Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in August 2022
August 14, 2022
“Intro to Archery”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Hands-on demos for all age 8 & up. Archery equipment provided. No prior experience necessary. 10–11:30 a.m. & 2–3:30 p.m., Staebler Farm County Park, 7734 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/wcprc2022 (activity #841007-E for the 10 a.m. or #841007-F for the 2 p.m. session). firstname.lastname@example.org, 971–6337.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. 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. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. 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 (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.
“Rescue Reading”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Every Sun. (10–11:30 a.m.): “Rescue Reading”: Humane Society of Huron Valley. Kids read to adoptable animals to work on reading skills, using their own or provided books. Also, a group read-aloud and a dog meet-and-greet. For kids ages 6–11. No adults. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $15. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com.
Ypsilanti Vintage Flea & Swap Market.
Aug. 7 & 14. Show and sale of vintage items ranging from the early 1930s to the 1990s, featuring everything from clothing, jewelry, furniture, records, and more. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Ypsilanti Freighthouse parking lot, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free admission & parking. firstname.lastname@example.org. 657-7576.
Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom
“Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times”: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.
Every Sun. Livestream talks by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers. Once a month, Demo Rinpoche presents a story from Jakata Tales, the Indian canon of 547 poems, dated 300 BC–400 AD, that concern the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form. The Aug. 7 topic is “the Fledgling Quail,” a tale about the power of true speech. 11 a.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994–3387.
“Magnificent Magnets”: U-M Natural History Museum Science Forum Demos.
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring magnetism, magnetic fields, what magnets have to do with cell phones, and more. For age 5+. 11 a.m., Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
“New York International Children’s Film Festival 2021: Kid Flicks.”: Michigan Theater.
Collection of the festival’s best animated, live-action, and documentary short films from around the world.
11 a.m. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
Dahlia Presentation: Michigan Dahlia Association.
Aug. 13 & 14. Club members display a variety of dahlias and answer questions about growing dahlias. 1–4 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro, rm. 125. Free; metered parking. email@example.com, 429–5796.
Sunday Artisan Market.
Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 31st year. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913–9622.
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave. 11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846–9418.
12th Annual Ton-Up Motorcycle & Music Festival: Café Racer.
Display of motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters, with awards in a variety of different categories. With vendors, food concessions, & raffles. Live music by local bands, including the local psychedelic-blues garage band Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, the surf rock band The Brainwaves, and the popular Ypsilanti sextet Black Jake & the Carnies, that calls its energetic, foot-stomping blend of punk, old-time music, and bluegrass “crabgrass.” Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Noon—7 p.m., Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. $10 for bike show entries; free admission. firstname.lastname@example.org, 879-1201.
Open Board Gaming: Sylvan Factory.
Every Thurs. & Sun. All invited to play new and old board games. Noon—4 p.m. (Thurs.) & noon—6 p.m. (Sun.), Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. email@example.com, 929—5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Australia (2 & 4 p.m.), including a kangaroo, a blue tongued skink, and an emu. Also, a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals and, weather permitting, an alligator presentation and feeding (3 p.m.). 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $12 (kids ages 2–12, $10; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
“Matilda: The Musical”: Horizon Performing Arts.
Aug. 11-14. Amanda Williams directs young local actors and singers in Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s 1988 Tony Award–winning musical based on a Roald Dahl book about a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. 7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Proof of vaccination required. Tickets $16-$18 in advance at horizonperformingarts.org. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Simple Origami”: Ann Arbor District Library.
AADL staffers show adults and kids 5 & up how to make and decorate simple origami shapes like a dog, cup, and hat. Materials provided. 1 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley. Free. 327–4200.
Interfaith Youthful Spirits Class for Young People: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Spiritual class for young people via Zoom. Free, but donations appreciated.
Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.
All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Sacred Harp songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own. 1—4 p.m., location TBA. Proof of vaccination with booster required. Free. For location, call 478-3394 or 995-2519.
“The Godfather”: Michigan Theater.
(Francis Ford Coppola, 1972). Quintessential American Mafia drama. Al Pacino, Marlon Brando. 1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7:30 p.m. (Tues.).
1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7:30 p.m. (Tues.). Michigan Theater. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
“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. 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 $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.
“Dirty Dancing”: 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).
Aug. 14: “Dirty Dancing” (Emile Ardolino, 1987). 35th anniversary screening of this classic romance about a coddled teen princess who falls for a boy who might be trouble. Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey. Ann Arbor 20 only. 3 p.m.
“How To Become a Fossil”: U-M Natural History Museum Science Forum Demos.
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils form, what parts of animals can become fossilized, and many other fossil-related things. For age 5 and up. 3 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
“Music of the Night: A Celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company.
Aug. 11-14. (The Aug. 13 performance is sold out.) This local professional theater company performs songs by the popular musical theater composer whose work spans five decades and includes such hit musicals as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $48 in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268–6200.
Ann Arbor Go Club.
Every Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game in person. Game materials provided. 5:30 p.m. until whenever, Bill’s Beer Garden, 218 S. Ashley St., or Conor O’Neill’s, 318 Main St. Check Facebook page bit.ly/annarborgo or email Drew at email@example.com before coming. Free.
“Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam.”
Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. 6–9 p.m., Raindance Organic Farm, 2015 E. North Territorial, Whitmore Lake. Mask and vaccination recommended. $5 for participants, spectators free. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see bit.ly/annarboracousticjamfacebook.
“Commander Pods”: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sat. All invited to play the trading card game Magic: The Gathering in casual commander pods (groups of 4 players). 6–10 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. email@example.com, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
Ann Arbor Morris.
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. 6–8 p.m., Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St. Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or check annarbormorris.org in advance to confirm. 717–1569.
“Sunday Evening Game Night”: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.
Every Sun. An evening of playing popular board games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper handy. 7 p.m., for URL email email@example.com. Free.
“God Kinda Looks Like Tupac”: Theatre Nova.
Every Thurs.–Sun., July 29–Aug. 21. Vincent Ford Jr. directs the premier of U-M playwriting lecturer Emilio Rodriguez’s comic exploration of political correctness, societal expectations, and code-switching. When a black high school student creates an unconventional portrait of God for a student art exhibit, her white and Latina teachers have a variety of reactions, to funny and deep effect. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 48 hours). Tickets $22 in advance at theatre-nova.ticketleap.com & at the door. 635–8450.
“The UnClub'': The Theater Shop.
Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Chili Challis’s comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. 8 p.m. The Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St., #100, Ypsilanti. Mask and vaccination encouraged. Free. facebook.com/thetheatershop.