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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 10, 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.

 10:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270.

 11 a.m.-noon.  Free!  Online 

Sunday Talks: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun.Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche reflects on Tibetan Buddhist teachings on such matters as wisdom, generosity, patience, and enthusiasm, and discusses how to implement them in ordinary life.
For livestream URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11 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.

 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Hacking Your Mind": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion led by Larry Engelhardt, former Yazaki North America electronics and instrumentation product manager, on the new PBS series about how corporate and political campaign ads knowingly exploit our intuitive judgements.
For online URL call or email Free. 662-4536,

 12:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Dreaming Through the Arts": First Presbyterian Church Exploring the Faith Series.

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Jan. 3 & 10. Local artists share their work and discuss its backstory. Jan. 3: Visual artists Lois Bryant (fiber), Angie Miller (paint), and Carole Pawloski (multimedia). Jan. 10: Writers Judy Wenzel (biography), Scott Ellsworth (history), and Callie Feyen (memoir).
online at Free. 662-4466.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 10, 17, 24, & 31. Ann Arbor Art Center instructor Payton Cook leads a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Youthful Spirits Class for Young People": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kerry Tales with Mother Goose."

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Every Sun. 5-10 minute long program of rhymes, riddles, & stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose. Archived performances available at
Online at (search "Kerrytales by Mother Goose"). Free. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Wander": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring. Masks required.
West Lake Preserve, 21598 Waterloo Rd., Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required at (capacity limited to 10). [map]

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Washtenaw County Rank MI Vote Chapter Meeting: Rank MI Vote Washtenaw County.

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Tired of the same two choices every election season? Do you wish political discourse were more civil and less divisive? Join our grassroots movement as we discuss how we can work towards a more representative and more civil democracy by ranking our choices at the ballot box!
Email for virtual meeting invitation. Visit to sign up for our newsletter, volunteer or donate!
Virtual -- Google Meet. Free. Online.

 4 p.m.  Online 

The Jayhawks: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Seminal Minneapolis country-flavored folk-rock trio fronted by singer-songwriter Gary Louris, whose blend of Dylan, the Beatles, and Buck Owens was a major influence on the emergence of alt-country. Today's show showcases material from its new CD XOXO.
4 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20) see

 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of a book TBA
For online URL call Aline Clayton Carroll at 769-2149 and give her your phone number and email. Free.

 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Snapshots: Glimpses of Art, Place, and Love": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415 Steinway Sessions.

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U-M piano professor Christopher Harding performs a program live from KCH that includes Mozart's Sonata in F major, Schumann's Arabesque and Debussy's Estampes.
Online at Free, donations accepted. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Open Mic.

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Musicians of all ability levels and ages invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion.
For online meeting URL preregister at 973-7791.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kol HaLev Rehearsal: Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Sun. All adults invited to join the rehearsals of this volunteer choir that sings both Jewish sacred and secular music. Led by TBE cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut. Pianist Taylor Flowers accompanies.
For online URL email Free. 665-4744.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Sunday evening game over zoom: Codenames!: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Some local residents will be playing Codenames over zoom, Sunday January 10 at 7 pm.
Codenames is easy to learn, but pretty compelling once you get into it.
If you have never played before, please watch this tutorial:
Everyone is very friendly, and it is free! PM me for the link.
123 Internet Street, 123 Internet Street. Free. Online. [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

"A Village...And Then Some": Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild Living Room Live!.

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Chelsea-based fiction writer & playwright Steve Daut tells a series of 4 short stories on unforgettable characters and wisdom gained from unlikely sources.
For online URL preregister at Pay what you can ($10 or more suggested donation).

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 3-3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Canceled: "Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 10, 17, 24, & 31. Ann Arbor Art Center instructor Payton Cook leads a different directed drawing activity.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

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