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Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 26, 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

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 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 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.

Online at $12 per film (for members, $10).

 6 a.m.-9 p.m.  Online 

"Virtual Mud Day Challenge": Apple Playschools.

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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.

 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, [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.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw County Clean Up Day - Whitmore Lake: Washtenaw County Public Works.

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Have you done some spring cleaning and ended up with stuff you don't know where to take? Bring our waste specialists your old TVs, paint, oils, garden chemicals and more for responsible and safe disposal!
All vehicles in line by 1pm will be served.
Please consider a donation of $15 to help support this effort and only bring materials you can unload within 20 minutes or less. Limit of 10 tires.
• Appliances
• Bulky Household Waste (furniture, mattresses, scrap wood, etc.)
• Electronics (TV, computer, entertainment and communication devices, etc.)
• Household Hazardous Waste (paint, pesticides, cleaning supplies, oil, batteries, etc.)
• Recyclable Materials (glass, paper, plastic, cardboard)
• Foam Packaging and Containers (cleaned of food debris)
View the flyer for more details at for a full list of accepted and not accepted materials, a map of the event flow, and suggested donation amounts.
Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. Donation. 734 222 3950. [map]

 10 a.m. 

IDPA Monthly Club Match: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) offers an action shooting sport that uses practical equipment with full charge service ammunition to solve simulated self-defense scenarios using practical handguns and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual. For more information, contact Earl Austin, 734-645-3267.
Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Road, Saline. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Chelsea District Library.

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Sale of gently used paperback and hard-cover books. Also, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and more. Fill a bag for $5.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., CDL basement, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-8732. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Blacksmiths, Soldiers, and Log Cabin Weekend": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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June 26 & 27. A weekend of historical reenactments, featuring a blacksmith festival, a Civil War encampment, and more. Also, guided tours of the 10-room farmhouse. On Sunday, activities to celebrate Log Cabin Day.
Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Chelsea. $5 general admission; seniors and kids ages 5-12, $2; kids age 4 & under and members, free. (517) 596-2254. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m. 

"Flower Play": Hudson Mills Metropark Play Series.

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Guided educational program for kids ages 2-3 (accompanied by an adult) led by a park naturalist that involves matching colors with found plants. 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 24., 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]

 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. [map]

 Noon  Free!  Online 

Fly and Remember Memorial Event: GrieveWell, Arbor Hospice, Ele's Place.

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This virtual Fly and Remember Memorial Service will connect participants to ways to honor the memory of their loved ones. Hosted on Zoom in partnership with GrieveWell, Arbor Hospice, and Ele's Place, participants will build and decorate a kite in memory of a loved one, engage in featured readings from special guests, and have an opportunity to share memories.
Register via - a Zoom link will be sent once you register.Free. 975-0238.
Zoom. Free. Online. 975-0238.

 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: DJ Ell, a young local who plays and produces hip-hop, R&B, and EDM and who's played in nightclubs all over Europe and U.S.
For time and location, preregister at Free, but donations accepted., 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 Free, but donations accepted., 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 Questions? Email us at
West Park, 215 Chapin St. Online. Donation. $10-$20. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

5th Annual Hybrid Kite Festival: GrieveWell.

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Professional kite flying demonstrations, a chance to build and fly your own kite ($5), in-person and virtual kids games and activities, and a virtual only kite decorating contest for kids in grades K-8. Food available. Preceded at noon by a collective memorial service. Rain or shine.
Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Rd. Free admission, but preregistration recommended at 975-0238. [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 (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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June 12 & 26. Livestreamed docent-led tours on various themes, including "Excavating the Archives" (June 12) and "The Archaeology of Daily Life" (June 26).

For URL see Free. 764-9304.

 3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kids Open Mic": Oz's Music Environment.

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All kids invited to join a Zoom gathering to sing songs, make music, tell jokes, and more.
For URL see Free. 662-8283.

 4 p.m. 

Laith Al Saadi-Trio: The Ark/Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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An eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals, by a jazz-tinged, jam-oriented trio led by local singer-guitarist Al-Saadi, a popular contestant on The Voice who recently opened the shows on Bob Seger's farewell tour. His 2016 CD, Real, a collection of songs drawing on blues, country, gospel, and roots rock, was recorded in L.A. with an all-star cast of session legends, and he has released a 4-song EP of Jimi Hendrix covers.
4 p.m., Fuller Park. $25-$125 until showtime in advance only at &; no tickets sold at the gate. 761-1451, 994-5999.

 6:30 p.m. 

"Sacred Sound Journey": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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Saturday Evening Sound Journey
Join Victoria for this bi-weekly sound journey of crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, drumming and other sacred sound instruments at Verapose Yoga & Meditation House in Dexter, Michigan. She begins with guided meditation and relaxation techniques to expand your ability to find equilibrium and harmony, thus opening a portal of creativity and connection during her sound journey. Sacred sound vibration therapy is a powerful non-invasive healing modality and beneficial to restoring our total wellbeing at the cellular level--heart, mind and body. Some may even experience spontaneous physical healing. The effects can be a more harmonious sense of wellbeing in resonance with higher vibratory frequencies that can last for a few hours, days or longer.
Space is limited. Bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillow, bolsters and optional eye mask.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $40. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.

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June 12 & 26. Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect.
6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity. (866) 496-0535. [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 and at the door. [map]

 7:30 & 9:30 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)., 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The War and Treaty: The Ark/Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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Soulful Americana band from Albion, anchored by the husband-and-wife duo of Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount. Trotter wrote his first song while on tour in Iraq, teaching himself to play on a piano confiscated from one of Saddam Hussein's private palaces. With Blount's influences of Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, and Aretha Franklin, the two create songs that are inspired by darkness and despair but lean toward a higher spiritual purpose.
8 p.m., Fuller Park. $25-$125 until showtime in advance only at &; no tickets sold at the gate. 761-1451, 994-5999.

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 Free. 327-4200.

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