Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in November 2022
November 20, 2022
“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.
“The Chosen”: 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. 18–22: (Dallas Jenkins, 2022). The first two episodes of the third season of this serialized retelling of the story of Jesus and his disciples. Noon, 3:25 p.m., 6:45 p.m. (Ann Arbor 20) & 1 & 7 p.m. (Emagine).
“The Visit”: Community High School Ensemble Theater.
Nov. 18-20. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs Community High students in Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s 1956 tragicomic play about a wealthy woman who returns to her hometown to propose a twisted, revenge-fueled bargain to the townspeople. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $9) in advance at showtix4u.com, and (if available) at the door. 994–2025.
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.
“Frosted Flea”: Vintage Market.
Show and sale of antiques and vintage items. Deliveries available. Concessions. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $5 (kids age 12 & under with an adult, free). email@example.com, 624–0781.
“Rescue Reading”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Every Sun. (10–11:30 a.m.). Kids read to adoptable animals to work on reading skills, using their own or provided books. Also, a group read-aloud and a dog meet-and-greet. For kids ages 6–11. No adults. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $15. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.
Cherry Hill Potters Guild Annual Holiday Show: Cherry Hill Potters Guild
Get in a creative spirit and support your local arts this holiday season, as the Cherry Hill Potters Guild presents its Annual Holiday Show at the Village Arts Factory, 50755 Cherry Hill Road. Stop in Friday, November 18 from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, November 19, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 20, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Guild members will present beautiful and unique handcrafted, functional and decorative pottery for the home, garden and holidays. Shop from a diverse display of ornaments, mugs, bowls, vases, sculptures, plates, platters, bird baths, fairy houses and pots of all kinds. Members’ works include wheel thrown, hand built, oxidation and raku-fired pieces.50625 Cherry Hill Rd Canton, MI 48188 United States, Canton, MI. Free. cherryhillpotters.org.
“Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times”: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.
Every Sun. Livestream talks by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers. 11 a.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994–3387.
“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.
Scientist Spotlight: U-M Museum of Natural History.
All invited to visit with U-M scientists and engage in hands-on activities to learn about their research. Also, “Movement Under the Microscope” (1 p.m.) U-M undergraduates perform a dance and performance artwork that dramatizes cellular processes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Sunday Artisan Market.
Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 31st year. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913–9622.
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave. 11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846–9418.
“Chesstastic”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Adults and kids ages 5 and up invited to stop in for a game of chess with other players of all skill levels. Noon–2 p.m., AADL Traverwood. 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.
“Critter House Open Hours”: Leslie Science & Nature Center.
Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27. A chance to view LSNC birds of prey and Critter House animals, which include frogs, turtles, snakes, and other species native to Michigan. 1–4 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 ($20/family). LeslieSNC.org, 997–1553.
“Heckuva Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a 5-mile wellness hike through rolling terrain with dazzling views of meadows, woodlands, and a lake known for its diversity of waterfowl. 1–4 p.m., Watkins Lake State Park & County Preserve, 14801 Arnold Rd., Manchester. Free. Preregistration required by emailing email@example.com. Limited to 15 people. 971–6337.
Fall Leaf Painting: Ann Arbor District Library.
Nov. 20 (1–2 p.m.). The chance for kids ages 2-8 to paint using leaves. AADL Westgate. Free. 327–4200.
“All About the Trio”: Kerrytown Concert House.
U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe continues her series of programs that covers different aspects of jazz trios with a celebration of the late Detroit-born pianist and educator Barry Harris. In his long and storied career, Harris played as a sideman with legends like Cannonball Adderley and Donald Byrd, recorded several albums as a leader for such noted labels as Riverside and Prestige, and was an evangelist for jazz education, prompting New York Times critic Robert Palmer to refer to him as a “one-man jazz academy.” With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Sean Dobbins. 2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $19–$50 in advance at a2tix.com; reservations recommended. 769-2999.
“Critter House Open Hours”: Leslie Science & Nature Center.
Every Sun. (2–5 p.m.). A chance to view LSNC birds of prey and Critter House animals, which include frogs, turtles, snakes, and other species native to Michigan. LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 suggested donation ($20/family). LesliesNC.org, 997–1553.
“Little Shop of Horrors”: U-M Musket.
Nov. 18-20. Sam Aupperlee directs U-M students in Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s 1982 musical, a wryly humorous, oddly tender-hearted black comedy about a carnivorous plant that grows to ferocious proportions. Adopted by a nerdy store clerk who fondly names it “Audrey” after the object of his unrequited affections, it initially seems to bring him good fortune–but as the plant thrives, it grows more and more bloodthirsty, driving its owner to murder. Inspired by the low-budget Roger Corman 1960 comedy-horror flick, the show was an Off-Broadway hit in the early 1980s and became a musical film in 1986. 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $10–$20 in advance at ummusket.org. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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 Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”: EMU Theater Department Theatre of the Young.
Nov. 18–20. EMU drama professor Emily Levickas directs EMU students in Dwayne Hartford’s adaptation of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo’s picaresque 2006 youth novel about a rabbit made of china who makes a long journey. For ages 6 and up. 7 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Ypsilanti. Tickets $5 in advance at bit.ly/emu-theatre and at the door. 487–1221.
Sunday Drop-In Tour: U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
Docent Dottie Sims leads a tour focusing on food and dining in various ancient societies. 2–3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764–9304.
“The Music of Studio Ghibli”: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Nov. 19-20. Wilbur Lin leads the AASO in a program of music composed by Joe Hisaishi (aka Mamoru Fujisawa) for films produced by Hayao Miyazaki’s much-loved anime studio, including selections from such favorites as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle. 8 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Michigan Theater. Tickets $35–$40 in advance at a2so.com & the AASO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994–4801.
“You Do Not Walk Alone”: Washtenaw Chorale.
Alex Cave directs this 40-member local choir in songs by Elaine Hagenberg, Morten Lauridsen, Stephen Foster, Randall Thompson, and others. 3 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 Scio Church. Free. Donations appreciated. washtenawchorale.org, 996–8867.
“Holidays in Hill”: U-M Women’s Glee Club.
This student choir performs works TBA. 4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $7–20 (students, $5). 615–3204.
“The Complete Organ Works of J.S. Bach”: U-M Music School.
Nov. 6, 13, & 20. Today’s program: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Little Harmonic Labyrinth, Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, Pastorale in F Major, Three Youthful Chorales, Christmas chorales from the Orgelbüchlein, as well as chorales from the Neumeister Collection, and the chorale partita “O Gott, du frommer Gott.” Preceded at 3:40 p.m. by a brief introduction to the program. 4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Blanche Anderson Moore Hall, 1100 Baits. For livestream see smtd.umich.edu. Free. 615–3204.
https://www.drinkblom.com/events/nov-scrap-craft: Bløm Meadworks
Join Ann Arbor’s SCRAP Box in our taproom for reuse crafting! Drop in 4-6pm, get info on SCRAP, and dive into collage, cardmaking, and other reuse crafts!100 S 4th Ave, Suite 110, Ann Arbor. https://www.drinkblom.com/events/nov-scrap-craft. $65. email@example.com. https://www.drinkblom.com/. 7345489729.
David Jackson: U-M School of Music Harold Haugh Award Recital.
This U-M trombone professor, accompanied by music students, performs works TBA. 4:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615–3204.
"Cocktail Class: Better with Bubbles": Tammy's Tastings
The only thing better than a glass of champagne is a cocktail made with champagne. In this class you’ll learn to make a variety of sparkling wine cocktails that will make every occasion a celebration, and set you up for holiday entertaining to come!
Your booking includes light snacks (pretzels, nuts). The Last Word is closed during the class, so no food service is available. The class includes a combination of history and stories, technique instruction, and hands-on making of cocktails. Plus sampling, of course! Total consumption is equivalent to around 2 cocktails per person over the 2 hour class.301 W Huron St, Ann Arbor. https://www.tammystastings.com/events/better-with-bubbles-5/. $59. firstname.lastname@example.org. tammystastings.com. 7342763215.
Ann Arbor Go Club.
Every Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game in person. Game materials provided. 5 p.m. until whenever, Conor O’Neill’s, 318 Main St. Check Facebook page bit.ly/annarborgo or email Drew at email@example.com to confirm location. Free.
P.O.R.K. - Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings: Zal Gaz Grotto
10-piece early big band led by Chris Smith, specializing in music of the 1920s and 30s. Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Duke Ellington and other jazz legends are prominent in their repertoire. For listening or dancing. 5-8pm. $10 cover (cash).2070 W. Stadium Blvd , Ann Arbor. cash at the door. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.facebook.com/porkjazz . 248-446-0403.
P.O.R.K. - Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings: Zal Gaz Grotto
This will be a special PORK KIDS SHOW night. We will be playing an entire set of music just for young people (we’ll play our normal 5-8 slot with the special Kids Show set at about 6:00. Early enough to get the youngsters to bed on time). We'll deliver a full set of arrangements of our kind of music for intelligent people who just happen to be a bit new to the world.2070 W. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor. cash at the door. $10. email@example.com. https://www.facebook.com/porkjazz. 248-446-0403.
“Nun danket alle Gott: Now Thank We All”: U-M Baroque Chamber Ensemble & Choir/First Congregational Church.
Joseph Gascho directs this music student ensemble in a Thanksgiving concert of choral works, all on the musical text and hymn : Nun Danket alle Gott; choral and instrumental works by Buxtehude, Schutz, Purcell, Scheidt, Croft, as well as harpsichord, with Bruhns Praeludium in g for organ. 6 p.m. FCC, 608 E. William. Free. 662-1679.
Ann Arbor Morris.
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. 6–8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717–1569 in advance to confirm location.
“Sunday Evening Game Night”: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.
Every Sun. An evening of playing popular board games online. You help decide which game to play at the beginning of the night. Have a pencil and paper handy. 7 p.m., for URL email email@example.com. Free.
Orpheus Singers: U-M Music School.
This music student vocal ensemble performs a program TBA. 8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, Free. 615–3204.