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Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 18, 2021

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 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.  Free!  Online 

"Dalcroze Workshop": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Livestream lecture-demo on this method of learning music through movement by Jeremy Dittus, director and founder of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies (Colorado).
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 10-11:30 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.

 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]

 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-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Healing with Intention": U-M Medical School Program on Health, Spirituality, and Religion.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Henry Ford Hospital pulmonary hypertension program director Rana Awdish.
For URL see Free.

 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]

 1 p.m. or so.  Free! 

"Looking for Women in History": Daughters of the American Revolution.

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U-M Clements Library manuscripts curator Jayne Ptolemy displays and discusses archival works highlighting how women have historically engaged in politics in their everyday lives.
Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free, but preregistration required by emailing Masks required. [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.

 4:15-5:45 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"The Human Right to a Healthy Environment": U-M Donia Human Rights Center.

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Panel discussion with Wake Forest University international law professor John Knox and U-M public policy professor Jennifer Haverkamp. Also available via Zoom; preregister at
Weiser Hall rm. 110, 500 Church. Free. Masks required.

 5-6:30 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Imagined Landscapes and Crafted Worlds: Spacetime and Natureculture in Medieval Armenia": U-M Center for Armenian Studies.

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Talk by Birkbeck University of London history professor Kate Franklin on the culture of the Silk Road. Livestream available; preregister at
1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 763-0622. [map]

 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]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Artist's Books Among the Shelves": U-M Library.

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U-M Library curator Juli McLoone leads a livestream walk through the library's Special Collections Research Center to look for various artists' books including Emily Martin's three-dimensional Shakespeare adaptations.
For URL see Free. 763-8994.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Borealis": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Essayist Aisha Sabatini Sloan, a U-M creative writing professor, discusses (via Zoom) her new book, a log of her travels in Alaska with observations of everything from glaciers, mountains, and bald eagles to queer relationships, political anxiety, and the meaning of Blackness in open space. Borealis is the first book commissioned for the Spatial Species, a Coffee House Press (Minneapolis) series of pocket-sized essays focusing on off-the-beaten-path places.
For URL see Free. 585-5567.

 7 p.m. 

"Castle in the Sky": Fathom Events.

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(Hayao Miyazaki, 1986). Dubbed (Nov. 14 & 18) and subtitled (Nov. 15) Japanese anime about 2 children in a race with pirates to find a magical castle. Ann Arbor 20 only. 3 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Mon. & Thurs.)
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.

 7:30 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 p.m. 

Comedy Jamm: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at (recommended) and at the door. 996-9080. [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]

 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

"Cross-Country Kick Off": Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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The chance to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings, and other social activities. Followed by dancing to music spun by a DJ. Must be 21 or older.
UA Local 190 Hall, 7920 Jackson Rd. $5 (members, free). [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Zero Grasses": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Jen Shyu (see 16 Tuesday) presents her new monodrama that weaves together music, monologue, and video production to explore painful past experiences involving expectation, ambition, longing, and love. The work features original music, as well as traditional music from Taiwan, Tetum of East Timor, Korea, Japan, and Indonesia, played on such ranging instruments as the moon lute, gayageum, piano, electronic boards, and more.
Keene Theater, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. Masks required. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Crush Depth": U-M Dance Department BFA Concert.

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Nov. 18-20. New solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance seniors Zach Morris, Daniel Niewoit, and Jenna Segal.
U-M Dance Building, 1000 Baits Dr (adjacent to the Moore Music Building). Tickets $10 at the door (cash or check only).,

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Homeward": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Livestream conversation with Ghana ian-British archi tect Sir David Adjaye and Princeton University African studies professor Chika Okeke-Agulu on the problematic practice of West ern muse ums' ownership of African art col lected dur ing the colonial era and how to return those works to their native cultures.
For URL see Free.


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Joe Jencks

This Chicago singer-songwriter has garnered encomia from, among others, Pete Seeger, who called him "a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions." He was one-third of the longtime all-male vocal harmony trio Brother Sun. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Ohgeesy

All ages admitted. The stage name of Alejandro Coranza, a raspy-voiced L.A. hip-hop rapper known for his fluent, infectiously melodic songs. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Redwood

The stage name of jazz singer Sequoia Snyder, an MSU jazz studies senior from Washington, D.C., whose adventurous original music draws on a wide array of influences from funk, soul, gospel, and R&B to hip-hop and pop. [venue info]

Live: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]


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