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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 27, 2021

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 12:01 a.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.

 4, 4:15, 7, & 7:15 

"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.

 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 run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]

 9 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Groove": Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Rec. & Ed.

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Local psychologist Hsiao-Wen Lo leads an hour-long program for adults that combines music with simple movements. Suitable for age 14 & up.
For URL see Free. 994-2300.

 10 a.m.  Online 

"Zoom Into 2021": National Alliance on Mental Illness Washtenaw County.

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Please join us on Saturday, March 27th from 10:00am-12:00pm on Zoom for the NAMI Washtenaw County Annual Meeting to:
Celebrate the new connections made and programs launched throughout 2020
Learn about our impact through stories from program participants and leaders
Discover opportunities to be a part of our vision for 2021
Meet our new board members
Enjoy a special Q&A session with our guest speaker, the Honorable Karen Quinlan Valvo
Enter a live drawing for a chance to win an amazing prize
Registration is free and open to all NAMI members. Not a NAMI Member? Become one today for as little as $5 a year and register for the event through the registration and membership tickets. Have questions? Please call our office at 734-994-6611 or email
Zoom. Online. $5.. 7349946611.

 10 a.m-noon  Free! 

"Birding Basics": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike fore beginning birders to learn tricks to identifying birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds.
10 a.m-noon., County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Limited To 10 participants; to preregister email Free. 971-6337, ext. 330. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Gathering Moss": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) to look for moss growing on rocks, logs, and soil.
10-11 a.m., County Farm Park Perennial Garden, 2230 Platt. Limited To 10 participants; to preregister see (Registration #831003). Free. 971-6337, ext. 330. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ella Calas: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Show and sale of brass jewelry by area artist Calas.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. [map]

 11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Learning's A Drag: A Virtual Family Friendly Drag Show Fundraiser": Boylesque.

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11:30 a.m., Donation.

 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.

 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.

 2-4 and 8-10 p.m. 

"Easter Egg Hunt": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Easter Egg hunt for kids age 10 & under. Boundaries and scramble times are organized by household. Also, "Flashlight Egg Hunt" (8-10 p.m.; $6), for kids ages 8-12 who want an extra challenge. Bring a collection bag or basket to both hunts; bring your own flashlight to the night hunt. Masks required; social distancing enforced.
Park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids 1 & under, free). Preregistration required by Mar. 26, 4 p.m. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Online 

Annie & Rod Capps: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Blacksmith Shop Concerts.

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Annie Capps is a local singer-songwriter and electric guitarist who writes thoughtful, distinctively personal, warmly exuberant folk-rock songs and ballads that are both musically sophisticated and down-home. She's accompanied by her husband, singer-guitarist Rod Capps. They have a 2015 CD, Searching for Neverland.
For URL and tickets ($0-$100 sliding scale), see

 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]

 8 p.m.  Online 

Tchaikovsky & Sibelius: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Earl Lee conducts the orchestra in a program that includes Sibelius's Violin Concerto, Christopher Theofanidis's Rainbow Body, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 4. Prerecorded in the Michigan Theater.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($50) see 994-4801.

 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]

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