Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in June 2022
June 14, 2022
'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.
“Volunteer Ann Arbor”: OLLI Commons.
A chance to learn about interesting new ways to help in the community, or to share volunteer opportunities with others. Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see olli-umich.org or call 998-9351.
“Making Sense of Afghanistan History and Place in World Politics”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.
Talk (via Zoom) by WSU history professor Saeed A. Khan. Last in a series of 5 monthly lectures. 10–11:30 a.m., for URL preregister at olli-umich.org. $35 (members, $10). Membership, $25 a year. 998–9351.
"Wise Guys: Conversations for Men": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Discussion via Zoom. Free. For URL, see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Tues. & Fri. Some experience necessary. No partner needed. 2401 Plymouth Road. Free. Call 998-9353 if interested, email@example.com.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Thurs., Fri., & Tues. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Tues., Fri.), or a 499er game (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com beforehand.
“Top of the Park”: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
See 10 Friday. Tonight: Circus acrobatics featuring rolla bolla by Jonathan Rinny (5:45 p.m.) and cyr wheel by Bobby Cookson (6:45 p.m.). In the Kidzone: Chamber Storytelling (5 p.m.) with the Room 1078 string quartet. On the Power Center Lawn: Introduction to Mindfulness with the Ann Arbor Center for Mindfulness (5 p.m.). In the Annex tent: The Neutral Zone presents teens performing Music and Spoken Word (6 p.m.). On the O&W Grove Stage: local folk-rock singer-songwriter Ceolsige (5 p.m.), and jazz and boogie-woogie by Flea Circus (6 p.m.), a duo featuring 2 veteran stars of the local music scene, boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mark “Mr. B” Braun and drummer Pete Siers. See 10 Friday. On the Rackham Stage: Honey and Blue (7 p.m.), a Columbus-based soul and R&B band fronted by singer-songwriters Adam Darling and Stephanie Amber, and the Chris Canas Band (8:30 p.m.), a Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. The music is followed at 10 p.m. by a screening of Selma, Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed 2014 historical drama about the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. 5 p.m.–midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994–5999. 5 p.m.–midnight.
“Ann Arbor Group Runs”: Fleet Feet.
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.).
“Dog and Suds Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Tues. Moderate-paced ride, 20 to 30 miles, along the less-traveled roads West and North of Chelsea. 6 p.m., sharp, meet at Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors, 1101 Main St., Chelsea. Start location occasionally changes see aabts.org. Free. 678-8297.
“Knit Happens”: Ann Arbor Stitch ’n’ Bitch.
Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips. 6–8 p.m. or so, Panera Bread, 903 W. Eisenhower. 945–3035. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Tour de Dirt Tuesday Dirt Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Tues. 20- to 35-mile ride along Chelsea-area dirt roads. Email for upcoming week’s route. 6:15 p.m., sharp, meet at Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors, 1101 Main St., Chelsea. Free. email@example.com.
“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.
“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.
“Exit West”: Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.
All ages 21 & over invited to discuss (via Zoom) Moshin Hamid’s 2017 sci-fi novel about a pair of lovers in a war-torn near future who seek to escape their crumbling city through a mysterious door to another world. 7–9 p.m., for URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
“Legacies from America”: Voce Velata.
This local youth-led ensemble plays 19th- and 20th-century works by black composers of the Americas, including chamber works by Florence Price, William Grant Still, Joe White, Kebra Seyoun-Charles, and Jessie Montgomery. 7 p.m., location TBA at vocevelatamusic.org/events. Free.
“The Hop”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
New Zealand–born novelist Diana Clarke joins Bay Area writer Gabriela Garcia to discuss (via Zoom) her new feminist novel of sisterhood and sexual agency, the story of a young New Zealand woman who follows in the footsteps of her late sex worker mother by going to work in a Nevada brothel where she turns into a reluctant sex icon. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-06. Free. 585–5567.
Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.
Speaker and topic TBA. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a beginners’ Q&A session. 7 p.m., URL at a2b2club.org. A2B2club@gmail.com.
Bluegrass Jam Circle: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
June 14 & 28. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome. 7–9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Mask required. $5. Depending on the weather, time and venue may change, so please check updates at a2blugrass.com.
Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Every Tues. except June 7. All male and female singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus. 7–8:45 p.m., Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Masks encouraged, vaccination required to join. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). bit.ly/hvharmonizers. info@HVharmonizers.org, 796–7467.
Kim Harrison: Nicola’s Books.
This New York Times bestseller discusses her new book The Trouble with the Cursed, the 15th installment of her Hollows urban fantasy series about a bounty hunter witch going up against all manner of supernatural foes. Harrison is at Nicola’s (Westgate shopping center) to sign copies of her book at 5 p.m. on June 17. 7 p.m. For URL and to preregister for both events see nicolasbooks.com. Free. 662-0600.
Pub Sing: Ann Arbor Morris.
Local Morris dancers lead participants in an evening of rousing choruses, drinking songs, sea shanties, and English folk songs. No set program; all welcome to lead any song with a singable, reasonably easy-to-learn chorus. 7–9 p.m., location TBA. For information, email email@example.com. Free. (908) 721–2599.
Virtual Sound Bath: 7 Notes Natural Health
Join Sound Therapist, Rob Meyer-Kukan for a moment of virtual sound. This online sonic oasis is your opportunity ot take a longer break, to rest, relax, and restore.I encourage you to connect your computer or device with headphones for offering. This sound bath meditation is brought to you in a donation based model, if you feel so inclined to offer support by way of a heart-felt donation, you may do so here: https://paypal.me/robmk.To watch/listen to this sound bath meditation, visit my YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/robmeyerkukan. A link will be posted on my Facebook time line when the video is live. All online offerings are archived on YouTube and can be viewed 24/7/365.7 Notes Natural Health
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.
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”: Michigan Theater.
(Nicholas Meyer, 1982). Second in the Star Trek sci-fi film series, and far better received than the first film, the plot features Kirk (William Shatner) and the USS Enterprise crew facing off against genetically engineered tyrant Khan (Ricardo Montalban). 1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7:30 p.m. (Tues.). Michigan Theater. Mask and 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.
Every Thurs. & Tues. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.) and the German Speakers Round Table (7:30 p.m. Tues.). Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. Preregistration requested at email@example.com (Thurs.) & 812–6375 (Tues.).
“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.