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Calendar of Events

Monday, June 7, 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 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.

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$10 per film (Michigan Theater Foundation members, $10), online this year at Film.jccAnnArbor.org. 971-0990. [map]


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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 YouTube.com (search "Brass Tacks Ensemble"). Free, but donations accepted. btePublicity@gmail.com.


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"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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New titles available all month (except as noted) online at MichTheater.org/Screenings 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.

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Online at MichTheater.org/Screenings. $12 per film (for members, $10).


 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 10:30 a.m.  Online 

"Music Together Online Mondays": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Music Together Online classes allow families access to the same Music Together® early childhood curriculum right in your home. Each week families participate in a live, 30-minute online class - no musical instruments necessary! Registered families receive a Triangle CD and songbook + access to download music. Music Together® Mixed Age classes, even when they're online, encourage children and families to experience the joy of making music together! The time-tested, research-based curriculum supports the idea all children are musical and learn best through play. Join us for tons of musical fun! Additional content is provided throughout the week to encourage continued music-making at home between classes. Instructor: Stephanie Urban.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $149. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/55152


 11:30 a.m.  Online 

Toe Tappers: Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Toe Tappers will have a blast while learning about rhythm and coordination. Sam introduces children to basic tap steps as well as ways to move through space like skipping, sliding, jumping and hopping. Creative movement activities will also spark their imaginations to move in new ways! Sam will let you know before each class what household props you may need. Tap shoes are helpful though not required for the virtual class.
Your home, Your home. Online. $95. 734 994 2300 X 0. browns@aaps.k12.mi.us https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/55122


 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Instagram Live: Miss Kim Ann Arbor.

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Every Mon. Miss Kim chef-owner Ji Hye Kim discusses topics related to cooking with guests TBA.
Online at instagram.com/misskimannarbor. Free. 275-0099.


 4-5 p.m.  Online 

"Torn from the Headlines": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Talk by a U-M expert TBA on a timely topic from the news, with an opportunity for an extended Q&A.
10-11:30 a.m., for URL preregister at for URL preregister at bit.ly/ollisignup. $35; members, $10. $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A View From the Amster Center": Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.

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BlackRock chief executive Laurence Fink in 2018 noted that people were increasingly "turning to the private sector and asking that companies respond to broader societal challenges" and demanding that organizations "serve a social purpose."
At this meeting, we will learn how The Amster Center was created and is poised to help address social problems and improve lives.
Our guest speaker, David Peter Stroh, in his book Systems Thinking for Social Change, suggests that those working to bring about social change should ask, "Why have we not been able to solve the complex social problems that plague us in spite of our best intentions and efforts?"
The Amster Center was created and designed to question, unravel, and perform against unhelpful conventional modes of thinking that perpetuate chronic social problems.
For more information and to register, please visit: https://amstercenter.org/learn/
Online. Free. 734-769-0209. info@jfsannarbor.org https://jfsannarbor.org/event/a-view-from-the-amster-center/



 5-6:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Spinning Dot Theatre: The Neutral Zone.

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Every Mon. Spinning Dot staffers lead teens in various theater games, short play readings, and more.
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain, snow, or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]


 6:45 p.m  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org


 7 p.m.  Free! 

UNVEILED: A Debut Concert Series: Voce Velata.

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This FREE outdoor live concerts explores the untold legacies of BIPOC and women composers through the ages. The program will include works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Jacquet de la Guerre, Florence Price, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Teresa Carreño, and Jesse Montgomery. Voce Velata is a high level youth-led ensemble dedicated to unveiling the voices of BIPOC and women composers through deep study and authentic performance.
Island Park, Island Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. info@vocevelatamusic.org www.vocevelatamusic.org/events



 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The 2000s Made Me Gay: Essays on Pop Culture": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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The Onion and Reductress contributor Grace Perry is joined by L.A.-based entertainment journalist Cameron Sheetz to discuss Perry's new book. Q&A.
7 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.com/event/2021-06. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7:30 p.m.  Online 

The Moth StorySLAM: Michigan Radio.

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Virtual storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit that also produces a weekly public radio show. Storytellers are selected at random to tell a 5-minute story-this month's theme is "Rhythm"-and judged by an audience poll at the end of the show.
For URL preregister at TheMoth.org. Tickets $10 per household. 764-5118.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 11-11:30 a.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Canceled:"Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.





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