May 22-Aug. 21. Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes, online this year at Film.jccAnnArbor.org.
June 1, 8 p.m. through June 4, 6 p.m.: Documentary Short Films. A program of short films: Space Torah (Rob Cooper, 2021) tells the story of the time former NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman brought a small Torah scroll on board a 1996 flight. Jude (Amos Menin, 2020) is about the director's grandfather's attempt to escape the Nazis in Germany on the eve of the war. A Father's Kaddish (Jen Kaplan, 2020) follows a man, grieving the death of his 23-year-old son, who takes to crafting pottery. Carrying the Candle (Andrew Snell, 2020) explores the work of British artist Barbara Loftus, who paints scenes from the life of her mother's family. Our Hebrews (Naor Meningher, 2016) is about the historically harmonious relationship among Christians and Jews in a little Italian town referred to by locals as "Little Jerusalem."
June 5, 11 p.m. through June 8, 8 p.m.: "Sublet" (Eytan Fox, 2021). An adrift New York Times travel writer finds love and adventure in Tel Aviv. Hebrew, subtitles.
June 8, 8 p.m. through June 11, 5 p.m.: "Incitement" (Yaron Zilberman, 2020). Documentary on the years leading to the 1995 assassination of Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, told from the point of view of the assassin. Hebrew, subtitles.
June 12, 11 p.m. through June 15, 8 p.m.: "My Name Is Sara" (Steven Oritt, 2020). Historical drama about a young girl who survived the Holocaust while passing as an Orthodox Christian. Polish & Ukrainian, subtitles. Also, at 8 p.m. on 15 Tuesday, a program about the film TBA.
June 15, 8 p.m. through June 18, 6 p.m.: "Ma'abarot" (Dina Zvi-Riklis, 2019). Documentary exploring the life inside transit camps, Israel's temporary housing solution to the post-WWII immigration surge. Hebrew, subtitles. Also, at 1 p.m. on 20 Sunday, a program with film producer Arik Bernstein.
June 19, 11 p.m. through June 22, 8 p.m.: "Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance" (Shari Rogers, 2020). Documentary about the unity between Black and Jewish Americans during the Civil Rights era. Also, at 8 p.m. on 23 Wednesday, a program with the film's director and writer.
June 22, 8 p.m. through June 25, 6 p.m.: "Winter Journey" (Anders Østergaard, Erzsébet Rácz, 2020). Historical drama about a man's discovery of his parent's youthful adventures growing up in Germany in the 1930s.
June 26, 11 p.m. through June 29, 8 p.m.: "The Crossing" (Johanne Helgeland, 2020). Young siblings help 2 Jewish children flee from the Nazis. Norwegian, subtitles.
$10 per film (Michigan Theater Foundation members, $10), online this year at Film.jccAnnArbor.org. 971-0990. [map]
New titles available all month (except as noted) online at MichTheater.org
"M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity" (Robin Lutz, 2021). Documentary about the life and work of the Dutch graphic artist, best known for his detailed prints that produce bizarre optical and conceptual effects.
"Brave Blue World" (Time Neeves, 2020). Documentary about new global innovations that help make human's current water consumption sustainable. Also, on June 2 (time TBA) a Q&A with local water experts, including U-M engineering professor Glen Daigger, Great Lakes Water Authority energy, research, and innovation director John W. Norton, and City Water Treatment Services manager Brian Steglitz.
"Ahead of the Curve" (Jen Rainin, Rivkah Beth Medow, 2021`). Documentary about the founding and influence Curve, the preeminent lesbian lifestyle magazine started by Fanco Stevens.
"Port Authority" (Danielle Lessovitz, 2021). Drama about a young man with an anger issue who moves to NYC and falls for a transgender woman.
Opens June 18: "Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation" (Lisa Immordino Vreeland, 2021). Portrait of the intellectual friendship and rivalry between 2 American writers.
Online at MichTheater.org
You and your child explore a variety of creative movement activities designed to develop gross motor skills and cognitive development. Sam looks for smiles, laughs and creative exploration; there's no wrong way to move while families dance together! Fun music incorporates rhythm patterns which sets the scene for jumping, galloping, stepping sideways and lots of balancing. This class uses their imagination to dance like frogs, monkeys and even cheetahs. Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. Instructor: Sam Coffin.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $109. 734 994 2300 X 0. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Inspired by her own children's love of family read-alouds, seasoned First Steps teacher, Sara Callaghan has designed a unique online class for families of preschoolers. Get inspired by her literature picks of longer chapter books that both children and adults can enjoy. Each week Sara will read a chapter or two of a different book aloud to introduce families to the stories and characters, followed by a time to reflect on or ask questions about what we've read. Families are encouraged to continue the discussion at home and to seek out and read the books your child seems most interested in. Some of the benefits of reading aloud with your child are increased vocabulary, increased attention span, encouraging imagination, strengthening cognition, providing a safe way to explore strong emotions, and most of all, for bonding and pure enjoyment. Children are welcome to draw or dance while we read, or to cuddle in their grownup's lap or with a favorite stuffed toy or blanket.
Your home, Your home. Online. $89. 734 994 2300 X 0. https:
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. Interfaithspirit.org
Every Thurs. All invited to discuss a weekly topic related to warm weather activities, traditions, and gardening led by AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven, or just sit back and listen.
Online at bit.ly
Every Thurs. (different programs) A 30-minute audiovisual planetarium shows, followed by Q&A
The Sky Tonight (June 3 & 17) explores the current night sky, including the constellations, visible planets, and other astronomical events. The Solar System (June 10 & 24) is an exploration of our solar system's history culminating in the current night sky.
For URL preregister at lsa.umich.edu
Join Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels on the first Thursday of each month for food, fun and community. We're inviting local food trucks to the parking lot behind First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti, 1110 W. Cross St., along with live music, games and activities. All are welcome. Admission is free.
From 5-8 p.m. June 3, grab dinner from Jamaican Spice, coffee, a smoothie, or a pastry from Bearclaw Coffee Co, and a frozen treat from Kona Ice.
Enjoy live music by violinist Holly Gramlich from 5:30 to 6:30 and original music by Ki5 Loops from 7 to 8.
First Baptist Church, 1110 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-487-9669. email@example.com ymow.org [map]
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Go on a savory Asian adventure to learn the fine art of balancing the sweet, salty, spicy and tangy of your favorite Thai cuisine. Create a takeout feast, starting with a crunchy, fresh, tangy Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad), followed by Pad See Mao (Drunken Noodles), where you'll focus on the skills of stir-frying noodles. This is a virtual cook-along class, which means you are cooking along with Chef Natalie, and will be able to have your questions answered in real time. Ingredient list will be emailed one week prior to the class. Natalie Marble is a chef and culinary instructor celebrating 20 years of experience; she attended culinary school in Washington D.C., worked for a James Beard Award winning chef, and was the founder of Ann Arbor Cooks. Go to bit.ly
Online. Online. $45. 734-994-2300. firstname.lastname@example.org www.aarecedonline.com
Award-winning English novelist Claire Fuller is joined by Scottish journalist Cal Flyn to discuss Fuller's new novel about 51-year-old twins who are still living in their childhood home in rural England when their mother dies unexpectedly, and they are evicted from the cottage that has been their only home to make their own way in the larger world.
6 p.m., online at LiteratiBookstore.com.
Former Food52 columnist (and Observer contributor) Lindsay-Jean Hard and Deli events coordinator Tessie Ives-Wilson discuss recipes that turn peels, cores, rinds, and stems into delicious meals. Then, they demonstrate how to make a batch of Fromage Fort with Deli cheese scraps.
For URL see ZingermansDeli.com
Ten pre-taped short plays, written specifically to be performed over Zoom, by area playwrights Mary Conley, Isaac Ellis, James Ingagiola, and Russ Schwartz. The plays cover a range of matters involving humor, mystery, personal revelation, and politics.
On-demand viewing available starting June 3 at YouTube.com (search "Brass Tacks Ensemble"). Free, but donations accepted. btePublicity@gmail.com.
Canceled and Postponed Events:
Every Thurs. Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.
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