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.
$10 per film (Michigan Theater Foundation members, $10), online this year at Film.jccAnnArbor.org. 971-0990. [map]
New titles available all month (except as noted) online at MichTheater.org
"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 MichTheater.org
Kids invited to celebrate Mud Day at home by following along with a program of prerecorded video demonstrations on everything from building fairy houses and bird nests to making mud face paint and clay writing tablets.
Free, online at ApplePlayschools.org
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
Food Gatherers, United Way of Washtenaw County, and Washtenaw Housing Alliance will be leading a training that will help you learn about advocacy strategies, and how to be successful. There will be opportunities to engage in advocacy work this summer and fall as Congress takes action on COVID recovery legislation, appropriations, and Child Nutrition Reauthorization. These bills have the potential to directly impact us, particularly those of us with lower incomes who participate in SNAP, school meals, summer food, and other federal programs. Are you interested in learning how you can support these efforts? Consider joining us for the Advocacy 101 training so you can learn how you can get started!
The training will cover the basics of advocacy; what is allowed by the IRS and state of Michigan; and effective strategies and sample activities. You will learn from local non-profit staff who have advocacy experience, as well as a local elected official and former legislative staffer.
Zoom. Free. Online. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
A series of concerts in public parks and spaces throughout town. Tonight: Westbound Situation, a young Michigan-based acoustic string quartet whose music blends elements of folk, old-time, and classical music. With Nashville banjoist Matt Davis, Long Island cellist Zach Brown, Bowling Green (OH) violinist Grant Flick, and local bassist Jacob Warren.
For time and location, preregister at a2sf.org
The public is invited to join FLOW on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Eastern for a webinar-Managing High Water & High Tension along the Great Lakes Shoreline-that will provide frontline, scientific, regulatory, and legal insights into efforts at the state and local level to manage high waters and high tensions along Michigan's Great Lakes shoreline.
While Great Lakes waters have receded from their 2019-2020 historic high levels, surface waters remain higher than their long-term average-except for Lake Ontario. Concerns remain regarding high water levels, construction of seawalls and other armoring, and impacts to public and private property, the environment and wildlife, and the public trust rights of people to safely access the shoreline and water.
The free webinar will include a question-and-answer session with the panel.
Register today for the June 29 event at the ticketing link below.
Online Webinar. Free. email@example.com https:
Every Tues. through July 20. AASC intern Tanya leads a discussion on topics ranging from mindfulness, healthy eating, and the use of art and music for well-being.
Online at bit.ly
Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest featuring a range of questions from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together.
For URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Talk by local education business professional Jerry Fouchey.
Online at bit.ly
Zal Gaz Grotto: Easy Street Jazz Band
Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble founded by the late saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the back parking lot.
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