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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 6, 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.

 8 PM 

An Evening with Sheila Jordan: University Musical Society.

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At 91 years young, Detroit-born Sheila Jordan is still one of the premier stylists in jazz - a superb scat singer whose unique musical trademarks still confound an uninitiated audience.
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $12-$40. 734-764-2538. [map]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain, snow, or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]

 9 & 11 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Feb. 6, 13, & 27. Programs led by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Masks required.

Feb. 6 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Tracks, Scats, and Signs." One-mile hike to look for prints and patterns left behind by animals. Ages 6 & up only. $5.

Feb. 13 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Science of Sledding." Ages 8 & up invited to test out how fast or slow different materials travel downhill on snow. Bring a sled to use after the program, if you wish; $6.

Feb. 27 (7 p.m.): "Full Snow Moon Walk" Guided one-mile hike for all ages 10 & up. $5.
Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees, preregistration required by 4 p.m. a day prior to respective event (capacity limited); $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

A2ParkWalk: Ann Arbor Parks Department.

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Feb. 6, 14, 20, & 20. City Natural Area Preservation (Feb. 6 & 20) and GIVE365 (Feb. 14 & 28) volunteers lead hikes through city parks. Downloadable maps available at

Feb. 6: Hansen Nature Area.

Feb. 14: Olson Park.

Feb. 20: Sugarbush Park.

Feb.286: Southeast Park.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6000.

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ten-Minute New Play Festival": The Purple Rose Theatre Company/Chelsea District Library.

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A showcase of short plays by area playwrights performed by local actors.
For URL preregister at Free. 475-8732.

 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Crazy for Cardinals": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike to teach ages 7-11 about these colorful birds that mate for life. One parent per kid welcome. Masks required.
County Farm Park Medford Pavilion, 2230 Platt. Capacity limited to 10; preregistration required at (search Activity #821004). Free. [map]

  10:45 a.m.-noon or so  Free!  Online 

"Black Women Speaking Truth to Legislative Power": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.: Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Washtenaw County chief assistant prosecutor Victoria Burton Harris leads a discussion on legislative remedies for riots like the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Preceded at 9:30 by general meeting updates.
10:45 a.m.-noon or so, for URL see Free. 883-8250. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Snowman Competition: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Starting Monday, January 4, Northfield Township Area Library will be having their very first snowman competition. Take a picture of your snowman and send it in an e-mail along with your snowman's name and contact info to
You will then be entered into a raffle; winners will be announced on February 26. If you build your snowman in the Library yard, you will be entered into the raffle with 5 raffle entries. For more fun library events, visit
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. [map]

 11-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Saturday Show": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers host a variety show for kids grades preK-5. This week's theme is "Water."
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Self Care Saturday": Milan Youth Council.

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Join us online for this free, community lead wellness retreat, facilitated by teachers, mentors & entrepreneurs. Self-care is more important than ever before & while we know times are tough, we have an opportunity to slow down and get in touch with our needs, to listen to our body & to learn a new hobby, passion or skill. You are welcome to stay for the entire series or drop in during a workshop that interests you!
12:00-12:15- Opening Circle (Introduction)
12:15-12:45 Nature Meditation
12:45-1:15 Yoga for every-body
1:15-1:45 Where is my inspiration?
1:45-2:15 Decompress with Reading & The WRITE Way to Wellness
2:15-2:45 Art Therapy
2:45-3:00- Closing Circle
Online (Zoom), Milan. Free. Online.

 Time TBA  Free!  Online 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Livestream only from Crisler Center.

Jan. 3: Northwestern.

Jan. 6: Minnesota.

Jan. 12: Wisconsin.

Jan. 19: Maryland.

Jan. 30: Indiana.

Feb. 6: Michigan State.

Feb. 11: Illinois.

Feb. 18: Rutgers.

Mar. 4: Iowa.
Time TBA, 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.

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"This Precious Life: A Reading of New Prayer Poetry by Liturgist Alden Solovy": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Shabbat Lunch 12:15 pm; Book Reading 1:00 pm
RSVP or Questions:
Join us for an intimate Shabbat lunch and session with liturgist Alden Solovy, who will read from and answer questions about his new book. A friend and frequent scholar at Beth Emeth, Alden will share inside stories of his newest work.
An American Israeli liturgist, poet, author, and educator, Alden Solovy is the Liturgist-in-Residence for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem. His teaching spans from rabbinical schools and Limmud Conferences in Israel, the US, and the UK, to synagogues throughout North America. He's the author of five solo volumes, including a trilogy of poetic prayer from CCAR Press: This Precious Life: Encountering the Divine with Poetry and Prayer, This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings, and This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day. More at, 2309 Packard St. Free. 734-665-4744. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Feb. 6, 15, 21, & 27. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Feb. 6: Furstenberg Nature Area.

Feb. 15: Leslie Park.

Feb. 21: Foxfire South Nature Area.

Feb. 27: Mary Beth Doyle Park.
Various times and locations. Free, but preregistration required at (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.

 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including Bed Head the African crested porcupine, a spurred tortoise, and the tenrec. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [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]

 7-7:30 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.  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 

Crossroads Ceili: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Rescheduled from December. An evening of Celtic music, song, and dance hosted by Mick Gavin, a veteran Detroit Irish fiddler (and County Clare native), with an assortment of guest performers TBA.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.

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