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Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 8, 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.  Free!  Online 

"Climate, Coffee, & Conversation": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.

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All invited to chat about anything related to sustainability in the city and elsewhere.
Online at Free.

 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.  Free!  Online 

"What's Next? How the COVID-19 Vaccines Can Change Our Lives": University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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Join infectious disease experts from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Michigan Medicine for a panel discussion on the COVID-19 vaccines and what we can expect in the weeks and months ahead. The panel will include:
Dr. Arnold Monto, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Dr. Sandro Cinti, Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases, Michigan Medicine and Ann Arbor VA Health System
Dr. Laraine Washer, Clinical Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, Michigan Medicine
Moderated by: Dr. Emily Martin, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health
* This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.
Virtual. Free. Online.

 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 $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."

For URL preregister at $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 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.

 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 Free.

 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 (passcode, 463533). Free.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Spring Skies over Ann Arbor": First Presbyterian Church Lunch & Learn Series.

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Talk by MSU Abrams Planetarium director Shannon Schmoll. Q&A.
For URL call 355-2351. Free.

 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 

"Urban Climate Governance in North America": U-M Ford School North American Colloquium Climate Series.

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Talks by 3 leading scholars of urban climate governance, U-M School of Environment and Sustainability professor Sara Hughes. National Autonomous University of Mexico economics research professor Gian Carlo Delgado Ramos, and USC School of Public Policy research professor Hilda Blanco.
For URL see Free.

 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 or call 998-9353.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Can Democracy Survive?": U-M Institute for Social Research 2021 Miller-Converse Roundtable.

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Panel discussion with U-M Center for Political Studies faculty members Ken Kollman, Pauline Jones, Ronald Inglehart, and Robert Franzese.
For URL preregister at Free.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Evolving Role of Banks in Addressing Opportunity Ladders for the Historically Underserved": U-M Ford School Policy Talks.

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Conversation with Margaret Adanu, Goldman Sachs's youngest female Black partner, and U-M Towsley Foundation policymaker-in-residence William Bynum.
For URL see Free.

 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Laughter at the Happy Hour": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415.: Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415.

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Cabaret songs and stories performed by Bolcom & Morris, the world-renowned veteran local husband-and-wife duo of pianist William Bolcom (also a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris. Live from KCH.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]

 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 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 Free. 327-4200.

 6:30 p.m.  Online 

"Yoga for Runners": Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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Yoga for Runners & Cyclists - ​ONLINE ​ ​
Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 1 - 4.​ Are you looking to enhance your stride and find more joy every time you run? Gain supportive strength and promote flexibility designed with running and cycling in mind. Recommended equipment include: yoga mat, a sock, 2 tennis balls, a strap/strap alternative and water bottle. Instructor: Nancy Herlocher, CYI, Marathoner. ​ 6 classes.
ONLINE, 1515 S. Seventh. Online. $69. 734-994-2300 ext 0. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Action Planning the CREW Report and More": Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.

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ICPJ has been convening meetings for community members to come together to learn about the CREW Report and to action plan around the recommendations from the report as well as other related issues in the criminal legal system. You can catch up on previous conversations and jump right in: Landscape doc:
Notes from Jan:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 864 7231 2537
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,86472312537# US (Washington DC) Free. Online.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Pathways to Greatness: How the University of Michigan Became a World-Class University...and What it Cost": Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

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Join Gary Krenz as he sits down (virtually) with Terry McDonald, Director of the Bentley Historical Library, to discuss U-M's rise to becoming a top-ranked university, and what has been gained -- and lost -- in the process. In this online discussion, you'll learn the answers to three critical questions: Who rates Universities and how do they do it? How has the University of Michigan fared under various rating systems? Where does it stand in the ratings today and what has been the impact of ratings systems on its self-conception?
This talk is part of the Bentley's Making Michigan series. Registration is required.
Virtual. Free. Online. 7343585625.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 


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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 Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Women's Lacrosse.

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The U-M also has a home game this month vs. Ohio State (Apr. 16, time TBA). Livestream only from U-M Lacrosse Stadium.
Online at Free. 764-0247.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Broken (in the Best Possible Way)": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Best-selling memoirist Jenny Lawson is joined on Zoom by award-winning fiction writer Neil Gaiman to discuss Lawson's new memoir about her experimental treatment of her depression with transcranial magnetic stimulation, a topic she explores with her trademark bend of brutal honesty and humor. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 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 Free. 998-1413.

 7:30 p.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

András Schiff: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 8-18. Prerecorded performance from the Church of St. Peter in Zurich, Switzerland by one of the best pianists of his generation, Schiff is known for a polished style that combines a joyous sparkle with an intuitive discernment that teases out musical details other pianists miss. "Among current piano titans, Sir András Schiff is the Zen master," says a San Jose Mercury News review. "He is both utterly relaxed and absolutely awake … Listening to Schiff play is like looking into a running stream and seeing all the colorful, round pebbles beneath the water." Program: Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue and Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor and No. 26 in E-flat major, and Schumann's Arabeske in C major.
Available anytime from 7:30 p.m. Apr. 8 through Apr. 18. Online at Free. 764-2538.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Antje Duvekot: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Highly regarded German American singer-songwriter from Boston known for her hushed, conversational singing and darkly resonant, introspectively personal ballads. "Her songs feel at once fresh faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice," says the Boston Globe in its review of her 2014 CD, New Siberia. "She believes in the redemptive power of the shared secret; and is utterly unafraid to mine the darkest corners of her life for songs that turn fear into resilience and isolation into community."
Online at Free. 761-1451.

 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 (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.

For URL preregister at Free. 764-0478.

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