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Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 12, 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 film.jccAnnArbor.org. $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 ntgypsi.org/2020-2021-season. 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 ActiveAgainstALS.org/get-up-and-go-for-als. 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. levickas@hotmail.com https://www.instagram.com/creal_microgallery/



 8-9 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Climate, Coffee, & Conversation": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.

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All invited to chat about anything related to sustainability in the city and elsewhere.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/a2zero. Free. ZWaasSmith@a2gov.org.


 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 WashtenawAudubon.org/events. Free.


 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sonic Lunch": Bank of Ann Arbor.

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Every Thurs. Aug. 5-Sept. 2. Musical entertainment by local and regional performers. Today: Detroit-based indie pop quartet Michigander, fronted by guitarist & vocalist Jason Singer, that's known for its soaring melodies and lush instrumentation. Opener is Michigan guitarist/singer-songwriter Jake Lemond.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 662-1600. [map]


 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 info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353.


 2-10 p.m. 

76th Manchester Community Fair.

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Aug. 10-14. Carnival midway rides and games, concessions, tractor pulls, an opening parade (Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m.), a rodeo (Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.), an International Demolition Derby (Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m.), livestock shows, live music, and more. For complete schedule, see ManchesterFair.org.
5-10 p.m. (Tues.), 2-10 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.; rides and games open at 3 p.m.), noon-10 p.m. (Fri.; "Toddler Time" rides suitable for ages 7 & under, 1-3 p.m.; all ages rides open at 3 p.m.), & 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.; rides open at 1 p.m.), Alumni Memorial Field, E. Vernon & Wolverine, Manchester. Admission: $5 (Wed.-Sat. after 5 p.m., $9; kids age 9 & under, free; fair pass, $30). Wristbands for rides, price TBA; "Toddler Time," $6. 428-8429 (fair week only), ManchesterFair@yahoo.com. [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. manager@westsidefarmersmarket.com www.westsidefarmersmarket.com [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.

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For URL preregister at lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/visitors/planetarium-dome-theater.html. Free. 764-0478.


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Community Open House: Booksweet.

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All are invited to celebrate the grand opening of this new Northside bookstore. Featured events include: a poetry reading by Dearborn native and Hopwood Award-winning artist Tarik Dobbs, live music by local songwriter, producer, and live-looping vocalist Ki5, sweet treats prepared by Karma's Kitchen, and more.
5-8 p.m., 1729 Plymouth Rd. RSVP at https://www.shopbooksweet.com/community-open-house. Free. [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 AADL.tv. Free. 327-4200.


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Farm Picnic Series: Green Things Farm

Collective.

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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. GreenThingsFarm.com. [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 WashtenawAudubon.org/events. Free. WashtenawAudubon.org. [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 meetup.com/AllHandsActive/events for homebound participants.
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty suite 225. Free. james@AllHandsActive.org.


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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: A folk-rock quartet led by wife-and-husband singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the Detroit roots/boogie pianist Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid, the local roots-rock quartet Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies, Scottish and Irish music by the Chelsea House Orchestra, the Django Reinhardt-influenced guitar duo Fun on the Frets, and ethereal, jazzy folk-pop by the duo Dede Alder & Josh Holcomb. Also, classical dance by Ballet Chelsea and a performance by Detroit Circus, a sideshow troupe featuring stilt walkers, acrobats, aerialists, hand balancers, fire balancers, fire artists, contortionists, jugglers, and more.
6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 474-9178. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Dead of Winter": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Michigan crime writer Stephen Mack Jones joins mystery writer James R. Benn in a livestream discussion of the latest installment in Jones' August Snow series, a hard-boiled thriller in which this Detroit ex-cop goes up against a secretive real estate empire to protect his Mexicantown neighborhood.
7 p.m., online at LiteratiBookstore.com/event/2021-08. Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.


 7-9 p.m. 

"Salty Summer Sounds": Saline Main Street.

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Downtown family-friendly concerts by area bands. Bring your own lawn chairs to sit on. Also, outdoor seating at some restaurants. Dancing. Tonight: The Detroit 6-piece Steely Dan tribute band Major Dudes.
Downtown Saline. Free. SalineMainStreet.org, 717-7406. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a sing-along (via Zoom) of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For URL see InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.


 7 p.m. 

"The Stairs": Fathom Events.

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(Peter Tiemann, 2021). Ominous thriller about a set of remote stairs connected to a mysterious 20-year-old disappearance.
Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424).


 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 Instagram.com/VaultOfMidnight. 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]


 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Jess & Judy: A Tribute to Judy Garland": The Encore Musical Theatre Company Summer Concert Series.

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Aug. 12-14. Broadway star Jessica Grové, an Encore regular who made her New York debut in 1998 at age 15 as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, performs a program of songs popularized by Judy Garland. Featuring "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "You Made Me Love You," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "The Trolly Song," "Come Rain or Come Shine," and more. Cabaret-style seating; capacity limited.
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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Something Rotten!": Father Gabriel Richard High School Dramalums.

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Aug. 12-15. Anne Kolaczkowski-Magee directs Gabriel Richard students and alums in John O'Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick's 2015 musical comedy, a kooky tale about 2 English brothers who are playwrights naively competing against the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 1:30 p.m. (Sun.), Whitmore Lake High School Auditorium, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd. Tickets $15 (kids, $10). 662-0496. [map]



 
 
 

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Blue LLama: Oliver Mayman Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by drummer Mayman, a recent Community/Huron High grad. [venue info]

 
 


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