Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in November 2022
November 12, 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. 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 Nov. 20, 26, & 27). Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demos 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 histories of whales and other creatures. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., & Mon. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels (Tues. 6–9 p.m.), $5. 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. 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. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Nov. 20, 26, & 27). 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 Football vs. Nebraska.
Time TBA, Michigan Stadium. Tickets $75 and up at (866) 296-MTIX and stubhub.com/Michigan-football-tickets. 764–0247.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Daily. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Sea Monsters (11:30 a.m.) follows a curious dolichorhynchops (an extinct species of marine reptile) as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history, meeting long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles and fish, sharks, and the most dangerous sea monster of all, the mosasaur. 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. Mars: One Thousand One (1:30 p.m.) tells the story of what humans might face with the first manned journey to Mars. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
Nov. 5–6, 12–13, 19–20. All invited to help maintain natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. The primary goal for each of these days is to remove invasive shrubs, unless otherwise noted. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Various times & locations: Check online at bit.ly/A2NAPworkday. Free. 794–6627.
Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet.
Every Tues. & Sat. 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. 6 p.m. (Tues.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. Free. 769–5016 (Tues.) & 929–9022 (Sat.).
Saline Craft Show: Saline Area Schools.
Hundreds of vendors from more than 13 states show and sell pottery, jewelry, paintings, rugs, seasonal items, gifts, and more. No strollers. 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Rd., Saline. $5 admission. 429–5922, 401–4020.
“Hike around Mill Lake”: Waterloo Natural History Association.
All invited to join a relatively flat 3-mile hike around a kettle lake, passing historic cabins, and through oak hickory forest. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 9–11 a.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. Free. 475–3170. $11 state recreation passport required ($16 at the gate). wnha.org/events.
“Original A2 Turkey Trot”: Epic Races.
Chip-timed 5-km, 10-km, and “Iron Turkey” (both 5- and 10-km) races. Also, a 1-mile fun run and various races for kids 12 & under. 5-deep awards in 5-year age divisions. Finisher’s medals, awards, T-shirts, race photos. 9 a.m. (registration begins at 7:45 a.m.), Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 North Territorial, Dexter. $50 & up (fun run & kids races, free) in advance at runsignup.com/Race/MI/Dexter/A2TurkeyTrot; prices increase after Oct. 31. $10 vehicle entry fee. Nonperishable food and fresh produce donations accepted for Food Gatherers. 585–7101.
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.
“Stuffed Animal Slumber Party & Storytime”: Booksweet Bookshop.
Nov. 12 & 13. Kids (accompanied by parents) invited to drop off a stuffed animal on Nov. 12 for an overnight photo opportunity, then pick the animal up the next day and hear a storytime (1 p.m. Sunday) with local writer and illustrator Nellie Hutchinson, author of The Adventures of Guinea Butt and Lacy Loo, a picture book she wrote with her children about their pet guinea pigs. 10 a.m.–9 p.m. (store hours), Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration required at ShopBooksweet.com. 929–4112.
“Wine, Women, & Shopping”: Chelsea Merchants 17th Annual Ladies Day.
Nov. 11 & 12. Holiday gift sales at shops identified by strands of multicolor pennants, as well as raffle drawings. Wine tastings and menu specials in participating restaurants. An artisan market on Saturday. See website for details. Starting 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (many shops stay open until 8 p.m. or so), downtown Chelsea. Free admission. ShopChelseaMich.com/wine-women-shopping. 475–3539.
Raja Yoga Workshop: Theresa Gattari, Roy Thibodeau, Mary Ann Thibodeau
“Saturday Morning Physics”: U-M Physics Department.
Nov. 5 & 12. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Nov. 5: “The Heart of Darkness.” U-M Astronomy researcher Mark Reynolds discusses the worldwide collaboration to image a black hole for the first time. Nov. 12: U-M mechanical engineering professor Anna Stefanopoulou on “Battery Management System: Engineering a Guardian Angel for Lithium-Ion Batteries.” 10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Also via livestream at bit.ly/sat-am-physics. Free. 764–4437.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Noon–12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
Every Tues.–Sun. All age 6 & up invited into the museum’s Nature Lab and Micro Worlds Lab to use scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems. Schedule subject to change. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
“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.
“STEMfest with Cayman Chemical”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Nov. 12 (Noon–2 p.m.). Volunteers from this local biotechnology company lead science demonstrations for kids ages 5-12. AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
Twist Out Cancer Artist-led Workshop with Kara Thomas: CultureVerse
Please join us for a Twist Out Cancer artist workshop at CultureVerse Gallery focused on wellbeing. TOC board member Kara Thomas will talk about how participating in the Brushes with Cancer program has influenced the artwork in her show "Dimensions". The show is currently on display at CultureVerse through Nov. 20. Kara will also lead a guided meditation that will be followed by the opportunity to journal and sketch about the experience.
You do not need to be an artist to participate in this event! This event is open to everyone. Feel free to bring a journal, art supplies, and a blanket or pillow for the meditation (all optional). Hope to see you there!309 S Main St, Ann Arbor. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. CultureVerse.org.
“Coloring Party: Black Panther!”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Nov. 12 (1–2 p.m.). Kids ages 5-12 invited to color scenes from the upcoming Marvel movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Michigan, including a cougar, an opossum, a wood turtle (2 & 4 p.m.) and a coyote (3 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals. 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $13 (kids ages 2–12, $11; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
“Splatoon: Hyper Local Splatfest”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Adults and kids ages 8 & up invited to play 4-on-4 matches of this colorful and chaotic Nintendo Switch video game. 1–4 p.m. AADL Downtown 4th fl. Free. 327–4200.
Handmade Toy Dumplings: Ann Arbor District Library.
AADL staff show adults how to hand sew adorable dumplings out of high quality felt. 1–2 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327–4200.
Yoga for Resilience Workshop: Julie Woodward, RYT-200, Yoga Instructor/Health Coach
Join us at Harmony in Motion Studio, Ann Arbor, for yoga movement, breath, and meditation practices to calm the nervous system and initiate the body's natural relaxation response. Workshop will focus on yoga practices to engage the vagus nerve and promote heart-brain coherence. Please join us to experience practices that cultivate greater awareness, compassion for self and others and sense of connection to all of life. Open to all fully vaccinated meditation and yoga practitioners. Masking optional.1955 Pauline Blvd, Ann Arbor, 48103. Email Julie to register, email@example.com. $40. firstname.lastname@example.org. juliewoodwardmsw.com. 734-657-6605.
Saturday Sampler: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
Nov. 12, 19, & 26. Docent-led tours highlighting "Ancient Scripts of Egypt and Mesopotamia" (Nov. 12) and "The Artistic and Social development and influences on Style and Form of Ancient Greek" (Nov. 26). Also, at 2 p.m. on Nov. 19, a virtual tour of “Representations of Women in the Ancient World” (for URL see bit.ly/novvirtualsampler). 2–3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764–9304.
“DJ Skate”: Arctic Coliseum.
Nov. 12 & 26. Skating to Top 40s music. 6–7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. $12 (includes skate rental). arcticcoliseum.net, 433–4444.
Sean Dobbins Trio: Blue LLama Jazz Club
A regular at the Blue LLama, SEAN DOBBINS is a highly sought-after jazz sideman and educator whose sound can best be described as hard-driving, solid rhythm with refreshing melodic sensibility. Being the focus of countless news articles, jazz radio programs, and documentaries, Dobbins has performed/toured/recorded with artists, such as Johnny Basset, Joey DeFrancesco, Marcus Belgrave, and David Baker.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $75. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Murder Mystery Dinner Show: The Dinner Detective Ann Arbor.
Nov. 12 & 26. 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.
“After Dark Series: Nocturnal Animals”: Hudson Mills Metropark.
Hudson Mills park interpreters lead participants age 10 & up in exploring the woods after dark and discovering the animals of the night. 7–8 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5. Preregistration required at bit.ly/hudson-mills-after-dark-2022 by 4 p.m. the day before the program. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426–8211.
Ellen Rowe & Andrew Bishop: North Star Lounge
Ellen Rowe and Andrew Bishop have been playing together for 15 years, recently releasing “Chisel & Stone”, an album featuring their own compositions as well as arrangements of jazz standards. They have been featured at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference and have toured throughout the Midwest, including concerts at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Albion College. They have also performed locally at the Kerrytown Concert House and in concert at the UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
Andrew Bishop is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, scholar, and educator comfortable in many musical idioms. He maintains an international career and serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Bishop’s three recordings as a leader have received widespread acclaim from national and international journals. As a composer and arranger, he has received numerous commissions, residencies, and awards from the ASCAP, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Andrew W. Melon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a nomination from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He earned five degrees in music including a DMA in music composition from the University of Michigan. A dedicated and committed teacher, Bishop was twice the recipient of the Arthur Anderson Professor of the Year Award, the Joyce G. Ferguson Faculty Development Grant for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2021 Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching. He is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist.
Ellen Rowe, jazz pianist and composer, is currently the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan. Ms. Rowe has released five CDs as a leader four of which, “Sylvan Way”, “Denali Pass”, “Wishing Well” and “Courage Music” are available at PKO records and at CDBaby.com. Her newest album “Momentum – Portraits of Women In Motion” was released to widespread critical acclaim in January 2019 and is available at Smokin’ Sleddog Records, ellenrowe.com, CDBaby.com, Spotify and other streaming services. Her various small groups have been featured at jazz festivals around the country, as well as at colleges and universities, and her “Momentum” band was recently selected to perform at the 2022 Jazz Education Network Conference.
Ms. Rowe's compositions and arrangements are published by Kendor Music, Doug Beach Music and Sierra Music Publishing and have been performed by ensembles including the Village Vanguard Orchestra, BBC Jazz Orchestra, U.S. Navy Commodores, Berlin and NDR Radio Jazz Orchestras, DIVA and the Perth Jazz Orchestra. She has received commissions from the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, Minnesota Music Educators, Illinois Music Educators, Lawrence University’s Fred Sturm Commissioning Project and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, in addition to junior high and high school groups throughout the country. She has also been selected to conduct numerous All-State jazz ensembles, including the NafME All-Eastern and All-Northwest honors groups.301 N. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor. nstarlounge.com.
“Teen Mewvie Night”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Youths ages 12-17 invited to watch a movie TBA and interact with adoptable pets. Pop and popcorn included. Bring other snacks, a sleeping bag, and pillow if you like. 7:15–9:30 p.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $20. Preregistration required at hshv.org. Call for movie selection or details 661–3575.
J.L. Cauvin: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Nov. 11 & 12. NYC-based comic, a former Bronx assistant DA whose observational comedy covers a mix of sports, politics, and America’s problems with race. Cauvin’s video series of Donald Trump impressions went viral in 2020. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $16 reserved seating in advance at etix.com and $18 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“Urinetown: The Musical”: Skyline High School.
Nov. 5, 6 & 11–13. Brodie H. Brockie directs Skyline students in Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’s 1999 musical comedy satire about corporate control, political greed, and the call of nature. Set in the near-future, when a water shortage has led to a government control of toilets, the poor revolt for the freedom to pee. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, the Tony-award winning musical satires capitalism and social irresponsibility. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $12 (students, $10) in advance at skylinehstheatre.org. 994–6515.
2nd Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.
River Abel calls to music by Grant Flick, Jacob Warren, and Erik McIntyre. All dances taught; no partner or experience needed. Bring flat, clean-soled, nonslip shoes (running shoes okay) and your own water bottle. New dancer instruction at 7 p.m. 7:30–10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Mask, proof of vaccination, and release of liability required. Suggested donation $10. aactmad.org, 665–7704.
“Bakkhai”: U-M Residential College Players.
Nov. 11 & 12. William McClelland directs fellow RC students in celebrated Canadian poet (and former U-M classics professor) Anne Carson’s 2017 translation of Euripides’ classical tragedy The Bacchae. It tells of the catastrophe that results when King Pentheus bans the worship of a new god, Dionysus, in his city. The young god leads all the women of Thebes to the mountains to frolic and dance with wild animals, and is avenged when his followers (including Pentheus's own mother) tear the young king to pieces. 8 p.m., RC Keene Auditorium, East Quad, 701 East University. $5 admission. 647–4354.
“Bernarda Alba”: U-M Musical Theatre Department.
Nov. 10–13. Linda Goodrich directs an all-female cast of U-M musical theater students in Michael John LaChiusa’s 2006 Off-Broadway 1-act musical, based on Federico García Lorca's 1936 play The House of Bernarda Alba, about a controlling, newly widowed mother who is challenged by her 5 rebellious daughters. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave. Tickets $24–$30 (students, $13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu & the Michigan League Box Office, and at the door. 764–0583.
“Sanctuary City”: Theatre Nova.
Every Thurs.–Sun., Nov. 4–Nov. 27. Carla Milarch directs Pulitzer-winning Polish American playwright Martyna Majok’s fast-paced, unsparing, and unsentimental drama about a pair of teenage lovers, undocumented immigrants who must navigate the broken promise of “sanctuary” when one of them learns that his mother will return to her country of origin. A New York Times reviewer called the play “masterly,” saying it “snaps with surprises” and “effectively embodies the way external forces—in this case, immigration policies in the United States—distort the inner lives of actual humans.” 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Mask & proof of vaccination required. Tickets $22 in advance at theatre-nova.ticketleap.com & at the door. 635–8450.
“The Sweet Delilah Swim Club”: PTD Productions.
Nov. 10–13 & 16–19. Karrie Waarala directs this local theater company in a production of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten’s 2008 drama, a poignant yet comic story that follows 5 Southern women on their annual ladies’ weekends at a North Carolina beach cottage over the course of 30 years, where they catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives. Stars Marie Jones, Rebecca Lane, Jennifer Heimberg, Deena Baty, and Cindy Franklin. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun. & Wed.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students, seniors, & active military, $12) in advance at ptdproductions.com and at the door. 483–7345.
Campus Orchestras: U-M Music School.
Performance by 2 ensembles of nonmusic majors. Luca Antonucci directs the Campus Philharmonia Orchestra in Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, the first 2 movements of 18th-century Creole French composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ Symphony No. 2, the Midwest premiere of contemporary Estonian composer Pärt Uusberg’s Avanemised (Openings), and Finlandia, Sibelius’srousing symphonic tone poem written in 1899 as a covert protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire. Also, the Campus Symphony Orchestra, led by Aleksandr Polyakov, performs 20th-century African American composer Florence Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes, and French Romantic composer César Franck’s best-known orchestral work, the haunting 1888 Symphony in D minor, a work in 3 (not the traditional 4) movements, each of which makes reference to the initial four-bar theme. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764–0583.
Giulio Gallarotti: The Blind Pig.
Co-host with Francis Elis of the popular podcast Oops, this NYC-based stand-up comic is known for his self-deprecating autobiographical storytelling and irreverent observational humor, often drawing on his experiences as an avid world traveler. 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), The Blind Pig, 208 S. First. $20 in advance at the 8 Ball Saloon (below the club) & at BlindPigMusic.com/calendar, and at the door. 996–8555.
Maggie Rhodes: Robin Hills Farm.
Rhodes fronts an old-school rock ’n’ roll band with a woman-centric repertoire, covering songs by Pat Benatar, Blondie, Amy Winehouse, Olivia Rodrigo, and others. Alcohol is served. 8-10 p.m., RHF Nest bar, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. Free admission, drink purchase encouraged. robinhillsfarm.com, 536–6576.
Latin Late Night: Morgan’s Organ: Blue LLama Jazz Club
What does a disgraced milkman, an out of work interior designer, and bald barber have in common? The answer: MORGAN’S ORGAN. Tri-founded, by three adult men with too much time on their hands, Morgan’s Organ features Jesse Kramer on drums, Dale Grisa on Hammond B3 organ, and Ralph Tope on guitar.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. FREE. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.