Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in September 2022
September 18, 2022
“Ain’t Misbehavin’”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company.
Every Thurs.–Sun., Sept. 15–Oct. 2. Gerry McIntyre directs this local professional theater company in Richard Maltby Jr.’s joyful, high-energy 1978 Broadway musical revue that pays tribute to legendary Harlem Renaissance composer-pianist Fats Waller, master of the stride jazz piano and creator of indelible tunes. Five performers present an evening of Waller’s buoyant, often slyly raunchy songs, with their sophisticated, hook-filled melodies. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore Maas Mainstage, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $54 (seniors & youth under 18, $52) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $20 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268–6200.
“Science Forum Demos”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
“Science Forum Demos”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Country Fair: Wiard’s Orchards.
Every Sat. & Sun., Sept. 10–Oct. 30 and Wed.–Fri., Sept. 23–Oct. 28. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, and more. An apple cannon, paintball, apple or pumpkin picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Wed.–Fri.), Wiard’s Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $23.50 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $17.50 (babies, free) online only at wiards.com. 390–9211.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. 30–minute tour of the museum’s exhibits and galleries, as well as an introduction to some current U-M Biological Sciences research projects. Noon & 2 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
Sky Foundation Annual Autumn Stroll: Sky Foundation, Inc.
Sky Foundation Annual Autumn Stroll - Sunday, September 18th
On Sunday, September 18th, Sky supporters from all over the U.S. will gather in groups, both large and small, for the Autumn Stroll to fund pancreatic cancer research.
The Autumn "Stroll" can be defined as walking, jogging, running, swimming, biking and more. Each team leader can create their own event. The foundation encourages friends and family from out of town to participate in their own city.
“We raise awareness of pancreatic cancer every year during this event so that more people can learn about the symptoms of pancreatic cancer and the impact Sky Foundation has on medical research.” says Rochester Hills resident and Assistant Dean of Oakland University, Leigh Settlemoir Dzwik, PhD, MBA, SPHR.
For more information, visit SkyFoundationInc.org
Contact Annie Dalton at ADalton@SkyFoundationInc.org
About Sky Foundation:
Sky Foundation was established in 2008 by Sheila Sky Kasselman following her diagnosis, treatment, and surgery for pancreatic cancer. Today, this 15-year survivor has committed her legacy to helping others. The foundation works with pancreatic cancer researchers in Michigan and around the country to put an end to this challenging disease.
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.
Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
Sept. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25. All invited to help maintain natural areas and remove invasive plants in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring heavy gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Sept. 10 (9 a.m.–noon): Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area, corner of Cardinal Ave. and Sharon Dr. Sept. 11 (9 a.m.–noon): Olson Park, entrance on Dhu Varren Rd. just east of Pontiac Tr. Sept. 11 (1–4 p.m.): Sunset Brooks, entrance on Sunset Rd. at the end of Brooks St. Sept. 17 (9 a.m.–noon): Marshall Nature Area, parking lot off Dixboro Rd., north of Plymouth Rd. Sept. 18 (9 a.m.–noon): Dolph Nature Area, trailhead off Parklake Ave., just south of Lakeview Dr. Sept. 18 (1–4 p.m.): Lakewood Nature Area, entrance on Sunnywood Dr. Sept. 24 (9 a.m.–noon): Oakwoods Nature Area, entrance off Dunwoodie. Sept. 25 (1–4 p.m.): Argo Nature Area, Longshore Dr. at Amherst Ave. Various times and locations. Free. Preregistration highly recommended. bit.ly/a2stewardworkday, 794–6627.
Dressage Shows: Waterloo Hunt Club.
Sept. 14–18. Equine competition of skilled horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Concessions. 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free admission. Horseshowoffice.com, 426–2111.
Trash Talk Tour: Live Zero Waste
Are you interested in learning about waste, recycling, reuse, repair, and other fun zero-waste things happening in our neck of the woods? Sign up for free the 2nd Trash Talk Tour happening this Sunday, September 18th! Sign up at TrashTalkTour.org.
So what's a part of this year's Trash Talk Tour?
- Two Guided Tours:
1) Michigan Stadium | 8:30a
See how our landmark stadium is going zero waste and the process of cleaning up an event of 100,000+ people.
2) Recycle Ann Arbor Material Recovery Facility (MRF) | 10:00a - 12:00p
Visit Ann Arbor's newly upgraded recycling facility up close. Learn how materials go from your cart to being turned into a new product.
- Multiple Stops Highlighting Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle Initiatives
- Local Vendor/Organization Fair Held at Kiwanis Thrift Sale (full list on TrashTalkTour.org)
- Two Bike Tours:
1) Morning Bike Tour (Includes MRF Tour)
2) Afternoon Bike Tour (Includes Kiwanis Vendor Fair)Multiple Sites, Ann Arbor. Sign up at TrashTalkTour.org. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. trashtalktour.org.
Yoga with Cats: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Every Thurs. & Sun. Humane Society education reps introduce all ages to the basics of hatha-style yoga, which integrates breath with movement. Also, interact with adoptable cats. Dress prepared to work out. Suitable for age 12 & up (all 16 & under must be accompanied by adult). 7:30–8:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 8:30–9:30 a.m. (Sun.), Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com, 661–3575.
24th Annual Orphan Car Show: Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection Fundraiser.
Display of extremely rare “orphan cars” whose parent companies are long out of business, such as Studebaker, DeSoto, DeLorean, Austin-Healey, Bristol, and others. This year’s show highlights various British and Non-British foreign orphan cars. For the popular “Pass In Review” (10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.), cars drive by with narration by automotive historians. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. $7 (kids age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). 482–5200.
Annual Turner’s Trot: U-M American Student Dental Association Chapter.
5-km run/walk. Prizes for 1st male & female finishers. T-shirts for all participants. Raffle. Proceeds benefit the Ryan Turner Memorial Scholarship Fund. Turner was a U-M dental student. 9 a.m., Gallup Park, $25. Preregistration required by noon Sept. 17 at bit.ly/turners-trot-2022.
“Rescue Reading”: Humane Society of Huron Valley
Every Sun. (10–11:30 a.m.). Kids read to adoptable animals to work on reading skills, using their own or provided books. Also, a group read-aloud and a dog meet-and-greet. For kids ages 6–11. No adults. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $15. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.$15.
2022 Kerrytown BookFest.
This bustling, lively festival—the largest 1-day book festival in Michigan—celebrates books and bookmaking with a huge variety of demonstrations, talks, panel discussions, signings, displays, and sale tables by local bookstores, booksellers, and publishers. 10:30 a.m.: Storytimes for preschoolers (Ann Arbor District Library). Writers’ workshop (AADL). Also, writing for self-discovery and healing (Azenphony Press).
Noon: Wade Rouse discusses Magic Season: A Son’s Story, his memoir of reconciling with his father. Also, poetry readings by Peter Markus, Christina Kallery, and Jeff Kass.
12:30 p.m.: Writers of The Ones Who Remember: Second Generation Voices of the Holocaust discuss growing up with inherited trauma.
1:30 p.m.: Lev Raphael discusses writing mysteries set in Michigan and his latest book, Assault with a Deadly Lie.
2 p.m.: Local writers discuss their experiences having books published by the AADL 5th Avenue Press. Also, have an old book evaluated by local experts at an Antique Book Roadshow (preregistration required at ktbookfest.org/2022-bookfest).
3 p.m.: Screening of The Bookstour (Mason Engel, 2021), a 25-minute documentary film about independent bookstores across the U.S. Also, zine-making (supplies provided, bring your own photos, etc.) for anyone age 10 & up (preregistration requested at ktbookfest.org/2022-bookfest).
Times TBA (check ktbookfest.org/2022-bookfest): Romance writer Beverly Jenkins discusses her work and her latest novel, To Catch a Raven. Comic book artist Izzy Roberts discusses her graphic story, Into the Darkness. Book making craft with the U-M Book Arts Studio (preregistration requested at ktbookfest.org/2022-bookfest). Story times for age 5 and up. Writers’ meetup and mini-workshop by the AADL emerging writers group. Banned books book club about the most challenged book in the U.S. in 2021, Maia Kobabe’s Gender Queer. An English contra dance mini lesson followed by dancing in the style Jane Austen would have been familiar with. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., WCC Morris J. Lawrence Building. Free admission. ktbookfest.org/2022-bookfest.
“Dancing Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library
Sept. 10 (10:30 a.m.) & 18 (1 p.m.). Local music teachers Momo Kajiwara (Sept. 10) & Robin Robinson (Sept. 18) lead infants through 5 year olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement. AADL Traverwood (Sept. 10) & AADL Malletts Creek (Sept. 18). Free. 327–4200.Free.
“Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times”: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.
Every Sun. Livestream talks by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers. Once a month, Demo Rinpoche presents a story from Jakata Tales, the Indian canon of 547 poems, dated 300 BC–400 AD, that concern the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form. The Sept. 11 topic is “the Ruru Deer,” a tale about voluntarily engaging in trouble. 11 a.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994–3387.
Sunday Artisan Market.
Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 31st year. On Sept. 4, representatives from the environmental health organization MI-Cares on hand to discuss their work. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913–9622.
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave. 11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846–9418.
Open Board Gaming: Sylvan Factory.
Every Thurs. & Sun. All invited to play new and old board games. Noon—4 p.m. (Thurs.) & noon—6 p.m. (Sun.), Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. email@example.com, 929—5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Africa (2 & 4 p.m.), including a Nigerian dwarf goat, a large pixie frog, and a savannah monitor (a medium-sized lizard). Also, a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals and, weather permitting, an alligator presentation and feeding (3 p.m.). 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $13 (kids ages 2–12, $11; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
Sharon Mills Open House: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Sept. 18 & 25. Docent-led tours of this park on the River Raisin that features an operational hydroelectric generator, a multicolored stone house, a wooden mill, and a disused winery. 1–4 p.m., Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd., Manchester. Free. 971–6337.
Sunday Yoga at Bløm Mead + Cider: Bløm Mead + Cider
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Let go of that work week tension with a combo of bends and brews. Are you a master of the pretzel hold? Or does the idea of trying to touch your toes make your palms sweat? Don't worry - these classes are meant to be an open space for everyone with a mix of stretching, mobility, strength and yoga flow. To top it off, you can quench your post-class thirst with a pour of mead or cider.100 S 4th Ave Suite 110, Ann Arbor. https://www.drinkblom.com/events. $16 - includes class and 12oz beverage. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.drinkblom.com/events. 548-9729.
“Pressing for Cider”: Hudson Mills Metropark.
All are invited to learn about the history of the milling hamlet of Hudson, then join in pressing cider, and have a taste of fresh apple cider. 2–3 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids under 2, free). Preregistration required at bit.ly/hudson-cider-9-22 by 4 p.m. the day before the program. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426–8211.
“Underground Railroad Bus Tour”: African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.
AACHM board member Deborah Meadows leads a bus tour of Ypsilanti and Pittsfield Township sites that were part of the Underground Railroad and of the historic African American community. 2–5 p.m., meet in the Meijer parking lot, 3825 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. Masks required on the Golden Limousine bus. $30 (seniors age 65 & over and students, $20) in advance at aachm.org/donate (write “Sept. 18 bus tour” in the comments). email@example.com, 819–8182.
“Wildlife and Ecosystems”: Waterloo Natural History Association.
Naturalist Endeavors (Columbiaville, MI) owner Randy Baker discusses and displays a variety of live animals from North, South, and Central America. 2–3 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). $12 recreation passport required ($17 if purchased at the gate). Preregistration required by calling 475–3170 (space limited to 50).
Cohousing Tours: Touchstone Cohousing
Every Sunday at 2 pm interested folks are invited to tour Ann Arbor's 3 cohousing communities, a unique housing option that blends the practicalities of condominium living with the philosophy of living more sustainably by sharing. Residents contribute some work hours and make decisions for the entire community based on consensus. It's a great place to raise a family or enjoy an active retirement.560 Little Lake Drive, Scio Township, Ann Arbor. n/a. Free. Tours@annarborcohousing.org. Touchstonecohousing.org. 734-274-9110.
Farmhouse Tour: Pittsfield Township Historical Society.
Guided tours of the historic 1832 Sutherland-Wilson farmstead. Exhibit of local artists’ work celebrating agriculture in the community. 2–5 p.m., Sutherland-Wilson Farm, 797 W. Textile Rd. Free. pittsfieldhistory.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.
Sept. 18. All invited to try out new games from local board and card game designers and provide feedback. 2–6 p.m. Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available. Free, but purchase of food and drink encouraged. 548–9729.
Sunday in the Park: Active Against ALS
Sunday in the Park is a free event to celebrate Active Against ALS and to raise awareness and funds for ALS research. There will be a variety of activities, great raffle prizes, a silent auction, and food and drink for purchase. It is an event for all ages!Burns Park, Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor. Free. email@example.com. ActiveAgainstALS.org. 17347176448.
“Forty Years of Zingerman’s and Its Impact on the Global Food World”: Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.
Presentation by veteran local journalist (and former Observer Marketplace Changes editor) Micheline Maynard, author of Satisfaction Guaranteed: How Zingerman’s Built a Corner Deli into a Global Food Community. 4 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Also streaming live on YouTube; get URL at culinaryhistoriansannarbor.org. Free. 327-4200.
“The Complete Organ Works of J.S. Bach”: U-M Music School.
Every Sun. beginning Sept. 11. U-M organ professor James Kibbie performs all of Bach’s 281 surviving organ works over a series of 18 weekly concerts. Preceded by a brief introduction to the program (3:40 p.m.). Today: Concerto in A Minor, Prelude and Fugue in A Major, Fantasia in C Minor, Fugue in G Major, the chorale partita “Christ, der du bist der helle Tag,” chorales from the Neumeister Collection, and individual chorales not a part of any collection. 4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, 1100 Baits. For livestream see smtd.umich.edu. Free. 615–3204.
“A Fall Evening”: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County Fundraiser.
Hors d’oeuvres catered by the Moveable Feast, bourbon tastings led by The Last Word bartenders, a live auction, drawings for 2 limited edition Shinola watches, and live jazz by local guitarist Hal Davis with a sunset serenade by local trumpeter Don Hicks. Preceded at 4 p.m. by activities for those with benefactor tickets ($250). 5–8 p.m., O’Connell residence; parking with shuttle service at German Park, 5549 Pontiac Tr. $150 in advance at bbbswashtenaw.org/afallevening. 975-0933.
P.O.R.K. - Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings: Zal Gaz Grotto
10-piece early big band led by Chris Smith, specializing in music of the 1920s and 30s. Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Duke Ellington and other jazz legends are prominent in their repertoire. For listening or dancing. 5-8pm. $10 cover (cash).2070 W. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor . cash at the door. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.facebook.com/porkjazz . 248-446-0403.
Ann Arbor Go Club.
Every Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game in person. Game materials provided. 5:30 p.m. until whenever, Bill’s Beer Garden, 218 S. Ashley St., or Conor O’Neill’s, 318 Main St. Check Facebook page bit.ly/annarborgo or email Drew at email@example.com before coming. Free.
“If These Walls Could Talk” : State Theatre.
(Nancy Savoca & Cher, 1996). Anthology drama about three women coping with unplanned pregnancies in the different American social climates of the 1950s, 1970s, and 1990s. Cher, Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek.
6 p.m. 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.
Ann Arbor Morris.
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. 6–8 p.m., various locations. Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or check annarbormorris.org in advance to find out location. 717–1569.
Sunday Supper Series: Jordan Rattner: Blue LLama Jazz Club
JORDAN RATTNER is a guitarist, composer and bandleader from Milwaukee, WI. Since picking up the guitar at age eight, Jordan has studied a myriad of jazz and popular guitar styles, ranging from visceral to introspective, weaving lithe storylines and chromatic tapestries.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $10. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
“Clerks III”: Fathom Events.
(Kevin Smith, 2022). Latest installment in this iconic comedy franchise about a pair of hapless convenience store clerks. 7 p.m. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500). Different times. For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events. $12.50 (unless otherwise noted) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.
“Sunday Evening Game Night”: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.
Every Sun. An evening of playing popular board games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper handy. 7 p.m., for URL email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
“The UnClub'': The Theater Shop.
Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Chili Challis’s comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. 8 p.m. The Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St., #100, Ypsilanti. Mask and vaccination encouraged. Free. facebook.com/thetheatershop.