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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 19, 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 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Generosity in Fiction": U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Fiction writer Joan Silber presents a talk on how to create fiction that is generous to its characters without being stupidly innocent or ignorant of human nature.
Online at Free. 764-6330.

 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  Free!  Online 

"Colonial Archives and Decolonial Museology: The National Museum of the Philippines and Philippine Collections at the University of Michigan": University of Michigan Museum Studies Program.

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The panel engages with UM's Philippine Collections, which include everything from papers of US colonial officers in the Philippines to thousands of photographs, from funerary objects in the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology to type specimens in the Museum of Zoology and plants in the Herbarium.
Presented online via Zoom. Registration required.
Complete details can be found here:
online via Zoom. Free. Online.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Empires of Vice: The Rise of Opium Prohibition Across Southeast Asia": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Talk by Georgetown University Asian studies professor Diana Kim.
For URL preregister at Free.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Ross Education - Medical Career Training.

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Come chat with an advisor! Get all the information you need to jump start your new career.
Enroll now to begin an exciting new career in fields such as medical or dental assistant, nursing, veterinary technician, and many more.
Ross Education, 4741 Washtenaw Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. (734) 434-7320. [map]

 3-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Motown Concert: Celebrating Black History Month"

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Turn your speakers up and sing along to Motown classics during Glacier Hills' virtual Black History Month concert on February 19. From 3-4 pm, KGB will be performing some of the top Motown hits.s Watch the concert via Facebook Live (
The concert is free and open to the public.
Facebook Live. Free. Online.

 3-5 p.m.  Online 

"Reading Women's Lives": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will meet once a month for four months. Excerpts from several women's memoirs will be sent out ahead based on the theme for the month. During the class, participants will discuss the readings and write a short reflective piece from a trigger question. In small breakout groups, they will read and discuss their written reflections. Examples of themes are childhood, grief and loss, aging, resilience.
The study group will meet monthly with Instructor Beth Spencer on February 19, March 19, April 16, and May 14 (Fridays). Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $30. 734-998-9351.

 3:30-7 p.m. 

St. Mary Manchester Fish Fries: St. Mary Catholic Church, Manchester.

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St. Mary's Catholic Church Manchester will hold its fish fry dinners-DRIVE THRU ONLY--at St. Mary Parish Center, 108 Madison Street (behind the Marathon gas station in the historic Village of Manchester). Enjoy a delicious fish dinner each Friday in Lent (with the exception of Good Friday) from February 19 through March 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The menu includes 10 oz. of beer battered deep fried (not baked) Pacific Cod, tartar sauce, lots of French fries, coleslaw, dinner roll, and a homemade cookie. The cost is $12. DIRECTIONS: Follow the signs to the back of St. Mary Parish Center where you will pay for your dinners. IMPORTANT. Do not enter the drive-thru line via Clinton Street. Please travel west on Main Street, turn right at Macomb Street (north), and then turn right again (east) on Madison Street. You will pay in the back of the building, leave by the west driveway, and pick up your dinners at the front of the Parish Center, just before exiting the driveway.
St. Mary Parish Center, 108 Madison Street, Manchester. $12. 734-428-8811. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"First Chapter Fridays": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer reads the 1st chapter of a new or favorite Middle Grade or Young Adult book TBA. Free. 327-4200.

 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Memory Verses Oblivion: Social Frames and the Creation of Collective Pasts": U-M Center for South Asian Studies Trautmann Honorary Lecture.

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Talk by University of Texas history professor Sumit Guha.
For URL preregister at Free.

 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

 6 p.m.  Online 

"In the Deli Kitchen: Pot Pies with Chef Rodger": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Join us virtually In the Deli Kitchen with Chef and managing partner of Zingerman's Deli, Rodger Bowser. Chef Rodger will demonstrate the basics of making the most popular of all our pot pies-chicken! He will also talk about our other tasty pot pies and answer all your pot pie questions via the chat feature with the help of a moderator throughout the class. YOUR $15 EVENT TICKET INCLUDES: Zoom meeting link, a downloadable PDF with our chicken pot pie recipe, an evening of learning with Deli Chef Rodger Bowser and a 20% off coupon to use online at after the tasting
Virtual on Zoom. Online. $15. SIGN UP HERE>

 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.

 6:30 & 8:30 p.m. 

Keith Ruff: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 19 & 20. This Detroit-area comic is known for his crisp, clever, slightly twisted topical commentary and his high-spirited, often whimsical performing style. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
7:30 and 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door (capacity reduced to 20%)., 996-9080. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m.  Online 

"Euchre Change a Life!"

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Five-game online euchre tournament. Sign up with a partner, or get paired with one by the organizers. Prizes. Proceeds benefit Haitian children.
For online URL preregister by Jan. 20 at $10 donation per player.

 7-7:30 p.m.  Online 

"BHM Livestream": Neutral Zone.

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Local teenager Andre Jenkins highlights various books by Black authors, discusses the history of Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood-a cultural hub that was demolished for redevelopment in the early 1960s-, and shows videos on the Loving vs. Virginia 1967 Supreme Court case that struck down state laws banning interracial marriage.
For URL see Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Jenn Shapland: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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This New Mexico-based writer is joined by Monmouth University (New Jersey) creative writing professor Melissa Febos for a discussion of My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Shapland's book that interweaves her own story with a biography of the 20th-century Southern Gothic novelist built around love letters Shapland uncovered written to McCullers by a woman named Annemarie.

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

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Peace Generator: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us in creating Peace for our planet. Meditate, chant, set intentions on Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. Nebraska.

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This month's schedule also includes a meet vs. Maryland (Feb. 19, 7 p.m.). Livestream only from Crisler Center.
Various times, online at Free. 764-0247.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Lantern-Lit Ski and Snowshoe": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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New dates: Every Fri. Jan. 22-Feb. 26 (except Jan. 29 and Feb. 12). All invited to ski or snowshoe (conditions permitting) or walk a half-mile lantern-lit loop. Bring your own snowshoes.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. Free, preregistration required at; recreation passport required. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Human Rites Trio and Mara Rosenbloom. Edgefest 24 (Kerrytown Concert House).

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Double bill live from KCH. The New York trio of acclaimed composer-violinist Jason Kao Hwang and his longtime bandmates-bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Andrew Drury-play a species of what DownBeat critic Philip Freeman calls "heavy, profound music" that falls somewhere between jazz, chamber music, and entirely uncategorizable. Wisconsin-based composer-pianist Rosenbloom, part of prominent New York drummer William Hooker's trio, has been described by All About Jazz as "a whole hearted poet of the piano." This is the 5th in a series of monthly concerts that constitute this year's edition of Edgefest, listed by DownBeat as one of the world's top 50 jazz/avant music festivals. Live from KCH.
Online at Free, donations accepted. [map]

 8 p.m.  Online 

"Earnest, Michelle, and the Rainbow": The Penny Seats Theatre Company Arcade Series.

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Virtual reading Ohio-based actor Craig Ester's romance. Stars Mike Sandusky and Josie Eli Herman.
For URL and tickets ($5), see Tickets $5.

 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.

 8-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to watch short astronomy presentations online by club members and learn about the planets, the Moon, the constellations, colorful binary star systems, and other visible astronomical objects.
For meeting URL see Free.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration": U-M Poverty Solutions Book Talk.

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University of Chicago social work professor Reuben Jonathan Miller discusses his new book with Cornell University sociology professor Anna Haskins and Covington & Burling Law Firm (D.C.) senior counselor Broderick Johnson.
For URL see Free.

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