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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 3, 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.

 9:15 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Metaphysics of Spirituality Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of metaphysics on Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 10 - 11:30 a.m.  Online 

"The Science of Positivity - A Book Reading": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This Study Group will be online.
Some people seem to understand the gifts of positivity better than the rest of us. We call those people resilient. They are the ones who smile in the face of adversity, reframe bad events as opportunities, and adopt a wait-and-see attitude about future threats.
This doesn't mean they never feel bad. Yet, because they also find ways to cultivate good feelings - even in the midst of crises - their bad feelings don't last as long. They rebound.
We can all become resilient. Positivity is your birthright. Resilience is not just for the chosen few. It's for the masses. It's ordinary magic. Our Book is "POSITIVITY," by Barbara Fredrickson.
This study group led by Mike Murray will meet Fridays for six weeks beginning February 3. 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. Online. $40. 734-998-9351.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Medical Ethics": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Urgent and Critical Lecture Series.

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Feb. 3, 10, & 17. A series of 3 weekly talks by U-M faculty on the fundamentals of this field.

Feb. 3: Michigan Medicine pediatric plastic surgeon Christian Vercler on "History of Clinical Ethics and Ethics" and "Epidemics and Clinical Ethics in the Time of Crisis."

Feb. 10: Michigan Medicine geriatric and pediatrics professor Adam Marks on "Ethics at the End of Life: Principles and Case Discussions" and "The Interplay Between Medical Ethics and Evolving Medical Science."

Feb. 17: U-M obstetrics and gynecology professor Edward Goldman on "Key Legal Cases in Medical Ethics" and "Ethics of Human Research."
For URL email $35 per lecture (for 3-lecture series, $50); for members, $10 per lecture and $25 for series; $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Little Listeners Story Time: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us on Facebook every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Story time is designed to promote early literacy. No registration is necessary. The craft is available every week beginning on Wednesday, on a first come, first serve basis. To view more library events, please visit
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 7344490066. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking off the Pounds," walking in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL email or call 998-9353. Free.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Sojourners, Smugglers, and Dubious Citizens: The Politics of Armenian Migration to North America, 1885-1915": U-M Center for Armenian Studies.

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Talk by Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY) history professor David Gutman.
For URL preregister at Free.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"The Social and Political Impact of Covid-19 in Central Asia": U-M Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

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Talk by U-M political science professor Pauline Jones.
For URL preregister at Free.

 TBA  Free!  Online 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Livestream only from Yost Ice Arena.

Postponed Feb. 3 & 4 : Penn State.

Feb. 9: Michigan State.

Feb. 13 & 14: Wisconsin.

Feb. 26 & 27: Arizona State.
Online at Free. 764-0247.

 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.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, humane education lesson, and dog meet and greet. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Craft Chat": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 6 & 20. AADL staffers discuss their current crafting projects, plans for future projects, and the inspiration they find online and in books.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box.
online at Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sister Scholars: The Emergence of Orthodox Girls' Education in Interwar Poland": University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Naomi Seidman, Frankel Institute Fellow
Sister Scholars: The Emergence of Orthodox Girls' Education in Interwar Poland
This lecture will trace the revolution in the name of tradition enacted by Sarah Schenirer, a divorced seamstress with an eighth-grade education, who created a girls' school system, Bais Yaakov, that rescued Orthodox Jewish society at a moment of peril. Bais Yaakov continues to thrive in hundreds of locations today, and Bais Yaakov students consider themselves the spiritual daughters of Schenirer.
Naomi Seidman is a Fellow at the Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies during the 2020-21 year, and the Jackman Professor of the Arts at the University of Toronto. Her book on Sarah Schenirer and the Bais Yaakov movement won a National Jewish Book Award for Women's Studies in 2019.
Online. Free. Online.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Claudia Schmidt: On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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This Traverse City vocalist, a longtime local favorite with both folk and jazz audiences, is known for her strikingly luminous, warmly ingratiating voice.
Online at Free, donations appreciated. 330-5226.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Wed. All male singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Julie Babcock: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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This U-M writing lecturer reads from Rules for Rearrangement, her new poetry collection.

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

 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
For URL join Free. 926-8863.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Recipe Share": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 3 & 17. All invited to discuss your favorite recipes. Feb. 3: Sheet pan meals. Feb. 17: Breakfast.
For URL see Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sister Scholars: The Emergence of Orthodox Girls' Education in Interwar Poland": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by U-M Frankel Institute fellow Naomi Seidman.
Online at Free.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7 p.m. 

Canceled: "Earwig and the Witch": Fathom Events.

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(Gorō Miyazaki, 2021). Subtitled (Feb. 3) and dubbed (Feb. 4) screenings of this animated movie about a stubborn orphan adopted by a selfish witch. Japanese, subtitles.
Ticket prices TBA in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424).

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