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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 22, 2021

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 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.-noon  Online 

"Memoir Writing": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Participants will learn how to tell the stories of their lives and those of their ancestors. We will meet weekly, and each participant should be prepared to read a story they have written (including the first class).
Instructor Jan Price calls herself a "very amateur memoirist" who has written her story after being motivated by an OLLI class.
The study group will meet Fridays from January 22 through April 9. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $50. 734-998-9351.

 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! 

"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 ;
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. [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
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. [map]

 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. [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 (search "Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club"). Free.

 3-4:30 p.m.  Online 

"Myanmar: Land of Golden Temples and Floating Villages": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Out Of Town.

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Local photographer Ann O'Hagen shares her photos of cityscapes, rural landscapes, temples, and watery villages.
For online URL preregister at $35 (members, $10; $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"First Chapter Fridays": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer reads the 1st chapter of a new or favorite Middle Grade or Young Adult book TBA. Free. 327-4200.

 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

 5 p.m.  Online 

Yin Yoga Workshop: Imagine Fitness & Yoga.

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This four-session livestream Yin Yoga workshop targets deep connective tissues between muscles and fascia throughout the body for increased circulation in the joints and improved flexibility. These virtual workshops are held on Fridays at 5 p.m., beginning Jan. 22, 2021. Subsequent classes are Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12. Advance registration required. Cost is $160 for the four sessions. Imagine Fitness & Yoga is a full-service fitness center that specializes in developing the strength, flexibility and balance essential for a healthy lifestyle.
Imagine Fitness & Yoga, 3100 W Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Online. $160 for four sessions. 734-622-8119. [map]

 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
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

DJ Batz with Same Eyes: York Food + Drink.

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DJ Batz spins 80s new wave records. Also, Chad Pratt, a member of the local postpunk synthpop band Same Eyes, debuts a track from the band's new album, Parties to End. Copies of the album available for purchase.
6:30 p.m., York Yard (outdoors at York Food + Drink), 1928 Packard. Free. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m.  Online 

"Euchre Change a Life!"

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Five-game online euchre tournament. Sign up with a partner, or get paired with one by the organizers. Prizes. Proceeds benefit Haitian children.
For online URL preregister by Jan. 20 at $10 donation per player.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, featuring Kashona Notah (fiction) and Nathan Kweku John (poetry).
Online at Free.,

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Play Readings: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Local actors read from 3 new plays TBA.
For online URL preregister at Free.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Lantern-Lit Ski and Snowshoe": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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New dates: Every Fri. Jan. 22-Feb. 26 (except Jan. 29). All invited to ski or snowshoe (conditions permitting) or walk a half-mile lantern-lit loop. Bring your own snowshoes.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. Free, preregistration required at; recreation passport required. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Story Night": Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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Guild members host a lively livestream program of stories for grownups on the theme "Warm Places." Story Nights occur quarterly; the next one is Mar. 19.
For online meeting URL preregister at Free. 665-2757.

 7:30 & 10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Bob Philips: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 22 & 23. Area comic and Funny or Die contributing writer known for his blend of observational, political, and everyday humor. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door (capacity reduced to 20%)., 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Jaimie Branch and Andrew Bishop: Edgefest 24 (Kerrytown Concert House).

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Double bill. Branch is a York-based trumpeter whose 2017 album, Fly or Die, has been called "stunning" by a Chicago Reader critic, who notes its "laser-sharp improvisatory exploration, ebullient melodies, and a deep feeling for groove." This is the 4th in a series of monthly concerts that constitute this year's edition of Edgefest, listed by DownBeat as one of the world's top 50 jazz/avant music festivals. Bishop is a local saxophonist and frontman of Andrew Bishop's New and Used.
Livestream at Free, donations accepted. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Penny Stamps Speaker Series: U-M School of Art & Design.

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Jan. 22 & 29. Artists TBA discuss their work. For updated schedule, see website.
Online at or Free. 936-0671.

 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 online by club members and learn about the planets, the Moon, the constellations, colorful binary star systems, and other visible astronomical objects.
For online meeting URL see Free.

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 Free.

 8 p.m.  Online 

Canceled: Virtual Play Reading: The Penny Seats Theatre Company Arcade Series.

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Virtual reading of a play TBA.
For online URL preregister at Tickets $5.


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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