Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in September 2022
September 27, 2022
World Premieres by Grey Grant: Vanguard Reed Quintet
In this concert, the audience will experience contemporary classical chamber music performed by the oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet, and bassoon. Vanguard will be premiering two works by Michigan-based composer Grey Grant: Futch, a hypersonic baroque original work for reed quintet; and There Was a Mystic Reality We Lived in Once, an arrangement of their ethereal saxophone quartet. Also on the program are two nature-based works: selections from Marc Mellits' Splinter, whose minimalistic-like movements are each inspired by a tree; and Thaw by Beck Turro is inspired by their trip to Acadia National Park. Closing the program is an arrangement of a suite from Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, with music inspired by 1920s jazz and European dances.
Purchase a ticket here to either attend the show in person at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, or join us online for the livestream, courtesy of Sly Pup Productions! Livestream link will be provided closer to the event. You can also livestream ticket to view our concert on-demand up until a week after the show! The livestream will be archived for you to view on your own time until October 4.
We are requiring all in-person attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR present a negative COVID-19 test. Please provide one of the following when you arrive at the venue:
-Proof of full vaccination (two weeks after the second shot of a two-shot vaccine, or the first of a one-shot vaccine)
-Proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of the event
Masks will be required at all times within the venue and during the performance, regardless of vaccination status.
Marc Mellits – Splinter (selections)
Grey Grant – There Was a Mystic Reality We Lived in Once (world premiere)
Grey Grant – Futch (world premiere)
Beck Turro – Thaw
Kurt Weill (arr. Hekkema) – Threepenny Suite
Online Meditation Drop-In: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
Online Meditation Drop-In (Tues. 10–11:30 a.m.) via Zoom. U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program. Free. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.Free.
“Playgroups for Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library
Every Mon.–Wed. (except Sept. 5). 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.Free.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library
Every Tues. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown). Free. 327–4200.Free.
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.Free.
U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lecture Series.
Sept. 20 & 27. Talks by national and global scholars. Sept. 20: U-M Chinese studies postdoc Peter Braden discusses different kinds of animal research in the 1950s in “Trips and Traps: How Rodents in China and America Experienced the Korean War.” Sept. 27: U-M Tibetan Buddhism professor Sangseraima Ujeed on the 17th-century Mongol assimilation of Tibetan Buddhism in “Reincarnations of Power Amongst the Mongols: From Möngke Tengri to the Śiditü Lama.” Noon–1 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 764–6308.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
Bridge (Tues. & Fri. 1–4 p.m.) in person, no partner needed, call if interested. U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998–9353.Free.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Thurs., Fri., & Tues. All invited to play a 499er game (Thurs.) or ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.). 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.
Euchre: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Euchre, 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.Free.
Michigan Marching Band Practice.
Every Mon.–Thurs. The U-M’s highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1–2 hours. 4:45 p.m., Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764–0582.
My Hero Academia League: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues. All invited to play this role-playing game based on the popular Japanese manga. 5–8 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. email@example.com, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
“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.
“Super-Infinite: The Transformations of John Donne”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
British scholar and children’s book writer Katherine Rundell discusses (via Zoom) her new biography of the still popular 17th-century English metaphysical poet. 6 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-09. Free. 585–5567.
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.).
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
Home History Sleuths: Chelsea Area Historical Society.
Chelsea district librarian Gabrielle Hopkins and CAHS volunteers discuss how to research your home’s history and show how to use free online and hard copy resources, including county deed archives, census records, and digitized newspapers. 6-7:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Preregistration required at chelseadistrictlibrary.libnet.info/events. 475-8732.
“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. email@example.com.
“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 to some programming. Led by AHA usage 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.
Sept. 13 & 27. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome. 7–9 p.m. (or 6–8 outdoors if the weather is nice), Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Mask required except when singing your tune. $5. Depending on the weather, time and venue may change, so please check updates at a2blugrass.com.
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 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Drive. 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.
Lisa Sung Quartet: Blue LLama Jazz Club
LISA SUNG is a pianist who has performed and recorded with Terell Stafford, Rodney Whitaker, Ron McClure, Stafford Hunter, Marion Hayden, Rob Smith, Thomas Knific, Diego Rivera, Dmitri Methany, Jordan VanHemert, John Webber, and many others. Lisa’s passion is to interpret world music into jazz.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Skazat! Poetry Series.
Online reading by Keith Taylor, a prominent local poet (and retired U-M creative writing instructor) whose 2021 Let Them Be Left: Isle Royale Poems is a collection of lyrical poems exploring the beauty of the island’s wilderness. According to Escape into Life reviewer Kathleen Kirk, “there’s a big picture in this small book.” 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. 7–8:30 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 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.). 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.