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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 17, 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.

 9:15 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Metaphysics of Spirituality Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of metaphysics on Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Medical Ethics": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Urgent and Critical Lecture Series.

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Feb. 3, 10, & 17. A series of 3 weekly talks by U-M faculty on the fundamentals of this field.

Feb. 3: Michigan Medicine pediatric plastic surgeon Christian Vercler on "History of Clinical Ethics and Ethics" and "Epidemics and Clinical Ethics in the Time of Crisis."

Feb. 10: Michigan Medicine geriatric and pediatrics professor Adam Marks on "Ethics at the End of Life: Principles and Case Discussions" and "The Interplay Between Medical Ethics and Evolving Medical Science."

Feb. 17: U-M obstetrics and gynecology professor Edward Goldman on "Key Legal Cases in Medical Ethics" and "Ethics of Human Research."
For URL email $35 per lecture (for 3-lecture series, $50); for members, $10 per lecture and $25 for series; $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 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.

 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.

 1-3 p.m.  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]

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Craft Chat": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 6 & 20. AADL staffers discuss their current crafting projects, plans for future projects, and the inspiration they find online and in books.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 3:30-5 p.m.  Online 

"Washtenaw Refugee Coalition: Refugees Given a Voice": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Afternoons with OLLI.

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Washtenaw Refugee Coalition founder Beth Wilensky discusses her new interfaith group of refugee advocates.
For URL email $30 (members, $5); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Colonial Archives and Decolonial Museology - Indigenous Epistemologies: Restorative Justice in Settler-Colonial Collections": University of Michigan Museum Studies Program.

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This panel will consider collections relating to Native American past, present and future. Panelists will discuss decolonizing museum practices, settler-colonialism visually presented in postcards of Native American people, and projects at the UM Matthaei Botanical Garden that have deep connections to indigenous culture and agriculture.
Presented online via Zoom, registration required.
Details can be found here:
online via Zoom. Free. Online.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Book Discussion and Author Q&A: Concordia University Kreft Arts Center.

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Feb. 10 & 17. All invited to join a discussion (Feb. 10) and author Q&A (Feb. 17), led by Concordia English professor Erin Laverick, of Flint pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha's 2018 book What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. Hanna-Attisha's research exposed the connection between Flint's water and elevated lead levels in children's blood there.
For URL see Free.

 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box.
online at Free. 327-4200.

 4:30-5:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"U.S. Policy in the Middle East: Human Rights and/or National Interests": U-M Donia Human Rights Center.

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Former U.S. ambassador to Egypt (1997-2001) and Israel (2001-05) Daniel C. Kurtzer in discussion with U-M public policy professor emerita Susan Waltz and U-M political science professor Mark Tessler.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Releasing Roots: Hebrew Poetry in Translation": University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Voices Far and Near: Translating Hebrew Poetry
Adriana X. Jacobs, Frankel Institute Fellow
Jacobs is a scholar and translator of modern Hebrew poetry whose academic research is intertwined with her work as a literary translator. Drawing from her translations of Hebrew poetry-by Leah Goldberg, Vaan Nguyen, and Hezy Leskly, among others-Jacobs will share her experiences as a scholar-translator and the research that her practice of translation has made possible.
Zoom Webinar. Free. Online.

 7 p.m.  Online 

Evenings with Aaron via Zoom: Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry.

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An open session with Aaron channeled through Barbara Brodsky. Aaron gives a talk, followed by Q&A.
Aaron's talk will cover various spiritual practices, including Vipassana and Pure Awareness Meditation, working with inner guidance, and supporting changes in our physical/spiritual bodies through work with body energy, the elements, sound, and Open Heart.
2021 Winter/Spring Schedule
2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/19, 6/16
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Eastern
Website for registration:
Attendees also receive a video in a few weeks to watch anytime.
online - Zoom. Online. Donation. 734.477.5848.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Wed. All male singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467.

 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
For URL join Free. 926-8863.

 7-9 p.m.  Online 

"Evenings with Aaron": Deep Spring Center.

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All invited to discuss their metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a "being of light" channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices, including Vipassana and Pure Awareness meditation. Q&A.
For URL preregister at $10-$30 suggested donation. 477-5848,

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Recipe Share": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 3 & 17. All invited to discuss your favorite recipes. Feb. 3: Sheet pan meals. Feb. 17: Breakfast.
For URL see Free. 327-4200.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Releasing Roots: Hebrew Poetry in Translation": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by modern Hebrew translator Adriana X. Jacobs, a U-M Frankel Institute fellow.
Online at Free.

 7:10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Demystifying Great Lakes Waterbirds in Flight": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Talk by Whitefish Point Bird Observatory outreach & education specialist Alison Vilag.
For URL see Free.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the American Cheese: Food, Status, and the Myth of Virtuous Consumption": AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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Talk by U-M sustainable food systems initiative lecturer Margot Finn.
For URL see Free.

 8 p.m.  Online 

"Not Your Mother's Fairy Tales": Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild Living Room Live!.

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Six storytellers from across the country tell original tales, from quirky and funny to thought-provoking and troubling, inspired by old classics. Suitable for adults and older children. With Tobey Anderson, Norm Brecke, Steve Daut, Ingrid Nixon, Laura Packer, and Anne Rutherford.
For URL preregister at $15 suggested donation.

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