Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in May 2022
May 29, 2022
“Bløm 100-Mile Ride”: Bløm Meadworks/Ann Arbor Velo Club/Ann Arbor Running Co.
All invited to bike 50 km, 100 km, or 100 miles at your own pace on mixed terrain. For details, see drinkblom.com/events/4th-100m-orchard-ride. 7:11 a.m. (100-mile), 9:11 a.m. (100-km), and 10:11 a.m. (50-km) start times, meet at Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free, but preregistration required at BikeReg.com/blom by May 26, 11:59 p.m.
“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.
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.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute tour of the museum’s exhibits and galleries, as well as an introduction to some current U-M Biological Sciences research projects. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
Smokey and the Bandit: Fathom Events.
(Hal Needham, 1977). 45th anniversary screening of this action comedy about a man hired to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county lines with a pesky sheriff in hot pursuit. Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason. 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. (Emagine 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.
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.
“Flower Day”: Ann Arbor Farmers Market/Sunday Artisan Market.
Sales of flowers and plants. Also, food trucks, live music, kids activities, gardening advice from Master Gardeners, beekeeping tips, and more. The Artisan Market begins at 11 a.m. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 794-6255.
Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom
“Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times”: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.
Every Sun. Livestream talks by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers. Once a month, Demo Rinpoche presents a story from Jakata Tales, the Indian canon of 547 poems, dated 300 BC-400 AD, that concern the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form. The May 1 topic is “Fish,” a tale about the power of prayer and goodness. 11 a.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994–3387.
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave. Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846–9418.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sun. & Sat. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Eurasia (2 & 4 p.m.), including a reindeer, a Burmese python, and a legless lizard, which is not a snake. Also, a zookeeper talk with a surprise animal (3 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals. 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $11 (kids ages 2–12, $9; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount in advance. 929–9324.
“Critter House Open Hours”: Leslie Science & Nature Center.
Mar. 15 & 29. A chance to view LSNC birds of prey and Critter House animals, which include frogs, turtles, snakes, and other species native to Michigan. 1–4 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 suggested donation ($20/family). Mask required in indoor spaces. LesliesNC.org, 997–1553.
“Lawrence of Arabia”: Michigan Theatre.
(David Lean, 1962). Influential and stirring historical epic about the life of British army officer T.E. Lawrence, who was involved in attacks on Aqaba and Damascus and in the Arab National Council during World War I. Themes include his emotional struggles with the violence inherent in war, his sexual identity, and his divided allegiance between the British army and Arab desert tribes. Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, José Ferrer, Claude Rains, Omar Sharif. 1:30 p.m. (Sun.), 7:30 p.m. (Tues.). 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.
Interfaith Youthful Spirits Class for Young People: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Spiritual class for young people via Zoom. Free, but donations appreciated.
Spring Nature Walk: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division/Ann Arbor District Library.
A city naturalist leads a walk through Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area, 88 acres of mixed habitat (oak forest, wet meadow, shrubland), and a great place to see birds, rare plants, and interesting mushrooms. Dress for the weather and bring water. 1–2 p.m., meet in the Scarlett Middle School parking lot off Lorraine. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/scarlettwalk052022. 794–6627.
U-M Sailing Club Regattas.
May 15 & 29. All invited to watch races between club members and any others who want to enter (free) in their own sailboats. May 15 (12:30 p.m.): “Spring Sunfish Regatta” features sailing dinghies less than 14 feet. May 29 (1 p.m.): “Dan Rice Memorial Regatta”: a variety of craft under 20 feet compete in a race dedicated to the club’s longtime coach. Various times, Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd., left from Mast off North Territorial. Free. Preregistration required to race at michigansailingclub.org.
“Kaleidoscope”: Ann Arbor Concert Band.
In a concert rescheduled from January, former Virginia Symphony concertmaster John McLaughlin Williams, a finalist for the position of the band’s new conductor, leads this local volunteer ensemble in a program featuring works by 20th-century American composers: George Frederick McKay’s Wake Me Up for the Great Jubilee (subtitled “variations on an old American song”) and Walter Piston’s Tunbridge Fair, a 1950 commission by the American Bandmaster’s Association. Also, early 20th-century Russian composer Alexander Glazunov’s smooth & melodic Scènes de Ballet, Civil War-era American composer Henry Clay Work’s soulful “Wake Nicodemus,” and contemporary American composer Ron Nelson’s Passacaglia (Homage on B-A-C-H), a wind band staple since it premiered in 1992. 2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (kids age 14 & under, free) at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Attendees under the age of 12 have their temperature checked at the door. aaband.org, 478-7515.
“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.
“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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.
May 1, 15, & 29. All invited to try out new games from local board and card game designers and provide feedback. 2–6 p.m. Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available. Free, but purchase of food and drink encouraged. 548–9729.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”: Bløm Meadworks.
(Gareth Edwards, 2016). Prequel set one week before the original Star Wars film, this narrative follows a group of rebels who try to steal plans for the Death Star, the ultimate weapon of the Galactic Empire. It received generally positive reviews. All ages welcome, but minors encouraged to be accompanied by adult. 4 p.m. Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Proof of vaccination required.. 548–9729.
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.
Ann Arbor Morris.
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. 6-8 p.m., outdoors at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit Street. Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or check annarbormorris.org in advance to confirm. 717-1569.
“Sunday Evening Game Night”: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.
Every Sun. An evening of playing popular board games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper handy. 7 p.m., for URL email email@example.com. Free.
“The UnClub'': The Theater Shop.
Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Chili Challis’s comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. 8 p.m. The Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St. #100, Ypsilanti. Mask and vaccination encouraged. Free. facebook.com/thetheatershop.