Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 27, 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.
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.
“Fall Migration in Nichols Arboretum”: Washtenaw Audubon Society.
Every Thurs., Aug. 25–Oct. 27. WAS members lead a hike through the Arb to look for fall warblers and other southbound migrants, many of which are in their 1st-year plumage. 8–11 a.m., meet in the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview (off Geddes near the east end of Dow Field). Free. Washtenawaudubon.org.
9th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast: Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
The 9th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast will be held on October 27, 2022, at Weber's Inn, and virtually. Funds raised through ticket sales and sponsorship go directly toward our investigation and enforcement programs, as well as to provide education and outreach to the community on their fair housing rights under the law. We are a non-profit serving 10 Michigan counties.
We are pleased to announce that Bryan Greene, Vice President of Policy Advocacy at the National Association of REALTORS®, will be our guest speaker for the 2022 event.
The event will be held at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor, and virtually. Tickets are $50 in-person / $35 virtual for members of the Fair Housing Center, and $75 in-person / $50 virtual for non-members, and are available by clicking here. Together, we can fight housing discrimination and win!3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. https://donate.fhcmichigan.org/event/9th-annual-fair-housing-breakfast/e419531. 50. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.fhcmichigan.org. 8779793247.
Flower Arranging Salon: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
(Thurs. 9:30-11 a.m.). Flower arranging salon, no instructor. 701 W. Ellsworth, 822–2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
“Cavanaugh Lake Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 20 to 30 miles, along the less-traveled roads west and north of Chelsea. 10 a.m. sharp, meet at Cavanaugh Lake County Park, 33 Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Chelsea. Free. 717-9583.
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.
"Maternal health equity: The racial justice imperative": The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Join Ford School Towsley Policymaker in Residence Dr. Abdul El-Sayed - physician, epidemiologist, and former Detroit Health Director - for a conversation on reproductive justice and birth justice with Co-founder of Birth Detroit and Birth Center Equity, and former Deputy Director of the Detroit Health Department, Leseliey Welch.Virtual, This event is free and open to the public.. email@example.com. https://fordschool.umich.edu/event/2022/maternal-health-equity-racial-justice-imperative.
ACBL-sanctioned Bridge (Thurs. noon–3:30 p.m.). $9; members, $8. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Check meeting status before coming.
Open Board Gaming: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sun. & Thurs. All invited to play new and old board games. Noon–6 p.m. (Sun.) & noon–4 p.m. (Thurs.), Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.
Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27. Talks by visiting scholars. Oct. 6: Emory University anthropology professor Chikako Ozawa-de Silva on “The Anatomy of Loneliness: Suicide, Social Connection, and the Search for Relational Meaning in Contemporary Japan.” Oct. 13: University of California-Irvine Japanese environmental humanities professor Jon L. Pitt on “Becoming Marimo: The Curious Case of a Charismatic Algae and Imagined Indigeneity.” Oct. 20: Tokyo-based American film critic and translator Mark Schilling on “The Japanese Film Industry Today: Problems and Potential.” Oct. 27: University of Hawai’i-Manoa sociology professor Aya H. Kimura on “Tsukemono (Japanese Pickles) and Fermentation: Conversations on Bioeconomy and Sustainability.” Noon–1:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764–6307.
“Mah-Jongg 101”: AAUW-Ann Arbor.
Learn to play Chinese Mah-Jongg. Refreshments. 1–5 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. Donations welcome for the EMU STEM Digital Divas project. Preregister by Oct 20 by calling 332–0390. annarbor-mi.aauw.net.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.
Nov. 13 & 27. All invited to try out new board and card games from local designers and provide feedback. 2–6 p.m. Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free, but purchase of food and drink encouraged. 548–9729.
Racial Foundations of Public Policy: LGBTQ rights: Center for Racial Justice at the Ford School of Public Policy
Racial Foundations of Public Policy is a speaker series that focuses on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy as both a disciplinary field and as a course of action. Through it, we bring in renowned scholar-experts from across the country to be in conversation with Dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes, the founding director of the Center for Racial Justice at the Ford School of Public Policy. The series is open to all members of the University of Michigan community and the wider public.735 S. State St., Ann Arbor. None. email@example.com. https://fordschool.umich.edu/event/2022/racial-foundations-public-policy-lgbtq-rights.
You Are Not Alone: Community Stories of Mental Health: NAMI Washtenaw County
You Are Not Alone is a mental health awareness night filled with stories of those who have experienced a mental health condition firsthand. Our evening will begin with three community members sharing their stories, followed by the special appearance of Ken Duckworth, author of the new book You Are Not Alone. Interested individuals can get their book signed, learn more about what NAMI offers, and enjoy some light refreshments after the storytelling.
This event is free and open to all community members. We love it when community members come with questions about mental health. No former experience with NAMI, the book, or even mental health is necessary!Ypsilanti Freighthouse 100 Market Place Ypsilanti, MI 48198, Ypsilanti. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-are-not-alone-community-stories-of-mental-health--tickets-422656235177. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://namiwc.org/. 7349946611.
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.
“The Inherent Politics of Design”: U-M Stamps School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.
A representative from the radical design agency Studio Safar (Beirut & Montreal) discusses this topic from the perspective of “an urge to decolonize visual culture from decades of American and European hegemony.” 5:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668–8463.
Brandon Taylor: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.
This award-winning novelist and short fiction writer reads from and discusses his work. His 2022 best-seller, Filthy Animals, is a collection of interconnected stories about young Midwest artists enmeshed in desire and violence. Followed by a Q&A. Also, tomorrow Taylor gives a free talk on “Against Character Vapor: Putting Our Characters Back in Their Bodies.” (10–11 a.m., 3222 Angell Hall). 5:30–6:30 p.m., UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Livestream available for both programs at tinyurl.com/ZellWriters. Free, but capacity limited. email@example.com.
“Repairsday Thursday”: All Hands Active.
Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. 6–8 p.m., All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty, ste. 225. Livestream available at MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free; donations welcome. Mask required. info@AllHandsActive.org.
“The Life and Legacy of Dr. Paul Farmer: In Conversation with U-M Colleagues Who Knew Him Well”: U-M Global Health Community Special Event.
U-M medical school faculty John Ayanian & Nichele Heisler and grad student V Koski Karrell discuss the work of the late infectious disease physician who co-founded Partners in Health, an international aid organization that works to bring modern medicine to the world’s poor. Followed by a reception. 6–8 p.m., 2250 Nursing School Building 2, 426 N. Ingalls. Livestream available. Preresgistration required at bit.ly/umpaulfarmerpanel. Free. 763–5985.
Djangophonique: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Playing their first gig at the Blue LLama Jazz Club in 2019, DJANGOPHONIQUE is a virtuosic, instrumentally driven quartet led by guitar player Andrew Brown. A true disciple of the style, Brown has spent countless hours immersing himself in the language of Django Reinhardt’s jazz manouche, and he’s joined on stage by bandmates that match his skill and passion for the material.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $75. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
“Albert Kahn: Unintended Consequences”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Detroit historian Dale Carson discusses distinctive reuses of Kahn-designed buildings in Metro Detroit and the former Soviet Union. 6:30–7:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327–4200.
“TriviaTime! with Katie and Abbie: Hocus Pocus”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Adults and kids ages 9 and up invited to answer trivia questions about the film Hocus Pocus. Prizes. 6:30–7:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327–4200.
“Murder on the Orient Express”: Concordia University Theatre Department.
Oct. 27–30. Concordia students perform Ken Ludwig’s 2017 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 thriller about a murder that takes place on a train making its way across Europe, leaving the great detective Hercule Poirot to solve the mystery before the killer strikes again. The play somewhat streamlines the classic mystery while incorporating Ludwig’s penchant for farce. 7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at cuaa.edu/kreftarts-tickets, by phone, & at the door. 995–7537.
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”: Horizon Performing Arts.
Oct. 27–30. Connor Thomas Rhoades directs young local actors and singers in Stephen Sondheim’s dark 1979 Tony Award–winning musical based on a Victorian “penny dreadful.” 7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Mask required. Tickets $16–$18 in advance at horizonperformingarts.org. email@example.com.
Piano Bar Thursday with Mr. B: North Star Lounge
Blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mark Lincoln Braun has become one of the premiere purveyors of a vanishing art. Having learned his craft first-hand from the early masters, he is a rare living link to the first generation of blues and boogie pianists.301 N. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. firstname.lastname@example.org. nstarlounge.com.
“Comedy Jamm”: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at etix.com and at the door. 996–9080.
Every Thurs. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered. 7:30–9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA.
Pub Quiz: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub.
Every Thurs. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people). Prizes. 7:30 p.m. or so, Conor O’Neill’s, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee that goes to the winning team. 665–2968.
Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority Outdoor Movie Night.
Outdoor film screenings. Free. Frog Island Park (699 Rice St., Ypsilanti). 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27: “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” (Jim Sharman, 1975). Musical comedy cult classic that spawned a long tradition of participatory midnight showings. Wear your fishnets.
“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.
Every Tues. & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (7:30 p.m. Tues.), and the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.). Various times, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. Preregistration for Thurs. A2 Stammtisch requested at email@example.com. 812–6375 (Tues.).
Kickback Series with Ki5 & Lorian Janine: Ypsilanti Community Schools
Fundraiser for Ypsilanti Community Schools music programs.
Performances from Ypsilanti Community High School students with sets from the 2022 Amplify Fellows, Detroit singer-songwriter Lorian Janine and Ki5, an Ann Arbor native who layers vocals and beatbox rhythms to create elaborate digital loops. Also, remarks about the program by YCHS music teacher Crystal Harding. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Show at 8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main St. Tickets $25-$35 in advance at amplify-fellowship.com/kickback-series-2022, and, if available, at the door.
Symphony Band: U-M Music School.
Michael Haithcock directs this music student ensemble in a program highlighted by Solar Testimonies, African American composer James Lee III’s playful and propulsive symphony. Also, Mason Bates’ electronica-inspired Sea-Blue Circuitry, Michael Daugherty’s soulful and expressive Songs from a Silent Land for soprano and symphonic winds, and Mexican composer Auturo Márquez’ Danzón No. 2. Preceded by a pre-concert discussion in the lower lobby (7:15 p.m.) 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764–0583.
"Rocky Horror Picture Show": Michigan Theater.
(Jim Sharman, 1975). Musical comedy cult classic that spawned a long tradition of participatory midnight showings. Wear your fishnets. 9:30 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.