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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 19, 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).


 6 a.m.-9 p.m.  Online 

"Virtual Mud Day Challenge": Apple Playschools.

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Dive into THE MUD DAY CHALLENGE!
Run, Hike, Garden, Play! We are celebrating International Mud Day with a virtual challenge you can do anywhere. Choose your own muddy adventure and help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 and tracking 5000 Muddy Minutes between June 7th and June 29th. Go for a Trail Run, take a Nature Hike, dig in your garden, dive into a mud pit, make a mud pie or create a muddy work of art. Download your passport, choose your activities, set your own goals, and have fun! One price registers you or your whole family. Don't forget to invite friends and family to join in the fun and donate to Apple Playschools' Scholarship Fund!
Virtual, Anywhere. Online. Donation. $15. amanda@appleplayschools.org https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/MudDayChallenge



 8 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk. Masks recommended.
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 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain, snow, or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]


 9 a.m.-noon  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 & 11 a.m. 

"Creek Stompin' with Dad": Hudson Mills Metropark Young Play Series.

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Ages 4 & up invited to search for invertebrates using a net, and learn about why they're good indicators of water quality. Wear shoes that can get wet and a face mask; change of clothes & towel recommended.
Hudson Mills rapids view picnic area, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per adults (kids, $3; dads, free), preregistration required by 4 p.m. on June 18. MetroParks.com/park-events/hudson-mills, 426-8211. [map]


 10 and 11 a.m. & noon 

"Flowers, Sweet Flowers": Hudson Mills Metropark Young Outdoor Explorers.

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A park naturalist leads kids ages 3-6 on a half-mile hike to find and examine different wildflowers. 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 18. MetroParks.com/park-events/hudson-mills, 426-8211. [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.-noon  Free!  Online 

Death Cafe.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death. Hosted by The Dying Year owner Merilynne Rush, Diana Cramer and Rachel Briggs.
For URL email Merilynne at TheDyingYear@gmail.com. Free.



 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Light": The Purple Rose Theatre Company/Chelsea District Library.

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Guy Sanville directs a livestreamed reading of Baltimore-based playwright Jarrin Davis's drama about a prodigal daughter who returns home and upends the lives of her devout younger sister, family friends, and the 11-year-old son she left. Post-performance talkback with the cast, playwright, and director. Part of a series of play readings Purple Rose is considering for its upcoming season.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/prlight Free. 475-8732.


 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Taste of Greece Fundraiser: Pastitsio Dinner": St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church/American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association.

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Drive-thru to pick up this rich beef pasta bake, Greek salad, and a spinach pie catered by Daughters of Penelope. Desserts available.
St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. $18. stnickaa.org/taste. [map]


 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]


 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"What Can You Do with Apple Pay?": MacTechnics.

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Talk by MacTechnics member Nicholas de Paul. Also, a prerecorded talk by The Villages Apple User Group instructor Tony Crawford on the "Apple Ecosystem," followed by a Q&A. Mac questions of any kind welcome.
For URL email Contact@MacTechnics.org. Free. MacTechnics.org.


 Noon or so  Free!  Online 

27th Annual Juneteenth: Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP.

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Two-hour family-friendly virtual celebration of the anniversary of the first reading in Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation, on June 19, 1865-more than 2 years after it was signed by President Lincoln. On May 17, City Council voted to make Juneteenth an official city holiday. The entertainment includes talks on the significance and history of the Divine Nine, the Black national anthem, voter suppression, expungement, the criminal justice system in Ann Arbor, the value of the Black church, and more. Preceded at 9 a.m. by an in-person march, starting in Fuller Park (1519 Fuller Rd.) and ending in Wheeler Park (N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.).
Flyers distributed at noon or so at Wheeler Park describe how to access the livestream. Also for URL, email wvhamp@comcast.net or call 761-9084. Free. [map]


 Time TBA  Free! 

"Live Here Now": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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A series of concerts in public parks and spaces throughout town. Tonight: Ki5, the local electronic musician whose songs blend dynamic vocals with beatboxing.
For time and location, preregister at a2sf.org/live-here-now. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999.


 Time TBA  Free! 

"Temping": Ann Arbor Summer Festival/Ann Arbor District Library.

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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/temping. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999.


 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]



 1-2:30 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, including a warthog, savannah monitor, hedgehog, and chameleon. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including an albino alligator, macaws, sloths, and more. Masks required.
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]


 1:30-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Push to the Pinnacle - Workshopping Your Way to an Impactful Presentation": Forefront Toastmasters Club.

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Have you ever needed to craft an impactful presentation for an event, or for work?

Lisa Harvey Roach is a Toastmaster and National Speakers Association member. In more than a decade as a professional speaker and trainer, she's presented over 800 seminars to 16,000+ individuals across the US.

Learn how Lisa used Forefront Toastmasters' unique workshop format to develop her International Speech, "Savor the Flavor," and how you can take advantage of the same techniques to perfect your presentations.

Register for the free Zoom event at https://bit.ly/PushToThePinnacle
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Zoom. Free. Online. vppr-3481227@toastmastersclubs.org https://bit.ly/PushToThePinnacle



 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]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Djangophonique: Broken Branch Summer Series.

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Outdoor performance by this local ensemble led by guitarist Andrew Brown that plays music inspired by the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Bring something to sit on like a chair or blankets. Gas grill on site. No pets. Capacity limited to 100 people, so arrive early (preregistration available).
6090 Plymouth Rd. (park across the street or on the shoulder of Plymouth Rd.). Free admission, but donations accepted. AdamLabeaux.com/b3, Facebook.com/a2brokenbranch. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Mick Gavin & Family: Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Celtic music and song featuring the veteran Detroit Irish family ensemble, led by fiddler (and County Clare native) Gavin with his sons Sean (flutist and uilleann piper) and Mike (fiddler and banjoist). After the show, all musicians invited to join an informal session of jigs and reels.
Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan, Saline. $10. Reduced capacity; reservations recommended at StonyLakeBrewing.com. 316-7919. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. (sold out) 

"Some Enchanted Evening": The Encore Musical Theatre Company Summer Concert Series.

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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]


 7:15-9 p.m. 

"Kids Mewvie Night": Tiny Lions.

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Screening of The Good Dinosaur, Peter Sohn's 2015 animated adventure set in a world where dinosaurs and humans live side by side. Also, snuggles with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Bring a face mask (required), pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish.
$10 in advance at TicketTailor.com/events/hshv/524016.


 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Mike Stanley: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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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]


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

John Gorka: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Acclaimed by Rolling Stone as the "preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk movement," Gorka pens intimate, conversational songs and ballads that overflow with vividly imagined details and a sly, probing sense of humor. Gorka's 2018 album, True In Time, features wry, poignant, and intimate reflections on everyday life paired with deft storytelling and smoking guitar playing.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.




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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Extrusions

Local vintage rock and Motown band. [venue info]

 
 


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