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Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 1, 2021






 
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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

MTF Virtual Movie Palace.

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New titles available this month online for 2-10 days after you start watching. Remainder of April schedule online at MichTheater.org/Screenings.

"Made in Bangladesh" (Rubaiyat Hossain, 2019). Documentary about textile workers fighting for employee rights.

"Martha: A Picture Story" (Selina Miles, 2020). Documentary about the celebrated American photojournalist Martha Cooper, best known for her 1970s & 80s graffiti and street images.

"Collective" (Alexander Nanau, 2020). Documentary about a small group of journalists and activists investigating political corruption in Romania.

"Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba" (Mika Kaurismäki, 2011). Documentarty about the late South African singer and crusader against apartheid.

"Her Name is Chef" (Peter Ferriero, 2020). Documentary about changing gender roles in the restaurant industry told through the stories of 6 women chefs.

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Online at MichTheater.org/Screenings.


 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 ums.org/performance. Free. 764-2538.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Stray": U-M Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies.

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(Elizabeth Lo, 2021). Online viewing of this documentary about 3 stray dogs on the streets of Turkey, which has a no-kill, no-capture dog policy.
For access (8 a.m.-8 p.m.), email cmenas@umich.edu with the subject "Request to watch Stray." Free. 647-4343.


 8 a.m.-11 p.m.  Free! 

"For Your Eyes Only": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Apr. 1-16. Video installation, by the Institute's 2021 Efroymson Emerging Artist Yasmine Nasser Diaz, in a space constructed to evoke a shimmering bedroom disco and exploring various modes of self-assertion of bodily autonomy by people of Southwest Asian & North African origin in defiance of the experience of being surveilled, scrutinized, and censored.
Gallery window at 202 S. Thayer. Free. 936-3518.


 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Graphic Books & Memes": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs., Feb. 25-April 8 (except Mar. 4). A series of 6 weekly talks on graphic works aimed at all ages.

Feb. 25: U-M emerging technologies informationist Patricia F. Anderson on "'It's Not Brain Surgery': Graphic Medicine, Graphic Justice, and More About Comics for Grown Ups."

Mar. 11: Grand Rapids husband-and-wife comic writing duo Comfort Love and Adam Withers on "Creating Comics/Graphic Novels from Concept to Publication."

Mar. 18: Brooklyn-based cartoonist and podcaster Josh Neufeld on "The Comics Journalism."

Mar. 25: Local clinical social worker Marna Clowney-Robinson on "Superhero Therapy: Graphic Medicine and Therapy."

Apr. 1: EMU Children's Literature professor Ramona Caponegro on "Graphic Novels Grow Up with Young Readers."

Apr. 8: U-M information and computer science professor Eytan Adar on "Internet Memes from Politics to TikTok."
For URL preregister at bit.ly/ollisignup. $35 per lecture (for 6-lecture series, $60); for members, $10 per lecture and $35 for series; $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Science Pop-Up Talks": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thur. A series of 6 weekly talks by scholars on a range of topics.

Apr. 1: U-M psychology professor Ashley Gearhardt on "Food Addiction."

Apr. 8: Purdue University chemical biology professor Herman Sintim on "Are Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria Ticking Time Bombs."

Apr. 15: SUNY-Albany atmospheric and environmental sciences professor Lance F. Bosart on "Modern Weather Analysis and Forecasting: How Do We Know When We are Getting Better and Why Probabilistic Weather Forecasting is Here to Stay."

Apr. 22: NASA senior earth scientist Compton Tucker on "Dinosaurs to Milankovitch Cycles: Earth's Climate the Past 250 Million Years."

Apr. 29: Florida Atlantic University electrical engineering and computer science professor Oge Marques on "The Artificial Intelligence Revolution in Medicine."

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For URL preregister at bit.ly/ollisignup. $35 per lecture; for members, $10 per lectures; $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.


 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every weekday. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, a tour of the adoptable cat area, and a dog meet and greet. For ages 2-5 (with caregiver); kids age 5 & up and adults must wear a mask. Social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per kid (babies 11 months & under, free), preregistration required. 661-3575. [map]


 Noon  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.org


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Apr. 1, 8, & 15. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Apr. 1: Temple University Fox School of Business international business & marketing professor Masaaki Kotabe on "Contrasts in US-Japan Global Supply Chain Management During the Coronavirus Pandemic."

Apr. 8: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum curator David Michener and collections & natural areas specialist Carmen Leskoviansky on "Unseen Artists in a Theater of Timeless Pace: Iconic Bonsai Inspire Iconoclastic Futures."

Apr. 15: University of Rochester Japanese professor Will Bridges on "The Politics of Volume and the Poetics of Reverberations Across the Black Pacific."
Various times, for URLs see events.umich.edu/group/1003. Free. umcjs@umich.edu.


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Lunch Break Club": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Thurs. All invited to discuss a weekly topic related to warm weather activities, traditions, and gardening led by AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven, or just sit back and listen.
Online at bit.ly/aasclunch (passcode, 463533). Free. BRuthven@a2gov.org.


 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 lsa.umich.edu/kelsey. Free. 764-9304.


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Foolish Glow": Ann Arbor District Library/WonderFool Productions.

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Apr. 1-8. Demos for all grade 4 & up of illuminated crafts using glowsticks, assorted lights, old plastic bottles and containers, and paper. Including light up wigs (Apr. 1) and flower crowns (Apr. 2), "jug glow bug" (Apr. 3), "glow bowling" (Apr. 4), paper lanterns (Apr. 5), shadow puppets (Apr. 6), "stained glass creations" (Apr. 7), and light bike decorations (Apr. 8).
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Business of Being an Artist": Washtenaw Community College.

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Please join us for an interactive speaker series covering all things arts, business, and creative industry! Learn from local artists and entrepreneurs on how to successfully market, finance, and manage your work to help build the creative career of your dreams! Whether you are a student navigating the path to your aspiring goals, an established artist selling your work, or a professional in a creative field, this series is for you. Each session will offer a panel of experts for a one hour discussion with additional time for Q&A.
Register for one virtual event, or attend the entire 3-part series to hear from a wide range of creative professionals. This series is free and open to the public.
Zoom, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. Online. kasuwilliams@wccnet.edu https://www.wccnet.edu/learn/departments/hlad/business-of-being-an-artist.php [map]



 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wise Guys": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All men invited to discuss issues of aging.
For URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353.


 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"In Defense of Damascus: A Tradition in Words": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Talk by Boston College Middle Eastern history professor Dana Sajdi.
online at bit.ly/defendingdamascus. Free. EisenbergInstitute@umich.edu. 615-7400.


 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"eMCee Workshop": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Thurs. A local professional musician TBA demonstrates to teens the basics of rap, how to compose a verse and match the lyric with the beats, and more. Beginners welFcome.
For URL and updates see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 6-6:10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
For URL email Contact@DetroitIrishMusic.org. Free. Facebook.com/DetroitIMA.


 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Bloom Where You Are: Flower Arranging for All Life Celebrations": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Locals floral enthusiasts Laurie Knerr and Dawn Swartz demonstrate how to artfully arrange colorful centerpieces.
Online at InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Run to Win": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Emily's List president Stephanie Schriock is joined on Zoom by Ann Arbor congresswoman Debbie Dingell to discuss Schriock's guide for women thinking of running for public office. Q&A.
Online at LiteratiBookstore.com./event/2021-04. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Take Back the Night": Standing Tough Against Rape.

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This annual rally against rape features a keynote speech by Boston-based activist-writer Jaclyn Friedman, co-editor of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, and performances by Young Professionals Youth Theatre (Detroit) music director Katie Crombez, the All About Dance Chicago! dance group, and others. Followed by a march through downtown; masks required. The entire rally is livestreamed online at twitch.tv/takebackthenightannarbor.

Rain or shine.
7 p.m., meet at the Diag. Free. tbtnAnnArbor.org.


 7-8 p.m. 

"The Truth About Declawing Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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HSHV staffers Courtney Heck (shelter medicine director) and Jess Vankoningsveld (cat behavior specialist) discuss the short- and long-term impact of declawing cats and how to manage your cat's scratching in your home. Q&A.
For URL and tickets ($10) see TicketTailor.com/events/hshv/494606. 661-3575.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Instagram.com/VaultOfMidnight. Free. 998-1413.


 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Burnout Society Film Club.

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Every Thurs. Online double feature screening of obscure cult films via Twitch. Preceded from 8-9 p.m. by pre-show movie clip compilation.
For URL see Facebook.com (search "8 Ball Movie Night").



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Canceled: U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs. Two different 30-minute audiovisual planetarium shows, followed by Q&A

The Solar System (Apr. 1, 15, & 29) is an exploration of our solar system's history culminating in the current night sky.

The Sky Tonight (Apr. 8 & 22) explores the current night sky, including the constellations, visible planets, and other astronomical events.

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For URL preregister at lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/visitors/planetarium-dome-theater.html. Free. 764-0478.





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