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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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 10-11 a.m.  Online 

"Representations of the Natural World from the Age of Sail: Mark Catesby, Sydney Parkinson, and John James Audubon": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
In 1712, Botanist Mark Catesby traveled to Virginia collecting seeds and specimens, beginning a decades-long journey towards publication of The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands
In 1768, botanical draughtsman Sydney Parkinson joined Captain Cook's voyage to the Islands of Tahiti, in the employment of naturalist Joseph Banks. Although he died on the voyage, plates made from his sketches were preserved in the British Museum.
In 1819, businessman John James Audubon was bankrupted by a national financial crisis and set out on an expedition down the Mississippi River to pursue his dream of documenting America's avian life, ultimately leading to The Birds of America (1827-1838).
This study group led by Juli McLoone will meet Wednesday March 24.
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. $10. 734-998-9351.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Some U.S. and Global Top 10's in 2021": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
This is a presentation for those who like Top 10 Lists! We will consider Top 10 U.S. and GLOBAL lists on subjects such as ... the BEST music ratings, travel destinations, airlines, cities, roads, foods, diets, cars, beaches, etc.
Next, we'll take a look at Top 10 countries regarding - taxes, economic growth, immigration, healthcare, global warming, trade, education, crime rates, "prosperity", "happiness", overall "best" nations ratings etc. Classes will be 60% Top 10 lists / 40% open forum discussion. All lists provided via E/M in advance of your class.
Douglas Stowell leads this group that meets Wednesday March 24. 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. $10. 734-998-9351.

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Swing Into Spring! Virtual Music, Bubble and Comedy Show presented by Turtle Dance Music": Dexter District Library.

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Turtle Dance Music engages children of all ages with comedy, "March"-ing songs, poems, bubbles, and children's stories. Join us on Zoom as we Swing Into Spring. Registration is required on the Dexter District Library's website. A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to March 24.
Virtual, Dexter. 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.

 12:01-midnight  Online 

Virtual 59th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Mar. 23-28. The oldest and one of the most prestigious avant-garde film festivals in North America features 6 days of online film screenings, shorts, and discussions. (See for full schedule.) The competition showcases new experimental and independent 16-mm, 35-mm, and digital films and videos in a wide range of genres.

"The Viewing Booth" (Ra'anan Alexandrowicz). Experimental documentary showing a young Jewish American women's visceral and verbal reactions to videos portraying life in the occupied West Bank.

"maɬni - towards the ocean, towards the shore" (Sky Hopinka). Documentary following 2 Chinookan peoples, Native Americans residing along Oregon's Columbia River, contemplating the afterlife, rebirth, and the place in-between. Chinuk Wawa, subtitles.

"Iwianch, the Devil Deer" (José Cardoso). Documentary about a missing teenager native to the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest who's prophesied to bring back the devil's visions of death. Spanish, subtitles.

"Purple Sea" (Amel Alzakout, Khaled Abdulwahed). Footage of a deadly shipwreck the directors experienced when seeking passage from Turkey to Greece, filmed using a waterproof camera strapped to Alzakout's wrist. Arabic, subtitles.

"The Quoddy Fold" (Paulette Phillips). Intimate portrayal of the director, a Canadian artist, working on a derelict coastal home.

"A Machine to Live In" (Yoni Goldstein). Documentary exploring the history of highly controlled modernist planning in Brazil alongside radical projects in cult and mystical architecture. Portuguese, Esperanto, subtitles.

"Juste un Mouvement" (Vincent Meessen). Drama that approaches Jean-Luc Godard's 1967 satire La Chinoise as if it were non-fiction, following the tragic fate of one of its actors, Omar Blondin Diop.

"The Inheritance" (Ephraim Asili). Experimental, quasi-documentary film about a young man who refashions an inherited property into a hub for a black liberationist movement.

"Instructions for Survival" (Yana Ugrekhelidze). Drama about a queer Georgian couple trying to make ends meet after gender reassignment surgery. Georgian, Russian, subtitles.

"Al Largo" (Anna Marziano). Documentary about the experience of suffering. Italian, subtitles.

"The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant" (Jim Finn). Finn follows the Union general's Civil War campaigns through a tour of Southern national military parks.

Online at Tickets: $50 for the entire festival programming. "Supporter" ($75) and "Super Fan" ($150) passes available. 995-5356.

 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Inside The Cartel Project: The Power of Collaborative Investigative Journalism": U-M Wallace House.

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In 2012 Mexican journalist Regina Martinez was murdered in her home. She had been reporting on the links between drug cartels, public officials and thousands of individuals who had mysteriously disappeared. Eight years later, her investigations were published simultaneously around the world as The Cartel Project.
Forbidden Stories, a nonprofit newsroom created by Laurent Richard during his year as a Knight- Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, organized the project, secretly bringing together an international network of journalists dedicated to continuing the work of Martinez. Sixty reporters from 18 countries, followed her leads to expose a global network of Mexican drug cartels and their political connections around the world.
For a behind-the-scenes look at the global investigation, join the journalists who made it happen. Laurent Richard of Forbidden Stories, Dana Priest of The Washington Post and Jorge Carrasco, editor of Mexican news magazine Proceso.
Online. Free. Online. 7349987666.

 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Inside The Cartel Project: The Power of Collaborative Investigative Journalism": U-M Wallace House Eisendath Symposium.

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Livestreamed panel discussion with Forbidden Stories nonprofit newsroom founder Laurent Richard, Washington Post reporter Dana Priest, and Jorge Carrasco, a reporter and senior editor with the Mexican national magazine Proceso. Moderated by Wallace House director Lynette Clemetson. The Cartel Project is the posthumously published investigations of Regina Martinez, a Mexican journalist who was murdered in her home while reporting n the links between drug cartels, public officials and thousands of individuals who had mysteriously disappeared.
12:30 p.m., Free. 998-7666.

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Nature Adventures:Metamorphosis": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists Elle Bogle & Kelsey Dehring lead a hike to collect data about unfolding seasonal changes and share your observations with fellow hikers.
2-3:30 p.m., Brauer Preserve, Parker Rd. just south of Waters Rd., Freedom Twp. Limited To 20 participants; preregister via email to Free. 971-6337, ext. 330.

 2-3:30 p.m.  Online 

"Representations of the Natural World From the Age of Sail": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Special Collections Research Center curator Juli McLoone shows and discusses archival work by the 18th- and 19th-century naturalists John James Audubon, Mark Catesby, and Sydney Parkinson.
For URL preregister at $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 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 p.m.  Online 

"An Evening with 1A Host Jenn White": U-M Michigan Radio.

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Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Doug Tribou hosts a livestream conversation with Jenn White, the host of NPR radio's 1A talk show.
7 p.m., for tickets ($10) and livestream URL, see

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Pandemic Politics: From Lockdown to Liberation": U-M Residential College.

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Every Wed. (except Mar. 17), Feb. 10-Mar. 31. A series of livestreamed talks exploring contemporary and historical intersections between public health and structural racism, both in Detroit and throughout the U.S. Speakers TBA.

-Mar. 3: "Policing Public Health: Cops, Robber Barons, and Protest."

-Mar. 10: "The Violence of Poverty: Economic Inequality and Public Health."

-Mar. 24:. "Housing nd the Right to Live."

-Mar. 31: "Towards a People's Democracy."

7-8:30 p.m., for URL see Free. 763-0032.

 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]

 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Double bill reading. Detroit-area poet Ken Meisel reads from The Drunken Sweetheart at My Door, his 2015 collection of surrealistic metaphysical poems about love, and Michigan writer Jeff Vande Zande reads from American Poet his 2012 novel that Nomadic Press critic David Cardoso says reads "like a love song to Michigan and the town of Saginaw."
For meeting URL email Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"David Ohannessian and the Armenian Ceramics of Jerusalem": U-M Armenian Studies Haidostian Lecture.

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NYC-based writer & professional flutist Sato Moughalian discusses Feast of Ashes, her biography of her grandfather, a renowned ceramicist who founded the art of Armenian pottery in Jerusalem in a period of Armenian political turmoil.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Pines as Bonsai: Horticulture & Techniques": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Talk by The Flower Market (Monroe) rep Ghazi Zouaoui. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
For URL see Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Recent East": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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NYC fiction writer Thomas Grattan and local writer Lillian Li discuss Grattan's new novel, the decades-long saga of a woman who returns to East Germany from the U.S. with her 2 teen children shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

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