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 Film.jccAnnArbor.org. $12 per film (Michigan Theater Foundation members, $10). 971-0990. [map]
Every Sun. & Tues. in July & Aug., except July 25.
July 4 & 6: "The Sandlot" (David Mickey Evans, 1993). Comic drama about young baseball players.
July 11 & 13: "West Side Story" (Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, 1961). Film version of Leonard Bernstein's Romeo-and-Juliet musical story set in 1950s New York City.
July 18 & 20: "Jaws" (Steven Spielberg, 1975). Gripping adventure classic about a great white shark that terrorizes a New England shore community.
July 27 & Aug. 1: "Empire Strikes Back" (George Lucas, 1980). Amid a blossoming romance between Princess Leia and Han Solo, Luke meets Yoda and Darth Vader reveals his identity.
$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.
Mindful City Ann Arbor cofounder Julie Woodward and WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle lead a 90-minute walking meditation hike to introduce the healing benefits of shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of "forest bathing." Water bottles and bug spray recommended.
9:30 a.m., County Farm Park (meet at the Medford Pavilion), 220 Platt at Washtenaw. Free, but preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
Popular fair with more than 30 dealers from a half dozen states selling rare and collectible used records and CDs, as well as hard-to-find new releases. Includes every popular music genre, along with rock music books, rock videos, posters, and assorted popular culture memorabilia. Food and beverages for sale. Patrons may bring in a small number of records to sell (ask for Rod Branham). Early bird sale, 8-10 a.m. ($15 admission).
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $3 regular admission (children age 10 & under, free); $15 early bird admission. For information or to reserve a dealer table, contact Rod Branham at 604-2540. [map]
Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org
Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at bit.ly
Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418, hac-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com.
Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.org
July 11, 17, 24, 25 & 31. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.
July 11: Olson Park.
July 17: Kuebler Landford.
July 24: Furstenberg Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), Furstenberg Native Plant Garden, and Ruthven Nature Area.
July 25: Bird Hills.
July 31: Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon).
1-4 p.m. (except as noted). Preregister at vhub.at
North Carolina-based writer Jane S. Gabin discusses her 2018 historical novel about the relationship a Jewish American soldier develops with a Parisian woman and her son at the end of WWII.
For URL preregister at BethIsrael-AA.org
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
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 TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]
Broadcast of the Bolshoi Ballet production of Leo Delibes's 19th-century comic opera, the story of a mysterious doctor who makes a life-size dancing doll so lifelike that a village swain throws aside his true love for her.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door.
Musicians of all ability levels and ages invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion.
For outdoor location preregister at MeetUp.com
Updated date. This Brazilian pianist fuses conservatory jazz with popular and traditional Brazilian music into a unique style balancing delicate elegance with driving, joyous rhythms. Tonight's program features Fernandes's original compositions and works by Hermeto Pascoal.
Online at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Free, but donations accepted. [map]
Every Sun. An evening of playing popular games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper ready to use.
For URL email email@example.com. Free.
Local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis and actor-vocalist David Moan perform an outdoor cabaret set of summer-themed songs featuring hits by Bobby Darin and Katy Perry.
KCH back lot, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com and at the door. 769-2999. [map]
July 2, 9-11, 18, & 23-25. Barn concerts by local groups. BYOB and a small folding chair. Dancing. Tonight: The Pherotones. A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. They also play on July 18.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), 11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Tickets $20 in advance at facebook.com
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