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Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 29, 2021






 
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 12:01 a.m.-midnight 

12th Annual Ride for Recovery: Dawn Farm Fundraiser.

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Apr. 25-May 25. Ride, run, walk, or roll from any location. Entry fee includes a race bib, event shirt, and a finisher medal.
All day, anywhere. $25 registration required at DawnFarmRideForRecovery.org. RideForRecovery@dawnfarm.org, 485-8725.


 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.


 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]


 10:45 a.m.  Online 

"Big Books for Little Listeners": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Inspired by her own children's love of family read-alouds, seasoned First Steps teacher, Sara Callaghan has designed a unique online class for families of preschoolers. Get inspired by her literature picks of longer chapter books that both children and adults can enjoy. Each week Sara will read a chapter or two of a different book aloud to introduce families to the stories and characters, followed by a time to reflect on or ask questions about what we've read. Families are encouraged to continue the discussion at home and to seek out and read the books your child seems most interested in. Some of the benefits of reading aloud with your child are increased vocabulary, increased attention span, encouraging imagination, strengthening cognition, providing a safe way to explore strong emotions, and most of all, for bonding and pure enjoyment. Children are welcome to draw or dance while we read, or to cuddle in their grownup's lap or with a favorite stuffed toy or blanket.
Your home, Your home. Online. $89. 734 994 2300 X 0. https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/55136


 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 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


 1-2 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.


 3-8 p.m. 

Just Between Friends Sale.

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Apr. 29-May 2. Show and sale of maternity items, baby and children's clothes, toys, and baby gear.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free, but $3 "priority pass" allows you to cut the line if capacity is full and there is a wait. Preregistration required at bit.ly/jbfsale2021. sarahgarot@jbfsale.com. [map]


 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]


 5:45-7:30 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.  Free!  Online 

"Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to discuss Toni Morrison's 1992 book adapted from a series of 3 lectures she gave at Harvard.
For URL see aadl.org/node/576938. 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]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Safety in the Time of Surveillance: Ban the Scan Ann Arbor Town Hall": Ban the Scan Ann Arbor.

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Featuring:
Tawana Petty, Data for Black Lives
Phil Mayor, ACLU of Michigan
Nathan "nash" Sheard, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Moderated by Desirae Simmons, Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice
Thursday, April 29th, 7:00pm
Register here
Facial Recognition threatens to automate and expand state violence. Join the Ban the Scan A2 Coalition for an online town hall and action planning workshop to learn more about facial recognition, and envision safety for our community beyond surveillance. One crucial step is to ban FR from being used by state and local governments.
Co-sponsored by:
Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice (ICPJ)
Bend the Arc: Greater Ann Arbor
CryptoParty Ann Arbor
Liberate Don't Incarcerate
Survivors Speak
Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR)
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtcOGvrTgoGNOL-iP20w4zigUyS9oessDE. Free. Online. desirae@icpj.org banthescana2.com



 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 

"Defacing the Monument": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Poet Susan Briante, a University of Arizona creative writing professor, is joined on Zoom by John Carroll University English professor Phil Metre and poet Tess Taylor to discuss Briante's collection of poems exploring the fate of undocumented immigrants and the ethical issues facing artists who tell others' stories. Q&A.
Online at LiteratiBookstore.com./event/2021-04. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7 p.m. 

"Shrek": Fathom Events.

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(Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson, 2001). 20th anniversary screening of this popular animated movie that features a comic Beauty-and-the-Beast-style tale about a genial green ogre who falls for a canny princess.
Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 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.


 8-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Maker Show and Tell": All Hands Active.

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All invited to discuss current projects, what you'd like to be working on, and what you need help with. Or you can just sit in and listen, if you'd like.
For URL see MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free, but donations appreciated. james@allhandsactive.org.


 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.  Online 

Christine Lavin: The Ark Livestream Series.

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A veteran New York City singer-songwriter who has been described as a mix of Bette Midler, Tom Lehrer, Steve Goodman, and Janis Ian, Lavin is known for the sharp wit and comically warped perspectives of songs like "Stop Sobbing … He's an Idiot" and "Tom Cruise Scares Me." She's also known for her bittersweet miniatures of lost romance, and she's a tastily tuneful composer, a superb guitarist, and a playfully unpredictable performer whose shows are always sprinkled with a healthy dose of between-songs humor and spiky commentary. Her new album, On My Way to Hooterville, includes 10 new songs and one re-worked song, "Ramblin' Waltz," a re-telling of her experience in 1975 as one of the entourage drivers for the first week of Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue.
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20; group, $30), see theark.org/shows-events/calendar/2021-05. 761-1451.


 9 p.m.  Online 

Milk Carton Kids: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Apr. 29 & May 13 (different programs). Folksy acoustic Americana originals by the L.A. duo of singer-songwriters Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. The New York Times calls their music "a sweetly dazzling variation on close-harmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers."
9 p.m., for URL and tickets ($15-$115 per show, $25-$125 for both shows), see theark.org/shows-events/calendar/2021-05. 761-1451.


 9 p.m.  Online 

Sarah Jarosz: The Ark Livestream Series.

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Texas bluegrass-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumental prodigy whose unassumingly resonant lyricism and piercingly inerrant vocal interpretations have provoked widespread comparisons to a young Gillian Welch. "Jarosz stamps all eleven tracks with her musical vision," says No Depression in its review of her 2013 CD, Follow Me Down. "The haunting tone of her voice, the assuredness with which she weaves through the melodies, and the thoughtfulness of her delivery are all impressive … The emotional quality of Jarosz's singing magnifies the open-ended meaning of her lyrics."
8:30 p.m., for URL and tickets ($20-$65), see theark.org/shows-events/calendar/2021-05. 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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