Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in July 2022
July 6, 2022
Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.
Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival. June 19-July 15. Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes. Includes both in-person shows and 5 different films each week available to stream anytime.
July 3, noon through July 8, noon (online):
“Dead Sea Guardians” (Ido Glass & Yoav Kleinman, 2021). Documentary exploring how overconsumption, poor water management, and global warming are threatening the Dead Sea. “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff” (Alicia J. Rose, 2021). Mystical meta-musical about the notorious Wall Street fraudster told through the eyes of musician and poet Alicia Jo Rabins. “The Levys of Monticello” (Steven Pressman, 2021). Documentary about the little-known Jewish family who bought Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia estate 8 years after his death and maintained it for nearly a century. “Plan A” (Yoav Paz & Doron Paz, 2021). Historical drama about a group of Holocaust survivors who hatch a revenge plot to kill 6 million Germans by poisoning the water supply. “Shorts III.” A program of 5 short films exploring the topics of friendship and interpersonal relationships: Quatre-Mains (Lander Haverals’ 2020 documentary about how to 2 men—a Jewish lawyer who lost his family in the Holocaust and an artist who grew up in a Nazi household—became close friends in their old age), Miss (Ella Marks & Yael Roth’s 2021 satire about a photographer who discovers her new roommate is entering a Miss Hitler beauty pageant), Reflection (Shirel Paz’s 2020 comedy about a young man suffering from social phobia who meets a mannequin in a store window that changes his life), Lookout (Noa Gusakov’s 2014 comic drama about a Israeli army lookout who creates an imaginary world to divert her from her mundane duties), and Summer Shade (Shira Haimovici’s provocative 2020 drama about a Israeli girl confronted by a group of Orthodox Jewish boys at a swimming hole).
$12 per film (in advance only for in-person shows); virtual festival pass, $150. Rackham Amphitheater and online at Film.jccAnnArbor.org. 971–0990.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily, except July 4. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Expedition Reef (12:30 p.m.) reveals the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea,” the world’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems. The Sky Tonight (1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky, with tips on how to find the cardinal directions, constellations, and planets on your own. Tales of the Maya Skies (2:30 p.m.) immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan science, examining how Maya scholars developed a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture, and mathematics that enabled them to predict solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns, and planetary movements. Various times, U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
“Privacy and Your Smart Phone”: Ann Arbor Senior Center Wednesday Workshops.
Tips to stay safe; participants should bring their phone. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Free. Preregister at email@example.com or 794–6250.
Mind Matters Brain Games: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Every Wednesday Via Zoom at bit.ly/a2braingame, passcode: 739714. Free. Check meeting status before coming. 794–6250
“Playgroups for Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Wed. (except July 4). For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings. Mon. 10:30–11:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Tues. 11 a.m.–noon (Traverwood), Wed. 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (Westgate).
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.—Fri. (except July 4). Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2—5 (with caregiver). Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Pittsfield), Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown), Wed. 10:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood), Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate).
Beginner Qigong & Tai Chi: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Every Wednesday & Friday. Gentle stretching both in-person and via Zoom (call 794–6250 for Zoom sign-up), Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Fri., Sat., & Wed. 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. (Fri. & Wed.) & 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. 30 min. online lesson on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome. 2401 Plymouth Road. For URL, go to bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 998-9353.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Via Zoom. For URL, go to bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. For more information, email email@example.com or call 998-9353.
“Live Trivia”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
All invited to form (or join) a team of 4 or 5 persons to compete in a 2-round online trivia contest. Questions geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (pickup only). Online at bit.ly/a2seniortrivia, passcode: 194912. 794–6250.
Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Wednesday. In person, all levels welcome, call if interested. 2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Crafts: Ann Arbor District Library.
July 6-8, 12, 13, 17, 20-22, & 25-29. AADL staffers lead hour-long workshops for kids ages 5-10. July 6 (1 p.m., Traverwood): “Make a Fairy Doll!” July 7 (1 p.m., Westgate): “Craft-tastic!” Creative crafting using pipe cleaners, pompoms, clothes pins, and more. July 8 (1 p.m., Downtown) & July 20 (1 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Slime Time.” July 12: (2 p.m., Traverwood.): “Origami Paper Wall Hanging.” July 13 (1, 4, & 6:30 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Tie Dye.” Bring a 100% cotton T-shirt or other similarly sized [?cotton?] item. July 17 (noon, Malletts Creek): “Paper Plate Flying Saucers.” July 21 (2 p.m., Traverwood): “Pipe Cleaner Ballet Dancers.” July 22 (2 p.m., Traverwood): “Caped Crusaders.” Chance to make a one-of-a-kind superhero cape. July 25 (2 p.m., Downtown): “Cabbage Juice Chemistry.” July 26 (2 p.m., Pittsfield): “Domino Days.” July 27 (1 p.m., Traverwood): “Knitting Nancies.” Chance to make and use a simple handheld loom. July 28 (1 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Sun Prints.” July 29 (2 p.m., Westgate): “DIY Flashlights!” Free. 327–4200.
The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Every Wed. Group conversation about aging, generations, and related topics, facilitated by local playwright and oral historian Hank Greenspan, a retired U-M psychology professor. Register online at olli-umich.org/olli-commons. Free. 734-998-9351.
“Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ghost Machine”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Apr. 15–Aug. 27. Angie Kane directs the world premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor’s drama that imagines the Victorian sleuth, aided by Dr. Watson and Irene Adler, solving the disappearance of world-changing inventions by clients Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Cast: David Bendena, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Mark Colson, Sarab Kamoo, Rusty Mewha, and Paul Strobili. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.). Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mask and proof of vaccination required. Tickets $25–51 in advance at PurpleRoseTheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433–7673.
“West Side Nite Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 10 to 30 miles, along the B2B Trail to Hudson Mills Metropark and/or Dexter Huron Metropark with a possible visit to Dexter’s Dairy Queen. This ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders. 5 p.m. sharp, meet at Forest Lawn Cemetery parking lot, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 426-5116.
Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.
Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. “Board Game Guru” on hand to answer questions. 5–8 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available. Free, 548–9729.
826michigan Virtual Writing for Wee-bots: 826michigan
Each week on Zoom, 826michigan writers ages 5-10 meet to play and explore what writing can do. With stories that spark creativity and games that inspire students to write, the Wee-bots work in small groups—and with trusted volunteers—to bring imagination alive for these young writers. All 826michigan events are FREE. Register in advance at our website to receive the Zoom link to join. https://www.826michigan.org/programs/wee-bots/115 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor. Register on our website . Free . email@example.com. https://www.826michigan.org/programs/wee-bots/.
Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome, help available. 7 p.m. or so, for URL join Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. Free. 926–8863.
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
Every Wed. All are invited for a group meditation practice and dharma discussion. 7-8 p.m., 614 Miner St., Enter through back door. Also livestream; for URL see annarborktc.org. Free. 678-7549.
“Michigan History Day Award Winners”: Saline Area Historical Society.
Talks by 2 Plymouth High School students on “Black Civil Rights: A Battle Between Citizens and Government” and “The Gospel of Wealth: An Evaluation of Andrew Carnegie’s Perspective and Privilege.” 7:30 p.m., South Salem Stone School, 7991 N. Territorial at Curtis Rd., Salem Township. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 944–0442.
“Music in the Park”: Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Series.
Every Wed. June 15—July 20. A popular local outdoor summer tradition, the 87-year-old Civic Band is directed by J. Nick Smith. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass. Tonight: “Star Spangled Spectacular!” includes a variety of late 19th-and 20th-century works celebrating the USA, including Joseph Wilcox Jenkins’ American Overture, Sousa’s march “The Liberty Bell,” U-M graduate Frank Ticheli’s Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs, Robert Bowden’s “Armed Forces Salute,” Copland’s “Down a Country Lane,” Hollywood Bowl Symphony conductor Carmen Dragon’s arrangement of “America The Beautiful,” and Ives’ Variation on America. This year in a new location at Burns Park while a West Park Band Shell rehabilitation is being assessed. 7:30–8:30 p.m., Burns Park, 1300 Baldwin Ave. Free. 429–5301.
“When Amelia Came to Michigan”: Yankee Air Museum Historic Presentation Night.
Michigan historians Al & David Eicher discuss Amelia Earhart’s early life, flying accomplishments, and her frequent visits to Michigan to promote aviation and the opportunities it offered women. 7:30–9 p.m., YAM, Willow Run Airport (off Ecorse from Beck Road via I-94 exit 190), Ypsilanti. $10. Prereservation recommended at yankeeairmuseum.org/events, 483–4030.
Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.
Every Wed. All singers invited to rehearse with this semi-professional a cappella ensemble that performs Renaissance and Victorian-era music in period dress. The official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. 7:30–9:30 p.m., Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Rd. Free. TheArborConsort.org.
Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.
The chance to see club trains whizzing around on the club’s big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club. 7:30–10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. Mask required. email@example.com.
Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfortable low grip/tread shoes. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. 9–11 p.m., locations TBA at swingannarbor.com/calendar. Mask and proof of vaccination (with booster) required. $5 (free for members and those who attend the lesson). facebook.com/groups/swingannarbor.