Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of July 27th | Arts & Culture

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Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of July 27th

Attend at home: Events + Exhibitions for the week of July 27th

Ann Arbor Pride is going virtual on August 1st.

Museums, galleries, and performance venues remained closed at the University of Michigan this week due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, there are plenty of online events, exhibitions, performances, and films that you can experience from home in the meantime. Here are recommended ways to virtually engage with U-M’s cultural community this week.

RC Summer Panel Series: Restorative Justice in Practice

Join U-M’s Residential College for a teach-in on Restorative Justice in practice and interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. The event features three presenters:  Amy Navvab, who is a restorative justice educator, Daniel Jones, who is the Project Coordinator for the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration (MI-CEMI), and   Becca Pickus, a lecturer in the RC Social Theory and Practice Program. 

When: Wednesday, July 29 from 2–3:30 p.m. ET


Studio Visit and Conversation with Artist Xu Weixin

Based in Beijing and New York, artist Xu Weixin is known for his stunning, large-size portraits of Chinese people who lived during the Cultural Revolution. In 2016, the series and portraits of contemporary miners were presented with great acclaim at the U-M  Museum of Art. In this webinar, he will invite viewers into his studio in New York, and talk about his paintings in progress, some of which are directly concerned with the COVID-19 pandemic. To understand a larger context, two panelists will talk about Xu Weixin’s work in relation to Chinese contemporary society and artistic practice, followed by conversations with the artist. This webinar will illuminate art and artists’ roles during the global health crisis and the rise of anti-Chinese and anti-Asian sentiment in the U.S.

When: Wednesday, July 29 from 6–7 p.m. ET



Webinar: Policing and Protest in 2020

The killing of George Floyd, as well as many recent killings of Black people by police, has focused attention like never before on the systemic anti-Black racism of the legal system in the United States. A panel of experts, scholars at the U-M, will help explore the reach of the carceral state in society as well as the challenges and opportunities that have been thrown up by contemporary protests.

When: Tuesday, July 28 at 4 p.m. ET



Big Hearted Stories: Experiences of Aging

Big Hearts for Seniors at Michigan Medicine presents Big Hearted Stories: Experiences of Aging. This engaging program will provide a platform for older, talented storytellers to share their powerful life experiences. Big Hearts for Seniors was formed to support critical services for aging community members. This collaborative is comprised of five community non-profit programs serving older adults: Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Silver Club Memory Programs, and the Turner Senior Wellness Program. These programs help seniors access home-delivered meals, sustainable housing options, support to remain independent, learning in retirement opportunities, relief from social isolation, and programs for those with dementia.

When: Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m.



Ann Arbor Pride: A Virtual Celebration

This year, Ann Arbor Pride is going virtual. Your favorite Ann Arbor Pride activities won’t be in your backyard but will be right at your finger-tips. This year’s Pride will consist of all local artists, local drag performers, local bands, and local sponsors. Be on the lookout for an upcoming schedule. 

When: Saturday, August 1 


Recurring Series Events

Summer Carillon Series: Jenna Moon

Jenna Moon, a DMA candidate in Sacred Music at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, performs a recital on the 53-bell Charles Baird Carillon on the theme of healing from collective grief. Her program will feature “Healing Bells” by Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, plus selections from Ruiter-Feenstra’s forthcoming book, “Global Rings,” co-created with U-M carillon students.

When: Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m.

Where: Burton Memorial Tower


Next up: Julianne Vanden Wyngaard (8/3)

SMTD EXCEL’S VIRTUAL VISIONARIES SERIES: Portfolio Careers, Then and Now with Bill Kalinkos and Katherine Banks

Virtual Visionaries, held by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s Excel program, is a 10-week series through early August which brings together professionals across the performing arts for weekly virtual discussions on Zoom. SMTD has selected a diverse group of leaders at various stages of their careers to engage in open conversations related to an arts career. This week, the session features two artists, Bill Kalinkos and Katherine Banks, who will discuss the challenges and adaptations they’ve had to make in light of recent disruption. Bill Kalinkos enjoys a diverse musical career as a member of critically acclaimed groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Deviant Septet, Eco Ensemble, and Splinter Reeds. Katherine Banks is a Midwest based actor and educator. Last season, she reprised her role as Joanne in Mindhunter (Netflix), directed by David Fincher. 

When: Each week until August 6, this week Wednesday, July 29, 3–4 p.m. ET


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Next up: Engaging Communities with Leah Claiborne and Sydnie Mosley (8/6)

University of Michigan Press Author Live Talks

Running throughout the summer, the University of Michigan Press hosts weekly conversations with prominent scholars in political science, classical studies, history, musicology, and more under the Author Live Talk Series banner. Audiences will be treated to compelling stories on topics including history’s enduring lies, the migration of music across time and place, and the satire of Roman epic poet Lucretius. This week, author Kyle Barnett examines how the dramatic technological and cultural changes of the 1920s and ’30s shaped the rise of jazz, blues, and country music as small, regional record labels took risks on local styles.

When: Weekly through August, this week Thursday, July 30 at 11 a.m. ET


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Next up: Framing in Gun Policy: Melissa K. Merry on America’s Warped Narratives (7/13)


Join the U-M William L. Clements Library staff, fellows, and supporters in a discussion about the books they are reading. Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, they invite you to pull up a chair at their virtual table. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy a snack while you watch commentators in a live feed. This week, three panelists will discuss literature and public life in the 19th century. 

When: Fridays at 10 a.m. ET, this Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. ET


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Next up: TBD (8/7)

PENNY STAMPS SPEAKER SERIES + DETROIT PUBLIC TELEVISION PRESENT Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, John de Lancie, and Len Niehoff

Keeping the community curious, engaged, and connected, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series is teaming up with Detroit Public Television to stream select Penny Stamps Speaker Series talks from the archive on Fridays at 8 p.m. This Friday, tune in at for a presentation by Chief Justice Bridget McCormack, John de Lancie, and Len Niehoff. 

When: Fridays at 8 p.m. ET, This Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m.


Next up: TBD