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]
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
A series of concerts in public parks and spaces throughout town. Tonight: The Michigan trio Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps, led by singer-songwriter & bassist PerShayla, who draws from blues, classic, and progressive rock traditions to make her eclectic, energetic, and introspective songs.
For time and location, preregister at a2sf.org
June 15-July 3. NYC-based live performance director Michael Rau curates playwright Michael Yates Crowley's immersive theater experience in which solo participants fill in for an employee at a pension actuarial firm for about 45 minutes. Inside a cubicle, each person performs the role of estimating how long workers will live, updating client records, sending emails, and even eavesdropping on intra-office romance. On the other side of the office space, stage operators virtually intact with the participant to redirect and reinforce the performance. Recommended for ages 16 & up, and for people who are familiar with Microsoft Office.
Times TBA, for in-person location and other updates, preregister at a2sf.org
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
Please join us for connection, sharing and ideas around caregiver issues as we navigate our lives during these challenging times of Covid-19. The group will include educational content, is facilitated by a licensed JFS Social Worker, and is open to anyone who cares for someone aged 60+.
For more information and to register, please visit: https:
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Veteran freelance journalist Julian Sancton discusses his book about the harrowing 1884 ordeal of the Belgica, ship on a polar expedition to the Antarctica that got stuck for months in the ice of the Bellinghausen Sea.
7 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.com
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All invited to to discuss pages 67-137 of Brooklyn-based political strategist Heather McGhee's new book that Washington Post writer Paul C. Taylor calls a "sobering, oddly hopeful book." "[McGhee] is not fishing for converts in a depleted sea," Taylor adds, "She is encouraging the faithful and equipping them for the kind of intellectual and spiritual journey that produced her book."
For URL preregister at bit.ly
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.
(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]
Washtenaw Audubon Society conservation chair Cathy Theisen discusses the implications of removing the gray wolf from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services endangered species list, despite its meager population.
Online at zoom.us
Pulitzer-winning actor-playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, is joined by his cowriters Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jeremy McCarter for a livestreamed discussion of this new book about their 2008 debut Broadway musical.
8 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.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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