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]
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
All invited to join professional and amateur land stewards in an informal discussion on a monthly topic. This month's topic is "Rain Garden," and county water resources commissioner Susan Bryan is on hand to field questions.
Online at bit.ly
Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle. Masks required.
Burns-Stokes Preserve, Zeeb at the Huron River just south of Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free, but preregistration required by emailing email@example.com.
This virtual class for toddlers focuses on movements for building your baby's body and brain. Class begins with a few minutes of getting to know each other through sharing developments and milestones. Next, we use repetitive welcome songs to practice waving, clapping, stomping, and tapping movements. The remainder of the class uses fun props such as scarves, sticks, shakers, and stuffed animals to introduce a variety of dance and movement activities. Give your child bonding time with you through the joys of song, dance, and movement! Instructor: Anna Gradwohl.
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $119. 734 994 2300 X 0. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
This virtual class for babies and young toddlers focuses on movements for building your baby's body and brain. Class begins with a few minutes of getting to know each other through sharing developments and milestones. Next, we use repetitive welcome songs to teach waving, clapping, stomping, and tapping movements. The remainder of the class uses fun props such as scarves, sticks, shakers, and stuffed animals to introduce a variety of dance and movement activities. Give your baby bonding time with you through the joys of song, dance, and movement!
Zoom Link, Your Home. Online. $105. 734 994 2300 X 0. email@example.com https:
"Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.more >
"Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.< less
U-M Ford School of Public Policy professor John D. Ciorciar discusses the power and the pitfalls of the practice whereby the UN and other international actors have partnered with national governments weakened by civil conflict to share sovereign authority over key functions in order to bolster the rule of law.
10-11:30 a.m., for URL preregister at OLLI-umich.org. $35 per lecture (for 10-lecture series, $80); for members, $10 per lecture and $55 for 10-lecture series. $25 annual membership fee. 998-9351.
(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
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. $109. 734 994 2300 X 0. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
AASC intern Tanya leads a discussion on topics ranging from mindfulness, healthy eating, and the use of art and music for well-being.
Free. For URL, see A2gov.org
Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest featuring a range of questions from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together.
For URL email email@example.com. Free.
Local Morris dancers lead participants in an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs. No set program; all participants are welcome to lead a song with a singable, reasonably easy-to-learn chorus.
For URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
All age 21 & over invited to discuss Susan Palwick's 2005 novel about a family cast out of an idyllic realm who must learn to confront the difficulties of life.
For URL email email@example.com. Free.
"There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.more >
"There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.< less
Writer, performer, and educator M.. Leona Godin, who is herself blind, is joined by J.T. Hill to discuss Godin's engaging & insightful new study of both the science and the cultural representations of blindness from Homer and King Lear to Star Wars and Stevie Wonder. Q&A.
7 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.com
Oz's Music Environment: "Anything Goes Open Stage"
All acoustic musicians invited for an online version of this popular open mike. Hosted by Jim Novak. For online info, and to reserve a performing slot, see meetup.com
Zal Gaz Grotto: Easy Street Jazz Band
Dixieland and swing by this veteran local ensemble led by trombonist Terry Kimura. 5:30-8:30 p.m.
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