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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 6, 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.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater.

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New titles available this month online for 2-10 days after you start watching. Remainder of March schedule online at

"Atlantis" (Valentyn Vasyanovych, 2020). Dystopian post-apocalyptic film. Ukranian, subtitles.

"Leona" (Isaac Cherem, 2018). A young Jewish Mexican woman falls in love against her family's wishes with someone who's not Jewish. Spanish, subtitles.

"Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words" (Freida Lee Mock, 2021). Documentary featuring Ginsburg's interviews and talks about her career.

"17 Blocks" (Davy Rothbart, 2020). Two 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 Fan Connection" (Mary Wall, 2019). Residents in the economically depressed town of Buffalo find communal hope during the Sabres hockey season.

Starts Mar. 5: "Stray" (Elizabeth Lo, 2021). Lo follows 3 stray dogs on the streets of Turkey, which has a no-kill, no-capture dog policy.

Starts Mar. 26: "Her Name Is Chef" (Peter Ferriero 2021). Documentary about changing gender roles in the restaurant industry told through the stories of 6 women chefs. Also, at 7 p.m. on Mar. 29 only (to register, see, a live Zoom conversation with 4 local women chefs, Abby Olitsky of Sencer, Allie Little of LaLa's Ann Arbor, Ji Hye Kim of Miss Kim, and Eve Aranoff of Frit Banditos.

$6-$12 per film. Online at for 2-10 days after you start watching.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain, snow, or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Common and Not So Common Birds in Our 'Backyard'": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Presentation via Zoom by veteran local naturalist Faye Stoner that features discussion of things to notice to help with bird identification and the times of year that various birds can be seen in your backyard and nearby natural areas, along with chance to listen to some bird songs and calls. Appropriate for adults and kids ages 7 & up.
10-11 a.m., for URL see Free. 971-6337, ext. 330.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country featuring off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Today is the season closer. Awards. Only one guest spectator per racer. Masks required and social distancing enforced.
Racing starts at 10 a.m. (speedway opens at 8 a.m.), and goes until everyone is done. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free admission. $15 to race (additional entries, $10).

 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 27 & 28. A park naturalist discusses the history of maple sugaring and leads a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. To-go pancake and sausage breakfast ($6 per person; family of four, $26) available, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Also, take home a craft-kit TBA. Masks required.
Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $6 (kids 1 & under, free). Preregistration required by 4 p.m. the day of event. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ghost Machine": The Purple Rose Theatre Company/Chelsea District Library.

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Virtual reading of the premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's latest Sherlock Holmes drama. It's about the disappearance of new inventions by influential electrical engineers Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.
For URL preregister at Free. 475-8732.

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

"Speaking Truth to Power II": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Panel discussion on Covid-19 vaccines for underserved African American communities with Ypsilanti mayor Louis Richardson, state representatives Yousef Rabhi and Felicia Brabec, and New Beginnings Community Church of Ypsilanti Reverend Jeff Harold. Preceded at 9:30 by general meeting updates.
10:30 a.m.-noon or so, for livestream URL see; meetings are recorded and available anytime after the event on YouTube (search "Washtenaw Dems"). Free. 883-8250. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

"Drop In and Get to Know Us": Ann Arbor CCL.

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Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby is the local chapter of a national organization advocating for federal legislation to tackle climate change. Would you like to know more about our work and how you can get involved? Join our casual drop-in session to meet a few members of our chapter, learn about our group, and ask questions. All are welcome and able to contribute to our efforts - you don't need to be an expert! Sign up here:
Zoom virtual platform. Free. Online.

 Noon & 2:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Salamander Survey Kickoff/Frog and Toad Survey Kickoff: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.

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All invited to learn how to help with the city's upcoming annual survey of local salamander (noon) and frog & toad (2:30 p.m.) populations.
Various times, for URL preregister by Mar. 3. Free., 794-6627.

 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.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Mar. 6, 13, 21, & 27. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Mar. 6: Oakwoods Nature Area.

Mar. 13: Onder Nature Area.

Mar. 21: Lakewood Nature Area.

Mar. 27: Hansen Nature Area.
Various locations; specific meeting spots identified after preregistration (required) at (click on "NAP Workdays"). Free. 794-6627.

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Postponed Feb. 4: Minnesota. 6 p.m.

Postponed Feb. 7: Maryland. 2 p.m.

Feb. 21: Ohio State. 2 p.m.

Mar. 6: Northwestern. 3 p.m.
Online at Free. 764-0247.

 4, 4:15, 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.

 4-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Argus Museum Collectors Group Virtual Gathering.

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Group members discuss the Argus Argoflex Forty film camera (1950-54), so bring yours to show if you have one. Preceded by a Virginia-based ACG member on his lens collection and followed by an auction of cameras and camera accessories.
For URL preregister at Free.

 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..

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ellen Willson Lecture Series: Threads of Interest": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Mar. 6 & 8. Two talks by visiting artists.

Mar. 6: London sewer & knitter Kaffe Fassett, the first textile artist to have a solo exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, on "Glorious Color."

Mar. 8: Maine-based writer Linda Cortright on "The Wild and Changing World of Natural Fibers from Alaska to Afghanistan." Cortright opened the first-and only-cashmere spinning and weaving center in the High Himalayas, which provides employment to more than 130 semi-nomadic women.
For URL preregister at 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. 

"Judas and the Black Messiah": Michigan Theater.

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Shaka King's 2021 biopic about an FBI informant who infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party in order to keep tabs on its charismatic leader, Freed Hampton.
7:15 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). Seating limited; advance tickets recommended at 668-TIME. [map]

 8:30 p.m.  Online 

John U. Bacon Roast: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase Benefit.

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Twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar, an L.A.-based stand-up comedy team of U-M grads, host this livestreamed roast of nationally known local sportswriter Bacon. With renowned insult comic Jeff Ross, former U-M football star Jamie Morris, WTKA Michigan Insider hosts Sam Webb and Ira Weintraub, mgoblog staffers Brian Cook and Seth Fisher, and local stand-up comic Zach Martina.
8:30 p.m., for URL and tickets ($10-$50) see

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