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Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 10, 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.

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

 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]

 8-10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Birding": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a meandering hike through floodplain forests in search of kingfishers, grackles, verries, and other resident birds. Bring binoculars. Then at 1 p.m., all beginner birders welcome to join Dehring in a discussion on how to identify birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds. You'll also go over what to look for in binoculars.
Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free, but preregistration required (capacity limited) by emailing; specify if you'll attend the 10 a.m. summer hike or the 1 p.m. birding basics.

 9 a.m. 

.22 LR 100-Yard Rifle Bench Rest Match: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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Open to TCSL members and guests. See details at (calendar). Registration starts at 9am, and the
match begins at 10am on the 100 yd rifle range
Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Rd, Saline. $10-$15. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Build a Rocket": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Ages 9-12 invited to test out gravity by making different types of rockets using balloons, Alka-Seltzer, and other provided materials. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray. Masks required.
Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $45 per person, preregistration required by 4 p.m. July 2., 426-8211. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Manchester's Village Green and 19th-Century History": Riverfolk Music & Arts Passport to Manchester 2021.

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Manchester Area Historical Society staffers lead a walking tour of the nearby historic churches and homes. Followed by a gazebo concert of rousing 19th-century music by Dodworth Saxhorn Band, an award-winning local ensemble that plays period instruments to recreate the American brass band, a mainstay of 19th-century pop culture. Fresh Forage lunch available ($10, preregistration required).
Meet at Wurster Park, downtown Manchester. $15 per person (capacity limited); preregistration recommended at

 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]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Union Base Ball Club of Dexter.

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July 10, 18, 24, & 31. This 10-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against the Early Risers (July 10), Detroit Club (July 18), the Northville Eclipse (July 24) and the Wyandotte Stars (July 31).
St. Joseph Catholic Church grounds, 6805 Mast at Territorial, Dexter. Free. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Stewardship Saturday: Stiltgrass": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC stewardship coordinator Catherine Carlisle leads a hands-on demo on how to identify, manage, and map stiltgrass, an aggressive grass with a weak, shallow root system.
Watkins Lake State Park, 14801 Arnold Rd. Free, but preregistration required (capacity limited) by emailing $12 recreation passport required ($17 at the gate). [map]

 1:30, 4:30, & 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 and at the gate. (941) 704-8572. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Psychic Saturday Party": Enlightened Soul Center.

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Join us for a fun-filled day at the Enlightened Soul Center at our twice-monthly ESC Psychic Parties. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE A VARIETY of readings and healings at one time, under one roof!
SUMMER HOURS: 2:00-8:00 PM
Admission: $3 at the door = FREE gift, FREE snacks, FREE parking
Readings & Energy Work: $2/minute (15-minute minimum)
Cash & credit/debit accepted
SUSAN LEE HARVEY - Psychic Medium from Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. in Virginia Beach, VA!
HEATHER DEFRESNE - Visionary Psychic Tarot
LUCIA MALLOY-RANGEL - Intuitive Psychic Medium
JOY & TRISH - Twin Healing with Intuitive Reiki
AMY FEGER - Visionary Energy Healing & Soul Retrieval
- Crystal stones
- Gemstone jewelry
- Protective sprays & stones
- Rare stones
- Pendulums
- Sage, Palo Santo n Salt to cleanse your space
- Sound healing bowls & bells
Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard #280. $3. 734-358-0218. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Chapter Meeting: Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (, a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings are currently hosted on Zoom to accomodate COVID restrictions and consist of action team check-ins and local discussion of actions.
Online on Zoom, Email for Zoom Link. Free. Online.

 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]

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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July 10 & 24 (different programs). Livestreamed docent-led tours on 2 cities that flourished during the Hellenistic period. July 10: "Location, Location, Location: Seleucia on the Tigris," near modern day Baghdad. July 24: "Excavating Karanis Through the Archives, Part 1," in modern day Egypt.
For URL see Free. 764-9304.

 3:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Know Obstacles: Oz's Music Environment.

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All invited to play instruments, sing songs, and tell jokes with members of this band for kids and adults with special needs. Spectators welcome.
For URL see Free. 662-8283.

 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Slam!": Northside Community Church.

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July 10, 17, & 24. Informal open mic for area talent. Masks required for people not fully vaccinated.
4:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:20 p.m.), Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. 649-7948. [map]

 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]

 7 p.m. 

1st-ever (Not Quite) Normal Festival!: 9 Live House Concerts.

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Soul-hungry for live, in-person music by great performers? Here's your chance!
4 nights of outdoor, live, in-person music, all in genteel, beautifully bohemian Normal Park, Ypsilanti - get this fabulous made-in-Michigan lineup!

July 10 - The Lucky Nows
July 24 - Bill Edwards
August 7 - Matt Watroba
August 21 - John Latini
7 p.m., Private residence, Normal Park, Ypsilanti. Tickets by cash donation (all for the performers). Contact Diane of 9 Live House Concerts @ for info/directions/safety protocols/reserved seating..

 7 p.m. 

The Extrusions at the Zal Gaz Grotto.

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The Extrusions are back at the Zal Gaz Grotto Club in Ann Arbor tomorrow night after our big show back in June! This one is Saturday July 10th, 7 to 10 PM.
Food is available and parking is always free!
Come on out and dance the night away with us! $5 suggested donation in lieu of cover!
It's time to get the summer rocking!
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $5. 734-883-2838. [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 and at the door. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Murder Mystery Party over Zoom": Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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All invited to read a part in a whodunit murder mystery set on a luxury train speeding along somewhere near the Austrian border. Limited to 14 participants. Listeners welcome.
For scripts and URL, email Free.

 7:30 & 9:30 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)., 996-9080. [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: Pop-folk with roots-rock and country swing flavors by Billy King, a talented veteran local singer-songwriter and guitarist.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), 11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Tickets $20 in advance at, 223-2321. [map]

 8-11 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Bat Count": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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ll invited to count big brown bats as they emerge from their daytime resting place to hunt insects. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks if you like. Social distance or wear a mask. No pets.
8-11 p.m., Conservancy Farm, 8383 Vreeland Rd., Superior Twp. Free. 484-6565. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Extrusions

Local vintage rock and Motown band. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Newport Blues

Local electric blues and blues-rock quintet. [venue info]


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