Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in June 2022
June 24, 2022
“Elvis”: State Theatre.
Opens June 24: Baz Luhrmann directs this epic musical drama depicting the life and career of Elvis Presley and his complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Tom Hanks, Austin Butler. State Theatre. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8; matinee $7.50) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
“Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen”: State Theatre.
Opens June 24: Documentary that uses interviews and film clips to detail the making of the 1971 Norman Jewison musical, Fiddler on the Roof. The New York Times calls it “gleefully reverent.” State Theatre. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8; matinee $7.50) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
“Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”: Michigan Theater.
Opens June 24: Live-action animated mockumentary about a charming anthropomorphic shell voiced by Jenny Slate. Based on a series of whimsical YouTube videos Slate and Fleischer-Camp made in 2010 that went viral. Michigan Theater. 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.
“Phantom of the Open”: Michigan Theater.
Opens June 24: Crowd-pleasing British biographical comedy-drama about an amateur golfer who achieves his late-in-life goal of participating in the British Open. Mark Rylance, Sally Hawkins. Michigan Theater. 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 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.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Every 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. Tales of the Maya Skies (Fri.–Sun., 1:30 p.m.) immerses viewers in the wonders of Maya science, examining how Maya scholars developed a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture, and mathematics that enabled them to predict solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns, and planetary movements. Various times, U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Check ummnh.org for the latest Covid protocols. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
“Joe’s Breakfast Club”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Fri. Moderate-paced ride, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Pack a lunch or stop in Dexter for coffee or Breakfast. 9 a.m., sharp, meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. email@example.com.
Dixboro UMC Annual Rummage Sale
Dixboro United Methodist Church Annual
Rummage Sale will be held on Friday June 24th, 9 am-7:00 pm and Saturday June 25th, 9 am-1:00 pm.
5221 Church Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105
We will have household items, furniture, toys, kids clothing, electronic, bedding & bath, crafts, games, holiday items, books, movies and so much more!
Proceeds from this sale will go to Warm the Children (a program through Kiwanis). Come and find some new treasures while helping out our community!
“Olson Park Gravel Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Fri. Slow/moderate-paced 18-mile gravel road ride with a rest stop a St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. 10 a.m., sharp, meet at Olson Park, 1515 Dhu Varren. Free. aabts.org.
5th Annual Michigan Pez Convention.
June 23–25. Show and sale of vintage and collectible Pez candy dispensers (main sale is Sat., 10 a.m.–2 p.m.), a game night (7 p.m. Thurs.), a bean bag tournament (10:30 a.m. Fri.), a charity auction (7 p.m. Fri.), and a blow-up game house party (6:30 p.m. Sat.). Showing of The Pez Outlaw, the 2022 documentary about Pez dispenser smuggling (2 p.m. Fri.). Also, Pez dealer Brian Crisp speaks (5 p.m. Thurs.) and “Pez outlaw” Steve Glew answers questions (3:30 p.m. Fri.). 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Wyndham Garden Ann Arbor, 2900 Jackson. $55 (VIP/dealer, $125) at mipezcon.com for all 3 days; free admission on Sat. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 998-9353.
Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Every Tues. & Fri. Some experience necessary. No partner needed. 2401 Plymouth Road. Free. Call 998-9353 if interested, email@example.com.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Thurs., Fri., & Tues. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Tues., Fri.), or a 499er game (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com beforehand.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Top of the Park”: Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
See 10 Friday. Tonight: Canopy by Pneuhaus (5 p.m.), a pedal-powered illuminated sculpture. In the Kidzone: Wind Chimes Craft (5 p.m.). On the Power Center Lawn: Jazzercise with Saline Come Dancing (5 p.m.). On the O&W Grove Stage: Avant-garde Kalamazoo folk-soul cellist and vocalist Jordan Hamilton (5 p.m.) and Detroit-based jazz composer-pianist Estar Cohen (6 p.m.). On the Rackham Stage: Genre-hopping Ann Arbor funk-rock and jazz fusion quartet Chirp (7 p.m.), the Detroit progressive pop-soul septet Paddlebots (8:30 p.m.), and the Detroit-area funk-rock band Funkwagon (10:15 p.m.).
Belated Poetry Book B-Day Party: Booksweet Bookshop.
Sixteen Washtenaw County poets read from books they’ve published since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. 6–9 p.m., Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration recommended (capacity limited) at ShopBooksweet.com. Mask & proof of vaccination required. 929–4112.
Game Night: Sweetwaters Café Downtown.
June 20 & 24. All invited to play any type of tabletop game, including board games, role playing, and card games. Bring your own game, or use one provided. Attendees limited to first 15 each week. 6–9 p.m., Sweetwaters, 123 W. Washington St. Free, but food & drink purchases expected for table use. victor@LHPress.com.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”: U-M Residential College/Nichols Arboretum.
June 2–5, 9–12, 16–19, & 23–26. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production that wafts from spot to spot within the Arb to create the different scenes of Shakespeare’s comedy of fairies, magic spells, domestic intrigue, and misplaced affections. The RC’s annual Shakespeare in the Arb productions have become a hugely popular local summer tradition. Director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting Arb environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on. Pick up tickets 5–6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $25 in advance only. Tickets go on sale May 23 (May 16 for Matthaei-Nichols members) at mutotix.umich.edu and are held at will call, Nichols Arboretum Visitor Center, 1610 Washington Hts. 998–9540.
“The Joy Choice: How to Finally Achieve Lasting Changes in Eating and Exercise”: Literati Bookstore/Ann Arbor District Library.
Ann Arbor lifestyle coach Michelle Segar reads from and discusses her new self-help book which draws on emerging decision science research to offer a practical framework for making enduring behavior changes. Signing. 6:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. 585–5567.
Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.
See June 10. Tonight: classic rock by the Joyriders. 6:30 p.m.
"Drinking Mug Clay Date": Curiouser Clay
Join Curiouser Clay at Robin Hills Farm (20390 M-52, Chelsea.) for an evening of mug making! Bring a friend to share the fun! Participants will create one stamped drinking tumbler using either license plates or textured rolling pins. No experience necessary as the instructor guides you through the process. All materials are included and your ticket ($68) includes your first beverage! Register at curiouserclay.com.
John Two-Hawks: Lighthouse Center.
Storyteller and musician Two-Hawks performs Lakota music, singing and playing a Native American flute and drums. 7 p.m., 740 East Shore Drive, Whitmore Lake. $25 online and $35 at the door. lighthousecenterinc.org, 808–1335.
June Bike-In: Bike-in Ann Arbor.
All invited to a slow-paced bike ride, 6–8 miles, throughout Ann Arbor. Post-ride hang-out at a place TBA. 7 p.m., Kerrytown, 315 Detroit St., facebook.com/bikeinannarbor, email@example.com.
“Last of the Red Hot Lovers”: Mind the Gap Theatre Productions.
June 10–12, 17–19, & 24–26. Fran Potasnik directs local actors in Neil Simon’s 1969 comedy about a middle-aged married man who wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late. He uses his mother’s empty apartment to attempt three seductions. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sun.), The 109 Cultural Exchange, 109 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. Tickets $20 in advance at bit.ly/redhotlovers2022 and (if available) at the door. 971–2228.
“Mamma Mia!”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company.
Every Thurs.–Sun., June 16–Jul. 17. This local professional theater company performs the sunny 1999 Catherine Johnson musical about a bride-to-be trying to narrow down a field of three possibilities to find her real father. The all-ABBA score includes the title song, “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen,” “Money, Money, Money,” and more. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $46 (seniors & youth $44) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268–6200.
“Welcome to Commie High”: Michigan Theater.
(Donald Harrison, 2021). Documentary exploring the unfolding experiment in public education that is Ann Arbor’s Community High School, one of the few remaining public schools from America’s “free school” movement. 2022 is the school’s 50th anniversary. 7:30 p.m. Michigan Theater. 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.
David Waite: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
June 24 & 25. Politically incorrect, edgy, often raunchy observational comedy by this very funny NYC-based Kentucky native whose topics include television, dating, heroin, and history. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $15 reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $17 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“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 Sandbox”: Dreamland Theater.
June 10 & 24. All invited to tell a story, dance, juggle, put on a puppet show, read a poem, or share another talent at this open mic. Acts must be under 10 minutes. Also, a few vendors welcome to sell crafts. 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Free ($5 donation suggested). Preregistration required by performers at bit.ly/sandboxact and by vendors at bit.ly/sandboxvendor. facebook.com/TheaterDreamland firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nomo: Rancho Tranquilico.
June 24 and 25. A hugely popular local band in the years immediately after its founding in 2003 by bandleader Elliot Bergman when he was still a U-M student, Nomo has been called “a sonic maelstrom” (NPR), “eight-headed future-jazz geniuses” (Alternative Press), and “a true innovator with a style totally its own” (Pitchfork). Its tightly knit ensemble of touring musicians has an eclectic sound that incorporates Afrobeat, jazz, world music, and electronica, to produce music that is funky, danceable, emotional, and full of life. The band has appeared on stages worldwide, including at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Bonnaroo, and the World Music Expo in Spain. BYOB and a chair. No tobacco products or pets. 8 p.m. (doors 7:30 p.m.), Rancho Tranquilico barn, 11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Parking is in neighboring Ruhlig’s Country Market driveway. Full vaccination (or negative Covid test within 72 hours) required. $30 in advance only payable via Venmo at @NOMOmusic. Space limited. email@example.com, 223–2321.
Social Dance: The Dance Pavilion.
Every Fri. Ballroom dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded from 8–8:30 p.m. by a group lesson. Bottled water & chips provided. 8:30–10:30 p.m., Dance Pavilion Studio, 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. $15. TheDancePavilion.com, 369–9700.
“Castle in the Sky”: Michigan Theater.
(Hayao Miyazaki, 1986). Japanese anime film from Studio Ghibli, set in a fictional late 19th-century about a boy and girl who search for a legendary floating castle. The film has been cited as an influence on the steampunk genre. 9:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 1:30 p.m. (Sat.). Michigan Theater. 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.