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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 12, 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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"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 TheatreNova.org. a2TheatreNova@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).


 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 parkrun.us/Lillie. lillie@parkrun.com, facebook.com/LillieParkRun. [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.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  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.).

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Various locations; specific meeting spots identified after preregistration (required) at Secure.Rec1.com/MI/city-of-ann-arbor/catalog (click on "NAP Workdays"). Free. 794-6627.


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Fish Biology": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Educational program for ages 7-11 led by WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free, but preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (search Activity # 841004). [map]


 10 a.m-7 p.m  Free! 

ArtHouse.

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June 11-13 Three-day show and sale of mixedmedia assemblages by area artists. Includes Sam Brown Fecteau's graffiti-based paintings, Susan Fecteau's resin furniture, Ron Carnell and Leslie Sobel's prints and paintings, & more. Masks required for people not vaccinated.
913 Gott St. Free admission. https://www.facebook.com/events/139836378170380?active_tab=about. [map]



 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine.

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Show and sale of apothecary items and herbal products used for anxiety, sleep quality, and stress. Gaia Center for Herbal Studies founder Mary Light on hand to answer questions. Also, students of this school give free 15-minute walk-in massages and foot reflexology sessions ($10).
AASM, 3684 W. Liberty, ste. B. Free. 769-7794. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Free Fishing Weekend": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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June 12 & 13 (different locations). All invited to try fishing. Kids (accompanied by an adult) welcome. Poles, bait, & instruction provided. No fishing license necessary. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle.
10 a.m.-noon, Rolling Hills County Park (June 12), 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti, and Independence Lake County Park (June 13), meet at the fishing dock near the Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Dexter. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. Park vehicle entry fee. dehringk@washtenaw.org. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Westside Art Hop."

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June 12 & 13. The homes and studios of several west-side artists are open for a show and sale of their art and craft items. Also, sale of works by more than 30 visiting (and vaccinated) artists. Masks required.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), neighborhoods between W. Liberty and Pauline; map available at WestsideArtHop.com. Free admission. 757-3717. [map]



 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]


 10:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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University of Delaware entomology and wildlife ecology professor Douglas Tallamy discusses his new book which encourages homeowners to plant native flora. Followed by an online auction (opens at noon June 12; closes at noon June 19) with garden tools and more.
For URL preregister at AnnArborFarmAndGarden.org. Free, but donations welcome. 330-8521.


 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. elizabeth@theguild.org. [map]


 Noon-5 p.m. or so  Free! 

"13th Annual Jackson Road Cruise": West Washtenaw Business Association.

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The program includes a cruise of classic cars (10 a.m.-dinner time TBA) along Jackson between Wagner and Baker Rds., followed by a classic car show with judging at 2:15 p.m. Also, a Poker Walk (noon-3 p.m.; $10 donation to His Eye Is On the Sparrow) to compete for prize drawings by walking to several checkpoints in the parking lot. Also, kids activities and food concessions at area businesses; detailed schedule available at jrcruise.org.
Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Rd. Free. 864-6095. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Solstice Drive-Thru": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to pick up summer-themed goodie bags, snacks, and beverages. Also, a chance to learn about Therapy at Your Door (Canton) services with physical therapist Parvej Khan.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free, but preregistration requested by emailing bpatton@a2gov.org. 794-6250. [map]


 Time TBA  Free! 

"Live Here Now": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Outdoor performances by Formula 734, a hip-hop group of Washtenaw County My Brother's Keeper members, whose recent album puts the kaleidoscope of inspiration, struggle, burden, and triumph that young Black men in Washtenaw County experience into lyrical form. Also, Mark Cooper, a Detroit rapper-producer whose self-avowed "nerdcore" features raps about all things gaming culture from PlayStations and other systems to the Transformers and Power Rangers.
For time and location, preregister at preregistration required at a2sf.org/live-here-now.


 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 www.motathaiyoga.com. Questions? Email us at info@motathaiyoga.com.
West Park, 215 Chapin St. Online. Donation. $10-$20. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 1-3 p.m. 

Fishing for Beginners: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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All ages invited to learn how to tie basic knots, casting techniques, and other fishing tactics. Face masks required.
Hudson Mills rapids view picnic area, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person, preregistration required by 4 p.m. on June 24. MetroParks.com/park-events/hudson-mills, 426-8211. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea.

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June 12 & 20. This 10-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state. Today's game is vs. Dexter Union, and on June 20 they play Kalamazoo.
St. Joseph Church baseball field, 6805 Mast Rd., Dexter (June 12) and Timbertown Park, Sibley Rd. (west off Main St. north of downtown), Chelsea (June 20). Free. ChelseaMonitorBBC@gmail.com. [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 TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Chapter Meeting: Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (energyinnovationact.org), a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings are currently hosted on Zoom to accomodate COVID restrictions and consist of action team check-ins and local discussion of actions.
Online on Zoom, Email for Zoom Link. Free. Online. annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org http://annarborccl.org/



 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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June 12 & 26. Livestreamed docent-led tours on various themes, including "Excavating the Archives" (June 12) and "The Archaeology of Daily Life" (June 26).

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For URL see myumi.ch/WwDXA. Free. 764-9304.


 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Slam!/Open Mic!": Northside Community Church.

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June 12 & 19. Socially distanced casual performances by various local musicians, including U-M music, theater, and dance students, NCC resident musicians, and others. Open windows for cross ventilation, so dress accordingly. Masks required.
4:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:20 p.m.), Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. 649-7948, NorthsideCommunityA2@gmail.com. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.

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Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect.
6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity. thedinnerdetective.com/ann-arbor. (866) 496-0535. [map]



 7:30 &9:30 p.m. 

Jon Reep and John Heffron: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 11 & 12. These two L.A.-based comics, hosts of the popular podcast Heffron & Reep, specialize in observations about the indignities and absurdities of everyday life from the point of view of children and parents. They are both frequent guests on network and cable TV shows. 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 $30 in advance and at the door (capacity reduced). aaComedy.com, 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m  Free!  Online 

Sari Brown: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704.

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Livestreamed performance by this local singer-songwriter who writes reverent yet unconventional spirituals, late-night traveling songs, and folk-style story songs with poetic lyrics and a strong political sensibility.
For URL and tickets ($10) see bit.ly/saribrown. 327-0270.



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 AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.





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