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Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 7, 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.

 9 a.m.  Online 

Online weekend retreat for beginners and intermediate meditators: Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry.

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Vipassana and the Loving Heart: a retreat via Zoom
Teachers: Barbara Brodsky and Dan Muir
Our world has been filled this year with chaos and pain. How do we live in these times with basic sanity and compassion? How do we handle our experiences of fear, anger, loneliness, and pain?
This retreat is designed to support beginner and intermediate level students, but experienced students are welcome.
The online retreat will include vipassana instruction at all levels; practice with meditations such as lovingkindness and compassion, which deepen our experience of the loving heart; small groups for deep discussion, and periods of silent meditation.
Suggested donation: $50 - $150
No one will be excluded for financial reasons.
Last day for registration: Thursday, March 4, 2021
online - Zoom. Online. Donation. 734.477.5848.

 10 a.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..

 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]

 11 a.m. 

"Outdoor Adventures with Andrea in the Mitchell-Scarlett Nature Area": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Ages 2-5 years & Adult. Is your family ready to embrace the outdoors this winter and play outside in this newly-designed class full of surprises? Andrea, teacher of Little Tykes Sports City, will lead families in a COVID-safe fashion with a different focus and theme each week. Trek through the woods (and hopefully some snow!) completing scavenger hunts, creating winter-based art or learning new sports and games all while being in the company of other children and parents during this socially-isolated time. Meet in the grass at the entrance to the Mitchell Scarlett Woods Nature Area at the end of the bus loop. All adults and children are expected to wear masks. If weather conditions are unsafe, make-up class(es) will be offered on March 14th and/or 21st. The First Steps Early Childhood PTO will help to provide winter outerwear for families in need who otherwise would not be able to participate. Instructor: Andrea Nance. 6 classes.
Scarlett-Mitchell Nature Area, 3300 Lorraine. $85. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Men's Gymnastics.

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This month's schedule includes home meets vs.

Iowa (Mar. 7, 1 p.m.)

Minnesota (Mar. 14, 1 p.m.)

Ohio State (Mar. 17, 4:30 p.m.)

Livestream only from Crisler Center.
Various times, online at Free. 764-0247.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Jewish Ethics and Policing in the U.S. and Israel": Jewish Community Center/Beth Israel Congregation.

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Discussion with Beit Morasha educational center (Jerusalem) professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom and Hebrew Congregation of Somers (New York) rabbi Fred Schwalb.
For URL preregister at Free.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Sunday afternoon outdoor concert: Adam Plomaritas": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Socially-distanced, pleasant afternoon of music by Adam Plomaritas. Adam is an extremely talented vocalist and guitar player, who can move an audience with standards and originals. We are very lucky that he has agreed to play in our back yard for us this Sunday (forecast weather: Sunny and 48 degrees!) Bring your own folding chair and drinks and snacks.
Face coverings and proper social distancing are required. This means to keep six feet away from other people that are not in your own household. You may remove your masks once you are seated but always wear them when standing or walking around. Remember that masks are not only for your protection but for others as well.
The tip jar will go around. If you can throw a little money in fine; if not that is ok too.
Please park on the south side of the street (no double parking allowed) and do not block any driveways. Please access the backyard ONLY from the east side of the house.
143 Payeur Road, Ann Arbor, 143 Payeur Road, Ann Arbor. Free. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Stroll": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike along winding trails through woods and wetlands. Wear footwear appropriate for muddy terrain.
2-4 p.m., Whitmore Lake Preserve, 1551 7 Mile Rd., Whitmore Lake. Limited To 10 participants; preregister via email to Free. 971-6337, ext. 330. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kerry Tales with Mother Goose."

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5-10 minute-long livestream program of rhymes, riddles, & stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
Online at (search "Kerrytales by Mother Goose"). Free. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Washtenaw County Rank MI Vote Chapter Meeting: Rank MI Vote Washtenaw County.

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Tired of the same two choices every election season? Do you wish political discourse were more civil and less divisive? Join our grassroots movement as we discuss how we can work towards a more representative and more civil democracy by ranking our choices at the ballot box!
Email for virtual meeting invitation. Visit to sign up for our newsletter, volunteer or donate!
Virtual -- Google Meet. Free. Online.

 4 & 4:15 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.

 4:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Rathbun/Fries Duo": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415.

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Two members of the WMU jazz faculty-saxophonist Andrew Rathbun, well known in NYC jazz circles for his melodic improvisations, and pianist Matthew Fries perform original compositions, jazzy interpretations of Debussy classics, and more. Live from KCH.
Online at Free, donations accepted. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Online 

"Last Bite Sized: Single Topic Cooking Classes": Last Bite Chef.

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Chef Allison of Last Bite Chef has a weekly online cooking class series every Sunday evening at 4:30-5:30pm EST. Each class covers one topic and is approx one hour, for $20 per screen. People have been having so much fun meeting together & learning a new technique! Best of all at the end of the class you have a warm Sunday dinner on your table for yourself and/or your family. Recipes are emailed one week prior for simple shopping. Join as an individual, family, or get a work or friend group to join as a team building event! More info at Email me for more info
online. Online. $20.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kol HaLev Rehearsal: Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Sun. All adults invited to join the rehearsals of this volunteer choir that sings both Jewish sacred and secular music. Led by TBE cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut. Pianist Taylor Flowers accompanies.
For online URL email Free. 665-4744.

 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 p.m.,  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Evening Game: Boggle": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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All invited to play this popular word-search game. Have a pencil and paper ready.
For URL email Free.

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