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Calendar of Events

Friday, August 13, 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.

 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.

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"US-12 Heritage Trail Sale": Saline Area Historical Society Fundraiser.

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Aug. 13-15. Part of a string of yard sales along US-12 between Detroit and New Buffalo that's been dubbed "Michigan's Longest Garage Sale." For map, see Rentschler Farm gift shop is also open (Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. only).
Rentschler Farm Museum, 1265 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free admission. 944-0442. [map]

 9-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Workin' It Out": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers lead a lively exercise session outdoors for teens and adults of all abilities. The program involves syncing simple & repetitive movements to music. Based on the flamboyant American fitness personality Richard Simmons' "Sweatin' to the Oldies" workout tapes. No equipment necessary.
AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"50th Annual Dexter Daze": Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Aug. 13 & 14. Festivities include arts & crafts booths (Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. & Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.), a social tent (11 a.m.-11 p.m.), kids activities (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), and live music. Also, merchant sidewalk sales, a raffle, and yard sales around town. Today: A family concert by local singer-songwriter Kevin Devine (10 a.m.), performances by students from the Ann Arbor School of Rock (2 p.m.), and a set by country-rock singer-songwriter KayLyn Pace (6 p.m.).
Monument Park, downtown Dexter. Free admission. 426-0887.

 noon-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
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), [map]

 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

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Bandemer Park Clean-Up": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations (OSI).

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All invited to pick up trash, clear invasive species, and help OSI staffers with other minor beautification projects. Wear long pants, sturdy closed-toed shoes, and a mask if not vaccinated; tools and gloves provided.
Bandemer Park (off Lakeshore Dr.). Free.

 4-4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"First Chapter Friday": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL staffer reads to kids grades 4-8 the 1st chapter of Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer's 2019 epistolary novel, To Night Owl From Dogfish. It's about two 12-year-olds girls on opposite sides of the country whose fathers fall in love with one another. When the girls meet for the first time at a sleepaway camp, they never want to be separated, and resolve to unite their dads once and for all.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 5:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Passport to Shabbat Cultural Connection": Beth Israel Congregation.

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Congregation members discuss (via Zoom) Jewish identity in different parts of the world. This month: Greece.
For URL preregister at Free.

 5:30-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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All ages 5-11 invited to watch a movie and interact with adoptable pets. Tonight: Despicable Me, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's charming 2010 computer-animated comedy about a supervillain who plans to use 3 orphan girls as pawns in a grand scheme. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag, pillow.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 (additional children, $15). Limited to 5 participants; preregistration required. 661-3575. [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.

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Saline's Summerfest.

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Aug. 13 & 14. This downtown festival features live music and dance performances, kids activities, volleyball and 3 vs. 3 soccer tournaments, a fishing challenge & other contests, the Saline Street Machines Car Show, food, a beer and wine tent, and more. Full schedule available at
6-8 p.m. (Fri.) & 7 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), Henne Field and downtown Saline. Free admission. 368-1944. [map]

 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 Ann Arbor R&B band Men in Black. 6:30 p.m.
Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free.

 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Soccer.

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This month's schedule includes three exhibition matches against Bowling Green (Aug. 13, 7 p.m.), University of Illinois Chicago (Aug 13, 7 p.m.)& Saginaw Valley State University (Aug 20, 2 p.m.), and one regular season match against Detroit Mercy (Aug. 26, 4 p.m.).
U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person). 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ypsilanti Frog Island Jazz Concert Series.

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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 Yancyy, a U-M School of Music grad whose fluid sounds and interpretive mastery cross over between jazz, pop, rock, funk, and hip-hop. 7 p.m.
Riverside Park, Frog Island Amphitheatre, 699 Rice St., Ypsilanti. Free. 635-5446, [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Mike Merryfield: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 13 & 14. Local debut of this irreverent jokester from Wisconsin who specializes in observational riffs about popular culture. 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. 

"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 (recommended) and at the door. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou": Michigan Theater.

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(Wes Anderson, 2004). Comedy-drama about an oceanographer who gathers an eccentric team to hunt down a mythical shark. Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett.
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.

 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]

 8 p.m. 

"Lounge Lizard Bingo": Kerrytown Concert House Lot Lounge.

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Local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis hosts an outdoor program that encourages audience participation, in which he pairs a variety of popular songs with games that can be accessed on smartphones. Guitarist Curt Waugh accompanies. Prizes. Cash bar.
KCH back lot, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$30, in advance at and at the door. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Swift Nights Out": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Aug. 13-15.. All invited to view chimney swifts gathering at dusk and count them as they enter chimneys. Sometimes they drop so fast, you have to count by 5's, 10's and 20's, all in a swirling tornado of birds. Participants choose a known roosting location and report back to WAS organizers. If you know of an active roost that's not listed, email Juliet Berger (, and she will add it to the sign up. Part of a national effort to monitor the migration of this bird and learn its favorite chimneys for overnight roosting.
8 p.m. until the last swift descends into its chimney, For locations, preregister at Free. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Stargazing and Perseids": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A chance to view the Perseid meteor shower, with naturalist Kelsey Dehring on hand to point out constellations, planets, and other celestial phenomena. Bonfire & s'mores. Bring a blanket to lie on. In case of a cloudy night, Dehring leads a night hike in search of nocturnal animals.
Independence Lake County Park (check in at the Beach Center Pavilion), 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $5 per household of up to 4 members, preregistration required each household at (search Activity #IL461100)., [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Brendon Davis Trio

Local ensemble led by U-M jazz piano student Davis. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Otter River

Local outlaw & classic country sextet. [venue info]


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