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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, July 7, 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.

July 7, 8 p.m.-July 9, 5 p.m.: "An Impossible Love" (Catherine Corsini, 2018). Drama about a brief but passionate affair that results in a decades long legal battle over a daughter. French, subtitles.

July 10, 11 p.m.-July 13, 8 p.m.: "Breaking Bread" (Beth Elise Hawk, 2021). Documentary about Israeli chef Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, a Muslim Arab who recently won the Israeli cooking competition MasterChef. Hebrew, subtitles.

July 13, 8 p.m.-July 16, 6 p.m.: "Thou Shalt Not Hate" (Mauro Mancini, 2020). Drama about a doctor-the son of a holocaust survivor-and his neo-Nazi patient. Italian, subtitles.

July 20, 8 p.m.-July 23, 6 p.m.: "Aulcie" (Dani Menkin, 2020). Documentary exploring the life and career of the American-Israeli pro basketball player Aulcie Perry.

July 24, 11 p.m.-July 27, 8 p.m.: "The Sign Painter" (Viesturs Kairišs, 2020). Historical drama about the modest life of a young Latvian man who's enlisted in WWII. Latvian, subtitles.

July 27, 8 p.m.-July 30, 6 p.m.: Narrative Short Films. A program of short films: Mum's Hairpins (Tatiana Fedorovskaya, 2019). A young Ukranian boy only has his mom's hairpins to escape Nazi-German soldiers. Cinema Rex (Mayan Engelman & Eliran Peled, 2020). Animation about two kids from different backgrounds who connect through cinema. White Eye (Tomer Shushan, 2019). Drama about a man who attempts to retrieve his stolen bicycle from it's new owner. Hebrew, subtitles. In Our Synagogue (Ivan Orlenko, 2019). Adaptation of Franz Kafka's eerie short story of the same title. Yiddish, subtitles. Letters to God (Yves Cohen, 2019). A distraught man gets a job at the Jerusalem Post Office letters to God department. Hebrew, subtitles. The Disappearing Act (Billy Kent, 2020). Comedy about a magician who's rehearsing his virtual act for a Zoom bar mitzvah. Deep Blue (Itamar Schwartz, 2020). While mourning the death of his wife, a man tries to operate the washing machine without success. Hebrew, subtitles. The Book of Ruth (Chen Drachman & Becca Roth, 2019). Drama about a family's Passover celebration.

July 31, 8 p.m.-Aug. 3, 8 p.m.: "They Ain't Ready For Me" (Brad Rothschild, 2020). Documentary about Tamar Manasseh, a Black rabbinical student who's leading a fight against gun violence on the south side of Chicago.

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Online this year at Film.jccAnnArbor.org. $12 per film (Michigan Theater Foundation members, $10). 971-0990. [map]


 9:15 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Metaphysics of Spirituality Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of metaphysics on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.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-12:30 p.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. contact@Kerrytown.com. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Noontime Exercise" U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. All ages invited to follow basic prerecorded movements. No equipment necessary. Tai Chi (noon-12:30 p.m.) and "Walking Off the Pounds," guided steps to walk in place (12:30-1 p.m.).
Various times, for online meeting URL email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. Free.


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Oz's Back Porch": Oz's Music Environment.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Live music by local musicians, outdoors and socially distanced. Bring food, if you'd like.
Updated times: 7:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Wed.). Oz's, 1920 Packard. Free. 662-8283.


 1 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Yannick: An Artist's Journey": Fathom Events.

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(Susan Froemke, 2020). Documentary on the Metropolitan Opera music and artistic director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door.


 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Teen Pride Book Talk": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer reads the 1st chapter of All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages, a new collection of historical short fiction edited by Saundra Mitchell. Suitable for kids ages 14 & up.
Online at AADL.tv. Free.


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). DrinkBlom.com/events. 548-9729. [map]


 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Music Production Basics: The Neutral Zone.

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Every Wed. All high schoolers invited to learn various elements of music. Beginners welcome; no equipment necessary. Topics: "Audio Techniques," (the basics of production, mixing, and mastering), "eMCee Workshop," (the basics of rap, how to compose a verse and match the lyric with the beats, and more), "Songwriting," (write songs and get feedback from peers.)
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Wee-bots Drop-in Writing: 826michigan.

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826michigan is a nonprofit organization that inspires school-aged students to write confidently and skillfully with the help of adult volunteers in their communities. Register and drop-in to join us on zoom for free virtual writing sessions for young writers ages 5-10 (wee-bots)! All ability levels are invited to these fun, informal sessions where we play around with writing-- from the physical act of actually writing to the creative ideas involved.
Virtual. Free. Online. caitlin@826michigan.org https://sites.google.com/826michigan.org/distance-learning/summer-programs/wee-bots-drop-in-writing?authuser=0



 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"South African Artichoke Dip and Frikadelles": Jewish Community Center/Beth Israel Congregation.

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BIC members Martin Glucklich (a former Florida restaurant owner) and his daughter Amanda lead a virtual hands-on cooking demo.
For URL preregister at btbrc.org/passport-to-shabbat. Free. engage@BethIsrael-AA.org.


 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Film Discussion: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to discuss King in the Wilderness, Peter Kunhardt's 2018 haunting documentary about the last 18 months of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. Variety writer Owen Gleiberman says it portrays King "not [as] a walking monument but a human being with fear, humor, guts, and (amazing) grace under pressure."
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
For URL join Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. Free. 926-8863.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Meditation and Discussion: Ann Arbor KTC.

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All invited to join a group silent meditation practice and Dharma discussion. Questions welcome.
8:30p.m., 614 Miner St. (enter through rear door).. annarborktc.org. Free. 734-678-7549. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Board Meeting: Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition (WBWC).

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Interested in promoting the many benefits of biking and walking in your community? Learn about and help advocate for improved active transportation in Washtenaw County. Board meetings are the first Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm (currently via Zoom). Email info@wbwc.org for a meeting link and details.
All jurisdictions, Washtenaw County. Free. Online. info@wbwc.org www.wbwc.org



 7 p.m.  Online 

"Saved by a Song": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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The critically celebrated Louisiana-bred country-folk singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier is joined by Literati bookseller and WCBN DJ Vicki Honeyman to discuss her new book, a blend of memoir, philosophical inquiry, and songwriting handbook.
Online at LiteratiBookstore.com./event/2021-07. $29.67 & $33.62 includes a copy of the book. 585-5567.


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Evenings of Ensembles": Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Series.

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Every Wed., June 16-July 14. Pandemic edition of a popular local outdoor summer tradition features performances by small ensembles from the 86-year-old Civic Band. Tonight: Jerry Robbins directs the Pandemic Players in "Americana," a program of patriotic music. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass. Canceled in case of inclement weather.
West Park Band Shell patio, 215 Chapin St. Free. AnnArborCivicBand.org, 429-5301. [map]





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