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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 17, 2022






 
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 All day. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Fri.-Sun.(except Jan. 1) & Jan. 17. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. The Sky Tonight (Fri.-Sun., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.; Jan 17, 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 & 2:15 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Fri.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.; Jan. 17, noon and 1:30 & 3 p.m.) explores the impact of an asteroid 66 million years ago, with footage from the first iridium layer found in Gubbio, Italy. Includes a brief star talk. Little Star that Could (Jan. 17, noon, 10:30 a.m.) tells the story of an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Suitable for all ages 3-8. Includes a brief star talk. Big Astronomy (Fri.-Sun., 1:30 p.m.) focuses on 3 of the world's largest observatories in Chile's rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert. Includes an abbreviated star talk.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]


 All day.  Free! 

"21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration": Chelsea One World One Family.

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Jan. 15-17. A weekend of community service activities geared towards individuals and families.
All weekend, various locations; for complete schedule and updates see facebook.com/OneWorldOneFamily or email OWOFChelsea@gmail.com. Free. 748-3564.


 All day.  Online 

"Sermon": Davóne Tines & The Philadelphia Orchestra (University Musical Society Digital Presentation).

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Jan. 14-24. Bass-baritone Tines, accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs this program that intersperses readings with 3 songs, all on social justice themes. The music is highlighted by "You Want the Truth, but You Don't Want to Know" from Anthony Davis's opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, a role Tines will perform at Michigan Opera Theatre in May. Also, "Vigil," a song dedicated to the memory of Breonna Taylor that Tines co-wrote with Igee Dieudonné, and "Shake the Heavens" from John Adams' Nativity oratorio El Niño. This free online presentation is in anticipation of the Philadelphia Orchestra's upcoming UMS concerts in March.
Anytime from Jan 14 until Jan. 24. For URL, go to ums.org/performance/digital-presentation-sermon-davone-tines-the-philadelphia-orchestra, or preregister to be reminded. Free. 764-2538.


 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This study group will be online. Recent advances in genetics, reproductive technologies, data analysis and artificial intelligence allow us to treat and cure hereditary disease and solve many biological problems.
This class is based on Jamie Metzl's book (same name) that describes an exhilarating but frightening future involving screening, altering and writing genetic code, which is driven by competition and parent's instinct to give their children every advantage.
The class will address the science, his predictions and alternative visions. Bryan McKersie leads this study group that meets Mondays beginning January 17 through February 7.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $30. 7349989351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 10 a.m.  Free! 

2022 Memorial Keynote Lecture: U-M MLK Symposium.

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Talk by Maria Hinojosa, an Emmy-winning journalist whose reporting focuses on underrepresented communities, and Atlanta talk radio personality Rashad Richey. For the full symposium schedule, see oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium.
Hill Auditorium. Free. 936-1055. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. 30 min. lesson (online and in-person) focusing on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Walking Off the Pounds.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Guided steps to walk in place. Online and in person (beginning Sept. 8).
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 12:30-2 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"We the People Speak: No Justice No Peace": EMU MLK Celebration.

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Howard University law professor Justin Hansford, the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center executive director, addresses the theme of "rising together for justice." Seating limited. Livestream available.
Student Center Grand Ballroom, 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti, emich.edu/mlk. For URL, contact emu_mlk@emich.edu. Free. [map]


 12:30-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"You Can Keep the Mule: Let's Explore Reparations Models": U-M Detroit Center.

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Virtual panel discussion with Spelman College sociology professor Cynthia Spence, Rutgers University urban education professor Tim Eatman, Concordia University music education professor Leigh Ann Garner, and Detroit community activist Lauren Hood. Moderated by U-M history professor Earl Lewis.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/32Zbhul. Free. dini@umich.edu.


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre: Turner Senior Wellness Center.

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2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Jan. 9, 17, & 22. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Bring water and wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Jan. 8: Leslie Woods Nature Area. Meet at the park entrance, north end of Upland Dr., north of Plymouth Rd. Jan. 17: Barton Nature Area MLK Day of Service. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr. Jan. 22: Kuebler Langford Nature Area. Meet at the park entrance on Beechwood Dr., north of Sunset Rd.
Various locations. Free, preregistration required at vhub.at/NAP. 794-6627.


 2-4 p.m.  Online 

"Monday Painters ": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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This study group will be online.Our study group not only studies, we actively use any art material available to us. The students are experienced painters as well as novices. We do our homework and see weekly videos pertaining to art and help each other navigate Zoom as well as the world of art. We also appreciate each other's work and the growth we see and talk about our common interests and goals.
Group leader Barbara Anderson is a retired special education teacher who used art to help teach children as they learned in different ways that made sense to them. Since retiring she has taken many classes and learned from expert teachers.
This class meets on Mondays, from January 17 - August 29. No classes on holidays.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $80. (734) 998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 2-4 p.m.  Online 

"Shakespeare in a Comic Vein": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This study group will be online. We'll examine some of the sources of Shakespeare's comedy, both verbal and physical, as we read together and analyze "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Twelfth Night". Online viewing of the plays, as available, is recommended.
Instructor Marilyn Scott will lead this study group which will meet for five weeks on Mondays from January 17 through February 21.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $40. 7349989351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Honoring the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: MLK and The Lighthouse Effect": U-M Library.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Walgreens chief diversity officer Steve Pemberton, a motivational speaker and author of the memoir A Chance in the World.
For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/event/89346. Free. 936-2314.


 2-4 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"MLK, Militarism, and the Future": U-M Veterans and Military Service Office.

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Panel discussion with local Veterans for Peace members.
Michigan League Hussey room. Livestream available at VFP93.org. Free. Masks required. 662-0818. [map]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Circle of Unity": U-M Michigan Community Scholars Program.

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All invited to listen to or join a program of impromptu song, dance, and spoken word performances inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Also, performances by local singer-songwriter Joe Reilly, Detroit singer-guitarist Julie Beutel, and others.
U-M Diag. Free. 647-4860.


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Area Scrabble Club.

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Every Mon. All invited to play the classic word game, using the 5th edition Scrabble dictionary. Bring your own set, if you like.
Arbor Brewing Company Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Free. burrbarr7@hotmail.com. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]


 6:45 p.m.  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 via Zoom or in person. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Meeting: Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities and interests are invited to work on their own stitching projects and socialize.
West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. 7th St. Free to visitors ($52 annual dues). 335-0019. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Constructive White Conversation": Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.

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Monthly online drop-in discussion for white people to talk about unconscious racism.
For URL, see icpj.org/blog/events-calendar/. Free. surjwashcalendar@gmail.com.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Lichens and the Conservation of Granite Bedrock Glades": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Biophilia Nature biological consulting firm co-owner Ryne Rutherford, a Michigan Tech grad student, discusses lichens, a conglomerate organism composed of fungi and a photosynthetic partner.
For online URL email khaw@comcast.net. Free. 718-6114.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Recent Pushcart Recipients": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Conversation (via Zoom) with recent winners of this long-running prize from one of the last surviving small-press literary co-ops. Featuring UP writer Ron Riekki, and poets Kurt Luchs, Khaled Mattawa, and David Baker.
For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-01. Free. 585-5567.


 8-9:30 p.m. or so.  Free! 

Comedy Open Mic: The Blind Pig.

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Every Mon. Performances by up to 15 aspiring stand-up comics from around the state. Local comics emcee. To perform, sign up by sending a message on Facebook or Instagram (search "Blind Pig Comedy Show"). Age 21 & up only.
Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. Free. 996-8555. [map]



 
 
 

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Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 14-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest college student ensemble. [venue info]

 
 


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