Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in August 2022
August 7, 2022
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. Noon & 2 p.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.
Daily. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Expedition Reef (12:30 p.m.) reveals the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea,” the world’s most vibrant and endangered marine ecosystems. The Sky Tonight (1:30 & 3:30 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 (2:30 p.m.) immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan 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.
Dressage Shows: Waterloo Hunt Club.
Aug. 5–7 & 18–21. Competitive equine ballet by skilled horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. No pets. Concessions. 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free admission. 426–2111.
“Zumba”: A2 Summer Streets (Main Street Area Association).
YMCA staff member Jing Li leads a public Zumba session. 9-10 a.m., at the Main St. & Liberty St. closed-off intersection. Free. mainstreetannarbor.org/a2-summer-streets.
USEA Horse Trials: Cobblestone Farms at Revel Run.
Aug. 5–7. More than 200 horses and riders compete in dressage, cross-country riding, and stadium jumping. Concessions. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Revel Run, 555 S. Dancer Rd., Chelsea. Free. bit.ly/horse-trial-chelsea, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.
Aug. 7, 13, 20, & 27. All invited to help maintain natural areas and remove invasive plants in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring heavy gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Aug. 7 (9 a.m.–noon): Kuebler Langford Nature Area, entrance on Beechwood north of Sunset Rd. Preregister at tinyurl.com/Keubler080722. Aug. 13 (9 a.m.–noon): Bandemer Park, parking lot at the end of Lake Shore off Main. Preregister at tinyurl.com/Bandemer081322. Aug. 13 (1–4 p.m.): Olson Park, entrance on Dhu Varren, just east of Pontiac Tr. Preregister at tinyurl.com/Olson081322. Aug. 20 (9 a.m.–noon): Gallup Park, parking lot just over the wooden bridge. Preregister at tinyurl.com/Gallup082022. Aug. 27 (9 a.m.–noon): Barton Nature Area, Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr. Preregister at tinyurl.com/Barton082722. Various times and locations. Free. Preregistration highly recommended. bit.ly/a2stewardworkday, 794–6627.
“Rescue Reading”: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Every Sun. (10–11:30 a.m.): “Rescue Reading”: Humane Society of Huron Valley. Kids read to adoptable animals to work on reading skills, using their own or provided books. Also, a group read-aloud and a dog meet-and-greet. For kids ages 6–11. No adults. HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $15. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com.
Ypsilanti Vintage Flea & Swap Market.
Aug. 7 & 14. Show and sale of vintage items ranging from the early 1930s to the 1990s, featuring everything from clothing, jewelry, furniture, records, and more. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Ypsilanti Freighthouse parking lot, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. Free admission & parking. firstname.lastname@example.org. 657-7576.
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 Aug. 7 topic is “the Fledgling Quail,” a tale about the power of true speech. 11 a.m., for URL preregister at bit.ly/jeweldharmatalk. Free. 994–3387.
“Magnificent Magnets”: U-M Natural History Museum Science Forum Demos.
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring magnetism, magnetic fields, what magnets have to do with cell phones, and more. For age 5+. 11 a.m., Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Sunday Artisan Market.
Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 31st year. Aug. 7: Representatives from the Ark on hand to discuss their work. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913–9622.
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. 11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846–9418.
Open Board Gaming: Sylvan Factory.
Every Thurs. & Sun. All invited to play new and old board games. Noon—4 p.m. (Thurs.) & noon—6 p.m. (Sun.), Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. email@example.com, 929—5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Australia (2 & 4 p.m.), including a kangaroo, a blue tongued skink, and an emu. Also, a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals and, weather permitting, an alligator presentation and feeding (3 p.m.). 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $12 (kids ages 2–12, $10; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
Interfaith Youthful Spirits Class for Young People: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
Spiritual class for young people via Zoom. Free, but donations appreciated.
“Sister Act": Michigan Theater.
Aug. 7 & 9: “Sister Act” (Emile Ardolino, 1992). Whoopi Goldberg stars in this comedy as a Reno lounge singer disguising herself as a nun after witnessing a mob hit. 1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7:30 p.m. (Tues.).
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.
“God Kinda Looks Like Tupac”: Theatre Nova.
Every Thurs.–Sun., July 29–Aug. 21. Vincent Ford Jr. directs the premier of U-M playwriting lecturer Emilio Rodriguez’s comic exploration of political correctness, societal expectations, and code-switching. When a black high school student creates an unconventional portrait of God for a student art exhibit, her white and Latina teachers have a variety of reactions, to funny and deep effect. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 48 hours). Tickets $22 in advance at theatre-nova.ticketleap.com & at the door. 635–8450.
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”: Father Gabriel Richard High School Dramalums.
Aug. 4–7. Elizabeth Champion directs Gabriel Richard students and recent grads in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s popular 1973 rock musical based on the biblical story of Joseph. The favorite son of the prophet Jacob, Joseph was sold into slavery by his envious brothers but rose to become one of the Pharaoh’s key insiders. Though it never achieved the success of the team’s earlier Jesus Christ Superstar, it’s an appealing and good-natured musical with lots of catchy melodies and innocently irreverent lyrics. 7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd., Whitmore Lake. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $7) in advance at FGRHS.org/drama and at the door. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.
Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.
Aug. 7 & 21. All invited to try out new games from local board and card game designers and provide feedback. 2–6 p.m. Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available. Free, but purchase of food and drink encouraged. 548–9729.
“All Peoples Planet Parade”: All Peoples Planet Parade and Action Network.
Family-friendly sidewalk parade to celebrate the Earth, along with a folk concert by Mary & the Huz Band, a “dance-poem” performance by Megan Sims, and a talk by Ann Arbor for Public Power representative Linda Wan. Attendees encouraged to make a sign, wear a costume, or bring a “sidewalk float.” 2:30–4:30 p.m., meet at Sculpture Plaza, N. Fourth Ave. at Catherine. Free. Mask requested. Info: Megan Sims at email@example.com & 417–7020.
The People’s Parade: Express Your Yes/ CultureVerse
Say Yes Fest’s action packed opening weekend concludes with the The People’s Parade, a community-embracing rally and march.
The People’s Parade, a partnership with The Planet Parade, aims to bring together representatives from multiple social movements, for a community-embracing rally and march. The People’s Parade is an attempt to shingle a single roof above our overlapping dreams and persecution—getting all the causes together on the street to meet and march and scheme and dream together!
Attendees are encouraged to bring signs, dress in costume, and pets are welcome! There will be speakers and performance artists before and after the parade. Invite friends!
**Join us for sign making on the Saturday before the People’s Parade, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the corner of Main Street and Washington, as part of our Paint n’ Play event, featuring live music, silent disco, games, flow toys, hula hoops, and a paint party on a giant community canvas!
For a full calendar of events and details, visit the festival website: http://expressyouryes.org/sayyesfest
“How To Become a Fossil”: U-M Natural History Museum Science Forum Demos.
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how fossils form, what parts of animals can become fossilized, and many other fossil-related things. For age 5 and up. 3 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
P.O.R.K. - Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings: Zal Gaz Grotto
10-piece early big band led by Chris Smith, specializing in music of the 20s and 30s. Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Duke Ellington and other jazz legends are prominent in their repertoire. For listening or dancing. 5-8pm. $10 cover (cash).2070 W. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor. cash at the door . $10. firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.facebook.com/porkjazz. 248-446-0403.
Ann Arbor Go Club.
Every Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game in person. Game materials provided. 5:30 p.m. until whenever, Bill’s Beer Garden, 218 S. Ashley St., or Conor O’Neill’s, 318 Main St. Check Facebook page bit.ly/annarborgo or email Drew at email@example.com before coming. Free.
“Commander Pods”: Sylvan Factory.
Every Sat. All invited to play the trading card game Magic: The Gathering in casual commander pods (groups of 4 players). 6–10 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877. sylvanfactory.com/event-schedule.
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., Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St. Free. Email email@example.com or check annarbormorris.org in advance to confirm. 717–1569.
Lego Contest Awards Ceremony: Ann Arbor District Library.
Announcement of the winners of the 17th annual AADL Lego Contest in 6 categories: preschool and grades K—2, 3—5, 6—8, and 9—12, and adult. Also, public display (4-6:30 p.m.) of all the entries, which must be delivered to Kensington Court, 9 a.m.—1 p.m. today. Rules and guidelines available at aadl.org. 6 p.m., Kensington Court, 610 Hilton Blvd. Free. 327-4200.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.