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Events in May 2022
May 29, 2022
All invited to bike 50 km, 100 km, or 100 miles at your own pace on mixed terrain. For details, see drinkblom.com/events/4th-100m-orchard-ride. 7:11 a.m. (100-mile), 9:11 a.m. (100-km), and 10:11 a.m. (50-km) start times, meet at Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free, but preregistration required at BikeReg.com/blom by May 26, 11:59 p.m.
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.
May 21-29. City-wide home participation event to eradicate this aggressive invasive plant that can quickly crowd out native plant species and decrease biodiversity. The AANAPD invites all to survey and pull this target species in your own yard or City nature areas. Go to a2gov.org/gmwow for information.
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.
(Hal Needham, 1977). 45th anniversary screening of this action comedy about a man hired to run a tractor trailer full of beer over county lines with a pesky sheriff in hot pursuit. Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason. 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. (Emagine only). Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973–8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316–5500). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see FathomEvents.com/events.
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.
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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.
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.
(David Lean, 1962). Influential and stirring historical epic about the life of British army officer T.E. Lawrence, who was involved in attacks on Aqaba and Damascus and in the Arab National Council during World War I. Themes include his emotional struggles with the violence inherent in war, his sexual identity, and his divided allegiance between the British army and Arab desert tribes. Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, José Ferrer, Claude Rains, Omar Sharif. 1:30 p.m. (Sun.), 7:30 p.m. (Tues.). Michigan Theater. 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.
Spiritual class for young people via Zoom. Free, but donations appreciated.https://interfaithspirit.org/
A city naturalist leads a walk through Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area, 88 acres of mixed habitat (oak forest, wet meadow, shrubland), and a great place to see birds, rare plants, and interesting mushrooms. Dress for the weather and bring water. 1–2 p.m., meet in the Scarlett Middle School parking lot off Lorraine. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly/scarlettwalk052022. 794–6627.
May 15 & 29. All invited to watch races between club members and any others who want to enter (free) in their own sailboats. May 15 (12:30 p.m.): “Spring Sunfish Regatta” features sailing dinghies less than 14 feet. May 29 (1 p.m.): “Dan Rice Memorial Regatta”: a variety of craft under 20 feet compete in a race dedicated to the club’s longtime coach. Various times, Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd., left from Mast off North Territorial. Free. Preregistration required to race at michigansailingclub.org.
In a concert rescheduled from January, former Virginia Symphony concertmaster John McLaughlin Williams, a finalist for the position of the band’s new conductor, leads this local volunteer ensemble in a program featuring works by 20th-century American composers: George Frederick McKay’s Wake Me Up for the Great Jubilee (subtitled “variations on an old American song”) and Walter Piston’s Tunbridge Fair, a 1950 commission by the American Bandmaster’s Association. Also, early 20th-century Russian composer Alexander Glazunov’s smooth & melodic Scènes de Ballet, Civil War-era American composer Henry Clay Work’s soulful “Wake Nicodemus,” and contemporary American composer Ron Nelson’s Passacaglia (Homage on B-A-C-H), a wind band staple since it premiered in 1992. 2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (kids age 14 & under, free) at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Attendees under the age of 12 have their temperature checked at the door. aaband.org, 478-7515.
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.
May 27-29. Stephen Visser & Joshua Bleu direct this Genesee County-based musical theater ensemble in a production of Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen’s 2014 musical adaptation of Natalie Babbitt’s 1975 novel about a family that has learned the secret of immortality and tries to persuade a young neighbor that living forever may not be such a good thing. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $20-22 in advance at mutotix.umich.edu and at the door. firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Gareth Edwards, 2016). Prequel set one week before the original Star Wars film, this narrative follows a group of rebels who try to steal plans for the Death Star, the ultimate weapon of the Galactic Empire. It received generally positive reviews. 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.
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 email@example.com or check annarbormorris.org in advance to confirm. 717-1569.