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
Sprint triathlon, duathlon, mini sprint tri, relay, or aquabike race open to all competitors. Awards, medals for finishers, T-shirts, & more.
7:30 a.m.-noon (registration opens at 6 a.m.), Halfmoon Lake Beach, 8690 Hankerd Rd., Dexter Twp. $100-$105 in advance at AnnArborTri.com; annual park pass required. firstname.lastname@example.org, 531-8747. [map]
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 Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]
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, WaterlooHunt.com
WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a meandering hike through an array of habitats in search of local birds. Bring binoculars.
West Lake Preserve, 21598 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea. Free, but preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
Aug. 7 & 8. One of the nation's largest "warbird" events, this great show of WWII-era and later fighter aircraft includes everything from a flyby of the world's largest gathering of 18-20 medium-sized B-25 bombers to the display of the immense Airbus A400M Atlas and the museum's own gleaming B-17 Flying Fortress "Yankee Lady." The air show culminates in a thrilling display of aerobatic maneuvers by some of the nation's leading pilots, performing high speed and low level passes. Also, helicopter rides and a "KidZone" with bouncy houses and rock climbing routes. Concessions. Park your car on the airfield, and bring personal umbrellas, lawn chairs, and snacks; no alcohol, grilling, or pets.
8:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. (different shows), Willow Run Airport (off I-94), Ypsilanti. Tickets $185 per show, admits 1 vehicle, in advance only at YankeeAirMuseum.org
Aug. 1, 7, 8, 15, 21, & 29. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Aug. 1 (9 a.m.-noon): Botsford Preserve, 3003 Miller Rd. Aug. 7 (9 a.m.-noon): Black Pond Woods, 2080 Tibbits Court. Aug. 8 (1-4 p.m.): Brokaw Nature Area, 3013 W. Huron River Dr. Aug. 15 (1-4 p.m.): Barton Nature Area, 1010 W. Huron River Dr. Aug. 21: Furstenberg Native Plant Garden (9 a.m.-noon), 2475 Fuller Rd., and Buttonbush Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), 3098 Hickory Point Dr. Aug. 29 (9 a.m.-noon): Bandemer Park, 1352 Lakeshore Dr.
Various times & locations. Preregistration required at vhub.at
Park naturalist Shawn Severance leads kids in preK on a leisurely hike through a meadow, stopping frequently to observe the goings on.
Updated location: County Farm Park, 2230 Platt Rd. Free, but preregistration required at ParksSnline.eWashtenaw.org. [map]
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]
Today's headliner is the veteran country-influenced bluegrass outfit Steve Thomas & the Time Machine (3 & 8 p.m.), whose frontman Thomas is known for his steady vocals and his use of a range of string instruments from guitar and mandolin to fiddle. Also, singer-songwriter Larry Stephenson (11 a.m. & 5 p.m.), the youthful traditional bluegrass quintet High Fidelity (noon & 6 p.m.), the Mississippi bluegrass band Breaking Grass (1 & 7 p.m.), and former IBMA Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent (2 & 8 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. MilanBluegrassFestival.com
Annual LGBTQ community celebration, online for the 2nd year in a row, with livestreamed music, drag and burlesque performances, & more. Headliner is VINCINT, a queer L.A.-based pop singer-songwriter known for his dynamic and charismatic performances that range in style from gospel-backed belting to the soft croon of a whispery falsetto. In 2018, he rose to prominence after finishing as a finalist on season 1 of the singing competition The Four, and his 2020 debut album There Will Be Tears has been praised for its emotional honesty by MetroWeekly.com reviewer Sean Maunier. Also, performances by Out Loud Chorus, Nashville pop singer-guitarist Brody Ray, young Detroit singer-songwriter Rēdi Choi, the local duo Drew De Four & Kin Curran, and others.
10 a.m.-evening time TBA. Online at AnnArborPride.com. Free. [map]
(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.
Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with stretching, moving to a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it. Pre-register on our website (www.motathaiyoga.com) or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). email@example.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Australia (2 & 4 p.m.), including the dingo, carpet python, emu, and more. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals. Masks required for unvaccinated guests.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]
Join us for a fun-filled day at the Enlightened Soul Center at our twice-monthly ESC Psychic Parties. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE A VARIETY of readings and healings at one time, under one roof!
SUMMER HOURS: 2:00-8:00 PM
Admission: $3 at the door = FREE gift, FREE snacks, FREE parking
Readings & Energy Work: $2/minute (15-minute minimum)
Cash & credit/debit accepted
READERS for AUGUST 7:
NEW to the PARTY: Monique Peralta - Intuitive Tarot "Bruja"
Michelle Michael - Psychic Medium & Channel
Shaila Solshine - The Generational Gypsy & Medium
RETURNING to the PARTY: DaVida Ross - Spiritual Counselor & Card Reader
ENERGY HEALERS for AUGUST 7:
LORI IRVIN - Medical Intuitive Healer, Holy Fire Reiki Master
AMY FEGER - Visionary Energy Healing & Soul Retrieval
SPECIAL VENDOR for AUGUST 7:
Kitchen Bruja Botanica - Offering inspired sprays, oils, and other locally-made products for your spiritual protection, cleansing, & rituals.
Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor 48108. $3. 734-358-0218. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a show and tell on different types of cloud formations. Then, make your own cloud fluff out of cotton balls to take home.
West Lake Preserve, 21598 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea. Free, but preregistration required for all over age 2 at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. [map]
Aug. 7 & 21. Livestreamed docent-led tours featuring artifacts in the museum's collection. Aug. 7: "Excavating Karanis Part 2," focuses on a Kelsey-led excavation of the Ptolemaic Egyptian city of Karanis during the 1920s & 1930s, and the role of temples and granaries in everyday Hellenistic life. Aug. 21: "Highlights of the Kelsey Museum."
2-3 p.m., for URL see myumi.ch
(Hayao Miyazaki, 2008). Anime fantasy about a young boy who develops a relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human.
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.
Rwandan-born Namibian writer Rémy Ngamije, one of Africa's emerging literary voices, discusses via Zoom his debut novel, a lyrical and often wildly funny story of a young Rwandan expat who moves to cosmopolitan Cape Town, South Africa, to complete his final year of law school and secure a brighter future.
5:30 p.m., online at LiteratiBookstore.com
Soul-hungry for live, in-person music by great performers? Here's your chance!
4 nights of outdoor, live, in-person music, all in genteel, beautifully bohemian Normal Park, Ypsilanti - get this fabulous made-in-Michigan lineup!
July 10 - The Lucky Nows
July 24 - Bill Edwards
August 7 - Matt Watroba
August 21 - John Latini
7 p.m., Private residence, Normal Park, Ypsilanti. Tickets by cash donation (all for the performers). Contact Diane of 9 Live House Concerts @ email@example.com for info/directions/safety protocols/reserved seating.. firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Fri., July 1-Sept. 3 (except July 23). Outdoor performances by area jazz standouts. Veteran local jazz guitarist John E. Lawrence opens each night by playing songs off his new CD, Masterpiece Vol. 1, with the featured artist. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Tonight: Detroit saxophonist Dave McMurray, whose signature tenor groove has landed him on the stage next to everyone from the Rolling Stones to Nancy Wilson to Bootsy Collins.
Riverside Park, Frog Island Amphitheatre, 699 Rice St., Ypsilanti. Free. 635-5446, JohneLaw@sbcglobal.net. [map]
Kelsee Vandervall, R4's new music director, leads this Tecumseh-based 13-piece orchestra in "Return to Ragtime," a program featuring music by 20th-century composers Will Tyers, Cora Salisbury, Felix Arndt, Grace LeBoy, and others. Tonight is also the premiere of many tunes, including the orchestra's namesake rag composed by Pulitzer-winning local composer Bill Bolcolm and R4 music director emeritus William Hayes. Cash bar. Rain or shine.
Washtenaw County Fairgrounds Building B, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $40 (includes 1 drink) in advance at RagTimeBand.org or at the gate. (630) 715-5910, email@example.com. [map]
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 DCP.yapsody.com & at the door. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. through Aug. 8. Rochester-based veteran poet Frederick Glaysher performs a stage adaptation of his 2012 epic poem, a combination of poetry reading, protest play, and performance art piece that emphasizes the transformative nature of poetry and art. It's set partially on the moon at the Apollo 11 landing site and the Sea of Tranquility, where the Greek god of poetry Apollo summons the ancient and modern poets of all nations to fashion a new vision of universal life. Glaysher performs multiple roles, including Don Quixote, Merlin, Jane Austen, the late Detroit poet Robert Hayden, Tolstoy, Job, and others. Post-performance talkback. In the case of inclement weather, check earthrisepress.net
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), West Park Band Shell patio, 215 Chapin St. Free, but donations appreciated. 660-4037, ApollosTroupe@Fastmail.com. [map]
Every Sat. Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for all ages to answer in the YouTube chat box. Aug. 7: "Popular Fiction." Aug. 14: "Back to the Future." Aug. 21: "The Office/Parks and Recreation." Aug. 28: "Phineas and Ferb," on the Disney animated TV series.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.
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, aaComedy.com. [map]
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 TheEncoreTheatre.org (recommended) and at the door. info@TheEncoreTheatre.org. [map]
Drumming, led by local percussionist Curtis Glatter, and undirected free-form dancing. Drums provided, or bring your own if you'd like. No experience necessary.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd, ste. 1. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 972-6098. [map]
(Spike Lee, 1998). Daffy story about undergrads at an all-black university. Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito.
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.
Ark: Jo Serrapere & the Lafawndas
Livestreamed. Veteran Detroit-area singer-songwriter Serrapere returns to town with her versatile new band. Her latest CD, Dollar Store Nation, brings her songwriting chops and stylistic versatility together in a single package that's rooted in the unselfconscious genre-hopping across of rock 'n 'roll, country, folk, and honky-tonk boundaries exemplified by the likes of Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline. And as with those 2 pre-Americana icons, Serrapere's secret weapon is the muscular verve and grace of her voice, which has never been stronger.
Blue LLama: Randy Napoleon Quartet
Jazz standards and originals by this quartet led by Ann Arbor native Napoleon, an MSU jazz guitar professor who's toured with Benny Green and Michael Bublé and been praised as "spectacular" by guitarist George Benson. $125. 7 p.m. (one show).
Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz
Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Kinks & the Krew
Robert Plant tribute band led by local drummer-vocalist T. Kinks Heiss.
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