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Calendar of Events

Friday, November 20, 2020






 
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 2-5 P.M.  Free! 

Open House: Ross Education - Medical Career Training.

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Come chat with an advisor! Get all the information you need to jump start your new career.
Enroll now to begin an exciting new career in fields such as medical or dental assistant, nursing, veterinary technician, and many more.
Ross Education, 4741 Washtenaw Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. (734) 434-7320. https://rosseducation.edu/ [map]



 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 AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org. 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 EpicRaces.com/events/original-turkey-trot. 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 RunSignUp.com/Race/MI/Dexter/A2TurkeyTrot; 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 ums.org/season/2020-21-season. Free. 764-2538.


 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. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/baby-sign-language-on-line-nov-13/54084


 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Inspired by Genealogical Research": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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Massachusetts-based writer Wendy Chapin Ford, a U-M grad, and others TBA share stories of family history research. Discussion led by U-M Clements development director Angela Oonk.
For online URL preregister at myumi.ch/gjgzR. Free. 649-3370.


 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, Elizabeth@TheGuild.org. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking off the Pounds," walking in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL email info.twsp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. Free.


 2 p.m.-2 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Janani's Juliet": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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(Pankaj Rishi Kumar, 2019). The Puducherry (India) theatre group Indianostrum adapts Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to explore the implications of caste, class, and gender. With the shorts Memoirs of Saira & Salim (Eshwarya Grover, 2020), an experimental film about a couple reminiscing, and And What is the Summer Saying (Payal Kapadia, 2018), a dreamlike documentary about the people, flora, and fauna of the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Available online 2 p.m.-2 a.m. the day of the showing. Preregistration required at forms.gle/9BfAKE3QqvC5f5xi9. 615-4059.


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Raptor Feeding": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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LSNC staff feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat. Masks required for all age 4 & up.
LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553, LeslieSNC.org. [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 bit.ly/RW_TheArk.


 6-7:30 p.m. & 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Owl Prowl": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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LSNC staff lead an evening of hikes for kids ages 5-12 accompanied by a caregiver (6-7:30 p.m.) & teens and adults (7:30-9 p.m.) to look for and call owls. Followed by a visit with live owls to learn how they are adapted to survive. Masks required.
Various times, LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $8. Capacity limited; preregistration required. 997-1553, LeslieSNC.org. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Nov. 6 & 20. Livestream readings by U-M creative writing grad students, featuring poetry, fiction, and more.
Online at tinyurl.com/WebsterSeries. Free. 764-6330.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Peace Generator: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us in creating Peace for our planet. Meditate, chant, set intentions on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.org


 7-7:45 p.m. & 8-8:45 p.m. 

"Owl Calling Walk and Campfire": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to a nighttime hike to call for local owl species while learning about their lives. Led by WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance. Masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $5 per group of 4. Capacity limited; preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (search Activity #IL461100). [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Steve Swell and Dave Sewelson: Edgefest 24 (Kerrytown Concert House).

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The duo of popular New York avant-garde trombonist Swell and New York-based baritone saxophone Sewelson is featured in the 2nd in a series of monthly concerts that constitute this year's virtual edition of Edgefest, listed by DownBeat as one of the world's top 50 jazz/avant music festivals.
For livestream URL, see KerrytownConcertHouse.com/Edgefest. Free. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to watch short astronomy presentations by club members and learn about the planets, the moon, the constellations, colorful binary star systems, and other visible astronomical objects.
9-11 p.m., for meeting URL see umichSAS.com. Free. [map]


 8 p.m.  Online 

"Game, Set, Match!": The Penny Seats Theatre Company Penny Arcade Series.

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Virtual reading of Tracy L. Spada's comedy about a tennis pro exploring the online dating world prior to attending the wedding of her long-time ex-girlfriend.
Online at PennySeats.org. Tickets $5. 926-5346, ThePennySeats@gmail.com.


 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 stamps.umich.edu/stamps or dptv.org. Free. 936-0671.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Canceled: Keith Ruff: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Nov. 20 & 21. This Detroit-area comic is known for his crisp, clever, slightly twisted topical commentary and his high-spirited, often whimsical performing style. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $15 reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 5 p.m. the night of the show; $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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