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
In her new book "Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood," Dr. Crystal Lynn Webster argues that young African Americans were frequently left outside the 19th century's emerging constructions of both race and childhood. Drawing evidence from the urban centers of the Antebellum North, Webster's innovative research yields a powerful new history of African American childhood before the Civil War, showing that Black children nevertheless carved out physical and social space for play, for learning, and for their own aspirations. Dr. Webster joins us in conversation with Clements Library Director Paul Erickson. This episode of the Clements Bookworm webinar series coincides with the celebration of Juneteenth and a growing national recognition of understudied histories and experiences of African Americans in the past.
Online via Zoom. Free. Online. 734-649-3370. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
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. email@example.com. [map]
(Mariem Pérez Riera, 2021). Documentary about the early life and career of the Oscar-winning actress best known for her supporting roles in the popular musicals Singin' in the Rain and West Side Story.
For times, see MichiganTheater.org
NYC-based director Michael Rau curates playwright Michael Yates Crowley's immersive theater experience in which each participant fills in for an employee at a pension actuarial firm for about 45 minutes. Inside a cubicle, each temp estimates how long workers will live, updates client records, sends emails, and even eavesdrops on an office romance. On the other side of the office space, stage operators interact virtually with each participant to redirect and reinforce the performance. Recommended for ages 16 & up, and for people familiar with Microsoft Office.
10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. (45-minute sessions), 206 S. Fifth Ave., suite 185. Preregistration required at a2sf.org
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Every Fri. Local music professionals demonstrate to high schoolers how to loop and layer beats to make songs, work turntables and electronic software, and curate performances. Also, the chance to perform your own music and receive feedback. No equipment necessary.
For URL see neutral-zone.org
June 4, 11, 18, & 25. Four nights of live performances and themed activities on a small stage in downtown Ypsilanti, that are also livestreamed for the homebound viewers. Masks required. For updated schedule of events, see facebook.com
Live at Washington St., downtown Ypsilanti; online at facebook.com
A series of concerts in public parks and spaces throughout town. Tonight: London Beck, a young local singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist whose music interweaves strands of hip-hop, pop, soul, and jazz.
For time and location, preregister at a2sf.org
June 17-20.. This local professional theater company performs songs from Broadway's Golden Age, including music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Gershwin, Porter & others. Cabaret-style seating; capacity limited.
7-8:30 p.m., Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $35 ($3.70 online processing fees) in advance (recommended) at TheEncoreTheatre.org and at the door. info@TheEncoreTheatre.org. [map]
June 18 & 19. Chicago-based observational comic, originally from the Detroit area, who is known for his snappy, energetic delivery and a sharp wit that's alternately impudent and poetically suggestive. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced). aaComedy.com, 996-9080. [map]
Chamber folk sister duo from Melbourne known for their exquisite haunted tunes about love, grief and whispering trees delivered with wondrous sibling harmonies. Their Australian Music Prize-nominated 2019 sophomore album Your Company won Best Folk Album in the 2020 Independent Music Awards.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com
Virtual Zoom production by local actors of playwright Joseph Zettlemeir's play about a spider who is a radio personality. Cast: Lydia Hiller, Dave Davies, Dawn Purcell, Wendy Katz Hiller, and Michael Herman.
For URL and tickets ($5) see PennySeats.org. PennySeats@gmail.com.
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