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. 24-28. Fair rides and concessions (Wed. & Thurs., 3-10 p.m.; Fri., noon-10 p.m.; Sat.; 1-10 p.m.), a bingo tent, livestock shows, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies (Tues. & Wed. at 7:30 p.m.), the Chelsea Fair Parade (Sat. at 1 p.m.), and "Nature's Creation of Life" (Tues.-Sat., all day), an exhibit of calves, piglets, lambs, and chicks, some likely to be born during the fair. Also, a Children's Parade (Wed., 5:30 p.m.) for ages 3-12 on decorated bikes & wagons or on foot from the municipal lot behind Common Grill to the fairgrounds. Complete schedule available at ChelseaFair.org.
Chelsea Fairgrounds, Old US-12 at Old Manchester Rd., Chelsea. $10 daily admission; $30 5-day pass (students, veterans, & seniors age 65 & older, $20; kids age 10 & under, free). 475-1270 during fair week, ChelseaFair@gmail.com.
Every Tues. Bilha Birman Rivlin of Still Mountain Meditation gives talks(via Zoom) on mindfulness practice for older adults.
For URL, email email@example.com or call 998-9353.
(Henry Selick, 2009). Stop-motion 3D animation based on Neil Gaiman's deliciously creepy tale of a girl who finds herself in an alternative universe when she opens a long-closed door in her new house.
3 p.m. (Ann Arbor 20 only) and 7 p.m. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424) and Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500). [map]
In a prerecorded video, AADL staffers discuss Harriet Jacobs' vivid autobiography, originally published in 1861 to further abolitionist causes, that narrates her life as a slave in 19th-century North Carolina. Appealing directly to female readers, Jacobs' account highlights her vulnerability to sexual exploitation by her owner.
Online at AADL.tv (a YouTube Channel). Free. 327-4200.
Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly outdoor rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
For location see hvharmonizers.org
Online reading by 4 poets. Detroit-based Lannie Stabile, who likens the process of writing poetry to "spanking ketchup." Her poems address trauma and how it affects the body. Local Jason B. Crawford's 2016 chapbook, Stranded at Crossroads, explores in gritty, raw free verse what it means to be young, black, and queer in America. North Carolina-based Khalisa Rae writes on womanhood, anti-racism, identity, and generational trauma. Philadelphia-based Lee Potts's debut pamphlet, And Drought Will Follow, pays close attention to the qualities of common natural objects, such as water, trees, and roots.
For URL preregister at facebook.com
Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete in a 2-round family-friendly trivia contest featuring a range of questions from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together.
For URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
"The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.more >
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Environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett discusses (via Zoom) her new book, a deep dive into the human history of seashells from their service as ancient currency to the inspiration they provided for the design of carbon sequestration technology.
7 p.m., online at LiteratiBookstore.com
Ark: Grace Pettis and Rachael Kilgour
Double bill. Pettis is a highly regarded veteran country-folk singer- songwriter from Austin with an acclaimed new CD, Working Woman, and Kilgour is a Minnesota songwriter and fiddler who won the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest and has performed at both Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington. $20.
Ypsi Alehouse: Pittsfield Open Band
All musicians invited for an open jam with old-time American and Irish dance tunes.
Zal Gaz Grotto: Easy Street Jazz Band
Dixieland and swing by this veteran local ensemble led by trombonist Terry Kimura.
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