Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in November 2022
November 15, 2022
“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.
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Washtenaw Housing Alliance.
Nov. 13–19. A week of events to bring attention to hunger and homelessness. Highlights: The “State of Homelessness & Affordable Housing Symposium” (Nov. 15, 8:30–10:30 a.m., Morris Lawrence Building, WCC) includes a speech by CNN contributor Abdul El-Syed, author of Healing Politics: A Doctor’s Journey in the Heart of Our Political Epidemic. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase fundraiser (see 17 Thursday listing) presents a set by Detroit comedian Andy Beningo. The week culminates with a Hustle for Housing March (Nov. 19, 10 a.m.–noon, starting at Liberty Plaza). Various times and places. 662–2829. annarborshelter.org/homelessness-and-affordable-housing.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Fri. (except Nov. 7 & 24). 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. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.
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.
Online Meditation Drop-In: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Free. Events are either in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., or via Zoom. For Zoom links see calendar at bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. 998–9353. No meetings Nov. 24 & 25.
Online Meditation Drop-In (Tues. 10–11:30 a.m.) via Zoom.
“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.
“Afterlives of Revolution: Populist Authoritarianism in Contemporary Nicaragua”: U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.
Talk by U-M Weiser Center postdoc Luciana Chamorro Elizondo. Noon–1:30 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For livestream preregister at myumi.ch/G1J55. Free. 764–0351.
Anthony Horowitz: Literati Bookstore.
This bestselling mystery writer joins acclaimed thriller author Shari Lapena to discuss (via Zoom) The Twist of a Knife, his latest literary whodunit about a fictional version of himself who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the theater critic who panned his new play. Noon. For URL preregister at literatibookstore.com. Free (copy of the book, $35). 585–5567.
Line Dancing: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Line Dancing (Tues. noon-1 p.m.), preregistration required at 794-6250. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.
Every Tues. except Nov. 22. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Nov. 1: Stanford University political science professor Jean Oi on “China’s Local Government Debt: A Ticking Time Bomb?” Nov. 8: Stanford University sociology professor Andrew G. Walder on “Anatomy of a Regional Civil War: Guangxi, 1967-1968.” Nov. 15: U-M Chinese studies postdoctoral fellow Yichen Rao on “The Chinese Lives of ‘Internet Finance’: From Technological Innovations to Ponzi Schemes.” Nov. 29: University of Chicago East Asian languages and civilizations professor Judith Zeitlin discusses 18th-century Chinese opera in “The Gender of the Operatic Voice: From Li Yu to Xu Dachun.” Noon–1 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764–6308.
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.
Euchre: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Canceled if Washtenaw County Covid levels are high (Tues. 1-3 p.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
“Defending Artistic Freedom After the Attack on Salman Rushdie”: U-M Donia Human Rights Center.
Panel discussion with Artists at Risk Connection director Julie Trébault, PEN International board member Salil Tripathi, and Egyptian-born journalist and novelist Ahmed Naji. Moderated by U-M law professor Karima Bennoune. 4–5:30 p.m., Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 615–8482.
Michigan Marching Band Practice.
Every Mon.–Thurs. through Nov. 17. 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.
“Amigo”: State Theatre.
(John Sayles, 2010). Historical drama about the Philippine-American War, 1899-1902. The film is unusual for a war movie in that the major sympathetic characters are combatants on both sides. Presented by the U-M History Department. Tagalog & English, subtitles. 5 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.
“How to Think: How Photography and Image Processing Offer a Window Into the Human Creative Process”: UMMA Subject Matters Event.
U-M Residential College art lecturer Ray Wetzel leads a tour of the UMMA collection to explore how the chemical reaction to light of photo-sensitive paper is similar to that in our brains. Includes a short pre-event assignment. 6–7:30 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. Event full. To be added to the waiting list, go to umma.umich.edu/events. 764–0395.
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.).
BattleTech: Classic: Sylvan Factory.
Every Tues. All invited to play this fast-paced tabletop miniatures war game. No experience or materials needed. 6–9 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. email@example.com, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
Button Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.
The chance for adults and kids ages 12 & up to use AADL button makers to make pinback buttons to stick on coats, bags, and such. 6–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327–4200.
“Tour de Dirt Tuesday Dirt Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Tues. 20- to 35-mile ride along Chelsea-area dirt roads. Email for upcoming week’s route. 6:15 p.m. sharp, meet at Aberdeen Bike and Outdoors, 1101 Main St., Chelsea. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Desserts by Decade: The Dirty 30s”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Local historian Patti Smith and Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers discuss how to make popular desserts from the 1930s. 6:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.
“Prophet”: Fathom Events.
Fathom Events. Special screenings in local theaters with reduced capacity. 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).
Nov. 15–17: (Michal Kondrat, 2022). Biopic about Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the Primate of Poland imprisoned for three years for resisting the Communist government. Emagine only. 7 p.m.
35th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Book Festival: Jewish Community Center.
Nov. 6–18. This annual festival features select in-person appearances by Jewish writers, as well as livestream talks by over 20 other Jewish authors of books ranging from cookbooks, children’s books, and reference books to memoirs, self-help books, and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.) For a complete schedule see book.jccannarbor.org.
Tonight: Phil Barr, Julie Goldstein Ellis, and Nancy Szabo read excerpts from their contributions to The Ones Who Remember: Second-Generation Voices of the Holocaust, an anthology of essays about growing up with Holocaust survivor parents. 7 p.m., Third Mind Books, 118 E. Washington.
Ann Arbor Camera Club.
Nov. 1 & 15. Club members show their projected digital images (Nov. 1) and prints (Nov. 15) on various topics, including this month's assignment, “Hands or Feet.” On Nov. 1, club member Terry Alexander discusses focus stacking. On Nov. 15, local “fotogypsies” Jim and Angie George share photographs and stories of their sailing adventures and travels in North America, Europe, and North Africa. 7–9 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty, rear entrance, 2nd fl. Mask and proof of Covid-19 vaccination and booster required. Free. annarborcameraclub.org, email@example.com.
English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.
Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught; no partner or experience needed. Bring flat, clean-soled, nonslip shoes (running shoes okay) and your own water bottle. First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. 7–9:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Mask, proof of vaccination, and release of liability required. Suggested donation $8 (students, $4; kids ages 13 & under with caregiver, free). aactmad.org/english-country, 665–7704.
Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Every Tues. All male and female singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus. 7–8:45 p.m., Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Masks encouraged, vaccination required to join. Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). bit.ly/hvharmonizers. info@HVharmonizers.org, 796–7467.
LGBTQ Tuesday: DJ Agent 99: North Star Lounge
DJ Agent 99 (Alexis Ford) spins 60s soul/r&b, 60s garage/psych, 70s soul, 70s/80s disco/boogie and 70s/80s punk.301 N. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor. nstarlounge.com.
Polka Jam Session: American Legion Hall.
All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music. 7–9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529–3903.
Signal Quartet: Blue LLama Jazz Club
SIGNAL QUARTET’s repertoire consists primarily of original compositions by members of the band which serve as springboards for far-reaching improvisations. With trumpeter & flugelhornist Ben Wolkins, guitarist Ian Blunden, bassist Eric Bachtrab, and drummer Sean Perlmutter.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Voices in Harmony.
Every Tues. Female singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus. 7–8:30 p.m., UAW Local 898, 8975 Textile Rd., Ypsilanti. Mask policy follows CDC guidelines; proof of vaccination required. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). email@example.com, 765–3611.
“Ypsi Night with FedUp Ministries”: Huron Valley Sierra Club.
FedUp Ministries (Ypsilanti) president Tajalli Hodge discusses food insecurity in the community and how the group is working to address it. Q & A follows. 7:30 p.m., Ypsilanti Senior Center, 1015 N. Congress St., Ypsilanti. Also via Zoom. Preregistration requested at meetup.com/Sierra-Club-Huron-Valley. Free. 971–1157.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 812–6375 (Tues.).
The Moth StorySLAM: Michigan Radio.
Open mic storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization. Ten storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3- to 5-minute story on the theme of “Willpower.” Stories are judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual GrandSLAM. Seating limited; arrive early. 7:30–9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), The Blind Pig, 208 S. First. Tickets $15 general admission in advance only at TheMoth.org beginning a week before each event. email@example.com.
“Comedy Experiment”: Beer Grotto.
Every Tues. Stand-up showcase featuring sets by local comics TBA. 8 p.m., The Beer Grotto, 8059 Main, Dexter. Free. bit.ly/comedybeergrotto.