Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in April 2022
April 5, 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
“Free College Week”: WCC.
Apr. 4–8. Presentations by WCC instructors on automobile technology, broadcasting, entrepreneurship, computer technology, cooking, performing arts, financial planning, sustainability, and other topics. Various times, online at wccnet.edu/events/free-college-week.php. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
'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.
“Coffee with Marta.”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Biweekly social hour with local retired psychologist Marta Skiba.Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see olli-umich.org or call 998-9351.
“Environmental Injustice in the Southend of Dearborn”: U-M Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease Center Residents & Researchers Webinars on Environment, Health, and Community.
Virtual panel discussion with Southend of Dearborn environmental activist Samra'a Luqman and U-M undergrad Zeina Reda. Moderated by U-M-Dearborn health and human services professor Natalie Sampson. For URL preregister at bit.ly/mleedcaprilwebinar. Free. 764-5425.
“Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World: U-M Ford School for Public Policy Masterclass in Activism.
University of Pennsylvania law and sociology professor Dorothy Roberts joins U-M Center for Racial Justice director Celeste M. Watkins-Hayes to discuss (via Zoom) her new book. For URL preregister at bit.ly/dorothyrobertsmasterclass. Free. email@example.com.
Noon Lecture Series: U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.
Apr. 5, 12, & 19. Virtual talks by national and global scholars. Apr. 5: Reed College (Portland, OR) Chinese and humanities professor Jing Jiang on “ ‘New People’ Found in Translation: A Dialogue between Chinese and Global Science Fiction.” Apr. 12: Duke Kunshan University (Suzhou, China) media professor Fan Liang on “The Making of ‘Good’ Citizens: Examining the Mechanism of and Public Support for China’s Social Credit System.” Apr. 19: University of Kentucky Chinese studies professor Liang Luo on “Dreams and Memories in the Making of the Ivens Documentary A Tale of the Wind.” Via Zoom; preregister at bit.ly/lrccsnoonlecture.V Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 764–6308.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Tues. & Fri. Some experience necessary.2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, email@example.com.
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.
Euchre: Pittsfield Township Parks and Recreation
Euchre is back in March!Pre-Registration Required.Masks are required.No shared snacks, bring your own drink.Stay at home if you or other members are home are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus. Notify the office if you become ill for any reason. Pittsfield Township Community Center Community Area
“The Exile”: Michigan Theater.
(Oscar Micheaux, 1931). All-black melodrama about a disenchanted Chicago man who heads to South Dakota in search of true romance. Micheaux’s first sound feature, and the first African American sound film. 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.
“Ann Arbor Group Runs”: Running Fit.
Every Sat. & Tues. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3–5 miles along varying routes from different 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.).
“Hammer”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
English novelist Joe Mungo Reed discusses (via Zoom) his new thriller, the story of a junior specialist at a prestigious London auction house who becomes involved with the wife of an art-collecting Russian oligarch. For URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-04. Free. 585–5567.
“Knit Happens”: Ann Arbor Stitch ’n’ Bitch.
Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips. 6–9 p.m. or so, Panera Bread, 903 W. Eisenhower. $2 monthly dues. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Architecture of Urbanity”: U-M Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning Dinkeloo Memorial Lecture.
Architect & urban planner Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses his experience as master planner for Michigan Central Station in Detroit and a Domino Sugar refinery in Brooklyn. 5th fl. Blau Hall, 700 East University. Mask required. Free. 764-1300.
“Food Literacy for All”: U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative.
Apr. 5, 12, & 19. Apr. 5: Wesleyan University sociology professor Anthony Hatch, author of Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America on “Metabolism Cages for New World Animals, Large and Small.” Apr. 12: U-M faculty members from multiple disciplines TBA present “Fast Food for Thought,” a series of ten 5-minute talks related to food and agriculture. Apr. 19: “Final Class.” Series wrap-up. Preregister at sites.lsa.umich.edu/sustainablefoodsystems/foodliteracyforall. Free.
“The Escape Line: How the Ordinary Heroes of Dutch-Paris Resisted the Nazi Occupation of Western Europe”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Historian Megan Koreman reads from & discusses her 2018 book about 3,000 Jews, resisters, and downed Allied aviators rescued from Nazi-occupied Europe between 1942 and 1944 by the 330-strong partisans of the Dutch-Paris escape line. 6:30-7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200.
Death Café: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.
An ICSG facilitator leads a frank conversation (via Zoom) about death. For URL see InterfaithSpirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated. 327–0270.
“Sufi Chanting, Movement, & Meditations”: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.
Every Tues. Talk (via Zoom) by Imam Kamau Ayubbi. All ages welcome. For URL see interfaithspirit.org/events/featured-events. $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 usage to some programming. Led by AHA members. Beginners welcome. For URL preregister at meetup.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.
“Convocation”: Concordia University.
Concordia students perform a program of diverse music. Kreft Center Recital Hall, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389.
“The Case For Heaven”: Fathom Events.
(Mani Sandoval, 2022). Premiere of this documentary that follows best-selling author and investigative journalist Lee Strobel as he explores evidence for the afterlife. 7 p.m. 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).
"Ready for a Career Change?: Ypsilanti District Library
Join Anthony Williamson, Director of College & Career Readiness and Cheryl Harvey, Director of the Center for Career Success of Washtenaw Community College to find out how to explore, plan, and train for a new career. Learn about occupations in high demand and how to navigate the new work world. Registration is requested for this in-person presentation.
Ann Arbor Camera Club.
Apr. 5 & 19. Club members show their projected digital images (Apr. 5) and prints (Apr. 19) on various topics, including this month's assignment, “Pure Michigan”. Also, Michigan photographer Paul Crouse presents images taken while living in Kyoto, Japan (Apr. 5), and a showing of images submitted for the club’s annual print competition (Apr. 19). Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty, rear entrance, 2nd floor. Mask and proof of Covid-19 vaccination and booster required. Free. annarborcameraclub.org email@example.com.
Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Every Tues. All singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus. All singers, male and female, invited to join as members or visitors. Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join), info@HVharmonizers.org, 796–7467.
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. For URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. For URL email Info@VoicesInHarmonyChorus.org. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 765–3611.
“Finding a Way to a Feeling for Truth”: Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.
Biodynamic farmer and educator Dan Gannon discusses (via Zoom) Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual teachings. For URL email email@example.com. Free. 276–5294.
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.) & firstname.lastname@example.org (Thurs.).
Symphonic Band & Campus Band Concerts: EMU Music Department.
EMU music professor J. Nick Smith conducts the music student Symphonic Band in a program of 20th-century works, including Reed’s Hounds of Spring, Dade’s New York from a Distance, Lo Presti’s Elegy for a Young American, and Sousa’s “New York Hippodrome March.” Also, EMU graduate conductors Nathan Heed and Johnathon Bower direct the Campus Band, an ensemble of nonmusic majors, in a program of 20th-century works, including Ticheli’s Simple Gifts, Grundman’s Kentucky 1800, Gorb’s A Little Tango Music, and La Plante’s Prairie Songs. EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. Mask encouraged. 487-4143.
“Comedy Experiment”: Beer Grotto.
Every Tues. Stand-up showcase featuring sets by local comics TBA. The Beer Grotto, 8059 Main, Dexter. Free. bit.ly/comedybeergrotto.