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]
Ages 6 & up invited use a net to search a shallow stream for its inhabitants. Closed-toe shoes and a mask required; a change of dry clothes recommended.
Hudson Mills Rapids View parking lot, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person, preregistration required by 3 p.m. July 13. MetroParks.com
All invited to pick up Michigan-themed goodie bags, Boston Coolers (Vernors ice cream floats), and other beverages.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free, but preregistration requested by emailing email@example.com. 794-6250. [map]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 998-9353. Free.
Broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Gershwin's classic 1935 opera about Porgy, a street beggar in Charleston, who attempts to liberate sweet Bess from addiction and an abusive lover.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door.
July 13-18. NYC theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone-the duo behind the Obie-winning company 600 Highwaymen-curate this virtual interactive performance art piece in which 2 randomly chosen ticket holders speak on the phone and, guided by an automated voice, follow a scripted set of prompts. The questions start out silly ("Name the yellow-colored items around you.") and progressively get more intimate ("What's a detail you think someone wouldn't notice in a person they admired"), encouraging storytelling, triggering imagination, and nurturing empathy. After an hour of connecting, or not, the phone call finishes in the same fashion as the beginning: with an instruction to hang up. Suitable for ages 16 & up.
5:30-6:30 & 7-8 p.m., 8:30-9 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), and 2:30-3:30 & 4-5 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.). Tickets $10 (students, $5) at a2sf.org
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
All invited to read and discuss poetry or short fiction (via Zoom). Have your original work ready to share, if you wish.
(sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email cwPoetryCircle@gmail.com. Free.
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Panel discussion (via Zoom) with Washtenaw County assistant prosecutor Victoria Burton-Harris and Dispute Resolution Center executive director Belinda Dublin.
For URL preregister at bit.ly
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: The local clarinet quartet A2/C4 performs an eclectic program, featuring Neil Diamond's popular anthem "Sweet Caroline," Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere" and "Mambo" from West Side Story, and Sousa's delightful "Hands Across the Sea." Then the Pandemic Players present "Of Stage & Screen," a program of popular musical numbers that includes selections from The Sound of Music, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, and Oklahoma!
West Park Band Shell patio, 215 Chapin St. Free. AnnArborCivicBand.org, 429-5301. [map]
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