May 22-Aug. 21. Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes.
July 31, 8 p.m.-Aug. 3, 8 p.m.: "They Ain't Ready For Me" (Brad Rothschild, 2020). Documentary about a black rabbinical student who's leading a fight against gun violence on the south side of Chicago.
July 3, 8 p.m.-Aug. 6, 6 p.m.: "Holy Silence" (Steven Pressman, 2020). Documentary on how the Vatican was aided in its response to Nazism by the influence of American priests during WWII.
Aug. 7, 11 p.m.-Aug. 9, 8 p.m.: "Maverick Modigliani" (Valeria Parisi, 2020). Documentary about the short-lived but influential Italian-Jewish expressionist painter and sculptor. Italian, subtitles.
Aug. 10, 8 p.m.-Aug. 13, 6 p.m.: "Crossings" (Itzik Lerner, 2020). Intimate portrait of the Israeli soldiers who stand guard at the checkpoints surrounding Jerusalem. Hebrew, subtitles. Also, a director Q&A on Aug. 15 at 1 p.m.
Aug. 14, 11 p.m.-Aug. 17, 8 p.m.: "Here We Are" (Nir Bergman, 2020). Drama about a father who takes his autistic son's care into his own hands. Hebrew, subtitles.
Aug. 21, 11 p.m.-Aug. 24, 8 p.m.: "Soul Exodus" (Csaba Bereczki, 2016). Documentary following 5 klezmer musicians searching for their roots. Yiddish & Romanian, subtitles.
Online this year at film.jccAnnArbor.org. $12 per film (Michigan Theater Foundation members, $10). 971-0990. [map]
Aug. 1-15. Ride,run, walk, swim, roll, or perform any other form of physical activity from any location. Prizes for top fundraisers; T-shirts & running bibs for all participants. All proceeds donated to ALS research.
All day, any location. Preregistration required at ActiveAgainstALS.org
Every Sun. & Tues. in July & Aug., except July 25.
July 4 & 6: "The Sandlot" (David Mickey Evans, 1993). Comic drama about young baseball players.
July 11 & 13: "West Side Story" (Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, 1961). Film version of Leonard Bernstein's Romeo-and-Juliet musical story set in 1950s New York City.
July 18 & 20: "Jaws" (Steven Spielberg, 1975). Gripping adventure classic about a great white shark that terrorizes a New England shore community.
July 27 & Aug. 1: "Empire Strikes Back" (George Lucas, 1980). Amid a blossoming romance between Princess Leia and Han Solo, Luke meets Yoda and Darth Vader reveals his identity.
$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.
An immersive experience with back to back classes in contemporary and improvisation techniques.
Jodie Randolph Dance offers dancers the opportunity to learn from guest artists Bryan and Shaina Baira and JRD Artistic Director, Jodie Randolph. This one-day experience allows dancers to fully invest in themselves, as well as build their community of peers and mentors here in Southeast Michigan.
For dancers ages 13 and up.
Bryan and Shaina Baira
Ann Arbor Dance Classics, 3777 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $75 early-bird, $100 general. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Aug. 1, 7, 8, 15, 21, & 29. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Aug. 1 (9 a.m.-noon): Botsford Preserve, 3003 Miller Rd. Aug. 7 (9 a.m.-noon): Black Pond Woods, 2080 Tibbits Court. Aug. 8 (1-4 p.m.): Brokaw Nature Area, 3013 W. Huron River Dr. Aug. 15 (1-4 p.m.): Barton Nature Area, 1010 W. Huron River Dr. Aug. 21: Furstenberg Native Plant Garden (9 a.m.-noon), 2475 Fuller Rd., and Buttonbush Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), 3098 Hickory Point Dr. Aug. 29 (9 a.m.-noon): Bandemer Park, 1352 Lakeshore Dr.
Various times & locations. Preregistration required at vhub.at
Every Sun. All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, and a talk on humane education. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]
Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at bit.ly
Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418, hac-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com.
Aug. 1-31. Three new shows available online. Marisa Dluge directs Red Velvet, Ypsilanti playwright Isaac Ellis's sentimental one-act drama, prerecorded at the Back Office Studio, about a gay grandson who's visited by his grandma in her 1940s housewife form while preparing for a neighborhood block party. Maegan Murphy directs Ypsilanti playwright Ken MacGregor's Finding Joy, a one-act drama, prerecorded in the Back Office Studio, about a grieving widow who finds inspiration in a coffee shop. And Kristin Anne Danko directs her and A.M. Dean's Annie Ypsi and the Case of the Missing Smeet, a family-friendly mystery film about a 6th grader who goes on a mission to find the missing Smeet frog, an Ypsilanti cryptid.
On-demand streaming starts at noon Aug. 1 through midnight Aug. 31, online at ntgypsi.org
Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.org
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Australia (2 & 4 p.m.), including the dingo, carpet python, emu, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required for unvaccinated guests.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]
(George Lucas, 1980). Amid a blossoming romance between Princess Leia and Han Solo, Luke meets Yoda, and Darth Vader reveals his identity.
Movie tickets $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.
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 earthrisepress.net
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), West Park Band Shell patio, 215 Chapin St. Free, but donations appreciated. 660-4037, ApollosTroupe@Fastmail.com. [map]
Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org
Every Sun. An evening of playing popular games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper ready to use.
For URL email email@example.com. Free.
Mainstream jazz outdoors from an ensemble led by veteran local bassist Keller. With pianist Cliff Monear, saxophonist Doug Horn, and vocalist Ramona Collins, a Toledo native. Cash bar.
7:30 p.m., KCH back lot, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com and at the door. 769-2999. [map]
Ark: The Steel Wheels
Acclaimed Virginia bluegrass-based Americana quartet, fronted by singer-songwriters Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp, whose 2010 CD Red Wing was a big hit on the Americana Music Association charts. $40.
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