Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in June 2022
June 1, 2022
Æpex Fest 2022: Æpex Contemporary Performance.
June 1–4. This Ypsilanti-based nonprofit devoted to promoting underperformed music presents a celebration of 20th-and 21st-century music featuring 4 days of performances in and around Depot Town. June 1 (10 a.m.–8 p.m., Riverside Park, 2 E. Cross St.): “Around Hear.” Sound tour of Embracing Our Differences art exhibit. June 1 (4 p.m., 734 Brewing Company, 15 E. Cross St): Spencer Arias. Long-form ambient improvisation by this electronic musician, a WMU lecturer. June 1 (8 p.m., Ziggy’s, 206 W. Michigan Ave.): Opening Party. Kent State University percussion instructor Cameron Leach is joined by veteran local jazz pianist Michael Malis. June 2 (7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington): “New Art Songs by Black Women Composers.” Recital of contemporary art songs by mezzo-soprano Olivia Johnson, who has performed with the Michigan Opera Theatre and the DSO. June 3 (7 p.m., Ypsi Freighthouse, 100 Market Pl.): “Festival Showcase.” Æpex music director Kevin Fitzgerald conducts an ensemble of professional area musicians featuring percussionist Cameron Leach and mezzo-soprano Olivia Johnson in a program highlighted by the world premiere of Ypsilanti-based composer Garrett Shumann’s percussion concerto, This Could Be Madness. Also, works by contemporary composers Augusta Read Thomas and Tyson Davis. June 4 (10 a.m., Riverside Park & Depot Town): “Electronic Music Field Day.” Performers include Spencer Arias, WSU music technology professor Joo Won Park, and others TBA. Various times and locations in Ypsilanti. June 2 & June 3 concerts: $35 each, $60 for both. All June 1 and 4 events free. Preregistration encouraged at aepexcontemporary.org/festival.
'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.
“Mind Matters”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Every Wed. AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven leads various mental exercises(via Zoom) from Nancy Linde’s 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young. Via Zoom at bit.ly/a2braingame. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 794-6250.
Sunday Dharma Series: Insight Meditation Ann Arbor
Every first Sunday of the month,10 am–11:30 am. Join Insight Meditation Ann Arbor (IMA2) for our Sunday Dharma Series via Zoom. We will have an invited guest teacher who will guide a meditation, present a Dharma teaching and follow up with Q&A. For more information on teachers, Dharma topics and to retrieve the Zoom link, please visit our website: https://insightmeditationannarbor.org. Free.
Wednesday Workshop: Care Management by Natalie – Senior Support
Wednesday, June 1 and 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. In-person. A Care Manager is a senior resources expert that can assist clients with: Discharging from the hospital, starting or stabilizing caregiving structure in the home, remaining independent at home, choosing and preparing to move to a senior community, creating medical stability or a new diagnosis roadmap, and support, education, and future planning. Together with Care Management by Natalie we can help find your right path through the aging process. To learn more about Care Management by Natalie, visit caremanagementbynatalie.com or youtube.com/watch?v=z9G8xK49j0A. Sign up for a free 1 hour initial consultation June 1 or 8, a $150 value, free of charge. RSVP to 734.794.6250 or email@example.com.
“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.
Chinese Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Every Wed. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. $2; members, free. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave.). Weekly activities. Reserve a spot and check meeting status by calling 794–6250.
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 URL, go to bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. For more information, email email@example.com or call 998-9353.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Via Zoom. For URL, go to bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 998-9353.
“Live Trivia”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
All invited to form (or join) a team of 4 or 5 persons to compete in a 2-round trivia contest. Questions geared towards ages 55 & up, but all ages welcome. Prizes (pickup only). Online at bit.ly/a2seniortrivia, passcode: 194912. Free. email@example.com, 794–6250.
Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Wednesday. In person, all levels welcome, call if interested. 2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
“West Side Nite Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 10 to 30 miles, along the B2B Trail to Hudson Mills Metropark and/or Dexter Huron Metropark with a possible visit to Dexter’s Dairy Queen. This ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders. 5 p.m. sharp, meet at Forest Lawn Cemetery parking lot, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 426-5116.
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.
“Smokey and the Bandit.”: Fathom Events.
(Hal Needham, 1977). Action comedy classic 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. 7 p.m. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500). $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events.
Ann Arbor Bridge Club.
Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early. No refreshments. 7–10:30 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park in the designated spaces in the lot on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 945-6021.
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.
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
Every Wed. All are invited for a group meditation practice and dharma discussion. 7-8:00p.m., 614 Miner St., Enter through back door. Also livestream; for URL see annarborktc.org. Free. 678-7549.
Thor Sigurdson: Northside Community Church.
This local cellist performs the first of Haydn’s 2 cello concertos with pianist Kathryn Goodson. 7 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. (708) 205–4212, NorthsideCommunityA2@gmail.com.
“Dogfight Over Tokyo”: Yankee Air Museum.
Military historian John Wukovits discusses his 2019 book about the pilots who fought the last fight of WWII. 7:30–9 p.m., YAM, Willow Run Airport (off Ecorse from Beck Road via I-94 exit 190), Ypsilanti. $10. Prereservation recommended at yankeeairmuseum.org/events, 483–4030.
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.
Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.
The chance to see club trains whizzing around on the club’s big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club. 7:30–10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. Mask required. email@example.com.
Women’s AFC Ann Arbor
The local women’s semi-pro soccer team's June home schedule also includes games vs. United Soccer League Women Midwest rival Detroit City FC (June 1, 7:30 p.m.), Racing Louisville (June 10, 7:30 p.m.) and Flint City AFC (June 18, 7:30 p.m.). 7:30 p.m., Saline High School Hornet Stadium, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $10 (kids, $7) at afcannarbor.com, $12 at the gate. Group discounts available. 408–1627.
“Observing the Universe… From Near to Far”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Astrophotographer Brian Ottum presents an electronically assisted astronomy program that uses digital cameras, special telescopes, and software to capture live images of galaxies, double stars, star clusters, and close-up features on the surface of the moon, including craters, mountains, and lava-covered “seas.” 9–10:30 p.m., AADL Warehouse, 265 Parkland Plaza. Free. 327–4200.
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.