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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 5, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Celebration": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Feb. 26-Mar. 7. Wendy Sielaff directs a prerecorded program of monologues on the theme "Celebration." With Alisa Mutchler Bauer, Angelica Del Pilar, Christine Homan, Andrew Jentzen, Thom Johnson, Johnny Linn, and Patti Smith.
Available all day, online at Tickets $10.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Some Old Black Man": University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Mar. 1-12. Reprise of the January premiere of award-winning NYC playwright James Anthony Tyler's drama directed by Wesleyan University film professor Joe Cacaci. It's about a coolly intellectual college professor who moves his ailing but independent blue-collar father into his Harlem penthouse. This play explores the personal trauma of a family's history, as father and son try to rectify old wounds enabled by a racist world. Stars Wendell Pierce and Charlie Robinson. Prerecorded in November without an audience at the Jam Handy event venue in Detroit.
Online at Free. 764-2538.

 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 

The Globally Familiar: Digital Hip Hop, Masculinity, and Urban Space in Delhi": U-M Center for South Asian Studies Book Talk.

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All invited to discuss University of London anthropology professor Gabriel Dattatreyan's new book.
For URL preregister at Free.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Flash Talk": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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A Kelsey staffer briefly discusses recent research or projects TBA. Followed by Q&A.
For URL see Free. 764-9304.

 12:01-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Al Alcance de la Mano (Within Our Reach)": U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative/Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(2002). Agroecologists (and U-M alumni) Helda Morales and Bruce Ferguson create an interdisciplinary program that links food, science, learning, and community in Chiapas, Mexico. On Mar. 5, 5-6 p.m., a Q&A with Morales and Ferguson.
For URL, preregister at Available for 48 hours after you start watching. Free.

 12:01-midnight  Free!  Online 

"The Calm After The Storm": U-M Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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(Mercedes Gaviria, 2020). Documentary about the director's mixed feelings of admiration and reproach as she questioned the place of women in the film world and more while working on her father's new film. Spanish, subtitles. On Mar. 25, 4-6 p.m., a Q&A with Gaviria, NYU arts professor Juana Suárez, and U-M Spanish and Latin America studies professor Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola.
For URL, preregister at Available all day. FREE. 763-0553.

 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.

 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]

 4:30-7 p.m. 

43rd Annual Lenten Fish Fry: Old St. Patrick's Church.

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Every Fri., Feb. 19-Mar. 26. Fried Alaskan pollack, french fries, and cole slaw.
4:30-7 p.m. or until sold out, pickup at Old St. Pat's parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. at Northfield Church. $10. 662-8141. [map]

 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Weekly Programs: Neutral Zone.

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Young adult center with a variety of fun virtual social activities available on weekdays throughout the school year.

Every Mon. (5-6:15 p.m.): "Spinning Dot Theatre." Discuss playwriting, acting, directing, and more.

Every Tues. (5:45-7:30 p.m.): "Zone Hack." Hands-on workshop to explore new technology. All skill levels welcome, beginners especially.

Every Wed. (5:45-7 p.m.): "Audio Techniques." Learn the basics of recording, producing, mixing and mastering. No experience necessary. Emcee and Songwriting. Participatory workshops.

Every Fri. (5:45-7 p.m.): "Live." Livestream performing arts TBA. "Loop Nations." Learn and get feedback on sound looping. No experience or equipment necessary.
Various times, for URL, see Free. 214-9995.

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"CommUNITY Arts & Wellness Festival"

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CommUNITY Arts & Wellness Festival is a 3-day, FREE online festival offering music, live painting, dance, writing/spoken word workshops, and yoga/wellness sessions from a roster of 15+ female-identifying artists. We aim to unite the community through art, amplify voices that have been historically silenced or marginalized, and celebrate International Women's Day 2021!
Online/Livestream. Free. Online. Free! Donations to individual artists encouraged at each event..

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited to a brief livestreamed Shabbat observance with secular readings, candle lighting, wine rituals, challah, and Yahrzeit observance to remember loved ones.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations accepted. 975-9872.

 7 p.m.  Online 

"17 Blocks": Michigan Theater.

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Ann Arbor native & Found magazine founder Davy Rothbart discusses his new film, a documentary (currently available through the Michigan Theater's virtual "movie palace") featuring 2 decades of footage of a close-knit family living 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol in one of America's most dangerous neighborhoods. The family featured in the film is on hand. Q&A.
7 p.m., for URL see Free. 668-8397.

 7 & 7:15 p.m. 

"My Salinger Year": State Theater.

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(Philippe Falardeau, 2021). Drama about an aspiring writer whose main task at her new job is to process J.D. Salinger's voluminous fan mail.
Various times, State Theater. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8. Seating limited; advance tickets strongly recommended at 668-TIME.

 7 p.m.  Online 

Anne Lamott: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Prerecorded talk by this beloved California-based novelist and essayist on her new book, Dusk Night Dawn. Lamott is known for her mordantly comic and sharply observed work that doggedly chronicles the messy stuff in life. Q&A. This event is selling out quickly, so get tickets soon.
Online at Tickets $23.25-$27.39, includes unsigned book. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Jesus Corner": U-M Basement Arts.

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U-M freshman Sam Aupperlee directs students in his drama about the way sexuality and religion intersect and conflict.
For in-person or virtual location see Free.

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Bob Phillips: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 5 & 6. Area comic and Funny or Die contributing writer known for his blend of observational, political, and everyday humor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door (capacity reduced)., 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Penny Stamps Speaker Series: U-M School of Art & Design.

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Every Fri. Various artists discuss their work.

Mar. 5: Jad Abumrad, creator and founder of the popular public radio show Radiolab, on "Dolly Parton's America."

Mar. 12: Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Chitra Ganesh on "Utopia and Dissent." Ganesh's work explores feminist and queer narratives in mythology, literature, and popular culture.

Mar. 19: U-M art & design and information professor Sun Young Park on "Designing Health Technology to Empower Patients."

Mar. 26: Swiss visual artist Pipilotti Rist discusses her work. Rist, known for her surreal and often extravagantly intimate video installations explores the human experience of the physical body through technology.
Online at or Free. 936-0671.

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