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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 24, 2022

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"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, or preregister to be reminded. Free. 764-2538.

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Cassandra Speaks: When Women are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This study group will be online. Join us for a lively discussion of the book "Cassandra Speaks: When Women Tell the Stories, the Human Story Changes" by Elizabeth Lesser. Part one explores the myths and stories that are in the DNA of our culture. Part two looks at women and power and redefines what it means to be courageous, daring, and strong. And part three offers "A Toolbox for Inner Strength."
Written in a fun and delightful way, Lesser points out many truths about how out of balance the United States is, and also believes in humanity's potential to rise to the challenges of our times. Women must be a big part of this. Instructors Bernadette Beach and Sigrid Hermon will meet Mondays beginning January 24 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.

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Understanding Grief": GrieveWell.

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GrieveWell staff lead a livestream discussion on grief and the effects it has on physical and emotional health.
For URL preregister at Free. 975-0238.

 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 or call 998-9353. [map]

 12:00 pm  Free! 

Museums and their Communities: Curatorial Practices in Germany and the US: University of Michigan Museum Studies Program.

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How do museums engage with local communities? This panel offers first-hand experience with different models of museum-based community practice. With its exhibit "Frankfurt Jetzt" (Frankfurt Now) & Stadtlabor (City Laboratory), Frankfurt's historical museum has turned to the city's residents as experts and invited them to participate in curatorial teams. The Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, D.C. takes community to heart and works to amplify "collective power for a more equitable future." The Toledo Art Museum probes a form of community engagement that aims to foster "a sense of belonging for all its audience." This international panel of distinguished museum curators and directors illuminates how specific forms of engagement work to strengthen museum-community bonds across racial, economic, and other social boundaries. What kind of challenges and opportunities are implied in these museum practices and how can municipalities help to sustain them?
online via Zoom. Free. 734-936-6678.

 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 or call 998-9353. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Fareed Zakaria's Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World ": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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We will read and discuss the title book in which Zakaria states "even with vaccines and therapies, a plague has a unique effect on the world economy....the most transformative event of our lifetimes...simultaneously affecting almost every human being on the planet."
This book deals with impacts on governance, politics, markets, inequality and social trends.
Gerry Lapidus has lead OLLI book discussions since 2005. Classes are informal and conversational. He leads the first discussion and requests volunteers to lead subsequent meetings while he serves as moderator. Please read Introduction and Lesson One (p. 1-29) for the first session.
This class meets on Tuesdays, from January 18 - May 31. 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. $35. (734) 998-9351.

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre: Turner Senior Wellness Center.

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2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 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. [map]

 6 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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This month's schedule includes games vs. Rutgers (Jan. 9, 2 p.m.), Wisconsin (Jan. 20, 7 p.m.), Purdue (Jan. 24, 6 p.m.), and Indiana (Jan. 31, 7 p.m.).
Crisler Center. Masks required. Tickets $6 and up at 764-0247. [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 Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 7343270270. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Oct. 11 & 25. Bruce Sagan leads a virtual acoustic jam session devoted to traditional music from Sweden and Norway. All instruments welcome, no experience necessary.
For URL email Free. (908) 721-2599.

 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]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Adrian Slywotzky conducts this music student ensemble in Puccini's Preludio Sinfonico, Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis, and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring Concerto Competition-winning pianist Aleksandra Kasman.
Hill Auditorium. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [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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