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Calendar of Events

Monday, April 12, 2021

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 12:01 a.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.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"House of Hummingbird": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies "Korean Cinema NOW."

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(Bora Kim, 2018). Coming-of-age tale set in 1994 Seoul about a lonely, awkward teenager struggling to figure out who she is. 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.

 7 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Breathe with the Wind: Sound Ceremonies": U-M Music School.

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Apr. 11-18. U-M music grad Akari Komura presents her thesis project, a site-specific sound installation featuring wind chimes and wooden disks accompanied by written instructions encouraging meditative breathing and awareness of the wind and the rest of nature. Also, from 2-3 p.m. on April 11 and 18 only, 10 student and alumni musicians perform Komura's original acoustic composition while strolling the green. Bring a blanket or chair, if you'd like. Mask required.
Thurston Nature Center, 2398 Yorktown Dr. Free. [map]

 8 a.m.  Online 

"Intro To Yoga On Demand": Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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One fee for On Demand pre-recorded workouts to watch as many times as you want! You will receive a new class link every week for 6 weeks, starting on Monday, April 12th and on the following 5 Mondays. You can view the links as many times as you like from April 12th through June 11th. Balance your body and increase your energy with this ​virtual class. Standing and seated poses, along with breath work, will release physical and mental tension. Improve your balance, body alignment, and range of motion. Must be able to get down and up from the floor. To help make sure you get the most from this class, the instructor will set up times for Q&A where you can practice the poses and get feedback to ensure you are doing your practice safely. ​If you've never done yoga, try out this class from the comfort and privacy of your own home! Please have your own mat. Instructor: Cinda Hocking, CYI. ​ 6 class​es.
ONLINE, 1515 S. Seventh. Online. $59. 734-994-2300 ext 0. [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.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Computerized Investing: Stocks - Selection and Evaluation": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
This course is designed to explore active stock investing strategies using your computer. Which stock (or group of stocks) is most likely to meet your objectives? A prerequisite for this course is to be an active stock investor. We will utilize various sources of information such as Value Line, Morningstar, Better Investing, S&P, and other stock related websites.
We will demonstrate and use the online tools of Better Investing to analyze potential companies. Participants should have a basic working knowledge of various types of investments. We do not intend to cover basic investing questions.
Instructors Robert Shaw and Dale Brandenburg are active investors, each having more than 15 years of experience.
This study group will meet Mondays for five weeks beginning April 12. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first session.
virtual event. Online. $35. 734-998-9351.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Islam, Judaism, and Decoloniality with Santiago Slabodsky and Sanober Umar": University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Introductory Remarks by Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, Moderated by Adi Saleem Bharat
In this seminar on Islam, Judaism, and decoloniality, Santiago Slabodsky and Sanober Umar suggest some paths towards disrupting/decentering (Eurocentric) intellectual epistemic hegemonies in the broadly defined fields of Jewish Studies and Islamic/Muslim Studies. Together, they will reflect on how we can draw on Southern epistemologies to broaden the horizon of Jewish and Muslim studies. In particular, Professor Slabodsky, the author of Decolonial Judaism, connects Jewish history and thought with the histories and presents of anti-colonial and decolonial struggles, thus exploring what a decolonial Judaism would look like in the twenty-first century.
Zoom Meeting. Free. Online.

 10:30 a.m.  Online 

"Music Together Online Mondays": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Music Together Online classes allow families access to the same Music Together® early childhood curriculum right in your home. Each week families participate in a live, 30-minute online class - no musical instruments necessary! Registered families receive a Triangle CD and songbook + access to download music. Music Together® Mixed Age classes, even when they're online, encourage children and families to experience the joy of making music together! The time-tested, research-based curriculum supports the idea all children are musical and learn best through play. Join us for tons of musical fun! Additional content is provided throughout the week to encourage continued music-making at home between classes. Instructor: Stephanie Urban.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $149. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sustainability in A2: Where we've been; where we are; and where we are headed": First Congregational Church.

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The City Council of Ann Arbor endorsed a plan for the city to be carbon neutral by 2030. Work on achieving this goal will impact all aspects of the city and its operations. A large number of other cities have set goals for being carbon neutral - by 2050. Ann Arbor has the most or one of the most ambitious timetables.
This ambitious effort is being led by the city's Office of Sustainability and Innovation. Dr. Missy Stults, PhD, manager of the Office, will explain the work that is underway and talk about how this involves the community.
First Congregational Church/online event, 608 E. William St. Free. 734-662-1679. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sustainability in A2: Where We've Been, Where We Are; And Where We Are Headed": First Congregational Church.

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City sustainability & innovations manager Missy Stults discusses A2Zero, the initiative city council unanimously adopted in June 2020 which aims for all sectors of Ann Arbor to be carbon neutral by 2030.
For URL see Free. 662-1679.

 11:30 a.m.  Online 

Toe Tappers: Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Toe Tappers will have a blast while learning about rhythm and coordination. Sam introduces children to basic tap steps as well as ways to move through space like skipping, sliding, jumping and hopping. Creative movement activities will also spark their imaginations to move in new ways! Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. Tap shoes are helpful though not required for the virtual class.
Your home, Your home. Online. $95. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Social Neuroscience of Racial Bias": U-M Psychology Department.

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Talk by University of Delaware psychology and brain sciences professor Jennifer Kubota.
For URL see Free. 764-2580.

 Time TBA  Free!  Online 

"Free College Week": WCC.

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Apr. 12-16. Presentations by WCC instructors on aviation, dance, exercise, herbs, physics, stone carving, terrorism, wills and trusts, writing, and other topics.
Various times, online at Free.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

'Innovations That Will Change The Ways We Experience Life": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
We will read and discuss "Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny" by Debora L. Spar, Dean of Harvard Business School. She argues that the major changes we are seeing in biology and artificial intelligence are about to change how we think of ourselves in fundamental ways.
Now, as we enter an era of artificial intelligence and robots, how will our deepest feelings and attachments evolve? Can people fall in love with robots? Will they? She says, "We make Machines and they make us!"
Leader Gerry Lapidus leads the first week's discussion and requests volunteers to lead the remaining sessions while he serves as moderator. Please read the Prologue and Section 1 (p.3-38) for the first session.
This study group will meet for five Mondays beginning April 12.
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.

 5:30 p.m.  Online 

Olive Oil Tasting: Fustini's Oils & Vinegars.

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Every Mon. Fustini's staffers sample and discuss various olive oils.
For URL call 213-1110. $60, includes samples available for curbside pickup or delivery.

 6 p.m.  Online 

"Iyengar Yoga": Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 1 - 4.​ Experience invigorating yoga postures using the methods of BKS Iyengar to strengthen the body, create a feeling of well-being, re​duce stress and release tension through physical activity and meditation in this virtual class. The use of yoga props and individualized teaching are emphasized so students of varying experience, ages, fle​xibility, and strength can participate together. You need to be able to get down to and up from the floor.​ Please have your own yoga mat and water bottle to enjoy this virtual class from the comfort of your own home! ​Instructor: David Rosenberg, CYI, over 25 years experience. 9 classes.
ONLINE, 1515 S. Seventh. Online. $109. 734-994-2300 ext 0. [map]

 6 p.m  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Soaring Above Addiction": Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics.

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Former Northwest Airlines captain Lyle Prouse discusses via Zoom his personal story of recovery from addiction.
7 p.m., for Zoom link preregister at Free. 216-2369.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Anthony Brass: Huron River Arts Collective (formerly Ann Arbor Women Artists).

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Talk by this area painter, whose inspirations range from ecology, human existence, and natural roots that ground.
For URL see Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"50-Mile Coat": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Etobicoke (Toronto) Handweavers & Spinners Guild member Joan McKenzie shares the process she and other guild members underwent of making a coat from scratch using only materials found within 50 miles.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Rescuing the Planet": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Longtime former New Yorker staff writer Tony Hiss, reads from and/or discusses via Zoom his new book exploring the superorganism that is the Earth-its land, its elements, its plants and animals, its greatest threats, and what we can do about them. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Formation of West Virginia": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Talk by Columbus Civil War historian Eric Wittenberg.
For URL see aacwnews.htm. Free.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 11-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Canceled:"Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

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