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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, April 13, 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  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 

"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.-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.

 8:30-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Sunrise Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike to explore the botany and wildlife of early spring. Social distancing and masks required.
Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner, Scio Twp. Free, but preregistration required by emailing 971-6337.

 9 a.m.  Online 

"Bouncy Boppers": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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This virtual class for toddlers focuses on movements for building your baby's body and brain. Class begins with a few minutes of getting to know each other through sharing developments and milestones. Next, we use repetitive welcome songs to practice waving, clapping, stomping, and tapping movements. The remainder of the class uses fun props such as scarves, sticks, shakers, and stuffed animals to introduce a variety of dance and movement activities. Give your child bonding time with you through the joys of song, dance, and movement! Instructor: Anna Gradwohl.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $119. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 10 a.m.  Online 

"Little(est) Bouncy Boppers": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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This virtual class for babies and young toddlers focuses on movements for building your baby's body and brain. Class begins with a few minutes of getting to know each other through sharing developments and milestones. Next, we use repetitive welcome songs to teach waving, clapping, stomping, and tapping movements. The remainder of the class uses fun props such as scarves, sticks, shakers, and stuffed animals to introduce a variety of dance and movement activities. Give your baby bonding time with you through the joys of song, dance, and movement!
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $105. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 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.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"What the First Amendment Really Means": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Talk by U-M law professor Edson R. Sunderland. Q&A.
For URL preregister at $35 per lecture (for 10-lecture series, $80); for members, $10 per lecture and $55 for 10-lecture series. $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 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 

"Stranger Still: Translating Contemporary Poetry from Israel/Palestine": University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Poets Sheikha Hlewa and Yosefa Raz
Our final installment of the "Stranger Still" series features the poets Sheikha Hlewa and Yosefa Raz, who will read selections of their poems and translations in Arabic and English. They will join series organizers Adriana X. Jacobs and Alex Moshkin in a conversation about their experiences as Arabic and English-language writers in Israel/Palestine and Raz's English translations of Helawy's Arabic poetry.
Required Registration:
Zoom Webinar. Free. Online.

 Noon  Free! 

"Work-From-Home Wellness (a Lunch and Learn Event)": Orthopaedic Rehab Specialist Physical Therapy.

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JOIN US TUESDAY, APRIL 13TH AT 12 PM for a live event encouraging intentional wellness for individuals working from home.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, was recently named the fourth-best city in the US to work from home. But how many people working from home have an ergonomic set-up or are continuing to eat healthily and engage in regular fitness routines?
Work-from-home wellness needs to be intentional, and this live lunch-and-learn event will teach you the things you can be doing to improve your work-from-home experience.
The live event will take place at our Ann Arbor physical therapy location (3921 Jackson Rd) with lunch from Uptown Coney Island provided for those attending.
In-person attendance will be capped at 25 individuals and will follow all appropriate social distancing practices, including masks when not eating. Those unable to attend in-person can watch the live broadcast online (via Zoom) or view the recorded presentation at their convenience.
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialist Physical Therapy - Ann Arbor, 3921 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 877-202-2175. [map]

 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.

 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 p.m. 

Hello Toes: Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Does your child pretend to be a ballet dancer? Then he or she will love this virtual class designed for our newest ballet students. Ms. Tyra uses musical activities to teach balance, rhythm, movement and coordination, along with basic ballet steps. They'll learn the French words for the ballet movements too. The main purpose is to gently encourage our beginning dancers so they gain confidence in a social and relaxed environment. This class is a combination of Hello Toes and PreBallet for any child interested in learning ballet basics. Ballet attire recommended.
Zoom Link, Your Home. $109. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 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.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Celebrating Arabic Written Heritage": U-M Special Collections After Hours.

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Virtual display of classical and post-classical Arabic works from U-M Library's Islamic manuscripts collection. Showcasing poetry, along with influential grammatical, scientific, and mystical writings.
For URL preregister at Free.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"'Fake News' at the Founding of America: How Deception and Ambiguity Shaped U.S. Independence, Denigrated Native Americans, and Serve as Weapons of War": U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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Talk by U-M American culture professor Gregory E. Dowd.
For URL see Free.

 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 

"White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to discuss Emory University African American Studies professor Carol Anderson's 2016 book.
For URL see Free. 327-4200.

 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.

 7-9:30 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.

 7-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Pub Sing": Ann Arbor Morris.

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Local Morris dancers lead participants in an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs. No set program; all participants are welcome to lead a song with a singable, reasonably easy-to-learn chorus.
For URL email Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Elephant of Belfast": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Austin-based fiction writer S. Kirk Walsh is joined on Zoom by Michigan Quarterly Review editor Polly Rosenwalke, to discuss Walsh's debut novel, set in Belfast during WW II, about the bond that develops between a 20-year-old zookeeper and an orphaned Indian elephant. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Shambling Guide to New York City": Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss Mur Lafferty's comic novel. It's about a failing travel writer who's given another chance to advise tourists-who happen to be zombies.
For URL email Free.

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Incredible Journey of Plants": Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso's 2018 book, which treats plants as neither simpler nor less developed than animal forms of life.
For URL email Free. 971-1157.

 8-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sound the Alarm! The Trumpet as Symbol and Messenger": U-M School of Music Stearns Collection Lecture.

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Talk by Indiana University music lecturer Kris Kwapis, a baroque trumpet and cornetto player.
Online at Free.


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