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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 9, 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.

 8:30-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunrise Nature Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Casual hike led by WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle. Masks required.
Miller-Smith Preserve, 8560 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Free. Capacity limited to 10; preregistration required by emailing [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"How to Win the Game...and Keep Winning": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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U-M business administration professor John Branch discusses the nature of competition. Q&A.
For URL preregister at $35 per lecture (for 10-lecture series, $80); for members, $10 per lecture and $55 for 10-lecture series. $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 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.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Broadside and Lotus: Black-Owned Presses in Detroit": U-M Library.

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U-M Special Collections Research Center curator Juli McLoone shows and discusses archival work from these two publishing houses based in Detroit. Q&A.
For URL preregister at 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.

 6-7:30 p.m. 

"Mindful Yoga for Depression and Anxiety": Julie Woodward, MSW, RYT-200.

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Are you feeling anxious and/or depressed as we continue to face multiple national and world-wide crises in 2021? You are not alone! This class is designed to support you in learning yoga and meditation practices as well as the tools of modern neuroscience to calm anxiety, enhance mood and transform mental patterns that lead to suffering.
This 4-session weekly class, Feb. 9-Mar. 2, 6-7:30 p.m., combines practices from the LifeForceŽ Yoga for Depression and Anxiety program with the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program. Research studies have demonstrated that each program is effective at reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Please note that, although this approach is effective, this class is not a substitute for psychotherapy.
Join us to learn practices to calm anxiety, energize low mood, soothe social isolation, work skillfully with negative thinking and create new, resilient patteerns of body and mind.
Class meets via Zoom and is suitable for beginning as well as experienced students.
Virtual-Zoom. $120.

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Community, Coloniality, and Convivencia in the Festival de Danza de Santa María la Antigua del Darién, Colombia": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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University of Maryland dance and performance studies professor Melissa Blanco Borelli discusses her essay featured in the new collection Performance, Dance and Political Economy, and more. Q&A.
For URL preregister at Free. 936-2777.

 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Play Writing Club: The Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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This local troupe leads writing exercises and discussions centered around character development & conflict, narrative arcs, and more.
For URL see a week prior to event. Free.

 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.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Michele Morano: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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This DePaul University English professor is joined by WSU creative writing professor Natalie Bakopoulous for a discussion of Like Love, Morano's collection of essays exploring the pleasures, possibilities, strangeness, and lessons of unconsummated romance.

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

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Bioethics Discussion Group.

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Feb. 9 & 23. All invited to join philosophical discussions on various themes. For questions to ponder prior to meeting, see Led by U-M biomedical engineering professor Barry Belmont. Feb. 9: "Sex". Feb. 23: "Artificial Life."
Online at Free.

 7 p.m.  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.

 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.

 7-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Pub Sing": Ann Arbor Morris.

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Local Morris dancers lead participants in an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs. No set program; all participants are welcome to lead a song with a singable, reasonably easy-to-learn chorus.
For URL email Free.

 7 p.m. 

"Ray": Fathom Events.

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(Taylor Hackford, 2004). Biopic about the legendary R&B, blues, and soul pianist-composer Ray Charles. Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King.
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).

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"This Is How You Lose the Time War": Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone's 2019 epistolary novel about the connection between 2 lonely hitmen with the ability to inscribe letters on lava.
For URL email Free.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth": Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) geology professor Marcia Bjornerud's 2005 book.
For URL email Free. 971-1157.

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