Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in May 2022
May 8, 2022
“May the 4th Run with You: A Virtual 4K”: Epic Races.
May 1-31. This Star Wars themed event allows participants to complete a self-timed 4-km run/walk anytime and anywhere during the month. Mailed race packets include a T-shirt, medal, bib, and sticker decal. A portion of the proceeds is donated to the American Association for Cancer Research. Anytime in May. $50. Preregistration required at bit.ly/maythe4thrun2022. email@example.com, 531-8747.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute tour of the museum’s exhibits and galleries, as well as an introduction to some current U-M Biological Sciences research projects. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Fri.–Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Sea Monsters (Fri.–Sun., 11:30 a.m.) follows an adventurous Late Cretaceous dolichorhynchops (a kind of prehistoric marine reptile) as she travels through the ocean, encountering long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles, sharks, and the most dangerous sea monster of all, the mosasaur. The Sky Tonight (Fri.–Sun., 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. Natural Selection (Fri.–Sun., 1:30 p.m.) joins Darwin on his voyage with HMS Beagle to the Galápagos Islands where he was inspired to develop his theory of transmutation by natural selection. Various times, U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
"Portable Disaster Proof House: Take It With You!!!” an exhibition by Tracey Snelling
Creal Microgallery presents "Portable Disaster Proof House: Take It With You!!!," a small-scale installation work by Tracey Snelling, echoing several other installations by the artist, that are concurrently on view in Ann Arbor. This installation pulls together pop cultural elements to create a "safe space" filled with tropical sunset wallpaper, movie posters, and Keanu Reeves. Snelling's installations often take on multiple scales at once-- existing in life size and miniature simultaneously. This exhibition conjures a space that is at once comforting and overwhelming, centering and disorienting.
Creal Microgallery is a breadbox-sized exhibition space on Creal Crescent in Ann Arbor, visible from the sidewalk and lit up most nights until 11pm.
“Mother’s Day Time to Teal Run”: Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
All invited to compete in a 5-km race, or to run or walk in a fun run through downtown. Also, participants can compete in the 5-km race from anywhere virtually. Proceeds benefit the Alliance. 8 a.m., 209 S. Ashley. $40 (5-km, early registration), $45 (day of), at bit.ly/timetoteal, firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-6144.
Spring Plant Sales: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
May 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 30. Plant sales include a “Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale” (May 7 & 8) of hanging baskets and container plants grown and designed by Matthaei staff and volunteers and a “Kitchen Favorites Vegetable and Herb Sale” (May 14 & 15) of plants grown by U-M Campus Farm volunteers. Also, an online-only “Peony Sale” (May 30) of heirloom peonies that must be picked up in person at Matthaei. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. mbgna.umich.edu 647-7600.
Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom
“Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times”: Jewel Heart 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. Once a month, Demo Rinpoche presents a story from Jakata Tales, the Indian canon of 547 poems, dated 300 BC-400 AD, that concern the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form. The May 1 topic is “Fish,” a tale about the power of prayer and goodness. 11 a.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994–3387.
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. Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846–9418.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sun. & Sat. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Eurasia (2 & 4 p.m.), including a reindeer, a Burmese python, and a legless lizard, which is not a snake. Also, a zookeeper talk with a surprise animal (3 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals. 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $11 (kids ages 2–12, $9; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount in advance. 929–9324.
“Fun with Local Food | The Farm at St. Joe’s Visits AADL”: Ann Arbor District Library.
The Farm at St. Joe's education coordinator Laura Meisler leads hands-on activities centered on nutritious vegetables and how they grow, including a seed match game, a soil model, a vegetable taste test, and more. 1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200.
“Historic Earhart Manor Tour”: Concordia University Ann Arbor Guild.
Docent-led tour of this 1935 English-style country manor, currently home to Concordia administration, built by former local gasoline baron Harry Earhart. It features secret panels and hidden passageways linking rooms and floors, a room once used solely for arranging flowers, and rooms so spacious that a former closet is now a top Concordia administrator’s office. 1 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes Rd. Mask required. $10, preregistration required. ConcordiaGuild@cuaa.edu, 995–7509.
Interfaith Youthful Spirits Class for Young People: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Spiritual class for young people via Zoom. Free, but donations appreciated.
This month’s home schedule includes a game against Youngstown State (May3, 6 p.m.), a 3-game series vs. Indiana (May 6, 6 p.m., May 7, 2 p.m., and May 8, 1 p.m.) and Rutgers (May 19, 6 p.m., May 20, 2 p.m., May 21, 1 p.m.), a single game vs. MSU (May 17, 6 p.m.), and nonconference games vs. Xavier (May 10, 6 p.m.) and Wright State (May 11, 6 p.m., dollar day), 6 p.m., Ray Fisher Stadium, 1114 S. State St. $6 ($8 in advance). mGOblue.com, 764–0247.
“Keepsake Box Crafternoon”: Booksweet Bookshop.
Local artist Keysha Wall leads teens and adults in making a keepsake box using plantable seed papers, natural dyes, and simple painting techniques. Supplies provided. 2–3:30 p.m., Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Mask & proof of vaccination required. $5 donation for materials requested, preregistration required at ShopBooksweet.com. 929–4112.
“Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Ghost Machine”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.-Sun, Apr. 15-Aug. 27. Angie Kane directs the world premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor’s drama that imagines the Victorian sleuth, aided by Dr. Watson and Irene Adler, solving the disappearance of world-changing inventions by clients Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Cast: David Bendena, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Mark Colson, Sarab Kamoo, Rusty Mewha, and Paul Strobili. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mask and proof of vaccination required. Tickets $25-51 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 Ellen Rowe Trio: The Women Behind the Words”: Kerrytown Concert House.
U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in a program honoring the contributions of great female lyricists such as Dorothy Fields, Marilyn Bergman, Billie Holiday, and Ann Ronell. With vocalist Sunny Wilkinson and bassist Marion Hayden. 2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. Livestream available at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Tickets $13–$50 in advance online and at the door. 769–2999.
Cocktail Class: Floral Flavors: Tammy's Tastings
April showers bring May floral cocktails! In this class we’ll explore a variety of different floral ingredients. We’ll talk about liqueurs like the ever-popular St Germain and Creme de Violette. Explore the artful application of a few drops of rose or orange blossom water. And look to infusions and syrups made from ingredients like chamomile or hibiscus.
Your booking includes light snacks (pretzels, nuts). 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 1.5-2 cocktails per person over the 90-120 minute class.
$50 per person
The Last Word
301 W Huron Street , Ann Arbor, MI, 48103
Kumiko Make & Take
Kumiko is a Japanese technique of assembling wooden pieces without the use of nails. Thinly slit wooden pieces are grooved and then fitted individually. We have created kits for the class with most pieces already perfectly cut for you to come assemble and frame! This two-hour class costs $125.
“Little Red”: Chelsea Chamber Players.
This local ensemble performs Chelsea composer Brian Brill’s 2015 adaptation of the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, a work it commissioned. A Chelsea High School student narrates former Dexter school teacher Ann Brill’s retelling of the story as the quartet reflects its mood, words, and characters. With violinists Nathan Peters & Paula Elliott, violist Ian Cumming, and cellist Sara Cumming. 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea. Free. 433-1622.
“Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”: Bløm Meadworks.
(Irvin Kershner, 1980). Set 3 years after the events of the first Star Wars, this installment recounts the battle between the malevolent Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia. Considered by many to be the best film in the series, due in part to its darker and more mature tone. All ages welcome, but minors encouraged to be accompanied by adult. 4 p.m. Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Proof of vaccination required.. 548–9729.
Men’s AFC Ann Arbor vs. Oakland County FC.
After a 2-season hiatus, the local semi-pro soccer team—2017 & 2018 conference champs—opens its home season against United Soccer League Two rival Oakland County FC (May 8, 4 p.m.). The May home schedule also includes a game vs. the Kalamazoo FC (May 24, 7:30 p.m.). Saline High School Hornet Stadium, 1300 Campus Pkwy, Saline. Tickets $10 in advance (kids, $8) at afcannarbor.com, $12 at the gate. Group discounts available. 408-1627.
Ann Arbor Go Club.
Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game in person. Game materials provided. 5:30 p.m. until whenever, for location email Drew at email@example.com. Free.
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., outdoors at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit Street. Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or check annarbormorris.org in advance to confirm. 717-1569.
“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.
“The UnClub'': The Theater Shop.
Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Chili Challis’s comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. 8 p.m. The Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St. #100, Ypsilanti. Mask and vaccination encouraged. Free. facebook.com/thetheatershop.