Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in April 2022
April 14, 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
Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum: Washtenaw Audubon Society.
Every Thurs., Mar. 31–May 26. All invited to walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants. Extra binoculars available. Meet at the Dow Prairie entrance at the east end of the Arb, Riverview Dr. at Riverview Ct. Free. WashtenawAudubon.org.
“Native Americans of the Great Lakes Region: Past and Present”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.
Every Thurs., Apr. 14–May 19. Series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) by scholars of Native American history & culture, as well as tribal members. Apr. 14: Ohio State University comparative studies professor John N. Low on “The Indigenous Midwest Prior to European Contact.” Apr. 21: MSU American Indian and indigenous studies professor Susan Sleeper-Smith on “From Encounter to Removal: Indigenous Persistence Strategies in the Western Great Lakes.” Apr. 28: University of Wisconsin American Indian studies professor Margaret Noodin on “Lessons of the Land in Indigenous Languages of the Great Lakes.” May 5: U-M social work professor Sandra Momper on “Historical and Contemporary Issues of American Indians Residing in the Michigan Great Lakes Region: Challenges and Strengths.” May 12: U-M diversity and social transformation professor Stephanie A. Fryberg on “Omission as the Modern Form of Bias Against Indigenous People.” May 19: United Tribes of Michigan executive director Frank Ettawageshik on “Native Americans and the Environment.” 10–11:30 a.m., for URL preregister at olli-umich.org. $60 (members, $35) for the 6-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998–9351.
Chinese Mah Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Thursday. 2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, email@example.com.
“One on the Ground”: First Presbyterian Church Lunch & Learn Series.
Talk by Karen Wielinski, author of One on the Ground: The Story of One Family Before, During and After Continental Flight 3407 Crashed into Their Home. Q&A. Noon–1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. $5 includes lunch. Preregistration required at bit.ly/apr2022lunchandlearn or 662-4466.
Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center
Every Thurs. ABL sanctioned bridge. Bring a partner, or get paired up when you arrive. Beginners welcome. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $9 (members, $8). For more information, including URLs for virtual events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 794-6250. Masks required.
U-M Center for Japanese Studies Thursday Lecture Series.
Apr. 7 & 14. Virtual talks by national and global scholars. Apr. 7 (7-8:30 p.m.): Kyoto (Japan) University social psychology professor Yukiko Uchida on “The Japanese Way of Well-Being and the Self: An Examination of Local and Working Communities.” Apr. 14 (Noon–1:30 p.m.): U-M Japanese Studies postdoctoral fellow Linda Galvane on “Literary Toilet Papers of Japan and Beyond.” Various times, for URL preregister at bit.ly/cjsspring2022. Free. email@example.com, 764–6307.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Tues., Thurs. & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Tues., Fri.), or a 499er game (Thus.). If you plan to come without a partner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com beforehand. 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person.
Scrabble: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Thurs. 2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 998-9353.
“Little Ice Age and the Oyo Empire: An Unfinished Process of Recovery in West Africa, 1420-1840”: U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.
Talk by University of North Carolina-Charlotte African studies professor Akinwumi Ogundiran. 4–6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Register at bit.ly/eisoyoempire. Livestream available. Free. Mask required. 615–7400.
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 email@example.com. Free.
“Repairsday Thursday”: All Hands Active.
Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream also available at MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty, ste. 225. Free; donations welcome. Mask required. info@AllHandsActive.org.
“Animal Person”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
Short fiction writer Alexander MacLeod joins the prolific Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and essayist Richard Ford to discuss (via Zoom) MacLeod’s latest book, a collection of 8 muscular yet tender stories that illuminate the perilous space between desire and action, including “Lagomorph,” the 2019 O. Henry Prize-winning story in which a man’s relationship with his family’s long-lived pet rabbit opens up to a profound exploration of how a marriage fractures. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-04. Free. 585–5567.
“Playfest 2022”: U-M Theatre Department.
Apr. 14-16. A series of rehearsed staged readings of plays by student playwrights. 7 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center Newman Studio, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-5350.
“Singing for Comfort”: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.
Layla Ananda teaches and leads, via Zoom, songs that are easy to learn and sing. No experience necessary. 7–8:30 p.m., for URL see InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, donations appreciated. 327–0270.
Breeding Bird Survey Kickoff: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.
All invited to learn how to help with the city’s upcoming annual survey of breeding bird populations in town. Experience in bird identification by sight and sound is necessary to participate. 7–9 p.m., via Zoom. Free, preregistration required at bit.ly/a2stewardworkday (space limited). firstname.lastname@example.org, 794–6627.
Every Thurs. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered. 7–9 p.m. FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Mask (when not playing a wind instrument) and vaccination required. Free. detroitirishmusic.org.
“Hair”: U-M Musical Theatre Department.
Apr. 14-17. Linda Goodrich and Justin Keyes direct U-M musical theater students, with musical direction by Tyler Driskill, in a performance of Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni, and James Rado’s once-controversial 1967 musical about a “tribe” of politically active hippies living a bohemian life in NYC while fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. May feature nudity. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), and 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Mask required. Tickets $29-$35 (students, 13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu & at the door. 764-2538.
“The Magic Flute”: U-M Chamber Opera.
Apr. 14 & 15. Matthew Thompson directs U-M opera students in Mozart’s beloved “opera fantaisie.” At once a love story, a whimsical comedy, and an adventure filled with sinister deceptions, The Magic Flute is above all an unsurpassed celebration, by turns jubilant and unsettlingly haunting, of the power of music. German, English supertitles. 7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Mask required. Free. 764-2538.
Comedy Jamm: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Thurs. Apr. 14 & 28. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served. 7:30 p.m., Comedy Showcase, 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at aaComedy.com (recommended) and at the door. 996–9080.
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 (Tues., 7:30 p.m.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs., 7:30 p.m.). Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 812–6375 (Tues.) & email@example.com (Thurs.).
Joyce DiDonato: University Musical Society.
Celebrated lyric-coloratura mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is the “perfect 21st-century diva—an effortless combination of glamour, charisma, intelligence, grace, and remarkable talent,” says a New York Times critic. DiDonato is known both for the quality of her voice and for defying expectations (her habitual recital encore is “Over the Rainbow,” for example). Tonight’s show, Eden, is her most recent experiment, a program of music about nature with accompaniment by the renowned 25-member historical performance orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro, conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev, and dramatic staging by French stage director Marie Lambert-Le Bihan. The program opens with Charles Ives’ enigmatic “The Unanswered Question” (1908), in which DiDonato sings lines usually assigned to a trumpet, and contemporary composer Rachel Portman’s “The First Morning of the World,” a commissioned work with lyrics by poet Gene Scheer. Also, works by Handel, Cavalli, Gluck, Mahler, Wagner, Valentini, Marini, and Mysliveček. A Gramophone review, while noting uncomfortable junctures between “sensational” individual performances, praises DiDonato’s “crystalline coloratura” and Il Pomo d’Oro’s “thrilling accompaniment.” 7:30 p.m. Hill Auditorium. $15–$72 (students $12–$20). Preregistration required at ums.org/performance/eden-starring-joyce-didonato or 764–2538. Mask and proof of vaccination required.
Pub Quiz: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub.
Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes. 7:30 p.m. or so, Conor O’Neill’s, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665–2968.
“Flight of Fancy”: U-M Dance Department.
Apr. 14-16. U-M dance students perform group and solo dances choreographed by fellow students ElleAnna Casterline, Lydia Dunn, Olivia Johnson, Sarah Madnick, Abby Niemi, and Arianna Stadler. 8 p.m. Dance Performance Studio, 1000 Baits, North Campus. Mask required. Tickets $10 at the door only. 764–9537.
“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.
“The Actors”: Penny Seats Theatre Company.
Every Thurs.–Sat., Apr. 7–23. Joe Bailey directs Florida playwright Ronnie Larsen’s comic drama about a man, grief-stricken by the death of his parents, who hires actors to come to his house a few times a week and be his family. Cast: Brandy Joe Plambeck, Maurizio Dominguez, Diane Hill, Jeff Miller, and David Collins. Suitable for ages 15 & up (strong language). 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), Stone Chalet Inn, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. Tickets $15 (seniors, $12), in advance at PennySeats.org and (if available) at the door. 926–5346.
Baroque Chamber Orchestra: U-M Music School.
Joseph Gascho conducts this music student ensemble in a program TBA. 8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. Mask required. 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.
“Flashlight Egg Hunt": Saline Parks and Recreation.
All ages 5–14 invited to bring a flashlight and a basket, hunt for eggs in the moonlight, and go home with candy. Rain, snow, or shine; dress for the weather. Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $12 per child; preregistration required at bit.ly/specialeventsaline. 429–3502.