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Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 14, 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.

 8-8:10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Black History Month Mini-Concerts: Northside Community Church.

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Every Sun. in Feb. 10-minute virtual concerts featuring art songs by Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, William Grant Still, Moses Hogan, and other African American composers.
8-8:10 a.m., for URL see Free.

 8 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Mini-Festival of African American Vocal Music: Northside Community Church.

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Feb. 7, 14, 21, & 28. A series of Sunday concerts celebrating Black History Month.

Feb. 7: NCC choir director Paul Clark, a jazz tenor & handbell soloist, performs Thomas Dorsey's "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday."

Feb. 14: U-M music student soprano Taylor Adams performs Undine smith Moore's arrangement of "Watch & Pray" and Florence Price's setting of Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy."

Feb. 21: U-M music student baritone Jack Wiliams III performs Henry Thacker Burleigh's arrangement of "Nobody Knows de Trouble I've Seen" and Hall Johnson's "Ride On, King Jesus."

Feb. 28: U-M music student soprano Chase Warren performs Dave Ragland's setting of Gwendolyn Brooks's "Martin Luther King" and Moses Hogan's arrangement of "Give Me Jesus."

8 a.m., for URL see After its premiere, each program is available at under "online services." Free. 663-0677.

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Oct. 24 & 25. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Masks required.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 505 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 546-4710. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, humane education lesson, and dog meet and greet. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 10:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270.

 11 a.m. 

"Outdoor Adventures with Andrea in the Mitchell-Scarlett Nature Area": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2-5 years & Adult. Is your family ready to embrace the outdoors this winter and play outside in this newly-designed class full of surprises? Andrea, teacher of Little Tykes Sports City, will lead families in a COVID-safe fashion with a different focus and theme each week. Trek through the woods (and hopefully some snow!) completing scavenger hunts, creating winter-based art or learning new sports and games all while being in the company of other children and parents during this socially-isolated time. Meet in the grass at the entrance to the Mitchell Scarlett Woods Nature Area at the end of the bus loop. All adults and children are expected to wear masks. If weather conditions are unsafe, make-up class(es) will be offered on March 14th and/or 21st. The First Steps Early Childhood PTO will help to provide winter outerwear for families in need who otherwise would not be able to participate. Instructor: Andrea Nance. 6 classes.
Scarlett-Mitchell Nature Area, 3300 Lorraine. $85. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon.  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Talks: Jataka Tales": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun. Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche discusses tales from this ancient collection of parables about the Buddha's previous lives.
For livestream URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Religious Contribution(s) to Human Violence": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion led by local First Unitarian Church senior minister emeritus Ken Phifer.
For URL email or call. Free. 662-4536,

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,

 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.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Youthful Spirits Class for Young People": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 1-2 p.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.

 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]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Life, Love, and Art: Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keefe": Jewish Community Center/Beth Israel Congregation.

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Slide-illustrated talks by WSU art history instructor Wendy Evans.
For URL preregister at Free.

 2 p.m.  Online 

"Remembering Wholeness with The Mother": Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry.

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Dates: 2/14, 3/14, 4/11, 5/16, 6/13
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm Eastern
Remembering Wholeness is an opportunity to experience the sharing of energy with The Mother channeled through Barbara Brodsky.
Previously these sessions were available only to those residing in the Ann Arbor, MI area or attending an in-person retreat. Now with all Deep Spring Center events held virtually via Zoom, anyone can experience this event in consciousness called Darshan, which involves "a sharing of spiritual energy."
The Mother invites us to experience the deeper truth of ourselves. The session is called Remembering Wholeness, as it helps remind us of our own divinity and wholeness.
Although there will be no physical touch, the powerful energy of The Mother gets transmitted as she looks directly at each person.
Register early as the number of people who can be accommodated at each session is limited.
Website for information and registration:
online - Zoom. Online. Donation. 7344775848.

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kerry Tales with Mother Goose."

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Every Sun. 5-10 minute long program of rhymes, riddles, & stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose. Archived performances available at
Online at (search "Kerrytales by Mother Goose"). Free. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Black Hearts, Black Voices": Fifth Wall Performing Arts.

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Storytelling program. With multimedia artist Samantha Williams, a U-M music grad, on "Triggered at Trader Joes," Fifth Wall executive director Maya Johnson on "A Break from Dating Boys," and University of Texas-Austin School of Music student Mattea Williams on "Landed on Love." Sound composed by Boston-based interdisciplinary artist Sajada Domino.
For URL, preregister at Free, but donations accepted.

 4 p.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

James Ehnes and Orion Weiss: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Feb. 14-24. Performance by these world-renowned recitalists who perform together frequently, prerecorded in Ehnes' home. Florida-based Canadian violinist Ehnes, a former protégé of Francis Chaplin, won a 2019 Grammy for best classical instrumental solo for his live recording of Aaron Jay Kernis's violin Concerto with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot. American pianist Weiss, named Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist of 2010, performs regularly with some of the country's most prominent symphony orchestras. Program: Schubert's Sonatina in G minor and Saint-SaŽns' Sonata no. 1.
Available from 4 p.m. Feb. 14 through Feb. 24, online at Free. 764-2538.

 4 p.m. 

James Ehnes, violin with Orion Weiss, piano: University Musical Society.

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Canadian violinist James Ehnes and American pianist Orion Weiss make their UMS debuts in a virtuosic program of works by Schubert, Prokofiev, Saint-SaŽns, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis.
Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-$44. 734-764-2538. [map]

 4:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Valentine's Day Cabaret: Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415.

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Love songs and Broadway favorites from the U-M music faculty husband-and-wife duo Chelsea and Geoff Packard. Accompanied by pianist Tyler Driskil. Live from KCH.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Online 

"Last Bite Sized: Single Topic Cooking Classes": Last Bite Chef.

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Chef Allison of Last Bite Chef has a weekly online cooking class series every Sunday evening at 4:30-5:30pm EST. Each class covers one topic and is approx one hour, for $20 per screen. People have been having so much fun meeting together & learning a new technique! Best of all at the end of the class you have a warm Sunday dinner on your table for yourself and/or your family. Recipes are emailed one week prior for simple shopping. Join as an individual, family, or get a work or friend group to join as a team building event! More info at Email me for more info
online. Online. $20.

 5 p.m.  Online 

Beo String Quartet: Blue LLama Jazz Club.

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Romantic favorites, jazzy tunes, tangos, and more by this Michigan-based classical string quartet. The ticket price includes a carryout dinner available for pickup 4-4:45 p.m. day of show.
5 p.m., for tickets ($100) and livestream URL, see 372-3200.

 5 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.

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Volleyball.

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Livestream only from Cliff Keen Arena.

Feb. 13 & 14: Perdue.

Feb. 19 & 20: Maryland.

Online at Free. 764-0247.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kol HaLev Rehearsal: Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Sun. All adults invited to join the rehearsals of this volunteer choir that sings both Jewish sacred and secular music. Led by TBE cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut. Pianist Taylor Flowers accompanies.
For online URL email Free. 665-4744.

 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).

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

My Folky Valentine: The Ark Family Room Series.

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In celebration of romance, the veteran Chelsea-based wife-and-husband folk-rock duo Annie & Rod Capps host other Michigan musical couples TBA.
For livestream URL see Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"When Love Goes Wrong": Academy of Early Music.

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Feb. 14-21. Performance by The Four Nations Ensemble, a New York-based early-music ensemble, led by harpsichordist Andrew Appel, that plays on period instruments. Program: Giuseppe Tartini's Sonata in G minor, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault's Medea cantata, Vivaldi's Sonata for cello and continuo, and a selection of love songs by Barbara Strozzi and Henry Purcell.
Available from 8 p.m. Feb. 14 through 9 p.m. Feb. 17, online at Free. 228-4338.

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