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Calendar of Events

Friday, July 9, 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]


 8 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at parkrun.us/Lillie. lillie@parkrun.com, facebook.com/LillieParkRun. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joes Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. A moderate-paced ride, 25 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at the Riverview Café in Dexter. Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves; carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
Meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-2096.


 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  Free!  Online 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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


 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.


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Once Upon a Time, There Was a River: The Environmental History of the Tiber Valley before Rome, From the Neolithic to Iron Age": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Flash Talk.

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Fifteen-minute talk by U-M classical studies lecturer Laura Motta.
For URL see lsa.umich.edu/kelsey. Free. KelseyMuse@umich.edu.


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"Black Widow": State Theater.

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(Cate Shortland, 2021). Thriller based on the Marvel Comic of the same name, about a deadly spy who confronts her past. Scarlett Johansson.
$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.


 5:30-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Passport to Shabbat Cultural Connection": Beth Israel Congregation.

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BIC members discuss Jewish identity in different parts of the world. This month: South Africa.
For URL preregister at btbrc.org/passport-to-shabbat. Free. engage@BethIsrael-AA.org.


 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.


 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Capture The Flag Fridays": All Hands Active.

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Every Fri. All invited to try to capture a virtual flag by solving a computer security problem (or series of problems), ranging from basic computer usage to some programing.
For URL preregister at MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive. Free, but donations required.


 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: Local classic rock band Ransom Jones.
Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. info@DexterChamber.org.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ypsilanti Frog Island Jazz Concert Series.

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Every Fri., July 1-Sept. 3 (except July 23). Outdoor performances by area jazz standouts. Veteran local jazz guitarist John E. Lawrence opens each night by playing a song off his new CD, Masterpiece Vol. 1, with the featured artist. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Tonight: Grammy-nominated Detroit jazz band Straight Ahead, founded as an all-female ensemble more than 30 years ago by acoustic bassist Marion Hayden. They play everything from R&B ballads and avant-garde to Brazilian funk. Hayden performs with her trio on July 18 (see listing).
Riverside Park, Frog Island Amphitheatre, 699 Rice St., Ypsilanti. Free. 635-5446, JohneLaw@sbcglobal.net. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Be Our Guest: Music From Disney": The Encore Musical Theatre Company Summer Concert Series.

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July 8-10. This local professional theater company performs songs from popular family musicals in their new home in the Copeland Building. With tunes from Frozen, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lion King, Newsies, and more. Cabaret-style seating; capacity limited.
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]


 7:30 p.m. 

Dan Grueter: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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July 9 & 10. Ohio-bred comic, a frequent guest on late-night TV who's known for his wry, quick-witted, and very funny observational humor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Water Circus Gold": Cirque Italia.

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July 8-11. Circus show of international contortionists, aerialists, jugglers, and acrobats who perform an array of acts, many of which involve tight ropes, planks, nets, and other aids to executing twists and flips over a 35,000 gallon tank of water. Also, face painting and other kids activities. Concessions (cash only). No pets.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.); 1:30, 4:30, & 7:30 p.m. (Sat.); and 1:30 & 4:30 p.m. (Sun.). Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $25-$50 (kids ages 2-12, $10-$45) in advance (recommended) at CirqueItalia.com/Water-Circus-Gold and at the gate. (941) 704-8572. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Wes Anderson Series": Michigan Theater.

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Every Fri. Films by the celebrated director of quirky comedies and narratives with flawed characters.

July 2: "Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014). Comedy set in a fictional European country between WWI and WWII, about the adventures of a legendary concierge and the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

July 9: "Royal Tenenbaums" (2001). An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when one member announces he has a terminal illness.

July 16: "Bottle Rocket" (1996). Comedy following the daily absurdities of 2 young friends trying to pull off a 75 year-long heist.

July 23: "Moonrise Kingdom" (2012). Unconventional comedy about a small 1960s New England island-town that's turned upside down when a young boy and girl run away together.

July 30: "Rushmore" (1998). Acerbic romantic comedy about a precocious 15-year-old boy on scholarship at a private school.

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$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 p.m. 

Nessa: Kerrytown Concert House Lot Lounge.

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Outdoor concert of jazz-Celtic fusion with elements of pop, folk, and chamber music by this local ensemble.
KCH back lot, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com and at the door. 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Rancho Tranquilico.

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July 2, 9-11, 18, & 23-25. Barn concerts by local groups. BYOB and a small folding chair. Dancing. Tonight: Local Americana rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), 11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Tickets $20 in advance at facebook.com/blonik. blonik13@aol.com, 223-2321. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Your Call Is Important to Us": PTD Productions.

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Laura Bird directs local actors in architectural sociologist Jan Carpman's new short comedy written for Zoom about a woman working from home during the pandemic who must navigate a maze of tech support to solve a critical problem with her email account. Cast: Linda Lee Austin, Dave Melcher, Janet Rich, Karrie Waarala, Stephanie McSwain, Martin Gargaro, Johnny Linn, and Jerry Doty.
On-demand viewing premiers at 8 p.m., online at facebook.com/PTDProductions. Free. PTDproductions.com.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

 
 


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