Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 26, 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.
“Playgroups for Babies”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Wed. 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). Free. 327–4200.
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.
"Medication Management": Ann Arbor Senior Center.
(Oct. 26, 9:30–10:30 a.m.) led by Better My Meds pharmacist Betty Chaffee. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. Preregistration required by calling 794–6250.
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.
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
Painting Salon: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Painting Salon, no instructor, bring your own materials (Wed. 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.
“Tiny Tails Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Oct. 5, 12, 19, & 26 (10:30–11:30 a.m.). Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. Tiny Lions Lounge, 5245 Jackson Rd., ste. A1. $7 per kid (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.
“Elevating the Ann Arbor Brand”: Ann Arbor City Club Lunch and Learn.
Talk by Ann Arbor city administrator Milton Dohoney, Jr. Lunch. 11:30 a.m., City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $29 (members, $26); includes lunch. Reservations required by Oct. 21 by emailing email@example.com or 662–3279.
Administrative Assistant: U-M Center on Finance, Law & Policy
Columbia University professor and fellow overwhelmed consumer Kathryn Judge investigates the surprising ways that middlemen have taken control of the economy at the expense of the rest of us, and provides practical guidance about how to regain control, find more meaning, and contribute to a more sustainable economy.701 Tappan Avenue, Ross School of Business, Room 0220, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. https://financelawpolicy.umich.edu/.
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.
"Madea": Fathom Events.
Special screenings in local theaters. For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events. $12.50 (unless otherwise noted) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500). Different times. Oct. 22 & 26: “Madea” Live (Sat.) & prerecorded (Wed.) screenings of this Metropolitan Opera production of Luigi Cherubini’s rarely performed 1797 opera adapted from Euripides classical Greek tragedy based on the myth of the princess Medea, who wreaks a terrible vengeance upon Jason, the unfaithful husband whom she had helped capture the Golden Fleece. Italian, English supertitles. 1 p.m. (Sun., Ann Arbor 20 only).
Bingo: Pittsfield Township Community Center
Bingo, $1 per card (Wed. 1-2:30 p.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.$1 per card.
“All Peoples Planet Parade”: All Peoples Planet Parade and Action Network.
Family-friendly sidewalk parade to celebrate the Earth. Live music and performances TBA. Attendees encouraged to make a sign, wear a costume, or bring a “sidewalk float.” 2:30–4:30 p.m., meet at Sculpture Plaza, N. Fourth Ave. at Catherine. Free. Mask requested. Info: Megan Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org, 417–7020.
Michigan Marching Band Practice.
Every Mon.–Thurs. The U-M’s highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1–2 hours. 4:45 p.m., Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764–0582.
“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 the Dexter 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. Free. 548–9729.
Iridescent Mobile Workshop: Ann Arbor District Library.
Local artist Lavinia Hanachiuc shows adults and kids ages 5 & up how to construct an iridescent mobile inspired by insect wings, scarabs, soap bubbles and other luminous objects in day-to-day life. 5–8 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327–4200.
“Science Café: Of the Galaxy and Beyond: Photos from the Webb Telescope”: U-M Museum of Natural History/Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub.
U-M astronomy professors Ted Bergin and Monica Valluri discuss the astonishing photos produced using the recently activated Webb space telescope, and what they tell us. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30. 5:30–7:30 p.m., Conor O’Neill’s, 318 S. Main St. Free, but drink purchases encouraged. Seating limited, so come early. 764–0478.
“Mind/Game”: U-M Bipolar Research Program 16th Annual Prechter Lecture.
Former WNBA star and mental health advocate Chamique Holdsclaw discusses her struggles with bi-polar disorder and the stigma around mental health in both sports and the black and brown communities. Followed by a panel discussion and reception. 6–9 p.m., U-M Biomedical Science Research Bldg. Kahn Auditorium, 109 Zina Pitcher at Ann. Free. Preregistration required at prechterfund.org/lecture. 232–0456.
A Virtual Conversation with Author and Actor Justin Baldoni: University Students Against Rape and Standing Tough Against Rape Society
Justin Baldoni, filmmaker, actor and author, will stream in live for an honest conversation about redefining masculinity and how by challenging traditional roles and traits of masculinity, men will be able to realize their potential as humans and their capacity for connection. You can find out more about Justin’s mission at www.manenough.com.
The event will begin with a conversation between Justin and Standing Tough Against Rape President, Tom Swider using Justin’s books, as a springboard. Man Enough released in 2021 focuses on Justin’s personal journey of how traditional masculinity affected him. In this book he helps us to investigate what it means to be man enough and in the process what it means to be human.
His second book, Boys Will Be Human being released October4, 2022 is a real-talk, self-esteem-building guidebook that helps boys ages 11 and up embrace their feelings and fears instead of repressing them. This book is geared toward middle graders (11+) and their parents, however anyone can benefit from it. This is the perfect social-emotional learning tool for parents and educators to jump-start conversations about masculinity with the boys in their lives.
We will then open it up to questions from attendees.
This event is done in partnership with SafeHouse Center of Washtenaw County, Phi Iota Alpha Latino Fraternity, Panhellenic Peer Educators, Zeta Omega Eta Sorority, and Literati Bookstore.
Monthly Meeting: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.
Rochester (NY) bonsai artist Mark Arpag discusses the use of Eastern white cedar for bonsai. Attendees are invited to bring examples of their own white cedar bonsai. 6:30–9 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Livestream available, for URL, see annarborbonsaisociety.org/events. Free; metered parking. AABonsaiSociety@gmail.com.
“A Trace of Poison”: A New Biography of the Old City”: Schuler Books (formerly Nicola’s).
Michigan mystery writer Colleen Cambridge reads from and discusses the new 2nd installment in her Phyllida Bright series in which the titular housekeeper to the grand dame of murder mysteries, Agatha Christie, must uncover a killer among a throng of crime writers. Signing. 7 p.m. Schuler Books, 2513 Jackson Rd., Westgate shopping center. Free. Preregistration required at nicolasbooks.com. Free. 662-0600.
“An Evening of Poetry and Written Word”: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle.
Reading, via Zoom, by M. Bartley Seigel, 2021-22 poet laureate of the UP. His aurally astute poems are thick with original images of natural phenomena. Followed by open mic. For guidelines, see cwcircle.poetry.blog/poetry-workshop-guidelines. 7–8:45 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email email@example.com. Free. 668–7523.
“Black Wine Night”: Vinology.
Halloween-themed “blind” tastings of various wines. Dinner. Black attire and costumes encouraged; prizes for best costume. This popular event always sells out. 7–9 p.m., Vinology, 110 S. Main. $85 in advance at vinologya2.com/events. Reservations required. 222–9841.
“HaydnSeek Concert #5”: Northside Community Church.
Local cellist Thor Sigurdson and pianist Sarah Kim, a recent U-M music school grad, perform Dvořak’s Concerto and other works TBA. 7 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. ncca2.org/events, NorthsideCommunityA2@gmail.com, 649–7948.
Ann Arbor Bridge Club.
Every Wed. (except Oct. 12). All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Bring a partner if you can. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early. No refreshments. 7–10:30 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park in the designated spaces in the lot on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 945–6021.
Hot Club Wednesday: Hanna Mignano: North Star Lounge
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 dharma discussion. The program begins with a group meditation. 7–8 p.m., 614 Miner (enter through back door). Mask required. Also livestream; for URL see annarborktc.org. Free. 678–7549.
“Great Salem Train Wreck”: Salem Area Historical Society.
Local historian and archivist Joe Oldenburg discusses the 1907 head-on collision near Salem between 2 Pere Marquette Railroad trains that became known as “Michigan’s worst train wreck.” 7:30 p.m., Jarvis Stone School, 7991 North Territorial at Curtis, Salem Twp. Admission $2 (members, free). (248) 486–5515.
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 7 p.m. by a lesson. 8–10 p.m., check facebook.com/groups/swingannarbor for U-M campus location. Mask and proof of vaccination (with booster) required. $5 (free for members and those who attend the lesson). swingannarbor.com.