Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in April 2022
April 10, 2022
“A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter”: 600 Highwaymen (Ann Arbor Summer Festival).
Mar. 8–Apr. 24. Reprise of the summer production of this interactive performance art piece curated by NYC theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone—the duo behind the Obie-winning company 600 Highwaymen—in which 2 randomly chosen ticket holders meet on opposite ends of a table, separated by a pane of glass, to follow a scripted set of prompts. The questions start out simple (“Have you ever broken a bone?”) and grow progressively more intimate (“Have you ever broken a heart?”) with the aim of encouraging storytelling, triggering imagination, and nurturing empathy. The hour-long encounter ends in a “startling and powerful,” way according to the New York Times reviewer, who also called the piece “a joy,” and “a work of inquisitive humanity and profound gentleness.” Suitable for ages 16 & up. 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, & 7 p.m. (Tues.–Sun.), UMMA Irving Stenn Jr. Family Gallery, 525 S. State. Tickets $10 (students, $5). Preregistration required at a2sf.org or by calling 764–2538. Mask required. BoxOffice@a2sf.org
“Singin' in the Rain”: Fathom Events.
(Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952). 70th anniversary screening of this celebrated musical, a lighthearted, dance-filled comedy about silent movie stars struggling to make the transition to talkies. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds. Sun.: 4 p.m. (both venues) & 7 p.m. (Emagine only); Wed.: 4 p.m. (Emagine only) & 7 p.m. (both venues). For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500).
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. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., U-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 Natural History Museum Planetarium.
Every Fri.–Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Sea Monsters (Fri.–Sun., 11:30 a.m.) follows an adventurous Late Cretaceous dolichorhynchops as she travels through the ocean, encountering long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles, sharks, and the most dangerous sea monster of all, the mosasaur. The Sky Tonight (Fri.–Sun., 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. Natural Selection (Fri.–Sun., 1:30 p.m.) joins Darwin on his voyage with HMS Beagle to the Galápagos Islands where he was inspired to develop his theory of transmutation by natural selection. Various times, U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
Apr. 2, 9, 10, 16, 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. Apr. 2 (9 a.m.–noon): Hannah Nature Area, meet at the west end of Bath St., west of 7th. Apr. 9 (1–4 p.m.): Onder Park, meet at the intersection of Hilldale and Brookside Drives. Apr. 10 (1–4 p.m.): Foxfire South, meet at the Dhu Varren Woods trailhead off Dhu Varren Rd., across from Birchwood Dr. Apr. 16 (9 a.m.–noon): Bluffs Nature Area, meet at the park entrance on Orkney. Apr. 23 (9 a.m.–noon): Marshall Nature Area, meet in the parking lot off Dixboro Rd., north of Plymouth Rd. Also Apr. 23 (1–4 p.m.): Folkstone Park, meet at the park entrance at the north end of Folkstone Ct. Apr. 30 (1–4 p.m.): Miller Nature Area, meet at the Arborview Blvd. park entrance, just east of Wildwood Avenue. Various locations. Free. Preregistration recommended at bit.ly/a2stewardworkday. 794–6627.
'Snails and the Infinite'- an exhibition of sculpture by Robin Carlson
March 13 - April 13. Creal Microgallery presents ‘Snails and the Infinite,' an exhibition of small sculptures by Portland, Maine artist Robin Carlson. These sculptures depict a playful grouping of snails sporting a range of surreal alternatives to traditional shells.
Carlson describes ‘play’ as being one of the primary motivators in her artistic process. “My world, the things I am passionate about and what matters to me at the end of the day, is a place where ‘play’ is taken seriously and everything is a puzzle. Problem solving becomes silly and fun.” The results are indeed silly and fun— snail shells made of sushi, or ice cream sundaes, or gruesomely dislodged eyeballs. They harken back to gift shop miniatures, to emojis, and in some instances to comics and gross-out toys of the 80s and 90s. Carlson says she’s been making toys since she was around 6-7 years old, and has always enjoyed collecting things. Over time she has grown to enjoy creating her own toy collections, exploring variations on a theme. By working from a constant starting point— in this case the snail— she enjoys exploring the infinite possibilities for play.
So, why snails? Carlson says they remind her of the “deep realities of life. When I concentrate on the smallness of the world, the bugs beneath our feet, the flowers popping up in spring, a broken egg on the sidewalk, I remember to be appreciative of nature and all that is small. Within the form of the humble snail is infinity.” Carlson also sees snails as a great example of the universal law of duality: soft and hard, malleable and fragile, fleeting and ancient. The shell is structural, defined and geometric. But a snail’s body is amorphous, ever-changing and organic. It is almost ironic then, that the shell becomes the shapeshifting canvas. Like a hermit crab making a tin can its new home, Carlson swaps in birthday cake or spaghetti and meatballs in place of a snail shell. She encourages viewers to look more closely and pay attention. Carlson’s work invites viewers to use their imaginations and remain open to the unexpected.
“Friendseder Community Brunch”: Zingerman’s Delicatessen.
All invited to this in-person or virtual Passover-adjacent seder brunch led by Rabbi Jeff Stombaugh and a representative from The Well, a Detroit nonprofit with a mission to create community. Menu inspired by the seder plate with a twist includes dishes like Yemenite charoset parfait, beet deviled eggs and Indian spiced lamb meatballs. Each ticket includes an instructional Haggadah so you can repeat the experience with friends and family. 10–11:30 a.m., Zingerman’s Deli, 422 Detroit St., or via Zoom. $65 in-person & $50 (Zoom) includes at-home tasting kit (additional kits, $35), available for pickup or delivery ($10). Preregistration required at zingermansdeli.com/events. firstname.lastname@example.org, 663–3354.
“Junior Naturalist: Habitat Hike”: WCPARC.
Kids age 7–11 invited to join WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle to learn about local animal species and the habitats they need to provide food, water, and shelter at Independence Lake, home to most of the habitats found in Michigan. Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. Free, but preregistration required (activity #831004). email@example.com. $6 vehicle entry fee.
“Monster Ann Arbor Record & CD Collector’s Show”: Rerun Records.
Popular fair with more than 50 dealers from a half dozen states selling rare and collectible used records and CDs, as well as hard-to-find new releases. Includes every popular music genre, along with rock music books, rock videos, posters, and assorted popular culture memorabilia. Food and beverages for sale. Patrons may bring in a small number of records to sell. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Weber’s Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $3 regular admission (children age 10 & under, free); $15 early bird admission. For information or to reserve a dealer table, contact Rod Branham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-2540.
“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. Kids only. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $15 per kid. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com.
Apr. 9 & 10. Show and sale of a variety of yarns, rug hooking kits, felted items, roving, and fiber art products and craft items. Classes. Also, breeders on hand with alpacas and Angora rabbits. No dogs allowed, except service dogs. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $4 ($6 for both days) cash only. Kids age 12 & under, free). info@FiberExpo.com, fiberexpo.com.
“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 Apr. 3 topic is “The Unconquerable One,” a tale about generosity and freedom from selfishness. For URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994–3387.
Sunday Artisan Market.
Every Sun. except Apr. 17 (Easter Sunday). Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 31st year. 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. Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846–9418.
Sankofa: The Art & Legacy of Jon Onye Lockard
This exhibit features a collection of Jon Onye Lockard’s work and historical artifacts that speak with an uncommon eloquence, vibrancy and enlightenment. The relevance of his work and life experiences, to today’s world and current events, illuminate his vision even more. Lockard (1/25/1932 – 3/25/2015) was a visionary looking forward with a vast knowledge of the past. Born in Detroit, his career spanned more than a half-century painting, teaching, exhibiting, and lecturing locally, nationally, and internationally. His life exemplified the West African proverb Sankofa – “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten”. There is wisdom in learning from the past and one’s roots, to ensure a strong future ahead.African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to South America (2 & 4 p.m.), including the cougar, cane toad (a large, poisonous amphibian), and red-tailed boa, aka boa constrictor. Also, a zookeeper talk with a surprise animal (3 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals. 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $11 (kids ages 2–12, $9; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount in advance. 929–9324.
This month’s home schedule includes 3-game series vs. Iowa (Apr. 1-3), Cal State Fullerton (Apr. 8-10), and Ohio State (Apr. 22-24), and a single game vs. IPFW (Apr. 6, 4 p.m.). 4 p.m. (Fri.), 2 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Ray Fisher Stadium, 1114 S. State St. $6 ($8 in advance). mGOblue.com, 764–0247.
This month’s schedule for the powerhouse U-M team includes a 3-game series Penn State (Apr. 8, 4 p.m., Apr. 9, 2 p.m., & Apr. 10, 1 p.m.), Ohio State (Apr. 22, 6 p.m., Apr. 23, 2 p.m., & Apr. 24, noon), and Minnesota (Apr. 29, 6 p.m., Apr. 30, 4 p.m., & May 1, noon) and a single game vs. MSU (Apr. 6, 6 p.m.) & CMU (Apr. 12, 4 p.m.). Alumni Field, 1255 S. State St. $6–10. mGOblue.com, 764–0247.
Xander Salsitz Quartet: Music at Sequoia Place.
Jazz ensemble of Pioneer High students led by Salsitz, who plays clarinet and other woodwinds. With guitarist Turner Aldrich, pianist Ian Hajra and drummer Ryan Chung. 1:30 p.m., Sequoia Place, 1131 N. Maple. Mask and proof of Covid vaccination required. Free. 373–3560.
“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”: EMU Theatre Department.
Apr. 1–3 & 8–10. EMU theater staff member Pam Cardell directs EMU drama students in William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s Tony-winning 2004 musical comedy about the quirky contestants in a spelling bee and the equally quirky grown-ups who run it. An unusual aspect of the show is that 4 audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee. Music direction by EMU lecturer and composer R. MacKenzie Lewis. 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Legacy Theater, 124 Judy Sturgis Hill Bldg., Ypsilanti. Tickets $12–18 in advance at EMUtix.com & at the door. 487-2282.
“A World of Animals”: Waterloo Natural History Association.
Wild World Adventure (Jackson) owner Brendan Finerty presents a close-up look at a wide variety of live animals from around the globe. 2–3 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $12 recreation passport required ($17 at the gate). 475–3170.
“Brahms and Tchaikovsky: The Great Adversaries!”: Kerrytown Concert House.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Kazimierz Brzozowski, a Chopin Academy of Music (Warsaw) and U-M music school grad, joins Detroit Symphony Orchestra violinist Marian Tanau and DSO cellist Jeremy Crosmer in 2 great piano trios by these late 19th-century composers: Brahms the great classicist and musical logician, and Tchaikovsky the emotionalist. 2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. Livestream available at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Tickets $13–$50 in advance online and at the door. 769–2999.
“Murakami By the Sea”: U-M Dance Department.
Apr. 7-10. U-M dance professor Tzveta Kassabova directs drama majors in a series of her dance & theater pieces inspired by the short stories of Haruki Murakami. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin. Mask required. Free. 764–0594.
“Pass Over”: Theatre Nova.
Casaundra Freeman directs this Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu drama—the 1st post-lockdown play to open on Broadway—that brings the big questions of Waiting for Godot into contemporary life. Two young black men meet under a streetlight, talk smack, pass time, and hope for a better life. The New York Times called the play “blazingly theatrical and thrillingly tense.”8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Tickets $22 in advance at theatre-nova.ticketleap.com & at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 48 hours). 635-8450.
“somebody's children”: U-M Theatre Department.
Mar. 31–Apr. 10. U-M theater alum Héctor Flores Komatsu directs U-M drama students in U-M theater professor José Casas’ drama about 5 homeless teens living in a rundown L.A. motel. Told through a series of vignettes, the play paints a picture of the cruel realities in which the most marginalized struggle to survive—all the while doing so in the shadow of Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), and 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.). Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $33 in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu and at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 764.2538.
“The Sound of Music”: Concordia University Theatre Department.
Apr. 7–10. Concordia theater director Amanda Williams-Contreras directs Concordia students in the 1965 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about an exuberant young governess who brings music back to a mourning family as Nazis gain power in 1938 Austria. 7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. $15 (students and seniors, $10) in advance only at bit.ly/condordiatix. or 995–7537.
“Wesele (The Wedding Day)”: Michigan Theater.
(Wojciech Smarzowski, 2021). Drama, set during a contemporary wedding celebration, that revisits a 1941 pogrom at the same site during which Polish villagers tortured and murdered hundreds of their Jewish neighbors. Polish, subtitles. Free screening sponsored by the U-M Center for Polish Studies. 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.
10th Annual Boxcar Derby and Picnic: Phi Delta Theta/Ann Arbor Active Against ALS (A2A3).
Teams of 1-3 drivers of all ages invited to compete in a boxcar (aka soapbox) derby race in age 9 & under classic car, age 10 & up open classic car, and age 15 & older divisions. All encouraged to build their own car; some prebuilt cars available to borrow. BBQ picnic & refreshments available. Proceeds benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research. Spectators welcome (donations appreciated). 2-5 p.m., E. Keech (north entrance to U-M Stadium). $25 per team entry fee. Preregistration required at bit.ly/2022a2boxcar. 657-1498, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Arbor Orchid Society Monthly Meeting.
Speaker TBA. Also, an orchid raffle table and show-and-tell by members. 2–5 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. AnnArborOrchids@aol.com
Passover Sale: Women of Temple Beth Emeth.
Apr. 1, 3, 8, & 10. Sale of Seder plates, matzah plates & covers, afikomen bags, haggadot, kitchen wares, Passover-themed toys, holiday inspired apparel, including masks, Shabbat & Yahrzeit candles, tallit and other ritual items. Noon-7 p.m. (Fri.) & 2-5 p.m. (Sun.), WTBE Gift Shop, 2309 Packard. Mask required. email@example.com.
“A John Williams Spectacular”: Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.
Adam C. Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in a program showcasing some of Williams’ most popular and recognizable film scores, including selections from Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman, the Harry Potter series, and Jurassic Park. The program also includes Gustav Holst’s 1913 St. Paul Suite. The Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe, a theatrical combat organization, contributes a choreographed performance to accompany some of the musical works. 3:30 p.m., Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center, 7425 Willis Rd., Ypsilanti. $12 (seniors, students, children, $6; family, $30) in advance at a2tix.com and at the door. 507-1451.
Hatha Yoga: ArogyaVeda
Need yoga to focus on your health and healing? That is the main focus for AyogyaVeda. Come learn classical Yoga from the best wellness center in North East Ann Arbor. Reservations are required to come in. No walk in allowed at this time. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgArogya Veda Wellness Center
“‘Con mis manos’: Multi-Sensory Mysticism in the Seventeenth-Century Spanish World”: U-M Medieval & Early Modern Studies Premodern Colloquium.
Talk (via Zoom) by U-M history grad student Hayley Bowman. 4–6 p.m., for URL see events.umich.edu/event/90100. Free. 763–2066.
“The Wiz”: Bløm Meadworks.
(Sidney Lumet, 1978). Musical adventure fantasy that reimagines L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a black cast, and the land of Oz as a dreamy New York City. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor. All ages welcome, but minors encouraged to be accompanied by adult. Proof of vaccination required. Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. 548–9729.
Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
This event is co-hosted by Slow Food Huron Valley and Shannon Brines of Brines Farm!
**Safety note: Proof of vaccination required for indoor seating (physical card, photo of card or ResponsiBLUE confirm**
With grafting you can duplicate your favorite fruit tree! This beginners workshop will cover basics of dormant bench grafting including rootstock, scions, grafting materials, bench grafting cuts and wrapping, and post-graft handling of trees. Then we'll graft! Rootstock and pear and apple scions, including some Ark of Taste varieties, will be provided.
Workshop participants will take home a newly grafted baby tree. Materials to make more trees can be purchased for a small additional fee. Participants are welcome to bring their own scions, but please contact email@example.com if doing so to confirm type/methods.
One newly grafted tree to take home
A 12oz pour of Bløm mead or cider (N/A options available)
Workshop Leader: Shannon Brines grew up on a small diversified farm that included an orchard. He officially established Brines Farm in 2004. In the last few years he has grafted hundreds of orchard fruit trees, including of 150 apple varieties, that have been planted in nurseries in Washtenaw and Grand Traverse counties. Shannon has led numerous grafting workshops, including workshops for: a Michigan-Ontario biodiversity project, K-12 schools, the Local Food Summer, and the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference.
Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club.
All invited to discuss, via Zoom, 2 novels: Andrew Mayne’s Florida-set nail-biter Black Coral (2021) and Mary Keliikoa’s Derailed (2020), the first in her series about private detective Kelly Pruett. 4:30 p.m., for URL, call Aline Clayton Carroll at 769–2149 and give her your phone number and email. Free.
Ann Arbor Go Club.
Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game in person. Game materials provided. 5:30 p.m. until whenever, for location email Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
“Vaisakhi Night”: U-M Sikh Student Association.
All invited to celebrate the Punjabi New Year and spring harvest with cultural and religious performances, food, and a guest speaker TBA. 6-9 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery Room. Mask required. Free. 763-9044.
“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. The Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St. #100, Ypsilanti. Mask and vaccination encouraged. Free. facebook.com/thetheatershop.
Campus Philharmonia Orchestra and Campus Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.
These ensembles of non music majors perform works TBA. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Mask required. Free. 615-3204.
Chamber Music Recital: U-M Music School.
Apr. 10-12, 14, & 16. Music student chamber ensembles in various configurations present new & old music for woodwinds, brass, and piano. 8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Mask required. Livestream available at myumi.ch/StampsWatch. Free. 615–3204.