Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in May 2022
May 11, 2022
“May the 4th Run with You: A Virtual 4K”: Epic Races.
May 1-31. This Star Wars themed event allows participants to complete a self-timed 4-km run/walk anytime and anywhere during the month. Mailed race packets include a T-shirt, medal, bib, and sticker decal. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the American Association for Cancer Research. Anytime in May. $50. Preregistration required at bit.ly/maythe4thrun2022. firstname.lastname@example.org, 531-8747.
“Turandot”: Fathom Events.
Live (Sat.) and prerecorded (Wed.) broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini’s popular opera set in ancient China about a Prince who falls in love with a cold Princess whose riddles prove too difficult for her suitors. When he passes her tests, she still refuses to marry him, but he turns the tables and lays before her a challenge in the famous tenor aria “Nessun dorma.” Italian, subtitles. 12:55 p.m. (Sat.), 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Wed., Ann Arbor 20 only), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events.
"Portable Disaster Proof House: Take It With You!!!” an exhibition by Tracey Snelling
Creal Microgallery presents "Portable Disaster Proof House: Take It With You!!!," a small-scale installation work by Tracey Snelling, echoing several other installations by the artist, that are concurrently on view in Ann Arbor. This installation pulls together pop cultural elements to create a "safe space" filled with tropical sunset wallpaper, movie posters, and Keanu Reeves. Snelling's installations often take on multiple scales at once-- existing in life size and miniature simultaneously. This exhibition conjures a space that is at once comforting and overwhelming, centering and disorienting.
Creal Microgallery is a breadbox-sized exhibition space on Creal Crescent in Ann Arbor, visible from the sidewalk and lit up most nights until 11pm.
Wednesday Workshops: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Senior-focused workshops. May 4: “Aging is Not a Disease” on how to live life fully as you age. May 11: “The Betty Brigade” on home organizing. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Free. Preregister at email@example.com or 794–6250.
“Tiny Tails Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $7 per kid (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime’s numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome. Noon–12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. 30 min. online lesson on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome.2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email email@example.com or call 998-9353.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Via Zoom. For more information and URL, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 998-9353.
Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Wednesday. 2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, email@example.com.
The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Every Wed. Group conversation about aging, generations, and related topics, facilitated by local playwright and oral historian Hank Greenspan, a retired U-M psychology professor.Register online at olli-umich.org/olli-commons. Free. 734-998-9351.
“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.
Ann Arbor District Library Book Discussion.
Online discussion with AADL staff and U-M American culture lecturer Frances Kai-Hwa Wang about 3 books by Katie Yamasaki: Fish for Jimmy, When the Cousins Came, and Everything Naomi Loved. These lavishly illustrated children’s stories explore themes of diversity, resilience, and the impact of mass incarceration on communities. 5-6 p.m., AADL.TV. Free. 327-4200.
Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.
Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. “Board Game Guru” on hand to answer questions. 5–8 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available. Free, 548–9729.
“Socioeconomic Inequality and Family Trends in the U.S.”: Ann Arbor City Club Dine & Discover.
Talk by U-M sociology and population studies professor Pamela Smock, whose current research examines late-life economic disparities and the role of Social Security benefit structure in maintaining them. Preceded at 5 p.m. by a reception. 6 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $33 (members, $28) includes dinner; preregistration required by noon on May 6. AnnArborCityClub.org, 662–3279, ext. 1.
This month’s home schedule includes a game against Youngstown State (May3, 6 p.m.), a 3-game series vs. Indiana (May 6, 6 p.m., May 7, 2 p.m., and May 8, 1 p.m.) and Rutgers (May 19, 6 p.m., May 20, 2 p.m., May 21, 1 p.m.), a single game vs. MSU (May 17, 6 p.m.), and nonconference games vs. Xavier (May 10, 6 p.m.) and Wright State (May 11, 6 p.m., dollar day), 6 p.m., Ray Fisher Stadium, 1114 S. State St. $6 ($8 in advance). mGOblue.com, 764–0247.
“Science of Mind Study Group”: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Please join us for a discussion of Science of Mind via Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.org. Free, but donations appreciated.
“The Unforgettable Dinnerware of Julia Galloway, with a Focus on Her Endangered Species Series”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Virtual tour of this renowned Montana-based ceramicist’s studio, with a demo from beginning to end of how she makes dinnerware. Followed by Q&A. 6:30-8 p.m., for URL see bit.ly/aadljuliagalloway. Free. 327-4200.
Charitable Giving: Chelsea District Library
Join a panel of four financial experts to learn how individuals can give both in life and after.
This seminar features Mary Jovanovich, Financial Advisor; Sue Jacobs, CPA; Laurie Brewis, Estate Planning; and Randy Ross, Philanthropic Services, moderated by Sharee Burkel, former Chelsea Education Foundation Board member and volunteer. The panelists will answer the most frequently asked questions and share pertinent information about the ways individuals can give. Every donation makes an impact.
Register for this free workshop now and seize the opportunity and learn more about making the most impact through informed charitable giving.
Speed Dating 50s
Come meet other available singles in real life. Go on mini dates to determine compatibility right away. Enjoy a fun way to meet new people!
“Locally Invasive Plants and Their Control”: Wild Ones.
Talk by Matthaei natural areas manager Steven Parrish. 6:45-8:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. Free; metered parking. 604-4674.
“An Evening of Poetry and Written Word”: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle.
All invited to read and discuss (via Zoom) poetry or short fiction. Have your original work ready to share, if you wish. 7–9 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email cwPoetryCircle@gmail.com. Free. For guidelines, see cwcircle.poetry.blog/poetry-workshop-guidelines. 668-7523.
Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome, help available. 7 p.m. or so, for URL join Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. Free. 926–8863.
Gary Gulman: Michigan Theater.
This Boston comic, star of the HBO miniseries Tourgasm, specializes in irreverently hilarious, nuanced, and self-deprecating stories about everyday life. He describes his current tour, “Born on 3rd Base,” as “a lot lighter” than his 2019 HBO special, The Great Depresh, which dealt with his clinical depression. 7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $29–$85 in advance at ticketmaster.com and (if available) at the door). Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required. 662-0600.
Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.
Every Wed. All singers invited to rehearse with this semi-professional a cappella ensemble that performs Renaissance and Victorian-era music in period dress. The official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Rd. Free. TheArborConsort.org.
Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Wear comfortable low grip/tread shoes. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. 9–11 p.m., locations TBA at swingannarbor.com/calendar. Mask and proof of vaccination (with booster) required. $5 (free for members and those who attend the lesson). 945–8428.