Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in March 2023
Visit our Nightspots listing.
Mar. 6 & 7: (Rob Stennett & Andrew Harmon, 2023). Filmed version of a long-running stage production that tells the story of Jesus with Cirque du Soleil-style aerial acrobatics and dance. 973–8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316–5500 (Emagine). Tickets $11.50–$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline), different times.
Every Mon., Jan. 23–Apr. 24. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women’s chorus to sing an eclectic program including classical, folk, Broadway, pop, and jazz. Ben Gaughran directs; Joshua Marzan accompanies. Concert on Apr. 28. 10–11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com, 665–9271.
Mar. 6 & 13. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 6: Temple University energy geography professor Veronica Jacome on “Power, Responsibility, and Reliability in the Electrical World.” Mar. 13: University of Arizona religious studies professor Max Strassfeld on “Queering and Transing the Life Cycle in Jewish Ritual.” 4 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 State. Free. 763–2066.
Panel discussion on how legislation can help redress differential environmental impacts on marginalized communities. Panelists include U.S. congresswoman for Michigan’s 12th district Rashida Tlaib, Michigan state senator Stephanie Chang, and physician, epidemiologist, and newly appointed Wayne County Health, Human & Veterans Services director Abdul El-Sayed. 4:30–6:30 p.m., Weill Hall Betty Ford Auditorium, 735 State. Free. Preregistration requested at bit.ly/ford-envir-mar2023. 764–3490.
Whether efficient public transit, climate change, or air and water pollution, marginalized communities are regularly denied access to healthy environments. Differences in power and political voice create differential impacts of our changing environment—natural and built—on these communities, compromising access to basic necessities like clean water and breathable air. Legislation to redress these differential impacts requires policymakers to work hand in glove with the communities they represent.
Join Dr. Abdul El-Sayed - physician, epidemiologist, and newly appointed Director of the Wayne County Health, Human & Veterans Services Department, and a former Ford School Towsley Policymaker in Residence - for a conversation with policymakers at the intersection of social justice and environmental concerns. Dr. El-Sayed will be joined by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Michigan Senator Stephanie Chang (MPP/MSW '14) to reflect on their work to address environmental injustice in Michigan and beyond, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.
At this event, the Ford School will also recognize Senator Chang with the prestigious Neil Staebler Distinguished Service Award for her dedication to excellence in public service. Read the announcement here.
Representative Rashida Tlaib is currently the Congresswoman for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, which includes the city of Detroit and many surrounding communities. She made history in 2008 by becoming the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan Legislature.
Senator Stephanie Chang is a Ford School alumna and the first Asian American woman to be elected to the Michigan Legislature. Chang worked as a community organizer in Detroit for nearly a decade before serving two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.735 S. State St. ,Ann Arbor. Register at fordschool.umich.edu firstname.lastname@example.org https://fordschool.umich.edu/event/2023/governing-environmental-justice
Minnesota-based writer, educator, and activist Shannon Gibney, an Ann Arbor native, discusses her new memoir about growing up as the Black daughter of white adoptive parents and finding out, at age 19, that her birth mother had given her a different name. 6:30–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
Every Mon.-Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Wed. 5–8 p.m.: Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game, free. Fri. 6:30–10 p.m.: Magic rotating draft, cost varies. Sat. noon–3 p.m.: Intro to Magic: The Gathering, free. Sat. 6–10 p.m.: Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players, free. Mon. 6:30–10 p.m.: Power Cards, $10. Tues. 6–9 p.m.: MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels, $5. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. Various costs. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Former Cinema Guild member Frank Uhle, former Ann Arbor Film Co-Op member Philip Hallman, and a representative TBA from Cinema 2 share recollections of their involvement in student-run film societies during the latter part of the 20th century. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. For festival screening schedule, see Films, p. 000. 7–9 p.m., Zingerman’s Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $175 (limited number of student tickets, $25), includes admission to an AAFF Sneak Preview immediately preceding the fundraiser (5:30 p.m., Michigan Theater). Preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. aafilmfest.org, 995–5356.