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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 5, 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.

 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  Free!  Online 

"Jewish Multilingualism in the Midwest: Yiddish Translations of Urban Experience": University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Mellon Sawyer Seminar: Sites of Translation in the Multilingual Midwest
Seminar coordinator: Maya Barzilai (UM Associate Professor of Middle East Studies and Judaic Studies)
Visiting participants: Mikhl Yashinsky (Actor, playwright, director, and Yiddisht), Jessica Kirzane (Scholar, translator, instructor of Yiddish, University of Chicago), Erin Faigin (History Gradate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison),
Local participants: Julian Levinson (UM Professor of American Jewish Studies), Mikhail Krutikov (UM Professor of Slavic and Judaic Studies).
The presence of Jews in the big cities of the Midwest (Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, or Milwaukee) has been studied primarily through the lens of urban history, focusing on the post-war period. The linguistic dimension of the Jewish encounter with the Midwest deserves, however, further scholarly attention. This seminar is dedicated to Yiddish (and some Hebrew) translations of urban experience in the Midwest.
Online. Free. Online.

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Feb. 4 & 5. Talks by U-M or visiting scholars, followed by a Q&A.

Feb. 4 (5:30-7 p.m.): University of Western Ontario classical studies professor Elizabeth M. Greene on "The Social Life of Roman Soldiers: The Role of Wives, Children, and Families in Roman Military Communities."

Feb. 5 (noon-12:30 p.m.): Kelsey Museum curator Geoff Emberling on "Ancient Africa in the Time of Black Lives Matter: Writing a New Archaeology of Kush."
Various times, for URL see Free.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"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.

 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.

 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.

 2-5:30 p.m.  Online 

End-of-life Doula Training: The Dying Year.

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End-of-life doulas provide non-medical, hands-on support and comfort to dying individuals, families and communities. In each class we discuss their physical, emotional, spiritual, cognitive and social/cultural needs, as well as the doula's role and non-medical, hands-on comfort measures. Five weeks, 3.5 hours/week live online; 75-page Study Guide with prep work and resources. Merilynne Rush, MS, RN, BSN, has trained over 300 end-of-life doulas since 2016. In addition to having been a hospice nurse, she has 40 years' experience caring for families in transition as a home birth midwife and companion care provider. Our zoom classes are dynamic, personal, deeply moving, and comprehensive, and meet the Core Competencies of the National End-of-life Doula Alliance (NEDA), of which Merilynne was co-founder and first President. Ongoing mentoring and networking offered through additional weekly discussion group.
zoom. Online. $725; scholarships and payment plans available. 734-395-9660.

 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]

 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. (except Mar. 5) through Mar. 26, and Mar. 4. 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]

 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. 

Billy Ray Bauer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb 5 & 6. This dynamic Detroit jokester uses a fine repertoire of voices and dialects to tell fresh, lively stories, often drawn from his experiences as the father of four boys. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
7:30 and 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door (capacity reduced to 20%)., 996-9080. [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited to a brief Shabbat observance with secular readings, candle lighting, wine rituals, challah, and Yahrzeit observance to remember loved ones.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations accepted. 975-9872.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Feb. 5 & 26. Readings by U-M second-year creative writing grad students. Feb. 5: Laurie Thomas (fiction) and Ayokunle Falomo (poetry). Feb. 26: Kelsey Wiora (fiction) and Catherine Valdez (poetry).
Online at Free.,

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Philip C. Stead & Matthew Cordell: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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These 2 Caldecott Medal-wining writers read from and discuss Follow That Frog!, their new children's book about a curiously croaking stranger who comes knocking at the door of a woman who's engaged in a her lpursuit of a rare giant frog.

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

 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 and Feb. 12). 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 p.m.  Online 

"Twelfth Night": Huron High School Players.

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Feb. 5-7. Claire Federhofer directs Huron students in an abridged version of Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identities and misplaced affections. Post-performance actor meet & greet.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sun.), for URL see for tickets ($5 per household/device).

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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Every Fri. Talks by visiting artists.

Jan. 29: Harvard African and African American Studies professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Civil War historian Eric Foner discuss U.S. Reconstruction post-Civil War, the country's first effort to become an interracial democracy, as well as Gates' forthcoming PBS TV series The Black Church.

Feb. 5: Mexican multimedia artist Pedro Reyes on "At Home in Coyoacán"

Feb. 12: New Orleans artist Candy Chang on "Transforming Our Cities." Chang is known for her participatory public art projects, such as Before I Die, an installation that prompts viewers to jot down their deepest desires on a massive chalkboard.

Feb. 19: Spanish artist Jaume Plensa on "Behind the Walls," the monumental sculpture recently installed outside UMMA's front doors on State St.

Feb. 26: Multimedia artist and software engineer Sophia Brueckner, a U-M art professor, on "Sci-Fi Prototyping and Critical Optimism."
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 meeting URL see Free.

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