Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in November 2022
November 29, 2022
“Playgroups for Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Wed. 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). Free. 327–4200.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., & Mon. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels (Tues. 6–9 p.m.), $5. Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game (Wed. 5–8 p.m.), free. Friday Night Magic rotating draft (Fri. 6–10 p.m.), cost varies. Intro to Magic: The Gathering (Sat. noon–3 p.m.), free. Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players (Sat. 6–10 p.m.), free. Just Another Modern Monday power cards (Mon. 6–9 p.m.), $10. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Fri. (except Nov. 7 & 24). 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). Free. 327–4200.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Sea Monsters (11:30 a.m.) follows a curious dolichorhynchops (an extinct species of marine reptile) as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history, meeting long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles and fish, sharks, and the most dangerous sea monster of all, the mosasaur. The Sky Tonight (12:30 & 2:30 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. Mars: One Thousand One (1:30 p.m.) tells the story of what humans might face with the first manned journey to Mars. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Rockin' for the Hungry: Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers is joining with ann arbor’s 107one and Kroger to raise one million meals to fight hunger where we live. Come see us in person from Tuesday, November 30th to Saturday, December 3rd from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. outside the Kroger store on Maple RD. Food Gatherers staff, volunteers, and ann arbor’s 107one radio hosts will be broadcasting live and “freezin’ for a reason”. Community members are invited to donate in person or tune in for interviews with community leaders, donor-sponsored “power hours” and updates. More details at www.foodgatherers.org/rockin.400 S. Maple Rd, Free. email@example.com. https://www.foodgatherers.org/get-involved/events/rockin/.
Online Meditation Drop-In: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Free. Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353. No meetings Nov. 24 & 25.
Online Meditation Drop-In (Tues. 10–11:30 a.m.) via Zoom.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
Every Tues.–Sun. All age 6 & up invited into the museum’s Nature Lab and Micro Worlds Lab to use scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems. Schedule subject to change. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Line Dancing: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Line Dancing (Tues. noon-1 p.m.), preregistration required at 794-6250. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.
Every Tues. except Nov. 22. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Nov. 1: Stanford University political science professor Jean Oi on “China’s Local Government Debt: A Ticking Time Bomb?” Nov. 8: Stanford University sociology professor Andrew G. Walder on “Anatomy of a Regional Civil War: Guangxi, 1967-1968.” Nov. 15: U-M Chinese studies postdoctoral fellow Yichen Rao on “The Chinese Lives of ‘Internet Finance’: From Technological Innovations to Ponzi Schemes.” Nov. 29: University of Chicago East Asian languages and civilizations professor Judith Zeitlin discusses 18th-century Chinese opera in “The Gender of the Operatic Voice: From Li Yu to Xu Dachun.” Noon–1 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764–6308.
“Making Place for Greek Islam”: U-M Institute for the Humanities.
U-M classical studies and comparative literature professor William Stroebel discusses the all-but-forgotten Greek literature written in the Arabic alphabet by Greek-speaking Muslims of the Ottoman Empire. 12:30–1:30 p.m., 1022 S. Thayer Building, 202 S. Thayer. Free. 936–3518.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.) or a 499er game (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:45 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com beforehand.
Euchre: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Canceled if Washtenaw County Covid levels are high (Tues. 1-3 p.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
Ypsilanti Death Cafe: Acacia - End of Life Services
Last Tuesday of every month
A Death Cafe is an open conversation about all things death related. This is NOT a support group or grief counseling, but a space to open up the conversation around death to help normalize and make this reality less taboo.
Location: The Gallery at Stone & Spoon
For more info check out www.deathcafe.com or email Hanna at Hanna@AcaciaEndOfLife.Com5878 Cary Dr, Ypsilanti. Free - donations accepted. firstname.lastname@example.org. AcaciaEndOfLife.com. 17345445177.
Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet.
Every Tues. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3–5 miles along varying routes from different Fleet Feet (formerly Running Fit) locations. Rain or shine. 6 p.m. (Tues.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. Free. 769–5016 (Tues.) & 929–9022 (Sat.).
BattleTech: Classic: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues. All invited to play this fast-paced tabletop miniatures war game. No experience or materials needed. 6–9 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. email@example.com, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
“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.
“Butts: A Backstory”: Literati Bookstore.
Radiolab contributing editor and essayist Heather Radke discusses her new book, a rigorously researched cultural history of the human posterior, from the performance halls of 19th-century London to the aerobics studios of the 1980s, and the music video set of Sir Mix-a-Lot's “Baby Got Back.” 6:30, Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585–5567.
“Desserts by Decade: The Dirty 30s”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Local historian Patti Smith and Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers discuss how to make popular desserts from the 1930s. 6:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.
“It’s Christmas Again”: Fathom Events.
Fathom Events. Special screenings in local theaters with reduced capacity. For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events. $12.50 (unless otherwise noted) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500).
Nov. 29: (Sandra L. Martin, 2022). New musical about a young man transported back in time to Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. 7 p.m.
Bluegrass Jam Circle: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome. 7–9 p.m. Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Mask required, except when singing your tune. $5. Time and venue may change, so please check updates at a2blugrass.com.
Dan Bennett Double Trio: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Ann Arbor-based DAN BENNETT is a saxophonist, multi reed player and composer. His long-term collaborators include the bands Nomo and the Paxton/Spangler Septet. Recent releases include IGQOZI (Paxton/Spangler Septet), Sorrow (Colin Stetson), and Open Water as a Child (Tim Haldeman).314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $15. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.
Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught; no partner or experience needed. Bring flat, clean-soled, nonslip shoes (running shoes okay) and your own water bottle. First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. 7–9:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Mask, proof of vaccination, and release of liability required. Suggested donation $8 (students, $4; kids ages 13 & under with caregiver, free). aactmad.org/english-country, 665–7704.
Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Every Tues. All male and female singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus. 7–8:45 p.m., Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Masks encouraged, vaccination required to join. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). bit.ly/hvharmonizers. info@HVharmonizers.org, 796–7467.
LGBTQ Tuesday: DJ Myint: North Star Lounge
In her own words: “I started my DJ career from humble beginnings, spinning house parties and small clubs around Ann Arbor in 2014; my first live gig was at the Blind Pig, Ann Arbor’s coveted rock and roll venue. After quickly becoming a household name among local restaurateurs and club owners, I began several residencies at places such as Frita Batidos, a favorite Cuban hotspot among locals, and Aut Bar, Ann Arbor’s only gay nightclub. Shortly thereafter, I began performing several Pride events around the country, both in-person and virtually during the Covid-19 quarantine. Wedding and event clients began to roll in for my eclectic musical variety, my personality both on and off the mic, and the novelty of having a female DJ.
My transition into professional sports entertainment began when the Tournament Director for the LPGA Volvik Championship asked me to DJ their pairings event. Soon after I was approached by the University of Michigan Athletics via my close relationships and association with the university. I was invited to DJ for a block party for the Real Madrid & Liverpool international soccer game hosted on Main St. in downtown Ann Arbor and the very next day played the official University of Michigan Nike Apparel launch party. Providing a total audience of people exceeding 20,000. By far the largest events that I had performed yet.
I have since become the resident DJ for several University of Michigan Athletics teams, playing various NCAA tournaments and Big 10 championships; Including the 2021 Champion Women’s Gymnastics team. I’ve had the honor of playing at the University of Michigan ‘Big House’ (the second largest stadium in the world) for two of the International Champions Cup soccer matches between FC Barcelona and Napoli, and Manchester United vs. Liverpool. I also perform for the University directly, performing many of the parties and events they hold throughout the year.301 N. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor. nstarlounge.com.
Voices in Harmony.
Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus. 7–8:30 p.m., UAW Local 898, 8975 Textile Rd., Ypsilanti. Mask policy follows CDC guidelines; proof of vaccination required. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). firstname.lastname@example.org, 765–3611.
Every Tues. & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (7:30 p.m. Tues.), and the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.). Various times, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. Preregistration for Thurs. A2 Stammtisch requested at email@example.com. 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.