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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 6, 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 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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Aug. 6-8, 19-22 & Sept. 10-12. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. No pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. or so, Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn, Grass Lake. Free admission. 426-2111, [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joes Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. A moderate-paced ride, 25 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at the Riverview Cafe in Dexter. Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves; carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks. For other AABTS rides, see
Meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-2096.

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Professor Snoopenheimer Snoops Out Kooky Krypids": Dexter District Library's Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up.

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Wrap up this year's Summer Reading Program with Professor Snoopenheimer, a professional snooper-outer of mysteries, as he snoops out "Kooky Kryptids!"
What, exactly, is a "kryptid?" Well it's a misspelled "cryptid" which is an animal or creature that is reported, but not proven to exist... like Big Foot. In the show, kids will learn about some "real" cryptids and then meet their kooky kousins, like Big Foot's kousin "Big Ear," a little furry juggler!
Registration is required on the Dexter District Library's website. A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before Friday, August 6.
Dexter District Library, Virtual, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477.

 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 

24th Annual Milan Bluegrass Festival.

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Today's headliner is Nashville-based guitarist-singer Jimmy Fortune (8 p.m.), a former member of the popular Statler Brothers country-pop ensemble. Fortune's latest CD, God & Country, is a collection of hymns about people who have fought for America's freedom. Also, the young traditional bluegrass quintet Tennessee Bluegrass Band (11 a.m. & 3 p.m.), ICM 2018 bluegrass album of the year winner Dave Adkins (noon & 4 p.m.), Florida traditional bluegrass singer-songwriter Amanda Cook (1 & 6 p.m.), and the Malpass Brothers (2 & 7 p.m.), a North Carolina-based classic country-inspired duo discovered by Merle Haggard.
11 a.m.-9 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]

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"That nothing be lost to the Most Sacred Treasury": Motivating the State in Roman Egypt: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Flash Talk.

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A brief Zoom webinar with Brendan Haug, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Archivist of the U-M Papyrology Collection, to discuss a Roman Egyptian papyrus from 210/11 CE.
Noon-12:30 p.m., for URL see Free.

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"Virtual Event: Meditation 101 - The Basics": Foundations of Wellness for Women.

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How do you feel about meditation? Have you been wondering what meditation is all about? Are you curious about the benefits of establishing a meditation routine? Maybe you started meditating, but stopped. Maybe you're a yo-yo meditator with one foot in, and one foot out. Are you thinking it might be time to take the plunge? to recommit to a meditation routine? If any of this feels true, this conversation is for you! This is your chance to finally understand what meditation can do for you, because we're starting with the basics! Register today through the link.
Jennifer Sprague is a certified Transformational Coach who specializes in wellness and lifestyle; she helps people overcome obstacles and destructive patterns to attain their health goals and live their Best Lives. She often helps clients who are experiencing burn-out/stress, weight gain, and chronic conditions, but she helps all her clients to find harmony in their lives and align with their purpose. As a certified yoga inst
Virtual. Online. $12 per person. (734) 418-2188.

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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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. [map]

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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

 1-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Cryptid Felt Pals": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer leads a demo on how to make an animal that has been claimed but never proven to exist, out of felt. Think Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster.
1-1:30 p.m., online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200. [map]

 4-8 p.m. 

First Friday at the Farm: Domino's Farms Petting Farm.

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The petting farm is open late tonight with food trucks, kids activities, and games.
4-8 p.m., Domino's Farms Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart. $6 general admission; (kids under age 2, free. 998-0182. [map]

 5:45-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Loop Nation," "DJ & Turntablism," and "Music Production": The Neutral Zone.

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Every Fri. Local music professionals demonstrate to high schoolers how to loop and layer beats to make songs, work turntables and electronic software, and curate performances. Also, the chance to perform your own music and receive feedback. No equipment necessary.
For URL see Free.

 6-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Capture The Flag Fridays": All Hands Active.

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Every Fri. All invited to try to capture a virtual flag by solving a computer security problem (or series of problems), ranging from basic computer usage to some programing. Led by AHA members; beginners welcome.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations required.

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited to a brief livestreamed Shabbat observance with secular readings, candle lighting, wine rituals, challah, and Yahrzeit observance to remember loved ones.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations accepted. 975-9872.

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Every Fri., June 18-Aug. 13. Entertainment in downtown Dexter. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass; face masks required. Tonight: The Detroit Top 40 country and pop dance band Still Rain, fronted by vocalist Rena Wilson.
Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Movie Trivia Night": Michigan Theater.

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Every Fri. Popular family-friendly contest with questions on movie quotes, posters, soundtracks, and more. 1st and 2nd place prizes. Have a pen and paper handy.
For URL see $5 per device (members, free).

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"First Friday Open Hours for Adults": The Creature Conservancy.

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All age 18 & up invited to watch an alligator feeding (7:30 p.m.), followed by a presentation on animals native to South America, including the sloth, boa constrictor, cane toad, and the 3-banded armadillo. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjacs, macaws, and more.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [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]

 7:30 p.m. 

Norm Stulz: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 6 & 7.Veteran Detroit stand-up comic who specializes in funny tales about raising 3 kids and other aspects of family life. "I wish I could tell a story the way Norm does," says actor Tim Allen. "He's a master." Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced). 996-9080, [map]

 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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Fantastic Mr. Fox": Michigan Theater.

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(Wes Anderson, 2009). Stop-motion animated family film based on Roald Dahl's classic tale about the clever Mr. Fox who outwits the lumpish chicken farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean.
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.

 8 p.m. 

Los Gatos: Kerrytown Concert House Lot Lounge.

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Outdoor performance by this popular local Latin jazz dance band. Cash bar.
KCH back lot, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at and at the door. 769-2999. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Soul Cycle

Detroit quartet whose music draws on jazz, funk, and R&B idioms. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Rock Jones

Local band led by the father-son rhythm section of singers Larry and Brian Genoa that plays vintage electric blues and rock 'n' roll dance jams. [venue info]


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