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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 6, 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.-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.

 9:15 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Metaphysics of Spirituality Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of metaphysics on Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 10 a.m-noon  Free!  Online 

"OLLI Winter Open House": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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The theme of this winter's open house is: Discovering . . . at our age, in this age!
This open house will feature:
• A Welcome and Introduction by Lynn Boyer and Ann Tomlanovich,
• Keynote Speaker: Brian Worthmann, Ph.D.
• OLLI Members' Aha! Moments
• A Zoom Conversation with OLLI Program Chairs
• Who Knew? Discoveries during 2020 presented by Lisa Barton and Bill Furtwangler
Our keynote speaker, Brian Worthmann, PhD. will present: "This Happens in Science. This Happens at OLLI".
Join in the process of discovering with Brian Worthmann, Ph.D., a favorite OLLI Study Group Instructor. Brian is a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His current work is on ground penetrating radar for landmine detection. He received his PhD in Applied Physics at the University of Michigan in 2018 where he researched signal processing algorithms for sonar applications. He loves talking about physics to anyone who's interested and enjoys trying to answer questions pos
Online. Free. Online. (734) 998-9351.

 10 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

"OLLI Winter Open House: Discovering...At Our Age, In This Age!": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Keynote address by Lawrence Livermore National Lab applied physics postdoc Brian Worthmann on "This Happens in Science. This Happens at OLLI." Preceded and followed by brief talks by OLLI program chairs, volunteers, and members.
For online URL preregister at Free. 998-9351.

 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 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Little Listeners Story Time: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us on Facebook every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Story time is designed to promote early literacy. No registration is necessary. The craft is available every week beginning on Wednesday, on a first come, first serve basis. To view more library events, please visit
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed. & Sat. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal plays tunes TBA on this 17-bell chime.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. [map]

 Time TBA  Free!  Online 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Livestream only from Crisler Center.

Jan. 3: Northwestern.

Jan. 6: Minnesota.

Jan. 12: Wisconsin.

Jan. 19: Maryland.

Jan. 30: Indiana.

Feb. 6: Michigan State.

Feb. 11: Illinois.

Feb. 18: Rutgers.

Mar. 4: Iowa.
Time TBA, online at Free. 764-0247.

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Craft Chat": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 6 & 20. AADL staffers discuss their current crafting projects, plans for future projects, and the inspiration they find online and in books.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box.
online at Free. 327-4200.

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Bingo!: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us for a fun virtual bingo game! The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the e-mail address used to register along with instructions on how to log-in to play. Pick up your bingo cards at the library or print your own at home using this link and register online at
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Wed. All male singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
For online meeting URL email Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467.

 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
For online URL join Free. 926-8863.

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Jazz at the Lincoln Center's Swing University: Jazz as a Tool for Liberation": University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Every Wed. JALC education resources and public programs director Seton Hawkins leads a 4-week lecture-discussion series that explores jazz through a social justice lens. Guest artists TBA. It is a sequential series, but each talk can be viewed as a standalone event.

Jan. 6: "New Orleans and the Birth of Jazz."

Jan. 13: "Chicago and the Spread of Jazz."

Jan. 20: "New York and the Big Bands."

Jan. 27: "Detroit Before Motown."
online at $10 per week (students, $5), for the 4-week lecture series, $30. 764-2538.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Gemily: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Family concert by the veteran local acoustic duo Gemini with twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits—who recently celebrated their 72th birthdays—and Sandorfs violinist daughter Emily. They offer sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about lifefs simple pleasures, performed on more than a dozen instruments.
Online at Free, donations appreciated. 761–1451.

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