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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 24, 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 a.m.-noon  Online 

"OLLI Reads": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute OLLI Reads.

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Feb. 8 & 24. All invited to discuss 2 new books.

Feb. 8: Alice Randall's historical novel Black Bottom Saints, which brings to life Black Bottom, the artful Detroit neighborhood which was demolished for redevelopment in the early 1960s.

Feb. 24: U-M anthropology professor and physician Scott Stonington's gripping ethnography The Spirit Ambulance: Choreographing the End of Life in Thailand.
For URL email $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Technology to Promote Independence": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Talk by Center for Independent Living assistive technology director.
For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 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.

 TBA  Free!  Online 

"Sustainability Forum: Forestry & Green Infrastructure": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.

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Panelists from various organizations TBA discuss the impact of trees and other elements of Ann Arbor's green infrastructure.
For updates see Free.

 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Feeling of History: Islam, Romanticism, and Andalusia": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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UC Berkeley anthropology professor Charles Hirschkind discusses his new book with University of London anthropology professor Flora Hastings.
For URL preregister at Free.

 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]

 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.

 6:30 p.m.  Online 

"Cheese 201: Gouda Deep Dive with Essex Cheese": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Gouda - the cheese that seems to show up on most cheese boards these days, but what do you really know about it? Join us virtually for this tasting as we explore the history and production of gouda cheese. Essex St. Cheese chief educator and trainer Rachel Juhl joins up with our Certified Cheese Professional Tessie Ives-Wilson for this tasting - they'll discuss cheese technology, texture, and flavor, as we taste our way through some delicious examples of this popular cheese style. $35 TICKET INCLUDES TASTING KIT, only $15 IF YOU JUST WANT TO WATCH. All tickets include a 20% coupon to use online at after the tasting.
Virtual on Zoom. Online. $35. SIGN UP HERE>

 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Science of Mind Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of Science of Mind via Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 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 

Franco Ordoñez: U-M Michigan Radio Speaker Series.

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This NPR White House correspondent is joined by Michigan Radio program director Zoe Clark for a livestreamed discussion of the challenges in covering the White House during the Trump presidency and his observations on reporting on three different Presidential administrations. Q&A.
7 p.m., for livestream URL and tickets ($10 plus $1.50 service fee) see

 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Seasonals & Bonsai Display": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens collections specialist Carmen Leskoviansky discusses bonsai care in all seasons and the aesthetics of display.
For URL see Free.

 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]

 7:30 p.m. 

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández: University Musical Society.

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Mexico's national dance company returns to Ann Arbor for the first time in 15 years for a special Hill Auditorium performance with the cultural richness of Mexico in each dance.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-$60. 734-764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Online 

"4 Genres": Theatre Nova.

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New date. Carla Milarch directs a livestream production of American screenwriter Ron Riekki's 20-minute comedy about 4 people, communicating with each other by way of Zoom, each stuck in a different film genre-musical, documentary, slapstick, and horror.
Online at Tickets $10 per person (for a series of 4 monthly plays Jan.-Apr., $30 per person); ticketholders receive recorded versions only if they miss the show.

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