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Calendar of Events

Friday, April 2, 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.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Hitman: Agent Jun": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies "Korean Cinema NOW."

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(Won-sub Choi, 2020). Disenchanted by his life, a hitman at the top of his field fakes his death and becomes a webtoon artist. Available for on-demand viewing 72 hours after you start watching. Korean, subtitles.
For URL, make a customer account at, then visit the "Korean Cinema Now" tab for rental options.

 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 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.

 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"10th Annual Pakistan Conference: Religious Landscapes": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Two days of talks via Zoom by visiting scholars on varieties of religious expression in Pakistan.
For URLs and detailed schedule see Free. 615-4059.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"20th Anniversary: In Conversation Faculty Edition": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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anel discussion with 4 U-M faculty reflecting on CWPS's 20-years since founding, followed by a Q&A. With Afroamerican and African Studies professor Kwasi Ampene, music professor Lester Monts, theater professor Mbala Nkanga, and dance professor Robin Wilson.
Online at Free., 218-1477.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"20th Anniversary: In Conversation": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Panel discussion on the work of 3 CWPS alumni, followed by a Q&A. With Children's Radio Foundation director Mike Rahfaldt, University of Hawaii women's studies professor Lani Teves, and Zimbabwean multimedia artist Masimba Hwati.
Online at Free.

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"'Be of Good Cheer': The Colorful Grave Markers of Ancient Terenouthis": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Flash Talk.

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Kelsey conservators discuss their work to preserve and study Egyptian grave markers, including techniques to study paint and colors.
For URL see Free.

 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.

 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 Free. 327-4200.

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Barbarians at the Gate: Early Black Historiographical Attempts to Redefine Nubia's Place in World History": U-M Anthropology Department.

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Talk by University of Chicago anthropology grad student Debora Heard.
Online at Free. 764-7274.

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Learning from Memory": U-M Germanic Languages & Literature Werner Grilk Lecture/ U-M Center for European Studies Conversations on Europe.

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Transatlantic Zoom conversation with UCLA English & comparative literature professor Michael Rothberg, the 1939 Society Samuel Goetz Chair in Holocaust Studies, and Einstein Forum (Potsdam, Germany) director Susan Neiman.
For URL preregister at Free. 764-8018, 764-0351.

 3-4:30 p.m.  Online 

"First Ladies: Tales and Travails of Our First Ladies": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
Historical gossip is fun. You do not want to miss this humorous yet historical take on our First Ladies. One of them could be a murderess, another had her child kidnapped! Of course this includes their husbands wandering eyes -and wander they most certainly did. You know one of these gals committed vehicular manslaughter arrest...privilege is privilege. Hear the full story. Instructor Pam Watson guarantees you will not be bored.
This study group will meet for five Fridays beginning April 2.
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. $35. 734-998-9351.

 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Earth & Environmental Sciences Department Smith Lecture Series.

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Apr. 2 & 9. Zoom talks by visiting scholars.

Apr. 2: McGill University (Montreal) earth & planetary sciences professor Christie Rowe on a topic TBA.

Apr. 9: UC-San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography professor Sarah Aarons on "The Role of Dust on Earth's Climate: Insights from The Paleoclimate Record & Modern Ecosystems."

Online at (Apr. 2) & (Apr. 9). Free. 764-1435.

 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Sahar Mustafa: U-M Arab and Muslim American Studies.

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This Chicago-area fiction writer reads from The Beauty of Your Face, her acclaimed 2020 debut novel exploring her inheritance as the daughter of Palestinian immigrants.
Online at Free. 763-1460.

 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"DJ & Turntablism": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Fri. Teens invited to learn mixing techniques from local music professionals, including how to work turntables and common software, and curate performances. No equipment necessary.
For URL and updates see Free.

 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Loop Nation, DJ & Turntablism, and Music Production": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Fri. Local music professionals demonstrate to teens how to loop and layer beats to make songs, work turntables and electronic software, and curate performances. Also, the chance to perform your own music and receive feedback. No equipment necessary.
For URL see Free.

 6 & 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Annual Holy Week Concert: The Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale.

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Darnell Ishmell directs this popular local choir in a program of African American spirituals, including composer Damien Geter's new "Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow," and more.
6 & 8 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), for URL see Free, but donations accepted.

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited to a brief livestreamed Shabbat observance with secular readings, candle lighting, wine rituals, challah, and Yahrzeit observance to remember loved ones.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations accepted. 975-9872.

 7 p.m. 

"French Exit": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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April 2 & 3. An impoverished 60-year-old Manhattan socialite cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight days anonymously in a borrowed apartment in Paris, accompanied by her directionless son and a cat who may or may not embody the spirit of her dead husband. Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges.
4 p.m. (Apr. 3 only) & 7 p.m. (Apr. 2 & 3), Michigan Theater. $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance (recommended) at & at the door. 668-8397. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Final Revival of Opal & Nev": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Brooklyn-based fiction writer Dawnie Walton is joined on Zoom by novelist V.V. Ganeshananthan to discuss Walton's new novel, an oral history of a fictitious beloved rock 'n' roll duo who shot to fame in 1970s New York and the dark, fraught secret that lies at the peak of their stardom. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7:30 p.m. 

John Heffron: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 2 & 3. A South Lyon native and EMU grad who now lives in L.A., Heffron specializes in observations about the indignities and absurdities of life from the point of view of children and parents. A frequent guest on network and cable TV shows, Heffron won the 2nd season of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $30 in advance and at the door (capacity reduced)., 996-9080. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Creatures of the Night": The Creature Conservancy.

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Apr. 2 & 16. Conservancy staffers show various live nocturnal animals to compare and contrast their behavior and characteristics. Featuring a beaded lizard, African crested porcupine, opossum, kangaroo, and the chance to see Harper the cougar play. Ages 18 & up only; masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $20 in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Joshua Bell, violin: University Musical Society.

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One of the most celebrated violinists and recording artists of his era, Joshua Bell returns for his fifth recital program at UMS since his 1989 Hill Auditorium debut.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-$80. 734-764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Raney Aronson-Rath: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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PBS Frontline investigative journalism series executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath is joined by U-M Wallace House director Lynette Clemetson to discuss the future of journalism.
Online at and Free. 936-0671.

 9 p.m.  Online 

Blind Boys of Alabama: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Founded in the 1940s at Alabama's Talladega Institute for the Deaf and Blind, The Blind Boys of Alabama is still one of the most celebrated African American gospel singing groups, blending intense, straining vocals and extreme stagecraft with meltingly sweet harmonies.
9 p.m., for URL and tickets ($18), see 761-1451.

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