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Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 22, 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 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  Online 

"Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region": Fifth Wall Performing Arts.

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Apr. 20-27. Recording of the 2019 premiere of Grey Gant's opera, directed by Karl Ronneburg, about a trans woman grappling with self-acceptance as she travels to Northern Michigan, guided by the Mother of Trees, to transform herself into a white pine overlooking Lake Superior. Also, post-production talkback with the cast and crew on April 20, 7 p.m. With the Converge String Quartet. Cast: Allison Prost, Grey Gant, Kate Moss, Kara Huckabone, and Samantha Kao.
On-demand viewing starts Apr. 20 7 p.m. and is available through April 27. For URL and tickets ($5-$20 pay-what-you-can) preregister at bit.ly/michigantreesguide. FifthWallPerformingArts@gmail.com.


 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 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Novel Outside-the-Box Musical Thinking to Open Up Interpretive Possibilities and Inspire Expressive Performance": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Talk by local piano teacher Sheila Bloch.
For URL email GayeThomas@gmail.com. Free.


 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]


 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-afternoon time TBA  Free! 

"Green Brick Road to Restoring the Earth: 7th Annual Earth Day Downtown": Megiddo Peace Project.

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Apr. 22-25. A range of Washtenaw County climate-oriented organizations show and discuss their work to mitigate climate change, from instruments that purify water and trap solar energy to educational materials that promote conversation. Masks required.
Noon-afternoon time TBA, Center of the City Commons, Fifth Ave. at Library Ln. Free. megiddo@umich.edu, 657-8083.


 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.


 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


 1-3 p.m. 

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.

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Various locations. Free, but preregistration required at Secure.Rec1.com/MI/city-of-ann-arbor/catalog (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.


 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.


 3-5 p.m.  Online 

"What's Going On with Real Estate?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online.
This three session course will help home and property owners, investors, and intellectually active seniors understand the latest developments in the local housing market and how it affects them, their friends, and families.
Topics include: current housing market trends, factors that influence future market prices, preparing your home to sell, how property taxes are calculated, normal vs. distressed sales, foreclosures, short sales, the rental market, and other topics proposed by participants. Wayne Esch is a long-time Ann Arbor realtor.
This study group will meet Thursdays for three weeks beginning on April 22. 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. $20. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 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 

"Jazz Chats with Cool Cats": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415.

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Local drummer Pete Siers and legendary local jazz patron Don Chisholm discuss, with musical examples, Chisholm's passion, service, and philanthropy for jazz and the musicians who serve it.
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.


 6-6:10 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.


 6-7 p.m. 

"Earth Day Upcycle Crafting": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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All age 10 & up invited to make a hanging organizer unit out of different sized packaging tubes, then paint it to add color if you like.
Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $6 per person; preregistration required by Apr. 20, 4 p.m online at MetroParks.com. 426-8211. [map]


 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]


 7-9 p.m.  Online 

"Four || Not Square -: EMU English Department Bathhouse Reading Series.

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Readings by recent EMU creating writing M.A.'s, including poet Ciara Garrett, poet & creative nonfiction writer Pamela Mohar, memoirist John Ballard Pecora, and poet Christina-Marie Sears. Followed by a Q&A.
7-9 p.m. for Zoom links email bathhouseevents@gmail.com by Apr. 21. cw.emuenglish.org. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Boston Massacre: A Family History": U-M Clements Library.

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Serena Zabin will discuss her award-winning book on the personal and political conflicts that erupted in the Boston Massacre, emphasizing the stories of the many regimental wives and children who accompanied the troops sent to Boston in 1768 and who became neighbors to the colonists in Boston. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street, it was these intensely human, now broken bonds that fueled the American Revolution.
Online via Zoom. Free. Online. 734-649-3370. myumi.ch/mnwA3



 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.


 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region": Michigan Radio Issues & Ale.

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Virtual discussion with Michigan Radio Environment Report host Lester Graham.
7-8 p.m., for meeting URL, preregister at michiganradio.org/post/issues-ale-home-climate-change-great-lakes-region. Free.


 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).


 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.


 7:30-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Earth Day: Get to Know Us": Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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On Earth Day, take action to help Restore Our Earth!
Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby is the local chapter of a national organization advocating for federal legislation to tackle climate change. Would you like to know more about our work and how you can get involved? Join our casual drop-in session to meet a few members of our chapter, learn about our group, and ask questions. All are welcome and able to contribute to our efforts - you don't need to be an expert! Sign up here to get the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvde2vqjsvEtBDEMbIN-0HwvJ45JJjK7G5
Zoom virtual platform. Free. Online. annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org



 7:30 p.m. 

Paul Lewis, piano: University Musical Society.

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Pianist Paul Lewis celebrates European traditions in a recital program that includes Mussorgsky's showstopper, Pictures at an Exhibition, plus virtuosic gems by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Schubert, and Scriabin.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $12-$66. 734-764-2538. umstix@umich.edu https://ums.org/performance/paul-lewis-piano/ [map]


 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").


 9 p.m. 

Cedric Burnside: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Acclaimed blues singer-songwriter & electric guitarist who got his start as the drummer in the band of his grandfather, Mississippi hill country blues icon R.L. Burnside. Tonight's acoustic show is livestreamed from his front porch in Holly (MS).
9 p.m., for URL and tickets ($12), see boxoffice.mandolin.com/collections/cedric-burnside?utm_source=ef&utm_medium=aff&utm_campaign=102&oid=103&affid=173. 761-1451.



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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