Creative Washtenaw Event
Events in August 2022
August 5, 2022
“I Love My Dad": State Theater
Opens Aug. 5: “I Love My Dad” (James Morosini, 2022). Comedy about a desperate father who poses as a woman online to reconnect with his estranged son. Patton Oswald, James Morosini, Rachel Dratch.
Various times. State 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.
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.
Nurture in Reverse- a drawing installation by Emily Considine: Creal Microgallery
Creal Microgallery presents "Nurture in Reverse," an installation of drawings by New York-based artist Emily Considine. These pieces draw inspiration from subway car advertisements hawking wellness and self-improvement products, with promises of magical cures and brighter futures.1215 Creal Cres, Ann Arbor. FREE. email@example.com. https://www.instagram.com/creal_microgallery/.
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.
“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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
“Clague School Gravel Ride”: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.
Every Fri. Slow/moderate-paced 18-mile gravel road ride with a rest stop at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northfield Twp. 10 a.m. sharp, meet at Clague Middle School, 2616 Nixon. Free. aabts.org.
City Park Walks: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Every Friday. Weekly guided 1-mile walk at a different city park each week. Preregister at firstname.lastname@example.org or 794–6250. Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave., 794–6250). Free. Check meeting status before coming.
“Lunch and Learn”: Temple Beth Emeth.
Every Fri. All invited to bring lunch and join TBE Rabbi Josh Whinston outside under a big tent for an informal discussion about religion. Noon, TBE, 2309 Packard. 665-4744.
25th Annual Milan Bluegrass Festival.
See 2 Tuesday. Today: Today’s headliners are the Malpass Brothers (2 & 7 p.m.), a North Carolina-based classic country-inspired duo discovered by Merle Haggard, and Russell Moore & Illrd Tyme Out (3 & 9 pm.), a veteran Georgia neotraditionalist ensemble, 7-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, fronted by lead vocalist and guitarist Moore. Also, the North Carolina harmonizing bluegrass quintet Deeper Shade of Blue (11 a.m. & 3 p.m.), Nashville-based straight-ahead traditional and contemporary bluegrass band Larry Stephenson Band (noon & 4 p.m.), and the Florida traditional bluegrass sextet Amanda Cook Band (1 & 6 p.m.). Noon-11 p.m., KC Campground, 14048 Sherman Rd., Milan. Daily passes $40 in advance, $45 at the gate ($35 after 5 p.m., $25 on Tues.). 3-day (Thurs., Fri., & Sat.) pass, $90 in advance; $105 at the gate. Festival pass $120 in advance by July 20, $140 at the gate. Advance tickets available by calling 439-1076. milanbluegrassfestival.com.
Body Awareness as a Tool for Tuning In: Foundations of Wellness for Women
Shhh. Listen. Can you hear her?
Is your body whispering to you—or screaming at you?
How's your quality of life?
Do you suffer from chronic pain?
Have you been diagnosed with a chronic disease or disorder?
CIM to the rescue!
What is CIM?
In recent years, as part of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM), mind and body approaches, such as Qigong, have gained attention for their potential benefits in daily life.
How do mind and body approaches work?
Mind and body approaches help people to become more aware of signals their body is giving them to support them in getting—and staying—healthy.
The sooner those signals are picked up (when the body is whispering) the sooner a person can react to it and stay healthy.
When those signals have not been listened to, the body will send stronger and stronger signals and (chronic) "dis-ease" can be one of them.
Want to know more?
Join Foundations of Wellness for Women on Friday, August 5 for a conversation with Dr. Ann Van de Winckel, who will briefly explain body awareness and take us through some exercises that we can turn into tools to immediately apply in daily life. $18. More info and registration: https://bit.ly/FWWAug5
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. (Fri. & Wed.) & 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.
(Mon., Wed., & Fri. 12:30–1 p.m.) 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 Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri., Tues.), 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.
Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.
Every Mon.–Fri. (except Aug. 1): Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2—5 (with caregiver). Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Pittsfield), Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown), Wed. 10:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood), Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate). Free. 327–4200.
Kids Crafts: Ann Arbor District Library.
Aug. 1–6, 8, 10, 15, 17–19, 21, 23, 24, & 27: Kids Crafts: Ann Arbor District Library. AADL staffers lead hour-long workshops for kids ages 5-10. Aug. 1 (2 p.m., Downtown): “Slime Time.” Aug. 2 (2 p.m., Traverwood): “Paper Robot Gliders and Balancing Paper Robots.” Aug. 2 (2 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Felt Chain Garlands.” Aug. 3 (2 p.m., Westgate): “Scratch-Off Art.” Aug. 4 (2 p.m., Traverwood) & Aug. 15 (2 p.m., Westgate): “Domino Days.” Aug. 5, (1 p.m., Downtown) & Aug. 21 (2 p.m., Traverwood): chance to build a “Tiny Window Greenhouse” and plant a seedling. Aug. 6 (noon, Westgate): “Paper Plate Flying Saucers.” Aug. 8 (2 p.m., Pittsfield): “Button Tree Painting.” Aug. 10 (2 p.m., Mallets Creek): “Craft-tastic!” Creative crafting using pipe cleaners, pom-poms, clothes pins, and more. Aug. 17 (2 p.m., Pittsfield): “Duct Tape Balls” to use on a playground. Aug. 18 (2 p.m., Downtown): “Paper Bag Astronaut Helmet.” Aug. 19 (2 p.m., Malletts Creek): chance to build and test a “Solar S’mores Oven.” Aug. 23 (2 p.m., Downtown): “Cabbage Juice Chemistry.” Aug. 24 (1 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Diorama-Ram.” Aug. 27 (1 p.m., Malletts Creek): “Crowns, Crowns, Crowns!” Free. 327–4200.
“First Friday at the Farm”: Domino’s Petting Farm.
The petting farm is open late tonight with a food truck, kids activities, and classic rock covers by the local band Ain't Dead Yet. 5–8 p.m., Domino’s Petting Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (kids age 23 months & under, free). 998–0182. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tales by the Teaspoon: An Evening of Stories and Connection: The Back Office Studio
Get to know the experts at Growing Hope! Join us on Friday, August 5 for "Tales by the Teaspoon".
Sit down and chat one-on-one with folks from Growing Hope. Learn about their experiences in cooking, gardening, farming, and more.
Cristi Rodriguez-Alfaro: Garden Manager
Christopher Hallett: Farm Manager
Bee Mayhew: Incubator Kitchen Manager
Growing Hope is a staple in the Ypsilanti community. Let's take some time to get to know each other and connect through stories and conversation.
Each participant will be in a comfortable meeting room at The Back Office Studio, an ideal setting for engaging conversation, which attendants can enter and chat with the expert.
Complimentary refreshments will be served.
This is a free event and a part of the First Fridays Ypsilanti Art Crawl.13 N WASHINGTON ST, YPSILANTI. Registration recommended: https://bit.ly/TalesByTeaspoon. Free. email@example.com. www.thebackofficestudio.com . 7343150888.
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory.
Every Fri. All age 16+ invited to play Dungeons and Dragons role-playing games with dungeon master Jeff. 6–10 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. Preregistration recommended. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
“Friday Night Magic”: Sylvan Factory.
Every Fri. All invited to play Magic: The Gathering in a rotating draft environment. Cost and prizes vary; weekly updates on Facebook. 6–10 p.m., Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Ballroom Dancing: Ballet Chelsea.
Aug. 5 & 19. Outdoor instruction in the basics of standard/smooth dance, Latin, and swing. No partner needed. 6-6:45 p.m. Palmer Commons, Downtown Chelsea. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Game Night: Sweetwaters Café Downtown.
Aug. 5 & 19. 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. Limited to first 15 attendees each week. 6–9 p.m., Sweetwaters, 123 W. Washington St. Free, but food & drink purchases expected for table use. Preregistration requested at victor@LHPress.com.
Say Yes Fest Kickoff + Petals Gallery Opening: CultureVerse
petals sandcastle Gallery Opening
(Say Yes Fest Kickoff)
Say Yes Fest is kicking off at CultureVerse Gallery, where multi-modal artiVist petals sandcastle opens their show 'being while becoming: iterations of petals sandcastle'
CultureVerse Gallery Location & Operating Hours
About this event:
petals sandcastle and CultureVerse Gallery invite you to experience an enchanting and immersive night of ART, Fabulous People, VR experience, Live Painting, Live Music, Drama, Drag, Surprises, Art Auction, Vegan Food, Libations, and dripping possibilities. . .
Come as you are, Leave as you want to be!
What is Say Yes Fest?
Say Yes Fest is a conveyor of chances to say YES! A month of Happenings and Art to solve everything, end war and cure anxiety FOREVER! – kicking off August 5th at CultureVerse Gallery in Ann Arbor. Say Yes Fest is activism and art. Drama. Ideas and leaps, magic and possibility. A month of creativity and playtime and implicating ourselves in Good Trouble. A month of munching ideas and marginalized perspectives.
Opening Weekend Schedule:
Say Yes Fest Kickoff + Petals Gallery Opening
Friday August 5th 6-10pm
309 S Main St Ann Arbor MI
Details + RSVP
Washington Street Paint n' Play
Saturday August 6th 11am-3pm
Washington and Main
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The People’s Parade
Sunday August 7th 2:30pm
Details + RSVP
For a full calendar of events and details, visit the festival website: http://expressyouryes.org/sayyesfest
For more information about CultureVerse visit: www.cultureverse.org
NOW Studios Location: 715 N University, Underground A2
Catch us if you can (or reach out!)
About petals sandcastle
(THEY/THEM, SHE/HE, WE,IT)
“Under-developed and childlike — like Peter Pan became an adult but nobody told them yet”
petals is a multi-modal artiVist whose work and energies invite others into playful, radically inclusive discourse dedicated to exploring ways to create a society based on Love rather than Profit. Their work is improvisational and alive, designed to dislodge authentic, novel experiences amidst a world at siege. petals is intentionally cultivating conversations that push the audience to confront and overcome the barriers that lie between us.
First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.
All invited to a brief livestreamed Shabbat observance with secular readings, candle lighting, wine rituals, challah, and Yahrzeit observance to remember loved ones. 6:30–7:30 p.m., for URL preregister at JewishCulturalSociety.org/shabbat. Free; donations accepted. 975–9872.
Summer Concert Series: Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce.
Every Fri. (Except Aug. 12), June 10–Sept. 2. Entertainment in downtown Dexter. Bring a picnic and blanket and relax on the grass. Tonight: Dave Boutette Show Band, led by veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist Boutette, featuring his wife, singer Kristi Davis, a former Radio City Rockette. 6:30 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free. dexterchamber.org. Info@DexterChamber.org.
“First Fridays: Open Hours for Adults”: The Creature Conservancy.
All age 18 & up invited to watch an alligator feeding (weather permitting) at 7:15 p.m., followed by a display of animals native to Australia, including a kangaroo, a blue tongued skink, and an emu. Also, the chance to see the conservancy’s other animals, including macaws, muntjacs, and more. 7–9 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask encouraged. $12 in advance at thecreatureconservancy.org, $13 at the door. 929–9324.
“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. email@example.com.
John E. Lawrence Summer Jazz Concert Series.
Every Fri., July 1–Sept. 2. Formerly the Ypsilanti Frog Island Jazz Concert series, now in a larger venue at Ford Lake Park, with outdoor performances by national and area jazz standouts. Veteran local jazz guitarist Lawrence opens each night by playing a piece with the featured artist. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Tonight: An ensemble led by acclaimed Detroit smooth jazz saxophonist Yancy. 7 p.m., Ford Lake Park, 9075 S. Huron River Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 635–5446, JohneLaw@sbcglobal.net.
“The Bad Guys”: Northfield Township Movies Under the Stars.
Aug. 5: “The Bad Guys” (Pierre Perifel, 2022). Computer-animated heist comedy in which a criminal group of anthropomorphic animals feign an attempt at reform.
Northfield Township Community Park, 9725 Main, Whitmore Lake. Lawn games and concessions begin at 7:30, movie screenings at sundown. Free.
Ahmed Bharoocha: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Aug. 5 & 6. A sketch comedy veteran whose observational stand-up style punctuates striking social commentary with high-energy theatrics and stories about his melting pot family. He has a Comedy Central special, and has performed stand-up at the Kennedy Center. 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 aacomedy.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $17 general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“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.
“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.
Banned Book Club: Booksweet Bookshop.
Booksweet co-owner Shaun Manning leads a discussion about The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel that tells the story of a 9-year-old African American girl in 1941 Ohio. It has been banned by numerous school districts for discussing racism, incest, and child molestation. 8–9 p.m., Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration required (capacity limited) at ShopBooksweet.com. Mask & proof of vaccination required. 929–4112.
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.
First Friday Night Swing: Swing Ann Arbor.
Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfortable low grip/tread shoes. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. 9–11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Mask and proof of vaccination with booster (or negative PCR test within 24 hours) required. $5 (students $4). swingannarbor.com/calendar.
“Porco Rosso”: Michigan Theater.
(Hayao Miyazaki, 1992). Studio Ghibli anime adventure comedy about an Italian World War I ex-fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter. An unusual curse has transformed him into an anthropomorphic pig. 9:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 1:30 p.m. (Sat.). 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.