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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 20, 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  Free!  Online 

"Don Pasquale": U-M Voice Department/University Symphony Orchestra.

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U-M opera lecturer Abbigail Coté directs musical theater students in a modern adaptation of Donizetti's 1842 boisterous comic opera about the miserly Don Pasquale and his nephew, Ernesto, vying for a crafty young woman. A small chamber orchestra conducted by U-M voice professor Kirk Severtson accompanies. Prerecorded in the Power Center over two successive nights, each featuring a different cast. Both casts' performances will be available to view simultaneously.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., available through May 21 online at YouTube.com (search "School of Music, Theatre & Dance"). Free.


 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Playfest": U-M Voice Department/University Symphony Orchestra.

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U-M theater professor José Casas's playwriting students direct fellow students in their original works.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., available through May 26 online at YouTube.com (search "School of Music, Theatre & Dance"). Free.


 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.


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free); preregistration required at hshv.org/event-calendar. 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-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.


 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Instagram Live: Miss Kim Ann Arbor.

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Every Mon. Miss Kim chef-owner Ji Hye Kim discusses topics related to cooking with guests TBA.
Online at instagram.com/misskimannarbor. Free. 275-0099.


 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


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ikebana International.

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May 18 & 20 (tentative dates) . Video demonstration of this Japanese style of flower arranging led by an ikebana instructor. Followed by group discussion. Also, participants show their own flower arrangement based on the concepts demonstrated in last month's video.
For URL email a2ikebana@gmail.com. Free.


 3-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Craft Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Bring a project to work on and socialize.
For URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. Free.


 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 (via Zoom), followed by a brief Q&A.

The Solar System (Aug. 5 & 19) is an exploration of our solar system's history culminating in the current night sky.The Sky Tonight (Aug. 12 & 26) 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.  Free!  Online 

"Laughter at the Happy Hour: Spring Fever": Kerrytown Concert House Live @ The 415.

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Cabaret songs and stories livestreamed from KCH with local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis and actor David Moan. The program includes songs by John Mulaney, Tom Lehrer, Cole Porter, Flight of the Concords, and more.
Online at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Free, but 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.


 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Preventing Cambodia's Ggenocidal Past from Becoming Afghanistan's Future": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Talk by U-M public policy professor John D. Ciorciari.
7-8 p.m., for URL see fordschool.umich.edu/event/2021/preventing-cambodias-genocidal-past-becoming-afghanistans-future. Free. fspp-events@umich.edu.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Comhaltas.

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Canceled in June & July 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.  Online 

"Annie Jr.": Huron High School Players.

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May 20-23. Claire Federhofer directs students in a prerecorded production of Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan's upbeat Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in Depression-era New York, the plot follows the adventures of the plucky Annie and her faithful sidekick pup Sandy as they escape an orphanage run by the despicable Miss Hannigan and eventually find a home with the millionaire Daddy Warbucks, rubbing elbows with FDR along the way. Songs include "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," "It's the Hard Knock Life," and "Easy Street." Cast: Marisa Redding, Maya Liu, Lily Pinksy, Katie Temple, Eva Reed, Alex Haris, Stevie Dumitrascu, Maddie Tai, Takima Banks, Giselle Gomez, and Maxine Wilkins.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), for URL and tickets ($8; for students, staff, and AAPS families, $6) see ShowTix4u.com. federhoferc@aaps.k12.mi.us.


 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"How Acupuncture Keeps Pets Healthy and Happy": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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HSHV veterinary Jennifer Wells discusses how pet acupuncture works and what conditions it is appropriate to treat. Q&A.
For URL see hshv.org/events. Free. 661-3575.


 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! 

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

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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://citizensclimate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrfuiqrT0jG9adZtCtAtbOpwx5yWyQ6OXn
Zoom virtual platform. Free. annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blue LLama: Brad Billmaier Trio

A mix of everything from jazz and jazz fusion to blues and funk by this Toledo-based ensemble led by drummer Billmaier. With saxophonist Peter Formanek, pianist Jordan Anderson, and bassist Aidan Cafferty. $10. 7-10 p.,. [venue info]

 
 


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