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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 5, 2021

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Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

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May 22-Aug. 21. Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes, online this year at

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 971-0990. [map]

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"A New Brain": Theatre Nova/The Ringwald Theatre.

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June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, & 20. Vince Kelley directs a recorded production, shot in Theatre Nova in late spring, of William Finn and James Lapine's new existential musical about a composer, during a medical emergency, drifting in and out of consciousness as he contemplates his life, legacy, and the meaning of music. Cast: Jason Briggs, Arielle Crosby, Steve DeBruyne, Diane Hill, Vince Kelley, Alaina Kerr, Richard Payton, Jamie Richards, and Liz Schultz.
Available for on-demand viewing all day Sat. & Sun. For URL and tickets ($25 per person for a weekend of on-demand viewing), see

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"Magic": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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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

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"Season 2 of Our Regularly Scheduled Program": The Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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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 (search "Brass Tacks Ensemble"). Free, but donations accepted.

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"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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New titles available all month (except as noted) online at for 48 hours after you start watching. Remainder of June schedule online.

"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 $12 per film (for members, $10).

 8 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at, [map]

 8 a.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]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Online 

"Working with Right Effort, Right Concentration, and Right Mindfulness": Insight Meditation Ann Arbor.

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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
Zoom. Online. Donation.

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except June 20 & 27. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

June 5: Bird Hills Nature Area.

June 6: Ruthven Nature Area. June 12: Dolph Nature Area and Lakewood Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

June 13: Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

June 19: Huron Hills Golf Course Woods.

June 27: Bluffs Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

Various locations; specific meeting spots identified after preregistration (required) at (click on "NAP Workdays"). Free. 794-6627.

 9 & 11 a.m. 

"Color-by-Nature": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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A park naturalist demonstrates to kids ages 6-8 how to extract dye from materials found in nature, then make a craft to take home. Masks required.
Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person, preregistration required by 4 p.m. on June 3., 426-8211. [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Native Plant Expo & Marketplace": Washtenaw County Conservation District.

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Show and sale of native plants by many Washtenaw County businesses and nonprofits. Also, sales of native landscaping services.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission, but preregistration encouraged (capacity limited) at (586) 212-6476. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Sign Language for Families": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Empower your baby or toddler to communicate more effectively, expressing their joys and needs more clearly and with decreased frustration. Limited only by the comparatively slower development of speech, babies have the cognitive-memory capacity to communicate language as early as 6 months of age, and the gross-motor skills and hand-eye coordination to sign. Giving your child a means to communicate reduces misunderstandings and crying, prevents tantrums and eliminates the need to guess what your child is trying to tell you. Baby signers reap the benefits from signing beyond babyhood, including advanced language development, higher self-esteem, feeling confident in their ability to communicate and the comfort of forming deep familial bonds. In this outdoor class, learn a library of baby signs as well as methods for teaching and encouraging communication with your baby through sign discussions, observations, songs and play alongside other families.
Windemere Park, 3725 Windemere Dr. Ann Arbor 48105. $99. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Annual Spring Sale: Ann Arbor Potters Guild.

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A very popular sale held outdoors in several small open-air tents. It includes a wide variety of functional and decorative ceramics made by more than 25 guild members and a "kiddie table" (with lower-priced items). Masks required.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild parking lot, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]

 10-11:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Addressing the Climate Crisis and Environmental Racism": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Panel discussion with state representative Yousef Rabhi, Flint Rising director Nayyirah Shariff, and spokespersons for A2Zero, Ann Arbor for Public Power, U-M Climate Action Movement, and Sunrise Ann Arbor. Followed by a Q&A and general announcements. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by a chair report and elected officials update with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, county commissioner Jason Morgan, and state representative Ronnie Peterson.
For URL see; recording available for on-demand viewing on (search "Washtenaw Dems"). Free. 883-8250.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Recycling Hazardous Household Products": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor Craft & Chat.

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Ecology Center staffers discuss what to do with materials that should be kept out of landfills and waterways, then demonstrate how to tie-dye a shirt using plants and spices.
On-demand viewing starts at 10 a.m., online at (search "Ecology Center of Ann Arbor"). Free.

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed. & Sat. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal plays tunes TBA on this 17-bell chime. Also, on June 25 at 12:30 p.m., a short presentation on the Ellacombe apparatus, a 200-year-old invention that enabled a single person to sound church bells.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Artist Pop-Ups": The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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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. [map]

 Noon-8 p.m. 

Annual Recital: Dancer's Edge.

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Showcase of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, pom, musical theater, and contemporary dance by area student dancers ages 3-18. With some large production numbers and team dances. Masks required. (Different programs throughout the day, with each starting time TBA.)
Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theatre, 2100 M-36, Pickney. $20 in advance at (recommended) and at the door; capacity restricted. 424-2626. [map]

 Time TBA 

"A Quiet Place Part II": State Theater.

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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 Movie tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 Time TBA 

"Dream Horse": State Theater.

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(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 Movie tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 12:30 p.m.  Online 

"Yoga Sticks and Clicks": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Now that the weather is starting to warm up, join Mota Thai Yoga outside at West Park for Yoga Sticks and Clicks every Saturday from 12:30-1:30pm (weather permitting). This hybrid class is a combination of yoga, cardio drumming, and pound. Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle and (optional) ball and bucket and/or drum sticks.
There is a parking lot at 215 Chapin St, or street parking is available on N 7th St between Miller Ave and Huron St. The class will take place next to the amphitheater.
Hope to see you there! Pre-register at Questions? Email us at
West Park, 215 Chapin St. Online. Donation. $10-$20. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (June) and North America (July). Guests invited to view other animals on display, including macaws, sloths, and more. Also, an alligator feeding demo at 3 p.m.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 4 p.m.  Online 

"Virtual Amazing Race": Cancer Support Community Fundraiser.

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All invited to form (or join) teams of 4 with people from any location to compete in various brain teasers, word puzzles, & video and photo challenges using a smartphone or tablet from home.
For URL and tickets ($50 per team), see, 489-1631.

 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Green Michigan": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations A2Zero Week.

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An evening of presentations on critical environmental issues that affect young people now and in the future by local Freeman EE Center Youth Council high schoolers and others TBA.
For URL, see Free.

 7-9 p.m. 

Linden Thoburn: Broken Branch Summer Series.

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Outdoor performance celebrating the 2020 CD release by this local introspective singer-songwriter whose music draws on folk, pop, and country influences. Bring something to sit on like a chair or blankets. Gas grill on site. No pets. Capacity limited to 100 people, so arrive early; preregistration available.
6090 Plymouth Rd.; park across the street or on the shoulder of Plymouth Rd. Free admission, but donations accepted., [map]

 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Bill Bushart: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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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)., 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 & 7:45 p.m. 

"Hidden Figures" & "Blade Runner": Michigan Theater.

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"Hidden Figures" (Theodore Melfi, 2016). Drama about the team of African American women mathematicians who played a vital role in the early years of the U.S. space program. Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe. 7:30 p.m. "Blade Runner" (Ridley Scott, 1982). Renowned sci-fi cult classic about a former cop who battles a group of mutinous androids in a dark, decaying L.A. circa 2019. Harrison Ford. 7:45 p.m.
Movie tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Various times.

 8 p.m. 

David Barrett: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso from Lansing, best known as the composer of TV theme songs for several major sports events, from the NCAA basketball tournament to the 1998 Winter Olympics. Barrett's songs cover a variety of topics, including stories about children and criminals, golf and baseball, life on the road, and the things hound dogs would say if they could talk.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Out of the Closet": Out Loud Chorus.

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OLC artistic director Darin DeWeese directs this chorus of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends in an outdoor concert featuring songs about clothing and appearance, including Madonna's "Vogue," Chely Wright's "Sea of Cowboy Hats," Aida's "My Strongest Suit," and more. Accompaniment by pianist John Morefield, bassist Edie Herrold, guitarist Colette Jacobsen, and drummer Tamara Perkuhn. Emcee is local performer Dayne G. Bring a chair or something comfortable to sit on, and wear a mask.
Farmers Market parking lot, Kerrytown. Free., [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7-7:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Canceled: "TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sat. & Wed. Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box.
Online at Free. 327-4200.


Nightspots Listings:


Zal Gaz Grotto: Medicine Men

This local quartet plays danceable 60s-80s rock covers from the Doors to the Allman Brothers to Lynyrd Skynyrd. [venue info]


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