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Calendar of Events

Sunday, June 13, 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]

 All day  Free! 

Sidewalk Chalk Day": Ann Arbor Summer Festival/Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to participate in this chalk-drawing contest by taking photos of your work and sharing it on social media with the hashtag "#a2chalkday." Popular local street artist David Zinn, creator of the Singing in the Rain mural on S. Fifth Ave., will be around downtown making his own chalk works. Winners chosen by the AADL. Rain date: June 14.
For location, preregister at Free, but donations accepted. 994-5999.

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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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"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).

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Who Let the Bugs Out?": 33rd Annual Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Club Festival.

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Big display of some 400 of every sort of VW imaginable, from originals and race cars to kit cars, dune buggies, trikes, and rat rods. Also, a large swap meet. Rain or shine. Preceded at noon on June 12 by a "Slow Slalom Course" at Staybridge Suites (3850 Research Park Dr.) where cars drive around at about 30 mph.
Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. $5 admission (car entry fee, $15); cash only. Capacity limited to about 100 people.

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Americana: Wings & Wheels Benefit": Yankee Air Museum.

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Show of vintage American cars, trucks, and aircrafts made from 1930-1969, featuring GM's art deco Futurliners, race cars, and more. Also, a chance to take a ride on a WWII-era aircraft. Rain or shine.
Willow Run Airport west ramp, 816 Kirk Profit Dr., Ypsilanti. Tickets $20 in advance at and $25 day of the event; kids age 15 & under, free. 483-4030. [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 Park vehicle entry fee. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Rescue Reading": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Sun. All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, and a talk on humane education. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon.  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Talks: Jataka Tales": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Every Sun. Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche discusses tales from this ancient collection of parables about the Buddha's previous lives.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year. Masks required.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Addressing Public Health Issues Equitably, Compassionately, and Justly": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion led by U-M environmental health sciences professor Simone Charles.
For URL email or call 662-4536. Free.

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,

 11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Celebrating Someone Special - Virtual Event": New Grace Apostolic Temple.

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The New Grace Church Family and Friends are celebrating Someone Special, our Pastor, Suffragan Bishop Avery Dumas III on his 20th Pastoral Anniversary. We are celebrating our Pastor & First Lady the entire month of June. We want them to feel extraordinarily appreciated and truly blessed.
I Timothy 5:17 says "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine."
Join us virtually on Facebook every Sunday in June, 11:30 am and celebrate with us! We will have anointed praise and worship, special presentations, and dynamic guest speakers. Everyone is welcome!
If you would like to send a monetary love offering, you may do so electronically in the following ways: Cash App: $NewGraceTemple, PayPal:, Givelify: NewGrace, or check/money order: 2898 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Note Pastor's Appreciation on your giving.
New Grace Apostolic Temple, 2898 Packard Rd. Free. Online. Donation. 734.531.9997. [map]

 Noon-5 p.m.  Free! 


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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. [map]

 noon-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 Free admission. 757-3717. [map]

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"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.

 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]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor": Jewish Community Center/Beth Israel Congregation.

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Local historians Jon Milan and Gail Offen share anecdotes, photos, and a few recipes from their 2016 book.
For URL preregister at Free.

 1 & 6 p.m. 

"My Fair Lady": Fathom Events.

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(George Cukor, 1964). Multi-Oscar-winning film version of Lerner & Loewe's musical adaptation of Shaw's Pygmalion. An arrogant professor sets out to transform a coarse street vendor into a refined lady. Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn, Stanley Holloway. Masks required at all times except when consuming concessions.
1 p.m. (Emagine only) and 6 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]

 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Adults Skate Too Exhibition": Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Performances by adult skaters, including those preparing for the Adult National Championships. Both in-person (capacity limited) and livestream viewing options available.
Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free, but preregistration requested at 213-6768. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Children of the Sea": Fathom Events.

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(Ayumu Watanabe, 2019). Dubbed (June 13) and subtitled (June 15) screenings of an anime about a young girl drawn to an aquarium after seeing a ghost in its waters.
3 p.m. (June 13) and 7 p.m. (June 15). 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]

 4-5:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Jamming Through the Ages": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Christina Sleeper, cofounder of the food preserving company Sleepers Gourmet (L.A.), discusses the history and process of making jams.
For URL preregister at Free.

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Open Mic.

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Musicians of all ability levels and ages invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion.
For outdoor location preregister at $5. 973-7791.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sunday Evening Game Night": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Sun. An evening of playing popular games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper ready to use.
For URL email Free.

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