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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 9, 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).


 9:15 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Metaphysics of Spirituality Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of metaphysics on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.org


 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Mind Matters": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven leads various mental exercises from Nancy Linde's 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.
Online at bit.ly/mindmattersapril. Free. bpatton@a2gov.org, 794-6250.


 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.


 Noon-12:30 p.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]


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Centering Justice": Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.

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Monthly series featuring 3 leaders of black, indigenous, and other people of color discussing what it means to them to live in a just and thriving society.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/attendcenteringjustice. Free, but donations accepted. infor@new.org.


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Oz's Back Porch": Oz's Music Environment.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Live music by local musicians, outdoors and socially distanced. Bring food, if you'd like.
Updated times: 7:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Wed.). Oz's, 1920 Packard. Free. 662-8283.


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Nature Adventures: Turtle Shellebration": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike to search for the 10 different turtle species that call Washtenaw County home. Masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings. Free, preregistration required for all age 2 & over at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (search Activity #841002). [map]


 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Getting Creative With": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. AADL staffers share and discuss creative projects they've been working on based on weekly themes TBA such as "Socks" and "Triangles."
AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Music Production Basics: The Neutral Zone.

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Every Wed. All high schoolers invited to learn various elements of music. Beginners welcome; no equipment necessary. "Audio Techniques," shows the basics of production, mixing, and mastering. "eMCee Workshop," is on the basics of rap, how to compose a verse and match the lyric with the beats, and more. "Songwriting," to write songs and get feedback from peers.
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Science of Mind Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of Science of Mind via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Wed. All male singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email info@HVharmonizers.org. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467.


 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
For URL join Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. Free. 926-8863.


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to read and discuss poetry or short fiction. Have your original work ready to share, if you wish.
7-8:45 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email cwPoetryCircle@gmail.com. Free. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Bridesmaids": Fathom Events.

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(Paul Feig, 2011). Romantic comedy about a woman who suffers a series of misfortunes after being asked to serve as maid of honor for her best friend. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph. Masks required at all times except when consuming concessions.
3 p.m. (Emagine on Sun. only) and 7 p.m. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500). [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Portrait of a Mirror": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Washington, D.C.-based writer A. Natasha Joukovsky is joined by Jia Tolentino to discuss Joukovsky's debut novel, an adaptation of the myth of Narcissus as a modern novel of manners about 2 young, well-heeled couples whose parallel lives intertwine over the course of a summer, Q&A.
7 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.com/event/2021-06. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"What Can We Do about the Electoral College": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Virtual Brews & Views.

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Talk by area lawyer Maria Woloson, a board member of Oakland County LWV.
For URL see my.lwv.org/michigan/ann-arbor-area. Free. 272-3634.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 4-4:30 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 AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.





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