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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, August 3, 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 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.
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"August Play Showcase": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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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/2020-2021-season. Free. (219) 201-6979.


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"Get Up And Go For ALS": Active

Against ALS Fundraiser.

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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/get-up-and-go-for-als. Free, but donations encouraged.


 10 a.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Aug. 3, 11, 17, 25, & 31: Half hour outdoor program under a tent of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Bring a blanket to sit on, if you wish. Also, a "Virtual Storytime" for preschoolers every weekday (online at the library's YouTube channel, AADL.tv).
AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ongoing Meditation, Teachings, and Practice.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Tues. Bilha Birman Rivlin of Still Mountain Meditation gives talks(via Zoom) on mindfulness practice for older adults.
For URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353.


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"The Green Knight": Michigan Theater.

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(David Lowery, 2021). Fantasy re-telling of the medieval romance about a guileless Arthurian knight. Dev Patel.
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. Schedule online at MichiganTheater.org.


 1-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Kids in the Kitchen": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Aug. 3 & 17. An AADL staffer demonstrates to kids in grades K-5 how to make a shawarma sandwich (Aug. 3) and a Nanaimo bar (Aug. 17), a dessert that requires no baking.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 2-8 p.m.  Free! 

Art Sale at The Valley.

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Aug. 3-5. Show and sale of works by local artists & designers, including Sarah Abba (photography), Darcy Bowden and Tom Phardel (ceramics), Ella Calas and Cassidy Kaufman (jewelry), Maxwell Davis (wood), James Griffin (furniture), John Gutoskey (mixed media), Angelis Jackowski (watercolor), YK Lee and John Leyland (ceramics), Marie Krull (textiles), Madaras Design Studio (wood), Bryan Rees (metals), Martin Soave and Scott Taylor of Menlo Park Laboratory (mixed media), & James Viste (blacksmithing).
2-8 p.m., The Valley Barn at Frutig Farms, 7650 Scio Church Rd. Free admission. terry@ArtSaleAtTheValley.com, ArtSaleAtTheValley.com. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Mind Aerobics": Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County.

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Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County is proud to offer Mind Aerobics-an award winning workout class for the brain!
We are looking for participants (discounts offered for groups) for a 12-week series of LIVE virtual sessions that use games and activities to help optimize brain health, maintain sharp mental function with age, and ward off cognitive decline later in life.
The sessions will go from August 3rd to November 3rd at 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays.
The cost is $10 a session/ $240 for the whole course. Scholarships are available.
For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.wisemich.org/mind-aerobics
Online. $240. 734.769.0209. https://www.wisemich.org/mind-aerobics



 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Una Tertulia.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Socializing group for Spanish speakers.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, info.tswp@umich.edu. [map]


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

2021 Cruise Nights: Chelsea Classic Cruisers.

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All invited to bring their classic and vintage autos to display. Awards chosen by the participants.
Arctic Breakaway, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 649-1106. [map]


 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



 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Visual Art Collective/The Neutral Zone.

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Every Tues. Local teens lead a weekly program that features multimedia art shows, visiting artist talks, virtual gallery and museum tours, and more.
For URL see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Zone Hack": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Tues. A local tech professional TBA demonstrates to high schoolers the basics of coding and how to make apps, games, and more. Beginners welcome.
For URL and updates see neutral-zone.org/events. Free.


 6-8 p.m.  Online 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. ll knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips with others in person. Livestream available at MeetUp.com/Ann-Arbor-StitchNBitch.
Community High School back lawn, 379 N. Fifth. $2 monthly dues. 945-3035. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Online 

Sufi Class with Imam Kamau Ayubbi: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a Sufi class via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Donation $5-10 per class.
Zoom. Online. Donation. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org


 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Death Cafe": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Interfaith Center Minister Annie Kopko leads a frank conversation about death via Zoom.
For URL see InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.


 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Online 

"Tinned Fish 101": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Deli staffers discuss (via Zoom) the vast history and variety of tinned fish, a sustainable food item rich in protein, omega-3s, and flavor. At-home tasting kit, enough for 2-4 people, available for pick up for an additional $35, with 5 different tins and a hunk of bread.
6:30-7:30 p.m., for URL see ZingermansDeli.com/events. $15. 663-3354. [map]


 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with the long-running group German Speakers Round Table.
7-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394. [map]


 7-8 p.m  Free!  Online 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly outdoor rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
For location see hvharmonizers.org/email. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 796-7467, info@HVharmonizers.org.


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Trivia Night: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest featuring a range of questions from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together.
For URL email burrbarr7@hotmail.com. Free.


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly virtual rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For URL email Info@VoicesInHarmonyChorus.org. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.


 7:30 p.m. 

"Singin' In The Rain": Michigan Theater.

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(Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1952). Delightful musical set in Hollywood at the dawn of the "talkies." Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds.
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.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Opera on Tap.

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Local singers perform arias and art songs. Tonight's theme: "Drop Dead Divas."
7:30 p.m. (seating begins at 6:30 p.m.), Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl, #100, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted. Preregistration required by text (preferred) or email. 678-2782, sabrina@OperaOnTap.com. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blue LLama: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Songwriters Open Mike"

All songwriters invited for an online version of this popular open mike, now in its 25th year. Hosted by Jim Novak. For online info, and to reserve a performing slot, see meetup.com/Ozs-Music-Songwriters-Open-Mic [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this veteran local ensemble led by trombonist Terry Kimura. [venue info]

 
 


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