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Calendar of Events

Friday, April 23, 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

"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  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

 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.

 11:30 a.m.  Online 

"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. Online. $109. 734 994 2300 X 0.

 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., 657-8083.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Eat lunch during the video call, if you wish.
Noon, for online URL see Free.

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking off the Pounds," walking in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL email or call 998-9353. Free.

 1-6 p.m.  Free! 

WCCD 2021 Tree & Shrub Sale: Washtenaw County Conservation District.

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Each spring and fall the Conservation District sells a variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and prairie grasses which are intended for conservation uses, such as:
- Reforestation
- Soil erosion control
- Windbreaks and screens
- Wildlife habitat improvements
- Landscaping naturalizing
Sale Distribution/Pickup:
Friday, April 23rd, 1-6pm
Saturday April 24th, 9-10:30am
The pickup location will be the
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds,
5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
Ann Arbor 48103.
Pre-order by mail or on:
For more information, see the WCCD website: See Less
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 7343028713. [map]

 3-4:30 p.m.  Online 

"A Virtual Tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Out Of Town.

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Slide-illustrated talk on the Federal Reserve by Detroit branch economic educator Katherine Nelson.
For URL preregister at $35 (members, $10); $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.

 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Why Did Public Infrastructure Appear in Song Court Landscape Painting?": U-M Medieval & Early Modern Studies Premodern Colloquium.

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Talk by U-M art history grad student Gerui Wang.
For URL see Free. 763-2066.

 5:30-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 5-11 invited to watch a movie and interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag, pillow, and a water bottle. Social distancing enforced, masks required. Featuring The Secret Life of Pets (Apr. 9), the 2016 animated film about a terrier whose life is upended when his owner takes in a stray, and the 2012 animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax (Apr. 23).
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 (additional children, $15), preregistration required (capacity limited to 10 participants). 661-3575. [map]

 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"DJ & Turntablism": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Fri. Teens invited to learn mixing techniques from local music professionals, including how to work turntables and common software, and curate performances. No equipment necessary.
For URL and updates see Free.

 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Loop Nation": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Fri. Local music professionals demonstrate to teens how to loop and layer beats to make songs. Also, the chance to perform your own music and receive feedback. No equipment necessary.
For URL and updates see Free.

 Evening times TBA 

Films at the Michigan Theater Foundation.

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In-person screenings every Fri.-Sun. at the Michigan and State Theaters, though not necessarily at both on all days. For complete, updated schedule, see Masks required; reduced capacity. Concessions closed during in-person screenings; take-home concessions available every Tues., 5-7 p.m.
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.

 6-8 p.m.  Online 

"Dumpling Workshop (Japanese Gyoza): Cook-Along Online": Rec & Ed.

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Explore the wonderful world of Japanese Gyoza, everyone's favorite potsticker. In addition to learning how to make, cut, and roll the dough, you will work through forming, filling and pleating the dumplings. Lastly, you will learn to steam and pan-fry them - a feast for sure! This is a virtual cook-along class, which means you are cooking along with Chef Natalie, and will be able to have your questions answered in real time. Only one registration is needed per household - additional members of your household may participate at no cost! Ingredient list will be emailed one week prior to class. Natalie Marble is a chef and culinary instructor celebrating 20 years of experience, she attended culinary school in Washington, D.C., worked for a James Beard Award winning chef, and was the founder of Ann Arbor Cooks. Go to to register.
Online. Online. $49. 734-994-2300.

 6 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.).

Online at 764-0247.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Movie Trivia Night: Michigan Theater.

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Popular family-friendly contest with questions on movie quotes, posters, soundtracks, and more. 1st and 2nd place prizes. Have a pen and paper handy.
For URL see $5 per device (members, free).

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A History of the Human Brain": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Freelance health & science journalist Bret Stetka is joined on Zoom by Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons clinical psychiatry professor Drew Ramsey to discuss Stetka's new book. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Earth Celebration": The Neutral Zone.

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Program TBA.
For URL and updates see Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Make 'Em Laugh": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Three 10-minute plays performed on Zoom. Kalamazoo writer Gordon Bolar's comedy Hard-Boiled is about a wise-cracking, tough-talking couple who square off in a suburban kitchen. Detroit playwright and Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre founding member Ann Eskridge's drama The Art Play is a drama about artists selling their work at an exclusive gallery. SE Michigan screenwriter Jacquelyn Priskorn's drama Veterans of Community Theatre is about an up-and-coming actor who's invited to join a selective group of thespians.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Ties That Bind: A Trio of One-Acts": EMU Theatre Department.

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Apr. 23-25 & 30 and May 1 & 2. EMU theatre arts professor Pirooz Aghssa directs EMU students in recorded productions of 3 short dramas by playwrights from marginalized communities. Maria Irene Fornes's Drowning (1980s) is an adaptation of the Chekhov story about rejection, Doug Wright's On Facebook (2013) is about a politicized online conversation on gay marriage, and Matthew Lopez's The Sentinels (2020) is about 3 widows of men who died in the 9/11 attacks.
For URL & tickets ($10) see 487-1220.

 7:30 p.m. 

Matt McClowry: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 23 & 24. This Dearborn native is known for his self-deprecating autobiographical observational humor made piquant by an undercurrent of Jobian bewilderment. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced)., 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Daniela Soledade & Nate Najar: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Brazilian bossa nova, sung in Portuguese and English, by the duo of vocalist Soledade, the daughter and granddaughter of renowned bossa nova artists, and acclaimed jazz guitarist Najar.
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($25), see 761-1451.

 8 p.m.  Online 

Penny Seats Theatre Company Arcade Series.

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This local company presents a virtual reading TBA.
For URL and tickets ($5) see

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Bright Star": U-M Musket.

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Apr. 23-25. U-M BFA student Jules Garber directs fellow students in a recorded virtual production of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's award-winning musical. Set in the mountains of North Carolina in the 1940s, it's a sweeping tale of love and redemption involving a successful literary editor and a WWII veteran.
For URL preregister at Free.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Paint! Dance! Play!": Ballet Chelsea.

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This local troupe of young dancers (ages 8-18) premieres a varied showcase, prerecorded at Weatherwax Hall (Jackson), featuring ballets set to "Winter" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons and works by Beethoven, Grieg, Prokofiev, and others. With Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and Jackson School of the Arts.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., online at (search "Ballet Chelsea"). Free., 475-3070.

 9-11 p.m. 

"Frog Calling Night Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists lead a hike to identify frogs and toads by their calls. Social distancing and masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $5 per household of 4 people or less, preregistration required at (search activity #IL461100). or [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Old Town: Paul Keller Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by bassist Keller. With vibes player Cary Kocher, electric pianist Adam Mosley, & guitarist Matt LaRusso. $10 7-10 p.m. [venue info]


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