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Opening Night for the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival will be a memorable celebration, with a grand reception in the Michigan Theater featuring a host of local DJs, honored guests of the AAFF and a dynamic screening of new and archival films.

The reception will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres from local favorites Café Zola, eat catering, Sava’s Restaurant, Silvio’s Organic Pizza, and The Raven’s Club, coffee by Roos Roast, Arbor Teas, vitaminwater and desserts by Big City Small World Bakery and The Cupcake Station.

L. Mawby Vineyards will provide sparkling wine, including a special 50th AAFF select label and Arbor Brewing Company will unveil a special 50th AAFF beer on tap.

New this year to the Opening Night Reception is The Raven’s Nest, the AAFF’s own bar with signature cocktails created by The Raven’s Club’s, your source for independent and experimental mixology. They’ll be serving fantastic cocktails with Makers Mark, Effen Vodka and many of their handcrafted mixers (*TRC). Drinks on the menu will include the George Manupelli and the Michigan Theater Manhattan. More cocktail names and recipes can be found below:

Anita Ekberg

Effen Vodka - St. Germain - Soda water - *TRC Blackberry citrus syrup - *TRC Grapefruit hop bitters (Served on ice with mint garnish)

Michigan Theater Manhattan

Makers Mark - Punt e Mes - *TRC Aromatic Bitters - (Served stirred and up with *TRC bourbon soaked cherry)

George Manupelli

Makers Mark - Torres (orange liquor) - *TRC Aromatic Bitters- (Served shaken and up with lemon and orange)

Tiny Bubbles

Effen Vodka - *TRC Chamomile Simple Syrup - Fresh lemon – L. Mawby Sparkling wine - (Served up with a lemon twist)

Ravens Club Punch

Flor de Cana white rum - Torres - *TRC grenadine - *TRC spiced syrup - fresh lemon and lime - water (Served on ice with lime wedge)

*TRC – The Raven’s Club – they make their own goods!

Creative black tie attire is encouraged for the Opening Night Reception. Buy your tickets ahead of time to ensure you’ll be a part of our anniversary celebration.

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