Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in June 2022
June 28, 2022
Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.
Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes. Featuring 5 different films each week available to stream anytime. June 26, noon through July 1, noon (online): “Out of Exile – The Photography of Fred Stein” (Dawn Freer & Peter Stein, 2020). Documentary examining the life of this iconic Jewish photographer famous for his photographs of street scenes of Paris and New York in the 1930s and 40s. “Rose” (Aurélie Saada, 2021). Feel-good comedy drama about a recently widowed Sephardic French grandmother who rediscovers her long ignored aspirations. “Berenshtein” (Roman Shumunov, 2021). Drama about the last surviving member of a group of Jewish partisans who located the Nazi V2 missle development facility as he revisits his wartime memories and grapples with the ensuing dissociation and loss of identity. “Let It Be Morning” (Eran Kolirin, 2021) Lightly satirical drama about a Palestinian man living in Israel who returns to his village to attend his brother’s wedding only to find the road home to Jerusalem blocked by Israeli soldiers. “Shorts II” A collection of short films exploring the topic of family. A Kaddish for Selim (Jane Wells, 2022). Documentary that uses family photos and letters to tell the story of a young Jew in 1912 London who changes his name to join the British army and dies at the battle of Gallipoli. Her Dance (Bar Cohen, 2020). Drama about a trans woman, estranged from her Orthodox Jewish family, who shows up uninvited to her sister’s wedding night Shabbat. No Limits (Uriya Kapach, 2020). Morally complex drama about a pair of Palestinian theives who steal an Israeli woman’s car only to find that her baby is still in the back seat. Pops (Lewis Rose, 2021). Comic drama about the feud that breaks out between a pair of siblings over their late Jewish father’s request to have his ashes sent into space. Winter of '79 (Julia Elihu, 2021). Drama based on true events about a Persian-Jewish mother forced to question her loyalty to her country at the onset of the Iranian revolution. $12 per film; virtual festival pass, $150. Online at Film.jccAnnArbor.org. 971–0990. Various times.
Team Players, and exhibition of paintings by Joe Levickas: Creal Microgallery
Creal Microgallery presents "Team Players," an exhibition of paintings by Ann Arbor artist Joe Levickas. This series of small works takes inspiration from marching bands, the performers that are so often overshadowed by the athletes with whom they share the field. With their team spirit and synchronized movements, the musicians in the marching band play a role more focused on the success of the group, and so rarely get any of the individual glory of the sports heroes at whose events they perform during intermission.1215 Creal Cres., Ann Arbor. FREE. email@example.com. https://www.instagram.com/creal_microgallery/.
“Sunrise Nature Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike along wetland boardwalks and open fields to explore botany and wildlife as spring moves into summer. 8:30–10 a.m., Spike Preserve, 18700 Grass Lake Road, Manchester. Free. Preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 971–6337.
“Volunteer Ann Arbor”: OLLI Commons.
A chance to learn about interesting new ways to help in the community, or to share volunteer opportunities with others. Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see olli-umich.org or call 998-9351.
Art Adventure Camp - Week 2
Join Whitepine Studios for a three-day art adventure that incorporates art activities, crafts, games, laughter, socialization, lunch bunch and a real day camp experience.
"Wise Guys: Conversations for Men": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Discussion via Zoom. Free. For URL, see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.
“Family Nature Adventures: Rainbow Connection”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Families invited to join WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle on a hike to discover and learn about plants and flowers of every color and gather a bouquet to take home. Spike Preserve, 18700 Grass Lake Road, Manchester. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/wcprc2022 (activity #841002), email@example.com, 971–6337.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Tues. & Fri. Some experience necessary. No partner needed. 2401 Plymouth Road. Free. Call 998-9353 if interested, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bug Walk: Pittsfield Township Parks and Recreation.
Naturalist-led walk to look for bugs and the plants they rely on. 1-2:30 p.m., Hickory Woods Park, 5415 Crane Rd., Ypsilanti. $10 ($12 nonresident). Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov (#154.SS22).
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Thurs., Fri., & Tues. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Tues., Fri.), or a 499er game (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
“Top of the Park”: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
See 10 Friday. Tonight in the Kidzone: Animal Masks with Domino’s Petting Farm (5 p.m.). On the Power Center Lawn: X-Fusion Kickboxing with Saline ATA Martial Arts (5 p.m.). On the O&W Grove Stage: Detroit Americana singer-songwriter Audra Kubat (5 p.m.) and Ypsilanti indie folk singer Chris DuPont (6 p.m.). On the Rackham Stage: Detroit R&B quintet The DayNites (7 p.m.) and Detroit experimental indie electronic trio Summer Like The Season (8:30 p.m.). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by a screening of the classic 1942 romantic drama Casablanca. 5 p.m.–midnight.
“Ann Arbor Group Runs”: Fleet Feet.
Every Sat. & Tues. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3–5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. & 6 p.m. (Tues.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929–9022 (Sat.) & 769–5016 (Tues.).
“Dog and Suds Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Tues. Moderate-paced ride, 20 to 30 miles, along the less-traveled roads West and North of Chelsea. 6 p.m., sharp, meet at Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors, 1101 Main St., Chelsea. Start location occasionally changes see aabts.org. Free. 678-8297.
“Knit Happens”: Ann Arbor Stitch ’n’ Bitch.
Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips. 6–8 p.m. or so, Panera Bread, 903 W. Eisenhower. 945–3035. email@example.com.
“Tour de Dirt Tuesday Dirt Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Tues. 20- to 35-mile ride along Chelsea-area dirt roads. Email for upcoming week’s route. 6:15 p.m., sharp, meet at Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors, 1101 Main St., Chelsea. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient”: Literati Bookstore/Ann Arbor District Library.
Pittsburgh-based nurse Theresa Brown joins U-M nursing professor Christopher Friese to discuss her new memoir about navigating the medical maze from the other side of the bed after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Signing. 6:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. 585–5567.
Book Launch for THE WAY TO THE RIVER at Nicola's Books
Join local author Shutta Crum for a release party for her latest collection of poetry. At Nicola's Books, June 28th, 2022. 6:30pm. Poetry reading, refreshments, prizes. (Masks may be required.)
“Sufi Chanting, Movement, & Meditations”: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.
Every Tues. Talk (via Zoom) by Imam Kamau Ayubbi. All ages welcome. 6:45–8:15 p.m., for URL see interfaithspirit.org/events/featured-event. $5–10 suggested donation. 327–0270.
“Capture the Flag”: All Hands Active.
Every Tues. 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 programming. Led by AHA members. Beginners welcome. 7 p.m., for URL preregister at meetup.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.
Bluegrass Jam Circle: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
June 14 & 28. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome. 7–9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Mask required. $5. Depending on the weather, time and venue may change, so please check updates at a2blugrass.com.
Skazat! Poetry Series.
Online reading by local bioinformatician Ashwini Bhasi, an Indian-born poet whose work explores shame, trauma, and chronic pain through poetry and visual art. Preceded by an open mic. 7–8:30 p.m., for URL preregister at Facebook.com/Skazat. Free. 223–3165.
Virtual Trivia Night: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.
Every Tues. All invited to form teams of 4 or so persons to compete (via Zoom) in a family-friendly 2-round trivia contest featuring questions in a range of fields from entertainment and history to pop culture and geography. Solo competitors are matched up together. 7 p.m., for URL email email@example.com. Free.
Voices in Harmony.
Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly virtual rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus. 7–9:30 p.m., for URL email Info@VoicesInHarmonyChorus.org. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 765–3611.
“God's Children Are Little Broken Things”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
Nigerian-born fiction writer Arinze Ifeakandu joins Ann Arbor poet and nonfiction writer Ebenezer Agu to discuss (via Zoom) his debut, a collection of 9 exhilarating stories of queer love in contemporary Nigeria. 7:30 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-06. Free. 585–5567.
“The Wiz”: Michigan Theater.
(Sidney Lumet, 1978). Musical adventure fantasy that reimagines L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a black cast and the land of Oz as a dreamy New York City. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor. 1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7:30 p.m. (Tues.). Michigan Theater. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
Every Thurs. & Tues. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.) and the German Speakers Round Table (7:30 p.m. Tues.). Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. Preregistration requested at firstname.lastname@example.org (Thurs.) & 812–6375 (Tues.).
“Comedy Experiment”: Beer Grotto.
Every Tues. Stand-up showcase featuring sets by local comics TBA. 8 p.m., The Beer Grotto, 8059 Main, Dexter. Free. bit.ly/comedybeergrotto.