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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 6, 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.


 All day  Online 

Kathryn Goodson and Randall Hawes: Stone Chalet.

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Local pianist Godson and DSO bass trombonist Hawes present an eclectic mix of works from the classic bass trombone and piano repertoire. Composers include David Gillingham, Alexey Lebedev, Florence Price, Ellen Rowe, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, W. Gregory Turner, and more.Replays an be viewed anytime through May 8.
4 p.m., for URL preregister ($20-$100 donation) at greatlakespaa.org.


 All day  Free!  Online 

Tunde Olaniran: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 30-May 10. Detroit video artist Oren Goldenberg directs a multimedia performance by Flint singer-songwriter Olaniran, a current UMS artist-in-residence, who describes their electronic pop music as "the lovechild of Prince, Kanye West, and Kraftwerk."
Available online all day April 30 through May 10 at ums.org/performance/ums-live-session-tunde-olaniran. Free. 764-2538.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Bookin' It For Kids": Family Learning Institute.

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May 2-9. At-home fundraiser encouraging participants to read 20 minutes a day and walk or run 20 minutes a day for a week. Fee includes T-shirt and medal.
All day May 2 through May 9, any location. Preregistration required at RunSignUp.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/BookinitfortheKids by May 9. info@FamilyLearningInstitute.org.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Dance Despite Covid": U-M Dance Department.

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May 5-12. U-M dance department faculty members Shannon Gillen, Fangfei Miao, and Charli Brissey and alumna Nicki Reehorst lead dance students in original group works. Also, Miao performs her own solo work. Prerecorded in the Power Center and other local stages in early March.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., available through May 12 online at YouTube.com (search "School of Music, Theatre & Dance"). Free.


 All day  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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New titles available all month online at MichTheater.org/Screenings for 48 after you start watching. Remainder May schedule online. $12 per film (for members, $10).

"Oscar Shorts" Screening of Oscar-nominated animated, documentary, and live action short films.

"This is Not a Burial, It's A Resurrection" (Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, 2020). Drama about an old woman in a small Lesotho village who prepares for her death, drawing from the respect of her community, traditions of her ancestors, and courage of her convictions. Southern Sotho, subtitles.

"The Man Who Sold His Skin" (Freida Lee Mock, 2021). (Kaouther Ben Hania, 2020). Drama about a young Syrian refugee who agrees to have his back tattooed by a sulfurous artist. Arabic, French, and Flemish; subtitles.

"The Mole Agent" (Maite Alberdi, 2020). Documentary, filmed with a hidden camera in decoy glasses, about a recent Chilean widower who responds to an ad to pose as a resident of a nursing home to see if he can find signs of suspected neglect. Spanish, subtitles.

"Slalom" (Charlène Favier, 2021). Drama about a young girl training as a professional skier under the guidance of a strict ex-champion. French, subtitles.
$6-$12 per film. Online at MichTheater.org/Screenings for 2-10 days after you start watching. BoxOffice@MichTheater.org.


 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 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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Every Thurs. 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


 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs. (different programs) A 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.


 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.
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.


 6:30 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]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Compassionate Community Conversations: Flores Exhibit": Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice.

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All invited to watch videos of readings by various artists, lawyers, advocates, and fellow immigrants of the sworn testimonies of children held in detention facilities at the U.S./Mexico border. Followed by a group discussion.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/3wuCXld (case sensitive). Free, but donations accepted. info@ICPJ.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.


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Don White: The Ark Family Room Series.

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This veteran singer-songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts, a local favorite, writes sharp-witted songs about everyday life that blend pathos, humor, and biting satire, and his live shows feature a lot of impromptu storytelling and comedy. His fans include Christine Lavin and Livingston Taylor, and he's released several acclaimed CDs. Photo: Larry Peplin.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.



 9 p.m.  Online 

Keb' Mo': The Ark Livestream Series.

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May 5 & 6. This respected L.A. singer-guitarist plays original contemporary blues with a strong traditional feel, along with covers of Robert Johnson and other country blues classics. He also played Robert Johnson in Can't You Hear the Wind Howl, a 1996 docudrama about Johnson's life. Livestreamed from the City Winery in NYC.
7:30 p.m. (May. 5) & 9 p.m. (May 6), for URL and tickets ($20), see theark.org/shows-events/calendar/2021-05. 761-1451.


 10 p.m.  Online 

Dustbowl Revival: The Ark Livestream Series.

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May 6 & 13. Venice (CA) Americana roots music collective whose music blends bluegrass, jug band music, and western swing. "The free-thinking local collective Dustbowl Revival's upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear," says an LA Weekly reviewer. Their music has evolved in a roots rock direction, and American Songwriter finds their latest, Is It You, Is It Me, "ensconced in a cleaner and expanded, if still slightly retro, pop sound that recalls early Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac, especially through the vocals of front people/co-founders Zach Lupetin and Liz Beebe." The band plays thise album in its entirety on May 6, while the May 13 show features songs & stories spanning its 10-year career.
10 p.m., for URL and tickets ($15-$65 per show, $25-$73 for both shows), see theark.org/shows-events/calendar/2021-05. 761-1451.





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