Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in May 2022
May 17, 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.
“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.
“Discussing Modern Psalms”: Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.
IRT board chair Dwight L. Wilson, author of Modern Psalms in Search of Peace and Justice and Modern Psalms of Solace and Resistance, leads a discussion (via Zoom) of how poetry and reflective writings can bring us closer to the sacred. 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. Preregistration required at bit.ly/modernpsalms. email@example.com. Free.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Tues. & Fri. Some experience necessary.2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Tues., Fri.), or a 499er game (Thurs.). If you plan to come without a partner, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand. 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person.
“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.).
“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. email@example.com.
“Tuesday Evening Birders”: Washtenaw Audubon Society.
Every Tues. WAS members lead evening walks at various local birding sites. Bring binoculars and (if you have one) a scope. 6 p.m., usually carpool from the Miller Rd. Park & Ride off M-14, but check facebook.com/washtenawaudubon before each trip to confirm location. Free. Anyone under 18 not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian must have a completed parental consent form (available at washtenawaudubon.org).
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.
“Sufi Chanting, Movement, & Meditations”: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.
Every Tues. Talk (via Zoom) by Imam Kamau Ayubbi. All ages welcome. 6:45–8:15 p.m., for URL see interfaithspirit.org/events/featured-event. $5–10 suggested donation. 327–0270.
“Big Hearts for Seniors Benefit”: U-M Health System.
U-M public health professor Vic Strecher emcees this annual fundraiser featuring local storytellers sharing their heart-warming, true-life experiences around the theme of “Journeys.” Preceded at 6 p.m. by a Silent Auction. Proceeds benefit Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Silver Club Memory Programs, and Turner Senior Wellness Program. 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. $25 ($75 includes VIP reception at 5:30 p.m.) in advance at giving.medicine.umich.edu and at the door. firstname.lastname@example.org. 709-1494.
“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. 7 p.m., for URL preregister at meetup.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.
“Chevy in the Hole”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
Detroit-based short fiction writer Kelsey Ronan discusses her debut novel, a hard-hitting, darkly humorous love letter to her hometown of Flint that centers on the romance between a washed-up white cook and a black urban farmer as they strive to coax a tenuous rebirth from the city's damaged land. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-05. Free. 585–5567.
"A Hospital in Our House": U-M Nursing History Society
A Hospital in Our House; The Story of the Women who Founded the Peterson Maternity Hospital. Featuring Bridgit Mulloy. 7PM via Zoom. For link, preregister at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LSbkPRAaFycUFMc-Hf97G3fe9r66IsxasOcM7oP0bWU/edit?usp=sharing
A Hospital in Our House; The Pembertan Women and Peterson Hospital
This is the first Zoom presentation of two that focuses on Laura Bonine Pemberton and her daughter Fantine Pemberton RN along with Dr. Reuben Peterson started the Peterson Hospital, a private maternity Hospital in Ann Arbor in 1902 and added a school of nursing 1907. These presentations include History of Nursing and Health Care in Ann Arbor, Quaker History and Migrations, Abolitionist History in Cass County, Michigan and the Underground Railroad in Michigan. Register at the provided link.
Ann Arbor Camera Club.
May 3 & 17. Club members show their projected digital images (May 3) and prints (May 17) on various topics, including this month's assignment, “Light & Shadow”. 7–9 p.m., 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.
Channeled Spiritual Discussion Group: Deep Spring Discussion Center.
All invited to an online gathering to discuss their metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a “being of light” channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices. 7–9:00 p.m., for URL, preregister at bit.ly/aaron2022. Free, donations accepted. 477–5848.
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. 7–9:30 p.m., Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join), info@HVharmonizers.org, 796–7467.
Polka Jam Session: American Legion Hall.
All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music. 7–9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529–3903.
Racial Justice Book Group: Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice.
All invited to discuss, via Zoom, chapters 6-9 of journalist Ed Gordon’s Conversations in Black (2020), a collection of interviews on the state of the country with some of the most contemporary prominent voices in Black America, among them Stacey Abrams, Harry Belafonte, Charlamagne tha God, Eric Holder, and Michael Eric Dyson. 7-9 p.m., for URL, go to icpj.org/blog/events-calendar.
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. 7 p.m., 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. 7–9:30 p.m., for URL email Info@VoicesInHarmonyChorus.org. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 765–3611.
“Cherry Republic”: Huron Valley Sierra Club.
Cherry Republic president Bob Sutherland discusses how his business evolved from being “bent on survival” to focusing on ecological sustainability and making a difference in Michigan communities. 7:30–9 p.m., for URL preregister at meetup.com/Sierra-Club-Huron-Valley/events Free. 971–1157.
“Show People”: Michigan Theatre.
(King Vidor, 1928). Silent comedy in which Marion Davies plays a young woman from Georgia trying to break into the Hollywood film business. With live accompaniment by Andrew Rogers on the Barton Organ. William Haines, Dell Henderson. Free, but donations to the MTF encouraged. 7:30 p.m. Michigan Theater. 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. Different times.
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.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.). 7:30 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 812–6375 (Tues.) & email@example.com (Thurs.).
The Moth StorySLAM: Michigan Radio.
Open mic storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Ten storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3–5-minute story on the theme of “Water.” Stories are judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual GrandSLAM (see 12 Thursday listing). Seating limited; arrive early. 7:30–9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), The Blind Pig, 208 S. First. Tickets $15 general admission in advance only at TheMoth.org beginning a week before each event. 764–5118.
“Comedy Experiment”: Beer Grotto.
Every Tues. Stand-up showcase featuring sets by local comics TBA. 8 p.m., The Beer Grotto, 8059 Main, Dexter. Free. bit.ly/comedybeergrotto.
“Music of Auschwitz”: U-M Music School.
University of Wisconsin music professor Oriol Sans, a candidate for new Ann Arbor Symphony music director, conducts U-M music students in a performance of 10 short pieces arranged by Polish political prisoners who were members of the Auschwitz I men’s orchestra that performed Sunday concerts at the camp commandant’s villa, interspersed with spoken-word testimonials from Holocaust survivors. 8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. Mask required.
“Passing the Torch”: Kerrytown Concert House.
U-M professor and upright bassist Marion Hayden, a Detroit native and local jazz favorite who co-founded the touring ensemble Straight Ahead–the first all-women jazz ensemble signed to Atlantic Records–is joined by talented young saxophonist Kaleigh Wilder, a recent U-M graduate and rising star on the Detroit jazz scene who performs regularly with Gnostikos and Wilder/Reid Duo. The two perform original compositions and improvisations. Hayden and Wilder also host a free pre-concert conversation/masterclass at 5:30 p.m. 8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Livestream available at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Tickets $13–$50 in advance online and at the door. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769–2999.