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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 11, 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 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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Chinese Mah Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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

 10-11 a.m. 

"Preschool Hike: Crow Made a Friend": WCPARC.

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Kids ages 2 & up, accompanied by a caregiver, invited learn about the fascinating lives of wild crows and go on a hike to gather materials to make a friend for Crow.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Space limited; preregistration required at Social distancing & face coverings required. Info: [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]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Veterans Day Ceremony: Concordia University.

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A memorial service with a flyover (11 a.m.) of a combat helicopter used in the Vietnam War. Also, the chance to ride in the helicopter after the ceremony. In case of inclement weather, indoor location at the Holy Trinity Chapel.
Concordia University, front of the Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes Rd. Free. 995-7521. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Veterans/Armistice Day Arlington Michigan Display: Veterans For Peace Chapter 93.

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11am until dusk, Veterans Park, Maple and Jackson Roads, Ann Arbor. Veterans/Armistice Day memorial display of one marker for every Michigan soldier lost in the Iraq and Afghan wars (230 markers). The purpose of this display is to honor those who have fallen, to provide a place to grieve, and to educate the public about the costs of war, as well as the needs of those returning from conflicts. Peace ceremony at 11am.
Display is at the far southwest corner of Veterans Park with parking at the Veterans Memorial Ice Arena parking lot (2150 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103). Sponsored by Veterans For Peace Chapter 93. Free. Details:, or call (734) 487-9058. For more on Veterans/Armistice Day visit For the history of Veterans/Armistice Day visit
Veterans Park, 2150 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-218-3307. [map]

 11 a.m.-dusk.  Free! 

"Arlington Michigan Display": Veterans for Peace.

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A peace ceremony with display of a cross for each of the 230 Michigan soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Southwest corner of Veterans Park, 2150 Jackson Rd. Free., 218-3307. [map]

 11 a.m.  Online 

"Our Changing Economics Landscape: Wealth Redistribution, Innovations, and Sustainability": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 25), Nov. 4-Dec. 16. Series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) on a variety of economic topics. Nov. 4: U-M economics professor Jim Adams on "Whither Capitalism?" Nov. 11 (11 a.m.): NYU business professor Robert Seamans on "The Economic Impact of Harnessing Artificial Intelligence." Nov. 18: Corporate tax consultant Reuven Avi-Yonah on "Tax Policy and Wealth Inequality in the US: Trends and Remedies." Dec. 2: U-M economics professor Dean Yang on "The Economics of Migration." Dec. 9: U-M finance professor Bob Dittmar on "Cryptocurrency: Economic and Environmental Impacts and U.S. Policy." Dec. 16: University of Chicago history professor Gabriel Winant on "How American Health Care Became So Chaotic."
10-11:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted), for URL preregister at $60 for the 6-lecture series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 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.

 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Thursday Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 25), Sept. 9-Dec. 9. Talks (via zoom) by national and global scholars. Nov. 4: American University anthropology professor C. Anne Claus on "Drawing the Sea Near: Satoumi and Coral Reef Conservation in Okinawa." Nov. 11: Paris University East Asian languages & civilizations professor Cécile Sakai on "Japanese Contemporary Literature: Perspectives and Aporia in the Global 21st Century." Nov. 18: University of Texas history professor Adam Clulow on "The Massacre and the Conspiracy: Locating the Japanese Diaspora in Seventeenth Century Southeast Asia."
For URL preregister at Free., 764-6307.

 Noon.  Online 

"Lunch Bunch.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Informal virtual meeting following the Thursday Morning Lecture (see Nov. 4, 11 & 18) to share impressions and ask questions.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see or call 998-9351.


"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]

 1:00p.m.  Free! 

"Pricing Your Art Workshop": Washtenaw Community College.

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Trying to sell your art, but not sure how to price accurately? WCC's Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences Division and the Entrepreneurship Center are hosting a workshop to help you learn how.
Join us virtually to learn the basics of how to evaluate and price your work with three professional artists! In this interactive workshop you will assess pieces of work with the artists, WCC arts faculty, staff and students.
How to register:
Please register by clicking the link below. A Zoom link for the event will be sent to your registered email address.
Zoom. Free.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Motor City Green: A Century of Landscapes and Environmentalism in Detroit": Mature Ministries: First Presbyterian Church.

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U-M Rackham Graduate School public scholarship manager Joseph Cialdella discusses his recent book. Preceded at noon by lunch.
Meet at the First Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. Masks & vaccines required. 662-4466. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m  Free!  Online 

"Wise Guys: Conversations for Men.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 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]

 4-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Magic and its Malcontents: Historiography as Heresiology": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Virginia Tech early Christianity professor Shaily Shashikant Patel.
For URL preregister at Free. 763-9047.

 5-5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 4 & 11. Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What book didn't live up to the hype?" or "What's your favorite classic?"
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Andrea Lee: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Talk by this former New Yorker staff writer whose novels deal with themes of expatriate life, clashing cultures, and nuances of identity, particularly among Black Americans. Her most recent book, Red Island House, explores the African island of Madagascar seen through the eyes of a Black American heroine. Livestream available at
UMMA Stern Auditorium. Free. Masks required.

 5:30-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. Game materials provided.
5:30-9 p.m. (Sun.) & 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Bill's Beer Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free, but donations welcome.

 7 p.m.  Free! 


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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.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. Masks and vaccinations required. [map]

 7 p.m. or so 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular outdoor weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Sporcle Live Trivia: Bløm Meadworks.

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Sept. 16, 23, & 30. Prizes. Proof of vaccination to sit indoors; outdoor seating available.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 548-9729. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Veterans Day Concert: Concordia University.

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U.S. Army Band trumpeter Chuck Seipp and Arlington National Cemetery organist Randall Sheets perform a tribute to Veterans that includes classical, virtuoso, and lyrical works.
Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7537. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a virtual sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 7:30 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Thurs. Members, and interested nonmembers, read and discuss poems on various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Snacks & socializing.
Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. 213-2200. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Always … Patsy Cline": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 11-28 (except Nov. 25). Local actors perform Ted Swindley's musical based on the relationship between the famous country singer and a Houston housewife who was one of her biggest fans. The story, drawn largely from letters written between the two women, is interspersed with many of Cline's hits, including "Crazy," "Anytime," "Walkin' After Midnight," "She's Got You," and "Sweet Dreams."
7:30-9:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat. & Nov. 28) & 2-4 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St, Dexter. Tickets $40-$48 in advance at 268-6200. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Men on Boats": U-M Theatre Department.

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Nov. 11-14. Emily Lyon directs an all-female cast in Jaclyn Backhaus' satirical 2015 drama about John Wesley Powell's 1869 expedition down the Colorado river, a play that one Time Out New York critic calls a "thrilling, gender-flipped slice of manifest destiny."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Arthur Miller Theater, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 (students, $13) in advance at Masks required. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Online 

Amor Towles: Literati Bookstore.

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This New York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow joins award-winning nonfiction writer Erik Larson to discuss his hotly anticipated 3rd novel The Lincoln Highway, a richly imagined character-driven coming-of-age story about a Nebraska teen who spends 10 days traveling to New York in a car full of colorful convicts.
For URL preregister at $33, includes a copy of the book. 585-5567.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"On Mourning and Representation": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Livestream talk by LA-based mixedmedia artist Shizu Saldamando (see 2 Tuesday listing).
For URL see Free.

 8 p.m. 

"Rocky IV": Fathom Events.

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(Sylvester Stallone, 1985). An American prizefighter is out for revenge against a scientifically-enhanced Soviet played by Dolph Lundgren.
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.


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Sonny Landreth

Veteran singer-songwriter and slide guitar virtuoso from Louisiana whom Eric Clapton calls "the most underestimated musician on the planet." The first white member of the late zydeco king Clifton Chenier's Red Hot Louisiana Band, Landreth has played with everyone from John Hiatt and Jimmie Dale Gilmore to John Mayall and Junior Wells. His songs--whose music blends Cajun, swamp rock, and Mississippi roadhouse blues and whose lyrical sensibility draws inspiration equally from William Faulkner and Robert Johnson-- are rooted in a feeling for the sights, sounds, and flavors of life in southwest Louisiana. $30. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Slackers

All ages admitted. Ska and rocksteady by this popular New York City band that fleshes out its sound with everything from the traditional horns to pedal steel guitar and violin. "The Slackers are perhaps the best and the brightest of American ska to date; they reinvent their sound with each album, keeping the music fresh, alive, and relevant," says AllMusic reviewer Margaret Crandall. $18- $20. [venue info]

Blue LLama: The Robert Hurst Blaxination

Jazz ensemble led by U-M jazz bass professor Hurst. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Glen Leven Band.

Local quartet whose eclectic repertoire ranges from traditional Irish music to rockabilly, bluegrass, novelty songs, and roots-rock originals. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band featuring vocalist Sheila Rhodes. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]


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