Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in September 2022
September 25, 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.
“Harry Potter Weekend”: The Creature Conservancy.
Sept. 23–25. Costumes encouraged. Youths under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Events include two Adult Harry Potter Trivia Nights (Sept. 23, 7–9 p.m. and Sept. 24, 7–9 p.m.) with beer and wine (ages 21+), and a Family Event (Sept. 25, 6–8 p.m.) with a Harry Potter-themed animal presentation for ages 6 & up. Various times, Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $30–35 each event. Preregistration required at thecreatureconservancy.org, 929–9324.
“Holiday Observances”: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.
Sept. 25 & 26 and Oct. 4 & 5. All invited to this secular Rosh Hashanah observance (Sept. 25, 7 p.m., JCC) celebrating the Jewish New Year with readings, meditation, and music. Also, a free Tashlich observance (Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Island Park, off Maiden Ln. between Broadway and Fuller; reservations required) features a secular ceremony celebrating the Jewish New Year with participants encouraged to “let go of shortcomings” by tossing flower petals into the river. The Kol Nidre observance (Oct. 4, 7 p.m., JCC) includes time for reflection while listening to haunting melodies. Yom Kippur (Oct. 5, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.) brings the Jewish New Year to a close with a ceremony and final breaking of the fast. Various times, JCC (except as noted), 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $25 (students, $10; family, $50) per observance, $50 (students, $25; family, $100) for all 3 observances. No one is turned away because of inability to pay. Registration required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975–9872.
“Science Forum Demos”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
“Science Forum Demos”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
"Create with Kate" – Open Studio: Express Your Yes & NOW Studios
Join us for a weekly open studio at NOW Studios where all modes and mediums of creativity are welcome! We'll have plenty of supplies but feel free to bring your own! Snacks also provided. Donations and supplies appreciated!715 N University ave, underground, ann arbor. free!. free . NOW@expressyouryes.org. expressyouryes.org/sayyesfest. 9103351469.
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.
Public Power in the Plaza: Ann Arbor for Public Power
Information and opportunities to join with Ann Arbor for Public Power and allied groups working for a renewable and democratic energy future. Hear updates from the Sunrise Movement, State Representative Yousef Rabhi, and more. Music by the Rowan Tucker-Meyer Quintet and Chris Canas Band. Free ice cream!Liberty Plaza, 310 S. Division St. , Ann Arbor, MI. Free. email@example.com. annarborpublicpower.org. 734-272-5194.
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.
Fall in Love with Yoga Open House: Common Thread Yoga and Wellness
Community members are invited to the Fall in Love with Yoga Open House, an entire weekend of free yoga classes, hors d’oeurves, drinks, and a taste of the welcoming yoga community. The open house lasts throughout the weekend with free classes and refreshments all day Saturday and Sunday. Guests are welcome to practice yoga or simply tour the new studio, meet the Common Thread staff, and relax in the sunny lounge space.7341 N. Lilley Rd., Canton. https://www.commonthreadyogaandwellness.com/new-page-2. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.commonthreadyogaandwellness.com/. 734-228-5928.
Treetown Tussle: Ann Arbor Running Company + Altra Running.
5- and 1- mile fun runs to showcase Ann Arbor’s best running trails. Snacks. 8:11 a.m., 209 S. Ashley St. Free. Preregistration required at tinyurl.com/2p8jcj3y.
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.
Event Derby Horse Show: Cobblestone Farms at Revel Run.
Horses and riders compete in dressage, cross-country riding, and stadium jumping. Concessions. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Revel Run, 555 S. Dancer Rd., Chelsea. Free. cobblestonefarmsllc.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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, email@example.com, 661–3575.$15.
“You Can Dance—Outside!”: University Musical Society.
Sept. 3, 11, 17, & 25. All invited to learn various forms of dance. Sept. 3 (Ypsilanti): Hip-hop and Afrobeat. Sept. 11 (Ann Arbor): West African. Sept. 17 (Ypsilanti): Step Dance. Sept. 25 (Ann Arbor): Afro-Cuban Rhythms. 10 a.m.–noon. Ypsilanti sessions: Riverside Park Pavilion, 2 E. Cross, Ypsilanti; Ann Arbor sessions: Olson Park Pavilion, 1515 Dhu Varren Rd. Free, preregistration required at UMS.org/Education/Community-Programs (limited capacity). 668-8463.
Ypsilanti Vintage Flea & Swap Market.
Sept. 4, 11, & 25. Show and sale of vintage items ranging from the early 1930s to the 1990s, featuring everything from clothing, jewelry, furniture, records, and more. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Ypsilanti Freighthouse parking lot, 100 Market Pl., Ypsilanti. Free admission & parking. firstname.lastname@example.org. 657-7576.
“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.
Ypsi Fall River Day: Ypsilanti Parks & Recreation Commission & Huron River Watershed Council.
Kayak rentals, river-themed exhibits and education, and more. Noon-3 p.m., Frog Island Park, Ypsilanti. Free. (313) 910-3890.
“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.
Autumn Nature Walk: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division/Ann Arbor District Library.
A city naturalist leads a walk through the patch of prairie and other diverse habitats in Bandemer Park. Dress for the weather and bring water and binoculars, if you’d like to spot birds. 1–2 p.m., meet at the parking lot across the wooden bridge off Barton Drive. Free. Preregistration recommended at bit.ly/AANAP-walk-9-22. 794–6627.
Harvest Fest: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.
Tours of the Campus Farm, lawn games, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, live music TBA. 1–4 p.m., Campus Farm, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. firstname.lastname@example.org, 647–7600.
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. email@example.com. https://www.drinkblom.com/events. 548-9729.
“Migration Trails Across America”: Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.
Livestream talk by frequent family history lecturer Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. Followed at 3:15 p.m. by a talk by genealogist and radio host Jane E. Wilcox on “Ten Essentials for New York Research.” 1:30 p.m., for URL email info@WashtenawGenealogy.org by Sept. 22. Free.
“Drawing Live Raptors”: Waterloo Natural History Association.
Multimedia artist Jen Koppin and Michigan Avian Experience, Brooklyn (MI), founder Francie Krawcke lead a drawing session with live avian models. Bring your own sketch paper and tools. 2–4 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Preregistration required by calling 475–3170 (space limited to 25). $12 ($17 if purchased at the gate) recreation passport required.
“Saturday Sampler”: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
Sept. 3, 17, & 25. In-person (Sept. 3 & 25) & virtual (Sept. 17) docent-led tours of museum exhibits, including “The Military in the Ancient World” (Sept. 3), “Animals in the Kelsey” (Sept. 17), and “Ancient Egyptian Afterlife” (Sept. 24). 2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. For URL see lsa.umich.edu/kelsey. Free. 764-9304.
Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.
All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell. 2–4 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave., 3rd floor. Mask encouraged. Livestream available via Zoom. Free.
Preregistration required at annarborstorytelling.org.
Annual Chuseok Dae Party: U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.
Traditional Korean autumn festival, with Korean food, music, crafts, and games for all ages. 2–4 p.m., Weiser Hall ground fl., 500 Church. Free. 764–1825.
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.
“Howl’s Moving Castle”: Fathom Events.
(Hayao Miyazaki, 2004). Dubbed (Sun. & Wed.) and subtitled (Mon.) screenings of this Oscar-nominated Japanese anime love story about an 18-year-old girl, cursed into an old woman’s body, and a wizard who can see through the curse. Ann Arbor 20 only. 3 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.). 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.
“Poltergeist”: Fathom Events.
(Tobe Hooper, 1982). Horror classic about a young family who turn to an spiritual medium when their 5-year-old daughter is taken by evil spirits haunting their home. Ann Arbor 20 only. 4 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.). 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.
“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: “Pièce d’Orgue,” Trio in D Minor, Prelude and Fugue in C Major, “Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält,” the surviving fragments of Fantasia in C Major and Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, recently authenticated chorales from the Gebser and Walther/Krebs Collections, recently authenticated chorales from the Rinck Collection, and chorales from the Neumeister Collection. 4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, 1100 Baits. For livestream see smtd.umich.edu. Free. 615–3204.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before coming. Free.
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 email@example.com or check annarbormorris.org in advance to find out location. 717–1569.
Cocktail Class: The Old Fashioned Cocktail: Tammy's Tastings
These days we call any mixed drink a cocktail, but that used to refer to a very specific style of drink, celebrating the holy trinity of spirit, sugar, and bitters. These days, we call that an Old Fashioned, and this class will trace the evolution of that drink from history to the modern day as you mix and sample variations. Note that while today we mostly think of the Old Fashioned as being a whiskey drink, our Old Fashioneds will feature a variety of spirits.
Your booking includes light snacks (pretzels, nuts). The Last Word is closed during the class, so no food service is available. The class includes a combination of history and stories, technique instruction, and hands-on making of cocktails. Plus sampling, of course! Total consumption is equivalent to 1.5-2 cocktails per person over the 90-120 minute class.301 W Huron St, Ann Arbor. https://www.tammystastings.com/events/in-person-the-old-fashioned-cocktail/. $59. firstname.lastname@example.org. tammystastings.com. 7342763215.
Sunday Supper Series: Sarah D'Angelo & Jake Reichbart: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Possessing a charming and intimate singing style, SARAH D’ANGELO sings and plays clarinet regularly in the metro Detroit area with groups, such as the Paul Keller Orchestra/Septet/Trio and The Easy Street Jazz Band. A regular performing guitarist at Ann Arbor’s famous restaurant, The Earle, JAKE REICHBART has performed on countless recordings and jingles and alongside Motown legends and jazz greats alike, logging over 4,600 live gigs.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $10. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
“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.
Chelsea Chamber Players.
This local ensemble performs Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 5, the late 19th-century Swedish composer Valborg Aulin’s String Quartet in F Major, and the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor. Performers are violinists Nathan Peters and Paula Elliott, violist Ian Cumming, and cellist Sara Cumming. 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea. Free. chelseachamberplayers.com, 475–0433.
Abigail Stauffer & The Wisdom: Kerrytown Concert House.
Pop-folk and pop-rock songs by Stauffer, a local rich-voiced singer-songwriter who’s known for her piercing, emotionally direct lyrics. Her band is driven by Dave Haughey’s jazz cello. 7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Mask required. Livestream available. $29–$45 (students, $19) in advance online and at the door. kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769–2999.
“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.