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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 13, 2021

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 12:01 a.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.

 12:01 a.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

 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]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Oct. 24 & 25. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Masks required.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 505 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 546-4710. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Michigan Trees": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike for kids ages 7-11 to earn how to identify trees in winter and learn about their importance to people and wildlife. Social distancing and face coverings required.
10-11:30 a.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Webster Twp. Limited To 10 participants; to preregister see (Registration #831004). Free. $3 vehicle entrance fee. 971-6337, ext. 330. [map]

 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]

 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! 

Stewardship Saturday & Nature Walk: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to learn about invasive species and the best ways to remove them. Led by WCPARC stewardship coordinator Katie Carlisle and naturalist Shawn Severance. Social distancing and face coverings required.
1-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Webster Twp. Limited To 10 participants; preregister via email to Free. 971-6337, ext. 330. [map]

 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.

 2 p.m. 

"Mom & Son Race to the Rec": Saline Parks and Recreation.

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All sons, accompanied by their mom or other adult female, invited to complete physical and mental challenges in various Saline parks. Early bird fee, $25 (additional son, $8); ends March 7.
Starts at Mill Pond Park, corner of US-12 and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $35 (additional son, $10); preregistration required by March 12.

 4, 4:15, 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.

 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Faculty Recital: U-M School of Music.

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U-M piano professor Matthew Bengston performs Estudios rítmicos y sonoros, Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra's rhythmically complex collection of 12 short pieces, and Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz's Iberia Book 1 & 2.
Online at Free.

 5 p.m.  Online 

We Banjo 3: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Livestreamed performance, from the Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin, by this all-star quartet from Galway, consisting of two sets of brothers, whose music is a virtuosic, revelatory blend of traditional Irish music with American old-time music and bluegrass that foregrounds traditional melodies with modern rhythms. Irish Times critic Siobhan Long praises their CD Gather the Good for its "finely calibrated repertoire," with "David Howley's title song anchoring the collection in a panoramic sweep of optimism."
5 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20-$79), see Accessible for on-demand viewing for 7 days following the live broadcast. 761-1451.

 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 p.m. 

"Church People": Fathom Events.

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(Christopher Shawn Shaw, 2021). Comedy about an evangelist who wants to rediscover his passion for Jesus.
Masks required at all times except when eating concessions. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500).

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Future Stars 2021": Pioneer High School.

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Prerecorded performances by 20 Ann Arbor high school students performing pop songs in this virtual competition. Following the selection of 5 finalists by a panel of judges, the audience votes to determine the winner. Live post-performance virtual meet-and-greet with the contestants.
For URL preregister at Tickets $12 (students, seniors, & PHS staff, $8; household, $20).

 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]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Menachem Kaiser: Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan.

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This Brooklyn-based writer, a U-M creative writing grad, discusses his forthcoming memoir Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure.
For URL see Free.

 8 p.m. 

Sir András Schiff, piano: University Musical Society.

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Pianist Sir András Schiff returns in a program of sonatas by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, and Schubert.
Hill Auditorium], 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-$66. 734-764-2538. [map]

 8:30 p.m.  Online 

An Dro: Blue Llama Jazz Club.

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Livestreamed performance by this this western Michigan celtic fusion ensemble featuring percussionist Carolyn Koebel, violinist Michele Venegas on violin, strings player James Spalink, and Cara Lieurance on flute and whistles. Preceded inside the Blue Llama at 6:30 p.m. by a limited-seating set with dinner ($125 tickets available in advance at
8:30 p.m., for URL and tickets ($15) see

 8:30 p.m. 

Chris Smither: The Ark Livestream Series.

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This veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter, best known for 2 songs Bonnie Raitt has made her own, "I Feel the Same" and "Love You like a Man," is also a wonderfully lyrical and expressive guitarist (Raitt calls him "my Eric Clapton") and an intense, enrapturing singer whose voice ranges from growling undertones to a keening falsetto. On Mar. 13, Smither performs his 2006 CD Leave the Light On in its entirety. On Mar. 20, he presents a master class on songwriting in the form of a conversation with Peter Mulvey. On Mar. 27, Smither performs a set of original and traditional blues. Livestreamed from the Parlor Room in Northhampton (MA).
8;30 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20 per night, $50 for all 3 shows)), see [map]

 11 aq.m.-5 p.m. 

Anne Monheit: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Show and sale of works by this local jeweler. Monheit uses polymer clay to create colorful graphic jewelry designs.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. [map]

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