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:
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
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
Every Sun. All ages 6-11 invited to read to adoptable animals. Also, a group read-aloud, and a talk on humane education. Masks required, social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $10. Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]
Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at bit.ly
Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418, hac-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com.
(Leos Carax, 2021). Avant-garde rock opera about the fraying, passionate relationship between a bilious comedian and an opera diva. Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg.
Opens Aug 6. 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.
(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.
Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. Interfaithspirit.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
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]
(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.
Michigan writer Rueckert discusses (via Zoom) her debut novel, A Dragonbird in the Fern, a political fantasy about an ordinary princess who embarks upon an unexpected journey.
2 p.m., for URL preregistration required on EventBright.com (search "Laura Rueckert"). Free. 662-0600.
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]
Aug. 8 & 11. (Jim Henson, 1981). 40th anniversary showing of this film about the efforts of Miss Piggy and other Muppets to solve a London jewel robbery.
Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424).
Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270. Interfaithspirit.org
Every Sun. An evening of playing popular games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper ready to use.
For URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Outdoor concert by this Latin, funk, and jazz quintet led by Detroit violinist Michelle May. Cash bar.
7:30 p.m., KCH back lot, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com and at the door. 769-2999. [map]
Aug. 8 & 22. Patio screening of two films each night, with trivia at intermission. 21 & up only. In the case of rain, rescheduled to the following Sunday.
Aug. 8: "Deadly Prey" (David A. Prior, 1987). Drama based on Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game, only involving mercenaries hunting a Vietnam veteran. Ted Prior. "Commando" (Mark L. Lester, 1985). Action flick about a retired Special Forces soldier on a mission to take down a rogue leader and rescue his daughter. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Aug. 22: "Streets of Fire" (Walter Hill, 1984). Neo-noir rock musical about a plot to rescue a woman from a merciless biker gang. Willem Dafoe, Diane Lane. "Purple Rain" (Albert Magnoli, 1984). Musical about an aspiring young Minneapolis musician with a troubled home life and a new girlfriend. Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day.
FREE. 8 Ball Saloon, 208 S. First.
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