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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 12, 2021

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 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.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Race, Identity, and the Creative Process": U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Talk by fiction writer Mat Johnson, a University of Oregon English professor who uses themes of race and identity in his work.
Online at Free. 764-6330.

 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-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.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Panel discussion with U-M professors: Annette Joseph-Gabriel (French & francophone studies), Lydia Kelow-Bennett (Afroamerican and African studies), and Supriya M. Nair (English).
For URL preregister at 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.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Let's Rewrite the United States Constitution": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
We have recently experienced one of our nation's most divisive presidential elections. Our people are politically polarized; charges of racism, sexism, and others abound, as do proposed remedies. Health care, global climate change await resolution.
This study group will fix all our problems by rewriting our nation's Constitution. Participants will rewrite a Constitution that will serve as the supreme law of our land.
Tom Bice will play two roles: giving direction at the outset and maintaining order thereafter, and keeping notes. The study group leader taught public policy for a quarter century and was an elected politician and an officer in a major national corporation.
This study group will meet Fridays for five weeks beginning March 12.
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.
virtual event. Online. $35. 734-998-9351.

 3-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Archaeologies of African Diasporan Reparations": U-M Anthropology Department.

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Talk by South Carolina anthropology professor Terrance Weik.
Online at Free.

 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]

 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sat. & Wed. Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 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]

 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Lecture Series: U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Mar. 12 & 26. Talks by visiting scholars.

Mar. 12: MIT comparative media studies professor Vivek Bald on "The Price of Acceptability: On South Asian Inclusion and Exclusion in the U.S."

Mar. 26: University of Washington (Seattle) South Asian studies professor Sunila Kale on "Theorizing the Company Village: Corporate Social Responsibility in India's Mining Belt."
For URL see Free.

 5 p.m.  Online 

Rufus Wainwright: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Every Fri. (except Mar. 5) through Mar. 26, and Mar. 4. The son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, this acclaimed young singer-songwriter specializes in lush, piano-based neocabaret pop ballads that he sings in what Rolling Stone calls "a rough-silk voice [that] sounds like a worn, inebriated diva sweeping down a staircase." These concerts are part of a series of 18 weekly shows from his Laurel Canyon home in which Wainwright performs his entire studio discography in chronological order.
5 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20 in advance, $25 day of show), see

 5:30-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 5-11 invited to watch a movie and interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and a water bottle. Social distancing enforced, masks required. Feb. 12: Home. Mar. 26: Ferdinand.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 (additional children, $15), preregistration required (capacity limited to 10 participants). 661-3575. [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 

U-M Volleyball.

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Livestream only from Cliff Keen Arena.

Feb. 13 & 14: Perdue.

Feb. 19 & 20: Maryland.

Mar. 12 & 13: Indiana.

Mar. 26 & 27: Nebraska (time TBA).

Online at Free. 764-0247.

 7 & 7:15 p.m. 

"The Father": State Theater.

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(Florian Zeller, 2021). A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages, losing his grip on reality. Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman.
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.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

American Guild of Organists.

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Performances by U-M organ students.
Online at Free.

 7 p.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Talking With…": Children's Creative Center Benefit.

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Mar. 12-14. Local veteran director Cassie Mann directs actors from around the country in an abridged virtual production of Jane Martin's 1982 Drama Circle Critics' Circle Award-winning play. It's a series of comic monologues in which women of various backgrounds (6 in this abridgement) talk about their lives. They include an auditioning actress, a deluded housewife, and others.
Available 7 p.m. Mar. 12 through Mar. 14. Free, but donations requested. Online at

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Jay Stevens: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 12 & 13. This area comedian is known for his relaxed, personable style and good-natured shows that mix family-oriented humor with mildly raunchy anecdotes about everyday life. 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]

 7:30 p.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Playing with Fire: Jeannette Sorrell and the Mysteries of Conducting": University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Mar. 12-21. Oscar Award-winning director Allan Miller directs a documentary on acclaimed conductor-harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell, founder of the Cleveland Baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire that's been praised for its "vibrant, life-affirming approach to the remaking of early music," by a BBC Music Magazine reviewer. The film shows Sorrell working and teaching at the Aspen and Tanglewood Music festivals, including rehearsals with Apollo's Fire and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Available anytime from 7:30 p.m. Mar. 12 through Mar. 21, online at Free. 764-2538.

 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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