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Calendar of Events

Friday, July 30, 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).

 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.  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 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 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 or call 998-9353. Free.

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"Green Knight": Michigan Theater.

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(David Lowery, 2021). Fantasy based on an Arthurian legend. Dev Patel.
$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.

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Discover. Dixboro."

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Get to know the Dixboro community and local merchants and restaurants during this event to support the rejuvenation of the Dixboro Schoolhouse.
Music by the Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective
Educational family activities sponsored by The Freeman School and Superior Township Parks and Recreation
Tours of the Schoolhouse
Children can enter a drawing to ring the Schoolhouse bell every half hour!
Dixboro Farmers Market and food vendors
5221 Church Road Ann Arbor 48105. Free. [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 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 Free, but donations required.

 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: The local blues-rock band Terraplanes, led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack.
Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ypsilanti Frog Island Jazz Concert Series.

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Every Fri., July 2-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: The Detroit husband-and-wife jazz duo Charles and Gwen Scales, who've been performing internationally together for over 20 years.
Riverside Park, Frog Island Amphitheatre, 699 Rice St., Ypsilanti. Free. 635-5446, [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Godspeed": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Internationally bestselling American novelist Nickolas Butler, best known for Shotgun Lovesongs, reads from and discusses his new novel about 3 troubled construction workers who get entangled in a dangerous plan against an impossible deadline.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power, 1619-1969": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Virtual Brews & Views.

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John Jay College of Criminal Justice constitutional law professor Gloria J. Browne-Marshall discusses her recent book.
For URL preregister at Free. 272-3634.

 7:15 p.m.  Online 

"Silver Lining: A Celebration of Hope": Michigan Ability Partners Fundraiser.

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Presentations by MAP CEO Jan Little and board president Christy Perros. Prizes. Online auction. Proceeds benefit this local agency that provides housing and support services for the homeless mentally ill and disabled.
For URL, preregister at $75, includes a charcuterie board from York Food & Wine available for pickup from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 3810 Packard on the day of the event.

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Traffic Island Comedy Evening": Mind the gap Lux.

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Outdoor show with Monty Python-style sketch & musical comedy by a troupe led by Mind the Gap founder Adrian Diffey. Refreshments available beginning at 6:30 p.m.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Briar Meadow Ct. Saline. (In use of rain, the show may adjourn to an adjacent pole barn.) Free; space limited, reservations required via (specify # of seats needed).

 7:30 p.m. 

Frank Roche: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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July 30 & 31. Animated Detroit observational comic with a distinctive point of view who mixes celebrity impressions into his act. 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 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.

$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 p.m. 

Kerrytown Stompers: Kerrytown Concert House Lot Lounge.

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Outdoor performance by this local vintage jazz band, who performs a range of styles, from struts, stomps, cakewalks, and rags to pop tunes, marches, and classical favorites. With vocalist & clarinetist Ray Heitger (founder of the Cakewalkin' Jass Band), cornetist Dave Kosmyna, guitarist Alex Belhaj, saxophonist Chris Tabaczynski, and drummer Pete Siers.
KCH back lot, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at 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: Naked Ace

Local 11-piece rock, blues, and soul cover band. [venue info]


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