Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in November 2022
November 3, 2022
“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. email@example.com, 929–5877.
“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.
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.
“Preschool Hike: Tree Family”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Nov. 3 (10–11 a.m.). Kids ages 2–5 invited to join WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance on a hike to the oldest oak tree in the forest and discover the way trees weave a living communicative web under our feet. Caregiver must be present. Parker Mill County Park, 4650 Geddes Rd. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/wcprc2022 (activity #811003), firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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, email@example.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.
“Democracy in Hard Places”: U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Book Talk.
Harvard University political science professors Scott Mainwaring and Tarek Masoud, Cornell University government professor Rachel Beatty Riedl, and U-M political science professor Dan Slater discuss this new book edited by Manwaring & Masoud, a collection of essays about how democracies around the world continue to survive in an age of democratic decline. Noon, Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw. For livestream preregister at myumi.ch/y9Zwy. Free. 764–0351.
ABCL-sanctioned Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
$9; members, $8. Preregister at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
“Can a Literary Mafia Affect Your Choice of Books?: Jews, Publishing, and American Literature”: U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.
Talk by Wellesley College (MA) Jewish studies professor Josh Lambert. 1:30–3 p.m., 2022 S. Thayer Building, 202 S. Thayer. For livestream preregister at myumi.ch/kyJmr. Free. 763-9047.
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.
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.
Annual Spaghetti Dinner: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Ladies Philoptochos Society.
Choice of marinara or meat sauce, along with salad, bread, beverage, and dessert. Pick-up only. Proceeds go toward food cards for those in need. 5–7:30 p.m., St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. $15 (children under 10, $8). 332–8200.
Cey Adams: U-M Stamps School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.
This pioneering hip-hop graphic designer discusses his work as the longtime creative director of Def Jam Recordings, where he created album artwork, logos, and advertising campaigns for the likes of Jay-Z, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and others. 5:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668–8463.
“Origami: What's Next?”: Ann Arbor District Library.
The chance for teens and adults to learn how to make advanced origami shapes like cranes, cicadas, inflatable rabbits, and more. 6–7 p.m. AADL Traverwood. Free. 327–4200.
“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.
“Shapes, Lines, and Light: My Grandfather's American Journey”: Literati Bookstore/Ann Arbor District Library.
Brooklyn-based muralist and illustrator Katie Yamasaki discusses her new young-adult picture book about her grandfather, famed architect Minoru Yamasaki. 6:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 585–5567.
“Archipelago”: State Theatre.
(Felix Dufour-Laperrière, 2022). Animated feature about invented islands and their physical, linguistic, and political territory. French & Montagnais (Algonquin dialect), subtitles. Screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in March. FREE for AAFF and Michigan Theater Gold Card members. 7 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.
“Dangerous Blues”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
Novelist and NYU creative writing professor Stephen Policoff joins fellow NYC writer Susan Choi to discuss (via Zoom) his latest novel, a darkly comic story about a widower who moves to NYC with his 12-year-old daughter and becomes haunted by his late wife’s spirit. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2022-11. Free. 585–5567.
“It’s Happening Right Here”: 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. 3: (Nick Nanton, 2022). Documentary about human trafficking in the digital age. 7 p.m.
“Opals”: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.
Presentation by club member Benny Gray. 7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665–5574.
Keith Hall Trio: Blue LLama Jazz Club
An international-touring artist, KEITH HALL has established himself as a passionate educator and joyful performer over the last 25 years. He has performed with widely acclaimed artists, such as Randy Brecker, Betty Carter, Wycliffe Gordon, Sir Roland Hanna, Wynton Marsalis, Michael Phillip Mossman, New York Voices, Andrew Rathbun, Janis Siegel, Luciana Souza, Terrell Stafford, Joe Wilder, Steve Wilson.314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com. $15. email@example.com. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
Piano Bar Thursday With Mr. B & Ralph Tope: North Star Lounge
Blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mark Lincoln Braun has become one of the premiere purveyors of a vanishing art. Having learned his craft first-hand from the early masters, he is a rare living link to the first generation of blues and boogie pianists.301 N. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. firstname.lastname@example.org. nstarlounge.com.
“Comedy Jamm”: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Nov. 3 & 10. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at etix.com and 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.
“National Theatre Live: Jack Absolute Flies Again.”: Michigan Theater.
Broadcast of a taped performance the National Theatre (London) production of Richard Bean and Oliver Chris’s new play, a comedy that The Guardian called “one of the funniest productions in the National’s history.” It concerns the attempts of a WWII pilot to win the heart of his beloved, who stipulates very particular terms. 7:30 p.m. $22 (University Musical Society members, $18). Michigan Theater. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Tickets in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
“Seven Beauties”: State Theatre.
(Lina Wertmüller, 1975). Picaresque tale about an immoral Italian “everyman” released from a mental institution to join the army who does anything to survive a German WWII prison camp. Wertmüller’s Oscar nomination for best director was the first (and until 1993, the only one) received by a woman. Italian, subtitles. 7:30 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.
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.
Concert For Peace: Veterans For Peace Chapter 93
Fifteenth annual concert featuring area musical artists performing peace-themed songs, with emcee Chris Buhalis. Proceeds go to the local Chapter of Veterans For Peace for their Peace Scholarship Program (www.vfp93.org/peace-scholarship) which assists college students enrolled in programs relating to conflict resolution or peace studies. For more details about the concert visit www.vfp93.org/concert-for-peace or The Ark page at https://theark.org/event/concert-for-peace-221103/.
The concert is being held on Thursday, November 3rd, at The Ark, 316 South Main Street, Ann Arbor with general admission being $20. Please note that this concert starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. For advance tickets visit https://theark.org/ticket-information/. Please note that The Ark is following COVID-19 guidelines with a listing at https://theark.org/covid-19-faq.The Ark, 316 S Main Street, Ann Arbor. https://theark.org/event/concert-for-peace-221103/. $20. email@example.com. https://www.vfp93.org/concert-for-peace. 734-487-9058.
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.
Roe Bickley Kramer Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.
A mix of lively originals and covers from this local straight-ahead jazz trio featuring pianist Rick Roe, bassist Rob Bickley, and drummer Jesse Kramer. 7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $19–$50 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com; reservations recommended. Livestream at kerrytownconcerthouse.com. 769–2999.
“Cognitive Distortions / Ancestral Patterns”: U-M Center for World Performance Studies.
Russian American pianist, singer, composer, and improviser Sonya Belaya presents a collaborative performance art piece examining the 12 common cognitive distortions (also known as automatic thoughts) through the perspective of immigrant women. Includes filmed interviews, live video projection mixing, dance, and original music for string quartet and jazz quintet performed by U-M music students. 8 p.m., Duderstadt Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel. Preregistration required at bit.ly/umwpscognitivedistortions. Free. 936–2777.
“The Cunning Little Vixen”: U-M Music School Voice Department.
Nov. 3-6. Tara Faircloth directs U-M voice students in Janacek’s masterful 1924 opera about a female fox’s journey through childhood, captivity, escape, childbearing, and old age. The action, which includes both human and animal characters, achieves a fine balance between the cute and funny with a hard-edged realism. Sung in Czech, with English supertitles, the music is distinguished by its folk-inspired rhythms and motifs. 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $33 in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu & the Michigan League Box Office, and at the door. 764–0583.
Chamber Music Recital: U-M Music School.
Nov. 1 & 3 (different locations). U-M student chamber ensembles perform works TBA. 8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall (Tues.), 1100 Baits & U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium (Thurs.), 1226 Murfin. Free. 764–0583.
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.).