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Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 24, 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]

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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 $12 per film (for members, $10).

 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.  Online 

1st Annual Strides Against Abuse 5K Run/Walk: Washtenaw Area Council for Children.

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Do you like to Run? Walk? Get the kids outside? Explore the great outdoors? Do you also care about kids' safety and building a strong community? Then this is the event for you!
The Washtenaw Area Council for Children is proud to present our 1st Annual - Strides Against Abuse 5K Run/Walk!
All proceeds support our mission to prevent child abuse, neglect and maltreatment.
This combo live/virtual race will take place from July 17th- July 24th. In partnership with St. Joseph's Hospital we will hold a kick-off LIVE event on July 17th from 8AM-12PM at St. Joe's Medical Arts Building Parking Lot (our office) so you can pick up your t-shirt and medal. Maps of the local 5K Route will be provided.
Whether it's hot, cold, sunny or rainy, this is the perfect time to get out and run or walk with friends and family to support the safety and well-being of children and communities in Washtenaw County.
Register today to run to prevent child abuse! Sponsorships are available as well!
Washtenaw Medical Arts Building, 3075 W. Clark Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Online. $35-$45. 7344344215 [map]

 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Outdoor Sale: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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Public welcome. Ammo, reloading tools and components, knives, and all sorts of outdoor gear. For more information contact, contact Dave Vandermark,
Tri-County Sportsmen's League (100 yd rifle range), 8640 Moon Road, Saline. Free admission. [map]

 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, [map]

 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]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Annual Rummage Sale: Dixboro United Methodist Church.

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Come to Dixboro UMC's Annual Rummage Sale on Friday July 23rd 9-6 and Saturday, July 24th 9-2. We will have many items for sale like household, furniture, kids clothing & toys, books, movies, holiday items and so much more! All proceeds will go to Food Gatherers of Washtenaw County! Come and find some new treasures while helping out our community!
Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Road. Free. 734-665-5632. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

County Clean Up Day - Augusta @ Lincoln High School: Washtenaw County Public Works.

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Have you done some cleaning and ended up with stuff you don't know where to take? Bring our waste specialists your old TVs, tires, paint, oils, garden chemicals and more for responsible and safe disposal! Wait times expected, all vehicles in line by 1pm will be served.
Please consider a donation of $15 to help support this effort. Please only bring materials you can unload within 20 minutes or less. Limit of 10 tires.
• Appliances (no freon containing appliances)
• Bulky Household Waste (furniture, mattresses, scrap wood, etc.)
• Electronics (TV, computer, entertainment and communication devices, etc.)
• Household Hazardous Waste (paint, pesticides, cleaning supplies, oil, batteries, etc.) (no containers larger than 6 gal, no oxygen or refrigerant tanks, containers can not be returned)
• Scrap Metal
• Tires (limit 10, no semi or agricultural tires)
Find more information and an event map at
Lincoln High School, 7425 Willis Road, Ypsilanti. Free. Donation. suggested donation: $15. 7342223827. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon ^ 1-4 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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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 for various meeting location. Free. 794-6627. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Badge 112 Book Signing with Peter Stipe": Peter Stipe.

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On Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Olsen Park in Ann Arbor, Author Peter Stipe will sign copies of his new book "Badge 112" for readers who have purchased a copy, or for those who were awaiting an edition, available on site.
Olsen Park has a large pavilion, hiking trails, a playground and ample parking. Feel free to bring your family. The event is planned from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Olsen Park, 1505 Dhu Varren Rd. Free. 734-657-7742. [map]

 10 a.m. 

IDPA Monthly Club Match: Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) offers an action shooting sport that uses practical equipment with full charge service ammunition to solve simulated self-defense scenarios using practical handguns and holsters that are suitable for self-defense use. The main goal is to test the skill and ability of an individual. For more information, contact Earl Austin, 734-645-3267.
Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Road, Saline. [map]

 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Butterfly Walk": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Two WAS members with a knack for finding a variety of butterflies-Roger Wykes and Roger Kuhlman-lead a hike through the spacious Leonard Preserve.
Leonard Preserve, 375 N. Union St., Manchester. Preregistration required at Free. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Manchester Agri-Tour and Development of Rural Agriculture": Riverfolk Music & Arts Passport to Manchester 2021.

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Manchester Area Historical Society staffers lead a part walking, part driving tour of 2 historic farms-Bross & Horning farms-discussing their history and the influence of German immigration in the area. Participants caravan in their own vehicles from one farm to the other. Followed by a performance by Voce Velata, a local youth-led ensemble that plays works by minority composers. Fresh Forage lunch available ($10, preregistration required).
Meet at Bross Farm, 20621 Bethel Church Rd., Manchester. $15 per person (capacity limited); preregistration recommended at [map]

 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]

 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Underground Railroad Bus Tour": African-American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.

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AACHM board member Deborah Meadows leads a bus tour of Ypsilanti, Pittsfield Township, and Ann Arbor sites that were part of the Underground Railroad.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. p.m., meet at WCC Technical & Industrial Bldg. parking lot, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. (Entrance at the traffic light across from the Health & Fitness Center and St Joseph Mercy Hospital.) $25 (seniors age 65 & over and students, $10; kids 3 & under, free) in advance at, 819-8182. [map]

 12:15 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with stretching, moving to a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it. Pre-register on our website ( or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). [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]

 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 

"Kids Open Mic": Oz's Music Environment.

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All kids invited to sing songs, make music, tell jokes, and more via Zoom.
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.

 4-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Argus Museum Collectors Group Virtual Gathering.

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Group member Ed Kowalski reviews highlights from past regional meetings, 11-year-old member Ryan Marsee shares his experience with the Argus C4 film camera, and more. Questions and discussion.
For URL preregister at Free.,

 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]

 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.  Free! 

"The Parliament of Poets": Apollo's Troupe.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through Aug. 8. Rochester-based veteran poet Frederick Glaysher performs a stage adaptation of his 2012 epic poem, a combination of poetry reading, protest play, and performance art piece that emphasizes the transformative nature of poetry and art. It's set partially on the moon at the Apollo 11 landing site and the Sea of Tranquility, where the Greek god of poetry Apollo summons the ancient and modern poets of all nations to fashion a new vision of universal life. Glaysher performs multiple roles, including Don Quixote, Merlin, Jane Austen, the late Detroit poet Robert Hayden, Tolstoy, Job, and others. Post-performance talkback. In the case of inclement weather, check
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), West Park Band Shell patio, 215 Chapin St. Free, but donations appreciated. 660-4037, [map]

 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Andy Pitz: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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July 23 & 24. New York comic who blends fresh observational humor with self-deprecating commentary about the absurdities of his own life. 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]

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Standard Time": The Encore Musical Theatre Company Summer Concert Series.

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July 22-24. This local professional musical theater company performs standards associated with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, and others. Dance along, if you'd like. Cabaret-style seating; capacity limited.
Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $35 ($3.70 online processing fees) in advance at (recommended) and at the door. [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: Djangophonique, a local ensemble led by guitarist Andrew Brown that plays music inspired by the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), 11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Tickets $20 in advance at, 223-2321. [map]

 10-11:30 p.m. 

"Comedy Night": Bløm Meadworks.

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Stand-up showcase featuring outdoor sets by area comic Andrew Yang and others TBA, with jokes about everything from dating to mortality.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. $35 per table of 2-6 people; preregistration required at 548-9729. [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: Billy Davis Rhythm Machine

R&B and blues ensemble led by legendary R&B singer-songwriter and guitarist Davis, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who cowrote and played lead guitar on Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' original 1959 recording of "The Twist." Jackie Wilson's original lead guitarist, Davis was also Jimi Hendrix's first guitar tutor. [venue info]


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