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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 17, 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.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Mourners are the Soundtrack of Life: Mourning, Time, and Aesthetic Geographies of the South in a Mizrahi Singer's Antibiography": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Seminar with Re'ee Hagay and respondent Tamar Sella
In this seminar, Re'ee Hagay will describe the mourning interwoven into the process of writing Ahuva ʿOzeri's biography. The non-linear temporality of the mourning produced by the child mourner from Tel Aviv's Yemenite Quarter is juxtaposed with national representations of Yemeni Jews, constructed as an origin of Jewish homogeneity rooted in the past. Re'ee focuses on ʿOzeri's cinematic performance against the background of south Tel Aviv, revealing a twofold memory of loss, both Mizrahi and Palestinian. ʿOzeri emerges as a singer who drew on multiple resources of mourning positioned across putative national and regional borders of urban and global Southern geographies. ʿOzeri is narrated not only as a child mourner but also as the last mourner, in the face of progressive national time.
Advance Registration Required:
Zoom Meeting. Free. Online.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

Public Tour: U-M Prison Creative Arts Project.

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PCAP curators lead a tour of the 25th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, showcasing works in various media from artists currently serving sentences in state correctional facilities.
For URL preregister at Free.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Luck of the Irish": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Drive through the Senior Center's parking lot and pick up coffee, doughnuts, and other goodies. Festive attire encouraged. Masks required.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [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.

 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Grab & Go St. Patrick's Day Lunch: Glacier Hills Senior Living Community.

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Celebrate ☘ St. Patrick's Day ☘ with a FREE tasty corned beef dinner, dessert and drink, catered by Glacier Hills' Dining Services.
Meals will be available to pick up from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. This is a drive-by event, so please stay in your car when you arrive. We will bring your food to you.
RSVPs are required. Call 734-913-0730, RSVP through the Facebook event, or email to reserve your meal(s). If you are RSVPing for more than yourself, please let us know.
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, March 11
Learn more about Glacier Hills at
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community, 1200 Earhart Rd. Free. 734-913-0730. [map]

 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Supporting College Students in STEM Fields": AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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Talk by longtime U-M College of Engineering academic advisor Susan Montgomery.
For URL see Free.

 2-3:30 p.m.  Online 

"Building the Border: The United States, the British Empire, and Native Nations of the Great Lakes, 1796-1812": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Study group leader Jonathan Quint, University of Michigan Department of History PhD candidate and Clements Library Intern, will discuss his research on how the ordinary people of the Detroit River region experienced the imposition of the U.S.- Canadian border in 1796 and his work with the Clements and UM faculty to create instructional activities that connect students with the archives.
This study group will meet Wednesday March 17. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $10. 734-998-9351.

 2-3:30 p.m.  Online 

"Building the Border: The U.S., the British Empire, and Native Americans of the Great Lakes, 1796-1812": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Talk by U-M Clements Library intern Jonathan Quint, a U-M history grad student.
For URL preregister at $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Craft Chat": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 7 & 21. AADL staffers discuss their current crafting projects, plans for future projects, and the inspiration they find online and in books.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 3:30-5 p.m.  Online 

"Put A Spark Under Your Butt": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Afternoons with OLLI.

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Jim Summers and Kim Mayes, co-owners of the local H.E.H. Human Electric Hybrids bike shop, discuss the basics of e-bikes.
For URL preregister at $30 (members, $5); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

José Olivarez: Concordia University Kreft Arts Center.

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Reading by this Chicago poet and The Poetry Gods podcast cohost, who's also the son of Mexican immigrants. Olivarez's 2018 debut collection, Citizen Illegal, is a boisterous, empathetic, celebratory ode to Mexican American life. Followed by a Q&A.
For URL see Free.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Policy Talks": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Mar. 17 & 22. U-M faculty and visiting scholars discuss various topics.

Mar. 17 (4-5 p.m.): Virginia Commonwealth University sociology professor Tressie McMillan Cottom and U-M sociology professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes on "Modern Discourse," highlighting Cottom's 2019 essay collection Thick.

Mar. 22 (noon-1 p.m.): Illinois congresswoman Lauren Underwood and U-M health policy professor Paula Lantz on "Health Policy and the Future of the Affordable Care Act."

Various times, online at Free.

 4:30 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.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

St Patrick's Day with DJ Fresh Myint in YORK's Yard: YORK Food + Drink.

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DJ Fresh Myint will be live from YORK Yard on St. Patrick's Day! She's the DJ who rocked the Big House and will be slaying on this festive holiday! Chef G is popping up with a delicious menu! Bring your green everything and join us for a [masks-on, socially distanced] celebration.
York Food + Drink, 1928 Packard. Free. 7346620798. [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.

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
Stony Creek United Methodist Church, pavilion in the backyard, 8635 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467, [map]

 7:10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Delisting of the Gray Wolf": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Washtenaw Audubon Society conservation chair Cathy Theisen discusses this wolf species that was recently removed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services endangered species list despite its meager population.
Online at Free.

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