Mar. 25-30. The oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in North America features 6 days of film screenings, panel discussions, and parties that culminate in screenings of the award-winning films on Mar. 30. The competition showcases new experimental and independent 16-mm, 35-mm, and digital films and videos in a wide range of genres.
Mar. 26: Talks on "Identity, Creativity, and Wellbeing: The Role of the Arts Festival in Engaging Communities" and "Convergent Media Activism Through Projection" (2435 U-M North Quad, 105 S. State). FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "Big as Life, 8mm Experimental Film in the U.S.: The Boston Underground, 1976-1992." Films chosen by festival judge Steve Anker, including many from the Big As Life 8mm and Super 8 collection held at MoMA from 1998-2000, as well as a rare screening of the late Anne Charlotte Robinson's 1990 film Apologies. FREE, 12:30 p.m. "Music Videos in Competition" (3 p.m.). "Gradual Speed" (4:30 p.m.). Els Van Riel's austere meditation on movement, matter, light, and perception. Also, a screening of Leighton Pierce's meditative short White Ash. "Joseph Bernard: Super 8 Films" (7 p.m.) a selection of Detroit artist Bernard's 1970s and 80s films. Appearance by Bernard. "Films in Competition 1" (7:15 p.m.), including Akram Zaatari's Letter to a Refusing Pilot-about the Israeli pilot who refused to strike his assigned target in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon-and other documentary, abstract, and animated shorts. "Thom Andersen: Films 1965-2014" (9:15 p.m.). First of a 5-part complete retrospective of this L.A.-based filmmaker's work. Tonight's program features newly restored prints of his earliest works as well as his most recent film, Hey, Asshole! Appearance by Andersen. "Out Night: Films in Competition" (9:30 p.m.). Contemporary LGBTQ films. Films are followed by an after party at the autBar (11 p.m.-2 a.m.), with fire pits in the courtyard and free appetizers.
Mar. 27: Talks on "Making Is a Form of Thinking" and "Ask the Programmer" (2435 U-M North Quad, 105 S. State). FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "Hope Tucker: The Obituary Project" (12:30 p.m.). Festival juror Tucker presents work from her ongoing series that documents the passing of cultural markers and ways of being. "Thom Andersen: Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer" (3 p.m.). Newly restored 35mm print of Andersen's 1975 film about the origins of cinema. "Touch: Feature in Competition" (7 p.m.), Shelly Silver's drama about a librarian who returns to Chinatown to care for his dying mother and spends his time collecting images. "Films in Competition 2" (7:15 p.m.), experimental and documentary shorts, including Simon Starling's Black Drop-about the transit of Venus-and James Benning's 1976 Chicago Loop. "Penelope Spheeris: Films 1965-1998" (9:15 p.m.), with Spheeris's early films I Don't Know and Hats Off to Hollywood, which plumb the personal desires and heartaches of a transgender person as she makes her way through L.A. Appearance by Spheeris. "Films in Competition 3" (9:30 p.m.), experimental and documentary films, including Let Us Persevere in What We Have Resolved Before We Forget, Ben Russell's 2013 portrayal of a rite performed on the island of Tanna, Melanesia. Followed by an after party at the Ravens Club (11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.).
Mar. 28: Talks on "Politics: Aesthetics: Action" and "Avant-garde as Kitsch: Experimental Film and Internet Video" (2435 North Quad, 105 S. State). FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "Jeremy Rigsby: God's Asshole and Other Ideas of the Previous Century" (12:30 p.m.). AAFF juror and Media City Film Festival (Windsor, ON) director Rigsby presents 9 films featured in past retrospectives at Media City. "From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf" (UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State). Documentary, captured on cell phone cameras, about sailors from the Kutch district in western India. FREE, 3 p.m. "Thom Andersen: Red Hollywood" (4 p.m.), a screening of NoŽl Burch and Andersen's recently re-edited 1996 documentary about the works of Communist directors who were blacklisted in Hollywood. Appearance by Andersen. "Penelope Spheeris: The Decline of Western Civilization I" (5 p.m.), a screening of Spheeris's cult documentary about the L.A. punk rock scene. Appearance by Spheeris.
Mar. 29: "What the Hell Was That?" (2435 North Quad, 105 S. State). Screening and discussion of several challenging experimental short films from this year's festival. FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "Films in Competition 5 (Ages 6+)" (11 a.m.). Documentary, animated, and narrative shorts geared toward kids age 6 & up. $5. "Films in Competition 6" (11 a.m.), experimental, documentary, and narrative films, including the Senegalese film Mille Soleils, which looks back at filmmaker Mati Diop's late uncle's 1972 Dakar cult film Touki Bouki. "Thom Andersen: Los Angeles Plays Itself" (12:30 p.m.), a newly reedited version of Andersen's 2003 masterpiece, a 3-hour documentary about how Los Angeles has been depicted in film. Andersen and critic and scholar Genevieve Yue discuss the film. "Films in Competition 7" (1 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, and animated films. "Films in Competition 8" (3 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, and animated films. "From Deep: Feature in Competition" (5 p.m.), Brett Kashmere's documentary about basketball and its shifting role in 20th-century American culture. "The Absent Stone (La Piedra Ausente): Feature in Competition" (5 p.m.), Sandra Rozental and Jesse Lerner's documentary about a massive carved stone that was moved to Mexico City in 1964, a move that sparked a rebellion that led to a military intervention. "Costa da Morte: Feature in Competition" (7 p.m.), Lois Patino's stunning 2013 landscape documentary about the Costa da Morte ("Coast of Death") region in Galicia, Spain. "Films in Competition 9" (7:15 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. "Manakamana" (9:15 p.m.), Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's film, shot inside a cable car that carries pilgrims and tourists to and from a mountaintop temple in Nepal, is a thrillingly mysterious cross between science fiction and ethonography. "Films in Competition 10" (9:30 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. "Suburbia" (State Theater), Penelope Spheeris's 1984 film about suburban punks who run away from home. $6, midnight. Followed by an after party at LIVE (11 p.m.-2 a.m.).
Mar. 30: A stop action animation workshop (2435 North Quad, 105 S. State). FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "It for Others: Film in Competition" (11 a.m.), Duncan Campbell's film that uses Chris Marker and Alain Resnais's 1953 film Les Statues Meurent aussi ("Statues also Die") to explore the ideas of cultural imperialism and commodity. Preceded by a screening of Les Statues Meurent aussi. "Thom Andersen: Reconvers„o" (1 p.m.), a screening of Andersen's 2012 film, a combination travelogue and architectural study, with Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Appearance by Andersen. "Films in Competition 11" (1:15 p.m.), new experimental and documentary films, featuring Deborah Stratman's Hacked Circuit, about sound artists at work on the Foley process of adding everyday ambient sounds to a film. "The Forgotten Space" (UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State), NoŽl Burch and Allan Sekula's documentary that follows a shipping container along the international supply chain. FREE, 2 p.m. "Purgatorio: Feature in Competition" (3:15 p.m.), Rodrigo Reyes's provocative film that reimagines the Mexico-U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante's purgatory. "Award Program 1" (6 p.m.). "Award Program 2" (8:15 p.m.). Followed by an after party (10 p.m.-1 a.m.) at the Alley Bar.
Various times, Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted). Tickets: $95 (members, students, & seniors, $80) for the entire festival & $55 (members, students, & seniors, $45) for weekend passes in advance at aafilmfest.org, and $9 (students, seniors, & members, $7; midnight movies, $6) per evening show at the door. 995-5356. [map]
A WHOLE LOT OF FUN!
Now there's a low-cost fitness program designed for older adults just like you. Introducing EnhanceFitness, a lively and interactive hour-long class filled with variety.
A WHOLE LOT OF VARIETY
This fitness class is different from the start because it is based on scientific research and input from older adults like you. The result is a fun and lively program that works!
EnhanceFitness combines the three key components of fitness: strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning.
Our one-hour class meets two times a week and is attended by older adults interested in improving their life through exercise. Expect a casual atmosphere and an energetic, certified instructor. Classes begin with a warm-up period, followed by work with light soft-weights, and finish with a cool-down session. Interaction among participants is always encouraged-it's another benefit of the class!
St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 120 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. $2/class. 734-661-8043. email@example.com www.annarborymca.org [map]
Make sure to join LA2M for this two part event! This one will feature Lisa Rudgers of the University of Michigan. She is the Vice President for Global Communications and Strategic Initiatives. You will get to hear first hand how marketing is done at a Big 10 University from someone who deals with it on a daily basis.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. firstname.lastname@example.org la2m.org [map]
Attendees will learn 3 key components for executing authentic and engaging social media communications.
Sola Obayan is an Online Marketing Specialist with 13+ years of experience in her field.
As Principal Consultant at BTO Solutions, she helps growing brands build powerful online presences. She is also the President and Executive Director of the Social Media Association of Michigan, a coalition of social media professionals whose mission is to promote social media as an impactful communication vehicle through state-wide education, adoption of social platforms and dissemination of successful social media solutions in public and private sectors.
Sola currently serves on the Steering Committee for LiveWorkDetroit! and the Advisory Board of PeopleMovers.com.
Her passion lies in creating solutions for business and social challenges.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. email@example.com la2m.org [map]
Mar. 19 & 26. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Mar. 19: Post-doc visiting scholar Gili Hammer on "Blind Women's Visibility, Invisibility, and Encounters with the Gaze." Mar. 26: U-M women's studies professor Lauren Gutterman on "Scandal in Suburbia: Lesbian Wives, or the Hidden Threat to the Nuclear Family in Postwar America."
Noon-1 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
Mar. 26-28. Recorded music by U-M music professors Michael Gould and Stephen Rush accompanies the amplified sound of eight dripping "ice drums," hung domes of ice that slowly melt in this installation that explores the beauty and pain of global warming. Also, a display of landscape photos of the Arctic by Henry Pollack.
Noon-8 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Join us as we give back to the community! This free program invites volunteers of all ages and abilities to help crochet (or knit!) beautiful hats, scarves, blankets for those in need. No experience necessary - we'll teach you how! Equipment and materials are provided.
The group meets in the Michigan Room from 12:30 to 1:30pm every Wednesday.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity please contact Jen Nicodemus at 734-661-8043 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. email@example.com http:
Class meets Wednesdays, March 26 - May 28
This class will enable you to review the Spanish that you have studied in the past. You can improve your ability to speak, read and understand the language through oral practice and grammar exercises. We will use the book "Complete Spanish Grammar" by Gilda Nissenberg (Copyright 2004). This is the first edition. If you can get only the second edition, that edition has a few changes but it will work, too. Instructor: Jeanne Van Ochten.
Grace Bible Church, 1300 S. Maple Road. $40. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [map]
Using Digital Records to Model Geographic Mobility and its Epidemiological Consequences - Lecture by Emilio Zagheni, PhD: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars at the University of Michigan.more >
Using Digital Records to Model Geographic Mobility and its Epidemiological Consequences - Lecture by Emilio Zagheni, PhD: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars at the University of Michigan.< less
Emilio Zagheni, PhD is assistant professor of sociology at the City University of New York. With undergraduate degrees in statistics, economics and social sciences, Dr. Zagheni has masters degrees from University of California, Berkeley in statistics and demography, where he also received his PhD.
Dr. Zagheni's research focuses on: Mathematical and Computational Demography, Intergenerational Ties, Population and Environment, Interaction of Population Dynamics and Infectious Diseases.
He is P.I. on an NIH National Institute on Aging Research Grant, "Consequences of Demographic Change on Caregiving and other Time Transfers", and is co-author of the forthcoming book, A Comparative Analysis of European Time Transfers between Generations and Genders.
Lane Auditorium (Rm. 1690) - UM School of Public Heatlh, 1415 Washington Heights. Free. 734.615.9208. email@example.com http:
"Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted: Assassin's Creed III and Indigenous Animus": U-M American Culture Department.more >
"Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted: Assassin's Creed III and Indigenous Animus": U-M American Culture Department.< less
Talk by University of Illinois American Indian studies professor Jodi Byrd, author of Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism.
4-5:30 p.m., 3512 Haven Hall, 505 S. State. Free. 647-9535. [map]
"Ship Sister to Mannish Woman: Queer Indo-Caribbean Biomythographies": U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.more >
"Ship Sister to Mannish Woman: Queer Indo-Caribbean Biomythographies": U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.< less
Lecture by U-M Afroamerican and African studies professor Aliyah Khan.
4 p.m., 4701 Haven Hall, 520 S. State. 764-5513. [map]
"The Generation of Nor Or (Nor Orean Serunt): Resistance in the Geography of Genocide": U-M Armenian Studies Program.more >
"The Generation of Nor Or (Nor Orean Serunt): Resistance in the Geography of Genocide": U-M Armenian Studies Program.< less
Talk by Ludwig-Maximilian University (Munich) Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies research fellow Talin Suciyan.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-0622. [map]
Join Alexandria Champagne, MSW on Wednesday March 26 for an AlumniConnect event hosted by the Spectrum Center. Alex will be discussing her new book, "Knotty Time! A BDSM Safety Guide," as well as her experiences with S3 Safe Sex Store, the U of M School of Social Work, and more!
For more information, please visit: http:
The Spectrum Center in the Michigan Union, 530 South State Street. Free. 734-741-1434. firstname.lastname@example.org www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
The key to great cooking boils down to solid technique and great ingredients. Join us for this intensive journey through the basics -- the end result is greater kitchen confidence and less reliance on recipes! Each class will feature a full arsenal of dishes utilizing the techniques learned -- we will work with the very best cuts of meat, seafood, and produce from local purveyors. Students will work in pairs and prepare everything on the evening's menu providing for a generous amount of practice. Students will then sit down to enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout each class. This is, by far, our most intensive class, but also our most fun! And best of all, no experience is required! Full participation. This class meets on consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6-10pm. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $425/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
"The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics": Salem Area Historical Society.more >
"The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics": Salem Area Historical Society.< less
Local historian and journalist Don Faber discusses his new book about Michigan's first and youngest governor. The program begins with a potluck dinner and a business meeting.
6 p.m., Salem Township Hall, 9600 Six Mile Rd., Salem. $2 (members, free). (248) 437-6651. [map]
Talks by U-M museum studies director and Asian Archaeology curator Carla Sinopoli and local historic preservationist Susan Wineberg. Followed by discussion. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by free hors d'oeuvres.
6-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]
This Wednesday evening yoga class releases tension from the body and mind and allows balance , focus and energy to naturally flow. Using a breath based blend of seated and standing postures, this "safety -first" class is beneficial and fun for beginning students to experienced yoga practitioners.
Instructor: Janine Polley RN, ERYT 500, Yoga Therapist
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W.Huron. $15 drop-in, only $12.90 per class with 10 class card purchase. 734-929-0274. Jdpolley@comcast.net Www.sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Washtenaw Rugby Football Club is looking for high school players in and around Washtenaw county. Indoor training is on Wednesdays at Mack school in Ann Arbor from 7:00-8:30pm. No prior rugby experience necessary. We need boys who can catch, run, pass, kick, wrestle, jump, tackle - the ultimate cross over sport! For more information email us at WashtenawRFC@gmail.com, or visit us on Facebook at Washtenaw RFC (Rugby Union). Please contact us before arriving at training to obtain necessary paperwork.
Mack School Gym, 920 Miller Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. WashtenawRFC@gmail.com. WashtenawRFC@gmail.com https:
All invited to meet some current Arborwiki,org editors and help edit or create entries providing information about everything local birthday deals to local history.
7-9 p.m., AADL 3rd-floor freespace (Mat. 26), 343 S. Fifth Ave, & Arbor Brewing Company (Apr. 23), 114 E. Washington. Free. 327-4555. [map]
"Fact or Fiction: What More Do We Know about American Involvement in the 1967 Greek Military Coup?": U-M Modern Greek Program Pallas Lecture.more >
"Fact or Fiction: What More Do We Know about American Involvement in the 1967 Greek Military Coup?": U-M Modern Greek Program Pallas Lecture.< less
Lecture by Indiana University political science professor professor Neovi Karakatsanis.
7 p.m., Michigan Union Anderson Room. Free. 936-6099. [map]
Talk by veteran documentary film editor Jason Zeldes, editor of the Oscar-nominated documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. The talk includes showing of raw footage that went into making the film.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
All invited to discuss The Knife Man, Wendy Moore's biography of the pioneering 18th-century surgeon John Hunter, whose macabre practices included body snatching and infecting himself with venereal disease.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
Your heart and mind are incredibly powerful forces for transforming your life. The universe responds to your thoughts, feelings and beliefs in predictable and controllable ways. When you learn to understand and apply the laws of the spiritual and energetic world- your whole life will change. But don't just believe it- experience it for yourself!
This amazing 6 class series will teach you to recognize and apply the fundamental energetic and spiritual laws that govern the world around you. You will leave each class with simple and practical exercises that will change your life. Every exercise will bring you closer to knowing your own creative power. This class is simple enough for beginners and deep enough to provide new insights to long-term practitioners.
My name is Joan and I am happy to invite you for this wonderful class series. Whether you are new to this thinking or an "old hand," this experience is a wonderful one and I will be glad to have you join us.
Center of Light, Ann Arbor, 200 Huronview Blvd. Ann Arbor, 48103. $30 preregistered, $40 at the door For the series of 6 classes. email@example.com http:
Scott and Jim Cannon discuss the posthumously published biography of Ford written by their father, former White House domestic policy advisor James Cannon. Signing & reception follow.
7:30 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]
Unveil your inner Gumby! Allow your body to release and open safely and naturally. Aggressively stretching the body in unnatural levels of heat or without proper awareness invites injury. Enjoy patient deep release with appropriate modifications under the guidance of a skilled and knowledgeable teacher. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. firstname.lastname@example.org sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Dennis Wilson conducts the Jazz Lab Ensemble and David Sayers conducts the Campus Jazz Ensemble. Program TBA.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Mar. 26-30 and Apr. 3-6. Local actors present a staged reading of local playwright Tim Henning's new play about the Easter Bunny. Jaded and tired from centuries of producing Easter eggs and suffering from an addiction to exotic greens, he seeks meaning and a new sense of purpose.
8 p.m., (Mar. 26 & Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (seniors & students, $10) in advance at emergentarts.com, & at the door. 985-0875. [map]
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Mason Hall Room TBA (Mar. 5) & Michigan Union Pendleton Room (all other dates), $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]