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Calendar of Events

Monday, June 21, 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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"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



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Summer Camps: Saline ATA Martial Arts.

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3 Summer Camps for kids of all ages.
June 21-25, July 19-23, August 16-20, 2021
8:30am-3:30pm
Martial Arts, Games, Arts n Crafts, Field Trips & Way More
$50 a day or $199 for the week
Saline ATA Martial Arts, 750 Woodland Drive, Saline. $199. rogers3mandy@yahoo.com www.salineata.com [map]



 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. A different local storyteller reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Event - Cameron Zvara: Comedy Magician & Entertainer: Dexter District Library.

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The Dexter District Library's Summer Reading Program kicks off virtually with Cameron Zvara: Comedy Magician & Entertainer. This 45-minute show for all ages is full of magic, card tricks, comedy, and audience participation. Be sure to have your own deck of cards nearby during Cameron's interactive performance and prepare to be amazed.
Registration is required on our website. A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before Monday, June 21.
Everyone is invited to register for this year's Summer Reading Program "Tails and Tales." Readers of all ages will explore the animal kingdom this summer. Registration for the program may be done in person at the Library, or online through the Beanstack website (dexter.beanstack.org) or Beanstack app available in app stores for mobile devices.
Dexter District Library, virtual, Dexter. Free. Online. 734-426-4477. https://dexter.lib.mi.us



 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.  Free!  Online 

Instagram Live: Miss Kim Ann Arbor.

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Every Mon. Miss Kim chef-owner Ji Hye Kim discusses topics related to cooking with guests TBA.
Online at instagram.com/misskimannarbor. Free. 275-0099.


 5-6:15 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Spinning Dot Theatre: The Neutral Zone.

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Every Mon. Spinning Dot staffers lead teens in various theater games, short play readings, and more.
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 6 p.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]


 6:45 p.m  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Tragic Magic.": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Georgia-based novelist Wesley Brown is joined by Derecka Purnell, a lawyer who works to end police and prison violence, to discuss Brown's recently reissues 1978 debut novel about a Black, twenty-something, ex-college radical who has just been released from a harrowing 5-year prison stretch after being a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.
7 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.com/event/2021-06. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Meeting: Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by socializing.
For URL call 335-0019. Free to visitors ($52 annual dues).


 7 & 9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Theater in Quarantine": Ann Arbor Summer Festival/UMMA.

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Livestreamed theatrical performance by this new NYC-based group that has converted a 4x8x2 closet in founder, codirector, and librettist Joshua William Gelb's East Village apartment into a white-box theater. Gelb and codirector Katie Rose McLaughlin stage everything from an adaptation of a Franz Kafka story to an original musical about Mother Teresa. The pieces are often experimental, sometimes even playing with gravity by rotating the image of the closet so that Gelb falls hard or is suddenly pulled to the side. Tonight, they'll present a new work, commissioned by the Summer Festival, with live musical accompaniment from the UMMA by a Michigan artist TBA.
F or URL preregister at a2sf.org/events/theater-in-quarantine. Free, but donations accepted. 994-5999.


 7-8:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Understanding Grief": GrieveWell.

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GrieveWell programs director Christy Miller discusses grief and the effects it has on physical and emotional health.
For URL preregister at GrieveWell.com/calendar. Free. 975-0238.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 11-11:30 a.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Canceled:"Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.





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