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
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
WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike to search for the 10 different turtle species that call Washtenaw County home. Masks required, and bring binoculars if you have them.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free, but preregistration required by emailing email@example.com. [map]
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]
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
All invited to form teams of 4 or 5 persons to compete in a 2-round trivia contest. Solo competitors are matched up together. Questions are geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (curbside pick up only).
Online at bit.ly
(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]
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.
U-M LS&A dean Anne Curzan, a linguist by trade who hosts the weekly Michigan Radio show That's What They Say, discusses some of the changes happening to English in Michigan.
3:30-5 p.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly
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
Mela Arts Connect (NYC) dance instructors lead a lively demonstration on folk dances from the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat, highlighted by garba. Marked by hand claps and twirls, the fast-paced, playful dance style, garba originated in ancient times as part of the Navratri festival that honors Hindu goddesses, womanhood, and fertility. Danced in a circle, garba steps can be anything from a simple two-step to intricate movements. Live music TBA. Wear a long, circle skirt, kurta top, and other Indian clothing if you'd like.
For location, preregister at a2sf.org
Chilean transgender performer Monalisa Ojeda is joined by novelist Rakesh Satyal to discuss Ojeda's new collection of stories about a group of trans Latinx immigrant friends who walk the streets, get high, compete in beauty contests, look for clients on their impossibly high heels, and fall prey to increasingly cruel immigration policies.
7 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.com
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.
All invited to discuss their metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a "being of light" channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices, including Vipassana and Pure Awareness meditation. Q&A.
For URL preregister at DeepSpring.org. $10-$30 suggested donation. 477-5848, DeepSpring9@gmail.com.
Entertainment TBA, along with a silent auction, raffles, hor d'oeuvres, wine & beer. Semi-formal dress.
7:30 p.m., Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $50-$500 in advance only at eventbrite.com
Hors d'oeuvres, wine & beer, silent auction, and raffles. Entertainment TBA. Age 21 & up only.
Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. Tickets $50 ($90 for 2; $175 for 4) in advance at eventbrite.com
Every Wed., June 16-July 14. Pandemic edition of a popular local outdoor summer tradition, featuring performances by smaller group ensembles from the 86-year-old Civic Band. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax, socially distanced, on the grass.
June 16: The Clarinet Continuum and The Slide Rules.
June 23: Depot Town Small Band.
June 30: Washtenaw Community Concert Band Town Band.
West Park Band Shell patio, 215 Chapin St. Free. 429-5301. [map]
Canceled and Postponed Events:
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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