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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 23, 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.

 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.

 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.

 1 - 2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Comparing Transitions to Democracy in 18th Century France and 20th Century South Africa": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This Study Group will be online.
In comparing transitions to democracy in late 18th century France and late 20th century South Africa, this study group will explore some of the fundamental factors that may determine the viability of democracy in a given society.
Why were black and white South Africans able to cobble together the relatively peaceful resolution of their political conflicts that consistently eluded supposedly enlightened 18th century Frenchmen? Why was a process of negotiation successful in South Africa but largely absent from the French Revolution? What role did political leadership, in particular that of Nelson Mandela, play in shaping these distinct outcomes?
This study group led by Barry Shapiro, emeritus professor of history, will meet for eight Tuesdays beginning February 23.
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, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. Online. $45. 734-998-9351. [map]

 1 - 2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Crises in U.S. - North Korean Relations - Dealing with an Enigmatic, Hostile Power": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This Study Group will be online.
This program places participants in the shoes of national security decision-makers facing major crises with North Korea.
The first crisis is the Korean War, where our group will review the historical context, the players, and organizations involved.
The second crisis is hypothetical but, a very plausible, present-day scenario where U.S. and North Korean relations deteriorate and threaten to escalate into a major conflict.
Study group leader John Fogarasi is both a lecturer and practitioner of U.S. foreign policy, having taught political science/international affairs earlier in his career and later as a senior U.S. Diplomat for over 30 years with assignments in Europe, Asia and North America.
This study group will meet Tuesdays for five weeks beginning on February 23. 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. $35. 734-998-9351.

 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.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Team in Leadership": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Former U-M men's basketball head coach John Beilein discusses how to build effective teams, deal with team conflict, and other topics with U-M Ford School Leadership Initiative faculty director Paula Lantz.
Online at Free.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Undue Process: Persecution and Punishment in Autocratic Courts": U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

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Talk by College of William & Mary government and data science professor Fiona Shen-Bayh.
For URL preregister at Free.

 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.

 6:30 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 & 8:30 p.m.  Online 

"Scott Silven's The Journey (Virtual)": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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In this live, virtual theater experience, travel from your living room to Silven's home in rural Scotland through beautiful cinematic imagery and high-definition immersive sound. Hear a long-forgotten story, interact directly with Silven in a cutting-edge digital space, and help shape the evening's extraordinary illusions and mesmerizing events.
With a maximum of 30 guests per show, each intimate, interactive event is constructed by you, your own sense of home and connection, and your fellow travelers inhabiting the same digital space from across the world.
Through the power of storytelling and the work of a masterful illusionist, discover the path that connects you to Silven's past, your own present, and a collective future. The Journey awaits.
The Journey is generously supported by Erin McKean & Steve Sullivan.
Virtual. Online. $46.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Rota: Skazat! Poetry Series.

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Reading by this local poet, author of the 2020 collection Giveth and Taketh that addresses his own experience and political theology as a Jewish person in the Trump era, along with other topics. Preceded by an open mic.
For URL preregister at Free. 223-3165.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Bioethics Discussion Group.

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Feb. 9 & 23. All invited to join philosophical discussions on various themes. For questions to ponder prior to meeting, see Led by U-M biomedical engineering professor Barry Belmont. Feb. 9: "Sex". Feb. 23: "Artificial Life."
Online at Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Meeting: Moms Demand Action - Washtenaw County.

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Please join us for an informational and inspiring meeting this month! We will feature a guest speaker, discuss current events, and address legislative updates. Register here and the Zoom link will be emailed to you the morning of the meeting.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan grass-roots movement of mothers and allies demanding commonsense solutions to address our country's dangerous culture of gun violence, which jeopardizes the safety of our children and families.
zoom. Free. Online.

 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 & 8:30 p.m.  Online 

"The Journey": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Feb. 23-28. Renowned Scottish mentalist and storyteller Scott Silven hosts an evening of mesmerizing illusions and sounds, interspersed with tales live from his home in rural Scotland. Silven's shows are known for their sophistication, intelligence, and immersiveness.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.), 9 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), and 5 p.m. (Sun. only); no late entry. For URL & tickets ($51 per person per device), see 994-5999. [map]

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