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Calendar of Events

Thursday, June 24, 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



 8:30 a.m. 

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 - 11:30 a.m.  Online 

"Key Organizations Serving Food Insecure People in Washtenaw County": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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Washtenaw County is wealthy: Median household income is $76,500, 28% above the Michigan average and 17% above the U.S. average. However, there are significant pockets of poverty in the county: About 11% of the population is below the poverty line. Similarly, 11% is food insecure, a percentage close to the national average. The Coronavirus pandemic has greatly worsened the problem. Since March 2020, county food distribution agencies reported 30-300% increases in visitors.
This panel discussion will feature leaders of three front-line organizations doing battle against food insecurity: Food Gatherers represented by Eileen Spring; Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels represented by Alison Foreman; and We The People Opportunity Farm in Ypsilanti, represented by Melvin Parson.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you a few days prior to the lecture.
Online. Online. $5. 734-998-9351. olli-umich.org https://www.olli-umich.org/



 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.


 Noon  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 on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.org


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Lunch Break Club": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Thurs. All invited to discuss a weekly topic related to warm weather activities, traditions, and gardening led by AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven, or just sit back and listen.
Online at bit.ly/aasclunch (passcode, 463533). Free. BRuthven@a2gov.org.


 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: Dani Darling (location TBA), a local jazz-inflected pop-soul singer-songwriter. Also at Fuller Park (1519 Fuller Rd.), the versatile local horn-fired funk sextet Sabbatical Bob and Jive Colossus, a local 9-piece ensemble with a killer horn section fronted by vocalist Shelly Catalan that plays Afro-Caribbean, funk, rock, and blues.
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.


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Meadows Open House: Glacier Hills Senior Living Community.

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Enjoy an afternoon on the Meadows Patio at Glacier Hills with hors d'oeuvres, music and drinks to kick off the start of summer.
From 2:00 - 3:30 PM on June 24, mingle with other future residents of our community, get a taste of dining at Glacier Hills, and take a tour of an available Meadows apartment.
RSVP by June 22 at 4:30 PM using one of the following methods:
1) Call (734) 913-0730.
2) Email krishaun.burns@glacierhills.org.
3) Fill out the online RSVP form at https://form.jotform.com/211514457183150.
🔔 Attendance is limited to the first 50 people, so please RSVP soon.
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community, 1200 Earhart Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. 734-913-0730. krishaun.burns@glacierhills.org https://www.trinityhealthseniorcommunities.org/michigan/glacier-hills/ [map]



 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs. (different programs) A 30-minute audiovisual planetarium shows, followed by Q&A

The Sky Tonight (June 3 & 17) explores the current night sky, including the constellations, visible planets, and other astronomical events. The Solar System (June 10 & 24) is an exploration of our solar system's history culminating in the current night sky.

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For URL preregister at lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/visitors/planetarium-dome-theater.html. Free. 764-0478.


 Evening time TBA  Free! 

"Crazy Rich Asian": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Outdoor screening of Jon M. Chu's 2018 rom-com about a native New Yorker who discovers that her longtime boyfriend is actually the scion of a wealthy family and one of Singapore's most eligible bachelors
Fuller Park, 1519 Fuller Rd. Free, but donations accepted. Time TBA (for updates, see a2sf.org/live-here-now). [map]


 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Online 

"Cheese Room Sessions: NYC's Crown Finish Caves": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Crown Finish Caves cheese aging facility sales manager Caroline Hesse and Deli cheesemonger Sean Hartwig discuss and taste samples (available for pickup or delivery) of six different cheeses.
For URL see ZingermansDeli.com/events. $15-$40. 663-3354.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Death in Her Hands": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Critically acclaimed fiction writer Ottessa Moshfegh reads from and discusses her new novel, a tale of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds an ominous note on a walk in the woods.
7 p.m., online at www.literatibookstore.com/event/2021-06. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
For URL email Contact@DetroitIrishMusic.org. Free. Facebook.com/DetroitIMA.


 7-8:30 p.m 

"Simply Sondheim": The Encore Musical Theatre Company Summer Concert Series.

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June 24-26.. This local professional theater company performs songs from Sweeney Todd, Company, Assassins, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, and other Sondheim musicals. 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 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Instagram.com/VaultOfMidnight. Free. 998-1413.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Riverfolk Music & Arts.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Aug. 5. Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain date is the following Friday. Tonight: Roots and Americana by the veteran local duo of Robert Jones and Matt Watroba.
Manchester gazebo, Wurster Park (Main St. just west of M-52). Free, but donations appreciated. RiverfolkMusicAndArts@gmail.com.


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Connie Kaldor: The Ark.

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A Saskatchewan native recently inducted into the Order of Canada,this veteran Canadian folkie writes songs of the prairies and of women. The Boston Globe calls her "a masterful performer, wildly funny one moment, deeply personal the next." She comes to Michigan with the recent Everyday Moments, her first new album in many years.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see facebook.com/TheArkAnnArbor. Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.



 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Burnout Society Film Club.

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Every Thurs. Online double feature screening of obscure cult films via Twitch. Preceded from 8-9 p.m. by pre-show movie clip compilation.
For URL see Facebook.com (search "8 Ball Movie Night").



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 6-6:10 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Canceled: "Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.





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