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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, April 6, 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

 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 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Intro to Purposeful Movement": Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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Purposeful Movement - FREE - ONLINE- (formerly Brain GymŪ)
Adult. Level 1-2. Come and have some fun with healthy aging activities for the brain & body! Improve your well-being, prevent falls, enhance cognitive skills and build self-confidence. In this Virtual Class you will keep your brain sharp, improve your balance, lower your stress level, and get the chance to play like a kid again! Open to all adults! Licensed Brain GymŪ instructor: Katy Held, over 15 years experience. 1 class.
ONLINE, 1515 S. Seventh. Free. Online. FREE. 734-994-2300 ext 0. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Purposeful Movement": Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Rec. & Ed.

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Learning from the Heart founder Katy Held leads a series of movements that help reduce stress and enhance brain function.
For URL see Free. 994-2300.

 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 Free. 327-4200.

 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Tuesday Morning Mindfulness Meditation: Open Mindfulness Meditation.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Online. Please join us for this weekly free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between. Come when you can. Experience the power of mindfulness in community!
Please message for Zoom link.
Now Online!, Saline. Free. Online. 734-276-7707.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.

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Apr. 6 & 13 Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Apr. 6: Simon Fraser University (British Columbia) anthropology professor Michael Hathaway on "The Role of More than Humans in Making Chinese Society and History: Thinking With Elephants and Mushrooms."

Apr. 13: U-M Chinese literature professor SE Kile on "The Making of a Medium: Borrowing Views from Painting and Fiction in Early Modern Chinese Garden Design."
Noon, 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.

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Live Trivia via Zoom": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to form teams of 4 or 5 persons to compete in a 2-round trivia contest. Solo competitors are matched up together. Questions are geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (curbside pick up only).
online at (passcode, 194912). Free.

 1:30-3 p.m.  Online 

"Going for Baroque": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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The pun is old and often used but it makes for a good title: "GOING FOR BAROQUE". The great triumvirate of composers during this musical period all born in 1685, is Bach, Handel, and Scarlatti. However, this time was particularly rich in composers.
Instructor Louis Nagel will spend some time looking at other giants of the Baroque as well as the works of these three titans. Such composers as Frescobaldi, Dowland, Couperin, and Telemann deserve attention as they wrote some remarkably beautiful and forward looking music. He plans to illustrate at the piano as well as show on line (or if we are back to real live performances by late spring, on a "boom box") samples of these composers. Their astonishingly beautiful music is worthy of our attention.
The study group will meet Tuesdays from April 6 through April 27. 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.
Online. Online. $30. 734-998-9351.

 3-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Una Tertulia": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Socializing group for Spanish speakers.
For online meeting URL, email or call 998-9353. Free.

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Getting Creative With": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. AADL staffers share and discuss creative projects they've been working on based on weekly themes TBA. Past themes include "Glue," "Socks," "Triangles," and more. Free. 327-4200.

 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.

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Opposition to Nazi Rule in Experience and Memory": University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Mark Roseman, Indiana University Bloomington
History's Rescue: A Micro-History of Rescue and Resistance in Nazi Germany
The rescue that we know is the rescue of memory. Driven by the search for heroes and "righteous gentiles," and relying on interviews, conducted decades after the event, the public commemoration and the academic scholarship of rescue have been largely oblivious to the ways in which the experience of rescue has been refracted and reworked in postwar memory. Using the remarkable archive of the League of Socialist Life, this talk seeks both to understand the wartime experience of helping Jews and to historicize the postwar remembrance of resistance and rescue.
Zoom Registration:
Online. Free. Online.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Opposition to Nazi Rule in Experience and Memory": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by Indiana University history professor Mark Roseman.
For URL preregister at Free. 763-9047.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sports and the City: A Century in Detroit": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Panel discussion with 3 U-M faculty: comparative literature professor Silke-Maria Weineck and sport management professors Stefan Szymanski & Ketra Armstrong.
Online at Free. 615-7400.

 4:30-5:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Visions of Global Solidarity: Anti-Imperialism in Colonial Korea and the Diaspora": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Talk by Osaka University of Economics information technology & social sciences lecturer Hiroaki Matsusaka.
For URL preregister at Free. 764-1825.

 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Zone Hack": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Tues. A local tech professional TBA demonstrates the basics of coding and how to make apps, games, and more. Beginners welcome.
For URL and updates see Free.

 6-8 p.m.  Online 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap tips.
For URL preregister at $2 monthly dues. 945-3035.

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to discuss Barnard Center for Research on Women researcher-in-residence Andrea J. Richie's 2017 book.
For URL see Free. 327-4200.

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Performing the Moment, Performing the Movement": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, University of Texas College of Art dean, author of Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics, discusses how performing arts are responding to the contemporary political, social, health, and environmental climates.
For URL preregister at Free., 218-1477.

 6:30 p.m.  Online 

Sufi Class with Imam Kamau Ayubbi: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a Sufi class via Zoom. Details at Donation $5-10 per class.
Zoom. Online. Donation. 7343270270.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ethan Kross: Jewish Community Center Conversations!.

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This U-M psychology professor is joined by JCC cofounder Chuck Newman to discuss Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It, Kross's new book the draws on groundbreaking behavioral and brain research to illuminate the way the conversations we have with ourselves shape our lives.
7 p.m., for URL see Free. 971-0990.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Bioethics Discussion Group.

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Apr. 6 & 20. All invited to join philosophical discussions on various themes facilitated by U-M biomedical engineering professor Barry Belmont. For questions to ponder prior to meeting, see

Apr. 6: "Virtual Reality".

Apr. 20: "Abdication."

For URL see Free.

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. All female singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Caul Baby": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Harlem-based Morgan Jerkins, author of the bestselling nonfiction collection This Will Be My Undoing, is joined on Zoom by NYC comedian & actress Phoebe Robinson to discuss Jerkins' debut novel, a powerful, enigmatic family tale, set in Harlem, that's rife with secrets, betrayal, intrigue, and magic. Q&A.
Online at $33.62 (plus $2.67 fee) includes a signed hardcover copy of the book. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation and the Making of a Dark Classic": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati/Dearborn Public Library.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel is joined by U-M screenwriting professor Jim Burnstein to discuss Frankel's new book about the classic 1969 film. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Trivia over Zoom": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest featuring a range of questions from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together.
For URL email Free.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Apr. 6 & 20. Club members show their digital images on any subject or theme (Apr. 6) and those submitted in the club's annual critique (Apr. 20). Also, on April 6, local photojournalist Robert H. Miller discusses his career highlights in "One Million Clicks."
For URL email or call. Free. 327-4781,

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Songwriters Open Mike: Oz's Music Environment.

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All musicians invited to play originals at this open mic, hosted by Jim Novak, that's now in its 25th year. Listeners welcome.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Spiritual Research: A Path of Self-Knowledge to the Threshold of the Spiritual Worlds": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Talk by Cosmos Education Initiative (Reno) cofounder and executive director Lelan Harris.
For URL email Free.


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Oz's Music Environment: "Songwriters Open Mike"

All songwriters invited for an online version of this popular open mike, now in its 25th year. Hosted by Jim Novak. For online info, and to reserve a performing slot, see [venue info]


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