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]
Brice O'Neal directs young local actors in their original Zoom production about local theater fairies that go unnoticed by humans while using their magic to support our lifestyle. Cast: Max Ascani, Soleil Ascani, Ashley Bradshaw, Aaron Davis, Dana Fischer, Ellora Kirbat, Alyssa Klooster, Jeremy Klooster, Ainsley Maddock, Annika Maddock, Lea Milanini, Annaclare Regan, Ellie Rowe, Amelia Sandstrom, Gabriel Semrau, Sydney Sharkey, Lana Smith, Mathias Takacs, and Tristan Taylor.
Tickets $10 at a2ct.org. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline: Science, Technology, and the Carceral State: U-M Ford School of Public Policy.more >
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May 14, 21, & 28. A series of livestreamed panel discussions with scholars from around the world.
Topics with livestream URLs:
May 14: "Recasting the technologies of the carceral empire: India, South Africa, and the political paradoxes of post-colonial citizenship" (fordschool.umich.edu
May 21: "Criminal knowledge: Evidence, expertise, and the carceral state " (fordschool.umich.edu
May 28: "Privatization, technology, and the carceral state " (fordschool.umich.edu
June 4: Discussion of El Panóptico Ciego (The Blind Panopticon) (
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June 11: Living in a carceral state. (fordschool.umich.edu
Noon., various URLs (see above). Free. email@example.com.
Every Fri. Show and sale of works in various mediums by local artists. Also, "Artists on Main" every Fri. & Sat. featuring outdoor artist displays and sales at 330 S. Main. or abouts downtown.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
Does your child pretend to be a ballet dancer? Then he or she will love this virtual class designed for our newest ballet students. Ms. Tyra uses musical activities to teach balance, rhythm, movement and coordination, along with basic ballet steps. They'll learn the French words for the ballet movements too. The main purpose is to gently encourage our beginning dancers so they gain confidence in a social and relaxed environment. This class is a combination of Hello Toes and PreBallet for any child interested in learning ballet basics. Ballet attire recommended.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $109. 734 994 2300 X 0. email@example.com https:
Hour-long intention-setting meditation session led by a Mindful City Ann Arbor staffer to start off A2Zero Week. Also, on June 4 at noon, an end-of-the-week "Reflection Meditation."
For URL see bit.ly
"What is Kawara and Why Was It Important In Human Subsistence in Ancient Egypt?": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Flash Talk.more >
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(John Krasinski, 2021). Post-apocalyptic horror about a family that must learn to survive blind predators with an acute sense of hearing. Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy.
For times, see MichiganTheater.org
(Euros Lyn, 2021). Drama based on a true story about a small-town Welsh bartender who trains a champion thoroughbred. Toni Collette.
For times, see MichiganTheater.org
The petting farm is open late tonight with food trucks, kids activities, and games.
4-8 p.m., Domino's Farms Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart. $6 general admission; (kids under age 2, free. 998-0182. [map]
"Sweet Treat Meet & Greet in the Park with Your A2Zero Ambassadors": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations A2Zero Week.more >
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All invited to learn about local climate actions and mitigation strategies, as well as what you can do to reduce your carbon impact. Ice cream, popsicles, cookies, and other sweets. Raffle.
For in-person location, see bit.ly
All ages 5-11 invited to watch Zootopia, a charming 2016 animation about a bunny who dreams of being a cop in a world where predators hold most positions of power. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag, pillow. Social distancing enforced, masks required.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 (additional children, $15), preregistration required (capacity limited to 10 participants). 661-3575. [map]
Every Fri. Local music professionals demonstrate to high schoolers how to loop and layer beats to make songs, work turntables and electronic software, and curate performances. Also, the chance to perform your own music and receive feedback. No equipment necessary.
For URL see neutral-zone.org
June 4, 11, 18, & 25. Four nights of live performances and themed activities on a small stage in downtown Ypsilanti, that are also livestreamed for the homebound viewers. Masks required. For updated schedule of events, see facebook.com
Live at Washington St., downtown Ypsilanti; online at facebook.com
All invited to a brief livestreamed Shabbat observance with secular readings, candle lighting, wine rituals, challah, and Yahrzeit observance to remember loved ones.
For URL preregister at JewishCulturalSociety.org
"Working with Right Effort, Right Concentration, and Right Mindfulness": Insight Meditation Ann Arbor.more >
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June 4 & 5. This is a two-day online meditation retreat. We will explore the elements of samadhi - right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. The focus will be on experiencing these elements so that we can integrate them into our lives. John Cunningham has been teaching meditation for over 20 years. His practice and teaching combines Vipassana, loving-kindness and non-dual teachings from various spiritual traditions. The retreat will be held via Zoom from 7-9pm on Friday June 4 and 9am-4pm on Saturday June 5. Register at insightmeditationannarbor.org
Zoom. Online. Donation. firstname.lastname@example.org insightmeditationannarbor.org
Talented area skaters of all ages perform to classic hits from the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Elvis, and more. In-person (capacity limited) and livestream viewing options available.
Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Tickets $15 in advance only at AnnArborFSC.org. 213-6768. [map]
Welcome to Night Vale radio-show podcast co-creator Joseph Fink and his wife, writer-performer Meg Bashwiner read from and discuss their joint sometimes hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking memoir, which alternates between their two voices, chronicling the first 10 years of their relationship.
7 p.m., online at LiteratiBookstore.com.
This Michigan native, named Best Comic in Detroit in 2010 by the Metro Times, specializes in wild, raunchy, politically incorrect, often hilariously demented stories and one-liners about everyday life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced). aaComedy.com, 996-9080. [map]
Zal Gaz Grotto: Spark
Local quintet fronted by vocalist Robin Grant that plays mostly uptempo, danceable covers. With guitarists John Rasmussen & Joshua Killom, bassist Cy Klone, and drummer Jim Weyman.
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