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Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 15, 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]


 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Leaderless Walks in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Sept. 30. All invited to join a walk through the Arb to look for resident flora and fauna.
Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes; preregistration required at WashtenawAudubon.org/events. Free. WashtenawAudubon.org.


 9 & 11 a.m. 

"Stories in the Shade: Caterpillars": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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A park naturalist leads a short hike for kids ages 3-5 (accompanied by an adult) to find a clearing in the wood to read a story about a butterfly's life cycle, then demonstrates a related craft activity. Bring a blanket to sit on; masks required.
Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person, preregistration required by 3 p.m. July 14. MetroParks.com/park-events/hudson-mills, 426-8211. [map]


 10 a.m.-9 p.m.  Free! 

The Ann Arbor Art Fair.

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July 15-17. Our perennial 3-day tent city within a city houses more than 1,000 artists, from Michigan and around the nation, in 3 separate fairs. Also, live music, presented by the Ark, at the corner of Main & Liberty and State & South University at various times TBA throughout the fair. Other activities TBA. There will be no art activity zone or other large activities that encourage people to gather closely. Masks encouraged.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Ann Arbor. Free admission. TheAnnArborArtFair.com, TheGuild.org, (800) 888-9487. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Family Nature Adventures: Streams": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All families invited to wade through Mill Creek with small nets in search of crayfish, dragonflies, and other critters with an affinity for water. Closed-toe water shoes required.
Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free, but preregistration required (capacity limited) at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.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  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.org


 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs. (different programs) A 30-minute audiovisual planetarium shows (via Zoom), followed by a brief Q&A.

The Solar System (Aug. 5 & 19) is an exploration of our solar system's history culminating in the current night sky.The Sky Tonight (Aug. 12 & 26) explores the current night sky, including the constellations, visible planets, and other astronomical events.

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For URL preregister at lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/visitors/planetarium-dome-theater.html. Free. 764-0478.


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

RTA Regional Transit Master Plan Community Virtual Open Houses: Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.

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The Advance 2021 Regional Master Transit Plan will be developed through fall 2021, starting with the broad perspective of how we want to shape transit in Southeast Michigan for the next five, 10 and 20 years.
The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) is hosting a series of virtual open houses as a key part of the effort to update the Regional Master Transit Plan (RMTP) over the next five years and beyond.
The goal of the Advance 2021 conversations is to:
- Help the RTA hear from our customers, riders and residents about how they feel about our transit systems.
- Provide the public with an opportunity to share their view on how the RTA can improve.
- Learn from the residents of Southeast Michigan what they would like to see as it relates to regional transit and the RTA moving forward.
Virtual, https://publicinput.com/Advance2021. Free. 313-682-2376. svmorrow@mariomorrow.com https://publicinput.com/Advance2021



 5:30-6:30 & 7-8 p.m., 8:30-9 p.m.  Online 

"A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call by 600 Highwaymen": Ann Arbor Summer Festival/UMMA.

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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/events/a-thousand-ways-part-one-a-phone-call. BoxOffice@a2sf.org. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Dot Mandala Art": Jewish Community Center/Beth Israel Congregation.

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Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus (North Miami Beach, FL) member Valeria Segal demonstrates how to paint a mandala on a recycled glass bottle. Also on July 15 at 5:30 p.m., Segal leads a livestreamed demo for homebound participants. Recommended supplies sent out a week before event.
For URL preregister at btbrc.org/passport-to-shabbat. Free. engage@BethIsrael-AA.org.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Beginning Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Aug. 26. WAS members lead a hike and discuss the basic tricks to identifying birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds. Binoculars provided, but bring yours if you have them.
Meet at Argo Park Livery, 1055 Longshore; preregistration required at WashtenawAudubon.org/events. Free. WashtenawAudubon.org. [map]


 6-6:10 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. beginning July 8. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at meetup.com/AllHandsActive/events for homebound participants.
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty suite 225. Free. james@AllHandsActive.org.


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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Every Thurs., July 1-Aug. 12. Concurrent musical entertainment on 7 stages downtown, as well as children's activities and a "How to Chalk" series with local street artists. Also, street performers, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. There is no 2021 Sounds & Sights Festival Weekend. Tonight: Eric the Juggler, the country trio the Bowdish Brothers, the veteran Ann Arbor ska-jazz-funk-punk dance band Hullabaloo, Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band Salmagundi, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band The Shelter Dogs, and the North Creek Fiddlers.
Downtown Chelsea. Free. 474-9178.


 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free!  Online 

Comhaltas.

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Canceled in June & July All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
For URL email Contact@DetroitIrishMusic.org. Free. Facebook.com/DetroitIMA.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement": Ann Arbor District Library.

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L.A. writer Paula Yoo, best known for her biographies for young adults, discusses her new narrative.
For URL see aadl.org/node/578499. Free. 327-4200.


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Salty Summer Sounds": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Aug. 26. Downtown family-friendly concerts by area bands. Tonight: Abigail Stauffer & The Wisdom. Pop-folk and pop-rock songs led by Stauffer, a local rich-voiced singer-songwriter who's known for her piercing, emotionally direct lyrics. Bring your own lawn chairs to sit on, and there's a separate area for people who want to wear masks. Also, outdoor seating at some restaurants. Dancing.
Downtown Saline. Free. SalineMainStreet.org, 717-7406. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Instagram.com/VaultOfMidnight. Free. 998-1413.


 7:30 p.m. or so 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular outdoor weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes.
7:30 p.m. or so, Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Riverfolk Music & Arts.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Aug. 5. Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain date is the following Friday. Tonight: Abigail Stauffer & The Wisdom. Pop-folk and pop-rock songs led by Stauffer, a local rich-voiced singer-songwriter who's known for her piercing, emotionally direct lyrics.
Manchester gazebo, Wurster Park (Main St. just west of M-52). Free, but donations appreciated. RiverfolkMusicAndArts@gmail.com.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich directs this popular 80-piece band in an outdoor concert of popular music, including a big-band swing medley and selections from Hairspray, Grease, and Mary Poppins, as well as Sousa marches and more.
German Park, 5549 Pontiac Trl., Free. WCCBand.org. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The DCI Celebration Countdown": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of exciting old performances by 5 of North America's top-rated youth drum and bugle corps, as well as a preview of the 2021 Drum Corps International world championships.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door.


 8-9 p.m.  Online 

Michael Pollan: Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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This celebrated nonfiction writer, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, Cooked, and other bestselling books about food and plants, reads from and discusses (via Zoom) his new book, This Is Your Mind on Plants, a blend of history, science, and memoir exploring the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants-and the equally powerful taboos surrounding them. Tickets include a copy of the book.
For URL and tickets ($28 & $36 plus tax & fees) see LiteratiBookstore.com./event/2021-07. 585-5567.


 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Burnout Society Film Club.

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Every Thurs. Online double feature screening of obscure cult films via Twitch. Preceded from 8-9 p.m. by pre-show movie clip compilation.
For URL see Facebook.com (search "8 Ball Movie Night").





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