Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in May 2022
May 27, 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. email@example.com, 531-8747.
"Chocolate, Cheese, And Cider Pairing Class": Zingerman's Creamery
Come with us on an adventure of pairing our cheeses with both hard cider and chocolate. Learn all there is to know and enjoy enhancing your knowledge on these flavor combinations.
This class will include:
6 varieties of cheese
4 varieties of chocolate
4 varieties of hard cider
(this is not limited to and could include a couple more cheese, chocolate and cider samples)
Must be 21+ to attend this event.
Tickets are $85/person. Get your ticket through the link below!
Garlic Mustard Weed Out Week: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
May 21-29. City-wide home participation event to eradicate this aggressive invasive plant that can quickly crowd out native plant species and decrease biodiversity. The AANAPD invites all to survey and pull this target species in your own yard or City nature areas. Go to a2gov.org/gmwow for information.
The Third Place Music Fest.
May 25-28. Performances by U-M students, local musicians, and others from across the Midwest in a range of genres from jazz and classical to folk and electronic. Performers TBA. Various times & locations. Small charge TBA (festival passes available) in advance at thirdplacemusic.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
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 (a kind of prehistoric marine reptile) 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.
'Celebrating the Last Frost,' an exhibition by Avery Williamson
Creal Microgallery presents 'Celebrating the Last Frost,' an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Ypsilanti artist Avery Williamson. This collection of small works celebrates the last frost, an indicator of safe passage to the next season. These pieces explore the colors and textures of May and June-- a season of shedding, blooming, and emerging.
Williamson has worked in a wide range of media, including weavings, photography, collage, painting and drawing, but remaining constant in much of her work is her use of atmospheric color and lively mark-making. With these defining visual elements, her work feels both meditative and improvisational. Her use of color sets a stage or mood, and provides a context for the story to be told through her marks. The marks and lines then skip across the surface, or grow outward from a starting point. Her marks play around the edges of the canvas or are laid down across fields of color. Her images can feel like parts of a whole— just glimpses of a larger story or vignettes of a fuller world. In the works on view, she considers this moment in time, this transition from cold to warm, from dormancy to growth. This moment that Williamson captures is somehow both singular and infinite, and this transition between seasons upon which she reflects is at once unique and eternal.
“The Art and Science of Successful Aging: Cultivating Resilience in Today’s World”: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
U-M epidemiology professor Carina Gronlund on “Coping with Weather and Climate Change: Vulnerability and Adaptation for Healthy Aging” (via Zoom). Preregistration required at bit.ly/turneraging. Free. email@example.com, 998–9353.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 998-9353.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Via Zoom. For more information and URL, email email@example.com or call 998-9353.
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.
U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Saturday Sampler.
May 14 & 27. Docent-led virtual tours. May 14: “A Glimpse of the Kelsey.” May 27: “Greek Mythology in Daily Life.” 2–3 p.m., for URL see lsa.umich.edu/kelsey. Free. 764–9304.
“Fireside Fun”: Leslie Science & Nature Center.
All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and s’mores fixings (marshmallows provided). Rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Mask encouraged. 5:30–7 p.m. Space limited; preregistration recommended but not required. Free. LesliesNC.org, 997–1553.
Salmagundi: Ann Arbor Summer Festival Live Here Now.
Outdoor performance by this Detroit horn-powered Memphis-style rock ’n’ roll band . Part of a series of concerts with limited attendance in public parks and spaces throughout town. 7 p.m., Ford Heritage Park, 8399 Textile, Ypsilanti. Preregistration recommended at a2sf.org/live-here-now. Free. 994–5999.
“Tuck Everlasting”: Light in the Dark Musical Theatre Company.
May 27-29. Stephen Visser & Joshua Bleu direct this Genesee County-based musical theater ensemble in a production of Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen’s 2014 musical adaptation of Natalie Babbitt’s 1975 novel about a family that has learned the secret of immortality and tries to persuade a young neighbor that living forever may not be such a good thing. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $20-22 in advance at mutotix.umich.edu and at the door. email@example.com.
Adam Sokol: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
May 27 & 28. A Michigan native who now lives in New York City, Sokol has an eccentric and mild-mannered stage presence, but pulls no punches. His smart and funny stories cover such topics as working undercover at a right-wing news blog, idiosyncratic units of measurement, and his mother’s passive-aggressive job-hunt help. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $15 reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $17 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“Relativity”: Theatre Nova.
Every Thurs.–Sun., May 20–June 12. Carla Milarch directs prolific contemporary playwright Mark St. Germain’s speculative 2017 historical comedy about Einstein’s missing daughter and a visiting reporter curious about his family history. The comic play, described in a Broadway World review as “seriously entertaining,” explores the old question of whether a great man must also be a good one. Featuring Anne Damman, Ellen Finch, and Phil Powers. 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.
“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.
“The Sandbox”: Dreamland Theater.
Apr. 29, May 13 & 27. All invited to tell a story, dance, juggle, put on a puppet show, read a poem, or share another talent at this open mic. Acts must be under 10 minutes. Also, a few vendors welcome to sell crafts. 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Free ($5 donation suggested). Preregistration required by performers at bit.ly/sandboxact and by vendors at bit.ly/sandboxvendor. facebook.com/TheaterDreamland firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Dance: The Dance Pavilion.
Every Fri. Ballroom dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded from 8–8:30 p.m. by a group lesson (Fri.). Bottled water & chips provided. 8:30–10:30 p.m., Dance Pavilion Studio, 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. $15 (Fri.). TheDancePavilion.com, 369–9700.