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Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 21, 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.

 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]

 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Dressage at Waterloo": Waterloo Hunt Club.

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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, [map]

 9 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Used Book Sale: JLC Book Sale.

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Aug. 18-21. Sale of several hundred books, as well as DVDs, audiobooks, video games, puzzles, and board games. Also, a presale on Aug. 18 from 2-8 p.m. for teachers and homeschool families.
2091 Stratton Ct. Free admission. [map]

 9a.m.-4p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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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 Free. 794-6627.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Outdoor Preschool Open House: Art In Nature Preschool Enrichment Program.

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"Art In Nature" Preschool presents a small-format outdoor play & learn opportunity for children ages 3-5. Class meets 2 mornings a week, September 9-November 22. Miss Jess will host an Open House this Saturday August 21, 10-11:30am for interested families. Come meet Miss Jess in the "backyard schoolyard" at 2451 Towner Blvd. For further information, please email Jess at
See you in the schoolyard!
Residential backyard, 2451 Towner Blvd. Free. 3176036453. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Salem Area Historical Society Arts & Crafts Fair.

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Show and sale of works by local artists and crafters. Also, a chance to view the historic stone school. Raffle.
Jarvis Stone School, 7991 North Territorial at Curtis, Salem Twp. Free admission. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Prairie Wildflowers": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Park naturalist Shawn Severance leads a trek through a prairie remnant, discussing wildflower identification along the way.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. Free, but preregistration required by emailing [map]

 10:30-11 a.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]

 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]

 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"User Group University Online": MacTechnics.

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MacTechnics staffers highlight (via Zoom) different Apple user groups based around the world and discuss how to take advantage of their resources. Mac questions of any kind welcome.
For URL email Free.

 11:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Lunch 'n' Learn: From Electric Cars to Panera: Contemporary Issues in Jewish Law": Beth Israel Congregation.

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BIC Rabbi Ivan Caine leads an hour-long informal discussion via Zoom on the modern Jewish American code of conduct. Eat while others talk, if you wish.
For URL email Free.

 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]

 2 p.m. 

"Psychic Saturday Party": Enlightened Soul Center.

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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!
Readers ~ Energy Healers ~ Holistic Vendor
$3 admission includes FREE gifts, snacks, & parking!
Sessions $2/minute (15-minute minimum or $30)
Credit/debit cards & cash accepted!
(Individual practitioners may also accept other forms of payment)
See photos and details for this week's participants at the Enlightened Soul Center website!
Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard #280, Ann Arbor 48108. $3. 734-358-0218. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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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 Free. 764-9304.

 4 p.m. 

10 Year Anniversary Party: Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor.

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The Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor team is celebrating our 10th Anniversary! Families are invited to join us for an afternoon of family fun on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Event highlights include a bounce house, water slide, the opportunity to "Pie Your Teacher" and an appearance by Pebbles the Clown! In addition, families can enjoy family swim together! Please note that each family will have to reserve a family swim time slot through Eventbrite.
Tickets are $5 per person and all proceeds will benefit the organization Fostering Futures.
Note: COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for this event. All guests over age two will be required to wear a mask when not in the pool. Families should bring towels and all swimmers who are not potty training are required to wear a reusable swim diaper in the pool.
Please reach out to or call 734/849-2038 with any questions! We can't wait to see you in the pool!
Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor, 2107 West Stadium Blvd. Donation. $5. 734/849-2038. [map]

 4 p.m.-midnight or later 

Farm Harvest Festival: Nature & Nurture Seeds.

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Guided farm tours, tasting of heirloom tomatoes, outdoor kids activities, and yoga with local instructor Marly Speiser-Schneider. Bring a dish to pass for a potluck dinner (6 p.m.). Also, live music by performers TBA. Bonfire at sundown. Vaccinated guests only.
1100 Marshall Rd., Dexter. $20 suggested donation, cash or check only. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Grave of Fireflies": Michigan Theater.

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(Isao Takahata, 1993). Animated war tragedy.
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 p.m. 

1st-ever (Not Quite) Normal Festival!: 9 Live House Concerts.

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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 @ for info/directions/safety protocols/reserved seating..

 7 p.m. 

"CCC and the Chocolate Factory": Children's Creative Center.

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Aug. 18-22. Gayle Martin, Laurie Atwood, and Abby Vermeulen direct local kids in a musical production loosely based on Leslie Bricusse and Tim McDonald's 2004 stage show that combines elements of both Roald Dahl's classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its iconic 1971 film adaptation as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The score includes such favorites as "Pure Imagination," "Oompa Loompa Melody," "Golden Ticket," "I Want It Now," "It's Time," and "Carry On." The Aug. 20 performance is followed by a post-performance reception ($100; includes food & drink from local restaurants TBA; reservations required at Proceeds benefit Friends of CCC, which assists homeless and disadvantaged families with childcare costs.
7 p.m. (Wed-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline (at Kay Pkwy. east of Stadium). Tickets pay what you can in advance at or at the door. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"First-Ever (Not Quite) Normal Festival": 9 Live House Concerts.

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Performance at a private residence by John Latini, a veteran area singer-songwriter whose style "moves easily from old-school street-corner doo-wop to calypso-tinged blues to sweet waltzes with rich background harmonies," according to Observer reviewer Charmie Gholson. Dancing.
Somewhere near Normal Park, Ypsilanti (for exact location and other details email Diane at Cash donation.

 7 p.m. 

"Remember The Magic: The Happiest Musical Revue on Earth": Horizon Performing Arts.

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Aug. 19-22. Connor Rhoades directs area performers in an all-Disney musical revue, including songs featured in movies, TV shows, and theme parks from 1929 to today. Masks required; limited seating.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students & seniors Thurs.-Sun., $10; kids age 10 & under Sun. only, $10) in advance (recommended) at and at the door. [map]

  7 p.m. 

"Summer of Love": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Aug. 19-21. Lauren London directs an outdoor production of Roger Bean's 2011 jukebox musical about a conservative runaway bride who ends up in San Francisco at the height of the 1960s counterculture. The score features pop music from the era, everything from Motown to folk-rock and rock 'n' roll. Stars Luciana Piazza, David Moan, Dan Johnson, Kathy Waugh, Jayla Fletcher, Mike Sandusky, Leah Olsen, David Collins, Jackie Meloche, Andrew Helman, Allison Megroet, and dancers from Randazzo Dance Studio. Bring a camp chair or picnic blanket to sit on, and snacks if you wish. Concessions.
7 p.m., Burns Park Shelter Area, corner of Baldwin & Wells. Tickets $15 (seniors, $12; kids age 12 & under, $10) in advance at, and at the show. 926-5346.

 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. 

Nick Gaza: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Aug. 20 & 21. A veteran guest performer in TV sitcoms, Gaza is a funny and playful stand-up comic who bills himself as "The Laziest Working Man in Show Business," sometimes even performing in PJs. 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 p.m. 

"Crooklyn": Michigan Theater.

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(Spike Lee, 1994). Drama about the life and love of a Brooklyn-based family with 4 boys and a girl.
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.

 8:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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Family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments and lawn chairs. No pets.
LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. (1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free., 484-6565. [map]

 10-11:30 p.m. 

"Comedy Night": Bløm Meadworks.

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Stand-up showcase featuring outdoor sets by Andrew Yang and other area comics TBA, with jokes about everything from dating to mortality.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. $35 per table of 2-6 people; preregistration required at 548-9729. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Eastside Ninjas

All ages admitted. Detroit hip-hop supergroup whose members include the rappers Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, and ABK. Openers: the area hip-hop acts Boondox, Alla Xul Elu, Lex The Hex Master, AMB (Axe Murder Boyz), The R.O.C., Oh! The Horror, Bukshot, Gibby Stites, Redd, Insane E, and Super Famous Fun Time Guys. $30. 7-11 p.m. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Mainstream jazz blending gospel, blues, and soul with swing and bop by a trio led by this renowned pianist from Baltimore who has played with everyone from Betty Carter to Wynton Marsalis. "Long a fan of Oscar Peterson, I heard in Chestnut a similar bluesy soulfulness, with maniacal speed, powerful chords, and a selectively lyrical touch," says Jazz Police critic Andrea Canter. $85. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Spontaneous Jammers

Local rock 'n' roll band. [venue info]


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