Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in October 2022
October 29, 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.
“Science Forum Demos”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Oct. 9 & 23). Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo for age 5+. “Shedding Light on Magnets” (11 a.m.) explores magnetism, magnetic fields, and what magnets have to do with cell phones. “Out of the Water and Back Again: A Whale’s Tale” (3 p.m.) explores the amazing evolutionary history of whales and other creatures. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Great Lakes Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society Lecture.
Dutch Rock Garden Society founder Harry Jans presents 2 talks on growing rare and unusual alpine plants: “Growing Alpines in the Hills of Holland” (10–11:30 a.m) and “Mega Alpines” (1–2 p.m.). Various times, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. 769–2015.
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.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Oct. 9 & 23). 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. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
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.
Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet.
Every Sat. & Tues. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3–5 miles along varying routes from different Fleet Feet (formerly Running Fit) locations. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. & 6 p.m. (Tues.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929–9022 (Sat.) & 769–5016 (Tues.).
“Saturday Morning Ride to Dexter/Chelsea”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Sat. Moderate-paced ride, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Pack a lunch or stop for coffee or breakfast. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks. 9 a.m. sharp, meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. email@example.com, 649–9762.
Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk. 9 a.m., Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at parkrun.US/lillie. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Toddler Outdoor Play: Pumpkins”: Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.
Oct. 29 (10–10:45 a.m.). Kids ages 2–4 invited to paint a pumpkin. Mess-ready costumes encouraged. Hudson Mills Metropark, Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per kid (adults free). Preregistration required by 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at bit.ly/toddler-hudson. $10 vehicle entry fee.
Fall Festival: Domino’s Petting Farm.
Carnival games, tractor rides, pony rides, a scavenger hunt, crafts, and a costume contest. Also, children’s music by Miss Mary (2 p.m.) and a barn dance (3–5 p.m.) with a professional square dance caller. Food trucks. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Domino’s, 3001 Earhart. Admission $6 (seniors, $5.50; kids age 23 months & under, free). Tractor ride and animal feed tickets $2. 998–0182.
“From Nobel Prize Research to the Breakthrough Technologies Transforming our Lives”: U-M Physics Department Saturday Morning Physics.
U-M Physics professor Kai Sun explains the Nobel Prize-winning research behind the most important technological developments of the new millennium. The first 2022-2023 installment of this popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences. 10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764–4437.
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.
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.
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.
“Pokémon Hangout”: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sat. All invited to play the cell phone game Pokémon Go. Noon–3 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. Free. email@example.com, 929–5877.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to South America (2 & 4 p.m.), including a two-toed sloth, a three-banded armadillo, a black & white tegu (a large lizard). Also, a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals and, weather permitting, a boa constrictor 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.
"Creature from the Black Lagoon & Phantom of the Opera": 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. 29: “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (Jack Arnold, 1954) & “Phantom of the Opera” (Arthur Lubin, 1943). Double feature with 2 Universal Pictures horror classics. 1 p.m.
“Saturday Sampler”: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
Every Sat. (except Oct. 1). Docent-led tours; the Oct. 15 tour is virtual. Oct. 8: “Ancient Medicine.” Oct. 15: “Religious Practices in the Ancient Middle East.” Oct. 22: “Food and Dining in the Ancient Mediterranean World.” Oct. 29: “Spooky, Weird, and Magical: Halloween with the Kelsey.” 2–3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. For Oct. 15 URL see bit.ly/octvirtualsampler. Free. 764–9304.
Oct. 29 (2–3 p.m.). The Chance for kids ages 6-12 to learn how to make origami bats, cats, hats, and ghosts. AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327–4200.
“Thrills at the Mills”: Hudson Mills Metropark.
All invited to celebrate Halloween. Bring your dog (on a 6-foot leash) for a dog tug-of-war and a dog costume contest (winners announced at 5:30 p.m.). Bring your kids for trunk-or-treating (5-6:30 p.m.) at official park vehicles, including a dump truck, police car, and tractor. All invited to participate with a decorated car trunk and treats to hand out. The day ends with a drive-in style movie screening (7 p.m.) of the animated haunted house film Monster House (Gil Kenan, 2006). Refreshments for sale. 3:30–8:30 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Preregistration required for dogs and trunks at bit.ly/hudson-thrills-2022 by 4 p.m. the day before the program. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426–8211.
Trunk or Treat : Calvary Presbyterian Church.
Oct. 29 (4 p.m.). All costumed kids invited to trick or treat in the church parking lot. Volunteers in (not scary) costumes on hand to pass out candy from the trunks of their cars. 4 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian, 2727 Fernwood. Park in the street; no driving allowed in the lot. Free. 249–2854.
“Family Spooky Species”: The Creature Conservancy.
Oct. 29 & 30 (5–6:30 p.m.). Age 6 and up invited to these annual Halloween parties with child-focused live animal presentations on misunderstood animals, including the Gila monster, domestic rat, tarantula, and more. Costumes welcome (no flashing lights, frightening masks, or weapons, please). Cider & donuts. All children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Also, participants can return at 9 p.m. to watch a flight of Egyptian fruit bats. Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. Tickets $20 in advance only. thecreatureconservancy.org, 929–9324.
“Animal Haunts”: Leslie Science & Nature Center.
Oct. 29 (6-8 p.m.). Guided hikes through woodlands to meet a variety of sensationally costumed swamp animals who perform entertaining, educational skits and songs. Also, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum staff-led interactive science activities, live animal show-and-tell, and seasonal games. Costumes encouraged. Candy-free. Geared towards families with kids age 12 & under. 6–8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Ticket price TBA; preregistration required at lesliesnc.org.
Occidental Gypsy: Blue LLama Jazz Club
OCCIDENTAL GYPSY is a nationally touring acoustic band that plays an exhilarating blend of gypsy jazz and folk music. Their pioneering approach to traditional hot club jazz music pays homage to Django Reinhardt and expands the genre to include elements of Western (Occidental) sounds and rhythms, including blues, Klezmer and Latin.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $75. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
“Haunted Mitten Podcast Presents: Haunted Ann Arbor”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Haunted Mitten podcast hosts Kay Gray and Crysta Coburn discuss Ann Arbor's haunted history and crimes from the city's past. 6:30–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.
Oct. 1, 15, 29. Dinner while actors masquerading as fellow diners enact a hilarious murder mystery in which actual audience members may find themselves a prime suspect. 6:30–9 p.m., Ann Arbor Marriott, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. $65 includes gratuity; preregistration required at TheDinnerDetective.com. (866) 496–0535.
“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.
“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.
The Haunted Drive Thru: Ring of Steel Action Theatre
Experience Halloween with all the treats, and way more tricks! Remain in the comfort of your car while rolling past a dizzying array of costumed characters, fire spinners, circus artists, and stunt performers.
Dress for trick-or-treating since our volunteers will be handing out candy right through your open windows- and don't forget your candy buckets!
Advance registration is required. Each vehicle needs only one timed-entry ticket.
“Cats and Kids”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Oct. 29 (7:15–8:45 p.m.). Kids ages 6–11 invited to spend time with adoptable cats and kittens at the Tiny Lions Lounge. Also, crafts and games. Kids only. Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd., ste. A1. $15. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.
“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.
U-M Football vs. Michigan State.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Stadium. Tickets $269 and up at (866) 296-MTIX and stubhub.com/Michigan-football-tickets. 764-0247.
“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.
Arthur Greene: U-M Music School Faculty Recital.
This U-M piano professor performs a program of music by Schubert, Chopin, and 19th-century Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko. 8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615–3204.