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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 14, 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.

 7 a.m-11p.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]

 7:30 & 9:30 

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]

 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.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at, [map]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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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]

 9 a.m.-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]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

County Clean Up Day - EMU: Washtenaw County Public Works.

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Have you done some cleaning and ended up with stuff you don't know where to take? Bring our waste specialists your old TVs, tires, paint, oils, garden chemicals and more for responsible and safe disposal! Wait times expected, all vehicles in line by 1pm will be served.
Please consider a donation of $15 to help support this effort. Please only bring materials you can unload within 20 minutes or less. Limit of 10 tires.
• Appliances (a/c unit, dehumidifier, etc.)
• Bulky Household Waste (furniture, mattresses, scrap wood, etc.)
• Electronics (TV, computer, entertainment and communication devices, etc.)
• Foam packaging and containers (clean and dry, no packing peanuts)
• Household Hazardous Waste (paint, pesticides, cleaning supplies, oil, batteries, etc.)
• Scrap Metal
• Tires (limit 10, no semi or agricultural tires)
Find more information and an event map at
Rynearson Stadium Parking Lot, 799 N Hewitt Street, Ypsilanti. Free. Donation. suggested donation: $15. 7342223827. [map]

 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]

 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

6th Annual Heritage Car Show: Gene Butman Ford Dealership.

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Show of a variety of different car makes and models, from pre-war to modern custom cars. Awards. Also, live music, food trucks, raffles, & more.
Gene Butman Ford, 2105 Washtenaw Ave., Ypsilanti. Free admission. (877) 720-3673. [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 parade from Wylie School down Main Street (starting at 10 a.m.), a show by Colors the Clown (1 p.m.), and a performance by the versatile swing-to-Motown dance band The Cellar Cats (6 p.m.).
Monument Park, downtown Dexter. Free admission. 426-0887.

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Antique Tractor & Equipment Show": Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Aug. 14 & 15. Displays of everything from horse-drawn plows and steam-powered machines to modern farm equipment. Also, wagon rides, tours of the 10-room farmhouse ($3), a Grandma's Attic rummage sale, & more. Concessions.
Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. (517) 596-2254.

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Native American Settlements in Manchester": Riverfolk Music & Arts Passport to Manchester 2021.

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River Bend Gardens cofounder Wayne Oliver discusses the lives and legacy of peoples indigenous to the area, as well as his efforts to restore an Oak opening and protect native fauna. Also, music and dance by members of Spirits Rising and All Nations Dancers.
Meet at the end of River Bend Dr., Manchester. $15 per person; preregistration recommended at

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Adult Self-Defense Workshop: The 3 Self-Defense Techniques Everybody Should Know": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Easy to learn self-defense techniques for beginners. Finally - the peace of mind you deserve! Saturday, August 14th, 11:00-11:30 at 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Ages 14+. Admission: FREE! Register at:
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main St. Free. 734-994-0333. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yinyasa Yoga is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. The Vinyasa postures flow from one to the next to create internal heat. The Yin postures are held for longer periods of time to allow the muscles to relax and the connective tissues to be gently stretched. Appropriate for all levels.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. Register on our website (, or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $10-20 Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Artist Pop-Ups": The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Aug. 14, 21, & 28. Show and sale of works in various media by local artists, who will be on hand to discuss their work & answer questions.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. [map]


U-M Women's Soccer.

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The U-M Women take on Virginia in an Exhibition game (Aug. 14). The U-M also has regular-season home games this month against Bowling Green (Aug. 22), WMU (Aug. 26), and CMU (Aug. 29). Masks encouraged for unvaccinated spectators.
U-M Soccer Stadium, 2250 S. State. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 per person). 764-0247. [map]

 Time TBA 

"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

 12:15 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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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 ( or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15 drop in (or package prices). [map]


"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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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; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Stewardship Saturday": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help remove invasive species from Britton Woods, the only part of County Farm Park that has never been farmed.
County Farm Park (meet at the Medford Pavilion), 2230 Platt at Washtenaw. Free, but preregistration required by emailing [map]

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Monthly Chapter Meeting: Ann Arbor Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (, a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings are currently hosted on Zoom to accomodate COVID restrictions and consist of action team check-ins and local discussion of actions.
Online on Zoom, Email for Zoom Link. Free. Online.

 3 p.m. 

"Kids Run": Ann Arbor Track Club.

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400-m, 800-m, and 1-mile runs, for kids 12 & under. Also, a 100-m dash for age 5 & under only. Post-race refreshments, medals, and other goodies.
Creekside Intermediate School, 2615 Baker Rd., Dexter. $10 in advance at [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Only Yesterday": Michigan Theater.

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(Isao Takahata, 1991). Studio Ghibli anime about a woman in her late 20s looking back on key moments from her childhood.
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.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Paul Keller Jazz Quartet: First Presbyterian Church Jazz Vespers.

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Jazz on the church lawn by this local ensemble led by bassist Keller, interspersed with spiritual readings. Canceled in case of rain.
First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.

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Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect.
Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity; preregistration required at (866) 496-0535. [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. 

"Mo' Better Blues": Michigan Theater.

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(Spike Lee, 1990). Story following an evocative period in the life of a jazz trumpeter. Denzel Washington.
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.  Free! 

Anne Erlewine: Argus Farm Stop.

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Performance by this local pop-folk singer-songwriter, who's also a mixed-media painter. Her 2019 debut, Over the Bones, is a collection of lyrically sharp, insightful songs with lilting vocals about love set to drifting tempos. Masks required for unvaccinated guests.
Argus Farm Stop Greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. Free. 585-5567. [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]

 8:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Bats in the Night": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Age 10 and up invited for an talk about bats followed by a trek outside to look for bats living in the park.
Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per person, preregistration required by 3 p.m. Aug. 13., 426-8211. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Aguanko

Local Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble led by composer-percussionist Alberto Nacif. $125. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Vintage Car Show

With live music TBA. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. [venue info]


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