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Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 28, 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.

 11 a.m.-noon.  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Talks: Jataka Tales": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun. Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche discusses tales from this ancient collection of parables about the Buddha's previous lives.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 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 

"Self Care in the Ancient World": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Mar. 28-Apr. 6. A week of family-oriented activities showcasing ancient recipes, sports, and medicine.
Various times, online at Free. 764-9304.

 1 & 6 p.m. 

"The Ten Commandments": Fathom Events.

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65th anniversary screening of this classic starring Charlton Heston as Moses. With commentary by Turner Classic Movie hosts.
Masks required at all times except when eating concessions. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500).

 1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Immigration and Naturalization Records": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County Monthly Meeting.

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Talk by Lansing-based genealogist Jeff Mason. Followed at 3:15 p.m. by "Using the Quantity of Shared DNA to Answer Genealogical Questions," a talk by area genetic genealogist Jim Sims.
For URL email Free.

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Book of the Month Club: Vault of Midnight.

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All invited to discuss Skip, Molly Mendoza's new middle-grade graphic novel.
Online at Free. 998-1413.

 2-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Numbers app on MacOS and iOS: MacTechnics Ann Arbor Computer Users Group.

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MacTechnics Learning Session-A couple of Apple systems trainers are facilitating this third MacTechnics Learning Session. This session is on Numbers app, it's more than a spreadsheet. This app comes on every Mac. Mac questions of any kind are always welcome. 2pm - 4pm. For meeting URL, email Free.
virtual meeting, N/A. Free. Online.

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kerry Tales with Mother Goose."

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5-10 minute-long livestream program of rhymes, riddles, & stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
Online at (search "Kerrytales by Mother Goose"). Free. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Grief-Centered Kickboxing with Hermalinda": GrieveWell.

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Our bodies hold on to grief, and intense movement can help release our feelings and connected to our bodies. Hermalinda Davis, M.A. - a local certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer - will movement to pair intense physical exercise with nurturing and expert guidance during this movement session. No experience is needed. Free, but must pre-register online at for the link or email for more information.
Zoom. Free. Online.

 4 & 4:15 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.

 4:30 p.m.  Online 

"Last Bite Sized: Single Topic Cooking Classes": Last Bite Chef.

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Chef Allison of Last Bite Chef has a weekly online cooking class series every Sunday evening at 4:30-5:30pm EST. Each class covers one topic and is approx one hour, for $20 per screen. People have been having so much fun meeting together & learning a new technique! Best of all at the end of the class you have a warm Sunday dinner on your table for yourself and/or your family. Recipes are emailed one week prior for simple shopping. Join as an individual, family, or get a work or friend group to join as a team building event! More info at Email me for more info
online. Online. $20.

 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Feast of Bach": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415 Steinway Sessions.

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Pianist Louis Nagel (see 11 Thursday listing) performs a solo recital program to honor Bach's 336th birthday month.
Online at Free, donations accepted. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kol HaLev Rehearsal: Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Sun. All adults invited to join the rehearsals of this volunteer choir that sings both Jewish sacred and secular music. Led by TBE cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut. Pianist Taylor Flowers accompanies.
For online URL email Free. 665-4744.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Evening Game: Scattergories": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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All invited to play this popular category-based game. Have several pieces of paper and a thick marker ready to use.
For URL email Free.

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