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Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 3, 2021

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 7:30 PM 

"Spike Lee Joints: A Retrospective": Michigan Theater.

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Every Sat. in July & Aug. Films by the acclaimed director, who's known for challenging race relations and other controversial topics.

July 3: "Do The Right Thing" (1989). Racial inequality drives neighborhood conflict on the hottest day of the summer.

July 10: "Da 5 Bloods" (2020). Four agin Vietnam War veterans return to Vietnam in search of their fallen squad leader, as well as the buried treasure they stashed.

July 17: "BlacKKKlansman" (2018). An African American cop manages to successfully infiltrate the local KKK chapter so well he becomes its leader.

July 24: "Jungle Fever" (1991). Drama about the beginning and end of an extramarital interracial relationship in NYC.

July 31: "Inside Man" (2006). A bank robber, detective, and elusive power broker enter into high stakes negotiations after an elaborate heist.

$10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 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]

 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 Free, but donations accepted., 994-5999. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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U-M carillon students Kevin Lieberman, Deanna Shih, Abigail Findley, and Jenna Moon play a variety of tunes on this 17-bell chime. Preceded by a brief introduction.
Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. [map]

 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]

 2-2:30 p.m. & 4-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (June) and North America (July). Guests invited to view other animals on display, including macaws, sloths, and more. Also, an alligator feeding demo at 3 p.m.
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]

 4 p.m. 

"Summer of Ghibli": Michigan Theater.

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Every Sat. in July & Aug. Screenings of films from the renowned Japanese animation film studio Studio Ghibli.

July 3: "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" (Isao Takahata, 2013). Drama about a tiny girl found inside a stalk of bamboo who grows rapidly into an enthralling young princess.

July 10: "Kiki's Delivery Service" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989). Coming-of-age story about a teen witch trying to find her place in the world.

July 17: "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984). A gentle young girl in a post-apocalyptic world leads a project to restore the bond between humanity and the earth.

July 24: "The Cat Returns" (Hiroyuki Morita, 2002). A schoolgirl befriends a cat that turns out to be a magical prince who wants her to marry him and live in the Kingdom of Cats.

July 24: "The Cat Returns" (Hiroyuki Morita, 1997). Epic fantasy adventure, set in Japan's Iron Age, detailing the siege by samurai and forest gods of a remote village populated by society's outcasts.

$10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. 

"The Summer of Soul": State Theatre.

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(Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, 2021). Footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, and more.
Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 6 p.m. 

Fireworks Show: Manchester Men's Club.

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A huge professional fireworks display highlights an evening of family fun. Lots of carnival treats available. Beer tent opens at 6 p.m. or so with live music by local bands beginning at 9 p.m.
Sunset (fireworks usually start around 10:15 p.m.; park is open all day), Carr Park, 600 W. Main, Manchester. Donation. 231-6284, [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Broken Branch Summer Series.

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July 3, 17, & 31. Outdoor concert series. Bring a chair or blankets to sit on. Gas grill on site. No pets. Capacity limited to 100 people; preregistration available. Tonight: Labeaux & Co, a band led by local singer-songwriter (and event co-organizer) Adam Labeaux, who's known for his improvisational folk-rock and soul. The local country & blues band The Welcome Homes opens.
6090 Plymouth Rd. (park across the street or on the shoulder of Plymouth Rd.). Free admission, but donations accepted., [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Live Here Now": Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

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June 11-July 3. A series of concerts in public parks and spaces throughout town. Tonight: George Bedard and the Kingpins. Ann Arbor's longtime unofficial house band, plays a range of honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard.
For location preregister at Free, but donations accepted., 994-5999.

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum & Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Drumming, led by local percussionist Curtis Glatter, and undirected free-form dancing. Drums provided, or bring your own if you'd like. No experience necessary.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd, ste. 1. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required by emailing or calling 972-6098. [map]

 9-10 p.m.  Online 

"Breathe the Wind: A Virtual Immersion for Summer" The Regenerate Orchestra.

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This local orchestra presents a concert filmed at Ziggy's in Ypsilanti featuring works by 4 composers--Akari KOmura, Grey Grant, Alfredo Cabrerra, and J. Clay GOnzalez--whose music captures the chaos, power, and beauty of nature's elemental forces.
9-10 p.m., for URL and tickets ($5-$20 available through July 10) at

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