Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in September 2022
September 2, 2022
“Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul”: State Theatre.
Opens Sept. 2: (Adamma Ebo, 2022). Satirical comedy with Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown as leaders of a Southern Baptist megachurch.
Various times. State Theatre. 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.
“The Good Boss”: State Theatre.
Opens Sept. 2: (Fernando León de Aranoa, 2021). Corporate satire starring Javier Bardem as a charismatic and manipulative factory owner. Spanish, subtitles.
Various Times. State Theatre. 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.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Every Fri., Sat., & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Expedition Reef (11:30 a.m.) reveals the secrets of coral reefs, the “rainforests of the sea” that are the Earth’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems. The Sky Tonight (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. Tales of the Maya Skies (1:30 p.m.) immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan science, examining how Mayan 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.
“Joe’s Breakfast Club”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Fri. Moderate-paced ride, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Pack a lunch or stop in Dexter for coffee or breakfast. 9 a.m. sharp, meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Clague School Gravel Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Fri. Slow/moderate-paced 18-mile gravel road ride with a rest stop at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northfield Twp. 10 a.m. sharp, meet at Clague Middle School, 2616 Nixon. Free. aabts.org
86th Saline Community Fair.
Aug. 31–Sept. 4. Old-fashioned community fair featuring agricultural and craft exhibits, rides, and a variety of special events, including a talent show (Sept. 2, 6:30 p.m.), a dog of the year contest, the USA Auto Cross Championship Derby (Sept. 4, 7 p.m., $5 additional admission), livestock shows and auction, tractor and draft horse pulls, live music, and more. Schedule at salinefair.org. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $5 (Wed.), $7 (Thurs.-Sun.), & free (Mon.) admission. Ride armbands available. 649–7814.
Crafting Crew: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Crafting Crew, bring your craft project, no instructor (Fri. 10-11:30 a.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.Free.
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.
U-M Volleyball vs. Toledo.
The U-M also has matches this month against Morehead State (Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m.), Loyola-Chicago (Sept. 3, 4:30 p.m.), Mississippi State (Sept. 16, 7 p.m.), Bowling Green (Sept. 18, 2 p.m.) and Ohio State (Sept. 28, 7 p.m.). 12:30 p.m., Keen Arena (Sept. 2 & 3) or Crisler Center (Sept. 16, 18, & 28). $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program. Free. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353.Free.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Thurs., Fri., & Tues. All invited to play a 499er game (Thurs.) or ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.). 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library
Every Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.Free.
“Love a Park Days”: City of Ann Arbor Give 365 Volunteer and Outreach Program.
Sept. 2, 4, 9, 17, 20, & 22. All invited to plant native flowers, pick up trash, weed playgrounds, spread woodchips, and help city staffers with other minor beautification projects. Wear long pants, and sturdy closed-toed shoes; bring water; tools and gloves provided. Bromley Park (Sept. 2, 3–5 p.m.). Sylvan Park (Sept. 4, 1–3 p.m.). Windemere Park (Sept. 9, 3–5 p.m.). Sugarbush Park (Sept. 17, 3–5 p.m.). Bandemer Park (Sept. 20, 8:30–10 a.m.). Arbor Oaks Park (Sept. 22, 3–5 p.m.). Various locations. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/a2loveapark9-22, email@example.com, or 794–6445.
Annual Festival of the Honey Bee: First Fridays Ypsilanti.
Live music TBA. Drag revue. Vendors. 3:30–8 p.m., N. Washington St. between Michigan Ave. and Pearl St. firstfridaysypsi.com/festival-of-the-honeybee.
Rumble of the Bumble: This, That & the ODDer things
The Rumble of the Bumble is an event that helps support businesses and artists, performers, athletes, dancers and more, all on Cross st. Depot Town, Ypsilanti, U.S.A.
There will be a larger than life honeycomb interactive art mural being painted live by Ann Arbor local Curtis Wallace of BeeCreative studio Ypsi and Robin Trevino Geiseman live street artist out of Dearborn. We welcome your own touch by allowing YOU the public to paint flowers on the lower part of the mural yourselves.
Characters will lighten you on your quest for happiness. Visit Dr. BeeGood and tell him of problems he'll prescribe you answers to get filled by Sabrina the mad pharmacist - these prescriptions will all be of fun and happiness building bubbles, yo-yo's and other novelty toys. Dollar games will make you holla with glorious prizes, SALES and Merchandise tables from leading local businesses, artists booths, Bee related swag, a Wellness tents with mini Reiki, Crystal, Sound and Massage services and a Psychic too. Come early to sign up for your spot in service, LIVE Wrestling professionals out of Ferndale and Hamtramck will entertain us to the maximum and top it off with an Illuminated dance party featuring DJ's from Ypsilanti and Detroit illuminated with love from ypsiGLOW and so much more....
Let it be known some Bumbles will be coming out to Rumble! It’s a sight you won’t want to miss as Bruce Buzzbee will go up against Guy Phosate a pesky pesticide chemical in a 18x18 wrestling ring set up in the street.
Consider parking in the neighborhoods and walking down also.
Wear a costume of any pollinator or flowering sort and enter into our Festival of the Honeybee/Rumble of the Bumble costume contest!
*These are professional athletes who are trained to fight, please do not try this at our event or at home.50 E.Cross st., Ypsilanti. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/this-that-the-odder-things-presents-the-rumble-of-the-bumble-tickets-399330246517?aff=ebdssbeac. Free but asking for donations. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.odderthings.com. 7342768412.
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory.
Every Fri. All age 16+ invited to play Dungeons and Dragons role-playing games with dungeon master Jeff. 6–10 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. Preregistration recommended. email@example.com, 929–5877.
From NYC: Samara Joy: Blue LLama Jazz Club
With a voice as smooth as velvet, SAMARA JOY’s star seems to rise with each performance. Samara has already performed in many of the great jazz venues in NYC, including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Blue Note, and Mezzrow, in addition to working with jazz greats such as Christian McBride, Pasquale Grasso, Kirk Lightsey, Cyrus Chestnut, and NEA Jazz Master Dr. Barry Harris.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Reserve Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $85. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Game Night: Sweetwaters Café Downtown.
Sept. 2, 16, & 30. All invited to play any type of tabletop game, including board games, role-playing, and card games. Bring your own game, or use one provided. Limited to first 15 attendees each week. 6–9 p.m., Sweetwaters, 123 W. Washington St. Free, but food & drink purchases expected for table use. Preregistration requested at victor@LHPress.com.
Is/Land Open Studio Rehearsal: Ann Arbor District Library.
All invited to watch this Asian American and Pacific Islander performance collaborative work on its new multimedia movement-based performance, which will be previewed at the Downtown Library in Spring 2023. 6–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200.
Magic: The Gathering Game Play: Sylvan Factory.
Every Fri., Sat., Mon., & Wed. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Friday Night Magic rotating draft (Fri. 6–10 p.m.), cost varies. Intro to Magic: The Gathering (Sat. noon–3 p.m.), Free. Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players (Sat. 6–10 p.m.), free. Just Another Modern Monday power cards (Mon., except Sept. 5, 6–9 p.m.), $10. Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game (Wed. 5–8 p.m.), free. Prizes paid in store credit. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.
Every Fri. (except Aug. 12), June 10–Sept. 2. Entertainment in downtown Dexter. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass. Tonight: Salmagundi, the local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band featuring vocalist Sheila Rhodes. 6:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. dexterchamber.org. Info@DexterChamber.org.
U-M Rugby Football Club vs. WMU.
The U-M college team’s September home schedule also includes Notre Dame (Sept. 23, 7 p.m.). 6:30 p.m., Mitchell Field, 1900 Fuller Rd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“First Fridays: Open Hours for Adults”: The Creature Conservancy.
All age 18 & up invited to watch an alligator feeding (weather permitting) at 7:30 p.m., followed by a display of animals native to Africa, including a Nigerian dwarf goat, a large pixie frog, and a savannah monitor, a medium-sized lizard. Also, the chance to see the conservancy’s other animals, including macaws, muntjacs, and more. 7–9 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $12 in advance at thecreatureconservancy.org, $13 at the door. 929–9324.
John E. Lawrence Summer Jazz Concert Series.
Every Fri., July 1–Sept. 2. Formerly the Ypsilanti Frog Island Jazz Concert series, now in a larger venue at Ford Lake Park, with outdoor performances by national and area jazz standouts. Veteran local jazz guitarist Lawrence opens each night by playing a piece with the featured artist. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Tonight: Jeff Lorber Fusion, a nationally renowned funk-inflected smooth jazz ensemble led by Grammy award-winning keyboardist Lorber. 7 p.m., Ford Lake Park, 9075 S. Huron River Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 635–5446, JohneLaw@sbcglobal.net.
“An Evening inside 'The Room' with Greg Sestero.”: Michigan Theater.
Extended Q&A with actor, filmmaker, and memoirist Sestero, who is best known for his role in Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 film The Room and for The Disaster Artist, his 2013 memoir about the making of that movie, a notoriously ill-made work whose very badness has made it a unkillable cult favorite. The Q&A is followed by a screening of a limited-release documentary about the making of The Room, and finally a screening of the film itself.
7:30 p.m. 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.
“Casablanca”: State Theatre.
(Michael Curtiz, 1942). Classic drama about a pair of star-crossed lovers in WWII North Africa, increasingly trapped as the pull of desire interferes with duty. “Play it again, Sam.” Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman.
7:30 (Fri. & Sat.) & 1:30 (Sun. & Mon.). Free for students. State Theatre. 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.
Mike O’Keefe: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Sept. 2 & 3. This observational comic, a Detroit native, makes light of such topics as his Irish family, the dangers of living in Chicago, and wild business ideas. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $15 reserved seating in advance at aacomedy.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $17 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“We Will Rock You”: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.
Sept. 1-4. Brian Bucker directs local actors in Ben Elton’s long-running West End sci-fi jukebox musical featuring more than 20 hit Queen songs including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” and “We Are the Champions.” The plot follows 2 revolutionaries as they try to save rock ’n’ roll and individual expression in a dystopian and conformist future. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $28 (seniors age 60 & over, $25; students, $15) in advance at a2ct.org, by phone, & at the door. 971-2228.
Social Dance: The Dance Pavilion.
Every Fri. Ballroom dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded from 8–8:30 p.m. by a group lesson. Bottled water & chips provided. 8:30–10:30 p.m., Dance Pavilion Studio, 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. $15. TheDancePavilion.com, 369–9700