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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 5, 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 $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 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 Free, but donations encouraged.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Small Windows Onto a Distant World- Photos by Andrew Stamm": Creal Microgallery.

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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.

 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Leaderless Walks in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs. All invited to join a walk through the Arb to look for resident flora and fauna.
Meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes; preregistration required at Free.

 11 a.m-10 p.m 

24th Annual Milan Bluegrass Festival.

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Aug. 5-7. Three days of bluegrass music performed by leading regional and national performers. Today's headliners are the Xenia (OH) traditional bluegrass & gospel quintet Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (2 & 8 p.m.) and one of the hottest bluegrass bands around, Lonesome River Band (3 & 9 p.m.), an outfit known for its great harmony singing, lickety-split solos, and white-hot ensemble playing. Also, the North Carolina harmonizing bluegrass quintet Deeper Shade of Blue (11 a.m. & 5 p.m.), traditional bluegrass by the Nashville-based band Fast Track (noon & 6 p.m.), and

Nashville country singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse (1 & 7 p.m.). Emcee is bluegrass finger-picker Blake Williams.
11 a.m.-10 p.m., KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Rd., Milan. Day passes $40 in advance, $45 at the gate ($35 after 5 p.m. on Thurs. & Sat.; on Fri., $45). Three-day pass, $85 in advance; at the gate, $100., 439-1076. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Musical entertainment by local and regional performers. Today: Popular young folk-rock singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, a California native, whose songs blend the lithe, vaguely melancholy melodicism of Paul Simon and James Taylor with Dylanesque verbal pirouettes. Opener is Chicago singer-songwriter and American Idol alum Althea Grace.
Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 662-1600.

 1:30-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wise Guys: Conversations for Men.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 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., [map]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

Westside Farmers Market.

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The Westside Farmers' Market, keeping Ann Arbor healthy by bringing farm-fresh food to the city's westside, will be held every Thursday from 3-7pm through October 7th in the parking lot of the Zingerman's Roadhouse, on the corner of Jackson Ave. and Maple Rd.
Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs. (different programs) A 30-minute audiovisual planetarium shows (via Zoom), followed by a brief Q&A.

The Solar System (Aug. 5 & 19) is an exploration of our solar system's history culminating in the current night sky.The Sky Tonight (Aug. 12 & 26) explores the current night sky, including the constellations, visible planets, and other astronomical events.

For URL preregister at Free. 764-0478.

 5-8 p.m. 

First Thursday Food Trucks: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

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YMOW's series of First Thursday Food Truck events continue from 5-8 p.m. August 5.
Stop by to enjoy delicious vegan choices from Shimmy Shack or burgers, sandwiches and fries from Good Eats. Grab a coffee, smoothie or pastry from Bearclaw Coffee Co. and a frozen treat from Kona Ice. Music will be provided by local artists Holly Gramlich & Gail Boyd and Ki5 Loops.
Special thanks to Old National Bank for sponsoring our August event!
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family and settle in for an evening of summer fun, all to benefit Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.
First Baptist Church/YMOW office, 1110 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. Free admission. 734-487-9669. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Biblio Files": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. Three AADL staffers each answer their own questions relating to books in 5 minutes or less, such as "What is the prettiest book on your bookshelf?"
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 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, Free. 313-682-2376.

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Farm Picnic Series: Green Things Farm


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Aug. 5 & 12. All invited to bring your own dinner to eat and a blanket to sit on, while socializing with others at this organic farm.
Green Things Farm, 3825 Nixon Rd. Free, but donations suggested. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Beginning Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS members lead a hike and discuss the basic tricks to identifying birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds. Binoculars provided, but bring yours if you have them.
Meet at Argo Park Livery, 1055 Longshore; preregistration required at Free. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at for homebound participants.
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty suite 225. Free.

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights": Chelsea Area Festivals & Events.

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Every Thurs., July 1-Aug. 12. Concurrent musical entertainment on 7 stages downtown, as well as children's activities and a "How to Chalk" series with local street artists. Also, street performers, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. Tonight: The ethereal, jazzy folk-pop duo Dede Alder & Josh Holcomb, the King Family Band bluegrass ensemble, Ann Arbor classic rock band Ransom Jones, local folk-rock swing quintet Dorkestra, guitarist Al Jacquez, and the Kari Holmes Trio, a country-pop ensemble fronted by the Detroit-bred singer-songwriter Holmes.
6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 474-9178. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Agatha of Little Neon": Literati Bookstore At Home With Literati.

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Fiction writer Clare Luchette discusses (via Zoom) her debut novel, the story of 4 Catholic nuns, forced to relocate after their parish goes broke, who find themselves in charge of a halfway house.
7 p.m., online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Solar Stories": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations/Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association.

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Ann Arborite Scott Nelson shares (via Zoom) his experience using solar energy at Adventist Church and School.
Q&A. 7-8 p.m., for URL preregister at Free.

 7-9 p.m. 

"Consciousness in Concert: Where The Light Gets In": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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The Florida-based singer-songwriter duo of Bob Sima and Shannon Plummer perform a program of catchy tunes relating to personal growth. Livestream option available.
7-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Tickets $25 in advance only at 327-0270. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Salty Summer Sounds": Saline Main Street.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Aug. 26. Downtown family-friendly concerts by area bands. Bring your own lawn chairs to sit on. Also, outdoor seating at some restaurants. Dancing. Tonight: The popular teen folk ensemble Saline Fiddlers.
7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free., 717-7406. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Great American Trailer Park": Dexter Community Players.

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Aug. 5-8. Wendy Sielaff directs this local theater company in David Nehls and Betsy Kelso's 2005 Off-Broadway musical comedy about a new tenant wreaking havoc in Florida's most exclusive trailer park. For mature audiences. Cash bar.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) and 2 p.m. (Sun.)., Columbus Hall, 8625 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at & at the door. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vault of Knowledge": Vault of Midnight.

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Every Thurs. Vault of Midnight events head Caleb Wimbrow hosts a live Instagram trivia quiz in which participants post their answers in the comments section. Prizes.
Online at Free. 998-1413.

 7:30 p.m. or so 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular outdoor weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes.
7:30 p.m. or so, Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665-2968. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Gazebo Concerts: Riverfolk Music & Arts.

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Every Thurs., June 10-Aug. 5. The popular local Latin jazz dance band Los Gatos, led by drummer Pete Siers, performs the last concert in this series of outdoor music in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain date is the following Friday. Los Gatos also performs at Kerrytown Concert House tomorrow.
7:30 p.m., Manchester gazebo, Wurster Park (Main St. just west of M-52). Free, but donations appreciated.

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Broadway Rocks!": The Encore Musical Theatre Company Summer Concert Series.

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Aug. 5-7. This local professional musical theater company is joined by NYC-based singer-songwriter Aaron Lavigne, a Broadway and Off-Broadway actor who starred in the 2010 Encore production of Jesus Christ Superstar, in a program of popular rock and pop numbers. Featuring Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up!" The Who's "Tommy," Sting's "The Last Ship," Sara Bareilles's "Waitress," Alanis Morrisette's "Jagged Little Pill," songs from Richard Linklater's 2003 comedy School of Rock, and more. Dance along, if you'd like. Cabaret-style seating; capacity limited.
7:30-9 p.m., Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $35 ($3.70 online processing fees) in advance at (recommended) and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding": Beth Israel Congregation.

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A Sweet romantic comedy about a 30ish-year-old woman from an old-fashioned Greek family whose engagement to a non-Greek causes an uproar. Nia Vardalos, John Corbett. Directed by Joel Zwick (2002).
FREE. Online screening, for URL preregister at


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Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]


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