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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 12, 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 a.m. 

Mid Winter Break Camp - IN PERSON.

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We have had great success with in person classes and camps since June of 2020 by following all safety guidelines as per the State and CDC so register your child today for a break from online learning. We will create pieces of art using a variety of mediums, enjoy steam related activities along with team building activities.
Flipside Art Studio, 255 East Liberty Street, Suite 213B. $50-$60 per day. 8104883893. [map]

 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-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ghost Tape #10": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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(Sean David Christensen, 2018). Documentary about audio tapes used by the U.S. in the Vietnam War to weaponize Buddhist beliefs against the North Vietnamese Army. Post-film discussion with director.
For URL, preregister at Free. 764-6307.

 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.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Detective Mystery Films - Shelter-in-Place Edition": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Together we'll enjoy detective mystery films available to stream at home. We'll have a virtual meeting online, followed by individual screening of the film at home, and a subsequent online discussion meeting.
Three mystery films are planned: "Detective Montalbano", "Witness for the Prosecution", and a 3rd film to be announced. Scheduled films are subject to change, as streaming service availability may change.
Each film will have two online meeting sessions: a presentation meeting on a Friday, and a discussion meeting the following Tuesday. Watch the film at home in between the two meetings.
Access to a streaming service subscription (such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, MHz, and BritBox) is required. Some films may be available to rent.
Instructor George Ferrell has led several detective mystery film study groups.
Online. Online. $40. 734-998-9351.

 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.

 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Gandhi and the Claims of Indian Modernity": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Talk by Columbia University philosophy professor Akeel Bilgrami.
For URL preregister at Free.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Live Art + Cookie Colab + DJ Fresh Myint at YORK: YORK Food + Drink.

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To kick off the weekend of love YORK is hosting Cookie Colab in the Yard. They'll be slinging cookie decorating kits and other treats (last minute gifts, for certain!) Local (and insanely talented) artist Asha Jordan will be live painting in the Yard, and will also be selling small paintings. We'll have DJ Myint live, spinning vinyl and keeping the mood elevated.
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard. Free. 7346620798. [map]

 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

 5:30-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 5-11 invited to watch a movie and interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and a water bottle. Social distancing enforced, masks required. Feb. 12: Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen's 2015 Oscar-winning animated film Inside Out, about the personified emotions of a young girl. Feb. 26: Disney's classic 1967 The Jungle Book.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 (additional children, $15), preregistration required (capacity limited to 10 participants). 661-3575. [map]

 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. 

Tracey MacDonald: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 12 & 13. This L.A.-based Canadian comic is known for her alternatingly acerbic and self-deprecating observational humor. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $17 in advance, $19 at the door (capacity reduced to 20%)., 996-9080. [map]

 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Stargazing with your Sweetheart": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Pairs of 2 (couples, friends, or other) invited for an hour of stargazing facilitated by WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring. Followed by a bonfire with hot cocoa and other treats. Masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings. $5 per couple. Capacity limited; prereregister at (search Activity #IL461100). [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Naki Sung Kripfgans: American Guild of Organists.

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Performance by this First Methodist Church organist.
Online at Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Silvia Lindtner: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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This U-M information professor is joined by U-M Center for Chinese Studies associate] Maura Cunningham for a discussion of Prototype Nation, Lindtner's study of China's shifting place in the global political economy of technology production.

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

 7-9 p.m. 

"9th Annual Creature Courtship: Love is in the Air": The Creature Conservancy.

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Feb. 12 & 13. Frank but fun presentation with live animals on methods of seduction and reproduction in the animal kingdom, featuring black swans, kangaroo, Burmese python, and more. Masks required. For adults only.
Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $35; capacity limited, preregistration required at 929-9324. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Pretty in Pink": Fathom Events.

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(Howard Deutch, 1986). Classic John Hughes drama about a poor teen who struggles with class differences when she starts dating a rich guy. Molly Ringwald.
Ticket prices TBA in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500).

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Tempest: Act 5": Community High School Ensemble Theatre.

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Quinn Strassel directs CHS students & iconic literature teacher Judith DeWoskin in a virtual staged reading of the final act of Shakespeare's visionary romance about a magical island ruled by an enigmatic sorcerer and her beautiful daughter. The Tempest is filled with verse and song and it contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry.
Online at; the performance will be available through the academic school year. Free. 994-2025.

 8 p.m. 

"Swing Out" :Caleb Teicher Swing Company: (University Musical Society).

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Acclaimed choreographer Caleb Teicher brings 12 dance champions and the very best of the swing dance world to the concert stage, accompanied by Eyal Vilner's Big Band.
Power Center, 121 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-52. 734-764-2538. [map]

 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.

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