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
Creal Microgallery is pleased to present "Small Windows Onto a Distant World," an exhibition of photography by Andrew Stamm, a photographer currently living in St. Louis. When Stamm was invited to exhibit some of his work, he thought of these photos from Bruny Island, Tasmania. Stamm is a frequent traveler, and usually focused on street photography. But he explains that these were some of his first successful attempts with panoramic photography, and with landscape photography in general.
Even in this small scale, these panoramic vistas capture a uniquely striking landscape. The juxtaposition of land, sea, and sky offers a dramatic view of a scene nearly 10,000 miles away. And at a time with so many restrictions on travel, these photos also present a unique window onto a destination most travelers can not currently access.
Creal Microgallery, Creal Crescent. Free. email@example.com https:
Every Wed. AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven leads various mental exercises(via Zoom) from Nancy Linde's 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.
For more information, including the URL, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 794-6250.
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]
Every Wed. A facilitated conversation(via Zoom) in which participants are invited to share stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes, and related topics in "uncertain times."
Register online at olli-umich.org
Broadcast of the Met's production of Puccini's impassioned opera, a melodrama about a diva who kills for love. It features some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias. Italian, subtitles.
Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424).
Form teams of 4 or 5 persons to compete (via Zoom) in a 2-round trivia contest. Solo competitors are matched up together. Questions are geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (curbside pickup only).
For more information, including the URL, email email@example.com or call 794-6250.
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]
Aug. 4 & 18. All teens in grades 6-12 invited to discuss new books with queer themes. Aug. 4: The Music of What Happens, Bill Konigsberg's charming story about 2 high schoolers navigating social norms in a burgeoning relationship. Aug. 18: Mike Curato's vulnerable graphic novel Flamer, Mike Curato's graphic novel about a vulnerable 14-year-old Filipino-American boy with body issues, who's also a Boy Scout, Catholic, and coming to terms with the fact that he's gay.
4-4:30 p.m., online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200. [map]
Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). DrinkBlom.com
Every Wed. All high schoolers invited to learn various elements of music. Beginners welcome; no equipment necessary. Topics: "Audio Techniques," (the basics of production, mixing, and mastering), "eMCee Workshop," (the basics of rap, how to compose a verse and match the lyric with the beats, and more), "Songwriting," (write songs and get feedback from peers.)
For URL see neutral-zone.org
This Michigan writer discusses (via Zoom) her affecting novel about a hardworking single mom who turns just-about-nothing into a rich life for her 10-year-old daughter.
7 p.m., for URL preregistration required on EventBright.com (search "Ellen Airgood"). Free. 662-0600.
Interested in promoting the many benefits of biking and walking in your community? Learn about and help advocate for improved active transportation in Washtenaw County. Board meetings are the first Wednesday of each month from 7pm to 9pm (currently via Zoom). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a meeting link and details.
All jurisdictions, Washtenaw County. Free. Online. email@example.com www.wbwc.org
Music journalist Annie Zaleski joins Ann Arbor writer and documentarian Kevin Smokler for an online discussion on Zaleski's new book, a chronicle of the production and legacy of the British band's classic New Wave album.
7 p.m., online at LiteratiBookstore.com
Ark: Adam Ezra Group
Roots-rock sextet from Boston led by the highly regarded young singer-songwriter Ezra. $20.
Blue LLama: Los Gatos
Popular local Latin jazz quintet led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the old-school music of Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, Tito Puente, and Joe Cuba.
Blue LLama: Tim Haldeman Trio
Blues- and bebop-based jazz in a variety of styles and forms by this local ensemble led by saxophonist Haldeman. With bassist Aidan Cafferty and drummer Jesse Kramer.
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