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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 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.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.

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Every Tues. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Feb. 2: University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) history professor Jaymin Kim on "Becoming 'Inner Kirghiz': Qianlong Emperor's Policy Toward Five Tribes in Qing Xinjiang."

Feb. 9: MSU sociology and global urban studies professor on "Governing the Urban in China and India."

Feb. 16: U-M information professor Silvia Lindtner on "Prototype Nation: China and the Contested Promise of Innovation."

Feb. 23: U-M women's studies and history professor Yi-Li Wu on "Myth-Busting the History of Chinese Medicine: Going Beyond the 'Function, Not Structure' Stereotype."
Noon, for URL see Free.

 12:01-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Sphinx Virtuosi: This is America": University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Jan. 29-Feb. 8. This ensemble of 18 top Black and Latinx classical soloists, many alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition, performs a program that's both archival and newly recorded, featuring contemporary African American composer Michael Abels' Delights and Dances and Sphinx Virtuosi composer-in-residence Jessie Montgomery's Source Code, which centers on a melody based on a syntax derived from black spirituals.
Available from 7 p.m. January 29 through Feb. 8, online at Free. 764-2538.

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Live Trivia via Zoom": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to form teams of 4 or 5 persons to compete in a 2-round trivia contest. Solo competitors are matched up together. Questions are geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (curbside pick up only).
online at (passcode, 194912). Free.

 3-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Una Tertulia": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Socializing group for Spanish speakers.
For online meeting URL, email or call 998-9353. Free.

 5:30 p.m.  Online 

Olive Oil Tasting: Fustini's Oils & Vinegars.

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Every Mon. & Tues. Fustini's staffers sample and discuss various olive oils.
For URL call 213-1110. $60, includes samples available for curbside pickup or delivery.

 6-8 p.m.  Online 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap tips.
For URL preregister at $2 monthly dues. 945-3035.

 6:30 p.m.  Online 

Sufi Class with Imam Kamau Ayubbi: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a Sufi class via Zoom. Details at Donation $5-10 per class.
Zoom. Online. Donation. 7343270270.

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Death Cafe": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death, hosted by Interfaith Center Minister Annie Kopko.
For URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Edward McClelland: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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This Lansing-bred journalist and historian is joined by Detroit-based journalist Anna Clark to discuss Midnight in Vehicle City, McClelland's new history of the celebrated Flint sit-down strike of 1936-1937 that was the birth of the United Auto Workers.

7 p.m., Online at Free, donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. All female singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Introduction to Insight Meditation": Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Rec. & Ed.

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Staff from the local Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center offer tips for adult beginners.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-2300.

 7 p.m. 

"Woman in Motion": Fathom Events.

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(Todd Thompson, 2021). Documentary about how Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols helped pioneer the NASA program to recruit women and people of color in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Ticket prices TBA in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500).

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Feb. 2 & 16. Club members show their digital images (Feb. 2) and digitized prints (Feb. 16) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Flowing Water." Also, presentations by a dozen selected members TBA on "How Experts Would Process This Raw File" (Feb. 2) and member Jim Bretz on "Old Car City USA" (Feb. 16), the world's largest known classic car junkyard.
For URL email or call. Free. 327-4781,

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biodynamic Agriculture as a Strengthening of the Will and a Direct Experience of Spiritual Science": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Talk by Community Farm of Ann Arbor (Chelsea) farm manager Dan Gannon.
For URL email Free.

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