Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in June 2022
June 22, 2022
“Intro to Archery”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Hands-on demos for all age 8 & up. Archery equipment provided. No prior experience necessary. 10–11:30 a.m. & 2–3:30 p.m., Lillie Park Central, 4205 Platt Rd. $10/resident ($15/non-resident). Preregistration required at bit.ly/wcprc-archer (activity #170.SS22 for the 10 a.m. or 170B.SS22 for the 2 p.m. session). firstname.lastname@example.org, 971–6337.
Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.
Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes. Featuring 5 different films each week available to stream anytime. June 19, noon through June 24, noon (online): “The Adventures of Saul Bellow” (Asaf Galay, 2021). Documentary tracing the life of this noted Jewish American novelist and public intellectual. “Kiss Me Kosher” (Shirel Peleg, 2021). Romantic comedy about an engaged German and Israeli lesbian couple and their families as they make preparations for their wedding. “Wet Dog” (Damir Lukacevic, 2021). Drama following a teenage Jewish-Iranian immigrant and his family as they navigate secular society in Berlin. “Muranow” (Chen Shelach, 2021). Documentary examining this neighborhood, the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII, and how its current residents grapple with its dark past. “Shorts I” A program of short films exploring the topics of community, education, and traditions. Commandment 613 (Miriam Lewin, 2020). Documentary following a Torah scribe who restores scrolls saved from the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. The Inspection (Caroline Brami & Frédéric Bas, 2021). Drama about a history teacher facing a school inspector. 263 Nights (Irina Tarasova, 2021). Animated documentary that tells the story of 26 Jews who went into hiding following the elimination of the Minsk ghetto. Beregovsky #136 (Yoav Potash, 2021). Evocative short that combines a recent live performance of klezmer music collected by Soviet Jewish ethnomusicologist Moshe Beregovsky with archival footage of prewar Jewish life. With Slight Steps (Guy Hodes, 2018). Documentary following a 96-year-old grandmother as she reminisces about her days as an accomplished Israeli folk dancer. $12 per film; virtual festival pass, $150. Online at Film.jccAnnArbor.org. 971–0990. Various times.
“Mind Matters”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Every Wed. AASC rec supervisor Brittany Ruthven leads various mental exercises(via Zoom) from Nancy Linde’s 2012 book 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young. Via Zoom at bit.ly/a2braingame. For more information email email@example.com or call 794-6250.
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.
Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. 30 min. online lesson on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome. 2401 Plymouth Road. For URL, go to bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 998-9353.
Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Via Zoom. For URL, go to bit.ly/UMTurnerCal. For more information, email email@example.com or call 998-9353.
Bug Bash at the Preserve: Pittsfield Township Parks and Recreation.
Naturalist-led bug collecting and identifying. 1-2:30 p.m., Pittsfield Preserve, 5400 Marton Rd. Entrance. $10 ($12 nonresident). Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov (#155.SS22).
Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Wednesday. In person, all levels welcome, call if interested. 2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Every Wed. Group conversation about aging, generations, and related topics, facilitated by local playwright and oral historian Hank Greenspan, a retired U-M psychology professor.Register online at olli-umich.org/olli-commons. Free. 734-998-9351.
“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.
69th Annual Summer Carnival: Ann Arbor Jaycees.
June 22–26. Carnival games and rides. Concessions. 4–8 p.m. (Wed.–Fri.), noon–8 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Pioneer High School parking lot, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Wristbands for multiple rides $30 at the door; individual game & ride tickets available; $10 minimum purchase to enter. No entry 1 hour before close. No re-entry or unaccompanied minors. skerbeck.com/events/254, a2jaycees.org, email@example.com.
“Top of the Park”: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
Tonight: Canopy by Pneuhaus (5 p.m.), a pedal-powered illuminated sculpture. In the Kidzone: Origami, Calligraphy, Paper Cutting, and Paper Puppets (5 p.m.). On the Power Center Lawn: Zumba Fitness with Carol Chan and Sheila May (5 p.m.). In the Annex tent: The Ann Arbor District Library offers a “Bob Ross Paint-a-Long” (5:30 & 8 p.m.). On the O&W Grove Stage: Local Americana singer-songwriter Rochelle Clark (5 p.m.) and the Ann Arbor surf-rock quintet Tina in the Sand (6 p.m.). On the Rackham Stage: Chicago-based country-folk singer Michelle Billingsley (7 p.m.) and the honky-tonk inspired psychedelic country band John Holk & The Sequins (8:30 p.m.). The music is followed at 10 p.m. by a screening of A League of Their Own, the 1992 comedy-drama about the WWII-era All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. 5 p.m.–midnight.
“West Side Nite Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 10 to 30 miles, along the B2B Trail to Hudson Mills Metropark and/or Dexter Huron Metropark with a possible visit to Dexter’s Dairy Queen. This ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders. 5 p.m. sharp, meet at Forest Lawn Cemetery parking lot, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 426-5116.
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. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available. Free, 548–9729.
“Sewing Lab”: Ann Arbor District Library.
June 9 & 22. All invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Bring your own sewing machine, if you wish. No experience necessary. Also, local crafter Amber Adams-Fall shows how to hand stitch an invisible hem (June 9) and sewing instructor Rae Hoekstra demonstrates how to stitch zig-zag seam finishes (June 22). 6 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327–4200.
"Words to Win Our Future": Washtenaw County Democratic Party/Liberal Leadership League
Join us on June 22 for Words to Win Our Future, when Anat Shenker-Osorio teaches us how to deliver messages that inspire people to vote for our hopeful vision for the future, expose the opposition’s unrelenting dog whistles, and defuse their attacks on good, effective government. The more we learn how to message, the stronger progressives & liberals in Michigan will be. Register for this free Zoom here: https://tinyurl.com/ASO-MI2022
“Why Patti Smith Matters”: Literati Bookstore/Ann Arbor District Library.
Veteran music journalist Caryn Rose reads from and discusses her new biography of the iconic punk rocker-poet in which she seeks to rescue Smith from the “strong woman” clichés of other, male-authored biographies. Signing. 6:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. 585–5567.
Monthly Meeting: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.
Bonsai expert Chris Baker shows off, via Zoom, the bonsai collection at the Chicago Botanic Garden. 6:30–9 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Livestream available, for URL, see bit.ly/june22bonsai. Free; metered parking. AABonsaiSociety@gmail.com.
“An Evening of Poetry and Written Word”: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle.
“An Evening of Poetry and Written Word”: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle. Reading, via Zoom, by 2 poets. Local poet and children’s picture book writer Shutta Crum writes aurally masterful poems that ask big questions, and Washington, D.C.-based poet Mike Maggio is an adventurous craftsman with a wild imagination. Followed by open mic. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Free. 668–7523.
"After Yang": Michigan Theater
(Kogonada, 2022). Indie sci fi film from the acclaimed director of Columbus about a father who tries to restore his daughter's beloved companion robot to full functioning. Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith.
Post-screening discussion with Christien White, CEO and co-founder of imagine chat, a social-emotional exploration app for 3-7 year olds. 7 p.m. 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.
Ann Arbor Bridge Club.
Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early. No refreshments. 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.
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 group meditation practice and dharma discussion. 7-8:00p.m., 614 Miner St., Enter through back door. Also livestream; for URL see annarborktc.org. Free. 678-7549.
“Music in the Park”: Ann Arbor Civic Band Summer Concert Series.
See 15 Wednesday. Tonight: “Song and Dance,” includes contemporary Minnesota composer Shelly Hanson’s folk tune arrangement Albanian Dance, Robert Russell Bennett’s Suite of Old American Dances, “Simple Song” from Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, early 20th-century Italian American composer Joseph Deluca’s Beautiful Colorado, Warren Barker’s Gershwin medley Gershwin!, “Seventy-Six Trombones” from The Music Man, and Sousa’s “El Capitan.” 7:30–8:30 p.m.
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. The official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. 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 needed. Wear comfortable low grip/tread shoes. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. 9–11 p.m., locations TBA at swingannarbor.com/calendar. Mask and proof of vaccination (with booster) required. $5 (free for members and those who attend the lesson). 945–8428.