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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 29, 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 - 11 a.m.  Online 

"The History of the Stars: An Introduction to Early Astronomy": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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This Study Group will be online.
The University of Michigan Library holds an extraordinary collection of manuscripts and early printed books describing the early history of astronomy. These holdings range from ancient papyri to richly illustrated books that made possible the scientific revolution in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries including works by Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler.
One of the most impressive highlights of the collection is a one-page manuscript where Galileo himself recorded his observations of the moons of Jupiter for the very first time. Attendants of this workshop will have the unique opportunity to examine closely these artifacts and learn how astronomical ideas were transmitted, read, and interpreted from antiquity through early modern Europe.
This study group led by Pablo Alvarez. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
Online, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. Online. $10. 734-998-9351. [map]

 10 a.m.  Online 

Healing and the Ever-Perfect Workshop: Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry.

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Healing and the Ever-Healed Workshop via Zoom
Barbara Brodsky, Aaron, and The Mother, with Tavis Taylor and John Orr
and likely Yeshua, Love, Father John, and other spirit entities.
Aaron and the other spirit entities are channeled through Barbara Brodsky.
Spirit and human join together for a week to meditate, to remember we are already radiant and whole, and to remember we must still invite that wholeness to express. Please join us - for yourself and for all beings everywhere.
online - Zoom. Online. Donation. $200-$400. 737-477-5848.

 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.

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"The History of the Stars": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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U-M Special Collections Library curator Pablo Alvarez discusses astronomical ideas from antiquity through early modern Europe. He also shows U-M's digitalized collection of manuscripts and early printed books describing astronomy, including Galileo's first observations of Jupiter's moons.
For online URL preregister at $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 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]

 11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Hello Toes/PreBallet": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 3 - 5 Does your child pretend to be a ballet dancer? Then he or she will love this virtual class designed for our newest ballet students. Miss Tyra uses musical activities to teach balance, rhythm, movement and coordination, along with basic ballet steps. They'll learn the French words for the ballet movements too. The main purpose is to gently encourage our beginning dancers so they gain confidence. This class is a combination of Hello Toes and PreBallet for any child interested in learning ballet basics. Ballet attire recommended. Join us and meet Miss Tyra! Instructor: Tyra Johnson. 9 Classes. Scholarship recipients: $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $109. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Thinking with The Country and the City: Revisiting Raymond Williams' Classic": U-M Institute for Historical Studies.

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Panel discussion with 4 U-M faculty, Iranian history & culture professor Kathryn Babayan, American culture professor Stephen A. Berrey, history professor Christian de Pee, and history & English professor Mrinalini Sinha.
Noon-1 p.m. For online URL preregister at Free. [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.

 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

 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Draw Jam": Vault of Midnight.

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All invited to make art using supplies from your home and socialize with Vault of Midnight staffers via video call.
Online at Free. 998-1413.

 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Full Moon Night Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle. Followed by a campfire, s'mores, and hot cocoa. Dogs welcome.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd. $5 per group of 4 people or less. Capacity limited to 5 groups per hour; preregistration required at (search Activity #IL461100). [map]

 7 p.m.  Online 

44th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Jan. 29 & 30 (different programs). Livestreamed this year, this is a major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Tonight's headliner is Raul Malo, the former Mavericks lead singer of the Mavericks with an eclectic repertoire ranges from rock and country to big-band jazz who sings in an exuberant, impossibly clean vibrato. Also: Australian singer-songwriter (and former Men at Work frontman) Colin Hay, the Newfoundland folk-rock singer-songwriter Alan Doyle, the Albion Americana ensemble The War and Treaty, Chicago-based folk-rock singer-songwriter Joe Pug, alt-rock singer-songwriter Glen Phillips, actor-turned-songwriter Kiefer Sutherland, Latin-folk singer-songwriter Gina Chavez, Americana folk singer Willie Watson, rootsy pop-rock singer-songwriter Ron Pope, and the Traverse City alt-folk ensemble The Accidentals. Emcee is the renowned movie actor, singer-songwriter, and Purple Rose Theatre founder Jeff Daniels.
7 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20 per night, $37.50 for both nights), see

 7 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Folk Festival Watch Party": Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concerts.

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Jan. 29 & 30. All invited to view the Ark's annual festival on a big screen with professional sound. Food and drink available for purchase, or bring your own if you like. Masks required when not seated.
Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $25 cover charge per night, preregistration required at (parties of 2, 4, and 6 can be accommodated only). 316-7919. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Andy Beningo: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Michigan stand-up comic known for his observational 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]

 8 p.m. 

Imani Winds with the Catalyst Quartet: University Musical Society.

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The Imani Winds and the Catalyst Quartet present a program called (im)migration: music of change, commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and current times.
Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-$48. 734-764-2538. [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.

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.


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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