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Calendar of Events

Friday, July 16, 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]


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"Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Main in the Waters": Michigan Theater Foundation Virtual Movie Palace.

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(Rosalynde LeBlanc, Tom Hurwitz, 2021). Online screening of this documentary that explores the making and legacy of D-Man in the Waters, a memorial dance for a former Bill T. Jones Dance company member that died from AIDS. Available for 48 after you start watching.
Online at https://michtheater.org/virtual. $12 per film (for members, $10).


 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.-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.  Free!  Online 

"Detroit's Hidden Channels: French-Indigenous Families in the 18th-Century": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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WSU history professor Karen Marrero discusses her new book.
For URL preregister at myumi.ch/gjgzR. Free. 649-3370.


 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.


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"Roadrunner": Michigan Theater.

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(Morgan Neville, 2021). Documentary on the late culinary personality Anthony Bourdain, known for his disdain for processed foods (and for Rachel Ray) and for his willingness to try any food, from raw seal eyeballs to whole cobras.
$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.


 4-4:30 p.m.  Online 

"First Chapter Friday": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer reads the 1st chapter of Ellen Oh's new young adult novel, Finding Junie Kim. It's about a middle schooler who finds strength against her racist peers in her grandparents' tales about growing up and persevering during the Korean War. Suitable for kids grades 4-8.
Online at AADL.tv. Free.


 4-9 p.m. 

"Great Lakes VegBash"

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July 16-18. Showcase of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food by area restaurants, caterers, and food trucks. Live music, kids entertainment, a beer tent.
4-9 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), & 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $12 (seniors, $11; kids ages 6-12, $10; age 4 or under, free) in advance at VegBash.com; $1 more at the gate. (888) 504-8103. [map]


 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]


 5:45-7 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.


 6-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Digital Drawing Jam": Vault of Midnight.

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All invited to draw while socializing with other participants and Vault of Midnight staffers.
For URL see VaultOfMidnight.com/events. Free. 998-1413.


 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: Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies. Local roots-rock quartet, led by veteran singer-guitarist Mack, whose repertoire includes originals and rockabilly, early rock 'n' roll, western swing, and hillbilly bop covers.
Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. info@DexterChamber.org.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Peace Generator: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us in creating Peace for our planet. Meditate, chant, set intentions on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.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: Detroit jazz vocalist Kimmie Horne performs standards and jazzy adaptions of disco tunes and other upbeat contemporary songs.
Riverside Park, Frog Island Amphitheatre, 699 Rice St., Ypsilanti. Free. 635-5446, JohneLaw@sbcglobal.net. [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.


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"Steamy Summer Swing": Kerrytown Concert House Lot Lounge.

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Outdoor performance by Accidentally Hip, a Detroit area big swing band fronted by vocalist Courtney Riddle. Led by local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis, they play a mix of old and new tunes.
KCH back lot, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com and at the door. 769-2999. [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: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band. Modern Mexican food by Cosa Sabrosa and adult beverages available. Masks required. [venue info]

 
 


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