Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 14, 2022
“Pickleball”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Sept. 30–Dec. 17. Rhiannon Ragland directs the world premiere of actor-playwright (and Purple Rose founder) Jeff Daniels’ comedy about America’s fastest growing sport. Four below-average players try to overcome their own limitations to achieve greatness in a game that has nothing to do with pickles. Daniels’ wife became addicted to the game, which Daniels described in a 2021 interview as “half-court basketball for elderly people.” Cast: Ryan Carlson, Kate Thomsen, Lynch Travis, Jonathan West, and Caitlin Cavannaugh. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.). Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $34–$52 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.
Oct. 7–14. Week-long tech festival. Highlights: “Green Fair” (Oct. 7, 6–9 p.m., Downtown Main St. and Library Lot) showcasing eco-conscious local businesses and nonprofits. “Tech Talk” (Oct. 14, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Michigan Theater), a series of TED Talk-style presentations. “A2 Tech Trek and Mobility Row” (Oct. 14, 1–5 p.m., Washington between Fifth Ave. & S. Division, preregistration required at a2tech360.com/events/a2-tech-trek-2022), a showcase of mobility innovations ranging from self-driving shuttles to robotics. Various times & locations. Free. a2tech360.com.
Magic: The Gathering Game Play: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sat., Mon., Wed., & Fri. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. 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. 6–9 p.m.), $10. Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game (Wed. 5–8 p.m.), free. Friday Night Magic rotating draft (Fri. 6–10 p.m.), cost varies. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Fri. 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. & Oct. 11, 7 p.m. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily. 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, MNH, 1105 North University. $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.
Rise & Shine Exercise: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Rise & Shine Exercise (Mon. & Fri. 9-9:45 a.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.Free.
“Olson Park 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 Olson Park, 1515 Dhu Varren. Free. aabts.org.
City Park Walks: Ann Arbor Senior Center
City Park Walks (Fri. 10–11 a.m., starting Sept. 9). Weekly guided 1-mile walk at a different city park each week. Preregister at email@example.com or 794–6250. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free.free.
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. On Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge, an apple cannon, paintball, apple or pumpkin picking, and other activities available. 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.
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.
“Real World Perspectives”: U-M Poverty Solutions Fall Speaker Series.
Every Fri., Weekly lectures by scholars and government officials, followed by Q&A. Oct. 7: University of Iowa sociology professor Louise Seamster on “In Deep Water: The Role of Municipal Debt in Environmental Crises and Racial Disparities.” Oct. 14: Washtenaw County prosecutor Eli Savit on “Pursuing Justice in the Prosecutor’s Office: Racial and Economic Equity in a Stratified Community.” Oct. 21: Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib on “Politics, Policy, and Poverty: Medical Debt and Other Financial Reforms.” Oct. 28: U-M environmental justice professor Ivette Perfecto on “Biodiversity, Coffee Production, and Dignified Livelihoods Under a Globalized Economy.” Noon–1 p.m., 1840 School of Social Work Bldg., 1080 South University. For livestream see poverty.umich.edu. Free.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Sat., Wed., & Fri. 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. 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.) & Noon–12:30 p.m. (Fri. & Wed.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
Midday Morsel Drop-In Tour”: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
30-minute docent-led tour of Kelsey highlights. 12:30 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State (meet at the Maynard St. entrance). Free. 764–9304.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.) or a 499er game (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:45 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com beforehand.
Huron River Clean-up: U-M School of Art & Design Stamps Gallery.
A Give365 and Stamps Gallery-organized volunteer effort to keep the river clean. Held in conjunction with the Stamps Gallery exhibition LaToya Ruby Frazier: Flint Is Family in Three Acts. 2–4 p.m. Free. Preregistration required; contact Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan at firstname.lastname@example.org . Gallup Park Livery, Huron River, 3000 Fuller Rd. 936–0671.
U-M Clements Library Tour.
Oct. 6, 14, & 28. Hour-long docent-led tour of the Clements’s early American history collection featuring Benjamin West’s iconic painting The Death of General Wolfe, a Revolutionary War-era trunk that once housed British commander-in-chief Thomas Gage’s papers, the student-curated exhibit Navigating Disability in 19th-Century America, and more. 4:15 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Mask required. Free, preregistration required at myumi.ch/DJ45w. 649–3370.
“Running Toward Mystery”: U-M Center for South Asian Studies Book Talk.
MIT Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values president Tenzin Priyadarshi discusses his 2020 memoir about his path to becoming a Buddhist monk and the power of mentorship. 4:30–6 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764–0448.
Blast Corn Maze: Nixon Farms.
Every Fri.–Sun., Sept. 18–Nov. 6. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, pedal cars, straw maze, yard games. Family Fun Day (Oct. 8) includes live music from the Saline Fiddlers. On Halloween Spooktacular Day (Oct. 30) costumes are encouraged. 5 p.m.–10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.–8 p.m. (Sun.), Nixon Farms, 6175 Daly Rd., Dexter. $12 (ages 5–12, $9; age 4 & under, free). BlastCornMaze.com.
WEMU 5:01 Jazz: Planet D Nonet: Blue LLama Jazz Club
The PLANET D NONET performs Harlem Jive by Fats Waller, swing era tunes by Duke Ellington, Benny Moten, Count Basie and Fletcher Henderson as well as the jumpin' jive of Louis Jordan. Co-founded by RJ Spangler & James O'Donnell in 2007, this band is about to celebrate 15 years of bringing swing music to SE Michigan listeners and swing dancers.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover or Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $15–75. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
“Pumpkins, Lanterns, & Leaves”: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Oct. 14 & 15 (5:30–7:30 p.m.). Family fun days in the Gaffield Children’s Garden, with games, crafts, cider and donuts, a jack-o-lantern trail, parade of lights, and more. Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Tickets $15 (Matthaei members, $12), metered parking. mbgna.umich.edu/events, 647–7600.
“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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
“Fall Fireside Storytime”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Oct. 14 (6–8 p.m.). All kids ages 3–8, with their families, welcome to hear WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle read Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo and tell other mouse stories, take a short Gruffalo nature hike to discover the houses of woodland creatures, and enjoy boxed apple juice and popcorn. Independence Lake County Park, Beach Center Pavilion, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $10 per household (up to 4 people). Preregistration required (capacity limited to 12) at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. Registration #IL431311. $6 (nonresidents, $10) vehicle entry fee. Info: email@example.com.
Game Night: Sweetwaters Café Downtown.
Oct. 14 & 28. 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.
Kara Thomas Gallery Opening: "Dimensions": CultureVerse
Dimensions represents a bold fusion of the tangible and the intangible, fine-art, tech, and unique perspective. Kara Thomas has been working with clay for the past 14 years, uniquely weaving technology into her process as she explores new ways to incorporate her illustrations and execute her visions. Dimensions is the product of the last five years of Kara's exciting work.
CultureVerse and Kara collaborated this past year to augment and amplify her work though the use of emerging technologies like 3D scanners, AR, VR, and immersive 3D environments. These elements are woven together in a custom virtual gallery that provides a new pathways to experience Kara's stunning work. See it all for yourself and come away inspired.309 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI, Washtenaw/Ann Arbor/Michigan. N/A. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. Cultureverse.org. N/A.
“Feel Good Fridays”: UMMA.
All invited to join visiting artist Philippa Pham Hughes for an evening of activities TBA focused on art and political issues. Also, a chance to view art. Refreshments. 7–10 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764–0395.
“The Crucible”: EMU Theatre Department.
“The Crucible”: EMU Theatre Department. Oct. 14–16 & 21–23. Lee Stille directs EMU students in a performance of the Arthur Miller classic 1953 drama, set during the Salem Witch Trials, that’s widely seen as an allegory for McCarthyism. When a minister’s flirtatious daughter exacts a stinging revenge after a run-in with her employer's jealous wife, an entire community is engulfed by paranoia and mutual recrimination. 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Legacy Theater, 124 Judy Sturgis Hill Bldg., Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $12–18 in advance at EMUtix.com & at the door. 487–2282.
Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.
Oct. 14 & 28. U-M creative writing grad students Josh Olivier & Brian Gyamfi (Oct. 14) and Zoë Carpenter & James Barton (Oct. 28) read their poetry and prose. 7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. For livestream see tinyurl.com/WebsterSeries. Free. 764–6330.
Brent Terhune: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Oct. 14 & 15. Though known on social media for his satirical “truck rants”, this clever Indianapolis comic’s live act leans more towards self-effacing observational humor. 7:15 p.m. (Fri.–Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $16 reserved seating in advance at etix.com, $18 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“Night Terrors”: Wiard’s Orchards.
Sept. 17, 23, & 24; every Fri.–Sun. in Oct. (except Oct. 2), & Oct. 31. Four different scary attractions—a haunted hayride and more—bristling with scores of costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Kids age 14 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30–11:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 7:30–10:30 p.m. (Sun.), 5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Ticket prices TBA. hauntedhousemichigan.com, 390–9212.
“Sophisticated Ladies”: U-M Musical Theater Department.
Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 6–16. Torya Beard directs music students in Donald McKayle’s 1981 Broadway musical revue celebrating the music of the legendary jazz bandleader, Duke Ellington. With elaborate costumes and electric, swinging choreography to such tunes as “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “Perdido,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” and more. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat except Oct. 7), 8 p.m. (Oct 7.), & 2 p.m. (Sun), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $29–$35 (students, $13) in advance at smtd.umich.edu and at the door. 764-0583.
"For the Left Hand": Michigan Theater.
(Leslie Simmer, Gordon Quinn, 2021). Biographical documentary about left-handed pianist Norman Malone, who overcame a devastating childhood trauma to play music. 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.
Organissimo: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Formed in November of 2000 with the goal of bringing jazz back to the people, ORGANISSIMO’s sound is instantly identifiable yet constantly evolving, infusing elements of funk, gospel, blues, progressive rock, and Latin rhythms into a solid foundation of jazz.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $10. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
“Astronomy Night Open House”: U-M Detroit Observatory.
Every Fri. The chance to learn about the Observatory’s antique telescopes, hear presentations on a range of astronomical phenomena, and (weather permitting) observe the night sky through the historic Fitz telescope as well as modern supplemental telescopes. 8–10:30 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Preregistration required at detroitobservatory.umich.edu. Free. 764–3482.
“The Mummy Queen”: Penny Seats Theatre Company.
October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28, & 29. Josie Eli Herman directs this popular local company in L.A.-based Michigan native Michael Alan Herman’s new play, adapted from Bram Stoker’s The Jewel of the Seven Stars, about 5 toney Victorians in an opulent hall who find themselves battling an ancient evil. Stars Allison Megroet, Julia Garlotte, Brittany Batell, Jeffrey Miller, Tim Pollack, and Matthew Cameron. Ages 15+. 8 p.m. Stone Chalet Inn, 1917 Washtenaw Ave. $15 (seniors 60+ $12). pennyseats.org, 926–5346.
“Wynton Marsalis: All Rise”: University Musical Society.
U-M music professor Kenneth Kiesler conducts the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the U-M Symphony Orchestra, the U-M Choirs, & the UMS Choral Union in a rare performance of renowned composer-trumpeter Marsalis’s jazz symphony. Rarely performed since its 1999 premiere due to its considerable scale, All Rise pulls from Stravinsky as much as Ellington and Mingus in its hefty 106 minutes, resulting in what AllMusic’s Richard S. Ginell once called “the most fascinating and enjoyable of Marsalis' concert pieces.” Part of Marsalis’s UMS residency (see 16 Sunday listing). 8 p.m. Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18–$86 ($12–20 students) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. More information at ums.org/wynton. 764–2538.
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.
Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.
Oct. 14 & 28. All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members. 9–11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764–3440.
Riverside Swings: Swing Ann Arbor.
Every Friday. 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., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. $5 (students, $4). bit.ly/riversideswings.
“Beetlejuice”: State Theatre.
(Tim Burton, 1988). Horror comedy about a pair of new ghosts who hire an obnoxious bio-exorcist to scare off the living residents of their former home. Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin. 9:30 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.