Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 1, 2022
“Ain’t Misbehavin’”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company.
Every Thurs.–Sun., Sept. 15–Oct. 2. Gerry McIntyre directs this local professional theater company in Richard Maltby Jr.’s joyful, high-energy 1978 Broadway musical revue that pays tribute to legendary Harlem Renaissance composer-pianist Fats Waller, master of the stride jazz piano and creator of indelible tunes. Five performers present an evening of Waller’s buoyant, often slyly raunchy songs, with their sophisticated, hook-filled melodies. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore Maas Mainstage, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $54 (seniors & youth under 18, $52) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $20 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268–6200.
“Pickleball”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Sept. 30–Dec. 17. Rhiannon Ragland directs the world premiere of actor-playwright (and Purple Rose founder) Jeff Daniels’ comedy about America’s fastest growing sport. Four below-average players try to overcome their own limitations to achieve greatness in a game that has nothing to do with pickles. Daniels’ wife became addicted to the game, which Daniels described in a 2021 interview as “half-court basketball for elderly people.” Cast: Ryan Carlson, Kate Thomsen, Lynch Travis, Jonathan West, and Tom Whalen. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.). Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mask and proof of vaccination required. Tickets $34–$52 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.
“Science Forum Demos”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Oct. 9 & 23). Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo for age 5+. “Shedding Light on Magnets” (11 a.m.) explores magnetism, magnetic fields, and what magnets have to do with cell phones. “Out of the Water and Back Again: A Whale’s Tale” (3 p.m.) explores the amazing evolutionary history of whales and other creatures. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Billy Ray Bauer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1. This dynamic Detroit comic uses a fine repertoire of voices and dialects to deliver funny one-liners and lively stories, often drawn from his experiences raising 4 sons. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $15 reserved seating in advance at aacomedy.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $17 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
Magic: The Gathering Game Play: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sat., Mon., Wed., & Fri. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. 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. 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. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Oct. 9 & 23). 30–minute tour of the museum’s exhibits and galleries, as well as an introduction to some current U-M Biological Sciences research projects. Noon & 2 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Expedition Reef (11:30 a.m.) reveals the secrets of coral reefs, the “rainforests of the sea” that are the Earth’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems. 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. Tales of the Maya Skies (1:30 p.m.) immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan science, examining how Mayan 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, MNH, 1105 North University. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 30. All invited to help maintain natural areas and remove invasive plants in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring heavy gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Oct. 1 (9 a.m.–noon): Buttonbush Nature Area, park entrance at the end of Hickory Point Dr. Oct. 1 (1–4 p.m.): Dhu Varren Nature Area, intersection of Birchwood Dr. and Dhu Varren Rd. Oct. 2 (9 a.m.–noon): Berkshire Creek Nature Area, end of Warwick Rd. off Glenwood, north of Washtenaw Ave. Oct. 2 (1–4 p.m.): Huron Parkway Nature Area, park steward’s house at 3470 Woodland Rd., off East Huron River Dr. Oct. 8 (9 a.m.–noon): Barton Nature Area, Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr. Oct. 9 (9 a.m.–noon): Bandemer Nature Area, parking lot at the end of Lake Shore Dr., off Main St. Oct. 15 (9 a.m.–noon): Redbud Nature Area, park entrance at the intersection of Parkwood Ave. and Jeanne St. Oct. 16 (9 a.m.–noon): Folkstone Park, park entrance at the north end of Folkstone Ct. Oct. 22 (9 a.m.–noon): Stapp Nature Area, meet at the park sign at the corner of Huron Parkway and Tuebingen Parkway. Oct. 23 (1–4 p.m.): Bird Hills Nature Area, Newport Rd. Parking lot entrance, just north of M-14. Oct. 30 (1–4 p.m.): Kuebler Langford Nature Area, meet at the park entrance on Beechwood Dr., north of Sunset Rd. Various times and locations. Free. Preregistration highly recommended. bit.ly/a2stewardworkday, 794–6627.
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 Fleet Feet (formerly 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.).
“9th Annual RunTough”: ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation.
Family-friendly 5-km and 1-mile fun runs, along with a free tot sprint for the toddler crowd. Entry fee includes a T-shirt. A fundraiser for pediatric brain cancer research. Virtual race available. 8:30 a.m. (packet pickup begins 7:45 a.m.), Saline Hornet Stadium, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline. $40 (5-km) & $35 (1-mile). Preregistration required by Oct. 1 at chadtough.org/runtough.
“River Roundup”: Huron River Watershed Council.
All invited to learn about and help collect macroinvertebrates—including insect larvae and crayfish—from Huron River tributaries to measure the river’s health. Kids welcome if accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., meeting place TBA. Free. Preregistration required at hrwc.org/volunteer/roundup. email@example.com; 769–5123.
“Saturday Morning Ride to Dexter/Chelsea”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Sat. Moderate-paced ride, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Pack a lunch or stop for coffee or breakfast. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks. 9 a.m. sharp, meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 649–9762.
“U-M Museum of Anthropological Archaeology at 100”: U-M Conference.
Sept. 29–Oct. 2. Talks by scholars from around the world about archaeological theory and practice, the current state of the discipline, and its possible futures. 5:30–8 p.m. (Thurs.), 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sat.), & 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. (Sun.), Rackham Amphitheatre (4th floor), 915 E. Washington. Livestream available. Free. Preregistration required at sites.lsa.umich.edu/ummaa-at-100.
Fall Social: Meet Your Community-Owned Grocery Store: People's Food Co-op
Come warm up with some hot local apple cider or coffee & learn about your community-owned grocery store and the local farmers and non-profits we partner with!
All attendees will be entered to raffle giveaway!
This casual meet & greet event will take place outside of People's Food Co-Op216 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor . N/A. Free.
Indian Art & Frontier Antique Show: Frontier Antique Collectors.
Display and sale of 18th- and 19th-century furs, beadwork, frontier weapons, burl bowls, effigy ladles, pipes, and more. 7 a.m. admission available ($20). 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $5 (kids, free). (248) 840–7070.
Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk. 9 a.m., Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at parkrun.US/lillie. email@example.com.
The Joy-Filled Richness of Real Connection - an FWW Virtual Retreat: Foundations of Wellness for Women
Do you know remarkably resilient people who seem to be able to remain positive, even in the face of adversity? Ever wonder how they do that?
Do you wish you knew how to create a deeper connection with friends and family? Are you ready to skip the superficial?
Are you finding it difficult to maintain a joyful, positive outlook these days? Are you feeling pulled down by negativity instead of buoyed up by positivity?
If this sounds like you, join us for our virtual retreat on October 1st from 9 am to noon ET for a fun and heartfelt presentation from guest facilitator, Certified Joy Coach Robin Shear. We will learn together how to cultivate and grow joy in our lives, and how to spread joy to those we love and those we meet.
● Learn the basics of how to choose joy when it doesn’t come naturally.
● Discover surprising ways to connect with others on a deeper human level and find joy in the process.
● Explore the joy that’s felt in really being seen, and have courage to ask tough questions that allow people to open up.
For more information and to register: https://bit.ly/FWWJoy
“Trike-a-Thon Fall Festival”: First Steps/Ann Arbor PTO Fundraiser.
All kids invited to ride a stroller, scooter, trike, or bike around an empty parking lot. Participant ribbons. Also, an AAFD firetruck, AAPS school bus, AAPD police car, balloon creatures, chalk drawing, games, and bike washing. 9:30–11:30 a.m., Westerman Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk. $5/child suggested donation. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“WCDP Presents Generation Z”: The Washtenaw County Democratic Party.
A panel of young activists discusses (via Zoom) voting rights, reproductive rights, justice reform, school board elections, cannabis, and environmental issues. 9:30 a.m.–noon, via URL at washtenawdems.org/calendar.
First Steps Trike-a-Thon Fall Festival: First Steps-Ann Arbor PTO
Trike-a-Thon Fall Festival is a First Steps PTO sponsored family event to raise scholarship funds for First Steps. Children ride bikes, trikes and supporters pledge $ support.
The 2022 Trike-a-Thon Fall Festival is fun for the whole family. Bring your bike, trike, scooter, wagon or stroller and join us on the Westerman Preschool & Family Center parking lot [2775 Boardwalk Dr] on Saturday, October 1 from 9:30am to 11:30 am. Kids and adults can ride around cones, test their bike skills and, if it's warm enough, head through the bike wash. Everyone gets a ribbon and we have t-shirts for the first 70 kids.
We don't just have bike and stroller fun though. We have lots of other activities too.
The AAFD is bringing a firetruck. Super cool!
AAPS has a SCHOOL BUS for kids to check out.
AAPD is bringing a police car AND a bike + small bike helmets for sale.
Blossom Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics shares important dental information AND Gordo the Magician making balloon creatures.
Fit4Mom is offering a Stroller Strides class at Trike-a-Thon at 9:45a so you can learn more about this great program.
Games, chalk drawing, ribbons for all the racers, duck pond fun and lots more.
Food: Black Diesel coffee + snacks. Please bring your own water bottles.
All money raised goes into the scholarship fund so that ALL families can participate in First Steps. Everything provided at Trike-a-Thon is donated including all our wonderful volunteers.
Suggested Donation is $5/child.
“In Process: A Symposium in Honor of Ray Silverman”: UMMA.
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1. Inspired by retiring U-M art history, museum studies, and African studies professor Ray Silverman’s seminal volume, Museums as Process: Translating Local and Global Knowledges, this symposium features panels of visiting scholars, artists, and public policy professionals on the methodologies, challenges, and benefits of collaboration in scholarship, museum work, and art production. Panel discussions on Sept. 30 include Ghana (1:30–3 p.m.) and East Africa (3:30–5:30 p.m.). On Oct. 1: Museum and Heritage Studies (10 a.m.–noon) and U-M Collaborations (1:30–3 p.m.). 10 a.m. For panelists and full program, see bit.ly/raysilverman. UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State St. Free.
“West Side Neighborhood Art Hop.”
Oct. 1 & 2. The homes and studios of a number of west-side artists are open for a show and sale of their art and craft items. Featuring over 70 exhibiting artists. Live music at some venues. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sat.), noon–5 p.m. (Sun.), start at 700 Mt. Pleasant. Free. Venues & map available at westsidearthop.weebly.com, 757–3717.
“Woody Invasives Workday at Johnson Preserve”: Legacy Land Conservancy.
All invited to help remove invasive species such as buckthorn, honeysuckle, and autumn olive. Wear appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes. Also, bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. Tools and work gloves provided. 10 a.m.–noon., Johnson Preserve, 4595 Platt. Preregistration required at bit.ly/johnsonpreserveworkday. Free. 302–5263.
”Annual Apple Daze”: Dexter Lions Club.
A popular classic car show, craft booths, kids games (with prizes), a bounce house, hayrides to the Dexter Cider Mill, and more. Also, an apple pie eating contest, and a pumpkin painting contest. Live entertainment TBA at the gazebo. Pizza, ice cream, candy apples, cider, and other goodies available. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Monument Park, downtown Dexter. Free admission. Info: facebook.com/AppleDaze or Abby Briggs at 646–8088.
Fall Fest: Ladies’ Literary Club of Ypsilanti.
Sale of baked goods, fall mums, spring bulbs, and handcrafted items. Also, kids activities. Rain or shine. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., 218 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Free admission. Jean Nelson 626–0527.
Motawi Make-a-Tile & More: Motawi Tileworks
Make your own tile or ornament at Motawi Tileworks’ Make-a-Tile & More on Saturday, Oct. 1. Motawi will have several offerings for art enthusiasts that day: outdoor tile- and ornament-making workshops, an outdoor raku ornament-firing and takeaway, and an indoor Staff Art Sale and archives exhibit (face masks required indoors).
Make-a-Tile/Ornament Workshops: Drop in to carve a tile or ornament at outdoor workshops hosted by Motawi experts. Tiles and ornaments will be glazed in Emerald. Cost: $10 to make a tile, $15 to make an ornament. Shipping is $20 (if preferred to pickup). Limit one of each item per guest.
Raku Ornament Takeaway: Visit the neighboring tent for raku firing with Rovin Ceramics, a Motawi company. Choose your design, glaze with the color of your choice, then witness this Japanese pottery-firing process firsthand. Cost: $20; limit one item per guest.
Motawi Archives Exhibit and Staff Art Sale: To commemorate 30 years in business, The Tileworks will have a self-guided archival exhibit on display indoors, where Motawi artisans will also be selling their own work. Shop locally made ceramics, mixed-media works and more.
Make-a-Tile/Ornament Workshops: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last call at 2:30 p.m.)
Raku Ornament Takeaway: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Motawi Archives Exhibit, Staff Art Sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday Dharma Series: Insight Meditation Ann Arbor
Every first Sunday of the month,10 am–11:30 am. Join Insight Meditation Ann Arbor (IMA2) for our Sunday Dharma Series via Zoom. We will have an invited guest teacher who will guide a meditation, present a Dharma teaching and follow up with Q&A. For more information on teachers, Dharma topics and to retrieve the Zoom link, please visit our website: https://insightmeditationannarbor.org. Free.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Sat., Wed., & Fri. 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. 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.) & Noon–12:30 p.m. (Fri. & Wed.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
Blast Corn Maze: Nixon Farms.
Every Fri.–Sun., Sept. 18–Nov. 6. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, pedal cars, straw maze, yard games. Family Fun Day (Oct. 8) includes live music from the Saline Fiddlers. On Halloween Spooktacular Day (Oct. 30) costumes are encouraged. 5 p.m.–10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.–8 p.m. (Sun.), Nixon Farms, 6175 Daly Rd., Dexter. $12 (ages 5–12, $9; age 4 & under, free). BlastCornMaze.com.
Country Fair: Wiard’s Orchards.
Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 10–Oct. 30 and Wed.–Fri., Sept. 23–Oct. 28. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and more. On Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge, an apple cannon, paintball, apple or pumpkin picking, and other activities available. Cider and donuts available. No pets. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Wed.–Fri.), Wiard’s Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $23.50 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $17.50 (babies, free) online only at wiards.com. 390–9211.
Ya'ssoo Gyro Drive-Thru: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
October 1—11am-7pm. Drive thru, pick up, and enjoy a delicious Gyro Dinner that includes Tzatziki Sauce, Greek Salad, Spinach Pie, and Bottled Water for $18. Greek Butter Cookies 3 for $5. Opa! St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3109 Scio Church Road.3109 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor. --. --. email@example.com. annarborgreekfestival.org. 7343328200.
“Pokémon Hangout”: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sat. All invited to play the cell phone game Pokémon Go. Noon–3 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to South America (2 & 4 p.m.), including a two-toed sloth, a three-banded armadillo, a black & white tegu (a large lizard). Also, a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals and, weather permitting, a boa constrictor presentation and feeding (3 p.m.). 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $13 (kids ages 2–12, $11; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
“Fido and the Gray Wolf: Genetics and Conservation Genetics”: WCC Super STEAM Saturday.
WCC biology professor Emily Thompson leads a “virtually hands-on” program (via Zoom). Geared towards middle school students, but everyone’s welcome. 1–2 p.m, for Zoom info, preregister at bit.ly/wccsteam. Free.
"The Mummy" & "The Bride of Frankenstein": Fathom Events.
Special screenings in local theaters. 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). Different times. Oct. 1: “The Mummy” (Karl Freund, 1932) & “The Bride of Frankenstein” (James Whale, 1935). Double feature with 2 Universal Pictures horror classics starring Boris Karloff. 1 p.m.
Clay Lab: Mini Pumpkin Lanterns: Ann Arbor District Library.
Oct. 1 (1 p.m.). Kids ages 8 & up invited to learn basic pinch construction techniques with air-dry clay to make mini pumpkin lanterns. AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
Unicorn Masks: Ann Arbor District Library.
Oct. 1 (1 p.m.). Kids ages 5–11 invited to make fun a unicorn mask out of felt, glittery cardstock, sparkly jewels, and more. AADL Traverwood. Free. 327–4200.
Woodblock Printmaking: Booksweet Bookshop.
Artist Endi Poskovic leads an all-ages hands-on session of woodblock printmaking in celebration of the new English & Mandarin edition of Tang Xiaobing’s book about his work, Dreams Toward Home: Endi Poskovic Printworks, 1–2 p.m., Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration required (capacity limited) at ShopBooksweet.com. 929–4112.
“Read and Look”: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
Oct. 1 (2–3 p.m.). A reading of Kate Davies and Alfredo Belli’s children’s book In Egyptian Times, followed by the chance for kids ages 4–7 (accompanied by an adult) to explore the museum’s Egyptian collection to find articles pictured in the book. Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764–9304.
“Backyard Beer Garden”: Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.
Michigan craft beer tasting, food, and lawn games (including cornhole and giant versions of beer pong, flip cup, Yahtzee, & Jenga), and more. 3-10 p.m., Palmer Commons, 304 S. Main St., Chelsea. $5 entry. email@example.com, 475–1145.
"Backyard Beer Garden": Chelsea Chamber of Commerce
A custom brewed event from the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.
We’ll have multiple Michigan brews, special cocktails, and food from some local favorites. The Palmer Commons will be filled with free to play games including Giant Beer Pong, Giant Flip Cup, Cornhole, Giant Kerplunk, Slammo, Fricket, Giant Yantzee, Giant Ring Toss, Bulz I Bucket, Giant Snookball, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Giant Darts, Washer Toss, Kan Jam, Playing Cards, and Fowling!
$5 per person at the entrance. No advance ticket sales.
Thank you to our presenting sponsors – Devil’s Haircut & The Crazy Diamond.
Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.
Oct. 1 & 15. Jam sessions open to all interested musicians to work on jigs, reels, and waltzes to have fun, learn tunes, and develop contra dance musician skills. Bring the Ruffwater Fakebook, the Portland Collection, and waltz books if you have them. 3–5:30 p.m., Pittsfield Union Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Mask, proof of vaccination, and liability release required. Free. 709–8748, aactmad.org.
Oktoberfest: Zion Lutheran Church.
This outdoor German-themed festival features a traditional German Dinner (homemade sausages, spätzle, sauerkraut, and potato salad) from Metzger’s Restaurant, with German-style beer by Griffinclaw Brewery. Also, dancing to traditional German music by The Rhinelanders. Kids activities include a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon animals, and more. 5–9 p.m., Zion, 1501 W. Liberty. $20 admission (includes dinner); Kids ages 5–12, $15 (4 and under, free). Discount tickets available; see zlc-aa.org. 662–1679.
Gayelynn McKinney & The McKinney Zone: Blue LLama Jazz Club
GAYELYNN MCKINNEY is one of the most accomplished drummers in Detroit. The daughter of the legendary jazz pianist and composer, Harold McKinney, Gayelynn McKinney has played for renowned international music artists like Aretha Franklin, Freda Payne, Chaka Khan, Benny Golson, Roy Hargrave, Larry Coryell, Marcus Belgrave, Ralphe Armstrong, Roy Ayers, and Geri Allen.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $75. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.
Oct. 1, 15, 29. Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect. 6:30–9 p.m., Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity; preregistration required at TheDinnerDetective.com. (866) 496–0535.
U-M Ice Hockey vs. Windsor.
Exhibition game. The October schedule also includes regular season home games (times TBA) vs. Lindenwood (Oct. 7 & Oct. 8), Boston University (Oct. 14 & Oct. 16), and WMU (Oct. 28). 7 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10–$40 at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets.764–0247.
Andy Pitz: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1. New York comic known for his “clean comedy, but not that boring kind” who tells relatable tales of family life and more. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Fri.–Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $16 reserved seating in advance at etix.com, $18 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“HEM: An Interview”: Kerrytown Concert House.
Sept. 30 & Oct. 1. In Michigan playwright Robert Beaupré’s one-man play, Arthur J. Beer directs and stars as Ernest Hemingway, sharing his thoughts on war, writing, and the women in his life. A founding member of Manchester’s Black Sheep Repertory Theater, Beaupré died of Covid-19 in March 2020. 7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Mask encouraged. $29-$50 (students, $19) in advance online and at the door. kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769–2999.
“Night Terrors”: Wiard’s Orchards.
Sept. 17, 23, & 24; every Fri.–Sun. in Oct. (except Oct. 2), & Oct. 31. Four different scary attractions—a haunted hayride and more—bristling with scores of costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 14 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30–11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:30–10:30 p.m. (Sun.), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Ticket prices TBA. hauntedhousemichigan.com, 390–9212.
1st Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.
Carol Steiner calls to music by the Pittsfield Open Band. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson. 7:30–10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask, proof of vaccination, and release of liability required. Pay what you can ($10 suggested). 769–1052, 274–0773.
“Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow”: U-M Theater Department.
Thurs.–Sun., Sept. 29–Oct. 9. Ryan Dobrin directs U-M theater majors in Halley Feiffer’s 2019 Off-Broadway sendup of Anton Chekhov’s beloved psychological drama Three Sisters. While not deviating from the original story about 3 high-minded young women trapped in a turn-of-the-century Russian provincial village, Feiffer superimposes a modern, Western sensibility and vernacular, transforming the play, with hilariously devastating consequences, into a deftly comedic (and raunchy) exploration of unchecked privilege. Ages 17 and up; contains vulgar language and sexual situations. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $30 (students, $13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu and at the door. 764–2538.
“Symphonie Fantastique”: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
New AASO music director Earl Lee conducts Berlioz's psychedelic, obsessive, hallucinatory 19th-century Romantic masterpiece. Also, renowned saxophonist and U-M professor Timothy McAllister joins the Symphony in Harlem Renaissance composer William Grant Still’s jazz-influenced Romance and Jorge Muñiz’s spirited Motown Dreams, a sonata with each movement named after a muscle car: “1964 Ford Mustang,” “1970 Pontiac GTO,” and “1973 Chevrolet Corvette.” 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Mask recommended. Tickets $20–$90 in advance at a2so.com & the AASO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994–4801.
Emerson String Quartet: University Musical Society.
The long-running, award-winning quartet performs their 18th and final UMS concert as part of their farewell tour. Program: Felix Mendelssohn, String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 12; Johannes Brahms String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67; George Walker, Lyric for Strings; Antonin Dvořák, String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105. 8 p.m. Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $30–$72 ($12–20 students) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764–2538.
Michigan Playwrights Festival: Theatre Nova.
Sept. 30–Oct. 2 & Oct. 6–Oct. 9. Readings of new full-length plays by Michigan playwrights. Tonight: Ann Arborite Catherine Zudak’s Nuns at the End of the World, in which an Irish convent is cut off from the world. Note: The Festival begins on Sept. 30 with Quan Chambers’ Our Place. 8 p.m., Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Mask & proof of vaccination required. Tickets $10 (Festival pass, $30) in advance at.theatrenova.org/michigan-playwrights-festival-2022 & at the door. 635–8450.