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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 26, 2021

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 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Art of Association": U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Talk by poet Kathleen Graber, whose 2019 collection The River Twice explores themes of impermanence and change. A Publishers Weekly reviewer notes that Graber's "fresh and wild" style comes from a merging of "the distant past and the urgent present."
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.

 Time TBA  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.

 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.

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Hearing and Cognition."

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Talk by Michigan Medicine audiologist Rachel Valerie Fryatt.
For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 3-4:30 p.m.  Online 

"Virtual Tour of DIA Exhibit, Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Out Of Town.

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Led by a DIA staffer TBA.
For URL preregister at $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 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]

 4:30-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ayoinmotion: U-M Museum of Art/African Graduate Student Association.

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Livestreamed performance by this NYC-based hip-hip rapper, a Nigerian native who grew up in Flint. His music also incorporates elements of Afrobeat and spoken word. The program begins with a Q&A.
4:30-6 p.m., online at Free.

 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.

 7 & 7:15 p.m. 

"Six Minutes to Midnight": State Theater.

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(Andy Goddard, 2021). British WWII drama. Eddie Izzard, Judi Dench.
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 

"You Can't Take It With You": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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All invited to read a part in a virtual reading of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's 1936 offbeat romance that chronicles the adventures of a man from a family of rich snobs who falls for a woman from a free-spirited, eccentric family. Facilitated by local director Thom Johnson; parts available first-come first served.
For URL preregister (if parts are still available) by Mar. 25, noon at Free.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Edgefest 24 (Kerrytown Concert House).

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Double bill. The Joe Daley Trio, led by tuba virtuoso-composer Daley, also features versatile reedman Scott Robinson and percussionist Warren Smith. An All About Jazz critic noted the trio's "vibrant spontaneity, shared musical vision, and exquisite camaraderie" in its 2016 album The Tuba Trio Chronicles, a tribute to free jazz saxophone-flutist Sam Rivers. The evening opens with the eclectic originals and improvisations of a local collaborative that includes Ann Arbor Public Schools orchestra director Abby Alwin (cello), jazz luminary Ken Kozora (cornet), Piotr Michalowski (woodwinds), and Kenn Thomas (piano). This is the 6th and final installation in a series of monthly concerts that constitute this year's edition of Edgefest, listed by DownBeat as one of the world's top 50 jazz/avant music festivals. Live from KCH.
Online at Free, donations accepted. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Mark Knope: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 26 & 27. A veteran of the national comedy circuit, this Detroit native is known for his celebrity impressions. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $17 at the door (capacity reduced to 20%)., 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

National Arab Orchestra: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Mar. 26-Apr. 5. This Detroit-based orchestra, co-founded by conductor & music director Michael Ibrahim in 2009 as a U-M student ensemble, performs a program prerecorded in Saudia Arabia last year featuring the music of two 20th-century Egyptian singers hugely popular in the Arab World, Asmahan and Umm Kulthum. With Syrian singer Lubana Al Quntar, a descendent of Asmahan, and Egyptian singer Mai Farouk.
Available anytime from 7:30 p.m. Mar. 26 through Apr. 5. Online at Free. 764-2538.

 8 p.m.  Online 

"A Virtual Drag Glow Party & Show for the Asian Pacific Fund": Boylesque.

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8 p.m., Donation.

 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.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The RFD Boys: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have a new guitarist-mandolinist, Dan Roehrig.
Online at Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.

 8:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Salamander Slide Night Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a night hike to search for salamanders on their way from their upland hidey-holes to vernal pools for breeding.
8:30 & 9:30 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center Pavilion, 3200 Jennings, Webster Twp. Limited To 10 participants; to preregister see (Registration #IL461100). $5 per households of 4 or less. $3 vehicle entrance fee. 971-6337, ext. 330. [map]

 9-11 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Mar. 12 & 26. All invited to watch short astronomy presentations online by club members and learn about the planets, the Moon, the constellations, colorful binary star systems, and other visible astronomical objects.
For meeting URL see Free.

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