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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

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 All day (while supplies last)  Free! 

"Immortals Invasion": Immortals x Riot Games League of Legends Wild Rift.

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November 1 through November 4, Immortals will host "Immortals Invasion," an esports takeover in Ann Arbor for the student community. In partnership with AAA publisher Riot Games, students can participate in community-driven FREE events at popular spots near campus, such as Garage Bar and Good Time Charley's.
Monday November 1st:
Pinball Pete's - (1214 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) - 12:00 - 2:00 pm (First 2 hours)
Tuesday November 2nd:
Good Time Charley's - (1140 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) - 5:00 - 7:00 pm ($0.50 tacos)
Wednesday November 3rd:
Ashley's - (338 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) - 20% whole day
Quickly Boba Cafe - (1220 S University Ave #100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) - First 200 drinks are FREE
Joe's Pizza - (1107 S University Ave Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) - Free Pizza
Pinball Pete's, Good Time Charley's, Ashley's, Quickly Boba Cafe, Joe's Pizza. Free.

 All Day. 

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán: University Musical Society Digital School Day Presentation.

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Nov. 1-12. Renowned modern mariachi band with a history that dates back to the 1890s. Its repertoire blends traditional mariachi music with new, innovative pieces that engage audiences, often eliciting spontaneous gritos (sing-alongs). Prerecorded live from Tequila in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Recommended for kids in grades K-12 and their families.
For URL preregister at Free. 764-2538.

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Reinhart Annual Coat Drive: Reinhart Charitable Foundation.

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Reinhart Realtors has teamed up with our agents and the people of Washtenaw County to collect winter coat donations throughout the month of November.
From November 1st through November 30th, you can bring new and gently used coats to any of our Charles Reinhart Sales Offices to donate. Reinhart Office hours are 9am-5pm.
Any Charles Reinhart Sales Office, Any Charles Reinhart Sales Office. Free. Donation.

 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Free! 

Reinhart Charitable Foundation Shoe Drive: Reinhart Charitable Foundation (RCF).

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The Reinhart Charitable Foundation is honoring life through shoe at a time!
The Reinhart Charitable Foundation is having a Shoe Drive. Do you have too many shoes (you know who you are)?
Throughout the month of November, we are accepting new or gently used sneakers and shoes. We will take men, women and children's shoes, all sizes. Unfortunately, we cannot accept shoes with holes, broken heels, athletic cleats, or single shoes.
Drop boxes for shoe collection will be located at all Reinhart Offices & the Gift of Life Office located at 3861 Research Park Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
Any Charles Reinhart Co. Realtor Office. Free. Donation. Maria (734) 845-6122 or Laurie (734) 658-7158.

 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Mind Matters": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven leads various mental exercises(via Zoom) from Nancy Linde's 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Masks required. For more information email or call 794-6250. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Guided Fall Color & Sandhill Crane Tour": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Oct. 10-Nov. 24. Maps for fall color routes and crane viewing areas are available at the Discovery Center desk. Also, on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. Free; Michigan recreation passport ($17 at the gate) required. 475-3170. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. An AADL staffer reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Wednesday Morning Dirt Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride of 20 miles or less.
Meet at Trinity Church parking lot, 10101 Ann Arbor Rd. Free. (412) 302-9960. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

​​"Climate Change and What it Means for the Great Lakes": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Talk by U-M environmental education professor Jonathan Overpeck. Lunch.
City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $30 (members, $25); preregistration required. 662-3279. [map]

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Native American Heritage Month: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 1-30. AADL staffers read quotes, recommend books, highlight local artists, and more to celebrate the lives of Native Americans.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


"Dune": Michigan Theater.

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Denis Villeneuve's latest sci-fi epic about a young man destined to ensure the future of his people.
Michigan Theater, 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. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. For updated schedule, see [map]


"Last Night in Soho": State Theater.

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Edgar Wright directs this 2021 dark drama about an aspiring young fashion designer who's life turns upside down when she starts to have compelling dreams at night about a dazzling singer from the 60s.
State Theater. 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. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. For updated schedule, see


"The French Dispatch": Michigan Theater.

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Nov. 1-16 Wes Anderson directs this anthology film depicting the goings on at a fictional weekly magazine.
Michigan Theater, 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. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. For updated schedule, see [map]

 1-1:50 p.m.  Free! 

"Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know": U-M Center for Positive Organizations Positive Links Speaker Series.

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Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there's another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In our daily lives, too many of us favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. We surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions, when we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process. The result is that our beliefs get brittle long before our bones.
Join us for a virtual fireside chat with Adam Grant, Wharton's top-rated professor and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take. He'll share his bold ideas and rigorous evidence from his new book, Think Again, that reveals we don't have to believe everything we think or internalize everyth
Virtual. Free.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wednesday if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Wed. Group conversation about aging, generations, and related topics, facilitated by local playwright and oral historian Hank Greenspan, a retired U-M psychology professor.
Register online at Free. 734-998-9351.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know": U-M Center for Positive Organizations.

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University of Pennsylvania Wharton School business professor Adam Grant discusses (via Zoom) his new book about why we don't have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel.
For URL preregister at Free.

 2-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Public Health and Pandemics": U-M Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies.

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Every Wed. Oct. 6-Nov. 17. Virtual series of talks by scholars of Arab history, international development, public health, and psychology. Nov. 3: Zayed University (UAE) psychology professor Justin Thomas on "Panic, Pestilence and Religious Coping," and director of Center for Cumulative Trauma Studies (Stone, GA) Ibrahim A. Kira on "Public Health and Pandemics across the MENA: A Psychological Perspective on Arab Countries." Nov. 10: Arizona State human evolution post-doctoral fellow Sarah Trainer on "Weight and Body Image in the Middle East: Perspectives from 2021," and Hashemite University (Jordan) clinical nutrition professor Huda Al Houranion on "Obesity in Schoolchildren and Its Link to Chronic Diseases." Nov. 17: American University of Beirut (Lebanon) epidemiology professor Lilian Ghandour on "Alcohol Harm Reduction in Lebanon: The Context, The Industry and the Young Consumer," and UK independent researcher Peter Wolton on "The Role of Islam in Public Health Policy on Smoking Cessation."
For URL preregister at Free.

 3-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sex, Identity, Aesthetics: The Work of Tobin Siebers and Disability Studies": U-M English Department.

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Virtual panel discussion on the work of the late U-M disability studies professor with U-M English professor Joshua Kupetz, Cal State-Long Beach comparative literature professor Crystal Yin Lie, and Indiana University gender studies professor Cynthia Wu.
For URL see Free.

 4-5:30 p.m. 

U-M Distinguished University Professorship Lecture.

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Three U-M professors discuss their career highlights: John Ayanian (internal medicine & healthcare policy) on "The Quest for Health and Equity," Earl Lewis (history & Afroamerican and African studies) on "How Questions of Power, Race, and Identity Shaped a Career," and Janet Smith (biological chemistry and biophysics) on "A Path to Discovering Biology in Protein Structure."
Michigan League ballroom, 911 North University. Free. Masks required. [map]

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). 548-9729. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wee-bots Free Virtual Drop-in Creative Writing Program": 826michigan.

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Every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm
October 6 - December 15, 2021 (Program resumes in Winter 2022)
A weekly story time program for early writers ages 5-10-join us on Zoom whenever you can make it! Each week we read a story together and practice one aspect of the author's work in our own writing, ending with an opportunity to share. This is a drop-in program; come when you can!
Register here:
826michigan inspires school-aged students to write with skill and confidence in collaboration with adult volunteers in their communities.
Virtual. Free. Online.

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Riding the Currents of the Wilding Wind: From Sharp Shooters to Earthmovers, Roaming Dogs, Helicopters in the Sky, Quarantines, and Men That Fly": U-M Latina/o Studies.

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Texan Virginia Grise, a Yale Drama Award-winning playwright, discusses the process of collaborating with inmates at a women's security in Arizona and others to adapt for the stage Helena María Viramontes' novel Their Dogs Came with Them, a story about the destruction and displacement of a Mexican-American community when 6 intersecting freeways are built right through the heart of the neighborhood.
Haven Hall rm. 3512, 505 S. State. Free. Masks required.

 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome.
For URL join Free. 926-8863.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Meditation and Discussion: Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Every Wed. All invited for a silent group meditation with a focus on breathing, followed by a discussion on Dharma led by KTC resident Lama Nancy Burks.
KTC, 614 Miner St. (enter through the back door). Free. 678-7549, [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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The chance to see club trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7-9 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. Masks required. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Yin/Restorative Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Reconnect with yourself-mind, body, and spirit! This slower paced style of yoga is a good compliment to our fast-paced lifestyles. Passive asanas (postures) are held for long periods of time, sometimes up to 3-5 minutes, allowing the deep connective tissue to stretch, the fascia to release, and an increase circulation in the joints. Learn to listen to your body and breath, how subtle movements can change the asana completely, and how to find peace in that which brings you discomfort.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door.
Your first class is free. Otherwise, drop-in for $15 or use a class package. Register on Mindbody or
(The studio is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.). Email if you have any questions.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]

 7 p.m. 

"NEEDTOBREATHE: Into the Mystery": Fathom Events.

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(Chris Phelps, 2021). Documentary chronicling the recording of the Christian rock band's latest album while they were quarantined in a historic house-turned-studio.
Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Safe, Equitable Travel in the U.S.: Ideas on How to Talk and Organize Our Way There": Washtenaw Bicycling & Walking Coalition Annual Meeting.

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University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center associate Seth LaJeunesse discusses ongoing research into how to shift the public rhetoric surrounding alternative road-users to generate more widespread interest in roadway safety.
For URL email Free.


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Hot Club of Cowtown and Davina & the Vagabonds

Double bill. The Hot Club is an Austin-based acoustic trio-- guitarist Whit Smith, violinist Elana James, and upright bassist Jake Erwin-- that plays an eclectic mix of 1920s jazz standards, western swing tunes, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, originals, and offbeat covers The Vagabonds is a Minneapolis Americana quintet fronted by the high- powered vocals of singer-songwriter Davina Sowers that plays a brand of high-energy horn-based blues. $35. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Lunar Octet

Reunion of this popular local 1980s & 1990s instrumental ensemble that plays original music featuring delicious jazz harmonies and melodies set to a variety of rhythms, including salsas & sambas, African high-life, jump tunes, and big band swing. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Keller/Kocher Quartet.

Straight-ahead jazz by this top-notch local ensemble led by vibes player Kocher and bassist Keller. With guest vocalist Sarah D'Angelo. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]


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