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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 16, 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.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Mental Health Perspectives During the Covid-19 Pandemic": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/Turner Senior Wellness Program Urgent and Critical Lecture Series.

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Talk by U-M epidemiologist Emily Toth Martin and U-M infectious disease physician Lona Mody.
Online at Free. 998-9351.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Stranger Still: Translating Contemporary Poetry from Israel/Palestine": University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Stranger Still: Translating Contemporary Poetry from Israel/Palestine
Sabine Huynh and Karen Alkalay-Gut
In this installment of the "Stranger Still" series, we invite the poets and translators Sabine Huynh (French, English, Hebrew) and Karen Alkalay-Gut (English, Hebrew, Yiddish) to join us in a conversation about their experiences as multilingual poets in Israel and the role of translation in their work. They will read selections of their poems and translations, including their recent collaboration: Huynh's French translation Alkalay-Gut's collection of Holocaust poetry, Surviving Her Story/Survivre ŗ son histoire.
Zoom Registration:
Online. Free. Online.

 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.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Stranger Still: Translating Contemporary Poetry from Israel/Palestine": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Two expats based in Tel Aviv-Karen Alkalay-Gut and Sabine Huynh-discuss their experiences as prolific multilingual poets in Israel and the role of translation in their work. Then, they read selections from their works.
For URL preregister at Free.

 12:01-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.

 12:01-midnight  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.

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Live Trivia via Zoom": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to form teams of 4 or 5 persons to compete in a 2-round trivia contest. Solo competitors are matched up together. Questions are geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (curbside pick up only).
online at (passcode, 194912). Free.

 3-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Una Tertulia": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Socializing group for Spanish speakers.
For online meeting URL, email or call 998-9353. Free.

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Getting Creative With": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. AADL staffers share and discuss creative projects they've been working on based on weekly themes TBA. Past themes include "Glue," "Socks," "Triangles," and more. Free. 327-4200.

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

30th Anniversary Davis, Markert, and Nickerson Academic Freedom Lecture: University of Michigan Faculty Senate.

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In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom, three renowned panelists, including Professors Nadje S. Al-Ali, Susan Benesch, and Michael Bérubé, and a moderator, Professor Melanie Tanielian, will be participating in a webinar event with the theme, 'Challenges to Academic Freedom in a Changing Landscape, at Home and Abroad.' The panelists will discuss the balance of academic freedom and free speech in changing times and contexts. This event is free and open to the public. The meeting can be accessed via zoom at the following link:, N/A. Free. Online. 734-763-9411.

 4:30-5:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Democratization and Violence in the Korean Context": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Talk by Kansai Gaidai University (Japan) foreign studies professor Jonson Porteux.
For URL see Free.

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Fat Tuesday in YORK's Yard: YORK Food + Drink.

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Providing a platform for local chefs and musicians is YORK's passion. We're combining our love for live music with the unique celebration that is Fat Tuesday! DJ Fresh Myint (of University of Michigan sports DJ fame) will be complementing local duo It's A Good Day Donuts and Mothfire Brewing Company as they pop up in the Yard. YORK will keep things socially distanced and warm - we can't wait to support your indulgence!
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard. Free. Online. 7346620798. [map]

 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.

 6:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Marketing and Your Corporate Voice": American Business Women's Association.

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Talk by Marilyn L. Gordon, founder of the Detroit-area business communications coaching company Mediatude.
For URL preregister at 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 

"Let's talk to Representative Lasinski and Senator Irwin": A2D2- Ann Arbor inDivisible for Democracy.

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Join engaged citizens defending democracy!
State Representative Donna Lasinski & Senator Jeff Irwin will discuss:
-state legislative updates
-2020 election successes
-2022 election plans
-what we can do to help
Email for Zoom info
Zoom. Free. Online.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ikebana International.

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Prerecorded videos of demos of this Japanese style of flower arranging led by instructors TBA.
For URL email Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely: Ann Arbor District Library.

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These 2 writers discuss their 2015 novel All American Boys, the 2021 Washtenaw Reads selection. Written in two voices, it depicts a black teenager assaulted in a convenience store by a white police officer who wrongly suspects him of stealing.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 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.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Prominent healthcare activists Abdul El-Sayed and Micha Johnson discuss their new book.

7:30 p.m., Online at Free, donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Feb. 2 & 16. Club members show their digital images (Feb. 2) and digitized prints (Feb. 16) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Flowing Water." Also, presentations by a dozen selected members TBA on "How Experts Would Process This Raw File" (Feb. 2) and member Jim Bretz on "Old Car City USA" (Feb. 16), the world's largest known classic car junkyard.
For URL email or call. Free. 327-4781,

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Flint Water Update": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Talk by Flint resident and activist Melissa Mays and ACLU Michigan legal director Mike Steinberg. Mays is the plaintiff in 2 legal cases related to Flint's water: the 1st led to a $97 million settlement to replace all of Flint's lead pipes, the 2nd is an ongoing case to compensate Flint residents for damage caused by poisoned water.
Online at Free.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Instruments of Africa: Liberia and West Africa": U-M School of Music.

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Talk by U-M musicology professor emeritus Lester Monts.
For URL preregister at Free. 764-0583.

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