/26.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $75. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 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]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Japan's Political Stability in Turbulent Times" U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Talk by U.S. State Department Office of Opinion Research Acting Asia division chief Sherry L. Martin.
For online URL preregister at Free. 764-6307.

 5:30-8 p.m.  Online 

"Happy Hour Listening Party": University Musical Society Digital Artist Residency.

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Award-winning Beirut-born pianist Tarek Yamani and members of the Spektral Quartet, a Chicago-based jazz & classical chamber ensemble, perform music ingrained in each of their backgrounds and discuss how it has helped form their artistic identities. Part of a year-long collaboration exploring the junctures between Western classical, jazz, and traditional Arab music.
Online at Free. 764-2538.

 6-6:10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Next Administration: Post-Election Recap": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Ford School faculty discuss the 2020 Presidential election and the likely policy priorities of the next presidential term. With professors Betsey Stevenson, Shobita Parthasarathy, John Ciorciari, and Ford School public policy dean Michael S. Barr.
For online URL see Free. 615-9691.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Marlee Grace and Jacqueline Suskin: At Home with Literati.

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California-based self-help writer Grace is joined by California poet Suskin to discuss Grace's new book, Getting to Center: Pathways to Finding Yourself Within The Great Unknown.
For online URL preregister at Free. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Comhaltas.

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All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments.
For meeting URL email Free.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Chris DuPont: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Local folk-rock singer-songwriter whose influences range from James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac to Brian Eno and Tom Waits.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free. 761-1451.

 8 p.m.  Online 

Molly Tuttle: The Ark.

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Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 & 17. Widely heralded young bluegrass singer-songwriter who, according to American Songwriter critic Paul Zollo, "sings with the gentle authority of Gillian Welch, yet plays astoundingly fleet flat-picking guitar like Chet Atkins on superdrive." A hit at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival last month, she's the 1st woman to win the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year award. Her new music incorporates electric instruments and moves in the direction of songwriter Americana.
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($15-$45), see 761-1451.


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: John E. Lawrence Quartet

Ensemble led by veteran local jazz guitarist Lawrence. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]


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