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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 7, 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, 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

 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 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 by May 9.

 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 (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 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 for 2-10 days after you start watching.

 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Women Build Neighborhood Beautification & Exterior Projects Day": Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley.

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All age 14 & up invited to help area women homeowners with minor exterior home repair projects and yard clean-up. Wear comfortable clothes, work shoes and gloves, & pull back any loose hair. Masks required. Minors must obtain a release form in advance.
For location information preregister at by May 3. Free.

 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-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Fragmentation and Fragility at the Origins of Rome (and Other Iron Age Italian States)": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Flash Talk.

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Talk by Kelsey Museum director Nic Terrenato.
For URL see Free.

 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.

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Medieval English Poetry": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This course will explore a sampling of medieval poems about a variety of topics. We will read mostly short lyric poems, but one class will be dedicated to a longer chivalric romance. Our class sessions will be based in discussion about the poems, many of which are anonymously written. We will read the poems in modern English, with the original Middle English on hand.
Readings will be pre-circulated each session. No previous experience with Middle English or poetry is required.
Instructor Margo Kolenda- Mason is a PhD Candidate in English at UM, where she studies medieval and renaissance literature.
The study group will meet Fridays from May 7 through June 11. 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.
Online. Online. $40. 734-998-9351.

 4-8 p.m. 

First Friday at the Farm: Domino's Farms Petting Farm.

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A variety of family-oriented fun activities. Food trucks.
4-8 p.m., Domino's Farms Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart. $6 general admission; (kids under age 2, free. 998-0182. [map]

 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 

"Loop Nation, DJ & Turntablism, and Music Production": The Neutral Zone.: The Neutral Zone.

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

 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.

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Capture The Flag Fridays": All Hands Active.

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Every Fri. All invited to try to solve a computer security problem (or a series of problems), ranging from basic computer usage to some programing, to capture the virtual flag. Led by AHA staffers; beginners welcome.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations required.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Our Layers of Identity Reception": Washtenaw Community College.

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The WCC Fine Arts faculty and staff are excited to announce the ​Our Layers of Identity community art exhibition​. We have distributed 500 art boxes to members of our surrounding community full of supplies to make a one-of-a- kind piece of art- and now it's time to celebrate!
Artwork will be displayed in participating businesses throughout Depot Town and Downtown Ypsilanti from April 24 to May 23rd. A map of participating businesses will be shared soon!
Join us for an opening reception on Friday, May 7th with First Fridays Ypsilanti!
Location: Outdoor stage at N. Washington St. Downtown Ypsilanti
Opening remarks at 6:00pm
Steve Somers & Friends 6:30-8:00pm
Downtown Ypsilanti, N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Free.

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited to a brief Shabbat observance with secular readings, candle lighting, wine rituals, challah, and Yahrzeit observance to remember loved ones.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations accepted. 975-9872.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and virtual circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
For URL email Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Movie Trivia Night: Michigan Theater.

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Every Fri. 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 

"I Want to Thank You": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Brooklyn-based writer Gina Hamadey is joined by New York Times Narrative Projects editor Veronica Chambers to discuss Hamadey's engaging chronicle of a year she spent writing a daily thank-you note to strangers, neighbors, family members, and friends. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Peter and the Starcatchers": Pioneer High Theatre Guild.

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May 7-9. U-M theater major Sevon Askew directs Pioneer students in a prerecorded production of Rick Elice's whimsical 2011 Tony-winning adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's popular children's novel that creates a backstory for Peter Pan. A resourceful preteen saves an orphan after his ship is attacked by pirates while on a secret mission to convey a trunk full of starstuff to the imaginary Kingdom of Rundoon. Stars Miriam Wyllie-Scholz, Sarah Stansfield, Ethan Steiner, Henry Conner, Matthew Neal, Alexis Evans, Sinan Glutekin, Isabel Nuñez-Regueiro, Audrey Hill, Conner Casey, Renata Schmult, Josiah Jones, Arissa Tucker, Molly Reiser, Nora VanDorn-Greer, Eliana Adler, Alexandria Miller, and Rebekah Scrivens.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), online at $12 (students, seniors, and pioneer staff, $8; households, $20)., (248) 330-4902. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Mysteries": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Novelist Marisa Silver, author of the bestseller Mary Coin, is joined by fellow novelist Meg Wolitzer to discuss Silver's new novel, the intimate story of two young girls, joined in an unlikely friendship, whose lives are shattered in a single, unthinkable moment. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7:30 p.m. 

Connie Ettinger: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 7 & 8. This Detroit-based self-styled "recovering lawyer" delivers fast-paced observations on an array of annoyances from slow bureaucracy to people who take hair dryers into the shower with them. 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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Trivia Night": The Creature Conservancy.

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May 7 & 14. Topics include unusual and humorous animal facts and feature live demos from an emu, sloth, and boa constrictor. Also, 7-7:30 p.m., guests can view an eagle, kangaroo, alligators, reindeer, and more. For age 21 & up only.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $20 or so in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Romeo & Juliet": U-M Theatre & Drama Department.

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Shakespeare in Detroit founder Sam White directs U-M theater students in a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., available through May 17 online at (search "School of Music, Theatre & Dance"). Free.


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: 3D Jazz Trio 3D Jazz Trio

Vintage & contemporary standards and originals by this swinging all- female ensemble from Cleveland. $80 includes dinner. 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. The late show is also available livestreamed; tickets ($10) & URL available at [venue info]


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