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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 3, 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

"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.

Online at

 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.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain, snow, or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]

 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 a.m.-noon or so  Free!  Online 

"Increasing Voter Turnout in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti and Pittsfield Township": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Panel discussion featuring state representative Yousef Rabhi, state representative Felicia Brabec's constituent services director Morgan Foreman, Washtenaw County Board of Public Works chair Jim Dries, Washtenaw County Democratic Party precinct organizing vice chair Theresa Reid, and West Willow community advocate Alex Thomas. Also, congresswoman Debbie Dingell gives an update on national responses to Covid-19 and Washtenaw County Commissioner Jason Morgan discusses recent initiatives from his office.
For livestream URL see; available for on-demand viewing on YouTube (search "Washtenaw Dems"). Free. 883-8250.

 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.

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Popular series of talks by U-M faculty, aimed at general audiences. Today, talks by 2 applied physics grad students, Ariana Bueno on "Instruments to Study Rocket Plume Surface Interactions (PSI) on the Lunar Surface" and Ryan Hubbard on "Histotripsy: Crushing Cancer Cells with Acoustic Cavitation." These prerecorded talks are followed by a live Q&A.
For URL see Free. 763-2588,

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Writing About Young Stalin for 30 Years: Why Bother?": U-M Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

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U-M history professor Ronald Grigor Suny discusses writing his recent book, Stalin: Passage to Revolution.
For URL preregister at 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.

 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including Tulip the kangaroo, dingoes, blue tongued skink, and a bearded dragon. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including an albino alligator, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 2 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.

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Apr. 3, 17, & 24. Virtual docent-led themed tours.

Apr. 3: "Rome Through the Eyes of Its Emperors."

Apr. 17: "A Glimpse of the Kelsey.

Apr. 24: "A Farm to Table Story of Imperial Rome."

For URL see Free. 764-9304.

 4 & 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]

 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Soirees": Northside Community Church.

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Every Sat., Mar. 20-Apr. 24. Socially distanced, in-person performances by various local musicians, featuring U-M music, theater, and dance students, NCC resident musicians, and others TBA. Open windows for cross ventilation, so dress warmly.
4:30-5:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:15 p.m.), Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. Preregistration required by leaving a voice message at 649-7948 or emailing [map]

 Evening times TBA 

Films at the Michigan Theater Foundation.

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In-person screenings every Fri.-Sun. at the Michigan and State Theaters, though not necessarily at both on all days. For complete, updated schedule, see Masks required; reduced capacity. Concessions closed during in-person screenings; take-home concessions available every Tues., 5-7 p.m.
Movie tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 6-11 p.m.  Online 

Straight Ahead.

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Sit-down dinner with 2 sets (7 & 8:30 p.m.) of mainstream bebop and contemporary jazz by this highly regarded all-female Detroit quartet led by bassist Marion Hayden. With pianist Alina Morr, drummer Gayelynn McKinney, and vocalist Kimberly Wright. Socially distanced limited seating.
6-11 p.m., Blue Llama, 314 S. Main. Tickets $125 in advance at Livestream access to the 8:30 p.m. show $15 (group, $20) in advance at 372-3200. [map]

  7-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sat. & Wed. Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box.
online at Free. 327-4200.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

André Mehmari: Kerrytown Concert House Saturday Night's a-Live @ The 415.

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This talented Brazilian pianist-composer is internationally known for his lyrical, dynamic performances of jazz, classical, and Brazilian popular music. For tonight's prerecorded performance he'll he joined by Brazilian singer Mônica Salmaso.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]

 7:30 & 9:30 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. 

"Drum & Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Drumming led by percussionist Curtis Glatter and undirected free-form dancing. Bring your own drum or borrow a sanitized drum from the center. No experience necessary. Masks required; capacity limited to six people.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd, ste. 1. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required by emailing or calling 972-6098. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster": University Musical Society.

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Talented young performers from UK-based Battersea Beatbox Academy dig into their own life experiences and discover a shared frustration with a world that increasingly mistrusts its youth.
Power Center, 121 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-$42. 734-764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Mustard's Retreat: The Ark Family Room Series.

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With the relocation of Michael Hough to Arizona, cofounder David Tamulevich is rejoined by Libby Glover, an original member of Mustard's Retreat when it started out as a trio in the 1970s. Their repertoire includes traditional songs and Tamulevich originals.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free. 761-1451.

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