Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in November 2022
November 9, 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.
“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.
Guided Walks: Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Nov. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, & 30. Walks organized around a theme. People of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) invited to explore the natural wonder of the grounds as the seasons change. Closed-toed shoes required. Severe weather cancels. Arrival 15 minutes before start time is recommended. Nov. 2 (5:30–6 p.m.): Animals and the Earth prepare for winter. Nov. 6 (1–2 p.m.): Plants and animals prepare for winter. Nov. 9 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Aquatic organisms prepare for winter. Nov. 13 (1–2 p.m.): Where do aquatic animals go in winter? Nov. 16 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Sounds of twilight. Nov. 30 (5:30–6:30 p.m.): Flashlight scavenger hunt. Free; metered parking. Front steps, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 647–7600.
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.
Mind Matters Brain Games: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Via Zoom at bit.ly/a2braingame, passcode: 739714. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free.
Painting Salon: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Painting Salon, no instructor, bring your own materials (Wed. 10-11:30 a.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
“Tiny Tails Story Time”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 (10:30–11:30 a.m.). Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. Tiny Lions Lounge, 5245 Jackson Rd., ste. A1. $7 per kid (babies under age 1, free). Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com, 661–3575.
“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.
“Considering Access & Transparency Through Visible Storage”: U-M Museum Studies.
University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology director Susan Rowley discusses (via Zoom) recent efforts by museums to find ways to make available parts of their collections not on public display. Noon–1:30 p.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/umvisiblestorage. Free. 936–6678.
“Democracy and the Authorization of Violence”: U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Roundtable.
Panel discussion with NYC video journalist Orlando de Guzman, Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, and U-M political science professors Christian Davenport, Ann Heffernan, and Murad Idris. Noon–1:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For livestream see umich.edu/wced. Free. 764–0315.
"Museum Collections: Considering Access & Transparency through Visible Storage": University of Michigan Museum Studies Program
In recent years, museums have increasingly turned to open storage techniques to display and allow access to parts of their collection which would otherwise not be on public view. This conversation will discuss how technology and new considerations of access have changed the design and use of museum storage.
Register for webinar in advance: http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/tribe-event/museum-collections-considering-access-transparency-through-visible-storage/n/a (event is online via Zoom), n/a (event is online via Zoom). n/a. free. firstname.lastname@example.org. http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/tribe-event/museum-collections-considering-access-transparency-through-visible-storage/. 734-936-6678.
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.
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.
Tai Chi (Mon., Wed., & Fri., noon–12:30 p.m.) via Zoom.
Ann Arbor Rotary Club Lunch Meeting & Speaker Series.
Nov. 2, 9, & 16. Brief club business meeting followed by talks by guest speakers. Nov. 2: Local sports journalist John U. Bacon, whose recent The Greatest Comeback tells the story of the celebrated 1972 Summit Series between the Canadian and Soviet national hockey teams. Nov. 9: GM lead engineer Bala Murthy with an update on the global effort to eradicate polio. Nov. 16: NBC sportscaster Mike Tirico on his life behind the microphone. 12:15–1:30 p.m., Michigan League Anderson Room. Free; Buffet Lunch, $11.
“Respectful Conversations”: Westminster Presbyterian.
Structured, facilitated discussion that asks “Is unity possible?” Bring your lunch. 12:30–2:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 Scio Church Rd. westpresa2.org. Free.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
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.
Walking Group (Mon., Wed., & Fri. 12:30–1 p.m.) via Zoom.
“La Traviata”: 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. 5 & 9: Live (Sat.) & pre-recorded (Wed.) broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless, tragic romance. 12:55 (Sat.) and 1 p.m. (Wed.: Ann Arbor 20 only).
Bingo: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Bingo, $1 per card (Wed. 1-2:30 p.m.). Pittsfield Township Community Center (701 W. Ellsworth, 822-2120, recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
Chess: 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.
Chess (Wed. 1–4 p.m.) in person, all levels welcome, call if interested.
“Rosie the Riveter and the Willow Run Plant”: Ann Arbor District Library/Yankee Air Museum.
Michigan historian Claire Kitchin Dahl discusses the history of the WWII-era Willow Run B-24 Bomber Plant and the vital roles played by women filling the work force gaps caused by men going into military service. 2–3 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
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.
Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.
Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. “Board Game Guru” on hand to answer questions. 5–8 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 548–9729.
“Spirited Away Windowsill Silhouette Decorations”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Adults and teens invited to use pre-cut multi-layer silhouettes to make window decorations featuring a scene from Studio Ghibli’s beloved 2001 anime film. 6–7 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327–4200.
Kids Gaming Meetup: Sylvan Factory.
Every Wed. (6–8 p.m.). Kids age 8 & up invited to drop in for casual games of Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, King of Tokyo, and more. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. email@example.com, 929–5877.
“A Place at the Table: Heath Ceramics and the Legacy of Edith Heath”: Ann Arbor District Library/International Museum of Dinnerware Design.
Heath Ceramics archivist-curator Julie Muñiz discusses (via Zoom) the California pottery company’s founder, drawing on historic images and photos from the company archive. She also shares her insights into the Heath Ceramic collection at the local Dinnerware museum. 6:30–7:30 p.m., for URL see aadl.org. Free. 327–4200.
“Sedges (and Other Under-Used Plants) for Native Gardens in Southeast Michigan”: Wild Ones.
Slide-illustrated talk by U-M Herbarium curator emeritus Tony Reznicek, co-author of the Field Manual of Michigan Flora. 6:45–8 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free; metered parking. annarbor.wildones.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“An Evening of Poetry and Written Word”: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle.
All invited to read and discuss (via Zoom) their poetry or short fiction. For guidelines, see cwcircle.poetry.blog/poetry-workshop-guidelines. 7–9 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email email@example.com. Free. 668–7523.
Ann Arbor Bridge Club.
Every Wed., except Nov. 23. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Bring a partner if you can, or call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early if you can’t. 7–10:30 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park in the designated spaces in the lot on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 945–6021.
Hot Club Wednesday: Djangophonique feat. Chase Potter: North Star Lounge
Djangophonique is a virtuosic, instrumentally driven quartet led by guitar player Andrew Brown. With over a decade of national touring experience, Brown is no stranger to the stage and delivers every performance with personality and enigmatic charm. A true disciple of the style, Brown has spent countless hours immersing himself in the language of Django Reinhardt’s jazz manouche, and he’s joined on stage by bandmates that match his skill and passion for the material. The result is a sound that’s unmistakable to fans of the music, and alluring to the uninitiated—a sound that can bring the lively energy of a parisian dance hall to the quietest listening room or captivate a buzzing festival audience with a shimmering ballad. With respect for the tradition and a fearless creativity that bends the conventions of the style, Djangophonique is keeping the Hot Club revival alive and well.
Chase Potter started his music career just shy of five years old on the violin. It had a profound effect on him at an early age, facilitating his inherent musicality into something tangible. Just after a year of study, he began performing publicly, and it wasn’t long after when he began absorbing other instruments. The drums came first, then guitar; the saxophone family followed. He took on the bass in his teenage years, followed by the mandolin. While violin remained his sharpest tool, he showed an exceptional ability to assimilate any instrument he could get his hands on. As a high school student in West Jefferson, Ohio, Potter’s musical prowess would allow him to travel the world through the prestigious Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, touring across Peru with Wynton Marsalis sideman Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson. Subsequently, the culmination of his prodigal talent and professionalism beyond his years would lead to a distinction unlike any other: a full ride to the Berklee College of Music.301 N. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor. nstarlounge.com.
Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome, help available. 7 p.m. or so, for URL join facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. Free. 926–8863.
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
Every Wed. All are invited for a dharma discussion. The program begins with a group meditation. 7–8 p.m., 614 Miner (enter through back door). Mask required. Also livestream; for URL see annarborktc.org. Free. 678–7549.
Salsa Night, Ft. LL7: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Join us for a fabulous evening at Blue LLama Jazz Club for our first ever Salsa Night! This unique experience includes dinner, drinks, dancing, and a live Latin band, LL7!314 S. Main St , Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show+Dancing at opentable.com. $75. firstname.lastname@example.org. bluellamaclub.com. 734-372-3200.
“What Micro-Economic Policies Can and Can’t Accomplish”: Pittsfield Union Grange.
U-M economics lecturer emerita Jan Gerson gives an introduction to market forces, with a focus on taxes and price controls. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck; bring a dish to pass. 7:15 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask requested when not eating. Free. (307) 760–8570.
"War and Peace": U-M Center for South Asian Studies Film Series.
Screenings every Wed. (except Nov. 23) of films by the renowned Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan. 7:30 p.m., 2nd fl. MLB. Free. 764-0448.
(Anand Patwardhan, 2002). Documentary about the 1998 nuclear tests in India and Pakistan, and the accompanying rise in nationalist rhetoric.
Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.
Every Wed. All singers invited to rehearse with this semi-professional a cappella ensemble that performs Renaissance and Victorian-era music in period dress. 7:30–9:30 p.m., Dixboro United Methodist Church, 5221 Church Rd. Free. TheArborConsort.org.
Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfortable low grip/tread shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson. 8–10 p.m., check facebook.com/groups/swingannarbor for U-M campus location. Mask and proof of vaccination (with booster) required. $5 (free for members and those who attend the lesson). swingannarbor.com.