Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 28, 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.
“Till”: State Theatre.
Opens Oct. 28 (tentative): (Chinonye Chukwu, 2022). Biographical drama about Mamie Till-Mobley, who pursued justice after the 1955 lynching of her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, by racist thugs. Various times. 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.
Drag Shows: Boylesque.
Oct. 15 & 28. Oct. 15 (6 & 9 p.m.): Performances by Laganja Estranja, a contestant on the TV show Rupaul’s Drag Race. Oct. 28, (6:30, 8:30, 10, & 11 p.m.): 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Drag shows. Hamburger Mary’s, 701 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. Tickets $25 & up (Oct. 15) at bit.ly/boylesque-10-15-22, & TBA (Oct. 28). Facebook.com/boylesque.michigan.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 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. email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
“Alternative Miss World: Gold”: U-M Stamps School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.
A livestream presentation celebrating the 50th year of sculptor Andrew Logan’s surrealistic, colorful, and occasionally X-rated pageant. In past years, Logan’s bacchanals have pulled in a variety of celebrity participants from pop artist David Hockney to the late John Waters muse Divine, as well as inspiring a 2011 documentary, The British Guide to Showing Off. 2 p.m., for URL, see stamps.umich.edu/events/alternative-miss-world. Free. 668-8463.
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.
“Creatures of the Night Trail”: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.
Oct. 28 (5–6 & 6–7 p.m.). Kids ages 1-12 invited to paint a pumpkin, learn about a fascinating night-flying guest from a Leslie Science & Nature Center naturalist, then take a short hike with a township naturalist through the Lillie Park trail loop to look for nocturnal animals. The evening ends with “trunk or treating” at decorated cars in the parking lot. Two sessions. Bring your own flashlight. Costumes encouraged. Lillie Park South Pavilion 3, 4365 Platt Rd. $15 per kid (Pittsfield resident kids, $10; adults free). Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov or 822–2120. Space is limited.
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.
“Fireside Fun”: Leslie Science & Nature Center.
All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and s’mores fixings. Rain or shine; dress for the weather. 5:30–7 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Space limited; preregistration recommended but not required. Free. LesliesNC.org, 997–1553.
“World Famous Trivia | The Curse Of The Return Of Dr. Spooky's Ghost”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Dr. Spooky leads contestants through a ghastly crypt of riddles and other Halloween-themed puzzles. Prizes. 5:30–7:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327–4200.
“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. email@example.com, 929–5877.
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.
Ramona Collins Quintet: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Sultry, seasoned, witty and cool are words that come to mind when experiencing the engaging performer RAMONA COLLINS whose command of the stage and vast repertoire have helped her establish a solid rapport with club, concert and festival audiences wherever she goes.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $75. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Witchy Woo Fest: Bløm Meadworks
Let’s dive in the spooky, the weird, the otherwordly. Come by the taproom for our Witchy Woo Fest to meddle in the mysterious! We’ll be turning down the lights, lighting the candles and exploring the spooky!
6-9pm - Spooky Bakes from Ellen’s Fine Goods
6-8pm - Tarot Readings with Jani Cooke
6-9pm - Plant Monsters Weird Plant Sale
8-9pm - Live music with Little Traps100 S 4th Ave, Suite 110, Ann Arbor. Free. email@example.com. https://www.drinkblom.com/events/2022-witchy-woo-fest. 734-548-9729.
“Adult Spooky Species”: The Creature Conservancy.
Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29, & 30. All age 21 & older invited to these annual Halloween parties with adult-focused live animal presentations on misunderstood animals, including the Gila monster, raven, tarantula, and more. Costumes are welcome (no flashing lights, frightening masks, or weapons, please). Also, a free flight of Egyptian fruit bats at 9 p.m. Alcoholic beverages (Oct. 21, 22 & 28) or cider & donuts (Oct. 29 & 30). Child-focused events also take place on Oct. 29 & 30 (see Kids section, p. 000). 7-8:30 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. Tickets $35 for nights with alcohol (Oct. 21, 22 &28); $25 for nights without (Oct. 29 & 30). Preregistration required at thecreatureconservancy.org, 929–9324.
“Halloween Family Concert”: EMU Symphony Orchestra.
This family-friendly tradition returns after two years off, featuring orchestral themes from Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Wizard of Oz, and more. Children encouraged to come in costume. 7 p.m. $8 (adults), $5 (youth 11–18), free (10 and under). Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Mask required. Free. 487–4143.
“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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“YpsiGLOW”: Wonderfool Productions.
This outdoor festival features a vast array of handmade illuminated sculptures. Also, dancing to music spun by DJs, interactive art activities, blacklight stations, street performances, glowing window displays, and more. 7–10 p.m., N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Free. assembli.us/ypsiglow#GLOWTV, email@example.com
Annual Halloween Concert: Greenhills School.
Greenhills students in grades 9-12 host a lively family-oriented variety show featuring theater, music, and more. 7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. 769–4010.
George Saunders: Literati Bookstore.
This bestselling novelist and short fiction writer, heralded in Time magazine as “the best short-story writer in English,” joins U-M creative writing professor Julie Buntin to discuss his hotly anticipated new collection, Liberation Day. Known for his unsentimental, wickedly funny, and exquisitely tuned prose, Saunders frequently places ordinary, relatable protagonists into increasingly surreal circumstances to shine light on the darker aspects of our national character, with profound, and often unsettling, results. 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 120 S. State. Mask required. Tickets $30 (includes a signed copy of the book) in advance at literatibookstore.com. 585–5567.
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.
David Dyer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Oct. 28 & 29. Wry, caustic observations on middle-aged life by this veteran Grand Rapids-based comedian and firefighter. 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.
“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.
Danish String Quartet: University Musical Society.
This dynamic quartet returns to town with a program highlighted by Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski’s Pige, a work it commissioned as part of its Doppelgänger project to commission new music created in response to works by Franz Schubert. The program also includes an original arrangement of Schubert’s song “Death and the Maiden” and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, an iconic pillar of the chamber music repertoire nicknamed Death and the Maiden since the theme of its 2nd movement is taken from the song. 8 p.m. Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $24–$61 ($12–20 students) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 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.
"The Thing": State Theatre.
(John Carpenter, 1982). Classic sci fi horror film in which a research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches. 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.