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Calendar of Events

Sunday, April 18, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Laramie Project": U-M Basement Arts.

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Apr. 16-18. U-M sophomore Sam Aupperlee directs students in a virtual production, prerecorded over Zoom, of Moisés Kaufman's 2000 docudrama featuring townspeople's reactions to the 1998 murder of a gay University of Wyoming student in Laramie (WY).
Available for on-demand viewing Apr. 16, 7 p.m. through Apr. 18 at midnight, online at Free.

 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]

 9 a.m.-noon 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 11, 17, 18, 22, 24, & 25. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Apr. 11 (1-4 p.m.): Folkstone Park.

Apr. 17 (9 a.m.-noon): Berkshire Creek Nature Area.

Apr. 18 (9 a.m.-noon): Lakewood Nature Area.

Apr. 22 (1-3 p.m.): Celebrate Earth Day at Furstenberg Nature Area.

Apr. 24 (various times): Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), and Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

Apr. 25 (1-5 p.m.): Celebrate Global Youth Service Day at Marshall Nature Area.

Various locations. Free, but preregistration required at (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ann Arbor's Compost Facility": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor Craft & Chat.

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Ecology Center staffers lead a virtual tour of the city's compost facility and discuss how it is both similar to and different from at-home composting. Also, learn how to set up your own backyard compost area or indoor worm bin.
On-demand viewing starts at 10 a.m., online at (search "Ecology Center of Ann Arbor"). Free.

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Sun. All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, and a talk on humane education. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Talks: Jataka Tales": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun. Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche discusses tales from this ancient collection of parables about the Buddha's previous lives.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year. Masks required.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,


'Meadows Lash Training & Education": The Brow Bar.

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Ally Meadows will be offering lash extension classes at the Brow Bar for classic and volume lashes, as well as lash lifting. She will also offer hourly consultations for lash artists on whatever they want to learn.
Call to book
The Brow Bar, 207 E Ann St. Hourly private classes $150/hr. 734-834-2070. [map]

 Time TBA  Free! 

"Waiting for Godot": U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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Apr. 17 & 18. U-M drama lecturers Kate Mendeloff and Martin Walsh codirects RC students in Samuel Beckett's Modernist classic, a tragicomic requiem about 2 lost souls and old friends patiently awaiting the arrival of the mysterious Godot. The characters resort alternately to vaudevillian slapstick and theological introspection in an effort to fill up the interminable vacancy of their lives. Some scenes are performed live and some remotely. If a live audience is able to be accommodated, masks & social distancing required.
Time and online location TBA. Free. 647-4354.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Softball.

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April's home schedule includes 4-game series livestream only from Alumni Field.

Apr. 16-18: Maryland, 4 p.m. (Fri.), 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.)

Apr. 23-25: Northwestern, 6 p.m. (Fri.), 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.), & noon (Sun.).

May 14 & 16: Rutgers. 4 p.m. (Fri.), 2:30 & 5 p.m. (Sat.), and 12:30 p.m. (Sun.).

Online at 764-0247.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

What is Black, White, Brown, and Read All Over? The Complicated Case of Jewish-American Poetry": Jewish Community Center/Beth Israel Congregation.

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WSU poetry graduate student Isaac Pickell pulls from the poetry of sam sax, Sandra Simonds, Daveed Diggs, Rosebud Ben-Oni, and others to discuss the way their writing has shaped their Jewish American identity.
For URL preregister at Free.

 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (June) and North America (July). Guests invited to view other animals on display, including macaws, sloths, and more. Also, an alligator feeding demo at 3 p.m.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 3 & 7 p.m. 

"La Bamba": Fathom Events.

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(Luis Valdez, 1987). Biopic about the rise to stardom of the 1950s L.A. teenage rock 'n' roll singer Richie Valens. Masks required at all times except when eating concessions.
Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500).

 4 p.m.  Online 

Louis Nagel: Washtenaw County Democratic Party Benefit Concert.

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This popular veteran pianist, a retired U-M music professor, performs a program of works by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.
For URL and tickets ($50) see

 4-5:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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James Beard Award-winning culinary historian Adrian Miller, a certified barbecue judge, discusses his new book.
For URL preregister at Free.

 4:30 p.m.  Online 

"Last Bite Sized: Single Topic Cooking Classes": Last Bite Chef.

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Chef Allison of Last Bite Chef has a weekly online cooking class series every Sunday evening at 4:30-5:30pm EST. Each class covers one topic and is approx one hour, for $20 per screen. People have been having so much fun meeting together & learning a new technique! Best of all at the end of the class you have a warm Sunday dinner on your table for yourself and/or your family. Recipes are emailed one week prior for simple shopping. Join as an individual, family, or get a work or friend group to join as a team building event! More info at Email me for more info
online. Online. $20.

 Evening times TBA 

Films at the Michigan Theater Foundation.

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In-person screenings every Sat., Sun., and Tues. at the Michigan Theater and every Fri.-Sun. at the State Theatre. For complete, updated schedule, see Masks required; reduced capacity. Concessions closed during screenings, but a small take-home popcorn is available post-film.
Movie tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 6 p.m.  Online 

"Yoga Flow & Restorative": Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

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Yoga Flow & Restorative - ​ONLINE ​
Grades: 10th - Adult. Level 2 - 5.​ Unwind after a long day. Balance your whole body, calm your mind, and lift your spirit with this mind-body practice done to soothing music. Flowing poses improve stamina, strength, flexibility, balance, and body alignment. Restorative poses promote flexibility and mindfulness.​ Please have a yoga mat and water bottle to enjoy this virtual class from the convenience of your own home!​ Practiced barefoot. Instructor: Chelsea Cendrowski, RYT 200, over 10 years experience. ​8 classes. ​
ONLINE, 1515 S. Seventh. Online. $105.00. 734-994-2300 ext 0. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Kol HaLev Rehearsal: Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Sun. All adults invited to join the rehearsals of this volunteer choir that sings both Jewish sacred and secular music. Led by TBE cantor Regina Lambert-Hayut. Pianist Taylor Flowers accompanies.
For online URL email Free. 665-4744.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Implementing Restorative Justice in Washtenaw County": Jewish Community Center Conversations!.

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Washtenaw County prosecutor Eli Savit and Dispute Resolution Center executive director Belinda Dulin discuss their work with JCC cofounder Chuck Newman.
For URL email Free. 971-0990.

 8 p.m.  Online 

Ani DiFranco: The Ark Livestream Series.

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This iconic New York singer-songwriter is known for her intense, bruisingly intelligent postpunk pop-folk songs blending social protest and self-revelation. Tonight's performance showcases material from her new album, Revolutionary Love.
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20-$175), see 761-1451.

 8 p.m.  Online 

Sierra Ferrell: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Apr. 18 and May 2 & 16. A highly regarded young Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter and songster who got her start at age 7 singing in a West Virginia bar, Ferrell performs a series of 3 themed shows at different Nashville venues. Apr. 18: Honky-Tonk night at American Legion. May 2: Calypso night at Dee's Lounge. May 16: Jazz night at the Basement.
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($12 & $50 per show, $30 & $65 for a 3-show package), see

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Collage 44: A Virtual Concert Experience": U-M School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

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U-M music, opera, and theater students perform a wide range of contrasting styles. Classical, jazz, big band, vocal, and pop ensembles and soloists segue rapidly from one idiom to the next. One of the music school's most popular events.
On-demand available beginning 8 p.m., online at for a year ("search "smtd"). Free.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 4:15 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Canceled: "All About the Trio": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in a lecture-concert tribute to the iconic post-WWII Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. [map]

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