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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

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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]

 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.

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Centering Justice": Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.

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Livestream talk featuring 3 leaders of black, indigenous, and other people of color discussing what they understand it to mean to live in a just, equitable, and thriving society, while also giving examples of ways to get involved and take action in your community.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations accepted.

 Noon-1:20 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Image Is the Frame: Revolution, Aesthetics, and Gender in 21st Century Ukraine": U-M Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by U-M alum Jessica Zychowicz, the director of the U.S. Fulbright Program in Ukraine.
For URL preregister at Free., 764-0351.


"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]

 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Legacy: Honoring their Name": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This Study Group will be online. This short course will share a tool for organizing your genealogical data and allow you to begin a coherence that promotes the writing of a narrative on relatives. Barb will share her "Sleeping Stories" book of 7 female ancestors over 3 generations. We will also engage in other legacy projects, such as a photo book for family on treasured items such as plants and hand-made items which deserve their own photos and stories.
Barbara Cherum leads this course on Wednesday November 10 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed prior to the first class.
Online. Online. $10. 734-998-9351.

 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.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"First Ladies: Influence and Image": U-M Margaret Waterman Town Hall Lecture Series.

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Maryland-based TV & multimedia producer Andrew Och discusses his work, which includes extensive reporting on American first ladies for C-SPAN's 2013 docuseries.
For URL preregister at $100 for the 4-lecture series that also includes lectures in Nov., Apr., & May.

 1:30, 3, 5:30, 7, & 8:30 p.m. 

"A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call": A2SF & UMMA.

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On a simple phone call, you and another audience member - nameless strangers to one another - follow a carefully crafted set of directives. Throughout the journey, a portrait of each other emerges through fleeting moments of exposure and the simple sound of an unseen voice.
This presentation runs each evening from November 9 - 14, 2021, at various times. This experience is conducted entirely over the participant's phone.
Tickets are $10 for general audiences and $5 for students. Each part is a self-contained, complete artistic experience. It is not essential to do both parts or to participate in Part One before Part Two to enjoy the shows.
A Thousand Ways is a three-part performance in which you are the actor and you are the audience. Your words, actions, gestures, silence, thoughts, and willingness are the tools. You need no training. You are the expert. This presentation follows this past summer's successful July run.
Obie Award-winning theatermakers, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, know
Phone. $10 general audience | $5 for students.

 1:30, 3, 5:30, 7, & 8:30 p.m.  Online 

"A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call": 600 Highwaymen (Ann Arbor Summer Festival).

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Nov. 9-14. Reprise of the summer production of this virtual interactive performance art piece curated by NYC theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone-the duo behind the Obie-winning company 600 Highwaymen-in which 2 randomly chosen ticket holders speak on the phone and, guided by an automated voice, follow a scripted set of prompts. The questions start out silly ("Name the yellow-colored items around you") and grow progressively more intimate ("What's a detail you think someone wouldn't notice in a person they admired") with the aim of encouraging storytelling, triggering imagination, and nurturing empathy. After an hour of connecting, or not, the phone call finishes in the same fashion as the beginning: with an instruction to hang up. Suitable for ages 16 & up.
1:30, 3, 5:30, 7, & 8:30 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, & 7 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), for URL preregister at Tickets $10 (students, $5) online or by calling 764-2538. [map]

 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.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Disparities in Covid-19: Lessons and Next Steps": U-M Psychiatry Department Waggoner Lecture on Ethics and Values in Medicine.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Physician-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital Katrina Armstrong.
For URL preregister at Free. 647-8762.

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Mumbling Masses and Jumbling Beads: Finding Catholics in Early America": U-M History Department.

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Talk by U-M history professor Susan Juster. Livestream available at
Weiser Hall 10th fl., 500 Church. Free. Masks required. [map]

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Radicalization, Recruitment, and Domestic Terrorism: An Expert's Perspective": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Talk (via Zoom) by American University Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab director Cynthia Miller-Idriss.
For URL see Free. 764-3490.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Moving Wall": Concordia University.

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Opening ceremony of this half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. that's been touring the country for more than 30 years. Display is open Nov. 10-14, all day.
Concordia University, front of the Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes Rd. Free. 995-7521. [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.

 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Science of Mind Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of Science of Mind via Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270.

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Gun Safety Seminar & Cleaning Clinic: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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Open to TCSL members and guests. See details at (calendar).
Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Road, Saline. Free. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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The U-M also home games this month vs. Buffalo (Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.), Seton Hall (Nov. 16, 9 p.m.), and Tarleton State (Nov. 24, 7 p.m.).
Crisler Center. Tickets $20 at Masks required. 764-0247. [map]

 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 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]

 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

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All invited to read and discuss (via Zoom) poetry or short fiction. Have your original work ready to share, if you wish.
7-8:45 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email Free. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Environmental Justice and Federal Policy": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Brews & Views.

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U-M environment and sustainability professor Kyle Whyte, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (Oklahoma), discusses how to uplift and empower indigenous practices on the land.
For URL preregister at Free. 272-3634.

 7 p.m. 

"High Society": Fathom Events.

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(Charles Walters, 1956). Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Grace Kelly star in this musical comedy about a woman torn between 3 men on the eve of her wedding. Cole Porter score with a musical cameo by Louis Armstrong. 7 p.m. (Wed. at both theaters & Sun. Emagine only) & 3 p.m. (Sun. at both theaters).
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Pike on the Fly": Trout Unlimited Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Local sports & travel writer John Cleveland, who's also the marketing director for fishing lure manufacturer Eppinger-Dardevle, shares his adventures catching pike with a fly rod in Canada, as well as prime Alaskan destinations for fishing.
For URL see Free. 975-0234.

 7 p.m. 

"Sabina: Tortured for Christ, The Nazi Years": Fathom Events.

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(John Grooters, 2021). The true story of an ambitious atheist who became one of the most admired Christian women in Communist Romania.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Uninnocent": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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University of Vermont law professor Katharine Blake joins NYC writer and editor Arianna Rebolini to discuss her new book, an account of her cousin who, as a 16 year old, killed a young boy he didn't know. The book asks probing questions about justice, faith, inheritance, family, and mercy.
For URL see Free. 585-5567.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Choir: U-M School of Music.

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Brandon Johnson conducts this music student ensemble in works by Clara Schumann, Barber, and others.
Hill Auditorium. Free. Masks required. 764-0594. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Chicago Farmer & the Fieldnotes

Postpunk Americana by this ensemble led by Cody Diekhoff, a singer- songwriter from Illinois farm country who writes story songs in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and John Prine. Opener: Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local eclectic band the Ragbirds, who has also released a solo CD, Scenes from the Fragile, Agile Avian World. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Smallpools

All ages admitted. L.A. dance-pop quartet. Opener: Morgxn, a Nashville-bred, L.A.-based alt-pop singer- songwriter. $20-$23. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]


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