Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in July 2022
July 13, 2022
“The Deer King”: Fathom Events.
(Masashi Ando & Masayuki Miyaji, 2021). Subtitled (Wed.) and dubbed (Thurs.) screenings of this Japanese anime about a cursed warrior searching for a cure to his mysterious disease. Time TBA. $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500).
Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.
June 19-July 15. Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes. Includes both in-person shows and 5 different films each week available to stream anytime.
July 10, noon through July 15, noon (online):
“African Exodus” (Brad Rothschild, 2021). Human rights documentary about the 60,000 Africans that have fled to Israel over the past decade. “Back in Berlin” (Bobby Lax, 2021). Documentary that follows an English actor as he unearths his family’s untold WWII-era history as both Holocaust victims and Nazi sympathizers. “The Fourth Window” (Yair Qedar, 2021). Biography that traces the tragic early life of the renowned Israeli writer Amos Oz. “The Lost Film of Nuremberg” See above. “Tiger Within” (Rafal Zielinski, 2020). Coming-of-age drama about the unlikely friendship between a homeless teen and a Holocaust survivor.
$12 per film (in advance only for in-person shows); virtual festival pass, $150. Rackham Amphitheater and online at Film.jccAnnArbor.org. 971–0990.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily, except July 4. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Expedition Reef (12:30 p.m.) reveals the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea,” the world’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems. The Sky Tonight (1:30 & 3:30 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. Tales of the Maya Skies (2:30 p.m.) immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan science, examining how Maya scholars developed a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture, and mathematics that enabled them to predict solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns, and planetary movements. Various times, U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Theatre & Dance Camp: Macon Creek
The Summer Arts Camp at Macon Creek is a series of four 1-week intensive youth programs in instrumental music, visual & applied arts, theatre & dance and vocal arts with a curriculum that integrates art, innovation and sustainability. Theatre & Dance Camp (July 11-15) is for students interested in learning all aspects of theatre performance, including diction, stage direction and technical theatre OR for dance students interested in technique classes and choreography in a variety of dance styles. Large group, small group and individual coaching. Guest lectures in improvisation, playwriting, screenwriting & choreography, experiential anatomy & yoga and careers in theatre & dance. Opportunities to explore the walking paths, pond, expansive fields and creek flowing through Macon Creek’s 215-acre campus. Grades 6-12, all experience levels welcome. Student showcase open to the public on the final day of the session. Apply by April 1, 2022 for the Early Bird Discount. Scholarships available.Macon Creek
Alzheimer's Foundation of America's virtual educational conference for Michigan residents
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will hold a free virtual conference on July 13th
at 10:00 am EST that will provide Michigan residents with information about Alzheimer’s
disease, brain health, caregiving, care planning, support services and more.
The free educational conference will be held virtually over the Internet and is open to
everyone. For more information or to register, visit www.alzfdn.org/tour.
Mind Matters Brain Games: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Every Wednesday Via Zoom at bit.ly/a2braingame, passcode: 739714. Free. Check meeting status before coming. 794–6250
“Playgroups for Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Wed. (except July 4). For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings. Mon. 10:30–11:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Tues. 11 a.m.–noon (Traverwood), Wed. 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (Westgate).
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.—Fri. (except July 4). Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2—5 (with caregiver). Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Pittsfield), Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown), Wed. 10:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood), Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate).
Beginner Qigong & Tai Chi: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Every Wednesday & Friday. Gentle stretching both in-person and via Zoom (call 794–6250 for Zoom sign-up), Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Fri., Sat., & Wed. 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. (Fri. & Wed.) & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or call 998-9353.
“The Merry Widow”: Fathom Events.
Prerecorded broadcast of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera production of Franz Lehár’s popular operetta about love, intrigue, and misadventures in turn-of-the-century Vienna. Stars Renée Fleming, Nathan Gunn, and Kelli O’Hara. Ann Arbor 20 only. 1 p.m. $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500).
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.
Kids Crafts: Ann Arbor District Library.
July 6-8, 12, 13, 17, 20-22, & 25-29. AADL staffers lead hour-long workshops for kids ages 5-10. July 6 (1 p.m., Traverwood): “Make a Fairy Doll!” July 7 (1 p.m., Westgate): “Craft-tastic!” Creative crafting using pipe cleaners, pompoms, clothes pins, and more. July 8 (1 p.m., Downtown) & July 20 (1 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Slime Time.” July 12: (2 p.m., Traverwood.): “Origami Paper Wall Hanging.” July 13 (1, 4, & 6:30 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Tie Dye.” Bring a 100% cotton T-shirt or other similarly sized [?cotton?] item. July 17 (noon, Malletts Creek): “Paper Plate Flying Saucers.” July 21 (2 p.m., Traverwood): “Pipe Cleaner Ballet Dancers.” July 22 (2 p.m., Traverwood): “Caped Crusaders.” Chance to make a one-of-a-kind superhero cape. July 25 (2 p.m., Downtown): “Cabbage Juice Chemistry.” July 26 (2 p.m., Pittsfield): “Domino Days.” July 27 (1 p.m., Traverwood): “Knitting Nancies.” Chance to make and use a simple handheld loom. July 28 (1 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Sun Prints.” July 29 (2 p.m., Westgate): “DIY Flashlights!” Free. 327–4200.
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. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., 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.
826michigan Virtual Writing for Wee-bots: 826michigan
Each week, 826michigan writers ages 5-10 meet to play and explore what writing can do. With stories that spark creativity and games that inspire students to write, the Wee-bots work in small groups—and with trusted volunteers—to bring imagination alive for these young writers. All 826michigan events are FREE. Register in advance at our website to receive the Zoom link to join. https://www.826michigan.org/programs/wee-bots/115 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor. Register on our website . Free . email@example.com. https://www.826michigan.org/programs/wee-bots/.
Bill Heid & RJ Spangler Group: York Food & Drink
“River Bend Garden Tour”: Ann Arbor Wild Ones.
Wayne Oliver leads a tour of his 65-acre preserve currently under restoration. Includes examples of prairie and oak openings restorations, a floodplain forest, wet meadows, and oak-hickory forest. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Miller Road Park & Drive lot if you’d like to carpool. 6:45-8:30 p.m., River Bend Gardens, 328 River Bend Dr., Manchester. Free. bit.ly/a2wildones07-22, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“An Evening of Poetry and Written Word”: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle.
All invited to read and discuss (via Zoom) poetry or short fiction. Have your original work ready to share, if you wish. For guidelines, see cwcircle.poetry.blog/poetry-workshop-guidelines. 7–9 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email cwPoetryCircle@gmail.com. Free. 668–7523.
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 p.m., 614 Miner St., Enter through back door. Also livestream; for URL see annarborktc.org. Free. 678-7549.
Summer Sight Reading Nights: Dexter Community Orchestra.
July 13 & Aug. 17. All musicians invited to sight read and play orchestral music with the DCO in an open air setting. Participants are asked to download the music ahead of time and bring their own music stand. Chairs provided. 7–9 p.m., Dexter American Legion Picnic Pavilion, 8225 Dexter-Chelsea Road, Dexter. Free. Preregistration (includes music to download) required at dextercommunityorchestra.org. email@example.com, 223-2841.
“Music in the Park”: Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Series.
See 6 Wednesday. Tonight’s program, “Road Trip,” focuses on place-based works, including Clare Grundman’s Scottish Rhapsody, which brings together some of Scotland’s best-known folk tunes. Also, “Russian Sailor’s Dance” from Reinhold Glière’s ballet The Red Poppy, Frank Ticheli’s arrangement of the folk song “Shenandoah,” and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind,” made famous by Ray Charles. 7:30–8:30 p.m.
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 or experience 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). facebook.com/groups/swingannarbor.