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Calendar of Events

Friday, June 25, 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 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.


 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Music & Movement: Dance Through a Book": Dexter District Library.

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The Dexter District Library invites children ages 3 and up to join Miss Jenn from Dancer's Edge as we dance through a book in our virtual music and movement class! We will be exploring the book How Do You Dance? by Thyra Heder. Do you dance with your fingers? Do you tap with your feet? Do your eyebrows like to boogie? Join us and explore all of the wonderful ways our bodies can dance!
Registration is required on the Dexter District Library's website. A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before Friday, June 25.
Dexter District Library, Virtual Event, Dexter. Free. Online. 734-426-4477. https://dexter.lib.mi.us/events/music-movement-with-dancers-edge/



 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]


 Noon  Free!  Online 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions (via Zoom) on religion. Eat lunch during the meeting, if you wish.
Noon, for online URL see TempleBethEmeth.org. Free.


 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: Nadim Azzam, a local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter, who has a forthcoming album, Dreams for the Future.
For time and location, preregister at a2sf.org/live-here-now. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994-5999.


 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Loop Nation," "DJ & Turntablism," and "Music Production": The Neutral Zone.

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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/events. Free.


 6-10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

5th Annual Ypsi Pride.

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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/YpsiPride. June 4: "Art/Drag/Performance," featuring drag and live music. June 11: "Youth and Family Night," with crafts, a teen poetry slam, and a family-friendly drag show. June 18: "Vendor Highlight Night," with local businesses and non-profits on display. June 25: "Collective Care Night," with live performances and self-care giveaways.
Live at Washington St., downtown Ypsilanti; online at facebook.com/YpsiPride. Free.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Every Fri., June 18-Aug. 13. Entertainment in downtown Dexter. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass; face masks required. Tonight: The Claim Jumpers, a local band that plays arrangements of old country tunes led by guitarist Donny Brown.
Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. Info@DexterChamber.org.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Movie Trivia Night": Michigan Theater.

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Every Fri. Popular family-friendly contest with questions on movie quotes, posters, soundtracks, and more. 1st and 2nd place prizes. Have a pen and paper handy.
For URL see michtheater.org/trivia. $5 per device (members, free).


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Make 'Em Laugh Again": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Local actors present 3 outdoor performances of 10-minute comedies by local playwrights. PJ Sallans' Candy Hearts is about a single man who is promised to be told why he keeps getting dumped if he can beat a dating simulator video game. Krystle Dellihue's Closure is about 2 sisters who visit their father's grave for the first time. Brian Cox's Sense-ational is about a young couple exploring how to use technology in their relationship. Prerecorded streaming option in case of rain.
A2CT deck, 322 W. Ann St. Free, but preregistration required (space limited) at a2ct.org. manager@a2ct.org. [map]


 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! 

"Story Night": Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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Guild members host a lively livestreamed program of stories for grownups on the theme "Tales From The Road." Featuring Laura Lee Hayes's tales of thrills from a year traveling with a circus and Steve Daut's "Close Encounters of the Roadie Kind," his stories about a series of incidents where he narrowly missed something that might have changed his life in some dramatic way-or ended it entirely. The last "Story Night" ever.
For URL preregister at AnnArborStorytelling.org/events. Free.


 7:30 p.m. 

Kevin Zeoli: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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June 25 & 26. Veteran Westland comic known for his down-to-earth, blue-collar observational and philosophical humor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 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. 

Kishi Bashi: The Ark/Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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The stage name of former Of Montreal violinist Kaoru Ishbashi, a veteran indie rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music is known for its radiant, vaguely psychedelic soundscapes.
8 p.m., Fuller Park. $25-$125 until showtime in advance only at TheArk.org & a2sf.org; no tickets sold at the gate. 761-1451, 994-5999.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Zal Gaz Grotto: She-Bop She-Bop

Outdor performance on the Zal Gaz back lot by this local girl-group- style trio of singer-guitarist Laurie Lounsbury, Elizabeth Royce, and singer-French hornist Morgan Lamonica. With guitarist Johnny Rasmussen, bassist Al Kalaf, and drummer Kinks Heiss. [venue info]

 
 


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