Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in November 2022
November 17, 2022
“Annie Jr.”: Professional Youth Theatre of Michigan.
Nov. 17–19. Megan Wright-Jones directs students ages 5-19 in a condensed production of Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan’s upbeat Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in Depression-era New York, the plot follows the adventures of the plucky Annie and her faithful pup Sandy as they escape a Dickensian orphanage and find a home with the millionaire Daddy Warbucks, rubbing elbows with FDR along the way. Songs include “Tomorrow,” “We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” and “Easy Street.” 6 & 8 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 1 & 7 p.m. (Sat.), Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $15 (kids age 2 and under, free) in advance at pytmi.square.site & at the door. pytmi.com, 602–2966.
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory.
Every Mon., Thurs., & Fri. (except Nov. 24). All age 16+ invited to play Dungeons and Dragons role-playing games. 6–8 p.m. (Thurs.), 6–10 p.m. (Fri.), & 5–8 p.m. (Mon.), Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. Preregistration recommended. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
“Into the Woods”: Young People’s Theater.
Nov. 17–20. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in the ambitious 1987 Steven Sondheim-James Lapine musical that uses the potent ingredients of Western fairy tales to explore the big questions of life. The show features one of Sondheim’s most eclectic scores, ranging in style from jazz to vaudeville to rhapsodic ballads and operatic duets and trios. 7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at muto.umich.edu, and (if available) at the door. 763–TKTS.
“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.
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.
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.
Computer Help: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
With Jack Spence, Thurs. 9–10 a.m. Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
Flower Arranging Salon: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
No instructor (Thurs. 9:30-11 a.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
“Alexander Technique”: Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.
MSU Alexander Technique teacher Elinore Morin presents a hands-on lecture-demo about the applications of this movement therapy to piano teaching, performance, improving posture/technique and addressing problems of physical tension and emotional stress. 10–11 a.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Drive. Free. email@example.com.
“Will Democracy Survive”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.
Every Thurs. (except Nov. 24), Nov. 3–Dec. 15. Six weekly lectures by prominent political scholars, presenting and explaining the current challenges to democracy both at home and abroad. Nov. 3: “The Four Threats to Democracy: Should We Be Worried.” Talk by Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) government professor Suzanne Mettler. Nov. 10: “The Hollow Parties: American Political Parties at the Precipice.” Talk by Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) political science professor Daniel Schlozman. Nov. 17: “The Obstacles of Germany's Past Will Not Recede: Germany's Role in Contemporary Europe.” Talk by U-M comparative politics and German studies professor Andrei Markovits. Dec. 1: “Alignment: A Democratic Theory of Election Law.” Talk by Harvard University law professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos. Dec. 8: “Voter Turnout in 2022 and What it Means Going Forward.” Talk by Oakland University political science professor David A. Dulio. Dec. 15: “America Between Illiberal Democracy and Electoral Authoritarianism.” Talk by U-M Emerging Democracies professor Dan Slater. 10–11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Preregistration required at olli-umich.org. $61 (members, $36) for the 6-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998–9351.
Mah-jongg: 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.
Mah-jongg (Thurs. 10 a.m.–noon) in person.
“Little Paws Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Nov. 3, 10, & 17 (10:30–11:30 a.m.). Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per kid (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.
ABCL-sanctioned Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
$9; members, $8. Preregister at email@example.com or 794–6250. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.
Every Thurs. except Nov. 24. Talks by visiting scholars. Nov. 3: University of Hong Kong gender studies professor Grace En-Yi Ting on “Kawakami Hiromi and the Queering of Distant Intimacies: Reading Japanese Literature from Hong Kong and Taiwan.” Nov. 10: Keio University (Tokyo) Oriental classics professor Takahiro Sasaki on “Pre-modern Japanese Book History.” Nov. 17: Stanford University East Asian languages and cultures professor Jim Reichert on “Kaze to Tomo ni Sarinu as Jidai Shōsetsu: The 1938 Japanese Translation of Gone With the Wind.” Noon–1:30 p.m., 110 (Nov. 3) & 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For livestream preregister at events.umich.edu/group/1003. Free. 764–6307.
“The Art and Artifacts Lost When the Titanic Sank”: Daughters of the American Revolution.
Talk by local art historian Kathy Gunderson. 1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 975–1976.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com beforehand.
All invited to learn about and practice this Japanese style of flower arranging. Led by instructors TBA. Floral materials provided, bring your own container and tools. 1–2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. $20, metered parking. Space limited; preregistration required at firstname.lastname@example.org. Info at ikebanaannarbor.org.
Thanksgiving Celebration: International Neighbors.
All area women invited for a Thanksgiving feast; bring your own water bottle. Live music by Let's Make Music, an ensemble of club members. International Neighbors is a group of local women organized to welcome women from other countries during their stays in Ann Arbor. 1–2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church upstairs gathering room, 1501 W. Liberty St. Free. inannarbor.org.
Wise Guys: Conversations for Men: 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.
Wise Guys: Conversations for Men (Thurs. 1–2:30 p.m.) via Zoom.
“Muslims in the Balkans: On the Edges of Islam and Europe”: U-M Global Islamic Studies Center “Politics and Culture in the Muslim World.”
Talk by Shenandoah University (VA) Center for Islam in the Contemporary World director Ermin Sinanović. 3–4:30 p.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/umgiscnov. Free. 615–9558.
Men's Group: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Thurs. 3-4 p.m. Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
“An Ambivalent History: Blackness and Homosexuality in the Post-World War II Political Imaginary”: U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.
Talk by U-M history professor Jennifer Dominique Jones. 4–6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615–7400.
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.
“Collidoscope: A Retro-Perspective”: U-M Stamps School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.
California-based brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre discuss their signature style of mixed-media work that features blown-glass sculpture and lenticular printing, a technique that gives the illusion of depth to a printed image and an altering appearance as it is viewed from different angles. Influences range from religious iconography, to German Expressionism, and pre-Columbian Mexican art. 5:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668–8463.
“Repairsday Thursday”: All Hands Active.
Every Thurs. (except Nov. 24). All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other 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.
Jordan Rattner Quartet: Blue LLama Jazz Club
JORDAN RATTNER is a guitarist, composer and bandleader from Milwaukee, WI. Since picking up the guitar at age eight, Jordan has studied a myriad of jazz and popular guitar styles, ranging from visceral to introspective, weaving lithe storylines and chromatic tapestries.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover or Dinner+Show at opentable.com. $15–75. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
“You're with Stupid: Kranky, Chicago, and the Reinvention of Indie Music”: Literati Bookstore/Ann Arbor District Library.
Kranky Records co-founder Bruce Adams discusses his new book, an insider's look at the evolution of indie music in 1990s Chicago. 6:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 585–5567.
In person silent meditation: Insight Meditation Ann Arbor
U-M Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota.
Nov. 17 & 18. The November home schedule also includes a series vs. Harvard (Nov. 25 & 26, 7 p.m.). 6:30 p.m. (Nov. 17) & 6 p.m. (Nov. 18), Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $22–$161 at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764–0247.
“Grieve Well During the Holidays”: GrieveWell.
GrieveWell program director Christy Miller leads a livestream discussion to help people develop concrete plans for managing grief during the holidays. 7 p.m., for URL preregister at GrieveWell.com/calendar. Free. 975–0238.
“How to Help Animals Being Used in Research”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Center for Contemporary Sciences CEO Aysha Akhtar presents an online talk about the need to replace animal experimentation with more reliable, effective methods. 7–8:30 p.m. Preregistration required at hshv.org/event-calendar. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.
“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.
“Radium Girls”: Greenhills School.
Nov. 17–19. Gary Lehman directs upper school students in D.W. Gregory’s 2000 drama, about workers for the U.S. Radium Corporation in Orange (NJ) in the early 20th century who contracted radiation poisoning from their work with luminous paint. 7 p.m. (Thurs., Fri., & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), Greenhills, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets free, only at the door. 205–4098.
Civil Air Patrol Open House: Civil Air Patrol
The Major Kevin A Adams Memorial Composite Squadron is inviting you to learn more about the Civil Air Patrol.
If you're 12 to 80+ and looking for a challenge, this event is for you. Come meet our cadets and leaders to hear first-hand what it's like to be a cadet or adult member. Learn about incredible opportunities including leadership development, flying, STEM, summer activities, and academic scholarships.
Parents, please join us for this event as well. Adult leaders will be on hand to answer your questions and also tell you about opportunities for adults.
Piano Bar Thursday: Jerry Perrine: North Star Lounge
Jerry Perrine has performed ragtime, early jazz, stride, blues and boogie woogie piano for over 40 years. He has been a featured performer at Greenfield Village, The University of Michigan Gifts of Art Series, and The Michigan Jazz Festival.301 N. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor. nstarlounge.com.
Andy Beningo: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Nov. 17–19. Detroit-area stand-up comic known for his clean observational humor about such matters as failing relationship pop quizzes and his short-lived stint as a middle school teacher. The Nov. 17 performance is a “Comedy for a Cause” fundraiser for National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Thurs.–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.
“A Taste of Judaism”: Temple Beth Emeth.
Nov. 3, 10, & 17. Rabbi Josh Whinston leads (via Zoom) a 3-part informational class about Jewish spirituality, values, and community. 7:30 p.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/tbetasteofjudaism. Free. 665–4744.
Every Thurs. (except Nov. 24). 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. (except Nov. 24). Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne poses the questions 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.
“midst of a moment”: U-M Dance Department BFA Senior Concert.
Nov. 17–19. New solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance majors Katey Besser, Isabella Payne, Jack Randel, & Brooke Taylor. 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Performance Studio Theatre, 1000 Baits. Free; space limited. 763–5460.
“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.
Creative Arts Orchestra: U-M Music School.
This adventurous ensemble of performing arts technology students presents a program of improvisations. 8 p.m. U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615–3204.
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.).