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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 11, 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 MichTheater.org/Screenings for 2-10 days after you start watching. BoxOffice@MichTheater.org.


 8 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Climate, Coffee, & Conversation": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.

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All invited to chat about anything related to sustainability in the city and elsewhere.
Online at bit.ly/climatecoffeeandconversation. Free. ZWaasSmith@a2gov.org.


 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Jump into Speech": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 15 to 30 months & an Adult. Between 15 and 30 months toddlers develop their vocabulary at an amazing rate. This class provides tools and strategies for adults to use with their children all centered around communication skills. There is time for social chatting and dialogue at the beginning and end of each class facilitated and modeled by Susanna with help from the participating adults using puppets, stuffed animals, visual aids and other props we may have around the house. Circle Time includes songs and fingerplays with movements, partner activities and "What's in the Box." A weekly extension will be available privately on YouTube highlighting the specific strategies to practice after class ends as well as a private group for posting additional content, building community and sharing progress. Instructor: Susanna Brown. 6 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $10.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $79. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/54702


 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Digital Escape Room": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all teens and tweens! Can you solve these clues to escape this fun escape room? Starting February 1 - March 1. Click the link to enter the digital escape room and have the chance to win a gift card. https://bit.ly/2LwWSgV
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Online. 734-449-0066. info@ntal.org https://bit.ly/2LwWSgV [map]



 10-11:30 a.m  Free!  Online 

"Advances in Science": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Feb. 4, 11, & 18. The last 3 in a series of 6 weekly talks by U-M faculty.

Feb. 4: Astronomy professor Edwin Bergin on "Formation of Habitable Worlds and the Search for Life."

Feb. 11: Anthropology professor John Kingston on "Human Dispersal(s) from Africa."

Feb. 18: Geology professor Ben van der Pluijm on "Welcome to the Anthropocene."
For URL email OLLI.info@umich.org. $35 per lecture (for 6-lecture series, $60); for members, $10 per lecture and $35 for series; $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, a tour of the adoptable cat area, and a dog meet and greet. For ages 2-5 (with caregiver); kids age 5 & up and adults must wear a mask. Social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per kid (babies 11 months & under, free), preregistration required. 661-3575. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Online 

Music Together: Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Birth - 5 years & Caregiver. Music Together Online classes allow families access to the same Music Together® early childhood curriculum right in your home. Each week families participate in a live, 30-minute online class - no musical instruments necessary! Additional content is provided throughout the week to encourage continued music-making at home. Registered families receive a Bells cd and songbook + access to download music. Music Together® Mixed Age classes, even when they're online, encourage children and families to experience the joy of making music together! The time-tested, research-based curriculum supports the idea all children are musical and learn best through play. Join us for tons of musical fun! Instructor: Stephanie Urban. 9 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $50 material fee.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $159. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/54733


 Noon  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.org


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Feb. 11 & 18. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Feb. 11 (noon-1:30 p.m.): U-M women's and gender studies professor Allison Alexy on "Intimate Disconnections: Divorce and the Romance of Independence in Contemporary Japan."

Feb. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.): Korean documentary filmmaker and photographer Kim Jongwook on "At The Crossroads of Peace and Coexistence: Documenting The Lives of Japanese Wives of Korean Repatriates."
Various times, for URL see bit.ly/febjapanesestudies. Free. umcjs@umich.edu.


 Noon  Free!  Online 

"'Our Father': The Medieval Abrahamic Religion(s)": University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Sarah Stroumsa, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
In contemporary parlance, the term "Abrahamic religions" serves to indicate the common ground of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The designation of these three religions as "Abrahamic" is used as a shorthand for their supposed common ancestry as well as for their assumed shared religious principles and values. Since its very purpose is to highlight the commonality of the three religions, the term is always used in the plural.
For medieval thinkers in the Islamicate world, however, the Abrahamic model of religion was radically different from the contemporary one. This lecture will try to show, they referred to Abraham either in order to highlight the exclusive veracity of one specific religion, or, at times, to transcend all conventional religiosity.
Zoom Webinar. Free. Online. js-ecent-coord@umich.edu https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/7716105518890/WN_hjo-P71UROGJ4_Opr1n6gA



 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Lunch Break Club": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Thurs. All invited to discuss a weekly topic TBA, or just sit back and listen.
Online at bit.ly/aasclunch (passcode, 463533). Free. BRuthven@a2gov.org.


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice": First Presbyterian Church Lunch & Learn Series.

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Talk by David Pilgrim, curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University.
For URL call. Free. 355-2351.


 1 p.m.  Online 

"Getting More Mileage From Your Garden": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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Talk by Garden A to Z (White Lake) coowner Janel Macunovich.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/aafgarden. $10 (members, free). 330-8521.


 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wise Guys": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All men invited to discuss issues of aging.
For URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353.


 3 & 8 p.m.  Online 

Darlingside: The Ark.

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Boston-area acoustic folk-rock quartet whose music uses a mix of classical, bluegrass, and rock instrumentation to support enchanting 4-part vocal arrangements that draw on the vocabularies of folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music. "There are notes of CSNY and Simon & Garfunkel evident, but Darlingside's lyrics are goofier, their harmonies fuller and more joyful, and their instrumentation more adventurous-containing splashes of baroque folk, indie rock and Americana," says No Depression critic Mike Seely in his review of the band's acclaimed 2016 CD, Birds Say.
For URL and tickets ($15-$50), see TheArk.org.



 3:40-4:40 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Oana Avasilichioaei: EMU English Department Bathhouse Reading Series.

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Thie Montreal-based poet and translator performs excerpts from her most recent book Eight Track, which has been described as a "a transliterary exploration of traces; sound recordings, surveillance cameras, desert geoglyphs, drone operators, refugee interviews, animal imprints, and audio signals [that] manifest moments of inspired wonder and systems of power." Avasilichioaei also discusses her book on Feb. 10, 6:50-8 p.m.
3:40 p.m., for Zoom links email bathhouseevents@gmail.com by Feb. 9. cw.emuenglish.org.


 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"No, not even for a picture": U-M William L. Clements Library.

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Student curators Lindsey Willow Smith and Veronica Cook Williamson provide an introductory glimpse into the Clements' new online exhibit: "No, not even for Picture: Re-Examining the Native Midwest and Tribes' Relations to the History of Photography." The two will touch on photography as a tool of settler colonialism, photographic assertions of sovereignty and agency, (in)visibility and voice, and how working remotely affected the project. Register for the Zoom link at myumi.ch/ovD4P.
Online via Zoom. Free. Online. 649-3370. clemdevcom@umich.edu myumi.ch/ovD4P



 5-6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this award-winning writer, a Mexico native who immigrated to California at age 5. His recent memoir, Children of the Land, distills the trauma of displacement and illuminates the lives behind the immigration headlines. Castillo is a U-M Zell Writers Program grad. Q&A.
Online at tinyurl.com/ZellWriters. Free. 764-6330.


 6-6:10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Three AADL staffers each answer a book question in about 5 minutes, such as "What book do you never seem to get to?" and "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 6:30 p.m.  Online 

"Music Together": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Birth - 5 years & Caregiver. Music Together Online classes allow families access to the same Music Together® early childhood curriculum right in your home. Each week families participate in a live, 30-minute online class - no musical instruments necessary! Additional content is provided throughout the week to encourage continued music-making at home. Registered families receive a Bells cd and songbook + access to download music. Music Together® Mixed Age classes, even when they're online, encourage children and families to experience the joy of making music together! The time-tested, research-based curriculum supports the idea all children are musical and learn best through play. Join us for tons of musical fun! Instructor: Stephanie Urban. 9 classes. Scholarship recipients pay $50 material fee.
Zoom link, Your Home. Online. $159. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/54732


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Constructing Gender: The Origins of the Michigan League and the Michigan Union": Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

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Join the Bentley Historical Library for this Making Michigan conversation with archivists Nancy Bartlett and Sarah McLusky about the gendered spaces of the Michigan League and Michigan Union. You'll learn how the architects achieved their vision of separate spaces for men and women; why students and alumni/ae envisioned these buildings as their clubhouses-rather than the University's; and how these iconic destinations served as the backdrop for rituals and relaxation, from formal dances to solitary study. Archival photographs, architectural drawings, and other memorabilia will illustrate the lecture, with discussion of how these items are used in current classes for learning about the history of campus culture. The session will be moderated by Gary Krenz of the Bentley Historical Library. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
Virtual. Free. Online. 7343585625. gdkrenz@umich.edu https://bentley.umich.edu/news-events/making-michigan-series/



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Claudio Lomnitz: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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This Columbia University anthropology professor is joined by Harvard University African & African American studies and anthropology professor Jean Comaroff for a discussion of Nuestra América: My Family in the Vertigo of Translation, Lomnitz's family memoir exploring the intersections between Jewish and Latin American culture.


7 p.m., Online at LiteratiBookstore.com/event/2021-02. Free, donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
For URL email Contact@DetroitIrishMusic.org. Free. Facebook.com/DetroitIMA.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Nerd Nite over zoom: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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From Wikipedia: "Nerd Nite is an event usually held at a bar or other public venue where usually two or three presenters share about a topic of personal interest or expertise in a fun-yet-intellectual format while the audience shares a drink." We are going to have Nerd Nite over zoom. (One great thing about having Nerd Nite over zoom instead of at a bar is that zoom is conducive to everyone discussing the presentations afterwards.) WE NEED THREE PRESENTERS. If you have a nerd-intellectual topic about which you want to present, let me know! Please send me an email to burrbarr7@hotmail.com
123 Internet Street, 123 Internet Street. Free. Online. burrbarr7@hotmail.com. burrbarr7@hotmail.com [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Nerd Nite": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Popular event featuring 3 speakers TBA who give fun yet informative 20-minute talks about things that interest them, from the history of drunken surveyors and Uzbeki seas to the science of healing. Followed by a discussion.
For URL email burrbarr7@hotmail.com. Free.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For URL see InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Instagram.com/VaultOfMidnight. Free. 998-1413.


 7:15 p.m.  Online 



"Galentines Day Card Making": Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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Demo by M.B. Calligraphy reps. Galentine's Day, inspired by a 2010 Parks & Recreation episode, is celebrated on February 13 as a day for "ladies celebrating ladies."
For URL preregister at Shop.ZingermansCornmanFarms.com. Price TBA.





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