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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 15, 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 YouTube.com (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 MichTheater.org/Screenings for 2-10 days after you start watching. BoxOffice@MichTheater.org.


 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 AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Fruits of Empire: Art, Food, and the Politics of Race in the Age of American Expansion": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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Kent State University art history professor Shana Klein discusses her new book.
For online URL preregister at myumi.ch/nbk8k. Free. 649-3370.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Mystery Kit Fridays": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Have you been enjoying our craft kits? Stop by the Library to pick-up a mystery craft kit; we have kits for all ages! No registration is necessary. Just request a mystery kit while picking up your library items and we'll include it with your pick-up. For more library programs visit www.ntal.org/events. ;
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Community Wellness Kits: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Stop by the Library to pick up a wellness kit. Our goal is to bring a little positivity to the community during these trying times. Some items in the wellness kits may include, a free mask, a recipe, an affirmation card, a breathing technique, pre-package skin care, and/or pre-package tea. These items are subject to change based on availability. No registration is necessary for more library information visit ntal.org.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 2 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Weekly Skater Showcase: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Jan. 8, 15, 22, & 29. Local skaters show off their skills in video compilations released every Friday.
Early afternoon time TBA, online at YouTube.com (search "Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club"). Free. aafsc@AnnArborFSC.org.


 5 p.m.  Online 

Rufus Wainwright: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Every Fri. through Feb. 26. 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"2021 MiLibrary Quest": Northfield Township Area Library.

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We need your help to find the thief. On Valentine's Day 2021 one of the following suspects is planning to steal the Mackinac Bridge. Follow the clues left on library websites across the state of Michigan, and use your detective skills to determine the "who" of the crime. Once you're done, complete the Case File and submit it for a chance to win a prize. This quest will take place starting January 1st until February 14th, 2021. For more details, go to the tab at mi.gov/MiLibraryQuest.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/teens [map]



 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


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Robert Jenkins: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 15 & 16. This Detroit comic and lawyer tells irreverent jokes with a disarming delivery. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door (capacity reduced to 20%). aaComedy.com, 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Some Old Black Man": University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Wesleyan University film professor Joe Cacaci directs award-winning NYC playwright James Anthony Tyler's drama about a coolly intellectual college professor who moves his ailing but independent blue-collar father into his Harlem penthouse. This play explores the personal trauma of a family's history, as father and son try to rectify old wounds enabled by a racist world. Stars Wendell Pierce and Charlie Robinson. Prerecorded in November without an audience at the Jam Handy event venue in Detroit.
Online at ums.org/performance/some-old-black-man-ums-digital-presentation. Free. 764-2538.


 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Tempest: Act 3": Community High School Ensemble Theatre.

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Tentative date. Quinn Strassel directs CHS students and the school's iconic literature teacher Judith DeWoskin in a virtual staged reading of Act 3 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. Act 4 will premiere on Jan. 29, with the final Act 5 premiering Feb. 12.
Online at a2cet.org; the performance will be available through the academic school year. Free. 994-2025.


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Peter Rowan: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Traditional and contemporary bluegrass by this veteran singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rowan, a former member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and a founding member of the 60s folk-rock bands Seatrain and Earth Opera.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 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 TempleBethEmeth.org. Free.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Habitat Lounge: Rob Crozier Jazz Ensemble

A danceable mix of jazz styles from swing to funk by this local ensemble led by bassist Crozier, with also sings standards. With a rotating cast the often includes drummer Pete Siers, pianist Adam Moseley, and saxophonist Steve Wood. 9-11:30 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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