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Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 15, 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 ums.org/performance. 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 MichTheater.org/Screenings.

"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.

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Online at MichTheater.org/Screenings.


 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 bit.ly/kcn-acct, 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. akarikomura96@gmail.com. [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.


 9:30 a.m.  Online 

"Dance It Out!": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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You and your child explore a variety of creative movement activities designed to develop gross motor skills and cognitive development. Sam looks for smiles, laughs and creative exploration; there's no wrong way to move while families dance together! Fun music incorporates rhythm patterns which sets the scene for jumping, galloping, stepping sideways and lots of balancing. This class uses their imagination to dance like frogs, monkeys and even cheetahs. Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. Instructor: Sam Coffin.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $109. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/55119


 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Coffee to Caravans": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 15-May 20. A series of 6 weekly talks on the geography, industries, politics, religions, and histories of Central America countries.

Apr. 15: DePauw University (Indiana) world history professor Tony Andersson on "Central America from the Ice Age to the Age of ICE."

Apr. 22: U-M environment and sustainability professor Jose F. Alfaro on "Costa Rica: An Example for Sustainable Development in the Region."

Apr. 29: Oakland University (MI) anthropology and religious studies professor Henri Gooren on "Religion in Central America After 1960."

May 6: MSU comparative cultures and politics Jennifer Goett, author of Black Autonomy: Race, Gender, and Afro-Nicaraguan Activism, on "Tracking Hemispheric Violence through the Experiences of Nicaraguan Refugees."

May 13: MSU international development professor Leonidas Murembya on "Economic Profile of Central America."

May 20: Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary co-founder Mary Anne Perrone on "The Struggle to Survive in Central America: A Portrait of Life from a Grassroots, Human Rights Perspective."

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For URL preregister at bit.ly/ollisignup. $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."

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For URL preregister at bit.ly/ollisignup. $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 AADL.tv. 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]


 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Poetry Sustains: Poetry Open Mic": WCC Bailey Library.

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All invited to bring a poem to read on the themes "sustainable" or "environment" or choose one from a virtual basket, or just listen.
For URL see wccnet.edu/events. Free.


 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. Interfaithspirit.org


 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 events.umich.edu/group/1003. Free. umcjs@umich.edu.


 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 bit.ly/aasclunch (passcode, 463533). Free. BRuthven@a2gov.org.


 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 wccnet.edu/events/free-college-week.php. Free. FreeCollegeWeek@wccnet.edu.


 12:15-1:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Pulling the Past into the Present: Curating Islamic Art in a Changing World": U-M History of Art Department/Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum Distinguished Lecture.

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Talk by Pergamon Museum (Berlin) Islamic art director Stefan Weber.
For URL see lsa.umich.edu/histart/hiaa-symposium.html. Free.


 1 p.m.  Online 

" Wonder What Happens If...": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Do you love to try things out and see what happens? This new class invites you to bring your curiosity, some easily gathered items from your home and YOU. Each week we'll apply inquiry-based principles to open-ended math, science and social/emotional questions. Share ideas, make predictions, change variables and come to conclusions as a group. For example, what happens if I mix cornstarch and water together? Or, what will paint look like on ice? How does a homemade scale work to weigh objects? The list of "I Wonder" questions is endless, so let's figure out together how and why the world works the way it does one week at a time. Join us in this open-ended, interactive and unique class. Instructor: Susanna Brown.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $89. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/55089


 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 info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353.


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ikebana International.

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Apr. 13 & 15. Video demonstration of this Japanese style of flower arranging led by an ikebana instructor. Followed by group discussion. Also, participants show their own flower arrangement based on the concepts demonstrated in last month's video.
For URL email a2ikebana@gmail.com. Free.


 3-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Craft Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Bring a project to work on and socialize.
For URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. Free.


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Evil May Day, 1517: Xenophobia, Labour, and Politics in Early Tudor London": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Concordia University history professor Shannon McSheffrey discusses an anti-immigrant riot in early 16th-century London.
Online at bit.ly/evilmayday. Free. EisenbergInstitute@umich.edu. 615-7400.


 5:30 p.m.  Online 

Feldenkrais Method: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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Grades 10th - Adult. Level 1-4. Learn movement patterns that are designed to help you get back into action. In this introductory all-levels workshop you will be introduced to the unique approach of the Feldenkrais MethodⓇ, which encompasses subtle, but effective movement patterns designed to reduce aches and pains in your back, hips, shoulders and neck - and make you feel good all over! Following a Feldenkrais session, participants typically report feelings of well-being, groundedness, balance, better posture, and calm. Movements in this introductory class will take place on the floor, so you must be able to get down to the floor and back up. The only props required are a soft surface to lie on and some support for under your head (a blanket, towel, or a small pillow). Instructor: Dale Jensen, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.
1 class.
ONLINE, 1515 S. Seventh. Online. $59. 734-994-2300 ext 0. https://www.aarecedonline.com/ [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Louis Lessons": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415.

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Live lecture-concert by popular local pianist Louis Nagel, a retired U-M music professor who also performs on April 18 (see listing).
Online at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Free, 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 neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Dorthe Nors & J. Robert Lennon: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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These 2 fiction writers read from and/or discuss via Zoom their new short story collections. Danish writer Nors' Wild Swims is a collection of 14 stories, in English, about men and women full of Restless longin who are often seeking a home but seldom finding it, and Cornell University creative writing professor Lennon's Let Me Think is a collection chronicling with a mordant yet sympathetic eye the quotidian absurdities of marriage, family, and work. Q&A.
Online at LiteratiBookstore.com./event/2021-04. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 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 AADL.tv. 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. mcneelyt@aaps.k12.mi.us https://www.aarecedonline.com/ [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Global Connections: An Investigation into How to Bring the Traditional Rituals of Tujia and Miao Chinese Ethnic Minorities to Contemporary Society through Theatre and Performance": U-M School of Music Stearns Collection Lecture.

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Talk by Tujia-Miao folk singer and modern dancer Jay Peng Zhang.
Online at myumi.ch. Free. chavasse@umich.edu.


 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Breeding Bird Survey Kickoff/Turtle Steward Kickoff: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.

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A chance to learn about the city's upcoming annual survey of breeding bird populations in town. There are also training sessions (preregistration required by Apr. 13) for volunteers to help with the survey. Also, on Apr. 24, a similar kickoff for the "Turtle Stewards" program (1:30-3:30 p.m.) to learn how to monitor and help maintain the 6 turtle species that live and nest in the city. Preregistration required for that training session by Apr. 21.
Online at a2gov.org/NAPevents. Free. nap@a2gov.org.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Comhaltas.

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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 Contact@DetroitIrishMusic.org. Free. Facebook.com/DetroitIMA.


 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 Instagram.com/VaultOfMidnight. Free. 998-1413.


 7:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Conversations about Climate Action": Ann Arbor inDivisible for Democracy-A2D2.

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Join us for a conversation with climate fighters from the Sunrise Movement, the Citizen's Climate Lobby & the DNC Council on the Environment & Climate Crisis.
The Sunrise Movement is a youth-led coalition specializing in direct action to put pressure on lawmakers to adopt the requisite sense of urgency towards climate change legislation. One of their representatives will share their story & the strategies they have successfully employed to frame the debate on climate action.
Mary Garton, of the CCL, will speak on their efforts to reduce carbon emissions and maintain the 1.5-2 degrees Celsius warming that the 2017 IPCC established would be necessary to prevent the worst effects of climate change.
Michelle Deatrick is the National Chairwoman of the DNC Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis. Michelle will talk about how we can work within the Democratic Party to push a Climate agenda in the current & future administrations.
Zoom Meeting ID: 896 4789 1614
Passcode: 638
Zoom. Free. Online. 7349041023. hadden.sue@gmail.com


 7:30 p.m. 

Russian Renaissance: University Musical Society.

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The 2017 M-Prize Competition-winning musicians of Russian Renaissance redefine tradition and unleash new sonic potential of centuries-old Russian folk instruments.
Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-$44. 734-764-2538. umstix@umich.edu https://ums.org/performance/russian-renaissance/ [map]



 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Hannah Balardi: The Ark Family Room Series.

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This U-M music school grad is a pop-jazz composer-pianist whose music blends elements of soul, R&B, and film music. Her debut album, Straight from the Soul, is due out early this year.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free. 761-1451.



 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Early Morning Riser": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Fiction writer Katherine Heiny reads from and discusses her new novel about a woman who moves to Boyne City (MI) to teach 2nd grade and becomes enmeshed in a most unconventional family when she falls head over heels for the local Lothario. Bestselling novelist Elin Hilderbrand calls it "a charming, witty and heartwarming novel about life and love in a small town." Q&A.
Online at LiteratiBookstore.com./event/2021-04. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 8:30 p.m. 

Blind Pilot: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Portland (OR) sextet that makes sparse, lovely Americana-flavored acoustic music. Livestreamed from the Liberty Theater in Astoria (OR) & available 2 weeks for archival viewing.
8:30 p.m., for URL and tickets ($25), see boxoffice.mandolin.com/pages/blind-pilot-live-from-astoria?utm_source=ef&utm_medium=aff&utm_campaign=91&oid=93&affid=173. 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 Facebook.com (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.

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For URL preregister at lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/visitors/planetarium-dome-theater.html. Free. 764-0478.





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