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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 19, 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  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 

"What We're Reading Now": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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Panel discussion with Clements faculty members Dick Marsh, Sara Quashnie, and Paul Erickson.
For URL preregister at Free. 649-3370.

 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-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"At Least We Don't Do That Here: How Europe (Mis)Understands Black America": U-M Center for European Studies.

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Talk by University of Manchester sociology professor Gary Younge.
Online at Free.

 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.

 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.

 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]

 4:30-7 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]

 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

 5:45-7 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.

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Capture The Flag Fridays": All Hands Active.

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Every Fri. All invited to try to solve a computer security problem (or a series of problems), ranging from basic computer usage to some programing, to capture the virtual flag. Led by AHA staffers; beginners welcome.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations required.

 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

Bollywood Fitness Dance in the park: LaaS Dance.

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Come enjoy dancing in the park to celebrate women's month. We will dance to some fun tunes and enjoy quick sweat cardio burst
Please RSVP by March 15th
Leslie Park, Leslie Park, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. 2483764633.

 6:30-9 p.m.  Online 

"Euchre Change a Life!"

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Five-game online euchre tournament. Sign up with a partner, or get paired with one by the organizers. Prizes. Proceeds benefit Haitian Emmanuel Christian School children in 3 locations.
For URL preregister at $10 donation per player.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Slut: The Play": U-M Basement Arts.

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Mar. 19-21. U-M acting student Alex Lee directs livestreamed performances of fellow students in Katie Capiello's 2013 drama about a 16-year-old NYC woman who's sexually assaulted by 3 friends. Followed by a discussion led by Bunker Hill Community College communications professor Ayshia Mackie-Stephenson and Meg McInerney, a cofounder of the All-Girl Theater Company that originally produced the play.
On-demand viewing starts at 7 p.m. March 19, online at Free.

 7 & 7:15 p.m. 

"The Courier": State Theater.

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(Dominic Cooke, 2021). Historical drama about a covert partnership between a CIA operative and a Soviet officer, trying to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis. Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, Merab Ninidze.
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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Carlina Duan and Ambalila Hemsell: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Double bill poetry reading. Duan, an Ann Arbor native and U-M English language & literature grad, has a new collection out, Alien Miss, that features unabashed odes to lineage. Her 2017 debut collection, I Wore My Blackest Hair, has been praised for its "fierce dedication to the small and sensual," by writer Franny Choi. Duan also gives a reading at Skazat! Poetry Series (see 23 Tuesday listing). Washington-based Hemsell reads from Queen of Blue, her lush and lyrical debut collection exploring truths shared by the miraculous and the mundane. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M second-year creative writing grad student Lauren Morrow (fiction).
Online at Free.,

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Murder's in the Heir": Huron Players.

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Mar. 19 & 21. Claire Federhofer directs Huron High students in a virtual production of Billy St. John's 1998 Clue-like interactive murder-mystery comedy concerning the death of a tyrannical billionaire and a group of rejected heirs each with the motive and means to kill. At intermission, audience members vote to identify the murderer and determine the course of the 2nd act. Post-performance actor meet & greet.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), for URL see for tickets ($6 per household/device).

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Andy Beningo: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 19 & 20. Michigan stand-up comic known for his observational humor about everyday life. Masks required, except when eating or drinking. Preceded by 2 opening acts.
212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door (capacity reduced)., 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Online 

"The Actors": The Penny Seats Theatre Company Arcade Series.

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This local company presents a virtual reading of Ronnie Larsen's touching absurdist drama about a man who, missing his parents, decides to hire some. Cast: Brandy Joe Plambeck, Inchai Reed, Joe Bailey, Jack Meloche, and Will Myers.
8 p.m., ror URL and tickets ($5), see, penny

 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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