Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in June 2022
June 15, 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.
"Art Therapy": Ann Arbor Senior Center
Senior-focused workshop “Art Therapy” with art therapist Margaret Wielbut on how art can be used to share life experiences, enhance self-esteem, create positive feelings, solve problems, and make connections. Preregister at email@example.com or 794–6250.
“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.
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.
“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: “Make Your Own Sensory Bin” (5 p.m.). On the Power Center Lawn: Crossfit with Fit2Live (5 p.m.). In the Annex tent: Printmaking activities with the U-M Library Book Arts Studio. (5 p.m.). On the O&W Grove Stage: Detroit indie folk trio Jackamo (5 p.m.) and soul and R&B by ANA (6 p.m.). On the Rackham Stage: Michigan experimental jazz saxophonist Stratøs (7 p.m.) and jazz-inflected psychedelic soul by local singer-guitarist Dani Darling (8:30 p.m.). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by a screening of Minari, Lee Isaac Chung’s 2021 drama about a Korean American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. 5 p.m.–midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. a2sf.org, 994–5999. 5 p.m.–midnight.
“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.
“A2 Retro Tech Meetup”: All Hands Active.
All invited to bring your old tech to show off via Zoom. BBSes, Usenet, Apple II, CP/M, MS-DOS, Amiga, C64—it’s all fair game. 7–9 p.m., for URL see MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.
“Stars and Shadows”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
Rutgers University political science professor Saladin Ambar joins U-M Global Scholars Program director Benjamin Peters to discuss (via Zoom) his new book, a sweeping look at race in American democracy told through 10 notable interracial friendships. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-06. Free. 585–5567.
“What Ever Happened to Baby Jane”: Fathom Events.
(Robert Aldrich, 1962). Classic psychological thriller about a former child star who torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. Bette Davis, Joan Crawford. 1 p.m. (Sun) & 7 p.m. (Wed.). 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.
“A Goal Attained: 300 Species Seen in Washtenaw County”: Washtenaw Audubon Society.
Popular WAS speaker Don Chalfant on achieving his lifelong dream. 7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Livestream available. For URL, see facebook.com/washtenawaudubon or washtenawaudubon.org/events. Free; metered parking.
“Music in the Park”: Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Series.
Every Wed. June 15—July 20. A popular local outdoor summer tradition, the 87-year-old Civic Band is directed by J. Nick Smith. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass. Tonight: “Movie Madness” includes music from The Magnificent Seven and The Phantom of the Opera, Jay Bocook’s medley The Young Person’s Guide to John Williams, symphonic highlights from Frozen, John Higgins’ medley Disney at the Movies, “March” from 1941, and marches from Star Wars. This year in a new location at Burns Park while a West Park Band Shell rehabilitation is being assessed. 7:30–8:30 p.m., Burns Park, 1300 Baldwin Ave. Free. 429–5301.
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.
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.