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. 1-31. 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
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
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]
Every Tues. Bilha Birman Rivlin of Still Mountain Meditation gives talks(via Zoom) on mindfulness practice for older adults.
For URL, email email@example.com or call 998-9353.
(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.
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.
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]
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:
Online. $240. 734.769.0209. https:
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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.
Interfaith Center Minister Annie Kopko leads a frank conversation about death via Zoom.
For URL see InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.
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
Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly outdoor rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
For location see hvharmonizers.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
(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:
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]
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.
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
Zal Gaz Grotto: Easy Street Jazz Band
Dixieland and swing by this veteran local ensemble led by trombonist Terry Kimura.
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