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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 1, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Proving Up": U-M Opera Theatre.

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U-M opera lecturer Abbigail Cote directs U-M students in the acclaimed NYC-based composer Missy Mazzoli and her librettist Royce Vavrek's atmospheric 2018 chamber opera based on Karen Russell's short story. It's about an American family struggling to meet the overwhelming challenges of homesteading during the westward movement of settlers in the late 19th-century. A small chamber orchestra conducted by U-M voice professor Kirk Severtson accompanies. Prerecorded in November in the Power Center.
Online at (search "umich smtd"), available until Jan. 16, 2021. Free.

 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Tempest: Act 4": Community High School Ensemble Theatre.

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Quinn Strassel directs CHS students & iconic literature teacher Judith DeWoskin in a virtual staged reading of Act 4 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. The final act 5 will premiere February 12.
Online at; the performance will be available through the academic school year. Free. 994-2025.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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New titles available all month online for 2-10 days after you start watching. Full January schedule online.
$6-$12 per film. Online at for 2-10 days after you start watching.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kindling Light of Wisdom-Mind": Zen Buddhist Temple.

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All invited to join an annual year-end candle-lighting ceremony that includes meditation, chanting, and a talk. It is repeated at 11:30 a.m. on January 1.
Online at YouTube (search "Ann Arbor Zen Temple"). Free.

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Community-Wide Kwanzaa Celebration!: AACHM- African American Cultural & Heritage Museum.

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The African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County invites you to celebrate the 7 days of Kwanzaa with your family, friends and community from 6-7:30 pm on ZOOM.
How to Participate Go to, click on the Kwanzaa link and sign up early to join the celebration. For more information, call/text 734-819-8182 or email
Friday January 1, 2021
Imani or faith
To believe in the people, in the teachers and in the leaders of the African-American community.
Drum Call: Tariq Gardner
Pouring of Libations: Tamara Tucker-Ibarisha
History of Kwanzaa: Elizabeth James
Kwanzaa Program:
Leadership Panel: Yodit Johnson (President & CEO of NEW)
Bryan Johnson (President, AAPS School Board)
online. Free. Online. 734-819-8182.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Postponed: "The 2020 Holiday Show": Ann Arbor Dance Classics.

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Dec. 20-Jan. 3. Young local dancers present a prerecorded performance TBA.
Anytime Dec. 20-Jan. 3, online at Tickets $30. 302-4248.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

Canceled: "Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Eat lunch during the video call, if you wish.
Noon, for online URL see Free.

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